Heartwood

by The Boxcar Lilies

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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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The Boxcar Lilies Greenfield, Massachusetts

Americana trio The Boxcar Lilies have quickly made a name for themselves with their standout marriage of superb songwriting and spine-tingling, innovative harmonies. Accompanying themselves on guitar, clawhammer banjo, concert ukulele, electric bass, and washboard, they have brought their uniquely warm sound and energetic stage presence to venues across the Northeast and beyond. ... more

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Track Name: The Ghost Tree
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
Track Name: Green River Blues
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
Track Name: Feels Like Home
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
Track Name: Places on the Highway
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
Track Name: Leaving You (Was Like Quitting My Day Job)
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
Track Name: 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

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
Track Name: My Love Walks By My Side
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