Altamesa - The Long Ride Home

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The debut album by Altamesa.

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released April 2, 2016

Produced by Jonas Wilson and Evan Charles
Engineered and Mixed by Jonas Wilson
Mastered by Stephen Ceresia

Recorded at Skeleton Farms Studio in Leander, TX

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Altamesa Austin, Texas

Altamesa is the solo project of Austin-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Evan Charles. Their debut record is The Long Ride Home.

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Track Name: The Long Ride Home
on the long ride home
take me to where I can no longer roam
not down the painted street
where the hidden love inside me grieves
not where my heart would fly
only for my soul to die
but where desire ends
where the pain of a lifetime mends

the last time I saw the light of the morning
hanging over the horizon's edge
was the last time I'd felt you fade
but as the sun swept to dusk returning
to the night from which it came
you returned again, a shade

on the long ride home
take me to where I can no longer roam
not down the painted street
where the hidden love inside me grieves
not where my heart would fly
only for my soul to die
but where desire ends
where the pain of a lifetime mends

and as you swept over me like nightfall
hanging over the heavens above
I could only look on and wonder
how is it you call me home to hell, love,
like a man possessed and won?
how do you speak to me like the thunder?

and if you should come one night returning
where I've long since passed and gone
stay a while, you won't find me
until the midday sun is burning
and your shadow pales and fades
like the last hope that binds me

on the long ride home
take me to where I can no longer roam
not down the painted street
where the hidden love inside me grieves
not where my heart would fly
only for my soul to die
but where desire ends
where the pain of a lifetime mends
Track Name: Portrait
maybe you don't know what your sorrow's all about
you never could tell, but I guess that's why you picked me out
but this time I don't know

'cause all I know's nothing to do with you lately
for all I know you may still love me or you may hate me
it's hard to say how you're gonna grow

well it's hard to say when I ain't seen you in so long
but you keep on running babe I'll just keep drawing your portrait all wrong
'til there's nothing left of you but the words to this song
and all the others too

had to move on babe that wasn't any choice I made
I would've treated you so badly honey if I would've stayed
couldn't do that to the one that loved me

yeah since then just falling back in love with memories of you
they fuck me up but at least I'm always seeing someone new
and hell, maybe you're thinking of me too

well it's hard to say when I ain't seen you in so long
but you keep on running babe I'll just keep drawing your portrait all wrong
'til there's nothing left of you but the words to this song
and all the others too
Track Name: Reckoning Road
for such a long time I said I'll wait on fate to bring me back where I'm longing to return
I never quite knew where that would be or what I'd see but I believed it was something you could earn
since those days I've let that dream quietly fade away like the toll of a bell
but I try again to console myself and pick the flowers that grow in the midst of hell

stumbling drunk in the aftermath of the last hope that you had
everything changes and nothing looks the same and it seems like the world's gone mad
so one day the question comes whispering, can you cut through the fog of your vice?
now you're walking that reckoning road bound in fire and paved in ice

well I was raised by temptation
and damned by salvation
made to look hopeless and proud
everything in its place
barely leaving a trace
and you another face
in the crowd

little girl lost in the tides, washed up, wandering through the haze of her dreams
she could have anything she want but what she's got, always caught in between
I never quite knew what she meant when she said she'd always been around
but even the closest of heart's never truly know where the other is bound

well I was raised by temptation
and damned by salvation
made to look hopeless and proud
everything in its place
barely leaving a trace
and you another face
in the crowd
Track Name: We Could Have Been Nothing
silhouettes in the window
shadows in the dark
of course nothing's clearer
for all the time apart

too many ways to make sense
you just won't sit still
keep me frozen in suspense
caged in the grace of your will

but nothing comes easy that's worth a damn
and I figure you know who I am

fake as long as you want to
try and hold on to the dream
til its nightmare haunts you
and there's nothing left to redeem

and wait around for the right time
and hope for the best
and look around for the right line
to lay your love to rest

but nothing comes easy that's worth a damn
and I figure you know who I am

and we could have been nothing
if you never came back
we could have been nothing
if you never came back
Track Name: Caught Up On Time
we're caught up on time
or maybe it's time's caught up on 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
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's gone so why hold on
see it's everything to me
to see what you could be
Track Name: Time In The Sun
your time in the sun caught you coming down off your run
you thought you had time to kill, but now it's burned up and done
watching the summer turning slowly to fall
you forgot just what it was made it all
so easy to waste away while you slowed to a crawl

caught on the fast track blasting back like on wings
watching the clock in shock as the pendulum swings
ever slowly closer to your chest
with nothing to do but bleed out the rest
you stumbled upon the one you would confess to
in the dark

coming out the house
I saw you coming for me
sent me into a dream
still ain't woken from it

laced in, woven into every day
that's wasted, trying to find another way
back to you, oh, but I don't know what to do

your time in the sun sunk fast into the evening glow
with nothing but memories, hard luck, and the lines to show
so carry me high and bury me low
I know it's all the same to you to let it go
'cause you came out of nowhere and now you've gone back to where you
came from
in the dark

coming out the house
I saw you coming for me
sent me into a dream
still ain't woken from it

laced in, woven into every day
that's wasted, trying to find another way
back to you, oh, but I don't know what to do
Track Name: Bad Idea
I'll wait a long time
long as you keep me guessing
it's the summer time
and all the summer time girls are dressing to kill

so I'm headed out nighttimes
only to remember
all the love for you
still burning in its embers

every time, every time

and what about you, what do you do?
whatever it is seems like it's working for you
but I wouldn't know
all I've got's a bad idea

jack and coke
whiskey's sour
pack of smokes
and I pass the hours between me and you

and watching the scene pass by
all the same
dreaming of one last try
to light the flame

from the ash, from the ash

and what about you, what do you do?
whatever it is seems like it's working for you
but I wouldn't know
all I've got's a bad idea
all I've got's a bad idea
Track Name: Glass Eyed Dawn
wait to turn you loose
watch the flicker of the fuse
burn out and blow the whole charade
down in shambles
no choice but to ramble on
til the feeling finally fades

'cause after all, morning comes
no telling who it's coming from
all the matters is you'll forget
that old sun soon as she sets

I'll take you to sunrise
with all the love that whiskey buys
if you don't want to hold on too long
you'll be the only one
til that mean old sun
lights me up another song

in the grey, glass-eyed dawn
in the grey, glass-eyed dawn

'cause after all, morning comes
no telling who it's coming from
all the matters is you'll forget
that old sun soon as she sets
Track Name: Ash Tree
what had I seen?
you caught my eye
like a hook on a train
I couldn't see you
for the devil you were
what was I to do
but come to you
and learn the hard way?
and if I knew
would I have stayed?

the road up ahead
was only as blind
as the warmth of your bed
the loss of my mind
for good feeling instead
what was I to do
but stay with you
in ecstasy
til the bitter end
of destiny?

'cause after all, I got what I came for

the wreckage behind
it don't speak a word
of the losses that bind
it sings like a bird
high and free
sad and proud
from the ash tree
Track Name: In Your Own Sweet Time
in the end
in the end we're all alone
but for now
but for now let's make a home
so come along
come along now don't be shy
'cause things are looking up
yeah things are looking up beyond the sky

beyond the dawn
beyond the dawn lies time grown old
and beyond the dusk
beyond the dusk lies time untold
and between the two
between the two's where you'll find me
'cause all I know
all I know is all I can see

so I'm listening for the sound
of your golden chimes
'cause I know you'll come around
in your own sweet time

take a dream
take a dream out of your mind
try to see
try to see what you can find
and burn it down
burn it down, tear it apart
and spread the ash
spread the ash over your heart

so I'm listening for the sound
of your golden chimes
'cause I know you'll come around
in your own sweet time