Challenges

by State Cows

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1.
Got a melting sorrow on my mind I see no bright tomorrow down this line But my hands are frozen like shards of ice While in the deep green ocean the marlin cries It’s just a spot A pale blue dot CHORUS Living on borrowed time We’re living on borrowed time Living on borrowed time We’re living on borrowed time In the concrete jungle the heat is on One billion mortals now on the run Thunder clouds are gathering above the scene But rain can’t wash the dirt off the big machine It’s just a spot A pale blue dot CHORUS It’s just a spot That’s getting hot There’s one more shot To change the plot This pale blue dot Gotta give it, gotta give it what I’ve got CHORUS
2.
Do you remember Lars from Acton place Who used to come here every Sunday morning He kept a cobra in an open cage No matter what he didn't heed the warning PRE-CHORUS Into the fire A fate so grim Down to the wire And out on a limb We roll the dice We roll the dice again CHORUS When I got no one left to play with My bones are old and aching I'll still be lost in the game Who’ll win the Darwin awards Who’ll win the Darwin awards There's a rumour about a precinct nine The cops are out there every Sunday morning It's getting better but it's far from fine They're slowly gathering now to crash and storm in PRE-CHORUS CHORUS
3.
All Over 04:10
Lovers drifting down the street Cool jazz on the corner Neon melting in the heat And I can't take my mind off her I thought the dream was on And I thought this love could hover But now as clear as dawn It's all over It was a vapid afternoon She was Cora's sister And like some witless fool I just couldn't resist her I thought the dream was on And I thought this love could hover But now as clear as dawn It's all over All along the river All over this savage place Fever fits and shivers All over my human face All the world is crumbling All the things I thought I knew In the dark I'm fumbling All I do is wondering about you While the streetlights glow There's a silent whisper Telling me I need to know How much I miss her I thought the dream was on And I thought this love could hover But now as clear as dawn It's all over, all over
4.
Deportee 03:14
A spyglass spotted you around the shore In high grass, holed up for the coming war REFRAIN You were hoping to find someone anchored in mind I made you drift away from me I'm your friend, you're my deportee A storm cloud sailing on the dismal sky The reptile in exile is giving you a strange smile REFRAIN STICK Are you waiting for an invitation Don't go looking for an explanation I don't care about your situation SOLO STICK Tidewrack stuck under your sandal shoe A sidetrack, it was never really me and you
5.
Where there's a will, there's a way, kind of beautiful And every night has its day, so magical And if there's love in this life, there's no obstacle That can't be defeated For every tyrant a tear for the vulnerable In every lost soul the bones of a miracle For every dreamer a dream we're unstoppable With something to believe in Monday left me broken Tuesday I was through with hoping Wednesday my empty arms were open Thursday waiting for love, waiting for love Thank the stars it's Friday I'm burning like a fire gone wild on Saturday Guess I won't be coming to church on Sunday I'll be waiting for love, waiting for love To come around We are one of a kind, irreplaceable How did I get so blind and so cynical? And if there's love in this life we're unstoppable No we can't be defeated Monday left me broken Tuesday I was through with hoping Wednesday my empty arms were open Thursday waiting for love, waiting for love Thank the stars it's Friday I'm burning like a fire gone wild on Saturday Guess I won't be coming to church on Sunday I'll be waiting for love, waiting for love Thank the stars it's Friday I'm burning like a fire gone wild on Saturday Guess I won't be coming to church on Sunday I'll be waiting for love, waiting for love To come around
6.
Creeping through suburban blight In a half-wrecked camper van Another grim and soulless night No sleep until it’s over Scanning with the cold blue light Through a moorland made of dust Something’s coming plain in sight Is the mission finally over? Never in a million years I dreamed that this could happen, oh no CHORUS I got the message I heard the faint transmission I got the message Much too late Used to be a an average Joe Playing tapes with Steely Dan One morning I arose to find That everything was over Crawled out through the basement hatch To a wasteland filled with junk Nothing left but burning sand And a memo on the recorder Could I make it to the border?
7.
If you proffer to be my stepping-stone, I'll pare you to the bone Nothing really matters When climbing up the human ladders While the bottom of the barrel gets filled with souls, I will reach my goals Nothing really matters When climbing up the human ladders BRIDGE Don't you feel that we're living in a lie? I wonder why If I'm working on this ascending scale, how could I ever fail? Nothing really matters When climbing up the human ladders BRIDGE Don't you feel that we're living in a lie? I wonder why I'm standing on the stairhead looking down, high above the ground Nothing really matters When climbing up the human ladders
8.
I’m the emptiness her eyes lately show Dried up teary rivers The beads have lost their glow There is nothing left of this to be mourned Meaningless endeavors Can’t go on forever Oh, no So I cease to ever have been So I cease to ever have been In a broken smile her heart disappears I'm trying to consider That the end is drawing near Suspicion weaving in and out of fear A prophet I was never The outcome for this measure Seems unclear So I cease to ever have been So I cease to ever have been Burning daylight now, there must be a peace No matter how you twist it The goodbye is bittersweet So I submit myself a leaf to the wind The ties they must be severed I dive into this desert Like a seal And I cease to ever have been And I cease to ever
9.
Wildfire 04:28
If I told you that it's just a smoldering In the furnace of my foolish heart Would you think it was true Or would you give me the eye If I told you that I'm not surrendering And I'm not hot to trot Now could you see through The inferno of lies CHORUS I've got a heatwave Burning through my wires Can't choke the feeling Spreading like a wildfire If you told me it's a conflagration And you can't put it out Would I walk on the coals Or blaze a vapor trail If you told me that I'm just afraid of What I might ignite Would I breath in the smoke Or waste another day

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"For those of you who love a bit of smooth early-mid 70's West Coast from the golden days of AM radio, then this is as good as it gets nearly forty five years later! 95/100"
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released December 13, 2019

Cover art: Sadir89 sadir89.deviantart.com

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STATE COWS is one of very few modern yacht rock / westcoast / AOR bands that creates new original music.

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