Coyote Songs

by False Hemlock

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about

The stars aligned perfectly for a moment and I was finally able to record this album after three years of writing songs, scrapping songs, and giving up on music for a while.

This album comes from a place of fear and acceptance. It comes from the highways and the spaces in between home. It comes from wanderlust and homesickness.

All songs were recorded on reel-to-reel at Imagine Books and Records (San Antonio, TX), thanks to the hospitality and generosity of the Hurd Family (Don, Ezra, Irma, Armand). Thanks to Don Hurd for allowing me to play at Imagine and for raving incessantly about my songs.

Special thanks to Marco Botello for letting us borrow his equalizer and lending an extra set of ears to the recording process.

Thanks to my mother for supporting my music and not interrogating me about my lyrics.

Thanks to all my musician friends for inspiring me to start making music again.

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released June 11, 2015

Banjo/Vocals - Meagan Gregg

Recorded by Tyler Reed at Imagine Books and Records

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Track Name: Forest Visions
Visions of forest
Lost in the trees
I'm on the couch
Head reeling

Run away

Visions of forest
Far from the trees
I'm on the couch
Barely breathing

I am pale
Track Name: Low Visibility
It's foggy on the coast lately
Driving off the road full speed

I want to drain my blood
At Cape Perpetua

I'm a lot like you these day
Drinking myself to sleep

I want to drain my blood
At Cape Perpetua

I want to drain my blood
At Cape Perpetua
Track Name: Trailblazer
The path is overgrown
I'm blazing my own
Finding my way on a moonless night

When I saw you
I thought you could be my west
Felt a compass spinning 'round inside my chest

Braving the terrain
In the summer rain
Finding the time in a sunless sky

When I saw you
I thought you could be my west
Felt a compass freaking out inside my chest

When I saw you
I thought you could be my west
But it seems that I never know what's best
Track Name: Sagebrush
Coyotes are cowards
and so am I

I said I would write you
Well I tried

And my heart is hanging heavy
Like the storm clouds drifting by

You will find me in the desert
With my arms around my head

I want to say I miss you
But I'll just get drunk instead

And my arms and legs are trembling
Like the sagebrush in the wind

Coyotes are cowards
And so am I
Track Name: I-80
Racing fog on the highway
The storms out here are getting to me
Back out west the sun in shining
But I won't be returning

So I'll drink to sleep in Omaha
Whiskey warm like nights at home
But I'm getting cold

Driving slow on I-80
Drunk teenagers passing by me
I am tired but won't be stopping
Don't give a fuck about returning

So I'll drink to sleep in Omaha
Whiskey warm like nights at home
But I'm getting cold
Track Name: Blue Ridge
Morning's gaining on me
I've got twenty miles to go

I didn't want to wake you
So I left you with a note

You can read it if you miss me
And I hope it makes you smile
You just won't be seeing me for a while

You're a mountain boy
You know how to get by
I'm a lonely girl
All I'll do is sigh

The night is getting colder
Wallkill River has gone to sleep

It seems I haven't seen you for
Two or twenty weeks

When I leave here in a year
Well I'm sure I'll be just fine
I just won't be seeing you for quite some time

You're a mountain boy
You will get by
I'm a blue girl
All I'll do is cry
Track Name: Syracuse
I'm leaving you dreary
I'm gonna burn in the sun

Gonna find me a desert darlin'
Hope that I don't get stung

But I'll send you a postcard or two
To remind you that I'm still someone

Lost on a Texas highway
Out of water, out of gas

When will you be driving my way
Don't know when I saw you last

But I'll send you a postcard or two
To remind you that I'm still someone

I'm leaving you dreary
Gonna burn in the sun
Track Name: Long Distance Calls
Put the rustbelt behind me
And folded the sheet
Of whiskey stained letters
"I have to get better
Forget about me"

And now I am searching
For coins in the seat
I'm taking this old road
As far as it can go
I'm moving my feet

But what are we gonna do about our friendship?
How will it feel when we're apart?
What are we gonna do about our friendship?
Will this distance break my heart?

Stopped for a while
To face all this fear
But I can't stand this town
I'll be gone by sundown
Gotta get out of here

Again I am searching
For coins in the street
I'm taking this old road
As far as it can go
To find something sweet

But what are we gonna do about our friendship?
How will it feel when we're apart?
What are we gonna do about our friendship?
Will this distance break my heart?
Track Name: Skipping Town
Don't be a weakling
Put on your shoes
Pack up the car and
Shake off the blues

You're gonna have to leave so
It's best to do it soon
You'll forget his face in
A year or two

2000 miles
To the western shore
If you stay in Texas
You'll end up hurting more

You're gonna have to leave so
It's best to do it soon
You may not forget him
But he'll forget you

He'll forget you