Rough Rider

by Adrian Niles

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1.
A hard light shines like truth on lies Upon the means to this bitter end Into the false direction, into my sad eyes I'm just looking for you my long lost friend Chorus Struck down dreaming Watching fate unfurl I want a mystery gleaming In the hot dry air I want to seek without burden In my desire no shame But all that I want will cause me pain You wake up to just a glimpse Of a madman crawling from your bed You don't like what you do to him But I fell for every word you said With the power down and the candle dim I study, with you, the lost art of silence Lusting on the sweat of your skin Thinking more of love and less of violence
2.
You compare me, to people I don't like My head's on a swivel and the swivels a spike One too many morning's with not enough love And not enough strength to rise above My unkept heart in the fading light My rider has gone weary, lost her desire for me The children don't know what daddy does To provide them protection…and the everlasting love Got your naked spirit, tattooed on my shaking hand We're raising these kids on the family land Up all night drinking and thinking all alone Like a gypsy-footed King, too long at home My unkept heart in the fading light My riders gone weary, lost her desire for me The children don't know what daddy does To provide them protection…and the everlasting love
3.
Limit 03:33
There are crimes of love and passion Misdeeds unlawful attraction Loose and loveless women Who make a man feel just like a man Unfaithful hearts with inhibitions I sought after foe with wrongful intention Proud too long dry but not humbled by it They make a stand just to take a stand The sky ain't nothing but the limit Polluted, overcast, vast There is prejudice against hope and good Spoken hatred against brotherhood Men made of stone who were built that way They roll down a hillside and fall on you No pathway I've ever walked has been void of pits No crow I've ever eaten has not given me the shits My time may not be long but my flame is still on My sky may be black but I know somewhere it is blue The sky ain't nothing but the limit Polluted, overcast, vast When humanity ponders and answers with a question From thine own self be silenced under it's sequestration When the fold of your hem has got me on my knees I'm thinking about nothing but you Shaking a stick at you with a growl and a grin I'll put up a good fight before I let you win I'll show you mercy though you wouldn't for me I'm the weary, the tortured, the tried, the few The sky ain't nothing but the limit Polluted, overcast, vast
4.
A misguided soul strapping on wings Tethered by waiting with a yearning heart A man I don't know living my life I'm staring into his soul at my fine art You sit in a room and throw money around With your foolish man and your learned clown You say love is blind but I know it ain't At least not the kind that you're throwing down In the midnight glow there's a haunted sound It say's, "its much too late, to turn back now." But honey I've been with you through the rise and the fall I've been with you through it all Standing still but stood up tall With my head in the clouds and my back to the wall A rustling wind and a fire burns I'm waiting for my good girl to call I remember the make the model and the year The mystery is how we got here Just another refusal of a determined mind Abandoned by love and fed by fear It's alright if u want to, its ok if u don't I'm sure we could turn things around but we won't But honey I've been with you through the rise and the fall I've been with you through it all
5.
Wish I Knew 03:45
You’ve got time you were given You’ve got love you’ve refused You’ve got reason for living And precious moments of refuge Retrieve the stones that you’ve thrown Place them back at your side The unseen things you’ve been shown You’ve mistaken as a free ride As I stood alone I was wishing I’d a-known you then No glory hangs in the balance The fruits on ground once the storms pass by There’s blood on brow and in chalice My flesh from yours like a tear from an eye I’m the shell of a man that I once was My jivied soul left in limbo I’ll make my peace once the deafening buzz Tells me what it wants me to know As I stood alone I was wishing I’d a-known you then
6.
Dead-Letter 02:40
I got a dead letter gonna send it to you somewhere Got a hot temper and a cold chill Made a mountain baby around a din of lies Got a dead letter gonna make you cry Got a storm watch all around my house Got a thirst for anger and a scathin' mouth Made some memories but they all got burned Got a dead letter that won't be returned Paper money and coins I got some to spend Not sure how much on what or when Made it I suppose workin' hard for you I guess Got this dead letter but no address Got a dead letter and I keep walkin' streets Find me a dead letter office and satisfy me I made a mile then two now it feels like ten thousand Now this dead letter gonna go to wherever your house is
7.
Patches 03:27
Seven long hours of work left I’ve got five long days till the weekend Not enough money and even less time Until I’m right back here again Keep it tight until something break Keep it tight until something break Keep it tight until something break down And patch it all up and start again Honey we’ve gotta get away What little bit we got ain’t gonna save us Out on the street looking for something good But there ain’t no good in this darkness Keep it tight until something break Keep it tight until something break Keep it tight until something break down And patch it all up and start again Hey, Why we gotta live this way? Why we gotta do it? Patch it all up and start again
8.
There's a girl at the end of the alley who not only talks cheap but also lies I traded all my weapons for mercy and now I'm feeling all around for my knife I got a feeling that I'm gonna need something to protect my failing health You can't hide from what only wants to kill you I strayed too much in my youth, deferred the justifying love When you make haste with the wrong women, you're gonna have to always stand before the judge Genuflect, rise, sit and walk slowly, in the chamber of the man You can't run from what only wants to kill you Another Horseman released to the world, another fable tale of a fearless heroine Watching riots from a safe distance, from the remiss comfort of our freedom When you wanna stand up tall and be brave, you find a flag to wave You can't payoff what only wants to kill you Running with the wild and the weary Listening to the wind get high Forever lost in the theory Of a long kiss of mournful goodbye My debts been paid for my borrowed time Just wanna fall down drunk in the warmth of the shine
9.
Refused 05:05
There’s a darkness inside, that I just can’t let go True love gone bad, that still holding on Four wall to keep me from all that I know I’ve waited for resolve, But it’s been so long I’m sifting through the dirt and digging up bones I’m just trying to find something I can use Put a charm in my pocket, like a precious stone Not knowing all the while, that I’d just been refused Well I tell you the shade is fine, but the shine light is better It feel like I’m looking into the face of my sweet Lord Its been a waste of my time, to chase the wind and the weather I’ve lived by my faith and nearly died by my sword I’m sifting through the dirt and digging up bones I’m just trying to find something I can use Put a charm in my pocket, like a precious stone Not knowing all the while, that I’d just been refused
10.
Rough Rider 04:07

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released June 17, 2014

©️ 2014 All songs written by Adrian Niles (Except Patches, Adrian Niles & Matthew Heusel.

Produced, Recorded Mixed and Mastered by Adrian Niles at The Hideout.

Jonathan Banco played Saxophone on track 1. Clint Landis played drums on songs 3, 4, 6, 8, 9. Josh Garrett played drums on songs 1, 2, 5, 7.
Matthew Penhos played bass on songs 3, 4, 8, 9. Jason Treuman played bass on track 1.
Adrian Niles sang, played guitars and the electric piano; also, bass on 2, 6, 7, 10, and drums on track 10.
Artwork by Derek Williams

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℗ 2014 Civil War Tracks Music

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Adrian Niles Ohio

Adrian Niles is an artist with a fervent desire to make music. A multi-instrumentalist, Niles has spent the last year writing and recording a new record at his home in Ohio.
Distant Skies delves into the darker parts of the labyrinth forged by a lifelong struggle with self-actualization, the loss of his father in 2016, and the uncertainty of providing for a family through a global pandemic.
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