Stranger Hug!

by Ian Taylor

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Stranger Hug! is more or less a love record

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released September 5, 2014

All songs written by Ian Taylor.
Picture by Cation Davis.
Samson and Old Friend were recorded in Tennessee Pour House in Westmoreland, Tennessee.

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Track Name: Old Friend
Old friend where are you now?
I've been dreaming and thinking about
everything with you, all the days at school.
We held hands like no one knew
But everyone saw the way I looked at you.

Like a stone you will roll
Old friend don't let me go.
Sweet tear in my soul
Old friend I love you so.

Old friend are you still living there?
With your shady friends and the rain in your hair?
I get so lonesome I can't talk.
I miss you more than words and thoughts can speak.
Old friend I blame myself
I was never good for someone like yourself.
I mean honestly, look at me.

Like a storm I will pass
Old friend it never lasts.
Sweet swan in my eyes
Old friend you'll be alright.

Maggie I blame myself
I was never good for someone like yourself.
I mean honestly, look at me.

Like a stone you will roll
Old friend don't let me go.
Sweet tear in my soul
Old friend I love you so.
Track Name: Paintings From Last Winter
It's true, I believe in you.
You'll make it through, tonight.
Don't kiss me goodbye, nostalgia is a lie.
Shooting star speak to me
All alone is a fragile thing to be.
Wet pavement streets hold precious memories
of make believe.
Star filled nights, dull post lights, oh well, alright.
The ghost of the past, she talks mighty fast
clutched to her flask.
The seconds never last, when you love what you have.
It's meant to pass.
2 A.M., my eyes are dim, from these fields of poppy trims.
Track Name: Of Which He Won't Relate
Millions of dreams they breathe through your lungs.
I pray one day I fall asleep next to your beautiful soul.
Plenty will love you, but none as much as me.
I only wish I had more to say.
Something delicate for thee.
Something like
"You're adorable." but not that cliche.
I hope he kisses you, in the morning when you wake
on your collar bones, when it's too rough of a day and you can not explain
your sadness, of which he won't relate.
Remember when I would walk for hours just to catch a glimpse of your face?
I would pick you dozens of flowers, get scared and toss them away.
Plenty will love you, but none as much as me.
I only hope this was enough to say
Something delicate for thee.
Something like
You're a melody that pours from eyes.
You're so lovely, I can't describe
and the reasons, they never die with the seasons
it's been almost 2 years and I still feel the same.
Something like
"You're adorable." cliche but it's true.
I hope he kisses you beneath the moon on the avenue
on your collar bones, when it's too rough of a day and you can not explain your sadness, of which he won't relate.
Of which he won't relate.
Track Name: We'll Sleep It Off One Day
At the party the bottle's empty
I'm sorry it's awful and everyone's leaving to go home.
I'm tired of behavior, I'm waiting for the stage where
the chemicals overtake me.
Cause I won't feel this way when I'm high.
Colors for the fragile mind.
I hate myself and everyone else
This is not the correct way to feel.
My shoulders are bleeding from Jesus and demons
on each side fighting over which thoughts to steal.
Soon you'll find out what I'm made of.
I'm bruised, but daddy calls it playful.
Maggie's a ghost now
her absence shows how gray my walls can get.
I remember it all doll, how can I ever forget?
That's why you never trust someone you love.
I hate to disappoint dear, I'll always be this blur.
So look for me in everyone you meet.
Cause I don't have the courage to speak.
Don't take me with you
Don't take me with you, I won't be the same.
I promise to you
I promise to you, we'll sleep it off one day.
We'll sleep it off one day.
Track Name: Beautiful Friend
Your brown eyes haunt me.
Living alone you see, gets lonely all the time.
I stood on the shore at the age of belief.
Repeating your name and what you told me,
I let the storm conquer me.
Your brown eyes haunt me.
Living alone you see, gets lonely all the time.
I stood on the shore at the age of belief.
Repeating your name and all you told me,
I miss you, my beautiful friend.
Don't you go.
I stood at the shore at the age of belief.
Repeating your name and what you told me,
I miss you, my beautiful friend.
Track Name: My Sweetheart the Skeleton
Where the harlots weep
Where the shadows sleep
That's where you'll find Decembers crooked teeth.
Where the isolation peaks
Where the waters are deep
Where you drown to breathe
That's where you'll find me.
My sweetheart the skeleton
May we one day meet again
And I hate to see it die this way,
Cause everybody runs away.
And I miss my beautiful friend
My sweetheart the skeleton.
You were the ocean to me
I miss you bitterly
And I only hope you find someone better than me.
I wear your love on my wrist
This sweet bracelet
It's the closest I'll get
To my beloved comet.
Your silver eyes are the best
I keep you separate
From everyone I've ever met.
My sweetheart the skeleton
May we one day meet again
And I hate to see it die this way,
Cause everybody runs away.
And I miss my beautiful friend
My sweetheart the skeleton.
Track Name: Samson
I sit alone in the park at dawn and
watch the ghosts of the kids before
who carved their names in the bark of trees
with hearts and belief, it's easy to see who was lied to.
And when the sun comes out at noon
I'll hide my face like I've done before.
It's not as swell as the moon
and I'm glad you are you, but I'm sorry I'm blue and that I am me.
My thoughts wander off to our wedding promises.
All the velvet nights, the time of sweet caress.
Now you hear my cries, the sound of loneliness.
Your Libra eyes and your Venus smile they
follow me wherever I go.
And in your minds darkest hours
I will be there with you as well.
I know you miss Samson darling,
his paws have grown cold and I'm sorry he's gone and
I'd bring him back if I could.
I've killed myself time and time again.
Trying to make it right with the time given.
But as time goes by there's more cracks in my skin.
I can see it in your eyes, I've lost you darling.
Track Name: Stranger Hug!
When her tender feet touch foreign soil
and she walks on streets made of stone.
I hope she has a decent man beside her
someone who will treat her the way she deserves.
And when she hugs every stranger that she meets
and they plant kisses on her cheeks.
I hope they know how lucky they are to be
in the presence of her beauty.
And I knew her well before.
We shared stories and matching wounds.
But now she's a ghost.
Now she's a ghost.
Track Name: Eternity Can Wait (For Marilyn)
I'd do anything to take the sadness from your eyes.
The flame dances on, the ghost who's idolized.
You were an echo before the world even knew.
And eternity can wait
And I'd travel the world just to hold you before you fade.
There's nothing you can find that you haven't found within.
Smile so delicate and a voice like the wind.
And all alone is such a fragile thing to be.
All alone is such a fragile thing to be.
And eternity can wait
And I'd travel the world just to hold you before you fade.
yea eternity can wait
And I'd travel the world just to hold you before you fade.
You were an echo before the world even knew.
You were an echo before the world even knew.
Track Name: Ghost
The state of the world it scares me
and I am small and lonely
a child in desperate need of caring.
So I'll write this simple song to pass the time
and get me through another sleepless night
maybe one day I'll get it right.
But I don't know if I'll ever be enough for the one I truly love.
Cause I've been beat like a dog without a home
and now I'm left all alone.
Ain't this a horrible way?
Ain't this a horrible way to grow up?
So here I go again, vulnerable and open.
They say "look at how thin you've gotten."
I say "I know. It's just I can't find the place for the things I use to chase,
It seems they all lost their taste."
But I'll be the ghost that haunts you both,
like the withering rose that you keep locked and kept closed.
But I don't know if you'll ever look my way, it's so hard to say.
Cause I wander shy, like a dog with no home,
and now I'm left all alone.
Ain't this a horrible way?
Ain't this a horrible way to grow up?
Track Name: September
It's getting cold outside
and it's hopeless, I know this but I just want to be with you.
I keep replaying our last goodbye
It was simple and fragile and left me with tear stained eyes.
I walked away as if I was fine, but we know that's a lie. It's a lie.
Now with every holiday, I wonder where you are.
Call me what you may but you'll always be my shooting star, in the dark.
The hours just drift on by
Quickly and slowly all at the same time.
I sleep alone at night
And if I'm lucky you come and see me in the presence of a dream,
but they move with miraculous speed, gone before the day can even breathe.
It's getting cold outside
and it's hopeless, yea I know this but I just want to be with you.
Now with every holiday, I wonder where you are.
Call me what you may but you'll always be my shooting star in the dark.
Now that our scars are art, sweet stranger to my heart.
Yes and I may soar, but you're the wind that saves my fall, you are my all.
Track Name: Small Hands
She's got small hands that hold my heart
and eyelids that stop and start
she's the wind from the wings of the most precious things.
And I've got friends I don't ever see
who did their best to take care of me
when things got so dark I could barely see.
So please excuse my sleepy eyes
I didn't sleep well last night, I tossed and I turned
I burn and never learn.
And you hum softly through voices like feathers
that soothes my broken heart on my coffee stained paper.
your beautiful mind of funeral fires.
So tell my mother that I love her, she's been so kind. She's been so kind.
Tell my father I forgive him for the absence that he left behind, the clarity that I'll never find.
She's got small hands that treat me kind
dark eyes full of life
she's the wind from the wings of the most precious things.
And there's no way I could pay it all back
But know that you never left my mind.
And in the hour of my last goodbye's
just know that you never left my mind.