Spokedog

by David Alan Thornton

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released December 1, 2013

Words, music, acoustic guitars, and vocals by David Alan Thornton
Drums and percussion by Ryan Vaughn
Bass by Lorenzo Wolff
Electric guitar by Justin Goldner
Keys by Mark Sanderlin
Piano by Mark Sanderlin & David Alan Thornton
Violins by Elyssa Samsel* and Rita Dottor
Cello by Alisa Horn
Trombone by Dan Dunford
Featured vocals by Sally Eidman & Lauren Marcus
Gang vocals by Taylor Bridges, Sally Eidman, Jonathan Reid Gealt, Andrew Keltz, Emily Stokes, and Ashley Travis
Harp by Ellen Mangan
Double bass by John Davis
Powder blasts by Pat Noonan
Recorded and mixed by John Davis at The Bunker Studio
Additional recording by Andy Plovnick
Mastered by Scott Hull
*Solo on "Abigail"

Produced by David Alan Thornton

Copyright 2013 David Alan Thornton

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David Alan Thornton New York, New York

Alaska-raised, NYC-based, singer-songwriter David Alan Thornton has has been called "too open-minded for the Midwest and too open-hearted for New York." As a performer, his "soulful vocal stylings compliment confessional lyrics that border on literary greatness." With a sound in the middle of David Bowie and Cat Stevens, you might call him an alternative-folk-rock singer, but who really knows? ... more

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Track Name: If I Don't
You got something
You got something
You got something for me
No two people are as good as good as you and I could be

But have a good night
Get home safely
You got my number
Let's get together soon

If I don't mean a thing to you
Let me know so I can pretend
That I didn't care in the first place

You are something
You are something
You are something to see
There's no other who could ever fit me to a t

But you gotta run
You're pretty busy
You got my number
Let's get together soon

If I don't mean a thing to you
Let me know so I can pretend
That I didn't care in the first place

I think I fell in love, I think I fell in love

You're too kind
You amaze me
You're so blind
You drive me crazy
You've got my number
Let's get together soon

If I don't mean a thing to you
Let me know so I can pretend
That I didn't care in the first place
Track Name: Sleep With The Moon (feat. Lauren Marcus)
David:
I sleep with the moon
I sleep with the moon
And you'll be home soon
You'll be home soon

I sleep with the moon
I sleep with the moon
And you'll be home soon
You'll be home soon

It's late, I hate to wait
You know I hate to wait
I'm going straight to sleep without you

I sleep with the moon
I sleep with the moon
And you'll be home soon
You'll be home soon

Lauren:
I walk with a star
I walk with a star
But I don't go far
I don't go far

Both:
Alright, it's night
The light's on bright
But I won't fight the night
It's right to sleep without you

Lauren:
But I won't leave you without company

David:
You take your star and let my moonlight be

Both:
And since they never stay apart for long

David:
I know that they'll bring you home to me

To sleep with the moon
I sleep with the moon
And you'll be home soon
You'll be home soon

Lauren:
I walk with a star
I walk with a star
But I don't go far
I don't go far

Both:
It's late, I hate to wait
You know I hate to wait
I'm going straight to sleep without you
Alright, it's night
The light's on bright
But I won't fight the night
It's right to sleep without you
Without you
You'll be home soon
Track Name: Johnny
You cover the eastern wall
And you forget the other three
You're always about to fall
But in the end it's me

A moment or two to thing
And you'd turn tail and run
But you genuflect and drink
And hail the morning sun
But with the sun I'm done

Johnny, how's the Father?
My regards to the Father's Son
And the Holy Spirit too
I don't pray as much as you do
Johnny, keep it coming
You can see what a mess I'm in
Call it life or love or sin
As it is I'm paper thin
Hey, Johnny!

Can I keep the window shut?
The flies are getting bad
I'm stuck in a major rut
And it's the best I've ever had
Why are you getting mad?

Johnny, back to the altar
Settle down in the smokey smell
The candlelight you know so well
The holy stone on which you fell
Johnny, keep it together
I'm the one who gets to fall apart
If you ever did, it would break my heart
And that would be your cruelest art
Hey, Johnny!
Johnny!

I'm spiraling at such a speed
Kneeling now my knees would bleed
Freeing fingers for a fold
I would loose and lose my hold
But you've got knees and hands and wings to spare
Johnny, don't you care?

One by one, you clear the air
And I cry it isn't fair
Johnny, don't call a doctor
Lower me to the rocking floor
Keep me from that open door
If I go I'll get some more
Johnny, when is it over?
Will I live to the final bell?
Conjure me a counter-spell
Hide me from these hounds of hell
Hey, Johnny!
Johnny!
Johnny!

Johnny, is it the morning?
This is something I never knew
Have we always had the view?
I should pray as much as you do
Track Name: Got There Faster
Him:
I've never been the best with words
But I can see the one you're holding hurts
I'm not the one who built the lie
I'm not the one who said goodbye
Okay, I am the one who said goodbye
But yours was sunny and mine was a rainy sky
I thought I knew the place you had in mind
So I got there faster
I got there faster
I got there faster

I've never been the best with wine
But the way you sip your glass looks like a sign
You grew a smile, I grew a frown
At least I'm not the one who cut yours down
Perhaps I am the one who cut it down
I was harsh in gaining all that ground
I thought I knew where both of us were bound
So I got there faster
I got there faster
I got there faster

Her:
Where'd you go in such a hurry?
You have always been faster than me

Him:
But I've never been the best of men
If you have doubt, I'll prove it all again
But I'm not what set off the alarm
I'm not the one who bruised your arm
Am I the one who bruised your arm?
Well, simple lies cause complicated harm
I thought I knew where all the blame had gone
So I got there faster
I got there faster
I got there faster
I was so much faster (Where'd you go?)
I was so much faster
I can run much faster (Where'd you go?)
I ran so much faster
And I got there faster (Where'd you go?)
Track Name: Abigail
I'm in the city
The city with Abigail
Did you hear me?
The city with Abigail

Are you with me
In the city of Abigail?
Could you meet me
In the city of Abigail?

Will you hurry?
I'm sitting with Abigail
Can you see me
I'm sitting with Abigail

When you save me
Do it gently
I'm frail
When you save me
When you move me
Will you tell me
You remember Abigail?
Track Name: The Window
Come closer to the window
So I can see you
Come closer to the window
So I can see you
Come closer to the window, the window
So I can see you

You're sharper than a Barlow
And how you cut me
You're sharper than a Barlow
And how you cut me
You're sharper than a Barlow and hot as Monte Carlo
Come closer to the window

Will you keep me waiting here alone out in the cold all night?
If you keep me waiting as a favor don't you turn out the light

You're hanging up your halo
To walk with a devil
You're hanging up your halo
To walk with a devil
You're hanging up your halo, but I ain't gonna lay low
Come closer to the window

Your lovin' is a swindle
If he gets to touch you
Your lovin' is a swindle
If he can touch you
Your lovin' is a swindle, but mine ain't gonna dwindle
Come closer to the window

Will you keep me waiting here alone out in the cold all night?
If you keep me waiting as a favor don't you turn out the light

Could you sleep with the light on?
Could you sleep with the light on?
Could you sleep with the light on?
Could you sleep with the light-
Could you sleep closer to the window?
Closer to the window?
Closer to the window?
Closer to the window?

Come closer to the window
So I can see you
Come closer to the window
So I can see you
Come closer to the window, the window
So I can see you
So I can see you, baby
So I can see you
So I can see you, baby

Could you sleep with the light on?
Track Name: Raising Hell
He’s an eye and I am a fist
I tried to blacken him- I thankfully missed
I pick my nails with a bicycle spoke
I eat what I kill and I kill and I choke

But my fighter don’t know what to win for
My dancer don’t know what to spin for
My jailbird don’t know what it’s in for
I’m raising hell

I hang my hat where I hang my head
I wear a coat when I wake up in bed
I pick a fight the way I pick my teeth
I bring my bite to the blood underneath

But my fire don’t know what to burn for
My scholar don’t know what to learn for
My lovebird don’t know what to yearn for
I’m raising hell
I’m raising hell
I’m raising hell

I’m raising hell!
I’m raising hell!
Oh!

I show my teeth and I clench my fists
But something keeps chipping and breaking my wrists

Cause my water don’t know what to run for
My shooter don’t know what to gun for
My songbird don’t know that it’s done for
Oh well
I’ll just raise hell
Track Name: Death of a King
The King is dead
Long live the King!
That’s what they said:
“Long live the King!”

The sky fell in two
What more could the likes of me do?

They’ve been in line for days
“Long live the King!”
They stand in line to look upon his face
“Long live the King!”

They look upon the glass
They weep upon the glass
They kiss the glass
And each goes on his way

“Regicide!” They claimed regicide,
But you can’t kill what’s dead inside
No matter what the plot, no matter what the plan
It’s impossible to murder what’s ceased to be a man
It’s impossible to break what’s always been apart
It’s impossible to bleed what doesn’t have a heart
It’s impossible to cut what doesn’t own a skin
It’s impossible to out what’s never been in
It’s impossible to cry when you don’t have a voice
It’s impossible to err when you don’t have a choice
It’s impossible to move when you’re not in control
And it’s impossible to love
When you don’t have a soul

Sleep, my Arthur!
Weep, Queen Mother!
Can I find a place to hide my head and my eyes?

The King is dead.
Long live the King!
But as for the man- that’s everything.
Track Name: I Would Rather (feat. Sally Eidman)
David:
There goes an errand train
Setting sail across the plain
It could come around again- I’d be fine
The summer sun is setting low
My sister says it’s time to go
But I’ll stay by the empty road and wait

If it rains, my hair will grow
And all the party guests will know
Though I may miss the meat and brew
I would rather wait for you

Sally:
Meet me on an autumn day
We’ll pass the afternoon away
Fireworks and a parade in the street
But I still need a little time
To get myself and hair in line

David:
There’s no hurry- I’ll be fine- I’ll wait

Both:
Let them fire the powder blast
Let the horses thunder past
I won’t need a better view
I would rather wait for you

David:
Sitting in a wicker chair
Flecks of silver in my hair
If I lose it, I won’t care- I’ll be fine
We don’t have too much to say
You can say it just the same
And I’ll listen just the same and wait

If I die before Jesus comes
If I hear the horns and feel the drums
If old St. Peter bids me through
I would rather wait for you

Both:
Let them fire the powder blast
Let the horses thunder past
I won’t need a better view
I would rather wait for you

If it rains, my hair will grow
And all the party guests will know
Though I may miss the meat and brew
I would rather wait for you
I would rather wait for you
I would rather wait for you
Track Name: Patient
The promises we made when we were younger
They have a bite now that we are old
Our happiness hides behind our hunger
Our sweeter days lie beneath a mold
It’s frailty for my fashionista
Our pleasantry turns to tooth-and-nail
A bitter pill for this bon artiste
I’m swallowed up- Jonah in the whale

But look me in the eye- I’ll take care of you
Til the day I die- I’ll take care of you
You’ll be warm in the winter
Cool in the summer
And in the in-between times
We’ll try to be patient
Babe, we have got to be patient

And I’ll build a house from sticks and stones
I’ll build a bed, for you to rest your bones
I’ll build a garden for you to eat from
I’ll build a fire for you to get your heat from
I’ll build a bridge over the river’s courses
I’ll build a stable where you can hold your horses
I’ll build a cabin for you to roam to
And I’ll build a husband that you can always come back home to

And I’ll try to be patient
Babe, we have got to be patient
We have got to be, got to be, got to be, got to be patient

If you would just look me in the eye- I’ll take care of you
Til the day I die- I’ll take care of you
You’ll be warm in the winter
Cool in the summer
And in the in-between times
We’ll try to be patient
We’ll try to be patient
We’ll try to be patient
Babe, we have got to be patient
Track Name: Sip You
I sip you like wine
And I feel your heat
In my shaky hands
In my achy feet

I sip you like wine
And you go down warm
To my wobbly leg
To my knobbly arm

And drop by drop
You overpower me
I'm lost
I'm free

I savor your burn
And sweetly resign
To sip you
I sip you like wine