Acoustalyn II

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released June 5, 2014

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Acoustalyn Austin, Texas

Acoustalyn is an Austin-based musical act entitled "Acoustalyn", featuring two females vocalists, acoustic guitarists, violin, mandolin, percussion, and bass. They play extensively throughout Austin and Central Texas.
Acoustalyn's music incorporates beautiful melodies and vocal harmonizing with thoughtful lyrics, and covers a wide range of acoustic genres including folk, bluegrass, and Celtic.
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Track Name: May You Always
May You Always
lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2008 R.P. Crawford; all right reserved.



I see a well-versed holy man leading his sheep to the slaughter;

he may not have any answers for you;

break away and in the valley below you shall drink from the water;

soon you will know what you’re gonna do;


may you always smile (I love you);

may you always play;

in the brightest meadows soaked by the rain;

may you always stay;


I see a rainbow peeking its head over an ugly hill on the horizon;

a little hope is always better than none;

I get a feeling somewhere inside that tells me I ought to stop hiding;

I think you might be my chosen one;


be it a pastureland or a holy land there’s a danger around every corner;

and the danger lies in you not knowin’ what to do;

clear your head and listen to your heart the smokescreen’s already fadin’;

you will never be unknown if you love the truth;
Track Name: Daydream
Daydream
lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2008 R.P. Crawford; all right reserved.



yesterday, in a hidden wood, I saw a fountain flowing where I knew it would;

and it felt like home;

another time, I might have walked away and never known where my instincts might have led me that day;

would I have ever known?

neither make believe or reality, seems so attractive when I begin to see

what we‘re moving towards;

and I often pray that tomorrow may bring the wonder and clarity that I found that day

and last forevermore;

but we fear day to day, will we make it, will we be OK?

just give me one of your smiles;

and I’ll catch up to you after a while;
Track Name: Let Me Shake You Down
Let Me Shake You Down
lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2008 by Richard Crawford. All rights reserved.



Let me be your fascination; let me answer your call;

Let me be your one true savior; let me be your one and all;

let me be the one you turn to when your momentum stalls;

I could break your fall;


It may not seem like everything; it may not seem like much;

but the love that I’ve always felt for you makes me want to protect you;

and keep you wherever you go; I just wanted you to know;


So come and let me shake you down to your foundation;

and I swear I will always be there to build you back up;

come and let the two be one in this old (long) revelation;

and I’ll be gone on the first train if I ever let you down;


Let me be your shining example; let me in from the cold;

let me know your disappointments; let me help you from feeling cold;

let me be the one you turn to when your story’s been told;

I’ll be there to grab ahold;
Track Name: Bonnie Day To Thee
Bonnie Day To Thee
lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2009 by Richard Crawford. All rights reserved.



when I made my life plan I did not understand there’s always other things on the horizon;

to get in the way of everything I do today, black smoke and trouble rising;

my best laid plans should never be greater than the sum total of my doubt;

in my darkest gloom I discovered new rooms, rooms that I now can’t live without;


pray a bonnie day to thee just you wait and see things are better seen in the morning;

when the night has passed beyond the shadow that's been cast, you’ll see that it was just a false warnin';

pray a bonnie day to thee;


and I know about my pride how it always there inside, waiting for a chance to come calling;

it can save me some of the time but other times it‘s a lie, rearing it’s ugly head and forestalling;

everything I got to give and the days I’ve left to live let go of all my control;

so I might be around to when you run aground and help you out of this hole;


the rain clouds might be just what I need that I may later see the sun a’shining;

and maybe why I’m here is to ease your fears and bring to an end all your cryin;

guess we’ll just have to wait and see;
Track Name: Remain Together
Remain Together
(lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2008 by Richard Crawford. All rights reserved)



will ya’ let me know when we’re in tune; sometimes I’m way ahead of you;

other times you’re way ahead of me; but most of the time I find that we agree;

we have dusted ourselves off and shared our closets; more than just a few dark secrets in there to be known;

we have cast our lots and drank of the poison;

we’ve lied to ourselves and let the truth be told;


always in my soul I’ll hold your passion; forever on that you may rely;

not to be undone by moments passin’; as long as we remain together inside;


abundantly we’ll stand through the years; then wake up one day and find our time is near;

we’ll leave here easy, the world will forget; as for me, I found heaven the moment we met;

leaving behind all the criticism and sorrow; the misunderstanding and the hate that caused your pain;

we have looked inside and found ourselves worthy; of the friendship and the knowledge we have gained;
Track Name: (I Think I'm) Gonna Make It
(I Think I’m) Gonna Make It
lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2009 by Richard Crawford. All rights reserved.

rayguns in my holsters, blood stains on my hands;

dead or alive unwanted posters, sanctuary in another land;

new lives incognito, sudden change of plans;

looking over my shoulder, a hunted, wanted man;

memories of lives gone by, bright and shiny days;

threatened by an overcast, swept out of the way;

shield me with your love; save me from the rising flood;

I saw something in your eyes, I never thought I would find;

help me make up my mind, (and) I think I’m gonna make it, this time;

yeah I think I’m gonna make it this time; yeah I think I’m gonna make it this time;


ink spots on my fingers, stories in my head;

memories that won’t linger, can’t recall what was said;

a thousand plastic soldiers abandoned and left for dead;

sleigh bells on my rooftop, fresh straw (chain saws) in my bed;

breaking out the good stuff?, taking all day long;

making time to clear my head, wondering what went wrong;

voices calling from above; can‘t recall what I was thinking of;

and please don’t make me decide; the water’s deep, the river wide;

running out of places to hide. but I know I’m gonna make it this time;

yeah I think I’m gonna make it this time; yeah I think I’m gonna make it this time;


opposition has gotten bolder with the passage of time;

and now that I’m a bit older it’s my youth that I must find;

and I think I’m gonna make it this time, yeah I think I’m gonna make it this time;

yeah I think I’m gonna make it this time;
Track Name: Thanks To You
Thanks To You

lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2008 R.P. Crawford; all right reserved.


somewhere in the distance there’s a place I see;

where the rusty ball and chain waits for me;

I have no place to go, no place to hide my eyes;

when the black nightmares they start to creep inside;

taking over my dreams and making me look away

how much closer to the pain will I get today;

but maybe if ‘ya let me tell you all the things I think I know

maybe you can tell me if I should stay the night, or if I should go;

Ain’t it funny how we feel inside

like a couple of has-beens, yesterday’s news;

but I no longer want to run and hide;

there’s one too many pebbles in my shoes


thanks to you...I finally saw the light

thanks to you, this might turn out alright;

and hope is all I’ll ever ask for

now there’s a chance that I won’t have to die alone;

thanks to you;


There was a quiet place hidden beneath a smoky lake;
rolling into the distance, no more love to make;
the lightnin’ roars and I think of you;
need more time to try and think this through;
I believed in you, you believed in me;
none of that matters much now from what I can see;
but if you let me into your dreams some rainy day;
maybe you can tell me if I should come over tonight, or if I should go away;
Track Name: St. Valentine
St. Valentine

lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2008 by Richard Crawford. All rights reserved.


and with this ring I do thee wed, forever and all time;

but when came the cold you did depart, and I have no need for St. Valentine

you found me in the month of Februar, when the winds they strongly blew;

a mere fortnight had passed and I felt my heart at last

could nest and lie in peace;

so meet me ‘ore the water

meet me anywhere;

for I shall never find another

whom St. Valentine has thought to spare;


when the hoar frost turns the world to cold, that also shall my poor heart do

I hoped ‘till the last but now my strength has passed

so surely shall my pain now cease

so meet me ‘ore the water

meet me anywhere;

for I shall never find another

whom St. Valentine has thought to spare;
Track Name: When The Handshake Becomes The Hug
When The Handshake Becomes The Hug

lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2008 by Richard Crawford. All rights reserved.



you wanna hang out then maybe we can go on a quick little trip down to Mexico;

we can disappear late, we won’t tell your Mother;

by the morning time we couldn’t find your clothes, rotgut Tequila, wilted rose;

if it wasn’t you it just would have been another;

ain’t it funny how we were the best of friends, and now I can never look you in the face again;

that’s the way things go when the handshake becomes the hug;


remember the story about the boy next door, the one that you dream of, the one you adore;

you think that you were meant for each other;

when I married you I wanted a wife not stuck with someone for the rest of my life;

cuckold, browbeaten and smothered;

looking back now I realize the mistakes of youth beckon in your twinklin’ eyes;

that's what you get when when the handshake becomes the hug;


I think we should try and just say friends I wanna see you again don’t wanna blow it;

they say there’s a lot more fish in the sea;

I know that might be hard to do we’ve known each other longer than a moment;

come on and throw your lot in with me;


that’s the chance we take when the handshake becomes the hug;

that’s the chance we take when the handshake becomes the hug;
Track Name: The Piper, Who Calls The New Day
The Piper, Who Calls The New Day
lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2009 by Richard Crawford. All rights reserved.



If you hold out for me a candle; then I might find my way;

Then forswear ever to gamble; my future again someday;

And if the dew remains in the meadows; and your heart did ever I stir;

You may guide me from these shadows; that ye may lead me through this world;


and the rainbows go on forever;

And the piper, who calls the new day;

beckons that ye shall follow;

Along your troubled way;


if my life could be but merry; all my nights and all my days;

I could be to others a candle; and help them come what may;

as the mist surrounds the mountains; so shall my heart unknown;

hold you in safe harbor; never more to hunt alone;


If I could but speak in riddles;

carve magic circles, speak in tongues;

I should never be forgiven;

had not I your honor won;

and the piper calls the new day; the piper calls the sun;

oh, piper call the new day; gather everyone;
Track Name: Until The End
Until The End
lyrics and accompanying music copyright 2008 R.P. Crawford; all right reserved.



we live in a place called the Heartland; self reliant, hand in hand;

no complaints, all in all I’d say; a firm foundation in the land;

we lost everything; our harvest turned to blood;

and I’d give anything; to get my family out of that flood;


we raised Johnny to believe in himself; God and Country, lemonade stands;

remember the first time he called me Dad?; remember his tiny, little hands?;

but we lost everything; an oil company’s black gold whore;

and I’d give anything; to bring my boy back from that war;


lead me safely back to the shore, let me in through your front door;

when the rain begins to pour; I want you to know you’re the one I’m waiting for;

my friend, until the end, then we‘ll settle the score;