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Music and Lyrics: 2009​-​2015 (FREE DIGITAL SAMPLER)

by Mark Utley

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Free digital-only compilation to serve as an introduction / overview to the songs of Mark Utley.

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released April 2, 2015

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Mark Utley Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati-based singer/songwriter Mark Utley is the driving force behind the acclaimed roots-rock/Americana band Magnolia Mountain, the honky-tonk Country outfit Bulletville, and the two "Music for the Mountains" fundraising concerts and compilation albums. ... more

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Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - The Devil We Know
THE DEVIL WE KNOW (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

On a midnight drive down a back country road
Darlin', you and I and the devil we know
Oh, your windblown hair
And the stark moonlight shine on your skin so fair
Oh, my darlin', we're flyin'

Oh, the whiskey burns
Heavy-lidded, you smile
And your face, it turns
Press your lips hard on mine

What your man don't know just might break him in two
But your man don't know your black heart like I do
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Midnight Man
MIDNIGHT MAN (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

I like to go out drinkin’
I like to go downtown
I like those pretty women
Like to turn their heads around
Wanna hear the sweet, sweet music
And all the night time sounds
See the bright lights burnin’
And lay my troubles down
Baby, you can have your sunshine
Let the devil take the day
Lord, I’m a midnight man

I ain’t so hard to figure
Ain’t no complicated man
I’m just tryin’ to kill this heartache
Darlin’, any way I can
Baby, let me come on over
And we’ll pull your blinds down low
And we won’t tell nobody
Nothin’ they don’t need to know
And I’ll leave you with a memory
And a smile that’s yours alone
Lord, I’m a midnight man

When I hear the rooster crowin’
When I hear the church bell chime
Baby, that‘s my way of knowin’
That it‘s time to say good night
‘Cause I like to go out drinkin’
And I like to go downtown
See the bright lights burnin’
And lay my troubles down
Baby, you can have your sunshine
Let the devil take the day
Lord, I’m a midnight man
Track Name: Mark Utley and Renée Frye - The Southbound Lane
THE SOUTHBOUND LANE (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

You and me is my favorite place to me
Girl, there’s no better company
To ease my mind and chase my sorrow
How I dream of you walkin’ there next to me
With no particular place to be
Underneath a southern sky

Baby, let’s drive in the southbound lane
Let’s get out of here
They’re callin’ for rain
Oh, the things we could see
If you only believed in me
Come on, baby, it’s a beautiful drive
It’s everything good about bein’ alive
Oh, the things we could be
If you only believed in me
We’d take the southbound lane

It ain’t hard
We could buy us a little farm
Put a baby girl on your arm
Darlin’, let yourself imagine
Windows down, wind blowin’ your hair around
Listen to how the country sounds
On our way to somewhere better

If you’re tired of livin’ in your day-to-day
Girl, I’m up for drivin’ any time
I got the engine hummin’
I’ll keep the motor runnin’
Just in case you wanna take a drive

You and me is my favorite place to be

Oh, the things we could be
If you only believed in me
We’d take the southbound lane
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Take Me Down
TAKE ME DOWN (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

Hello, little angel
Hello, little one
I’m too blue to sing a sad song
And I’m loaded like a gun
Baby, are you lonely?
Baby, talk to me
I’m a snake and I’m a liar
And I need some company
Take me down

Come on, little angel
Come on, say you will
Be my shot of sorrow
I’ll be your poison pill
Shoot me full of moonlight
Hold me while I fall
Come on, little angel
Come on, take it all
Take me down
Somewhere dark where I can’t see
Let me drown, baby
Hold me down, don’t let me breathe
Take me down
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Bad for Me
BAD FOR ME (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

Bad for me
You make me want to do wrong
I want you desperately
Come on, baby, come on
Bad for me
I don't want to be right
I want you next to me
Come on, baby, tonight

Come with me
Somewhere nobody knows
So you can lie with me
Come on, baby, let's go
Hide with me
Step on out of the light
So you can burn with me
Come on, babe, it's alright

There's still the taste of you that lingers on my mouth
And all the things you do that I can't do without
Tonight, you'll lie to him and meet me at the bar
Tonight, I'll lie to her to get to where you are
You're bad for me
Lord, help me, child, you're bad for me
Track Name: Mark Utley and Bulletville - Not All Right Together
NOT ALL RIGHT TOGETHER (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

I see you on that barstool down the row from mine
You've been staring deep into that glass for a long, long time
I see your eyes have known some tears
Much the same as mine
And I see you're drinkin' bourbon
I'll take that as a sign

There's a ring around your finger, and rings under your eyes
I'm guessin' that he left you, I'm guessin' that he lied
And me, I'm waitin' for a girl who never will come home
And it's a shame that two such lonesome hearts
Should feel so all alone

You know, I got a little place, it's just right down the road
I got a little bourbon and I got nowhere to go
We both lost forever, so put your pain with mine
Let's be not all right together
Darlin', one night at a time

Now the man is sayin' "closing time", so baby, take my hand
If you can be my girl tonight, then, darlin', I'm your man
You know, you look a lot like her when I close my eyes
And if you tell me what he used to say, I'll try to say it right

And I know that he took your dreams the way that she took mine
But what we have tonight may be the closest thing we'll find
So, darlin', I can show you yours if you can show me mine
Let's be not all right together
Darlin', one night at a time
Let's be not all right together
Darlin', one night at a time
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Shotgun Divorce
SHOTGUN DIVORCE (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

I don't know why I don't just go home and get my gun
Find your drunk ass and blow you away
'Cause you lie and you cheat and I cry myself to sleep
While I think of the words the preachers say
'Cause "till death do us part" has come today

Here you come again, piss, vinegar, and gin
Askin' me where the hell have I been
And you bitch and you moan and that's why I'm never home
Girl, our love's at the end of the line
And a shotgun divorce would suit me fine

I don't even know you, baby
I don't know if I ever did at all
But if you wanna cross me, darlin'
You're headed for a fall

You're gonna drive me crazy, baby
Everything you do just brings me down
I either need to leave you, darlin'
Or put you in the ground

For richer, for poorer, for better or for worse
To keep you in sickness and health
I believed all those things when we first put on the rings
But forever's a hell of a long time
And a shotgun divorce would suit me fine
Oh, I hate you much more than words can say
And "till death do us part" has come today
Track Name: Little Black Dress
LITTLE BLACK DRESS (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

Long black hair, little black dress
The way you look tonight, oh my lord, I must confess
I am a bad, bad man and my thoughts have gone astray
I need a bad, bad girl to help me lose my way
Oh lord I’m burnin’ up, I may need a nurse
Someone to hold my hand while we go from bad to worse

Oh my soul, don’t know what I’m gonna do
Can’t think of anything tonight ‘cept what I want to do to you
I want your lips on mine, your back against the wall
I want my hands in that hair, I want that dress down on the floor
I am a bad, bad man and my heart has gone astray
I need a bad, bad girl to help me lose my way

Long black hair, little black dress
The way you look tonight, oh my lord, I must confess
I want your lips on mine, your back against the wall
I want my hands in that hair, I want that dress down on the floor
I am a bad, bad man and my heart has gone astray
I need a bad, bad girl to help me lose my way
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - A Little South of Birmingham
A LITTLE SOUTH OF BIRMINGHAM (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

From just a little south of Birmingham
My baby called me on the phone
She said she maybe missed me now and then
And maybe I should come back home

460 miles to Birmingham
From Cincinnati, Ohio
Kentucky, Tennessee, then Alabam'
Back to the sweetest place I know

I did something that I should not have done
Something that she could not forgive
And when my key would not unlock our door
That's when I headed north to live

But that big city ain't no place for me
I can barely breathe the air
The only grass is growing through the cracks
In all the concrete everywhere

So every night, I just come home from work
Stare out the window through the bars
And then I think about the love I lost
And wish that I could see the stars

I'm just a little south of Birmingham
And there's my baby at her door
I know I'll never break her heart again
I'll never leave here any more

I'm just a little south of Birmingham
I'm just a little south of Birmingham
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Ain't Enough Anything
AIN’T ENOUGH ANYTHING (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

There ain’t enough whiskey in the world
To drown your memory
Or distance enough to run away
There ain’t enough anything for this girl
My heart is empty
Though I’ve tried everything, every way

There ain’t enough stars in the sky
To count the tears in my eyes
Or to somehow light my way
They say a heart should be strong
So I keep holdin’ on
Hopin’ you’ll come back my way

Because when we were lovers
Oh, my heart never knew sorrow
Thoughts of your love gave life to me
But our yesterdays suddenly have no tomorrow
And your memory is killin’ me

‘Cause I can’t find a thing to help with the pain
No whiskey or weed, pills or cocaine
No, there ain’t enough, ain’t enough anything
There don’t seem to be anywhere I can go
For any relief or peace in my soul
No, there ain’t enough, ain’t enough anything
And no other lover gives comfort to me
There is no other to set my heart free
No, there ain’t enough, ain’t enough anything
If there ain’t enough love in your heart for me
Then there ain’t enough hope anywhere I can see
No, there ain’t enough, ain’t enough anything
There ain‘t enough anything
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Hellbound Train
HELLBOUND TRAIN (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

Can you hear it in the distance
Down the mountainside?
See it burnin' through the darkness
Throttle open wide?
Can you hear it in the distance
Hear that hellbound train?

Well, it's feedin' on the lost souls
Hear them weep and moan (2x)
Well, it's feedin' on the lost souls
On that hellbound train

Gonna ride, gonna ride
Gonna ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Gonna ride it when it gets here
Ride that hellbound train

Gonna ride it when it gets here
All my hope is gone (2x)
Gonna ride it when it gets here
Ride that hellbound train
Gonna drink a little whiskey
Bourbon, beer, and wine (2x)
Gonna drink a little whiskey
'Til I lose my mind

Gonna find a little baby
Do that snake hip move (2x)
Gonna find a little baby
Take her with me, too

Gonna ride, gonna ride
Gonna ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Gonna ride it when it gets here
Ride that hellbound train

Well, I'm fallin' on my knees
Sayin' Jesus, save my soul (2x)
'Cause I hear it in the distance
And my blood runs cold
Track Name: Mark Utley and Bulletville - Good Timin' Girl
GOOD TIMIN' GIRL (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

She looks in the mirror at beauty that's startin' to fade
And she wonders at all of the time that she let get away
All the love she turned down when she had all the time in the world
But time, it ain't no kind of friend to a good timin' girl

She knows how to get what she wants, but lately she finds
That what her heart desires, she can't get with a wink and a smile
And when the party's all over, she knows she's alone in the world
There ain't nothin' as sad as the tears of a good timin' girl

I met her in Winter, and my heart was cold as a stone
And she gave me her fire and I kept her from sleepin' alone
I thought I could change her and take her away from that world
And I told her I loved her, and I lost my good timin' girl

Some night you might see her, sitting right there at the bar
And you'll think she's so fine and you'll want her to be where you are
So you buy her a drink and you dance and you give her a twirl
But, son, don't you give up your heart to a good timin' girl
No, don't ever give up your heart to a good timin' girl

She looks in the mirror at beauty that's startin' to fade
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Cry for Me
CRY FOR ME (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

Since you've gone, you left a hole
I walk around it every day
And every night, I tumble down inside
And though you know I wish you well
Darlin', I miss you like you hell
And heaven only knows the tears I've cried

But, baby, when you're all alone
Late at night, when no one's home
And there are no other eyes to see
Darlin', do forgive me, if I wonder
Do you ever cry for me?

I guess I probably shouldn't show
At places where we used to go
I know it doesn't help with moving on
But the ghosts of you and me
They are my only company
And you know how I hate to drink alone

But if you were here, what would I say?
It doesn't matter anyway
You made your choice for everyone to see
But still and all, I wonder, oh, my darlin'
Do you ever cry for me?

Girl, do you cry for me
Like I cry for you?

Since you've gone, you left a hole
I walk around it every day
And every night, I tumble down inside
And though you know I wish you well
Darlin', I miss you like you hell
And heaven only knows the tears I've cried

But every tear that ever fell
Like prayers into a wishing well
Were all for you and what could never be
So darlin', do forgive me, if I wonder
Do you ever cry for me?

Girl, do you cry for me
Like I cry for you?

Tell me, baby, when you're all alone at night
Do you ever cry for me?
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Home
HOME (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

It's the way that you feel with my hands on your hips
In a cool cotton dress and a sigh on your lips
As we waltz in our bare feet upon the wood floor
'Cause the baby's asleep in a room down the hall

I don't think there's anyone lucky as me
I got the stars in the sky and the frogs in the trees
I got an old wood guitar and a dog in the shade
And a redheaded girl and the home that we made

And I've been 'round the world
I've seen more than most people see
I spent half of my life out on some road
But now, after it all
There's no place that I'd rather be
It's so good to be home

Now you're gone for the weekend and I just ain't right
I brewed way too much coffee
Washed some darks with the lights
But I just got done singin' someone to sleep
Looked a whole lot like you but he smiles just like me

And I want you to know
How much I miss you tonight
When you're so far away, out on some road
And I want you to know
How much it hurts when you're gone
I want you with me
Here at home
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Opalene
OPALENE (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

She's like a diamond
Hard and serene
And we go together like a fire and gasoline
And it's alright
I tell you, man, it's just alright
You won't see me in the morning
'Cause I ain't comin' home tonight

She's like a vampire
B-movie queen
Says she's from Venus, ain't about to disagree
I'm goin' down
I tell you, boys, I'm goin' down
Well, I think she's got a fever
I hope to God it's goin' 'round

Look at her walkin'
Slow like a flame
She'll raise the dead and heal the sick and cure the lame
I'm goin' down
I'm sinkin' down just like a stone
She's like a flash on the horizon
And I think a storm is comin' on

Opalene
Track Name: Magnolia Mountain - Redbird Green
REDBIRD GREEN (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music/BMI)

We were born into a losin' hand
In a rust belt town
There was high school, then the factory
Then into the ground

My old man got me the factory job
The year I turned 19
Me and Polly bought her parents’ house
Out by Redbird Green
And we started up a family
Back before the layoffs came
Now the factory is full of weeds
And a padlock on a chain
So I do a little tendin’ bar
Some construction here and there
But there ain’t much goin’ up right now
Jjust the price of everything
And there ain’t no way to sell the house
And we can’t afford to leave
So me and Polly just keep hangin’ on
A nd we try to still believe

Now I wake up in a darkened house
In the middle of the night
Polly’s sitting by the window
And I ask if she’s alright
But she’s just a silent silhouette
Through the curtains in the breeze
And she holds our baby to her breast
And I don’t know what she sees
And I remember when we fell in love
We were seventeen
Used to sneak out every night to meet
Down at Redbird Green
She would kiss me underneath the stars
Over by the playground swings
And I held her tight against me
And I promised everything

And these houses all had families
And I knew them all my life
Now they’re boarded up and empty
And our children play inside
And it’s hard to see my wife and kids
Hard to look in Polly’s eyes
When all that I can think to say to her
Is “Darlin’, I apologize”
But I don’t know what I’m sorry for
Am I sorry I believed?
Am I sorry that I told them
We could dream of better things?
All I know is that I love them
And I’ve never been this tired
And I know no man should feel this way
When he’s looking at his child