Redbird Green

by Magnolia Mountain

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1.
04:06
GONE (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI) It's a fine, fine day for travelin' And that's what I'm gonna do I don't know just where I'm goin' Only know I'm leavin' you Well, I come home a little early And you were not quite all alone But you can save the "I'm so sorry" Save the old cry, cuss, and moan Because I'm gone Long gone, baby, gone Oh, your lies ain't worth believin' And your word ain't worth a dime And you ain't even worth the killin' 'Cause you ain't worth doin' time So I'm leavin' in the morning Girl, I'm on that train at dawn Don't you beg or try to follow You best leave this one alone Because I'm gone Long gone, baby, gone I may go to Mississippi I may go to New Orleans But where I go, I go without you Where I go is where I please Because I'm gone Long gone, baby, gone Because I'm gone Long gone, baby, gone
2.
MA BELLE MARIE (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI) Ma belle Marie, belle des collines Fleur des montagnes, très jolie Ma belle Marie, belle des collines Ma douce amante, reviens à moi Ever since you came to Lousianne Down from West Virginia Oh, you know I had my eye on you Pretty little mountain girl Tell me do you think that you could leave Your home up in the mountains? Tell me do you think that you could love A Louisiana man?
3.
03:37
MEDICINE MAN (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI) Girl, if you're lonely And you got no one to hold Well, you just call me I'll bring it right to your door I know what ails you And I can give you the cure I wanna be your Medicine Man Just call my number Oh, when your man ain't around Unlock the back door And you will not hear a sound I'm like a black cat No one will know I was there I wanna be your Medicine Man
4.
LIKE ANY OTHER (Jordan Neff) Well, the light stays on when you're sleeping With dreams yesterday's for the keeping They never do catch up When alarm clock wakes you up And even the sun has a ticking Your hands, they bleed on the ones you need And Jesus sees that his years aren't free Your eyes are on the sky When the church's bells roll high But it's only the ground's soul you're beating Mama take me home I keep crying on the phone One way or another, this one will be the last Every bar has an altar like any other And every man grabs his hymn like any other But when he grabs at you You're not the one that he'll hold true As straight an arrow as any other A dollar is something you pray for You eat drink smoke for something safer And Jesus counts his years For the ones that he holds dear And you're hoping you look younger in the light Mama take me home I keep crying on the phone One way or another, this one will be the last Mama take me home If the light can still turn on One way or another, this one will be the last
5.
04:03
I DO BELIEVE (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI) I do believe there's a slow train comin' I do believe her engine's strong I do believe that the clock is runnin' I do believe my time ain't long I do believe in a bright blue morning I do believe in a brand new day I do believe there's a new day dawning I do believe a heart can change Joseph, he was taken to the land of Egypt Daniel to the lion's den Both men believed and they were not forsaken Both men came out again I do believe we are all connected But I do believe we have lost our way I do believe we can resurrect it I do believe a heart can change Joshua, he came to the town of Jericho Brought with him his horn to play Hit that jazz note and brought the house down They talk about him to this day I do believe we have been uprooted We use up the earth, arrogant and blind What do we leave to our sons and daughters? What kind of world do we leave behind? Esther was a woman from the land of Israel Beautiful and strong and brave She believed that the Lord would guide her And her people she did save I do believe we were not intended To be alone or to be afraid I do believe our wounds, they will all be mended And all our tears, wiped away I do believe that justice will roll like thunder I do believe in the power of love I do believe that this life is a gift and this world's a wonder I do believe a heart can change
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7.
EARLY MORNING TRAIN (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI) Ridin' on an early morning train Ridin' on an early morning train A troubled mind will weigh you down Like morning fog upon the ground Ridin' on an early morning train I'm thinkin' 'bout my Indiana home I'm thinkin' 'bout my Indiana home Lord knows those were happy times When I was yours and you were mine I'm thinkin' 'bout my Indiana home Lord, I miss my Mama and my Pa Lord, I miss my Mama and my Pa Got some things I'm workin' out I wish that we could talk about Lord, I miss my Mama and my Pa And as the miles go rollin' by I wish that you were with me, ridin' by my side I watch the morning sun arise And hope no one can see the tear that's in my eye Jesus, won't you help me find my way? Jesus, won't you help me find my way? I ain't given much to prayer But I ask you, if you're there Jesus, won't you help me find my way? Ridin' on an early morning train Ridin' on an early morning train A troubled mind will weigh you down Like morning fog upon the ground Ridin' on an early morning train Ridin' on an early morning train Ridin' on an early morning train
8.
03:05
SAVANNAH (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI) Savannah Open up your heart and let me in You move me And I wanna be with you again Savannah Half-remembered song from long ago I know you Melody remembered as we go Blue Kentucky girl Cryin' on the phone I wanna make you smile Show you that you're not alone Savannah Savannah Though you travel half a world away Remember The heart you leave behind that knows your name And if you were here Safe within my arms I'd wipe away your tears With a whisper and a song Savannah Oh, my darlin', can't you see Just how much you mean to me? Won't you please come back to me, Savannah? Though you're half a world away Here's the heart that knows your name Won't you please come back to me, Savannah? Oh, my darlin', can't you see Just how much you mean to me? Won't you please come back to me, Savannah?
9.
05:51
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
10.
05:09
CRY, BABY (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI) Cry, cry, baby, cry Cry, cry, baby, cry You never thought you'd find yourself alone Once upon a time, all the tears were mine And you were doin' fine Cry, baby, cry Why, why, baby, why Do you think that I Would care if your whole world come fallin' down? I remember when I cried to you and then You broke my heart again Cry, baby, cry The way I cried for you When nothin' I could do Could break your heart of stone or change your mind And now you're on the phone And he ain't comin' home And you're left on your own Cry, baby, cry
11.
RECONSIDER (PLEASE DON'T GO) (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI) Baby, please Reconsider, please don't go I'm on my knees Don't you walk on out that door I can't believe the words you told me You don't love me anymore Baby, please Reconsider, please don't go Oh, can't you see That my heart is sinkin' low Because I need you, little darlin' Don't break up our happy home Oh, because my whole life All I've been searchin' for Is someone to love me like I love you Oh, but every time that I fall in love It breaks my heart and leaves me blue Girl, before I met you I was a strong, strong man Nothing could ever bring me to my knees Oh, but without your love I'm like a little child Breakin' down and beggin' please
12.
ONE DAY MORE (FOR THE MOUNTAINS) (Elaine Purkey, new verse lyrics Utley/English) One day more, one day more People, let me tell you what we're fightin' for We're fightin' for our future, don't you understand? And we don't need your pity, we just need your helping hand To fight one day more, one day more If the company holds out twenty years We'll hold out one day more One day more, one day more If the company holds out twenty years We'll hold out one day more If you know your history, it's a story often told The greed of men and companies for Appalachian coal They hollowed out the mountains And they stripped off all the land Left only desolation as the legacy of man But now a deeper shadow descends upon the land They dynamite the mountaintops and kill whatever stands Then dump into the valleys all the rubble from their deed Burying the hollers and they're poisoning the streams They think that we won't notice, if we do, that we won't care Our comfort trumps our conscience And their money says what's fair The coal and cash go out of state, what's left behind are tears And in a single minute, they destroy a thousand years Big Coal and politicians know just how to play the game Say they'll make it right but leave us nothing to reclaim The law is on their side for now, but it can't stand for long Just because it's legal doesn't mean it isn't wrong
13.
04:11
EMMA CLAIRE (Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI) When the autumn leaves are falling And a chill comes to the air So my mind turns to the memory Of a girl named Emma Claire She was wild and hard to handle But she was all a man could want But like a fool, I chose to ramble Like a fool I broke her heart And I left her in October Her blue eyes so full of tears But I never could forget her Though the days turned into years And now I'm broke down in this hotel In a city made of stone With no one who cares about me And no way to get back home I still can see in my mind That girl, as she would ride that Appaloosa mare The sunlight on her hair So if ever you should travel To Carolina by the sea And you chance to see my sweetheart Won't you say these words for me? Emma Claire, you know I love you Emma Claire, I always will And I'm sorry that I hurt you And I miss you, darling, still So now the evening sun sets On me and my regrets For all the times I should've been with you My Emma Claire
14.
LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES (Hank Williams) I went down to the river To watch the fish swim by But I got to the river So lonesome I wanted to die Oh, Lord But when I jumped in the river The doggone river was dry She's long gone Now I'm lonesome blue I had me a woman who wouldn't be true Made me for my money and she made me blue A man needs a woman that he can lean on But my leanin' post has done left and gone She's long gone Now I'm lonesome blue I'm gonna find me a river One that's cold as ice And when I find me that river Lord, I'm gonna pay the price Oh, Lord I'm goin' down in it three times But, Lord, I'm only comin' up twice She's long gone Now I'm lonesome blue
15.
04:52
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
16.
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
17.
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

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released June 19, 2010

"Magnolia Mountain’s debut album, 2009’s "Nothing As It Was", was a stellar introduction to a band with an almost boundless amount of Americana/Bluegrass/Country potential and it garnered a good deal of deserved acclaim as a result. In the subsequent year and a half since its release, Magnolia Mountain lost a member, gained two more, gigged relentlessly and immediately set to work on their sophomore release. How immediate? At the release show for the debut album, the Cincinnati-based band played five songs that wound up on its incredible sophomore album, "Redbird Green".

From sheer amount of music to stylistic shifts to depth and breadth of songs, the Magnolias have amped up every facet of their presentation on "Redbird Green". Mark Utley is proving to be a world-class songwriter and Magnolia Mountain is becoming the perfect vehicle for interpreting his work in any and every conceivable musical permutation under the Americana banner. Structured like a four-sided double vinyl album ("Redbird Green" is also available in the vinyl format), the album starts off with a quartet of diversity on “Side One” — the propulsive done-me-wrong chug of “Gone,” a hybrid of Johnny Cash’s traditional magnificence and Rodney Crowell’s authentic translational skills, the spicy Cajun swing of “Ma Belle Marie,” the field Blues-meets-banjo porch stomp of “Medicine Man” and the plugged/unplugged Americana lilt of “Like Any Other.”

The range exhibited in these four songs would indicate a pretty flexible band, but Magnolia Mountain is far from showing off its endless versatility. They make a credible Gospel outfit on “I Do Believe,” Bluegrass doesn’t come much bluer than “Early Morning Train” and they turn out pure Country and Folk goodness on “Savannah” and “Home,” respectively. And, as Todd Rundgren once rightly noted, still there is more, from the Country Blues ache of “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” and the pure Blues scorch of “Opalene” to the Rockabilly rave-up of “Hellbound Train” and the Neil Young-channels-Bruce Springsteen modern economic Dust Bowl balladry of the title track.

Most bands couldn’t achieve that kind of wide variety on a single release, let alone sustain it over the course of 70 minutes and not have it sound like a muddled genre mish-mash or a forced effort to please too many disparate listeners. That may be Magnolia Mountain’s most valuable asset — they have the rare ability to inhabit any branch of Roots music and still sound unmistakably like Magnolia Mountain."

- Brian Baker, CityBeat

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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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