From the Inside Out

by Lance Eads

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Herein lies an aural self-portrait, from the inside out, constructed of songs chosen from various albums of mine. How are you?

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released July 5, 2017

All songs written, performed, mixed, produced, & recorded by Lance Eads

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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: We Got We
She’s a desert flower raised on the plains
Nobody warned her ‘bout the coastal rains
But she’s adapted, and rain or shine
She grows in beauty with passing time

Chorus:
The train of time keeps rolling on, dawn till dusk and dusk till dawn
But who needs the scenery, ‘cause baby we got we

Verse 2:
So let the rains fall let the train tracks rust
Let the winds blow away the dust
She’ll stay rooted wherever she may be
In her faith and her family

Chorus
Verse 2
Chorus

Ending:
The train of time keeps rolling on, dawn till dusk and dusk till dawn
But who needs the scenery, ‘cause baby we got
Who needs the scenery, ‘cause baby we got
Who needs the scenery, ‘cause baby we got we

from Broken Reflections, released November 3, 2015
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

from Contemporary, released January 14, 2015
Track Name: The Haiku Song (Everything Just Is)
Verse 1:

At some point spring came
And now the grass is growing,
But it won’t be rushed.

Wild daisies have
Never seen their reflection;
If they did they’d blush.

Chorus:
Everything just is, everything just is
Everything just is, everything just is.

Verse 2:

Feeling the sunlight
On my skin is just a hint
Of what the tree feels.

White pine butterfly
Contemplating a clover,
And how her mind reels.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3:

The breeze doesn’t mind
Taking the long way around;
It enjoys the view.

The rock sits as the
Ocean waves go rolling by;
It’s something to do.

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Everything just is,
And everything it does
It only does because
It’s doing as it is,
And everything just is.

Verse 4:
Pushing the water
To make it hurry up just
Makes the stream muddy.

The crow sits high up
On the Douglas fir tree’s peak--
What is it he sees?

Chorus 2x's

from One River, released September 13, 2016
Track Name: It Follows
Day follows night, night follows day
I followed you but your ran away
Now you're standing behind me asking me to stay
Day follows night, night follows day

When I first met you I was young
Never heard of Eckhart of of Jung
Now I'm multi-tiered and I've grown a beard
When I first met you I was young

When I first met you you were shy
You had your Great Dane by your side
Now you seem to have no qualms about shouting in the halls
When I first met you you were shy

How can you steal, how can you rob?
Why can't I keep a lousy job?
You take what you need & I give when you plead
How can you steal, how can you rob?

Gonna break this cycle before it breaks me
Gonna climb a mountain to see the trees
There's a break in the line or there's a break in my mind
Gonna break this cycle before it breaks me

from The Open Secret, released December 31, 2014
Track Name: A Bird Flew in My Open Window
A bird flew in my open window
‘Twas a robin, red of breast
He cocked his head, looked at me sideways
As he lighted on my desk

I felt that he’d come with a message
I could not guess what it might be
But then he turned back toward the window
And he took his leave of me

As he dissolved into the foliage
Of the early spring treetops
I heard him sing his parting postlude
And my heart did nearly stop

Rolling crests and plunging valleys
His melody was like the tide
Majestic as a mighty ocean
Cozy as a fireside

You are flying in the azure
You are singing with the clouds
All you have to do is notice
So raise your face and sing out loud

The fear of dying makes you notice
The joy of living everyday
Pain and trouble is a rainstorm
Your hearts a flower, come what May

The beauty that you see around you
Is the beauty that’s within
Thoughts and fences cannot bound you
Like the robin you can sing

from Broken Reflections, released November 3, 2015
Track Name: Love Like Rain
Verse 1:
Deep in the woods I found a spring.
I said, “My, aren’t you a little thing!”
The spring said, “I’m larger than you know,
And I can go where the waters go.”

I said, “Spring how can this be?
You seem so small to me.”
The spring said, “What you see is
Not me. I’m more than this

Refrain 1:
I flow with the river.
I am deep as the ocean.
I dance with the mist
And I love like rain.” (2x’s)

Verse 2:
I said, “Spring, I never thought of this.”
The spring said, “There’s more you’ve missed.
I am inside you, too,
And you can do the things I do.

Refrain 2:
You can flow with the river
You are deep as the ocean
You can dance with the mist
And you can love like rain. (2x’s)

Harmonica Break

Refrain3:
So I will flow with the river
I am deep as the ocean
I will dance with the mist
And I will love like rain (2x’s)

from Knot Four Sail, released December 26, 2014
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

from Contemporary, released January 14, 2015
Track Name: Doo-Doo-Doo-Dum
Chorus:
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-dum,
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-dum,
Doo-doo-doo-dum,
Doo-doo-doo-dum,
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-dum.

I don't wanna eat my greens;
I don't wanna eat my greens:
I can get my vitamins
From eatin' jellybeans!
I don't wanna eat my greens.

I don't wanna take a bath;
I don't wanna take a bath:
I been workin' on this tan o' mine
And this mud suits me just fine!
I don't wanna take a bath.
Chorus

I don't wanna brush my teeth;
I don't wanna brush my teeth:
If my teeth get too bright
They keep me up at night!
I don't wanna brush my teeth.

I don't wanna go to bed;
I don't wanna go to bed:
I won't miss my shut-eye much;
I'll just blink twice as much!
I don't wanna go to bed.
Chorus

from Doo​-​Doo​-​Doo​-​Dum Live! Live!, released April 7, 2015
Track Name: Digital In-Your-Face
What’s with all these robots walking down the street?
Everybody’s plugged into their phones.
What’s with all these robots staring at their feet?
Everybody looks like fashion clones.
Everybody looks like angry drones
Sitting at the coffee shop
Eating their serious scones
So seriously.
I mean, seriously!

My name is Narluga, I come from the future
A possible one, anyway
Named after a fish that does not yet exist
Really a mammal, but hey
I’ve come to proclaim “Hang your head now in shame
Or do something ‘bout it instead.”
I was on the time bridge overlooking the ridge
Sasquatch was there and he said,

How can you be yourself if you’ve never met before?
Riding the mechanical bull of thoughts?
How can you know what’s inside if you’ve never opened the door?
Advertising space sold and bought.
You’ve learned all that they’ve taught.
Sitting in the classroom
Like a sponge saying “What have you got?”
As you soak it all in
And it stews within.

You’re more than the sum of the advertising slogans in your wardrobe.
You’re more than a portal, an internet wormhole trading useless information for social validation.

I’m ready for the yeti
I’m ready for the yeti
I’m ready for the yeti
I’m ready

from Spectrophonographia: the Complete Sasquatch Saga, released February 25, 2015
Track Name: By the Waterfall
The Sasquatch and I sat down by and by
By a waterfall in the trees
We smoked a pipe that tasted real nice
And one Sasquatch turned to three

The Sasquatches three explained to me
Emptiness, freedom, and now
Till I understood and I felt that I should
Pass this along somehow

Then three Sasquatches turned into 7
And one more I couldn’t see
We talked for awhile then they started to smile
Then they said we should sit & be

7 Sasquatches were suddenly one
And stood there shining in the morning sun
7 Sasquatches were suddenly one
And stood there shining in the morning sun
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green,
Blue, Indigo, & Violet, too, &
Subterranean Green
Subterranean Green
Subterranean Green
Subterranean Green

from The Narluga Epic, released June 11, 2016
Track Name: It's Alright to Cry
You say you’re sick and tired of a world you didn’t ask for
And you wonder what everyone thinks they have to wear a mask for
Well they’re hurting too that much is true
I know at least a little bit of what you're going thru
It may not show all the time but I was young once too
Sometimes things get better sometimes they don’t
I believe they will for you but meantime

It’s alright to cry child it’s alright to ball your eyes out
It’s alright to go wild and to scream and shout
Don’t let the pressure build
Until you’re lost your will
It’s alright to cry child it’s alright to be sad

It’s alright to cry child it’s alright to ball your eyes out
It’s alright to go wild and to scream and shout
I pray that once in a while
You find a reason to smile
But it’s alright to cry child it’s alright to be sad

from Broken Reflections, released November 3, 2015
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

from Contemporary, released January 14, 2015