The Truth Is

by Steven Paul Ploog

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released March 21, 2014

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Steven Paul Ploog California

Steven Paul Ploog is a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist born in Clovis California, raised in Merced California. After five years in the United States ARMY, Steven left the service and committed himself to pursuing songwriting full time.

His influences include Bob Dylan, Ray Lamontagne, Ray Charles and many more. You can find more about Steven at WWW.STEVENPAULPLOOG.COM
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Track Name: On & On
On and On

Well on and on it goes
There's a time to pay the piper and a time to take your toll And on and on it goes
There's a time to be a thief and a time to give what you stole
Well on and on it goes
There's a time to be a boss and a time to lose control And on and on it goes
There's a time to hold back and a time and to let it show
You've seen fires roar and rain turn mud
Seen ash to ash and dust to dust
And we're rollin' down the rails of life
Seen the land shake like a beggar's hand
In the freezing cold you'll find hope man
Get yourself back together get back on your feet again
Well on and on it goes
There's a time to plant a seed and a time to reap what you sow And on and on it goes
There's a time to cling to love and a time to just let it go
Well on and on it goes
You can watch the sunrise but the next second it's gone And on and on it goes
You can take your last breath but your soul still lingers on

You've seen fires roar and rain turn mud
Seen ash to ash and dust to dust
And we're rollin down the rails of life
Seen the land shake like a beggars hand
In the freezing cold you'll find hope man
Get yourself back together get back on your feet again
Track Name: Castin' Blame
Castin' Blame
Buried in this conversation
Lost in the calculation of words
Know there's nothing I can say
To mend your heart or take the pain away
You've found that old familiar road Cursing up a storm, castin' blame
Shake my head and bite my tongue
Know there's nothing to be won in arguing
So carry on my sweet love And I will bear all the blame
Your words they weigh so heavy
Got me broken like a mule down on my knees Well I've been this way before
You're not the first to make me beg or plead
Know there's nothing more that I can do They've read my palm, turned that tarot too Strip my soul of vanity and see
The beauty in the hand that you've dealt me.
So carry on my sweet love And I will bear all the blame
Our flowers in the ground my dear
They wither as the winter wind it blows
Watched you plant another seed and flirt with spring In hope that new love will grow
So carry on my sweet love And I will bear all the blame
Track Name: The Truth Is
The Truth Is...

Any damn port in a storm so they say
Buried my pride beneath lines on my face
But the truth is, our ship sank long ago
And the truth is... The truth is I'm down here alone
Now I'm stuck on this train, where I'm bound I don't know Strike up a match, set fire to my soul
'Cause the truth is, you've burnt me before
And the truth is... The truth is I don't care anymore
So burn me down, wouldn't your mother be proud
Come on just burn me down, I'll sit here and not make a sound
So fickle is fate, empty ships smaller wake
With baggage so heavy, no wonder I sank
'Cause the truth is, you just weighed me down
And the truth is... The truth is you can go to hell now
So burn me down, wouldn't your mother be proud
Come on just burn me down, I'll sit here and not make a sound
White wedding dress on your shoulders my love
Ring round your finger tells the world that we're done But the truth is, you've worn one before
And the truth is... The truth is you'll always want more
So burn me down, wouldn't your mother be proud
Come on just burn me down, I'll sit here and not make a sound
Track Name: Halo For Horns
Halo for Horns

Tell me Mother Mary, how I'll be buried by my sins
and the faults of my father and his
How they'll bury my weak body in a coffin made of knotty pine Never to be heard from again
I'll arrive with no suitcase to a man with a flat face
Sayin' "son haven't I seen you before
Seems the Devil has found you
My black book says damn you
You'll be trading that halo for horns"

Well I walked out the door I was blinded and three sheets by the neon the booze and those lines
Katie she held me from the ground it was spinning Seems I had lost track of time
It was Sunday, sun was rising, church bells ringing, dime-store cowboys And I'm too stoned to hear the good word
Seems the Devil has found me
A black book says damn me
And I'm trading my halo for horns
Track Name: Those Chains
Those Chains

Are you so important that you just can't find the time Phone calls and calendars they're breaking your poor mind And are you sealed in the stone of harsh reality
Take a deeper breath and you might find some clarity
Or is it hard to breathe
In a city that never sleeps
Are you so damn strapped for cash you cannot spare a dime
You're buying all that shit you do not need well it's a crime, it ain't right
Magazines and T.V screens and posters on the wall
They tell you what is beautiful, your instinct is all wrong, but is it wrong? Don't be a slave to what they sell
Go on and decorate your hell
With those chains, that you've fastened All those habits you can't break
And the keys are at the crossroads
But you've turned the wrong way
Well I've crossed a couple deserts and I've sailed on several seas Lived a life of joy and lived a life of misery in my time
So I packed my bags and made some tracks there are races to be won Bit my lip a thousand times while sharpening my tongue
But now it's hard to speak
Go on and take from me
Those chains, that I've fastened All those habits I can't break
And the keys are at the crossroads And I've turned the right way
Track Name: As I Am
As I Am

My love was lying naked Lord She was begging for some sin She knew I had my fill of war So she kissed my lips again
And she led me to a river
Where the banks they shone like gold And the wind it blew so fiercely through The trees it moved my soul
Then she said take me love as I am
And I will move your soul with this Devil's Hymn
If pain is just a memory
And the future is unnamed
Will life deliver me to death
With a conscience free from shame
'Cause she held me by that river
And she warmed my blood and bones But as I confessed crimes to her
She whispered I must go
Then I said take me love as I am
And I will move your soul with this Devil's Hymns
Track Name: Wildfire
Wildfire

Time you're ticking away
And the skin I'm in is turning old and gray
So love let's just laugh at the time that's doin' us in
'Cause here bound to this Earth The bridges we build
Must always burn
So I'll pour the fuel, if you add desire Spark will turn to a Wildfire
And it's burning now the bridge we've built But as they say every rose must wilt
Been down to the unknown
Where we fight for things we've never owned
The Lord let me love but my love made me beg for sin And I know that it's wrong but I fear I'll do it again
So fear are you at it again Well I'm shadowed by This skin I'm in
So I'll pour the fuel, if you add desire Spark will turn to a Wildfire
And it's burning now the skin I'm in
But as they say it's just dust in the wind
Track Name: Green Eyes
Green Eyes

If your world turns dark and cold
You know I'll be there soon
And if your smile yields nothing but scorn You know I'd smile with you
Paradise has a way of melting hearts But mine it melts for you
In a world that can be oh so cold
I found my shelter with you
And your green eyes they sing
And your freckles make my heart ring
I don't know if you ever knew... I love you
One day I'll be sent back to war
And just what we're fighting for
I don't know and I never knew
But I hope that I'll get back to you someday soon
When the rifles they call out once more
At least I'll know what is true
The day your feet they danced in the sand I knew I was meant for you
And your green eyes they sing
And your freckles make my heart ring
I don't know if you ever knew... I love you..
So I drew our hearts in the sand And I placed a ring in your hand And I begged
Won't you marry me....
Track Name: Drive Me To Drink
Drive Me To Drink

If temperance is the key the lock it must be me
I'm just a fish in a bottle tryin' to get back to the sea
And many men they know settlin' ain't comfort for your soul But once you hit the bottle babe there ain't no headin' home
And it drives me to drink
And Lord how I know
That I'll never get out of this bottle alone
Way down in Tennessee I met a bell so lovely
Said " you'd better quit that drinkin' or I'll leave you alone"
I said "now baby don't be cruel, I'll get clean and play your fool" But she caught me get'n drunk with Johnny the next day
And she drives me to drink

And Lord how I know
That I'll never get out of this bottle alone
Now the future I see well it's looking mighty hazy
And the hands on the clock they keep spinning around Now I travel from town to town, been up but mostly down So baby don't you leave me or I'll never be the same
And she drives me to drink
And Lord how I know
That I'll never get out of this bottle alone No I'll never get out of this bottle alone
Track Name: Kelli
KELLI

I've been driving all my feelings away With miles and miles of interstate They only take me further from you From Austin down to New Orleans The Georgia Pines to Tennessee
I've never found a woman like you
Now my shoes are worn from the hard ground My voice it aches from singing out
I know you've never heard a word
From El Capitan to Newfoundland
A thousand faces all like grains of sand I've sifted through, there ain't one like you
So Kelli I'm dying here alone Broken down nowhere to run
Found those cocaine blues and empty cans Hands that shake you've made this man Half of what he used to be
Are your ears so closed, your eyes so blind Heart so cold and mouth full of lies
I know 'cause I bought every word
So Kelli I'm dying here alone Broken down, nowhere to run
Track Name: War
War

Come to me oh Sara please
Unshackle my weak body
And save me from this sacrifice stone The trees have shed their summer coats The birds from North to South they go To strange and unfamiliar lands
Beyond the sea where we wage war We shot a couple soldiers mourned The death of our innocent ways
Some men smiled and some men cried I sat there with wide open eyes
And contemplated the world's fate And War the general he called

"Protect my corporation, you pawn"
I struck a match, I'm temptin' fate I find it harder to relate
To anyone who shows me love
I pop a cork, I load a gun
I can not be the only one Who's steadily losing faith
Will rich men always get their way While soldiers lie in shallow graves Their families will praise the cause Well I came back with medals on My sanity and pride were gone
I never can forget the way
That War the general he called "Protect my corporation, you pawn"