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A Complicated Man – Peter Olach

About this album

Beginning with the early 70's, award-winning songwriter/artist Peter Olach (PGO) toured extensively throughout the USA & Canada. Now living on the Blue Ridge Mountains, Peter's newest release 'Complicated MAN' demonstrates, with exquisite clarity, the full breadth and maturity of a master singer/songwriter.
The CDs title song dives head first into the complexity and dichotomies of living within the human condition. The impactive "Far from Home" has brought many a listener to tears as it paints a picture of societal alienation. And, then there is the incredibly upbeat "Wedding Dress" which teases us with its surprise ending.
Peter’s artistic blending of the very best elements of traditional Folk, Celtic, Country and Americana forge a whole new genre of quiet elegance. These latest original songs represent the result of collaboration with Starburst Music and are sure to provoke thoughtful reflection in even the most astute listener.

Lyrics

Far from Home

I bit myself today
Lost all my self control
I’m such a bloody mess
With duck tape it won’t show
I strap these feelings on
With grappling hooks and chains
And, carefully contemplate
How guilt can leave a bloody stain

- (chorus) -
Shipwrecked far from home
This crisis of my youth
Come join my battle zone
If you want truth, I’ll give you proof
My mind a reservoir
Of crazy crooked pain
My spirit still at war with my demons
I don’t dare to name (they have my name)

I drag my crooked leg
Down streets I used to own
And, wrap my bleeding soul
Round blessings I should have known
Now, in my cheaters chair
I carefully cut and paste
My precious thoughts and dreams
To please the judge and the magistrate

- (chorus) -

- (bridge) –
With a felon’s sense of pride
And a convict’s private creed
I tempt the gods to turn on me
But, I only steel what I need

- (chorus) -

Complicated Man

Well, I’m a complicated man
Lost in a world of encumbrance
And confusion
I’m a complicated man

Nobody knows me like you do
I guess that’s why you’re leavin’
I’m a complicated man

I did my best
It wasn’t good enough
To build a brave new world

Dreams are dreams
Until we wake up
And, drink from the bitter cup

Love is love
Until we break-up
And, still my heart beats on

Hope is hope
Until we give up
There is no right or wrong

Well, I’m a complicated man
I don’t believe we should break the rules
Until we answer the question

I’m a complicated man
How will your live your life free
Free without guilt / Or self-destruction
I’m a complicated man

I did my best
It wasn’t good enough
To build a brave new world

Dreams are dreams
Until we wake up
And, drink from the bitter cup

Love is love
Until we break-up
And, still my heart beats on

Hope is hope
Until we give up
There is no right or wrong

A Father's Prayer

I store all sweet memories
Like fireflies in a jar
Our bloodline lights the northern sky
You are the shining star

I stand inside your room
Where once you lived with me
And should I stand so very still enough
Your love comes back to me

Know this my son
I’m so proud of who you are
Whether righteous rebellious
You are the shining star

Take this love I have known
Now, make it your own
It has served me well
Let it lead you home
My blessings to thee
As you journey your endless sea
Wear your name proudly
Your name came from me
Now, make it your own
It has served me well
Let it lead you home
Wherever you roam
Oh shall the light of our memories
Help you seek your way back home

Take this love I have known
Now, make it your own
It has served me well
Let it lead you home
My blessings to thee
As you journey your endless sea
Wear it proudly
That name came from me
Now, make it your own
It has served me well
Let it lead you home
Wherever you roam
And shall the light of our memories
Help you seek your way back home

Wedding Dress

Wedding dress - you ought to see her
In her wedding dress
She looks just like an angel
In her wedding dress
Wedding dress - you ought to see her
In her wedding dress
She looks just like an angel
In her wedding dress
We first met at the picture show
What the movie was I still don't know
Couldn't make my eyes stop watching her
Oh, her face, her smile, her hair
Her everything / Right then and there
I knew I was falling in love
Well, I tried to leave / But she took my hand
That's when I finally, finally realized
The light of love was shining in her eyes
And, from that night / We were together
Almost everyday / Talk of the town
No one could break us apart
(repeat chorus)
She was a wild one with her horses
She had no fear in her heart / Riders on the range together
We would race to the mountaintops
Oh, her smile, her laugh, her grace
Shining like the desert sun / Right then and there
I knew she was the only one
So, I asked her folks could I take their little girl away
Oh, I promise with God, I'll be good
To her in every way
Wedding bells will ring if she says yes
When I get down on my knees / To ask her please
Will you be mine forever more
repeat chorus)
It was the first day back from our honeymoon
We were riding through a winter storm
Fresh snow was falling just like stars
Danger in disguise / She was a wild one
She had no fear in her heart / Laughing back at me
She started racing with the winter wind
The snow broke loose / She was falling
There was nothing I could do / And, I heard her cry
Honey, please forgive me / Always remember, I love you
Preacher man says God has her safe at home
And, I can feel her watching over me
She's my angel in a wedding dress

Say Goodbye

There was sunlight in your hair
I can almost feel you there
Even in my sorrow
Your kiss upon my lips
Please grant me one more wish
Then I promise not to follow
Where the moon meets the sea
Still pretending you’re with me
My words, yes I know my words, they all sound so hollow
(chorus)
Just say goodbye (just say goodbye)
It’s over now just say goodbye
Say goodbye (just say goodbye)
It’s over now just say goodbye
As we pass thru one more year
There’s nothing for me here
Nothing, no nothing, not even one more tomorrow
(chorus)
Just say goodbye (just say goodbye)
It’s over now just say goodbye
Oh say goodbye
It’s over now just say goodbye
(bridge)
There is no time to hesitate
Forgive, forget is our best fate
Pride, oh the last thing to go
(chorus)
Just say goodbye (just say goodbye)
instrumental break
Just say goodbye
It’s over now just say goodbye
Say goodbye
It’s over now just say goodbye
It’s over now just say goodbye
Just say goodbye

Jackie

All strung out in angel town, sleepin’ on the beach
Head pounding from a hard night of booze
Jacki sipping beer gone warm, me humming summer songs
Just two crazy, fun loving fools
I was strumming hard a melody on a second-hand guitar
While Jacki’s scratchy voice sang us a song
Waves crashing on the beach, our toes buried in the sand
We made love that whole summer long

- (CHORUS) -
What they say is true
Once lost it can’t be found
And, youth is wasted on the young
If heaven on earth was just a day away
I would give you my tomorrows
Just to hold my Jacki Brown

We thumbed our way to Mexico looking for some fun
Two crazy kids flying high on love
We were dancing in the desert when she whispered in my ear
Same time, same place, next year

- (REPEAT CHORUS) -

- (BRIDGE) -
A year to the date, I drove across the border
Waiting patiently at our rendezvous
The hours became days and weighed upon my heart
That’s when I realized what Jacki always knew

- (CHORUS) -
What they say is true
Once lost it can’t be found
And, youth is wasted on the young
If heaven on earth was just a day away
I would give you all my tomorrows
Just to hold my Jacki. . .
(hold my Jacki)
I wanna love my Jacki. . .
(love my Jacki)
Just to be with my Jacki Brown

Let Your Love Grow

I was thinking about something I read
Where love is a hunger and life’s daily bread
So, what is the answer to the hunger we know
The message is simple, let your love grow

Time after time, we count away the days
Truth is everlasting while the days just pass away
Don’t measure our worth by the places we’ve been
Rather by the soul that lives on and within

Let your grow in the spirit
Let you love grow in your heart and soul
Let your love grow / let your love grow

I was thinking about something you said
Where life is an ocean of dreams in our head
Well, head above water, we can float, sink or swim
Hey, we’re already wet, so jump right on in

Time after time, we count away the days
Truth is everlasting while the days just pass away
Don’t measure our worth by the places we’ve been
Rather by the soul that lives on and within

Let your grow in the spirit
Let you love grow in your heart and soul
Let your love grow / let your love grow

Well, it don’t matter, the songs that I sing
If I don’t give the joys that I bring
And, what is the answer to the heartache I’ve known
The message is simple, let forgiveness grow

Time after time, we count away the days
Truth is everlasting while the days just pass away
Don’t measure our worth by the places we’ve been
Rather by the soul that lives on and within

Let your grow in the spirit
Let you love grow in your heart and soul
Let your love grow / let your love grow

In the spirit / with your heart and soul
––– Let Your Love Grow –––

Dark Horse Lover

I come with scars and calloused
Matted tangles in me hair
I bear ye no wealthy riches
I'm neither here nor there

I’m your dark horse lover
I'm the Captain of your heart
Don't consult your good mother
This is who we are

Chorus
I shall have you this night
You shall have your way with me
But come the morning light
Let me warn you darling
You must set me free
Dark horse lover

The crimson blush upon your cheek
Reveals what‘s in your soul
You can’t hide your love’s desire
Your the woman that I know

I’m your dark horse lover
You’ve kept our secret so well
Now don’t tell me bout the others
Let’s meet them all in hell

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
Love me as you want
Be yourself with me
See the girl that comes a woman
Now give me your heart
Give me your body

Repeat chorus

Mistress of the Vein

Isolated from the mob
She wakes with haunted screams
Her mistress of the vein does rob
The beauty of her dreams

She’s got the slightest touch
So gentle yet so obscene
Everyday she rides the golden crutch
A slave to the wicked queen

(Chorus)
Floating / yes she’s floating
And the crowd goes rushing by
drifting / now she’s drifting
Our baby girl, she only wants to die
Painless / oh painless
Her body now is just a deadly ghost
Clueless / we’re so clueless
Our baby girl just shot herself a double devil dose

Such thunderous haunting guilt
Runs naked through her veins
Without the slightest sound
It conquers all her pain

She's ready now to fade
Into that mindless milky haze
Dark angels sing a lullaby
While she gives her soul away

BRIDGE
She straps the leather belt / yanks it tight around her arm
She’s on her way to heaven once the poison weaves its charm
She’s shooting to escape / one nightmare at a time
No regrets, no tears as the poison takes her life

(Chorus)
Floating / she’s floating
And the crowd goes rushing by
drifting / she’s drifting
Our baby girl, she only wants to die
Oh she’s painless / oh so painless
Watch as her body turns into a deadly ghost
Clueless / we’re so clueless
Our baby girl just shot herself a double devil dose

Our World

Tragedy
Throughout the world today
Tell me this ain’t the way it’s gotta to be
Tragedy
Don’t understand this pain I see
We’re better than this – you and me

- (chorus) -
Let’s join together – we can march as one
Walk across this earth until our job is done
Let’s use our strength – to win this fight
Take a stand until we make things right
Let’s show the world – how things should be
Follow your heart and it shall set you free

Tragedy
You ain’t gonna win
This is our world – this is our people
let the healing begin

- (instrumental bridge) -

- (chorus) -

Almost Home

He had plastic bags wrapped round his shoes
He was covered with the evening news
Had a pair of old wool socks on his hands
The bank sign was flashing "5 below
It was freezing rain an spittin' snow
He was curled up behind some garbage cans
I was afraid that he was dead, I gave him a gentle shake
When he opened up his eyes I said,"Old man are you ok?"

He said,"I just climbed out of a cottonwood tree"
I was runin' from some honey bees
Drip dryin' in the summer breeze
After jumpin' into Calico creek
I was walkin' down an old dirt road
Past a field of hay that had just been mowed
Man I wish you'd just left me alone
'Cause I was almost home

Then he said,"I was comin' round the barn"
Bout the time he grabbed my arm
When I heard Momma holler son hurry up
I was close enough for my own nose
To smell fresh cobbler on the stove
When I saw daddy loadin' up the truck
Game poles on the tailgate, barbers blowin' in the wind
Since July of '55 that's as close as I've been

He said,"I just climbed out of a cottonwood tree"
I was runin' from some honey bees
Drip dryin' in the summer breeze
After jumpin' into Calico creek
I was walkin' down an old dirt road
Past a field of hay that had just been mowed
Man I wish you'd just left me alone
'Cause I was almost home

I said,"old man you're gonna freeze to death"
Let me drive you to a mission
He said,"Boy if you left me alone
Right now I'd be fishin'

He said,"I just climbed out of a cottonwood tree"
I was runin' from some honey bees
Drip dryin' in the summer breeze
After jumpin' into Calico creek
I was walkin' down an old dirt road
Past a field of hay that had just been mowed
Man I wish you'd just left me alone
'Cause I was almost home

Man I wish you'd just left me alone
Cause I was almost home (Almost Home)