Reaching For Some Light

by McDougall

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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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Track Name: Roads
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
Track Name: Stranger on the Prairie
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
Track Name: Shaken
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
Track Name: Ten Speed
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
Track Name: Pitcher on the Train
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
Track Name: Make It Right
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
Track Name: Story of the Gray Man
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
Track Name: Watercolor
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
Track Name: Moving Mountains
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