Shadows of the Summertime

by John Ralston

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Shadows of the Summertime is the 3rd full length from John Ralston. Recorded over two separate weeks in New Orleans at Listen Up! Studios.

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released 24 March 2011

Produced by David Vandervelde and Michael Seaman.
Engineered by Michael Seaman.
Assistant Engineer: Ben Roberts.
Additional Engineering: Marc Ward at Elegbaland.

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Track Name: Bedroom Walls
There was something that I had to tell you / While you were sleeping late last night / I cut the cords to the anchor and took a flight / Up above our bedroom walls / And blanketed in night / I saw southern stars reaching to northern lights / Angel eyes
I felt as powerless as good intentions / It felt good to be so unrequired / The organist shook against the tremor choir / Up above our bedroom walls / And bathed in blurring light / So soft and out of focus in the dimmest light / Angel eyes
And blanketed in night / So soft and out of focus in the dimmest light / Angel eyes
But you don't know what you mean to me? No, you don't know what you mean to me / Angel eyes
Track Name: Solitude and Vine
It was the saddest cab ride I've ever been on / I watched her out the window fade to nothing at all / She kinda disappeared like the evening at dawn / I almost asked the driver "Turn it back around?" / But I took the ride / Cause we've been here before tonight / We can't go back again / No, I guess I'll see you around

Well, I still love you like I loved you when I met you back then / But a lotta things changed and we're two of them / Now I'm nobody's baby and I guess that's fine / Stranded out here on Solitude and Vine / I took the ride / Cause we've been here before tonight / We can't go back again / No, I guess I'll see you around

Yeah, I'll see you around. I guess I'll see you around.
Track Name: This Summer
This Summer I took some time away
This Summer I knew I couldn't stay
This Summer I took some time away
I was livin' with the living but I couldn't shake that zombie sway

So where'd you go? I've been right here waiting for the bells to call. I've been right here waiting for the cards to fall. We belong to no one now.

But you don't know what you got and then it's gone away.
Yeah you don't know what you got and then it's gone away.

This Summer I took a coupla days.
I stepped out of the sun and I found myself a shady lane.
This Summer I was glad you came.
Just a good old friend to help me find my way.

So where'd you go? I've been right here waiting for the bells to call. I've been right here waiting for the cards to fall. We belong to no one now.

But you don't know what you got and then it's gone.
Yeah you don't know what you got and then it's gone.
Track Name: Love Will Come Around
Angels in the balcony along with songs so soft and sweet / What's wrong with love? / You thought you'd found someone but now the days have dragged that feeling out / What's wrong with love?

So you think you have had enough? / These days now you don't seem so tough / I heard that you've been feeling down / Someday soon now love will come around / Someday soon now love will come around

In all the places you have searched, first comes pleasure then comes hurt / It's bad, bad luck / It's a tournament of roses, dear, the beauty and the pain so clear / You better pick yourself back up

So you think you have had enough? / These days now you don't seem so tough / I heard that you've been feeling down / Someday soon now love will come around / Someday soon now love will come around
Track Name: Shadows of the Summertime
Shadows of the Summertime grow long and lovely like a woman you can hardly hold / The shadows of the Summertime groan like a lover to me / I was hoping later we'd meet at a party that the both of us were dying to leave / Take a little drive beneath the planets, stars, the moon and the trees

Don't let go / You're my strongest hold / And I can't hold on forever / Unless you're holding on to me

I found out at a rock n roll show that I'll never be a card in the hand that you fold / Yeah I pushed my chips in, laid out all my money / It was easy for me / So don't shake me up / Don't wake me up, please / I'm just sleepwalking in America's dream / Waited on the river card to take me all the way to the sea

Don't let go / You're my strongest hold / And I can't hold on forever / Unless you're holding on to me

Don't let go / You're my strongest hold / And I can't hold on forever
Track Name: Pretty Little Heart
You've got a pretty, little heart / But that's glass you keep it in / If its cracked its gonna break / And the locks are worn and thin

But you've got a heart / The kind of heart I haven't seen in someone / You've got a heart / The kind of heart I hadn't seen in so long / I wanted you before I knew I wanted you

You feel so good to be around / Yeah, who could ever let you down / I fought with hope and faith and trust before I ever came to love

You've got a heart / The kind of heart I haven't seen in someone / You've got a heart / The kind of heart I hadn't seen in so long / I wanted you before I knew I wanted you
Track Name: Robert's Bar
The Nashville sky could be raining stars. How would I know? I'm buried in the back of Robert's Bar. Here they go. House band starts up another one. I step out the back to the Ryman with the words of an Elvis song sliding off my tongue.

If it's real / You can't hold it down

I headed for the balcony. I want to see me the way that you see me. Here I go back outside for one more smoke. The air is getting cold. Here they come and they're telling me it's time to go. It's time to play my show.

If it's real / You can't hold it down

You're on my neck. You're my good luck charm. I'm coming back to the city with you on my heart. Aw, honey, I'm coming home.

If it's real / You can't hold it down
Track Name: Gas & Matches
Wind, re-wind, wind, wind. She drifts off to sleep. Her head's full of vines. Praying now to my sweet lord - to turn us back around like a ship back to the shore.

Is the fire out? Did the Winter winds blow it back down? Is the fire out? Then bring it back somehow. Or are we just living with gas & matches in our house of cards?

Now we're burning up our history like the early morning mist disappearing to the sea. Turning on and off the lights to see what we've got left by the day and by the night.

Is the fire out? Did the Winter winds blow it back down? Is the fire out? Then bring it back somehow. Or are we just living with gas & matches in our house of cards?

So where'd you go? Can I follow you? I don't mind where you're going to...Can I follow you? But you don't even talk. No, you don't even say a word. Not a word.

Is the fire out? Did the Winter winds blow it back down? Is the fire out? Then bring it back right now. Or are we just living with gas & matches in our house of cards?
Track Name: Oh Lord
Oh Lord I wanna go back home / Out there beneath the stars and night / Never wanna see this place again / I wanna walk out in the western light

This won't break me / The worst is over now / No this won't break me / No, this won't break me down / Every storm has a shelter and you're mine right now

There's an ocean, there's an endless ocean / Violent blvds and aves / Bad vibrations coming through my speakers / Still, I'm gonna find my way to you

This won't break me / The worst is over now / No this won't break me / No, this won't break me down / Every storm has a shelter and you're mine right now
Track Name: Higher Road
I don't go out searching / I try to get lost / I am no longer seeking out your cup or your cross / So, if you ever get to wandering 'cause you've been wondering where I am / If I appear more like smoke to you, than like the water in your dam, don't turn away

There is a higher road just up ahead I'm told. Oh, may we find it together. May we remain forever one.

Have I been distracted? Nearer to absence than to man? Lost in a fog of nothingness? Adrift without a map or plan? I can tell your patience is threadbare to the strand. What was once a mighty ocean here is more like water through your hands. Don't turn away

There is a higher road just up ahead I'm told. Oh, may we find it together. May we remain forever one.