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Listening To The Music

by Zephaniah OHora

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JoeH
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JoeH The best breakup/tragedy song I have heard in years. Evokes Glen Campbell and raw grief. Brilliant!! Favorite track: We Planned To Have It All.
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ronlamoreux Love, love, love this album!
Now THIS is what country music is supposed to sound like.
Never expected a sound like this out of New York City, but so glad I found it.
Hope you’re taking notes Nashville!!!

Great material. Great musicianship. Great album - every song is a winner.
Harrie Snels
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Harrie Snels favorite track
Riding That Train

This record is made by skilful musicians; I love this authentic sound -especially that of the pedal steel guitar. Zephania Ohora sure can be proud to be an all American singer; he's got a great voice that reminds me of Merle Haggard. This is genuine country music.
Dietmar Leibecke
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Dietmar Leibecke Brilliant country/honky-tonk album. Highly recommended. Favorite track: We Planned To Have It All.
Paul K. Beatty
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Paul K. Beatty Zephaniah has an old soul. Brand new music that's destined to be Classic Country. Favorite track: All American Singer.
Mostly Metal
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Mostly Metal Hands down the best country album of the year. Every song is a gem. Favorite track: All American Singer.
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1.
Heaven’s on the way and we’re flying down This new road together just you and me With love and happiness that follows in every single town Heaven’s on the way and the good times here to stay The life we knew before was alright for a time Who’d have known this was coming down the line With that wind blowin’ through your hair and me smiling like a kid Heaven’s on the way and we won that winning bid There’s no telling where we’re headed or if we’ll find us some trouble We’ll live out our dreams here on the road We’re not worried ‘bout tomorrow or what’s coming ‘round the bend so we’ll map it out together and raise hell along the way cause heaven’s on the way but we’ve got better things to do than take a break from loving to stop and look around We left sorrow far behind for that love we have in store And the good lord knows what we’re living for Keep a close eye over me and I’ll be looking after you Heaven’s on the way best believe it’s really true
2.
Black & Blue 03:10
Not long ago you made promises you couldn’t keep You had me believing that all I was needing was you I was willing to go down any road I had to go is there a difference between me and you or black & blue Good looking lady I don’t think that you really see The choices you’re making and how you’re tormenting me I up and left then you walked right back in again Is there a difference between me and you or black & blue Someday I’ll pull myself together On my way to some other town Find a place where there’s lots of sunny weather and if tomorrow you’ve worn out all your luck then look me up Because lately I haven’t been able to get any sleep Seems like all I can do is walk that old floor over you We both have our reasons for living the way that we do Is there a difference between me and you or black & blue
3.
There’s a cold wind hitting my window tonight Wish I had a fire to light Summer’s gone and fall is coming around Feel like I’m six feet in the ground Yesterday love was easy to lose Like a worn out pair of shoes now I’ve had time to see it my way It’s not so easy today I spent the last few weeks here living it up To get my head out of the past I swore you off you said you’d had enough The whole thing went to hell too fast
4.
I don’t think about you like I used to I sold the kitchen table, and the big brass bed And when I hear them say your name in passing I’m reminded empty space cannot replace Those tender words we shared It wasn’t long ago I held you in my arms It wasn’t long ago you changed my world You’re in somebody’s arms tonight and I’ll be thinking I’ll be alright, yes I’ll be fine when I’ve no more tears to cry I don’t dream about you like I used to Still I wake up reaching for your hand And in that moment old memories remind me The pain of realizing that you’re gone is simply more than I can stand
5.
They're rolling out big plans today Passing laws that change what you can say And at home we're fighting in the streets over politics and the way things used to be It’s not about who’s right or wrong cause they’ll defend their right to being free I'm not building walls by singing songs so I’m proud to be an all American singer Some people talk of tolerance yet they won’t tolerate a different stance No they’re not fine with staying blind to injustices they see every day when it comes to crime and equal pay I think it’s time we find a better way and I’ll stand up for democracy hey I’m proud to be an all American singer I’m gonna get down off the soapbox and get back behind a guitar with the band stop singing songs that draw hard lines that set the stage for chaos and divide I’m not here to say you’re wrong but we can come together through a song they take pride in taking sides well I’m proud to be an all American singer I hear talking on the radio of war on thought and conspiracy And some people judge their fellow man by their party or the color of their skin If I see you down the road my friend It don’t matter the race or class you’re living in we all find solace in a song so I’m proud to be an all American singer
6.
Listening to radio alone in my room thinking back on yesterday an old time country song comes on and I forget my troubles Listening to the music once again One time back in ‘89 on a Sunday in early autumn it hit me with that old time hymn sent a shiver down my spine and then I felt the great divine Listening to the music once again Let the singer sing the song And the guitar play the chord And I’m right where I belong In the glory of the song Living in times of war with evils that plague the earth it’s hard to find anything of worth and in my moment of despair I find something there Listening to the music once again
7.
I feel like I’ve been living too long good old days are dead and gone My good time buddies have all left town The bars we used to hit ain’t around Monday Tuesday it’s all the same Same old faces with different names the jukebox playing that same old song I feel like I’ve been living too long They say the best is yet to come But I can’t help thinking this race is run I’m beginning to see where I went wrong Been in this game just a little too long I feel like I’ve been living too long good old days are dead and gone The jukebox playing that same old song I feel like I’ve been living too long Another smoke and another drink That’s about the time that I start to think That I’ll just keep right keeping on Though I feel like I’ve been living too long I feel like I’ve been living too long good old days are dead and gone My good time buddies have all left town The bars we used to hit ain’t around And the days all seem the same Same old faces with different names Jukebox playing that same old song I feel like I’ve been living too long
8.
We planned to have it all love and happiness Winter spring and fall and summers full of bliss Someday we’d buy the house maybe have a couple kids We planned to have it all we didn’t plan for this at all There’s a picture in my mind of how life could have been If we didn’t build those walls when the storms of life came in and I could use a friend To help me sort it out We planned to have it all we didn’t plan for this at all
9.
I’m riding that train to the city I’m gonna have me a real big time There’s plenty of things, for this boy to see Find a pretty girl who’s dressed up fine And there’s a whole lot of pride in this smile I can’t hide And there’s no place in the world where the lights shine as bright I’m riding that train to the city I’m gonna find me one good time tonight I’ve got bills to pay ain’t no joke man And here the rent goes up every year I was up late last night cause my neighbors had a fight Thank god the coffee here they do it up right Some days I wonder what the hell I’m doing in this town Sometimes I just can’t tell up from down Hey I’m riding that train to the city I’m gonna have me a good time tonight Well time’s running out for guys like me they say Best start acting my age today Friends are leaving town for that suburban quiet down It’s true my youth is quickly slipping away But I feel alive tonight and come tomorrow I could be gone So I’ll grab my old guitar and sing another country song I’m riding that train to the city I’m gonna find one more good time tonight I hear that train underground I’m big city bound I’m gonna have me one good time tonight
10.
Emily 03:28
Emily is there anything I can say to change your mind maybe you’ll take these words of mine to your heart today Emily is there anything I could do to get to you is this trouble that I find here to stay I’m just a man who’s ordinary just a man who needs a woman to love and like a foolish child I’m working up some story to make you smile Emily is there something I don’t see that you do Or am I half crazy, for wanting you What have you got planned tomorrow Is there some place you wanna be Doesn’t the world have plenty of sorrow You don’t have to go and distance me Emily is there anything I can say To change your mind Cause this feeling I define Is here to stay
11.
You make it easy to love again You’re what I’m living for today You make it easy to love again and again Happiness is here to stay They say the game of love comes to an end Yet we know this love is real and not pretend Everyone we know can see it’s true That we’ve got a million reasons to see this through You make it easy to love again You’re what I’m living for today You make it easy to love again and again Happiness is here to stay They say the flame of love burns for a time Though we’ve never been this certain or in line We tried our luck with other love before Now it’s easier to love life more and more
12.
Thirty is turning to forty Another year has come and gone I made plans to do big things I resolved to finally right the wrongs I had dreams of a good life Maybe even find me a wife Trouble with me though I’m single and free Is time won’t take its time with me I got on that A train this morning Probably take the bus home late I’ve been wasting away at this old job Just to get a little food on my plate One last stop to the liquor store Before I tuck my blues in tonight Trouble my friend is I’m at a dead end And time won’t take its time with me Sure is an awful kind of feeling When your bank account is always low I don’t plan to start out stealing So I’ll earn a few lines in my brow I ain’t getting any younger And I’m seeing family less and less Trouble in mind and the world is unkind And time won’t take its time with me

credits

released August 14, 2020

produced by: Neal Casal

recorded at The Bunker Studio Brooklyn, NY
recorded between January 2019 and March 2019
Engineered by: Aaron Nevezie & Todd Carder
Mixed by: Aaron Nevezie
Mastered by Alex DeTurk at The Bunker Studio
Personnel
John Shannon- electric guitar, acoustic guitars
Jon Graboff- pedal steel guitar, resonator guitar
Roy Williams- piano, wurlitzer
Jeff Hill- electric bass, upright bass
Arthur Vint- drums, congas, percussion
Neal Casal- rhythm electric guitar (Track 11), acoustic guitar (6),
backing vocals Tracks 1-6,8,10,11

Musical guests
Courtney Jaye- vocal (Tracks 1-6 , 11)
Dori Freeman- vocal (Tracks 4, 6)
Mickey Raphael-harmonica (Track 5)
Norm Hamlet-dobro (Track 12)
Alex Hargreaves-fiddle (Track 8, 9)
Kristin Weber-fiddle (Track 6)
Matt Parker-tenor saxophone (track 8)
Strings arranged, performed and recorded by Chris Carmichael (Tracks 3, + 10)

Art direction and design by: Setty Hopkins
Photography Cover & back: Jammi York
Inner sleeve photography by: Neal Casal
All rights Copyright 2020 Zohora Music / Last Roundup Records
Distribution: Sony MRI
All songs written by Zephaniah OHora unless otherwise noted
Music by Z. OHora, J. Shannon, J. Graboff, R. Williams, J. Hill, A. Vint

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