The Great Mountain Haul EP

by John the Baptist

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released November 6, 2011

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John the Baptist Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington four-piece John the Baptist have become a name you should know in live music. Carving their own space in the New Zealand music landscape since 2009, the band have been winning audiences with a sound that draws on many traditions while adhering to none. ... more

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Track Name: Hawkin' Stomp
Oh, I don't know why
She treats me so nice
When I spend my time
Tellin' all these lies
And I see my face
When I close my eyes
With an empty space
Where there was a smile

Oh, it feels so wrong
Stringin' her along
But I got no heart
To tell her to go
And it's such a drag
To be stuck this way
When I'd rather be
Some place far away

I can't break the news
That I'm movin' on
'Cause she'll just refuse
To give up on us
So I'll leave at night
And she'll wake alone
But I know it's right
'Cause I'll be long gone

And in the mornin'
She won't find a thin'
Just that empty space
Where my spine had been
But when the ground dries
And the clouds depart
She will realise
That I got no heart
Track Name: When I Lay Down to Die
I would never like to go back home
I would never like to go back home
There's a woman here
When I see her my breath disappears
I would never like to go back home

The mornin' sun it makes me smile
The mornin' sun it makes me smile
I ain't got a lot of money
But I'll get by, I tell you somethin'
The mornin' sun it makes me smile

And when I lay down to die
Oh, when I lay down to die
There'll be a smile on my face
I know I have seen this place
Oh, when I lay down to die

Oh boy, I know I drink too much
Oh boy, I know I drink too much
I fall asleep in someone's room
And wake up in the afternoon
Oh boy, I know I drink too much

And when I'm walkin' down the street
Oh, when I'm walkin' down the street
I don't mind if he hills are steep
I smile at everyone I meet
When I'm walkin' down the street

And when I lay down to die
Oh, when I lay down to die
There'll be a smile on my face
I know I have seen this place
Oh, when I lay down to die

And when the evenin' rolls along
Oh, when the evenin' rolls along
I go trudgin' home
But I don't mind just where I go
When the evenin' rolls along

I would never like to go back home
I would never like to go back home
There's a woman here
When I see her my breath disappears
I would never like to go back home

And when I lay down to die
Oh, when I lay down to die
There'll be a smile on my face
I know I have seen this place
Oh, when I lay down to die
Track Name: Winter
I can tell that winter's gone
I will raise up brave and strong
I'll be leavin' 'fore the sky turns blue
No more tears for you

I can tell you somehow
No more shadows for me now
The sun has returned to me, I know
No more wadin' through the snow

I can finally breathe again
Like a time, I remember when
The sun has returned to me, I know
No more wadin' through the snow
Track Name: The Great Mountain Haul
There's a thing inside my brain
Makes a man go insane
I can see all the beauty
Of the world if we were free

It's time to leave
It's time to go
Time to leave this world we all know
Oh, it's time to go