Vacilador

by The Giving Tree Band

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"Vacilador"

A Spanish word used by John Steinbeck that has no direct English translation. Loosely interpreted, it refers to an adventurer who goes on a quest for something that he knows cannot be found but continues seeking nonetheless. And what is discovered along the path proves to be more valuable than what he was searching for in the first place.

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released October 2, 2012

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All songs written, arranged, performed, and recorded by The Giving Tree Band.

ERIC "E" FINK: Lead and Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Hammond B3 Organ, Percussion, Harmonica

TODD FINK: Lead and Backing Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Banjos, Banjolele

PHILIP "PHILZEE" ROACH: Backing Vocals, Violin, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Hand Bells, Acoustic Guitar

SCOTT "WOODY" WOODS: Lead and Backing Vocals, Hollow Neck Lap Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar

ERIK "NORM" NORMAN: Backing Vocals, Mandolin, Grand Piano, Tack Piano



With:

ZACHARIAH "Z" OOSTEMA: Backing Vocals on tracks 1, 4, 6, 14. Drums on tracks 3, 5, 6. Percussion on track 14

KARL "CHARLIE KARLS" KIESER: Backing Vocals on tracks 1, 5, 14. Electric Bass on tracks 3, 5, 6. Upright Bass on track 7.

PATRICK BURKE: Electric Bass

JUSTIN "4C" FORSYTHE: Drums



Additional Musicians:

HONNA AUSTIN: Violin on tracks 4, 5, 8, 13
CHAD BELL: Trumpet on track 5
LAUREN CANITIA: Violin on track 5
GUADALUPE GARCIA: Violin on tracks 4, 8, 13
ANDREW HUNTER: Trumpet on tracks 1, 4, 13
ROBERT "BASEMENT BOB" ISELY: Backing Vocals and Claps on track 1
CARA JANELLE: Slide Whistle and Scream Whistle on track 9
EMILY MARTIN: Backing Vocals and Claps on track 1
DION MORALES: Viola on tracks 4, 8, 13
ADRIANA SALGADO: Cello on tracks 4, 8, 13
NICOLE STARK: Backing Vocals on track 5
MICHAEL TOWNLEY: Trombone on tracks 4, 5, 9
KRISTIN VAZIRI: Violin on tracks 4, 5, 8, 13


Vocal, String, and Horn Arrangements by Philip Roach
Additional Notation by Patrick Burke
'Brown Eyed Women,' written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia

Produced by E. Fink
Assistant Production by Philip Roach
Executive Producers: Tom & Tobi Staudacher
Additional Executive Producers: Andrew & Sandra Bell

Recorded and Mixed at Crooked Creek Studios, Yorkville IL
Engineered and Mixed by E. Fink
Assistant Engineering by Scott Woods

Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, Los Angeles CA

Album Layout and Design by Brittany Mayer
Crooked Creek Records Project Manager: Cara Janelle

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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: Cold Cold Rain
Lightning struck the day I left
In your defense I do regret
I’d be lying to say I never thought of you

But I had to live another way
If I wanted to live another day
‘Cause I can’t help but do the things I do

And I was standin’
In the cold
Cold cold rain
When a north wind
A north wind blew
My love away, my love away

Whiskey soaked by the firelight
That pale moon was on the rise
And stars shone through the darkest of the night

And I could tell things weren’t quite right
You were gone like a bird in flight
And I couldn’t even lift my hand to fight

When they came to take me down
I was glad that you were not around
But why’d you tell them where I could be found

And clouds filled up that lonely sky
And I will see it by and by
But off into the darkness I did ride
Track Name: Higher Than The Levee
Baby stands on his own two feet
His momma played the Rock n’ Roll
His daddy worked for the Union to save his soul

He shed a tear but he never cried
He headed out west and he never tired
He wanted to live his life before he goes…

Before he goes
Before he goes
Before he goes
On down the road

And it climbed higher than the levee
But the damn she didn’t break
And we cried all the way to Texas in the rain

And to lend a helping hand
Was a chance she didn’t take
Now he’s holding back the sorrow and the pain

He had a hammer that he knew how to swing
But the railroad was his daddy’s thing
So he got himself a guitar and he learned to make it sing

He met a girl just the other day
He thought he found love but got shipped away
He wanted to say goodbye before he goes…
Track Name: Brown Eyed Women
Gone are the days when the ox fell down
Take up the yoke and plow the fields around
Gone are the days when the ladies said
“Please, Gentle Jack Jones, won’t you come to me”

1920 when he stepped to the bar
Drank to the dregs of the whiskey jar
1930 when the wall caved in
He paid his way selling red-eyed gin

Brown-eyed women and red grenadine
The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean
The sound of the thunder and the rain pouring down
And it looks like the old man’s getting on

Deliliah Jones was the mother of twins
Two times over and the rest were sins
Raised eight boys only I turned bad
Didn’t get the lickings that the other ones had

Tumble-down shack in Big Foot County
Snowed so hard that the roof caved in
Delilah Jones went to meet her God
And the old man never was the same again

Daddy made whiskey and he made it well
Cost two dollars and it burned like hell
I cut hickory just to fire the still
I had just one drink and I was ready to kill
Track Name: Miss You Now
The smile you gave
It outweighed
Any pain
Anyhow

I said that I’d wait
And give you some space
Then you took the next train
Right outta town

But I miss you now

Like the fruit on a tree
You wanna break free
Before you’re ripe enough to eat
Now you’re lying on the ground

I missed you when I was weak
But looking I’m standing up straight
And I don’t wanna wait
‘Til I fall back down

So I’m gonna miss you now

I let you go
So you know
That you’re always free
When your head’s full of doubt
Stuck in the clouds
You can always kneel

The tide of my love
Rose to a flood
Made you run
For fear you might drown

And I miss you now.
Track Name: Dead Heroes
What do you do when your heroes are dead
The laughs are out and it’s all been said
What do you do when you’re all alone again

What do you do when the money’s all gone
The trees are cut and the paper’s worn
What do you do when you can’t get blood from a stone

What do you do when the church bell rings
And God’s gone on to finer things
What do you do when you have no songs to sing

You move it on
You move it on
You move it on
You move it on

What do you do when your heroes are dead
The lies are out and it’s all been said
What do you do when your nights are cold and lonely

What do you do when the waters run dry
And tears like rain don’t fall from the sky
What do you do when the only word’s “goodbye”

What do you do when the church bell rings
And God’s gone on to finer things
What do you do when we have no songs to sing

Just as the wheel turns
My heart still burns
And now I’m waiting on the rains to calm my flames

Just as the river flows
My love still grows
Now I’m waiting on you to wait on me

Just as the day is long
My back is still strong
And I can carry that weight all the way home

And you can run
But you can’t hide it
I’m gonna find out what you had in mind.
Track Name: Silent Man
You’ve been asking for forgiveness
For falling off the trail
You’ve been wanting so much to give this
New life a try and not to fail

Confessing all your weakness
To a silent man on a silent road
Telling him your desire to keep this
New life of smiles, riches, and gold

It’s not easy, my dear
To keep the faith and lose the fear
But it’s easy to see
This is not where you want to be

You’ve been telling lots of stories
About how you loved and how you laughed
About your own conquests and glories
Denying the truth about your past

You can reside with your comforts
Knowing you’ll never be apart
From the silent man of support
Who will continue to break your heart

It’s not easy, my dear
To keep the faith and lose the fear
But it’s easy to see
This is not where you want to be
Track Name: Quiet Star
Like a quiet star
I wanna shine on everyone
With nothing to call my own
All I can give is the light of my love
And know that it will shine on
To reach your heart long after I’m gone

I know that I’ve seen you
It’s hard to explain
I know what we’ve been through
Is part of the game
The way that we feel
Is exactly the same
Please don’t be sad

When I leave on that train
The light of my love will always remain

I shined here and there
But you reflect the light back so well
Like a pond that’s clear and still
In you I see myself
So I smile from ear to ear
The way one plays
In front of the mirror

I know that I dreamed you
It’s hard to explain
All that’s old seems to
Be new once again
The way that we feel
Is exactly the same
Please don’t be sad
When I leave on that train

The light of my love
Will always remain
Track Name: Once Or Twice Before
I was walking with her shadow
On the sunny side of the road
And I know that she must love him
Or at least that’s what I’ve been told

Then my mind begins to wonder
How this story will unfold
As it has done once or twice before
Or ten thousand times ago

And I withhold my words
So as not to glorify my kind
And I understand these feelings
Are outside the gates of time

And the truth will be revealed
When you hold your hand in mine
But my thoughts they are misleading
And your help I cannot find

Well once or twice before
Or ten thousand times ago
All the lives that I have led
Oh will I ever know

Well my love is hard to bear
You know this I’ve surely shown
At least once or twice before
Or ten thousand times ago.
Track Name: Limbo
Do you know that my eyes exhale love
As easy as a flower yields its scent

Take it slow my nightingale moves
As easy as the hour came and went

I guess I never said hello
You never said goodbye
I’m here in limbo
Not sure if I should laugh or cry

Love has a gift it would die to give
But it has to wait for it to be accepted

Love adorns itself and tries to prove
It’s inner joy with outward beauty

If you ask how are you
I will answer how are you
If you’re happy then I’m happy too

Just beyond the land of right and wrong is where
You’ll find a field and I’ll wait for you there
Track Name: Ragweed Rose
Ragweed Rose loves the spirits
and the hear-its
Like the “he said” “she said” “sign of the times”
and “the things to come”
She would stay up all night
Drinking wrongs right
Sipping elderberry wine
‘Til the dawn’s early light

She would walk the streets
Calling out for me
But her old man’s a better man
Than I could ever be

She would walk a moonless mile
Just to see me smile
Then take the train back home again
And love him for a while

Ragweed Rose won’t you come to me
She can’t be mine, but she can’t be free
So go on back home, baby
Or be alone, baby
She only loves me when I’m gone

In the spring, we’d climb the hills
To watch the wildflowers grow
And Rose would love me more
Than I would ever know

She would dance among the pines
With the flowers in her hair
And it would seem that life
Would not make fools of us again

I went back to see her
But the hills had turned to gold
The sky had turned to silver
And Rose had grown old

The years had been so kind
To Rose’s peace of mind
Loving this is easy
But the time is hard to find.
Track Name: I Can't Stay
I’ve been pushin’ five hundred miles a day
And I could’ve done more but you know
I can’t stay away
And Lord I can’t stay

I wanna do right
Wanna do right
Wanna do right

She said, “I’m gonna phone your mother
Or tell your brother
I saw you outside trying to cause yourself pain
What do I need to do to get you…
To come in out of the rain.”

Are you in love with the man with the covered eyes
The sweet mornin’ dew or the starry twilight
Now it could be wrong or it could be right
But what do I need to do to get you…
To get you home tonight

I’ve been out there on the road
And I find myself alone
The place where I’m forgotten
Is the place that I’ll call home

Little red barn
Down at Anna’s farm
I never meant to hurt you
I never meant to do you harm
But what do I need to do to tell you
In the morning I’ll be gone.
Track Name: River King
And she said,
“What’s the matter, son
Don’t you play me no sad, sad song
Well come a little closer, now
You know I can’t do you no wrong.”

“Are you trying to find yourself
or lose yourself
Maybe you don’t know which
But don’t try to be something else
Cause baby, you know it don’t
pay to switch”

“See the lizard walks on the rocks
And the sun don’t burn his feet
It just goes to show
That wherever you go is the
place to be”

“But it seems like these days
Everybody wants to be
somewhere else
It seems like these days
Ain’t no body want to be themselves”

And she said,
“Here’s a dollar, boy
Won’t you lie to me”
I said, “I’m gonna walk away
So I can finally be free”

But I guess even an honest man can
lose his word if he’s hungry enough

Then she said
“Be like the wind
Don’t you let nobody tell you
when or which way to blow
Cause if you worry too much
about how you’re gonna get there
Then you might never go”

“And it seems like these days
There ain’t no money in the truth
And it seems like these days
Ain’t no body know what to do”

All I wanted was a taste of freedom
But all I got was old memories
Though she wanted to be received
I wouldn’t have changed a single thing

And she said,
“What’s the matter, son
Don’t you play me no sad, sad song
Come a little closer, now
You know I ain’t gonna do you
no wrong”

“Are you trying to find yourself
or lose yourself
Maybe you don’t know which
But don’t try to be someone else
Cause honey, you know it don’t
pay to switch”

“You see the River King knows one thing
That we all don’t understand
You gotta go with the flow
You can’t let the hand of the man
dam you up”

“And it seems like these days
We all could use a drink from
a lovin’ cup
And it seems like these days
We all could use a drink from
a lovin’ cup!”
Track Name: Forgiveness And Permission
There is moonlight in the distance
Throwing shadows on the ridge
Tree lying on the the ground
River and the wind
And I don’t make a sound
For I am not alone
I am not alone

It’s easier
to ask for your forgiveness
Than to ask for your permission
It’s easier
to ask for your opinion
After the decision

But I find myself wishing
That you were here with me
So you could set me free

I’ll find my way
I’ll find my way
I’ll find my way
Back home

Where I belong
Where I belong
Where I belong

We’ll meet again
We’ll meet again
We’ll meet again
Down the road
Where we began
Where we began
Where we began
Track Name: Thief
I’ve got you and you’ve got me
We’re so chained, we think we’re free
These things in life don’t have to be
Leave it to you to leave it to me

Money is funny and you say it’s a game
Where the winners and losers are all the same
Money is funny and you say it’s a joke
Well keep on laughing, we’ll all be broke

So I went down to the old race track
To see if I could win your money back
But I bet on a three-legged dog to bring it back home
And he just rolled like a rolling stone

No room for a thief in this place
He’ll steal that smile right from your face
Shows no remorse when he steals your gold
Don’t care if you’re rich, don’t care if you’re old
Like stealing candy from a baby’s mouth
The north wind blows and he’s headin’ south
I went home to see my kin
And let them know the shape I’m in
I can’t stand to see my momma cry
So you pushed me down and kicked my eye
You know you can’t always get your way
You wanted to leave, but I wanted to stay
You know you can’t always get your way, baby
You wanted to buy, but you didn’t want to pay
I’ve got you and you’ve got me
We’re so chained, we think we’re free
These things in life don’t have to be
Leave it to you to leave it to me

But I got no time so what can I do
Well, leave it to me to leave it to you.