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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1.
Calling Home 03:48
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Avenue Girl 02:46
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
5.
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
6.
Memories 05:31
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
7.
El Corazon 03:02
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
8.
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
9.
The Train 04:50
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
10.
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
11.
Instrumental 01:53

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released March 7, 2014

Produced by Phil Smith and Marly Luske

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