Selections from the Great American Music Hall

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Midnight North is Grahame Lesh, Elliott Peck, Connor O'Sullivan, Alex Jordan & Sean Nelson
The Northbound Horns are Michael Bello, Jay Jordan & Elizabeth Larsen

Friday, November 3, 2017 was a special day for Midnight North. A huge sold out show at a legendary San Francisco venue. Friends and family surrounding us onstage and off. Our own horn section of course, because as Bob Weir told us, “horns on the weekends”. And a 48 track recording rig capturing the whole thing.

Now we’re very excited to announce our new live album, “Selections from the Great American Music Hall”! This album features 8 of our favorite tracks from that special night. All 8 songs have unique arrangements and featured guests, including Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mihali Savoulidis & Ryan Dempsey of Twiddle, and the Northbound Horns. The list of highlights on this album is prodigious. We have Midnight North favorites “Under the Lights” & “Miss M” with all new horn arrangements, Mihali rocking Twiddle's hit “Lost in the Cold” & Bob Weir tuggin' at our heartstrings with his amazing “Only a River” before leading us through a rollickin' version of the Grateful Dead’s “The Music Never Stopped” with Phil Lesh and more.

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released August 10, 2018

Produced by Connor O'Sullivan, Grahame Lesh & Elliott Peck
Recorded at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA on November 3rd, 2017
Live multitrack engineering by Jon Hart
Mixed by Connor O'Sullivan
Cover photo by Jay Blakesberg
Hand lettering by Eva Edgren
Art direction and layout by Connor O'Sullivan
Horn arrangements by Alex Jordan, Jay Jordan, Grahame Lesh & Michael Bello
Everyday, Playing a Poor Hand Well & Under the Lights written by Grahame Lesh, Elliott Peck & Connor O'Sullivan
Lost in the Cold written by Mihali Savoulidis
Only a River written by Josh Ritter, Bob Weir & Josh Kaufman
The Music Never Stopped written by Bob Weir & John Barlow
Miss M written by Toby Oler
Angel from Montgomery written by John Prine

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Track Name: Everyday
I could live for days like these
When the clouds part and the sun I see
Nothing but time to bring worries
But down I go through the rabbit hole of my mind

She could never even dream of peace
Can’t unplug her mind so she never stops receiving
You can’t learn to love entirely
If voices tell you just to give in to anxiety.

But what if we joined forces
Took our voices and lifted up in chorus
You can’t learn to love if you never try to be found

If everyday was like a miracle
And every song we sang was heard in full
If everyday was like a miracle
Ahhhhh

Take a look across the water
Where old men wake and try to stand taller
See the years on them compiling
Each day it's harder just to keep on driving, but we

Roll up into the city
Join the millions more in a world without pity
We all try to keep our heads as high as the clouds

Take my hand, the world is coming right at you
Much too fast to see the beauty we need to
Take my hand, we won't try to outrun it this time

I would live for days like these
When the clouds part and the sun I see
We all try to keep our heads as high as the sky

If everyday was like a miracle
And every song we sang was heard in full
If everyday was like a miracle
And every song we sang was heard in full
If everyday

© 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Playing a Poor Hand Well
When did you realize I had such star-gazed eyes
That might be sparkling just for you?
Found out you’re streetwise
Caffeinated and cross eyed,
Just trying to see things like you do

Maybe the odds they gave you
Weren't quite enough to save you
They’re all underwater now
Pay up or get out!

Take your money now, take it while you can,
Someone else gonna play this hand
Lay it all on the table now
You’ll be playing till your cards come out
Take it while it’s there, take it while you can
You can’t rely on no other man
Lay it all on the table now
Well sometimes it’s about playing a poor hand well

Flash flood came through
Emptied up and buried you
Chasing you right out of town
You’re likely gonna lose
And I’m tired of being used
Time to move on while you’re down

Let someone sober worry
About what should be your hurry
They’re all underwater now
Pay up or get out!

Take your money now, take it while you can
Someone else gonna play this hand
Lay it all on the table now
You’ll be playing till your cards come out
Take it while it’s there, take it while you can
You can’t rely on no other man
Lay it all on the table now
Well sometimes it’s about playing a poor hand well

Maybe the odds they gave you
Aren’t quite enough to save you
They’re all underwater now
Pay up or get out!

Take your money now, take it while you can
Someone else gonna play this hand
Lay it all on the table now
You’ll be playing till your cards come out
Take it while it’s there, take it while you can
You can’t rely on no other man
Lay it all on the table now
Well sometimes it’s about playing a poor hand well

© 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Lost in the Cold
I'm lost
And I can't seem to find my way home
I've been burning up time
Burning out my mind
On an endless winding road

All my burdens keep me hurtin'
Ever present; ever certain
All alone, they keep eating up my soul

It's hard to see the future
When the present doesn't suit ya
Every day feels like a blinding cold
Blinding cold

There's a hole in my energy
It's burning out my sanity
Eroding the thrill of getting old

I don't fit in with society
Its blinding my integrity
While undermining my goals

It's blurring my intensity
And muting my ability
To avoid the bumps in the road

I can't execute the skills I need
Relax and keep my dreaming free
While stumbling out in the cold

I've been struggling for way way too long
It's time for a change I'm ready to move on
And, yes, I'm scared to right all my wrongs
But I'll be okay, I'm stronger than I thought

They're getting bold with technology
It's eating up our decency
So why do I feel so alone?

I'm disconnected from my family
My friends don't wanna talk to me
It's getting out of control

I turned from my destiny
And filled it with an evil seed
That soon began to take hold

The truth was right in front of me
That all along I held the key
To let me in from cold
In from the cold

And I'm not gonna waste one minute of this life
I got a second chance to do what is right
I'm gonna dance in the rain, and lay out in the sunshine
Take all my pain and turn it in into moonlight
Take all my pain, and melt it with the sunshine
Take all my pain, and turn it into white light
Take all my pain, and give myself a good life
Track Name: Only a River
Well, I was born up in the mountains
Raised up in a desert town
And I never saw the ocean
Till I was close to your age now

Oh Shenandoah, I long to see you
Hey hey hey, your rolling river
Oh Shenandoah, I long to see you
Hey hey hey, only a river gonna make things right
Only a river gonna make things right
Only a river gonna make things right

I'm going back to San Angelo
The ground is hard and the count is dry
But I'm gonna get my fill somehow
Rivers of corn, and wheat and rye

Oh Shenandoah, I long to see you
Hey hey hey, your rolling river
Oh Shenandoah, I long to see you
Hey hey hey, only a river gonna make things right
Only a river gonna make things right
Only a river gonna make things right
Track Name: The Music Never Stopped
There's mosquitoes on the river
Fish are rising up like birds
It's been hot for seven weeks now
Too hot to even speak now
Did you hear what I just heard?

Say it might have been a fiddle
Or it could have been the wind
But there seems to be a beat now
I can feel it in my feet now
Listen here it comes again

There's a band out on the highway
They're high steppin' into town
It's a rainbow full of sound
It's fireworks, calliopes and clowns
Everybody's dancin'

Come on children, come on children
Come on clap your hands

The sun went down in honey
And the moon came up in wine
You know stars were spinnin' dizzy
Lord the band kept us so busy
We forgot about the time

They're a band beyond description
Like Jehovah's favorite choir
People joining hand in hand while
The music played the band
Lord they're setting us on fire

Crazy rooster crowin' midnight
Balls of lightin' roll along
Old men sing about their dreams
Women laugh and children scream
And the band keeps playin' on

Keep on dancin' through the daylight
Greet the mornin' air with song
No ones's noticed, but the band's all pack and gone
Was it ever there at all?
But they keep on dancin'

Come on children, come on children
Come on clap your hands

Well, the cool breeze came on Tuesday
And the corn's a bumper crop
And the fields are full of dancin'
Full of singin' and romancin'
But the music never stopped
Track Name: Angel from Montgomery
I am an old woman named after my mother
My old man is another child that's grown old
If dreams were lightning thunder was desire
This old house would have burnt down a long time ago

Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go

When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy
He weren't much to look at, just free rambling man
But that was a long time and no matter how I try
The years just flow by like a broken down dam.

Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go

There's flies in the kitchen I can hear 'em there buzzing
And I ain't done nothing since I woke up today.
How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
And come home in the evening and have nothing to say.

Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go
Track Name: Under the Lights
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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