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by Tret Fure

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1.
This Train 03:29
This train only runs on a one way track Once you head east, there’s no turning back Once you’re on board you can ride for days Through the evening fog and the morning haze But there’s no getting off once you’re on the rail Come to win and come to fail The big wheels rumble through the frozen night Past the heartbreak hotel and the neon lights I ride the handsome as the wind blows by And the trees all bend to the cry I searched for love and I found it whole But a drifting heart and a wandering soul Kept me moving down this east bound line Picking up pieces of what I thought was mine Packing the bags I’ve carried so long An old guitar and an older song But I’ll find it someday and I’ll put it in place Give it a name, give it a face I ride the handsome as the wind rolls by And the trees all bend to the cry This train keeps my heartbeat steady Line up t he rhythm and the roll is ready This train keeps me right on track Only the wheels and the west at my back This town looks good as a town can be Far from the mountains, far from the sea Winter behind me and spring so near Everything I hoped for, everything I fear Think I may get off when this train comes still Find ma a new start, find me a will Write up the written and roll up the rest Stand down the sorrow, stand put he best I ride the handsome as the wind blows by And the trees all bend to the cry This train keeps my heartbeat steady Line up t he rhythm and the roll is ready This train keeps me right on track Only the wheels and the west at my back
2.
In my dreams we’re walking quietly And there are angels all around And the poetry of madness Is a distant doppler sound And the ghosts of my undoing Are unraveling in the glow To ease the crease of anguish I am certain I must go And it’s a dream that’s based on vision And it’s truth that’s lacking tough But if our dreams can all come true Then the angels are enough Well I live the truth of consequence Of memory and math Of history and hungry days And echoes of a past And there are storm clouds that are hiding The promise of a sun And the rain falls down in crying sheets Until the pressure’s gone And promise pulses plenty And the past is but a rift But if the future is a shadow Then the present is a gift Angel, Angel Angels all around me Angels up above But tonight I need the angel of love So I call upon the saints Who watch and guide me through these days When I cannot tell what’s up or down And my mind is but a blaze And the ticking of my heart Is all that keeps the timing so I’d rather not get turned around If I know the way to go And I trust your hand will hold me AndI fear your heart may burst But if all this leads to loneliness Then nothing could be worse CHORUS:
3.
It’s a time I still remember From a place that I will never forget It’s a piece of broken pottery From a veil of deep regret It’s the sound of voices in the waves It’s the sound of sea on sea It’s the beat of all creation It’s the heart of you and me And it’s all over town It’s all over town It’s all over, over town And it’s all over town It’s all over town It’s all over, over town But I’ll find you in the news stand I’ll pass you in the underground I’ll see you at the country fair I’ll see you around town I’ll call you on a bet sometime We’ll laugh outside the schoolyard And wonder how we ever find our way back home There’s a storm outside the window There’s thunder in my heart And the rain lets fall the teardrops And the sunlight breaks apart It’s a sense of something sacred It’s the sound of sea on sea It’s the beat of all creation It’s the heart of you and me And it’s all over town It’s all over town It’s all over, over town And it’s all over town It’s all over town It’s all over, over town But I’ll find you in the news stand I’ll pass you in the underground I’ll see you at the country fair I’ll see you around town I’ll call you on a bet sometime We’ll laugh outside the schoolyard And wonder how we ever find our way back home
4.
Ancestors 05:01
She gazed down softly at him Her special handsome beau At 93, her love for Pa Did ever brightly show Three quarters of a century Through hard times and the good They never spoke an angry word I hardly think they could I watched her smile sweetly Her twinkling eyes of brown A young girl at the heart of things Though age had slowed her down “We never thought that kids would come” Then Pa turned with a grin “Ah, but when we learned, we couldn’t stop Then quit after the twins.” Eleven children all in all And a grandson taken in Loving tales of years gone by Through the thickest and the thin A farmer needs a lot of help The kids all worked each day Plowing fields and digging peat And bringing in the hay Grandpa had the toughest skin He’d never seem to mind Packing in the silo And putting in the time The boys would stamp and shiver Through winter’s deepest chill He never seemed to freeze like them That strong Norwegian will Then as they aged and needed care A new life soon arose With heavy heart at 90 The sweethearts still so close With failing eyes and failing ears Reluctantly agreed To leave their home in Keister And move on to Albert Lea It was common knowledge in the home With all the lights turned down With all the elders tucked tight in And darkness all around Pa would push his bed up next to Ma’s there in the room Hand in hand across the reach The sleeping bride and groom Pa would always say he hoped He’d be the first to go He couldn’t bear to live without His precious Anna Flo As fate would soon decide it Clemet passed away At 96, a sweet goodbye Was all that he could say Ma passed from us two years hence Peacefully at ease Reaching outstretched arms to someone Only she could see I do believe she reached for Pa I’d like to think it so Waiting from the other side For his precious Anna Flo All that we remember All we never will The grandsons and the granddaughters And generations still We’ve written down our memories To pass as history We cannot lose the light of All our precious ancestry
5.
High Wire 03:08
I’ve swallowed my tears like a shot of tequila That burns all the way to my heart I’ve turned round the mirror that shows my reflection To hide how I’m tearing apart But I’ll fly again one day with hardly an effort I’ll soar to the top of the sky Like a bird on a zephyr, I’ll float on the wind And I’ll fly I’m gasping for air like the wind knocked right out of me Choking on things I can’t say I’ve closed off the rooms I can no longer heat Though my fire is running away And I’ll climb to the top of this treacherous mountain I’ll scale it one rock at a time And I’ll brave all the avalanche element perils And climb Cause there’s nothing to keep me from crashing to earth Though my tethers and torn and refused And there’s everything here to prevent me from falling My safety net’s hardly been used Cause I’ve worked it so often without any guidelines I’ve walked my life on the high wire With seldom a spotter and never a moment That all my life wasn’t on fire And I’ll seek you and find you in all of these ashes Through the flickering fire and flame And we’ll walk inside promise and swear to the fact That love is all that remains And I’ll fly again one day with hardly an effort I’ll soar to the top of the sky Like a bird on a zephyr, I’ll float on the wind And I’ll fly
6.
Willing 03:24
The sun is breaking through this morning veil of cloud And my heart is breaking in two One half of my heart is open to the rising day The other half is open to you This daybreak raw is chilling the marrow in my bones But soon it will be fading like the dew I can’t make the sun rise any faster in these hours When I am cold from missing you And I am willing to bend I am willing to cry I am ready for this journey of my life I am willing to go I am will to try I am willing myself into the sky I hear the birds start singing when the dawn is on the wing But my wings are broken in two Flying isn’t something I am willing to let go Flying brings me closer to you And I am willing to bend I am willing to cry I am ready for this journey of my life I am willing to go I am will to try I am willing myself into the sky
7.
Morning Bird 03:54
8.
You are always there when I least and most expect it You are always there, like the setting of the sun You are always there when the road is hard upon us And I swear, you are always there There have been times when I did not know the blessing When I did not know the meaning of a love through thicket-thin There are times I turn and I see you all around me Fading up the lights, and bringing up the girl You are always there when I least and most expect it You are always there, like the setting of the sun You are always there when the road is hard upon us And I swear, you are always there And there are days when the empty comes upon me When the sound of my own voice is all that keeps me in this world There are days each stage I enter, you are there already waiting Fading up the lights, and bringing up the girl You are always there when I least and most expect it You are always there, like the setting of the sun You are always there when the road is hard upon us And I swear, everywhere you are there And I swear, everywhere you are there Fading up the lights, and bringing up the girl
9.
Closer to my sons Closer to my sons, I am Closer to my sons I see what I’ve become I am closer to my sons, I am Closer to my sons She never came back to the farm anymore She couldn’t come back to a cold, cold heart She wouldn’t come back, he was just like his father before She never came back He couldn’t get back to his dreams anymore He couldn’t get back from a cold, cold heart He wouldn’t go back to the life they had before He couldn’t get back CHORUS: He couldn’t get past a father who pushed too hard He couldn’t get past the killing of the birds And his cold, cold heart froze up and pushed her away And she never came back CHORUS: Every spring me and the boys paint the birds On the side of the barn We paint them for me, we paint them for her We paint the birds wild On the side of the barn They wouldn’t go far from the father they loved They wouldn’t have heard of any such a thing They painted him well, they painted as hard as they could And they painted him back CHORUS: Every spring me and the boys paint the birds wild On the side of the barn
10.
#38 04:07
When I dream of you at night Do you know it When I talk to you out loud Do you hear it When I look into your face When I look into your eyes Do you know that I can trace Every moment of our lives Do you know the way I feel Or are you too long gone When I call you on the phone I can hear you When I walk beside you daily I can hold your hand But you’re far away from me You’ve gone someplace askew From the way that I can see I have always been with you Do you know the way I feel Or are you too long gone When the years begin to rush beyond the hours When winter’s deeper dreams all melt beneath a summer shower When all of life goes crashing to the sea I will always hope that somehow you will think of me When I speak of something sacred Do you creed it When I try to be quite honest Do you fair it Am I talking in my sleep Though I’m talking just to you Am I talking a blue streak Though it’s nothing I would do Do you know the way I feel Or are you too long gone
11.
Everyday 03:35
I can’t stand the way that you are feeling I can’t stand to see you in such pain I would walk a million hundred miles If I could make this pain go away I can’t help but see that you are hurting I can see it written on your face I would walk a million hundred miles If I could make this pain go away CHORUS: You mean more than I could ever tell you You mean more than I could ever say I would walk a million hundred miles Just to walk beside you everyday I don’t always find the way to tell you What it is I think it is you do But I would walk a million hundred miles Just to walk this troubled world with you CHORUS: BRIDGE: Everyday Everyday Everyday I may not always see what you are seeing I may not always say what you would say But I would walk a million hundred miles Just to walk beside you everyday CHORUS:
12.
Coming Home 04:03
Through a coffee colored window I have glimpsed my life Brewing with remembrance Stewing in the night And a cup full of faith Has poured through these hands Coming home, coming home Coming home, bittersweet Coming home, bittersweet Coming home, bittersweet Coming home To a warm fire burning I have dreamt myself Peaceful in my rocking chair Pictures on the shelf But the embers are paling Through the settling ash Coming home, coming home Coming home, bittersweet Coming home, bittersweet Coming home, bittersweet Coming home, coming home I have taken you for granted I have taken you away I have wakened in the night I have slept through the day Now there are no expectations Just the echo in the hall From when I first heard my voice When I first heard the call Now I stand and I search Through a blank of pain For that warm comfort feeling Of a home once again And I turnt to the wind I turn to the road Coming home, coming home Coming home, bittersweet Coming home, It’s no easy street Coming home, bittersweet Coming home Coming home, bittersweet Coming home, bittersweet Coming home, bittersweet Coming home, coming home Coming home, coming home

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released April 25, 2001

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Tret Fure Newport News, Virginia

Tret Fure began her career at 16, singing in coffeehouses in the Midwest. At 19 , she moved to LA and within a year was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”.  In 1973 she recorded her first solo album on MCA/UNI Records, with Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. 
Tret has released 16 acclaimed albums in her long career..
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