This Land

by Whetherman

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1.
Six Rivers 02:59
These days I’m aiming to better my truth Whether I am with pride and in full Cause words are wasted only by fools Who don’t admit their losings too These days I’m aiming to leave well the land To try and give back what I can My footprint is light, if I’m doing it right And then I’m being a better man These days I’m aiming to calm it all down Guiding my heart to my mind Is it too much to ask, to just relax And keep up your end of the pact But these days I’m aiming to be none the wise To inspire in me all the advice… And to just to be happy without compromise And reside in Six Rivers for awhile
2.
Tucked away like the hills of Carolina We followed French roads making waves behind us Until a town emerged above the tree line higher Captivated our American eyes like a campfire And it was crippled by wars and rainfall We saw the old castle We laughed in stone houses Made of it’s fallen walls No, we didn’t share much in common But I cannot forget the chance I had to be from Alrance The new mayor was appointed, so we raised a flagpole A bunch of us falling backwards slipping off the ropes And the town drunk seemed to make everyone smile As we all sang french songs, singing’ Ooh lah lah tres bien! ooh lah lah magnifique! With all the bread and cheese a man could dream to see And it was crippled by wars and rainfall We saw the old castle We laughed in stone houses Made of it’s fallen walls No, we didn’t share much in common But I cannot forget the chance I had to be from Alrance
3.
I remember a slender figure So careful in each stare You were barefoot, wide eyed, in no rush A newly freed heart, flighty as a spring dove And your strawberry blonde hair Fell to your ears then You were ready for a change I was ready for a change And to love again We’re newly freed hearts, flighty as spring doves I remember the nights we hardly slept Misunderstanding the other Using harsh tones to prove choice words Forgetting our freed hearts, flighty as spring doves I remember all versions of you In my love for you now That old strawberry blonde Falls passed your ears down, golden white You’ve gone through plenty changes And I have done the same We’ve got a better understanding Of having freed hearts flighty as spring doves
4.
When we last met I was tired and broken From the things we didn't say, and other words spoken My my, did it untie the romance My my, did it inspire a change in plans Living and loathing out of a suitcase Traveling in a tin box rolling down the interstate And I'm crossing lines made up in the sky With different beliefs and bedtimes Often times I'm lost, and so I listen to the wind It begs me to think new thoughts and start again If I see myself from the eyes of someone else Maybe my eyes will see my life and that all is well When we last met I was tired and broken From the things we didn't say and other words spoken My my... Is your heart glad with what you have? Cause if your hearts glad That's all I can ask
5.
The Hold Up 04:31
I went to a corner store With holes in my drawers I left all my cigarettes up in smoke There was a man behind the counter He hailed from Louisiana And he was kind in our only encounter I grabbed matches and booze Cigarettes too, and he turned me a smile That I wish I’d known awhile longer And if it were any other day I’d have been whistling and walkin’ away But when life pulls the reigns And whips at the mane You can’t help but to find more pain I gathered up my shame I’d been feeling for days It would not help me to sustain And I thought of my kids My wife and the shit we’d gone through just to get here to this When you hit the bottom And your soul is rotten You just keep dropping a little lower So I took a deep breath From all I had left I raised my hand, holding my regret The pistol pointed last And when I grabbed all the cash He reached for his widow maker fast Then all that transpired was done with one fire And none of my shame was left to desire
6.
What am I supposed to think? What am I supposed to think? When you can't hear opinions That question your own beliefs And your own contradictions A frame of mind is hard for those who choose not to see What am I supposed to think Your attention lacks compassion And the words you choose to speak Are ripe with flaws and backlash Light enough to float, yet somehow still they manage to sink What am I supposed to think? It's about time I started using my mind To better my beliefs What am I supposed to think? When injustice runs rampant Bought up by monopoly My government cannot govern me And fix me up with a tie, and a working wage by and by What am I supposed to think? It's about time I started using my mind To better my beliefs What am I supposed to think? What good is resistance? Well who are we supposed to be? When they push us in their systems To be happy within Just as long as your giving in To a life without thinking twice What am I supposed to think? It's about time I started using my mind To better my beliefs
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This Land 03:03
Take heed, take heed, of the warnings gone by Our brothers and sisters will all be defined By these tattered remains that we leave behind At the rate were going, destroying mankind Take heed, take heed, for the battle cry Our leaders are lying before our own eyes What tattered remains will we leave behind At the rate were going, blind leading the blind Take heed, take heed, it's a lonely fall Our children may suffer after us all With these tattered remains we leave behind At the rate were going with senseless minds Have a laugh, have a drink It's only the brink that were treading on What on earth makes us think This land is here to starve under our feet? But take heed, take heed, for we must try To turn round the tides and live different lives Our children will use what we leave behind And there ain't a notion quite like hindsight
8.
Why must we hurt and then heal Does having loss have appeal For to be gone with all that diggin deep Could run you down too narrow a street, surely... Why must we hurt and then heal Tell me is it wrong to learn how we feel For to be gone with all that diggin deep Could run you down too narrow a street, surely... And haste is a wicked test of fate For crying out loud You can't make all those rainy days Your cloak and shroud Surely.... Why must we hurt and then heal We can all be fake, we can all be real For to be gone with all that diggin deep Could run you down too narrow a street Surely... Why must we hurt and then heal...
9.
Oh what a fool you’ve been Two years later you still ain’t learned How to hold me in your thoughts And include me in your plans How could I be so weak? I let time pass over hoping for a change Yet again and again your one way mind is all that speaks I lose control I lose the cost If forever all I find Must be lost Now which shall it be When your blood is but a current of the sea? Oh you're throwing words to the wind You best yourself by being yourself Man these colors your showing this evening Are not so becoming of you How could I be so weak? I let time pass over hoping for a change Yet again and again your one way mind is all that speaks I lose control I lose the cost If forever all I find Must be lost Now which shall it be When your blood is but a current of the sea?
10.
Who am I to decide What my life will design? When I've never been an architect Nor a builder of sorts But I can tear down anything If I forget what I stand for And I've got an inkling I've traced it 32 years back I know all about nothing I know all about that I'm having a real hard time Picking out solid lines To stick to and refine To make them only mine All of my life I've gone where the wind blew me I pushed off when it shook me I held on when it moved me I got high if it took me Then rolled on when it wasn't for me And I've got an inkling I've traced it 32 years back I know all about nothing I know all about that I'm having a real hard time Picking out solid lines To stick to and refine To make them only mine I've discovered you can muster Many fields of golden luster But it's not just you Making you do what you do... And I've got an inkling I've traced it 32 years back I know all about nothing I know all about that I'm having a real hard time Picking out solid lines To stick to and refine To make them only mine
11.
I am still quite selfish It is a weakness that some define As harsh and relentless Yet sometimes I cannot use what's mine And seeing as how I'm singing town to town You'll do well to see where I stand Cause there is no hiding In what I'm writing And I will not flee from valor I will not shake in my boots I must surrender to the powers That ache in my bones and my roots It is specific Can be prolific It moves towards progress But it takes a long time
12.
Waiting on a cloud to rain on me I got nobody, ain’t nobody got me And what I’m going through lately Is I got nobody ain’t nobody got me Waiting on the wind to blow me down I only want to hear sounds that I want around And I’ve got nobody ain’t nobody got me Still I got nobody ain’t nobody got me You know my destination’s unknown If you ask me where I’m going lord I may just find it Waiting on a cloud to rain on me I got nobody, ain’t nobody got me And what I’m going through lately Is I got nobody ain’t nobody got me Waiting on the wind to blow me down I’ve got these train station stop blues all over me… And I’ve got nobody ain’t nobody got me
13.
Meet me down in the ravine Where the water and the earth Make trees and great scenery There's more clean air to breath We can camp in the sand Along the river, running West And we'll say nothing, but say everything While the sounds of the Forest Show us how to sing Staring at the wild night sky Catching flashing lights Shooting stars and fireflies There's more in those moments to see More comfort and ease Than most would dare to believe And we'll say nothing, but say everything While the sounds of the Forest Show us how to sing
14.
Tides 03:38
The moon pulls in To the earth not the sun So why must we pretend That the tides aren't a part of us? Don't be so hard on yourself Its merely temporary You give and you lose your head To learn how to get it back again

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Nicholas Williams, better known as Whetherman, announces the release of his eighth record 'This Land'. The album pays homage to the collective messages spread by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger of “this land was made for you and me” with tinges of American-made spanning folk, blues, soul, country, and bluegrass.

Leading with the single, “What Am I Supposed to Think?” A lyrical commentary on Trump’s tweets, the song comes off like a late night conversation with Father John Misty at the local bar. It is a conversation not unlike many happening across the world when it comes to the topic of Trump. Set to a backdrop of fingerpicking guitar and warm harmonica, the song was birthed at the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference. “Six Rivers” serves as a reminder of nature as a calming force; “Hold Up” merges the parallels of financial instability with gun violence; “This Land’ is a conduit to environmental protection; and “All About Nothing” is a commentary on media’s role in the political system.

Williams says, “Being on the move and going to new places regularly became an integral part of being cultured on different perspectives and walks of life, and that outlook has certainly crept into my music. I don’t believe in judgement without action, and I do not discriminate against anyone. But most of all, traveling has afforded me a lot of time in nature, which has been the largest inspiration for my songs.”

-Green Light Go-

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released June 16, 2017

Nicholas Williams - Guitars, Vocals, Banjo, Ukulele, Piano, Tambourine
JP Salvat - Percussion
Adam Mantovani - Upright Bass
Dayna Osan - Violin
Alex Hayward - Drums
Arvid Smith - Pedal Steele, Dobro
Eric Brigmond - Keys

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Nicholas Williams, also known as Whetherman, is a seasoned, bucolic folk artist mixing the likes of Ray Lamontagne or Van Morrison with all the poetic feels of Bob Dylan’s early recordings. The traveling troubadour is known for artfully bridging the gap between folk, blues, country, and soul with a timeless finish. ... more

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