Bobtown

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Our eponymous debut album, released August 2010.

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released August 1, 2010

CREDITS:
KAREN DAHLSTROM: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
KATHERINE ETZEL: Vocals, Accordion, Spoons, Percussion
FRED STESNEY: Bass Guitar, Vocals
JEN MCDEARMAN: Vocals, Percussion
GARY KEENAN: Acoustic Guitar; Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Charlie Shaw: drums on track 10
Paul Petit: organ on track 4
Shaky Dave Pollack: harmonica on track 10


ALBUM DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY & LOGO: Maria Eugenia Marcial
BAND PHOTO: Ric Firmino
"BLACK DOG" ILLUSTRATION: Mark Welsh (www.elsh.com.au)

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Track Name: Take Me Down
TAKE ME DOWN

Take me down to the river where the work can be done
My poor soul to deliver, by your hand I am gone
Take me down to the river, ‘tis your shame and heavy load
That shall lay with you ever, that shall burn in your soul

Take me down to the river where the water waits for me
Will you shake? Will you quiver? Beg for God’s own mercy?
Take me down to the river…did we not fall from grace?
Throw my bones in the water leave my ghost in their place

Ahh ahh

Take me down to the river as you yield to the dark
It’s as cold, unforgiving as the bullet in my heart
Take me down to the water do not pray for my soul
It is thee who has fallen, who has made his own hole
It is thee who has fallen, who has made his own hole
It is thee who has fallen, who will reap…what…he sows
Track Name: My Soul
MY SOUL

Do you have a minute for me, Lord?
Do you have a minute for me, Lord?
Do you have a minute for me, Lord?
I need to know my soul

You said all sins would be forgiven, Lord
You said all sins would be forgiven, Lord
You said all sins would be forgiven, Lord
You need to know my soul

My soul, my soul, won't you carry it a little
Lift it to the heavens and let it shine
My soul, my soul, won't you bury it a little
In forgiveness by and by

I know the world is hurtin' ain't it, Lord
I know the world is hurtin' ain't it, Lord
I know the world is hurtin' ain't it, Lord
We need to know our soul

Our soul, our soul, won't you carry it a little
Lift it to the heavens and let it shine
Our soul, our soul, won't you bury it a little
In forgiveness by and by

(soul) - windows shut now
(soul) - cannot see
(soul) - the savior we are supposed to be

Do you have a minute for me, Lord
Do you have a minute for me, Lord
Do you have a minute for me, Lord
I need to know my soul

My soul, my soul, won't you carry it a little
Lift it to the heavens and let it shine
My soul, my soul, won't you bury it a little
In forgiveness by and by
Track Name: Shadow Of The Mountain
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN

The valley’s green in the shadow of the mountain,
the valley’s where I’m gonna go
I’ll lay me down, sink into the tall grass,
let the earth cover up my bones

I’ve walked for miles to sleep among the clover,
so many years, so many days
I’m gonna rest my weary soul here,
let the world hold me for a change

The sun is going down on me now, shining on to a new day
I’m gonna stay here, in the valley, and let this world be on its way

This life goes on when happiness is over,
the joy of youth, it flies away
And when they my lonely tombstone
my memory will soon start to fade

The valley’s green in the shadow of the mountain,
the valley’s where I’ll call my home
I’ll lay me down, sink into the tall grass,
let the earth cover up my bones

The sun is going down on me now, shining on to a new day
I’m gonna stay here, in the valley, and let this world be on its way

Oh, my mountain… Oh, my Jesus
Oh, my mountain…Oh, my Jesus
Track Name: Boomer's Blues
BOOMERS’ BLUES

Hey, hey, the rain won’t stop, been waitin for days to get the crop
Cold, forlorn we weather the storm - now it’s time to go home

Hey, hey, to see his face, to feel his warmth and sweet embrace
Cold, forlorn we weather the storm - now it’s time to go home

Hey, hey, the pain won’t stop, my shoulders are tired, my spirit shot
We labor and chore, hobbled and sore - now it’s time to go home

Hey, hey, to see his face, to feel his warmth and sweet embrace
Labored the chore, hobbled and sore - now it’s time to go home

Went a long time now we (went a long time now)
Gonna bring me home to see my reward (went a long time now)
Heaven gonna hear my plea (went a long time now)
Gonna bring me home to meet my Lord

Hey, hey, to see the light, to never have another dog in the fight
My trial’s run, my day is done - now I want to go home

Went a long time now we (went a long time now)
Gonna bring me home to see my reward (went a long time now)
Heaven gonna hear my plea (went a long time now)
Gonna bring me home to meet my Lord

Hey, hey, the rain won’t stop, been waitin for days to get the crop
Cold, forlorn we weather the storm - now it’s time to go home

The time has come, been growing near, the end of all my troubles here
Cold, forlorn we weather the storm, now it’s time to go home
Track Name: Short Life Of Trouble
SHORT LIFE OF TROUBLE
(Traditional)

Short life of trouble
A few more words to part
Short life of trouble, dear girl
For a boy with a broken heart

You know what you promised
not more than a week ago
You promised that you'd marry me
standing in your mama's door

But now you broke your promise
Go marry whom you may
Oh, this old world, so big and so wide
I'll ramble back some day

Short life of trouble
A few more words to part
Short life of trouble, dear girl
For a boy with a broken heart

Sitting on my bedside
thinking the whole day through
I'd give all this world and half my life
Just to be married to you

And I hear a train a-coming
it's blowing a station blow
I'd rather be dead and in my grave
Than to see my darlin' go

Short life of trouble
A few more words to part
Short life of trouble, dear girl
For a boy with a broken heart

My right foot's on the platform
My left foot's on the train
They'll carry me down to old Asheville town
Just to wear that ball and chain

I see my casket coming
And it's all lined in black
They'll take me to that little graveyard
To never bring me back

Short life of trouble
A few more words to part
Short life of trouble, dear girl
For a boy with a broken heart
Track Name: Black Dog
BLACK DOG

Late at night (late at night)
in the dark (in the dark)
Black dog (black dog)
Comin' for ya (comin' for ya)
Late at night (late at night)
In the dark (in the dark)
Black dog (black dog)
Comin' for ya (comin' for ya)

Ooooh, Ooooh

In the sunshine with the sweet wine, days flow so easily
Simple beauty, bliss and truly time to be free…time to be free
Late at night (late at night)
in the dark (in the dark)
Black dog (black dog)
Comin' for ya (comin' for ya)
Late at night (late at night)
In the dark (in the dark)
Black dog (black dog)
Comin' for ya (comin' for ya)

But slowly, fading, slipping into twilight
Shadows snaking welcome the night…welcome the night

At the edge of darkness, sits your only king
Man's best friend, they say, but he's not listening...
He doesn't do trick, he cannot be tamed
His joy is your sorrow, he carries no shame, carries no shame
Ooooh, Ooooh
Track Name: Little Bit Of Livin (Before I Die)
Little Bit of Living (Before I Die)


(Little bit of living, before I die)
Went to sea at sixteen all I seen is New Orleans
Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die
Went back home and I find
washed away in the flood of twenty-nine
Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die
Little bit of fun, little bit of pain, little bit of sun, little bit of rain
Wouldn’t want to do it all again
Little bit of living, before I die

Got a job with a traveling show met a girl in Ohio
Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die
Settled down, had a son eight years gone and away she run
Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die
Little bit of fun, little bit of pain, little bit of sun, little bit of rain
Wouldn’t want to do it all again
Little bit of living, before I die

Went out west to find some gold - don’t believe every dream you’re told
Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die
I was broke couldn’t make bail, Counting days in the county jail
Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die
Little bit of fun, little bit of pain, little bit of sun, little bit of rain
Wouldn’t want to do it all again
Little bit of living, before I die

Rode those restless rails until, I found heaven in the Texas hills
Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die
At fifty-three, they buried me underneath that cottonwood tree
Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die
Little bit of fun, little bit of pain, little bit of sun, little bit of rain
Think I’d do it all again
Little bit of living, before I die
Track Name: We Will Bury You
WE WILL BURY YOU

We will bury you in all your finery
Casket rolling by in blackened pageantry
We will bury you singing songs of praise
Symphonic elegy recounting all your days

We will bury you beside our kings and queens
the common give you thanks for living out their dreams
We will bury you with flowers piled high
and twenty-one brass guns pointed at the sky

Sleep upon rusted laurels, sleep upon gilded fame
Sleep upon a thousand winters while the stones forget your name

We will bury you in our hallowed ground
Blazing cornets…reverberation sound
We will bury you under gleaming spires
Deliver you to God’s invisible empire

Sleep upon rusted laurels, sleep upon gilded fame
Sleep upon a thousand winters while the stones forget your name
Track Name: Don't Wake It Up
DON’T WAKE IT UP

Some things are better unsaid
some pain to hold inside your head
It’s sweeter sleepin’ with the dead
never to be free

Take advice from those who know
there’s only one escape from woe
Be quiet, silent questions so
you will someday see

This is why sleeping dogs lie
Don’t push your luck…
Don’t wake it up
No, no
Don’t wake it up

It all happened one night
Stirred up such a fright
They witnessed the end
with hearts broken, deeds unspoken
vowing to pretend

Borrow trouble and you may
open wounds of yesterday
Step closer and yes someone will pay
but we will finally see

This is why sleeping dogs lie
Don’t push your luck…
Don’t wake it up
No, no
Don’t wake it up
Track Name: Hell And Gone
HELL AND GONE

For all the years you’ve taken and all of the times I tried
Gonna break free of these chains and hop the fastest train
And you will be the one to cry

I’m gonna ride from city to city and I’ll blow in like a hurricane
With my eyes rimmed in black and silk on my back
Ain’t nowhere gonna be the same

Ain’t gonna write you a letter - Ain’t gonna come back home
You’re gonna see me never - No matter where I roam
When you hear that whistle blowin
Lord, I’ll be hell and gone, hell and gone

And I’ll smoke all the tea in China, and I’ll drink all the whiskey stills dry
Leave a trail of broken hearts and that’s just for a start,
and you won’t need to wonder why

All the men folk will shake and quiver and the women will weep and moan
Holy rollers beggin’ please, prayin down on their knees
For the woman with the heart of stone

Ain’t gonna write you a letter – you’re gonna see me never…
By the time they see me comin’, Lord, I’ll be hell and gone
Hell and gone
Track Name: When Shall I Go
When Shall I Go?

All the fields are sewn and plowed, all the thanks were said out loud
Oh Lord, when shall I go?
In the morning when I rise…in the evening when I lie down?
Oh Lord, when shall I go?

When shall I go, Lord… when shall I go?
Unto the bright sunshine?
In the morning when I rise…in the evening when I lie down?
Oh Lord, when shall I go?

When shall I go, Lord…when shall I go?
Unto the bright sunshine?
In the morning when I rise…in the evening when I lie down?
Oh Lord, when shall I go?

Oh Lord, oh Lord, Oh Lord, oh Lord,
Oh Lord, oh Lord - Tell me…when shall I go?
Tell me…when shall I go?