Open Sea

by Hans Chew

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released December 1, 2017

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Hans Chew New York, New York

Perhaps best known for his keyboard work with other artists like D. Charles Speer, Jack Rose, Endless Boogie, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Steve Gunn, Hans Chew has established himself as a versatile singer, songwriter and performer in his own right. His 2010 debut album Tennessee & Other Stories… received 4 stars from Rolling Stone and was heralded by Uncut as one of the top 25 albums of the year. ... more

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Track Name: Give Up The Ghost
Give Up The Ghost

Well it's hard for you to shake off that old cloak
When it’s swaddled you like hands that love you most
You're tethered up and down
By the old familiar sounds
And you’ve never really given up the ghost

Reflections on a shallow placid mind
High above the grey canyon I fly
My shape is shifting by
Shadow falling nigh
Upon the thoughts below the reasons why

Let me show you how
It’s hidden up my sleeve
Traces of my vain attempts to leave
Only one way out
You can't fail to succeed
The horror of my borrowed fantasy

I didn’t want to hurt but didn’t care
You know I had my own true love to bear
I can feel your power
I still feel you stare
I just bare my teeth and suck the air

You're too hard on the man you try to be
Could’ve let him off with a warning
Don’t try too hard
Follow your instinct
Never give a thought what they may think

Let me show you how
It’s hidden up my sleeve
Traces of my vain attempts to leave
Only one way out
You can't fail to succeed
The horror of my borrowed fantasy

Fishes in a barrel flop and jerk
All of the apostles just watch him work
Down among the shore hungry mouths scream war
In the dark the morning star lurks

Others seem to feel it, never me
Out here free of any gravity
Living by the spoonful
Every passing moon full
Carries me out further from my dreams
Track Name: Cruikshanks
Cruikshanks

He hides wooden plank
'Neath pleated pant leg
Make no mistake
He will never beg
He’d rather shoot straight
Than come out ahead
But he'll give you the shank
And leave you for dead

He doesn’t feel things at all
Not how he wants to
He’s not afraid he will fall
He's never had to

His head how it shines
It rings all the time
Disguising dull mind
While he scavenges by
Like all birds of prey
Judge the quick and the dead
He keeps them at bay
With his swinging peg leg

He doesn’t feel things at all
Oh how he wants to
He’s not afraid he will fall
He’s never had to

Chorus:
Oh crooked man
With your hands ablaze
Can you fan away the flames
Oh broken man,
Broken man, stand up straight
On the cinders of your shank

You can call him the snake
Or crooked Cruikshanks
His own skin he hates
So off it will shake
His rattle is plain
His body the cage
The glass is his brain
Don’t you tap on his pane

He doesn’t feel things at all
Oh how he wants to
He’s not afraid he will fall
He’s never had to

Chorus

He slithers away
Off to his lair
Afraid of the day
And women so fair
No one can say
What made him break
You'd better take care
For he lies in wait

Chorus
Track Name: Open Sea
Open Sea

When the road you’re on you know's going nowhere
No place you’d rather be
Into the misty mountains high who slowly show their
Old faces like in dreams
There are places you can go
Like New Orleans or Buffalo
But the wind will take you in
Blowing onward
Unto the open sea

When the place you wanna go’s fallen under
Pillars of history
Will you look back through salty eyes
And blindly wonder
At the meaninglessness of your dreams
There are places you can go
Like your hometown or some unknown
But the wind will take you in
Blowing onward
Unto the open sea

When the ground you’re standing on
Opens upwards
Swallowing you up whole
You will tell by the smell
Rain and thunder
And the great stirring in your soul
There are places you will go
Heaven thereof or hell although
The wind within will take you in
Blowing onwards
Unto the open sea
Track Name: Who Am Your Love?
Who Am Your Love?

Who am I to forget it?
Who lets go to beget it?
Going where you’ll do well to remember
The one who's there
Who must bear
Nothing rendered
Who was there to conceive it?
Who did swear their allegiance?
The one who cares will not be spared from the tinder
And nothing’s fair
So who will dare
To try and mend her?
Out of the black it comes
Down from the night above
To burn the question of:
Who am your love?
Who am your love?
Who will fail to conceal it?
To pull the veil and reveal it?
The one who shares cannot give theirs
What they can’t gather
The mind prepares
What the heart ensnares
Forever after
Out of the black
It comes
Down from the night above
Burning questions of:
Who am your love?
Who am your love?
Track Name: Freely
Freely

Air is rushing into my nose
Certain scenes I have played before
I am sure
Only sounds are the flapping clothes
Freely falling in blackness goes
All I’ve known

You must not know of my mind unclothed
Ego frozen naked alone
I’m unsure
Earth shrugs shoulders, time waits alone
Rising falling collapse explode
Think of home
Track Name: Extra Mile
Extra Mile

When I was a young boy my papa told me son
There’s always one more mile a man can run
And that was a long way back in the place I started from
And I’ve spent all my life tryin to see his song was sung

I got older then my mama told me son
You must be careful now consider what you’ve done
And I've looked back sometimes try to find how far I've come
On a man's advice and a diet of bread crumbs...and he said:

Chorus:
I won’t be with you on the road
I won’t be there when you come home
I will be the man you’ll never know
Son there’s always one more mile to go

Fifth of October I count them every one
Fourth of November and I still have my fun
And I think back sometimes to the life you left undone
Forty years gone by, lord and you're still forty young

I remember when I knew your race was run
‘Cause just before then you whispered to me son
Well I say win or lose for me you’re number one
But I still find myself tryin to become someone...and he said:

Chorus

When I was a young boy my papa told me son
There’s always one more mile a man can run
And that was a long time gone
In a place I’ve hardly known
And I spent all my life
Tryin to remember my home...where he said:

Chorus

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