World at Large

by Dust Poets

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World at Large is the fourth record by the eclectic chamber folk ensemble the Dust Poets. Melding perceptive and melodic songwriting with the creative juices of five sensitive and worldly musicians, the Dust Poets have spent the last seven years touring across North America honing the trademark sound that binds World at Large together. Drawing on folk, bluegrass, gritty alt-country and 60's soul, while tackling topics such as homelessness, loss, life on the road, and the pitfalls of an oil-crazed culture, it's the band's distinct personality that shines through on World at Large. Eager fans of the band will find all the stunning vocals, daring arrangements, and insightful lyrics the Poets are known for in their most polished and personal effort yet.

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released 26 May 2009

All songs by Murray D Evans (SOCAN) except I Won’t Set Down by Sean McManus (SOCAN) and Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key by Guthrie/Bragg (BMI/ASCAP)

All songs arranged by Dust Poets

Produced by Lloyd Peterson and Dust Poets
Recorded by Lloyd Peterson at Wonder Dog Recording in Winnipeg, MB
Mixed by Shawn Pierce in Winnipeg, MB
Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound in New York, NY
Linocut artwork by Richard Yates, "Wostock Field" and "Field Tree - Manitoba"
Artwork transfer by Ken Frazer
Photography by Sam Baardman
Design and layout by Sean McManus

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Track Name: Big World
he could be me or you but he was somebody else
he can be tame or rude he’s busy being himself
he doesn’t have a job he doesn’t have a home
but he’s got a place where he can be alone
in the big world it’s a world at large
it’s a big world now give it back a heart
it’s a big world don’t tear yourself apart
it’s a big world let’s make a big new start
he doesn’t need the facts if he’s not in the mood
he’s always making tracks on the search for soul food
and the businessmen are stepping over him
trying to keep himself warm he’s sleeping in the wind
of the big world it’s a world at large
it’s a big world now give it back a heart
it’s a big world don’t tear yourself apart
it’s a big world let’s make a big new start
in a world so large in a world so small
both good and evil want to rule it all
it’s got everything worth fighting for
it’s a world at peace with a world at war
he lives in the shade of the tallest tree
at night I can’t see him but his eyes are on me
and I can feel his pulse we’ve got the same blood type
we’re not different neither sleeps well at night
in the big world it’s a world at large
it’s a big world now give it back a heart
it’s a big world don’t tear yourself apart
it’s a big world let’s make a big new start
Track Name: Border Town
always the quiet ones who learn to sing
jail is the place where you should keep it shut
she waits in silence for the phone to ring
she picks it up and listens hard
tries not to breathe and tries not to disturb
she was a straight line on the learning curve
before the conversation hit the curb
she listened hard to his last words
everyone deserved, everyone deserved
everyone deserved, everyone deserved
it’s always quiet on that border town
everybody’s got their head bowed down
they ran that stranger straight on outta town
there was no one left to talk about
the knot was tied when they got outta school
the shotgun wedding got them hitched on time
an occupation based on petty crime
he did the time all the time
they met behind the fence before the dawn
that love could not go anywhere but wrong
he said revenge is just as sweet as you
she hung it up and listened hard
everyone deserved, everyone deserved
everyone deserved, everyone deserved
it’s always quiet on that border town
everybody’s got their head bowed down
they ran that stranger straight on outta town
there was no one left to talk about
scatter my ashes on the asphalt lot
down where i used to call the shots
that hug and slug used to get pretty hot
but everyone deserved, everyone deserved
everyone deserved, everyone deserved
it’s always quiet on that border town
everybody’s got their head bowed down
they ran that stranger straight on outta town
there was no one left to talk about
Track Name: Opening Day (56 Year Old Wig)
piles of papers and trunks of clothes
unopened mail and maps for roads
there was a box with braids so fair
spent 56 years sitting there
we had some wigs made from your hair
the sound of music never looked this good
red haired curls of a riding hood
your spirit moves through time and space
I can see the look on your face
hills are alive all with your grace
i can picture you flying above the stage
there’s no need for wires to keep you up there in your place
the heavens above are opening up into outer space
you’ll steal the scene around here on opening day
you’ll get to play in every heart
they shaved a head for every part
you’ll be on stage through curtains end
there’ll be seats for all your friends
standing o’s and applause from them
i can picture you flying above the stage
there’s no need for wires to keep you up there in your place
the heavens above are opening up into outer space
you’ll steal the scene around here on opening day
on opening day your star will shine and you’ll be heard
there’s nothing better than seeing a critic
who’s choking on a mouthful of his words
i can’t imagine a more fitting end
to see your red haired curls again
they were cut and they were saved
who’d ever guess they’d be used this way
pieces of you on opening day
i can picture you flying above the stage
there’s no need for wires to keep you up there in your place
the heavens above are opening up into outer space
you’ll steal the scene around here
on opening day
Track Name: Deceived by Gasoline
half a dime gets you half the time
in this half ton town with no open sign
on one side it’s black and white
on the other side a grey shade of ice
there’s a new heartache on every down beat
the sound of love to the shuffling of feet
heaven above is never out of reach
there’s the same blue sky scratching every street
deceived by gasoline, deceived by gasoline
built a pipeline to carry the crude
there was so much work they closed down the school
the union moved in just to pick up the dues
the crack dealers on the corner now deliver the news
the government claimed it was win win win
the wells ran dry cause the water got thin
everyone’s leaving with a cardboard box
everyday there’s a new pawn shop
deceived by gasoline, deceived by gasoline
took their problems turned them all into dreams
built a bonfire struck a match and threw on
gasoline, gasoline, gasoline
you follow the map to the end of the road
but the world doesn’t stop where the cars can’t go
it’s a global village that time forgot
maybe they’re better off not knowing a lot
everyone is packing heat
they’re dumping bodies from an SUV
it’s like living in a graveyard shift
if you wanna keep your life you got to keep your wits
deceived by gasoline, deceived by gasoline
Track Name: Hold Out for Love
when you’re almost famous
on the backside of your mind
and there’s no one blameless
you’re bound for the small time
when you’re roaming aimless
lost out in a rhyme
you lay your heart on the line
you gotta hold out, hold out for
hold out, hold out for love
here comes the night again
shaking hands like old friends
you’ve seen so many from these rooms
four walls a bathroom stall
two tones of grey and blue
you hear the sound of shuffling shoes
you gotta hold out, hold out for
hold out, hold out for love
a thousand miles from home
and a million miles from you
a thousand thoughts in a row
i don’t know where those thoughts are going to
shooting star over a tennessee town
the whole world makes a wish too
you got two kinds of living
the public and the private eye
pulled in two directions
the ground below and the sky
i keep on asking questions
the answers coming back in double time
a neighbourhood watch out for spies
you gotta hold out, hold out for
hold out, hold out for love
Track Name: Skeletons in Your inbox
it holds all of your secrets and all of your thoughts
half drafts of love letters and lists of old haunts
there’s a virtual world around every bend
just press any key to enter one of them
skeletons in your inbox
people know what they’re winning before it gets won
you’ve been you-tubed and googled and cooked ‘til you’re done
from your space book page you’re downloading friends
someone’s gone through your clothes while you’re standing in them
you gotta rattle the bones just to hear what’s been sent
you gotta pay off the drones just to see what’s been spent
skeletons in your inbox
delete all your dirty thoughts
the closet holds the clothes you bought
skeletons in your inbox
privacy it’s a modern myth
piracy better get used to it
skeletons in your inbox
delete all your dirty thoughts
the closet holds the clothes you bought
skeletons in your inbox
a little bit of truth seems to go a long way
but everything can be fluked everything can be faked
someone reads between the lines in an underground world
sifting through the lives of each boy and each girl
shake the meat off the clones make sure the messenger is stripped
this murder of prose is a smokescreen trick
skeletons in your inbox
delete all your dirty thoughts
the closet holds the clothes you bought
skeletons in your inbox
delete all your dirty thoughts
skeletons in your inbox
Track Name: Kiss Away the Afternoon
hit the alarm roll to the wrong side of the bed
move your arm reposition your head
until every appendage is back on the mend
and we’ll kiss away the afternoon
let’s pretend that we’re long lost friends
let’s skip to the end so we can begin again
it’s too good to be real so let’s take it round the bend
and we’ll kiss away the afternoon
kiss away the afternoon
like two mouths whistling the same old tune
i can see a summer reflection in this icicle moon
let’s kiss away the afternoon
let’s put our sentimental ad blockers up
push the button that says we just can’t have enough
put that dart in my heart and don’t ever pull it up
and kiss away the afternoon
kiss away the afternoon
like two mouths whistling the same old tune
i can see a summer reflection in this icicle moon
let’s kiss away the afternoon
can’t get enough of that stuff I can’t love enough
it’s better not talking let’s both shut up
this silence speaks louder than the heavens above
we’ll put the bliss back in oblivious
put the rhyme back in time less wine and more wish
let’s take our hands off of this kite in the wind
and we’ll kiss away the afternoon
kiss away the afternoon
like two mouths whistling the same old tune
i can see a summer reflection in this icicle moon
let’s kiss away
kiss away the afternoon
like a big smiling face under a full Buddha moon
i can see a gold tooth in that silver spoon
let’s kiss away the afternoon
Track Name: Codeine Dreams
codeine dreams
i’ve come apart at the seams
i’m all goofed up
on these tylenol threes
every night it’s been the same
my face fights with another name
i know things are gonna get normal once again
when i stop feeling pain and i’m on a rebound train
i keep having these
altered states of reality
i’m a renaissance man
in a salvador dali dream
my body’s a string and my head’s like a rubber ball
someone’s flinging my brain cells to the wall
every face i’ve seen i’ve seen before
it’s hard to stumble out of bed when you’re sleeping on the floor
codeine dreams codeine dreams
codeine dreams codeine dreams
the truth gets a little bit harder to take each day
but it’s right as rain i can’t wait to be normal again
codeine dreams codeine dreams
codeine dreams codeine dreams
Track Name: I Won't Set Down
i was born in a farming town but i never pushed a plow
it’s not that i didn’t care to but nobody showed me how
so i won’t set down ‘cause nobody showed me how
i was to be a teaching man like the best ones that i had
but the bad ones they were happy and the good ones they went mad
so i won’t set down ‘cause the good ones they went mad
and i won’t set down
there’s more that i could do
but i won’t set down
gotta move on to something new
and i won’t set down but that’s not true
‘cause i’ll set down with you
i wasn’t yet into dylan but i’d read kerouac
so i went out to the west coast and three times i came back
and i won’t set down, three times i came back
i went out to the ends of the earth to see what i didn’t know
but i came home too early to jingle bells and snow
so i won’t set down to jingle bells and snow
and i won’t set down
there’s more that i could do
but i won’t set down
gotta move on to something new
and i won’t set down but that’s not true
‘cause i’ll set down with you
i loved you in the winter time and you loved me in the spring
in the summer we got married but you didn’t get a diamond ring
‘cause i won’t set down, you didn’t get a diamond ring
we roam this land together now with two boys and a pet
one of them boys plays fiddle but the other plays hard to get
and he won’t set down, the other plays hard to get
and i won’t set down
there’s more that i could do
but i won’t set down
gotta move on to something new
and i won’t set down but that’s not true
‘cause i’ll set down with you
Track Name: Hotel Paradiso
down at the holiday business camp
folks checked in for the corporate event
the workers are eager to understand
what goes on ‘tween the ears of man
the bags are carried to the rooms of saints
so begins the rounds of endless complaints
but a tip can bridge the language gap
everyone loves a good spanish lap dance
there’s sweat and there’s blood on the backs of their hands
quenching their thirst with the fat of the land
just as sure as there’s mud on the ground where they stand
down at the bar they’re having too much fun
deals are sealed when the bottle is done
late night blue movies for the swinger set
pajama parties for the loneliest
during the day the sexes segregate
the learning curve turns out to be straight
the wives are working hard to operate
that successful spouse they can’t tolerate
there’s sweat and there’s blood on the backs of their hands
quenching their thirst with the fat of the land
just as sure as there’s mud on the ground where they stand
sales to pitch ‘tween havana cigars
on the steps of this hotel seminar
with a little luck they might climb that ladder to the stars
they’re changing their partners like underwear
exotic dancers eliciting stares
we’re having the times of our lives this year
wish you were here
they did the spa with their morning legs
had a facial of bacon and eggs
the hired hands sweeped up the ageless dregs
and turned it into tomorrow’s buffet
there goes another tour out the door
workers laughed themselves on the floor
everyone took home their just desserts
everyone got just what they deserved
there’s sweat and there’s blood on the backs of their hands
quenching their thirst with the fat of the land
just as sure as there’s mud on the ground where they stand
Track Name: All in Your Mind
there is a prison without any walls
no bars on the windows no drunks down the hall
when you’re out of luck you’re out of time
the jail break that you need is all in your mind
it’s all in your mind it’s all in your head
it’s in that little square box
between your shoulder blades
the first line of defense
in the back of your brain is to complain
take down the wire forget how to pretend
there’s no need to sow in the fields of regret
that invisible fence will always re-mend
cause it’s all in your head
there is a house
that’s where my thoughts live
i’ll give you the keys and you can come in
you can do as you please you can live there for free
i won’t stir while you sleep we can meet in our dreams
you can’t make enough money to buy back your time
there’s not a moment to waste cause it’s all in your mind
it’s all in your mind it’s all in your head
it’s in that little square box
between your shoulder blades
the first line of defense in the back of your brain
is to complain
take down the wire forget how to pretend
there’s no need to sow in the fields of regret
that invisible fence will always re-mend
cause it’s all in your head
there is a house that’s where my thoughts live