Native Son

by Will Moran

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An album of my favorite songs that I've written over the years. Finally available to you, the listener...with love, from San Francisco. Pay what you want/can. Or don't: it can be free if you want it to be free!

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released August 18, 2010

All songs: Words and Music by Will Moran
Recorded, edited, and mixed by him;
All singing and instruments performed by him.
Recorded at home in the Outer Sunset, San Francisco, CA using Logic Studio.

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Cover photo by Will with very special thanks to Vincent Tremblay at Skeletal Productions (skeletalproductions.com) and Annette White for A White Net Design (awhitenet.net).

Additional photos by Joe Tighe (web.me.com/joetighe)
and Will with the trusty camera phone.

Will Moran web logo by Annette White (awhitenet.net).

PERSONAL THANKS IS NECESSARY TO THE FOLLOWING COMRADES IN LIFE:

Of course my family: especially Elaine, Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, Jim & Jonne, ML Carter. Thanks for your continued love and support.

Non-familial comrades including: Jason Hillenbrand, Joe Tighe, Julius Lobo as well as the entire Lobo clan, Billy Caudy, Evan Hoobchaak and the Hoobchaak family, Vince Tremblay, Brendan Alvistur, Dave Laws, Justin Thibedeau, Jesse Barabe, Gabe Hargrave, MoonDog accomplices all, Ryan Burnett (thanks for clutch web/technological guidance) and Signal Path friends, Luau Cinder (Lance Irven, Aaron Talley, Catfish John), John Forester, the entire Prepschool crew, Matt and Lauren Frye, Pat and Jes Hoover, Andy Baluch and Xenya, Becca Hannon, Annette White, Oceana Murray, Katie Hunt, Alison Griggs, Christine, Olivia.

And countless others I'm sure...If I forgot you, please accept my forgiveness as I have left this till the very last second in an effort to remember everyone...we can amend this part later;)

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You have all helped me in good times and bad.

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Track Name: Better Off Alone
BETTER OFF ALONE
Hey I'm still here/You act surprised/I still walk this earth/Maybe in spite of you/I'm in my place/A better place/Or maybe just different/ But different feels just fine/And I've got my problems/But at least they're my problems/And the life I'm living is my own/I think I'm better off alone/The endless lies/The crying eyes/The myriad nights/When you had me hypnotized/Long-winded notes and scratchy throats/And this lingering feeling/That you're stringing me right along/And I don't want to break you/'Cause I didn't make you/And you didn't teach me what I know/I think I'm better off alone/So many people can bring you down/But then there are those that can make you strong/So how do I find them?/and where do I sign when/I find someone with a little soul?/I think I'm better off alone/So in the end I need a friend/But how can I trust it When I know the way it ends?/I'll keep on trying/I'll make a sign/And in the end/Well you know I'll be just fine/'Cause there's something inside me/That doesn't need aligning/Or anyone else to keep it whole/I think I'm better off alone.
Track Name: Soul Raincoat
SOUL RAINCOAT
I guess my soul needs a love note/'Cause sleep can get you through the night/But there is something should be filling up my days/Oh all these endless days/I'm picking up all the pieces/Of all my plans that fell apart/But there's still something warm that's flowing through my veins/There's no reason to be alone/Just your own land mines that we all lay down/There's no reason to be scared/'Cause I hit rock bottom and I'm still here/I've learned to be on my own now/And live my life in my own way/And there's still darkness that can rain down from the sky/Even on sunny days/There's no reason to be alone/Just your own land mines/and we all lay them down/There's no reason to be scared/'Cause I hit rock bottom and I'm still here/Every soul needs a raincoat/To keep you dry from all the pain/And keep the lifeblood warm and flowing through your veins/When there are people who will look the other way/And there is something should be filling up my days/Oh all these endless days.
Track Name: Devotion
DEVOTION
Do what you feel/And don't allow me to steal from you/All those things you keep/That make you real/But if you need a friend/Or you've got time you have to spend/I'll be here with you/Like I've always been/And you should know right now/That there's nothing more I need from you/Than for you to be exactly like you/And though I don't have much/I will give it all to you, my dear/If you'll just stay here/I have seen your face/And it's touched my life with grace/You took my darkness away/And put your light in its place/And though we may never know/Just how the future is to go/We can keep things right/If we take them slow/And you should know right now/That there's nothing more I need from you/Than for you to be exactly like you/And though I don't have much/I will give it all to you, my dear/If you'll just stay here.
Track Name: Never Say Goodbye
NEVER SAY GOODBYE
Sundown on me/I've run out of light and heat/I've tried/I've failed/In everything I've ever tried to sell/And I need something tonight/A little reminder of just why/I try at all/I keep on building things that fall/I guess I know/I've still got miles left to go/And I'll need something tonight/A little reminder of just why/I keep on coming back/Despite all the things that make me cry/The things that make me want to die/I hope I never say goodbye/'Cause I'm waiting for some silence in my mind/The night/It comes/A thousand little nightmares begun/I toss/I turn/And wonder if my bridges have burned/The ones that lead me back to life/The ones that remind me of just why/I'll keep on coming back/Despite all the things that make me cry/The things that make me want to die/I hope I'll never say goodbye/I hope we never say goodbye/I hope I never say goodbye.
Track Name: Morning Skies
MORNING SKIES
What would you say to me/If I told you that I did not believe/That you were you?/What would you do if I told you/I'm drowning/I'm drowning/I'm sick and I'm dying/And I don't know how to please/Me, or you?/I need to find you again/So we can see things through/And I saw truth laid bare that day/The sickness that's eating me/The girl who lives so far away/Will come back to see my eyes/Brightening, like morning skies/What good would it do, my friend/If I hid all my problems/And dressed up my bad side/So that you would not know?/But what wouldn't I give, my girl/To hear you giggling/To see you smiling/When I look at you from below?/I need to find you again/We'll see how far it goes/And I saw truth laid bare that day/The sickness that's eating me/The girl who lives so far away/Will come back to see my eyes/Changing/
Brightening, like morning skies/Oh, how do I know/Where to go for to find you now?/Where do I go for the truth?/Or to see your face?/I can't erase/All the pain/When you just don't see/Girl, I can only be me/I can only be me/I can only be me.
Track Name: Charms
CHARMS
Diamonds on a chain/Are not the kind of thing/That I can easily give to you/Would that bother you too?/Success: a sum of all the things you have/Minus all your past regrets/When you were left feeling used/And I needed some protection/And I needed just some time to recognize/All the things I thought were my fault/ And the things I should avoid/So I stop this sliding fall/Before I end up dead/I'm older now/And I can say/I've had my fun, but now it's time/To seal up all these cracks in my head/And I needed redirection/And I needed a little time to recognize/Oooo darling/There's things you should hold onto/And there are things you should avoid/Oooo darling/What's locked inside those charms around your wrist?/Does it end like this?/Tragic flaws are obvious/What's not is what a man can do/When he's nowhere that he wants to be/Drive away real fast if you want/You won't escape the things that always follow you/'Cause they are Closer Than They Appear/And I needed a brand new engine/And I needed a little time to recognize/Oooo darling/Got things you can hold onto/But I got problems to avoid/Oooo darling/What's locked inside those charms around your wrist?/Does it end like this?/Yeah, it ends like this.
Track Name: Fear
FEAR
Stolen moments never moved so slow/As when I found you digging in that hole/The one I asked you for all those years ago/When I was young and had the time to blow/Now I can't release my mind from fear/I struggle with the things you see so clear/And deeper still I'm lost between my ears/Confined to my mind for all my natural years/I pull myself together/To face another day/Locked in a trance forever/Wasting my life away/Run another mile towards the sun/And take a chance on what you might become/A person who can see more ways than one/And understands that work is never done/I pull myself together/To face another day/Locked in a trance forever/Wasting my life away/I see a little darkness/And it comes creeping in/But in another moment/I'll be asleep again/And I started to dream...
Track Name: Doubt
DOUBT
I've got a question for you/Do you think I will come through/With all the things that I'm trying to do?/Or am I all done?/'Cause there's a world inside my head/And in that world I'm not quite dead/And it is filled with the things you've said/That have made me smile/Like a child/I need someone to come to me/And help me with my uncertainty/Help me/Help me to break free/Free from doubt/'Cause I'm in trouble when I'm high/And I'm in trouble when I get low/And I'm a danger to myself/When I'm left all on my own/I'm alone/I need someone to come to me/And help me with my uncertainty/Help me/Help me to break free/Free from doubt/'Cause I don't want to be alone/Not today/And you don't have to be alone/Not tonight/We won't have to be alone/not tonight/Not tonight...well...
Track Name: Going Away
GOING AWAY
It's not gonna be easy, I know/I'm going away/And I won't be afraid, I know/It's not going to be easy, I know/I'm going away/And I won't be afraid/Anymore/Well I told myself I wasn't good for you/And I walked right out that door/But when I saw your face in my memory/I knew I'd be back for more/Well if you saw me now/I have no doubt/You couldn't pull me off the floor/'Cause there's nothing left of me.
Track Name: Loss (Space)
LOSS (SPACE)
Sometimes I think that I can see you when I'm walking on the street/When I catch a face like yours among the countless people that I see/But I am left with tear-stained eyes/Looking through the autumn air for you/If only I had been there/Then I could have taken all this pain from you/But I know you'll find your way/And I know you'll find a place/Drifting softly into space/Half of me still cannot believe that what has happened is for real/I felt like I could keep you safe/But sometimes life just isn't what you feel/I will let you guide me through the hardest time that I have ever known/If leaving here could bring you back to live your life again/I would go/Let the starlight be your guide/Sailing slowly through the night/Getting lost in angels' eyes.
Track Name: Native Son
NATIVE SON
Sometimes it happens/I don't remember what I said/Too much of anything is a bad idea/There's someone else in here/but he's always gone the next day/And I'm left alone to pick up all this glass/And it's always me that's explaining away/All the things he did that I wouldn't have done...or not in that way/Caught a glimpse of him in the hallway mirror/He looked a lot like me/But I couldn't quite see him/As he was running away/Yeah, he was running away/And so I looked upon this ocean that I'd found/But I couldn't feel its waves/And I knew right there that you'd never be mine in exactly the same way/'Cause I could never feel what I couldn't hold/Neither sunlight or the rain/And I'm always after the very things I never will attain/And it makes you feel like you're the only one/I am a native son/And I won't be outdone/I am a native son/And I don't want to come undone/So no more running away/No more running...