Four Sons

by Caleb Murphy

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released 05 May 2012

Credits:
Written, produced, performed, and engineered by Caleb Murphy in Western Pennsylvania.

Mixed/mastered by John Behrens at The Sound Office in Nashville, Tn.

Cello performed by Emily Nelson and engineered by John Behrens at The Sound Office.

Photography: Beth Murphy
Design: David Altrogge

Honorary Assistant Producer: Mary Murphy

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This album was financially supported by 34 generous backers.

Special thanks to Mark Altrogge, Chris Stimson, Drew & Sandy Kimmel, John & Kristy Scherf, and Mary Murphy.

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Track Name: Be Like Friends
V1
I know you, don't you know me?
Can we take it back to when we met?
I vote to revive
Can't you just be a friend? Oh, I want to be your friend

V2
Even though you're a big shot
who could take me to the very top
I don't really care
You can hang with me, oh I just want to be your friend

V3
Jealousy is like a mad man with a car
it can drive you to murder or the borderline
Life holds other things
Can't you just be a friend? Oh, we want to be your friends

Out
You don't like success if it's not yours, if it's not yours
I know you might be seeking out my head
Can't we all be like friends?
Track Name: Four Sons
V1
The first son grew up strong
with a humor that could shun and love just the same
he was driven to the cane but had a girl to his name
And the father, he was happy
and the father, he was glad
in a way

V2
The second one married young
he couldn't have a drink on the day of his love
but he had a couple kids, they say he was the best
And the father, he was happy
and the father, he was glad
in a way

V3
The third son didn't say much
he just stood to the side and watched it all go by
but he wrote it all down, hoping to show his kids
And the father, he was happy
and the father, he was glad
in a way

V4
The last son grew up loved
he lived with his mom and his sister, the babe
he became the man of the house one day
And the father, he was happy
and the father, he was glad
in a way

BR
These four sons will find their way
and these four sons will live today

OUT
And the father, he is happy
and the father, he is glad
because what he left still stands to this day
what he left still stands to this day
Track Name: Not That Far Gone
V1
In the late-night street light there's a man
fighting gravity with his two hands
There's a woman on her portico
claiming she is all we'll ever need
They're not that far gone

And maybe they'll see a fallen sun
and maybe they'll stop throwing life a bone

PRE CH
I was lost in the farthest boundaries
with an army you came and found me

CH
Your great love will pull me home
from the furthest graveyard stone
with my bit and bridle gone
I'm free now

V2
I'm not perfect you know that so well
I'm a copyright catastrophe
If my hurt caused aging to quicken
you'd be old and gray right by my side
We're not that far gone

And it's safe to say we're a messy pair
and as it turns out we're gonna make it there
And it's safe to say we're a messy crowd
but as it turns out nobody's hopeless

OUT
And it's safe to say we're a messy crowd
but as it turns out nobody's hopeless
Track Name: Take Me Up
V1
Living isn’t living
and dying isn’t dying
and arduous has become
the way that we get by

CH
Take me up, Father
take me up, Father, now

V2
Maybe I am crazy
or maybe I’m just strong
a backhand to the cheek is
a chance for me to sing

BR
A valiant soldier under fire
is sure to earn the general’s praise
I may own the soldier’s name
but such an adjective I don’t
I’m missing that a lot

CH2
We will lack nothing,
we will lack nothing now
Track Name: Somebody Loves You
Don't fear somebody loves you
out there, somebody loves you now
so come on keep your laces tied
Don't fear somebody loves you
at least I will be by your side
even God Almighty has a place for you at home
Track Name: Trust In Your Brother
V1
When you fall, you fall
You gotta trust in your brother
Or down, down, down, you will fall

V2
When you lie, you lie
You have betrayed your good brother
And down, down, down, your spirits go

CH
Does it feel like a steam engine rattling your bones?
I bet it feels like a hurricane taking away your home
But I would never know

V3
I believe in love, in love
you gotta love your good brother
'cause love endures even traitors

BR
I know I am a traitor, I know that much
I won't let it go 'till I am forgiven
Track Name: Burning Like Chicago
V1
My iron fails to sharpen
my guards have all been shot
and I fully deplore myself
19 years should have been enough
19 years shoul have taught me well
you would think

CH
I'm burning like Chicago
please put me out
my crimes could fill a prison
my Good could have no worse a posture

V2
If you and I could follow
our second intuition
we could be like a rubix cube
turn and shift 'til colors meet
fully whole and made complete
only if, only if it were

OUT
If you have a face for me just call me up
and if there is a way to fix me, fix me up
Let the rainstorm be
let it rain on me
Track Name: Hollywood Was Grand
V1
Soon you and I will see that this ain't no game
it's not a scene for us to direct
let's put our thirty-fives and our fancy lights
where they should go:
we can enjoy them but they're not the show

CH
Hollywood, yeah, it was grand
and it was good in a lot of ways
but in the end you need a friend
to get you through to the heavenly place

V2
What would you call your life?
Would you call it grand? Would you call it fantastic?
Well I am here to say that the quality of life doesn't determine your eternal state
Track Name: Fear Owns The Game
V1
Fear owns the game
he delivers when it counts most
when everything is on the line

He’s nowhere to be found
when your soul is unchallenged
when there is no fight

CH
But when the guns come out, when the guns come out
when the guns come out against your dignity
he pulls the trigger

V2
He’s a cloud above your head
he’s a devil on your shoulder
he’s a tongue-tying fiend

He’s an excuse
that I make when I want fame
with my peers,
with my peers and enemies
when everything is out the window
when I let him invade my chances

CH2
But when the guns come out, when the guns come out
Up come the walls, up come the walls of defense
We’ll pull the trigger
Track Name: The Moon At Night
V1
And so it seems the objects in the mirror
are closer than they appear
and so it seems you were always nearer
than I thought you were

V2
Yes, from the day, the day that I first breathed
I knew what I had
not in my life would I have guessed that
I’d lose it all

PRE CH
You became the moon at night
obstructed by the city lights
and the saddest part of that
is that we never really said “goodbye”

CH
You, you alarmed me again
but why, why’d I panic?
O Great God! I lose sleep over this
don’t leave me with a last goodbye

V3
And here we go I’ve fallen like a soldier
you know it’s true
who is in charge? Who is my general?
it’s you; it always was

OUT
And the greatest part of this
is that we’ll never really say, “goodbye”
Track Name: Beth's Song
V1
When your eyes fade with the ebbing of life
then you will see complete relief
when the sky breaks with the thunder of God
scars will be freed and illness ceased

CH
Heaven's a beautiful place but my heart will groan
when we have to part our ways
I'm staying with you 'til the end

V2
All that I knew was of minimal use
love knows nothing but speaks the truth
all that you are is what I love you for
I stand along in your quiet war

OUT
I sing right along with the God who sings this song
"Daughter, I love you more than you believe"

More than you can know, more than you can see
more than you believe