Fire and Steam

by Simeon Peebler

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1.
When she looked up To the sky last night She saw our life On a beam of light That left the Earth Countless years ago She wished for Just a little more time To reflect her own light Back to yours and mine So we could see Her light too We are energy beams Transforming to see Evolved to be Our mothers Our fathers Our sisters Our brothers And every distant cousin Every distant cousin She never felt Emptiness of space All she heard was our pale blue note Our spectroscopic face Observing our moment in time Never mind the in-between This cosmic dust Inside us all Will scatter again Like grains of sand In time we will become Solar flares again We are energy beams Transforming to see Evolved to be Our mothers Our fathers Our sisters Our brothers Our mothers Our fathers Our sisters Our brothers And every distant cousin And every distant cousin
2.
04:09
He said I'm just a city guy Holding these bibles by my side I'm determined to get each and every one Into friendly hands He showed me a maze he'd drawn On an old downtown map It was an intricate path Made in the shape of a cross I stopped by the mission They said read the good news They said you can read it for free All I needed was shelter and food All I needed was shelter and food He said he'd give bibles to bums And for a family he'd give two A volunteer to take them all Well, that, that would do I stopped by the mission They said read the good news They said you can read it for free All I needed was shelter and food All I needed was shelter and food And when the bibles were gone And he finished his holy trail He'd go back to the mission Maybe they had a free warm bed I stopped by the mission They said read the good news They said you can read it for free All I needed was shelter and food All I needed was shelter and food All I needed was shelter and food
3.
04:41
I was just a four-year-old boy when I planted my first tree in the backyard on Arbor Day And year after year I watched that oak climb up and up and up and up to the stars I don't remember saying goodbye but I kept a leaf inside the back page of my favorite book I finally came back so many years have passed I wondered if I would ever see my long lost friend I snuck around to the backyard there she was, so much taller right where I remember planting her She was wealthy and strong, full of green leaves home to the birds and abundant things it's good it's good to be here again She said, I remember you She said, I remember you She said, I remember you (She said) I grew toward the light beams while you played and laughed and danced, in orbit in circles around my feet You watered me with rubber hoses worried when the ground was frozen and napped in the shade beneath my arms While I aimed toward the clouds you've grown up tall, my gray-haired man my long lost friend She said, I remember you She said, I remember you She said, I remember you So I threw down my traveling things I whispered some private things and I hugged my tree with all my might I said, I remember you I said, I remember you I said, I remember you
4.
She wears skin tight pants Has jewels on her phone Perfectly tan skin She's never alone Her high-heel shoes They never walk far Always in and out Of high-end cars And the day will come She’ll be too far gone Everything she is Is everything she was Mom can I come home Been living too hard Smokey voice on the phone Vacant house empty yard She packs up her things Keeps checking if it's on Hoping it will ring Boyfriends don't respond And the day will come She’ll be too far gone Everything she is Is everything she was One day a blind man Says she's beautiful She finally sees the poison In all her plastic things No more party selfies No more walks of shame No more pretending That she doesn't have a brain And the day has come When she puts her tennis-shoes on Everything she is Is everything she was Everything she is Is everything she was
5.
All done by remote control Targeting victims of the highest order With the pull of a distant trigger A dozen dead include women and children We found the number two guy All by remote control He said, Don't cross that red line Don't cross that red line Don't cross that red line Who can blame those who are left Picking through remains of the innocent Should they choose a life of revenge Like us they will judge who will live We killed the number two guy All by remote control We killed the number two guy again All by executive order He said, Don't cross that red line Don't cross that red line Don't cross that red line Million dollar drone glides through the air Over here and over there Robots in the sky armed to kill Feel safer now than you did then We killed the number two guy All by remote control We killed the number two guy again All by executive order We crossed that red line We crossed that red line again All by remote control All by remote control
6.
Too many moving parts, too many screens Too many buttons, on the machine Too many options, too many commands Too many features, buried in the sand We must get back to fire and steam We must find our way back to natural things Give me a stick, from the forest tree I'll make a fire, and a bed out of leaves Give me a flowering tree, with fruit I can pull I'll delight in the taste of a real apple We must get back to fire and steam We must find our way back to natural things Give me a sunset, give me a waterfall Give me stormy weather, wake up when the birds call Give me your hand, give me your time Give me your tenderness, and I'll give you mine We must get back to fire and steam We must find our way back to natural things We must get back to fire and steam We're heading back to simpler things
7.
My broken down car has an empty tank I'm alone under this highway sign with too much time to think I know where I am, I know how much this cost On these mountains of asphalt, in these clouds of car exhaust I stand alone on this open road I stand alone on this open road I see you walk toward me, with your head tilted down You got my text for help on your way out of town My hopeful eyes stare longer than they should Your simple nod says more than words ever could We stand alone on this open road We stand alone on this open road Travel with me Travel with me And we'll never be Stranded again Travel with me Travel with me And we'll never be Stranded again Holding your head in my hand, I whisper in your ear Nothing will stop us from getting far away from here I take your hand, I've got what I need The search party won't be looking for you or me Travel with me on the open road Travel with me on the open road Travel with me Travel with me And we'll never be Stranded again Travel with me Travel with me And we'll never be Stranded again
8.
I've been in the river during the storm Water is rising, raindrop and booms My canoe is slowly filling up with rain Too far from the shore, I paddle in vain So I guess I'll have to learn how to swim So I guess I'll have to learn how to swim The water is rising, it's time to begin So I guess I'll have to learn...how to swim The doctor said gently with her hand on my shoulder It's not good news, but it's a risk when you're older She showed me the plan to battle my new rival I told her I was ready to fight for survival So I guess I'll have to learn how to swim So I guess I'll have to learn how to swim The water is rising, it's time to begin So I guess I'll have to learn...how to swim One day I found you broken, alone in your room You were fading in the dark, broken, full of doom You feel the under tow, it's pulling you down This is not how you deserve to be found So I guess you'll have to learn how to swim So I guess you'll have to learn how to swim The water is rising, it's time to begin So I guess you'll have to learn... So I guess you'll have to learn how to swim So I guess you'll have to learn how to swim The water is rising, it's time to begin So I guess you'll have to learn...how to swim
9.
(free) 04:19
He never gave up He never gave up He never gave up On the long road to freedom Have courage when you face fear Inspire hope where you meet despair Sharpen your mind when you get knocked down If things fall apart, don’t let go of the peace in your heart He never gave up He never gave up He never gave up On the long road to freedom He never gave up He never gave up He never gave up On the long road to freedom He fought the laws of the land Until towering white cliffs crumbled to sand Permanently stained with blood and tears There's enough hope left to carry us past those years He never gave up He never gave up He never gave up On the long road to freedom It took a hero to fight the breaking waves It took someone willing to give up everything It took courage from every side Truth and reconciliation turned the tide He never gave up He never gave up He never gave up On the long road to freedom He never gave up He never gave up He never gave up On the long road to freedom Have courage when you face fear Inspire hope where you meet despair Sharpen your mind when you get knocked down If things fall apart, never let go of the peace in your heart Never let go Never let go Never let go Of the peace in your heart Never let go Never let go Never let go Of the peace in your heart He never gave up He never gave up He never gave up On the long road to freedom He never gave up He never gave up He never gave up On the long road to freedom
10.
04:53
I've been on bridges like the Golden Gate That carry a thousand cars, trucks and freight I've been on bridges on long country roads That creak as you walk, ‘cause they’re rickety and old I've been on bridges over rivers and land Built by steel workers or by saw, nail and hand But no bridge I can find On this long road of mine Will carry me this time I'll have to take the long way around All these bridges are falling down All these bridges are falling down I've been on bridges covered by ocean's spray That kept my high above the dangerous waves I've been on a bridge with locks lining a fence A destination not a path to an end I've been on bridges that helped me make it home That carried my burdens when I could not take them on But no bridge I can find On this long road of mine Will carry me this time I'll have to take the long way around All these bridges are falling down All these bridges are falling down I'll build it up with wood and clay I'll build it up with iron and steel I'll build it up with silver and gold It's up to me to build the bridge I need We will build the bridge we need... We'll build it up with wood and clay We'll build it up with iron and steel We'll build it up with silver and gold It's up to us to build the bridge we need We will build the bridge we need We will build the bridge we need We will build the bridge we need

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Simeon "Simon" Peebler's third album, folk-inspired rock, recorded with a legendary cast of performers over the past two years at Kingsize Sound Labs in Chicago.

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released October 2, 2017

All songs written by Simeon Peebler

Recorded by John Abbey at Kingsize Sound Labs, Chicago, Illinois

Performers:

John Abbey
Gerald Dowd
Rachel Drew
Shelley Miller
Dave Nelson
Simeon Peebler
Scott Stevenson

Cover art by Jose Feliciano

I dedicate this album to Hercules. Special thanks to Kirsten, Luke, Mom and Dad, and all my friends and family who have supported my musical adventures in Chicago and beyond over the years. I owe so much gratitude to the players on this album and the amazing collaboration with John Abbey to get this thing finished. Additional specific thanks: Steve Dawson, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Andrew Calhoun, The Chicago Acoustic Underground, Folk Alliance International, Lamb's Retreat, and all the people in my life who actively support, program, and embrace independent music. Thank you for supporting me, this album, and for taking the time to listen to these new songs.

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Songwriter Simeon "Simon" Peebler lives in Chicago and he won't stop writing songs.

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