chuck westmoreland

Official website for Portland Oregon based musician

Debut solo album from Chuck Westmoreland available fall 2016.  Official website of singer, songwriter, living in Portland Oregon.

There's a Pattern in the Blood
You take this shelter when I go and take the money that's for takin'
Well I prayed there was another way but the heart ache is only beginning
I can feel your babies breath and I can hear your voice descending
What if I can find a way far down past all these broken endings
There's a pattern in the blood and I was never bound for heaven
After floating for one million miles returning now in pieces
You are an ocean in the sun exploding turning into vapor
I prayed that I could lay you down and cast off howling demons
There hung a picture on our wall that your grandmother had taken
Of the family that held you close before I pulled you asunder
There's a pattern in the blood and I ain't ever going to heaven
After falling for one million miles just to bring you devastation

We Will All Lay Down
We are keeping mercy in each others arms
We have been forsaken and we will all lay down
The sun has risen to an empty sky
They are none forgiven and they will all lay down
You cry like the burning of a holy ghost
Run away abandon now
A call to arms don't cry my precious dying thing
The mountain buries and the river drowns
They are both forsaken and they will all lay down
On a distant somewhere with no god around
I will beg forgiveness and I will lay you down
You cry like the burning of a holy ghost
Run away abandon now
A call to arms don't cry my precious trembling thing
You cry like the burning of a holy ghost
Fly away surrender now
A call to arms don't die my precious crying thing

Take Me To the Shelter Now
Little sister hold my hand and carry on with shaking frame
Murderers are coming plain
I'll never let you fall again
We gotta leave this all behind
The absence follows everywhere we go
And our hearts were lost inside our mothers prayer
Take me to the shelter now
Lay my head onto the ground
Let the lord resolve my fate
Little sister hold my hand pressed against my shaking frame
Gods and devils look the same
I'll never let you fall again
But I'll only slow you down
The absence follows everywhere we go
And our hearts were lost inside our mothers prayer
Take me to the shelter now
Lay my head onto the ground
Ask the lord to mend my shape
Take me to the surface now
Lay my head onto the ground
Ask the lord to take me away


The Clouds Beyond us Carry Rain
Cover now as the sunlight scatters around and
The dawn comes like a judge
I pleaded for another hour
Fall away to a shelter in your mind
The clouds beyond us carry rain
Tremble now with our ears unto the ground
The trees follow me to the forest softly bedded down
Come away there ain't no forgiving now
The clouds beyond us bury things
Don't you cry there are children in your eyes
The clouds beyond us carry rain and
The life before us goes untold

Satin
When I get the feeling I'm the man in the moon
Who fell in love with his baby in the back seat
I was swinging arms with the clowns on the run and
You were stone cold all standing in the night
Why they took you from the pilots arms
When i get the feeling I'm alone in my room
Staring at the telephone creeping like a child
The shadows on the walls ain't gonna keep me from you
I feel the wind blow satin on my arms
Why they took you from the pilot i don't know
Free you from the pilot I want out
Baby I'm taking all the fire that I can hold
Tear you from the pilots arms
When i get the feeling that I'm losing again
I fell in love with a baby on the run from
Shadows holding on to thousand pictures of you
I'm caught up in the corner and wasted like the others
Why they took you from the pilots arms
When i get the feeling I'm the man in the moon
Out in the night all scattered in the trees
Reflections on the river that come running to you
I'm lying face down in the belly of the nightmare


I Remember Hearing Voices Before i Came
Shudder when I hold you like a mirror
You gone and wore your old reflection down
Shatter when I hold you like I left you and returned
From hell forever to remain
I cant sleep with all this wondering where you gone
I cant rest with all these dogs that holler out in fucking pain
I remember hearing voices before I came
Now all these devils left behind try to recall their mamas names
All the memories are left behind now
And we buried them along the alder lines
That flank the stream that wanders through the meadow
Where I took you down and put your hand in mine
All the memories are left and gone now
We buried them like dogs out in the rain that
Fills the stream that wanders through the meadow
You're the only one that called me by my christian name
I cant sleep with all this wondering where you gone
I cant rest with all these dogs that holler out in fucking pain
I remember hearing voices before I came
Now all these devils left unborn try to recall their mamas name
I cant sleep with all this wondering where I come from
(i cant sleep with all this wondering where I'll go)
I cant rest with all these dogs that holler out in fucking pain
I remember hearing voices before I came


If i Were There You Would Be Home
I wish I were there and I'm sad with what I've done
I paid the price killing time
If I were there you would be home
Out on the road I can hear your mothers words
She said he'll run away from what cannot be undone
Cause he's low like the sun over winter mountain skies
Coming out for awhile just to prove he hasn't died
If I can outrun the devil will it mend your heart
If I can outrun god will I find your open arms
In the night I can hear my babies words
She said you'll die and if I could I would
Shoot you fucking down while you're high
Like the sun over summer desert skies
You're never gone
You beat me down trying to prove you're still alive
If i can outrun the devil will it mend your heart
If i can outrun god will you let me in
If I'm lower than hell will it fix your life
If I'm higher than heaven can i hold you one more time

Take my girls
In the back of the car you hold my hand and
The driver screams to the shotguns ear
In the back of the car you hold my hand
With a grip that bleeds down into the seat
Is it time to go
Can we go far down
Can we plant a seed deep under the dirt
If we hold ourselves all night long will we
Wake and find that we are sharing things
I'm dying to be yours
They hold me down and take my girls
In the back of the house our mother ran
Like a burning fire on the ocean sand and
We waited for the tide to pull her in and
Leave us all alone in a broken home
Is it time to go
Can we go far down
Can we plant a seed deep under the dirt
If I hold you close all night long will we
Wake as one but forever gone
I'm dying to be yours
They hold me down and take my girls

Echo One
If you gave up and threw yourself to the ground I'de understand
If you fell like a shadow to the darkness now
I wouldn't have no friends
Tired of coming around the bend just to find that it's all the same
Everything you want ain't coming again it's from another place
I hear you echo one
I hear your echo one
Out here you echo one
Lord when I hear your voice it breaks my heart
The stars pulled the bullet scars out your back and
It saved your life
Everything you depended on is gone
You said it ain't no good
Looking through a broken glass that's as deep as the ocean floor
Bring me home
Bring me back
Bring me down again