The Forgotten Sons of Steel River

by Nicholas Rowe

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released November 30, 2011

"Stranger That I Am" was written by Bro. John Wagner. All other songs were written by Nicholas Rowe (with thanks to R. W. Emerson for the inspiration behind "Nature" and Brennan Manning for the inspiration behind "Down To The River.")

Let's give a big hand to Gena Rowe for her background vocals throughout the album, Brandon Abbott for providing most of the organ work on the album and background vocals on "The Lord Is Coming Soon," and Jonathan Hape for all the drum work, the bass on "The Lord Is Coming Soon" and "It Won't Be Long," and what I like to call the 'Auld Lang Slide' guitar work on "The One We Should Blame." Also, we can't forget about Jeremiah Wagner, Amanda Wagner, Lauren Rowe, and Justin Prouse for their additional background vocals on "Stranger That I Am."

All songs recorded and mixed by Nicholas Rowe except "The One We Should Blame," recorded and mixed by Jonathan Hape, and all songs mastered at Holiday Friends Record Co. by Justin Jolley.

Artwork/Cover Design by Este Hupp.

Copyright 2011. McKinley House Publishing/BMI.

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Track Name: The Lord Is Coming Soon
I got trouble like you ain't never seen
I must have a million enemies.
They're on their way to come and kill me tonight,
But the Lord is coming soon, Oh my my.

All my life I ain't done no good
Till a preacher's wife told me what I should.
She said repent your sins and when I asked her why
She said the Lord is coming soon, Oh my my.

The Lord is coming soon, Oh my my
The Lord is coming soon, Oh my my
She said repent your sins and when I asked her why
She said the Lord is coming soon, Oh my my

Sit right down and I will tell the tale
Of how the walls in Jericho did fell.
They gathered round it and let out this cry;
They said the Lord is coming soon, Oh my my.

He's the pillar of fire consuming everything,
The one that Moses followed to the raging sea
Singin' Pharaoh's men, they are close behind
But the Lord is coming soon, Oh my my.

The Lord is coming soon, Oh my my
The Lord is coming soon, Oh my my
Pharaoh's men, they are close behind, but
The Lord is coming soon, Oh my my
Track Name: It Won't Be Long
Well I got this old guitar and
I am changin' all it's strings.
Growing out my hair and
I'm selling everything.
It won't be long
'Til I'm back out on the road.
It won't be long.
Get your fill of me tonight girl,
Because tomorrow I'll be gone.

I got this burning in my soul
I got this aching in my heart.
I got a road I got to travel down
And its high time that I start.
It won't be long
'Til you won't see me anymore.
It won't be long.
That's why I told you when I met you
That I couldn't stick around for very long.

Everybody everybody knows
You got to live before you die and
Make the most of everything before you go.
Everybody everybody knows
Everybody listen up now
It won't be long.

To you who diagnose diseases
But don't offer any cures,
And to you who laugh at honor
And are shocked to find traitors
It won't be long
'Til it all comes back to you.
It won't be long.
Laugh it up now while you can boys
Judgment day is gonna come.

And to you beaten and betrayed
You lonely brokenhearted masses
He that loves this life will lose it
And the first will be last.
It won't be long
'Til these promises come true.
It won't be long.
Stop living like a slave, you've been set free
Now pick up your mat and walk.
Track Name: Nature
If you ever want to find a brand new home
I'll take you away. I won't ask why.
We could find a field of our very own;
Playground and garden, and our bed at night.

We could take a train across the city,
And watch the puppet show as it goes by;
Men and women running to get home
Or bartering or fighting, talking out of rhyme,

The earnest mechanic, the lounger, the beggar,
The boys and the dogs in the alleyway.
The architecture, like frozen music,
Sings a song of this city's better days.

We could just stay here out of the forest
And let the postman run all our errands for us,
But there's something shameful in the pure joy of the poet
Until he is alone without the eyes of man to spoil it.

If you ever want to find a brand new home
I'll take you away. I won't ask why.
If you ever wanna find a brand new home
Just say goodbye.
Track Name: The One We Should Blame
The wind is blowing cold tonight,
And the streets are awfully wet.
I ducked beneath a neon sign and
Through the door I went.

I fell in love a long time ago
With a girl who don't know my name,
So if I don't know much about love
Then I guess I'm the one we should blame.

I had a enough cash for a stiff drink,
Just something to warm up my bones.
I been all around and I'm lonely.
I know what I'm missing and I miss it all.

I fell in love a long time ago
But I let my pride get in the way
So if I don't know much about love
Then I guess I'm the one we should blame.

The dancing girls twirl in the red light.
They look better from farther away.
The bartender gives the last call for the night
And soon I'm back out in the rain.

I fell in love like never before
And Elenore was the girl's name.
But I left her crying, I don't know what for
But I guess I'm the one we should blame.
Track Name: Down To The River
I been down to the river
And I've seen the new believer's getting baptized.
And I've been stumbling through the darkness
Liquored up and heartless and lost.

I been down in the subway
And I've seen that old man with a burden.
He may shift that heavy suitcase
from one hand to the next but he'll never put it down.

And I used to think of myself as someone
Who could pick myself up by my own bootstraps.
But if you ignore the truth for long enough
You really only give it cause to bite back.

God told Paul,
in your weakness I Am strong.
I will no take this sin away
Because my grace, it is enough.

And I am just a little child
So worn out and wobbly kneed,
But I know this world is not the only thing
The good Lord's got for me;

I been down to the river.
Track Name: Stranger That I Am
All my friends are stray cats and dogs
And crying little kids;
Lonely men, abandoned women
Living on the skids.

Oh but, that doesn't make me bad
It just makes me a trifle sad
Because I haven't anybody
To call my own.

I guess that's part of being a rolling stone.

But if I had it all to do
One more time again
I'd ask if I could have it back
And share it with my friends.
That's the kind of stranger that I am.

Country roads and city sidewalks;
Places left to see.
Vagabond kings and gypsy queens
Have reasons to be free.

But freedom may soon be gone
And so I got to travel on
Even if I've got to
Make it on my own

I guess I'll live and die a rolling stone.