The Tale of a Broken Compass

by Orion Walsh

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All songs written and performed by Orion Walsh
*except for "Amazing Grace" (Public Domain) & "Struggle to Recover" (By Eddie Spangler & Casey Arn)

Recorded by Colin Vieira & Orion Walsh in Sacramento, CA
Mixed by Steve Maggiora at ASP Recordings in Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Matty Sanders at Fuse Recording in Lincoln, NE
Album photo by Blake Abbey
Brought to you by The Hunter Records (c) 2014

I hope you enjoy the new album!


released January 1, 2014

Additional musicians include:
Colin Vieira, Steve Maggiora, Tomas Castillo, Jordan-Morgan Lansdowne, James Neary, Jessie & Blake Abbey, and Marc Del Chiaro



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After a decade of putting out albums and touring, Nebraskan singer-songwriter Orion Walsh has released “7”, his seventh studio album with folk/roots label Sower Records. Full of highly personal storytelling, “7” is truly a mature step forward for this well traveled troubadour. ... more


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Track Name: The Tale of a Broken Compass
What will I do now I'm all alone
I've got a broken compass to lead me down this road
Don't need no car no steaming freight train
I've got my own two feet
I know how to walk away

Tell me dear Lord, is this your plan?
Like Jonah and the whale I didn't speak
I only ran
What would you have me do?
I've got a million ideas but ain't got the guts to chose

I was sent here to sing the truth
Not to tickle your ears or make you feel good
Mark my word there shall come a day
When we will all stand before He who Creates
What will you then have to say?
For your actions now shall determine your fate

From the belly of the whale Jonah prayed,
"That which I have vowed I shall repay"
It was then the fish spit him on the land
Jonah held the broken compass in his hand
The needle pointed the way he should go
So Jonah got up and walked on down that road
So Jonah obeyed and walked on down the road
Track Name: Rambling Heart
Together we flew over the ocean
Crossed border lines like hopscotch
But now you're there and I'm home dear
And this old town is all I got
This old town's all I got

You alone girl stole my rambling heart

The bottle no longer meets my lips
Yes, I have been set free
But I'm still a prisoner of Your love
Come on down and rescue me
Come on down and rescue me

You alone stole my rambling heart

I shall ramble no more
Track Name: Enola Gay
Miss Enola Gay
She up and left one day
On a long, long journey
On her maiden flight
From Omaha that night
She left in such a hurry

Little Boy inside
Enola flew with pride
To the shores of the Southern Pacific
She had a plan
For to kill that man
That caused her so much heartache

Revenge in her eyes
Enola nosedived
Toward the city of Hiroshima
Parsons gave the word
A loud blast was heard
In a flash, thousands turned to ashes

Enola disappeared
She shed not a tear
For all those that she had murdered
Spent the rest of her days
Watching her frame decay
All by her lonesome

Fifty years past
Enola at last
Was placed on display for the public
On opening day
Miss Enola Gay
Was dressed up for the occasion

Many had come
But one threw blood
All over the face of Enola
It was then she realized
What she'd done
And she cried
A tear, oh a tear
For all the lives she'd taken

See revenge never pays
And Miss Enola Gay
She found this out the hard way
Track Name: Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares...
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
and Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.

When we've been here ten thousand years...
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
then when we've first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.