Okono Road

by Glenn Yoder

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"Okono Road" is Glenn Yoder's first proper solo record, made under his own name while still fronting the rock group Cassavettes. For the album, he teamed up with producer (and esteemed songwriter) Todd Thibaud in summer 2008 and the duo called upon a veritable all-star cast of fellow musicians for the recording sessions, including members of the Low Anthem and Girls Guns & Glory. Yoder and Thibaud carefully crafted a record where the "song comes first." Folks took note, as one publication noted that "Yoder pays homage ... to the great American song." Critics were quick to label Yoder a "young Paul Westerberg" while drawing comparisons to Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Ryan Adams, and the Lemonheads.

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released January 22, 2009

Produced by Todd Thibaud
Engineered by Jack Gauthier, Lakewest Studios, West Greenwich, Rhode Island
Cover artwork by Joe Buglewicz
Notes: Debut solo album, with appearances by members of Cassavettes, Girls Guns & Glory, the Low Anthem, Aimee Mann, Todd Thibaud, and Annie Lynch & The Beekeepers

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Track Name: Broken Beaten & Blue
Am I fool, am I fool, to believe in you?
Was it a shot in the dark or light from a spark?
Was I fooled right from the start?

The sun's gonna be up soon
But I'll be broken, beaten, and blue
So tell me I am a fool
To believe in you

Was it all a game? Coin toss or just fate?
What if I never chose to play?
If it's all just chance, not some larger plan
Why did I trust this in your hands?

The sun's gonna be up soon
But I'll be broken, beaten, and blue
So tell me I am a fool
To believe in you

My faith's gonna be up soon
And I'll be broken, beaten, and blue
Oh, broken, beaten, and blue
Yeah, broken, beaten, and blue
Just tell me I am a fool
To believe in you
Track Name: Okono Road
Distant highway beckons to me like a death sentence
City pulls me back to our suicide pact
If I had my way I would leave right now just slash and burn
But salting the earth's more trouble than it's worth

Said, is this all there is? Does the life I want even exist?
Did I leave it back behind me, was I closer to it then?
Will I find it?

Maybe I should leave this place for Okono Road
I do better alone, I just have to know
If there's a place like the one that's buried in my mind
Somewhere the sky opens wide, where everything is just right

Is this all there is? Does the life I want even exist?
Did I leave it back behind me, was I closer to it then?
Will I find it?

Oh, there's a world outside out of what we know
Where you reap what you sow
That's where I will make my home

Is this all there is? Does the life I want even exist?
Did I leave it back behind me, was I closer to it then?
Will I find it?
Track Name: A Thousand Ways
Baby, come home, there's no reason to go
I never meant to hurt you
At least that's what he says when he's winning you back
Oh, you call it love but you're the only one
We call it something quite wrong
At least that's what we think, but never would speak
And it kills me

Maybe the road is paved in gold
Maybe the road is better alone
Maybe your heart must break in a thousand ways before you know
And it kills me

Oh, you need some time or a bottle of wine
Something to help you unwind
But it won't change much, dear, except the way you feel now
Oh, you've come unglued because it's bigger than you
And you don't deal well by yourself
So you still hold on, dear, when you know it does harm
And it kills me

Maybe the road is paved in gold
Maybe the road is better alone
Maybe your heart must break in a thousand ways before you know
And it kills me

Ain't it strange to be locked up forever?
She can't complain, he won't let her

And it kills me, oh yeah
Track Name: Home
Haven't heard myself since I stole all of your words
Some say I've been blessed, but it feels more like a curse
I need some time to think
So I'll go home, Lord, I'll go home

She left late last night, just the latest to walk out
I'd never treat her right, thank God she figured that out
I don't even know myself, how could I know someone else?
She has got a heart, ungoverned by a man or God
Everything's falling apart, but she's still strong
Wish I could be that strong, I know where I belong
I'll go home, Lord, I'll go home

Nothing left to hold, giving up the ghost
Buying what she sold for just another dose
Nothing left 'round here, just a mess of wasted years

Home, Lord, I'll go home
Track Name: Just Like You
Your hand's warm, it runs circles around my bare stomach skin
Your kiss is short, can't help wondering if I'll see you again

He'll look just like you, he'll look just like you, he'll look just like you
Well, the day is gonna come and it better come soon

I show up, dozen roses in hand for an acre of land
I stand up after pressing my mouth to the cold and wet ground

He'll look just like you, he'll look just like you, he'll look just like you
Well, the day is gonna come, pray to God it comes soon

Said to believe you that you'd be home again
Left me guessing how you could promise that when it's all left to luck
Just want to see you, oh, one more time
Guess I've got a bit of you left behind, I call him Daddy's son

He looks just like you, he looks just like you, he looks just like you
Well, the day has finally come, thank God it came soon
He looks just like you, he looks just like you, he looks just like you
Well, the day has finally come, thank God it came soon
Well, the day has finally come, thank God it came soon
Track Name: Til the Wheels Fall Off
I've got no one to dream about, no one to die without, nothing at all
I've seen her love come like a summer flood, fill the lake back up, the drought hid away

Ride this 'til the wheels fall off, tell me that the heart wants whatever breaks my heart

I've got someone to dream about, someone to die without, it won't last long
Scorching sun burns the lake into mud, dries the whole thing up, 'til there ain't no drop left

Ride this 'til the wheels fall off, tell me that the heart wants whatever breaks my heart

Her mind changes like the weather, flash floods and endless droughts
I can live like this forever, I just have to wait the weather out
So come on, break my heart
Track Name: The Rain's Not Far Behind
Tired of lies like bluer skies are ahead
The truth's in your eyes but you'd prefer to keep it there

It feels wrong to move on, never know the whole story
Chance has come and gone, but you're still mourning
Tears you cried have dried, the rain's not far behind

Darling, the miles are catching up to you now
This ain't a world you wanted to love or hug or be part of
It's like your predisposed to spend your whole life searching
Now you're cold and alone and left in the lurch
Baby, do this one thing for yourself

It feels wrong to move on, never know the whole story
Chance has come and gone, and you're still mourning
Tears you cried have dried and the rain's not far behind

I've been searching for something finer than gold
Been for diamonds and digging up coal
Been throwing my line in but the lake has dried up
Now the rain's not far behind

It feels wrong to move on, we'll never know the whole story
Chance has come and gone, but you're still mourning
Tears you cried have dried, the rain's not far behind
Track Name: Alone
Wind is moaning, calling me out to the cold
Where it gnaws at my skin and freezes my soul
So I can feel alone
Daybreak is yawning, tired of bearing the load
Of making the world feel warm and full
Where no one is ever alone

Everyone here has someplace to go
I just want to be left alone

I never wanted to leave anyone behind
Choose myself over what matters, have that weight on my mind
No, I don't want you to go

Everyone here has someplace to go
I don't want you to, I don't don't want you to, I don't want to be left alone
Track Name: It's Gonna Take Time
It's gonna take time, I know the world's beating down your front door
And you want nothing more in the whole world than to join in
But it's gonna take time, don't hurry, it's gonna time, don't hurry, just take some time

There's so little time together, don't sell me down the river for your friends
It's gonna take time, don't hurry, it's gonna time, don't hurry, just take some time

Soon you'll have the world all to yourself
But you may wish that you had just slowed down
And said it's gonna take time, don't hurry, it's gonna time, don't hurry, just take some time

It's gonna take time, don't hurry, it's gonna time, don't hurry, it's gonna take some time to find out what's important
Time to us, time to love, but time's not on our side
Track Name: Give Me a Moment
Give me a moment while I catch my breath, start this old tale up again
It all ended so long ago can't remember where to begin
We were young, well, younger then, left where life had spat us out
Clutching at nothing in the darkest corners of a small north Texas town

I don't lie, I just tell my side of the story
I don't hate you, in truth I find you a little boring
And I don't amplify my hurt, I don't need to make it worse
To make a long story short

We had a path, a place, a purpose, a cause and an effect
We had a million scattered reasons things would work out the way we said
But if they say that fate's a waste then trust must be a bust
After all, our mouths got full, our heads got dull, and our bodies old

Now I don't lie, I just tell my side of the story
And I don't hate you, in truth I find you a little boring
I don't amplify my hurt, I don't need to make it worse
To make a long story short

Give me a moment while I tip my hat to the long road of the past
All the things that seem to matter count only if they last
We talk less and less each year about the way that time moves
I've shaken it in a lot of ways, can we say the same for you?

Well I don't lie, I just tell my side of the story
And I don't hate you, in truth I find you a little boring
Well I don't amplify my hurt, I don't need to make it worse
To make a long story short
Track Name: Green & White
Green and white, bookends of my life
Broadway parades and new brides
It's clear in hindsight, this highway's just lines
Mind gets stirred, memories get blurred by the time, oh, the time

Darling, my mind bleeds like an ocean
My heart's caught in the tide
Now that I've learned what's important
I'm staying dry

Ode to white, drone of the pipes
A sound I was once willing to fight
A long way from home, still I'm not alone
I've got someone, yeah, I've got somewhere to go, oh, to go

And my mind bleeds like an ocean
My heart's caught in the tide
Now that I've learned what's important
I'm staying dry

I said maybe someday, I'll forget your name
Maybe I'll lose your face
Long after then, it don't matter when
We'll both be happy again

Green over white, everything's right
I know where I'll be, I know who's with me tonight, oh, tonight

Darling, my mind bleeds like an ocean
My heart's caught in the tide
Now that I've learned what's important
I'm staying dry
Track Name: You Led Me Into Your Love
Bended knee, hand to God, you led me into your love
I prayed for you to make me strong, led me into your love

Loveless man sits in the valley wonders if he'll ever get out alive
He knew the top, the dizzying highs, but now he's stuck beneath the very same skies

He says, bended knee, hand to God, you led me into your love
I prayed for you to make me strong, led me into your love

Words pour out, he never wanted out, for once he thanks the Lord he's alone
Tires bald from every mile traveled that kept him from making a home

He says, bended knee, hand to God, you led me into your love
I prayed for you to make me strong, led me into your love

We can't stop what's coming on, led me into your love
Somewhere you know the light's left on, led me into your love, led me into your love

Together we are both are strong, led me into your love
Thankful for the light of our love, it goes on and on and

Bended knee, hand to God, you led me into your love
Prayed for you to make me strong, led me into your love
Bended knee, hand to God, you led me into your love
I prayed for you to make me strong, led me into your love
You led me into your love