Heads Is East, Tails Is West

by JOAL KAMPS

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released April 1, 2014

All music & lyrics written by Joal Kamps
Engineered & Mixed by Mark Troyer at Evergreen Sound
Produced by Joal Kamps & Mark Troyer
Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Joao Carvalho Mastering
Design & Photography by Stephanie Jager

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JOAL KAMPS Calgary, Alberta

Joal Kamps is a singin', songwritin', storytellin' sensation. In five years he's already released award-winning albums and toured through North America and Europe as self-taught independent artist. With passion unmatched and adventure in his blood, it's full-speed ahead for this 'Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop' musician! ... more

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Track Name: Heads Or Tails (Radio Edit)
There’s a longing in our bones
To go wherever the winds may blow
From coast to coast and everywhere between
To taste the breeze of the salty seas
Take in a breath from the Rockies peaks
To feel the burning sand beneath our feet

You and I should hit the road
We’ll drive as far as we can go
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
We just want to live
Whoa-oh-oh

Searching for adventure and all the rest
Heads is east, tails is west
We’re living out our dreams
We’ll let our heartbeats guide the way
Explore the world and try new things
And do our best to live with no regrets

You and I should hit the road
We’ll drive into the great unknown
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
We just want to live
Whoa-oh-oh

There will be days when the road gets rough
And we might break down
But we won’t give up
Cause we’ve got dreams in our hearts
And we’ll never let them go
No, we’ll never let them go

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
We just want to live
Whoa-oh-oh
Track Name: Time Stand Still
I can smell the coffee perking on the stove
Gosh it’s good to be home
And the sound of kids out playing the yard
Warms these old bones

Time, stand still
I can never get my fill
Time, stand still
In the morning when our house comes alive
But you’re still snoring
So honey, I’ll just watch and smile and sigh

I’ve been missing you each night
As I turn out the lights
In this smoky motel room
I’ll just stare up at the roof
Count water stains for a while
And dream about you

Time, stand still
I can never get my fill
Time, stand still
In the morning, when our house comes alive
But you’re still snoring
So honey, I’ll just watch and smile and sigh

When our house comes alive
I’ll just watch and smile
When our house comes alive
I’ll just watch and smile and sigh
Track Name: Be Gentle
Be gentle with me, I’ll be gentle with you
We had a good thing, now it’s clear that we’re through

You’ll go your way, I’ll go my way, it’s true
We’ll be fine

Be gentle with him, I’ll be gentle with her
It’s been a few years; we’re not the kids we once were

You left for college, I worked the family farm
We’ll be fine

Be gentle with yours, I’ll be gentle with mine
Heard you had twin boys, I’ve got a daughter who’s five

One day they’ll leave us, they’ll grow up right over night
We’ll be fine

‘Cause the promise we made that day
Was to love for the rest of our lives

You’ll be, I’ll be, They’ll be
We’ll be fine
Track Name: Years From Now
I’ll pack my bags and leave this town
Say goodbye to my Ma and Pa
To start a life in a foreign land
With the one I love

Years from now we’ll be sittin’ in the kitchen
Talkin’ over coffee
While playin’ footsies down below
As we grow old we’ll still kiss each other softly
Play games in the bed sheets
Bound in a love unbreakable

She walks with grace and speaks in song
She laughs with joy at the time to come
I asked her folks for her marriage hand
She’s the one I love

Years from now we’ll be sittin’ in the kitchen
Talkin’ over coffee
While playin’ footsies down below
As we grow old we’ll still kiss each other softly
Play games in the bed sheets
Bound in a love unbreakable

Storms will come
Winds will blow
But our love will always grow

Years from now we’ll be sittin’ in the kitchen
Talkin’ over coffee
While playin’ footsies down below
As we grow old we’ll still kiss each other softly
Play games in the bed sheets
Bound in a love unbreakable
Track Name: Ocean
Meet me at the docks
We’ll lay our burdens down
The moon is overhead
And no one is around town

I’ll be the shoreline by your side
Drown in the depths of your eyes tonight
Ocean

Tiptoe through the night
Fall into my arms
Whisper softly now
Weave your magic charms

I’m caught in the undertow
Of your misty stare
And I’m hooked on your salty lips
Tangled up in your wind-tossed hair

I’ll be the shoreline by your side
Drown in the depths of your eyes tonight
Ocean

I can feel the pull of the tide behind your eyes
Your waves are crashing into me
Crashing into me
Crash into me
Track Name: Hemel Kom
My days, like lonely shadows
Are cast across this land
I wither away like the prairie grass
My soul cries out in anguish
My bones in agony
Oh life me merciful to me

Hemel kom en neem me van de aarde
(Heaven come and take me from the earth)

I lay awake in the night
Tortured by my fears
Drowning in a flood of tears
I’m a smouldering wick
A bruised and battered reed
Oh Lord deliver me

Hemel kom en neem me van de aarde
(Heaven come and take me from the earth)
Jezus kom en red mij van mijzelf
(Jesus come and save me from myself)

Jezus kom en red mij van mijzelf
(Jesus come and save me from myself)

Yahweh has heard my cries for help
He will not let me down
Track Name: From The Start
I see the sunrise in the horizon
It’s a welcome sight for this wayward soul
I’ve been driving through them dark nights
But now I’m coming home

If home is where the heart is
Then you’ve always had mine from the start
I don’t wanna live a moment longer
Apart

I see smoke rise up in my rearview
Clouding up them Alberta skies
It’s from the trials by fire that I’ve been through
But somehow I’ve survived – somehow

If home is where the heart is
Then you’ve always had mine from the start
I don’t wanna live a moment longer
Apart

I smell sweet grass and canola
It conjures up days of innocence
Like riding to the Creamery down on Main Street
When we were kids

If home is where the heart is
Then you’ve always had mine from the start
I don’t wanna live a moment longer
Apart
Track Name: Coal Miner
I'm just a coal miner at heart
Working in the depths to do my part
It's damp and dark and lonely
But I know that it's only for a while

The sun comes up and I go down below
Trade in the sunrise for a candle's glow
That little flame will guide me
‘Reminds me you're beside me through it all

When I'm done my service
I'll return to the surface with a smile
Drink in the stars above me
In the night sky they look lovely
Just like diamonds
And I will pray
Thank Him for the day
And for safety

We share funny stories from our past
Hide each other's lunch pails just to get a laugh
Despite our hardened faces
We thank God for His graces all these years

When I'm done my service
I'll return to the surface with a smile
Drink in the stars above me
In the night sky they look lovely
Just like diamonds
And I will pray
Thank Him for the day
And for safety

June 19, 1914 a hundred and eighty-nine died
I was one of forty-six; I was one of forty-six who cried
I awoke in the dust and smoke
Swore I heard the angels call my name
Then I saw my wife and son
And knew the reason I remained
The starry skies lit up that night like fallen brothers
Smiling down on me
With carbide lamps shining bright
For all of us to see

When I'm done my service
I'll return to the surface with a smile
Drink in the stars above me
In the night sky they look lovely
Just like diamonds

When we're done our service
We'll depart from the surface and we'll fly
Up past the highest mountains
Into life's eternal fountains in the sky
Track Name: Thief
I’ve heard it said he came as a man
Flesh and bones, water sand
But all the while, deity
Son of man, King of kings

They said he grew in favor with
God and man in all he did
Then one day he left home
To take his place and claim his throne

Who is this man?
What did he claim?
There’s hope for a people
Who call on his name

They say he taught with authority
The likes of which they’d never seen
Filled with power in word and deed
He stills the heart and calms the seas

From Jerusalem on up to Calvary
He walked the road prepared for me
Does no one else see the irony?
A carpenter hung from a tree

Who is this man?
What did he claim?
There’s hope for a people
Who call on his name

He said he could forgive my sins
I look at him; I look at him
Beside me
Upon a tree
Beside me
I am the thief
Track Name: Accept Me
Her daddy left when she was nine
It was the worst birthday
She’s been looking for a prince since then
Lost her innocence along the way

She says "its lonely here
The sun don’t shine
Its harder when you live outside the lines
And I don’t fit in with any crowd
I've been everybody but myself
So wont you please accept me now"

She spent her youth in search of one
Who she hoped would treat her right
She took abuse at the hands of men
All the joy faded from her eyes

She says "its lonely here
The sun don’t shine
Its harder when you live outside the lines
And I don’t fit in with any crowd
I've been everybody but myself
So wont you please accept me now"

Well this prince came
He got down on one knee
And said "Rose my love
Wont you please accept me?
I know your pain and hurt
I know of searing loss
That’s why I came to earth
To seek and save the lost
So you’re found now
You’re found now"