the vagabond soul ep

by st. homer

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released October 17, 2016

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st. homer Peterborough, Ontario

Rocking a telecaster, suitcase kick drum, and a foot tambourine, St. Homer is a one-man band with an electrifying sound raised on the energy of New Orleans jazz bands, the lyricism of Paul Simon, and the social conscience of folk singers spanning generations, from Pete Seeger to Joni Mitchell to Xavier Rudd. He promises a genuinely passionate and contemplative performance. ... more

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Track Name: vagabond soul
i was working away one evening
with a throbbing head
these three beige walls, decayed and small
i think i’m nearly dead

then the epiphany hit me
i envisioned my dismal fate
so i got off my lazy ass
and walked out of that place

i took all my worthless possessions
and sold them online
i bought a one-way ticket
i will not return this time

wherever i was heading
i knew i’d be alright
the life i had been longing for
was finally in my sight

but then reality slapped me
i woke up with drool down my face
my boss, raising his iron fist
put me in my place
Track Name: we saw the colour in the black and white film
we saw the colour
in the black and white film
we saw this supernova
standing still

we saw the sunshine
in the black of night
ohh-oh-oh-ohhhh, what a sight

we never felt alone
in the depths of space
we could still see the words
after they’d been erased

a thousand miles in land and we’d still
see the ocean shore
but i can’t see it anymore

had quite the run there, didn’t we?
we made some awesome memories

but i don’t see many more coming our way
that’s why i’m leaving you today
Track Name: 1209 north orange street
they say it’s okay, since they work a lot
and thanks to them, we got such fine jobs
they’re pretty great and so nice ‘cause they give to charity!
said all them folks at 1209 north orange street

so great to see all them so happy
buying yachts and private jets by saving their money
for once democrats are working with the g.o.p.
they’re all merry and free on 1209 north orange street

wouldn’t it be nice to be right on that road
i could get a bit more cash to pay my student loans
maybe i could pay my rent get something good to eat
but i can’t unlock the doors at 1209 north orange street

did i hear correctly that you want in as well?
just like us, down on your luck and maybe if they’d help
social spending might just work and help us when in need
so let’s go find these folks on 1209 north orange street
Track Name: ballad of the black oak tree
this man dug a hole
laid down his soul
in the form of a seed

in his sweaty shirt
covered it with dirt
to grow into a beautiful tree

he built himself a home
watched his family grow
thinking back, he teared up and smiled

40 years now gone
his family all moved on
but there it stands, his deciduous child

he gave everything
to see that black oak spring
into what it grew to be today

once the queen of trees
now a pile of leaves
toppled by a bulldozer, it lay

a lifetime of growth
down in seconds at most
funny how fast life can turn around

they handed him his pay
and nudged him on his way
the only one to hear the sound
as his tree fell to the ground
Track Name: you & i
like a vegan in a butcher shop
like granny in a pink tank top
like corporate rule and democracy

like mozart playing rock ‘n’ roll
like george bush and opinion polls
you and i just cannot be

you and i
like sunny days and stormy nights
you and i just cannot be
you and me
like ragweed and allergies
you and i just cannot be

like potheads and conservatives
free willers and determinists
like those who waltz and those who twerk

like kanye west and socrates
like my dad and technology
you and i just would not work

you and i
like sunny days and stormy nights
you and i just cannot be
you and me
like ragweed and allergies
you and i just cannot be

like the urban and the rural
like racists in the modern world
like homophobes and decency

like mother earth and industry
like donald trump and humanity
you and i just cannot be

you and i
like sunny days and stormy nights
you and i just cannot be
you and me
like ragweed and allergies
you and i just cannot be