Despite the Distance

by Amado Gonzalez

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Amado Gonzalez (a-mä-dō) is an old soul who reached the end of his rope sooner than expected. In the span of a few years he left town for his mental health, ended faulty relationships, and got fired from a job promising more than it could deliver. Feeling too young to be wise, yet too old to be reckless, he opted for travel which took him over 33,000 miles. Those memories filled a hefty suitcase of stories to share. Now calling San Marcos, TX home, he’s established himself as a songwriting local. Amado’s music stands on the shoulders of the Texas hill country, blending americana textures with the “take it or leave it” attitude of punk rock. Anyone who listens can hear his songs sneak through the cracks of their window as they drive. They swell from the holes in the heart and snapshot the most impressionable moments. Despite the distance that grows over the years between you and your family, your creator, your surroundings and your dreams, there is still beauty. This album is the journey to discover whether that gap should be filled, forgotten, or reframed in a new light. Despite the Distance recalls life in your twenties which leaves you strangely hopeful, even if simply for the fact that you’re lucky to still be alive.

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released May 6, 2018

All songs written by Amado Gonzalez

Music by
Amado Gonzalez- Vox, Acoustic Guitar
George Pappas- Electric Guitar, Strings, Percussion
David Beck- Bass, Harmonica, Keys, Pedal Steel Guitar
Dees Stribling- Drums
Nate Guthrie- Mandolin

Produced by David Beck
Mixed by David Beck
Mastered by Cory Allen at Altered Ear Studios

Recorded at Fast Horse Studios in Austin, TX

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Amado Gonzalez is an old soul who reached the end of his rope sooner than expected. In the span of a few years he left town for mental health, ended faulty relationships, and got fired from a job promising more than it could deliver. Too young to be wise, yet too old to be reckless, he opted for travel which took him 33,000 miles. Those memories filled a hefty suitcase of stories he shares here. ... more

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Track Name: Where You Belong
When you’ve made some mistakes
and it’s rained on your parade
You will run
You will run

Well I left on the light
In hopes of seeing you tonight
But you were gone
Yeah you were gone
You were gone
Yeah you were gone

Gone to take some time
Just to clear your mind
And find a new place where you belong

Now I can’t pay the rent
And the savings all spent
All out of funds
All out of funds

So I drank up my pay
And drove clear across the states
To be alone
To be alone
Where I belong
All alone

Alone to take some time
Just to clear my mind
And find a new place where I belong

Then I ran into Jim
He said, “man where have you been?
I need a song
I need a song”

He said, “kid, don’t you know?
That this place, it ain’t your home
It’s in a song
Where you belong

Go write a song
You’ll find your home

So go and take some time
Just to clear your mind
And find a new place where you belong”
Track Name: A New Wind
Perfect place, perfect space to make an escape
The wind blew in but no one cared to hear what it was saying
The answers it brought were from questions long ago
Times are different now man
Don’t you know?

And it feels better when I know it’s real
A voice sounds better when it is not concealed
So let it fly, let it soar
Let it wash over the poor
And find its way back home

Suddenly, certainly now it’s you and me
We drove in to see what it is that we could bring
I sang a song for you but you didn’t dance or sing
I sang a dirge for you but you didn’t cry or weep

And it feels better when I know it’s real
A voice sounds better when it is not concealed
So let it fly, let it soar
Let it wash over the poor
And find its way back home

Don't it feel better when you know it’s real
The truth sounds better when it is not concealed
So let it fly, let it soar
Let it wash over the poor
And find its way back home

So let it fly, let it soar
Let it wash forever more
And find your way back home
Track Name: Tennessee
I can see the key turning on the back door
Everybody’s waiting for what’s in store
I’ve been known to tug at the ol’ heart strings
And dance around fire with gasoline

You can live by a river and still pray for rain
You can live like a doctor and still feel some pain
As the seeds of denial take root in my head
The ashtray in the doorway piles up regrets

And I won’t bite my tongue
And let you off easy for the things you’ve done
The train is coming fast
Maybe it’s about time we get off the tracks
Maybe it’s about time we get off the tracks

We bought brand new hats in Tennessee
And learned a change of clothes don’t mean a thing
Like a brand new dress in an ol’ dance hall
We sought comfort in the night under Memphis stars

And you won’t bite your tongue
And let me off easy for the things I’ve done
The train is here at last
Maybe it’s about time we collect our bags
Maybe it’s about time we collect our bags

Another Nashville night but I’m Brooklyn bound
Everybody’s wondering what we’re gonna do now
It’s a choice babe to swim or drown
And I’ve been standing at the edge but I won’t back down

And we might bite our tongues
But it ain’t gonna change all that’s said and done
The train, when it comes to rest
I’ll write you a letter and wish you the best
I’ll write you a letter and wish you the best
Track Name: Photograph
It was a photograph
Both arms around us
Nothing to brag about
It kept me honest

The fog that clouds my mind
Now forms around you
Blanketing better times
Softly surrendered

But in the end, the medicine fades out
The songs we sing on repeat, they fade out
It all came right down to this, a sudden change of heart
Man it takes some confidence, to let it fall apart
To lay down, lay down
To fade out, fade out

Maybe I lost my mind
Maybe you found yours
Out on the other side
It’s for the better

‘Cause in the end, the medicine fades out
The songs we sing on repeat, they fade out
It all came right down to this, a sudden change of heart
Man it takes some confidence, to let it fall apart
To lay down, lay down
To fade out, fade out
Track Name: Steady as the Sun
The years have worn on me, you can see it on my face
My bags get lighter as I leave from place to place
A faulty camera playing in my mind’s eye
It recalls a different time

She left the city, said she’s in search of a dream
She packed up early while I was still asleep
Then she walked away and I never said goodbye
Left us both wondering why

Oh beautiful have we come undone
Oh beautiful where have we gone wrong?
But this time, in the morning when you wake up feeling down
You will find me steady as the sun

She blames the stars as the cause for all the pain
I always tell her that it’s silly to think such things
She says “what’s the difference? You still pray to God.
That don’t bother you at all”

Oh beautiful have we come undone
Oh beautiful where have we gone wrong?
But this time, in the morning when you wake up feeling down
You will find me steady as the sun
Track Name: Albuquerque
Was it the changing of the weather
That made you so afraid?
Was it everything you thought?
When all your friends they gather ‘round you
And the questions all the same
Do you give them what they want?

‘Cause I’ve been thinking about the landing
I forgot how to fly but I know I can’t look back
And I keep thinking ‘bout tomorrow
It keeps me up all night but I know I can’t go back

She went away in late October
With a reason not too clear
The timing was all wrong
We made our way to Albuquerque
Where the time it stood so still
In a bed where we kept warm

‘Cause we were thinking about the landing
We forgot how to fly but we know we can’t look back
And we kept thinking about tomorrow
It kept us up all night but we know we can’t go back

Invoke the words of politicians, poets and the priests
And the message gets all lost
The rain and wind and where they’re blowing
Will confuse you all the same
But you’re never quite alone

So if you’re thinking about the landing
Don’t forget to fly ‘cause you know can’t look back
And if you’re thinking about tomorrow
Don’t forsake tonight ‘cause you know you can’t go back
Track Name: Destiny
I remember when we first locked eyes
Both searching for a song to sing
In a twist of fate, your hand in mine
We settled on a melody

From the broken homes, the only love we knew
Uncertain of what that really means
But with our hearts as drums and our souls in tune
We’ll find that perfect harmony

Well we held our own on that cold dark stage
The song began to take it’s shape
And we drew the line between luck and fate
On the winding road to destiny

Do you recall the time we drove all night?
So innocent, wild and free
When we crossed state lines, with each passing sign
Got closer to where we ought to be

Well we held our own on the interstate
And let the troubles fade away
And we took our turn in the driver’s seat
On the winding road to destiny

Now that school is done and you sit confused
Just wondering where this all will lead
Honey if I know one thing, and this ain’t in a book
My love is all you’ll ever need

Well we held our own on the darkest days
And journeyed through the deepest caves
And we crossed the line between doubt and faith
On the winding road to destiny
Track Name: Are You Close?
Saying you are alone, couldn’t be further from the truth
As you drive off with one headlight in the dark
And you said you’d buy the part but daddy lives too far
So I took a peek under the hood for you

Well to both of our surprise, there was nothing wrong with the light
See this wire here, it’s just a little loose
And we realized right then, that every second chance
Is like this beat up car that’s in need of a boost

Are you close to what you’re after?
Throwing a line into the dark
Waiting around for something to happen
Is just not what I had in mind

To the place where you come from, the small town no one’s heard of
Well you said it’s mentioned in your favorite book
We’re like the songs you sing aloud, when no one is around
It’s a little off key but damn it feels so good

Are you close to what you’re after?
Throwing a line into the dark
Waiting around for something to happen
Is just not what I had in mind

These walls I left blank, ‘Cause I didn’t know if I’d stay
Well the last four years man they really flew
But now the lease is up and so is my good luck
But there ain’t no way I’m leaving without you

Are you close to what you’re after?
Throwing a line into the dark
Waiting around for something to happen
Is just not what I had in mind
Track Name: A Song to Stillwater
In a flat land with nothing for miles
Not a cloud up above, they’re all in my mind
What’s another day? What’s another hour?
It’s a long road but it ain’t hard to follow

In Oklahoma, she lays her head
In Oklahoma, you’ll find her there
If you find love, hold on don’t let go
Don’t worry my dear, you’ll find your way home

In backyard shelters where people escape
From the howlin’ winds that bring lonely days
Lays a brutal truth and it comes from the North
It’s a different weather but it’s all the same storm

In Oklahoma, she lays her head
In Oklahoma, you’ll find her there
If you find love, hold on don’t let go
Don’t worry my dear, you’ll find your way home

She’s on a mission, she’ll save your soul
And on Sunday morning, what a sight to behold
She caresses with words, the slightest of touch
And all that she wants is to know she is loved

In Oklahoma, I laid my head
In Oklahoma, yeah I found her there
If you find love, hold on don’t let go
Don’t worry my dear, I’ll bring you back home

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