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Journeyman

by Keith Hampton

Released 12/14/2014
Brave Records
Released 12/14/2014
Brave Records
Songs of living, loving, leaving, and letting go.
  • 03:04 Story Lyrics
    I Am the Ocean

    well i know from luck
    and this is better than lucky
    something's going on--it's not quite clear
    but there's a meaning in motion
    like i could pick the Powerball
    stand up and rise above it all
    and lean a little further
    out into the ocean
    i am the ocean
    so i lean a little further
    fear can't stop the winner
    of the next love lottery

    walking down in the muck
    i can always look up from here
    something has to give
    the cracks are crucial
    where the light comes in
    and maybe it's my job to be
    standing still, peacefully
    and to lean a little further
    out into the ocean
    i am the ocean
    i can lean a little further
    setbacks are the comebacks
    in a great love history

    i make it up as i go along
    making light is making right
    with no such thing as wrong
    i feel so strong inside

    we are the ocean
    we can always lean a little further
    nothing could be better
    than the love we're made of
    you and me
    we are the ocean
    you and me

  • 03:52 Story Lyrics
    Dream Vessel

    consider yourself
    kissed goodnight
    imagine me there
    holding you tight

    i'm the lamp in your lighthouse
    you can ride in my lifeboat
    let me throw you a ladder
    c'mon climb on board
    this moonlit dream vessel…
    my dream vessel

    you want a failsafe fortune?
    you want to bask in your bliss?
    well now consider yourself
    if you believe you exist

    let me rattle your reason
    let me shatter your cage
    let's rehearse a disaster
    c'mon climb on board
    this moonlit dream vessel…
    my dream vessel

    let your bygones be bygones…
    consider yourself

    if you can shine in the shadows
    you can burn with belief
    if you can deal with duality
    baby you can climb on board
    this moonlit dream vessel…
    my dream vessel

    consider yourself kissed goodnight

  • 03:37 Story Lyrics
    We Were Lions

    i was only one of the many
    to have captured your heart
    and i was only ever half as ready
    to step into that vacant role 
    and play my part

    oh the one you had in mind
    so many boundaries ill-defined
    and when i kissed you in my mind
    it never felt right
    no no not quite

    long long ago when we were lions
    we let our love flow and it roared
    now we only growl and spar and snivel
    and we scratch each other's aching backs
    we're drawing blood more and more

    and we are waging senseless wars
    we are grasping so unsure
    and the dreams come premature
    they're never on time

    now who will be my Journeyman?
    who's gonna understand
    what really matters?
    i saw you as a best friend
    but you wanted something else
    now will we shine
    or will we shatter?

    maybe when i'm back on my feet
    i'll be able to bear keeping in touch
    these days i'm a soldier in retreat
    and i thank God you didn't stay any longer
    glad you didn't love me that much

    to hang your heart out on this ledge
    to hold the heat of all my judgements
    'cause when we hurt it makes no sense
    it can't be right
    no no not quite

  • 03:13 Story Lyrics
    When You Go

    all the treasures in your collection
    sparkle on your shelves and windowsill
    you swear you won't exist without them
    someday you will

    accumulate to guard and then defend
    when everybody knows
    you can't take it with you
    when you go

    all the grievances in your garden
    well-tended like blossoms on a vine
    they try to dry away and wither
    but you feed the fire

    accumulate to guard and then defend
    when everybody knows
    you can't take it with you
    when you go

    all the emptiness unfolding
    all the fright that feelings make
    and this fiction of unworthiness
    will be replaced

    accumulate to guard and then defend
    when everybody knows
    you can't take it with you
    when you go
    no…

  • 03:01 Story Lyrics
    I Know Beauty

    when you live with darkness
    you understand the need for light
    i know beauty
    i know you

    each taste of madness
    renders serenity divine
    i know beauty
    i know you

    i know what you're gonna bring me
    i'm willing to pay the price

    when you love a singer
    you hear yourself in every song
    they know heartache
    they know you

    when you choose a lonely road
    someone always follows along
    they know heartache
    they know you

    i know what you're gonna bring me
    i'm willing to pay the price

    when you live for beauty
    you make a game of the daily find
    if you knew me
    you'd know it's true
    if you knew me
    you'd know it's true
    you'd know
    you'll know

  • 04:10 Story Lyrics
    Sideliner

    i always watched from the window
    two or three stories high
    because I never ran with the real boys
    never was one of the rough guys

    jump cut: twenty years later
    (i'll have to raise that number soon)
    conjured by a pen and some paper
    here alone in my living room

    i'd still rather duck into darkness
    than wrestle with a rushing crowd
    you can find me on a side street baby
    i always take the longer way around

    but if you let me work it out
    i’m a brilliant pathfinder
    but if you want your way
    i’m sorry to say
    i don’t hurry
    i won't rush now
    see i’m a benchwarmer
    sideliner…

    set me up with a Taylor guitar
    a microphone between the world and me
    i decide how the flow of the night goes
    when my name glows on the big marquee

    and i've got some light to stand in
    i know the lines and i know my cues
    i can sing i can tell a few stories
    make you laugh make you dig my moves

    i see you watch from that window
    you hear my voice through the cafe door
    i've got a tune and i've got your attention
    i've still got a few minutes more

    i'm gonna watch you work it out
    because you're a beautiful reminder
    and if you want your way
    i'm happy to say
    i don't hurry
    i won't rush now
    come and sit yourself down

    won't you help me turn around?
    be my dream love designer
    i might get my way
    i might win this game
    'til i hurry and i rush too far
    see i'm a benchwarmer
    meant to be on deck
    just like the rest
    and now i guess
    sideliner…

  • 03:21 Story Lyrics
    Carry

    how could any harm ever come to me
    when you carry my heart in your hands?
    how could any trial ever trouble me
    while you carry my heart in your hands?

    so much joy
    would be unseen
    if not for you
    you brought to me
    endless wonder
    and i'm free to be myself
    i walk away from the wishing well

    how could your laughter keep from lifting me?
    you carry my heart in your hands
    how could ever after dare to dance with me
    and carry my heart in your hands?

    so much joy
    is yet to be
    it's here for you
    inside of me
    endless wonder
    and we're free to be ourselves
    we walk away from the wishing well

    even as we speak these words aloud
    even as we light a candle
    even as the whole world watches
    i feel proud
    i feel free
    i know you
    you’re part of me
    you are my hero and
    i'm here to walk you down
    any road you can dream about

    how could your smile stop from saving me?
    you carry my heart in your hands
    trusting tomorrow will bring the best in me
    oh carry my heart in your hands

    i will carry your heart
    you will carry my heart
    we walk away from the wishing well
    these hearts walk away from the wishing well

  • 03:45 Story Lyrics
    Tears I Could Not Cry

    stillness
    where is serenity?
    what chaos lurks inside of me?
    is my graceful mask on tight?

    can i reach out?
    i'm at my worst now
    i won't take my own advice
    i won't heed the helping calls

    so i ruminate disaster
    when you catch me falling
    faster than i thought i would
    before i wonder why
    you’re rushing to me
    as if by design
    right on time
    to wipe away the tears
    i could not cry

    one kiss
    draws me in even as i resist
    look at me! the lovelorn optimist
    tumbling crumbling as i quake

    so i contemplate forgiveness
    and sketch the same old stories
    in my sacred book
    before the words are dry
    you’re rushing to me
    as if by design
    right on time
    to wipe away the tears
    i could not cry

    breathing
    the best of my ability
    arguing with my mortality
    and trying not to love out loud
    til you shine a light
    and wipe away the tears
    i would not cry
    you wipe away the tears
    i could not cry

  • 02:26 Story Lyrics
    Waking Time

    every reason is not a revelation
    every tale is not the truth
    every moment is not a motivation
    sometimes you do it
    just get through it
    just for you

    and you still wonder
    but you can only guess
    and if you agonize and criticize
    you'll miss the next chance to decide
    will you keep dreaming
    just to dream
    and miss the waking time between?

    you surprised me
    you were quiet you were brave
    we melded better in the dark
    but i've been careful
    i've been guarded and afraid
    i still keep searching for a spark

    and so i wonder
    and i can only guess
    will this be wonderful or wasteful?
    does it matter if i make a new mistake?
    or just let it ride
    trusting that joy will step inside?

    we still wonder
    it's anybody's guess
    and no need to agonize or criticize
    the infinite chances to decide
    will we keep dreaming
    just to dream?
    what is this waking time we seek?

    what if this story holds a tiny revelation?
    what if this tale reveals some truth?
    what if this moment is our only motivation?

  • 03:39 Story Lyrics
    Tandem

    i know this road
    my goal is to keep moving
    steady down the center lane
    but some days
    i drift into the racing
    and the rushing sides

    all this joining and leaving
    and swerving just seems
    like a great waste of energy
    and i envy the ones who
    travel light
    catch a view
    and let it all go by
    let it all go

    and in my dream
    of you and me
    we sail to the end of
    a path we can't see
    til forever is
    glorious and gone
    and i refuse
    to be forced to choose
    a tandem totality
    and give up the chance
    for a mile or two
    with you
    simply side by side

    maybe by choice or
    maybe by chance
    i'm repeating this journey again
    discovering souls at their
    most fragile circumstance
    they sit in their circles
    leave their families behind
    surrender control to
    manage their minds
    it’s a dozen rough steps to take
    none bring you closer to me
    you're not getting closer
    no

    but in my dream
    of you and me
    we sail to the end of
    a path we can't see
    til forever is
    glorious and gone
    and i refuse
    to be forced to choose
    a tandem totality
    and give up the chance
    for a mile or two
    with you
    simply side by side

    i know this road
    my goal is
    to keep moving
    steady

  • 03:45 Story Lyrics
    Still On the Road

    so i looked for the slow lane
    i looked for the breakthrough
    so i wanted to touch down
    so i wanted to hold you
    so i went for the penthouse
    so i went for the top prize
    so i let it all fall away
    unfinished and compromised

    i can never be
    better than brave
    it's all i know
    and i'm still
    out here
    on the road

    and you thought it was too good
    and you thought it was wrong or unreal
    and you rode along anyway
    you trusted me at the wheel
    and you carried the heavy loads
    you carried the hard times
    and you kindly let me go
    because i needed to stay on the ride

    are you dancing now
    my love?
    it must be so
    and i miss you
    out here
    on the road

    well we broke all the bad rules
    we broke where we had to heal
    we made a host of memories
    we made the most of our crazy deal
    i slide into the slow lanes
    i brake for the breakthroughs
    i’m still trying to touch down
    still hoping to hold you

    i will always be
    moving ahead
    that's how i grow
    and i’ll see you
    out here
    on the road

    are you dancing now
    my love?

  • 03:56 Story Lyrics
    Over Again

    who's gonna know my name
    when i'm set in stone?
    who's gonna tell my tales
    when i'm buried alone?
    who's gonna fight my wars
    when the dust of my bones
    is let loose on the wind?
    starting over again
    over again

    everything's incomplete
    nothing's ever done
    everything makes me see
    what i was thinking of
    and everything i believe
    came from somewhere
    someone poured it right into me
    no need to water the weeds
    no need

    so in the meantime
    i'll sit right here
    my corner of moonlight
    my sacred sphere
    i can't hold it up anymore
    i can't figure out the final score
    until i recall what to forgive you for
    forgive me for
    forgive us for

    everyone feels my love
    when i can feel it too
    everyone knows my soul
    when it's alive in you
    everyone does their best
    and i forget that truth
    when the example is me
    i’m starting over
    you see?
    over again
    over
    again

NOTES
Produced by Michael Mood with Keith Hampton & Nick Venturella

Engineered & mixed by Michael Mood at Alpha Bravo Studios in Cottage Grove, WI - michaelmood.com

Additional engineering by Eric Kilburn & Nick Venturella
Mastered by Chris Kasper
Photography by Eli Wedel

All songs written by Keith Hampton, 2014/BMI

JT Bullitt: piano
Keith Hampton: vocals, acoustic guitar
Anna Huckabee Tull: harmony vocals
Ksenia Mack: "dreamy" guitar
Eric Miller: cello
Michael Mood: bass, drums, keyboards, harmony vocals
Evan Riley: electric guitar
“Tall” Paul Sabel: harmonica
Todd Thompson: percussion
Nick Venturella: electric guitar
Chris Vincent: drums

Associate executive producers:
Victoria Amari
Betsy Burnam
Joni Hampton Gainey
Jim & Regina Hampton
Anna Huckabee Tull
Shea M.D. Mullaney
Marie Pechet
Jane Ring Frank
Peter Roessler
Eric Steffens