Great Possessions

by The Giving Tree Band

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Recorded in Baraboo, WI, Great Possessions was produced using only solar-powered energy. The band camped out in near by Mirror Lake State Park and for 30 days biked 10 miles to and from the Aldo Leopold Center where they set up a recording studio in the conference room. The album's instrumentation is sparse and entirely acoustic. The instruments used in the recording were made out of reclaimed woods finished with a non-toxic lacquer.

The physical album is printed on 100% post-consumer paper and wrapped in a biodegradable corn cellulose.

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released August 18, 2009

Music written and recorded by
The Giving Tree Band
Eric Fink: vocals, guitar, upright bass, harmonium, ukulele, dulcimer
Todd Fink: vocals, guitar, banjo
Patrick Burke: vocals, upright bass, mandolin, guitar, dobro, glockenspiel
Phillip Roach: violin

With:
Ryan "Catfish" Chindlund: percussion
Justin O'Connell: percussion and backing vocals on "Rack Up"
Bethany Chindlund: backing vocals
Andy Goss: backing vocals
Erik Norman: backing vocals
Josh Klocek: backing vocals

Also Featuring:
Susan Howe: vocals on "Mother"
Tony Delgrosso: trombone on "Pegged" and "Just One Thing"
Derrick Lord: trumpet on "Pegged"
Jason Tomassone: trumpet on "Pegged"

Backing vocals and horns on "Pegged" arranged by Patrick Burke
Trombone and string arrangement on "Just One Thing" by Phillip Roach
Music features eco-instruments (guitars and mandolin) from HighlandStrings.com

Produced by E. Fink
Executive Producers: Tom and Tobi Staudacher
Engineered by Ryan "Catfish" Chindlund
Mixed and mastered by E. Fink

Recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered with 100% solar energy at The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, WI
Project coordination by Cara Wasielewski
Production assistance by Bethany Chindlund
Album artwork, layout, and design by Jen Husted
(www.jihdesigns.com)
Album insert design by Mary Sue and Cara Wasielewski

Manufactured with 100% renewable wind energy
Packaged with 100% recycled materials
Printed on with nontoxic soy inks
"Shrink-wrapped" with 100% biodegradable corn cellulose
10 trees planted for every 1,000 units to offset pollution created from shipping
Crooked Creek Records
Yorkville, IL 60560

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"A traveling band must be able to channel their hometown and aura into a space. It's sometimes difficult to conjure the backroads and nature so often sung about in Americana music. The Giving Tree Band has mastered this quintessential aspect of performing live. They are able to accomplish what great writers have long proven..." Appoet.org ... more

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Track Name: Peace On The Mountain
I got a woman
Though she drives me a little crazy in the head
And tired in bed
Feeling like the old man who
Stays home to play the fiddle
When he should be at the railroad working instead

And I wanna dance with you in the daytime
And I wanna dance with you in the night
And I never felt like this before
If your love is free
then give me more and more

Remember there’s peace upon the mountain
Remember the love light shines so bright
Whenever I drink up from your fountain
It makes me love you all through the night
Let me love you all through the night

I got a heart
It’s as big as an ocean
Deep as a canyon
But twice as wide
My love is stronger than
Six wild horses running for a drink
By the railroad side

I wanna rock with you in the daytime
I wanna roll with you in the night
I never felt like this before
If your love is free
Then give me more and more

Someday I’m gonna tear me down a city
And build a meadow to grow enough wild flowers to keep you high
You’ll have enough to pick long time after
To fill up my grave past the day I die

I wanna make you sing in the daytime
I wanna make you sing in the night
And I never felt like this before
If your love is free
Then give me more and more
Track Name: Teaspoon Of Sugar
Say you can’t find no gold
In a silver mine
Can’t find love
In this old lonely heart of mine
But if you try and see the best in me
We can find romance
If you just give me half a chance

My baby gets kind of stressed
when she sees a mess
In all my crazy ways
She still comes to my defense
She helps me understand the things I do
She says, “If you believe in me
Then I believe in you”

Teaspoon of sugar
Teaspoon more of sugar
She gonna stir it up
And make it real sweet
Teaspoon of sugar
One more teaspoon of sugar
She gonna stir it up
And make a tasty treat

Then she take me to the bridge
She lays me down like this
Under the willow tree
And I could not resist
I could not help myself
Track Name: Mother Divinity
Mother Divinity
You are the earth
I am the tree
Sprung from your heart
But now it seems
I’ve grown apart

Though I make good to you
Somehow I have lost sight of my roots
They say this old forest ain’t nothing but dirt
But I’ll crack and I’ll snap
And fall back in your lap
When this tree becomes one with the earth

Mother Divinity
I am a wave
You are the sea
Just a form on the formless
Imaginary independence
Without me you stay whole
Without you I could not remain

They say this whole ocean is your body
And I’ll crest and I’ll bend
And I’ll find rest in the end
When this wave becomes one with the sea
And this wave will be one with the sea

Your embrace is all I can feel
Your voice is all I can hear
Your face is all I can see
Your grace is everywhere
Your grace is everywhere
Track Name: That's The Time
She grew up in Illinois
She fell in love with a local boy
She headed out of East Moline
For the mountains she never seen

Said goodbye to her ma and pa
Who were headed down to Arkansas
Gonna meet a real cowboy someday
And that’s the time
She went away

All in all
We’re all long gone
Like a river that roars its lonely call
Through the dark and cold winter nights
The sun will rise
Down the long, long road
I’ll be coming home

She crossed that river
Deep and wide
When she reached the other side
She felt a freedom she didn’t know
Now her nights were dark and cold

Back home he prayed to the Lord above
That he would always be in love
She couldn’t feel his warmth from miles away
And that’s the time she did stray

He knew he best be moving on
For that fair love of his was gone
And time don’t wait for any man
Although some days he’d go back again

His brother took on the family farm
Never meaning any harm
The bottle never was his friend
And that’s the time he met his end
Track Name: The Stream
I wanna go where the yellow corn grows
Stand in the shade of an old oak tree
I wanna go where the whistle blows
And ride that train until I’m free

I wanna go where the green grass grows
Picking cat tails down by the stream
I wanna go where the river flows
And sail away right out to sea

I wanna go where the cool breeze blows
I wanna squish that sand beneath my toes
I wanna go where the pale moon glows
And lights the night so I can see

Life is a long, long dream
A dream is just a short life

My spirit hides on a mountain side
Near a one room cabin I call my home
When I climb to the top
I shake hands with the sun
And we smile down at the earth below

Look front to see my life before me
Look back to see what used to be
A head full of plans
And a dream in the hand
And the sound of the stream to comfort me

In the nighttime the sky is a silver screen
All the stars come out to comfort me
The full moon glows
And the cool breeze blows me
A song from a band of coyotes
Track Name: Just One Thing
As the days go by
The memories will fade
Like the setting of the sun upon the earth
And all we leave behind is the friendships we make
So understand a smile for what it’s worth

Just one thing I ask before you go
Play me that old song you used to know
And I will sit right here
Just wondering where all the time has gone

For all the things we never had
And all those things we never did
And all those things we’re never gonna do
And all those dreams we never dreamed
And all those things we never seen
And all those things we’re never gonna follow through

Just one thing
I ask before you go
Play me that old tune you used to know
And I will sit right here
Just wondering whatever became of you

If left it all right now to follow you behind
Perhaps somethings weren’t meant for me to find
For all the things I have and all I have to learn
I’d be sinning if I left those stones unturned

Just one thing I ask of you my friend
Never try to change a man again
Cause I’m gonna sit right here
Watch life go by my side
Wondering how it ever passed me by

And it’s just one thing i ask of you my friend
Cause I’m gonna sit right here
And watch life go by my side
Wondering how it ever passed me by
I’ll be wondering how it ever passed me by
Track Name: Mirror Of The Sea
If this life was mine
I’d pick the time
When I leave this world
Behind closed doors
Willingly I know I have to go
When you call me home
So this life is really yours

Help me to serve you
Help me to serve you
Help me to serve you
Help me to serve you

When times were good
I misunderstood
You need a few holes in the lampshade
To let light through
When I had no choice
I heard your voice
Now I know exactly what I need to do

Help me to know you
Help me to know you
Help me to know you
Help me to know you

Let the songs of saints
Adorn my ears
And my hands with rings of charity
I’d like a necklace of a gentle voice
Sweet words like pearls
That shine with honesty

Help me to love you
Help me to love you
Help me to love you
Help me to love you

If this rocky earth should be my bed
The entire sky would blanket me
And I’d be dressed in an endless forest
And I’d smile at myself in the mirror of the sea

Help me to be one with you
Help me to be one with you
Help me to be one with you
Help me to be one with you

Help me to serve you
Help me to know you
Help me to love you
Help me to be one with you
Track Name: Together
The song I came to sing remains unsung
The song I came to sing remains unsung
For I have spent my days
Unstringing and restringing my instrument

The lamp I came to light remains unlit
The lamp I came to light remains unlit
For I have paid the price of years
Searching here and there for the right lampshade

The moment I prayed for has not yet come
The moment I prayed for has not yet come
And from the start of anticipating
The pain of waiting
It fills my heart

Seems I’ve loved you now countless times
Seems I’ve loved you now countless times
Together
Life to life
Age to age
Forever
Track Name: Rack Up
It’s your break
Here’s the cue
I can’t take my eyes off of you
Eight ball or nine
Either ones fine
You gotta rack up
Rack up your love for me
Come on and put your arms around me baby

You will see
How to say just what I wish
I’m gonna put a spell of love
Using eight ball or nine
Either one’s fine

You gotta rack up your love
Rack up your life for me
Come on and put em in the pockets
One two three

Chalk up
Solids and stripes
You know the green felt
It felt so nice

In the day
In the night
I’m banking on you to turn on your love light
Track Name: Early To Bed
Early to bed
Early to rise
Leaves your life with no surprise
I got no ears to hear your lies
I got no eyes to hypnotize
Fall in love
Or fallin’ out
Leaves your life with no doubt
Got no voice to scream or shout
Still you know what I’m talking about
As I sing
Price of a man to make his stand
They send you off to a foreign land
I got no time to play my hand
I guess I’ll fall in line again
But I’ll sing
Track Name: Pegged
Well I met a sweet mama
In her hand was three dollars
She was about to board a CTA train
She said, “I gotta get going
cause the wind keeps blowing
and I wanna stay outta the rain”

Now I walk down a few blocks
Where the money always talks
And the glasses fill up with wine
And they said here’s a quick toast
To the host with the most
So I got outta there in five minutes time

Oh walking these streets
Dragging these feet
Carrying my worn out legs
The bus is running late
It’s a quarter past eight
And this time’s got me pegged

Well I went to your house
Just as quiet as a mouse
About four in the afternoon
But you snuck up behind me
Said, “Please don’t lie to me
Since when have you been wearing perfume?”

Now I stand trial on the Magnificent Mile
It’s not so magnificent in the rain
And I’m hungry and broke
And my clothes are all soaked
And now it’s time for me to get on the train

Riding this train
Racking my brain
Resting these worn out legs
The rain overhead is falling like lead
And this time’s got me pegged
Track Name: Price Of Your Advice
If I knew the price of your advice
Your advice, I would take
And if I knew the price of your advice
Your advice, I would take

And if I knew your worth
Well I’d scour the earth
I’d scour the earth just to find
If I knew your worth
I’d scour the earth just to find you

But if all that I find was piece of mind
Well piece of mind would be fine
If all that I find was piece of mind
Well piece of mind would be fine

But if all along I saw all that was wrong
All that was wrong I would change
If all along I saw all that was wrong
All that was wrong I would change

So give me the strength to be the change
To be the change that surrounds
Give me the strength to be the change
To be the change that surrounds me

But if all that I knew
If all that I knew
Was all that was true
I’d be free
If all that I knew
Was all that was true
I’d teach it to you to be free too
Track Name: Barefoot Brothers
In my life
I have seen the changes
I have know the ranges
You have left me to ride
And I will meet my barefoot brothers
And we’ll greet each other
When we reach the other side

And I’ve been trailed
By men with horses
And men with torches
Wanting me to feel their fire
But I have found
My steady sound
And my stable ground
Has pulled me from the mire

I don’t know when I’m returning
Leave a candle burning
So the flickers catch my eye
And I will see your smiling face
Feel your warm embrace
In the sweet by and by

In my life I have see the changes
I have know the ranges
You have left me to ride
And I will meet my barefoot brothers
And we’ll greet each other
When we reach the other side
Track Name: Guest House
This being human is a guest house
And every morning, a new arrival
The joy of depression, a meanness
Some momentary awareness
Comes as unexpected guests
Welcome and entertain them all
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture
Remember to treat each guest honorably
He might be clearing you out for new delight

This being human is a guest house
And every morning a new arrival
The dark thought, shame ,and malice
Greet them all at the door laughing
Laugh, invite them in
Welcome and entertain them all
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture
Be grateful to each guest who comes
Because each one has been sent as a guide from above

This being human is a guest house
Track Name: Light From The Sun
Oh my heart
What shore will you cross
There’s no ocean, no boatman

Oh my heart
What end will you reach
There’s no road, no traveler before you

A cloud of rain
Becomes a river
A river dries
Becomes a cloud
Like a ray of light from the sun
Love
We are not two
We are one

Oh my heart
When boundaries depart
And the thought of being bounded

Oh my heart
Remain in your seat
You are whole
And ever complete
Track Name: All That's Left
Mama didn’t pay her any mind
Thought that she should bide her time
Her love was like a rattlesnake
She would warn you off so many times
And getting close was a big mistake

She headed north to Santa Fe
Knew she had to get away
Never took no one’s advice
The day that she left home
She was gone without thinking twice

And all that’s left is gone away
He never had enough to wet his taste
Though she said it was an endless well
He knew it would dry up someday

She dreams in colors
Greens and blues
Says they never do come true
But she forgot about the rest
She held tight to what she thought was right
And loose to what she knew was best

She said that fate was just a game
And that we all end up the same
And this was how she lived her life
It’s a wonder that she did so well
Living on the edge of a knife

She said that love was just a lie
Made up by those afraid to die
Sometimes I think she’s right
How can we let go when our hearts
Get lonely in the night
Track Name: Hard Life To Live
It’s a hard
It’s a hard life to live
When your love
When your love goes unreturned
And you got so much to give

And it’s a hard
It’s a hard life to live
When you got so much to give
And no love in return
Well you got so much to learn

But I believe
I believe in peace on earth
For what it’s worth
I know we can make amends
I know we can all be friends

I can’t find
I can’t find no easy way
To make up
For all the things I didn’t say
And all the things I did

So take the time
Take the time to say it right
You could’ve lied
You could’ve lied to be polite
But you know I can’t take a joke

Cause it’s a hard
It’s a hard life to live
When your love
When your love
Goes unreturned
And you got so much to give

And it’s a hard
It’s a hard life to live
When you got so much to give
And no love in return
Well you got so much to learn

Now if you left
If you left it up to me
You may not agree
With the things you thought you’d see
Or what it oughta be
That don’t make
That don’t make your garden grow
What do you know about it anyhow
That you didn’t know by now
Track Name: Only Good
Look up to space
Because it’s so pure
Detach from this place
Look at the trees
And how they endure
Summer’s heat
And winter’s freeze
I feel the grass below my feet
It’s humbly watching us pass
Feel the air upon my cheek
Whispering, “Be prepared to move anywhere.”

We’re given two eyes to see
Only good
We’re given two ears to hear
Only good
We’re given two hands to do
Only good
We’re one heart to love

But do you really know what love is?
Do you really know what love can do?
Do you really know what love is?
It ain’t something you give to only a few
Do you really know what love is?

True love says to everything that is near
I will take good care of you
I will take good care of you

I look at the sun and how it don’t judge
Shines on the good ones and bad ones
Came to a rich town to see the best dressed
But everyone worn a frown
I knew a beggar who had no arms
His smile was wide and warm
I go to the sea just to see how it breathes
Conscious and rhythmically

True love says to everything that is near
I will take good care of you