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Ocean Echo

by Peter Hazen

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1.
Let It Go 04:20
Standing in the sunshine, but the air is getting cold trying to force myself to let go but my hands are always grasping for something to hold blood is always running down my knuckles but you can't fill yourself up if your cup's already full first you've got to learn to let it go Standing at the crossroads where she told me it was done trying to find the strength to run All the things she said echo in my head now I must face what I've become but you can't fix something that never worked at all and you can't force love to grow and you can't fill yourself up if your cup's already full first you've got to learn to let it go Driving through my hometown, but no one's on the road Nobody lives here that I know anymore The storefronts are boarded up, the factory's shut down My memory is crowded with ghosts but you can't return to a place that just ain't there no more Can't go back when the world is pushing forward and you can't fill yourself up if your cup's already full first you've got to learn to let it go Careful what you carry that weighs down on your soul I'm slowly learning to lighten up my load Standing at your door, a lamp burns in the window I'm ready to come in from the snow 'Cause you can't see what's in front of you if you're staring at the ground Learn to look up before you miss the show And you can't find your love if you're focused on your loss First you gotta learn to let it go
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Living by the ocean, got my windows facing East Morning skyfire paints my face as I rise from the sheets I recognize my only chance to chase the dawn It's just me and the world, and I'm takin' it on! Morning marauders rising to the streets The people look so serious, I'd rather run with beasts I toss a lucky quarter into every jar I see 'Cause everything I give away always comes back to me And I sing a lazy song so I remember to take it slow I've got broken guitars and broken teeth that chatter in the cold But I've got what I want so I feel at home wherever I go I've got an old soul that just rolls down the steepest slope I had to move myself; that old witch ran me out The dog was sick and dying, garbage piled all around I grabbed my bags from the basement and ran to the other side of town Now I'm living with my baby by the sweet Atlantic Ocean I sing the blues all day even though I'm feeling fine My old lady says I smoke too much, but she drinks all my wine Only way to learn is to roll on through time We get each other laughin' just to keep from cryin' And we sing a simple song so we remember to take it slow We've got broken guitars and broken teeth that chatter in the cold But we want what we've got so we feel at home wherever we roam Got old souls that just rollin' down the steepest slope
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All I want to do is please you Girl, you know that I believe it's true You're the one for me, I'm gonna keep you 'Cause when I wake up and look into those eyes so blue I just want to love you into the afternoon All I want to do is move you Prove it to you, make your flowers bloom You're the one for me; I'm gonna make some room 'Cause when I wake up and find I'm laying next to you I just want to love you into the afternoon We can plant our seeds in the garden We can carve our faces at the base of the fountain We can get lost on the side of the mountain 'cause we know we'll always find our way home I want to sail the seven seas with you I want to walk through the seasons with you Dance with me, sugar, we've got every reason to 'Cause when I wake up and look into those eyes so blue I just want to love you into the afternoon We can spread our seeds 'cross the planet We can build a bridge to any world we can imagine We can get lost down in any deep canyon 'cause we know we'll always find our way home All I want to do is please you Girl, you know that I believe it's true You're the one for me, I'm gonna keep you 'Cause when I wake up and look into those eyes so blue I just want to love you into the afternoon
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I'll write my baby a letter that she can read while she's away I'll tell her we'd be better off if we both run away from this place Take my hand, angel you know in your heart what to say We can decide to take a free ride and extract ourselves from this rat race Oh yes I know the road may seem hard and I know it may seem too high to climb and I know it may seem too far to fall but we'll never know if we don't try I'll write my baby a letter and drop her off a portioned piece of my mind I'll tell her we can do better We don't always have to follow the blind Gotta trust me Gotta trust yourself for once in your life You can use your voice to declare your choices but you'll never get what you don't ask for Oh yes I know the road may seem hard and I know it may seem too high to climb and I know it may seem far too far to fall but we'll never know if we don't try we'll never know if we don't try
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Dust to Dust 03:38
First you say that I'm the one for you, and then what do you do? You fly away across the continent and drop your phone in your soup! Well, I wouldn't call you anyway because you'd only tell me stories of the things I wish that I was doing with you, too. So I hope you're happy out there living the life of my design 'Cause now, y'know, you've left without me, I'll have to go in my own time and see all the things I would have seen if I weren't left behind, so when you finally decide to come back, please don't be surprised to find me packing up my ride with that wild look in my eyes because I, too, must fly, whether or not you realize, but I'll tell you right now, babe, if things keep up this way, I can't wait to leave you in the dust someday! No, I can't wait to leave you in the dust someday, I can't wait to leave you in the dust By the time you're comin' home, I'll be splittin' town alone, 'cause I can't wait to leave you in the dust, babe! You know I'm not a puppy at the door, you know that I can't wait When it occurs to you to return, I'm afraid it may be too late. We pass like ships in the night as thought it was our fate, but don't you try and say you never wanted it this way because this is what you asked for and this is what you get. You've been giving me a hard time since that first day that we met. So spare me your regret. In case you hadn't noticed yet: I can't wait to leave you in the dust someday!
6.
Swim 04:52
On the river up around the bend I can see your fire burning and it's beggin me to swim One of these days, one of these days, mama You're gonna let me in One of these days, one of these days, mama you're gonna invite me in The first time that we met it was obvious we matched I told ya you were beautiful; you said I was quite the catch Now that all seems so long ago; we were younger then Now I never know what you'll say to me or if you'll come around again You say you don't know why anyone ever would be fascinated with you I say take a step back take a deep breath and look inside and you'll know That love is what everyone deserves because it's where we all come from Love is what we all deserve because we all come from love The last time that I saw you, you said we were just friends But that's not how you acted when you got up out of my bed Funny how it all changes from one day to the next Don't ya treat me like a stranger if ya plan on coming back It's never easy when I see you; we both put on our acts I want to push you away but I know better than that I wish I had the answers; you just wish I wouldn't ask Well, we all could use some patience. Burn it slow, make it last. You say you don't know why anyone ever would be fascinated with you I say take a step back take a deep breath and look inside and you'll know That love is what everyone deserves because it's where we all come from Love is what we all deserve because we all come from love On the river up around the bend I can see your fire burning and it's beggin me to swim One of these days, one of these days, mama You're gonna let me in One of these days, one of these days, mama you're gonna invite me in
7.
Parting Ways 03:33
Well here we are, the road we took here was a long one Now our paths must part, but our hears have become stronger and we'll know which way to go, and we won't fear the dark any night, even with no moon in the sky It might be nice to stay here, but we both know we should go We can't resist the wind when the pull is so powerful and we'll trust our intuitions at the fork in the road and the right road will rise to meet our souls For now our roads must part but don't lose heart we'll trust in what we've found and we'll come right back around to where we started So remember me, my darling, be true to me, my dear But be true to yourself above all, and you'll have nothing to fear For the power of your will is the key to every door When you get there, you'll know what it's for For now our roads must part but don't lose heart we'll trust in what we've found and we'll come right back around to where we started So when I see you in the distance with your beacon on the hill as I know, some day, that I will I won't resist the eclipse and many a drink will spill When we get there, I will love you still But for now, bye-bye baby, bye-bye Until I see you again, keep your chin up high We'll be reunited when the time is right And then we'll dance down by the fireside Until then, bye-bye baby, bye-bye Stick to your guns and keep your boots laced up tight We'll be reunited when the wind decides and then we'll dance down by the fireside
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Made of Love 01:39
I've got a reason why I sing all the time Tragedy is just illusion; everything's just fine When I look into the sky and see the clouds move up above I feel the ground beneath my feet, my heart beating inside of me and I know I am supported by love, love, love, love, love
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Acoustic, raw & uncut.

These tracks were recorded years ago for posterity, mostly in an empty apartment on Kellogg Street. I was thinking at the time that perhaps one day I would take them into the studio. But they've been sitting on my hard drive collecting dust since my children were born. So now I'm just glad that I have them at all, and I'm happy to finally be able to share them with you. To my real fans: Thanks for the support & encouragement; I'm sorry I kept these from you for so long. That was selfish of me! Please accept this gift from me.

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released August 13, 2019

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Peter Hazen Portland, Maine

Keeper of stories and songs. Blues, rock & folk in the American tradition. Sprouted & grown in New York State, hardened through many lake-effect winters, tempered by several season on the Maine coast, dazzled by the brilliance of nature & the cultures of man, amidst the dizzying phantasmagorical spectacle of life, Peter Hazen cannot help but burst into song! ... more

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