Off the Beaten Path

by derek olson

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Derek Olson is a singer-songwriter, folk artist from La Crosse, Wisconsin. With an array of somber meets hopeful, this music hopes to reach for roots, and not pull up weeds.

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released 16 July 2013

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Raw, heartfelt lyrics. Music is a lot like conversation; just because you can talk doesn't mean anyone's going to listen to you. Simple songs can have deeper messages than even the most polished Billboard runoffs. Thanks for your open ears and minds.

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Track Name: Little Scarecrow
I remember walking the other day in the park, your little crow’s feet were next to mine.
Well, you came down from the sky, and then you met my eye, oh, and then you turned to me and pecked me on the cheek.
Said I could not remember if it were a sin, when you found the door inside of me that ended up letting you in, but man, oh boy, it sure felt nice..

And I said oh little scarecrow, just point me the right way, I said I’m just looking for my baby.
It’s been a while and I miss her smile and I’ve been walking for so long. So many miles that I can barely stand it anymore.

Just the other day, well I thought I saw a face. But the desert ain’t no good for showing mercy. So then I kept upon my path, moving through the aftermath, and upon my name I swear that I ain’t never looked back. But you’re still on my mind, I don’t need to look behind, a smile on my face, yeah, could surely let you know why. And man, oh boy it still feels nice.

I said oh little scarecrow, just point me the right way, I said I’m just looking for my baby.
It’s been a while and I miss her smile and I’ve been walking for so long. So many miles that I can barely stand it anymore.

And then in my sight one day, a broken path lay in my way- was a cemetery stuck between a river. You see my day had finally come, when I could let that water run, and wash me down beside my lovin baby. So then I jumped into the stream, letting go of this wild dream, and I joined my baby, down in the cool water. And man, oh boy, it still feels nice.

I said oh little scarecrow, just point me the right way, I said I’m just looking for my baby.
It’s been a while and I miss her smile and I’ve been walking for so long. So many miles that I can barely stand it anymore.
Oh, so many miles, that I can barely stand it.
Track Name: Runaway Street
I was born on a runaway street, but nothing I saw, could ever stop my feet
And then one day I stopped and strayed and I found myself, somewhere to take a seat
Yeah, I settled down in a quiet town, well I held my breath and took a good look around
Well, you said hello and I said I know, and the morning sun, was there when it all was done
I felt so caged, but in a damn good way and it seemed like there was nowhere left to run

Now I’m movin’, yet standing still
And everything I know is all I feel
The beating of my heart is so real
But tomorrow’s gonna be a long night for me

I was raised on those good-boy ways, but my shadow seemed to always lead my way
So I dug in deep into the dead-end beat, but the drummer only plays part-time shows
Well, I was on a roll, and I didn’t know that if you let it do it, it’ll steal your soul
So I packed my bags and I didn’t wave, I’m still movin’, or so that story goes

But I’m movin’, and standing still
And everything I know is all I feel
The beating of my heart is so real
But tomorrow’s gonna be a long night for me
Track Name: Wrecking Ball
The streetlight casts a shadow, that hangs over my face. Like a bedsheet ghost on Halloween, and my fucked up saving grace. And black cats line the gutters like pennies on the street. Waiting for some stranger’s eyes to meet.

Loneliness and heartbreak are like hand-me-down clothes. If I could make a little more money I’d be bought before I’m sold. And paradise is waiting on a barstool somewhere. Well, I guess I’d know when I get there.

You can use me up and tear me down like a wrecking ball. I’ve been here before, it’s nothing new, now you’ve seen it all. So one more drink before I go and start again. I always wake up in the same place I started in.

Now, I’m freer than some devil, with a conscience on his back. I got lipstick flavored cigarettes and an 8-track. But I never get to that feelin’ when I’m high and on standby. ‘Cause all of these real feelins are like somebody else’s lies.

So you could use me up and tear me down like a wrecking ball. I’ve been here before, it’s nothing new, now you’ve seen it all. So one more drink before I go and start again. I always wake up in the same place I started in.
Track Name: Searching for the Wind
You were sittin’ there all alone, like it was nobody’s business but your own and then you smiled as your drink concealed your eyes. And I was laughin’ like a child, the kind that I can do every once in a while when bar time rolls around and there’s nobody left here but me. And you’d say hey can’t you see, that you’re wastin’ all your money, money you could be spendin’ on me.. you know nothin’ comes for free.. and maybe if you take a chance. Call me baby, and ask me to dance, taste the whiskey on my lips. I’m a little old-fashioned, but I know how to kiss

And we could dance all night, if the moment’s right
Taste this sweet delight, ‘til another sleepless morning rolls out the tide,
And we say goodnight or maybe just one more time, baby, I don’t need no warnin’, no I’d take what I could get, if I haven’t lost it yet. There’s no time to play regrets, it’s just another day to spend, searchin’ for the wind.

It’s a foolish gain, to give yourself away. Unpack some of that baggage and put it in a suitcase, yeah you got nothin’ to gain, from havin’ nothing to lose and there’s nothing to say when there’s nothing to prove. So darling hold on tight to me, if you can. There’s something so damn simple about it- just holding your hand. Or maybe we could take our time. Call me your lover and I won’t mind, taste the sweetness of your lips. I’m a little bit clumsy, I feel just fine.

We could dance all night, if the moment’s right
Taste this sweet delight, ‘til another sleepless morning rolls out the tide,
And we say goodnight or maybe just one more time, baby, I don’t need no warnin’, no I’d take what I could get, if I haven’t lost it yet. There’s no time to play regrets, it’s just another day to spend, searchin’ for the wind.