Scarlet Skies

by Midnight North

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1.
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
2.
Lucky One 04:32
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
3.
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
4.
Turn Around 05:43
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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.
9.
The Stranger 03:55
The Stranger Have a taste of fire and menace, next we know Staring 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)

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released June 9, 2015

Mixed by Emery Barter, Connor O’Sullivan & Grahame Lesh at New, Improved Studios in Oakland, CA
Mastered by Betty Cantor-Jackson
Engineered by Mike Scully, Nigel Pavao & Connor 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 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 O’Sullivan - Electric & upright bass, synthesizers, mandolin, piano
Eric Saar - Drums & percussion

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