Rock Just a Little

by Owen Plant

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released June 5, 2005

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Owen Plant Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Jamaican-Born, Singer/Songwriter/Performer Owen Plant's style is reminiscent of artists from the '70s, old-time reggae groups and contemporary acoustic artists. His laid back, soothing and delicately honed vocals and songwriting are the center pieces of his sound.

His forthcoming LP, “I Was on the Moon” is his most ambitious in scope. It is slated for release early summer 2016.
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Track Name: Living Forrest
from a living forest came my hardwood floor
though it is very pretty I can’t help but miss the core
it’s never been rotten, neither is it green
dust I sweep is dirty and the bark was always clean

(if) you can’t take my offered hand hold on to something, you’re halfway gone
and the thought occurred to me you trade love for sorrow. why? this I’ll never know

I run with a message that on history leaves a mark
the strength is in the legs and the will is in the heart
on this king’s errand there is no finish line
just a carrot on a stick that can never be mine

if you can’t take my offered hand hold on to something, you’re halfway gone
and the thought occurred to me you trade love for sorrow. why? this I’ll never know

from a living forest came my hardwood floor
though it is very pretty I can’t help but miss the core
it’s never been rotten, neither is it green
dust I sweep is dirty but the bark was always clean

(if) you can’t take my offered hands hold on to something, you’re halfway gone
and the thought occurred to me you trade love for sorrow
if you can’t take my offered hand hold on to something, you’re halfway gone
and the thought occurred to me you trade love for sorrow. why? this I’ll never know
Track Name: Grandfather Clocks
grandfather clocks, time in two beats
why am I alone father, why must I be?
quiet and discreet; burn with tempered heat?
children are at play and I want to be with them in the streets

hey there big man framed in the clouds
I am tired of how strong and proud you are
turning away, turning ‘round when I ask you what it’s all about

walking back and forth, to and fro
I believe that’s from the Book of Job
pacing like a lion, defending my pride
don’t look too long upon me
don’t cross the line!

I am a siren calling from the deep, begging for mercy to stand me on my feet
I come to share a song, one minute on the waves then gone
sailors pay me with their lives, I put these pennies in the jar
and I know that they want to meet with me
and though there’s so much tragedy in the method that they chose
still feel it’s better that we not meet on the shore

walking back and forth, to and fro
I believe that’s from the Book of Job
pacing like a lion, defending my pride
don’t look too long upon me
don’t cross the line!

spheres are buzzing with a sound
rattling, rolling and the source can’t be found
just underneath, hey, just out of reach
stop watching TV, listen, stop tapping your feet

if we concentrate I am sure we can find the cause of uneasiness in the heart of mine
turning away from father time with one word on my lips and that word is “why”

walking back and forth, to and fro
I believe that’s from the Book of Job
pacing like a lion, defending my pride
don’t look too long upon me
don’t cross the line!
Track Name: I Don't Mean to Stare
when the fish doesn’t bite and the wind doesn’t come
and the water is poisoned by the rust in the drum
and you’re far out to sea, not a soul knows you’re there
in a boat that you built with your hands that were bare
with your hands that were bare

well I don’t mean to stare but you all seem to know something I don’t
was I missing when it was told? well I won’t ask you even so

the meat on my bones is not with my head
I am off on an astral plane while my body reads in bed
the story is ancient, another human on a quest
I am tired of dreaming, lift this weight from my chest
lift this weight from my chest

well I don’t mean to stare but you all seem to know something I don’t
was I missing when it was told? well I won’t ask you even so

to the beacon of light, I am traveling there
I am waiting for no one, I’m feeling no fear
I’m stripped of my armor, there is nothing left to fight
I am traveling yonder to the beacon of light
to the beacon of light

well I don’t mean to stare but you all seem to know something I don’t
was I missing when it was told? well I won’t ask you even so
Track Name: Cold and Cruel
whistle back to me the worker’s song that made them strong so I can hear their story
it’s a sign of the times when the wishing wells and the church’s bells cannot call us to their sides

this time if I choose I could just slip on a pair of old shoes
could suffer and struggle cuz it’s what I do when the world is cold and cruel
when the world is cold and cruel

well a leech is a leech, when put to skin it’ll suck blood and not even give you warning
but if i put a fire to its back, how long would it hold before lust so bold was trumped by the pain?

this time if I choose I could just slip on a pair of old shoes
could suffer and struggle cuz it’s what I do when the world is cold and cruel
when the world is cold and cruel

how long must I train the sun through the glass upon the leaves for there to spring a flame?
well ears to the ground. how far behind did I fall last night when I melted into the crowd?

this time if I choose I could just slip on a pair of old shoes
could suffer and struggle cuz it’s what I do when the world is cold and cruel
when the world is cold and cruel
if I choose I could just slip on a pair of old shoes
I could suffer and struggle it’s what I do
when the world is cold and cruel
when the world is cold and cruel
Track Name: Both Sides
it’s been deep, it’s been real
now I have to catch a train and one night’s sleep
upon the rails heading over those hills and dales

it’s like a big thing that we can just be
a lot of people don’t feel that
it’s like a big joke, and it’s always on me
maybe next round will be on them, we’ll see

I like to be where I can be of some assistance
hey when I’m up there’s always someone down
and when I’m up there I can clearly see the distance
when they may be trapped under some heavy clouds
that’s not to say I can avoid causing destruction
I try but there are times you’ll have to seek the bunker out
this bully hurts more than the victims that he faces
in the bombardment there are broken shouts from both sides

war is hell I tell you
and that’s not just a thing we say
one man compelled to kill another
I haven’t done it but I read the play
one child threatened with deprivation
fights in the sandbox
licks his food from a plate
one land under this frightened leader
who wields the country like a broken blade

I’m not on a side, I’m here in the middle
while the see saw goes
I’m standing in a surfers pose
I rock just a little
it’s clearly much more than a game to them

I’m here in the middle but I can see both sides

Leave your right and wrong
throw out the judge's gavel
rest your defense, the truth is in between both sides
Track Name: Holiday
in my dream it’s a holiday
try to picture too
cool winds and a ball of light
fill the morning, setting under you

catch a scent and it takes you back to a time more true
when life was a wonderlove flowing out to you

so many times that I alone have sat with my eyes closed
trying to find my way home
see the colors and hear the sounds of sweet clarity touching my life once again
Track Name: God Speed
where’re you going, can i come with?
I’m just here throwing my voice in the wind
no one shouts back, so I assume it got lost on the way cuz the distance was too great

it’s off a ways, but not too far
I go there often so I don’t lose the spark
the times that I have had some company never hurt me none
so come on and join me if you want

I’m falling down from the sky and I’m searching for thermals to rise
I’ve had my near-death ride and no surprise - it’s hard to talk about it

godspeed to you, godspeed to me
it’s funny God’s a word I don’t use usually
but I’m feeling brave, I’m feeling strong
I don’t care if they think I’m right or wrong

I’m falling down from the sky and I’m searching for thermals to rise
I’ve had my near-death ride and no surprise - it’s hard to talk about it

where’re you going, can i come with?
I’m just here throwing my voice in the wind
no one shouts back, so I assume it got lost on the way cuz the distance was too great
godspeed to you, godspeed to me
it’s funny God’s a word I don’t use usually
but I’m feeling brave, I’m feeling strong
I don’t care if they think I’m right or wrong
Track Name: Sand in the Glass
sometimes there’s no wind coming in through the ocean’s door
and sometimes you can’t feel, but you will
just give it some time to flow

in your dreams melodies come from nowhere
all night they fill you up
then the day breaks and you reach out there for nothing
hands on that empty cup
and by the look on your face you took the long way home
I’ve got a way to calm you down
too much time has passed us by
the sand in the glass is on the move

life is warm summer days spent on the waves, rolling with each one
until God pulls the sheets and tucks us into sleep
I’ll miss the rise, the fall, the calm

looking over your shoulder it is easy to see what you do
but I like the view
Track Name: Por Favor Querida
she walks as a princess, I walk with disease
I must go to find her with sound mind and peace
if she lets me see her I will be as a king
calmly stand before her and begin to sing

por favor querida, no me dejes como asi
por favor querida, no me dejes solo aqui
por favor querida, no me dejes solo aqui
por favor querida

ella camina como princesa, camino con la soledad
debo ir para encontrarle con mi alma en paz
si ella me deja ver su cara yo me sentire como un rey
tranquilo yo me acerco a ella y le cantare esta cancion

please dear don’t leave me alone here like this
please dear don’t leave me alone here like this
por favor querida, no me dejes como asi
por favor querida