Under the Lights

by Midnight North

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1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
Everyday 04:02
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.
4.
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.
5.
Roamin' 04:10
We were wallowing in laughter As the sunlight slowly slipped beneath the ocean And I may not have known it yet, though short of breath, You knew what was in motion Yeah, we didn’t see the moonrise, Or hear the spinning face of time a-spinning We were too tangled with each other, Too content to be bothered by alarm bells ringing So I’ll go roamin’, roamin’, northbound on the interstate, My mind is on the open road Too far away to turn back, but not close enough to care There were hilltop proclamations, There were cartoons drawn along the boulevard Yet we lay there in damnation, Forgetting what was waiting in the courtyard And when you press the rose of memory Between the heavy page of time and distance Oh how easily we recollect the moments of content and not resistance I feel you by my side like a long and restless night Present but invisible you play On a long canyon ride, don’t you leave without a fight The evidence lies softly in a haze I was anchored by the ambience or whatever drew me in that night to stay I fell hostage to the candlelight, the warmth that washed the color from my face I was jaded by the journey, all my comforts felt so far away from home But turning back at this point only keeps us on the path we walk alone. So I’ll go roamin’, roamin’, northbound on the interstate, My mind is on the open road Too far away to turn back, but not close enough to care Too far away to turn back, but not close enough to care Close enough to care © 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
6.
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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In 30 days I know I'll miss the long grind Hard days and long nights feel great with time Take an adventure, let the chips fall where they may But I just want to see you Should’ve cut my hair the way you tried to warn me Maybe I would have liked the humid air back east Never knew a day would come where home is all I need But you’re in California All my days are gone All my nights are long Take me back to California with fire in my eyes And I’ll get up Till I can’t hold on Got time to miss you but nothing more to say Got miles to get to but mere minutes to play I see problems around me but can’t find my way But there’s relief in California But I’m wide awake every time I hear your name Each time it will unwind before it goes away Run myself ragged but it always stays the same No rest till California Oh, the worries come in the morning Yeah, the nights are full of endorphins Turn the lights down low and Let the starlight follow thru the notes lost along the way © 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
8.
My head was heavy and my feet were dragging The money was getting lean I met a washed up gambler with a bloody bandana Standing tall and mean A one night stand wasn’t part of the plan and I’ll be paying these debts for life But I left with a smile and a kick in my step, for that I feel alright Bought a one way ticket all the way from Chicago as winter settled in Yeah the blues were a biting by the time we were driving And the baby’s looking thin A tall dark man wasn’t part of the plan and now we’re off on a new kinda life But once we find our new home, baby, we’re gonna feel alright I see much better, baby, when things don’t drive me crazy Keep your troubles far from me Hide your sorrows, baby, cause we’ve been been moving lately Headed where we need to be Found ourselves in the heat of Atlanta The cold fell from my bones Yeah, you’re still sitting on the same old barstool And I’ve been moving on Got a five dollar bill and a couple of pills to tide you over for the rest of the night Yeah, and baby and me are alone and free, and we’re gonna be alright. © 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
9.
Echoes 03:36
I hear my lost heart, beating without stops A rhythm through my mind Awakening a frenzied rush that's never untwined I feel some hard days, coming my way I see them so clear But throw away the madness and there’s nothing left to fear So take it away Maybe I heard an echo crying through the years And maybe all I do is dream Someday I’ll turn around and face all of my fears Not till I say so It’s over when I go I made the wrong call, rising up too far The longer I fell down I can taste the dirt from when I lost that broken crown. But I trust that one day, nothing in my way A reckoning I’ll see So I can give it all away and I will fly free So take it away Maybe I heard an echo crying through the years And maybe all I do is dream Someday I’ll turn around and face all of my fears Not till I say so It’s over when I go And oh, where did the time and the years run together? Just take it away! Let all the lies tumble down under pressure Just take it away! So take it away Maybe I heard an echo crying through the years And maybe all I do is dream Someday I’ll turn around and face all of my fears Not till I say so It’s over when I go © 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
10.
We found ourselves somewhere in Virginia on an early summer's day. We sang that night under the red club lights and never looked away Freer than birds living life exactly how we want Up and down the coast playing show after show, whistling a country song You can look around in a crowded room and I’m the only one you see The music’s fondly in my mind but the energy still breathes A life of constant movement makes you weary in your soul Through thick and thin we’ll keep a grin and weather the push and pull So meet me on a highway somewhere between Roanoke and Baltimore We can sing some tunes like Johnny and June and make the most of this time together Meet me on a highway where the river meets the Mason Dixon Line Climb on your bus write a song that we can sing to them sweethearts together I’m not ready to go but there’s no reason to stay here You can live a vagabond life but my roots tie me down to the floor Yeah my roots tie me down to the floor © 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
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I had a dog when I was just 14 went sniffin’ down a bear that lived upstream I swear that dog was looking for a fight; she really could bark and she really could bite Well she came home with a bloody black mane, and her bark and her bite never quite the same Never heard a word from that big brown bear who lived in the hollow where the creek ran fair I was a good boy; I did just right but a bad man grew out of me one night I lost my lover in a starless sky with the curse and the spite of a word let fly  A part of me knows it's my daddy's way, yelling some things that you mean to say A part of me knew that it would be our time when she woke one day without a hand in mine Left my soul on the side of the road where the state line runs and the liquor flows  I ran back to an empty home where the little black dog and the bear once roamed I went into a chapel last Easter time; a choir was singing "He's a Friend of Mine" I bowed my head and I said my prayers and I wished to God that my lover was there The silver moon and the golden sun, the countless stars like everyone I see myself like a grain of sand or a little black dog tryin’ to make a stand Give me a car and an open road, a song to sing and a place to go Give me my dreams and give me my past Give me a way to make good times last I had a dog when I was just 14 went sniffin’ down a bear that lived upstream © 2017 Elliconn Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.

credits

released June 16, 2017

Produced by Connor O'Sullivan & Grahame Lesh
Engineered by David Simon-Baker
Recorded at the Greene Room in Acampo, CA
& Allegiant Records in San Anselmo, CA
Mixed by David Simon-Baker, Connor O'Sullivan
& Grahame Lesh
Graphic design & photography by Connor O'Sullivan
Life-size bullhead sign crafted by Ryan Dauss
Cover photo editing by Eva Edgren
Additional graphic design by Ashley Crichton
All songs published by Elliconn Music (BMI)

Midnight North would like to thank the following
people for their love and support: Phil & Jill Lesh,
Tom & Margaret Peck, Jay & June Jordan,
Jon & Jane O'Sullivan, Robin O’Sullivan,
Claire Teter Lesh, Roger McNamee, TJ Kanczuzewski,
Danny Click, Jason Crosby, Dan & Jena Lebowitz,
Scott Law & Melinda Holben, Brenna Muller,
Greg Loiacono, Tim Bluhm, Scott Thunes, Jay Lane,
Sean Nelson, Danny Luehring, Nathan Graham,
Scott Guberman, Alex Nelson, Alex Jarvey,
Andrew Erickson, Kyle Lynch, Bo Putnam,
Kidd Candelario, Craig Marshall, Peter Shapiro,
Fred Torphy, Tom Nania, Denise & Mike Zolg,
Jennifer Stanson & Loran Newsom, Ben Jernigan,
Thomas Fowlkes, Jake Peavy, Wes Samuel
at Madison House, Crissa Requate at Mason Jar,
Michael Cusanelli at ILS, Tim McKee at
Mesa Boogie, Jason Scheuner at Telefunken
Microphones, The Dooley's at AEA Ribbon
Microphones, Will Agee, Alan Forbes,
Jay Blakesburg, Bob Minkin, Rupert Coles,
Alan Sheckter, Jamie Soja, Butters & Starbuck,
The Twiddles: Mihali Savoulidis, Ryan Dempsey,
Brook Jordan, Zdenek Gubb, Danny Travis, Kyle Travis,
Michael Bishop, Sam Johnson, & Pete Spadaro,
and finally a big shout out to the Terrapin Nation
including the bartenders & staff at Terrapin Crossroads.

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