Darker Than Blue

by Barbara Jean

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released 18 November 2014

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Barbara Jean Grand Marais, Minnesota

Barbara Jean grew up immersed in a world of music and sound, honing her early gift for the violin, and a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, into a sharp eye for songwriting and a skilled hand as a multi-instrumentalist. An award-winning songwriter, she has shared bills with such notable acts as Trampled By Turtles, The Pines, Low, Jonathan Edwards, and Meg Hutchinson. ... more

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Track Name: Wishing Well (feat. Mason Jennings & Chastity Brown)
I like to see you baby coming after me
I’m so mad about you darling I can barley sleep
Did I do it to myself or did you do it me?
If I can’t have you baby there’ll be lonesome melody

My heart is like a freight train barreling down on you
And I’m on my way back to something true

No matter which way it’s going to be
Deep inside my heart I know you’ll always be with me

I was just living up in Beaumont with flowers in my hair
Turning over stones and building castles in the air
When you brought me to the clouds where the gods grind slow
You kept me from drowning in the ocean below

My heart is like a freight train barreling down on you
And I’m on my way back to something true

No matter which way it’s going to be
Deep inside my heart I know you’ll always be with me

They say to love somebody is the hardest thing you’ll do
There are 7000 soldiers marching darker than blue
I was wishing at the well before you even came to town
And I’ll be wishing you well, while our love is breaking down

My heart is like a freight train barreling down on you
And I’m on my way back to something true

No matter which way it’s going to be
Deep inside my heart I know you’ll always be with me
Track Name: Siren Song (feat. Mike Lewis & Chastity Brown)
I say a prayer to the water and offer up my dream
Take all the unkindness and let me be redeemed

Black spruce like needles pierce midnight sky
I’ll hunt for you at daybreak gnashed teeth and anxious eyes

Sun shines down on the water a thousand glittering coins

Last night I met a serpent she stole me from my sleep
All silver-tongue and honey she swore she’d be discreet

When all the crushing furry fractures rock and bone
I’ll beg for your forgiveness a servant at the throne

In the pitch-dark blanket of night black silk washes the shore
Track Name: What's Right
I spend my time how I want to
If you knew me you’d agree
After 40 years of working
I should kick back and be free

I spent all my life
Tryin’ to do what’s right
Traded years for dollars
Exchanged my life, liberty

I grew up in harsh world
Dreams were buried in the ground
I learned first hand as a young girl
Tears that fall make no sound

I spent all my life
Tryin’ to do what’s right
Traded years for dollars
Exchanged my life, liberty

I’ve put bread on the table
Shoes on my children’s feet
Cared for my folks in their last years
Tried to make life complete

I spent all my life
Tryin’ to do what’s right
Traded years for dollars
Exchanged my life, liberty

The world throws a headwind
I let it burn me on my face
The way the chill cuts into me
Lost time without a trace

I spent all my life
Tryin’ to do what’s right
Traded years for dollars
Exchanged my life, liberty
Track Name: Small Town (feat. Mike Lewis)
Mailboxes and pine tress and telephone wires
Dirt roads that are empty and fire numbers passing by

All of my days
All of my nights
This little rural town
This little rural life

Stubborn opinions and beaches of rock
Fried fish in summer at Shelly’s place down by the dock

All of my days
All of my nights
This little rural town
This little rural life

Graves dug out by hand in the hot mid-day sun
Across from a chapel with a wedding on that how it’s done

All of my days
All of my nights
This little rural town
This little rural life

Power lines in tatters, the west end is dark tonight
A storm for the ages, in the house of love go out the lights

All of my days
All of my nights
This little rural town
This little rural life

Way up in the northern sky our history dances by
Unraveling thoughts of you drenched in shades of blue

I want you to know, now that you’re gone
I have regret for all I’ve done wrong
Track Name: The City (feat. Frankie Lee)
Leaving defines me as those tall pines roll behind me
This new city is as cold as stone
The snow is out there falling and the traffic’s out there crawling
And I’m living in this dirty little room

What happens after you flee the disaster
Will you make it or break it on your own
Across the canyon that lies in my heart
Is a new life that is tearing me apart

At night I try to sleep but I can still feel my heart beat
For the place I used to call my home
The men out on the corner ain’t got nothing to prove
The record’s spinning “Walking the floor over you”

What happens after you flee the disaster
Will you make it or break it on your own
Across the canyon that lies in my heart
Is a new life that is tearing me apart

I look back and I see you standing there
Down by Devil Track River where we once lay bare
Your dark brown coat and your eyes of winter green
The only way to be with you now is in dimness of my dreams

What happens after you flee the disaster
Will you make it or break it on your own
Across the canyon that lies in my heart
Is a new life that is tearing me apart
Track Name: Long Walk Back
I’ve been on the run for many a year
Shackles on my hands tethered to my fear
I’ve been running from myself now I’m on the move again
Gone back to my old ways trying to pretend

It’s a long walk back to the place I left my heart
It’s a long walk back

Take me to the start back where I lost my way
The clouds were rolling in, all those shades of grey
Looking back on it now I’ve seen all my mistakes
Piling up with the dust I left in my wake

It’s a long walk back to the place I left my heart
It’s a long walk back

I’ve been lying to myself, I’ve been lying to you
It seems to be the way, it’s how I make it through
Now I’m back in this place where I’ve really always been
Can’t seem to figure out how to let go and when

It’s a long walk back to the place I left my heart
It’s a long walk back

Time is moving on, going faster every day
And everything we built is crumbling away
I’m standing in the dark, lonely on my side
On this empty street it’s impossible to hide
If I could have you back in my life again
I’d have known what I had
You were always my friend but

It’s a long walk back to the place I left my heart
It’s a long walk back
Track Name: The Ticket
I’m taking the things that I’m learning
From living with you side by side
The cold and the love and the yearning
All come on the long slow ride

I’m ready to take my time
I’m ready not to hide my eyes
For it’s you that my heart is burning
And for you that I’ll always try

Lately my spirit’s been breaking
With the weight of the things I can’t hide
And I’m sorry for how long it’s taken
To face all that I have denied

I’m ready to take my time
I’m ready not to hide my eyes
For it’s you that my heart is burning
And for you that I’ll always try

I put up my pack and my suitcase
Cast off my traveling shoes
I tucked a new key in my pocket
One I don’t plan to lose

I’m ready to take my time
I’m ready not to hide my eyes
For it’s you that my heart is burning
And for you that I’ll always try
Track Name: What For
I can’t get no rest I’m so mad I’m going blind
I can’t get no rest, so mad I’m going blind
Wheels spinning round, dark thoughts on my mind

The house was dark and empty so I drove down to the bar
The house was dark and empty so I drove down to the bar
When I rolled up sure enough I found your car

I walked on in and took a look around
I walked on in and took a look around
Over in the corner with another girl you’d found

I marched right over and I caught you by surprise
I marched on over and your eyes were filled with lies
But you can’t hide the truth when it’s sitting on your thigh

You say I love you I say what for
You say I’m sorry and I say what for
I got no time for you when I’m walking out that door
Track Name: Blackest Crow
As time draws near my dearest dear
When you and I must part
How little you know of the grief and woe
In my poor aching heart
Tis' but I suffer for your sake
Believe me dear it's true
I wish that you were staying here
Or I was going with you

I wish my breast were made of glass
Wherein you might behold
Upon my heart your name lay wrote
In letters made of gold
In letters made of gold my love
Believe me when I say
You are the one that I’ll adore
Until my dying day

The blackest crow that ever flew
Would surely turn to white
If ever I prove false to you
Bright day would turn to night
Bright day would turn to night my love
The elements would mourn
If ever I prove false to you
The sea would rage and burn