And What I Am

by Josh Doucette

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1.
The Idealist 03:45
when i was young, i packed my suitcase and i set out for west virginia for i'd heard the hills, they had gold a'flowin and the valleys, they were filled with grain but son, i'm a woeful traveler son, i can't see my kin son, this road leads to disaster and all my runnin' has done me in maybe it was west a'callin for east yields no gold, nor grain so pickup my battered luggage and fortune, i'll find you in oregon but son, i'm a woeful traveler son, i can't see my kin son, this road leads to disaster and all my runnin' has done me in it seems riches ain't com in' and dreams are all left to my name but faith, there may yet be some silver falling in the southern rain but son, i'm a woeful traveler son, i can't see my kin son, this road leads to disaster and all my runnin' has done me in
2.
oh no, my love has gone away again to sing her siren song and i'm left pluckin' the echoes out the air hoping i'm the lone wolf who's followed her there so come on, darlin' please come on home, darlin' please come over darlin', please this winter has brittled my bones i'm a racked out man with a ripped out soul and lord, it's shelter i'm crawling toward be it a fire, or a falling sword so come on, darlin' please come on home, darlin' please come over darlin', please so slow up, darlin', won't you hear my pleas cuz these blues, oh lord, they're killing me this long road has whittled me down from my ivory pole to the muddy ground and i will bury my face in shame if you leave me for another town again so come on, darlin' please come on home, darlin' please come over darlin', please so slow up, darlin', won't you hear my pleas cuz these blues, oh lord, they're killing me
3.
lady, oh my dear sweetheart don't mind all my missing parts even with no blood, nor heart don't mean i'm a worthless start sweetpea, are you leaving me? please don't hold against me these weak tongue and a'bending knees all i aim to do is please i'm a hopeless man i'm a hopeless man oh no, here we go again gone back on my word and then played dumb, oh i'm a shameless man don't leave me little punkin draw out all my damning faults can't chase away her damned doubts and all i have left to give are shouts don't look like the girl goin' stick it out i'm a hopeless man i'm a hopeless man
4.
Above, Above 04:37
bring me forth from this here land who's sunk it's teeth deep in my hands i'm tagged and numbered and bound to clay here i'm coming, lord my pride has crumbled down again and i've sold my strength for fear, my friend my feet have crippled and my legs won't mend here i'm coming, lord a dead man's plea, a dead man's plea will the gates remain for me? or will rivers rush over me? well i've seen that judgment day has come so unsheathe thy sword and swiftly, son with peace a'coming, the strain is done here i'm coming, lord entombed, embalmed, and cradled fine i'm waiting for my maker's time oh hear me father, i'm in line here i'm coming, lord a dead man's plea, a dead man's plea will the gates remain for me? or will rivers rush over me? dig down deep, lay wooden sin and sprout great wings from neath my skin i know there's freedom around the bend here i'm coming, lord
5.
Resilience 02:58
do you hear them a'comin? their voice on the wind they've locked eyes upon me look there, it's my kin oh bring me some shelter a cloak, lord, will do for the skies they have opened and i'm seen in the moon hold on, hold on, hold on, my boy the many, they have grabbed me and shook out my green then, hell, what the use is if money ain't the thing? did you give me the ruler to smack off my sin? my color ain't turning my skin ain't so thin hold on, hold on, hold on, my boy if you leave me asunder and take away my pride this ditch that i'm digging i'll make double-wide so come on deliverance come on with crew i'm sitting on aces and i'm gunning for you hold on, hold on, hold on, my boy
6.
you grew up faster than you should've and i grew up slower than i meant to and where we meet, the road's uneven but i've come this far down the lines you're a sweet rain on my tin roof, baking and i'm a wildfire in your tennessee the space you fill is dark and frightening you're a warm woman i'm holding onto and you worry something awful that i'm careless and i'm scared to death i'll die unknown you're a sweet rain on my tin roof, baking and i'm a wildfire in your tennessee
7.
grow by the scale that your own brother said was worn and take tools in hand and pray you may build your own for when brothers come oh, they'll come high upon their whores but if feet do set in clay you may hold your own for yours, hide away, boy what's yours, keep it yours for crows they will fly every night while you're growing old if you don't hear their cry, know they're peering in your window so keep ear to ground and your thoughts buried down a hole and when it's time, oh it's time to cover o'er with soil for yours, hide away, boy what's yours, keep it yours
8.
you wear your hair over your shoulders and it falls around me when you look in my eyes and your words, they jump from your lips and kiss my ears like a poet's croon they are raw and true and your shape was cut from stone like the sculptor had you alone and used his hands instead your heart beats for me like a drunk it beats for me like a drunk beats his dog for its wrongs it is hard and long, and on, and on you invade me like i am france in a third reich world war advance and i lay my arms down then like a slave you lock away my fears and you gather what's left of my tears and you drink them down and you said 'love i'm yours and only yours, so catch me as i fall in love' i'll kneel down on a thousand knees and tie a thousand pieces of string around your finger and i told you you should wait when you're on your dying day so i can lie with you here we are at the end kiss me hard, three more words then it ends

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released July 21, 2015

Vox: Josh Doucette
Guitar: Josh Doucette
Ukulele: Josh Doucette

Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Benjamin Schaefer
Vocal Coaching by Drew Leigh Williams

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Josh Doucette New York, New York

Old folk and bluesy poetry mixed with roots influenced acoustic guitar and raw, emotive vocals.


A singer-songwriter, from Milwaukee, WI, living in New York, NY.

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