Ordinary Things

by Pineola

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1.
02:50
Muddy Water Don’t you get tired of the same old thing Don’t you lose much when you give it away Don’t you lose much and what have you gained And what will your sweet baby carry away I dreamed of the muddy water It’s so hard to handle, to walk a straight line When he’s moving ahead and I’m drifting behind I’m drifting behind trying to keep up with him And it’s the same sad luck story I’ve come to again I dreamed of the muddy water Don’t you get tired of the same old thing Don’t you lose much when you give it away Don’t you lose much and what have you found And what if your sweet baby laid you right down In the muddy water, I dreamed of the muddy water
2.
Stranger Be Mine A stranger’s hand, I turn away Lay my weary head upon the fray Some part of me still turns to you The music swells and all around us fades Come lift me up Come drink from my cup Stranger, be mine The boys in drag, so full and femme That I could feel as pure in my own skin Like he never laid his hands on me Formed the finite curve of serpentine Come lift me up Come drink from my cup Stranger, be mine The life you give could be your own Uncovered in the undertow Stranger, be mine
3.
King of Everything I am the king of everything Yes, I am the king I sit upon my golden throne And wave my ruby ring I walk the halls and I rock the walls With revolutionary words I come on like a hurricane And fly off on the wings of my blackbird, my blackbird Many bow before me now As I claim my rightful place I’m feeling good and being heard I’ve got confidence and grace I walk the halls and I rock the walls With revolutionary words I come on like a hurricane And fly off on the wings of my blackbird, my blackbird I am the king of everything I am the king I sit atop all that I’ve got I’ve got all that I need I walk the halls and I rock the walls With revolutionary words I come on like a hurricane And fly off on the wings of my blackbird, my blackbird
4.
03:05
Josephine It’s the same story that it always was I need a strong hand to lift me up Above a beautiful and fractured love Soothe the damage with a cool silk glove The gentle longing and the sweet release It’s the same story that it’s always been So don’t be cruel Josephine I pour whiskey in my coffee cup You want something of your own, baby Like diamonds on your cake plate Marakesh leather and Venetian lace And your wings, like Noah’s dove Fall against me and I just give up So don’t be cruel Josephine This ain’t nothing like what I thought The tightrope I’m walking is all I’ve got If you left tomorrow and never looked back Could you just stop thinking about me Don’t be cruel Let an innocent fire die out You’re like a kitten running up a tree Without a second thought for what that brings When I want to wrap you in my arms Lace my fingers through your tangled hair So don’t be cruel Josephine
5.
Ordinary Things The cradle robbed my baby She sleeps out in the rain Her hammock spun from silken thread And wrapped in cellophane The cradle robbed my baby So she rocks herself to sleep The kitchen is a-flooding And that tinderbox won’t keep Hurricane, oh hurricane I gaze upon your starry eye As I listen for the rumble of The engine from the other side A widow to a season Can’t unring a bell Or cut it from a different cloth And wear it just as well The cradle robbed my baby Took her golden wings And left her with a tangled mess Of ordinary things Hurricane, oh hurricane I gaze upon your starry eye As I listen for the rumble of The freight train on the other side
6.
02:51
The Cut Did it snow while you were sleeping Did I leave without a sound Take my last love letter Move it to higher ground Did I try to make you happy Try living in your world Sad scenes of self destruction Because I never was that girl The cut is still bleeding Deep inside your little runaway The cut is still bleeding It won’t ever go away At times I try to look back On the tenderness we shared Through the pain and for a meaning But I still can’t see myself there In the snow while you were sleeping In the girl who made no sound Did I hurt you much by leaving Trying to save myself The cut is still bleeding Deep inside your little runaway The cut is still bleeding It won’t ever go away The cut is still bleeding The cut is still bleeding
7.
All Your Misfortune Felt like a Saturday morning I was alone when we met And you clung like burnt sugar to the kettle so black But everything changes Even things that we hold And if we never unpack them they will never unfold All your misfortune is none of my own My education How could you not see It’s tender at midnight and so lonesome all day It’s a brown sugar stallion So sleek and so fine As a bitter cold morning and his flesh under mine All your misfortune is none of my own Now I want to see you So I reach for the sun And take in the air with each breath as it comes The steam from the valley Warms the chill in my lungs So I pull back the mane and face the hard morning All your misfortune is none of my own
8.
03:02
Hold My Life The first star I wished on When I was a child Shone with a silvery light Love held promises Fiery and wild Guiding me through the dark night I wanted something Completely unplanned Something like I’d never known Precious and perfect To hold in my hand It’s no different now that I’m grown Hold my life I’m waiting for something more All my dreams Are scattered like diamonds On a dusty old floor The first star I wished on When I was a child Is the same one I wished on last night And love, with promises Fiery and wild Danced in the silvery light Hold my life
9.
Another Tree Falls Star above star, a sunrise glow The shimmer from an abalone pearl A measure of the mourning dove Another tree falls in the wood Painted in fire, bathed every vein A matchstick to the hollow of the floor The nettle and the fern, the weight and the burn Another tree falls in the wood Star above star, a blackbird's wing Bitter frost upon the evergreen Bending in flight, swayed to the curve Another tree falls in the wood
10.
03:14
Lowlands My grandmother on the bayou She looked me in the eye and said you’re better than this And if you don’t believe you deserve more, well then promise me You will lie to yourself So I cast out the seeds of my hopes and my dreams Across the ever changing waters Along the banks and the shores Of the delta and the lowlands Oh the ways that shaped me and the ways I changed And things that pushed me away And those things that beckoned and tempted And the things that pulled me back again It’s like the ribbon of that highway Moving and shifting in unexpected places Along the banks and the shores Of the delta and the lowlands Now I can see her face, hear her voice And know the words no matter where I stand And with the blessing of my mind’s eye Cut an oar through dark water Be the red winged blackbird lifted up in flight While still tethered to the rushes Along the banks and the shores Of the delta and the lowlands
11.
04:27
Winter Light Was it the silver rope from around the mane The golden lock upon the chain The tender way he spoke my name The secrets whispered in the dark The slow surrender of my heart Like sugar spilling through my hands We fall thinking we’ll never touch the bottom Then lie in pieces on the floor Well, he put the bullet in my hand The sweetness in the suffering The pleasure in the pain And I feel the glow, I feel the glow, I feel the glow Through cracks in the snow Falls the winter light How am I keeping my feet on the ground I claimed your love and I named you And somehow I’ve become fair game A wild doe in a clearing But where would my ghost be without you Tapping gently on my window And why are you still here
12.
A Little Bit of Blue Sky In December when the stars are bright I can dream another life As constellations Can drift across the sky An outsider on the fringe An outsider tempted by the fire within But who wants to lay their money down On the things that only dreams can give A little bit of blue sky A little bit of desire Just a taste of the unknown A vision of my own love A rush of thoughts, a paper chain Suspended from my windowpane Just another place to be Another quiet shade of gray I watched you watching me I watched you reaching for an opening But who wants to lay their money down On the things that only dreams allow

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Ordinary Things was produced and engineered by Johnny Sangster at Crackle & Pop! Studio and mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering.
Many thanks to the following guest artists for their amazing contributions to this album:

JOHNNY SANGSTER:
Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Baritone Guitar and Percussion

ALEX GUY:
Viola, Violin, Fiddle and Vocals

DAVE HARMONSON:
Pedal Steel Guitar

BARB HUNTER:
Cello

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released June 3, 2016

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Pineola Seattle, Washington

Pineola is an Indie-Americana band, based in Seattle, and built around the songs of Leslie Braly. Leslie uses a handful of words, which somehow come together to illuminate the ordinary things that surround us, and show us just how extraordinary everyday life really is. Leslie is joined by Josh Woods on bass, John Owen on guitar, Ed Brooks on pedal steel and banjo, and Dirk Lebsack on drums. ... more

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