Bow and Arrow

by Jakob Lewis

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Bow and Arrow was recorded in Chicago at the "Berry House". Tracked, mixed, produced, and mastered by Joey Lemon.

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released February 1, 2010

All songs written by Jakob Lewis

Jakob Lewis: vocals, rhodes, piano, acoustic guitar
Joey Lemon: programming, electric guitar, drums, vocals,
Enoke Kim: vocals in "Wendell Berry"
Kevin Sparks: upright bass in "Wendell Berry" and "Bow and Arrow"

Painting of Deer done by Kelly Latimore

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Track Name: Healing
The ax that cut the tree
slipped and cut my knee
my eyes welled with tears
when I saw the bleeding

Then the doctor came
and stitched me with a needle
and when I touch the stichin'
there's a great pain I feel

Chorus:
It's not the cut that hurts it's the healin'
this I learned long ago
I try to learn what pains are good and live through them
this I'm learning as I go

The lips that once kissed me
slipped and made me bleed
acid filled my stomach
in the nervousness I cried

Three years have since passed
each one better than the last
but when I read her letters
there's a great pain I feel

Chorus
Track Name: Shotgun House
I can't count you out
there are things they will not see
and worse they will not purposely
no they won't

I can talk and talk
but I can't say a word to you
the walls between us are throwing glue
and I can't move at all

I'm gnikcuf stuck
I can tell you where

a shotgun house down in Missouri
you'd think it's back in 63
but we still can't get along

a man once told me
if my neighbors were more like me
it would be a better community
I said if my neighbors were more like you
you'd masturbate your whole life through

you're alone
you're alone
you're alone
you're alone
Track Name: Bow and Arrow
Turn on the tv
the Christmas specials are on
for me it takes a season
to think of your mom at all

pink flamingos flapped their wings
and flew away last night
picket fences became a page in a book
and we shot the bow and arrow
and realized for years that we'd been took

no you're too young to drink beer
and the movies I love can't grace your eyes
I"m afraid I'd give you a poison apple
with a side of McDonald's fries

we dug the old moped out of our garage
and set the rest of the house on fire
and we shot the bow and arrow
on the ashes of worthless things

my only son came home last night
he slept in his old bed room
and we shot the bow and arrow
and laid american myth in its tomb
Track Name: Movin' On
I'm a poor boy
movin' on
gravel shoulder
was my home
but now I'm movin' on
I'm movin' on

thirteen red stripes
and thirteen white
fifty stars
but now my load is light
and I'm movin' on

Here's some money
ya know what
take the rest
see I just bought stock
in my happiness
and I'm movin' on
I'm movin' on
I'm movin' on

I'm a sad boy
movin' on
but I ain't gonna waste
my life no more
oh no I'm movin' on
I'm movin' on
I'm movin' on
Track Name: Fountain
There's a fountain flowing deep and wide in my soul
and I would never have believed it
cause it's all wrong it's all wrong
it's all wrong
from what I thought it would be

I have less I have more
I sleep less I rest more
I take less I have more
It's different than I though
Track Name: The Rules That Hold Love Back
Go knock on your neighbors door
what do you need a reason for
give something real and don't keep track
by the rules that hold love back

Go buy that girl a drink
don't worry what others might think
give something real and don't keep track
by the rules that hold love back

So go knock on your neighbors door
they've got blood in their veins I'm sure
give something real and don't keep track
by the rules that hold love back

cause love is freedom
to beat back hell
if we don't keep track
by the rules that hold love back

break the rules that hold love back
Track Name: Wendell Berry (and the cloud of saints at the throne of Christ...Niel Young, Floyd Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, Paul)
I'm not connected to my parents
they're not connected to theirs
that's why we all turn to the Beatles
to give us a reason to be here

But now that's gone
that day is done
now that the west
is far too won
lookin' back
hear me sing
I pray for another day with you

Hear the snow crunch under my feet
on my Daddy's land
Oh how I long to be connected
with its dirt in my hands

But now that's gone
that day is done
now that the west
is far too won
lookin' back
hear me sing
I pray for another day with you

I've been a miner for a heart of gold
I got one in St. Louis down in Hammerstone's
but when I left I left alone
so tell me what good is a heart of gold

hear Wendell from the page
singing grow something slowly
hear Paul from the grave
singing grow one another
hear the mighty MLK
singing grow something boldly
hear Jesus in the ones who use his words for love
sing grow grow grow grow grow grow grow

I pray for another day
another day
another day with you
Track Name: Good News For All
There's gotta be someway outta here
said the trembling Philistine as Goliath me the ground
'we are God's chosen too, we asked him he told us
but he won't tell you'

I'm confused for the magic man in the mountain church
only him and his snakes are going to heaven
I'm confused for the Montague and the Capulet
and the sides they've been given

Joseph Pulitzer, cowboy and the boys
are runnin' the streets now
they are God's chosen ones
but they asked God and he said,
'there's room for Joseph too'

I'm confused for the black man down in St. Louis
'no i don't got a cigarette today'
I'm confused for the white man down in St. Louis
who if he had one wouldn't give one away

There's gotta be someway outta here
Dad's got a piece of the Berlin wall
if he could just tell us how it falls
there's gotta be someway outta here
where the good news is really good news
for all
Track Name: Love of God
Hold me right
in your arms
the love of God
should be near

Hold me rightly
in your arms
the love of God should be here

Hear me right
in your ears
the love of God
should be near

Hear me rightly
in your ears
the love of God
should be here

Please tonight
find love in me
show me that
it's here

It was not found
in our early years
show me that it's here

the love of God is here