Sourwood

by Adam Remnant

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released August 17, 2018

performed by Adam Remnant with
Jesse Remnant: bass guitar on 2,7, 9 / harmony vocals on 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9
Ryan Stolte-Sawa: violin on 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 / harmony vocals on 1, 2
Jon Helm: drums on 2, 7
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Matt Emmons: organ on 7
Amanda Remnant: harmony vocal on 9
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Recorded & mixed by Adam Remnant at home
Mastering by Carl Saff
Album art by Adam Remnant

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Track Name: She Has a Way of Finding Me Out
She Has a Way of Finding Me Out

I follow the river
sweet infinite giver
down the narrowing branch of the road
I’m a tall tale spinner
I’ll be late for dinner
that is if I even show
if I were reconciled
I’d stay a long while
but for now I’m on the go
see as long as I’m amountin’
to nothin’ I’m countin’
every mile I tow
cause she has a way of finding me out
she has a way of finding me out

so forgive this actor
this small crowd attractor
and all of the money he owes
by my estimation we’re fit for creation
and fortunes from finery row
in the badlands and flatlands
a little rock n’ roll band
stares out their van windows
at all the vast landscapes
to which they escape
with thousands of miles to go
cause she has a way of finding me out
she has a way of finding me out

so the cables are tangled
and the tambourine jangles
with every seam in the road
and just like you’d guess
without randomness
this wheel shall explode
but back home I envision
the key, the ignition
they hover and loom in my mind
when your willpower fails you
the cure for what ails you
is the forgiving kind
cause she has a way of finding me out
she has a way of finding me out

oh, and I want her to find me
I want to be found
yes, I beg her to find me
oh, how I want to be found

so as long as I’m leading
two lives I’m pleading
for her to bear with me
and I know that’s not fair
but I bet that she cares
enough to at least wait and see
so it’s 'mind your own business'
but can I get a witness?
I’m telling you all that I know
with what little know-how
I’m doing my best now
making it up as I go
Track Name: California
California

here I go now to California
see me awash in the sun and the sea
nevermind my mere misfortune
in the land of opportunity
all my fears will be forgotten
all my dreams will be redeemed
once I get to California
eat the fruit right off the tree

last night I dreamed of California
stars hanging low and bright in the sky
just like diamonds down from heaven
California diamond mine
all my fears will be forgotten
all my dreams will be redeemed
once I get to California
eat the fruit right off the tree

California, dream machine
igniting on and offscreen
carry me in your slipstream
to your milk and honey
all my fears, may they be forgotten
all my dreams, may they be redeemed
once I get to California
eat the fruit right off the tree
once I get to California
eat the fruit right off the tree
Track Name: Somewhere Else Tonight
Somewhere Else Tonight

I’ve been working seven days a week
wish I had a sabbath to observe
one day I’ll vanish from these streets
if I ever build up the nerve
you see I am weary but I’m restless
I got a mind to take flight
so if we leave right now
we could be somewhere else tonight

what if all my childhood dreams came true?
my adolescent fantasies intact
maybe I should have shed them long ago
never can convince myself to stop looking back
you see I am weary but I’m restless
I got a mind to take flight
so if we leave right now
we could be somewhere else tonight

but honestly all these thoughts that ail me
don’t outweigh my fear of failing
so let’s just admit to ourselves
we’re not going anywhere
besides you know I’m no good with a map
and the traveling would set us back
and besides I’m resigned to simply wait and see
entrusting my fate to the hands of destiny
to take care of me

but I recall my reocurring dream
the one where I am driving at high speeds
but I’m confined to the back seat
reaching for the wheel as I veer off of the street
you gotta get scared to get courageous
and I sure am scared, alright
but if we leave right now
we could be somewhere else tonight
yes, if we leave right now
we could be somewhere else tonight
Track Name: Sourwood
Sourwood

Sourwood Mountain, church bells ringin’
hitch a ride at the foot of the hill
all green and serene like heaven
where you get the impression time stands still
where the grandfather pine trees tower
over homes where the fence lines cower
we’ve both lived here since we were children
I get the feeling that feels so fulfillin’
seedlings and saplings sproutin’
greetings from Sourwood Mountain

now one day a stranger arrived here
no one had ever seen him before
and he told me I lived for nothing
as if he knew what I should live for
I shook my head and dismissed him
and went on my merry way
up through the forested side of the water
under the newly harvested sky
so by nightfall I was exhausted
with the glass and smoke sealed around my eyes
and she swore to herself, “I’ve had it
I won’t live on with these habits
I’ve made my decision
I’m gonna get myself free from
Sourwood Mountain.”

so just as the engine engages its pistons
she was firing off down the road
in that old car her parents bought her
it was the only thing she owned
heading east as the engine died
she hung her head in her hands and cried
with all green prairies around her engulfing
her heart in the vastness and size
she prayed to the crucified wires
she was afraid to dare look at the time
and she swore with her hands on the dashboard
“I will reach my destination,”
and she spoke to me in my dream
it went something like,
“now when your hammer’s all wet in the morning
I imagine you’ll long for me
and you’ll wonder where I am going
as you try to thwart your own rusting
to the sound of the faucet leaking
and all your lost opportunities
I’m staring across the water
the carpenter’s daughter
at the torch of liberty
as you stagger to the foundry
I’m entering the Holland Tunnel
as the moon gives way to the sun
you’ll toil away while I seize the day
forgettin’ Sourwood Mountain.”

now, I wish you could see me back through the thicket
the lanes narrowing back to our door
under the moonlight glowing
rolling cigarettes on the porch
feel my weak lungs breathing inside you
with tobacco on my tongue
as you forget about me
as you forget about me
I admit you don’t get what you merit
forfeiting your vision to the local bars
like a sentry maintains their station
you are always on your guard,
but by what means could I persuade you
to leave a trail of crumbs
please tell me how to make you happy
please tell me how to get you home:
she said,
“just like a baby bird waits for its mother
I knew you would wait for me
to return to our nest by tomorrow
making sure you got food to eat
but what kind of man does that make you
to rely on me is such a way?
I should crown you the prince of pity
still for every ill will I feed you
I could love you all the same
I have no right to name you
I have no right to cloak you in shame
above all know I love you
and all will be forgiven
still I do not see myself returnin’
to Sourwood Mountain.”

Sourwood Mountain, I can spin a tale
in my drunken revelry
all wrought with confidence over
a brimming sea of insecurities
now I’m watching the county clerk lower
the American flag all bright and sober
I'm outside the courthouse rendered
so weak I've surrendered
any chance to be with her
I fear I'll never bridge that river
don’t worry, I’m not worried
Track Name: Cross You Bear
Cross You Bear

don’t you know that you are home to me?
why should I choose to leave?
I could stay here just as easily
call me if you need anything
when the front door cries, ’I’m lonely,’
the screen door screams, ‘I’m scared.’
I was delivered under your good care
don’t let me become the cross you bear

out the window of that rolling train
the wildflowers speak your name
as my phone roams in and out of range
the clouds look like they want to rain
over these small town cemeteries
their lives and stories buried
I was delivered under your good care
don’t let me become the cross you bear

so here’s to hopin’ we can fix what’s broken
we can become what we want to be
cause I know you’re thinkin with your wet eyes blinkin’
but darling won’t you raise your glass with me?

I wish I knew what I came here for
watching the rain pour
half drunk amongst these either-ors
lost souls received through the revolving door
and I’m just like that falling rain
a stranger without a name
I was delivered under your good care
don’t let me become the cross you bear
Track Name: Giver of Life
Giver of Life

can a man not find asylum?
does the sabbath morning stand for next to nothing now?
Amanda, won’t you bring me some water?
oh, giver of life won’t you give it to me
I’m not worried cause I know you’ll be there for me

at work I was sweating pipes
in some crawl space
full of apprehension
when unbeknownst to me she deemed me
helplessly dependent
and wanting ways to salvage this
I wagered a guess
our dreams are the keys and obstructions
to our happiness
so your hazel eyes appeared to me
in visions of offbeat beauty
your shaking voice did concede
you had something to tell me
and as you tried to find the words
I understood before I heard
and I knew that I must find you then
and made my way outside
out into the sunset’s glare
in that muddy yard I gasped for air
I was as helpless as the day I was born
Amanda, I need you more than ever
oh giver of life, won’t you give it to me
I’m not worried cause I know you’ll be there for me

so I’m home late from work
and Lord knows you’re late too
Amanda, it looks like we’ll be late forever
but that’s ok, a family sticks together
yeah, that ok, I pray our family sticks together
Track Name: Carpenter's Daughter
Carpenter’s Daughter

I fell in love with the carpenter’s daughter
and ever since I haven’t been the same
from the start there was something about her
calling out my name

I explained to her how I worry
how so many fears plague my mind
how the world seems in such a hurry
leaving me behind

she says to me, “love, don’t you worry
for what good will worrying do?”
I say to her, “I fear I’m not worthy
of loving you.”

let tomorrow worry about tomorrow
for today has trouble of its own
you and I, let us not be nervous
let us be of service as life unfolds

I never knew what love could offer
I never knew what love can do
she says to me, “love has no author
except me and you.”

I fell in love with the carpenter’s daughter
Track Name: Ohio
Ohio

Ohio, I’m making my way
back through these roads
back through these hills
down to my home
everything looks just the same
somehow it seems
everything changed
Ohio

Ohio, I’m gone with the spring
and back with the fall
the boy with the map
no one can draw
I thought you might
still be my friend
I thought you
might take me in
Ohio, Ohio

Ohio, take these blues
Ohio, suffer no fools
I woke up on the west coast
with the midwest on my mind
wondering if these lows I’ve felt
will ever get me high
Ohio, don’t you see
the light is blinding
I flew out on the redeye
to get back where I belong
by Cincinnati I was blind
on account of the dawn
Ohio, right these wrongs
Ohio, soon’s too long
I have a mind to unearth
every diamond I can find
mining every avenue
and hanging power line
Ohio, break my heart
take me back to the start
I still don’t know the difference
between what I want and dream
but I think that I can finally tell
the flowers from the weeds
yes, I think that I can finally tell
the flowers from the weeds
Track Name: Good Intentions
Good Intentions

all she wanted from him
was a little attention
but all she ever got from him
was good intentions
talk is cheap and cheap love is easy
find it without looking
but the real thing is rare
and oh so seldom
when you find it
find a way to keep it

all he wanted to say
he found a way to say it
but all the things he meant to do
somehow he’d always delay them
talk is cheap and cheap love is easy
find it without looking
but the real thing is rare
and oh so seldom
when you find it
find a way to keep it

talk is cheap and cheap love is easy
find it without looking
but the real thing is rare
and oh so seldom
when you find it
find a way to keep it
when you find it
find a way to keep it

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