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by Thomas Gardner Jr.

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released September 2, 2014

Music and lyrics by Thomas Gardner Jr. "California Moon" lyrics by Thomas Gardner Jr. and Callie Ray. Produced by Thomas Gardner Jr. Mixed and mastered by Matt Mondrick. Upright bass played by Justin Joyce. Piano on "Lady of the Wood" played by Taylor "Tay" Kinney. Photography by Desiree Stone and Ari Davidson. Design by Jeni Kozicky. Cover model: Lissy Smith. Special thanks to Thomas Gardner Sr., Jessica Gardner, Nicholas David Brandt, Jordan Christian Hearn, and Steve Gray.

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Thomas Gardner Jr. Los Angeles, California

I write songs on my GEETAR and sometimes my PIANER. I see the world like Traveling Matt.

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Track Name: California Moon
What is the morning
If you lay there in the sun
And the soothing of a new thing is long gone
What is the evening
If the sleep is all you’ll get
And every day gets longer at the end

Under a California moon
The room turns blue
My amateur heart is a deep reservoir
That you fell into
Oooh under a California Moon

Who are you fooling
If you’re doing all you can
And still can’t seem to keep up interest?
Who are you losing
By confusing love with this?
You may have missed the one should be with

Under a California moon
The room turns blue
My amateur heart is a long boulevard
And its split in two
Oooh under a California moon

Under a California moon
The room turns blue
My amateur heart is a deep reservoir
That you fell into
Oooh under a California Moon
Track Name: Porcelain
Porcelain jar, antique white
Glossy finish with a pattern stripe
Finely crafted, smooth and grand
Slow and steady when it’s in your hands

Time goes by and with it style
Dust the lid once in a while
Used to be the centerpiece
Now it’s a casualty of your stumblin’ feet

You knocked it off the tableside
One hundred pieces scattering
It may have only been one time
But nothing is the same again
Porcelain

Place and fit with super glue
Pretend the cracks look good as new
But months will leave and years will go
Those cracks are always going to show

You knocked it off the tableside
One hundred pieces scattering
It may have only been one time
But nothing is the same again
Porcelain

Time stands still for a moment
As we watch it all plunge
We could pick up the pieces
But the damage is done
So I swept it underneath the rug

You knocked it off the tableside
One hundred pieces scattering
It may have only been one time
But nothing is the same again
Porcelain
Track Name: Lady of the Wood
A long dirt road
Where does it go
Through leafless trees
I see the chimney smoke
A little cabin made of logs
A woman with woven locks
My fingertips go numb as
Visions of her they come and go

Lady of the wood
Are you real or just a dream?
We kiss away the cold
Then you’re leaving with the breeze
Don’t go, don’t go

I searched the lake
I searched the stream
I lit a fire and she came to me
Her dress is glowing bright
Surrounded by the darkest night
Prepared to part with my heart
But she stole my glass soul

Chorus

And now I’m on my own
Wandering the Everwood
And every thousand years or so
She’ll appear and kiss me good
Now I’m all alone
No colored tones
My casing folds
I’m growing old
I’m cold

She’s endlessly taking her time
She’s endlessly taking my time
Track Name: County Line
Intentions were mentioned
Then came all the tension
But we were never meant to stay
We were never meant to stay

She factioned attraction
Said it was a reaction
To the things I wouldn’t say
And it’s a long October day

Stone wall heart covered in vines
Waitin’ on a stranger at the county line
Oh, I go there every night
Waitin’ on a stranger at the county line
Every road gets dark between the streetlights

We were minors with blinders
Not keepers, just finders
And we were never meant to stay
We were never meant to stay

She captured and fractured
The only thing she was after
And then I turned the other way
And it’s a long October day

Chorus x2

You can blame it on the timing
But no one’s ever late at all
To your friends you can vilify me
But we both know it isn’t so
And I can’t spend another night alone

Chorus

Every road gets dark between the streetlights

My phone’s full of lies
My shirt pocket – tears
But it’s time to let go
Of a wasted year
At the county line