Come and Gone

by Jody Blackwell

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1.
04:53
Forward My hand is folded on this old glass knob that I’ve heard rattle and turn so many times I just need to linger on this tread a minute more while I emblazon this place upon my mind Last thing to do is to step on through Hands at this door are pulling me forward Pulling me forward, pulling me forward Hands keep pulling me forward No change in my face, gonna exit with grace These hands are pulling me forward Funny how habits die hard or not at all Catch myself listening for the 5 AM train or reaching for the screen door when I feel the urge to roam strong as the ozone in the August rain Give me the mornings in the gold summer light Give me the shade of a water oak When dark is falling we will sit and watch the nights burn down to embers and smoke It’s time to go, but I need you to hold my hand, keep pulling me forward
2.
03:44
Tender Safe, under your fall there is a place where all heartaches have grown soft as time goes on Keep warm while you mend shutter yourself from the wilderness of doubts that creep in And just be still, let the night fill you soon a new light will find you Take care, your faith may be tender for it is too soon since you lept and laid your heart bare
3.
03:41
So Glad I'm so glad I don't walk in your shoes I'm so glad I don't walk in your shoes Recent tribulations compel me to muse I'm so glad I don't walk in your shoes Glad that I don't lose my way down the roads you choose I'm so glad I don't walk in your shoes I'm so glad I don't live with your tongue I'm so glad I don't live with your tongue Every word another friend undone So glad I don't live with your tongue Talk that trades in other's pain, will come back like a boomerang I'm so glad I don't live with your tongue I'm so glad I don't dream in your head I'm so glad I don't dream in your head A hypocrite's hard conscience for a bed So glad I don't dream in your head When darkness lays you down alone your hardness reaps what it has sown I'm so glad I don't walk in your shoes
4.
04:27
Breakthrough Have you noticed darling how the heat has stolen the little moments That used to get us through a drought It’s getting hotter I can’t bear the thought of you and me apart too long we have gone without a breakthrough at last, I’ve waited for days for this uncertain weather to pass Our breath returns, time to uncover all that we love about each other All these small confusions clinging to my skin the air is thick with the things we’ve been holding in But can you hear it coming now the sky is rumbling I am waiting for the thunder to deliver us So take my hand and we'll turn our face skyward Let the air lift the weight and revive us Close your eyes and let the wind give us back our wildness Now stop and listen to the falling rhythm Moving closer in As the day turns into water I want our love to be cool as the rain on our feet fluid, subtle and sweet, able to offer a breakthrough at last
5.
My Most Likely Place Babe, our time is finally here You and I’ve had one hell of a year All I want to do tonight is close into each other ‘til we’re airtight All the cares that drain us They’re now hollow and weightless so let the world just hang and in your arms hold me tight This still amazes what I best know of grace is that by my side is your most likely place Hard to know how we’ll get by Feels a little like we’re living the end times But we get stuck on heavy things, overlook the ordinary blessings Well the road ahead will tease us So let this moment release us Let the sunset leave us with only one thing on our mind This still amazes what I best know of grace is that by your side is my most likely place My most favorite place is here when the day’s through Darling every hour we’re apart I’m just waiting to get back to you
6.
Come and Gone The moment's come and gone Now a memory left on my tongue when I hesitated I don't know why, so hard to tell you what's been on my mind still I just bide my time These things I know tend to come and go I want you to know, there's more than I'm owning These things I hide, they live on inside It's a matter a pride that I let you know it The moment came and went Didn't I owe you more than my silence if our love is true shouldn't it withstand these tiny pressures, why do we dance like they're eggshells Someday, got to find a way to tell you just how I've been feeling Somehow gonna let it out so we can begin to be real Lately Come Lately come through a shattered night Your broken world can’t take the light Sister how much strength do you harbor That tidal hell never pulled you under God lift our eyes beyond this hard existence Show us the mold that we may know your intentions And when we’re called fill us with presence Take my time for your trust Take my sight until your eyes adjust Will you let these burning specters slowly fade Will you give each morning a little more of your weight
7.
04:55
Lately Come Lately come through a shattered night Your broken world can’t take the light Sister how much strength do you harbor That tidal hell never pulled you under God lift our eyes beyond this hard existence Show us the mold that we may know your intentions And when we’re called fill us with presence Take my time for your trust Take my sight until your eyes adjust Will you let these burning specters slowly fade Will you give each morning a little more of your weight
8.
03:57
Inconvenient I can see it's another inconvenience Put my love on the line, hoping you'll bite Now my disappointment Comes around like an old friend Long distance an ever longer distance We end in this draw, nothing ventured, nothing lost Is this a win-win Or just a clever dead end Slipping I'm afraid of us slipping, to find out these bonds are only as strong as circumstance, so long as it's convenient You're a light in my soul I'd give all that I own to make you see just how much you mean to me however inconvenient
9.
04:15
Native Pack up the car. We’ll drive until we cannot see Any signs of this so-called humanity Don’t stop for gas now We're gonna ride this sunset road Keep driving north out of these arc-light halos Pick up some friends along the way We’ll ditch the grind for slower days Turn off at the bend, leave the last light From here on in, let’s pretend that there’s No roads out of here No way to send for help We’re stuck together with nothing but time to kill No way back again Couldn’t escape if we tried You and I are going native for the weekend Pull up a chair, we'll laugh about when we were young Life is good now but it’s fun to see how far we’ve come Tell me your dreams friend I want to hear those turning wheels Out here underneath the trees we can be ourselves We’ll light a fire when darkness comes listen to the rain fall on the lake Can’t you feel the air back in your lungs We all understand without saying There's no road out of here
10.
05:39
Turkey Creek for Hoyt Head down to Union and where the highway bends, follow Route 9 Pass through the mill town the old plant is shuttered now with green kudzu vines Don’t know how long I’ll be gone I’ve got some thinking to do Soon as these two lanes turn to one I’ll be heading down to Turkey Creek, just want to walk in your sun When I can’t disguise how I wish things had gone how I wanted something more But I’ve got no destination you’ve got nothing but time So I’ll sit and savor your patient morning til I’m gone Stay through the sunset even though I get a little bit scared Black as molasses, can’t shake the sense that something is there Or is it those same voices that dog me everywhere My mind’s more restless by far than any spirit in the dark at Turkey Creek, just want to walk in your sun When I can’t disguise how I wish things had gone how I wanted something more But I’m not looking for answers I don’t long for a sign Just to listen to your indifferent song of cedar and pine Give me sky Give me time to uncoil all the vines in my head have taken hold Put your ground of red clay under my feet bring me down, bring me down to Turkey Creek

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Bluesy jazzy folk comfort food for uncertain times, a groove-oriented journey through songs of nostalgia, change and letting go, invoking an earlier era of tube amplifiers, hammond organs, soulful harmonies and songs written to stand the test of time.

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released May 1, 2011

Jody Blackwell – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, backing vocals (1-10)
Mike Mele – electric guitars (1-2,4, 6-9)
Duke Levine - electric guitars (2,3,5,10) lap steel (2,10) mandolin (2,10)
Ken Clark - Hammond B-3 (1,3,6-8,10)Rhodes (2-3, 4, 6, 9) Wurlitzer organ (5), piano (2)
Joe McMahon – bass
Steve Chaggaris - drums, percussion
Dan Baker – lead electric guitar (6)
Andy Santospago - backing vocals (4,10)

Produced by Jody Blackwell & Brian Charles
All tracks recorded at Zippah Recording, Boston, MA
Engineered & mixed by Brian Charles; Assistant engineer: Annie Hoffman
Mastered by Jonathan Wyner, MWorks, Cambridge, MA

(c) (p) 2011 Jody Blackwell, Sweet Amnesia Music (ASCAP)

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Jody Blackwell Boston, Massachusetts

Born into a musical family in South Carolina, Jody began her career playing her jazz-inflected songs in the subways and coffeehouses around Cambridge, MA, recording her first solo EP Volcano in 1996. Branching into pop, jazz and blues over the years, her fifth and latest album, Wilderness, is a groove filled R&B-inspired collection of tunes exploring the jungle of human connections in the city. ... more

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