Ten Years After

by James Moats

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This album is the end result of a huge scale recording project that spanned most of 2005 and 2006. The tracks were remixed and mastered, then arranged in a very listenable and compelling collection of songs. The title gives a nod to 2 Years In The South, which was arranged in a similar fashion, songs from 1996-1998. Here we have a new arrangement Ten Years After, with "Ten" serving as an unofficial title track #12.

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released March 21, 2008

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Track Name: A Comfortable Place
I'm not sure what it will take
for us to find a comfortable place

But what we're doing seems to be a step
in the right direction

It's a big change that requires more change of us
it's time to wake up

But what we say we need to do is a step
in the right direction

A change is what it will take
to maintain some respect and honesty

It's too important to say I know, I know
it's time for a change

I'm not sure what it will take
to gain a moment of sanity

I can't just keep being sorry for this
it's time for a change

Our road is paved with reocurrences of this
it's time for a change
Track Name: Charmin
Tick tock the clock is ticking
You could never guess what happens next
Sit and wait and entertain myself
but what will fill the void that is left behind

Lost souls cut free
roaming and wandering
Heads roll cut free
roaming and wandering

Time clock's ticking has stopped
and i can only guess what happens next
Just sit and wait and have a cigarette
Firing squad - this is it
Track Name: Long Day
I woke up with the funk today
in the pit of my soul
and my will to win was gone away
I'm afraid of being low

There's a knock under the hood
I'm twenty miles outside of town
There's never traffic on this road
this is no place to break down

I promised myself that I
wouldn't go for that drive
Why would I ever think that I could
walk that far

It's gonna be a long day

I just need to get up
I just need to walk away from it
for a little while
I've been soaking in it
an iron kettle over the fire
It's boiling hot now I've gotta go

I keep telling myself
I should never ask myself why
I'm counting down the seconds until I can
walk that far

It's gonna be a long day
Track Name: Bound To Be Lonely
Something tells me
that it's bound to be lonely
where we're going
down the narrow streets

A different language
a foreign currency
Let's hop in the car
and drive and see

Where we end up
forty miles - eighty miles
Take in the scenery
fifty miles - a hundred miles away

I don't know where this is coming from
I don't care to know
if we're going where
I think we're going wait and see
something tells me
that it's bound to be lonely

Where we end up
a hundred miles - a thousand miles
Take in the scenery
a thousand miles - a million miles away
Track Name: Tourist Season
It's leaf season
and the streets are full of RVs
pulling SUVs pulling Saturns
and each one's full of Floridians from Ohio
that's where they plan to go
when the leaves change

to a patchwork of earth tones
the colors of the seventies
like the afghan that my mother would wrap me up in

Well come and get you some cool
and soothing mountain air
It'll do wonders for your blue hair - blue hair
it's far better than last year's
week long trip to Branson
maybe tomorrow
we'll get to see the Biltmore mansion

In a matchbook of earth clones
and people in their seventies
They're clogging up the buffet lines
and wearing out their atlas spines

Go away - take your brake lights back
and your heart attack in the
fast lane - take your brake lights back
and your heart attack

It's tourist season
and I've got my in-state license
and my orange Carhartt
I'm up in my tree stand
and now I've got a plan
I'm gonna bag a trophy timeshare salesman

It's society depriving everybody
of the ability of thinking free
We've got the army ants
and the worker bees
and the retirees
chasing happiness or what they're told it is
it's all right here
you watch too much tv
and you think it's funny
it makes you stupid
Track Name: Rush Hour
This is how I begin my day
half a pack of cigarettes a pot of coffee
Through the construction at breakneck speeds

I'm traveling the same highway

and it's rush hour

Why bother
tomorrow is just another winter day
and I'm tired of feeling this way
I just can't seem to wash away the gray

and it's rush hour every hour
Track Name: Sometimes Words Hurt
I'm going down to the state park
I'm going down to the Wal-Mart
I've been feeling down and need a turn on
the coin-op merry-go-round

It's an exercise in place and time
Sometimes words hurt

I'm a window watcher
at the top of a flagpole
I don't remember last night
I've got a fear of this height

It's an exercise in place and time
Sometimes words hurt
I think I missed a beat and lost the rhyme
Sometimes the world hurts

He's a prodigy
at misogyny
What are you afraid of
Self love - self love
Track Name: Flood
The trees are shaking
The rain is puddling
The valley is beginning to flood

The water is rising
The lights went out and
The valley is beginning to move

It could have been worse
the wind could have beaten us to death
It should have given us
the means to wash away the old way
and find a new day

The trailer's rocking
is never ending
The neighbors are on holiday

I can't sleep for
fear of missing
something, I'm lying awake

We need to find a way
to thank the gulf states
for providing a pathway
Track Name: Yes Man
Let's focus on the positive, Yes Man
I've got a brand new can-do attitude
I wanna be your yes man
this is what happens when the box is left outside

Put it on paper and write it down for me
I need a waste of time
I think it's time
to try conformity on for size

Let's boost initiative, Yes Man
here comes another shift in mood
Now I'm a senior yes man
this is what happens when I come unglued

Pass the papers
Let's leave a message flaming
It's such a waste of a mind
I think it's time
for you to try me on for size

Can you handle the responsibility
cuz I'm not like you
Can you handle the responsibility
are you afraid of me
Track Name: In Time
I'm losing this the human race
and I find it hard to find a faith
I realized after high school
that I couldn't keep the pace
and then

I don't want to find a new job
It's something i don't want to think about
With all that's going on around here
that's the last thing I want to do

I've got a million things on my little mind
and it seems like no one ever even tries to listen
they just shake their heads and look away
and in time I will learn not to mind

So I will just keep singing to you
and maybe write it down
if it's close enough to true
or if I think it's worth the time and ink
and in time I will learn not to mind

I'm losing this, the human race
and I find it hard to find a faith
I realized after high school
that I couldn't keep the pace
and now
Track Name: Vulnerability
I'm back in the car
thinking about writing
It never stopped me before
but I have nothing to say

I'm back in the car
thinking about driving
I now spend two hours a day

Can you believe in your dreams
don't take this from me

Open up to the possibility
Vulnerability

I'm back in the car
doing the right thing
It has gotten harder each day

Open up to the possibility
Vulnerability
Your kryptonite is a lovely green
Vulnerability
Track Name: Ten
I called you on the phone
to say that I was sorry
I never call you on the phone at all
I'm glad to hear you're doing well

So here's to better days

It's been a long time
ten years since I left you there
Sometimes I wonder had I stayed
what would I be wondering about today

It's all water under a distant overpass
It's probably just the rain making me feel this way
After a while these feelings always pass

I know we're older
but you still make me feel nineteen
Today has found me in a state
full of memories

I called you on the phone
to say that I was sorry