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Morning Son

by Orion Freeman

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Farewell 00:31
(Verse 1) I’m lyin here under this great sun the world keeps spinnin in more ways than one but it’s all just a metaphor for my mind Don’t know what I got til it’s gone send myself to hell clinging onto what was so in the name of change I project tomorrow Now anxiety is behind the wheel I’m tryin to go north but it’s headin south do I go with the flow or be torn to pieces (Pre-Chorus 1) Perched between my sanity and my sense this is why the caged bird sings (Chorus 1) I am Jesus in denial I am silence consumed by sound I am wisdom within without anyone who will hear I am child in need of mother’s care I am joy on the brink of despair I am a shadow unaware that its source is the sun always in hiding, or else (Verse 2) On the run blisters on my soul, dripping confusion all on my focus, now my focus is gone Or not so much gone as latched upon materials and fancy forms leaving my senses senseless— trapped behind fences and walls 5 foot 6 inches tall blonde hair, blue eyes— how can this not be God? But right on cue, He says “You’re mistaken, my friend” (Pre-Chorus 2) Left making excuses for this misused heart again peace came and then it went (Bridge) I got a mind full of knowledge, undisputed facts, and thought oh no but still no closer to knowing God (Chorus 3) I am Jesus in denial I am silence consumed by sound I am wisdom within without anyone who will hear I am refugee in a foreign land I am a symbol I don’t understand I am two or three footsteps from turning around I am wild horses stuck in a cage I am Now but I’m always late I am the product of One I can’t conceive I am perfection destined to fail I am joy on the brink of despair I am a shadow unaware that its source is the sun always in hiding, or else on the run
(Verse 1) I got a great big sadness in my soul Left from all the years I couldn’t let it go Couldnt bear the fire, couldn’t bear the snow Couldn’t bear the thought that you’re gone (Verse 2) I got ten thousand different shades of blue One for all the days that I been missin you Preachin to the choir, dancing with the wolves A joker in a deck of 52 (Verse 3) Sittin here contemplating Fate Contemplating all that these moments have laid to waste Until we know the tune, until we’ve run the race My heart is yet a flower in a vase (Bridge) You would’ve been there, I know you would You would’ve been there if you could (Verse 4) How long since I floated like the breeze? How long since this jungle here was just a grove of trees? How long to hold on, how long to release This world that I been wearin on my sleeve
Mourning Son 03:05
Icarus 05:51
(Verse 1) When I woke up this morning there wasn’t no sunshine In fact it was pourin down rain Made me think that maybe I should pick up a religion but even religion can’t save you in the end from yourself It can’t save you from the labyrinth in your head If you try to fly off over the ocean into the sun eventually you’re bound to get wet (Chorus) You can’t define me by the sad song that I sing You can’t begin to know my soul by plucking one feather from my wing when you’ve lived your life in darkness always on the run You can’t blame a man for chasin the sun (Verse 2) Each day feels like both a moment and a lifetime 10,000 days have come and gone It could be tomorrow I meet with my creator but I don’t know if I can wait that long I’ve flown high and low to get a taste of the nectar of the gods a great expanse of nothing in between Each day spent wandering the contours of a long and faceless road suspended between my life and my dreams (Bridge) Fly away; fly away After our wings have brought us back to ourselves We fly away
Family Tree 04:44
(Verse 1) Times, they were hard No work, no food, no tomorrow Rules he had to follow lest Mother lose her cool He was bright, he learned fast Learned invisible was best Loneliness was no match for the bruises on his back He was eighteen when freedom’s bell did ring The country’s bravest souls had been called to save the day What he saw, some say, a man carries into his grave Have mercy on the soul that cashes in that hell to pay (Verse 2) She ran to the store to buy them all some more Bread and eggs and milk and cheese to feed the other four She ran fast, knowing that his patience wouldn’t last That all the pain and all the ghosts outran his past She walked through the door Eyes like shadows on the floor Familiar scents of smoke and rage clinging to her clothes Fist meets face, purple and red he paints The black and white tv says THANK JESUS WE’VE BEEN SAVED (Verse 3) The day he was born was like no day that came before All the love that she had never had flowed from the boy But time, it went And the love it didn’t last It couldn’t fill the holes that had been dug up by the past So on and on it went, the boy a mirror of the tears unwept An afternoon sunset, another day wasted like the rest He spent his life a moth to flickering light “Excuse me Miss, how bout a kiss, salvation for the night.”
(Chorus) I know you never asked me to follow you Not in words, anyway But blood runs deeper than anything you can say How far we’ve come How little we’ve become And what a good boy I’ve been for you (Verse 1) Sorrow, tell me where you gone to Been ages since I could feel a thing Safety, whatchu done for me? I been alone since I met you (Verse 2) Sunrise, I wanna gaze into your eyes At long last I’ve found a friend Sunset, I wish we never met Beholden to your purples and blues (Verse 3) Some say what’s done is done live today I saw it carved into a bathroom stall Others call for waves of changes now Sail the past and its mirrored clouds I, for one, just feel confused (Interlude - Joseph Campbell) "A child has to give up his childhood and become an adult- Has to die, you might say, to his infantile personality and psyche and come back as a self-responsible adult. It's a fundamental experience that everyone has to undergo..." (Verse 4) How come the shooter bought the gun? He was such a nice boy the neighbors said All that swept away behind the bed Underneath the rug, alongside the fear The rage no one could hear The father’s ghost and the mother’s tears I saw them tag the bodies on the news (Chorus 3) I know you never asked me to follow you Not in words, anyway But love runs deeper than all the trust you betrayed And how far we’ve come How bold we’ve become And what a good boy I’ve been for you
Morning Sun 02:15
The Return 02:12


I joyfully send Morning Son out into the universe
with the intention to heal what’s been broken
to regain all which has been lost
to release that which no longer serves
to remember the part of myself
that has always been whole

- Orion



released April 24, 2017

Produced by Orion Freeman

All songs written, arranged, recorded and
performed by Orion Freeman, except:

Cello - Maura Dwyer (1,5,6,9)
Fiddle - Val Vuolo (1,6,9)
Upright Bass - Phil D’Agostino (1,2)
Synths - Todd Mecaughey (6)

Vocals, Harmonies, Guitars, Resonator Slide, Banjo, Harmonica, Electric Bass, Percussion, Beatbox - Orion Freeman

Recorded (partially with the power of the sun)
at Birchwood Studio in Granville, PA

Mixed and Mastered at Cambridge Sound Studios in Philadelphia, PA
Mixed by Jim Salamone and Todd Mecaughey
Additional Mixing by Orion Freeman
Mastered by Jim Salamone

Cover Photo (Machu Picchu, Peru at dawn) and
Graphic Design by Orion Freeman

Orion proudly plays through Keystone Amplifiers

A huge shoutout and special thanks to Mark Snyder for the boatloads of kindness and shreddin amp, to my pops for a wonderful new frontier of connection and support, and to the countless other folks who supported the making of this record with their incredibly generous contributions.

Morning Son is dedicated to my Dearma, the purest Love I’ve known


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Orion Freeman Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Orion Freeman is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing seeker from the woods just beyond the mortar and bricks of Philadelphia. His souled-out, reggae-infused, flamenco-tinged, bluesy folk-rock aspires to move: your shoes; your heart; the cobwebs, so as to allow your soul to shine...

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