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Reaching For Some Light

by McDougall

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1.
Roads 03:59
I took my time on the wandering road I took my chances, not knowing what for Then I looked under what I was told I didn't know what I had in store All of my answers kept making me sicker All of my pride kept me looking away Some of my loved ones kept calling my name But didn't know what else to say...it helped me anyway On the way to the garden I stumbled On the shore of the ocean I bowed On the tongue of a dragon I mumbled My flesh was very proud In the past I believed all the headlines The greatest thinkers talking theories galore Acting like there was never a sign So that we're sure it's not an earthly...who am I dying for? Through the ages we have traded our rhymes Furthermore, we have have traded our secrets As for the final, great rhyme of the times Some won't believe, though they will see this Now the dangers of the narrow road Hold some secrets about truth, it's so heavy The way is straight, I don't carry the load Messiah knows when I'll be ready...Lord, keep me steady
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Hey Loraine, it's Bobby again I wish you'd pick up the phone I'm trying hard to make things work And I can't do this alone I miss you bad, I miss being dad I even miss our babie's cry I came out here for work Feels like I came out here to die Please call soon, so I can hear Our little girl's laughter Remind me now of all the good That's supposed to come after I'm a stranger on this prairie I'm a danger in this town There's no room here left to stand And they won't let a man lay down -Oh, little child, daddy may be gone for a while -Oh, little one, he's gonna find you a place to run Just so you know, I saw Mike again And took back what I said He shouldn't have promised me work out here But I should not have wished him dead My anger is now cooling down I know that its a start I'm finally done placing the blame And tearing things apart Tell me dad I'm not as bad As he still thinks I am I know that I messed up before But I'm a changing man And if he would just talk to me I'd own up to my mistakes Gonna raise this child up right No matter what it takes -Oh, little child, daddy may be gone for a while -Oh, little one, he's gonna find you a place to run Hey Loraine, it's Bobby again I wish you'd pick up the phone I'm trying hard to make things work And I can't do this alone I miss you bad, I miss being dad I even miss our babie's cry I came out here for work Feels like I came out here to die
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Shaken 04:14
Welcome, stranger, rest awhile On this common ground Gather, among the piles Of what's fallen down Good Lord, please calm the waves That beat upon our souls Great King, show the way Beyond the death toll -We all will be shaken, taken for a new ride -Grow tall, little seed, reaching for the true light We heard that name again The one Immanuel Mankind's greatest friend More powerful than hell I saw that perfect land Beyond all these fires Where God's righteous hand Beckons our desires -We all will be shaken, taken for a new ride -Grow tall, little seed, reaching for the true light All this pain sure stays a while Feel it all around From this danger, raise a child To listen for the sound The voice that calls down from the mountain Knowing each one's name Calling us unto the fountain Cleansing all our shame -We all will be shaken, taken for a new ride -Grow tall, little seed, reaching for the true light
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Ten Speed 04:28
Riding that old ten speed Skipping gears all over town Starting to feel free Pushing back at what pulls you down This worlds going crazy Faces glow in front of screens Minds grow hazy No more time for outside dreams -Let's find ourselves once again -Living out what we're dreaming of -Leave behind what keeps us in -What keeps us from life and love -Try and fail and try again -When push comes to shove Its getting easier For us to die from our own convenience We're getting busier While cutting back on our real achievements But there still stands the chance To turn and ride the other way Break from distraction's trance And get back to the light of day 123, its changing you, its changing me 456, our footsteps turn the finger clicks 789, when will we step out of line? And turn away from on ten to meet that world outside again -Let's find ourselves once again -Living out what we're dreaming of -Leave behind what keeps us in -What keeps us from life and love -Try and fail and try again -When push comes to shove Riding that old ten speed Pedaling your way around Feel the wind among the trees Listening to every sound This world is shrinking down Losing sense of what it means To lose yourself in your hometown And find yourself living out your dreams -Let's find ourselves once again -Living out what we're dreaming of -Leave behind what keeps us in -What keeps us from life and love -Try and fail and try again -When push comes to shove
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Cut Loose 03:03
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Back then, when just my hometown knew my name They said I was the best they’d ever raised into the game Every pitch I threw my joy was all the same In a dirt field on the edge of town grew the man that I became The folks at home encouraged me to roam with an offer that was made me So like others, I stepped on that train to see where the game might take me I soon fell in love with laughter and all the wonders I did see Occasional distractions grew more steady and soon free It all started to blur, but now I see it clear The times we had in each new town slowly lost their cheer I turned back to the mound and found myself facing the fear That I was slowly losing the game I held so dear I thought of my grandfather and his form up on that mound Sizing up the big ones and then chopping them all down He never lost his love for the game or his hometown What would he do now, if he rose up from this ground? A faithful man whose lifelong plan was teaching the younger ones Like me they were so happy firing off with the old guns The burden on his shoulder could have measured up in tons He a grandma gave up everything to raise up faithful sons My father, so much like him, but with fire in his talk Taught me it means nothing if you cannot rightly walk He said, now listen son, I’ve known what it’s like to balk But don’t give up and lie down or they’ll outline you in chalk I pondered on these things before and after every game While most of my new teammates kept on seeking more acclaim But I could not shake the feeling that I had lost my aim So far from my first love with no one else to blame I floundered in the feast they laid out before my eyes Devoured past my portion, started believing lies But the joy would not return among the leftovers and flies No longer just a game, in the last inning someone dies Wish I could say I took some time to really clear my brain And see what kind of good could come from this confusing pain Maybe show the young ones the sun after the rain But I’m still looking out the window, just one more pitcher on the train
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As the sun goes down I’m reminded that we’re not alone Though sometimes it’s hard not to feel alone Once the weeds have grown Deep in the ground We finally dug to see what we exposed Leaving ourselves equally exposed That’s how digging goes Chorus: Brother on my left, sister on my right We were strangers before, but not tonight Almighty show us now how to make it right And make it to the morning light Let’s leave our plans No longer rest our lives on where we’re from But together break into a run Refuse to bow before the gun Explore the land Of milk and honey and the Maker’s free grace Where all of our mistakes have been erased Yeah, I believe in such a place Chorus Once the sun goes down And the waves are crashing loud on the shore Somehow it’s easy then to see that there’s more Than we’ve been reaching for Wrapped in that sound Among the darkness and the wind’s heavy chill Resting on the sand, quiet and still It’s time to stand and climb the hill
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There once was a man who tried to mix night and day To live in a world full of magic and grey Avoid the tough questions brought up in the light As well as the fear buried deep in the night He loved the great work of the dusk and the dawn But so quickly they came and the same they were gone So he did what he could to live like they stayed longer He slowly grew tired, but still claimed he grew stronger It became very clear in a matter of time What he could not flesh out he built up in his mind He said to be living each day as his last But really just dodging the result of his past He then took it further, calling others, “Join In!” “Let’s sing and let’s dance, then relax in the din” Mostly convinced he had nothing to hide But the more he believed the less he stepped outside Then one day he said, “I’m not concerned if it’s true” “I will live like the sun doesn’t care what I do And make sure I don’t see when the night comes for me Its visions foretelling my life won’t be free” In the end all could see that his plan truly failed But no one quite knows if he broke through the veil Or accepted the cost of being lost in the grey Of the dawn and the dusk that call us either way
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Watercolor 04:36
The colors are running dry But the tears keep on falling Searching for sun in the sky But the night keeps on calling Best friends now separately stand Will you ever walk through my door again? Oh I've been so alone My friend, where have you gone? I still hold you dear in my heart and in my song The dogs are barking outside The neighbors are talking These walls leave nothing to hide While the mind keeps on walking Each path that may lie ahead Time to live, I'm still not dead Can't take back what's been done This is life back to one I'm still here my friend, I'm still ready and willing to run The colors are staring to dry And the night still keeps calling Time to paint sun in the sky And find life after falling My song is not yet done I'll never forget when you sang along Those warm nights near downtown Laughing, running around Now I'm finding new reasons to laugh And sing to a new sound
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Come on friend, get up This place of rest has gone corrupt Too early yet to make a sound For now we move with our heads down Come on friend, let’s go Our future waits just down the road Drink some faith from the holy fountain Then we're off to move a mountain Onward we go Down the sifting road What has begun Shall soon be done Let's move ahead like Moses While behind us the Red Sea closes Even if we don't feel this time Like we have the strength to climb Like Josh at Jericho May we find the faith to go Round and round and round a round Until the great walls hit the ground I pray we don't look back Or hide ourselves from pain's attack And that we won't back down When it’s time to make a sound Endeavor to hold fast Only onto what will last Friend, beware what your hope resides in And keep your eyes on the horizon

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"Reaching For Some Light" finds McDougall moving in some new directions, both in instrumentation and style. With a full-band sound and songs moving through a variety of genres, unlike his previous albums, which were mostly in a folk oriented one-man-band style. This is his most far-reaching release to date, maintaining his characteristic writing style, while exploring new sonic horizons.

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released May 20, 2016

Written and Recorded by Scott S. McDougall

Violin on "Watercolor" by Anna Tivel

Mixed and Mastered by Handsome Jon Burbank at 150 Watt Studios, Portland OR

Produced by S. McDougall and J. Burbank

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Foot-stomping Americana from the Pacific Northwest's own traveling storyteller.

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