Not About Nightingales

by Eric George

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1.
If in the end the ties are broken And blood like Ludlow's flow again Tell the world to weep not for The letters never sent Sing the songs you wrote for your child Who spends her time in the willows The pages folded edges bent The letters never sent For the letters never sent Let's try to hold friends of old Dearly in our hearts and sing I'll write just a few little lines I've no fine hand but it's fine Cause the time that we spent Love was better than the letters never sent Rain like age it floods and grows A passing storm of beauty's youth And the clouds of endless song One day roll along But all the things that were never said That danced upon the edge of words Find a home in what they meant In letters never sent For the river never she writes To the sea but endlessly flows on while we We sing I'll write just a few little lines I've no fine hand but it's fine Cause the time that we spent Love was better than the letters never Tethered like a stone thrown in the ocean To the weight of the days we spent Tell me love was better than the Letters never sent Hold fast the flowers fade And roads are made out of the glade So sing no soft lament For the letters never sent For the letters never sent Let's try to hold friends of old Dearly in our hearts and sing I'll write just a few little lines I've no fine hand but it's fine Cause the time that we spent Love was better than the letters Better than the letters...
2.
Dust off your hat And throw away your cigarettes Changing are the ways That you spend your last dime Dry your eyes brother I got mine It seems as though you know Which way the river flows Do you only want a pen for your plans Do you only want a river for your dam Sweep the floor And write letters to the ones you love The coffee's getting cold And the tobacco that you rolled Is the music in your music show But when it's time to go home Will you change your tune? Do you only want a pen for your plans Do you only want a river for your dam It's raining on the sun There's flames about the moon You are one and you are To see you through What will you do Dust off your hat And throw away your cigarettes
3.
To describe you I looked at the mountains Doubting that those shades of blue could define you To describe you I dug through the tomb But all the riches in that room live inside you I could say you look like sweet Liza Jane And I could say you look like Barbara Allen But your face is timelessness traced On to times of no telling Cedar groves and just a little bit of honey Sweet corn rattling in the sun Steeping leaves and butter for the bread she made The lake speaks of endless waves And the feeling in brings When there's a bird that hears another singing Listens on to the song that glistens Oh, makes the distant hills ring Make the hills ring When the spring brings the rain That slips through my fingers But I hold out my hands anyway Up above me the morning dove's done grieving Just to listen to the blue jay That is how you look to me That is how you look to me
4.
Old Bill Jones gonna lose his mind If he carries on this way He sat down on a bumblebee Too high to know But he'll break no mistake when you take You're bound to fall don't stall after all Time won't wait for you and me Things ain't what they seem to be And he will sleep in the deep don't weep He'll be back again don't know when in the end He'll find a cure for his soul That don't take its toll Old Bill Jones got a losing hand But he'll play it anyway He found himself a pretty little gal But she had to go away And in time he'll find a heart as kind And the ties that bind they'll soon unwind He'll be free to love again Drink from the well while you can And he might wait hesitate too late The sun has set with regret I'll bet He'll find a cure for his soul That don't take its toll Old Bill Jones gonna lose his life If he carries on this way But the day will come for him to fly Across that ocean blue Til then he might lost sight of what's right And the price he'll pay and pay every day As the blues fall down like rain And it will drive the man insane And when he tries his eyes do cry And the tears bring fear it might take years To find a cure for his soul That don't take its toll
5.
I remembered a song that I used to sing Reminded by eyes as blue as the sky 'Twas about the moon making ravens wing Beating on the wind make the valleys ring It's something I just can't explain Like a flash of sun in a drop of rain As the day begins to break its back It's turned to the home You thought you had a home On the mountain so high Where cloudless is the mind As you laugh and you cry But down there in the valley On the cradle there's a crow Waiting for your son to grow Treading heavy through the Leaden hours of dawn Through the afternoon The moon's the ghost of the sun Behind the cold horizon There's a home where you'll rise And the songs are as sweet As a heart is bright But something down inside the soul Like lightning makes the thunder Oh my God is this what we have made Is this the place You thought you had a home On the mountain so high Where cloudless is the mind As you laugh and you cry But down there in the valley On the cradle there's a crow Waiting for your daughter to grow Feels like flying my friend From dreams of ghosts in my head It's something I could never know Til I pulled on the string of the bow It's a friend that's gone the Lord's child A song that makes the Devil smile You know you thought you had a home
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7.
To Say Hello 02:53
Wake up friend of mine It's time for me to go I'll see you tomorrow Until the yarrow we're below I'll feel inclined to say hello And ask you What's above love in a world In which the dove must sing For the ones in the ditch Don't you wish You could stitch what's torn Before your children are born And hold them to your body And whisper we are sorry We took so much But still we gave you life Wake up friend of mine You've been working hard all day I know But I feel inclined to say hello For loam and hands of leather Have sewn the home together But the sage and the heather's On the edge of the knife How to give more Than we take of life
8.
It goes roaring through the sunshine It comes crying out of pain It goes dashing like the wind Through the Appaloosa mane But I can hear it calling When sound all seems insane I'm friends with silence In an old fashioned way Some phone is always ringing The highway's humming low Even on the mountain In the shade of the grove But I can feel its patience On the most restless of days I'm friends with silence In an old fashioned way I'm friends with the sound of sunlight As it falls onto the ground I'm thankful for the places that it takes me And for all the thoughts I've found When I can't find the right word If I got nothing to say I'm friends with silence In an old fashioned way I can hear them changing stations On the other side of this wall Somebody's yelling 'bout something Somewhere down the hall If I had the money I'd leave this place to stay I'm friends with silence But I've got debts to pay I'm friends with the sound of moonlight As it falls onto the ground I'm thankful for the places that it takes me And for all the thoughts I've found When I can't find the right word If I got nothing to say I'm friends with silence In an old fashioned way
9.
To embrace the star on which this body rests Like a nightingale in its branched nest I shiver as I hold the hope I might save As though someone I love walked across my grave And the home I've known grown apart from these bones Will hold me to my choices like fossils in stone How all these things I hold so dear Become a practice of the moments here Is the song of today The story of old The weeping of the weary The sweat of the bold I raise my right hand to the ocean to vow As my left holds what I have now I listen closely for the soft whispered answers In rooms of poets and growers and dancers How all these things I hold so dear Become a practice of the moments here
10.
Some Times 02:15
You don't feel the vines Growing up your sleeve Reaching toward your heart Beating for... tell me You don't feel the moon Glowing in your palms Illuminating songs That slip away You might never feel Find it hard to heal Just remember it's not real But a dream of you You don't feel the ground shake Or maybe you do Confused in the soles of your shoes Mistaken for a train painted grey Sometimes I feel Just like you do Sometimes I feel Like belong Sometime it feels Like everyone intends to take Sometimes it feels Like everyone's awake Someday you will feel Find a way to heal Just remember it's not real But a dream of you

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Eric George: Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica
Luke Hauserman: Bass
Sean Keenan: Drums
Pete Sutherland: Fiddle, Tracks 2 & 4
Shay Gestal: Violin, Tracks 3 & 9
Monique Citro: Cello
Erich Meisberger: Pedal Steel
Henry Finch: Piano
Jocie Adams: Vocal Harmonies, Track 5
Addie Herbert: Vocal Harmonies, Track 9

Recorded and Produced by Eric George. Mixed and Mastered By Jer Coons

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released August 23, 2017

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Eric George Burlington, Vermont

Eric George is a Vermont-based songwriter, sound engineer, and performer of original music and poetry. One of the most prolific folk musicians of the Northeast music scene, he is intent upon maintaining the integrity of American folk music while taking a contemporary approach to songwriting. ... more

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