Heartwood

by The Boxcar Lilies

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1.
Down by the sycamore tree (Down by the ghost tree) Down by the sycamore tree (Down by the ghost tree) Down by the sycamore tree (Down by the ghost tree) He waits for me Back in town people stare since my daddy left Momma says he drank himself down to our last cent He would spin me ‘round sometimes and say he loved me best I know he’ll come back for me when I least expect, singin’ Down by the sycamore tree (Down by the ghost tree) Down by the sycamore tree (Down by the ghost tree) Down by the sycamore tree (Down by the ghost tree) He’ll come for me, come back for me He’ll come for me Saw him parked on Pelham Road by the package store Leather boots and grey-blue eyes I hadn’t seen before Said he knew by lookin’ somehow I was meant for more More than this sad strip mine town could ever do me for Met him after school today, on my way back home Said he knew a quiet place we could be alone Only if I wanted to, he’d leave it up to me Walkin’ down, my heart pounds, daddy’s words behind me I’m gonna meet him Down by the sycamore tree (Down by the ghost tree) Down by the sycamore tree (Down by the ghost tree) Down by the sycamore tree (Down by the ghost tree) He waits for me
2.
Green River Blues and this devil I can’t lose Got holes in my pockets and the soles worn off my shoes And the rain keeps running down The sidewalks of this town Green River Blues, the answers lie around On a dusty railroad track that takes you West out of this town Could be a warm day in April or the dog days of July But it’s November and there’s nothing but a dirty open sky and these Green River Blues Green River Blues Green River Blues And the rain keeps running down The sidewalks of this town I used to throw the meanest spitball when there was money in this town Drove my Indian to St. Pete then I turned us both around Fell in love with the girl next door, knew she’d treat me right Now the boys and I are playin’ ball here Saturday nights But then I’m standin’ punching tickets for the folks who get on board Goin’ away to someplace faraway that I cannot afford They’re talkin’ bout the New Deal on the radio today But all I want is a deal that’s gonna take me far away from these Green River Blues Green River Blues Green River Blues And the rain keeps running down The gutters of this town, I’ve got the Green River Blues
3.
Old Man 03:33
4.
Hey Mom I’m headed off now out the screened porch door Don’t know what lies ahead, but I’m looking for something more Big willow whispers softly, swaying in the wind First sounds of the forest chorus callin’ callin’ There is no worry on my mind There is no hurry I got nothing but time There’s a place inside me that feels like home No matter how far I might roam No matter how far I might roam This old trail wends its way passed first and second creek Wildflowers brush my knees and the treetop birds play hide and seek It opens up at Snake Field like a window to the past Antique cars rust scattered in the tall grass tall grass Last winter first creek froze so I followed where it lead Time and water carved a path ‘til the creek beds towered overhead Right now that icy day is just a memory The swimmin’ hole is my goal in this August heat Hey Mom I found this flower, but I don’t know what it is Grandpa has a field guide can we find it in that book of his Hey Mom you sure look tired. You know you’re not alone You’ve been working awfully hard since we’ve been on our own Just wipe that worry from your mind There is no hurry we got nothin’ but time Find the place inside you Momma that feels like home Then you will never be alone Then you will never be alone No matter how far I might roam No matter how far I might roam
5.
There are places on the highway Better watch out as you go There are people not forgotten Who have given their life on the road There’s an exit in Pennsylvania Off I-state 95 With a sharp curve round The Smokies One mistake will take you alive There’s a stop light on the train tracks Where seven children died Didn’t hear the warning, they never saw it But they should not have had to die Some spots are famous for their unsafeness Some are little known stretches of the road Why don’t they fix them why don’t they warn folks Of the danger ahead before you go
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I found your note tucked in my mailbox today The words that you wrote didn’t quite fill half the page You’re sorry for what…you don’t quite understand Well I hope my reply comes as no surprise ‘Cause leaving you was just like quitting my day job And like hitting it big in Vegas Or watching out my front window As Ed McMahon shuffles on up to my doorstep And I feel that great big check in my hand The day that I left, we hadn’t a word left to say Betrayed and bereft, half hoping you’d ask me to stay I somehow made it clear to the end of the drive And I hopped in that cab and never looked back. ‘Cause leaving you was just like quitting my day job And like hitting it big in Vegas Or watching out my front window As Ed McMahon shuffles on up to my doorstep And I feel that great big check in my hand Oh one last thing my darling Take it from me It’s true what they say honey The best things in this life are free
8.
Sunday Drive 03:20
Let’s get going off to nowhere The road is our guide We’ve got all the time to get there Let’s take a Sunday drive No destination No where we gotta be No frustration The kids and you and me Let’s get going off to nowhere The road is our guide We’ve got all the time to get there Let’s take a Sunday drive Do you remember Your first Sunday drive The anticipation I sure remember mine You know I never even noticed The look in their eyes When Dad would say to Momma Let’s take a Sunday drive Let’s get going off to nowhere The road is our guide We’ve got all the time to get there Let’s take a Sunday drive Let’s take a Sunday drive Let’s take a Sunday drive
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Travelin' On 05:41
10.
I walk down the lonesome highway I’ve traveled far and wide But never have I worried For my love walks by my side When times are getting harder It feels I’ve lost my faith I will follow in your footsteps And let you lead the way When we’re standing at the crossroads We don’t know which way to go As long as you are with me We will find our way back home We will go this way together Close our eyes and just believe It won’t matter how we got there We’ll be where we’re meant to be

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“Heartwood” is The Boxcar Lilies’ debut studio release - 10 songs beautifully produced and engineered by Dave Chalfant (Erin McKeown, The Nields) at Sackamusic studios nestled in the woodsy hilltown of Conway, MA. Comprised of 9 originals and a stellar version of Neil Young’s “Old Man”, the collection pays homage to a range of traditional genres (folk, bluegrass, country), but has a decidedly contemporary feel. The hallmark of the record is The Boxcar Lilies’ spine-tingling and innovative harmonies.

Their singing voices, like their writing voices, are distinct and exceptional, but combine to make a delicious whole – a sound that is sometimes delicate, sometimes gritty, but always uniquely warm and welcoming.

Tracks from the record have been played on Gene Shay's The Folk Show (WXPN, Philadelphia), WRSI (Northampton, MA), and on Rich Warren's 'Midnight Special' (WFMT, Chicago) where it was named one of "Rich's Picks" for the week.

"Fans of roots music will delight in this 10-song collection, which has traces of folk, country, and bluegrass. Each woman gets to showcase their individual talents with their own compositions. But, it’s when their three voices blend that the Lilies really soar." -- Sheryl Hunter, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)

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released January 11, 2011

Backing Jenny (guitar, ukulele), Stephanie (guitar, percussion), and Katie (guitar, banjo), are an impressive group of musicians including Dave Chalfant on guitar and bass, Jim Henry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tracy Grammer) on Dobro, guitar, and mandolin, Rick Mauran on percussion, and Eric Lee (The Strangelings) on fiddle.

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Combining spine-tingling harmony and exceptional songwriting, The Boxcar Lilies have made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, blues, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music.

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