Camels Are Coming

by Wells Hanley

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about

My earliest memory as a child was falling asleep listening to the sound of my heartbeat echoing in my pillow. In my half-asleep state, the rhythmic pulsing would morph into the footsteps of a small group of camels. I would watch them from a bird's eye view. Though they were crossing a great desert on the other side of the world, their arrival was certain. There was a sense of immediacy I felt whenever I would see them. As consistent as the beats of my heart, their footsteps would bring them closer at each instant. I knew that they were coming for me, and that one day they would arrive. Decades have passed and now their arrival feels more imminent than ever.

credits

released October 12, 2010

Produced by Wells Hanley and James McLaughlin.
Mixed by Stewart Myers.

Recorded by James McLaughlin at Mountainside Studios (Charlottesville, VA).

Additional Recording by Ross Bonadonna at Wombat Studios (Brooklyn, NY), Bobby Read at Small World Studios (Batesville, VA), Stewart Myers at Dixie Five (Richmond, VA), Trey Pollard at Songwire Studios (Richmond, VA), Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage (Richmond, VA) and Wells Hanley on Wells's Home Computer (Richmond, VA).

Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering (New York, NY).

Cover Art by Tayloe Moore.

CD Layout by ALB Tech.

Copyright 2010 Wells Hanley.

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Track Name: Finding Love
a train is winding its way to a village
a lost dog is on the side of the road
wind rattling ice on the trees in the snow

nobody know where goes a broken umbrella
will you live or die or just grow old
blackbird sitting on a crooked fence post

findinglovefindinglovefindingloveeverywherefindinglove

playing checkers with the fast mall walkers
or waiting off behind a sun drenched fold
a woman thinkin bout her bathing suit body in the cold

and the craters on the moon are crying
and the tears roll down into the cracks of our souls
a man with a gun is hiding behind a wall

findinglovefindinglovefindingloveeverywherefindinglove
findinglovefindinglovefindingloveeverywherefindinglove


there's no telling the wrong turns that we have taken
or the false confessions that we have told
like striking poses in the mirror at night singing "sold"

you could search entire earths forever
finding shadows of the heart untold
every inch of the darkness is full of gold

findinglovefindinglovefindingloveeverywherefindinglove
findinglovefindinglovefindingloveeverywherefindinglove
Track Name: Balloon
the sun in the morning is so beautiful
the moon is so far it's not even real
the wind when you speak is full of heaven
and I wish I could feel what I feel

The night like a lion comes and goes again
the rain on an orchard rolls just like a wheel
a touch on the cheek or out and lonely through the week
yeah I wish I could feel what I feel

I feel what I feel like a blown up balloon in the night blowin round
won't let it be

the smile on a child or a garden in the spring
are full of the life no one can conceal
the size of the sea is unbelievable to me
and I wish I could feel what I feel
yeah I wish I could feel what I feel
Track Name: Zombie Say Hey
late in the night when I was ten
I'd sneak out across the fence behind the house into the woods
I'd walk alone beside the creek until I saw the tombstones
there all the Zombies were my friends

Zombie say hey hey hey how long can you stay
Zombie say ooooooooo

years later I think I was fourteen
we'd roam the night defacing churches and burning the school down
we had a lot of real good laughs
but I admit the Zombies never understood my wave of violence

Zombie say hey hey hey how long can you stay
Zombie say ooooooooo

and when I was twenty-one
that's when I came to decide that I could live just for the daylight
and I believed that they were gone
but like a friend who knows you well a Zombie waits til you come around

the Zombies really haven't changed
they came around the other day to see if I was still alive
we smoked a joint and looked around
and talked about the nights we'd laugh under the moon until the dawn

Zombie say hey hey hey how long can you stay
Zombie say ooooooooo
Track Name: Boiler Room
Boiler Room

standing alone in the boiler room
staring into the fire
I've never felt so close

I've never been so lost before
suddenly she's beside me
I've never felt so warm
somebody throw me a line

finding a home in another place in time
traveled a long way to find what's on my mind

I came alive in a woman's eyes
finally I felt alright
I've never been this way
staring into the fire

finding a home in a lost and lonely lifetime
traveled a long way to find what's on my mind

throw me a line I am lost in words of reason
show me a way to another point of view
bring me a light in an ordinary daydream
something in life to remind myself of you

finding a light in the boiler room
suddenly I'm on fire
I've never been this way
suddenly she's beside me
somebody throw me a line
Track Name: Nocturne
he turns the light on in the night
makes him not feel so all alone
and calms the whisper and the moan

the shadows and the light
make him imagine being grown
into a world as hard as stone

and though he'll know the way the turns are never clear
and for a time he could find himself wandering the days away

until a dream in the night
makes him remember where he's been
makes him recall those days and then
he'll turn on the light
and he'll feel not so alone
and he'll not feel so all alone
again
Track Name: Road Song
watch and wait wait and see
watch and wait wait and see for now
history hides in empty rooms
hangs on tight and shows the way

but now the circle's in the square
the mind is up for air and light

ice and snow cover everything
children know a place to hide
far below where you can cheat a friend
the golden glow fades to light

and now the circle's in the square
the mind is up for air and light
Track Name: Tom
he never saw the water look so still and not a sound at all beneath him
looking out beyond the window sill he realized this was all

her gentle ways were his relief
her light come shining through the trees would beckon him

oh and to watch her sleep was his religion
body rise and falling with the waves
and underneath the hunger calls

she flowed like water though his life
a perfect beautiful reflection
the wind would sometimes whisper "Tom, be careful"

oh but to watch her sleep was his religion
body rise and falling with the waves
and underneath the hunger calls

oh and the waves were screaming in the darkness
and the tears were crashing all around
oh and he was purified in sadness
and underneath him not a sound
Track Name: High Road
I can't wait to be walkin on the high road looking down on what I've made
I can't wait til I feel the weight of my load lift up off my shoulders and fade

walkin the high road walkin the high road walkin the high road

I can't wait til the people of the lowlands feel it coming down like rain
I'll be sending out an intoxicating whisper
gonna slip my secret straight to the vein

walkin the high road walkin the high road walkin the high road

everybody's fighting but no one ever wins
everybody's fighting but nobody ever wins
show me your emotions and I'll give em just a little spin

I can't wait to be walkin on the high road looking down on what I've made
I can't wait til I feel the weight of my load lift up off my shoulders and fade

walkin the high road walkin the high road walkin the high road
Track Name: I Don't Know
I don't know
I don't know where we go
I don't know

you have to learn to lose the things you love so much
and learn to let go of the people that you love
and you must listen to the demons in your head if you want to beat them
but don't believe them
I used to think I knew but I don't know
Track Name: Maybe A Song
give me something sweet and true
to hang my troubles on
maybe a song
maybe a song

give me something bright and real
to prove my worries wrong
and tell me I belong
maybe a song

and when my hopes have washed away
give me something to go on for
and when my dreams have gone astray
give me something I can long for
anyday, anyway, everywhere

give me something to believe
so that I can carry on
maybe true love
but true love can go wrong
oh and true love can go wrong
maybe a song