Que Viva

by John Meeks

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It’s a lost and lonely road through desert nowhere. There are bleak reminders of what was. This town is a vacancy, faded sighs and signs, shadows of the voices that once filled the streets. The slow collapse of buildings, the languid march of time, clouds that threaten the blessing of rain. You’re driving, taming the escape of pavement. The pulse of music whispers out of your speakers. Loss and longing subdued on the southwestern canvas. Trumpets caress the landscape and set the scene for a voice, a voice familiar as the hard sun, it’s a voice as welcoming as home, yet as worn as travel. This is the music of John Meeks.

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released 29 November 2014

Recorded and mixed by Matt Resovich at Elephant Duck Studios. Produced by Matt Resovich and John Meeks. Mastered by Sven-Erik Seaholm.

John Meeks - Guitar, vocals, percussion, trumpet
Matt Resovich - Guitar, bass, violin, vocals, melodica, homemade sounds
Tom Peart - Drums, percussion

All songs written by John Meeks © 2014 BMI

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Track Name: Night Drive
Low beams change, the wind is full and bright
My cold moon, is on the wing tonight
You were the reason, you were the trail beneath the light

Old dead train, abandoned on the hill
Night's cold plain, you landed in it still
And no one can see you, so no one will save you from the fight

Calm glow ceiling, I'll drive until my eyes can see the road
Long cold feeling, I'll try until my heart can let you go

Dim road bends, and trails into the sea
Old signs lift, their heads above to breathe
And so comes the season, when love turns and leaves you for the night

Calm glow ceiling, I'll drive until my eyes can see the road
Long cold feeling, I'll try until my heart can let you go
Track Name: Oh Dry Land
Love comes from the mountain, no love rains on me
My love is the desert, no one did I see
But you could be the spring that flows into the sea
Love comes from the mountain, no love rains on me

Night falls through the canyon, pained skies above
I've been here forever waiting on your love
And you could be the plane to turn into a dove
I'll be here forever waiting on your love
Waiting on your love

Oh dry land
Bring me love again

Love comes from the mountain, I ain't seen no love
Down here in the desert your eyes float above
And you could bring the rains and make this all enough
I'll be here forever waiting on your love
Waiting on your love

Oh dry land
Bring me love again
Take my heart out of your burning sands
Your burning sands
Your murderous hands
Track Name: Old Moon Heart
On the train that stole my baby
Oh my baby where've you been?
I can see your road runs weary
Come home baby and love me again

The rain you made is cold and dim
The canyon begs you near
I'll love you with my old moon heart
And drown you in my river of tears

From the lonesome plains I see you
Down by where my troubles have grown
Through the veins of blood and river
Blood and river no one's known

The rain you made is cold and dim
The canyon begs you near
I'll love you with my old moon heart
And drown you in my river of tears

Gold and memories of you
They trail into the sea
And drown this old moon heart inside of me
Come home my baby

On the train that stole my baby
Oh my baby where've you been?
I can see your road runs weary
Come home baby and love me again

The rain you made is cold and dim
The canyon begs you near
I'll love you with my old moon heart
And drown you in my river of tears
Track Name: Wanderin Blue
My love, my love I'm drowning again
The rain is high and it pulls me in
The cold wind blows down on my mind
And all the stars have gone behind

Oh love, I've been lonesome too
Oh love, now I'm leaving you

You know my love, my road goes long
And winter's winds can be so strong
But the sun will warm my eyes again
And all my wandering days will end

Oh love, I've been lonesome too
Oh love, now I'm leaving you

Baby you, could break me in two
But when time is due, my fortunes will come true

Oh love, I've been lonesome too
Oh love, now I'm leaving you
Track Name: Que Viva
Love knows me, I've been a fool
She played me, and stole my mind too

Come lonesome evening, be my bed, ease my home to sleep
My lonesome dreaming, leave my head and soul to keep

Blood on the sheets, the day goes soon
My love sleeps, alone in the room

Come lonesome feeling, this reeling is at an end
My love won't leave me, or deceive me, never again