Domestic Refugee

by Cazadero

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Crossing the Mississippi from East for the first time, Domestic Refugee is a coming-of-age travelogue through the barren farmland of northern New England (Bigger Life) to the desolate mass of Wyoming (Rest Area), underneath Florida's gaping sink holes (Hold Still), resolving in the uninhabited log-jammed beaches of the Northwest (AM Blues) after an ephemeral romance with California (Been A Long Time). Escaping cults (Heaven's Bus), natural disaster (Remains of Day), and family tragedy (Oklahoma), the songs trace a diaspora of the domestic US rural community, as experienced by Jones.

Equally inspired by Neil Young's On the Beach and John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley.


released June 1, 2015

Cazadero is:

Dan Baber | drums
Nate Baker | bass
Nate Cavalieri | keys
Joe Hayes | vocals, guitar
Spencer Potter | lead/slide guitar

Special thanks to David Cuetter for pedal steel, Jessi Phillips for backing vocals, and Sam Edmondson for additional guitar on Bigger Life and Rest Area.

This album was lovingly recorded and mixed on analog tape by Jamie Riotto at Tiny Telephone from October 2014 to May 2015.

Mastered by Piper Payne

All songs by Joe Hayes, arranged with Cazadero.

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Layout & Design: Jason Tors

Love to my clan: Kristen, Jackson & Samuel



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Cazadero is a western pop band from Northern California. They enjoy long walks in the Redwoods.

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Track Name: Been A Long Time
Been a long time since you played,
With a girl like Barb McRae (Been a long time)
Growing up in the Bay
Not a lot of sun after May (It's a dark day)

Pulling up in the rain
Lay your claims on a brighter day (It's the only way)
Sun begins to fade
Lost our youth where we laid

Late at night
Not a star in the sky
You're all mine
This time

Up in the dunes where we laid
Wind and fog, overhead (The sun will fade)
Coyotes pass through the night
We held on tight to a shaky love (You're all I have)
Moving gets in the way
Of simple times and shorter days (We can only wait)
Last I saw your face
It was blank and calm
End of the race
Track Name: Bigger Life
In the passing gale / you will blow away
Under trees in the fall / you will savor shade
Between lines in the snow / you will think of me
When the sun starts its fall / dark light can breathe

Girls next door always have the biggest hearts
And the boys in the street, always willing to place their bets
On a bigger life, in a bigger town, whatever’s next
On a bigger life, in a bigger town, loves they haven’t met

If the price we pay is worth enough
For the time we trade to gather stuff
With the games we play, we’re out of luck
And it’s one for all, and none for me
Track Name: Remains of Day
Liz and Gary Jones woke up one summer day
In plumes of rising smoke, to find their home ablaze
It's been a long time since we've prayed
Picked a couple gems and signs of better days
The heat that filled the room almost made them want to stay
Don't get lost now in the fray

If we stay, we can paint the hills in grey
Watch the blaze, as it takes time to shape the plane
And all we've lost, will blow so far away
And what remains, will grow now another day

How the room could feel so cold in the blindness of the fire
The couch became a boat as tides of smoke rose higher
What a price now that we pay
The door was busted through, exposed and tangled wires
The sky without a view, hung low with grey desire
It's been a long time since we've prayed
Track Name: Oklahoma
There on the back steps
You gave me the cold sweats
You came from a long line
of farmers and half-breds
All in shame
Blood on your horses
Change comes slow
In the lines of your coarse hands

To the east of Tennessee
If the Gods don’t show ya
Come away with me

Walking in your steps
Like I was your brother
Took the law in our hands
Living straight was the trouble
No blame
Down went your uncle
Change comes quick
When the heart’s just a muscle
Track Name: Rest Area
No one around | Wyoming Town
Popped a tent | Who's my friend?
Parked the car | Breathe in
Checked the temp | Breathe out

All in a day

Exit sign | Montana sky
Blue for miles | not much alive
Wheels are down | Hitched a ride
Morning comes | Rest my eyes

All in a day
Must be some other way
Track Name: AM Blues
Don't let me stay for too long
I'll get up inside and rise up through your lungs
It's a simple tale of love gone wrong
It'll take your life and live on in this song

Cause when your ghost arrives
You won't believe your eyes
It's a cruel disguise
For your last dance
Track Name: Hold Still
Hold still | don't blink | miles of bills | and you sink
I will | dig deep | no well | will take me

Don't look back where you came
There's little truth that remains
Papa Joe and Sister Rain
Shake their heads in disdain

Down below, you’re just a man
From up above, there is a plan

I will | dig deep | no well | will take me
Hold still | don't blink | might as well | give in
Track Name: Heaven's Bus
Some of us, hung right back, for the second bus
It came right up, in a belt of dust, that's heaven's bus
Made of love, through the clouds, in god we trust
None of us, looked back down, from heaven's bus

And it came...
Like a dove
in the rain...
from up above