The Birds Woke Us Early

by Danger & The Steel Cut Oats

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We made this EP back in 2007 when times were simpler. The only way it ever came to be was through the generous support of incredibly talented friends who donated heaps of creativity and time and laughter to help us breathe those few songs into being.

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released December 7, 2007

All songs written by Joseph Paul Padgett
All songs performed by Danger & The Steel Cut Oats (and friends).
Produced by Kevin Dailey and Joseph Paul Padgett
Engineered and Mixed by Kevin Dailey

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Track Name: Train Tracks
[lyrics]
Well I’m waiting for the train to take me home
And my eyes are straining hard just to see that puff of smoke.
I’m staring down the track wonder if I should go back
Oh this rambling heart of mine just wants to roam.
And it’s been a couple years since I saw you
When I shut that door and left well I thought that we were through
But your name’s been on my mind. I can’t forget though I’ve been trying
I think it’s finally time I married you

Chorus:
Train tracks lead me home I’ve been away for way to long.
Wonder if you’ll know my face.
Darling please be there after all these years.
Cause I think it’s time we settled down.

And I know you never knew just why I left.
Why I set out to explore the territories to the West.
I had some things I had to prove before I settled down with you.
I had to find the peace to put my heart at rest.
Cause this worlds a scary place to grow up
And they say what doesn’t kill only serves to make you tough.
Well I’ve seen most of this world and I’ve seen a lot of girls
But a world without you doesn’t matter much.
Track Name: Earthquakes
[lyrics]
It’s getting late and I can’t see your face
The moonlight through the trees is failing now.
Your eyes are there a couple feet away
I wish that I could see what they see now.
Familiar words come stumbling from my mouth
It’s been a year but we’ve been here before.
You seem so close hid only in my doubt
I wanted you to know before I leave.

Chorus:
Ship shape it will shape up right. Earthquakes can’t take away tonight.
And I’ve got so much to say to you.
I’ve got a last wish before my hope is dead, a prayer whispered underneath my breath,
And I’m wondering if you pray for me.
But it’s easy to forget, and this silence gets the best of us.
I’ve got so much locked behind my eyes.

You said it’s fine, we’ll blame it on the time
If only we could hide while seconds pass.
It’s only fair to smile about it now
Too confusing now to care when it won’t work.
But these thoughts won’t fade, they find me when I wake.
They find me when the city falls asleep.
Perhaps it’s best pretend till we forget
Till then, I hope you’ll still remember me.

Chorus
(and this part)
I can't seem to walk away. I’m a statue of a moment frozen by a day
And maybe you will visit me on empty nights in August when you can still away
It's just the process of decay. I'll keep repeating I’m okay
We'll shut our eyes and disappear. Forgetting's hard. We'll find a way.
We'll find a way. We'll find a way.

It’s getting late, I should be on my way.
There’s so much on my mind that I should say.
But I hear the train, it’s calling out my name.
It’s calling out my name

I can't seem to walk away. I’m a statue of a moment frozen by a day
And maybe you will visit me on empty nights in August when you can still away
It's just the process of decay. I'll keep repeating I’m okay
We'll shut our eyes and disappear. Forgetting's hard. We'll find a way.
We'll find a way. We'll find a way.
Track Name: Cold On The Mountain
[lyrics]
I never knew a sweet autumn with you.
It seems we were through long by then.
It’s been more than a year since our love disappeared and I haven’t seen it since.

Chorus:
Well it’s cold on the mountain tonight
And the snow has been falling but I’ll be just fine.
The fire is burning so bright it’ll burn through the night. Burn through my life.
And I’ll think of you one more time
'Fore I sleep on the ground with the moon by my side
I can’t seem to tell you goodbye so I’ll say goodnight. I’ll say goodnight.

And the stars in sky well they look like your eyes
Whenever you smiled at me.
And it’s been a long time since I looked at those eyes but they find their way into my dreams.

Well it’s cold on the mountain tonight
And the snow has been falling but I’ll be just fine.
The fire is burning so bright it’ll burn through the night. Burn through my life.
And I’ll think of you one more time
Fore I sleep on the ground with the moon by my side
I can’t seem to tell you goodbye so I’ll say goodnight. I’ll say goodnight.
Track Name: High and Dry
[lyrics]
Been a gambler all my life, an honest dollar I despise
Jumping steamers is all I’ve known from New Orleans up to Ohio
They say that I’m as lucky as sin, but I don’t need luck I cheat to win
And don’t get angry, just let me be, this colt revolver takes care of me.
And if you’re headed home you better leave me alone leave alone.
Think of your family before you these play games with your money and with me cause

Chorus:
I will leave you high and dry when the morning light reveals my true disguise.
Maybe then you’ll finally see the mistake you made by messing round with me. You’ll see

Now you may wonder how I came to run this river to play this game.
I met a man once so dark and tall from a town in Arkansas
He talked so sweetly, and looked the part, then stole my money and my heart
So I’ve been riding this river flat, I’ll find him soon and steal it back.
And if you see him now, you better hope that I’m not hanging round
Don’t try to reform me, this is the life I chose and these bullets sure are cheap.

Chorus:
I will leave you high and dry when the morning light reveals my true disguise.
Maybe then you’ll finally know the truth in all the stories you been told. Been told

So if you gamble, best beware. The cards are marked and life ain’t fair.
I know that love’s just another game the odds are long. they never change.
But if you think you’ll be lucky, you better cheat better than me.
Cause I don’t lose and that’s a fact. I’m gonna win so bet on that.
And I won’t settle down, when the morning comes I’ll be skipping town.
Don’t take it personal, I’ve got cheating heart and a gambling soul

Chorus:
I will leave you high and dry when the morning light reveals my true disguise.
Maybe then you’ll finally be a wiser man in the grander scheme of things.
And I will leave you high and dry. It’s the only truth involving you and I.
I’m sorry now for the sins I’ll do, but I’ve warned you once and the burden lies with you
Track Name: Call Us Home
[lyrics]
Edward the evening’s wearing thin and I know you’re probably already asleep
It seems our blood is growing cold and the days are feeling longer than our weeks.
Outside the ground is freezing up. And December’s coming on us much too fast.
And as the year is dying off I hope this winter will not end up as our last.
And I know it’s just the pain of growing old
It reaches deep to the corners of our souls.
But looking back on the fifty years we had
I couldn’t say that a single one was bad.

Chorus:
I’m on my knees in the night praying to the Lord above
Oh that he would bless our lives, oh that he would bless our love.

Edward I know our youth is gone. It’s now safely locked behind our photographs.
And though our lives are harder now, you still find the perfect way to make me laugh.
Edward I am a little scared cause I know that one day one of us will die.
And I’m sure I shouldn’t think this way I can’t imagine you not right here by my side.
But our eyes they are younger than they seem
When I see you, feels like we’re still twenty-three.
And looking back, way back when I learned your name
From that day on, oh I’d do it all the same.

Chorus:
I’m on my knees in the night praying to the Lord above
Oh that he would bless our lives, oh that he would bless our love.
I’m on my knees in the night, don’t know which way we should go.
I pray the Lord will use us still or that he will call us home.

Edward the evening’s wearing thin and I know you’re probably already asleep
These words I’ll whisper in your ear. I’m in love with you. I’m in love with you
Track Name: Eye Of The Storm
[lyrics]
This is the end but you never knew It would come and it came so soon.
Letter reads she’s been missing you And she asks if you’ve missed her too

Chorus:
We were born inside the eye of the storm. Sent from the garden by the angel of the lord
And we can’t go back to the kids we were before. All of the dreams we had we don’t dream them anymore.

And this is now but it seems so strange. The love you found, it found a way to change
The months have passed since when you first met. And happiness is a seldom friend
And the truth, it won’t set you free. So whisper lies as she falls asleep.

Chorus:
We were born inside the eye of the storm kept from the garden by the angel’s flaming sword
And we once walked there in the cool part of the day. We were naked but we knew no other way.
I said I’d love you till the day that we both died. All my promises they make such perfect lies
Things are hard now, and they’ll never be the same. The fruit of knowing is the knowledge of our pain.

This begins like it always does. A pretty face and you fall in love.
She’s the one, and you know it’s true. Forever comes cause she’s perfect for you