Devil That I Know, 2016

Devil That I Know

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Album Credits

Stone & Snow is:

Karen Bridges | Vocals, Piano, Tenor Guitar, Organ, Harmonium
Clint Thomson | Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica, Lap Steel, Banjo, Mandolin

With:
Kenny Shepard [Drums]
Scott Colba [Electric & Upright Bass]
Nicholas Radina [Cuatro, Percussion] Track 7
Elena Denny [Cello] Tracks 4,5,10

Produced by David Rossi and Stone & Snow
Recorded/Mixed by David Rossi at Bombsight Recording Studio [Bloomington, Illinois]
Nicholas Radina Recorded by Brian Lloyd [Cincinnati, Ohio]
Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room [Chicago, Illinois]

Photos by Nathan and Karen Bridges

All songs written by Karen Bridges and Clint Thomson.

℗ & © 2016, Stone & Snow. All rights reserved

Liner Notes

Stone & Snow thanks…

Nate Bridges, Georgia Thomson, Leo Thomson
David & Dorota Rossi, Kenny Shepard, Scott Colba
Nicholas Radina, Elena Denny

And…
Dave & Sue Baacke
Bob & Kathy Bridges
Jacob DeGeal
Brian & Heidi Folmer
Barney L Franzen
The Hitchcocks
Dan & Kaetlyn Hubbard
Benjamin & Helen Larson
Scott Larson
Dan & Sheri Marley
Dusty McEwen & Stephanie Seiler
Tony Perez
Edward Ramos
Jennifer Siemers
Chris & Laurette Stiles
Dale & Stacie Thomas
Jeffrey Vuotto
David & Angie Wulf

Mama Said

“Mama Said”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Piano, Organ
Clint Thomson: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Backing Vocals
Scott Colba: Electric Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums

Mama said nothing good ever happens after midnight
Mama said nothing good ever happens after midnight
And I don’t feel like being good tonight
No, I don’t feel like being good

Everyone on the street is sleeping
Everyone else is trying to dream
I don’t know if there’s a reason
Things aren’t always what they seem

Mama said nothing good ever happens after midnight
Mama said nothing good ever happens after midnight
And I don’t feel like being good tonight
No, I don’t feel like being good

Everyone’s moving in the daylight
When the world’s awake and bright
I’d rather take in all this moonlight
No matter if it’s wrong or right

You think you know what’s good for me
I know me better than you
You can shut your eyes to all you see
But for me, it’s just a little too soon

Mama said nothing good ever happens after midnight
Mama said nothing good ever happens after midnight
And I don’t feel like being good tonight
No, I don’t feel like being good
I don’t feel like being good

Ready

“Ready”

Karen Bridges: Lead & Backing Vocals, Piano, Organ
Clint Thomson: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Harmonica
Scott Colba: Electric Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums

There’s a light on the in the kitchen, there’s a half empty glass of red
There’s a letter that I wrote you that I know I’m never gonna send
I’ve come to terms with how we left things I’m okay with living with these ghosts
I’m looking forward to another chance to love again and just let go

I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready now
I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready now

There’s a new season turning, there’s a hillside dusted white
There’s a lifetime of winters that kept me from burning bright
See, I was sleeping when you found me. Eyes closed, unprepared
When you awoke in my a fire like a love I never knew I had

I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready now
I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready now

It’s been a long time coming, been a long road driving down
Looks like I’m finally getting somewhere, I can finally see the edge of town

I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready now
I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready now

There’s a Ghost in my Bed

“There’s a Ghost in my Bed”

Karen Bridges: Lead & Backing Vocals, Organ
Clint Thomson: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Lap Steel
Scott Colba: Upright Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums

There’s a ghost in my bed, a ghost in my bed
When I’m sleeping he goes right to my head, right to my head
There’s a ghost in my bed, a ghost in my bed
I’m hanging on to every word that he says, every word that he says

He won’t let me go, he’s kinda like a song that I know
And the music is everywhere
No matter how hard I try
There’s still a ghost in my bed, a ghost in my bed

There’s smoke in my hair, smoke in my hair
She’s fit to burn, but I don’t think she cares, I don’t think she cares
There’s smoke in my hair, smoke in my hair
She swirls around me and it’s just not fair, no it’s just not fair

She won’t let me go, she’s kinda like a song that I know
And the music is everywhere
No matter how hard I try
There’s still smoke in my hair, there’s still smoke in my hair

He won’t let me go, he’s kinda like a song that I know
And the music is everywhere
No matter how hard I try
There’s still a ghost in my bed, a ghost in my bed

Hard to Fight

“Hard to Fight”

Karen Bridges: Lead & Backing Vocals, Harmonium
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Banjo, Harmonica
Scott Colba: Upright Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Elena Denny: Cello

Lately I’ve been circling ‘round the idea of giving up
What’s the point of hanging on if what I’ve got’s not enough
Eyes on the floor I let go sigh after sigh
And I don’t know which way is right, no
I don’t know which way is right

Is this six ton weight just in my head
Or is the elephant in the room, unsaid
This conversation seems to have only side
And I don’t know if we’re gonna be alright, no
I don’t know if we’re gonna be alright

Despite all the times I let the night into my head
You haven’t figured out how to love me when I’m sad
But to be fair neither have I
And I don’t know how hard to fight, no
I don’t know how hard to fight

Devil That I Know

“Devil That I Know”

Karen Bridges: Backing Vocals, Piano
Clint Thomson: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Lap Steel
Scott Colba: Electric Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Elena Denny: Cello

Now it comes down to this, your back’s against the wall
Why would you take such a risk, aren’t you afraid you might fall?
Don’t be so hard on yourself, it’s not so easily done
I’ll keep you here with me, I’ll keep you under my thumb

Let me go
I won’t stay here with you
I need something else, something true
Like poison, I’ll draw you from the wound
you’re a curse I must lift, I have been such a fool
And you say we’re the same, but

You don’t even know my mind
You never took the time
I’m better off without you anyway
What we had was just a dream
A hoax, a made-up scheme
It wasn’t you and me anyway
And if it was

Black and white, I could pick a side
And it would be easy, and I would be alright
When I don’t know which way to go
I’m gonna lean, I’m gonna lean
Toward the devil that I know

The devil I know has always kept me
The devil I know, he won’t let me, he won’t let me go

And now I’ve had enough
I think I’ll call this bluff,
and I will take what’s left and start again
And I won’t be afraid of this life
I won’t close my eyes this time
And I won’t make the same mistakes
and if it was

Black and white, I could pick a side
And it would be easy, and I would be alright
When I don’t know which way to go
I’m gonna lean, I’m gonna lean
I’m gonna lean, I’m gonna lean
Toward the devil that I know

Thundercloud

“Thundercloud”

Karen Bridges: Lead & Backing Vocals, Piano, Organ
Clint Thomson: Electric Guitar
Scott Colba: Upright Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums

Thundercloud
Oh how I’ve missed you
The winter has been so long

Thundercloud
Oh how I want you
You spark and you light up my dark

Thundercloud
Oh how I need you
I like having you around

Won’t you stay
Won’t you stay
Won’t you stay

Thundercloud

No Good

“No Good”

Karen Bridges: Lead & Backing Vocals, Tenor Guitar, Harmonium, Piano, Organ
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar
Scott Colba: Upright Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Nicholas Radina: Cuatro, Percussion

I’m no good at silly games
I’m showing my hand again
You can see it on my face
If you catch my eyes they’re gonna tell you the truth
And odds are I’ll fall for you and we’re guaranteed to lose

Let’s face it
Let’s face it
Baby, I’m no good

I’m no good at being good
It’s like I don’t even try sometimes
Although I probably could
No I can’t be contained, I can’t just do as I’m told
And you can try to ignore it ‘til there’s nowhere left to go

Let’s face it
Let’s face it
Baby, I’m no good

I’m no good, I’m no good, I’m no good, I’m no good, oh
For you
For you

What My Heart Wants

“What My Heart Wants”

Karen Bridges: Lead & Backing Vocals, Harmonium, Piano, Organ
Clint Thomson: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Backing Vocals
Scott Colba: Electric Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums

A house in the valley
Where summer never ends
You, standing beside me
Our love and the mountains to tend

This is what my heart wants, my heart
This is what my heart wants, my heart

The air blue with night
A shadow falls on the day
Twilight seems to feel right
When there’s music aching to play

This is what my heart wants, my heart
This is what my heart wants, my heart

Drive on through the hillside
You’ve been on my mind
There’s still a lot that I don’t know
Oh, but I know

This is what my heart wants, my heart
This is what my heart wants, my heart
You are all that my heart wants, my heart
You are all that my heart wants, my heart

Bluebird

“Bluebird”

Karen Bridges: Lead & Backing Vocals, Organ, Percussion
Clint Thomson: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Backing Vocals, Banjo, Percussion
Scott Colba: Upright Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums

I don’t know nobody that can love me like you do
I don’t know nobody baby that can love me like you do
Love me like you do, love me like you do, love me like you

I don’t want nobody like the way that I want you
I don’t want nobody baby like the way that I want you
The way that I want you, the way that I want you, the way that I

When the bluebird sings this is how it goes
Don’t you go on and lie to me baby ‘cuz I already know

You ain’t got nobody that knows you like I do
You ain’t got nobody baby that knows you like I do
Knows you like I do, knows you like I do, nobody knows you

Love me, ba-ba-ba-baby love me like you do
Love me, ba-ba-ba-baby love me like you do
Love me, ba-ba-ba-baby love me like you do
Love me, ba-ba-ba-baby love me like you do

What I’m Doing Now

“What I’m Doing Now”

Karen Bridges: Lead & Backing Vocals, Piano
Clint Thomson: AcousticGuitar, Backing Vocals, Harmonica
Scott Colba: Electric Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Elena Denny: Cello

I can’t make you want this like I want this, like I need this, no
There’s gotta be a better way to navigate your selfishness
‘Cuz I gotta get through this, oh

What I’m doing is not working
What I’m doing now is no working out

I’ve been too careless with my wishing, now I’m wishing we could start again, oh
There’s gotta be a better way to get everything I’m dreaming of
Just a little bit of what I want, oh

What I’m doing is not working
What I’m doing now is no working out

Sooner or later, one of us has gotta give in and I swear to god
It’s not gonna be me
So take it or leave it, love me or leave me, oh

What I’m doing is not working
What I’m doing now is no working out

Sink or Swim

“Sink or Swim”

Karen Bridges: Backing Vocals, Piano, Harmonium, Piano,
Clint Thomson: Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel
Scott Colba: Upright Bass

Running fast, beating hard, heading past the last safe place we’ve known
No light to guide, the night so dark, nowhere to rest, nowhere to call our home

It comes down to sink or swim, sink or swim, sink or swim, love

Unprepared, what lies ahead, just holding on to what we have for tonight
Sometimes it’s better to let go but I can’t justify defeat in this fight

We’re gonna sink or swim, sink or swim, sink or swim, love
And when it all comes down
Pray we will not be found
Will we weather this hand in hand
And start again

Somewhere along the way
Decisions must be made

Sink or swim, sink or swim, sink or swim, love
And when it all comes down
Pray we will not be found
We will weather this hand in hand
And start again

Don’t Know What’s Worse

“Don’t Know What’s Worse”

Karen Bridges: Backing Vocals,
Clint Thomson: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Lap Steel
Scott Colba: Electric Bass
Kenny Shepard: Drums

Don’t know what’s worse
Being so down I could cry or not having anybody on my side
Don’t know what’s worse
Missing you now that you’re gone
or the grief from what I said when you were around
Any day now, I’m gonna make up my mind, oh

Don’t know what’s worse
Sticking around– eyes on the door
or never knowing just what it is I’m waiting for
Don’t know what’s worse
Giving up on us or fighting this war that we both know we’ve lost
Because what doesn’t kill me still hurts a lot, oh

Look in the mirror, your regret is all you know
But it’s just the fear in you, don’t look back now, just let go

Don’t know what’s worse
Don’t believe I’ll ever know, but I’m not holding on, I’m letting go
Don’t know what’s worse
But these days are growing short
And I won’t sit around, wonderin’ what it was all for
And if you will forgive me, then I’ll forgive you, oh

Why Doesn’t Anyone Stick Around?

“Why Doesn’t Anyone Stick Around?”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Piano, Organ
Clint Thomson: Electric Guitar
Scott Colba: Upright Bass

Why doesn’t anyone stick around?
Am I so easy to leave?
Did you stop loving me?
I’d like to know

What else can I do tonight than wonder why you had to go
Was there a better way to love you?
How could I know?

I’ll be the last one standing when the storm comes through
When it looks like I can’t care anymore than I already do

Why doesn’t anyone stick around?
Am I so easy to leave?
Did you stop loving me?
I’d like to know

I’ll be the last one standing when the storm comes through
When it looks like I can’t care anymore than I already do

Why doesn’t anyone stick around?
Am I so easy to leave?
Did you stop loving me?
I’d like to know

Am I so easy to leave?
Did you stop loving me?
I’d like to know

These Are The Hills, 2014

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Album Credits

Stone & Snow is:

Karen Bridges — Vocals, Baritone Ukulele, Piano, Tenor Guitar, Accordion
Clint Thomson — Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica, Mandolin, Banjo, Lap Steel, Dobro

With:
Kenny Shepard — Drums (Tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,11,12,13,14)
Rick Bennett — Electric Bass (Tracks 1,2,3,9,11,12,13)
Mark Genrich — Upright Bass (Tracks 4,6,7,8,14)
Bruce Bergethon — Fiddle (Tracks 6,9,12,14)

Produced by David Rossi and Stone & Snow

Recorded by David Rossi and Tony SanFilippo
Recorded at Oxide Lounge & Fourteen Fedoras, Bloomington, Illinois
Mixed by David Rossi @ Fourteen Fedoras, Bloomington, Illinois
Mastered by Collin Jordan @ The Boiler Room, Chicago, Illinois

Cover/Disc photo — Family Archive / Photographer Unknown
Back cover photo — Nathan Bridges / Beyond The Well

All songs written by Karen Bridges and/or Clint Thomson.

℗ & © 2014 Stone & Snow. All rights reserved.

Liner Notes

A Stone & Snow Thank You:

Nate Bridges • Georgia Thomson • Leo Thomson
[ for your ever-present love, laughter, inspiration and support ]
David & Dorota Rossi • Mark & Mary Kramp • Tony SanFilippo • Pixel • Lola
Kenny Shepard • Rick Bennett • Mark Genrich • Bruce Bergethon
Everyone who donated to make this album possible.

A Very Special Thank You:

Dave & Sue Baacke • Bob & Kathy Bridges • Jacob DeGeal • Brian & Heidi Folmer
Susanna Holm & Lynn Neal • Dan & Kaetlyn Hubbard • Leslie Jones
Benjamin & Helen Larson • Scott Larson • Josh Mccabe • Ben & Lucinda Miller
the Party on Bancroft • Tony Perez • Troy Prescott • Jim Riesberg
Dave & Sara Shattuck • Zach Soule • Chris & Cara Sweet • Dale & Stacie Thomas

Hello

“Hello”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Background Vocals
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica, Background Vocals
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Rick Bennett: Electric Bass

Hello, late June in the North
Summer is always too short
Nights getting longer before they are warmer and so
We’ve still got miles to go

Hello, September in the West
Cottonwoods in soft, yellow dress
This train pulls us near to the sky and so clear
The stars are this time of year

Hello, early April in the South
Moss-soaked Cypress reaching for me now
Our ghosts are not as old as those that haunt from years of war
But they’re nearer here than ever before

The sky hangs so low and so cold when you go
Time will tell if I’ll get to you ‘cause no one else knows

Hello, December in the Middle
Seems to always snow too little
I need you now to bring the merry and fast
This year is never gonna last

Waiting For

“Waiting For”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Piano, Background Vocals
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar, Lap Steel, Background Vocals
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Rick Bennett: Electric Bass

Hey you, whatcha doing with my heart?
Hey you, you gonna watch it fall apart?
Hey you, all I’ve been hearing from you is how you’ve got a plan
Hey you, you know I’m patient but there’s only so much heartache I can stand

What are you waiting for, what are you waiting for now?
Show me what you’ve got in store, what are you waiting for now?

Hey you, when’re ya puttin on that speed?
Hey you, I could think of a few better places to be
Hey you, can you tell me why I worked so hard for this?
Hey you, you’ve got your eyes closed, back turned, no one else to blame for what you’ve missed

What are you waiting for, what are you waiting for now?
I’ve half a mind to show you the door, what are you waiting for now?

I’m gonna love you hard even if it breaks my heart. Honey, I don’t care if I come out scarred
Don’t let me go without a fight, you know we’re on the same side,
We’re gonna figure this out if we get some time

What are we waiting for, what are we waiting for now?
What are you waiting for, what are you waiting for now?

How I’ll Come Undone

“How I’ll Come Undone”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Piano
Clint Thomson: Electric Guitar
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Rick Bennett: Electric Bass

I was born, I was born with our song in my lungs
I’ve a clear as day now, I’ve a clear as day picture of how I’ll come undone
Silhouettes so black against the richest of blue
When I close my eyes, when I close my eyes all I see is me with you

I saved the letters, I saved the letters that we wrote when everything was new
I can’t let them go, I can’t let them go for fear of letting go of you
And so this how it goes– when I start I don’t stop
Like a steam train rolling, like a steam train rolling on down from the mountaintop

The San Juan set afire, the San Juan set afire in late September
I wanna go back, I wanna go back there to remember
The trees stretch upward and offer up their branches
I’ll watch the leaves, I’ll watch the leaves as they fall like ashes

Be my north star, be my north star and I’ll follow you by the book
But forgive my weakness, forgive my weakness for a twilight sky and a wistful look
In the end there’s not much more that I can confess
So lay me down, so lay me down unto the earth in a plain pine box and a black dress

Red Sky

“Red Sky”

Karen Bridges: Vocals
Clint Thomson: Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Background Vocals
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Mark Genrich: Upright Bass

Come on by, don’t need a reason why
I’ve got a mind full of wishing and two hands on a mission
So come on by

Even if I don’t, baby, you should know
Burn midnight with you– want you to know
I wanted to, even if I don’t

I know that red sky means trouble now, but I just don’t care
When I head back toward the hills, would you meet me there?

Drinkin’ all that rye, way old habits die
When the water runs dry,
You get that look in your eye, drinkin all that rye

Tell me, what do you know ’bout how it goes?
I’m about to go for broke,
Let it all go up in smoke, tell me what do you know

I know that red sky means trouble now, but I just don’t care
When I head back toward the hills, would you meet me there?

I know that red sky means trouble now, but I just don’t care
When I head back toward the hills, would you meet me there?

These Are The Hills

“These Are The Hills”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Tenor Guitar, Accordion
Clint Thomson: Mandolin, Background Vocals

These are the hills where my heart sings its song
These are the fields where my feet walk along
These are the woods where I’ll lay my body down

These are the trees where my mind wanders off
These are the valleys where I wait for dawn
These are the rails where the train takes me home

‘Round and ’round and ’round and ’round we go
Where we stop at last nobody knows

These are the days when I aim to seem strong
These are the nights when my shadow grows long
These are the times when I need to be carried on

Among The Unknown

“Among The Unknown”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Piano, Background Vocals
Clint Thomson: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Lap Steel, Mandolin
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Mark Genrich: Upright Bass
Bruce Bergethon: Fiddle

If you ever find yourself in Stephens County
Head on down to Davis Creek and take it east
You’ll see the White Oak hanging low, and you’ll know
You’ve found your lover’s home

If you take the train to Wilmington in summer
When the air is thick as steam and ever warmer
Give yourself a day to see a Cape Fear sunrise
And you’ll behold what burned in his eyes

If you walk the half day to and up South Mountain
Look for the well but don’t go peering in
The devil’s got your brother and fifty more
And at dusk he’ll be knocking at your door

If you ever make it down to Charleston Bay
Ask for Reverend Porter, he’ll point the way
In old Magnolia churchyard stands a stone
For your son, among the unknown

There’s A River Between Us

“There’s a River Between Us”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Baritone Ukulele
Clint Thomson: Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Mark Genrich: Upright Bass

There’s a river between us that seems like it’s deeper than deep
And the bridges that bind us ain’t quite what they used to be
Better watch what goes ‘round– throwing words like stones is dangerous play
I won’t forgive, but you pray to God I’ll forget what you say

You see the road to perdition is paved in revelation and blood
Every step of the way you will pay for the love that you took
I’m not going down, no I’m not going down in this game
You know I’m a sure shot, baby, and I waste no time with my aim

I see weakness in mercy and glory in honor and pride
Where there’s smoke there’s a fire that I started, and it blackens the sky
Better get on out, better get on out while you can
There’s hell to pay, honey, oh, and you’re a poor, poor man

I haven’t gone blind yet on this “eye for an eye” bet
I haven’t gone blind yet on this “eye for an eye” bet
I haven’t gone blind yet on this “eye for an eye” bet
I haven’t gone blind yet on this “eye for an eye” bet

There’s a river between us that rages like blood ‘neath my skin
In the spring it will crest and spill out over all of the plain
Even if I drown, I’m gonna make it to the other side
Where there’s a will there’s a way, and I’ll never give up on the fight

Love Me, Leave Me

“Love Me, Leave Me”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Baritone Ukulele, Background Vocals
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Harmonica, Background Vocals
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Mark Genrich: Upright Bass

Love me, love me like the sun
We’ll burn up before the day is done
Leave me, leave me like a bird
Fly low and fly slow if you prefer

Don’t believe this is goodbye
I won’t be far if you just close your eyes

Love me, love me like the morn
Your breath on my body, keep me warm
Leave me, leave me like the rain
Fall down and wash our fear away

Don’t believe this is goodbye
I won’t be far if you just close your eyes

Love me, love me like the night
Pull me close and hide me from the light
Leave me, leave me like November
My song, so easy to remember

Don’t believe this is goodbye
Don’t, for a second, wonder why
Don’t doubt I love you by and by
I won’t be far if you just close your eyes

Standing Still

“Standing Still”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Baritone Ukulele, Background Vocals
Clint Thomson: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Rick Bennett: Electric Bass
Bruce Bergethon: Fiddle

Get up, let’s go
Get up, let’s go
If we’re gonna make it, we can’t waste a minute
If it’s one thing I know
Oh, one thing I know
Someone is taking the chances we’re missing
And we can’t believe in something we can’t see

Come on, come out
Come on, come out
If it means something to you, it’s yours– take it with you
I don’t know how
I don’t know how
I never knew I’d be counting on you
We’ve got a long way to go, but this is all that we’ve known

You can read into this what you will
But I can’t carry on standing still
Baby, I’m going somewhere
Gotta go somewhere

Look at us now
Look at us now
What feels like spinning is just the beginning
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
To hell with this city– gonna leave it behind me
And we won’t be tamed. We’ll define our own way

Falling

“Falling”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Baritone Ukulele
Clint Thomson: Banjo, Harmonica, Background Vocals

I’ve never been Winter’s lover
I’ve never been so inspired, no
I can feel the chill returning
Somewhere there’s a fire burning, oh
Quietly without warning
Suddenly it’s morning
And I’m falling for you

It’s a funny feeling to know
I used to call this home, home
Lookin’ at the roads I traveled
The secrets they unravel, oh
Five o’clock twilight
Snow glitters in the streetlight
And I’m falling for you

I’m falling for you
I’m falling for you
I’m falling for you
I’m falling for you, oh

Never say never, no
Let my guard down and let it go
And I’m falling for you

I’m falling for you
I’m falling for you
I’m falling for you
I’m falling for you, oh

Hush Now

“Hush Now”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Baritone Ukulele, Piano
Clint Thomson: Electric Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Rick Bennett: Electric Bass

Hush now, quietly tiptoe around, now
Don’t make a mess of this, love
I’ve been trying so hard to be good, oh, to be good
I’ve been trying so hard to be good

Hush now, I’ve got something to say now
Though it feels like it’s far too late
It’s just about right, just about right
Oh it feels like it’s just about right

Like the willow, I bend so low
The view from down here’s always up, but that’s never enough
I burn brighter, wrestle deeper
There’s no sense living this way; one foot in the grave

Hush now, the world around me in sleep, now
I’m still looking for something
Worth trying to dream for anymore
What’s the point of trying to dream anymore?

Hush now, little baby, don’t say a word, little baby
Everything you want’s just a matter of will so be still

Like the willow, I bend so low
The view from down here’s always up, but that’s never enough
I burn brighter, wrestle deeper
There’s no sense living this way; one foot in the grave

Think You Know Someone

“Think You Know Someone”

Clint Thomson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica
Karen Bridges: Background Vocals, Piano
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Rick Bennett: Electric Bass
Bruce Bergethon: Fiddle

Hey babe, you don’t look the same to me
Something’s changed in your eyes
Hey babe, you don’t act the same way now
Something has gone awry

Hey man, you don’t talk the way you did
Is this a change all in my head
You say you…you don’t feel the way you did
Could it be something that I said

Hey you, you’ve changed too much for me
I thought I knew you, but I was wrong
Could it be that you’ve lost your taste for me
Could it be we’ve both moved on
Could it be we’ve both moved on

La di da, la di da di da di da…

The State I’m In

“The State I’m In”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Piano
Clint Thomson: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Rick Bennett: Electric Bass

Water, water all around me
Sinking slowly, and I can hardly breathe
Am I just a fool for a life I won’t lead?
Am I just a fool for a love that won’t be?

Can’t stop, I can’t stop the bleeding
I shudder to think what I’ve been missing
Am I too far gone to ask for mercy?
Am I too far gone to leave anything behind me?

Days like these the air feels heavier than I’m sure it’s ever been
And nothing good ever came from giving in over and over again
And all your small rejections add so much dead weight
and they complicate the state I’m in

Lately, there’s not a lot to say
So maybe I should walk away
Am I two steps back, never one to get ahead?
Am I two steps back by everything I’ve left unsaid?

Just a plane that never got off the ground
Just a wanderer that never left this town
And I’m gonna see this through, do it for you and sleep in the bed I’ve made
Just don’t let me lose my way…no, please don’t let me fade…

Days like these the air feels heavier than I’m sure it’s ever been
And nothing good ever came from giving in over and over again
And all your small rejections add so much dead weight
and they complicate the state I’m in

Water, water all around me
Sinking slowly, and I can hardly breathe

‘Til You Are Mine

“‘Til You Are Mine”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Baritone Ukulele, Background Vocals
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica, Background Vocals
Kenny Shepard: Drums
Mark Genrich: Upright Bass
Bruce Bergethon: Fiddle

When the westward sky burns out
And all that stands fades to black
When the sounds of night descend to the ground
I’ll be on the way back

When the sunrise steals the stars
And all I dreamed drifts away
When what I need is to be right where you are
I won’t let a thing get in my way

I’ll follow the railroad to Colorado
I’ve got my eyes set on bigger sky
There aint a mountain, no, gonna keep me, I know
I will wander these hills for miles
‘Til you, ‘til you are mine

When, at last, I see your face
And the train begins to slow
When what I’ve waited so long for falls into place
I’ll hold on and never let go

I’ll follow the railroad to Colorado
I’ve got my eyes set on bigger sky
There aint a mountain, no, gonna keep me, I know
I will wander these hills for miles

I’ll follow the railroad to Colorado
I’ve got my eyes set on bigger sky
There aint a mountain, no, gonna keep me, I know
I will wander these hills for miles
‘Til you, ‘til you are mine

Happy

“Happy”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Piano
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Harmonica

Bending backroads down
Blankets of leaves all around
We’ll ignore all the signs of the storm
Like we want it to keep raining on
Like we want it to keep raining on

You said I think I love you
I think I’ve always known
The one thing on which we can clearly depend
Every good thing sees an end
Every good thing sees an end

But I’m happy
I’m happy
I’m happy
Singing my sad song for you

I’m happy
I’m happy
I’m happy
Singing my sad song for you

Western Spy EP, 2013

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Album Credits

Stone & Snow is:

Karen Bridges – Vocals, Ukulele
Clint Thomson – Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin, Harmonica

With:
Connor Brennan – Piano, Vocals
Elia Zimmerman – Violin

All songs written by Karen Bridges, except “Thief” by Clint Thomson

Recorded live at the Burr House, 02.09.2013, Bloomington, Illinois
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Backroads Media, Rock Hill, South Carolina

℗ & © 2013 Stone & Snow. All rights reserved

Black Canyon

“Black Canyon”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Ukulele
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica
Connor Brennan: Background Vocals
Elia Zimmerman: Violin

The wind here chases itself out of the canyon
Our bodies so close– the air we share is electric
The sky is so angry tonight
The trees are putting up a fight

All is calm when the morning comes, when the morning comes
Bring me down to where the river runs, where the river runs
And I will not be undone

I’ve been to the top of this mountain– I’ve seen the way down
I feel the weight of your world every time you come around
It all comes down to intent
And I don’t intent to live this life saddled with regret

All is calm when the morning comes, when the morning comes
Bring me down to where the river runs, where the river runs
And I will not be undone

We’ve been prayin’ for rain here
We’ve been sippin’ on grain here
We’ve been prayin’ for rain here
We’ve been sippin’ on grain

All is calm when the morning comes, when the morning comes
Bring me down to where the river runs, where the river runs
And I will not be undone, I will not be undone

Like No One Knows

“Like No One Knows”

Karen Bridges: Vocals
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Connor Brennan: Piano
Elia Zimmerman: Violin

Give me a quiet song, and I’ll play it loud
I’ll sing it for you bravely when you’re not around
I’m more courageous when it doesn’t matter how it goes
I wanna get it right this time like no one knows

Like no one knows, no one knows
I wanna get it right this time like no one knows, no one knows

Give me an open window when there is not light
I’ll let the cricket song play on a new moon night
When the air cools, and it creeps right past my toes
I want you here next to me, so bad, like no one knows

Like no one knows, no one knows
I want you so bad like no one knows, no one knows

Give me a quiet song, and I’ll play it loud
I’ll sing it for you bravely when you’re not around
I’m more courageous when it doesn’t matter how it goes
I wanna get it right this time like no one knows

Like no one knows, no one knows
I wanna get it right this time like no one knows
Like no one knows, no one knows
I wanna get it right so bad like no one knows, no one knows

Thief

“Thief”

Clint Thomson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica
Karen Bridges: Ukulele, Background Vocals
Connor Brennan: Piano, Background Vocals
Elia Zimmerman: Violin

Appaloosa, Appaloosa, there at my door
Won’t you please stick around and play some more
Appaloosa, Appaloosa, take your sweet time
Cause all I really want back is what’s mine

Can you believe how fast this thing goes
And all I can do is watch it fold
They say time will heal your wounds
But it can’t help you ‘cause it always comes too soon

Appaloosa, Appaloosa, lay at my door
Take a rest, catch your breath, don’t bleed me anymore
Appaloosa, Appaloosa, so long farewell
The damage you have done ain’t no tongue can tell

Can you believe how fast this thing goes
And all I can do is watch it fold
They say time will heal your wounds
But it can’t help you ‘cause it always comes too soon

Appaloosa, Appaloosa, you broke my heart
Won’t you please grant me just one more start
And I promise you things will be different this time
You can go your way and I’ll go mine

Can you believe how fast this train rolls
And all I can do is watch it go

Appaloosa, Appaloosa, so long farewell

Like A Fever

“Like A Fever”

Karen Bridges: Vocals, Baritone Ukulele
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar
Connor Brennan: Piano
Elia Zimmerman: Violin

I can see the clouds rolling in to cover up this day and seal it in
You are on your way now again. I can’t expect anything but the end

This is not love, but oh, it feels like a fever, and it seems like it matters, and I need you now

I can see the wind grab the trees. Shake me up and shake off the leaves.
Now everyone’s got places to be. They carry on as if they don’t see me

This is not love, but oh, it feels like a fever, and it seems like it matters, and I need you now

I can feel the rain on my skin. Wash it all away from outside in.
This is not a game we can win. It’s already over before it begins.

This is not love, but oh, it feels like a fever, and it seems like it matters, and I need you now
This is not love, but oh, it feels like a fever, and it seems like it matters, and I need you now
Oh, I need you now.

You Could

“You Could”

Karen Bridges: Vocals
Clint Thomson: Acoustic Guitar
Connor Brennan: Piano, Background Vocals
Elia Zimmerman: Violin

You could buy a train ticket to Chicago
You could drive down Route 66
You could think of all the ways to run away next Saturday
Yes, yes, oh yes, you could

You could read a book straight to the end
You could waste the day by sleeping in
You could fly to California just to have to ocean near ya
Yes, yes, oh yes, you could

You could grow a garden in the yard
You could pause to listen to the rain
You could trek to mountaintops to feel the air right over us
Yes, yes, oh yes, you could

Life’s too short to care what people think
Life’s too short to spend it without me

You could find the perfect place to say you love me
You could stand up for what you think is right
You could be the one you know is in you now somewhere, somehow
Yes, yes, oh yes, you could
Yes, yes, oh yes, you could