Ballads & Heartstrings

by Sweet Radish

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1.
The Dust 03:54
Oh the dust blows hard Oh she never gives in She gets in, you'll give in To her every whim and Oh the dust blows hard In the day the sun beats down He wipes the sun off his brow He'd take a break but Someone has to sow In the day the sun beats down In the winter comes icy cold She will out weigh the sun in gold Strip life from bones Send the little ones home The winter is icy cold Yeah that droughty drought it sure is dry Fishes are flippin' in the mud The chickens don't brood, yeah, The crops ain't no good Yeah that droughty drought it sure is dry Burnin' all day Workin' all night Minimum pay It just ain't right I try to move up Wind weighing me down I'm getting frustrated Blowing everything around Oh this world she ain't kind She'll steal your youth and your time Just keep your head down or They'll put you in the ground This world she ain't kind Oh the dust blows hard Oh she never gives in She gets in, you'll give in To her every whim and Oh the dust blows hard Oh the dust blows hard
2.
Marquis 69 05:37
Can we go for a ride in the Marquis 69 Front two windows shattered It doesn't matter I got my best friend by my side You and I, we'll drive To the public land Soak in everything that we can And I'll be your wing man Let me know if you can Oh let's go for a ride in the Marquis 69 Front two windows shattered It doesn't matter I got my best friend by my side I had a Malibu, aqua teal blue We rolled the streets unbroken Though her heart was frozen She never stopped loving me I still feel her holding me Well, her eyes were broken, and her back was open Her words formed in black clouds And when she was moving, and the note was grooving We lived our days out loud Can you see us flying In my lowrider of blue Now the seats are dancing And the AM radio Set the mood Can we go for a ride in the Marquis 69 Front two windows shattered That doesn't matter I got my best friend by my side We ride everyday We're gonna drive straight through this town And we smile on the way Feel us sail across the ground You and I are everything that what we have Feel the wind on your hand Looking down a thousand miles of road I know you'll be there wherever I go Can we go for a ride in the Marquis 69 Front two windows shattered It doesn't matter I got my best friend by my side On the back river road You know where to turn I will ride wherever you roll Our past in the mirror as it burns Can we go for a ride in the Marquis 69 Front two windows shattered It doesn't matter I got my best friend by my side You and I, we'll drive To the public land Soak in everything that we have I'll be your wing man Let me know if you can
3.
Look Up 02:31
We can’t let anything go It fades into tomorrow Hold fast to your machine The one that takes you higher We can’t let anything go It’s too hard to move on Take a look at the reel above you Rolling in the sky I look up to see the place But I got acrobats in my head I close my eyes and exhale out loud I see myself up there instead We try so hard to let this go And how we know it’s not easy The knocking of the wood on the door And the last breath before you fell asleep I know it’s not easy to wake up now Alone under the covers This rooms just a little bit colder and I can’t sleep Without the sound of you I look up to see the place But I got acrobats in my head I close my eyes and exhale out loud I see myself up there instead We can’t let anything go It fades into tomorrow
4.
Fall Back On 02:12
He felt fear and he felt death In this game of worlds Nothing can take that weapon away He took limb and life for his own reward In the name of the righteous He walked the path without He fell harder every time An escape would be easy enough He had nothing and no one to fall back on He was dangerous murdering man Got himself life Now he’s waiting on the end Fell down on his flesh a ghost Spoke a peace but felt none of his own He claimed innocence but with the evidence He could only claim conviction He fell harder every time An escape would be easy enough He had nothing and no one to fall back on He was a dangerous murdering man He was a dangerous murdering man
5.
An unarmed man robbed an ice cream stand He had no piece to protect him The owner came home and pulled out his gun And left hot metal inside him Now he lays in the street Covered in a sheet The size of the child within him The pole couldn’t tell The world how he fell There was no phone there to receive him An unarmed man robbed an ice cream stand And there is where the owner he shot him An unarmed man robbed an ice cream stand And there is where his life it was ended Now what was in that ice cream stand That was worth the life of a man Somebody’s son that you shot down Would have been a dad if he was alive now RUN RUN AWAY BANG RUN RUN AWAY BANG His lover she cried While the babe pushed inside Too early But only to miss him His father he held His grandchild and felt This loss was in vain And here he nursed the victim What is it that resides In the stand that is prized More dearly than the light Of a human The owner he had The law in his hands And here is where it stands Shot in the back to make profit An unarmed man robbed an ice cream stand And there is where the owner he shot him An unarmed man robbed an ice cream stand And there is where his life it was ended RUN RUN AWAY BANG RUN RUN AWAY BANG Now what was in that ice cream stand That was worth the life of a man Somebody’s son that you shot down Would have been a dad if he was alive now Now what was in that ice cream stand That was worth the life of a man Somebody’s son that you shot down Would have been a dad Would have been a dad Would have been a dad Would have been a dad If he was alive now
6.
Oh How am I 03:16
Theres a bump on my skin And an ache on my bones Oh how am I Well my back it is broke But my posture's just fine Oh how am I My gut keeps a rumbling But my mouths a bit dry Oh how am I Oh how am I Oh how am I Oh how am I What’s gone is my vision But I smell you just fine Oh how am I Well my hairs walking out And my hands decided to crack Oh how am I Now take a look around Then them eyes roll on back Oh how am I Oh how am I Oh how am I Oh how am I My heart is a failing And I'm sure I might die Oh how am I The doc doctor was there To the ring of my purse Oh how am I Well he won’t come out now Cause I’ll pay him in dirt Oh how am I Oh how am I Oh how am I Oh how am I Come a little closer Cause my hearing is no good Oh how am I You can tell me your symptoms But insurance won’t pay for it Oh how am I My house is full of vermin And I’m ok with this Oh how am I Oh how am I Oh how am I Oh how am I
7.
Dated TV 02:11
They’re walking the mountain In search of forgiveness They generated millions And asked for more in return We looked for the source and No one could find it They woke up crying still Wanting more in return They are triumphant in vain In their world They walked a road That could not be followed So they pointed their fingers Got lost in a legend Of dated television shows That closed their minds And now they’re dreaming But dreams don’t yield profit They worked the bitter lie Wanting more in return They are triumphant in vain In their world They walked a road That could not be followed They wanted more And more in return They walked a road That could not be followed
8.
Ricky 04:21
I’ve been feeling old lately and my foundations ache Haven’t seen us on the merry go round in days Teacher’s not the only one who taught me the things I know I’ve seen the world on the picture screen in a video People and strangers I’ve met on the street Friends who held me up so that I could see What will become with the decades we hold It seems that we may never fit their mould Ricky my Friend we’re getting cold It’s tricky this trend of growing old Ricky we don’t blend we don’t fit their mould A stick, sticky situation to be so bold We’re not trying to fit their mould You are made of gold I can see your chest is hurting I can see your sad I feel weary of all the heart break on the years we’ve had Keep falling back to the days when we were young The last time I felt that happy has been too long Prehistoric past root memories in my eyes Burned like etchings on the surface of my mind Story time milk box and the bruises that you raised Tried to run away and failed, so we played Ricky my friend we’re getting cold It’s tricky this trend of growing old Ricky we don’t blend we don’t fit their mould A stick, sticky situation to be so bold We’re not trying to fit their mould You are made of gold Tell me again, we’ll spin at top speed Blind to our future, hatred and greed I’ve played this moment over and over in my head Wish I could take a picture before it all ends Now we live far away from the school yard schemes We don’t talk anymore about our hopes and dreams A photograph of us you saved for years I tag the future and fuel for my tears They removed those relics a long time ago The danger out weighted the joy that we showed Now I’m reading this text in an old photo reel The letters look like scratches to the pain we feel Ricky my friend we’re growing cold It’s tricky this trend of growing old Ricky we don’t blend we don’t fit their mould A stick, sticky situation to be so bold We’re not trying to fit their mould You are made of gold You are made of gold You are made of gold
9.
Giant Squid 04:36
Life moves so fast beside me I can move in my own time nothing to hold to but who I am Through my eyes I see Enormous is the size of my home And I often sleep alone Under the moon I rise to the surface I feel less alone then. But who Am I I know I am Here I’m not the only quiet one in the sea Your eyes focusing on me Who are you what are you doing down here I feel afraid, I feel fear On the bottom there is safety in silence Tides won’t rule me down Rising above to the sky could end fast I fear the hook I’m wrapped around But who am I I know I am here Who am I I know I am here The scientists say I am sentient Who do you think we are Here in my house I am never outnumbered My imagination it reaches far The water it holds me close to its heart The ocean embraces me Gravity weighs me down from the start And that is when I cannot breathe But who am I I know I am here Who am I I know I am here I am the giant squid I do not understand, the things you did They washed up, across the banks And your ship spilled as it sank I hide from your human cage Your fury is relentless rage In the dark i cover my face I cannot compete in your race. Please see my face I am the gentle giant I’m very quiet I’ll never complete your race I am a gentle giant A gentle giant A gentle giant I live in silence I like the quiet
10.
Bankman 04:26
There was a Bank Man He wanted Everything He got anything Just How he wanted it And in his houses He could see everything He could see suffering And his heart was small He was looking for the Best find in the world He was looking for the bounty of this place The moment to be laid on the table All he need do is reach out And so this coin man He gambled friend and foe He walked too high And now he’s alone There was a market They carried everything The store was living And the food was round It was the best find in the world And he saw the bounty of this place The moment was laid on the table All he need do is reach out So he bought the round food She was better than anything Much more than anyone He had ever loved All the coins were laughing Above his halo, among his fellow Coin fed men But she was the best find in the world And he saw her lovely face And the moment she laid on the table All he need do is reach out All he need do is reach out
11.
Everything 04:21
So, I miss you I Wish we could have celebrated more Let the good times soar Everything I wish I could say Do you miss me too I want to type those words A hair in the thread that’s been going on for years But after everything my tears hit the keys instead I thought of you the other day IT WAS TODAY! I wish we could have laughed more Let our dreams ROAR Everything I wish I could say The song we were gonna write In my mind it was like that one song Something not very long With everything I wish I could say And I know I’m too late One thing I wish I could do If I had the chance to But after everything I just miss you After everything I miss you After everything you’re laughing too After everything that crazy thing you’d do After everything, after everything After everything I miss you After everything you’re laughing too After everything that crazy thing you’d do After everything, after everything In my memories It’s your voice I hear I feel your hugs like a bear Everything I wish I could say I’d Touch your hand one more time Embrace a while Talk a while, group style Everything we’d hear from you Shine my light to the moon It’s a cheers to you And everywhere that we’ve been to And all the things we didn’t get to do And fight through After everything I miss you After everything you’re laughing too After everything that crazy thing you’d do After everything, after everything So we'll raise a blunt to the sun The smoke reminds me of you And the words you that you spoke too We’ll find a better way a better route My friend whatever is wrong Did you fall asleep to a sad song The clouds they shed their rain in tune Every time it falls I will think of you I miss you You’re laughing too After everything that crazy thing you’d do After everything, after everything After everything I miss you After everything you’re laughing too After everything that crazy thing you’d do After everything, after everything After everything I MISS YOU After everything I MISS YOU After everything I MISS YOU After everything, after everything After everything, after everything
12.
Now that I got my shoes on Im ready to go But before we leave There’s something that I want you to know When were cleaning up after our little mess I want you to remember You were never second best And everybody’s got a light That’s sometimes hard to find Even in your darkest days I could still see you shine, See you shine, See you shine If you’ll be my butterfly, I'll be your cocoon If you’ll be my bowl of soup, then ill be your spoon If you’ll be my Coyote, I will be the moon You can be my garbage can, I’ll be your raccoon Your Raccoon, your raccoon, your raccoon A toast to those who are still alive A toast to those who are dead To the bad times well never remember To the good times well never forget I know its hard to say goodbye But sometimes thats what we gotta do to survive I'm not drinking alone tonight I’ve got spirits by my side Maybe if I drink enough I can bring them back to life If you’ll be my butterfly, I'll be your cocoon If you’ll be my bowl of soup, then ill be your spoon If you’ll be my Coyote, I will be the moon You can be my garbage can, I’ll be your raccoon Your Raccoon, your raccoon, your raccoon I want to stand with you on a mountain I want to bathe with you in the sea I want to live like this forever Until the sky falls down on me If you’ll be my butterfly, I'll be your cocoon If you’ll be my bowl of soup, then ill be your spoon If you’ll be my Coyote, I will be the moon You can be my garbage can, I’ll be your raccoon Your Raccoon, your raccoon, your raccoon
13.
Blinds open, people everywhere Walk into town, wind blowing in his hair Talks like a useless beat up guitar amp And a mic, to speak of fear, or nothing at all Here’s me winning With love every time Digging out the truth From a though that was mine Down just below the surface A duck or two joined in one hand Watching over and loving each other again and again and again Then the light takes them for a right turn And two lights fade to one Well… We’re still winning with love every time Digging out the truth From a thought that was mine down just below the surface I’m still winning with love every time Gotta find a truth From a stereo system Deep inside my mind Winning with love Winning with love every time I said love love love every time gotta love love love every time winning with love every time winning with love every time
14.
Hangin at the river in the summertime Trying to get you off my mind Mountain paradise in the winter What do you do when your radio don’t work Well you sing…. Someone could you please spare a dime bag For my brain is broke and needs a fix Sifting through empty beers and cigarette butts Waiting until night to get my kicks Tower of babel was built and torn apart While the point we tried to make got lost in translation We kept needing to make a new start While we moved from station to station So we said…. Someone could you please spare a cold one For my mouth is dry and needs a beer Sifting through photographs and dirty notebooks Wondering how the hell I got here Someone could you please spare a cold one For my mouth is dry I need a beer Sifting through photographs and dirty notebooks Wondering how the hell I got here
15.
Watch the men walking All to their homes Where their houses of wives They stand all alone One Look and I’m Older Still holding that pain But now My heart feels hurt less Than the fog does in rain Purple skies of diamonds Diamonds of heart They’re helping out the poor people Alone in their part And now the meadows have played The doom that is shared But no one left cause for me To be afraid If I was seeing you For who you really are Then I’d be seeing you You would be just the way you are I see multi women Feel shame as they put On their game and fall down To where unhappiness thrives Why not asking a question Our common reality I gave up my fight And pulled out my hair If I was seeing you For who you really are Then i’d be seeing you You would be just the way the way you are They asked a question Unwilling to answer That’s just how it is Became their weapon after The bells rang open a path To all who carry down Don’t take the easy route Then I’d be seeing you I want to be seeing you If I was seeing you For who you really are I want to be seeing you You would be just the way The way you are Hope you are just the way The way you want to be
16.
Sweet 03:21
You are my breath and my soul I’ll never take away the love we sow In every breath the sun goes down And I’m game for your love You’re so sweet No matter how low we go No matter how low it goes You’re so sweet Anywhere we go Anywhere we go Breathe in deep away we go The shadows are no falling I see you in the light waving back I feel your hand lay down my restless chest And I breathe you in You’re so sweet No matter how low we go No matter how low it goes You’re so sweet Anywhere we go Anywhere we go You’re so sweet You’re so sweet 
You’re so sweet You are so sweet to me
17.
Colorado 03:18
Well I twist in my seat And the view only gets better From the top of the peak I see my world abound So high and a bit rocky I twist in my seat I see a man on the street And the smiles only get bigger Everyone that i meet In the mountain so high We’re awake and free And i jump up to the big blue sky On a moutain so Colorado She just keeps on giving Colorado Mother to the children Well the people here they love their children And the elders grows strong and tall And the babies carry ancient wisdom That we’re still trying to see And the grass grows With the hopes of another Rainstorm to feed the land And the people here there’s no age But there’s beauty all around me Colorado She just keeps on giving Colorado Mother to the children Colorado She teaches me humility Colorado Opens up my eyes Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado Don’t give up on me

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With this album we give you our hearts with personal stories, imaginative tales, ballads based on true events and more as we journey between realms of consciousness and life experiences.

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released February 14, 2021

Tracks 12 & 14 written by Garrett Pearson
All other songs written by Morgan Velasquez (lyrics)
& Abe Rosenberg (music)

Morgan Velasquez: Vocals, lyrics
Abe Rosenberg: Guitars, banjo, bass, cajon, harmonies
Garrett Pearson: Tracks 12 & 14 - Guitar, Vocals, and lyrics. Harmonies.
Marcus Newell: Drums on Tracks 12 &14
Max Stollmeyer: Banjo on track 12
Leonard Velasquez: Cajon on track 6

Album artwork by Morgan Velasquez and "Moon" by Garrett Pearson

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Sweet Radish Antonito, Colorado

Independent husband & wife folk group formed in 2010 with roots in agricultural and industrial folk. We produce music from our Off-Grid Organic Permaculture Farm Animal & Wildlife Sanctuary. Profits from music sales and live performances go to our animals. Our music is produced using Solar Power. We love humanity, animals and nature! We write songs about our home, pain, healing, life and love. ... more

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