Scarlet Skies

by Midnight North

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released 09 June 2015

Mixed by Emery Barter, Connor Jon O’Sullivan & Grahame Lesh at New, Improved Studios in Oakland, CA
Mastered by Betty Cantor-Jackson
Engineered by Mike Scully, Nigel Pavao & Connor Jon O’Sullivan
Recorded at In The Pocket Studios in Forestville, CA, Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco, CA and in the Outer Richmond District of San Francisco, CA
Layout, design & photography by Connor Jon O’Sullivan
Joshua tree photo by Matt Jalbert
Animal illustrations by Joshua Rampage
Armstrong Redwoods Old Grove Festival photos by Nicole McClung-Ridella
Very special guest Jason Crosby on fiddle & piano
All songs published by Elliconn Music, BMI except “Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles” published by Calafia-Jeremy Wilson

Grahame Lesh - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, Wurlitzer, vocals
Elliott Peck - Acoustic guitar, piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, vocals
Alex Jordan - Electric guitar, organ, vocals
Connor “Croonn” O’Sullivan - Electric & upright bass, synthesizers, mandolin, piano
Eric Saar - Drums & percussion

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Track Name: Phoenix Motel
Phoenix Motel

Sitting on the corner bout midnight
The shadows hanging long and low
Your bloodshot eyes meet me with surprise
Guess there’s something we both didn’t know

Split of a second to answer
Less than a moment that to act
The scarlet skies left you drowning in lies
And now there ain’t a chance that you’re coming back

It’s a long way home
When you’re tired and you’re cold
It’s a long, long, way back home.
It’s a long, long, road
When your soul you went and sold
It’s a long, long, way back home.

Suspicions arise in the evenings
Too many questions to speak
I’m feeling faint when in the morning you ain’t
Laying in the bed next to me

The click of my heels makes you weary
You thought you gotten off scott free
I found a key to the Phoenix motel
It was buried our old love seat

It’s a long way home
When you’re tired and you’re cold
It’s a long, long, way back home.
It’s a long, long, road
When your soul you went and sold
It’s a long, long, way back home.

A long cold walk down that old dark pier
Waves hit the walls and wash over my fear
Long lost call to that wild black sea
Must have made you forget about me

It’s a long way home
When you’re tired and you’re cold
It’s a long, long, way back home.
It’s a long, long, road
When your soul you went and sold
It’s a long, long, way back home.
It’s a long, long, way back home.
It’s a long, long, way back home
Track Name: Lucky One
Lucky One

Making my money on the timber
Keeping the devil at bay
Leaves are green but blood is amber
Trying to live another day

Oh don't forget me, please will you remember

Driving the chevy into Dayton
Don't know what I'm looking for
Have a pleasant conversation
With the lady at the store

Oh don't forget me, please will you remember

I may be hungry but I know I'll eat again
I ain't got water but my thirst will soon be quenched
I may be lonely but I'll see her again
Yes I know I am a lucky one

Spending my money like the seasons
Seeing the future wash away
Trying hard to find a reason
Nothing works here anyway

Oh don't forget me, please will you remember

I may be hungry but I know I'll eat again
I ain't got water but my thirst will soon be quenched
I may be lonely but I'll see her again
Yes I know I am a lucky one
Track Name: The Cactus Tree
Cactus Tree

The desert’s arms are open wide
If you can stand the sun
I see no one around for miles but hear the rattlesnakes’ hum

What kind of fool makes it out here alone?
And works the dust to make this wasteland his home

The cactus tree stands tall and gracefully
With a prickly point to pick with you my friend
You moved out these parts to escape a guilty heart
And now you’re running like you’ve got no end … like you’ve got no end

The gunpowders fresh on your fingertips
Your expression gives you away
There’s still time to turn yourself in
If your trail isn’t hot like the day

What kind of man kills for more than his meal?
A man that thinks that a life is something to steal

The joshua tree died gracefully
But your sins still aren’t welcome here my friend
The dusk begins to glow and the air feels so cold
Take your cover before they make your end

What kind of man could make this desert his home?
If you think it’s too hot for the devil to live here your wrong

The cactus tree stands tall and gracefully
But your sins are not welcome here my friend
You moved out of these parts to escape your guilty heart
And now you’re running like you got no end
Like you’ve got no end
You’ve got no end
Track Name: Turn Around
Turn Around

I fall away this time, I hear them all
Just more words in rhyme, thrown at the wall
There's no way this time to find them all
Just another day to rewind
Wander through the memories fallen by the way

Throw the windows wide and lift my spirits high
Let the sun shine and bring me on down to the river
Wash my spirits clean and reach up to the sky
Follow my path wherever it may lead
Never turn around to see

I go back to this time, our new love
I never felt so alive, came from above
Round and round we ride, never land
Till I pull the rope and fly
Tumble off the tracks that we never laid down

You throw the windows wide and let my spirit fly
Let the moon shine and bring me across that river
Wash my spirit clean and follow where you lead, Never
turn around, turn around to see

I thought I'd sail away forever
Watch the roses dwindle through the rain and never turn away
So say my name tonight and tell me
This time we could try again and never turn away

Throw the windows wide and let my spirit fly
Let the rain fall and wash me on down the river
Wash my spirit clean and follow where you lead, never turn around to see
Never turn around to see
Track Name: Stayin' Single, Drinkin' Doubles
Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles

Thought I might go out tonight, I painted on some jeans
I pulled my favorite cowboy boots all the way up to my knees
I had a double shot of courage to get me out the door
Well it went down so smoothly so I poured myself one more

And now I’m stayin’ single, drinkin’ doubles all night long alone
Before I got myself to the bar I wound up stoned at home
Licking liquor off my lips, no time to bitch and moan
When you’re stayin’ single, drinkin’ doubles all night long alone

I rolled out of bed this morning wearing Thursday’s clothes
Tonight is Sunday morning. Lord, is the the only way I know
There’s a pile of rolled up papers stacked on my front stairs
A little sleep my do my good, this bottle says not yet

And now I’m stayin’ single, drinkin’ doubles all night long alone
Before I got myself to the bar I wound up stoned at home
Licking liquor off my lips, no time to bitch and moan
When you’re stayin’ single, drinkin’ doubles all night long alone

Now it’s way past midnight, I’ve been drinking way too long
Quartered up the jukebox so I could hear my favorite song
This real smooth talker slides on over. Puts his hands around my waist.
So I stole his wallet, slammed his beer, and slapped him cross the face.

And now I’m stayin’ single, drinkin’ doubles all night long alone
Before I got myself to the bar I wound up stoned at home
Licking liquor off my lips, no time to bitch and moan
When you’re stayin’ single, drinkin’ doubles all night long alone
When you’re stayin’ single, drinkin’ doubles all night long alone
When you’re stayin’ single, drinkin’ doubles all night long alone
Track Name: Wind and Roses
Wind and Roses

Where did you first hear the whistle blowing?
Leading me to all I could find.
Don’t you want to feel that train a-rolling
On home, throw off that disguise

Who are you to keep me from knowing
All that wisdom that the world wants to show?
Paradise awaits at the burning
Its all there, but we will never go

Where the wind and roses wait it will take the night away
Call the light to show you what I see
When the northern winds will blow it will comfort your soul
Bid thee well as I go down among the trees
And all the light will fade

But who am I to say where we’re going?
I have always been too easy led astray
I’m ready to forsake the wiser learning
Fall hard, it’s all I ever say

Where the wind and roses wait it will take the night away
Call the light to show you what I see
When the northern winds will blow it will comfort your soul
Fare thee well as I go down among the trees

Oh hear my soul, c’mon take me now
Feel my heart don’t you break it now
Oh heal my soul, c’mon take it now
It’s all there, but you will never know

Where the wind and roses wait it will take the night away
Call the light to show you what I see
When the northern winds will blow it will comfort your soul
Fare thee well as I go down among the trees
And all the light will fade
Track Name: The Right Time
The Right Time

They made you out as a criminal before you were even tried
It’s just a taste of the way we do things here
He was a loving man from Oberlin that sings me lullabies
And makes me think that things will turn out fine
Yeah he makes me think that things will turn out fine

I won’t grow tired of trying
Caught me at the right time
I won’t grow tired of trying this time around
I won’t grow tired of trying
Caught me at the right time
I won’t grow tired of making this my home

“The truth is often simple but it’s very seldom seen,”
A wise poet whispered once to me
I live in reality and you impossibility
Where we collide remains to be seen
Yeah where we collide remains to be seen

I won’t grow tired of trying
Caught me at the right time
I won’t grow tired of trying this time around
I won’t grow tired of trying
Caught me at the right time
I won’t grow tired of making this my home
Track Name: Quiet Strangers
Quiet Strangers

Been singing these words for so long
And I don’t mind if you listen on
Toss a few coins in my case
But not enough to buy me some faith
Yeah, not enough to buy me some faith

I guess I’ve been at this too long
And the only thing I still love are the songs
Played out my biggest mistakes
In front of quiet strangers from the stage
Yeah, in front of quiet strangers from the stage

And I still have hope of playing to lovers and fans
And I’ve got my friends who still come watch the band
The band

I’ve played with fiddles and drums
And the only thing left are the songs
They fill my jar with their tips
But they don’t know a hit from a miss
And it lends me the strength to go one
Yeah I don’t mind if you listen on

So please listen on.
So please listen on.
So please listen on.
Track Name: The Stranger
The Stranger

Have a taste of fire and menace, next we know
Stareing out in the night as it sinks down, down, down
Shadows dance in all directions, black stars rise
Stare with silence expectations gone
I've seen that face before tonight

The song has gone unsung (even as you’re listening)
Send me home undone (waiting for the promise of life)
Free my mind tonight (tired from the length of this ride)
A stranger on the tides (finds himself alone in the night)

It was all the same, every time
Every memory locked and spun around
Forced my eyes open and I saw it all
Open up to endless space and time
Never want to see what was inside

A stranger comes tonight (longing to find his way)
To circle through the skies (blinding by the light of the day)
Free my soul this time (lonesome from this ride)
strange moons arise (nothing left to see or to hide)

The song has gone unsung (even as you’re listening)
Send me home undone (waiting for the promise of life)
You've got to free my mind tonight (tired from the length of this ride)
A strange moon will rise (red and yellow eyes)
A stranger comes tonight (long, long time)
To circle through the skies (endless space and time)
The king will die unfounded (mystery of the time)
And time will be rewound (finds himself free from this life)