Holy Libel

by Van Dyke Brown

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The debut full length album by Van Dyke Brown.

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released July 19, 2019

Written, produced, and performed by Scott Honea.
Mixed and mastered by Derek Taylor.
P.J. McGuire played electric guitar on and contributed lyrics to "The Fair."
Adam McGuire played piano and trumpet on "The Fair" and piano on "Mockingbird Blues."
Cover design by Christopher Stewart.
Album design by Scott Honea.
Recorded Jan-April 2019 in Arlington, TX and The Colony, TX.
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Van Dyke Brown Arlington, Texas

Van Dyke Brown is the cosmic folk alter ego of musician, filmmaker, and novelist Scott Honea. Weaving folk, country, and pop elements into thought-provoking, character-based story songs, Brown's songs bridge the gap between classic country and today's indie folk rock. Born in Corsicana, Texas, Brown currently resides in Dallas. Recorded in 2019, "Holy Libel" marks his debut. ... more

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Track Name: The Fair
The night I dropped acid and went to the fair
I spent 36 dollars throwing darts through the air
For a Motley Crue mirror that would soon need repair
And I laid there knowing I'd never leave there

The night I dropped acid and went to the fair
Elizabeth called me and said she’d be there
By the time she arrived I was too gone to care
Was a 50-foot drop down that 20-yard stare

And I’m a long way from home
30 miles I’d bet
And I lost a friend but gained a night of
Funnel cakes and sweat

The night I dropped acid and went to the fair
I stole me a rabbit and fell down some stairs
The corn dogs they tasted like candy I swear
And I ran in circles til circles turned square

And I’m a long way from home
Nine miles I’d bet
And I lost a friend but gained a night of
Cigarettes and spit

And I’m a long way from home
Five miles I’d bet
And I lost a friend but gained a night of
Licorice and fits

The night I dropped acid and went to the fair
I unstrapped myself on a tilt a whirl dare
And my eyes found the sky as I took to the air
Never felt so alive never felt so scared

And I’m a long way from home
Half a mile I’d bet
And I lost a friend but gained a night
a week's pay well spent

The night I dropped acid and went to the fair
I went looking for God but he cut off his hair
No one could see me cause no one was there
The night I dropped acid and went to the fair
Track Name: Sycamore
The sun's going down on Sycamore
In a house I once called a home
where the walls just stare and hold sweltering air
till the night time brings me cold

Been a year, maybe two, it don't matter now
But I go and I see you awhile
Down the road a spell, where the June bugs swell
And the grass grows tall and wild

Life ain't no mystery
You come and you go, you love and you leave
When the sun goes down on Sycamore
I'll be halfway through that door

There's a hole in the wall where I hid some things
There's a picture of us in '85
I'm wearing a suit that's navy blue
And you're wearing that same old smile

It's a long way down this driveway
I feel the gravel between my toes
I could turn and look behind me
But I've got too many miles to go
Track Name: Mockingbird Blues
There's a dead mockingbird in the backyard, flew into my window today
Do you ever feel like your whole life is slipping away
I'm running low on Lone Star, I've been drinking all day
Guess I'll hang around 'til I run out of reasons to stay

Half the time you peel back and all you find is a bruise
Half the time you wake up and put on the news
There ain't no point trying to fight it, you make your own choice or you don't choose
Sittin' round trying to beat these mockingbird blues

I met my dad on Monday at the corner bar
He said "son, is the world still breaking your heart"
It appears out of nowhere, running hard, fast, and mean
The good and the bad and the in-between

Half the time you're knowing, half the time you knew
Half the time you wake up with nothing to do
There ain't no good way to fight it, it's an uphill battle you lose
Sittin' round trying to beat these mockingbird blues

Half the time you feel bad, half the time you lose
Half the time you wake up, and look for your shoes
But there ain't no point trying to fight it, you make your own choice or you don't choose
But you ain't gonna beat these mockingbird blues
No you ain't gonna beat these mockingbird blues
Track Name: Julie
Julie wore her broken heart on the inside of her sleeve
In a thousand dollar car with a stolen wedding ring
And the days they blurred like lights in an out of focus frame
With the words repeating in her mind "you'll never, ever change"

Julie got a little place on the other side of town
Changed her number and her name, and she lost her ground
And the nights they flew like wings from a toppled, broken cage
Soaring straight into a fire of ever-rising flames

Julie, the windshield's cold
And you and me have no place to go
I've been driving all night in this car
I'll never get where you are

Inflated, the air comes out, you cannot remember to breathe
Debated, it's haunted now, the ghost has returned to the scene

They found her lying in a field by a vacant mobile home
Her arms outstretched at her side, reaching for her phone
And her children watched her sink six feet into the ground
And no one ever changed, and nothing made a sound
And her children watched her sink six feet into the ground
And no one ever changed, and nothing made a sound
Track Name: Post Oak
When the post oaks all die
Gettin' squeezed by the vines
Crawling high, stretching wide
Never once thinking twice

Now there's nothin' but light
Streaming in through these blinds
And the feelings inside
You worked so hard to hide

You can't change the wind
And you can't change the time
But you can change a heart
And you can change a mind
But you can't change a cloudy day
That's all I'm trying to say

Yeah the shoes get tight
And the years take flight
You are born, live, and die
In the blink of an eye

Son, you can't stay five
No matter how hard you try
So just fight the good fight
And make the wrong things right

You can't change the wind
And you can't change the time
But you can change a heart
And you can change a mind
But you can't change a cloudy day
That's all I'm trying to say

Yeah the sun's gonna shine
and the planets align
And you may be inclined
To think it's somehow divine

When I'm losing my sight
and the dark fills the light
Don't hold on tight
Just hold on tight
Track Name: Five Miles
Well I threw away the bible that they gave me
I tossed it in the river Rio Grande
Since you’ve gone away it feels like I’ve been changing
So I’m changing out my locks and making plans

Five more miles to Pflugerville I’m flying
Five more miles and I’ll be at your side
And when that dirt is thrown away and I finally see your face
I’m taking you back home North Caroline

Well I stopped off at the hardware store in Sandy
I bought the cheapest shovel I could find
I also bought some flowers and some candy
You’ve got the sweetest teeth this side of mine

Five more miles to Pflugerville I’m flying
Five more miles and I’ll be at your side
And when that dirt is thrown away and I finally see your face
I’m taking you back home North Caroline

Well you look a little different in that tarp dear
And your smell it isn’t quite what I recall
But it feels so God damn good to have you back here
And by tonight we’ll be having us a ball

Five more miles to Pflugerville I’m flying
Five more miles and I’ll be at your side
And when that dirt is thrown away and I finally see your face
I’m taking you back home North Caroline
It's so good to have you home in Caroline
Track Name: Gary and the Shroud
Gary was wearing the shroud of Turin
He bought it on Monday afternoon
at the Methodist garage sale
And he chewed em down and got it for a dollar
he knows just how to get the best deal

Gary was working on guard at the pharmacy
He thought it was Monday afternoon
so he made plans
To wear the shroud to the riverboat casino
He knows just how to make a big scene

But you can't tell them how
You build your days to fit the frame
of the dream you had that never came true
Track Name: Big Green Eyes
We sank into the river's flow and held on with all our might
Caught in the undertow like disappearing light
Light

I stumbled into this with legs unfit to stand
A swing and then a miss, come searching for my hand

Big Green Eyes
Big Green Eyes
Big Green Eyes

There were so many days where morning turned to night
And all that I could say was "it's gonna be alright."

We never let it show, and it killed us trying to hide
But only the river knows where the water will divide
Track Name: Imaginary Wars
They were molded into form
and scattered cross the floor for miles
In ranks of one through 94
in plastic uniforms they'd fight

And we would gather in our haze
and put them into place for battle
Commander bulletproof and brave
Surrounded in some cave with no escape

And you believed it could be real
if we just closed our eyes and tried
to make them come to life

And minutes spent would pass in days
and all our bones would shake and rattle
Until the walls came crumbling down
They wouldn't make a sound, just shadows

The battlefield will sleep till dawn
but we will soldier on in our dreams
and stumble on some secret door
imaginary wars, we will fight
Track Name: Dove in Winter
It was night and the summer was ending
You were singing that same Townes song
And if I needed you, well I did, it's true
So we danced like nothing could move
It spun around so careless and new

You arrived as a dove in winter
Flying fast, your feathers on
You and me down a road, just a hanging on
I didn't know then what I would do
I hit the ground when I found you

Held on to
Held on through
Held on felled on
My eyes just staring at my shoes
Whiskey and afternoon blues

It was day and the bourbon was sending
I was singing a Guy Clark song
Like a coat from the cold, we were silver and gold
I didn't know then what I'd fell into
I lost me about to lose you

It was night and the movie was ending
It was summer and winter and fall
In the front of your car, just a waitin' on
The words I wouldn't say to you
Both our hearts just a breakin' in two

Held on to
Held on through
Held on felled on
It was the holding that I couldn't do
Gone away, same as you

Held on to
Held on through
Held on felled on
My eyes just staring at my shoes
Whiskey and afternoon blues

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