Barefooted & Still Breathing

by Jackson Cavalier

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This album was written and recorded in the Spring/Summer of 2013. I’m extremely proud of it and all the work that I, and all of my band-mates have put into it. Don Lloyd and Leah Swenson of Barncat Entertainment recorded and produced my art in a way that expressed my heart and soul without any filter and I am forever indebted to them for the amount of work, effort, and brilliance they put into the album on their own part. I’m overjoyed by all the good vibes we've gotten from crowds while busking and playing gigs. This whole experience has been a blessing and to all of you that have influenced me, or have had an affect on my life over the years I hope these songs somehow give a little bit of that sunshine back to you. This album is for you. Thank you all so very much.

-Jackson Cavalier

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released September 9, 2013

Recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered, by Don Lloyd and Leah Swenson at Barncat Entertainment, Honeoye Falls, NY.

Jackson Cavalier- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica
James Schrag- Violin, Mandolin
Matthias Galley- Trombone
Nathan Kester- Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Backup Vocals

Artwork by Alexandria Mockbee

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Jackson Cavalier Rochester, New York

A band of soldiers on the cosmic highway, spanning all space and time. Knowing only three truths: That music is the universal language of dreamers, those dreams dreamt our founded on the empty space inside the heart, and the heart is the only thing that keeps the omnipresent ever-expanding soul eternal, unbound. ... more

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Track Name: Janis
Janis I didn't plan it dammit
I never got your message on my phone,
and you know I'd never say I'm sorry
but sorry's better than being all alone,
and those nights we spent alone and seperate
the words we should've said got caught in our throats.
You told me your secret and I kept it
those 3 words you left at the dialtone.

And now I can't believe that anything you said could set me free,
and to be trite and true I never knew a heart could be so blue.
So give me one last chance and I'll be sure to turn your crooked heart.
I know it's hard I know it's hard I've known it from the start.

I can't play make believe again
it's just not how it ought to be
cuz' when I found you sitting there alone with your eclectic hair
I fell harder than the flower for the bee
and those nights we spent alone and seperate
the words we should've said got caught in our throats.
You told me your secret and I kept it
those 3 words you left at the dialtone.

And now I can't believe that anything you said could set me free,
and to be trite and true I never knew a heart could be so blue.
So give me one last chance and I'll be sure to turn your crooked heart.
I know it's hard I know it's hard I've known it from the start.

Janis I didn't plan it dammit, didn't you?
You told me your secret and I kept it, those 3 words you left;
Baby, I love you.
Track Name: If (and when) it Rains
If it rains, then let it rain,
and if the sky is falling down,
know I'll be back tomorrow
to turn that frown back upside down.

And if your heart it turns it's back
on the one that you once loved,
dont fret that pain and hunger
it will end with time, my son.

Oh when life gets hard it's best to just relax,
and when things get tough well you just gotta have
freind's that trust and family at your back,
cuz' in the end that's all you got left.

If it rains, then let it rain,
and if the sky is falling down,
know I'll be back tomorrow
to turn that frown back upside down.

And if your dreams they get lost,
at what cost will it come?
A life so bitter,
lofty goals became undone.

Cuz' when you find that time has taken you a back
to the place that you love and the people that stay in your head,
you're gonna find that heart you've been missing for oh so long,
and youll realize how long youve been wrong

If it rains, then let it rain,
and if the sky comes falling down,
know I'll be back tomorrow
to turn your frown back upside down.
Track Name: Scarlet Eyes
You walked up and asked me to dance,
but no dear I wont take the chance.
I won't get caught up in your stare,
and no this aint love don't go there.
You smiled from across the room,
your teeth barred so elegant too.
Your haunches were ready to pounce,
taking me in ounce for ounce.

As you sink your teeth into my skin,
ivory knives breathe it in.
When pearly white becomes dim
your scarlet eyes draw me in
to a place so tenuous too,
as far as the sun and the moon;
where I cannot come back so soon,
without damages brought on by you.

Your the tumor in my side.
The widow to my bride.
The feeling that I felt inside,
the one I felt when I died.
Track Name: Let Me Know (what I mean to you tonight)
Let me know what I mean to you tonight.
Are we friends or lovers is this more than black and white?
And in the morning when we wake up, will we be alright?
so let me know what I mean to you tonight.

The clock on the wall says it's 2 in the morning,
and im falling faster with every tick,
but this silence is so overwhelming.
This kiss.. what if, what if..

And you say that you cant love another,
and I'm just another boy on your list.
But what happens when were holdin' one and other,
please tell me, is there something I have missed?

so let me know what I mean to you tonight
is this feeling in my heart really right?
and if your willing to turn out the light,
id like to know what's really on your mind.

I've had my heart broke, twisted, and thrown in the trash,
so excuse me for being so crass.
but I think I've found something real this time around..
my heart, it pounds so loud..

Let me know what I mean to you tonight.
Are we friends or lovers is this more than black and white?
And in the morning when we wake up, will we be alright?
so let me know what I mean to you tonight.

The clock on the wall says it's 2 in the morning,
and im falling faster with every tick,
but this silence is so overwhelming.
This kiss.. what if, what if..

And you say that you cant love another,
and I'm just another boy on your list.
But what happens when were holdin' one and other,
please tell me, is there something I have missed?
Track Name: House of The Broken Kids
I went to the broken house,
full of broken kids.
They were all strung out on speed,
and all the things you did.
But it don't matter now, as tears roll down their chins.
They were beaten and they were shook up and they're all,
broken kids.

There was no electricity, no water in the sink.
There was only red and black and white and everything was pink cuz they're all sick,
those broken things.
Cuz' there's you and me, and I and I,
and were all,
broken kids.

And in that broken house
in the corner of a blacked out room
theres scripture on the walls and it speaks to me and you
and if you read em' then youll know exactly what to do
tell your children tell your wive's thats there's no coming back for you
that there's no coming back for you.

Broken Kids
Track Name: Anna Lu
Mama left home in 86' picked up a gun and learned to kick
oh how she wanted to fly til' Reagan put that spit in her eye.
Straightened her back, found her name, went on down the easy way
bought an Oldsmobile for her caravan
and settled on down with her man.

So if you wanna learn to fly
you better hold your wits close by, cuz' you never know where that current's gonna blow you next.
And if you find yourself a home
but your stoned, cold, and alone,
better carry on with that breeze that's blowin' by.

Well my mothers mother she, was a jubilant lady
who's biggest joy was the joy in everyone's hearts.
No matter how big or how small she had love for one and all,
and she gave back to the world every day
in every little way

So if you wanna make sense of time
better learn to count the rhymes to your favorite song your favorite poem too,
and if you wanna love the world
you better give the hearts a turn
of the evil, downtrodden, and happy all the same.

And my sister oh my sister she found herself a mister
broken as a vacant as lonesome as a vagabond,
and the good she does for him was passed down from our kin,
and I wrote this song to thank them for that grace.

So all you sons and daughters you'd do well to stay true to mother
and the lovin' ways that she raised,
and do best to keep in mind your maternal caring side
because that's all your gonna need to live a happy life.
Track Name: Fever Dream
Last night I saw you
inside my fever dream.
I tried to warn you,
I called to plead and scream,
but you cant hear me
my voice so daft and mean.
Oh my, oh darling,
I wait for you to sleep.

Oh I can see you
but I cannot believe,
your heat, your hunger,
lord knows I cannot feed.
So I, I wonder,
is this just another
fever dream?

I woke to silence
a breaking piercing scream.
My room was darkened
by lies I could not keep.
I was so frightened
my breath could hardly beat.
Stuck there, so frozen,
my love you're draining me.

Oh I can see you
but I cannot believe,
your heat, your hunger,
lord knows I cannot feed.
So I, I wonder,
is this just another
fever dream?

Is this just another fever dream?
Oh my love, oh how you make me scream.
I've wandered, and wondered, and how I've tried to plead,
But I can't escape this nightmarish scene...
Track Name: Just Take Your Lonesome Self, and Leave Me Alone
Oh girl quit your crying I don't need that shit no more,
and I'm so sick of seeing your face outside my door.
So please don't come around here no more.
I got a new thing now, and oh she loves me more.

Girl you broke my heart, oh girl you broke my bones,
but here you are now cryin' to me over the phone.
Oh, you cant find a better man you're so alone?
Well that's too damn bad I'm happier that you're gone.

Cuz' you're a liar and a cheater and too many kinds of low.
You ask for forgiveness but baby that time is gone.
Go ask some other man too foolish to know,
just take your lonesome self, and leave me alone.

Tattered, abused, and used, you left me no place to go.
And livin' in a gutter ain't no kind of home.
But I'm back on my feet and word on on the street says everyone knows,
how ya' did me no right, and how you torture other men's souls.

So just wallow in your filth and mind your own.
I'm a grown ass man who don't need this shit no more.
Your heart's like a diamond if diamonds were made from coal,
and your dirty little ways have left you alone.
Track Name: Spellbound
There's lipstick on the microphone,
so now I think I better go.
Too many shades of black and white,
so like a dog I bite that bone

But we've been through this
so can we please just move it along?
I've tried to tune in
but there's just something wrong.

There's plastic seagulls on the beach,
they're out of reach, just like me.
Thousand pawns call out in distress
They're in need, but I can barely breathe.

I didn't choose this
my options were just 1 or 3.
Now I can't prove this,
but I think you cast your spell on me.

Oh you cast your spell on me,
I wont escape with my life it seems,
on the seventh hour, of the seventh scene,
I will rise to dance with the again.

No colors fill my eyes
I am blind and diseased.
First time you crossed my mind,
the sun it rose in the East.
And when that new day rose
I was lost to your heat.
I tried to break this mold
but this spell is beyond me.

Oh you cast your spell on me,
I wont escape with my life it seems,
on the seventh hour, of the seventh scene,
I will rise to dance with the again.
Track Name: Emerson Hill
I felt it in my skin.
My bones crawled out and my flesh went limp.
As you nestled your pretty little head,
I had a dream that dyin' wouldn't really be so bad.
And in the night
we were swallowed whole
by the monsters in our brain's
and I swear that nothing could feel more like home.

I never knew I could
feel so young again
then when we sat under the moon
on the hill where I played as a kid.
Where I used to play war
and pretend I was older then,
such wreckless, silly games,
and I feel like I am at it once again.

Well if I was lying, I really should confess,
listenin' to eyes so bright I couldn't care less.
In fact before that night I swear I'd be better off dead,
but when I saw the light it wasn't from above it was laying on my chest.

How you rattled my skin and my bone,
my shaky voice as it left my stupid throat.
And we went inside to be with our friends,
all passed out and drunk with such peaceful expression.
And how I dared to be so bold,
I asked you to come to bed so as I wouldn't be sleeping all alone.

Then it hit me just like a wave.
This feeling I had I could never try to tame.
It took me a moment just to try and speak a word,
but when I did the sweetest thing that ever did happen, well it occurred.

And yes I do know we've both been feeling low.
There's a cross on the wall but temptation isn't gone.
When I met you I could've never knew,
how our stars could cross so easily under the moon.

Up on Emerson Hill.
Track Name: Wayfarer's Blues
I'm gonna buy a resonator guitar, and throw it in my car,
gonna drive the East coast down back to that little town.
That's where my baby roams in the gulf of mexico,
and boy it's been too long since I've held in her my arms..

and if she's found another man, my heart will break in half.
So lord, please forgive me for leavin' like I did.

When we said goodbye it was a beautiful disguise.
I said I won't be gone too long but my ship was pulled along,
by a current to the sea where the sirens called to me,
but I broke their spell with ease because my love belongs to the..

and as I gazed up at the moon I wonder if that same moon shone on you,
back on that golden shore I couldn't wait no more.

Well I'm not afraid of failure,
I'm afraid of falling apart.
And if love could only spare me,
I'd fix this broken heart.
But my happy sappy sad song,
this lowly excuse for art.
If you could only see me lover,
you'd be happier where you are.

So my love here I come to the beat of your heart's drum.
Gonna shoot my arrow's bow with cupid's sharpened stone,
and when you see my face on your street,
you're gonna run into my arms and remember all we are..