Old Soul (‘18)

At the grocery store, dead in my tracks

I feel weird now, been starin’ at that item for so long

what is it worth compared to all the competitors

Well, I’m an old soul, I’ll leave it at that

There’s a battle goin’ on inside my head

I feel weird now, what have I said

I wish I could show you the look on your face

I’m gunna be honest, I’m not from outer space

I’m just an old soul, I’ll leave it at that

Yeah I wish we could go back in time

ride a stagecoach out to the county line

I'd go to a rendezvous with you

we could learn from the native tribes

and share some tunes

yeah we’re old souls, I’ll leave it at that

I feel the waves all pushin’ me back

all the fish so quick to advance

for reasons I can’t find, well the future’s worse

if we don’t know what came first

they were old souls, I’ll leave it at that

Slowin' Down Time ('18)
 

Mountains

The bird's song is lost on me

the bird's song is lost one me

Tower's fall, mountains rise

I heard the cold coyote call

I heard the cold coyote call

through the wind of the Wyoming fall

through the wind of the Wyoming fall

Towers fall, mountains rise

Where's the harmony in these skies?

Where's the harmony in these times?

Where's the harmony in my mind?

Where's the harmony in these times?

 

I can see through the shallow creek

Where ya coming' from?

Oh, where do you lead?

Tell me I am not alone

Oh, shallow creek.

 

Come down from your tower now, come down

Will the sea ever cross the sand?

Come down from your tower now, come down

Lookin' down at all the hungry people

stacks of food around you...

 

Waiting for the Sun

Pack up, move out with nothin'

start buildin' the soil

Cut down, waiting for the sun now

cross eyed and tongue tied

waiting for the sun now

Will it ever come out?

 

Half drunk, how high is too high?

Closing my mind's eye

to keep up with the times.

 

Cut down, waiting for the sun now

cross eyed and tongue tied

waiting for the sun now...

 

I always seem to wander off the trail

caught in the thicket and in the mud,

but I know I'm not alone, I'm not alone

Space is a somewhat relative concept

Are we separate if we're goin' through the same shit?

No, you're not alone

No, we're not alone

The mountain always looks much different

goin' down than when you climbed up it

We're not the same, but we are chain...

 

Current Now

Gunna run to the woods

I forgot that I could

get away from all the madness

I can hear the trees are breathin'

but the water's to cold for my feet

 

Heard the news and the violence

in a crowd full of pushin'

very few makin' efforts

to look beyond their own noses

so I'll find no trace of human life

 

Oh, the snow is in the river now

So be careful of the current now

 

So you wanna go floatin'

down another lazy river 

but did you think of all the rapids

that you're gunna leave your children?

Did you teach them how to ride?

 

Oh, the snow is in the river now

So be careful of the current now

 

Break it down now,

to the level of neanderthals

another round of pass the bottle

let the fire feed the soul

 

Oh, the snow is in the river now

So be careful of the current now

 

Spring

I see in your eyes the coming of the spring

don't have to disguise anything from you, Darlin' 

even when I do, you see me through

 

When I got you, it's all I need

Don't need a thing, when you're here with me

 

I wanna bring light when the sunshine hides from you

and I can't believe why you'd wanna stay here with me, Dalin'

 

When I got you, it's all I need

Don't need a thing, when you're here with me

Darlin', you got me, when I got you it's all I need

 

I Can't Wait For Patience

I spent five years inside the fog

gettin' by and givin' in

It's time I make a difference

I saw the dull reflection of

what I thought and what I was

The shadow of the light

Maybe my imagination's wrong

maybe I'm just thinkin' outta luck,

but my friends I'll think until the end

 

And I'm seein' now, the wind has blown me away

And I'm hangin' out, but I can't get you to stay

 

When you only read part of the page

and hang it in your window frame

it's no telling why you can't keep up

Your tongue feels bigger than your mouth 

so take a knife and cut it out

there's no telling what you'll never say

You only criticize and never dare,

your eyes they look so unaware

there's a sliver in my stare

 

When I grow up, I'll take it up

When I stand up, I hope you feel my love

 

And I'm seein' now, the wind has blown me away

And I'm hangin' out, but I can't get you to stay...

 

Landlocked

I've got time, even though I've got nothin' 

but an elegant sentiment on the grapevine

Don't wanna sing the blues 

because I'm seein' red now

and I've gone into my head enough to know I've timed out

 

I wanna self destruct

and never step up

 

Have I set myself up?

Set up for failure

No matter how clever a word I write

it feels useless

 

I wanna self destruct

and never step up

I wanna self destruct

and never speak up

 

It's not all

It's not all

I thought it was

I thought it was

It's so much more

It's so much more

 

Overboard

Tired of starin' at the empty bunk above

while you exchange your words of love

I know it is rough to know your love fell overboard

she's lost on the ocean floor

 

But your friends they're not gone

they're fixing the sails

The storm it blows on

this ship has no anchor

 

As we swap the decks

memories of solid ground

filling our heads - the changing of the seasons

The falling of leaves

 

No, your friends they're not gone

they're fixing the sails

The storm it blows on

this ship has no anchor

Well, I hope you are free

you're her and your me

a rusting old reel of photographic memories...

 

Doubt

I got a feelin' this feelin' is no good

Back to the ceilin' no proof where I stood

disappeared into the sky, be back around nine

cause I got a feelin' this feelin' is no good

 

On and on, on and, on and on, on and

 

I got a feelin' this light is too bright

Never saw heaven, too close were my eyes

ugly is what ugly sees, and I believe

there's beauty in everything

 

On and on, on and, on and on, on and

 

Hallelujah to all religions

Hallelujah no matter where you're from

Hallelujah no matter what you've done

Hallelujah to everyone...

 

Slowin' Down Time

I'm slowin' down time

inside of my mind

Ain't waitin' in line

that goes in a circle

Yeah, I'm slowin' down time

 

You can send the wind my way

you can send the wind my way

cause the wind will never kill

never kill my will

 

I'm slowin' down time

speed's been makin' me go blind

Ain't waitin' in line

that goes in a circle

Cause, I'm slowin' down time

 

You can send the wind my way

you can send the wind my way

But the wind will never kill

never kill my will

 

In the snow and the cold

I will let go of the comfort of certainty

 

No, the wind will never kill

Never kill my will

 

I'm slowin' down time

inside of my mind...

 

White Dove

There's a fire every night

flickerin' with such surprise

we watch the flames all burnin' bright

wait for someone to arrive

In a shadow overcome

my throat closed up

and I guess you could say I saw a demon

But now that I'm older and my perception's changed

it may have been an angel

but I was so afraid

of what I did not know

When the white dove flew up

the people who remained all raised their hands

 

When I give up, I hear a train

its whistle blows my fears away

When I have doubts I shout them out

they fill the clouds and rain down on me

When I look up across the flame 

I see that I'm the one to blame

 

We've been standin' 'round the fire for so long

I think it's time we start dancing all live long...

 

 

 

 

Nothing New ('17)

 

embers

i burned my house down in 1883

i burned my house down

just to watch it burn

and i dont regret a thing

take the time and watch the embers

burn

take the time and they will burn out

watch it burn

take your turn

watch it burn

watch it die

breed new life…

 

rabbit in the garden

i wanna be like a rabbit in the garden

until they come and chase me away

i wanna be like a rabbit in the

garden

id move on out to somethin else

i wanna live in the shadow of the

mountain

where the rain falls down and

cleans my head

i want my brain to stay at home

inside the ocean

where codes lose shape and float

away

why cant we all lend a hand

weve worked so hard to get ahead

why dont we just lend our hands

and make a plea for reality

i wanna scream like the owl in

the twighlight

where no one’s awake to hear

my cry

i wanna feel like the deer

panting for water

oh quench my thirst and wash it

out

i wanna burn down the forest i

created

and grow back over the ash and

dust

why cant we all lend a hand

weve worked so hard to get ahead

why dont we just lend our hands

and make a plea for reality

why cant we all lend a hand

weve worked so hard to get ahead

why dont we just give a hand

i wanna be like a rabbit in the garden…

 

heartbeats

 

oh, darlin take a chance with me

just turn around and you will see

i’m not everything

you want me to be

oh, darlin take a chance with me

i got these new shoes on my feet

and i’m not everything

you want me to be

oh, darlin take a chance with me

just turn around and you will see

i’m not everything

you want me to be

just take a chance with me…

 

get it all

this growin citys got me down

these street lights keep me up

but its what i bargained for

when i left my home

my brothers my sisters

have i done you wrong

when i got caught up

in my own song

but its all a part of this

and theres no changin it now

and i cant seem to get it all

i cant seem to take it all in

theres somethin been drivin me

to back away from the sea

and im tired of fighting it

but i must keep on fighting it

anyway

every story has a cause

and mine seems to be lost

but im just a small part of it

and were all a part of this

and i cant seem to get it all

no i cant seem to take it all in…

 

plenty of time

my grandpa he lives on

reading all alone

hating strangers help

searching for his mind

angry at his life

three generations there

as he was pushed down the hall

stonefaced clenching his jaw

speaking no words at all

does he remember us

or has he completely close up

we all felt the weight

but the children in the room

gave smiles to fill each face

his would remain the same

his decline was all i knew

i want to be an old man too

but jolly and sharp as a tooth

full of wisdom to share

grandpa my gift to you

will be to do what you could not do

ive got plenty of time to keep myself

around

you know that ill try to never let you down

 

buzzards

the other day i met jacob

i asked him ‘why do you where fur’

he said ‘its what my mother commanded

and i listen to her’

later on i saw esau

i asked him ‘how does it feel

to be betrayed by your brother’

he said ‘leave me alone

im lookin for a meal’

up walked aristotle along with plato

i overheard them debating about the

government

plato turned to me and asked me

what i think about republicans

i said ‘ill have an answer

right as soon as esau finishes his stew’

on the television i saw jesus

on a stage with mary queen of scots

he took her hand they walked behind the curtain

no one gave a second thought

out came who else but cleopatra

and all the men perked up

she said ‘ive got a new boyfriend’

and up stood donald trump

i heard the chimes of freedom laughin

walkin on a long and dusty road

the air was hot the grass was brown and growin

the sidewalk was made of gold

and i was overcome with a funny feelin

like i was bein watched

i overheard some buzzards whisperin

‘can’t wait to eat your f***in’ soul…

 

nothing new

oh summer king on your throne

i know the words you speak serve

only you but the air is getting cold

and soon youll sit alone and wonder

why your wells gone dry

its nothing new

oh winter queen your snows so deep

you take what you like and pile it

high but soon the ice will break and

youll fall into the lake and your bitter

fruit will rot like you

its nothing new

oh knight in green your break’s not

clean when all you seek is her body

your pride you must let go because

eventually youll be alone with your

face down on the floor in an empty

room

its nothing new

oh princess pea your smiles so sweet

you love to play your games you

play them well but soon well all

catch on and all your masks will fall

off and youll wonder where your

beauty’s gone

its nothing new…

 

make it out

 

theres a gathering in the morning

six days a week never stop moving

they say ‘are we gunna make it out

of here’

so many talks about hopes and

dreams

‘what would you do if you won the

lottery

we’re never gunna make it out of

here’

‘i got three kids i got three mouths to

feed

gotta work the shift

gotta pay utilities

are we ever gunna make it out

but i will teach my daughters

properly

what time i have i will try to set them

free 

because i want them to make it out

of here

ill be patient ill do your dirty deeds

ill even let you tell me how i can

speak

because someday i’m gunna make it

out

someday i’m gunna make it out of

here

you want the world

you want to be a new-aged king

you want to gain control and you

want everything

but tell me are you gunna make it out

of here’

i saw a burning bush

yeah i saw a burning bush…

 

mississippi murder

i left the body there yesterday

blood dripped from his hair

yesterday

momma ill never come home again

not that you care

look underneath my old bed

theres money there give it to G

grandma please forgive me

youre my hero

feel free to fill in the fire pit

i dug in the yard

if you ever hear from my kid

please tell him im thinkin of him

i hope he stays outta this mess

and grows up to have a life

much better than mine

and i would do it again

id kill that man again

he knew i ran these streets

and he had the guts to challenge me

cracked out no money to spare

he said hed pay up eventually

and he married my b***h of an aunt

they ran their lives into the ground

i dont care if youre family

nobody should ever challenge me

the cops are all after me

and i know its my aunt

who ratted me

but (truth be told) im not that angry

i kinda wanna be back in the clink

sure life is terrible there

but its terrible here and everywhere

 

american man

saw an american man

with blood on his hands

he never gave up

never had enough

talked to a travelin’ man

hes been to every land

but hes never been down my road

take a ride now

take the long way home

saw an old-school band

with guns in their hands

they never shot no one

they didnt have to

knew a preacher man

he always took a stand

until his wife ran off

with another man

take a ride now

take the long way home…

 

the ghost of buddy wright

hello olivia

i miss you even though i see you

every day i recall the day i met you

every day you were wearing that

sundress i thought you were out of

my league then our eyes made

contact you smiled at me

how you gave my life meaning look

what you did to my soul how i wish

you could see me thats why i turned

the oven on i want i want you to join

me we could be in eternity yeah i

need you to join me we could go on

and on and on i want you to join me

we could be forever and gone yeah i

need you to join me

i can see you when i close my eyes

and i protect you in the dead of night

you broke my heart and i paid the

price now im stuck here and i dont

know why

hello olivia

i know you wanted me out of your

life for good i tried my best to

accommodate you…

 

for the love of mules

oh we were warned to hold back by

low voices ignored

caught up in the busy noise

of successful speedy boys

its so easy to forget

just how good we have it

when the past is kept dead

like a word left unsaid

like a writer left unread

like a heart without a head

like a bullet with no lead

like a winter underfed

and i may look young

but this ive learned

its the quiet voice

that cares for the crops

to last long down the road

it takes a mile

for the train to stop

and it takes a trained ear

to ignore the busy streets

and carry on free and humbly

for them i make this plea

and i may look young

but this ive learned

its the quiet voice

that cares for the crops

to last long down the road

it takes a mile

for the train to stop…

 

Credits and thanks:

This. is B.R. Mount and friends

Madi Goldsmith - vocals embers,

heartbeats

Kaleb Shields - drums get it all

Chris Davis - mandolin make it out

Joe Little - djembe embers

Zach Sorensen - lead guitar american

man

photos: Lynn Kirkbride, Carissa

Pereira

engineered and mixed by: Joe Little

mastered by: Zach Sorensen

 

special thanks to...

Mom and Dad for

your continual patience and love and

support, Charles Westerman, Claire

Whitt, Travis Geile, Cove Michaelian,

Zach Sorensen, Daniel Geller, Becky

and the Pinter clan, Scott

Pinkmountain, Jill and Mel and the

good folks at the Two Point Inn,

Danny Welchy and Old Outfits,

Rachael Miles, Kaleb Shields, Madi

Goldsmith, Chris Davis, Brandon

Zook, Dan Toro, Stephen Lamar

Caston, Sarah Warman, Troy Ramsey,

Athena Pike, Chris Martin, Joseph

Apice, Shawn and Christy Duwee,

Philly DaKid Loe, Mark Harris, Jack

McClane, Denver Bohling, Joe Little

for all the time and hardwork, and

anyone else who is reading/listening

to this.

 

Nothing New is dedicated to the late

David Lorne Blain

 

Epilogue:

life is full of heartache and struggle

we all encounter pain mental physical

emotional spiritual but we all are

given the choice in how we respond to

it all i have experienced walking

down in the valley of the shadow of

death we all have i have experienced

great anxiety and brief periods of

depression and in those moments i

have found the importance of looking

beyond myself at my family my

ancestors who battled much more

difficult lives than my own my friends

and strangers passing by on the street

to the next plot development of their

own unique story i find comfort in

the fact i am not alone in these

struggles our struggles which are

nothing new to what it means to be

human then i am able to rejoice in all

of this and grow appreciate the fact

that i am consciously alive at all with

the ability to choose my reactions to

both pain and pleasure i am just a

small part of this greater human story.

 

Grace and Love,

B