Land of the Plenty

by JL Stiles

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released August 20, 2005

JL Stiles on vocals, guitars
Zach Morris on drums (track 1, 2, 3, 7, 10 and 12)
Jeremy Hoenig on drums (track 6, 8, 11, 14)
Ed Ivey on bass, tuba, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Wil Blades on organ tracks 1 and 2
Chip Roland on organ tracks 6 and 8
Emiliano Juarez on lead guitar, track 1
Nelson Lunding on piano, tracks 8 and 11
Kelly Canova on backing vox track 3
David Black on drums, track 5
Jimmy Sweetwater on percussion track 5
Paulo Baldi on congas track 6

Produced by JL Stiles and Ed Ivey
Engineered by Thom Canova on tracks 1 to 5, 7, 9 ,10, 12 and 13 and Tim Freeman on the rest.
Assistant engineer: Simon Timony
Mastered by John Greenham

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Track Name: Land of the Plenty
People have a hard heart, tryin to survive
Better you than me because what's mine is mine
When it's all in the land of the plenty

People walkin briskly, bundled up in the cold
Steppin over a man, he was lying down in the road
When it's all in the land of the free

Purple mountains majesty, amber waves of grain
Searching the whole world for the cheapest slaves
When it's all in the land of the plenty
Yeah it's all in the land of the free

Sit back and wonder about the reasons why
If money flows like a river then why's the land so dry?
We gotta sit and listen to a pack of lies
Tellin us we can choose with a brainwashed mind
When it's all in the land of the plenty
It's all in the land of the free

Sure like to protest, make the whole world change
But I got the gun pointed, don't know where to aim
All the lowdown dealings with our hard-earned pay
Tellin us the world's gone wrong so no one's to blame
when it's all in the land of the pleny
Yeah it's all in the land of the free
Yeah it's all in the land of the free
Track Name: I've Got To Do My Part
You and me holdin eachother and havin fun
By the waves underneath the mornin sun

I'm gonna do my part, love her from the start, drive her crazy, yeah drive her mad
Yeah I got to do my part and love her from the start and drive her crazy, drive her mad

You know that our love is true
I couldn't get enough of you
I'm gone out of my mind, wastin all my time, running round town dreamin of a love so true
You drive me crazy, I love you babe, you know it's true, you know it's true

You know that our love is right
Cause we're dreamin of each other late into the night
I forgot what love was like, you holdin me tight's bringin back memories from a long time ago
You drive me crazy, I love you babe, you know it's true, you know it's true

You and me holdin each other underneath the settin sun
Lovin me long when the day is done
mad
Yeah I got to do my part and love her from the start and drive her crazy, drive her mad
Track Name: Tiny Creatures
Little tiny creatures clinging to the face of the earth
Little tiny creatures clinging to the face of the earth
They don't what it's worth as they crawl and struggle just to find their way
Believin' in a grand design's a blind leap of faith

Tiny little creatures mechanically return to their homes
(All the creatures have their place of rest)
Spinning on a speck of dust and rising with the dawn
(We are all a product of the sun)
They’ll all have come and gone in a flash of time they do not understand
(In a flash of time they don’t understand)
Livin is just livin and it aint thinkin about the end
(We’re too busy tryin to have some fun)
Flyin high above the houses lookin just like toys
(tiny creatures with their tiny toys)
Everything is smooth and easy high above all the noise)

(little tiny creatures clinging to the earth never understanding what their lives are worth)
(floating in the blackness of the universe, crying with laughter on the bright blue earth)
(You may think that I don’t think it means a thing bein a tiny creature in the heart of spring)

Tiny Creatures, Tiny creatures, it’s all good
(Ahhhhh)

Tiny fine creatures floating up into the sun
(tiny creatures, tiny little creatures)
Glidin sly pelicans lookin like they’re havin fun
(Sly pelicans are havin their fun)
It’s just a spark of luck in a time and place we find hard to believe
(A world of magic we find hard to believe)
We are all just tiny creatures livin in a dream
(tiny creatures aren’t as real as they seem)
And if you’re feelin like the world is gonna pass you by
(don’t feel the world is gonna pass you by)
We are all just tiny creatures hanging on for the ride

(little tiny creatures clinging to the earth never understanding what their lives are worth)
(floating in the blackness of the universe, crying with laughter on the bright blue earth)
(You may think that I don’t think it means a thing bein a tiny creature in the heart of spring)

Tiny Creatures, Tiny creatures, it’s all good
(Ahhhhh)
Track Name: Just One Day
Chicken On the fire, sweet cherry wine, my oh my I wish you were mine.
You’re so pretty you’re so sweet shufflin with me down the street
But now your gone, gone away from me
Yeah you're gone oh babe, though I knew you just one day

Dancin' by the fire while I play my guitar
I put it down just to join you a while
Driftin' away, fallin' down in the sand
I pulled you down with me when I took your hand
But you're gone, gone away from me
(Gone gone hurts me to my soul have you ever felt this way before
Gone gone hurts me to soul have you ever loved this way?)
Yeah, you're gone, oh babe, though I knew you just one day
(Gone gone hurts me to my soul have you ever felt this way before
Gone gone hurts me to soul have you ever loved this way?)
Will I find another just as sweet?
(Will i find another as sweet could have been the one for me
Hope you feel the same, I know you feel the same, yeah i know you feel the same)
You're on my mind, oh babe, though I knew you just one day
(Gone gone hurts me to my soul have you ever felt this way before
Gone gone hurts me to my soul have you ever loved this way?)
Track Name: She Won't Be His Wife
She Laid him down, never let him go
Older than him she gets the young boy to roll
SHe can't get enough, rolls til the mornin sun
He can't get enough rolls til the day is done
Most young girls, the same, older girls play no games

Sees a young girl givin' him a sweet smile
Gives it a try, it might be worth his while
Cross hangs down her breast, nature takes care of the rest
Says everybody wins, you can confess your sins
And come clean again to see me next weekend

Every day's the same he needs to spice up his life
No need to waste time, he knows she won't be his wife
Track Name: The Long Haul
Steppin outside, feelin might low
Look up at the sky, somebody's tryin to let me know
God is watching over me, watching over me

I's gonna leave this town, no place to go
The end of the line with nothin' to show
But God was watching over me, watching over me

I saw a smile on a young boy's face
He stood up and let an old lady have his place
Rumblin' down this broken road, slowly
Gettin' where we had to go

To the preachers in the pulpit, the hustlers on the street
You gotta keep on fightin' when they think they got you beat
God is watching over you, watching over you

We're all caught in a never-ending war
The more we lose we may get ground down for more
A power-hungry greedy fool's got nothin' else to do
And all their followers of faith
Flexin' muscles to make themselves feel great
The more we fight our bloody war, the bigger pawns we become

Jeanie had a hard life
You could see it in her eyes
She said, "When I had nothin', one thing kept me alive"
God was watchin' over me, watchin' over me
Yeah God is watching over me, watchin' over me
Track Name: Watching Over Us
Fallin down and jumpin up and headin on our way, I never missed a day

A pat on the back, I brace myself for a slap right in the face
But while the fakers fade away jonny’ll be here to stay
Cause I’m in it for the long haul

The world is getting more and more like one big corporation spreadin like a virus
The same few voices are prattling all there lies
We need something to inspire us
Our backs are getting close to the wall in due time we’re heading for a fall
If we aint in it for the long haul

History aint made by the voices claiming victory today
Cause in due time where gonna pass it down the line even if it happens too late
Yeah we’ll bomb ‘em right out of their homes, starve ‘em right down to their bones
They’ve seen it all before, that’s why they’re in it for the long haul.
Track Name: Five Years Down The Road
A lot can change five years down the road
People age, children growin old
You and I, feelin' fine even though we got no place to hide
You and I, feelin' fine even though we got no place in time

Visit friends from times long ago
Some have families some are still alone
Old friends gather 'round to be reflections of the time the do not see
Childhood photos of forgotten men lost in the oceans of our dreams

Why, my friend, ain't you satisfied?
Two friends can walk on side by side
Warm old sun lies by our side, captured in the corners of our eyes
You and I breathe like the wind, on our bicycles we glide on by

Golden valleys, lovers in the mist
A love so strong she knows I can't resist
While I'm dreaming outside, sleeping, underneath the stars and deep black sky
Clawing at my soul these days of old I never knew might pass me by
Track Name: How Am I Supposed to Know
Are we driftin' like fools, takin' what we're given?
Are we hearded like sheep while we try to keep on livin?
You try to justify yoiur spirit deep inside
But it ain't no consolation when you almost lost your mind.

How am I supposed to fight when the fightin takes your life?
How am I supposed to see when the truth is out of sight?
How am I supposed to know how to make a decent life?
Have we all lost our souls are made a sacrifice?
How am I suppposed to try when I gotta live a lie?
When I'm lookin in the mirror but I can't see eye to eye
Yeah how am I supposed to fight, how am i supposed to fight

Why I am supposed to care when a rat race ain't my game
If it boils down to that then it's just a cryin' shame
But I got no one to blame

How am I supposed to know when I've been burned before
Believing in a love that headed out the door?
You we're thrown out in this world where no one's got a clue
The wise men only act like they know the real truth

How am I supposed to know?
Why am I supposed to care?
It's all so complicated and I'm just a simple man.
How am I supposed to know?
How am I supposed to know?
I'm always on the run but I got no place to go
Yeah How am I supposed to know?
Track Name: You Never Changed Your Mind
Yeah I told you I loved you, baby.
You never cared a dime.
When I told you I needed you,
You wouldn't change your mind

You used to hold me soft and sweetly, baby.
Now your heart's as hard as steel
When you told me you were leavin'
Couldn't believe it was real

Love you spring and summer
Love you winter and fall
Love you night and day
Just can't stay away

While I sit here broken-hearted
Every day seems the same
I have to tell you I'm so sorry
I ever knowed your name

Ain't no use in your evil cryin'
Yeah you know you done me wrong
Ain't no use you comin' back
Track Name: The Boogie In My Veins
You know the boogie runs through my veins
You know the boogie runs through my veins
It heals all my wounds, takes away the sorry and pain

Have you ever loved a woman deep down in your soul?
Have you ever loved a woman deep down in your soul?
It's a hard road to travel when you got the boogie down in your bones

I'm so sorry little babe, I'm a headin' back down the road
I'm so sorry little babe, I'm a headin' back down the road
I hope you remember you never let this good man go
I believed in you baby, thought you had a heart of gold