Carolina

by Tom Butler

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1.
Carolina 02:39
Sweet Carolina I'm coming to find ya I'm coming to make your hills my home I heard the people Love the steeples I heard the love is overgrown Oh oh Carolina How far did you go? Oh oh Carolina How far did you go? Oh oh Carolina How did you go? I don't know Sweet Smokey Mountains With your beautiful fountains I'm coming to make you mine With your fields of cotton Right for the harvest I guess I'm coming at the right time
2.
What's this apartment with a broken car and what happened to my plans? Where did my time go? And where did you go again? Well I emptied the closet of all my boxes and found my precious things I grabbed all my books I took one last look I found grief It's in these times that I find I really had a chance But I will sit and take it And make it to the best I can It's in these times that I find I really had a chance But I will sit and take it And make it to the best I can I walked in the driveway then I got on the highway and found my strength again in the music playing with the songs we sang back then And at the station I was growing impatient Remembered the words that you said Don't be quick with your words No one's feelings should hurt Be a friend Repeat Chorus I was driving through Portland I was headed north to Find myself again It was there with there with my heart All broken apart Abandoned It was right where I left it On the stone you slept in It bears your maiden name And now I remember why I Promised to never love again
3.
My Wings 04:09
The river Runs slow But if it weren't dry Then I wouldn't even try to go The S-Curves The banks I took all the turns And my lessons were learned and paid And if I had the chance I would do it all again One more down in the middle One more down for me I can't fly that high yet But soon they'll see These skies are mine These are my wings And I was made to fly And I found My way But if it weren't for maps Then I'd be looking back today My Shoes Have lost hope How can I walk If I didn't have a soul And if I could change I would make my steps Just a little bit longer, Just a little bit longer Repeat Chorus
4.
Hello brother It's good to hear your voice on the phone How is your life? How is your life on the boat? And he said to me it's fine Becoming one with the tide You're driftin' on the sea And no And no no you don't need a line And you were lost On the white caps and the breeze Don't you know that this came at the best time for me I call out your name I can't hear so I scream Lost the best world to be Hello my friend How I wish you were here To talk to me You can take the wheel, you can take the wheel You can take the wheel and steer And follow back My pathway clear And start before the fall Before time, before time put me here
5.
Rule The Sea 04:08
A little boy looks out as the air gets colder Father stands behind with his hands on his shoulders Said it'll be great when you're a bit older Cause you'll rule the sea And You'll break through the waves with the strength of the strong Moving all day, just moving along All the other ships will sing this song Cause I will rule the sea Yeah I will rule the sea All the waves will look to me And after the Sound has gone to sleep I'll be there to rule sea We'll jump from mountain, from peak to peak And the less we'll say, and the less we'll speak The more we'll gain and the more we'll keep Yeah once we've reached the shore And in my years I've kept that boat That got me to this bordering coast Land of the free where we'll live the most Yeah once we've reached the shore
6.
Constancy 03:17
You are my one truth My constancy Providing living proof Of happy living And I stand next to you In everything Knowing when I choose I'm still returning home And I know I'm returning from far away And do you still remember my name Fortunately I follow my heart However hollowed from the years And the fears that overcame I made it home I made it home You saw light in me And made to show it Despite the disbelief You ignored it A light for all to see You explored it Returned my heart to me And you returned it now
7.
Angels 03:33
It was the first time I watched a man die It wasn't like I thought it would be It was the first time I heard that kind of cry No All the angels will come down Carry you home It was the first time That I sang to the sky I never thought I would And it was the first time That I truly cried Because I finally Understood
8.
Song for You 03:46
If I could say a string of words That would turn your head Cause you understood Then I would say them now But maybe this time I'll go it alone But I'd much rather have you coming Coming along with me right now So I wrote a song For you At least it saved me It kept me on My way through To being To being me You never knew And I never told The secrets I keep That now grow old And how about I tell you now The happiness that I feel with you Is too hard to explain There's nothing to compare it to How does that sound?
9.
Baskets of shells and rain for days The ocean smell and running from the waves Back inside where the fire burns And into the night the story turns The house where I was born Doesn't exist there anymore How I long to return How I long to explore Everything from the house to the shore How I long to return Even through intermission I'm running hard I'm found in this position I've dropped my guard The summers were warm, so we'd go outside And the grass is torn from seasons time

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released November 1, 2008

Music and Lyrics by Richard Thomas Vail Butler (ASCAP)
Recording was tracked at 29th Street Studios in Salt Lake City
Recording Engineer - Ben Sorenson

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Tom Butler is an independent singer songwriter. Currently, Tom Butler is living and working in Seattle, WA.

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