Idol Frontier

by Altamesa

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1.
04:28
the new west is a ghost town of dreams already dreamt left neglected and unkempt there is no mystery left to tempt the new west is a ghost town of suits and deals you'll never know kingpins that control the show already dealt the dying blow the new west is a ghost town of stampede herds on freeway lines all digging down in gutted minds so dark you never see the signs the new west is a ghost town of restless, floating pioneers all grinding rusted, backdoor gears to turn the days to nights to years the new west is a closed deal soil dead as it ever was before some men laid their eyes in awe on beauty so unspoiled and raw
2.
ride slow your serenade upon the cold grey dawn now time is slipping away from you child in the trial of your miles steady now, another number for the lost highway where your angel eyes saw the fire at the end of desire I saw you sailing on the red magnolia breeze wild in your lust for release sidewinder weaving shadows on the burning dusk whispering of women and wine and of one left behind well, no gambler turns and walks with nothing left to lose that's only for the Dealer to say on your reckoning day I saw you, Diamond Queen...trial of seven years lost on the Idol Frontier under tomorrow's sun she runs petty pace, town to town and I'm a hired gun hunting down the end of the line in a time out of mind run softly 'til I end my song wonder and wasted moonlight on the ark, unseen oh, you know the horizon's alive with no hope to arrive so you scroll sweet, vain dreams upon a memory pale rider, you sweat and you swing but you can't change a thing and Babylon's sweetheart hangs around singing, will I follow her down? under tomorrow's sun she runs petty pace, town to town and I'm a hired gun hunting down the end of the line in a time out of mind run softly 'til I end my song
3.
03:37
your luck and your life alone ain't nobody can touch you you can't go lying if you don't feel tingling down to your bones when she's so sincere so fearless it's calling you back again like a tune so often played it means nothing now but you go it's another game to play do you remember what to say, what to show? you're breaking the bank to ride on the sound of the feeling full sails, high seas you'll be chasing it 'til you die your mother's fallen angel of deeper wonders than the waves it's a killing you're out to find a lost soul's bounty buried in the weary miles you go so baby break me clean in two one for the highway, one for you a shadow struck out on the crooked path a sweet calypso stole my will and filled my glass but it's the finer things leave you dry once you learn how kindness steals and beauty lies stolen away to roam in the quiet of the morning in the wild of your mind see the breakers chasing the foam the cold expanse that brought you it's calling you back again north wind of the winter east wind of the rain and snow where the pushers play your scars to the tune of steel guitars at the show struck out on the crooked path a sweet calypso stole my will and filled my glass but it's the finer things leave you dry once you learn how kindness steals and beauty lies
4.
I try to forget cigarette after cigarette but forgetfulness, it don't come cheap so I try to reconcile your cold, cold heart with your diamond smile and wonder how I got in so deep and I try to pretend like I always knew it would end like I didn't need so badly to believe oh but a young heart in love is a trick takes a feeling and lays it on thick when all you want is to be decieved so torn up inside I know it's not right but just tell me one more sweet lie tonight and I'll go fading like a shadow on your heart and disappear there's nowhere left to hide and no use waiting so before it falls apart I'll disappear break down hang around sell out and now you're coming unwound and I'm walking away when a turn in my step said to stay when it all came rushing back like before oh but back when we used to be friends there was no other way it would end once all we knew better went out the door so torn up inside I know it's not right but just tell me one more sweet lie tonight and I'll go fading like a shadow on your heart and disappear there's nowhere left to hide and no use waiting so before it falls apart I'll disappear
5.
all your life you was raised to believe in a certain kind of love but now you grown up and you find that it wasn't what you thought but you know it's the hard won truth that's gonna tell you what you've got to do all it took was a little bit of love, a little happiness but your feet are back on the ground and you're wondering if it strikes twice now there's nothing but to wait for the rain wait to see if it's all in vain but it seems to me like all you need is a little bit of genuine affection emotional protection trying to get you to see that it's not for me to give you back what you used to have all you know is it's boiling down to one cold hard fact that if you can't hope to love then you can't hope to live that's why I'm only looking out for you when I say that there's nothing I can do but to go on and let you fly instead of keep you coming back on a lie but it seems to me like all you need is a little bit of genuine affection emotional protection trying to get you to see that it's not for me to give you back what you used to have genuine affection emotional protection genuine affection
6.
baby met you with bad intentions little did I know that you were like my divine intervention and now we've got ourselves a happy home because nobody's strong enough to stand alone strong enough to stand alone strong enough to stand alone many men would remain in darkness I didn't want to leave I didn't want to face catharsis 'cause there's a part of the soul that wants to roam because nobody's strong enough to stand alone strong enough to stand alone strong enough to stand alone but all the while, as the space between us grew I was making it back to you on a cold night, with no moon to light the sky the dissolution of a lie baby left you with best intentions I didn't want to leave but all we had was cold dissension and there ain't nothin' left here feels like a home so baby now it's time to go and stand alone strong enough to stand alone strong enough to stand alone
7.
we're caught up on time or maybe it's time's caught up with us either way the rain has come and it's bringing the rust like a dream slowly drifting away in the dawn of the unknown day you'll want to pretend that what's going down can't really be the truth but you know she's already given you all the proof that you need to know you're finally alone still in love and your bird has flown the moment's gone, so why hold on see I've got this memory in the night it won't let me be I'll catch you later on I could be wrong...right now I just don't care what it takes to keep this battered heart beating on and survive to see another love 'til you finally say enough is enough the moment's gone, so why hold on see I've got this memory in the night it won't let me be the moment goes, so why get close see it's everything to me to see what you could be
8.
04:43
we hit the peak already sinking slow we hit the ground with nothing left to show oh but so it goes no endgame, no remorse cheaper than dirt, just a fix, not a cure don't let yourself believe too soon to be sure but how long do you wait 'til you know what's truly yours? it seemed like such a minor vice to say come on baby let's roll the dice and if we break it's 'cause we tried to leave illusion cold behind I wound up on the other side of town cash in hand like a stone to drown and that's how it starts if you're money don't run dry 'cause it ain't cheap getting high how much oblivion can you buy until you realize it seemed like such a minor vice to say come one baby, let's roll the dice and if we break it's 'cause we tried to leave illusion cold behind a room full of walls and a mind on the brink it's just the kind of thing you never think is gonna happen to you but that don't change when it comes no it don't change when it comes
9.
you used to live by the songs that you sung swagger in your step and leather-wrought lungs but those days are long behind you my friend and you know they're never coming back again all's quiet on the western plains and the road into town only runs one lane watching the clouds sail through the sky you wonder how many more years until your spirit flies she used to wait on the front porch swing and you knew she wanted more than just your class ring you can still hear the gravel underneath your tires young lovers running scared into blind desire but soon you buried that dream away started working the circuit for a troubadour's pay now you're sinking under the weight of the years thinkin' 'bout everything that you once held dear and how you only threw it all away thinking that you could come back some day but you were wrong you lived a life that burned in lust now you're a fading shadow at dusk and life is long now somewhere up in Ohio she's looking out at the season's first snow the kids ain't been kids for a while for the west Texas girl in midwest exile fifteen hundred miles as the crow flies southwest, down near New Mexico an old singer of hard luck songs is getting back on the road, only place he belongs you know you only threw it all away thinking that you could come back some day but you were wrong you lived a life that burned in lust now you're a fading shadow at dusk and life is long
10.
time and circumstance never meant that much to me if I could I always took the chance in the name of living free but it all came back around like a lovesick hangover on a sunny day like you know you're just sorrow bound but you go and meet the day anyway always the one to leave, always the one who'd really want to stay trying so hard to believe, trying to keep the hounds at bay you kept me driving those backroads longer than I ever thought I would until you put the fear of the great unknown back in me 'til I almost loved you and now the tar's rising like mercury off the asphalt glowing in the summer heat on the open road underneath empty skies and everywhere you turn the river's run dry I only wanted to see the stars on a cool, cloudless night I'm twenty miles from the nearest town clear out of sight and blame's a losing game, and the last resort of a hard heart in time it's all the same: in the end you finish where you start rust on a junkyard chevy, dust on a desert plain and the load, it's getting heavy...and I can hear the roll of the slow train and now the tar's rising like mercury off the asphalt glowing in the summer heat on the open road underneath empty skies and everywhere you turn the river's run dry I only wanted to see the stars on a cool, cloudless night I'm twenty miles from the nearest town clear out of sight

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released February 8, 2019

Produced by Sean Faires and Jonas Wilson
Engineered and Mixed by Jonas Wilson
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Mastering
Recorded at The Skeleton Farm in Leander, TX

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Altamesa Austin, Texas

Altamesa is a Cosmic American and Rock & Roll band from Austin, Texas that mixes the production values of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Big Star with the songwriting sensibilities of Neil Young and the Flying Burrito Brothers. They will release the full-length Idol Frontier record in the fall of 2018. ... more

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