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Non​-​Traditional Folk Songs

by Trail Magic

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Hug Monster 03:50
My love isn’t good for everyone It’s the pain from too much laughter It’s a loaded pellet gun My hug just might crush you in its grip And when I kiss you on the lips You might hate the taste The hug monster Might scare you away I could try to translate the way I feel And put the words down in a contract To help you understand the deal But I’m aware now of the consequences, see? I won’t reveal that side of me Until you sign your name The hug monster Sign your life away Now you’re mine Just you wait There comes a time For changing face
In the golden hour As the sun sets Ooh my body’s glowing Might my eyes need readjusting? Natural phenomena unfolding Puts me in this contemplative state All of these wonders I see Woven together so intricately Colors get brighter, then fade away As if they had something important to say And how ‘bout the things that you hear? All of the sound waves that fall on your ear Hearken the symphony of the sun The final movement has just now begun In this golden hour There is silence Ooh my ears are ringing From the quiet of the moment Darkness ‘round the corner Best enjoy it Soon enough they’ll turn on all the lights
People come in crowds And sing real loud To praise the name Of the one who knows you well But you can burn in hell If you reject this claim He loves you He will judge you He could kill you dead He could smite you Or maybe delight you He knows what’s in your head Forget about today It’ll be ok In the afterlife Or maybe this is it It’s all we get So enjoy the ride I could never try to explain it Why do you have to be superstitious? We may never know where this train will go Take this moment and do something with it
You and me Maybe we disagree But that don’t mean We can’t be family We might be Seeing things differently But I could never say a thing to hurt you You and me disagree But I could never say a thing to hurt you Brother, don’t you know that that’s the truth? Maybe we disagree But I could never say a thing to hurt you Sister, don’t you know that that’s the truth?
Interlude 04:41
I couldn’t let it go So I wound up alone And now the house is sold And I keep getting old I used to be fine in my old state of mind Now I’m lost in the physical world I could’ve thrown out these ideas long ago (How’d it come to this? How’d it come to this?) If I had had more confidence, but I don’t know (Losing confidence, losing confidence) I’m feeling sorry for myself Don’t pay attention to my health And I’ve got one thing on my mind Who do I have to blame but me? With no one there to oversee I’ve always had to improvise
Just A Man 03:06
I have wandered miles of road And the more I see, the more I question what I know ‘Cause in my life, there seem to be Endless pathways as far as I can see Don’t listen to a word they say It isn’t just another day I travelled all the way across this land Just so today I could understand I’ve got to shut my eyes and rest my mind Try to leave it all behind My body’s all that I can have I remind myself, I’m just a man All you have to do To witness something much bigger than you Is lift your chin and then your eyes To see the planets spiraling the skies I’m just a man, Don’t you understand I’m doing what I can But, I’m just a man Just a man man man man man Just a man man man man man Just a man man man man man I’m just a man


Despite its short (22 minute) play time, Non-Traditional Folk Songs is a true concept album, complete with musical themes and seamless transitions. Each song is part of a single journey as the record attempts to transport the listener through a full range of emotional settings and musical plot points. A two-minute beach party leads directly into a 5-minute, epic instrumental piece featuring piano and strings. A sultry, jazz-laced tune gives way to a percussive island jam.

In a style that is becoming signature, Trail Magic’s Justin Maurer and Taylor Zachry (formerly of Colorfeels) have produced another record (see Colorfeels’ Syzygy) that, in another life, could have easily been the soundtrack to a film. Non-Traditional Folk Songs is unique in that it was meant to be listened to as a whole, from start to finish, but each song stands quite well on its own.


released May 6, 2014


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Trail Magic Nashville, Tennessee

In the Appalachian wilderness, Trail Magic is the term for a felicitous act of goodwill bestowed upon a weary traveller. After the dissolution of their previous band, Taylor Zachry and Justin Maurer (formerly of Colorfeels) quickly found a shared appreciation for the balance between the purity of the musical experience and a “serious-but-not-too-serious” approach to lyric writing. ... more

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