We All

by Owen Plant

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released March 10, 2007

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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: Freedom Was
don’t want to think about you trying then kneeling at the altar of our past to grieve the lie
I’m poisoned by this image of a life with someone else holding you saying “it’s alright, time won you over too”

freedom was and now it’s gone away
tears did fall, they fell down from your face

well I’m thinking ‘bout you now driving round with my brother
don’t know that he understands how hard it is to let you go
got a pen in my hand, think I’ll move it to the other
don’t know what I’m gonna write only hope it pulls me closer to you

freedom was and now it’s gone away
tears did fall, they fell down from your face

but that was a long time ago when your eyes were on me and we weren’t on this telephone saying it is better now that we are on our own
I tell you now that cuts me straight down to the bone even though I said it with you

freedom was and now it’s gone away
tears did fall, they fell down from your face
Track Name: Shida
my visit is a gift, most miss the calling
my whisper is so light to hear it is hard
here’s another chance, wind’s changed it flowing
one jump to jump this fence you built round the yard
with no sound I made my exit you turned your head too long

I put my faith in you now night is falling
and so I search for you inside my yard
I’ve seen you here before oh thankful feeling
oh God I pray that you let peace come
with no sound you made your exit I turned my head too long

shida inke inhie eh ka ono
beke eba ewoh min toh woh boh
shida inkebuh inhie eh ka ono
numo, chwah! amañabah

handed another day, mind and heart are waring
one has a lot to say, the other is calm
the final outcome lies with you, this I’m hoping
oh God I pray that you let peace come
with no sound you made your exit I turned my head too long

shida inke inhie eh ka ono
beke eba ewoh min toh woh boh
shida inkebuh inhie eh ka ono
numo, chwah! amañabah

(translation of chorus)

thanks, I put my faith in you
night is falling so I turn to you
thank you, I say that my faith is in you
dear Lord, let peace come
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: This is the One
this is the one, this is the one, this is the one day you can’t get me to run

won’t be moved along
I’m here to finish what I came to do
today I can’t be dissuaded
I can’t be put down
fire your warning shot across my bow
I don’t see the danger where you want me to
and I don’t see how you can unseat my resolve

used to bow down in my own home
you are the ruler of a doomed dominion that I must dethrone
didn’t used to feel a part of it so i let you run the show
now this is the one, the one day, you can’t get me to run no, no

learned along the way I can never win
love and understanding, patience wearing thin
slapped me in the face and now you’re the victim
there’s something wrong here
learned along the way I can never win
love and understanding, patience wearing thin
fog rolled in and now it’s slowly burning off
Track Name: Phony Hat
here comes the man with the phony hat on telling us what to do
when the day is done you'll be made a man of, or at the very least
a spoke in the wheel that rolls the cannon
look sharp coming through, and don’t you stop until his hands up!

left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, don’t you stop ‘til I say stop

gone are the old days
gone are the old days
they’re underneath the whip that they carry

four star general, the private men
they are wearing the phony hat
politicians on us grow fat
they are wearing the phony hat
white shirt, red tie, ironed slacks
they are wearing the phony hat
media with the circus act
they are wearing the phony hat
where do they get the power at?
you’re looking at, you’re looking at
phony hats, phony hats, we are wearing the phony hats!

gone are the old days
we’re underneath the whip that they carry under the phony hat
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: Sweet Girl
when I was young I didn’t understand why people act as they do
then I got older and I joined the plan, their secrets gave way to some major clues

and if my two feet fail me now I’ll be fine
I’ve walked through a valley where sweeter than wine
flows a river, I drink my fill every time until I am satisfied by my

sweet, sweet, sweet girl
you got sugar all over my fingers and I don’t know what to do with it
sweet, sweet, sweet girl
taking all my time up, but that’s alright I’m doing fine

when I’m given all my choices, I like to be where it’s warm
so to my surroundings I pay attention, seek the sunny spots, for me that’s not a chore

so when I saw you I knew why I had been born
to conquer and worship all of your form
gives me what I need, still I need leaving more
and it takes a special moment for my

sweet, sweet, sweet girl
you got sugar all over my fingers and I don’t know what to do with it
sweet, sweet, sweet girl
taking all my time up, but that’s alright I’m doing fine

and if my two feet fail me now I’ll be fine
I’ve walked through a valley where sweeter than wine
flows a river, I drink my fill every time until I am satisfied by my

sweet, sweet, sweet girl
you got sugar all over my fingers and I don’t know what to do with it
sweet, sweet, sweet girl
taking all my time up, but that’s alright I’m doing fine
Track Name: We All
every night I dream the same
red and green and not a change
no book has told me the meaning
though many they try to claim
I might be the stable servant
I might be behind the reins
but in this dream, of this certain
I don’t get to know your name

I’m looking for my own Joseph
but not on the road traveling
remember he gave dreams meaning
long before they parted the sea
but I’m not a great big pharaoh
I don’t have the world to sell
just give me a modern-day hero
come to life from the fairy tales

we all, we all, we all dance and sing to the rhythm
it’s a heed to the call, that’s just the way things are

we all walk in big grooved circles
harnessed up to pump at the well
we all wear our bits and blinders
humid air, flies, swishing tails
you may pity the beast of burden
but in me I know there's one
promise me, I keep working
for the day that will never come

we all, we all, we all dance and sing to the rhythm
it’s a heed to the call, that’s just the way things are

we all
ostrich heads in the sand
we all
escape over sea or land
we all
don’t talk about it, it’s coming back
we all
don’t ask cuz answer we can’t
Track Name: Far From Me
out on your own going through hard time too dark to see
leave the light on only you can allow the wounds to heal
drops too deep, walk a fine line, falling down
introduced to the great unknown heat

heat in the kitchen, you’re gonna get burned
another hard lesson, another page to turn
out on a mission you never did find
must a missed something, better rewind
heat in the kitchen, you’re gonna get burned
another hard lesson, another page to turn
hard on your way, indolence, cold, reticence pushing you

far from me

against all odds generously you were given a gift you never did see
racing thoughts that riddle the mind stir it all up when you’re in it alone
into the web you fall involved in solving the problems you wove
into the web you fall involved in solving the problems you wove

don’t know what they do
they’re as random as am I
chaos is the cause and the rest is me
caught up in my time as it rushes to a close
take me to the shore from a restless sea

heat in the kitchen, you’re gonna get burned
another hard lesson, another page to turn
out on a mission you never did find
must a missed something, better rewind
heat in the kitchen, you’re gonna get burned
another hard lesson, another page to turn
hard on your way, indolence, cold, reticence pushing you

racing thoughts that riddle the mind
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
Track Name: Redemption Song
old pirates yes they rob I, sold I from the merchant ship
minutes after they took I from the bottomless pit
but my hands were made strong by the hands of the almighty
we forward in this generation triumphantly

won’t you help to sing these songs of freedom
all I ever had, redemption songs
these songs of freedom

emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind
have no fear for atomic energy cuz none of them can stop the time
how long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?
some say it’s just a part of it, we’ve got to fullfill the book

won’t you help to sing these songs of freedom
all I ever had, redemption songs
these songs of freedom

in every way now, in everyday now

emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind
have no fear for atomic energy cuz none of them can stop the time
how long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?
some say it’s just a part of it, we’ve got to fulfill the book

won’t you help to sing, please, these songs of freedom, yeah!
they’re all I ever had, all I ever had
redemption songs, please, these songs of freedom, yeah
they’re all I ever had, they’re all I ever had, all I ever had
redemption songs
Track Name: Hold Your Fire
I had a trip in San Diego, the night went down like a video game
I never reached the controls, I let others play it
I’ve driven through God’s country, in the back seat where I lay
I vaguely remember conversations that had something to do with my fate

when did you slip the blindfold on?
Hold your fire!
feel like I should have caught on
Hold your fire! Hold your fire!

I have a dish in San Francisco, I can taste it when I close my eyes
taste is different every time, hope the day never comes when they get it right
out here nothing pleases the taste buds, the grass is greener on the other side
of this big country, I hitched a ride, ended up just waiting in line

when did you slip the blindfold on?
Hold your fire!
feel like I should have caught on
Hold your fire! Hold your fire!

you’ve been gone a long, long time, haven’t done that much with my life
but I could tell you a long, long story that would bring tears to your eyes
rented a room in Santa Barbara nine years ago to the day
walked the boardwalk, cast two shadows, didn’t have a whole lot to say

when did you slip the blindfold on?
Hold your fire!
feel like I should have caught on
Hold your fire! Hold your fire!
Track Name: Gone Fishing
gone fishing

gone fishing, fishing in my pond
gone fishing, it’s a thing of which I’m fond
I jump over that hill that’s just beyond them trees
gone fishing and I’m whistling a song

it’s not that I’m not social but I sure would be obliged
if you waited here on the porch and didn’t come wailing by
you see this is the one part of the week where it’s me, myself and I
so grab yourself a lemonade and rest your feet a while

gone fishing, gone fishing in my pond
gone fishing, it’s a thing of which I’m fond
I jump over that hill that’s just beyond them trees
gone fishing and I’m whistling me a song

this is my own personal Eden, wholesome, living and clean
the water is teeming with trout that’s jumping just for me
there is no place on earth where I feel such peace of mind
if the lord chose to take me now I’d go off to his side

first thing you’ll see is my nappy head of hair
next thing my body will surely soon appear
coming over that hill, if it’s not too dark a time
you’ll also see upon my face a smile a half mile wide

cuz I’ve gone fishing, gone fishing in my pond
I’m gone fishing, it’s a thing of which I’m fond
just over that hill that’s just beyond them trees
gone fishing, I gone fishing
gone fishing and I’m whistling me a song