Many Lines To Tow

by Joe Adler

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released March 2, 2010

All songs written by Joe Adler.
All instruments performed by Joe Adler, except where noted.

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Joe Adler Burlington

Burlington, Vermont based singer/songwriter who draws on influences that range from the blues, folk, and experimental tendencies of Tom Waits, to the poetic leanings of Leonard Cohen. Adler has collaborated on stage live with such notables as Brad Barr (The Slip), Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio), Marco Benevento, Yah Yah Abdel-Majid (Sun Ra Arkestra), Craig Myers (Barika), and Dave Dreiwitz (Ween). ... more

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Track Name: Stratosphere
Stratosphere

Sittin’ on my back porch
Don’t know what the future may bring
Stars shining down
Like they do every night x3

And what’s out there
Beyond the stratosphere
Who’s looking down?
From near or afar?

We are not alone x3 Maybe we’re just stoned

So very strange it seems
To think how tiny we are
A speck in the universe
Why must life seem so hard? X3

I’m taking a trip
Up through the stratosphere
Pass the thermosphere
And out the exosphere

We are not alone x3 Maybe we’re just stoned

solo

We are not alone x3 Maybe we’re just stoned

I take a pause
At the mesopause
It’s cold in there
A hundred below X3

Here I think of you
Back on the troposphere
A shimmering mind
And a beautiful heart

We are not alone x3 Maybe we’re just stoned

Sittin’ on my back porch
Don’t know what the future may bring
Stars shining down
Like they do every night

4/29 & 7/31/09
Track Name: Only An Idol
Only An Idol

Now when our love dried up
It came abrupt
Like a firecracker went off in my hand

And though I wrestled inside
And tried to rationalize
In the end, true feelings will always decide

Lazy rain falls far
Until it hits my guitar
But it’s a pain, that’s almost inviting

Off beyond those trees
Are life’s possibilities
I’ll race ya, maybe well meet up again…

Tell me who could abstain
From feeling the pain
It’s the balance, to every recital

And that albatross
That you came across
Don’t wear it, only admire

Buried feet in the sand
On the beach, here I stand
Again…

If you come across
My aluminum cross
Don’t wear it, it’s only an idol…

11/15/09
Track Name: Summer Girls
Summer Girls

Summer’s turning into fall
Doesn’t really matter at all
I fancy myself a thinkin’ man
Come and catch me while you can

The wind is blowing through the trees
Won’t you listen if you please
To my song on bended knees
Won’t you listen if you please

The summer girls and their sexy walks
God help me if one starts to talk
I fancy myself a lovin’ man
Come and love me baby while you can

Chorus

Baby, baby whisper in my ear
Tell me all those things I long to hear
Like all the truths nestled in your heart
And all the questions in your thoughts

Chorus

Sleepy, sleepy baby carry me
To my bed now so I can sleep
To dream a dream now, in shades of blue
To sing a song now, a song so true

Chorus

Late Summer 08 & 5/24/09 6:44pm
Track Name: Little Bird
Little Bird

Start off thinking
And trying to find
End up finding
Things left, behind

Time flows swiftly
A quick river in your mind
Tune it out some
And find, your light

The shapes you see
In your mind
Perspectives bent
You must decide, inside

And trails well worn
Can lead you too
A faster fall for the grains of sand
Falling over you

I’ve been thinking of my family
Five hundred ten miles away
Every visit now means everything
Things slip, away

Those people who mean everything
That shape your whole wide world
They fuel the love within your heart
Now fly, like a littler bird

The shapes you see
In your mind
Perspectives bent
You must decide, inside

And trails well worn
Can lead you too
A faster fall for the grains of sand
Falling over you

7/10 & 12/09
Track Name: The Only Night
The Only Night

It’s so advisable,
To be reliable.
Look inside yourself.

Believe in any dream,
That fits your identity.
Who are you anyway.

And the friends you see everyday,
Can easily slip away.
Tomorrows just a game we play,
(we play x2)

So hold onto me tight,
Because tonight’s not every night,
Tonight’s the only night.

~Lyrics written sometime during spring 08, music 8/5/09
Track Name: Many Lines To Tow
Many Lines To Tow

Many lines to tow
Don’t know, how many years to go
And you sit there in that wooden chair
Thinking whether to act or just stare

New roads are calling,
New thoughts are breaking through
These days are over, overdue
Now I’m searching without a cause
My eyes are open, my nerves are raw

I take my ship now to the man
He advises and listens the best he can
These days are over, that life is through
And like the sting of a bitter dream,
It’s time to start anew

Chorus

Another bottle in the bin
Truth serum is good sometimes,
It’s bad to hold it in
And I’m lost, but I’ve found
Thick vines and cold hard lines,
Divided, quiet, sound…

Chorus

Many lines to tow
Nobody knows, how many years to go

5/23/09