FALSE SPRING

All words and music by Zachary Cale © Ride Through The Rain Music. SESAC. 2019
Recorded at Seaside Lounge by Matt Boynton. Except “Man Beside You” and “Magnetic North”, recorded by Charles Burst and Jason Labbe at Seaside Lounge. Mixed by Matt Boynton at VIR studios.

Cover photo by Matthew Placek.
Album cover design and layout by Ryan Johnson.

BE THE LIGHT
Shine a light
Upon the path so I can see
I need your voice
To blend with mine in harmony

Fill my lungs
With your breath to lift me up
I need your love
To make me strong and radiant

Song take flight
Lifting high
Drag the tide
With eyes like diamonds
Shine so bright
Ease my mind
Show me how to be at peace
I’ll be the light
I’ll be what you need me to be

Song take flight
Lifting high
Drag the tide
With eyes like diamonds
Shine so bright

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Piano
Jason Labbe: Drums

RIVERBED
Have no need of heaven
I built it up to break it down
A fool now

I’ve been lay-living
Forgot about where I belong
A fool now

No time for me to rest
I live all day at arms
There’s trouble here on the road to Babylon

The day won’t deliver
I’m weighted down
I’m going to the river
To clean my crown

Sun brings in the morning
Here comes every little law
That I crossed

Gone down to the water
To throw away all I’ve got
And all I’ve lost

There’s nothing left behind me
I wish to own
There’s nothing to deter me
From coming home

When I lay with you
I hear the hammer of your heart
Clear and sharp

Have a hard time believing
Your answers come without a cost
No none at all

Down the road I find
I’m light of step, clear of mind
Together I know we’ll be safe from the storm

The thunder cracks above us
Oh let it come
The sky will fall upon us
Oh let it come

Zachary Cale: Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Vocals
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Wurlitzer, Rheem
Charles Burst: Drums

SLIDE
So many storms so many changes
You had to face just to arrive
Becoming what you are born for
It don’t come overnight

Time don’t bow to you
Though I’ve seen you slow it down
Time won’t bend for you
But it might let you slide

You say slide
Let me slide
Lord let me slide

Slide
Let me slide
Lord let me slide
Lord let me slide

All those faded pages
You had to turn, they cut your skin
And all those pretty verses
You had to learn just to begin
Time won’t wait for you
Though I seen you slow it down
Time won’t brake for you
But it might let you slide

You say slide
Let me slide
Lord let me slide

Slide
Let me slide
Lord let me slide
Lord let me slide

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Matt Boynton: Synthesizer

LEAVE THE CITY
It’s time to pack up
It’s time to move
The lights have changed down the avenue
I know you’re stubborn but you know it’s true
It’s not the same town you once knew

To leave the place that you know so well
Is like breaking up with yourself
Where do you go, where are your friends
They done split for the horizon

Where will you go now
What will you do now

Where will you go
Now that you’re home doesn’t feel like your own
Pick it up baby
Kick it on down the road

There was a time when you knew these streets
Every stain and crack in the concrete
But all the charm has been chipped away
To make room for the new estate

Where will you go now
What will you do now

There was a time when you knew these streets
Every stain and crack in the concrete
But all the charm has been chipped away
To make room for the new estate
Where will you go now
What will you do now

Where will you go now that you’re home doesn’t feel like your own

Pick it up baby kick it on down the road

Zachary Cale: Electric Guitar, Vocals
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Wurlitzer
Jason Labbe: Drums

MAD SEASON
The sand is shifting
The clocks are turning
The rivers rising, the sky is all aflame
I have to look away

Disconnection
Isolation
Our buried problems become exposed in the rain
I have to look away

Wish I could be strong
Be the light in your song
But I’m tumbling down

Mad season
Lost weekend
Uneasy feeling blocking out the sky
Come on give us some light
Under the weather
We roll together
Tarred and feathered we wipe the sleep from our eyes
Come on give us some light

Open the floodgates
Watch it wash away
‘Till the sun plummets down

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Synthesizer
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Wurlitzer
Jason Labbe: Drums
Alfra Martini: Harmony Vocals

LAST FAIR DEAL
Nature runs its course again
Depression rears its ugly head
I’m going back to where I started from

My tears are dry
My heart is spent
I used it all to make the rent
Bent over backwards ‘till I came undone
Tried my best to outshine the sun

Out of work and
Out of touch
Memories turn to rust
All I knew was left out in the rain

Death card pulled from the pack
A change has come I can’t turn back
Cross the border
Use a different name
Don’t belong in this picture frame

Nothing quite like rejection
To light a fire where you’re standing
The last fair deal has gone down
It’s check out time
Best I leave this town
In the sobering of the sunlight
And the restless hours of the night
Time will find me hanging by a thread

Stumbling through the years I go
Rolling with it blow by blow
Distracted by the briars in my bed
Can’t still the thunder crackling in my head

Morning came and
Morning went
The sky grew dark and I grew tense
Like a beast at last unchained
Unsure which path he should take

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Wurlitzer
Jason Labbe: Drums
Dan Iead: Lap Steel

CAREENING
Circling the summit
Without a minute to lose
Like an earth-bound comet
Heading straight for you
On a frozen pathway
Pushing past the wind
No longer on the freeway
Grinding your engine

Draw back the curtains
Let the light come through
Lift this veil of curses
Before it defines you
Break the vicious circle
Find the escape route
When the comet crashes
I’ll be next to you

Wired to sky
All through the night
All through the night
All through the night
Fire in your eyes
All through the night
All through the night
All through the night

All through the night
All through the night
All through the night

Careening
Screaming

From the heavens it falls
From the heavens it calls

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Piano, Rheem
Charles Burst: Drums

BY STARLIGHT
On the freeway
Paying no mind to my speed
What’s lost won’t be found

I started to race
Past a small distance I climbed
All low and high
‘Neath a bloodshot sky

Using the last of the light
No time to stall now
There is no reverse

By starlight
I can see your sad eyes

I know sorrow carries this hurt
My heart, it don’t push
Like it used to its gone soft
So many miles

I wandered this far
To find all the worst come to life
I too can shine with an evil light

Dancing across the wire
Caught in a tailspin
Spiraling down

By starlight
I can see your sad eyes

I know sorrow walks on this earth

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Brent Cordero: Piano
James Preston: Synth Bass
Alfra Martini: Harmony Vocals

MAN BESIDE YOU
I wanna be the man beside you
I wanna be your best friend
I wanna be the man who loves you
I wanna make some difference

I wanna be your piece of heaven
In a world that’s cold and mean
I wanna mend what’s badly broken
I wanna figure in to your dreams

Hold on
Hold on
I’m just a breath away
I’m just a breath away

Hold on
Hold on
Don’t you know my name
Don’t you know my name

Come on give me your hand
I wanna be the one beside you
I wanna be a better man
I wanna be the one who loves you
I wanna give you everything I have

Hold on
Hold on
I’m just a breath away
I’m just a breath away

Hold on
Hold on
Don’t you know my name
Don’t you know my name

Come on give me your hand

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Piano
Charles Burst: Drums

MAGNETIC NORTH
Instrumental

Zachary Cale: Electric Guitar
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Piano
Jason Labbe: Drums

AMNESIA MOON
Is this a dream
Some cruel joke pulled on me
Amnesia moon
Who are you

Like a stone sinking
Through oblivion

A man without a past to share
No soul to bare
No name to give
No truth to bend
No love in mind
No will to fight
The dark that tries
To block the light

I guess this is me
Raging against destiny
Amnesia moon
Who are you
Like a stone sinking
Through oblivion

A man without a past to share
No soul to bare
No name to give
No truth to bend
No love in mind
No will to fight
The dark that tries
To block the light

Zachary Cale: Electric Guitars, Vocals
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Piano
Charles Burst: Drums
Dan Iead: Lap Steel
Alfra Martini: Harmony Vocals

FALSE SPRING
Instrumental

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitar

COME MORNING
I’m afraid of leaving
But I know the time is now
To pack my things and settle debts
To break ties with the ones
Whose willful ignorance
Fills my mind with noise and violence

So where do I fit
Where do I go
What kind of man am I
I’m just a traveler
Among more travelers
Looking to put roots down
Away from the maddening crowd
Give me a reason
I need a reason now

I’m just sitting on a fence
Two fingers out to test the wind
For the golden age is crumbling
Come morning I’ll be gone again
Stones are thrown in resentment
For reasons centuries old
I’m lost in questions I cannot answer
Caught between opposing sides
That fracture and multiply
I stand here voiceless
Too tired to even cry

I’m just sitting on a fence
Two fingers out to test the wind
For the golden age is crumbling
Come morning I’ll be gone again

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
James Preston: Bass
Brent Cordero: Piano, Wurlitzer
John Panos: Flugelhorn
Erik Elligers: Saxophone
Jason Labbe: Drums

FREE TO GO
Well do my eyes deceive me
Or is that land just ahead
I’ve been treading water so long
That now all I want is a bed
There was a mutiny on board
The ship I was to navigate
And my luck has deserted me
And left me in this watery grave

But I won’t
Go down easy
Least not
Until the earth’s beneath me

Please God
Don’t let this be a mirage

Please God
Don’t let this be a mirage

It’s true that confusion is the only thing that’s real
Salvation is expensive
And only something you could steal
For in my search for answers
To illuminate the treasures that I seek
I have only run in circles
Ready now to be swallowed by the sea
And I
Will go down easy
When my breath leaves me

I’m free to go
To return as a ghost

You’re free to go
To return as a ghost

Zachary Cale: Acoustic Guitars, Vocals, Organ,
James Preston: Synth Bass
Brent Cordero: Piano
Alfra Martini: Harmony Vocals
Matt Boyton: Rhythm Programming