Old Forests

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Our second full-length record - A stripped down, self-produced album that reflects our journey over the past couple of years...

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released May 30, 2017

Stefan Szabo - Vocals/Guitar/Percussion
Kerrie Szabo - Vocals/Percussion
Heath Shatswell - Banjo/Vocals
Mike Womack - Bass/Vocals

Guest: Dylan Hawf - Fiddle

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National Park Radio Arkansas

National Park Radio is a modern-folk/Americana/singer-songwriterish band from the Ozarks. Fans of The Avett Brothers and The Lumineers should enjoy their music.
They released a self-produced EP in early 2013, and in 2016 released their debut full-length album "The Great Divide".
In early 2017, they started work on a new full-length album. "Old Forests" releases worldwide on May 30th, 2017.
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Track Name: Mighty Mountains
Well I was only seventeen
I found myself caught in between
What you could say was life and fantasy
That crooked road seemed all too steep
It stretched beyond what I could see
And left a thousand fallen in its path

But at last I saw the future
Every moment that could be
Oh I found that life was waiting there for me

I knew that I could get there someday
Had to try and find my own way
No one else could tell me what to do
But like so many there before me
Failure wrote another story
Left behind a humbled broken soul

But at last I saw the future
Every moment that could be
Oh I found that life was waiting there for me

Only for a moment I'd forgotten why we came
Not unlike my father mighty mountains call my name
Oh the explanations and excuses we could find
But unlike my father those mighty mountains I will climb

I will run
Through the valley below
Let's get drunk
From the river it holds
As the sun
Leads the way
And the light begins to fade
Only now I remember why we came

It's strength we find when we are weak
It's faith that moves the tallest peak
And love that lasts for long after we're gone
But few can truly know the cost
And all who wander are not lost
For love will lead the tired and troubled home

'Cause at last I see the future
Every moment that can be
And I've found that life is waiting here for me

I will run
Through the valley below
Let's get drunk
From the river it holds
As the sun
Leads the way
And the light begins to fade
Only now I remember why we came
Track Name: Oh My Heart
Thought I was going places
That I could only dream of
Saw the look on their faces
As they listened to my song
Oh my heart was as pure as gold
Never knew I could be so bold

And I begged for your trust
Promised I would never fold
Swore that I would never let you
Fall into that hole
But it is I who has fallen it seems
And the dirt's filling in over me

And I don't know...
When I'm coming home
This flesh and bone
Can't make it on its own

All I need is a moment
But the world won't stop turnin'
I'd give up in a second
But the fire keeps on burnin'
Oh my heart it can't take much more
Is it worth what I'm fighting for?

And I don't know...
When I'm coming home
This flesh and bone
Can't make it on its own
Oh I don't know...
If I'm ever coming home
This flesh and bone
Can't make it on its own

Oh my heart, my beating heart
Can you hold on for a moment
Oh my heart, my beating heart
Keeps me coming back to you

They say home is where the heart is
But my heart is with you
And my fear has gone to ashes
In a fire that's burnin' true

And I don't know...
When I'm coming home
This flesh and bone
Can't make it on its own
Track Name: Old Forests
My hands are bloody
They can’t be forgiven
Alone and I’m destined to roam
My shoes are muddy,
A long walk from heaven
I'm tired and I’m restless for home

I’ll clear a place for you,
Deep in old forests
Forever beside me you’ll lay
Eternity waits for you,
Secrets before us
We're crossing the river to stay

If I roam in my life
Then I'll roam in my death
Old men go like a fire
Couldn't get no rest

In the night they roam
Singing songs of desperation
No one knows
If they'll ever find their home
As the cold winds blow
I can hear the voices calling
Let me go
Let the water take my soul

Over the mountain
I'll follow the spirit
To places that we've never seen
Where time has forgotten
To keep true it’s promise
With everything that's ever been

There I will wait for you
Deep in the wilderness
Lost like the stories of old
Out there among them
I'll wander the wastes with
No way to get out of the cold

If I roam in my life
Then I'll roam in my death
Old men go like a fire
Couldn't get no rest

In the night they roam
Singing songs of desperation
No one knows
If they'll ever find their home
As the cold winds blow
I can hear the voices calling
Let me go
Let the water take my soul
Track Name: These Great Plains
See everything
You can see
To find your way you must be free
Go find your love
And keep it near
Don’t get caught up in doubt and fear

Oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

I keep comin' home
But never stay
‘Cause California calls my name
With you, and no one else
I’d rather share
That Colorado mountain air

Oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

And we wonder how the West was won
As we march into the setting sun
Casting shadows long as these great plains
We won’t stop until we’ve found our way

Some, in this life
May never know
Or understand the need to go
Back once again
On the road
This child inside will not grow old

Oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

And we wonder how the West was won
As we march into the setting sun
Casting shadows long as these great plains
We won’t stop until we’ve found our way

Can’t you see what’s inside of me?
All I ask is that you believe
Be brave and true, take every step with love
And we’ll live on in the hearts of those to come

And we wonder how the West was won
As we march into the setting sun
Casting shadows long as these great plains
We won’t stop until we’ve found our way
Track Name: Blood
Come this time tomorrow
There'll be blood upon my hands
Judge prepare the gallows
Lord I have come to meet my end

When I come to find you
Oh the blood it will flow
Like a river carve through
All the mud and all the stone

Oh I could dance
'Round the flames
'Round the ash
Of the fire where your body was burned
Lord can't you see
Through the smoke
Through the trees
Through the heart of the one that you chose
...With your blood

Keep that fire a burnin'
And the blood keep it warm
You've had this time a comin'
Since the day that you were born

Oh I could dance
'Round the flames
'Round the ash
Of the fire where your body was burned
Lord can't you see
Through the smoke
Through the trees
Through the heart of the one that you chose
...With your blood

Don't know if you can see me
Through all the blood in your eyes
But you should know soon you can find me
In the sweet bye and bye

Oh I could dance
'Round the flames
'Round the ash
Of the fire where your body was burned
Lord can't you see
Through the smoke
Through the trees
Through the heart of the one that you chose
...With your blood
Track Name: Meant To Be
I know life is somewhat predictable
We go home and walk right back out the door
When you call me I will never say hello

Late night driving wishing we were home
Petty fighting pretending that we know
Every word that the other one is gonna say

Now you go up when I come down
Like hot and cold we spin around
A perfect match it’s plain to see

Never caring about the time of day
What you’re wearing dancing in the rain
When I saw you I knew something had to change

In the front seat of your mother’s car
We talked all night underneath the stars
When I woke up all I could think about was you

Now you go up when I come down
Like hot and cold we spin around
A perfect match it’s plain to see
I want to run away with you
Forget the past try something new
This time we’ll leave no stone unturned

Now you go up when I come down
Like hot and cold we spin around
A perfect match it’s plain to see

Oh, Oh, Oh....

Now you go up when I come down
Like hot and cold we spin around
A perfect match it’s plain to see
I want to run away with you
Forget the past try something new
This time we’ll leave no stone unturned
Let’s pack our bags get out of town
Show everyone what we have found
That life can be most anything

In the park at two o-clock am
Sitting on the park bench hand in hand
No one knows that you and I were meant to be
Track Name: The Way It Always Has
The fire it burns, the world it does turn
The way it always has
And mothers still cry when fathers they die
Oh no, it don't change

My love for you will always be the same
The way I feel about you still remains

The self-righteous fight over someone else's life
And they way they choose to love
The violence it grows and the world it does know
Just where it's coming from

And everyone believes they're in the know
That cell between our ears won't let us go

'Cause everyone's a fake
Don't think before they say
"The difference is I'm right and you are wrong"
I know that you believe
But your truth is not for me
The battle rages on but no one's home

We take all we can from the sea and the land
Without a thought of consequence
The forests disappear, still we refuse to hear
Hear the cries of the earth

And everything we got we don't deserve
I think we overestimate our worth

'Cause everyone's a fake
Don't think before they say
"The difference is I'm right and you are wrong"
I know that you believe
But your truth is not for me
The battle rages on but no one's home

Someday we'll see that it doesn't have to be
The way it always has
Track Name: If The Rain Is Fallin'
If the rain is fallin'
It makes me think of you
And when the birds are callin'
It reminds me too
But any moment now
Lord knows I'll be gone away
Oh please remember how
Our hearts still beat the same

And I was young when I first saw you
We held hands and I was scared
But now the only fear I go through
Is living life without you there

If the rain is fallin'
It makes me think of you
And when the birds are callin'
It reminds me too
But any moment now
Lord knows I'll be gone away
Oh please remember how
Our hearts still beat the same

We were young when we first had her
She would cry and we were scared
But now the only fear We go through
Is livin' life without her there

If the rain is fallin'
It makes me think of you
And when the birds are callin'
It reminds me too
But any moment now
Lord knows I'll be gone away
Oh please remember how
Our hearts still beat the same

And though the years have tired and worn us
We hold hands and I can't hide
That now the only thing I truly need
Is just to have you by my side

If the rain is fallin'
It makes me think of you
And when the birds are callin'
It reminds me too
But any moment now
Lord knows I'll be gone away
Oh please remember how
Our hearts still beat the same
Track Name: December
Sometimes I get cold
But I love the winter snow
Oh December couldn't come soon enough
All the songs that we share
And the crisp December air
Love is always bound to be there for us

The lights strung up and down
All the houses in the town
Bring a feeling that I just can't deny
It's the common ground we seek
Even though we're all unique
Like each snowflake as it falls from the sky

It's a beautiful time
To Leave our differences behind
With the moonlight on the snow I see for miles
Some are sitting by the fire
But I have just one desire
To be underneath the stars with you tonight

If you'd give a helping hand
Try your best to understand
There's a winter in most all of our lives
We could know that sometime soon
That old sun will shine on through
Take away the fear the endless cloudy skies

It's a beautiful time
To Leave our differences behind
With the moonlight on the snow I see for miles
Some are sitting by the fire
But I have just one desire
To be underneath the stars with you tonight

Life wouldn't be so hard
If we knew hope wasn't far
That there's someone there to catch us when we fall
Today I'll be the sun
I will light up everyone
As your darkness soon will turn into your dawn

It's a beautiful time
To Leave our differences behind
With the moonlight on the snow I see for miles
Some are sitting by the fire
But I have just one desire
To be underneath the stars with you tonight
Track Name: Fame And Misfortune
This feeling inside me
Is reaching it’s peak
But fame and misfortune
Is not what I seek
All that I want
All that I’m thinking of
To live and live free
With the ones that I love

This passion abounds me
As hope will arise
The struggles they come
With the tears in our eyes
And sometimes this path
Seems to lead us astray
But something inside me knows
We’ll find a way

So, what do you say?
Should we go or should we stay?
It don't matter what we run into
I feel stronger when I am with you
And forever beside you I'll stand
Just as long as you're holding my hand

Come rain or come thunder
Just keep hope alive
The storm it will break
And the dawn will arrive
And nothing can shake us
No we'll never fall
When you're by my side
All my troubles seem small

So, what do you say?
Should we go or should we stay?
It don't matter what we run into
I feel stronger when I am with you
And forever beside you I'll stand
Just as long as you're holding my hand
Track Name: Go
As I lay down and I close my eyes, I find my home
Dream about all the good advice, I could have known

A father who told the tales of old, and how to live
How sufferin' is worth more than gold, just like the love that we give

When it calls my name
Then I'll know where I went wrong
If it's all the same
Just do your best to carry on

So you should go, do what you love
Do everything, you're dreaming of
And as you grow, make life your own
Try to forget, what you've been told

So tell me now what should I believe? Where should I go?
When sufferin' Is all I can see, and all I know
And all around dreams are left to die, the fire grows cold
Afraid to fall and afraid to try, their lives on hold

When it calls my name
Then I'll know where I went wrong
If it's all the same
Do your best to carry on

So you should go, do what you love
Do everything, you're dreaming of
And as you grow, make life your own
Try to forget, what you've been told

Ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah....

When it calls my name
Then I'll know where I went wrong
If it's all the same
Do your best to carry on

So you should go, do what you love
Do everything, you're dreaming of
And as you grow, make life your own
Try to forget, what you've been told