Stories Untold

by Mitchell James

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released July 23, 2016

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Track Name: Our Hearts & Hands
Do you honestly believe what we're digging for is gold?
because our hearts and hands are covered with the soot from our souls
and the Earth, it could shake in revenge from our shovels
and when there's nothing left standing all of our holes will be covered

Do you honestly believe that all of our lies would go untold?
because we're a group of old believers and we're not good at letting go
we've been caught on our escape claiming heaven's of another world
but when we all go our own way there'll be no hands left to hold

Oh I know someday we'll find grace
And oh I know we've got a lot to change
but our hearts and our hands will be washed clean
and we'll see things that we have never seen
Track Name: The Easiest to Drink
I've got my eyes open, but I don't see a thing
I've got my eyes open, but I don't see a thing

..and whiskey is, and will always be... the easiest to drink

All these hard pressed questions leave me on the edge,
and all these expectations keep me grasping for breath

..and whiskey is, and will always be... the easiest to drink

It's hard to stay conspicuous when you're banging on the door,
and it's hard to stay sober when you're looking for the Lord
why I've been threading needles with a fear that makes me shake,
I've found no need to do either, am I alive if I'm awake?

..and whiskey is, and will always be.. the easiest to drink
Track Name: Please Explain Yourself
What did you die of in your past life,
and what have you learned?
What would you say that you lived for,
and how many bridges have you burned?
How much love did you give to another,
and was it returned?
And is there a romance you will never forget,
and is it still yearned?

Oh Emmanuel, please explain yourself,
Because I'm feeling ungrateful

Did you ever have thoughts about hurting another,
and were they performed?
Did you save all your money or just spend it on lovers,
and what was it worth?
Did you stare in the heavens or dwell in the yonder,
can you tell me in words?
Have you ever expected to be resurrected,
and are you reformed?

Oh Emmanuel, please explain yourself,
Because I'm feeling ungrateful

Oh Emmanuel, please explain yourself,
Because I'm feeling ungrateful
Track Name: Haven't We Always
Oh I just want to find a home,
because the place that I'm from has me guessing
I've found nothing out about who I am or where I am going,
and now my head is filled with doubt, oh and now my head is filled with doubt

I want to make an escape
Haven't we always wanted that?
I don't want to leave unscathed
I need to be reminded of where I am

I've tried for years now to make sense of this,
but it seems like time has paid no difference
Where is the light to show the path,
could I have lost my way? I think I've lost my way

I want to make an escape
Haven't we always wanted that?
I don't want to leave unscathed
I need to be reminded of where I am

Could you imagine the endless possibilities,
otherwise you've been warned?
This place is too once weary, and
it's found its way too close to home

I want to make an escape
Haven't we always wanted that?
I don't want to leave unscathed
I need to be reminded of where I am
Track Name: Iron & Gold
We all know that men cry out in war,
when their land is under attack
Well you can have this land,
It's dirt is tired and done

In this place that our fathers built,
near the rivers of honey and milk
They built fire because they were men,
oh because they were men

I'm looking for iron, and I am looking for gold
I'm looking for iron, and I am looking for gold

And this wall's been coming down,
It's been coming down for a while now,
and everyday we stack these stones
and everyday we come on home
...to a place that we don't know anymore.. we don't know any more

I'm looking for iron, and I am looking for gold
I'm looking for iron, and I am looking for gold
Track Name: Montana
Head's up Montana,
We're coming through
Please offer your big sky,
So we can see through

The day broke in Idaho
Where the mountains stood true
And there's a place in South Dakota,
Where we can rest for a few

Somebody once told me,
It's not where your end up,
But to see life's a journey,
Oh Montana, I hope this is true

I come from the country
and I could live off the land
The rivers they know me
The city can't understand

Somebody once told me,
It's not where your end up,
But to see life's a journey,
Oh Montana, I hope this is true
Track Name: A Season's Changing
A season's changing every time I look around
And grace looks different when the rain comes falling down
What does it mean when all the colors fade to gray
Or the ground that we're all walking on falls from underneath our feet

Close our eyes at night and pray for sleep
And all of these expectations lay at our feet
When tomorrow comes we will chase the wind
and find out where we fit in all of this

We don't want your war,
We don't need their blood
We don't want anymore of your arrogant love

And how do I say, that I need you to love me?
And how do I know, that I can't do this alone?