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Pale Horse Sailor - "Desert Town"

John Carswell | Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Last week, I told you about WALL OF RAIN, the first EP (mini-album) from my music project Pale Horse Sailor. Would you be so kind as to head on over to Facebook and LIKE/FOLLOW it?

This week, I'm sharing one of the tracks off of the album "Desert Town".

Musically, this one is inspired by the mid-80's work of bands like U2 and Tears for Fears. In fact, if memory serves, the idea for the song came of a reflection on the stark simplicity and grandeur of "desert pilgrim" songs like "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "In God's Country." It's a meditation on futility: the world's inability to bring us lasting happiness.

Please take a few minutes to check it out. The lyrics are below.

You can also listen to it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Bandcamp and a host of other places.

we went down to desert town / following along the path of freedom
we went down to desert town / traveling along the tracks of treason

we went down to desert town / you know (we knew) in our hearts we had our reasons
we saw signs in the stars above / i’ll die to myself in my due season

i had no choice / i heard a voice / it was a victory calling
the sky was threatening / the mountains shook / the stars were falling

we went down to desert town / we thought in the end we’d find our eden
we told lies to hear their sounds / had no idea where they were leadin'


but i know i can hear the voices calling
and i know i can feel the night is falling

just a sound on that high desert plain
out where the sky ends i can see a wall of rain

but i know i can hear that city singing
and i know i can feel the bells are ringing

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