High Desert Lows

by Philip Boyd

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released November 15, 2016

All words and music by Philip Boyd except
“Someplace I Shouldn’t Be” Words by Boyd, arrangement by Boyd/Quattrone
Photos by Abby Boyd and Philip Boyd
Additional vocals on “Restoration” by Abby Boyd
Each song was recorded to cassette four-track during 2016.
Recorded in Alpine, Texas
© 2016 Philip Boyd

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Track Name: Us & A Choice
Letting you know
There's a long way to go
I have no reason to pretend
Sure, I explode
and the pieces the wind blows
So I'm out here in the fields
to collect
What was left to the dust
When the devil showed up
From my chest

Letting it go
If I will, I don't know
My ears still ring from the screams
I was tight and alright
That's how I learned how to fight
But I still ended up
locked in a dream
What was left to the dust
When our lids they were shut
fast asleep

And so now what
Do I build up
Do I deconstruct
Or leave the wilderness

Back to what I do best
I'll meet you in the air
That is between brains and lips
And I hope there's a point
and if not
its just us and a choice
Track Name: Surrounded By Snakes
School was in a swamp
Near to where our place was
Waking up on the bus
to pledge allegiance
Sounding the horn
Its on, your born
You could terrorize a child
to keep him safe from
strong jaws, living logs
Could easily be downed where you wade
Its humid here, nothing is clear
except that I'm surrounded by snakes

Graduate to the jungle
near where the swamp was
Lightning bug and airplanes
came there to taunt us
Mosquito bites, the lizards lie
You could visualize so many ends
I didn't try
Head down, brown out
Could easily by downed when you work
Snake skin molted
and now I'm just surrounded by jerks

Its the same in the sand
no matter how you plan
They will stick you if you fight
they will sting
Its the same on the rock
cuz that's where sun is hot
boiling blood in snaky veins

ah ah ah ah...
Track Name: Come Down
I don’t go up
so I can come down
even when the feeling’s wrong
I don’t claim I’ll stay on higher ground
but I’m climbing just to get strong

My legs are shaking man
I’m not gonna make it
but I won’t turn away
you’re not gonna break it
Go back the way I came
I’m not gonna take it
I might be in pain but
I’m gonna fake it

I don’t go up
so I can come down
even when the feeling’s wrong
don’t claim I’ll stay on higher ground
but I’m climbing just to get strong

level road is grinding
the skies of blue are lying
there’s a wind that’s blowing
so its slow going
but I got something set in my mind

I don’t go up
so I can come down
even when the feeling’s wrong
don’t claim I’ll stay on higher ground
but I’m climbing just to get strong
Track Name: Cave Crawl
Its been years since I felt this way
Longing for the dusk of day
Disintegrated in the sun
I want to crawl back in my cave
I want to crawl back in my cave
I want to crawl back in my cave
And sleep in sheets of shadows

The last time that I saw your face
was being eating by the flames
that fires dead its fuel is gone
I want to crawl back in my cave
I want to crawl back in my cave
I want to crawl back in my cave
and with the sheets of shadows
i will stay

All of the memories we paint
Disappear deteriorate
Disfigured when water runs
I want to crawl back in my cave
I want to crawl back in my cave
I want to crawl back in my cave
And sleep in sheets of shadows
Track Name: Someplace I Shouldn't Be
My body was born
on a boat in the night
Soon I arrived on this shore
The natives all raced
with their spears and their spikes
To one they'd never seen before
Everybody's looking at me funny
Like I had only come here for the money
Just tricks of my mind, some game played by me
Walking in someplace that I shouldn't be

My mother she loves me
She don't think I'm strange
She treats all her children the same
I'd to like walk by
and not feel like a spy
But that I know
That just isn't the case
Everybody's looking at me weird
Wonder could I ever settle here
Just tricks of my mind, some game played by me
Walking in someplace that I shouldn't be

Off to the forest 
Obscured in the leaves
Finding my place in the shade
Clowns hug the ground
A bull in a tree
Things shouldn't happen this way
All of my memories are muddy
Foreign to the person I'm becoming
Just tricks of my mind, some game played by me
Walking in someplace that I shouldn't be
Track Name: Trains and Guns
The bison on the plain
their home was on the range
till the white men came
with their guns and trains
then it all became
strange

Once they numbered in millions
like there’d never be an end
but the world its spins
can be sudden
then plenty turned endangered

We beat the hills for gold
the bison hides and bones
then we look around
and the lonely ground
wonder where its gone
wrong

You found me in the cities
and you took me to the clearing
where the view blew us away
our new home out on the range
Like the bison of old seemed
we would never be depleted
but it was me who brought
the trains and guns
so that’s why
i’m saying sorry
babe
Track Name: Looking For A Satellite
We’re looking for a satellite
in the sky tonight
If it comes in view for only you
then thats alright

We sit in the grass
in our new home
The sun that raged through the day
has gone

We’re looking for a satellite
in the sky tonight
If it comes in view for only you
then thats alright

We made our vows
In the spring
and the rains had fallen for months
broke away

We’re looking for a satellite
in the sky tonight
If it comes in view for only you
then I don't mind

I’m happy sharing the air we’re breathing
I grew up watching colors change on leaves
trust this something i believe in
our moments are stones rolling in the stream

We’re picking up those polished rocks
and brick by brick
we’re building our little house
so lets live in it
Track Name: Tarantula
Well you see me there
on the bottom stair
I want to come inside
but you cry when i’m in there

Guess my home is the dirt
Somewhere you won’t be hurt
Somewhere in the hole
till its time to go to work
I don’t mind living outside
with the rocks and cacti
come down the mountain
looking for a fly

Yeah the stuff that eat
to you don’t look so sweet
but that’s just how I do it
i know what i like

There before you in the night

Tarantula
and you don’t know what its like to be a
tarantula

yeah the stuff that i eat
to you don’t look so sweet
but that’s just how i do it
i know what i like

here before you in the light
Tarantula
you don’t know what its like to be a
Tarantula

Before you came into viewing
was just doing what i was doing
I could have never known
I’d belong with a human
And now my clothes don’t fit
and the mirror makes me sick
Why so many eyes to remind me
what its like

Here before me in the night
Tarantula
you don’t know what its like to be a
Tarantula

Well I could leave
to somewhere that you'd never walk
Its either this or freeze
Like daddy who would not grow up

Tarantula
Track Name: My Spirits (Are Low)
This part of the country
used to be ocean floor
There are skeletons and shells
on the canyon walls
But the land it will swell
and the sea goes where it goes
And today my spirits are low

Our moonlight is blinding
the stars put on a show
But maybe there's a ceiling
to just how high I can go
Hand me down clothes
that I'll never outgrow
Today my spirits are low

I have love in buckets
its a heavy load
And I carry it with me
Everywhere that I go
Even when I don't show it
I'm hoping you know
Because today my spirits are low

Make up the bed
Sweep up the dirt
from the boards at our feet
and open the doors

Sometimes I'm a soldier
Sometimes I'm a priest
Sometimes I don't know
if there's anything I believe
But today was a day
when I looked for the times
when my spirits were high

Make up the bed
Sweep up the dirt
from the boards at our feet
and open the doors
Track Name: Restoration
Restoration
medicate
the ghost who roams
inside a vein
We came in strong
our sails unfurled
the light of life
that was preserved
But who were the ones
who buried a world
so that now our job
is to renew and restore
It was us
with our fences
us with our pools
it was with our cattle
us with our tools
So the world that we loved
is a dream for a fool
and the world that is ours
is the that will do