Preserving The Eror

by Robert McEntee

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Released in 2000 - "One has to take his hat off to McEntee. This is an extraordinarily accomplished release." ~ Gerry Ransom, Bucket of Brains - UK

"Not a weak song on the album.....A fantastic rock album in the American tradition." ~ Jorge Jokisch, Good Times - Germany

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released January 1, 2000

Mark Andes - Bass
Rafael Gayol O'Malley - Drums
David Grissom - Guitars
Mike Ramos - Hammond B-3, Accordian
Dan Fogelberg - Harmony Vocals
Eric Johnson - Guitar
Eliza Gilkyson - Harmony Vocals
Rand McCullough - Harmony Vocals
David Halley - Harmony Vocals
Gene Elders - Violin

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Track Name: Like Thunder
Like Thunder

There's a man standing still catching his breath
After running alone up a hill
There's a tree with no leaves, a flag with no breeze
And the sun on the window sill
In a world without motion
My heart is movin' so fast

When it moves, it moves with the wind across the plains
My heart it rolls Like Thunder
To see you again

I'll never be sure how love stays alive
After being left for dead
Whether time heals all wounds
Or the stars and the moon
Forgive us the things we've said
I'll soon find myself above it
As my heart finds its way back to you

When it moves
It moves like the wind across the plains
When it's hard
It's harder than diamonds or the hardest rain
When it's blue
It's bluer then turquoise she wears on that chain
My heart it rolls Like Thunder to see you again

Through all of my life and all its details
It's been no bed of roses, no bed of nails
Through flood and through fire
Through wind and through rain
I would walk just to see you again

In the calm of the evening
There's a new crescent moon
In a golden western sky
A man who is watching far is from his home
No one stands by his side
But his eyes are open in wonder
As his heart is drawn to the light

When it rolls
It rolls like the thunder across the plains
When it's hard
It's harder than diamonds or the hardest rain
When it's blue
It's bluer then turquoise she wears on that chain
My heart it rolls Like Thunder to see you again

©McEntonnz Music 1994
Track Name: Emerald Isle
It's like going back in time

Way back into the past
Feel like I'm looking for a sign
Or something that lasts
Looking for shelter here, mile after mile
Trying to forget the years
Searching for the child

I don't feel like a stranger here
Across the ocean blue
I don't feel the danger here
But it's always in view
Seeking shelter on an emerald isle

My grandfather made his living
Working with his hands
Now if time is not forgiving
I guess I'll never understand
I'm not holding on, but I'm not letting go
Five thousand miles away, on a hill
In a circle of stone

I don't feel like a stranger here
'cept when I'm missing you
I don't feel the danger here
But it's always in view
I'm looking for mirrors on an emerald isle

I don't feel like a stranger here
'cept when I look for you
I don't feel the danger here
There ain't nothin' you can do about it
So far from Texas
But I'm still feeling blue
Looking for answers on an emerald isle
Track Name: Where We Stand
WHERE WE STAND McEntee/ McCullough

Tell me what you want again, real slow, real easy
Give it to me one more time, this time, I'll listen
Speak to me now
Make it clear to child of ten
Just what you want, just what's needed
Maybe get out a paper and pen
Make me a list, draw me a picture

Draw me a picture of your world in there
Maybe I could understand
It's getting clearer it's a lonely place
When we walk away from where we stand

I always thought when you loved someone
You just give your heart
And the world falls away, but
You and I we seem to find ourselves
Surrounded by it every day

You don't seem to need it but I'm by your side
If you should trip or stumble
I'll be there as the years go by
And the world just crumbles, where we stand

C'mon darling step into the light
Advance to my line of vision
There's a road to take us through this night
And this valley of indecision

So give it to me one more time
It's time we gotta do some talking here
You got one foot on the midnight train
And it's fixin' to pull outta here

In a world of strangers, it's no easier for two
And it always helps to do some talking
Know in your heart that mine beats true
And I won't be walking from where we stand
Let's do some talkin' 'bout where we stand
Try and figure out where we stand
Let's do some talkin' 'bout where we stand
Where we stand
Track Name: Regarding Birds
Regarding Birds

There are no clever words, at least none that I can find
I've got this guitar and a bottle, and a troubled mind
I don't think for a moment, that with the turn of phrase
I'm gonna understand the story, of all our days

I've got six guitar strings, five fingers per hand
Doin' four beats to the bar
I've got three convictions
And about two unoriginal thoughts
One concerns a broken heart

There's a hummingbird, out by my tree
It reminds me of you, it reminds me of me
Hovering in the air, little heart beating fast
Searching for sweetness, until the last

I've got six guitar strings, and five fingers per hand
Doin' four beats to the bar I've got three convictions
And about two unoriginal thoughts
One concerns a broken heart

I woke up this morning, 'bout an hour before dawn
All alone in the darkness, I walked out on the lawn
Soon the birds were singing, that predictable song
And it calms me down, to follow along

I've got six guitar strings, and five fingers per hand
Doin' 'bout four beats to the bar
I've got three convictions
And about two unoriginal thoughts
One concerns a broken heart
Track Name: Painted in Blue
Painted In Blue

Tell me now, tell me true,
Is this how it feels to be in love with you?
Tell me why do we believe the things that we do?
We made a pretty picture all painted in blue

I'm sorry my darlin' if I was wrong
I'm sorry that I ever had to write this song
I kept my heart wide open but hidden from view
I took my red wagon - had it painted in blue

Now tell me darlin' tell me what to do
It looks like our world is painted in blue

Goodbye my darlin', goodbye my love
Goodbye to the things that we can't rise above
Hello to a future bright and new
This picture will forever be painted in blue

Tell me darlin' tell me what to do
It looks like our world is painted in blue

Tell me darlin' tell me true
Why does it hurt to be in love with you?
And why do we believe the things that we do?
We made a pretty picture all painted in blue
Track Name: Walkin' Through Your World
Walkin' Through Your World McEntee - Gilkyson

For a hundred miles, for a hundred days
I walked alone, with feet of clay
Flesh and blood, I'm on my way

I don't know what's ahead
Only know what's behind
This trouble in mind, say it again
I'm gonna be fine, out underneath
The open sky

It's your world, I'm walkin' through it
Ain't got the time to judge myself
Given the choice, you know I'd choose it
Even with the world being such a mess
Walkin' through your world

Gonna hitch a ride to some backroad town
Watch all the people settling down
Gonna find myself in some stranger's eye
Let the river roll by

I got my eye on the moon
My wandering feet on solid ground
My wayward companion
You pick me up and you follow me down

It's your world, I'm walkin' through it
Can't judge myself don't got the time
It's my heart and you're welcome to it
Just take care of what you find
Walkin' through your world

The fire at midnight, surrounds me like a spirit
Tell me all about it, I swear I wanna hear it

It's your world, I'm just walkin' through it
Ain't got the time to judge myself
Given a choice, you know I'd choose it
Even with the world being such a mess

It's your world I'm just walkin' through it
Can't judge myself, let alone your crimes
It's my heart and you're welcome to it
Just take care of what you find

Walkin' through your world
Track Name: Mission Row
Mission Row

For six long years
With love in vain
She was waitin' on him
To come around again
By the time he showed up
To see what he could find
Well she lost her heart
She almost lost her mind

She walks on by him
She walks on alone
She walks down to Jackson Street
To a rented room down on mission row

She kept to herself
For so much time
Whatever love was there
Died on the vine
He don't understand
He was caught unaware
How she could break a heart
Break the heart of someone who isn't there

She walks on by him
She walks down alone
She walks down to Jackson Street
To a lonely room down on mission row

She walks down by him
She walks down alone
She walks down to Jackson Street
To a rented room down on mission row
Track Name: Talkin' To A Dialtone
Talkin' To The Dialtone

You gave me the message
You hung up the phone
I couldn't tell the difference
I was talking to a dial tone
You like to keep yourself surrounded
By books you've never read
Keep any thoughts from getting pounded
Into your head

Tell me baby, are you really gone?
Behind those big blue eyes I know the lights are on
But either you're not talking
Or no one's really home
These days talkin' to you
Is like talkin' to a dial tone

You wanna play the victim
You wanna break all the rules
You know it almost reminds me
Of a play back in school
So stand and deliver your lines
It's your turn at bat, girl
Tell me anything so I can figure
Just where you're at

Tell me baby, are you really gone?
Behind those big blue eyes I know the lights are on
But either you're not talking
Or no one's really home
Sometimes talkin' to you
Is like talkin' to a dial tone

So check it out darlin'
You better check it out fast
Sometimes it's harder than a diamond
To make love last
My silent partner, when we're on the telephone
Sometimes you make me feel
Like I'm talkin'

Tell me girlfriend, are you really gone?
Behind those big blue eyes I know that the lights are on
You don't want to talk about it
Least not on the telephone
I just found myself
Talkin' to a dial tone
Track Name: The Other Side
THe Other Side

Well they slap you on your ass the moment you arrive
You learn how to breathe, 'cuz you're learning how to cry
Hey, welcome to the other side

Once you can hold your head up you learn how to crawl
When you can finally walk you're only two feet tall
Hey, welcome to the other side

Then they send to a school with some people you don't know
They teach you 'bout yes and they teach you 'bout no
But they never really give you what it is you need to know
And what you need to survive
Cuz you gotta get a job, yeah you gotta stay in school
You can't be a slob, can't be no fool
Hey, welcome to the other side

Maybe have a family with a couple of kids
And maybe even have the luck to like 'em
Pray to God they don't do the things that you did
And if they do you'd better hope they don't like it
'til they're off on their own with a hurried stride
From a momma's love and a father's pride
Goodbye, that's life on the other side

On the other side
On the other side
On the other side

So you work your whole life just trying to make it pay
By the time that you're eighty you're glad to be on your way
You're ready for the other side

But they beat you on the chest when you just wanna die
They wanna be gods, they're tryin' to keep you alive
Just trying to get back to the other side

Just trying to get back to the other side
Just trying to get back to the other side
Track Name: The Eyes of Maria
The Eyes of Maria

I stand in a field of green, a serape on my back
And play for these parties of rich men in black
We come to this country, an amusement in fact
For touristas and soldiers who once we attacked
But who drove us back

The war is not over in the eyes of Maria
Who fights using weapons of skin and gut, and reed
There are prayers for the dead, in the songs of the living
There are children and bullets, bombs bursting in air In the eyes of Maria

This cup that is served us, with the seeds of our land
Though salted and sweetened will always taste bland
When served from your hand
Like a spring in the desert, you drink from our songs
They wash you in water, make right what is wrong

The war is not over in the eyes of Maria
Who fights using weapons of skin and gut, and reed
There are prayers for the dead, in the songs of the living
There are children and bullets, and the rocket's red glare
In the eyes of Maria

The war is not over in the eyes of Maria
She fights using weapons of skin and gut, and reed
There are prayers for the dead, in the songs of the living
There are children and bullets, bombs bursting in air
In the eyes of Maria

There are faces and flowers
On this day of the dead
In the eyes of Maria
Track Name: River Don't Rise
River Don't Rise

First light this mornin' I heard the sound
Felt a shaking in the ground
The river that runs by my door
Was boiling and brown
After three weeks of praying for rain
Looks like those prayers were not in vain
It'll take a western wind
To blow these clouds from my skies

I know the sun's comin' up some mornin'
Put the love back in my baby's eyes
If there's a god in heaven who's willin'
And the river don't rise

There's so much, I gotta do
Just to keep from being blue
Every day it's trouble,
Every day it's something new
I try and keep my head up above the water
But the water gets in my eyes
I can't tell if I'm sinking down
Or the river is rising

I know the sun's comin' up some mornin'
And put the love back in my baby's eyes
If there's a God in heaven who's willin'
And the river don't rise

I know the sun's comin' up some mornin'
And put the love back in my baby's eyes
If there's a God in heaven who's willin'
And the river don't rise

If there's a god in heaven who's willin'
And the river don't rise
Track Name: Blue Horizon
Blue Horizon

Got a blue horizon, bluer than you, bluer than me
That's all I see, that's all I see
Got an earthly notion of where I'm supposed to be
Here I am babe, here I am, there you be

Early in the morning I heard you callin' me
And I recognized your voice babe
By the things you think you see
It's all right if you're lonely
It's all right to be with me
Blue horizon, in front of me

Got a job in the city
Got my heart in the hill country
Gotta get back to it, gotta get back being free
Gonna move some mountains
Gonna rewrite history
Gonna roll the stone away
Gonna get back home again someday

They say it's round
But you know it's a flat old world
Look at all the people who fall off it
Look at all the people who fall through

If it's true, then we're not crazy
Might be a little confused
Got a blue horizon, in front of you

They say it's round
But you know it's a flat old world
Look at all the people who fall off it
Look at all the people who fall through

If it's true, then we're not crazy
Might be a little confused
Got a blue horizon, in front of you