Lula Wiles

by Lula Wiles

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released May 27, 2016

Produced by Adam Iredale-Gray with Lula Wiles
Recorded and mixed by Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sound Studios, Jamaica Plain, MA

LULA WILES is
Isa Burke: vocals, fiddle, acoustic and electric guitars
Ellie Buckland: vocals, fiddle, acoustic guitar
Mali Obomsawin: vocals, bass, acoustic guitar

GUESTS
Sean Trischka: drums
Adam Iredale-Gray: electric guitar

Mastered by Erick Jaskowiak
Album art by Taylor Ashton
Photos by Louise Bichan

© Lula Wiles 2016. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Sorrow Be the Bird
A songbird lit down upon my window
In the evening dusk, her breast all aglow
Painted the color of heartbreak
Who am I to judge?
If sorrow be the bird, then the wind is love

Oh well I've had my wings broken a time or two
Doesn't mean that I won't try to fly with you
A breeze is blowing through the pines
Well maybe I can trust
That sorrow be the bird and the wind is love

A songbird, she'll forget how to sing
Sittin' too long, yearning for the wind
She's gotta breathe in
Feel it under wing

Maybe we would soar so high
Maybe the songbird on the branches of my heart
She wouldn't sing so sadly
I'll feel it in my blood
That sorrow be the bird and the wind is love
Sorrow be the bird and the wind is love
Sorrow be the bird and the wind is love
Track Name: One More Night
Well there's dust in every corner of this dim little room
Behind the bar they're hanging Christmas lights in June
But the band's playing loud
I'm staring you down
You'll be gone soon

Got my heart on my sleeve and a drink in my hand
I know that tomorrow you won't be my man
But honey that's okay
I want it that way
You understand?

Ooh, if this ends tonight
Then let's end it right

I just want one more dance after the sun goes down
One more chance to make this old town feel all right
Honey all I'm asking for is one more night

Well the next time I see you I'll be wearing black
My lips will be wine-red and my composure intact
And I'll leave alone
I'll walk all the way home
I won't look back
Track Name: Don't Ask Why
Most days, I wake when the sunshine crawls into my bed
Fit as a fiddle when the world wakes up
Taking a drink from a golden cup

Most days, I'm looking on the bright side of an open door
Swing your partner and do-si-do
My feet keep telling me to go, go, go

Cross my heart, but I don't ask why
Some nights I can't help but cry

Young life, it's fragile as a daisy in an open field
With a bit of good luck you're a flower crown
Or else the rain'll come to knock you down

Bad news, it hit me like a freight train goin' so fast
Standin' in the rain where the daisies grow
Prayin' to a god that I don't know

Cross my heart, but I don't ask why
Some nights I can't help but cry
When the trumpet sounds from the other side
Put the shovel in the ground
Don't ask why

Don't ask why
Whether it's your heart that's broken or your brother's mind
Little sister running home with a blackened eye
I don't ask why, I don't ask why

Cross my heart and I hope to die
Some nights I can't help but cry
When the trumpet sounds from the other side
Put the shovel in the ground
Don't ask why
Track Name: Good to You
Wheels up
You're on a jet plane, heading towards the sunset and the rain
I hope it's warmer out there
I'm gonna freeze here but I don't care

It's enough
Just walking through this city trying to understand your love
Until you come on back home
I'll be waiting in the eye of the storm

Ooh, I wanna be good to you
Ooh, do you wanna be good to me too?

Last night
I dreamed the world was ending and the sun was fading slow
The sky was grey as ash
And all the trains and the markets crashed

But it's all right
'Cause then I found you waiting for me in some quiet room
And we held each other tight
I woke up crying in the morning light

Ooh, I wanna be good to you
Ooh, do you wanna be good to me too?

Oh my heart is strung out along the telephone wires
Is fear the only flame burning stronger than desire?
Oh I just figured out what I've been trying to say
I'm scared to love you
But I'm gonna try it anyway

Ooh, I wanna be good to you
Ooh, do you wanna be good to me too?
Track Name: Anymore
Rain pitter-patters down all day
Wet on the pavement
Sounds like May
You used to kiss me softly in the same way
But it don't hurt like it did before
And I don't really think about you and me anymore

Day breaks open memories past
On the bed unmade
Just like the last
Maybe I'm not doing so well
Still I ain't doing that bad
At least I'm not strung out like I was before
And I don't really think about you and me anymore

Oooh
Anymore, anymore, anymore
Oooh

Well I've got a good lover now
He doesn't mind having me around
So it's a love that isn't flying
Maybe we won't ever get it up off the ground
So I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I swear I don't think about you and me anymore
I don't even know what I'm looking for
But I don't wanna think about you and me anymore
Track Name: Mama
Mama I need to come home
I've been starving myself to the bone
I've been up all night cryin', I've been drinking alone
Mama I need to come home

Daddy I've been doing bad things
Yeah I know they ain't no good for me
I've been kissin' and tellin', I've been stealin, I've been sellin'
Daddy I've been doing bad things

Now Anna don't you tell on me
I'm in some trouble down in Milwaukee
And I've been going by the name of Sammy Lee
I'm in some trouble down in Milwaukee

Now they're running me right out of this town
Across that line they've been chasing me down, down down
Guess I've been found out for all my doggin' around
They're running me right out of this town

Oooh, mama, mama

Mama I need to come home
I've been starving myself to the bone
I've been up all night cryin', I've been drinking alone
Mama I need to come home

Mama I need to come home
Yeah I can't do a thing on my own
And I've come to find out I don't wanna be alone
Mama I need to come home
Yeah I've come to find out I can't do nothing on my own
Mama I need to come home
Track Name: Losing Side
My mind turns it over like a million times before
Backwards through the darkness a little bit more
Before he loved me I didn't know how to cry
Another day and I'm on the losing side

My mama taught me all the right things to say
But loneliness knocks at my door every day
I wanted him to love me without asking why
Another day and I'm on the losing side

I threw the dice
My heart went all in
But I still don't know what it means to win
And these pennies I'm gambling
What are they worth?

When my lover left me he taught me how to grow
Now my body aches with the burdens
Now you say you'll show me how to make my pennies shine
Well you can bet I'll end up on the losing side
Another day and I'm on the losing side
Track Name: Lay Me Down
Eliza wears a pretty white dress
Sittin' by the window, waitin' on the morning sun
Eliza she's been up all night
Sittin' there wondering how it all came undone

Back when she turned nineteen, end of July
James was twenty-one years, said will you be mine
Come next spring let's say I do
I won't be nothing but good to you

And I'll lay you down
Lay you down
With you to the lord I am bound
When I lay this body down

The winter wore on, cold and steady
With every dollar saved, they bought a little piece of land
And they courted so true and steady
Dreamed away the days talking about all of their plans

And when the wedding day came she walked down the aisle
At the front of the church all he could do was smile
New home, ran upstairs, locked the door
With the love they felt, no less, no more

She said lay me down
Lay me down
With you to the lord I am bound
When I lay this body down

But in the fall of 1825
Fever spread like wildfire
Took James from his true love
And on the edge of their land, alone in the dark
Eliza cried with a tear in her heart
Deep as the hole she dug

And she laid him down
Laid her love in the ground
She laid his body down
For he is heavenly bound
With you to the lord I am bound
When I lay this body down
Track Name: Traveling On
I was restless and wild
You left me beguiled
When we drank in the cool night air
And you told me tales
Of the places you had sailed
And I said I'd never traveled anywhere

And now we're driving
You move so fast
And I keep thinking
This can't last

Now roll the windows down so I can feel the air
Show me every place I've never gone
But when tomorrow comes, I wonder
Will I be standing still
When you're traveling on

It was midafternoon
In the middle of June
The highway stretched towards the sky
I was wearing that blue dress
As we headed west
You said it was the color of my eyes

And now we're driving
You move so fast
And I keep thinking
This can't last

Now roll the windows down so I can feel the air
Show me every place I've never gone
But when tomorrow comes, I wonder
Will I be standing still
When you're traveling on

That summer's long gone
You're still moving on
But it's not you that's on my mind
It's the sun and the wind
And the feeling on my skin
That feeling I can't seem to find

When we were driving
I moved so fast
I wish I knew how
To make it last

Now roll the windows down so I can feel the air
Show me every place I've never gone
But when tomorrow comes, I wonder
Will I be standing still
When you're traveling on
Track Name: Lost
I tasted loneliness that night on your lips
I felt fear in your hands on my hips
Somehow your face looked different in the drunken moonlight
We got lost in the same place
On the same summer night

And as we stumbled upstairs in the dark
It was a silent comfort, not a spark
And both of us were thinking of somebody else
We got lost in nostalgia
And the stories nostalgia tells

And I've seen
Around your heart you've build a wall
And I believe
That one day it will fall
But if I asked
Would you say you never loved me at all?

Dawn came through the window and burned my eyes
I crept out quietly and didn't say goodbye
And when you woke
Did you reach for me and wonder where I'd gone?
We got lost in the morning
Afraid to face each other
And admit that we'd moved on
We'd moved on
Track Name: Oh
I wanted to see
Still wanted to be
I wanted to see you again
Way back then

I covered my eyes
Discovered my pride
I covered my eyes up
I closed them down
I kept them shut

You said that you were mine
But I'll say it, you lied
You said all your lines
You proved untrue
And I got bruised

Don't think twice, baby, I don't care
I never knew how to love you anyway
And I didn't really want to be your girl
I can lie too
Baby it's okay