The Joke, The Threat, The Obvious

by The Giving Tree Band

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4. JOKE; SOMETHING HUMOROUS. Belly buster or whopper, funny bone tickler, bender choker, chuckle getter, giggle getter, good one, hoot, howler, kick in the pants, laugh getter, laugh handler, rip-roarer, screamer, side-splitter, side-stitcher, (big) wow or wower.

22. THREAT; FORMIDABLE OPPONENT. Arsenic, bidder, bitter or sour medicine, menace, poison, powerhouse, probable trouble, warning, storm in the air, (one) tough customer or proposition.

10. OBVIOUS; APPARENT. As plain as heck, as plain as paint, as plain as plain, as plain as plain can be, a plain as shooting or writing, in plain writing, as plain as the nose on one's face, stands or stick out, sticks out a mile, sticks out all over, (dead) open-and-shut.

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released September 21, 2010

Written, Recorded & Performed By:
THE GIVING TREE BAND

E. Fink: Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitar, Harmonium, Harmonica, Upright Bass
T. Fink: Lead & Backing Vocals, Banjo
P. Burke: Backing Vocals, Upright Bass, Mandolin
A. Goss: Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitar, Tambourine, Shaker, Wood Blocks
E. Norman: Backing Vocals, Mandolin, Piano, Guitar
P. Roach: Backing Vocals, Violin
S. Woods: Lead & Backing Vocals, Slide Guitar

Vocal & String Arrangements By:
P. Burke & P. Roach

Also With:
J. Jaros: Drums, Percussion
J. O'C: Drums on tracks 1, 3 & 4
H. Austin: Viola on tracks 5, 9 & 13
J. Mauro: Cello on tracks 5, 9 & 13
C. Waiselewski: Stomps & Claps

Produced By: E. Fink

Executive Producers: Tom & Tobi Staudacher

YORKVILLE, IL:
Engineered & Mixed By: E. Fink at Crooked Creek Studios

LOS ANGELES, CA:
Mastered by: Dave Collins as Dave Collins Mastering

Director of Sustainability: Cara Waiselewski
Art Directors: Andy Goss & Joanna Goss
Layout & Design: Jen Husted of JIH Designs Inc.

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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: Red Leaves
Red leaves are falling to the grass
And he’s living in the past
Like the minute hands
And second hands that dance
And they fade away

She is waiting on a train
She is waiting on a train
She is waiting just as long as she can
Stand to be alone

And the people passing by
They would stop and wonder why
Standing long enough to breathe a happy sigh
And then be gone

And it makes us so so sad to think of what we had
And that everything we know is gonna fade
That everything we know is gonna fade
Away
Away
Track Name: Caged Lion
Well I woke up late
And I missed my chance
But I looked back for a second glance
The windmill spun and made you dance
Uh huh

Now it’s your love
That I can see
And now I hear a jamboree
Shake it up baby
Just like sugaree

In these hard hard times
Life’s deep and dark like
An old coal mine
I burn both ends
But I still can’t shine

And in these hard hard times
They box me in like an old caged lion
Got more fences than a county line
Uh huh

Well she runs so swift if you catch my drift
The waitress came and you leave her a tip
You shut your mouth
Don’t give me no lip
Uh huh

And the river rolled
And the sky grew cold
Time passed by and we grew old
I guess the rest just shouldn’t be told
Uh huh
Track Name: Which One
I make so many mistakes
But I only regret the ones that I make twice
Why do we hate to be alone
That’s the way we came
That’s the way we go

There’re two mes
One who denies and disagrees
One who accepts and believes
He can do anything he dreams
The question is not
Which one is real
But which one do you want to be
My eyes are not as good as they once were
Maybe someday I will not see faults in others

I try to be myself as best as I can
Cause everyone else is already taken
Track Name: Eventually
For the second time
My catcher in the rye
Has left and went away
Been gone since yesterday
But I, oh, I
Just haven’t got the time

As for consequence
It’s kept in confidence
I’ve got myself a few
But never wanted to

And I, oh, I still haven’t found the time
Just sitting in the back of the line
I have never wanted anybody else
I have never wanted anyone

Everybody knows
That disappointment grows
A fortnight waiting for the girl that I adore
But I, oh, I
Just haven’t got the time

Something underneath will send her
Right back to me
And we’ll be headed home to
Never be alone

Eventually
I’ll bet you’ll see
That you and me
Will fall and never fall for anybody else
Track Name: Circles
Don’t wait up
I don’t expect you to be alone
When I come home
and I won’t stay long
Just time to get my things and go
Just time to get my things and go

You can run around in circles
And see where you end up
Walk a straight line for miles
Just to find the one you love

Now I’ve been lying round for hours
Just digging for the truth
But I’ve lost the only one
Who ever understood
And now it’s all understood

I’ve been gone
For too long
But my heart still beats yeah
Even though yours has found another one
Track Name: Already Gone
I’m looking for something she’s got
She’s leaving with someone I’m not
I was hoping to take her back home
But I’ll be leaving this place on my own
Has anyone seen her face?
She’s looking for another me to replace
But she’s already gone
She’s already gone

I shiver from being so cold
I’m losing all my hope
I’ve been walking these streets all alone
I got no place to rest my bones

Spent all night catching my breath
But now I’m dropping all the air I got left
Wasting time drying my eyes
Just to bring her back by my side

Truth is I’ve been laying on the ground
Still waiting for my heart beat to sound
Lost time won’t burden my mind
If freedom’s what I’ve yet to find

Has anyone seen her face
She’s looking for another me to replace
She’s already gone
Track Name: Sometimes Things Must Fall
It’s harder to forget
Than it is to forgive
As she walked out into the golden rain
With a smile on her face
She was set for leaving
And I can’t fight for staying in this same old place

I told her I’d be coming home
I’d be coming back for scratch
But some tosses I just can’t catch
Cause sometimes things must fall
And I’ll be lucky to be coming back at all
Track Name: Rocky Road
My old man he’s just like me
Got a sense of dignity
Believes a man has a right to dream a long
This rocky road

He grew up in a flannel shirt
And he could hold his breathe til it almost hurt
He paved his way til it turned to dirt
Along this rocky road

Now the sale is on
But the sale won’t sell
And the car won’t start
Cause it’s cold as hell
Your ship came in
But you can’t tell
Along this rocky road

And I wouldn’t mind
To see your face
And I wouldn’t mind
To state my case
Cause my own thoughts
They won’t let me be

So I guess we better make our way
Cause you won’t leave
And I can’t stand to stay away

Well the big man he loves to make small talk
It hits you like an electric shock
And you stumble on down a stumbling block
Along this rocky road

And the other guy
They say he’s all talk
Like a rooster he was just born to squawk
And I wanna roll
And I just walk along
This rocky road

I wouldn’t mind to see your face
And I wouldn’t mind to state my case
Cause my own thoughts they won’t ever let me be
I guess we better make our way
Cause you won’t leave
And I can’t stand to stay gone
Track Name: Diamond
A diamond takes shape slowly
With the force of integrity
So let’s take it easy
I know we’ll get it right
A diamond takes shape slowly
With the force of integrity
So let’s take it easy
I know we’ll get it right

Who’s really rich
And who’s really poor?
Do you feel content, do you want more?
Who’s really young
And who’s really old?
Are you rich, do you have room to grow?
What do you know?

A diamond takes shape slowly
With the force of integrity
So let’s take it easy
I know we’ll get it right

Give me some dust
From your feet
And I’ll be blessed
Cause it’s had your company
Don’t let me off of this track
Even though I knock down
Each hurdle as I go

Oh but what do I know
A diamond takes shape slowly
Track Name: Moonlight Lady
There’s moonlight in your eyes
There’s moonlight in your eyes
If the sun and moon would trade their eyes
Would you tell me no more lies

There’s moonlight in your smile
There’s moonlight in your smile
If the sun and mood would switch for a while
Would you love me just like a child

She’s my moonlight lady
She loves me only when she feels afraid
And there’s nothing I can do
That’ll make her be true
Except ask the sun and moon to trade

If you know everything there is to know
Than how come when you told me so
You didn’t know why I let you go

She’s my moonlight lady
She loves me only when she feels afraid
And there’s nothing I can do to make her be true
Except ask the sun and moon to trade
Track Name: Run Dogs Run
Run run the old dogs run
The moon is calling
And the night is young

Lord, Lord did he do
He shot a man up in Tippecanoe
Wrote his wife and his father too
Said he ain’t coming back no more

Then he headed northwest to do his best
Find himself and lose the rest
But never could quench his quest
Cause they came back to settle the score

He robbed more money
Than to give you time
Seems like the deed
Don’t fit the crime
Break your spirits and take your mind
Til you have no sense of freedom

The Pinkerton boys won’t let me be
and the FBI they got nothing on me
You got your friends and I got mine
And if you can’t join em
Beat em

Now an outlaw’s day is never done
One hand on his loot
And one hand on his gun
One foot in the grave
One foot on the run
You know it’s hard to keep things together

Like Robin Hood or Jessie James
We’re taking money and taking names
Although the ends may be the same
You know the stories last forever
Track Name: Take My Place
Said I wasn’t sorry
But the truth is I lied
Cause my tongue is always tied
Around the second story that I’ve told tonight

I haven’t got a reason
Why my mind is lost at sea
Sailing with the amputees
The missing bits and pieces
Keeping company

So take my place
And tell me all the things
I’ve yet to say
Memories are leaking
Little boy long been taught
Set to reprimand my thoughts
When will I remember
What I once forgot

Sin has been forgiven
But I’ll take what I receive
Every stem and all the seeds
The barrel’s rotten apples
Have a taste for me

So take my place
And tell me all the things
I have yet to say
Please stay
And listen to the things I have yet to say

Solace is collapsing
I can hear the left unsaid
And it’s furrowing my head
And I could raise a white flag
But I’ll smile instead
Smile instead
Track Name: Three Sisters
Mad Molly was a mean old girl
She made her way around the world
She would beg borrow and steal
Men thought her love was heaven sent
Though her love didn’t pay the rent
Cause she would touch but she didn’t feel

She stole his cattle
He had to sell his saddle
Just to uphold his part of the deal

His pa was a bad outlaw
He killed a man up in Omaha
Just to prove that he was real
Headed down to New Orleans
Got himself a Cajun queen
Got mixed up in voodoo and creole

Now he’s a long long way from home
He’s a long
A long long way from home

Contrary Mary was a magic fairy
She flew so much that her wings got weary
Crashed down hard into a field
Farmer Fred he found her dead
He buried her in his flower bed
Just to see what she might yield

The ceremony was a two winged pony
There was phony Joni and all her cronies
The pot was hot
And the onions were peeled
when it came time to say goodbyes
Stop their cries and dry their eyes
The casket closed and it was sealed

Now they’re a long
Long, long way from home

I’ve been out for forty days
I’ve been out for forty nights
Just can’t keep my hand upon the wheel
Should have kept it on the plow
That’s so clear to me now
It’s harder to fall when you kneel

I saw somethings I never saw before
Their shirts and shoes were tattered and torn
You know one’s side is always concealed
Keep your mind
And mind your keep
The water’s cold if you dig real deep
And the truth will be revealed
And we’re a long
Long, long way from home
Track Name: Reflections Of My Soul
What do you see when you turn out the light?
Your deepest thought
Through eyes so bright
And a lifetime with you
In just one night
Emotions trapped that I still hold
It’s just the reflections of my soul
It was just the reflections of my soul

Tangerines and trampolines
Could it be we’re all obscene?
Or could it be I haven’t seen
The true joy that pure love brings?

In the shadows of my heart you will find
The love I hold on so
It’s just the reflections of my soul
It was just the reflections of my soul
It was just the reflections of my soul

I hold on tight I don’t think twice
Perhaps it’s love that is my vice
It’s the fumes in life that go on unseen
That our bets are left untold
I’ve been unsung for quite some time
But it was out of my control

It was just the reflection of my soul
It was just the reflection of my soul
Light the path the sun and the moon
My mind reflects the light of my soul
Track Name: Empty
Now I long to see my baby
And to hold you in my arms
And I would ask
For your forgiveness
Cause I know I’ve done you harm
Now I’m hoping it won’t be long
Til I find myself again
But for now
The earth’s been shattered
And I’ve lost my only friend

You can hold yourself against me
When we find that we are empty
And you can hold yourself against me
When we find that we are empty

And I have walked
One lonely mile
For the thought of a loving child
You would dance
And I would sing
Cause we are one