One Shot

by Josh Halverson

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about

Award-winning songwriter Josh Halverson has one goal when it comes to his music: to spread truth and love among listeners. His earnest new album, One Shot, blends his current acoustic roots sound with shades of the R&B and pop he grew up loving. Halverson, the son of a cattle rancher, writes with a maturity beyond his 28 years as he meditates on life, love, and loss. Recorded live to tape in producer Brian Douglas Phillips’ living room, ONE SHOT is as warm and comforting as an heirloom quilt on a cold night, and a promising release from an up-and-coming Americana artist.

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released June 4, 2013

Josh Halverson — vocals, guitar, piano
Brian Douglas Phillips — producer, engineer, pedal steel, banjo, electric guitar, piano, vocals
Sam Pankey — bass
Fred Mandujando — drums
Andy Tindall — fiddle
Jaimee Harris — backing vocals

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Josh Halverson Austin, Texas

The son of a cattle rancher and Sioux Indian, Halverson spent his youth moving around the
Texas panhandle; now based in Austin, his music is as wide open and honest as an Amarillo sky.
“I try to spread truth through my songs to help others transition through life and spread happiness
to the people around them,” he explains. “May truth and love be revealed through my music always.”
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Track Name: Take Me To Forever
Take Me To Forever:

It’s been my dream
To have a house where
There ain’t a clock on the wall
And we can go about our days like
Time don’t exist anymore

So won’t you take me to forever
So I never have to worry
About what I’m doing if it’s right or wrong
Although I might not remember
And I may forget our story
Promise not to give up on our love
Yeah I promise I won’t give up on our love

Oh my life
I’ve been hanging on a dime
With fancy cloths and pop-up cars
But you came along
This pretty girl who
Taught me to live without a heart

So won’t you take me to forever
So I never have to worry
About what I’m doing, if it’s right or wrong
Although I might not remember
And I may forget our story
Promise not to give up on our love
Yeah I promise I won’t give up on our love

The part of me that I hate the most
Is right where I am now
Because through the ups and downs
I look past the beginning
And I always look forward to the end

But like a stone
I sank to the bottom of you
And gave you my will as your own
So won’t you lead me where you want to
I’ll follow you where you go
And not look back and judge where I’ve come

So won’t you take me to forever
So I never have to worry
About what I’m doing if it’s right or wrong
Although I might not remember
And I may forget our story
Promise not to give up on our love
Yeah I promise I won’t give up on our love
Track Name: Comfort Me
Comfort Me:

Distant world has got me travelin
Through the ups and downs of it’s distraction
This old heart is hard and calloused
It don’t beat for me

Empty bottle has got me cryin
Because it knows exactly how I want to feel
And the dealer must be a woman
She’s got it out for me

Won’t you comfort me
When I am struggling
Won’t you comfort me
When my feet don’t touch the ground
Won’t you comfort me
Through life’s dispositions
Because you got what I need

Empty ballroom has got me dying
With shattered dreams scattered all over the floor
And the tug o’ war of this love
Has got my brain sore

This ol’ rocking chair’s still moving
Though there ain’t a soul in site
And you will forever be missed
In my eyes

Won’t you comfort me
When I am struggling
Won’t you comfort me
When my feet don’t touch the ground
Won’t you comfort me
Through life’s dispositions
Because you got what I need

And I’ve fallen on hard times
Like a ship lost at sea
So baby hold on to me
With all of your life
Because probably I promise
We’ll get out somehow

If you’ll comfort me
When I am struggling
And when my feet don’t touch the ground
If you’ll comfort me
Through life’s dispositions
Because you got what I need
You got what I need
You got what I need

When it’s time to take a rest
And they cover my body with the ground
I want no one to contest
Just what I have found
Track Name: Gimme One Shot
Gimme One Shot:

It’s getting harder each day
To look you in the eye
You sons and daughters
Just coasting through time
Will you ever understand?
Or will your sun run out?
Gimme One Shot:

I wanna go back to the days
Where they lasted longer yet
You could grab the hand of your pal
And just hang out in the heat
It didn’t matter what you did
It didn’t matter who you are

Gimme one shot
To show you who I am
What I’ve found out
How it’s floating in the air
Can’t you hear it?
Because it’s calling your name
But you won’t see it
Because you’re not going to change
You’ll forever be the same

I used to be lucky in life
Oh I thought I had it all
But then the hands of time fell upon me
Spent seven years in the dark
The drugs and the whiskey
It brought the world on strong

Then love took my hand
Now it don’t matter what I do
It don’t matter who I am
Because I will go out
Picking up cans for nickels and change

Gimme one shot
To show you who I am
What I’ve found out
How it’s floating in the air
Can’t you hear it?
Because it’s calling your name
But you won’t see it
Because you’re not going to change
You’ll forever be the same

I’ve been knocked down
And I’ve lost it all
Been pushed so hard
I couldn’t breathe at all
And the world is the strongest war you’ll face
It will leave you breathless
Make you loose your faith

Gimme one shot
To show you who I am
What I’ve found out
How it’s floating in the air
Can’t you hear it?
Because it’s calling you name
But you won’t see it
Because you’re not going to change
You’re not going to change
Track Name: Miss Ruth
Miss Ruth:

Miss Ruth, you wanna come over
Play dice on that old kitchen stove
Serves me right to be all alone
Because this city lied and hearts I stole

But I won’t fight this dawn anymore
Two feet wide and truth’s out the door
What is it we’re living for?
We’re fighting for?
Is there more?
Please God let there be more

Sinking ship, when I read your letter
Trash it went, fell hard on the floor
Broken plate, I cussed your name
We all seem to know what we’re doing
But it slips your fingers, never crossed you mind

But I won’t fight this dawn anymore
Two feet wide and truth’s out the door
What is it we’re living for?
We’re fighting for?
Is there more?
Please God let there be more
Let there be more

Is there more?

Sinking ship, when I read you letter
Trash it went, fell hard on the floor
Broken plate, I cussed your name
Track Name: Nothing To Lose
Nothing To Lose:

The sky’s filled with haze today
Its brought me to that place again
I’m digging it deeper
But you don’t feel nothing at all
Your numb right to your bones
I think I’ll leave this town
Just let me get my coat

Because I, got nothing to lose but the site of you
My mind was split,
When you filled it with love that you placed at my feet
But I, I can’t seem to forget
All the images I saw of us falling apart
But you don’t mind,
That there’s this peace I find
When you bring me to my knees

Sorry I didn’t give you enough of my words
And the thought of us together is too good to be true
I guess my love is like sinking sand
But hey honey, you know exactly what you do

But I, I got nothing to lose but the site of you
My mind was split,
When you filled it with love that you placed at my feet
But I, I can’t seem to forget
All the images I saw of us falling apart
But you don’t mind,
That there’s this peace I find
When you bring me to my knees

I worked real hard to be a better man
It never seemed to be good enough for you
So I built them up stronger then concrete
It just took one look in your eye
For these walls to come down
These walls came crumbling down

But I, I got nothing to lose but the site of you
My mind was split,
When you filled it with love that you placed at my feet
But I, Yeah I got nothing to lose but the site of you
My mind was split,
When you filled it with love that you placed at my feet
But I can’t seem to forget
All the images I saw of us falling apart
But you don’t mind,
That there’s this peace I find
When you bring me to my knees
You bring me to my knees
Track Name: This Time Around
This Time Around:

She only loves me when I’m down
And she says that’s how love goes
Now that the money has all run out
She thinks our love’s not strong enough

But she wears flowers in her hair
And her eyes shine like diamonds
One things for certain
She’ll always protect herself
And she’ll be the one who takes me out
Yeah she’ll be the one who breaks my heart
This Time Around

She only kisses me when she wants to
She breaks my heart every time we fight
But I’m tired of thinking about
What I’m going to do without
I guess it’s time to pack that old suitcase
I guess it’s time to pack that old suitcase

But she wears flowers in her hair
And her eyes shine like diamonds
One things for certain
She’ll always protect herself
And she’ll be the one who takes me out
Yeah she’ll be the one who breaks my heart
This Time Around

The prophecies they say
Since beginning of time, we won’t ever last
But there may come a day were
I’ll need no one, but my own space
Next Time Around

She wears flowers in her hair
And her eyes shine like diamonds
One things for certain
She’ll always protect herself
She’ll be the one who takes me out
Yeah she’ll be the one who breaks my heart
Yeah she’ll be the one who takes me out
Yeah she’ll be the one who breaks my heart
This Time Around

This Time Around
Track Name: I Did It For You
I Did It For You:

I can just see you sitting on that couch alone
Feeling like you had too many times before
Where did our love go and how did it fall
I thought it would last forever

How do you walk these streets alone
When your family’s gone and you’ve lost your soul
But with a few words I wrote on that page below
Don’t doubt my love

I would have gave it all for you
Took down mountains and got stoned for you
Honey there ain’t anything I wouldn’t do
If you would’ve fought for me
Because I did it for you

About three months gone down the road
Doubt this heart will love like it had before
But every now and again I find a piece of it
Hope it’ll be the last
But it’s been out in the desert too many times before
Where you left it to hang and dry alone
Maybe one day it might work again
But until then I’ll wait

I would have gave it all for you
Took down mountains, and got stoned for you
Honey there ain’t anything I wouldn’t do
If you would’ve fought for me
Because I did it for you
Track Name: Be Strong
Be Strong:

Your sadness hit my brain
I wasn’t breathing
Your freight train hit my face
This life’s not worth living

But Mama showed me the way
How compassion can hit your vanes

She said baby please be strong
We’ll carry on
Cause I’ve been blinded before
You still got your vision

When the light shined in my face
I wasn’t clearly thinking
Became comfortable with who I am
And how I was living

But then He showed me the way
How compassion can hit your vanes

He said baby please be strong
We’ll carry on
Cause I’ve been blinded before
You still got your vision
Track Name: Bartender
Bartender:

The stars left your eyes
As I walked inside
To pour me a coffee instead

If I had a dollar for every time that it rained
It wouldn’t matter
Because I have nothing to claim

So bartender won’t you pour me another round
Because my baby’s gone astray
It don’t matter if she comes back
It don’t matter if she stayed
Because I’m gone
Yeah baby I’m gone

The scars grow heavy
On my hands and my face
With every thought of you
That crosses my mind

The leaves they started shivering
Because that cold’s coming in
And they know that their time here is short

So bartender won’t you pour me another round
Because my baby’s gone astray
It don’t matter if she comes back
It don’t matter if she stayed
Because I’m gone
Yeah baby I’m gone

Bartender won’t you pour me yet another drink
Because my baby has gone astray
That whiskey may kill me
It don’t matter anyway
Because I’m gone
Yeah baby I’m gone
Oh I’m long gone yeah baby I’m gone
Oh I’m long gone yeah baby I’m gone
Track Name: A Heart To See You Through
A Heart To See You Through:

Broke your heart last October
I know I’ve done it a few times since
Sometimes I wish someone would kill me
For going on living life like this

But you brought the dishes to the table
And we prayed to God to free our sins
Honey I know we have a love stronger then most
Just like our Granny and Grandpa did

I know we had our stormy weather
But we love each other still
So darlin’ won’t you please believe me when I tell you
That this heart, is the heart to see you through

The way I feel for you I’d turn my back on most
Go make love in that old rest stop
Baby I think I could go anywhere with you
And it wouldn’t matter if we ever made the top

I know we had our stormy weather
But we love each other still
So darlin’ won’t you please believe me when I tell you
That this heart, is the heart to see you through

I know we had our stormy weather
But we love each other still
So darlin’ won’t you please believe me when I tell you
That this heart, is the heart to see you through

Now we’re all gathered here today to celebrate
The two of us becoming one
So you better believe me when I look into those big brown eyes
And say I’ll be with you till they lay me down
You know I’ll be with you till they lay me down

I know we had our stormy weather
But we love each other still
So darlin’ won’t you please believe me when I tell you
That this heart, is the heart to see you through

This heart,
Oh honey it’s the heart, that deserves you