The Man I'll Be

by Oaken Lee

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Recorded in a 500 year old attic in the British countryside. We used three guitars, two microphones, a bass, a big drum and a tambourine.

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released June 10, 2011

All songs written, performed, recorded and mixed by Jake Flowers

Bass by Will Gauden

Mastered by Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering

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Track Name: The Man I'll Be
Oh, I done did all the kid wanted done
Left me broken down, not even hoping now, it never comes
Got a rum deal, shame I feel, it shakes my bones
On a lonely road, it's the only road we'll ever know.

So I guess if that's the man I am
Well that's the man I'll have to be.

I played my hand, jewels in the sand, lost to the wake
Caught in the wash so long, hands frozen on the glass I take
When darkness falls, a keening waul, undignified
Castles tumble down, I stumble now, roadside.
Track Name: Must've Been Blind
I couldn't see myself,
Then one day as the sun fell,
Found myself looking at the shadow of a broken man.

I couldn't stop myself,
From calling time with that old belle,
When I heard the ghostly echo of a long lost hopeful man.

Now I see what a fool I've been,
I must've been blind.

I couldn't reach myself,
I'd climbed up onto the top shelf,
A cheerless caricature of the modern man.

Now I see what a fool I've been,
I must've been blind.

Oh, I won't care if you don't care brother,
But if you do then look me in the eye and may you feel the same...

I used to like myself,
Now I just feel unwell,
Seeing I'm just as hopeless, as hapless, as spineless, useless as any other man.

And now I see what a fool I've been.
Track Name: One Summer Gone
Lazing round, up on Hungry Hill
You fed me strawberries, "I'll make you sweeter still"
Marquee bar lights, glowing hazy in the heat
Falling through July, drunk by the time you'd...

This world was ours
One Summer gone

We rode a sailboat and ran it aground
I'd've risked my life for you, when your friends were sat around
They took our photograph, young and pretty too
August for the taking and taken by us two

This world was ours
One Summer gone

Shade fell colder than laughter-turned-to-smiles
Balloon-ride just above, burnt all the words for miles
Old-September night, born in a fade-to-black
Said you'd see me around, never coming back.

Oh this world was ours,
One Summer gone.
Track Name: Returning To You
Well the day is young and teeming with innocent stares
And of the sins to be had, well I'll take my share
But try as I will to be untrue
I can't stop my thoughts from returning to you

Now I'm dancing between the lines of this yellowing page
I'm twisting in the memoirs of a lascivious age
But it really doesn't seem to matter what I do
I can't stop my thoughts from returning to you

And as I try to walk pain's narrow mile
My sorrows are shattered with a merciless smile
And I wonder if ever I'll make it through
When I can't stop my thoughts from returning to you.

And round and about me the willows all weep
The road ahead gets mightily steep, boys
But I'm happy walking in these old shoes
'Cause with every step, I move closer to you
Track Name: With You Now
I've been away, away from here
I've been away, away from here
I said "so long, and thank you for your company
I'll be back again for you my dear"

I look a little older, you've been betrayed
But cry on my shoulder, I'll lead you astray
I've met some good folks, trodden down low
I woke this morning, away to go

I'm with you now

This reputation, was squarely earned
Above my station, I've never learned
But I felt sure, I was on the right track
I'd see you again, feel the sun on my back

I'm with you now
Close your eyes, I'll see you right
I'm with you now