Headwaters

by World's Finest

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Our third, and most polished album to date. We grew up a lot over the past few years and this album is a testament to those changes.

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released April 25, 2015

Engineer: Justin Phelps at Cloud City Sound

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World's Finest Portland, Oregon

Best described as Neo-Americana, World's Finest has bridged the gap between Ska, Americana, Folk, Dub and Bluegrass. Strong songwriting, beautiful vocal harmonies, engaging band interplay and hallucinogenic improvisation are only a handful of the many reasons why the band has garnered critical acclaim, and an ever-growing regional and national fan base. ... more

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Track Name: Steady
Waves of green on an endless sea
Sail the ship upon concrete
Fill the sails when winds may blow
Fill the boat with restless souls
Bend but don't break
Give when you take
Steady as we go
Onward towards our home
When cracks begin to show
Steady as we go

Are you home are you waiting for me
All those months that I am at sea
Is it hard to watch me go
Will you be there when I'm home
Bend but don't break
Give when you take
Steady as we go
Onward towards our home
When cracks begin to show
Steady as we go

Well the storms they come so fast
But this boat was built to last
However far we may float
I know I'll be coming home

Steady as we go
Onward towards our home
When cracks begin to show
Steady as we go
Track Name: Mighty Fine
Well the clock in my mind says just around midnight
I find myself once again behind the mic
Another night, we might set this place on fire
Fire at the dancehall everybody feelin' mighty fine

Little darlin's on the dance floor looking so fly
She twirlin' up her skirts with a twinkle in her eye
She lookin' like she wanna set my heart on fire
Fire at the dancehall everybody feelin' mighty fine

What a mighty fine life we live and what a mighty fine crew that we're livin' it with

All my rudies in the back just blowin' off steam
Them a puttin' down some drinks if you know what I mean
They lookin' like they wanna set this night on fire
Bonfire out at Rudy's house everybody feelin' mighty

Well the wood is stacking up
Good vibes are coming up
Everybody fill your cup
Bonfire blazin up blazin up blazin up

What a mighty fine life we live and what a mighty fine crew that we're livin' it with
Track Name: So Down
I'm going down to where the river meets the sea
I'm going down to the water gonna let the waves wash over me
You know the waves keep a comin', comin' over me
I'm going down to the water, down to the water
Down to the water where the river meets the sea

I'm flying high to where the mountain meets the sky
I'm flying high above the treetops higher than the birds can fly
You know the wind keeps a blowing, blowing day and night
I'm flying high above the trees, above the trees
High above the trees where the mountain meets the sky

Oh Lord long have I been searching after you
Oh Lord oh won't you show yourself or just show me what to do
You know I been a lookin', lookin' for some truth
Oh Lord I been a lookin', I been a lookin'
Lord I been a lookin' so damn hard for you

I'm going down to where the river meets the sea
I'm going down to the water gonna let the waves wash over me
You know the waves keep a comin', comin' over me
I'm going down to the water, down to the water
Down to the water where the river meets the sea
Track Name: October
Yesterday I was caught up in a flash flood
Storms clouds runnin' through my blood
And I've been thinkin', thinkin' bout not sinkin'
It's so hard to carry weight when you walk on weary legs
I could really use a steady shoulder
I find I need you more as I get older
When you're not here it's never colder
And I could really use a steady shoulder

Been tryin' to learn all these things that I just can't control
All these things still take a toll
And I've been workin', workin' on myself
My pride is something else I could just leave up on the shelf
These things change as we get older
The fire burns and then it smolders
Pretty sure it's getting colder
And I could really use a steady shoulder

Well the rains' been falling way too long, can't wait for all this gray to be gone
And over till its over it's been one hell of an October
If I could get this achin' out my mouth, I'd run like hell to them breakin' clouds
And take some time to breath, maybe this is all we need
Well I could really use a steady shoulder
I find I need you more as I get older
It's easy to give up but we are soldiers
And I could really use a steady shoulder

Yesterday I was caught up in a flash flood
Track Name: Steps
Who can say just what tomorrow may bring
A sudden change, loss or a gain, smile or pain
No one knows, but they front so it shows they under control
Just below, so much confusion don't nobody know

Are you hurt up and feelin' alone
Crushed by the weight of a stone
Let go of the past it is over and done
It's been too long since you stood up in the sun

I realize all of my choices are mine wrong or right
They stick by my side day after night
And so it goes lord knows that's how we grow
And time don't slow we are here we are gone we are on to new homes

What reason to live but to love
What reason to love but to learn
Let go of the past it is over and done
It's been too long since you stood up in the sun

See my reflection taking giant steps in large directions
Adding every moment to my collection
Listening to every inflection

What reason to live but to love
What reason to love but to learn
Let go of the past it is over and done
It's been too long since I stood up in the sun
Track Name: Something Amazing
Please don't go and tell on me
I promise I didn't mean to sin
A poison that now runs through my leg
And it won't let me walk away again

What are you teaching me
Taking all that good away
Please know that I'm sorry for what I don't know
But believe me I won't let it happen again

I was not ok
Bleed me away from that grave
Two weeks 'til my dying day
And in one moment it all went away

I want my soul in me to feed me
I want my soul in me to heal me

I'll never forget the day
The day I saw you Shay
The way you looked at me amazed as I collapsed
A child's mind stronger than mine
Pump me full and wheel me out
As the drugs began to hold onto me
Oh, let me go
I now know things that I never ever knew before
So, let me go
I'll make it all right when I wake up from this dream

And since you're not taking me away today
Let me go
Allow me to live the life you granted me
And please God, make something amazing out of me
Track Name: Bus Stop
Sittin' at the bus stop waitin' for my ride to show
Driver take your time cause I ain't got nowhere to go
I ain't got nowhere to go
I ain't got nowhere to go

Reflections of myself I see as the cars streaming by
A thousand other faces head home as the day turns to night
I home as the day turns to night
I home as the day turns to night

Another day has come to a close
And all these people that I'll never know
Makes me wish I had something to show
For the thirty odd years out on this winding road

Sittin' at the bus stop waitin' for my ride to show
Driver take your time cause I ain't got nowhere to go
I ain't got nowhere to go
I ain't got nowhere to go

Another day has come to a close
And all these people that I'll never know
Makes me wish I had something to show
For the thirty odd years out on this winding road

Sittin' at the bus stop waitin for my ride to come
With a little bit of patience I'll be home before my day is done
Sittin' at the bus stop waitin for my ride to show
Driver hurry up now cause I just wanna go home

Another day has come to a close
And all these people that I'll never know
Makes me wish I had something to show
For the thirty odd years out on this winding road
Track Name: I-5
Load up the van with my traveling band
Load up the gear with these traveling hands
I'm no business man just do what I can
This sure as shit ain't no retirement plan
So we head on down on that I-5 South
Unload the gear in yet another town
We drive all day set up and we play
Then pack it all up in the same old way, the same old way

The sun goes down till it's back in the sky
I hope to get some sleep for another long night

We're just traveling I-5 traveling
Another day another road sign follow where that road winds
I can't keep these miles straight inside my mind
But thats just fine

The sun goes down till it's back in the sky
I sleep when I can cause it's my turn to drive

Stay the course on that I-5 North
Trace the traffic right back to the source
It's been raining all day but it's raining some more
Load in and load out and then we sleep on the floor
Head out East on that I-84
Just trying to get one foot in the door
Just trying to stack the deck with our cards
Lord knows we been workin' so hard, so damn hard

The sun goes down till it's back in the sky
I hope to get some sleep for another long drive

We're just traveling I-5 traveling
Another day another road sign follow where that road winds
I can't keep these miles straight inside my mind
But thats just fine

The sun comes up and we're back in the van
We're headed on home just as fast as we can
Or maybe not for a couple more shows
Or a couple more weeks
Man who fuckin' knows

We're just traveling I-5 traveling
Another day another road sign follow where that road winds
I can't keep these miles straight inside my mind
But thats just fine
Thats just fine
You know that it's just fine cause it's all worth it
Track Name: Sink or Swim
Tell me something that I want to hear
And that you love me
Teach me something that I haven't learned before
Take me to a special place
Lend my mind to another space and
Prove your world to me and that you love me

Sail me to our breach front view
Somewhere to ease our worried minds
You look perfect in that sandy light
You just need to learn how to take it back home with you

So let's remember those days when we treat each other well
Let's forget the stories that we'd rather not tell
I'll let go of those times when we got tripped up
And I'll embrace the times you caught me when I fell
I fell
When I fell
I'll embrace the times you caught me when I fell

Mail me new a point of view
Sealed by the Great Divine
Telling me if I should sink or swim
And that either choice is fine

So let's remember those days when we treat each other well
Let's forget the stories that we'd rather not tell
Girl, I'm sorry to bring you fear
And I'm sorry I have brought you to tears

Tell me something that I want to hear
And that you love me
Teach me something that I haven't learned before
Take me to a special place
I'll lend my heart to your open ways
And prove your world to me and that you love me
Prove your world to me and that you love me
Prove your world to me and that you love me
Track Name: Home Is
Home is where you make it or so I always felt
But I ain't never had a wakin' achin' in my bones to make a home with anyone else
And ooo I feel you shakin' you got a wakin' achin' yes you do
Ooo I got a hankerin' I could be a wakin' in a home I'm makin' with you

So hey little lady with your hair in a bow
I's a been thinking bout takin' you home
See I'm from the sticks you're from the city
I ain't never seen a girl lookin' so pretty
We can make due in my ramble down shack
We can plant a garden put the chickens in the back
We can run around all over this town
We be splashin' in the puddles as the rain comes down

Home is where you make it or so I always felt
But I ain't never had a wakin' achin' in my bones to make a home with anyone else
And ooo I feel you shakin' you got a wakin' achin' yes you do
Ooo I got a hankerin' I could be a wakin' in a home I'm makin' with you

So round up the posse, round up the crew
Bring em all over wanna get down with you
You bring the chicken, I'll bring the grill
You bring the heat, I'll foot the bill
You bring the beans and I'll bring the bread
Fire one up and make our eyes turn red
Raise up a toast if you livin' North West
Cause out on the Left Coast livin' is blessed

Home is where you make it or so I always felt
But I ain't never had a wakin' achin' in my bones to make a home with anyone else
And ooo I feel you shakin' you got a wakin' achin' yes you do
Ooo I got a hankerin' I could be a wakin' in a home I'm makin' with you
Track Name: Ants
Gone are the days of my innocence it's crazy
How people are so shady and truth can be so hazy
What do I say to the people who have raised me
I'll try not to be lazy and see if that can save me

Runnin' round the West Coast pluckin on my six string
I'm trying to make the most that the ghost of tomorrow might bring

I wanna throw some ants down in your pants
Not to cause you pain just to make you dance
Same in business same in romance
You never do a thing if you never take a chance at all

Gone are the days of my child like ways
I'd run around and play more with nothing to save for
Now I'm on that work shit trying to make it worth it
Trying to get paid for what I'm really made for

Runnin' round the West Coast pluckin on my six string
I'm trying to make the most that the ghost of tomorrow might bring

I wanna throw some ants down in your pants
Not to cause you pain just to make you dance
Same in business same in romance
You never do a goddamn thing unless you take a

Gone are the days of my innocence it's crazy
How people are so shady and truth can be so hazy
What do I say to the people who have raised me
I'll try not to be lazy and see if that can save me

Runnin' round the West Coast pluckin on my six string
I'm trying to make the most that the ghost of tomorrow might bring

I wanna throw some ants down in your pants
Not to cause you pain just to make you dance
Same in business same in romance
You never do a goddamn thing unless you take a chance
Track Name: Kerosene
I'm comin' round your door, I'm comin' round for more
And I can finally see we're like matches to kerosene
It's been so many miles, did not expect this for a while
Expectations are just dreams that might burn like kerosene

I'm a do what I gotta do
I'm a find what's not in the air and I'll put it there
And all that is not me
I'll let it burn like kerosene

I was broken when I fell, exposed my delicate shell
With fire at the seam like flame to kerosene
Like a shattered work of art, I'll piece together this old heart
But however it may gleam it still burns like kerosene

I'm a do what I gotta do
I'm a find what's not in the air and I'll put it there
And all that is not me
I'll let it burn like kerosene

I've walked the path to hell with two pounds to sell
When I came up on the sea it burned like kerosene

If I could right some wrongs, I'd write the perfect song
I'd sing for you and me, love that burns like kerosene
It burns like kerosene
Love that burns like kerosene
Track Name: Keep The Light On
Don't worry about me Momma, I'll be back around tomorrow
With stories of high peaks nestled in the Flatiron ridge
And when the day arrives that I move to Colorado
I'll start building that Great Plains and Midwest homebound bridge

And I'll bring you back a present of my lessons found
And I'll tell you about all that I discovered
Those mountains will only steal me for a day or so
'cause I promise that I'll be back around tomorrow

But for now that blood rock has changed my skin
And those granite shards have caught me
Arizona's monsoon tangled me within
A lavender bloomed sunset frame

And I'll write about all the things that have caught my eye
I know you miss me but have no sorrow, Momma
If you write to me, I'll be quick to reply
And I promise that I'll be back around tomorrow

Fly or ship me far away from this place
To let the falling water wash that grit off my face
To a new expression in Kaulalau
Where Kaua'i became my new landed home

Oh Momma I wish you could see me right now, yes I do
And I swear I had no intention to stay so far away from you
But by the time I looked back, the ocean filled in the cracks
And I was on an island a million miles away from you

And there's reasons why I continued my trek West
And there's reasons I found Portland when I roamed
I hope you know it wasn't because of you Momma
That I searched for peace away from my first Ohio home

I'm a reflection of that love from the people here
Some days are hard but mostly I'm in awe
I've been beaten and bruised and healed and amused
And my surroundings have shown me God

So just call me and I'll start swimming back to you
If you need me, I'll burn through that desert serpent
I'll freeze in Rocky's glacier blue
Just to tell you I'm still your son

So, oh Momma
Say the word and I will follow
Today I'll be gone, so keep the light on
And I promise I'll be back around tomorrow