Not So Far From Your Porch Swing

by Knots on a String

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released October 6, 2013

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Knots on a String Minneapolis, Minnesota

Knots on a String serve up an entree of folk with sides of groovy beets. Ghanaian hand drums pepper the plate with saucy stand-up bass, finger lickin' fiddle, buttery guitar, melt-in-your-mouth harmonica, and a serving of simmering vocals to tingle your taste buds. With organic compositions, reheated old favorites, and a healthy helping of humor, enjoy the homegrown buffet of five lively ladies! ... more

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Track Name: Take Me Home I
Western winds blow me home
Show me the way I ought to go
Western wind blow me home
Blow me home to the place I belong

Raging river float me home
Wash me up like your smoothest stones
Raging river float me home
Float me home to the place I belong

Winding road turn me home
Let me roam 'round here no more
Winding road turn me home
Turn me home to the place I belong

Let the song take me home
Let it feed me and keep me warm
Let the song take me home
Take me home to the place I belong
Track Name: Park Bench
I'm watching as their shoes pass
A face there then it moves on past
As I sit here on this park bench for two
But it's just me and the world keeps rolling on

I watched you put your shoes on
Your face turned to an open door
Your candle lights a path just for one
Now it's just me and the world keeps rolling on

There's nothing that I'm bound to
So I'm leaving this park bench behind
I'm walking in a new pair of shoes
'Cause the world's wide and we all keep rolling on
Track Name: What Mama Said
Well two people at a bus stop sitting
Two feet are sore, the other two itching
One's gonna fly like a bird if she can
The other's got the stories of a military man

Oh, what mama said
Oh, mama always said
But mama never said that there'd be so many kinds
And mama never said that they'd all taste sweet sometimes

Imagine if the people just keep on running
Put the past behind so they can see what's coming
Who wouldn't want to run like the wind blows
Stop anytime and head back home

CHORUS

You can tell a lot about a man by his shows
Where he's going and the hoops he's been through
You don't have to be smart to know love
Or believe in the gifts that come from above

CHORUS
Track Name: The King and I
This story is the best I've ever read
Gives me the best kind of goosebumps, playing over and over and over in my head
The queen she traveled widely, the king grew roots into the ground
Their meeting was surprising but no truer love was their to be found

It's a world of trails, which one to follow
Beside each other where the wind blows

This heart is elastic, it makes music stretched so tight between our worlds
Pluck gently these heartstrings they will tremble
Your fingers make them tremble
My lungs fill fully, taste your body in the space around my dreams
No pause in breathing, I'm never really leaving
I'm never really leaving

Your body leaves a shadow on my bed
A space I cannot recreate, I sigh
The miles between us daunt me, they haunt me
Finding how to replace that grey empty space of your imprint on the pillow

It's a world of trails which one to follow
Beside each other where the wind blows

This heart is elastic, it makes music stretched so tight between our worlds
Pluck gently these heartstrings they will tremble
Your fingers make them tremble
My lungs fill fully, taste your body in the space around my dreams
No pause in breathing, I'm never really leaving
I'm never really leaving

Love becomes an endless word
Love becomes the only word

This heart is elastic, it makes music stretched so tight between our worlds
Pluck gently these heartstrings they will tremble
Your fingers make them tremble
My lungs fill fully, taste your body in the space around my dreams
No pause in breathing, I'm never really leaving
I'm never really leaving
Track Name: Our Own Story
Oh, the silence
Breaks and falls
We stop short
When the raven calls

Oh, the wind
Follows the sun
The light recedes
And we are one

We tell our own story
We sing our own song
We walk our own rhythm
But to each other we all belong

Upon the mountain
Atop the world
Your wisdom bellows
We can't be heard

Oh, remember
We caught the stars
You told the story
Of how good we are

We tell our own story
We sing our own song
We walk our own rhythm
But to each other we all belong

Morning's peaceful
As we descend
Oh, what's coming
Around the bend

We tell our own story
We sing our own song
We walk our own rhythm
But to each other we all belong
Track Name: Ship at Sea
The ship's been at the port for days
I just want to sail away
No matter how close I am to home
I still feel this lonesome low

And when you learn to love
Save a little piece of your heart so you can float above
And love won't bring you down

I should have heard the whole story
Of the Golden Vanity
For I'm sinking in lonesome sea
I'm sinking in lonesome sea

And when you learn to love
Save a little piece of your heart so you can float above
And love won't bring you down

I think I need somebody else
Cause I can't find it in myself
Track Name: You're a Queen
You're a queen, you're beautiful
You may say I'm a rambler but I'm not the only one
Your wild heart will take you places I have never gone
Oh, I have never gone

And if I could I surely would carve these words into your keys
So every note you played would sing your praises

You're in between
You're neither here nor there
You're looking for your home but you heart is everywhere
Looking for your home but your heart is everywhere
Your heart is everywhere

And if I could I surely would carve these words into your keys
So every note you played would sing your praises

You're a queen, you're beautiful
You may say I'm a rambler but I'm not the only one
Your wild heart will take you places I have never gone
Oh, I have never gone
Track Name: Where I Go
You tap uneven rhythms with the middle finger of your left hand
You tightly grasp your notebook as if the words would escape and reveal something bad
And I wonder what you're thinking way up here above the clouds
Where the humming of our movement is so numbing and so loud

And all these people, in all these places
Travel together through all these spaces
But no one seems go where I go
No one seems to go where I go

You eye my slice of pizza as if you haven't eaten in four long days
You light your cigarette and let your smile fade into the haze
And I wonder what you're thinking as we wait along the street
Where the humming of their movement keeps our shoes upon our feet

And all these people, in all these places
Travel together through all these spaces
But no one seems go where I go
No one seems to go where I go
Track Name: Traveler's Lullaby
May the road spread before you as your travel on
May the wind rise to meet you as you travel on
May your friends come to guide you as you travel on
For to travel is to love one and all

May your boat keep a-floating as you travel on
May your wheels keep a-rolling as you travel on
May your feet keep a-strolling as you travel on
For to travel is to love one and all

May good food fill your table as you travel on
May your body be fit and able as you travel on
May your mind keep you stable as you travel on
For to travel is to love one and all

May your words flow freely as you travel on
May your home be all that you see as you travel on
And may you slumber sweetly as you travel on
For to travel is to love one and all
Oh, to love is to travel far beyond
Track Name: Take Me Home II
'Cause I write about love but not too much
I write about the road, but not the sun
I write about the candle that burns for one
Take me home where I belong

Living in the city, life is tough
A million people but it's not enough
I've moved around now but the road's still rough
Take me home where I belong

Got no money to pay my bills
Got a will to work now, but I ramble still
Gotta settle down to get my fill
Take me home where I belong

Daddy used to tell me, "Life ain't fair"
I don't wanna sit down, but I want my chair
Can't find my place, oh, in the open air
Take me home where I belong