Thunder I: Calamitous Foe

by Dustin Lowman

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Seven tracks written & recorded in Nashville, fresh off the boat.

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released July 15, 2016

All songs written by Dustin Lowman, except 'Away, Like Water,' which was written by Dustin Lowman and Camille Kenny. Engineered & produced by Jonas Litton.

Special thanks to:
Bruce & Susan Lowman
The Litton family
Mary Faulk

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Dustin Lowman Nashville, Tennessee

folksinger hitting hard on the heels of dylan, plus all his millions of disciples, people nowadays like bill callahan, cass mccombs, manifold others. composer of originals, coverer of all admired material. contact for booking/general niceties.

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Track Name: Can I Ask You?
Darling, when I raise my head
To hear the things the nightmoon says
Never knowing what is true -
Darling, can I ask you?

And when I hear the night pronounce
My solitude's precise amount
Never knowing when he lies -
Darling, give it a disguise

Never knowing what is true -
Darling, can I ask you?
Darling, can I ask you?
Track Name: Business Blues
Business made my living conditions better
I ain't goin' nowhere soon
I told you all about it in the letter
I ain't goin' nowhere soon
For now, you can see me waiting tables
I ain't goin' nowhere soon
I put all my money in the horse's stable
I ain't goin' nowhere soon, no

I cannot thank you enough for all you've given
I ain't goin' nowhere soon
You should come and see me where I'm living
I ain't goin' nowhere soon
It's modest, but I like the location
I ain't goin' nowhere soon
They give me two full weeks of vacation

Ooh, little bit of business blues -
I ain't gonna lose -
Track Name: Away, Like Water
Running, running away like water
You think that you haven't got her
& that she ran away too soon
Running, running into the distance
You think that she never listens
& that she's quieter than the moon

Running, running on just a whisper
She's colder, now, where you kissed her
& she runs with supernatural speed
Ah, running, running & making ripples
You told her that love is simple
Ah, but she always disagreed

But some sweet day,
She looked your way
Track Name: Boston Bound
When I shake my bones awake
Don't you tell me I'm asleep
I must walk a figure-eight
'Til I know my dreams complete
Follow, blind, the path, it winds
All around your naked skull
When I shake my bones awake
Hand me down a daffodil

I could watch you all day long
Never tire of the sight
I could love you slow & strong
Never do two days alike
Follow, blind, the path, it winds
Long toward the open sea
Meet me by the river, dear,
Flowing to infinity

When I lay my bones to rest
Don't you bother me no more
You might see my bones undressed
& hollow to the naked core
Follow, blind, the path, it winds
Soft with mercy, town to town
When I lay my bones to rest
Tell everyone I'm Boston bound
Track Name: Don't Want To Make You Feel Bad
I don't wanna make you feel bad
I don't wanna make you so sad
All this exposure to sunlight that we've had
Sunlight can make you go mad
I don't wanna make you feel bad

Follow me down to the pond
Follow me there & beyond
We've got to follow this love, before it's gone
What else can dreams grow upon?
Follow me down to the pond
I ain't gonna make you feel bad
I ain't gonna make you feel bad
I ain't gonna make you feel bad
Track Name: Fugue (Cold, Cold, Cold)
It's cold & everyone is going home
It's cold & everyone is going home, to drink wine, & get warm
It's cold & the streets are empty 'cause everyone's at home

& it's cold, cold, cold
& it's cold, cold, cold
& it's cold, cold, cold

At home you look out your window at the beautiful scene outside
At home you feel more powerful than the natural elements
You sit there & wonder how the species could have ever survived this long
Without radiators, refrigerators, calculators & so forth
Could your predecessors have ever understood the beauty that you see before you now?

& it's cold, cold, cold
& it's cold, cold, cold
& it's cold, cold, cold

There's a certain slant of light that falls across your knees & feet
It just fell exactly that way after how many billion years
Does it mean that God has got its eyes set down upon you?
Or is it all an accident that has you rooted to this chair?
Pumping oxygen & nitrogen all around a rocky sphere
Playing God beside your window when a ray of sunlight came
& broke into your dreams just like a nightbird, howling pain
It's cold & everyone is sipping warm liquid under blankets
It's cold & everyone is going home, or trying to find a home

& it's cold, cold, cold
& it's cold, cold, cold
& it's cold, cold, cold

I myself have long been finding ways not to go home
In winter depths, I sometimes suspect that there is no escape
For the air will freeze you cleanly if you challenge it at all
It's cold & I'm going home because I have no better option
For I have no lover, nor money, nor wanderlust
I love the cold, for it makes me believe in sensual comfort
I love the cold, for it makes me bring my thinking close around me
I love the cold, for it makes me pull blankets close around me
I love the cold, for it makes me long for & believe in true affection
I love the cold, for it makes me honest

& it's cold, cold, cold
& it's cold, cold, cold
& it's cold, cold, cold

It's cold & everyone is going home
It's cold & no one can believe that it's December already
It's cold & everyone is going home
It's cold & no one can believe that Summer warmth turned into this
It's cold & everyone is going home
It's cold & everyone is going home
It's cold & everyone is going home
It's cold & everyone is going home
Track Name: I'll Try Anything
Like the bird who sings with oil in his wings
Like the branch that bends, supporting him & all his friends
I will try anything to see you again
Like the bee who stings the poison out of spring
Like the shepherd who tends to the flock when winter ends
I will try anything to see you again

Well, I know you wait alone
Behind your gate of stone
I know your heart is true,
And I know mine beats for you - oh!

Like the prison bell, that keeps you in hell
Like the silent sun, compelling you to run
I know, very well, that you are the one
& like the bird who sings, though he cannot flap his wings
& like the branch that bends supporting him & all his friends
I will try anything to see you again

& I know you wait alone
Behind your gate of stone
I know your heart is true
& I know mine beats for you - ah!