Eastward

by Hudson

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released 01 October 2010

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Hudson Bellingham, Washington

Hudson is a folk rock band specializing in concept albums. Each album is written and recorded over the course of a musically immersive seven days, and tells a unique story.

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Track Name: Go East Young Man
Listen my son
After many long years of being gone
Your brother John's
Been found in the hands of his captors

Your time has come
And you are the only able one
To get this done
To find the one's that we're after

Do you recall
It was 27 years ago
In early Fall
Your father fell to the sword of our foe

And these same men
Are the ones who took your closest kin
Now venture East
So John can start his life again

Along the way your heart will be strong
Track Name: Woven Saddle
Down in the valley I take my leave
I bid farewell to the only place I've lived
A golden blanket of fallen leaves
Clears my mind of all the things I did

A loaf of bread, my trusted steed
A woven saddle mother made for me
The months ahead will bring their share
Of troubled times

Weeks gone by; rations have run dry
A groaning in the bottom of my
Belly cries out for
Something which I have no more

In my famished time
I spot a lamplight
Stumble upon a path
Of friendly folk at last
Track Name: The Cobbler
A ragged old man reached out his hand
Brought me inside of his traveling caravan
His face was rough, his hands were tough
But I could see in his eyes he was a gentleman I could trust

His pants were worn and his sweater all torn
Out on the road with his trusty old labrador
He offered me stew and his finest homebrew
My hunger was plenty and words were but few

Asked where was I going and where was I from
My travels will lead me to the land of the rising sun
The look on his face was a look of surprise
Lit up with excitement, and the depths of his eyes

Showed his path was the same, he knew it by name
"If we travel together, we'll be safer" he claimed
I fully agreed, as did my steed
A much needed rest after many hard weeks

Hopeless with lack of a plan
Rescued in this foreign land
Hopeful that we'll find a way
The East will find us some day

I asked him his name, he politely declined
Said "I was a cobbler in a previous life"
But the industry changed and the need for my trade
Was thrown out the window like a dusty old paperweight

I packed up my things and walked out the door
With a satchel of maps and my trusty old labrador
I wasn't too long on the road to the East
When I stumbled upon you and your handsome young steed
Track Name: Deadman's Pass
I awoke to the sound of rain
In the foothills of mountains we'd reached at last
The fog parted and revealed a view
Of the daunting snow-capped Deadman's Pass

I packed my things and said goodbye to my steed
From this point on we'll use only our feet
As determined as two travelers could be
Will this mountain bring us success or defeat

Ascent is slow in the knee-deep trail of snow
Wind at our backs and our eyes pierced by cold

Mother's words speak clearly in my mind
May they give me the strength for the climb

Through the storm we catch sight of the peak
The summit will soon be within our reach
Track Name: Seven Arrows
I saw the seven arrows flying by
I saw Heaven's angels up on high
With their wings outstretched to fill the sky

Right before my eyes I watched the arrows strike his side
Delivering him from this world into the afterlife
Never thought I'd live to see the day
When a friend of mine so close was taken so far away

I suppose that death is part of life and the fact is life goes on
Even when those dear to you are now forever gone
Lay his body down to rest under the Bracken fern
You were like a father taught me everything I've learned

As I lay upon the earth in the darkness of the night
A bed of moss beneath, I cast my gaze onto the sky
Never thought I'd live to see the day
When a friend of mine so close was taken so far away
Track Name: The Alder Grove
The wind blows meadow grasses to and fro
The Thrush's song surrounds a fawning doe
Drops of dew fast clinging to my feet
Thinking of the one's I've met and those I'll meet

The long road travled, longer still ahead
Longing for a place to rest my weary head
Stumble upon a hidden waterhole
A place to think and cleanse my sould

I take a rest under the Alder Grove
The only place I have to call my home
A comfort to my worn and weary bones
Until I venture back to the unknown
Track Name: Old Man's Beard
Forlorn and lonely
Dawn to dusk
Down to dust

The sun sets on my day

Wilds beyond my reach

Where we never go
Silently
Track Name: Two Sun Mountain
At the base of Two Sun Mountain
I faced my brother's captors down
A brilliant stillness in the air
Not a hint of fear around

I drew my sword and held it high
Hope the good Lord shines on me this night
At the base of Two Sun Mountain
I struck my brother's captors down

Never thought this day would come
The day I would see my brother John
So follow me, we must go
And ford this wild river home

*The young man is tragically swept away in the icy river in this passage

Listen my son
27 years of being gone
And now you're home
And my heart should feel at peace again

The icy cold
Of the river pulled your brother in
And now he's gone
And you'll remain my only son