Follow the River Bend

by Simeon Peebler

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Thanks for checking out my first album, Follow the River Bend. Getting this music out there is fulfilling a life-long dream! Thank you for your time -- I hope you will support this, at least Like it and Tweet it, and Share it with friends. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments! Please visit www.simeonpeebler.com for the latest updates and more music! Be sure to check out my more recent releases on Bandcamp and my website.

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released November 1, 2011

Words and Music by Simeon Peebler

Engineered by Rick Riggs

Recorded at Handwritten Recording. Chicago, IL.

Special thanks: to Kirsten, Luke and Hercules -- for supporting and encouraging this project at all times and always the right times; to my friends for listening to rough mixes and coming out to see me at the Chicago Songsalive! Showcase; and to Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music for helping me become a better songwriter.

Cover photograph and design by Simeon Peebler
(Pictured: the Chicago River on the Belmont Street bridge)

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

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Track Name: Sunshine
Star light, oh star light, I can barely see
Star light, oh star light, you're not enough for me

Moon beam, oh moon beam, don't you know
Moon beam, my moon beam, I can't take your glow

And I go inside for another day
Waiting For sunshine to come my way

Cloudy skies, oh cloudy skies, why are you here
Cloudy skies, oh cloudy skies, you're what I feared

Rain drops, oh sweet rain drops, makes me feel worse
Rain drops, oh rain drops, you don't quench my thirst

And I go inside for another day
Waiting For sunshine to come my way

Sunshine, please come to me
Sunshine, you're what I need

Sunlight...thank God you're here

Sunlight...pour down on me
Pour down on me
Pour down on me
Pour down on me

And I stay outside all day long
I follow her light until she’s gone
Track Name: Follow the River Bend
See the canoe man
Follow the river bend
Under the concrete and steel bridge
The winter chill disappears
Murky waters, ripples of blue-grey sky
Background rumble of the city grind

Lean over the water, to get the most light
Take a deep breath, Spring is here
Lean over the water, to get the most light
Take a deep breath, Spring is here

Ripples round man-made rocks
Pathway to the shore
Caution sign, tiny words
Dog prints in the mud
Few dead leaves still on the branches
Left over from heaven

Lean over the water, to get the most light
Take a deep breath, Spring is here
Lean over the water, to get the most light
Take a deep breath, Spring is here

Follow the river bend
Follow the river bend
Follow the river bend
Follow the river bend
Track Name: Never Stopped
Never mind the things that we said
Let's start back on page one
Rewind back to the start
Reset our hearts with this switch
I found on the wall of your room

And I close my eyes when you close yours
Imagine what I'll find on page two
After we rewrite page one
Ink's dark from the pressure of our hearts
Still nothing can erase the past

And I never stopped
And you never stopped
Even when we did
And you never stopped
And I never stopped
Even when the world did

Never mind the odds seem stacked
Starting over's not starting new
Page three comes easier for us still
Our little story won't end just yet
No matter what happened before

And I never stopped
And you never stopped
Even when we did

And I never stopped
And you never stopped
Even when we did
And you never stopped
And I never stopped
Even when the world did
Track Name: No Voice
No voice
Not heard
Un known
Back room

Look away
Polite afraid
Why walk away?
Something to say?

I am here
Hear me speak
In a thousand ways
More than you think
With barely a sound
Look at what I can say
Open your eyes and
Hear me

No fancy words
A simple nod
A nervous smile
Words take a while

When everything
Seems normal at first
For me it's
Climbing Everest

I am here
Hear me speak
In a thousand ways
More than you think
With barely a sound
Look at what I can say
Open your eyes and
Hear me

I am here
Hear me speak
In a thousand ways
More than you think
With barely a sound
Look at what I can say
Open your eyes and
Hear me
Track Name: Oil's Done Come
Grab the ropes, let’s dock the boat
We got no fish today
The oil’s done come, that well blew us to hell
Come on, let’s send the men home

A hundred storms, we’ve steered through
Could fish another day
The oil’s done come, done what no storm’s ever done
Come on, let’s send the men home

Help us, they asked and paid
We tried to clean for days
The oil’s done come, most of it’s still there
Come on, let's send the men home

We’ll rebuild, but our hope is dim
It’ll cost us dearly
The oil’s done come, big business was won
Come on, let’s send the men home

Grab the ropes, let’s dock the boat
We got no fish today
The oil’s done come, that well blew us to hell
We'll stay, this is our home
Track Name: Company Man
On the Street, another Tweet
Pulling strings, or other things
Doing it for the home team
God bless the Company Man

Shaking hands, behind our backs
Building cred, taking our stash
Doing it for the bonus plan
God bless the Company Man

Fundraiser ends, proxy vote in
Congressman does it all for him
Doing it in time for Q4
God bless the Company Man

Dignity damned, budget scraped
Women and children get the empty plate
Doing it for a little higher share
God bless the Company Man

One day he's let go, downsized he's been told
Sacrificed, for the dream
So he's been told
God help the Company Man

God help the Company Man
Track Name: On the Train
I'm on the train
See the city outside
Feel the city in here

I must have dozed off
Did I miss my stop?
On this evening train

I see my reflection
On the dirty window
And that's when it all came clear

I don't know who I am
Don't know where I'm going
Don't know where I'm from
Don't know nothing at all
I know one thing
I'm on the train

Just a few people left
All makin' their way home
At least you're next to me

Do you know who I am?
You know where we're going?
You know what year this is?

You grin at first
Play along for moment
Sorry, you're a stranger to me

I don't know who I am
Don't know where I'm going
Don't know where I'm from
Don't know nothing at all
I know one thing
I'm on the train

Some clues in my pocket
As I read what's in my wallet
Maybe this ID will help

I see a familiar face
Still can't really place it
This belongs to someone else

The train stops again
And the others get off
I'm the last to go

I don't know who I am
Don't know where I'm going
Don't know where I'm from
Don't know nothing at all
I know one thing
I'm on the train

The train finally stops
As the night descends
The door's the last thing I see

As my life comes to an end
And I step off the train
Maybe somebody'll recognize me
Track Name: Stand
I can run
I can hide
I can pretend
I'm not alive

I can stand
I can live
I can learn
to love again

I can stand
I can live
I can learn
to love again
Track Name: Goodbye
Through the window, waving hands
Honk the horn, long drive ahead
Homesick before I turn
To the highway
Follow the road, to Chicago
Where I'll go back, to my life
And write a letter
To thank you for everything

I said, I'll see you soon
Was this the last time?
I should have said goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, forever goodbye

Sitting at work, doing their work
Wondering if everyone else
Feels light years from the
Ones they love
Rent is late, bills pile up
Focus now, to survive somehow
Slowly my memory of you fades
To a nearly empty white page

I said, I'll see you soon
Was this the last time?
I should have said goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, forever goodbye

We were family, and we were friends
But the future all depends
On when where and how
We see each other again
Last words spoken, last to remember
Last thing we did, or never did
And that's what bothers me
More than anything

I said, I'll see you soon
Was this the last time?
I should have said goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, forever goodbye
Forever goodbye
Forever goodbye
Forever goodbye
Track Name: All it Takes
All it takes is
One word
One hope
One thing
To keep our heads up high

All it takes is
A simple goal
A simple need
A simple mold
To keep ourselves in line

All it takes is
A family of friends
A family of one
A family of those
Who keep us doing the right thing

Let's be careful with our time here
Because we don't have forever

All it takes is
A moment to falter
A moment to pause here
A moment to lose it all
At the wrong place
At the wrong time

All it takes is
Pick yourself up
Pick up the end
Pick up your friends
Cause they'd do it for you

All it takes is
Believe in yourself
Believe in your friends
Believe there's good
in all those who have been

All it takes is
One word
One hope
One thing
To keep our heads up high