The Sweet Lowdown

Lyrics

CIRCLE SONG (Amanda Blied)

Space is curved and so are we
It’s lots of circles build a tree
It’s gravity that bends us ‘round
And binds us to the precious ground
The sun is hot, the moon is cold
And starlight comes from long ago
And long ago, that’s in the past
Before we were born

Lay you down
Make haste away
To the land of dreams
Where the planets fade

We circle up, and circle back
And circle ‘round again.
All fall down, just to touch the ground
And get back up again
There’s an arctic circle, rock circles
Healing circle, crop circles
No such thing as a straight line
There’s ferris wheels and front wheels
Colour wheels, cart wheels
No such thing as a straight line

Lay you down
Make haste away
To the land of dreams
Where the planets fade

Though all we see will shift and change
The amount of energy remains the same
As seasons turn, and so do we
From young to old, and back to seed

Lay you down 
Make haste away
To the land of dreams
Where the planets fade

 

SING IT HIGH TO LOW (Shanti Bremer)

Sing it high to low, wonder if she even knows
She’s so sweet, even has honey between her toes
Sing it high, and then sweet lowdown
Sing it high, and then sweet lowdown

Wake up with the sun, go to bed with the moon and a song
Sleep so sweet, hold the world in her little white palm
Sing it high, and then sweet lowdown
Sing it high, and then sweet lowdown

Tiny little thing, comin’ home on a little birds wing
Sing so sweet, sing it soft and then make it ring
Sing it high, and then sweet lowdown
Sing it high, and then sweet lowdown

Sing it high to low, wonder if she even knows
She’s so sweet, even has honey between her toes
Sing it high, and then sweet lowdown
Sing it high, and then sweet lowdown

 

RIVERSIDE (Amanda Blied)

Hot night at the riverside
Bellies full of gin
We gave it not a moment’s thought
We both jumped in
We both jumped in

There was moonlight on the water
Moonlight on our skin
We pretended at no modesty as
We both jumped in
We both jumped in

There were stars above
And rocks below
The water was fast
Oh, the water was cold
A’ ho, ho, ho

Landing in the water
I realized my mistake
For just to make it back to shore
All my strength would take
All my strength would take

Struggling in the current
I swam hard for the shore
Cross my heart and hope to die
Never swam so hard before
Swam so hard before

‘Cause the water was fast
And the water was cold
It stole my breath and
Shocked my soul
A’ho, ho, ho

Black wings on the water
Shadows on the ground
Calling in the darkness
Silence all around
Silence all around

Calling in the darkness
‘Till my body started to quake
How long on the longest night will it take the light to break
Won’t the daylight break

These stars above
And rocks below
As one was lost
And the other cried no
No, no, no, no

Oh, no, no
No, no, no, no
Oh, no, no
His body let go
A’ho, ho, ho

Moonlight on the water
As two jumped in
We gave it not a moment’s thought
We both jumped in
We both jumped it

(And) there were stars above
And rocks below
As one was lost
His body let go
A’ho, ho, ho

 

DON’T WALK AWAY (Miriam Sonstenes)

What are these things your telling me
A dream you had, a vision in the night
The open road is calling you and telling you to go
So what about this love we have
Don’t tell me that we’re through

You think that I don’t know your mind
It’s her you see, the shadow in your dream
She haunts your memory and calls you in the night
Well I’m the one that’s standing here
And I’m not afraid to fight

Oh the nights grow long      
And the flowers are all gone                                                 
And the leaves in the trees sing a mournful song
Bring back the summer sun
Tell me that I’m still the one                       
Hold me like you did don’t walk away

Remember what you promised me
The vows you made  on our wedding day
How fast you fall how quickly you forget
No other can forsake our love
Or make our hearts regret

Oh the nights grow long      
And the flowers are all gone                                                 
And the leaves in the trees sing a mournful song
Bring back the summer sun
Tell me that I’m still the one                       
Hold me like you did don’t walk away

 

GOING UP ON THE MOUNTAIN (traditional)

I’m goin’ up on the mountain
And I ain’t coming down til the morning
I’m goin’ up on the mountain
And I ain’t coming down in chains

My spirit lives inside of me
And all I have to do is set it free
My spirit lives inside of me
And all I have to do is set it free

I’m goin’ up to set my my soul free
And I ain’t coming down til the morning
I’m goin’ up to set my my soul free
And I ain’t coming down in chains

 

RIVER’S DEEP (Shanti Bremer)

River’s deep, river’s wide
River cuts down the mountain side
It might take a time or two
Cross the river to be with you

Old man by the riverside
His heart don’t beat I think he’s died
You can feel the cold of his hand
Flies are buzzing around his head
What do you do with a man that’s dead
But pull him pull him in to land

River’s deep, river’s wide
River cuts down the mountain side
It might take a time or two
Cross the river to be with you

I can swim the river wide
Long as the sun don’t make it dry
And then I’ll try to wade
I can wade the river dry
Then at least I’ll know I tried
Now honey my love can fade

River’s deep, river’s wide
River cuts down the mountain side
It might take a time or two
Cross the river to be with you.

 

WESTERN COUNTRY (traditional)

I’m goin’ to the Western Country now
Susan Anna gal
I’m goin’ to the Western Country now
Susan Anna gal

How do you make your living now
Susan Anna gal
Drinkin’ whiskey and playing cards
Susan Anna gal

Someone stole my little white dog
And I wish they’d bring him back
He ran the big pigs under the pen
And the little ones through the crack

I’m goin’ to the Western Country now
Susan Anna gal
I’m goin’ to the Western Country now
Susan Anna gal

 

$100 (Chris Coole)

This old hundred dollars won’t go far
It came from singing songs in a downtown bar
For a little while you could say its mine
But if you wanna piece you’d better get in line

I pay eight hundred dollars for a two bit room
and when it rains the storm comes through
It’s the price you pay when you live in town
Where there’s always something shaking when the sun goes down

There’s some boys playin’ over at The Troubadour
You say you’ll have two beers and not one more
Next thing you know you stumble home at five
Well, at least it makes you feel like you’re still alive

This old hundred dollars won’t go far
It came from singing songs in a downtown bar
For a little while you could say its mine
But if you wanna piece you’d better get in line

I got a phone in my pocket, it was a gift from the man
Now I pay him ninety dollars for a forty dollar plan
It’s just another thing that don’t seem right
But after awhile you don’t know who to fight

Well, you pick yourself up out of the ditch
Dust yourself off and say “life’s a bitch”
I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again
I’ve been walking this road since I don’t know when

This old hundred dollars won’t go far
It came from singing songs in a downtown bar
For a little while you could say its mine
But if you wanna piece you’d better get in line

Well, you get yourself a band and you work real hard
And then you make a record on your credit card
You try to sell a few but the man at the store
Tells you “nobody pays for music anymore”

This old hundred dollars won’t go far
It came from singing songs in a downtown bar
For a little while you could say its mine
But if you wanna piece you’d better get in line

 

LIGHTS ACROSS THE WATER (Amanda Blied)

Lights across the water
Lights around this town
Well, I wonder where the stars have gone
Have they fallen to the ground
Have they fallen to the ground

Rocks a’top a hillside
Piled all around
Well, did you know that there are people here
Buried underground
They are buried underground

As I lean to the wind
And I turned ‘round again

Red trees on the hillside
Long before the fall
Well, I wonder when the summer comes
Will the fires take it all
Will they take it all

A wind comes down the mountain
Day breaks on the shore
As I wonder about those buried here
The ones that came before
The ones that came before

As I lean to the wind
And I turned ‘round again

Lights across the water
Lights around this town
Well, I wonder where the stars have gone
Have they fallen to the ground
Have they fallen to the ground

As I lean to the wind,
And I turned round again
         And I lean, lean to the wind

 

RED SHIFT BLUES (Amanda Blied)

The train whistle fades
It’s the last train of the day
Now on the platform in the rain
Why, you got no one to blame

You got those
Red shift blues
Red shift blues
How you gonna lose
The red shift blues

You know we’ve grown apart
From the very start
And what first drew us near
Has become a mystery here

We got those
Red shift blues
Red shift blues
How you gonna lose
The red shift blues

Driften away
Driften apart
Alone in the night time
Starless in the dark

We got those
Red shift blues
Red shift blues
How you gonna lose
The red shift blues

The train whistle fades
It’s the last train of the day
Now on the platform in the rain
Why, you got no one to blame

You got those
Red shift blues
Red shift blues
How you gonna lose 
The red shift blues