The Gift Village

by nick morrison

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1.
You gotta walk that lonesome valley You gotta walk it by yourself Ain’t nobody else, can walk it for you You gotta walk that lonesome valley by herself My mother she's gonna walk that lonesome valley My mother she’s gonna walk it by herself Ain’t nobody else, can walk it for her My mother she’s gonna walk that lonesome valley, by herself And when we march upon the temple We'll be marching hand in hand When we march together no one can stop us Oh we gotta march upon the temple hand in hand Oh but when you ride that silver highway Yes I’ll be ridin’ by your side Anywhere in the world, you go I’ll follow Yeah I’m gonna ride that silver highway by your side You gotta walk that lonesome valley You gotta walk it by yourself Ain’t nobody else, can walk it for you You gotta walk that lonesome valley by herself
2.
Joshua Tree 06:20
Born with a silver spoon Through velvet curtains we stared at the moon On silken carpets we travelled far And I played the piano, and you played guitar Little sister of mine tell me where will you go I am going to the desert where the wildflowers grow Little sister of mine tell me where will you be I’m going to a place called Joshua Tree I can’t follow in your footsteps, and I can't ease your fears It ain’t on me to make you happy, in this world full of tears No I don’t need a garden just gimme rocks and sand Gonna drive out all the way to the end of the road Make my home out on the land Little sister of mine tell me where will you go I am going to the desert where the wildflowers grow Little sister of mine tell me where will you be I’m going to a place called Joshua Tree Joshua tree, Joshua tree, I am going to a place called Joshua Tree And now it’s time, away I fly, Gonna get drunk on the stars and sky And brother there’s no need to cry To all of my lovers I say goodbye We'll meet again in the by and by...
3.
Turtle Dove 04:21
To walk across the desert to the water we seek We’re gonna need a lot of love To reach the other side of the ocean so wide and so deep We gotta fly like the turtledove Oh Eh Oh Ay, fly like the turtledove To broker a peace between the wolf and the sheep We’re gonna need a lot of love If gonna we wriggle free from the grip of the raven’s beak We gonna cry like the turtledove Oh Eh Oh Ay, cry like the turtledove To keep on a fighting when we're facing defeat We’re gonna need a lot of love Before we begin we gotta wake the sleepy ones from their sleep We gotta coo like the turtledove Oh Eh Oh Ay, coo like the turtledove To bring in all the people who are living apart We’re gonna need a lot of love Keep a candle burning for the ones who are lost in the dark We gotta sing like the turtledove Oh Eh Oh Ay, sing like the turtledove To keep on a fighting when we’re facing defeat We gotta wake the sleepy ones from there sleep To bring in all the people who are living apart We gotta keep a candle for the ones who are lost in the dark
4.
5.
Refugee Song 04:46
Gonna walk a thousand miles Gonna crawl a thousand more Gonna live my life in exile Lord I’m about to break I can’t take the war no more Gonna leave my wife and children Gonna learn to speak in many tongues And i’ll do my best to learn to do Whatever labor you need done I’ll sell the little that I own I’ll sow the money in my coat The smugglers will take it from me When i climb inside the boat And sail away to peaceful shores Lord I’m about to break I can’t take the war no more Ten more borders must I cross to reach my brothers in the north And in the woods I hear the dogs howling like a pack of wolves When I emerge from underground my feet will carry me no more Tired and hungry and empty handed I’ll be standing at your door Oh I’ll be at your mercy ‘cause I can’t take the war no more And if someday I do return And reach my home all overgrown I’ll welcome every stranger who Knocks upon my door And live in peace til I am old Lord I’m about to break I can’t take the war no more
6.
Morning Song 02:53
7.
I don’t need... You know I don’t really need All of the things that I say I need I got an ice machine I got a radiator, a station wagon I got a shining portal to a universe Of images of things and people I might someday meet and Others I will never know One day we will wake up under a new sun We will feel less alone there’ll be Nothing left to win or lose, no-oh vacations No record deals, no newspapers And no more hollywood movies No I don’t need a translator to read What’s written in the sand No I don’t need a religion to believe The creator has a plan And I don’t need a diamond And I don’t need a gun And I don’t need a microphone Oh and I don’t need an airplane To get where I'm going We all need clean water A drop of honey for our tea And we all need something to believe in And we know that it ain’t money And these prison bars feel paper thin Like we could brush them all away How can it be so hard to get from more to less? Oh people let me hear you say: We don’t need oh we don’t need We don’t need all of the things that they say that we need

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released June 12, 2020

Recorded September 9-10, 2019, in Schenkendorf, Brandenburg, Germany.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alexis Baskind (alexisbaskind.net)

Cover Art by Maike Novák

All songs written and performed by Nick Morrison, except:

'Lonesome Valley'
traditional w/additional lyrics and arranging by Nick Morrison

'Joshua Tree'
Lyrics by Maike Novák, music by Nick Morrison

Additional vocals on 'We Don't Need' by Maike Novák and Malika Alaoui

Thanks to Malika, Alexis, and Rico for helping to make this recording happen.
Thanks to Maike for everything else.

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nick morrison Berlin, Germany

Nick Morrison is a French-American guitarist and singer-songwriter. After 14 years with various projects in Chicago, Boston, and New York, he moved to Berlin in 2012.  By turns melancholic, whimsical, tender, and meditative, his songs and finger-picked guitar style draw on a range of influences, including american folk music, acoustic blues, and west-african music. ... more

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