American Soil

by David Ramirez

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released June 1, 2009

All songs written by David Ramirez
Produced by Cason Cooley
Recorded at Smoakstack Studios, Nashville, TN
Engineered by Paul Moak
Mixed by Shane Wilson Nashville, TN
Mastered by Doug Van Sloan Omaha, Nebraska

Drums, Percussion: Will Sayles
Bass: Tony Lucido
Guitars, Pedal Steel: Paul Moak
Guitars, Lap Steel, Banjo: Tyler Burkum
Piano, Organs, Vibes, Synths, Omnichord: Cason Cooley
Vocals: Faith Gilmore
Guitars, Piano, Vocals: David Ramirez

Design: Monkey Ink Design, Inc. Nashville, TN

c 2009 David Ramirez All Rights Reserved Unauthorized Duplication is Prohibited


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David Ramirez Austin, Texas

"It's not easy for a writer to maintain the aura of the unspoken in a song. Music and the space surrounding it intensify the impact of confession; the true challenge comes in giving voice to a narrator who's tongue-tied, or simply reticent. Texas singer-songwriter David Ramirez does so beautifully…” — NPR Music ... more


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Track Name: Carry Me Like The Wind
I was born in the city
It's the only country I know
But deep inside me are rivers, canyons, and plateaus
And all the glory of American Soil
It's richer than any farm land holds

I've stood on the mountains of Washington
And tasted the snow
And on the old brick streets of windy Chicago
I've swam the oceans of Sea Side and San Diego
I've run the plains of my Texas home

We were born of dreamers
So a dreamer I'll remain even if I'm the only one
Because my heart is red and my brain says, "There is too much road to be left alone"
So carry me like the wind and back home again

So in my final days I want to look like the mountains of northern California
For every line on my body I want a thousand stories
And for my heart to hold the great American novel
I have many friends but time is not one
He just rolls down that road as I hold out my thumb
Waiting for the day he puts me deep, deep in the grave

Bury me in American Soil
Deep in the ground with my forefathers
So I too, may whisper to all who follow
The same words carved into my skin
Carry me like the wind...
Track Name: Arithmetic
I ain't never been huntin' but with the way I love it should count
They should charge me all the fees and charge me for the hearts that I've taken out
I ain't never used a rifle all I need are the words of my mouth
They burn deeper than a bullet

Her eyes have a shine all the diamonds in the mine don't come near it
And all the angels on high fly down time to time just to see it
With a love like this anyone in the world would die for it
And I just want to pull the trigger

It's not my fault that I'm not that strong
You see I've been taught to walk away
We can try again try your arithmetic
Tell me what's the formula for love

I've been pluggin' in numbers but nothing I put in every comes out
With every problem I solve there's another one seen I never gain any ground
The answer I fear is a number I know you could do without
So tell me truth

I got a song to sing for every little thing I've been through
And on a perfect day I'm praying for rain just to hum a sad tune
See when the chips are down there's only one thing that's left to do
Walk away
Track Name: Deal Me In
I hear I'm crazy for chasing the dreams in my head
So be honest baby do you think there's a chance
To see the lights

It's funny how life can make sense at the end of a cigarette
I get lost in the smoke as it finds it's way slowly through my chest
But I'm all out of matches and life cannot start without a spark

Deal me in
Deal me in
This is the life that I choose even if I lose

I'm slowly learning just what it means to love
I don't think I have it down I just know what it's not
It's not leaving you

So question life, question the sky
Don't be okay just letting days pass you by
Find out the truth, Find out what lies
Above the Blue
Track Name: Good To Be Bad
Don't give me that face
You know I'll never change
I've got politicians screaming in my veins
All my promises can't wait to break

So don't you cry to me now

It feels good to be bad
To break hearts to make you sad
I get off on the tears that you cry on my behalf
And I won't change because I'm no good like the good boys you had
It feels good, it feels good to be bad

I've tried to fight it off
But it's only getting worse
You are a fortune and I am a gamble
I will take you in and lose you on the table

Now, right now

The salty rain is streaming down your face
But it's too late for me to wipe it away
I wanted you, I wanted you, I wanted you then
So don't you cry to me now
Track Name: Bloom
So you don't expect me to change
Then why don't you pack your bags and leave
What's the point of falling in love
If one of us thinks it's never gonna come

You may tend your garden but I'll bloom without you
And just like the seasons you're gonna find that I can change to
So don't tell me that you love and put me down

The ones you love are gonna hurt you the worst
Not because you expect too much they just know where to push
Darling you've been pushing me around
Pretty soon my heart's gonna be six feet under ground
Track Name: Fires
Looks like you got me where you want me
So go ahead and roll up your web
The best things in life are hard to come by
But sometimes the best things come from accidents

When days are dark darling remember
My love for you won't go away
I almost lost you last september
And my heart still has yet to forgive me

Is it just me, Am I seeing things?
Or does the way we breathe make perfect sense?
I could start fires with what I feel for you
The sun could fade out and we'd see it through

You have a beauty like no other
A confidence that brings me fear
If I compare myself too long I might just run away
But you have a grace that keeps me here
Track Name: Mothers and Fathers
I watch my mother fold the sheets for me
I see the wrinkles on her hands and see
All the love that she holds can be
Seen in the lines around her knuckles

Who is gonna lay you down?
Who is gonna turn the lights out
Just like our Mothers and our Fathers prayed about?
Oh I want to love you like that

My father does it very well
His heart hangs in his chest like a big bronze bell
So when I'm hanging on by my finger nails
You can hear that thing just ring for miles and miles

I want the love that I give to be evident in my appearance
So in the end there will be no doubt that my love ever existed
Track Name: Drunk
You only kiss me when you're drunk
You only want me when in need
You don't remember what we say you don't remember what we do
You only kiss me when you're drunk

You think I'm going to wait around here
You think I need you more than air
You say that you deserve a good guy
Well I deserve a good girl
So I'm starting my goodbyes

I didn't want to leave
I didn't want to go
But you made me
I wanted to stick around
I feel in love with what I found
But you're too blind to see
I meant every kiss I gave
Every one you gave I saved
You only kiss me when You're drunk

I think I'm going to find my way home now
I think I'm going to find my way away from you
They say love is supposed to make you grow
But darling after you I'm afraid I'll be through

I know there's a world full of other girls, girls I could afford
But it's you and only you that I want and ain't it true
That the bill came and I'm a couple dollars short
Isn't it my luck that the one love I want costs too much
Track Name: I Am Ready To Go Home
this life for me is hard cause i'm living in the dark but even if i find the switch things might never change
i can read all the books and pray all my thoughts but i'm still down here and you're up there

if you look close
you'll see a river in my soul
it's leading me upstream to where i'm loved

so do it now i am ready
to get out

all my life has come down to this one day where i get to stare in face all of my regrets
but i wouldn't change a thing because in all that i've seen i've seen your hand working in me to restore the pain

if you look close
you'll see a river in my soul
it's leading me upstream to where i'm loved

and you the world could end today
but you will see in my face
the look of a man who is not afraid of his home

so do it now i am ready
to get out

this skin has become all that i know i'm afraid that it has won and stolen my hope
you walked around in all that i'm bound in and as it took one to make me sin it took one to save

I am ready
I am ready to go home
Track Name: Goodnight
Give me my pillow
Give me my bed
Turn off my phone and the light overhead

Thank you America
My beautiful country
You treated me well
Now it's time to sleep

Beautiful things and magical places
I'll see in my dreams tonight
Maybe next year I'll do it again
But for now... Goodnight


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