Bush League Bard

by Van Walker

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1.
03:44
RIDE By Van & Cal Walker I'm a-wake you morning take you down to the road here the hobos wait to ride, yeah ride 
& in the future you'll get used to thumbing your lift when the mainsail suits your style, your style 

And together we'll feel better hitting our straps going hell for leather, ride, yeah ride
I'm gonna sit you on my knee, I'm gonna make you ride with me

 I'm a-longing to be coming into your heart like a guitar strumming, ride, yeah ride
 & in the morning you'll be sore & scratching your back wear the cat kept clawing, ride, yeah ride

 & in the future you'll get used to thumbing your lift as the main sail suits your style, your style 
I'm gonna put you on my knee, I'm gonna make you ride with me 

I'm a-wake you morning take you down to the road here the hobos wait to ride, yeah ride
 And together we'll feel better, hitting our straps going hell for leather ride, yeah ride

 Yeah I'm a-longing to be coming into your heart like a guitar strumming, ride, yeah ride
 I'm gonna sit you on my knee, I'm gonna make you ride with me

 Yeah I'm a-wake you morning take you down to the road here the hobos wait to ride, yeah ride 
& in the evening we'll be leaving out of town if you're man don't treat you right, we'll ride
 If he don't treat you right, we'll ride

2.
02:43
DRUNK BOAT By Van Walker Tried to swim, but I sank
 Your kind of love could drown a man
 Boat it rows, help arrives
 You got that loving in your eyes

 Hey yeah, waters rise
 You got that loving in your eyes
 Hey yeah, waters flow
 You got that loving in your bones

 Out of tune, out of touch
 I love you baby but it's all too much
 All your love, well it sank my boat
 Still your love is keeping me afloat

 Hey yeah, waters rise
 You got that loving in your eyes
 Hey yeah, waters flow
 You got that loving in your bones

 Tried to swim, but I sank
 You're kind of love could drown a man
 But you saved me baby that's for sure
 I should be sleeping on the ocean floor



3.
PRISONER'S BLUES By Van Walker Well I'm sitting in my cell, I don't trust the outside world
 Lies became Truth, Heaven got worse than Hell
 There's far too much of nothing, & still people cry for more
 Blindness was the answer when the old man's eyes got sore
 Reality is only a small percentage of what we choose not to ignore
 
 There's too much information, too much greed behind the scenes
 We stole the sacred text but no one’s got the soul to know what it means
 You're crucified as a heretic & an infidel today 
 If you can’t follow all your metaphor with ridiculous cliche
 This life's just one tall story, never let the truth get in the way
 We gladly wear our ball & chain, freedom's long passe

 Ignorance is a virtue, oblique's become opaque
 Every night I go to sleep & I dream that I'm awake
 I stand here gripping these prison bars, constantly in doubt
 I can tell if I'm looking in or if the guards are looking out
 But they found a way to rob a man with nothing left to lose
 And now the jailer whistles the prisoner's blues

 I travelled through the world before they threw me in the joint
 I could lie to get what I wanted but I wanted truth so what’s the point
 I hung out on the inside, teetered on the edge
 Went to see the Oracle but I misheard what it said
 So I swapped the artists ideals for a little Luger & I killed some folks instead

 Well it seems not everybody can be free & I was too slow I suppose
 When the cops burst in they said 'Congratulations!' Cuffed me & they broke my nose
 Told me they were protecting me & all the people I might hurt
 That I was a degenerate but they all seemed to like my work
 Told me I was special, not just another scum inmate
 Told me I was the Ubermench, a man compared to the primate
 Told me not to struggle, suggested I accept my fate
 Told me I was an Artiste, I said 'Fine. What's the going rate?'
 Then they threw me from an airplane so I could describe the view 
 For now the jailer whistles the prisoner's blues

 I visited the prison doctor, he was smoking a cigarette
 He said Longevity was over-ratted, who wants to be old & decrepit?
 Whip the monkey long enough maybe he will dance
 It might alleviate the boredom, might be entertaining while it lasts
 For there's not enough to go around, there's only so much wealth
 Seems the only way to not get robbed is to go rob someone else
 God created the Heavens & Earth but Man created Sin
 When another's pain means nothing cause you don't feel anything
 They're fighting a losing battle they are never going to win
 Still they got me in the corner waiting for the music to begin

 Everyday they whip me & force me to produce
 They don't want originality, they prefer a substitute
 Something like that other one, c'mon, play it again, Sam!
 Now the prisons are filled with Artists, the lunatics are the Big Boss Man
 They've taken over the asylum & baby I blame you
 For now the jailers whistle the prisoners blues

 Everyday they whip me & force me to produce
 But pain is not the reason, even if it was, what's the use?
 Eventually they worked it out if they just left me alone
 Loneliness would get me & from my cell I'd begin to moan
 But what's so appealing I haven't got a clue 
 But now the jailer whistles the prisoner's blues!

 Baby there's a black dog creeping around my door
 Every day I feed him all I got but the next day he comes back wanting more
 Maybe we deserve this, maybe we should go
& leave this whole damn mess behind for another animal
 For even some low parasite would never kill it's host
 So when you're talking about intelligence, a Flea or Me, who's got the most?

 So I'm sitting in my cell, I don't trust the outside world
 I'm glad I'm incarcerated.... better that outside in that Hell
 Most the time you look around, you don't have to look too far
 You're lookin in the mirror & still you can't see who you are
 For they make you numb with pleasure, then they dare to act surprised
 When you're poisoned with sensation & you're left desensitised 
 & you can't quite remember any time before the greed
 Life & Death is neither here nor there when you lose Eternity
 & you try to kill your Brother, trying to deny
 That any form of Murder isn't really Suicide 



4.
RULES OF THE RAIN
 by Van Walker When the world is wet with rain
 & the sun comes out again
 Colours sparkle on the leaves
 & birds resume melodies

 Will you remember me
 & understand the rules of the rain When those clouds pass through the sky
 On their journey to Eternity
 Though their present forms must end
 They'll be back again

 But will you remember me
 & understand the rules of the rain

 For the price that we pay isn't cheap
 Just to wake to the sound of our sleep
 And the promise you promised to keep
 Kind of sprung a leak
 
 When there's laughter in the sky
 But there's stormclouds in your eye
 & the rain comes down on you
 Let it soak you through

 And you'll remember me
 & understand the rules of the rain



5.
FOREVER AINT SO LONG
 by Van Walker Looking out my window, I can see the sunshine
 I can see forever, forever's such a long time
 But even if they catch me, there's nothing they can do
 Darling cause you love me, baby cause I love you

 We'll leave in the morning, wipe the sleep from our eyes
 & through the dark go crawling, long before the sunrise
 & we'll hide in the mountains, so high it's hard to breath
 Baby they don't want you but they're gonna kill me

 I can hear the trackers, dogs barking in the distance
 They're coming up right after us, finishing this business
 I better load a shotgun, baby I don't want to
 Maybe they'll believe me, then I might not have to
 But even if they catch me, there's nothing they can do
 Darling cause you love me, baby cause I love you

 So looking out my window, I can see the outside
 I can see forever... Forever aint so long



6.
TROUBLE
 by Van & Cal Walker There's no way of proving that I love you honey 
 If you always expect a lot of trouble from me
 Can't help self-fulfilling prophecy now baby If you don't trust me at all
 
 The way that we live is always changing baby
 & the things that we got can't be arranged in one day 
 & the trouble we had aint gonna disappear 
 Maybe we should just sit down & talk

 Music keeps on playing
 & it will play until the end
 But I wont be changing 
 No matter who's around to hear

 Remember I met you at my girlfriend's party
 Thought I'd been hit & Cupid knew Karate
 Put down my drugs & drinks & sobered up smartly
 & I whispered in your ear

 The time that we had together was amazing
 But we got to a point that needed reappraising 
 The lies that you told we bold & baby you were brazen
 & it all ended in tears



7.
UNDERNEATH THE RADAR
 by Van Walker Baby don't believe a word
 A Bleeding Heart cannot be cured
 But the cold echoes of memory
 Will someday lead you back to me
 And we'll fly away
 Yeah we'll fly so far
 And we'll get further if we stay
 Underneath the Radar
 For the only thing that keeps me sane
 Is playing music, not the game
 But everybody’s gotta win
 But if you feel alright it aint gonna mean a thing
 So we'll fly away
 Yeah we'll fly so far
 But we'll get further if we stay
 Underneath the Radar
 So baby don't believe a word
 The Bleeding Heart cannot be cured
 But the cold echo of memory
 Will lead you someday back to me



8.
GREEN'S HOTEL
 by Van Walker At the Green's Hotel there's a bar girl I know well
 She's a sweet young thing, man the girl couldn't be much more than seventeen
 And there's a 3-legged dog that guards the fire & farts & barks at ghosts
 And a guitar man who plays in spite of everything

 And the place is dark, darker than your heart
 But the light I find keeps you off my mind

 And the place is old but the fires warm & the beer is cold
 And Happy Hour lasts just until the place closes down

 And the guitar man plays with a steady hand
 And on a quiet night there will still be a fight
 At the Green's Hotel

 There's old Snooker Dave, well his teeth, like the table's, seen better days
 And Old Clementine used to dance on these tables once upon a time
 And the owner's mean but his wife's the cruellest thing you've ever seen
 And the Man in Grey used to drive for Harry the Hatchet, they say

 And my sweet young thing watches everything
 With a smiling face she treats us all the same
 For it's all we have to drink & have a laugh
 For the drink I find keeps you off my mind
 
 At the end of the night I hang around & help the girl if there's a fight
 She checks the texts on her phone, & if it's late I'll offer to walk her home
 And the guitar man, well he's played & drank & now he cannot stand
 And the rest of the crew disappear as if into thin air

 Better hit the road, the songs are getting old
 And the streets are dark, but there's light around your heart
 We don't need to fight, I'll walk you home tonight
 From the Green's Hotel



9.
SONG FROM A TRAIN by Van Walker Our love weighs like an anchor in my heart
 Ever since our lives where torn apart
 I learnt love & life both must depart
 But I was enamoured with you
 Guess I was a fool
 Well, it ended for worse or for better
 & now I am still on the journey we once were both on together

 For you were the first & last true love of my life
 I loved you so much though I paid the price
 Innocent hearts cut like a knife
 I trusted you & what did I get
 You let some idiot's heartless libido change our lives forever
 & now I am still on the journey we once we're both on together

 But when that pain starts follow your heart
 Though it limps, follow your instincts
 They will lead you blind through the dark
 & the Muse will help a true heart

 So now that we have both grown so much older
 & the shame around your heart has grown bolder
 You want to come cry on my shoulder
 Oh baby why can't you see?
 It can never be
 Though my heart will never say never I am still on the journey we once were both on together



10.
PASSING THROUGH
 by Van Walker I feel glad deep inside
 Most times you know I’m really glad I'm even alive
 Though my heart is breaking & it's taking such a very long time
 But I'll hit the road, I'll wait & see
 Maybe something better is waiting for me
 Up ahead on the road that I'm going but I never can see

 You where there in my dreams 
 & baby you can always tell me what it all means
 These old windows are closed against the breeze
 But I'd be lost if not for you
 Girl there's only so much that a lover can do
 Wave goodbye & sigh when he's passing through

 So I'll follow my nose where the cold wind blows 
 & I'll wake up in the morning wearing another man's clothes 
 & I'll wade in the water with the daughter of an immigrant rose
 & I'll take you on & I'll hold my own
 For the sin of the father I can gladly atone 
 There's no time like the present to forgot it I'll regret it I know

 I lived there in your basement bare
 You had a dodger for a lodger & in need of repair
 But without a doubt that little house was ours to share
 But what did I do? I thought I was living with you
 I guess as soon as you're assuming with a woman you're through
 But in all that time I never made a pass at you

 So goodbye girl I guess I aint the one 
 To meet you in the morn under monogamy's sun
 It feels too bold to act old when you still feel young
 But while I'm gone I'll think of you
 And how you wrestled in the nettles for our wallaby stew
 And how your shouldashone eyes shone brown when they shouldashone blue

 You where there in my dreams 
 & baby you can always tell me what it all means
 These old windows are closed against the breeze
Yeah but I'd be lost if not for you
 Girl there's only so much that a lover can do
 But wave goodbye & sigh when he's passing through
 For baby I'm passing through



11.
SPEND IT ALL
 by Van Walker Here's to the time
 The time we aint got left fo saying goodbye
 For goodbye means nothing when you live on the fly
 Time's just the dream that intrudes on our lives
& life sure aint flying by 
 Now that we're old
 And the dreams of our youth gets left out in the cold
 And the things that I knew, well now, I know I don't know
 But it aint so special that I got to write home
 I left home so long ago

 But there's a light in your eyes that means nothing at all
 Nothing no more
 Into the well of your dreams, I don't know what they mean
 Nothing it seems
 But you always want to know
 But I raise my glass
& I spend it all 

 So here's to the road
I dance over lumps & bumps 
 Breaking my load
It spills by my sides as horizons unfold
 Horizons enticing me into the unknown
 And the unknown remarkably feels like home

 And here's to your head
 It sit's like a sunset all ready for bed
 You're eyes like two bellies hungry but well fed
 I know that they're thinking though nothing gets said
 & nothing that is said is meant

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released August 20, 2010


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Mikey Madden (Cello)
Squeezebox Wally (Accordion)
Michael Barclay (Drums)
Liz Stringer (Banjo & Voice)
Chris Wilson (Harmonica)
Jeb Cardwell (Dobro)
Greg Field (Fiddle)
Zane Lynd (Voice, Bull Fiddle, Electric Bass)
Cal Walker (Voice, Electric, Bass, Harp, Mando, Mandola)
Chris Altmann (Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Pedal Steel)

Recorded by Chris Altmann April 2010 at MJ's Joint On Bent Off High
Mixed & Mastered by Craig Pilkington at Audrey Studios, Coburg
All music by Van Walker except Ride & Trouble by Van Walker & Cal Walker
All lyrics by Van Walker

Thanks to Ruth & Paul, Mick & Jen, Fin & Dolcy, Dave Lane, Justin Rudge, John Bon Bovi & Andrew Bailey

Backstage photo by Santana Rudge
Design by Adam Gibson


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