Homeland for the Restless

by Leo J and The Mêlée

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The debut release.
10 tracks on wandering and redemption

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released 13 January 2013
Recorded and mixed by David Clemmer
Mastered by Gus Elg

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Leo J and The Mêlée Portland, Oregon

Hands in the dirt
Face to the wind
Folk Songs

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Track Name: Big Big World
O big big world, here I come
With my big ideas and my tommy gun
My arms are brown, my heart is blue
Heaven knows that’s the life I choose

And I know it won’t be long
I’ll find myself among the weeds
No it won’t be long

You’re a pretty thing with a head fulla sand
Waiting for the promised land
I’m miles away with a broken heart
Miles away, hey that’s a start

And I know it won’t be long…

The jailor’s lost his ring of keys
The savior waits on bended knees
The rivers freeze and turn to glass
The wildflowers bloom at last

And I know it won’t be long…

Whoa big big world, here I come
With my big ideas
And my tommy gun
Track Name: Sunday Caller
With a hundred dollars
I come alookin' for you
With a whoop and a holler
With my good times crew

I won't ask for your hand, dear
Or for you to be true
I'm your sunday caller
Be my Emmylou

Tack your stash to the waypost
Keep your ear to the line
I'll make my way to the east coast
But I'll take my time

I won't ask you for nothin'
Just a wish and a rhyme
I'll be your rainbow
Be my Caroline

The road calls my number
And you always call my bluff
Oh won't our love
And the rain that falls be enough

Your pa never wakes up
That phone never rings
And you'll never make love
Without a diamond ring

I got work for tomorrow
And a pack to sling
If you be my song dove
I will always sing

The road calls my number
But you always call my blood
Oh won't our love
And the rain the falls
Be enough

Oh won't our love
And the rain the falls
Be enough, be enough

Took a hundred hours
From Abilene
To a breath from the border
Of south Tennessee

But I won't ask for your hand dear
Or for you to come clean
I'm your Sunday caller
Won't you be my queen

I'm your Sunday caller
Won't you be my queen
Track Name: New Mexico Someday
New Mexico is the land of enchantment
That’s what her license plate say
Well I’ve never been to Santa Fe
Never been out of Michigan
But I’d like to see New Mexico someday

Albuquerq’, would you quench my thirst?
Would you take me in like I loved you first?
I’ll make it down to the mesas
With a toothache and a suitcase
I’d like to see New Mexico someday

Might be a woman there
With green eyes and auburn hair
With a piece of land she’d like to share
We’ll carve our names into the sandstone
Live off the Rio Grande
Chase hummingbirds through the canyonlands

We’ll wake before the sun
And when our chores are done
We’ll listen to the coyotes on the run

Let me sleep beneath the moonlight
I’ll build my fire of pinyon pine
With nothing but the stars to guide

I spend my nights
With a picturebook, with a flashlight
I spend my days the same way
If this fever ever breaks, I will leave the northern lakes
And head on south down the interstate

If the Lord should strike me blind
I could still feel the sunshine
And the desert wind of
New mexico
Track Name: Seeds and Manure
I’m gonna marry a farmer
I’m gonna leave this city life
Cuz I want me some farmin’ children
And a farming wife

And when the sun goes down
And full moon is round
We’ll have all we need
From the earth, from the ground

When the sun goes down
And full moon is round
We’ll dance til we fall
In our little country town

I’m gonna leave the city
Where the people all try to look pretty
Some seeds and manure
And a tractor oughta do ‘er
And a woman whose heart is pure

Yeah I’m gonna marry a farmer
I’m gonna leave this city life
Cuz I want me some farmin’ children
And a farming wife
Track Name: That Cutting Wind
Got a wife and kids
back in Baltimore
But I aint coming back
I put it all in a gunny-sack
and headed for the war

I was looking for salvation
Looking for a thrill
But all I found
Was that cutting wind

That cutting wind
Will tear you to pieces
And that cutting wind
Will show you no mercy

So come when the water's high
With a twinkle in your blue eyes
That cutting wind will blow you home again

Slick rifle hand
Shake me to my marrow
But I'm a child of sin
My numbers coming in
The day after tomorrow

With a nickels worth of dimes, Lord
For every town I been
And every time I faced that cutting wind

That cutting wind…

To lay down my arms
And jump across the ocean
To be home again
With my wife and kid
Is all that I am hopin'

But I cannot catch a break
And we cannot seem to win
And all we find is that cutting wind

That cutting…
Track Name: Ballad of Frankie
I left my baby on a steam rail line
With a pocket fulla shiny government dimes
I could not say a reason if I tried
Just fare thee well, my Caroline

I remember when we took that drive
From state to state just looking for the good life
But one day the engine quit
And thinking ourselves wise
We clicked our heels and crossed the wires

They say a slow and steady pace will do ya fine
Just don’t keep your eyes off the finish line
I’m miles back and running out of time

My father was a worker of the land
Nothing more than a common man
But a tractor spilled his body down
Into the Rio Grande
He never worked again

So with a borrowed gun and a dime-store disguise
I was caught between redemption and demise
I said don’t do nothin’ funny son
Oh don’t you even try
Just count the cash and shut your eyes

They say a slow and steady pace will do ya fine
But I’m miles behind the finish line and running out of time
And I still have that woman on my mind
But she aint mine

Santa Fe’s an awful place to hide
So I hitched a ride across the great divide
I’ve seen miles and miles of blacktop
And every type of sky
But I can’t recall what I meant to find

So I sit here with my ankles in the bay
Waiting for the sun to mark the day
I guess there’s nothing left to do
But turn around and say
My oh my, I sure lost my way

But a package came in the month of May
Wrapped in bailing twine
And the return address in violet read Caroline
Oh I still love that woman soft and kind

Yeah a package came in the month of May
Wrapped in bailing twine
And the return address in violet read Caroline
She said I’m still in love
With you my oldest friend
Til the end
Til the end
Til the end
Track Name: Ballad of Caroline
Come down to the water sometime
It feels fine my love
Feels almost right

It’s where I’ll be lying tonight
My story ends at the riverbend
Where the brambles are always in bloom
And just overhead the slivered moon

Frankie you son of a gun
I will never forgive the things that you done
Frankie you son of a bitch
With your sweet-talking tales
I’m over it

You swore that job was your last
So I lent you my gun
And waited out back

Then you sang me to sleep in your arms
But I woke up cold
And the money was gone

They told me I wasn’t the first
To fall for your charms
To quench your thirst

But I believed you
For a year or two

Frankie…

I walked to the edge of our town
Where the poor boys
Pass their bottles around

And I followed the rail til the bridge
But I never looked back
I just jumped right in

If you’re ever coming back home
Bury my clothes and scatter my bones…

If you’re coming back home
Scatter my bones

Come down to the water sometime
To the place where we’d meet
With a bottle of wine

You used to kiss me so sweet
But my story ends at the riverbend

O Frankie you son of a gun
I will never forgive the things that you done
Frankie you son of a bitch
With your sweet talking tales, I’m…

O Frankie you son of a bitch
I love you still
You lunatic
Track Name: Wildflower Tea
I've known some people in my travels
That showed me what it is to live
I've known some givers and losers
And a comeback kid

I met an old woman in the woodlands
With her gentle man
She put her right hand 'round my shoulder
And I followed them

She said:
We've got so much love to give we cannot keep it in
We've have so much love to give, we cannot keep it in

At the edge of a clearing stands their cabin
Just a bedroom and a door
An old copper kettle and a woodstove
On the creaky wooden floor

She brings her pail down to the creekside
While he splits the wood
They watch the fireflies through the white pines
Like any lovers would

Cuz they've got so much love to give they cannot keep it in
They have so much love to give, they cannot keep it in


Sittin' on porchswings in the morning
Listenin' to the wind
They watch the deer pass through the witchgrass
As the day begins

They live on nothing
They live on nothing
They live on nothing but light and love
And wildflower tea
That could be you and me

These days I'm squinting at the daylight
I shiver from the night
I put my left shoe on my right foot
Nothing adds up right

But I've got so much love to give
I cannot keep it in
I have so much love to give
I cannot keep it in

I never noticed the way you glow
until the lights were low
I never noticed the way you glow
until the lights were low
Track Name: Lord Comes a Knockin
You know they caught the preacher
With his pants down
He was drunker than hell and upside down
He bought a one-way ticket straight down
To the land of fire and terrible sounds

So when the Lord comes a knockin
Tell him I aint around

The county clerks wear roller skates
While the deputies and magistrates
Sit on picnic chairs above the lake
And the peasants all wait for their cake

So when the Lord comes a knockin
Tell him I’m running late

In a distant land I tried to find
A simple life from another time
The natives sat and sucked on limes
Waiting for a bell to chime

So when the Lord comes a knockin
Tell him I’ll bring the wine

Christmas bells and shotgun shells
Lollipops and show and tell
I’ll count to ten and back again
But you can’t hide from me my friend

I would saw my bones just to see you smile
Drag a boulder down a crooked mile
But my tools all lay in a rusty pile
And dragging never was my style

So when the Lord comes a knockin
Tell him to stay a while
Track Name: Deliver Me
Deliver me
When the skies have settled
When the ice has melted
When the flies and nettles come

Deliver me
From the orphan chatter
With an orchard ladder, come

I'm poor but I'm blessed
I'm happy, I guess
But it's just one hard year
To another, I fear
So let's skip the pleasantries
And loosen my tie
Give me something to remember you by

Come dance with me
Beneath the willow tree
Let us see what spring will bring
Our lonely hearts, drifting apart

We're poor but we're blessed
We're happy, I guess
But it's just one hard year
To another, my dear
So let's skip the pleasantries
And loosen my tie
Give me something to remember you by

Deliver me
When the skies have settled
When the ice has melted
When the flies and nettles come

I will be undone