The King of Good Intentions

by Gregory Hoskins

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1.
Every Day 04:56
Every Day Words and Music by G.Hoskins The spirits moved his feet To the music that they played And they wouldn't let him hear it And they wouldn't let him stray From the path they set before him, From the set list that they made; It would confuse him if he knew it, They could use him more this way. And he said, How...did I get this way? Well, the angels really loved him, The devils loved him, too. On a slow night he was lots of fun, He wasn't Job but he would do. And they loved how he was empty, And the shapes he'd bend in to And how beautifully his heart ached, And he could do it all on cue. He’d say, Whoa, how...did I get this way? When every day, every day, every day, I chose to stay. He had his head shoved so far up his ass He could see his heart beat. And a pile of laundry in the basement So high That he needed A Sherpa guide Just to look at it. It's the discipline of housework; The paying of the bills; The taxi-ing of children; And all the things that kill. And he said, How...did I get this way? When every day, every day, every day... I chose to stay.
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In The Fashion of the Broken Hearted Words and Music by G.Hoskins We met as old friends In the spiral We came to check on our chances of survival The talk was tender Though slightly guarded In the fashion of the broken hearted. There should be as many words for love As the Inuit have for snow Then I wouldn't have to struggle here On the edge of Lake Ontario. Here's the strange thing, Here's the weird thing; We were never ever lovers. But, O, the waters, the deep waters That we charted In the fashion of the broken hearted There should be... Will we finish what we started ? See how we lingered when we parted? I wondered if the healing had begun. Yes, I wondered if the healing had begun.
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Black Flakes of Memory Words and Music by G.Hoskins Some men admit to mistakes they never made So that they might look humble. And other men never cop to nothing ever I sit somewhere in the middle. Let me answer the charges against me Let this verse be my redemption I am innocent, don’t you see How all creation bends its’ knee to me? For I am the king, I am the king of good intentions. Black flakes of memory fall and I am dancing between them. No more talk of mystical connections. No more talk of souls. No more talk of our spiritual affections, I am done with that. I am done. I dreamed that I saw you painting my picture, You were using razor blades. Me, I am dreaming of tornadoes and twisters, I am dreaming of tidal waves. Black flakes of memory fall... I never stole no one’s dreams Or took anybody's pain lightly. And I never ever asked no one, no where To burn, ever burn less brightly. Still these black flakes of memory fall...
4.
Real Beauty Aches Words and Music by G.Hoskins Everybody knows that new love is easy Everybody knows it takes no skill to fall Everybody knows that the trick is to stay When you keep hitting walls. Every star, we've learned, Takes an explosion to burn Make no mistake Real beauty aches. Everybody knows confusion is a doorway To a vision that is clear Everybody knows that courage is found In the arms of fear. Every star, we've learned, Takes an explosion to burn Make no mistake Real beauty aches.
5.
Carry Me 04:24
Carry Me Words and Music by G.Hoskins My appetite is swollen For a solitary truth But all the answers have been stolen And the thief is on the loose All my roads have evaporated All my dreams have been shot to hell When the rains come and the rivers swell You'll hear me singing... Carry me, carry me All I've ever wanted was someone To carry me. I can feed the hunger in a dozen ways Fill the hole with a thousand cigarettes Get lost in the promise of porn and yet The hunger still remains. I need a home when I am drifting I need an anchor when my soul is shifting I need to know that it's Angels that are lifting me, C’mon, carry me.
6.
Old Desires 04:59
Old Desires (Can Be Murder) Words and Music G. Hoskins The vision comes to me, of my first true love Like a ribbon on the wind It leads me to desire I long let go of Ah, but here they are again. What is it here that calls to me Across so many years Must be more than just memory To hold me in this way. Old desires, familiar fire Burning bright as the day that it was lit These old desires can be murder Burning bright, burning bright. On and on and on In the cool of the basement Trembling under me First time, first touch, first taste O, the mystery of old desires... Old desires, familiar fire Burning bright as the day that it was lit These old desires can be murder Burning bright, burning bright...
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Do What You Want Words and Music by G. Hoskins You may think You're a sinner in saints' clothes You may think You're the shadow the light throws Blind to the beauty That through your body flows. Do what you want Do what you want Love yourself, love yourself or not. Half way 'cross the dessert You want to turn around Half way 'cross the river It'd be so easy now to drown And you would not sell your burden For a kingdom and a crown. Do what you want... Now, I can fill an arena With 10,000 people maybe more All calling out your name Praises spilling on the floor We can walk you up to heaven But we can't push you through the door. Do what you want.
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Every Day Words and Music by G.Hoskins Well... The spirits moved his feet To the music that they played And they wouldn't let him hear it And they wouldn't let him stray From the path they set before him, From the set list that they made; It would confuse him if he knew it, They could use him more this way. And he said, How...did I get this way? Well, the angels really loved him, The devils loved him, too. On a slow night he was lots of fun, He wasn't Job but he would do. And they loved how he was empty, And the shapes he'd bend in to And how beautifully his heart ached, And he could do it all on cue. He’d say, Whoa, how...did I get this way? When every day, every day, every day, I chose to stay. He had his head shoved so far up his ass He could see his heart beat. And a pile of laundry in the basement So high That he needed A Sherpa guide Just to look at it. It's the discipline of housework; The paying of the bills; The taxi-ing of children; And all the things that kill. And he said, How...did I get this way? When every day, every day, every day... I chose to stay.

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First solo studio recording, and first recording with drummer Gary Craig and bassist George Koller...an amazing rhythm section. A sparse recording, much of it live off the floor. Has become a "desert island recording" for many who have it.

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released January 9, 2001

Gregory Hoskins: vocals, guitars, banjo, organ
Gary Craig: drums, percussion
George Koller: bass
Jonathan Goldsmith: piano

Produced by Gregory Hoskins, Gary Craig, George Koller, and
Joao Carvalho,

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Joao Carvalho except track 9, recorded and mixed by G.H.

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