Year Of The Dog

by Phil Smith

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    10 tracks of stripped back Americana, folk-country. Instrumentation includes vocals/ guitar, fiddle, piano, mandolin, banjo and pedal steel.

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released March 7, 2014

Produced by Phil Smith and Marly Luske

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Track Name: Calling Home
CALLING HOME


See you in the morning dear,
I love you, thru and thru
Fly on wings of angels thru the night
Starry night, till the morning light


I can see my whole life flashing by
My oh my, my oh my
I have seen the witness in your eye,
No need to lie
No need to lie


Rivers in the darkness
We must cross
Or remain forever lost
Promise to return dear, but I must go
Calling home
I’m calling home
Track Name: Broken Rivers
Broken Rivers
CAPO 2 or 3

Recall the loneliness today
Like waking from a dream
To find it’s all been swept away
Carried off into the fading day
Carried off into the fading day

You sail your ships across the sea
Unsure of what you’ll find or where
Maybe treasures maybe peace
Sailing straight into the sun today
Sailing straight into the sun today

Hoping one day you’ll be free

And so I heard the news today
Didn’t seem to matter much to me
Love will come and love will go
But the truth will only set you free
Only truth will set you free
Only truth will set you free

Recall the laughter on your face
Like something from a broken dream
Catching teardrops in your hands
Broken rivers slowly fade to streams
Broken rivers slowly fade to streams

Hoping one day they’ll be free
Track Name: Homeward Bound
In C. Intro is C to Am

C
OLD MAN WALKS DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE RD WITH THE DEVIL ON HIS BACK
Am C
HE WATCH THE SUN GO DOWN OVER THE RAILROAD TRACK
C
BLACKBIRD FLIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IS SHE HOMEWARD BOUND
Am C
I HEAR HER WINGS GO BY FROM DOWN HERE ON THE GROUND

OCEAN HANGS LIKE A PENDANT FROM THE MOON
IN HER HEAVING BREAST
THE DAY THE FIRE GOES OUT
LAY ME DOWN TO REST

BLACKBIRD FLIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
IS SHE HOMEWARD BOUND
I HEAR HER WINGS GO BY
FROM DOWN HERE ON THE GROUND

CHORUS
F C
AND FROM WHERE I STAND I WON’T LOOK BACK
C G C
WHEN THE SUN SINKS LOW AND THE SKY TURNS BLACK
F C
AND FROM WHERE I STAND I WON’T LOOK DOWN
C G C
BEEN STANDING ON THE EDGE NOW I’M HOMEWARD BOUND


SOLO (= CHORUS PATTERN)


OLD MAN LIES AT THE BOTTOM OF A DITCH
HIS BODY OUT OF SIGHT
BUT IT’S USELESS NOW
HIS SOUL IS ON HIGH

FERRYMAN COME TO CARRY US AWAY
OUT ACROSS THE LAKE
THROUGH THE WALL OF FIRE
WITH OUR SOULS AT STAKE
CHORUS

AND FROM WHERE I STAND I WON’T LOOK BACK
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN AND THE SKY TURNS BLACK
AND FROM WHERE I STAND I WON’T LOOK DOWN
BEEN STANDING ON THE EDGE NOW I’M HOMEWARD BOUND
Track Name: Avenue Girl
Avenue Girl.


Saw a young girl on the avenue
Sunlight dancing in her hair
Then the shadows moving o’head
Fire moving through the air

Turned to leave but then I saw her stare
Recognition in her eyes
Loyal once to someone else who cared
But everything that’s born must one day die

Turn a leaf to find what lay beneath
Better things to come yr way
Find the courage now inside to speak
But you don’t know just what to say

Smiling face across a crowded room
Second glimpse of paradise
Shared a lifetime full of memories
Now I look into your eyes
Track Name: Itinerant Worker
Nightwinds.
(Itinerant Worker)

Get a room somewhere, with your own four walls
and a kitchen and a window to stare out of
Heal up the past with wine, and living and working hard
And when the sad evening comes, poking her head around here
And the streets are all filled up with nothing
but the echoes of those who are leaving


And the night winds of those who are gone, will she find you strong


VS2
And it sure don’t take much, these days, to break your resolve
A whiskey or three and your changing your plans
The way the rain likes to fall
Hard and fast ain’t no way at all


BRIDGE
And the goods train, she’s leaving tonight, if that’s what you want
And it might rain, but you might lose it all
(She’ll take you all the way to the wall) x 3 If you let her
Track Name: Memories
Memories


Did you ever find them pills? You were chasing that night
When Johnny hit the wall,
I walked out the front door, and never looked back.
What happened to us?


Oh I crossed the border, headed south for a while
And ended up getting work with my hands.
Spent my days shifting steel, in a company yard,
That was (owned)run by a company man.(and my nights trying hard to forget)

Chorus
Your dreams turn to dust, so fast, lives just rust Like an old car left out in the field
And down off the road in the tall grass like snakes memories lie in wait
And they’re waiting for me


The road out always seemed to be easier then, and lovers came and went
But nine years passed quickly, and I ended up here
With nothing but a head full of song and a fear

Chorus
Your dreams turn to dust, so fast, lives just rust Like an old car left out in the field
And down off the road in the tall grass like snakes memories lie in wait
And they’re waiting for me

And I heard ‘bout poor Johnny, from a waitress one night
She recognized my face in a bar/ she was working in a bar I was at.
It seems I lost a brother, on the needle he died
And sometimes it stops/ wakes me in the dead of the night
Track Name: El Corazon
El Corazon

I heard she died,
Of a broken heart
In this big old house
With no one around

In the early dawn
With the fading stars
I heard she died
Of a broken heart

So if you come this way
By the night or day
And a rose you lay
By the garden gate

For the one you love
Who loves you not
Then the day will come
When your heart will mend
Track Name: The Ballad of Joseph Henry
The Ballad of Joseph Henry

Hold me darling, hold me now. They tell me you are going far away.
Tell me that it isn’t so, and I’ll be back to see you every day
Clouds this morning love is gone, and I’ll be gone down ruination’s way

You’ll be sun and I’ll be rain, they tell me you ain’t coming back again
\You’ll be sun and I’ll be rain, they tell me you ain’t coming back again


So hold me darling hold me now, they tell me you are going far away
Clouds this morning love is gone, and I’ll be gone down ruinations way.
The Sabbath morning church bell tolls, (a silver tear rolls gently down my face)


(Empty clouds and fields of stone, and dusty roads ain’t no place to call home) X 2
Ain’t no place to be alone,
Oh oh oh, leave the gold and lie, ‘neath the Southern Cross you’ll die,
Down in Van Diemen’s Land, my love you know I’ll die a lonely man.

My love you know I’ll die, a lonely man
Track Name: The Train
The Train


I went to his funeral put on my suit.
Paid my respects then went outside and lit a cigarette
And it was cool that day my sister was there
From what I can recall the sky she seemed clear
But I could be wrong it was 5 long years ago

And later we ate to honour the day
And someone even laughed and mentioned his name
And outside the cars kept driving clear outta sight

Chorus
Put yr ear to the tracks, and listen for the train
She’ll be coming down the line, through the dust and the rain
She’ll be coming round the bend, through the fire and the pain
To carry us away


I unlaced my shoes, placed them side by side on the floor
Hung up my suit, by the handle on the back of the door
Laid his silver watch on the (bedside) chest of drawers
And I prayed just like a believer to the Lord
Down on my knees I prayed just like a believer, to the Lord
I prayed to the Lord

Chorus
Outro solo
Track Name: Sometimes You Cry
SOMETIMES YOU LAUGH, SOMETIMES YOU CRY

He’d work all day and go home at night and he’d sit
And drink his beer all alone
And he knew something was missing
But by the time he got around to thinking
He’d be drunk,
And stumbling down the hall, ricocheting off the walls

On the weekend he’d call a friend and say let’s go out drinking
I’m feeling lucky tonight, feeling lucky tonight
All them neon lights let’s get high

Chorus
Don’t them night’s just roll on by
Sometimes you laugh so hard you cry,
Don’t them days oh Lord, they keep flashing by,
Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry

Down them dirty streets, down them mean old streets
When there’s no charm left in those bar room beats
When there’s no charm left, in those bar room beats
And the winds of loneliness are howling at your feet