Okono Road

by Glenn Yoder

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1.
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
2.
Okono Road 03:13
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?
3.
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
4.
Home 04:02
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
Alone 03:00
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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

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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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