Underneath This Tree

by Mike Moran

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released 03 August 2012

Mike Moran – music/lyrics/vocals/guitars/mandolin/banjo/bass
Andrew Goldring – drums
Eric Lindquist – bass
Tom Smith - organ
Mike Rut – drum loops/piano
Clifton Sanders – saxophone
Yeagi Broadwell – violin
Kerstin Tenney – violin
Joshua Lohner – viola
DJ Hesterman – cello

string arrangements – Mike Rut/Mike Moran

all lyrics and music written by Mike Moran copyright 2011

produced by Mike Rut and Mike Moran

recorded, mixed and mastered at Mustard Seed Studio; additional recording by Andrew Goldring at Sound Cave Studio and Nate Weaver in Mike Moran’s living room

art direction and design by chris design, swim345.com

Thank you to Mike and the rest of the Routledge family, the old and new friends who contributed to this record, and to you for listening.

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Track Name: Faith And Fame
Faith and Fame

Flowering faith
Asking for more than what’s at the table
Towering fame
Asking for more than what you are able

Towering fame
Asking for more than what you are able
Flowering faith
Asking for more than what’s at the table

It’s just a passing thru
Given and taken
All that you wanted
Is not due to you, is not due to you
so you can rest

It’s just a passing thru
Given and taken
All that they gave you
Was not due to you…
Track Name: Awakened Fire/This Burn
Awakened Fire

It’s an awakened fire
It’s a right of passage from day to night
A clinging to life
What you’ve been waiting for

And you’re undefined
You take your time
You only see you’re on a fine line

This Burn

It’s an awakened fire
That you don’t see comin’
You think it’s gonna burn you up
Or maybe worse find you out
Out loud it cries
With no sorry said
But goodbye for now
Goodbye for now

You will return
To this burn
To the source of the pain inside you did not earn

You were always told
When you were young you used to run
And with no end in sight
And still a flower could catch your eye
Out loud you’d cry
With no sorry said
But goodbye for now
Goodbye for now
Track Name: Underneath A Tree
Underneath a Tree

Sometimes simple
Underneath a tree
Sometimes hard
Up a hill
Sometimes silly with my younger brother
Sometimes hurting from mischosen words
Sometimes tired from the plowing thru
Sometimes taken back to what I already knew
And sometimes to you

There are roots growing underneath this tree you do not see
Stretching thru the dirt and stone
Building better, better branches I do believe
There are roots growing underneath this tree you cannot see
Stretching thru the dirt and rock
Bringing better, better chances I will receive

This is my attempt
This is my attempt at beautiful
Track Name: Garden For Two
Garden for Two

What screams to you
In the silence?
What screams to you
In the your hiding?
Who’s taken you
From my garden?
Who’s taken you
From my garden for two?

It’s so right in front of me
Track Name: Running Ahead
Running Ahead

You could’ve been the closest friend
The kind that understands all that that you haven’t said
Just sits and waits, and waits

You’ve could’ve been the older me
Same dark hair, same bright eyes, full of wonder
My general in war, I’d follow you into war

I can’t help it, this running ahead
Listen, I saw the future, I did
I can’t help it, this running ahead
You’d run if you saw what I did

You could’ve been there on that line
Waving a flag, leading a cheer
As we chased that ball in time
Young men without a care, without a care

Would you run if you saw what I did?
And if you did, would you run?
Track Name: A Bright Idea
A Bright Idea

So I had this thought
Just to get out of town
Gave you a call
And a bright idea came, music and motion
Music and motion

So we’ll head west
To familiar port towns
To see and feel new shades of green
We both laughed
Ya, we both laughed

You and I are different
You and I are different
You seek, I hide
You make plans
And I ride with the wind
You are fast
And I am painfully slow
Yes, I know I am painfully slow

So we set off
With me behind the wheel
And not ten minutes in you’re on my heals
‘cause I won’t yield
And the car goes silent
Ya, we’re in hover mode
You break the ice
You break the cold

So how does the story end, you ask?
Did someone die?
Well, I have a bester friend now
We’re both learning to let things lie
We’re both better for the try

You’ll seek, I’ll hide
You’ll make your plans
And I’ll ride with the wind
You’ll be fast
I’ll still be painfully slow
Yes we know I’ll still be painfully slow
This we both know

So I had this thought
Just to get out of town
Gave you a call
And a bright idea came
And we both laughed
Track Name: Built On Yearning
Built on Yearning

We walk these streets filled with doubt
Broken souls, forcing out
The will to breathe
The will to leave our home, to leave what’s known

I’m only one, and one small man
Tied to this dirt by your command
But forging out the will to leave my home
To leave what’s known

Are you with me on this sojourn?
Just to believe all is well
I want to see, to see what is
It’s built on yearning…
Track Name: Waking Up
Waking Up

Waking up
Finally free
Wanna know my dream?

And I can’t believe it’s only me
That wants to see, finally
Track Name: This Dance
This Dance

I’d like this dance
May I have it?
You don’t know me
But I might be worth your time
I was thinking maybe a simple waltz
Nothing too hard

So, slow to me
Slow to me

I’d like this dance
May I have it?
I don’t know you
But you seem worth my time

So, slow to me
And slow, we’ll be