Down and Out in Mobile

by Midnight North

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I came for the weed Stayed for the weather Darling I forgot we were together Call up Ricki-Jean She’ll raise these babies You know Greene County’s no place for a lady And while I hate to do this by phone I’m never coming back home I hate to do this by phone but I’m not coming home Got a pile of debts to pay This Northern sky’s always gray While I’m out wandering you are in charge now Spent a decade planting seeds I got rows of uprooted trees You leave the lights off when you’re at home now And while I hate to do this by phone I’m never coming back home I hate to do this by phone but I’m not coming home And while these words are hard to hear It’s better than living in fear I hate to leave you alone but I’m not coming home You spend your lifetime planning for what you can’t see I threw our last lucky penny into the sea Sometimes a moment of wisdom falls from the sky While you’re staring that hurricane right in the eye I came for the weed Stayed the weather Darling I miss when we were together And while I hate to do this by phone I’m never coming back home I hate to do this by phone but I’m not coming home And while these words are hard to hear It’s better than living in fear I hate to leave you alone but I’m not coming home I’m not coming home © 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
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Have you read the morning paper, dear? The latest magazine? The headline that’s on CNN It’s about you and me Are you sick of songs of Texas Or Memphis, Tennessee? I’m just a girl from Owensboro In a grave in Kentucky Have you felt the peace, my dear, that comes with morning dew? Lie with me in eternity, I’m so in love with you Have you heard the evening news or heard our children cry About the man from Owensboro who had a roving eye? We’ve never known a quarrel, dear A cross word or a fight I wish with all my heart, true love, To take back that night Speechless when you saw me, dear Coming with the knife I’m done with you, dear it’s my turn Your lawful wedded wife Have you felt the peace, my dear, that comes with morning dew? Lie with me in eternity, I’m so in love with you Have you heard the evening news or heard our children cry About the man from Owensboro who had a roving eye? © 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
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Can't keep from watching this wreck Like a slow car crash we all rubberneck Then they tell you that it's all on you You know that’s what they always had to do Oh this town just feels a little too small Just a couple of bars and that strip mall Did they always stare this hard? Or had you never gotten quite this far? It all starts, you're on a wire And all the noise just takes you higher Right now the last thing on your mind This is a few nights under the lights, then forty years on the grind I'll bet you had dreamed but not prepared What's the point when no one cared? Daddy fought and mama ran But you ain't the only one without a plan There's no blueprint for small time fame But no one ever told you all the same Hold on dear or throw it out? Even the best trip has no route The thunder roars, the song is cryin' But no one stops your heart from lyin' Right now the last thing on your mind This is a few nights under the lights, then forty years on the grind Now the need has gone away Off with believers who couldn't stay Somehow you've gotten good at this It's the rest of life that will give you fits Begin again, and now forever You've made the choice to do it better Right now the last thing on your mind This was a few nights under the lights, then forty years on the grind © 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
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about

Introducing Midnight North's new EP "Down and Out in Mobile". This EP allows us to travel through time and combine the Midnight North of 2017 with the MN of today.

Let us explain.

Rewind all the way back to 2017. Midnight North kicked off our 2017 with a trip to Mobile, Alabama in January. We were asked to be part of Jake Peavy's band The Outsiders opening for Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Saenger Theater. We had gotten to know Jake the previous year when Jake pitched for our San Francisco Giants. As part of our trip, we were lucky enough to check out Jake's new studio, Dauphin Street Sound, and cut a few tracks. These were original songs that were still fairly new to us - at this point "Under The Lights" wouldn't be released for another 5 months. We didn't do much with the tracks, but luckily we saved them just in case.

Flash forward to 2020. The pandemic stranded the four of us in four different cities on 2 separate coasts, but we still really wanted to work on music together. We quickly settled on our first projects, which you've already heard: our cover of Jason Isbell's "Only Children" (released May 22) and our newly recorded original "Good Days" (released June 12). But as we went through the archives we also found the original files for three songs that we had recorded at Dauphin Street Sound in Mobile in January 2017. Perfect! "Down and Out in Mobile" was in motion.

We were all a bit different in 2017. Midnight North sure was! So for this project we decided to time travel and make a 2020 Midnight North version of these 2017 recordings. Nathan added banjo, harmonica, and percussion. We all added more harmonies. Connor mixed the tunes AND added mandolin, Fender Rhodes piano, synth pads, and gong! The result is three familiar Midnight North tunes presented in an amazingly unfamiliar way.

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released August 7, 2020

Produced by Connor O'Sullivan & Midnight North
Recorded & engineered by Keylan Laxton at Dauphin Street Sound in Mobile, AL and by Midnight North in their home studios.
One of Those Days recorded live by Andrew Erickson at StageOne in Fairfield, CT on December 8th, 2018
Mixed & mastered by Connor O'Sullivan
All songs published by Elliconn Music (BMI) except One of Those Days published by Elliott Peck (BMI)
Old phones photograph by Nathan Graham
Layout & design by Connor O'Sullivan & Midnight North

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