Leave a Trail

by Andrew White

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"Leave a Trail" is Andrew White's third full-length album. He writes, records, mixes, and masters all of his music by himself. His sister, Becca ("Re"), also helps him with backup vocals on many of his songs.

Andrew is currently living in Germany, recording all of his music at his home.

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released 13 August 2013

All music written, performed, and produced by Andrew White.

Art & Design: Cory Uehara

Vocals: Andrew and Re White

Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, cajon, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, piano: Andrew White

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Andrew White Columbus, Ohio

Bred more by wandering than by his native Ohio, Andrew White weaves pop-folk tune-stories that feature enough personalities to populate a small town. Armed with his sister's haunting falsetto, he renders scenes and stories of staggering emotional variety. His multi-instrumental blends of the ordinary and supernatural provoke the thinking mind as much as it will the dancing feet. ... more

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Track Name: If I Could Tell a Story
I realize you’re always on my mind
I redesign my part

If I could tell a story in a cell
It’d be a work of art

I don’t want to know anybody else
I wanna know you, my darling

I laugh with you with nothing else to do
A perfect frame of mind

You are a song and I love to sing along
You are the perfect rhyme

I don’t want to know anybody else
I wanna know you, my darling
Track Name: The Galilean
Distant dark eyes looking at the moonlight
Everybody here will see you
You’ve got Mary on your table
Light another for a lonely mother
Baby, hating what you gotta do
But you’re the legend in the fable

Lost a brother to a train-wreck lover
And the rest to a missile showdown
Hold a candle in the window
Hebrew love song, what could ever go wrong?
Lying in the rubble ground
Take a moment in the shadow

Could a peaceful love bring a bigger man down from Heaven?
In a different light, can the other man meet the woman?

Fire in the wheat field, packing up a new meal
Nothing keeping you around now
Leaving right before midnight
Take the road, an immortal foe to it all when you hear the sound
Of an echo in your mind

Could a peaceful love bring a bigger man down from Heaven?
In a different light, can the other man meet the woman?
Track Name: Neon Factory
You look amazing and I’m looking normal
You look unique, babe, and I’m looking formal
Whatever you say, girl, it’s gotta be honest
Am I a good guy, simple or ruthless?

I’m sick of the lying I hear on the news
“Hey, everyone, buy all this shit I use!”
I follow the scandal like everyone else
I’ll give it my life if you do as well
I heard we now study the stars on the screen
And pray to those people we’re worshiping
Can I be unique without being hip?
Leave my identity out of it

I know what I’m seeing; it’s making me lonely
I wish I was more than a man in name only
I’m out of ideas; can I be romantic?
Am I a good guy, quiet or frantic?

Through labor we search for the things that we need
Her hurricane threatens a factory
Does beauty exist only for a time
‘Till I can no longer use my eyes?
I’ll sing her a song that she won’t forget
My looking at her is a part of it
My darlin’s a star, but not on the screen
She hangs in the night above everything

I’m sick of the lying I hear on the news
“Hey, everyone, buy all this shit I use”
I follow the scandal like everyone else
I’ll give it my life if you do as well
I heard we now study the stars on the screen
And pray to those people we’re worshiping
Can I be unique without being hip?
Leave my identity out of it
Track Name: Ocean Ink
I wish you knew my reason when I spoke your name
I’ll give up now, it doesn’t matter it’s all the same
I tried to teach you what I know; you never listened well
I think I’ll leave without a word; you wouldn’t even tell

Never thought I’d go on with someone on my mind
I’m a dying light
Captain, do you need a man sailing at your side?
Leave Oslo behind

We left at night; I never saw her and I won’t again
She won’t miss me this time; she didn’t then
The stars and air out on the water made me think of her
I took my ink and on the deck I wrote out her verse

Never thought I’d go on with someone on my mind
I’m a dying light
Captain, do you need a man sailing at your side?
Leave Oslo behind
Track Name: For a Year
I heard she’s away and left yesterday
Gone for a year, that’s what I hear
She left with a man holding her hand
I couldn’t react in case she came back

But she was never alone again

I’ll tell you the rest, just promise me this:
You keep her away—away from my grave
She can never know the sickness I own
It’s making me weak—too tired to speak

And she won't ever be mine again
‘Cause she was never alone again
Track Name: Mother
Mother, I know you've got a lot on your mind
Mother, could you spare some time?
I don’t talk a lot, but I’ll try to let you see inside

Yeah, the problem? My mind is getting tired from seeing her there
I’m dying, but she doesn’t even care
But I don’t wanna tell her when I suffer

Mother, I know that’s a lot for you to take in
But, Mother, your word is my friend
Whatever you say, I will treasure, you know, with my heart alone

Could I maybe have you around to share it all?
But, Mother, I’ll be here ‘till the fall
Tell me everything, and I’ll be back in spring
Track Name: Late
Might I say, you’re looking nice
Yeah, I know it’s kind of late, but I thought I’d have the time
I took it slow right from the start
Introduced myself to you, but you denied I did my part
And now I wonder what you mean
I ask you how you’re doing now, but you don’t say anything
So I fear I overwhelm
Is this accurate, my dear?
Our time is running out

You don’t know me like you should by now
You don’t know me like you should by now
I wanna know you, but I don’t know how
You don’t know me like you should by now

Do you see yourself with me?
I’ll wear my best suit with a tie, but baby you wear anything
Speak directly in my ear
I say I’ll do things differently despite the things I overhear
I wanna love you, though I can’t
What does this symbolize to you?
Only that I am not your man
And so the tale I wish to tell
Will truly be a work of art
If they could hear it down in hell

You don’t know me like you should by now
You don’t know me like you should by now
I wanna know you, but I don’t know how
You don’t know me like you should by now
Track Name: The Woods and the Burden
I feel it in my heart
You say that I’m a sinner and I’m falling apart
Tell me what you know

Can I be alone?
If you need me you can find me in the woods, they will be my home
Where the light is low

I’m a thief, I’m a liar
All I ever do is conspire
Peace never was an option ‘till I heard about Him
I’m a friend to the end
We have murderers in our heads
Oh, feeble imitation, what a burden
Oh, feeble imitation, what a burden

Should I be moving on?
I thought I knew her then, but I heard she never loved anyone
Oh my God, is that true?
You’re taking it far
Do you really want to suffer just to know what kind of person you are?
So I’ll try and help you

I’m a thief, I’m a liar
All I ever do is conspire
Peace never was an option ‘till I heard about Him
I’m a friend to the end
We have murderers in our heads
Oh, feeble imitation, what a burden
Oh, feeble imitation, what a burden
Track Name: Leave the Map
Feel your heart pulling apart
Hiding in a thought
Speak your mind or fall in line
Show her what you’ve got

To say you’re wrong, but know you’re right is noble, they say
To speak the truth, it’s laid on you, so you’re the one to blame

Yes, I’ve heard that women turn
Away from feeble men
So they go and let me know
I’m feeble in the end

Now I see what they mean I sing a song instead
Facing you, it’s what I do, but only in my head

Come, my son, you’re overcome
By thoughts you’ll never jail
Girls will leave and cause a scene
But always leave a trail

Leave the map and don’t look back—the feeble lose their way
Let her path lead you back and pray you’re not too late

Don’t you see? That’s what I mean!
She seeks a man that’s strong
So I’ll stay where I lay
For she is far and gone

Should a man take her hand and hold her as his own
I’ll reside in my mind and wonder how she’s grown
Track Name: Sampson
Sampson couldn’t see what he would become
He knew she could
Sampson wouldn’t be the king who beat the drum
With fire and wood

Fire in the sky, Lord, you come to me when I need you most
Fire in my eye, Lord, she comes to me in the form of a ghost

Could you close my eyes?
Could you give me time?
I could ease your mind
Sampson’s doing fine

He would love to see Violet once again
A queen on the rail
Light, unveil the King, a multitude will wait
To see who we’ll hail

Sampson, with the crowd, could never tell her so
In his feeble voice
So we’ll sing it loud, he was meant for her
But she had no choice

Could you close my eyes?
Could you give me time?
I could ease your mind
Sampson’s doing fine
Track Name: Ever Moved
When the birds flutter away
When the sky turns to grey
When the curtains close at the end of the day
I’m afraid, they say
I’m afraid, they say

Father, hear me if you please
I’m on a trail in the trees
Send me Violet, Lord, ‘cause I’m on my knees
Will she see me?
Will she see me?

I don’t wanna be there when you fade
I don’t wanna be there on that day
Baby, will you hold my hand that way?
Baby, will you hold my hand?

When my memories disappear
I’ll have nothing over here
Tips of trees and evergreens—they're all I ever see
Will they ever clear?

Lord, you hear me everyday
So am I foolish and afraid?
Is she ever moved by anything I say
Or any song I play?
Or any song I play?

I don’t wanna be there when you fade
I don’t wanna be there on that day
Baby, will you hold my hand that way?
Baby, will you hold my hand?
Track Name: Give Her Grace
We were made with time
In the air, on our minds

We create little lies
We were born in disguise

You're never gonna get there by yourself
You're never gonna get there by yourself

You're hoping just to meet me in the sky
You're hoping that a good man tells a lie

In the end, will you show
Me what I wanna know?

I defend what I sow
What I planned long ago

Give her time, give her space
Most of all give her grace

'Till I find who you made
I would love just to fade to grey

You're never gonna get there by yourself
You're never gonna get there by yourself

You're hoping just to meet me in the sky
You're hoping that a good man tells a lie
Track Name: Missing Portraits
Do you know the tale of the seven missing portraits?
Two of older men, and the rest of little orphans
Hiding in a crypt forgotten
Hiding with the long forsaken

No one ever speaks of the seven missing portraits
Take me to the crypt to determine how we lost them
Write down everything that I see
Find the paintings waiting for me

How do you deal with binding secrecy?
Are you compelled by viral complacency?
Will you break the mold and meet me
At the crypt to start the journey?

Once there was a man looking for the portraits
He entered in the crypt when he heard that they were stolen
Now he lives there, always searching
Stoke the legend—keep it burning

Would you hold my hand if we entered in together?
You can hold the light and I can be your cover
We can find the missing portraits
With the other hidden secrets

No other secret binds the dichotomy
For what is lost will not be a part of me
Living just to touch the mystery
This, I find, is most consuming

How do you deal with binding secrecy?
Are you compelled by viral complacency?
Will you break the mold and meet me
At the crypt to start the journey?
Track Name: I Might Look Back
I’ve been thinking about the end
Thinking of you is such a burden
Should I leave it alone for now?
Forget about you—babe, I would if I knew how

On my way, thinking I might look back
To meet her eyes one last time would stop the act
If I’m gone, darling I can’t return
There won’t be a way with all the bridges I'll burn

It’s never enough to fall in line
To follow your heart is suicide
Submit to your passion just to see
Where you’ll end up and who you’ll be
You desire a minion at your side
Baby, keep looking for that guy
My passion extends beyond this

Pull me wherever you wanna go
But that was then, could you now leave me alone?
It’s my fault; I wanted to be your man
I fell in love, but I couldn’t tell you then
When Violet’s gone, I’ll reevaluate my plan

It’s never enough to fall in line
To follow your heart is suicide
Submit to your passion just to see
Where you’ll end up and who you’ll be
You desire a minion at your side
Baby, keep looking for that guy
My passion extends beyond this
Track Name: Little Runaway
Little runaway, you were never gonna stay
Show me what you hide
You can take the door; I don’t need you anymore
You can close your mind

She could never speak of the last song
When we were alone in the night
With a longing in her eye
Love is patient, love is addicting
Babe, you ought to know what I like
Girl, I got you on my mind

Now it’s all I see, my life with you surrounding me
Visions in my head
Lead me to my end; oh, I see the final bend
On the road ahead

She could never speak of the last song
When we were alone in the night
With a longing in her eye
Love is patient, love is addicting
Babe, you ought to know what I like
Girl, I got you on my mind