Path Overgrown

by Todd Warner Moore

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Mixed & Mastered by Oliver Wagner at SoundTheoryLab, Taiwan.

Photo: Rambo Lai

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released November 23, 2019

Todd Warner Moore: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar,
Leah Hart: Background Vocals
Nicole Stella: Background Vocals
Michael Kentish: Background Vocals
Roberto Diana: Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
William Stewart: Violin, Viola
Horacio Valdivieso: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Daniel González: Cello
Issar Schulman: Double Bass

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Todd Warner Moore Hong Kong

What if they're just constructs?
If it comes
From within?
Our thoughts may seem like rocks
But a river runs everything thin

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Track Name: Path Overgrown
When you found out
You were more
Than this matter
Locked together
Did your weather
Stand up
To the laughter
Hereafter?


That the
Phantom weight
You carried
You alone
Had made


That the things
That had hindered you
Would lead to
Purest states


Oh once more to return again
Oh once more to return


To your path
Overgrown
And Unknown


That this
Kindness found
Inside the edges
Of your heart and mind
Untethered
The defences
In your life?


That the
Phantom weight
You carried
You alone
Had made


That the things
That had hindered you
Would lead to
Purest states


Oh once more to return again
Oh once more to return


To your path
Overgrown
And Unknown


That your thoughts
Were once the inkblots
That obscured
Your diamond mind
How you'd lived
Your days
In habit
By design?


That the
Phantom weight
You carried
You alone
Had made


That the things
That had hindered you
Would lead to
Purest states


Oh once more to return again
Oh once more to return


To your path
Overgrown
And Unknown


To your path
Overgrown
And Unknown


To your path
Overgrown
And unknown
Track Name: Fish or Bird?
Out in the sea you are swimming
There are plastic bags there
And I know you don’t care


But I want to know
Is in some other lifetime
And it may sound absurd
Were you a fish or a bird?


‘Cause the feeling so appealing
Is that things can only get better
When you float like a feather
Or you grin with your fins
When migrations of birds
And the fish are the swell
Of a unified world


And I want to be
Like you in the sea
Never seen one so free
See what you want to see


But I still want to know
Is in some other lifetime
And it may sound absurd
Were you a fish or a bird?


‘Cause the feeling so appealing
Is that things can only get better
When you float like a feather
Or you grin with your fins
When migrations of birds
And the fish are the swell
Of a unified world


‘Cause the feeling so appealing
Is that things can only get better
When you float like a feather
Or you grin with your fins
When migrations of birds
And the fish are the swell
Of a unified world
Of a unified world
Of a unified world
Of a unified world
Track Name: Little Cobra
Behind our house a trail we walked
Down below the circling hawks
There were frogs that leapt
And lizards in the sun
Beads of water on a web
That had just been spun

Our neighbour held a bag in hand
A reptile found beneath the sand
Then we saw it stand up straight
A baby snake
All I can say is we were
Frozen there in place

A little cobra
Little cobra
We'd walked that way so many times
Where dangers hid from passersby
Little cobra
Little cobra
Little cobra in plain sight

The path we took so many times
Beside the swamp was redefined
There were hazards in the things
We once dismissed and they'd become
The signs that dangled on
A ravelling ball of twine

And so we walk the same old walk
We watch the shadows as we talk
There are other ways to go
We like to be aware beside the grass
With every step we take on this great path

A little cobra
Little cobra
We'd walked that way so many times
Where dangers hid from passersby
Little cobra
Little cobra
Little cobra in plain sight

And to know
Or not to know
And to know
Or not to know
From the garden we go
Just to get
Back back back back back
Just to get
Back back back to

Little cobra
Little cobra
In the corners of our minds
We like the dangers that we find
Little cobra
Little cobra
Little cobra in plain sight
Track Name: Empty Page
She buys a new
Spiral notebook
Every time
she gets the urge
To dream

She writes
A couple of lines
And then she
Close up the book

She's got 27 notebooks
With two lines
In each book

She is thumbing through
The limitless space
Of the empty page

Alone
In her room
She sees the slideshow
Of her life

She clicks from
Picture to Picture
Of all these faces
Like strangers

And then she comes
To the blinding space
In between the slides

She is thumbing through
The limitless space
Of the empty page

Once you think
You know the way
You throw away
All of your maps

Feels a little uneasy
When you stray away
From the text

Yeah we've all
Got our ruts
Which we've carved
With our
Wagon wheels

And we all
Need the rain
To wash away
The ruts

And we all
Know the fear
Of floating
On the flood

When we are
Thumbing through
The limitless space
Of the empty page

Thumbing through
The limitless space
Of the empty page

Thumbing through
The limitless space
Of the empty page
Track Name: On
He's been up all night
Into the morning light
Ghost-white
From the fight

And he's running now
To a distant sound
Starts to drown
Verb to noun

She says
I wish I could
Spin a song for you
A passage
To a place so new

But you're
On all the time
On all the time
And I'm struggling
To find the line

If you were a butterfly
Looking down at you
You’d be mollified
What to do

You’d see the bug
Not the vivid wings
Pinned to the rug
Of everything

She says
I wish I could
Spin a song for you
A passage
To a place so new

But you're
On all the time
On all the time
And I'm struggling
To find the line
And I'm struggling
To find the line

But if I could sing to you
We could see this pass
If I could sing to you
It would not last

This bell I'd ring
To your truest self
You would find your wings
For we're just guests

She says
I wish I could
Spin a song for you
A passage
To a place so new

But you're
On all the time
On all the time
And I'm struggling
To find the line
And I'm struggling
To find the line
Track Name: Buildings
Nothing stayed
In that place
Where they resided

Every blade
Could prey
From inside

All the rings of smoke
That echoed from their hearts

So they fell further
From the hub of a wheel
On a road
No one behind the wheel

Down the slippery slope of ideals
What new wreck each day revealed
While the buildings burned
Beneath the stars

But their hearts
Found a way
To depart

And their hearts
Turned waste
To art

Discontentment
With the static
Of the past

Not to fall
From the hub of a wheel
On a path
No one behind the wheel

Down the slippery slope of ideals
What new wreck each day revealed
While the buildings burned
Beneath the stars
While the buildings burned
Beneath the stars
While the buildings burned
Beneath the stars
Track Name: Ways
You’re never sure about
The choices made
You’re never sure about
The things
You should have said

They go around
In your brain
And you do it again
And you do it again
And you do it again

These are the stories
That we tell ourselves
We like to keep them
In old bookshelves
It's a tired trend
Never seems to end
And we do it again

In our own ways
We’re always
In our way
But today
disobey
disobey

The worst critic ever
You will ever know
Lives in you
From long ago
Comes to visit again
Like a nervous friend
Again and Again
Again and Again

When every thought
Is an ought to be
Not really
The really real
Goes around and around
And we do it again
And we do it again

And in our own ways
We’re always
In our way
But today
disobey
disobey

You’re never sure about
The choices made
You’re never sure about
The things
You should have said

They go around
In your brain
And you do it again
And you do it again
And you do it again

These are the stories
That we tell ourselves
We like to keep them
In old bookshelves
It's a tired trend
Never seems to end
And we do it again

And in our own ways
We’re always
In our way
But today
disobey
disobey
Track Name: Gratitude
Not so very long ago
His workers were his
Stepping stones
He didn’t really
Think about
His harmful
Undertones

Now he sees
In retrospect
The ways that
That he could
Not connect
Only thought
How he’d reply
Never looked
Them in the eyes

And there was no
Lightning strike
No watershed
Transformed his mind
Just smiled
Into his prime
He moved from
Latitude
To fortitude
To gratitude
In magnitude

may
sound like
Platitudes
But we saw
His change
Of mood

Now he leads
A different life
Perhaps a crisis
In midlife
Funny how his brain
Has changed
We never could
Explain

Tranquillity
Our natural state
Before some
Become so irate
Before forming
Rugged shells
These self-inflicted
Hells

And there was no
Lightning strike
No watershed
Transformed his mind
Just smiled
Into his prime
He moved from
Latitude
To fortitude
To gratitude
In magnitude

may
Seem like
Platitudes
But we saw
His change
Of mood
Track Name: Book of Sky
There’s a
Book of sky
Inside my coat
Inscribed
With light
In every note
Are the codes
Of the songs
We know

And it stitches
Everything
We’ve done
Watercolour
Drops that run
The paints
The notes
Of
Touch

No divide
And wide
To fly inside

Turn this
Book of sky
Into a history of us
Runs through the light
Of our love

But at times
The book will
Lose its words
They escape
Like uncaged birds
In flight
Only sky
In my palm

And suddenly
Appear again
A different time
A different rhyme
Infused through songs
In this book

No divide
And wide
To fly inside

Turn this
Book of sky
Into
The history of us
Runs
Through the light
Of our love

Bridge

Turn this
Book of sky
Into
a history of us
Runs
Through the light
Of our love

Turn this
Book of sky
Into
a history of us
Runs
Through the light
Of our love
Track Name: The Day They
See the couple crying in the grass
Their picnic basket is smashed
Full of bread fruit and wine
They are trying to recover all the love undone
All the fun, overrun by the weeds of time
But it wouldn’t take a miracle
To pull them out
Of the thunderstorm
And today it seems possible
The way the petals fall in uniform
Where the bubbles that they bottled
From their finest years
Intertwine with the wine
and the spring rain tears
And it all comes together
All the better and the worse
But the thirst for the first time
Has gone away

It’s the day they came together in the rain
It’s the day they came together in the rain
It’s the day they came together in the rain rain rain

Walking through this garden
They had once perceived as a city
Of litter and cracked black streets
And they are
Opening umbrellas while the rain in turn
Gives birth to the flowers around their feet
And it didn’t take a miracle
To bring them back into the circle
In the heart of the thunderstorm
Where anything is possible
Where the bubbles that they bottled
From their finest years
Intertwine with the wine
and the spring rain tears
And it all comes together
All the better and the worse
But the thirst for the first time
Has gone away

It’s the day they came together in the rain
It’s the day they came
Together in the rain rain rain

It’s the day they came together in the rain
It’s the day they came
Together in the rain rain rain
Track Name: Book of Sea
My book of sea
Aquamarine
Silverfish jump
All I can see

Gold coral reefs
Under the sun
Are pale green fires
When the day is done

And the lines
That I read
Carry me through
My book of sea
My book of sea

But my book of sea
Stows so deep
Pearls of grief
I no longer feel

And in my book of sea
Pain from below
Floats to the surface
Dissolves in the flow

And the lines
That I read
Carry me through
My book of sea
My book of sea

And the lines
That I read
Carry me to
Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
Track Name: And They'd Sing
Well they’d drive down that old gravel road
By a patch of wild chives
And the ruts ran deep on that old road
Which they’d carved out all our lives

Oh and they'd sing
Oh and they'd sing

And they found their secret swimming hole
On the side of Silver Creek
They would swim in peace under the moon
And they'd laugh but did not speak

Oh and they'd sing
Oh and they'd sing

Then they'd pull out her old warped guitar
And they'd sing beside the field
Though they did not sing in harmony
They would sing so happily

Oh and they'd sing
Oh and they'd sing

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