Light Within

by O'KEEFE

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released October 1, 2019

Recorded and mixed at Firefly Austin Recording Studio
Mastered by Cris Burns Audio

Album artwork by Sarah Miller Designs

Musicians: Erin O'Keefe, Rosie Flores, Colin Gilmore, Eli Southard, Trent Pruitt, Matt Long, Jonny 'Keys' Grossman, Eddie Dickerson, Mark Williams, Geoff Queen, Jimmy Milner, Ben Bradshaw, Randy Roberts, Stacey Lee, Mason Kinard, Joe Goynes.

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Dreamy, hazy indie soul.

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Track Name: Deep Blue
In the deep blue of your gaze
I swear the time just slips away
It’s alright by me
If we lost track of the days

It’s like a waking dream when sleep can’t pull you in
You’re sending signs
Hypnotic memories have got me in their grip
You’re in my mind

Not quite aware
In a state of falling free
You’re barely there
Into slumber with a key

It’s like a waking dream when sleep can’t pull you in
It’s blind temptation
Is this a fantasy of paranormal kind
Or hallucination

In the deep blue of your gaze
I swear the time just slips away
It’s alright by me
If we lost track of the days

It’s like a waking dream when sleep can’t pull you in
It’s hypnagogic
Don’t need reality to burn another bridge
It’s your psychosis
Track Name: Something Going On
There's something going on / But I'm afraid to know
You're up to something wrong / but I'm afraid to up and go

You put me in a tender spot to keep me feeling low
Act like I'm the killing moon that lights your wicked road
You hide there in the shadows claiming truth is what you told
But I can see right through you, right down into your soul

There's something going on / I see it in your stare
The love is gone / it's just no longer there

You fooled yourself / You drank your heart away
It's the ones that really love you / are the ones that have to pay

Loved you the best I could / deep down I still do
Stayed longer than I should / ‘til my heart was black and blue

Moonlight’s not enough to show you all your hurtful deeds
You're driving like the son of Sam and still increasing speed
And in your wake the love you take left dying in the weeds
Now you're out of gas and lonely and truth ain't what you seek

Because you know what's wrong / you only want your way
To keep lying to the world and drink the truth away

To have the final say
To push the light away
To waste another day
And I wish you'd hear me when I say
That I love you anyways
We all love you anyways
We wish you'd change your ways

There's something going on / the moon is hanging low
Are you better now? / Can you see the moonlit road?
Do you know which way you'll go?
Do you know which way you'll go?
Track Name: The Quiet
It's the quiet when you're far away from town
It's the quiet and the stillness of the ground
It's the night sky that reminds you that you're small
It's the stars and sounds and brilliance of it all
It gets you thinking
'Bout the time
You had it all

It's the quiet that stirs your aching soul
The quiet and the time that's had its toll
Ya get to hearing the sounds of the country air
You remember all the time that you spent there
Now it's late
The moon is waning
And it's you and the stars still here

In the quiet those memories flood your mind
The stillness in the air seems to stop the time
And all those years flew by you so fast
All the things that you loved are in the past
It comes upon you;
How much longer
Do you really have?

Now it's the quiet that sends you off to sleep
The quiet and the secrets you still keep
You wonder if the sun will come your way
Cause the night is only calm with the bright of day
But for now
The nighttime quiet
Is quite okay
Track Name: Reasons I'm Single
I never cared much for dancing I came here to watch the band play
That’s the third time she’s asked me and the third time I’ve turned her away
For a beauty like her another partner won’t be hard to find
I turned back to my beer cursed my stubbornness one more time

And the reasons I’m single, the reasons I’m still on my own
I spend my nights running when no one is waiting at home
I haven’t had much luck finding that someone that I can call mine
But the reasons I’m single ain’t reason enough to quit trying

Raising someone else’s babies and settling down ain’t my style
I’ve given up on finding true love in the grocery store aisle
I won’t find one in church well the preaching don’t suit me you see
The conversations I have with the lord stay between him and me

And the reasons I’m single, the reasons I’m still on my own
I spend my nights running when no one is waiting at home
I haven’t had much luck finding that someone that I can call mine
But the reasons I’m single ain’t reason enough to quit trying

I never cared much for money, I make enough to get by I guess
I seen too many folks spend their whole life chained to a desk
I don’t have much to offer in the way of material things
Unless you can find value in these broken down songs that I sing

And the reasons I’m single, the reasons I’m still on my own
I spend my nights running when no one is waiting at home
I haven’t had much luck finding that someone that I can call mine
But the reasons I’m single ain’t reason enough to quit trying
Track Name: All The Time
I’m losing my mind | I want you all the time
You’re deep in my head | I want you in my bed
I’m sprawled out on the floor | Waiting for the earth to quake
For seismic waves to rise | To shake you from the skies
While tides come crashing in | With you upon the ocean’s tongue
The pearl of Poseidon | You’re shining

I’m losing my mind | I want you all the time
You’re deep in my head | I want you in my bed
And you come onto me nightly | Sent by Aphrodite
With your virtues and your vices | Like I’m your Dionysus
And ask for love to borrow | Say you’ll pay me back tomorrow
If I said I didn’t want it I’d be lying

I’m losing my mind | Still want you all the time
Can’t get you out of my head | Not til you’re in my bed
All the time | I want you all the time
Track Name: Legend In His Own Mind
It’s 10:37 at Bar Ten-Eleven, there’s only six people inside
Four are the band, one is a drunk, and one’s a bartender named Clyde
The tip jar is empty and no is listening the singer lets out a sigh
‘Bout the 45 minutes in front of his mirror, he’s a legend in his own mind
He’s a legend in his own mind

Back in his 20s he still had no money but the girls would all come to his shows
He’d wear flashy jackets with pompadour hair He’s the guy that they’d all want to know,
He’s the guy that the girls want to know

It’s 10:57 at Bar Ten-Eleven, two guys arrive at the door
Their hands in their pockets, their eyes on the bar It’s the drinking that they’ve come here for
The singer looks over, points at his tip jar Don’t they know who he is?
He’s the one with the pompadour hair The one that the girls want to know
He’s the star of yesteryear’s show

Hey guy at the bar don’t you know I’m a star And you’re just a lush losing hair
Won’t you buy me a drink it’s the least you can do Since you’re taking up space sitting there

It’s half past 11:00 and I won’t even mention the name of the man on the stage
He’s famous for fighting with shadows and drunks He’s a legend in his own ways

Tonight’s no exception and his humble reception’s got him riled and looking to dance
He states through the mic the great size of his balls He’s a legend in his own pants
He’s a legend in his own pants

Let’s tango right here; Put down your beers Let’s see who’s the king of the night
It took but a swing from the first guy in sight to give his right eye a new kind of shine

Now it’s 1:57 at Bar Ten-Eleven and Clyde is wiping the bar
Another night’s over and where’s the time gone Time and a legend’s old songs
The house lights come on, the jukebox kicks in, Elvis hangs on the wall
I can sing better at the bottom of a pool than that guy jumpsuit and all

While the band’s loading out the singer sits down and reaches deep for his change
Clyde said don’t bother, this one’s on the house And the singer said thanks for the raise
Don’t you forget I’m the best that there is Some say the best of all time
And he slugged down his drink and packed up his mic

He’s a legend in his own mind
He’s a legend in his own mind
He’s a legend in his own mind
He’s a legend in his own mind
Track Name: Someday (I'll Write You A Love Song)
I’m glad to be walking and talking
I’m glad for the cool air tonight
But I can’t help this sinking feeling
It’s anything but peaceful inside

I never thought I’d go through this again
Lord please make this the last time
Someday I’ll write you a love song
But tonight I’m drinking you off of my mind

Maybe it’s the heat of the summer in Austin
Maybe I’m not meant for this life
Maybe I’m not done learning my lesson
Or it could be the bottle at my side

I’m just not ready to let go so soon
But you called it and I’ve got no choice
Someday I’ll write you a love song
With a bottle of whiskey and the sound of my voice

I know you need time and it’s an honest decision
But time’s all we got ‘til we die
All of these days without you
Are the longest I’ve spent in a while

I don’t know if I can wait forever
But God knows and you know I’ll try
Someday I’ll write you a love song
But tonight I’m singing you out of my mind

Someday I’ll write you a love song
But tonight I’m drinking you off of my mind
Track Name: Nothing to Say
The sky is on fire
And this town is sure quiet for Sunday.
The church is empty
And the preacher has run out of lies

It's a quarter to nine
My dinner's getting cold on the table
If there's pleasure in pain
Then I'm happy as a fly

If there's one thing I know
It's that I'm going to keep getting old
And people will talk just to make noise
But each passing day I feel I have nothing to say
That hasn't already been said

The sun’s going down
And soon another week will be over
But I’m thankful for this quiet
Time to reflect

Alone on my porch
And I can hear wind through the shutters
If God’s alive, that’s him
Passing me by

If there's one thing I know
It's that I'm going to keep getting old
And people will talk just to make noise
But each passing day I feel I have nothing to say
That hasn't already been said

It's half past my time
I used to want to grow old
But the more I know
The less that I understand

Out on this porch
I’m holding the sun in the sky
And the aches in my bones remind me
That I’m still alive

But each passing day I feel I have nothing to say
That hasn't already been said
Track Name: Stand For Your Land (feat. Colin Gilmore)
A long time gone that they took what they wanted and
burned down what they didn’t without consequence -
without justice

Another sun up another dollar in the pocket of a
man who sits real high up in his office and thinks he owns the
air we breathe

Stand by your rivers
Stand up to the man
Don't let them take the earth
Stand up for your land

The cold cold winter of North Dakota and the burning sun of Texas
Won’t delay us
They can dig their holes and send their dogs but there’s
Nothing they can do that will dissuade us

We're gonna stand by our rivers
Stand up to the man
We won't let them take the earth
We're gonna stand up for our land

When we open up our eyes
We see our faces in the water
It should come as no surprise,
We are the children of the land

The people standing ‘round you
They are your sons and daughters
Stay beside them
Draw your line in the sand

Stand by your rivers
Stand up to the man
Don't let them take the earth
Stand up for your land

We're gonna stand by our rivers
Stand up to the man
We won't let them take the earth
We're gonna stand up for our land

Long time gone, they took what they wanted, they took what they wanted, they took what they wanted
Long time gone, they took what they wanted, they took what they wanted, they took what they wanted
Long time gone, they took what they wanted, they took what they wanted, they took what they wanted
Long time gone, they took what they wanted, they took what they wanted, they took what they wanted
Track Name: Good Things
It’s been a long summer / And soon a long year
Leaves started falling / You’re still sitting here

Nothing is done / You worked your fingers to the bone--but it’s gonna come
It’s gonna come / Good things are coming for
You
For you

You feel unaccomplished / You got no credit to your name--nobody cares
Nobody cares / They shrug you off / When you keep doing your own thing
You don’t know when / You’re gonna catch a break
But good things are coming to
You
To You

Good things are coming / good things are coming / Yeah, good things are coming to
You

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