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Crispy Watkins and the Baby Heart String Band

by Crispy Watkins and the Baby Heart String Band

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1.
Baby it ain't time to go Though I'll be leaving you soon I know you know Though you don't seem to Baby it ain't time to go Just wait till the full of the moon I know I'm lucky Though I don't seem to Riding down this road I'm sure to carry this load But I am sinking, what else can I do But keep on moving, before it swallows me through I am looking for love Though not your kind I am looking for peace Or maybe a fight I am looking for pain This world is too kind I am looking for love Somewhere down the line
2.
Deep River 04:28
If I could kiss every one of these rocks and trees I would roam all over this valley Drinking from the streams till my soul feels clean And I could go home Every once in a while when my mind gets quiet And there ain't no difference between sound and sight I can feel that river welling up from inside And it takes me home Take me home When the earth comes a-tumbling down You will see beneath my skin I will be a dirty devil Wrapped in a shroud of sin When the stars come a-tumbling down Will you turn your back on them? It's hard to find a clear path now In this noise, oh the din
3.
I'd rather be in the middle of nowhere 100 miles from this town Some kids are born in the pouring rain Some with the sun shining down What does it mean to live in a world Where things are made this way I for one can't catch the sun I was born on a cloudy day We see the sunset, we see the sunrise Though we know it isn't true I'd like to see a light in her eyes But it's all darkness beyond the blue When the heart ain't nothin but an old worn out machine A little silence, a breath of air is all I really need I won't wait for that morning I won't wait for a sign For my kingdom is forsaken When I wait for valentines I used to want to be famous On the stage or screen I don't mind the spotlight People see what they want to see What are dreams but tormentors The source of all our pain We ain't nothin but the stories we tell I was born just before the rain
4.
They tell me Jesus is a-comin' for you Coming to take your soul away I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready For when he comes to take my soul away They tell you are heaven bound Called to glory in the clouds I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready For when I meet my maker in the clouds I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready For when he comes to take my soul away They tell that the spirit is a-comin' for you Coming to set your soul on fire I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready For when she comes to set my soul on fire I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready For when he comes to take my soul away They tell me that the Devil is a-comin' for you Coming to take you down below I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready For when the devil comes for my soul I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready For when he comes to take my soul away They tell me Jesus and the Devil are one With God and the spirit too I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready Because the whole world is inside you
5.
Roll On 03:49
Rock me baby Rock me baby Until the break of dawn Roll on to Freedom Say my name Say my name And I can't feel no pain One day soon One day soon I'm gonna leave you with these blues
6.
How Long 05:22
I woke up this morning Had nothing to say My gal looked at me I just looked away Oh this darkness Covering my eyes I got down on my knees And said to my surprise On my knees I said How long must I feel this trouble On my knees I said How long must I feel this pain On my knees I said How long must I feel this trouble How long oh Lord please show me the way I woke up this morning Felt around for my shoes My gal looked at me She said is this what you choose Just like God's children Marching off to war We got them walking blues That's what we're marching for
7.
I - I don't need Anyone to feel complete Oh, when I'm alone I can dwell with my whole soul In your company Sometimes I'm nice sometimes I'm mean Oh, it brings me pain I'm lying cryin' on your bed again Light, oh light You drive darkness out Hate, oh hate Where is my love now If I was never afraid Oh how I would love you If I was never afraid I wouldn't be so cruel
8.
Hey oh, hey oh Whatcha gonna do when that sun comes up? I'll ride, I'll ride I'm gonna leave this town behind I'll ride, I'll ride Need an open road to ease my mind Hey oh, hey oh Whatcha gonna say to that pretty little girl I'll say, I'll say Leave my memory by the door I'll say, I'll say Don't you think of me no more Hey oh, hey oh Whatcha gonna do when that sun comes up? I'll greet, I'll greet Any old stranger crosses my path I'll greet, I'll greet That dirt road with a smile and a laugh Hey oh, hey oh Whatcha gonna do when the night time comes? I'll seek, I'll seek A friend with which to break my bread I'll seek, I'll seek Any old place to rest my head Hey oh, hey oh Whatcha gonna do when that sun comes up? I'll say, I'll say Farewell to the world inside my head I'll say, I'll say Make my heart my home instead
9.
Dreams fall hard Life leaves scars Down in Tennessee I left my baby Carry me away Roll across the waves Let it rain down on me Wash my head of Tennessee Be still my heart Your time will come Only the spirit can help me now There's a tiger in my blood La la la la La la la la la La la la La la la La la la La la la la Back where I come from The mountains cradle me The river gives us life And the Blue Ridge makes us free
10.
Vagabond 02:25
One foot two foot, worn out shoe foot Ain't you got a pallet for me I spent last night on a bed of leaves With the coyotes for company Ain't got no silver dollar but I got a hell of a smile Tie a little twine on this staff of mine It'll be worth your while I don't take the bread the anymore I just take a bottle full of wine Keep the good times a-rollin' in my head And the good Lord will provide Hallelujah that morning sun Whatcha got in store for me Ain't got far before I hop a barge Straight down the Mississippi Sure foot, true foot I got two foot Ain't much else I need Found an old guitar in the loft of a barn Hopped a freight to Tennessee CHORUS Hallelujah that morning dove Come and sing a song for me I met a sweet woman with her banjo strumming' Walking in the Allegheny Just like the man with the lotus flower I ain't got nothin' to say I got the world in the palm of my hand Even if it's just for today CHORUS I don't take the wine anymore I just take a twinkle in my eye Keep the good times a-rollin' in my head And the good Lord will provide

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A note about the recording:
One night in a bathroom, nearly no re-takes, one simple mic into a laptop, minimal practice. This is our sound. In a world of impeccably produced music, auto-tuned and filtered, it can take some adjustment to listen to something different. I encourage you to keep an open mind as you peruse these tracks. You are certain to hear a few wrong notes and oddities, but I embrace these sounds as part of the experience. Life's beauty lies not in its cleanliness but in the raw moments, unrehearsed, when we discover the kind of wonderful perfection that exists amidst the grubby chaos of existence.

These songs were written in mountain cabins, on front porches, while weeding gardens, riding in cars, and in that mysterious land where dreams are made. They reflect my struggles in love and life, the deep questions I find myself with in the middle of the night, they reflect my love of Appalachian music and this beautiful region, but most of all I think they reflect my love of life itself. I am very grateful to the fine musicians that accompanied me on this album! Thank you for making my music beautiful.

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released June 9, 2013

Recorded in Rachel's bathroom in June 2013.

Produced by Crispy Watkins
Album design by Lizzie Roper and Crispy Watkins
Stained glass by Lizzie Roper

All songs written by Crispy Watkins

The Baby Heart String Band consists of:
Cornelia Overton: fiddle and harmony vocals
Sally Buice: banjo, ukulele, and harmony vocals
Jonathan Woodroof: upright bass and harmony vocals

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Crispy Watkins Fort Collins, Colorado

Old-time roots music with an ecological devotion and a mystic heart.

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