The Fix

by Eric George

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1.
The Fix 02:59
Can’t ask the grocery man Can’t ask the cops Can’t ask your granddad  He’s out back fixing clocks   Tried to ask the bus driver  He said stay behind the line Can’t ask anybody with a watch About running out of time   All I wanna know What I’m really trying to say How we ever gonna learn To live any other way   And I could win a Nobel prize If I had the fix  But all I got are these songs  And a few good magic tricks   Can’t ask the newspaper But I can ask the books History’s gonna frown on me For caring so much about my looks   Cause I know I should Put my body on the line Make no mistake they’ll knock you down And kick you as you rise   No road is easy  But where’s the road I can’t even find my feet Let alone where I’m going   I’m supposed to tear down These walls made of bricks But all I got are these songs  And a few good magic tricks   Can’t ask the bartender  She’s making drinks Can’t ask my dog  I have no idea what he thinks   Can’t ask the president  This much I know What’s it mean to hold on What’s it look like to let go   Maybe I should run for something Get into politics  But all I got are these songs  And a few good magic tricks
2.
You said you want nothing The kind you find at your door Taped up in a cardboard box What a thrill what a bore   You said you want nothing Delivered by the end of the day Break open that padded envelope  Throw it away   Where to find true love Where to find piece of mind You can find anything online Beside the dollar sign   You said you want nothing A gift for dear old dad Wrap it up and when he sees it He’ll be happy, he’ll be so glad   You said you want nothing On sale til the end of the day Buy one get one free Nothing, ending up in the ocean Cause nothing is free   Where to find true love Where to find piece of mind You can find anything online Beside the dollar sign   You said you want nothing Until that’s all there is
3.
If she was a bird I wouldn’t be a bird I’d be something else I’d probably be a cactus in the desert out West Waiting on the rain like all the rest   She’d be a bird in the sky so fine Looking for a place to rest her wings I’d be growing from the desert ground With spines up and down So don’t you try and land on me   And if she was a rocket ship And I was a planet out there I’d be shining bright all through the night In the middle of nowhere   And oh what a pretty rocket ship From my planet I can see But there’s no air  To breathe down here So don’t you try and land on me   If she was a boat sailing fast And I was an island in the blue My coast would be full of ghosts  From old ships wrecked passing through   Well I’m just land that’s all I am Surrounded by rocks in the sea If you get too close you’ll get a hole in your boat So don’t you try and land on me
4.
Julia and Mary, Lucinda and Louise They all danced on the limbs  Of the old white old tree And me like the breeze Blowing wild and free Blowing wild and free   This New England rain Makes rivers out of streams And I hear her wading in the water after me I said honey it’s almost autumn How can you still be green  How can you still be green   Some other season I’ll say it all just right The way the setting sun Lets you know it’s almost night Or maybe I’ll be the morning  And wake you up with light Wake you up with light   Julia and Mary, Lucinda and Louise All blown away just like the autumn leaves And me beneath the white oak tree Singing Jubilee Softly singing Jubilee 
5.
Sarah DeLane 04:09
I was in New York City Thinking what a pity That Ray and Louise moved on I took a walk around the block Turned the corner and saw    A newspaper man  Taking photographs Of a girl in pearls I knew her face And there was no mistaking All those auburn curls   She lived down the road We were ten years old The best friend that I had Her dad was an army man In Afghanistan Came home in a moving van   Oh Sarah DeLane From a little town she came Outside of Spokane  Childhood friends playing in the rain Oh Sarah DeLane  Lived in a house with a weather vane And it rained for days When she when away   In the stores  And corners of the streets The fashion magazines  Are on the shelf Full of high end clothes And perfect noses And tips for your health   And when I see her on the page It feels just like  A friendly wave from the past She made it big And it made me think Of how time moves so fast   From the bus stops in queens To the magazines Her eyes looked just the same And I can’t help but smile to myself Whenever I read her name   Oh Sarah DeLane From a little town she came Outside of Spokane  Childhood friends playing in the rain Oh Sarah DeLane  Lived in a house with a weather vane And it rained for days When she when away   I walked on by  As the flashing light Of the camera lit the scene I had a strange feeling The smile on her face Wasn’t for the camera  But for me   Then as sure as you’re born As sure as the sun shine’s warm She glanced at me And with a wink of her eye She said hello and goodbye And thanks for the memories   Oh Sarah DeLane From a little town she came Outside of Spokane  Childhood friends playing in the rain Oh Sarah DeLane  Lived in a house with a weather vane And it rained for days When she when away
6.
Bristol Hill 03:02
She sits beneath the sycamore tree In the silence of the leaves While the house of God grieves    She couldn’t grieve there anymore Couldn’t grieve there anymore She threw her bible in the river  On the third day of the war   The preacher came  And her doorbell he rang She just let it ring What words could he bring   She couldn’t hear it anymore Couldn’t hear it anymore  She threw her bible in the river  On the third day of the war   The politicians voice Came on the radio Where we fight God will go We’ll stand against the foe   She couldn’t stand it anymore Couldn’t stand it anymore Them all standing next to Jesus While the kids hit the floor   Way out on the side  Of the old Bristol Hill A thousand graves to fill And the sycamores are still   There’s no reason anymore There’s no reason anymore She threw her bible in the river  On the third day of the war
7.
Spare Change 03:07
Every time I get a little spare change I lose a dime and try to sing out of my range   Every night I get a little less rest Turn out the light Realize that I’m still dressed   But sometimes when the thunder’s right And lightning strikes inside I feel alright Knowing I’m just going for the ride   Every time I get a little bit strange I find a rhyme for a highway I can’t change   I see the sign, forty miles til we’re there The road is wide and there’s a song In this Colorado air   But sometimes when the thunder’s right And lightning strikes inside I feel alright Knowing I’m just going for the ride  
8.
To The River 03:30
  The orchard was full of bees Down in the garden  She was on her knees By some great fortune I saw her there Overalls and braided hair She was looking over my way We both smiled and she did say   She said where did you come from Won’t you tell me true?   I said I come from a little old town Where in the hollows there’s not a sound Where the water runs good and clean I can show you if you know what I mean   I said where did you come from Won’t you tell me true?   I said I come from big city lights Where the cars pass by my window at night And on the steps all along my street All the folks sit in the summer heat   We made eyes and she said  My name is Annabelle I said that’s swell You got a mighty fine garden For a city girl   The next day all the flowers That were in bloom They were in my room I said I’ll take you to the city And I’ll take you to the river Yeah I’ll take you to the city And I’ll take you to the river   I’ll take you to the city And I’ll take you to the river
9.
The houses are going up on hillsides The old timers don’t seem to mind Cause business is booming in the valley And Rose’s cooking is still fine   She said the parades are all gone here And the city folk don’t put down their phones But the Delaware is clean And I know God’s listening Cause he sent that tornado to my home   Don’t you know some will go Where the red wine flows Others walk along the river  Singing an old song Since Mille’s been gone   Somewhere beneath that field of grass My grandfather’s bomb shelter lay That’s where my mother hid When she was just a kid But oh, the Russians never came   Now the attic’s moved  Into her childhood bedroom And outside there’s a dog tied to a tree But the lake is still clean And I know God’s listening  Cause she sent the punch line to me   Don’t you know some will go Where the red wine flows Others walk along the river  Singing an old song Since Mille’s been gone   Mille worked a Woolworth’s in Brooklyn Charlie was a Catskills ladies man One day they fell in love like in the movies The next day we dropped the bomb on Japan   And everybody went down to the river Cause that’s where life goes on and on And if only a farewell could ring on like a bell Maybe we’d remember what is gone   Don’t you know some will go Where the red wine flows Others walk along the river  Singing an old song Since Mille’s been gone
10.
He sang his song like he was twenty five For more than seventy years he’s been alive I stood in the crowd and tears I cried Next to a girl who was swinging Her hips side to side   Beautiful decay The body breaks down a little more each day Oh life is like death’s beautiful bride But the song lives on after the singer has died   Hank was on the radio Apologizing for canceling the show His back was out and the doctors said no But he wished he could  And he thought we should know   And the sound of his voice it broke my heart Like his body and his soul were being torn apart That snake oil habit had him shining bright Like a falling star across a purple sky   Beautiful decay The body breaks down a little more each day Oh life is like death’s beautiful bride But the song lives on after the singer has died   The world is born and the world decays And I’m left wondering what to do and say I can sing for the midwife counting toes And on the casket of the world  I can lay my rose   Beautiful decay The body breaks down a little more each day Oh life is like death’s beautiful bride But the song lives on after the singer has died

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A collection of songs written in 2019. This album was recorded in Vermont, Boston, New Orleans, and Denver, with the help of my some of my favorite musicians.

Meg Rice - Harmonies
Matt Bell - Lap Steel
Lyle Werner - Fiddle
Matty Parillo - Trumpet
Eric George - Everything Else

Recorded, Produced, and Mixed by Eric George
Mastered by Jer Coons

© 2019 by Eric George

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released December 21, 2019

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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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