Guarding Crows

by Roy Paymon

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Debut album by Roy Paymon, an esoteric marriage of Greek folk, dusty Americana and harmonious pop.

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released July 28, 2010

Music Composed and Performed by Roy Paymon
Thanks to family, friends, mentors
Special thanks to Paris S, Rob O, Tony B and Willow.
Recorded in a bedroom in a house somewhere.

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Track Name: Big Black Bell
I'm running
I'm running
I'm gonna run to the end of line
I don't want to waste no more damn time
I'm crying
I'm crying
I've been crying tears of blood
Jesus gonna bring a flood
win this time
Devil's gonna ride
might as well have died
time to leave it
kick it back and breathe in
I'm gonna go where I can't be found
I don't want to hear a goddamn sound
he's coming
oh Lord he's coming
he's gonna damn you all to Hell
he's gonna ring that big black bell
win this time
Devil's gonna ride
might as well have died
it's over
it's all over
he's going to come in through the clouds
feel his footsteps on the ground
he's walking
never talking
judging fools on the left hand side
cutting up mountains 10 miles wide
win this time
Devil's gonna ride
might as well have died
Track Name: Home River
I think it's time we went inside
sun is setting get to hide
but it's warm still
but it's warm still
I promise I won't lock the door
it should be better than before
but it's quiet
so quiet
but I'm sure I double checked it
and as far as I can see
there's still a sky above us
and a road beneath our feet
but I think there's something missing
and I think it might be me
I wouldn't worry about it
we all need some peace
grab the coats I'll hit the lights
make sure the window's shut down tight
home river
home river
i need to lie down for a while
thoughts are running fast and wild
I'll wait it out
I'll wait it out
but I'm sure I double checked it
and as far as I can see
there's still a sky above us
and a road beneath our feet
but I think there's something missing
and I think it might be me
I wouldn't worry about it
we all need some peace
but I'm sure I double checked it
and as far as I can see
there's still a sky above us
and a road beneath our feet
but I think there's something missing
and I think it might be me
I wouldn't worry about it
we all need some peace
Track Name: Tipperary Sand
I've been drinking sky and eating mud
sentimental moments overdubbed again
hands upon the Tipperary Sand
since the day you left our house to rot
I've been trying to figure out just what to say
tempt the lady back into the lake
and in your mother's eyes
you'll see the disappointment and surprise
to find her daughter's face
disfigured and deformed from all the lies
so if you ever call I'll be sure to tell your man
that a stranger shed a tear on the Tipperary Sand
foul and evil things have come to pass
I will pray you found some greener grass ahead
to honor and remember what is dead
village people wondering where you've gone
shame on heroes victims criminals one and all at once
fire burning like a thousand suns
and in your father's eyes
evil cruelty aside
is an empty hollow shell
covered in forgotten love and pride
so if you ever call I'll be sure to tell your man
that a stranger shed a tear on the Tipperary Sand
and when you come back home
stepping through the laurels and the stones
I won't be there, my little girl
waiting for a noose around my throat
so don't you call my name on the Tipperary Sand
this love is gone, misused, forlorn
and you'll wonder where I've gone when I've left you
broken, crying on the Tipperary Sand
Track Name: Imonetta
Imonetta
hope you're better
since out last embrace
in December
Imonetta
if you'd met her
you'd be crying too
Imonetta
from the cold you come home to a broken truce
in this world you are chosen but you can't choose
still, you sip from the cup and hope you don't lose
Imonetta, what you've weathered
would make grown men fall from the heavens
Imonetta, I would never
try to do you harm
Track Name: Hell
Little Lorelai Lee
she was a sight to see
shining like a star in the deep green sea
her hair was a mess
she was naive, God bless
her eyes made of gold
this much I attest
Her family was poor
her daddy was a boor
what happened in their house
I'm still not sure
it doesn't matter now
because we fell in love somehow
and hit the long road
to stories untold
Little Lorelai Lee
were you planning all along to do this to me
hear my lyrical plea
when you look at yourself in the mirror
you'll be looking at me
so off we go
way up in Bovill, Idaho
a small town forgotten a long time ago
we find a motel
just to rest for a spell
lay down to rest
my head on her breast
we stayed still that night
under the pale moonlight
she yearned for salvation so I held her tight
it didn't last long, something felt real wrong
I couldn't ignore
the gun on the floor
Little Lorelai Lee
were you planning all along to do this to me
hear my lyrical plea
when you look at yourself in the mirror
you'll be looking at me
sunrise comes
and the moon succumbs
I open another packet of premiums
I turn to my right and as I focus my sight
all I can see
is a gun pointed at me
She said
"put your clothes on and get out of bed
unless you want to be found both naked and dead"
I quickly obliged
as I slowly realized
her loving arms
were full of lies
Little Lorelai Lee
were you planning all along to do this to me
hear my lyrical plea
when you look at yourself in the mirror
you'll be looking at me
well I'm lying in this room
with a gunshot wound
holding my stomach waiting for certain doom
but right before I go
I'll write down this song
and I'll call it hell
cause that's were she belongs
Little Lorelai Lee
were you planning all along to do this to me
hear my lyrical plea
when you look at yourself in the mirror
you'll be looking at me
Track Name: Dusty Crown
I'm cleaning house
And getting rid of all the complications
Of all the complications
You re the one that poisons everything and causes my frustration
I'm going out and breathing in
5 minutes and I'm healing
5 minutes and I'm healing
All the wounds you left over the years and had my heart reeling
It's a dusty crown
That is weighing you down
There's better things to do and live and learn in this old earth
So come back around
won't you come back down
Fourteen and six and 20 of my Seaven secret voices
My Seaven secret voices
Secret Father changes in the patterns, reasons to avoid this
Oh solitude oh solitude
Your warmth is satisfying
Your warmth is satisfying
When people fail me time and time again there's no denying
It's a dusty crown
That is weighing you down
There's better things to do and live and learn in this old earth
So come back around
Won't you come back down
Well I'm tired of picking up the scraps of things you could have been when you were throwing all your weight around and claiming you were dreaming
And I shake and shake and give and take and lose my inspiration
160 South, I give two shits about your situation
It's a dusty crown
That is weighing you down
There's better things to love and live and learn in this old earth
So come back around
Won't you come back down
Track Name: Sitry
Sitry
Sitry
Dwse fws ki'as ponaei
Track Name: Bone Chime
Rose, rose
weathered rose
claim your tree where the black land grows
hell-speak and bone chime glow
this he knows
Brown eyes and filigree lies
calm your sea
in the end of times you will understand
but until then, my withered friend
you shake a dead man's hand
how hey, I heard you say
sing all night and I play all day
see how the little ones pray
swing and sway
old fools and nobody's rules change the land
in the end of times you will understand
but until then my withered friend
you shake a dead man's hand
Show me a howling tree
hold my hand and lean on my feet
bare teeth
razorback creed
set it free
hearts mend in the bitter end
by themselves
in the end of times you will understand
but until then, my bitter friend
you shake a dead man's hand
Track Name: Back
I'll wait
I'll wait
like a rock in the ocean
I will not be swayed
I won't move
and I won't shake
till you come back home
and ease my weight
and I won't try
anymore
to dull this pain
to head to shore
to heal these wounds
to stop this war
to understand what I'm looking for
looking for
I'm a stone
I'm a stone
lived a million things
lived them all alone
and I disown
I disown
all the seeds I have sown
and I don't need
a helping hand
to look in the distance
to make a stand
I feel the wind
I see the black
it keeps me warm
till you come back
you come back
you come back
I'll wait
I'll wait
grow my roots
seal my fate
and I won't shift
and I won't crack
it'll keep me warm
till you come back