Contemporary

by Lance Eads

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There's blood on the tracks
& some of it's mine
There's tears in the grooves
& some are from cryin'
But I assure you just as many
Are from laughter

What I have wrote
I won't take back
Not one note
Shall I retract
May they endure beyond
The great hereafter

Written over the course of a little over 20 years, this is the 1st time I've committed most of these songs to recorded form. I've opted for the diamond-in-the-rough approach, rather than elaborate arrangements, though at some future date I might decide to record some or all of these songs with a full band, 4-part harmony, and a string-section for good measure. Who knows? Surely not I. I recorded every song here in 1 or 2 takes w/ no overdubs, using just an iPhone 4S. Enjoy your auditory sensory experience and have a nice day!

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released January 14, 2015

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Lance Eads Portland, Oregon

I'm a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, visual artist, and performance artist. Originally from Seattle, I now live in Portland, Oregon. I also write and record with my wife under the name Dandelion Root.

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Track Name: Ballad of Little Jungle Turtle
Jungle Turtle was born on 7/7/7
Turtle Ma said, "He's a gift from heaven."
She didn't know yet Turtle Pa was gone
He took the last Grey Hound to Saskatchewan

Chorus:
Don't carry it around, Little Jungle Turtle
You were made to fly
Call of the wild sounds, Little Jungle Turtle
You know you gotta try

Jungle Turtle grew up on the mean side
He grew a hard shell but he was soft inside
Carrying the weight of the world on his back
1 of these days his shell was gonna crack

Chorus

1 day on the streets in the city
Jungle Turtle made a new friend
She was beautiful, she was so pretty
He promised he'd be with her 'till the end

Chorus

Jungle Turtle came home to find his wife
& their little boy at the point of a knife
With his shell as a weapon he took the villain on
He saved his family, but his own life was gone

Chorus
Track Name: Summer of Lost Tears (w/ a Hopeful Postlude)
When the grass was crayon green
& skies were bluer than
The bluest skies you’ve ever seen
I remember friends of mine
Playing ‘till the evening time
And drinking Kool Aid like fine wine

Then I made a big mistake
T’was the last fresh breath I’d take
As I stared into the fiery sun
Bumblebees are on their way
Gonna take my fun away
& soon they had me on the run

Bumblebees have got you on the run & ca-ca the sun
Bumblebees have got you on the run & ca-ca, ca-ca the sun

Now it’s the summer of lost tears
Season of sardonic smiles
Since all those carefree years
I’ve crossed a thousand miles
Now it’s the summer of lost tears
Season of sardonic smiles
Since all those carefree years
I’ve crossed a thousand miles

Faith is the substance of things hoped for
The evidence of things that are not seen
Faith is the substance of things hoped for
The evidence of things that are not seen
Now to the King who lives forever
To the true God without end
May our thanks & praise end never
Hallelujah, Amen
Now to the King who lives forever
To the true God without end
May our thanks & praise end never
Hallelujah, Amen
Track Name: Heaven Bound
I went down to the river Jordan
To wash & become clean
Washed 7 times in the river Jordan
My body’s clean, but my soul is stained
I went down to the river Jordan
To wash & become clean
Washed 7 times in the river Jordan
My body’s clean, but my soul is stained

Chorus:
Jesus came to seek and save me
The lost, & make me found
Died on the cross to seek & save me
He paid the cost; I’m heaven bound
Jesus came to seek & save me
The lost, & make me found
Died on the cross to seek & save me
He paid the cost; I’m heaven bound

There are times when the light is blinding
The dark still clings to me
Sinner & saint when the light is blinding
The dark won’t let me be
There are times when the light is blinding
The dark still clings to me
Sinner & saint when the light is blinding
The dark won’t let me be

Chorus
Track Name: Not Me
Rusty metal boxcar in the sun
Just an empty husk
Turning into dust
Dreaming of a day when this is done

Pile of bricks all chipped & growing moss
Life was yesterday
Now they turn to clay
Grieving over time that they have lost

Chorus:
But not me
I'm not going that way
I'll be free
On that last day
As sure as I'm a free man here today
Nothing can take that freedom away

Shards of broken glass jammed in the dirt
Once their surface gleamed
Reflected all that's seen
Now they just reflect heartache & hurt

Ripped up piece of denim in dead grass
1 time they belonged
But that time is gone
Vanity, that time is surely past

Chorus
Track Name: Contemplating Grace on an Exceptionally Cold October Night Opus #11
Neon blots the dimming sky
Icy black, the hues take flight
The wind screams chaos in my ear
& I’ll be up next to all night

It’s nothing new once again
I contemplate the same old sin
There’s nothing different under heaven
Subtracting 70 x 7

Something’s wrong with the world today
Our morals lie in disarray
I cry w/ joy at His divine love
That pulls me close although I shove

While I’m strumming you may be humming
But won’t you listen to the words I sing
Just when you’re thinking that your soul is sinking
He’ll bear you up upon His wings

Stepping in from the lead curtain
Which winter has draped on the earth
I feel the fire on my skin
& the cleansing heat of my soul’s rebirth
Track Name: Patmos
Heaven’s 7unleavened loaves have rose
Dispatched from ash that has been blown & glows
Near as bright as the lamp stand’s light
Echoing in cosmic flight
Down to earth’s strange aliens below

Fission’s visions spinning toward fiords
As much will gush w/out support of chords
As the might of the tide of night
That caused good old Noah’s plight
Drowning all the evil throngs & hordes

This time the dime dropped in the brine is heads
The call after the fall is dead instead
It’s been replaced through time &space
Mankind is the chosen race
To change the call is why the Savior bled

Heaven’s 7 unleavened loaves have rose
Dispatched from ash that has been blown & glows
Near as bright as the lamp stand’s light
Echoing in cosmic flight
Down to earth’s strange aliens below
Track Name: Jonah's Prayer
The word of the Lord came to me
& I turned on my heels to flee
No way, don’t wanna do what you say to do
I jumped aboard a west-bound ship
& tried to give my God the slip
Farewell, to Tarshish I shall sail

For God wants to set right
The hearts of the Ninevites
& wants me to burn bright
W/ his guiding light, but
They’ve done wrong in my sight
And my heart does delight
W/ every ounce of its might
In their painful plight
& so I took flight
& did not do what is right

A hellish storm did rock the boat
& almost made it cease to float
Heave Ho, they blamed my God & through me overboard
Swallowed whole by a great fish
For not doing as God wished
That day I began to really pray

Oh, God, save me from
The belly of this whale
Save me from this tale of
A strange living hell, for
I know as my tears swell
That setting sail is how I
Failed to do well
& so you sent forth a gale
& that is why the sailors do bail
& I do wail

The hand of the Lord came to me
& pulled me from the raging sea
Heave Ho, he grabbed my soul and rescued me w/ 1 pull
I headed east to Ninevah
To tell them of the Lord’s sweet love
That’s right, the gospel light I spread that night
Track Name: Cold, Cold, Cold Blues (A Psalm of Lament)
Cold, cold, cold blues &
Cold, cold, cold fusion
Cold, cold, cold blues &
What’s to become of me?

I’m downcast, forlorn, &
Forlorn & abandoned
I’m alone & lonely
No one even knows me
Here
& I fear
I’ll disappear

Cold, cold, cold blues &
Cold, cold, cold fusion
Cold, cold, cold blues &
What’s to become of me?
Track Name: The Valley of the Dry Bones Blues
In the middle of a valley
Stranded and alone
In the middle of a valley
W/ no quarter for the phone
I found myself surrounded
By a sea of scattered bones

W/ a voice like echoed thunder
W/ a voice like breaking waves
The Lord of heaven told me
By the name of He who saves
To preach unto these dry bones
& to raise them from the grave

W/ a rattle and a shakin’
The graveyard came to life
As with tendon, flesh, & skin then
The bones were fitted tight
& with the power of the 4 winds
God breathed the breath of life

These bones you see a dancin’
By the light of dawn’s first rays
They’re the people of the promise
& they dance in thanks and praise
& Jesus is the reason
He’s the word of life that saves
Track Name: Ode to a Little Prince
Casey, Oh Casey
Where have you gone?
You died so young, child
And we must carry on

Down beyond the cattails
Where lily pads entwine
There you took your last breath
Gone before your prime

I was a child, too, then
Now it seems like a bad dream
The lake waters are still now
Sometimes the tears still stream

I hope you’re happier by far now
Above the clouds the lake reflects
& as you frolic with the angels
Here on earth we can’t forget
Here on earth we don’t forget
Here on earth we won’t forget
Track Name: Epistle to B-Man
We saw the city by foot
Undercover of the night
& a good root beer buzz
Made you feel alright
Tried to scare the near-sighted girl
W/ raspberry jam
But even with her glasses off
She knew it was a scam

Chorus:
B-Man where’d you go, I don’t know
B-Man where’d you go, I don’t know

In your slippers & your robe
Smoking an old wood pipe
A serious look on your face
Though you were laughing inside
Beating the dormitory doors
With a wiffle bat
You fooled that old R.D.
With sounds of dog & cat

Chorus

Roscoe P. Coltrane
Lives inside your brain
& it really chaps my hide
The one I seek I can’t find
We stayed in touch a while
& across many a mile
But so much time has passed
& it went by so fast

Chorus
Track Name: What News the Eagle Brought
Soaring as a glider, hazy rider the air has caught
Harbinger of past dues, oh what news the eagle brought
The eagle brought

Ho, rumble, rumble, drums belabored, beat the drums
Happiness is fleeting, & what’s being has become
Has become

See the shadows fading, we’ve been waiting all along
Melting as a dream into the stream that’s here & gone
That’s here & gone

Morning greets our faces in the places the sleep employed
Now begins the chapter, ever after, the endless joy
The endless joy