Father

by Justin Melland

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These songs were inspired by a time in my life when I put both my son and my father to bed on the same evening. It's about saying hello and also goodbye and being myself, somewhere in between.

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released April 18, 2012

All Songs Written and Arranged by Justin Melland
Justin Melland - Vocals, Accordion, Guitars, Keyboards, All Percussion, Bowed Dobro, Synth
Eric Bigger - Bass, Gran Casa on Lullaby
Forrest Aubel - Cello
Joshua Schroeder and Meredith Adelaide (Josh and Mer) - Choir Vocals on Wonderpark
Søren Melland - Creative Consultant, Quality Control
Christina Melland - Realist and Reality Representative
Album Cover Photos and Digital Booklet Design - Meredith Adelaide

Recorded and Mixed by Justin Melland at
The Greenhouse in Portland, OR
Mastered By Jason Carter at Wavelength Studios, Salem, OR

©2012 Justin Melland (ASCAP), Musica El Toro Mata (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved

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Track Name: I Guess You Just Wont Be The One
the call came in
some wednesday night
that you soon would be
staring down
the end of your life

i just can't have you be the one
who will not get to know my son

we sat and looked upon the sea
you put your watch and chain
in my hand and said

i can't believe i'm not the one
who will not get to know your son

it came so fast,
that day you died
the air was so quiet and the sun was so
hot and dry

i guess you just won't be the one
who's gonna get to know my son
Track Name: Sell Me An Image
it's quiet out here
there's barely a sound by a river of blood
and i'm surprised i can't hear
any complaint or protest at all

just an electric blue
flickering strobe
shining through the windows
from that god on the wall

sell me an image
sell me someone i can be
keep me from thinking
beyond the guidance i get from machines

oh what would I do?
what would i say?
but "man, i sure made a difference on that election day"

sea's rising,
oils bleeding
gluttonous beasts wipe their cheeks
as the news prints the score
but cash is flowing
and fields are dying
and as the rain stops, she can feed her children no more

but i want something more

so i'll sell you an image
yes i'll sell ya someone you can be
and that should keep you from thinking
beyond the guidance you get from machines

oh what would you do?
what would you say?
if you had dominion
over that mouth on your face?
Track Name: I Was One
howling wind
i hear you blowing there
its like you just don't care
your messing up my hair
it's like you just don't care at all

city lights
burn without asking why
you're my electric hive
i was one then
i multiplied

oh father,
while i raise up your grandchild are you out there watching?
when we were so small
i took for granted that you'd always be there just for us
just for us

and now momma's dressed in black
cause her man ain't coming back
and the clouds form a halo around the sun
and when my child asks if my father's coming back
i will tell him no and that all things must pass
i will tell him no and that all things must pass

howling wind
i hear you blowing there
it's like you just don't care
you're messing up my hair
it's like you just don't care at all.
Track Name: Morning Song
come on son
it's time to wake
the whole wide world's alive
so open up your eyes

come on son
it's time to run
climb up in a tree
or just kick that old ball to me

i did live just to please
myself, just for me
i was the king of a self indulgent dream
but 600 days of sub standard sleep
piercing blue eyes
and a heart melting smile
have shaken me

come on son
it's a brand new day
and i just can't wait to show
you all you want to see

come on son
don't you know that i
just can't wait to give
you your very first guitar?
Track Name: Wonderpark
I'd like to play in your wonderpark
i'd like to play there all day
climb a staircase up to the sky
swing on the sun's bursting rays

far far away, from all my known faces
like a stone pulled out of the fire
I step from my hell, and hear the song in your eyes say
"let the river run"

all of the colors are raining down
mischief and fun in the air
our little child just running 'round
getting dirt everywhere

see how your hair shines in the moonlight
see your soul burst out of your eyes
blowing a wind through my heart as you ask me
"don't you hear the sound?"

this takes me back to our wedding day
the mist and the sweet summer rain
moving slow down the winding stair
gently walking to me

you lovely soul
i'll love you forever
lazy days waking up with our child
through the calm
and the chaos around us
here we are.
Track Name: Lullaby
child of mine
it's sleepy time
when you wake everything will be fine
the day is gone
the nights arrived
the sun has gone to the other side

i see you yawning there child of mine
it's sleepy time and that's fine as wine

in dreams you can go anywhere
but if you get lost don't despair
i'll leave the light on so you can fly all the way home

the stars are like diamond lights
the moon is shining high up in the sky
so close your eyes and say goodnight
i'll tuck you in and then kiss your eyes

one tastes like peaches and one like plums
it's time to sleep til the morning comes

in dreams you can go anywhere
but if you get lost don't despair
i'll leave the light on so you can fly all the way home
i'll leave the light on so you can fly all the way home
all the way home