All Is Well

by Roy Peak

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1.
Okolona 04:18
(For the folks back home in the Okolona area of Louisville, Kentucky) A zero crossing points to now and back then Wake those dead memories and make them beg All those streets all these houses but no friends Wander back into the skull of your zombie head Okolona's far away Space and time are outta phase And there's nowhere you are safe Okolona The quarry's filled and the stars they've all changed And the sounds that are filling up this town are rearranged No time to cross another sin off of your list Disenchanted disillusionment and dissed Okolona's far away Space and time is just a phrase Like killing time and being saved Okolona Seeing trouble doesn't help--you just see red Skate away into the night where there's no bed The words are written in your blood on the wall How much pain in this world have you caused? Okolona's far away Space and time is just a phase Where nothing matters anyway Okolona's far away Space and time are outta phase And there's no where to escape Okolona 09-2007
2.
Ohio 05:29
(A song about a state of mind) It wasn't all that long ago I was crawling down the interstate I had a smile on my face I was full of bile and hate All I needed was shelter Somewhere to clear my head Don't ya know I turned right back around When I saw the sign ahead Ohio---Ohio--- If I had my way baby I'd never go back to you Ohio---Ohio--- If I had my way darlin' I'd never go back to you When we kissed by Lake Erie I never felt so high But when you started running 'round I truly wanted to die Some love is meant to be Others better left unsaid Our love was high in the middle And it was round on both ends Ohio---Ohio--- If I had my way baby I'd never go back to you Ohio---Ohio--- If I had my way darlin' I'd never go back to you There we were at the edge of the world And you’re begging me to come back Close my eyes and spin around One step forward and six steps back And if I find myself on 75 Heading south towards Toledo I'd rather drive back around the world Yeah, I'm taking the long way home Ohio---Ohio--- If I had my way baby I'd never go back to you Ohio---Ohio--- If I had my way darlin' I'd never go back to you No, I'll never go back to you 06-11-2009
3.
(Inspired from a conversation with Craig Spirko about Buddy Holly) I'm sitting on the runway Here at Clear Lake The snow is still falling And I’m grinding my teeth I've got ten bags of laundry And my guitar in the back Flyin' all the way to Fargo While the sky is still black Not sure how I got here With my eyes full of stars Singing one song after another How did I get this far Feels like I've been snow blind For weeks on end I miss those quiet mornings And the warmth of your skin The way you'd correct me And change my mind You talk about starting a family I think we still got time All I ever needed Was to be your man And I promise to call you Once this bird lands I'm sitting on the runway Here at Clear Lake The pilot guns the engine And lets off the brake What if I was to die tonight And leave you this way I bet you'd never forgive me That'll be the day I'd love to close my eyes and sleep But this plane's too loud But if I could I'd dream of a sunrise And a pair of brown eyes Oh just to see one more sunrise And your lovely eyes 02-2009
4.
(Dedicated to Molly, Eleanor, and Salley of the fine band Underhill Rose) She took a walk didn’t know where to go Took off her shoes in the snow Kept her face to the sun Kept a song inside her heart to keep her warm She kept a song She kept a song Inside her heart to keep her warm------ She dug that hole with her bare hands Buried that heart she didn’t own Buried it deep beneath the snow Left it cold alone and forsaken on Underhill Rose She kept her heart She kept her heart Buried deep beneath the snow------- When you’ve got enough desire and dreams You can set fire to anything The pillows were piled high on her bed The flames licked the ceiling while he slept Softer, softer he cries And dreams about those deep green eyes He dies again every time she goes To bury that heart on Underhill Rose He dies again He dies again Every time she goes------- She keeps her heart She keeps her heart Buried deep beneath the snow------- She kept a song She kept a song Inside her heart to keep her warm------ 05-25-2012
5.
It's better Oh so better To be the bride Running thru the door After changing her mind It's better Far far better To be the bride Than the one she left behind Cast aside Into the wind I hear you talk in your sleep Speak in tongues Wanna move away Old friends you never see And those promises There are things you'll never tell There are things I'll never ask I tried not to learn anything today It's better Oh so better She said to me--she said to me It's better A far far better thing I do When sometimes If I don't say I love you I won’t say I love you 11-2005
6.
Broken 02:35
Fix me Now that I’m broken Show me What it is that I'm missing Tell me All the secrets I adore Since I swam upon the shores Of this life When you Are far away from answers How will You dream without tomorrow When there's No chance of a future And nothing here to hold you down That matters to your heart anymore Kiss me When it's dark and you're leaving Miss me As much as you allow Tell me What it is I wanna hear 'Cuz the only thing I fear Is right now Fix me Now that I'm broken... 06-25-2009
7.
(A modern day fable) There he stands In his ill-fitting shirt Wishing that the phone was still working He opens the window Looks out at the trees Notices that the birds are not flying He walks outside As the sun drops And all the colors fade before his eyes And it’s a long long way somewhere in the distance And it’s a much longer drive back home Where she waits all alone for his answer But the birds will not fly to her tonight He has no voice And the birds just stare He tries to shake them loose from their branches He wraps cold chains Around his wrists Pulls with all his might while lightning flashes And the shadows from the birds are not their own The shadows from the birds are not their own She puts out the phone One hand to her ear And somewhere in the distance a tree crashes Somewhere in the distance a tree crashes Somewhere in the distance a tree crashes Somewhere in the distance… 11-02-2010
8.
Black River 03:19
(Inspired by the book and film documentary "Wisconsin Death Trip") There’s two feet of snow Outside of Black River And Henry’s layin’ on the tracks again He’s waitin’ on the train To take him away Oh, to feel its breath on his face The last time he saw her She held a gun and her bible Trying to keep the devil at bay Her name was Marina And they’ll never find her body Her bare footprints stopped dead in the snow The devil took her is all he’d say I saw them in the full moon and gave chase The devil’s voice held me still I heard him from the hill If I can’t have you no one will The train comes to a stop Outside of Black River Henry opens his eyes and cries They pull him to his feet And drag him away And the devil watches from the train The devil smiles from the train… 09-07-2010
9.
Teach Me 03:50
(Partly inspired by the short story "The Body Politic" by Clive Barker) We can talk in bed But it wouldn’t be the same We could change our tone But the meanings rearranged We can talk until more than just our words Are intertwined You can teach me and I can learn You can teach me and I can learn Oh baby Remember way back when And we only told the truth We looked at the future But we only saw the stars Oh baby what will it be like When the whole world is ours You can teach me and I can learn You can teach me and I can learn Oh baby Oh baby what will it be like Imagine the whole wide World Is Ours Oh baby 06-11-2012
10.
(A love song) I tell ya things haven't been the same Since I found out that's not her real name She's such a mean girl But she's all I got She calls me up and calls me lover Then hides the condoms when I come over Such a mean girl But she's all I got Keeps insisting 1 and 1 is 3 'cuz she don't care about society Says she loves me just to get her way Says she doesn't mean it but she's open to sway She's such a mean ---- mean, mean girl Washes the dishes and fixes a drink Leaves her panties in the kitchen sink I think I'm starting to believe her lies She once kissed a man just to watch him die She's a mean girl But she's all I got Such a mean girl And she's all I got My strength is fading, I'm not that tough You can all have her, I've had enough I beg for mercy, please give it a rest She sharpens her nails and takes off her dress She's such a mean ---- mean, mean girl I tell ya things'll never be the same I only got myself to blame She's a mean girl But she's all I want Such a mean girl And she's all I want She's all I want My mean, mean girl 07-20-2009
11.
Inside Out 02:42
There's a crack in the world But the world's still spinning Sometimes so fast You can see what's coming That's when I close my eyes And wish for patience And all the courage I can stand Cuz it's a perfect day As long as I'm breathing I'm not lyin' I'm just dreamin' You gotta hide what you are To get what you want That's not thinking That's scheming There's a crack in the world And the world is bleeding I wanna turn it Inside out I wanna turn it Inside out All the birds on the wires Sit side by side And when there's thunder They scatter 12-12-2009
12.
All Is Well 04:52
(Another fable) Everyday we become someone new All the trials we face we're bound to lose And all our steps are meant to fail Every night I put my head to rest Not sure how much strength I have left But I know all is well Cuz I might die before I wake And not have to face another day Yeah, I know all is well I know all is well Me and Death went for a walk We both held hands and how we talked But then she turned to me and said: "I hope to never see you again I pray you can understand But you're just not a very good friend I know you love me but let me go There's so much more that you should know" And then she kissed me for the last time Then Death walked away from me And as far as she's concerned She'll never--never come back But I know all is well Cuz I won't live forever Yeah I know all is well I know all is well Every night I put my thoughts to rest Not sure how much pain is left But I know all is well Cuz I might die before I wake If she takes pity on my fate And I'll feel her embrace Yeah, I know all is well I know all is well 03-15-2009 9 am

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The debut album All Is Well is a punkish folk-rock tromp through twelve songs about love, death, and birds.
www.roypeak.com/alliswell/ for more info.

Copyright Music For Monsters BMI 2014

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released December 2, 2014

Engineered and produced by Roy Peak at Radical Recording, Jacksonville, Florida 2007 to 2014

All guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, noises, vocals by Roy Peak except for some excellent
contributions by these fine people:

Sean Jones -- drums on Bride, Somewhere
“That Damn Beau” Halton -- drums on Ohio, Clear Lake, Mean Girl
Craig Spirko -- mandolin on Bride
Thommy Berlin -- lead guitar on Ohio
Mike Pearson -- lead guitar on Somewhere, Mean Girl
Robin Soergel -- accordion on Broken, harmonies on Inside Out, Underhill, and Teach Me
Lauren Fincham -- harmonies on Ohio, All Is Well
Terry Whitehead -- harmonies on Okolona, Bride, All Is Well
Tamara Colonna -- harmonies on Ohio, Clear Lake, Bride, Black River, Mean Girl, All Is Well
Mark Williams -- lead acoustic guitar on Teach Me and Underhill, harmonies on Underhill, Somewhere, and All Is Well

Front cover photo by Clay Junell

Released by Music for Monsters #MFM1499

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Roy Peak Jacksonville, Florida

Roy Peak has played electric bass in more bands than he cares to remember for more years than he can remember.
He wrote the theme song for the radio show "Hey You Kids, Get Off My Lawn" on WPNR-FM.

His debut album, All Is Well, has been called "A punkish folk-rock tromp through twelve songs about love, death, and birds."
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