California Avenue

by Marc Silver

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released June 14, 2012



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Marc Silver Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Marc Silver is living proof that singer/songwriters don’t need to shout outrageously shocking lyrical lines in order to attract well-deserved attention…His confessional songs draw you in, rather than drag you along… a truly noteworthy artist that walks quietly, but carries a big gift.” Dan MacIntosh, [Spin]

Marc works as a solo artist, and with his Bluegrass/Americana Band The Stonethrowers.
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Track Name: California Avenue
California Avenue

Once I was the man in three-piece suit locked in my walls
A beast in me shadowed every way I’d crawl
In my heart I knew there was no escape I had no command
I was at the whim of all the flowing winds

I left there in a fright having no idea where I’d come to land
But where I did I found myself a stranger there.
I woke up in a gutter on the cold hard curb feeling out of luck
Nothing was around just a streetlight buzzed

Passing through the alleyways & the lamp lit street of the empty town
All the vacant houses really got me down
I wandered on like an old stray dog to the ocean view
California avenue

I looked out on the road saw the sun go down over ocean
A single star was hanging with the moon
I was telling stories to the sun and rain while out on the run
A solemn soul out in the night to roam

The coolness of the night lay down a cold damp chill over the coastal road
I walked a mile my thumb held high my story goes
I left behind me all the times I’d fallen down and fell out of love
Memories out on the breeze till I am dust
Track Name: Every Knot
Every Knot

I can see the railroad tracks,
bend around the burnt out leaves of autumn
Awakened where all time is lost,
broken on the ballasts where I’m walking
A picture of a mile measured two feet at a time, on the sleepers
Motion is sedated
just the slow burn of the sun lay on my shoulders

Sensations in my solitude, lead me to reflect upon my travels
All the roads that I have come from,
the people that I’ve met as live unravels
The blessings in a laugh are like,
the rising of a wave in level waters
They call us on our wandering to revel in our gifts as life turns autumn

And in my mind I know there’s a reason
And in my heart I know there’s a road
As the light is getting closer and my bodies growing old
Every knot gets harder to unfold

As cries turn into rain and haze
will fill my mind with worried lies and burden
I know that there will be sun again,
to keep the pastures green and flowers growing
Steps that we move forward leave new one in our past,
as we ramble
To think of how we’ve found our way,
through valleys and through pain, days of grandeur
Track Name: Rockin' Chair
Hang around, Willie boy Don't you raise the sails anymore
It's for sure, I've spent my whole life at sea
And I'm pushin' age seventy three
Now there's only one place that was meant for me

Oh, to be home again Down in Old Virginny
With my very best friend They call him 'Ragtime Willie'
We're gonna soothe away the rest of our years
We're gonna put away all of our tears
That big rockin' chair won't go nowhere
Slow down, Willie boy Your heart's gonna give right out on you
It's true, and I believe I know what we should do
Turn the stern and point to shore The seven seas won't carry us no more

Oh, to be home again Down in Old Virginny
With my very best friend They call him 'Ragtime Willie'
I can't wait to sniff that air Dip'n snuff, I won't have no care
That big rockin' chair won't go nowhere
Hear the sound, Willie boy The flyin' Dutchman's on the reef
It's my belief, we've used up all our time This hill's to steep to climb
And the days that remain ain't worth a dime

Oh, to be home again Down in Old Virginny
With my very best friend They call him 'Ragtime Willie'
Would a been nice just to see the folks
Listen once again to the stale jokes
That big rockin' chair won't go nowhere

I can hear somethin' callin' on me And you know where I want to be
Oh Willie don't you hear that sound (oh to be home again)
……………………….. down in Old Virginny
I just want to get my feet back on the ground (Oh to be home again)
……………………….. down in Old Virginny
I'd love to see my very best friend (with my very best friend)
They call him 'Ragtime Willie'
I believe old rockin chair's got me (oh to be home again)
Track Name: All I'm Thinking Of Is You
All I’m Thinking Of Is You

Tonight I wonder what your doing
Can’t help but wish that you were here
While you’re out there with acting foolish
A jealous voice sits in my ear

Now I’m feeling lonesome
Yeah it’s true I’m feeling blue
Cause your not thinking of me
While all I’m thinking of is you

When I’m near I try to tell you
That all is well I’m doing fine
But soon my lies I get to drowning
My bitterness I just can’t hide

My plea’s for you don’t get no pity
You still don’t want me hanging round
No one in this great old city
Ever made me feel that I’d been found
Track Name: I'll Be Your Stepping Stone
I'll Be Your Stepping Stone

I'll be your stepping stone
while you keep stepping on From him to him
I'll try to keep the pace keep looking for a place
In your heart within.

You told me once just how my kisses thrilled you
Since that time there's been many lips you've known
there you go again in love with someone new
so darling please, please don't miss your stepping stone.


with every step I want to be there helping
cause it's love not jealousy that hangs me on
When you walk out on him watch where you're stepping
n’darling please don't miss your stepping stone.