Under The Lights

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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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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

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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

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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

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Track Name: Greene County
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

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Track Name: Roamin'
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

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Track Name: Headline From Kentucky
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?

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Track Name: Back To California
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

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Track Name: One Night Stand
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.

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Track Name: Echoes
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

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Track Name: The Highway Song
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

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Track Name: Little Black Dog
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

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