the traveler

by bob fink

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my cabin never leaks when it doesn't rain

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released June 27, 2013

bob fink: vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
featuring california condors:
reza asgari: guitar, vocals
joe allen: bass, vocals
kenn shane: drums, vocals

produced by bob fink and california condors
engineered by kenn shane and bob fink
mixed and mastered by greg doyle

all songs written by bob fink, except 'cautionary tale' by bob fink and reza asgari

cover art by kara fink and holly kelley

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Track Name: pine tree
pine tree had one eye
he smiled, i got more wasted
the river made me cry
small pleasures i had tasted

the glowing cauldron dried my bones and cooked the salty flesh

bear dont mean no good
he keeps me from the secret
the mountains and the sun
neither one will speak it

there's nothing left but blasphemy
the symbols ride it out

the mystery knows why

empty patterns, like wind as it scatters
home to the homeless rite

(honest to God the fraud is plain)

the hanged man prays his own name

(name it, an island that can't be named)

the reefs, the rock, the sound

the forest holds the night
the bird, she sings to heaven
i sang to my guitar
and went to sleep forever

the troubles that i had were gone,
i went out with a smile

its all invisible
until it's seen
Track Name: when you loved me
there's no need to be afraid

bad things seem to work out somehow

i don't have answers

i don't see a reason to shout

what is it about



when you cant please yourself

but the rest come so natural to please

you wind up lying face up in your neighbors front yard

absorbed in the stars


now you're fully alone 
making it home

wishing i was something else

just think of me when you loved me

and remember that i loved you too

the setting of the sun don't mean that it's done
Track Name: traveler
shades of shifting light, oh tormented night
i’ll be here

from this moonwashed hill, there’s a valley still
i’ll soon be there

an ancient childhood standing guard
of this black-garden,
borrowed temple of leaves

as all these changes come, making up the sum of being there

let there be no mistake, this is the price to awake and find yourself here

an ancient childhood standing guard
of this black garden,
borrowed temple of leaves

there is no other way, and how else could it be?
time is the shepherd

feast of newborn care lost in a dying prayer
(I’ll be there)
In a dying prayer
(I’ll be here)
Dying prayer
(I’ll be there)
Track Name: once more to hold
Oh Lord, i miss that girl
buried by the live oak tree;
her headstone holds down the skin of the earth,
wanting to crawl away

the night is black
the air is cold
i want her back
in my arms, once more to hold

the whole night through,
the whippoorwill cries out her mournful song,
heralding my anguish to the Angel of Death;
yes, it's the saddest of songs

the night is black
the air is cold
i want her back
in my arms, once more to hold

Oh Lord, please heed my prayer,
i beg your gracious release;
please reunite my spirit with hers,
i pray for this night to end

the night is black
the air is cold
i want her back
in my arms, once more to hold
Track Name: cautionary tale
there was a boy who couldn’t stay awake
his eyes were shut down low for that sake
the dirty room with tater sheets at night
and dentist teeth-cast nightlights for light

take it as it comes
take the letting go
till the stars on the ceiling barely glow
into the evening hours
out with the plague
in with the new

it’s as good a way as any I know to never wear shoelace,
or apple paste
and not eat birthday cake
all year

the televisor spangled till it snowed
his head swelled and flashed red like a toad
his hands and feet were turning into snakes
the laughing night gives more than it takes

naked as it comes
waking lets it go
to the moths in the closet eating clothes
into the morning hours
birthing the sun
making new holes

it’s as good a way as any I know to never wear shoelace,
or apple paste
and not eat birthday cake
all year

ruxpen and engines of fire and light
pennants and soldiers and pied piper kite
call him to come to the smoking pond
on to the great beyond
Track Name: river
down by the palm lined river
where me and my heartbeat did lay
to and from forever is where we will always stay

we stuck our toes in the river
to see if we could stand
but we don’t need to walk on water to be in the moment at hand

the river went down to the ocean
me and my heartbeat went too
we got sick of the motion
it wasn’t what we were used to

we went back down to the river
to see if forever was gone

the moment became faith in the future
and the river just kept flowing on
Track Name: shadowland
aint no sense in wondering
i proved it to myself
this is all my own creation
this is all my own hell

all those winding roads
and all the wicked paths
that led me into darkness
through the sordid past

oh i’m leaving here, for i can no longer stay in this shadowland

people i’ve mistreated
like brambles by the way
i ask for their forgiveness
though i know i can’t be saved

oh i’m leaving here, for i can no longer stay in this shadowland

now i can clearly see
that the light on the hill
where everything is real
up where the shadows flee
....there’s a home for me

yesterday’s a phantom
tomorrow is a grave,
but i have found redemption
in the light of this day

oh i’m leaving here, for i can no longer stay in this shadowland
oh i’m leaving here, for i can no longer stay in this shadowland
Track Name: soul of man
the earth has shifted
i no longer know who I am
the morning comes
the darkness softens
and I don’t doubt
that death is a gift
and I am a fool of fire by right

the ride is done

i'm going down, out past capitol town
yes, i'm going down where i can get free,
with my family

you might find Jesus
you might find the drugstore
you might fall backwards into the soul of man
but if you wind up somewhere off in the distance
just don’t blame me
i was happy to be
somewhere in between
the dream and sleep

i think of the wasteland
the years i spent wandering
now there’s only the mountain, then glory from there
despite what has shifted, despite every distance,
the space that’s between me and the machine don’t mean anything unless it’s there
Track Name: come home sinner
come home sinner, i call unto thee
lately this has been in my head
im cold, im tired, im hungry
been forsaken and left for dead

a single elm tree in an open field
reminding me there's still a home

what is a tree, and what is a man?
and what is a fall from grace?
what's in remembering you don't understand
that helps you remember your place?

a single elm tree in an open field
reminding me there's still a home

when i leave this world i will miss you
when i leave this world i will miss you
when i leave this world i will miss you
when i leave this world i will miss you