Pilgrim Highway

by DC Papke

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released September 12, 2015

PRODUCED and ARRANGED by DAVID PAPKE
RECORDED and MIXED by SHEA SPRINGER
Sweetfoot Studios, Easton, Maryland
MASTERED by MIKE MONSEUR
Bias Studios, Springfield, Virginia
Album Cover Painting: Dave Deran
Photography: Jess Newell
Graphic Design: Dave Dilworth

A wink and a nod to the guys in the band down at The Voodoo Lounge where many of these songs were first performed and arranged. A tip of the hat to Les Parker (Rip Debois Records) for the sonic and cosmic explorations. A lingering bow to the artists and musicians, friends and family, here and gone, who have inspired this work. Heartfelt thanks to all the musicians who climbed on the bus for this trip down the Pilgrim Highway with special thanks to Shea for riding shotgun. My deepest love and gratitude to Lili Rose Campion for tending the garden and nurturing the muse. And finally, a toast to the honey bees whose work financed the making of this album. All songs written by DCPapke and published by Tout Blue Songs (administered by BMI)

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Track Name: This Time
THIS TIME

If I could walk
If I could walk for a million miles
Would I still find you
Like I did – did this time

If I could fly
If I could fly like a falling star
Would you still catch me
Like you did – did this time

The world is turning
And our lives are too
Makes no difference
What’s your point of view
There’s only one thing
You can hold on to
This time yeah

If I could live
If I could live for just one day
I’d want you with me
Like I did – did this time
This time yeah
Track Name: Pilgrim Highway
PILGRIM HIGHWAY

I went down to the pilgrim highway
Gonna get my mecca changed and everything
Be like the Buddha be like the rain
Be like the sun going down again
Just cruisin down the pilgrim highway
There’ll be cats in convertibles and everything
Run with the wisemen run down the rain
Run to the sun going down again
Somebodys calling you
Dont turn away
Dont stop calling me
Dont turn away – dont go
I slept out on the pilgrim highway
The stars were burning a hole in the sky and everything
Heaven was calling take off those earthly shoes
Put on these wings I made for you
Somebodys calling you
Dont turn away
Dont stop calling me
Dont turn away – come on
Track Name: One Day in a Million
ONE DAY IN A MILLION

Just like the day that I was born
Like the day Ill die
Like the day I met you girl
Like the day you lied
Just like the day I drove away
With nowhere to go
Like the day I cried all night
How was I to know it was
One day in a million
One day in a million
Just one day in a million without you
Some say its fate the way things go
Or its you who bring it on
It doesn’t matter anyway
When everything is gone
The clocks have stopped the oceans dry
Then its a brand new day
Another road where I found love
Why would I count the days
One day in a million
One day in a million
Just one day in a million without you
Track Name: Locked Down & Loaded
LOCKED DOWN & LOADED

Left by the roadside stabbed with a knife
Holdin on hidin out all night
Thinkin bout you thinkin hard
Think Ill try to find you and there you are
Locked down & loaded
Claimed she was descended from Ernest Hemingway
Said she got his shotgun on her graduation day
Its all been downhill since then that’s where I come in
Lookin for a driver someone with a friend
Locked down & loaded
Oh what a beautiful one
Oh what a beautiful gun
Take the wheel take my knife let me see that gun
Wait right here til I get back then well have some fun
Little did I know they was waitin don’t you see
Knocked me down grabbed the gun and point it back at me
Locked down & loaded
Left by the roadside stabbed with a knife
Holdin on hidin out all through the night
Thinkin bout you thinkin hard
Think Ill try to find you and there you are
Locked down & loaded
Locked down & loaded
Track Name: I'll Be Thinking of You
I’LL BE THINKING OF YOU

Every time I sweep the floor
Every time I plead for more
Every time Im the last to go
Every time the moon is low
Every time I drive this road
I’ll be thinking of you
Every time I raise a glass
To the cook or to the past
Every time I play this old guitar
I wouldn’t call it solitude
Even though Im here without you
I’ll be thinking of you
Every time I walk a path
Through the woods or in the grass
In my heart I will walk with you
Like a raindrop in the sea
You will be a part of me
I’ll be thinking of you
I’ll be thinking of you
Track Name: Wild Honey
WILD HONEY

The keeper of the bee-zez
Says if you wanna please-zez
Hold on before you squeeze-zez
The gentle humble bee
You wait until the times right
You rob them in the moonlight
You get to taste the sunshine
Oh praise the honey bee
Wild honey - wild honeymoon
Wild honey - Ill be tastin you soon
He tells you just to follow
Way back up in the hollow
So far you see tomorrow
To find the honey bee
When suddenly before us
The bee tree in the forest
Theres something prehistoric
To rob the honey bee
Wild honey – wild honeymoon
Wild honey – Ill be tastin you soon
Track Name: A Woman That's All
A WOMAN THATS ALL

Well I met a man the other day livin in his car
He told me he was on his own and how hed come that far
Compose a life of loves desires the longing and the fear
And you would see what I could see hear what he told me there -
Im just lookin for a woman that’s all a woman that’s all
Don’t wanna ride through the desert at night don’t wanna gaze up at the stars
Ah love can be unbearable and leave some ugly scars
Moonlight only pales the night even shadows fade away
Everythings temporary lord help me when I pray -
Im just lookin for a woman that’s all a woman that’s all
Well I slowly walked away and left him there soon he would be gone
Visions like that that come to you don’t hang around for long
I wonder where he is tonight whats haunting him today
And all I hear in my head are those words hed say –
Im just lookin for a woman that’s all a woman that’s all
Oh a woman that’s all
Track Name: Big as God
BIG AS GOD

I got off this mountain went out on the road
Seek my fame and fortune with what I learned below
They used to call me dynamite explosives was my job
Every time I lit the fuse I felt as big as god
When you have a talent you look for where to serve
You take your opportunity where ever it occurs
A bank a bar an accident insurance business too
Youd be surprised when things blow up who pays to light the fuse
In ’63 they came to me with their strange request
Now the blood is on my hands and Birminghams a mess
I never thought those girls get killed or bring an angry mob
Who was I to think that I could act as big as god
Now I drink here in the darkness longing for some rest
With twenty pounds of dynamite wrapped around my chest
If ever I could get it right Id finish up the job
Id light the fuse end it all explode as big as god
Track Name: Sunday in the Sun
SUNDAY IN THE SUN

Listenin to the birds sing on a sunday in the sun
I lay in bed til almost nine o’clock
Pulled on my jeans and tied my shoes
Got up without those mornin blues
That used to hang around so much before
I guess Ill close that door
Smilin over nothing as I listen to the breeze
Come blow my blues come blow them all away
Runnin never goes no where
You close your eyes but youre still there
Its time you faced up to the facts of life
You could be wrong you could be right
When I reminisce about the days when all the joy had turned to sorrow
I was stone blind I couldn’t see all the happiness tomorrow
Just a little sun comin through an open window in the morning
Can change the way we greet the day and take us without warning
Listenin to the birds sing on a sunday in the sun
I lay in bed til almost nine o’clock
Pulled on my jeans and tied my shoes
Got up without those mornin blues
That used to hang around so much before
I finally closed that door
Track Name: My Good Luck
MY GOOD LUCK

Tell me where we’re goin Ill tell you where I been
Parked along the riverside just around the bend
Nevermind the circumstance no reason to implore
Its just that I might want to pray before I meet the lord
Cryin out to the stars from the back of a pickup truck
If I don’t die tonight its my my my good luck
I tell ya I never seen a thing I’s too busy humpin
Then I heard a muffled shot and then somebody thumpin
Get out the car get out here quick now what do we have here
Some local kid with the boss’s daughter and a diamond souvenir
Cryin out to the stars from the back of a pickup truck
If I don’t die tonight its my my my good luck
Take me to the station put me on a bus
Told me if I should ever come back it would be a bust
So now I’m off to L A with a guitar in my hand
I got no excuses it’s a damn sight better than
Cryin out to the stars from the back of a pickup truck
If I don’t die tonight its my my my good luck
Track Name: Moonstruck
MOONSTRUCK

The moon rose on the mountain
The night so bright and still
When up from the ground came the fireflies
Lighting my way to you
I woke with the moon at my window
There came an incredible sound
Songbirds singing at midnight
Moonstruck – moonstruck my love
The poets all agree that your love was meant for me
As my love was meant for you
Even the stars above stare down in wonder at our love
Yeah our love is simply true
The moon lay on the water
And cast a glimmering trail
We could fly all the way to tomorrow
Moonstruck – moonstruck my love
Moonstruck – moonstruck my love
Track Name: Walk On
WALK ON

There is a stone upon a hill
You know the one – you always will
Its there you laid unto his rest
Your only boy – the first and best
Walk on
But that aint nothing yet to come
If I told Id strike you dumb
There is no fair or justice here
Reason has lost out to fear
Walk on
Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow’s unknown
Step by step and stone by stone
So let it come whatever will
I got a place up on the hill
When death comes knockin on my door
Ill look at him and say – one step more
Walk on
Walk on
Walk on