So Long Sonoran (Demolition Recordings)

by Michael Lee Hodges

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I recorded this in an empty room I was remodeling.

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released March 24, 2016

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Michael Lee Hodges Portland, Oregon

Michael Lee Hodges is a Southwest native living in Portland OR. His songs tell the story of the working class, the unsung heroes, the mystery of the desert and the redemption found in family. "So Long Sonoran" is a tribute to leaving the place you Love and Loving the place you find. ... more

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Track Name: Lost Man Found
Born in a dry desert valley
surrounded by towers of stone
hardened by hear work and sorrow
I left my family and I left my home
I left my family and my home

Im east word bound and down and I aint comming back to this town
east ward bound and down and I aint comming back to this town
well I aint comming back to this down

I wandered the veins of the great states
slept beneath the stars and through rain
from the colorado rockies to the great lakes
the black hills of wyoming to the oklahoma plains
the black hills and the oklahoma plains

Im know where now to be found Im alone with the wind and her howl
Im know where now to be found im alone iwht the wind and her howl
im alone with the wind and her howl

I know that sting of the black top
the burning of rubber and oil
I sang with the steel rail at midnight
one song of many that nearly took my life
one song that nearly took my life

I was thrown to the ground like a hound a piece of me left in every town
thrown to the ground like a hound a piece of me left in every town
a piece of me left in every town

well now I sit beneath that giants
dougfir and cedar and pine
ponderin the wisdom of the old growth
making a home for my child and for my wife
a home for my child and for my wife

Im northwest now and sound a lost man can always be found
Im northwest now and sound a lost man can always be found
ya a lost man can always be found
Track Name: Brothers Lament
Do you remember when we were young when we were young
is that what you call fun when we were young when we were young
from what I recall there was damage done oh the damage that was done
one man in prison and the other holding both ends of the gun

breath it in my friend oh breath it in
youve got to win youve got to win
breath it in my friend oh breath it in
this is not the end this is not the end

can you tell me what its like all those sounds all of those sounds
does it drive a good man mad all those mouths i mean all of those mouths
and do you still talk to God or is it to loud is it to loud
and does the methamphetamine still help you drown it out drown it out

breath it in my friend oh breath it in
youve got to win youve got to win
breath it in my friend oh breath it in
this is not the end this is not the end

Do you remember when we were yound when we were young
and will you forgive me for the damage done all the damage done
and when you go out will it be just like the arizona sun
brightest of all and more beautiful than anyone

breath it in my friend oh breath it in
youve got to win youve got to win
breath it in my friend oh breath it in
this is not the end this is not the end
Track Name: Labor
These hands were stackers of stone
builders of brick walls and homes
they crafted arches like statues of gold
and turned giant boulders into roads

i mastered the bow twist and crown
and i brought my swift hammer down
like old john henry it will be the death of me
Ill be workin till they lay me in the ground

I wrapped the tops of steeples and halls
and ive seen to many good men fall
when the roof reflects the sun it reflects my heart
proof of how i have gone

yeah and i gauruntee there aint no tougher man than me
no one braver than the welders of steel
cause we know the jolt of electricity
yeah and we know how the saw blade fills
yeah and i gauruntee there aint no tougher man than me
no one braver than the welders of steel
cause we know the jolt of electricity
yeah and we know how the saw blade fills
Track Name: Black Rock
The black rocks are a burnin and it fills my soul
im sitting in the shade of the saguaro
that son is gonna kill me and shed my skin
so i scrape across the stones just like the rattle snake did

and theres venom in those teeth
and theres thorns in those trees
and the water is poisonous to drink

The trail is long and lonesome and the canyon tall and steep
the gravels always loose there yeah it slips beneath your feet
your mind will tend to wander drifting off to sleep
down into the canyon one thousand meters deep

and theres venom in those teeth
and theres thorns in those trees
and the water is poisonous to drink

the dry breeze is a'crackin and the dust storm always blows
its blanketing the mountain like a good ol northern snow
the black cloud is a commin shes rollin in real slow
splittin the estrellas commin up from mexico

and theres venom in her teeth
and theres thorns in my feet
and the water will kill me if I drink
and theres venom in her teeth
and theres thorns in my feet
and the water will kill me if I drink

yeah the black rocks are a burnin and it fills my soul
Track Name: Tendon and Bone
take on my burdens and ill take on yours
intwine tendon and bone
youve got your heart ache and ive got my ghosts
we can turn these in for soul

im home im home
truly ive never been known
im home im home im home

Ive caused that heartbreak and ive caused that pain
ive been a fool in so many ways
ive made you promises that i couldnt keep
darlin wont you forgive me

cause im broken and angry from the bad things ive done
but I swear im not the man I was

well ill never leave you like your father did
like my old man did to me
no ill always love you until were gone and dead
pushing up golden poppies

im a rich man im a rich man
cause ive got you now
and you got me mama you do
im a rich man im a rich man
cause ive got you now
and you got me mama you do

take on my burdens and ill take on yours
intwine tendon and bone
youve got your heart ache and ive got my ghosts
we can turn these in for soul