CHASING THE SUN

by Bobtown

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1.
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST Oh, lady of the wildwood how you stand straight and strong. Hide us in your branches, give us shelter from the storm. Oh, maiden of the mountain, fast asleep under the snow, keep us close beside you when the winter winds blow. We are daughters of the dust, wind-tossed, drifting. In the land of bone and rust, unsteady, shifting-- will we ever find a place for us? Oh mother river shining like a silver band, lead us through this wilderness, bring us to our promised land. Blood is on the moon wolves are closing in... We are daughters of the dust wind-tossed, drifting. In the land of bone and rust, unsteady, shifting-- will we ever find a place for us?
2.
Kryptonite 03:15
I came a long way not to go in But I've been standing still so long I don't know how to begin and I hear the whispers…will she sink or swim? I'm through treading water, I'd rather dance on the clouds And this time I’m shining like a diamond got the rhythm and the rhyme and I’ve tamed my kryptonite We've come a long way not to fall down 'cause every good lesson comes from scraping the ground
. Why do we spend our lives selling flesh by the pound-- Perfect and empty in the beds that we've made? This time we’re shining like a diamond; got the rhythm and the rhyme and we’ve tamed our kryptonite We drink a lively toast of melancholy praise, to feed the hungry ghosts of all our glory days hear them all call now, hear them all call now; Here's to savoring the moments we are tasting, and letting go of all the ones that we are wasting we are all tall now, yes, we’re all tall now This time we’re shining like a diamond got the rhythm & the rhyme & we’ve tamed our kryptonite This time we're shouting like a siren we’re rolling all our dice and we’ve tamed our kryptonite This time we’re shining like a diamond got the rhythm & the rhyme & we’ve tamed our kryptonite got the rhythm and the rhyme and we’ve tamed our kryptonite got the rhythm and the rhyme and… I came a long way not to go in but I've been standing still so long I don't know how to begin.
3.
Come On Home 03:23
We’re livin' a lie here on this road Every lane a heavy load But when you spot the exit sign You know everything will be just fine We’re losin’ our way to win again any road to reach the end but when you hold the truth in sight you know everything’s gonna be alright On the road, come on home On the road, come on home You’re making a deal out in the dark Ol’ devil spinnin' round your heart Turn about those evil ways You know everything’s gonna be ok In the dark, find your heart In the dark, find your heart We’re livin' a lie here on this road Every lane a heavy load But when you spot the exit sign You know everything will be just fine On the road, come on home On the road, come on home On the road, come on home On the road, come on home
4.
She was an American girl raised on promises
 She couldn't help thinkin' that there was a little more to life somewhere else
 After all it was a great big world, with lots of places to run to 
And if she had to die tryin' she 
had one little promise she was gonna keep 

Oh yeah, all right
 Take it easy, Baby, make it last all night 
She was an American girl 
 Well it was kinda cold that night she stood alone on her balcony 
Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by 
Out on 441, like waves crashin' on the beach
 And for one desperate moment there he crept back in her memory 
God it's so painful when something that's so close
 Is still so far out of reach 

Oh yeah, all right 
Take it easy, Baby, make it last all night 
She was an American girl Oh, yeah….oh, yeah Oh yeah, all right
 Take it easy, Baby, make it last all night 
She was an American girl
5.
Hazel 03:11
Hazel takes a walk down by the river, God forgive her For she knows not what she’s done Pondering her path, she is shaken, God forsaken Will she ever see the sun? Hazel is a girl with no tomorrow, life of sorrow And no love to call her own Caught up in a world of true obsession, pure possession Does she have a heart of stone? The darkest heart and evil hands blind our children’s eyes As every witness takes the stand to show the devil in disguise She shakes and quivers, oh, Lord, deliver her from delirium May mercy reign, frenzy refrain until thy kingdom come Hazel prays for pardon, hope and wonders, buried under Will truth triumph in the end? Knowing that the past forever haunts her, ever taunts her Is she destined to pretend? The darkest heart and evil hands blind our children’s eyes As every witness takes the stand to show the devil in disguise... Hazel takes a walk down by the river, God forgive her
6.
Let You Go 03:53
LET YOU GO It’s wonderful to see you--I know it’s not the plan but I’m gonna tell you something I hope you’ll understand. Got a secret inclination to leave this all behind ‘cause I’ve been very patient, but I’m only killing time. If we don’t go soon, we won’t go o’er the moon I love you more than you could know But, my love, I have to let you go. I’ve been holding my tongue--she’s holding your hand, she’s pancakes on Sunday and I’m soup right from the can, I’ve been writing you the love songs, but her voice fills your head, it seems like it’s been years, I’m hanging from this thread. And if we don’t go soon, we won’t go o’er the moon, I love you more than you could know But, my love, I have to let you go. I thought that we’d grow old together, and I waited patiently, but I’ve never felt so lonely as when you lay next to me. So I’m done with understanding, and with empathy, I’m through, I’m not giving up on love, Dear, I’m just giving up on you. And if I don’t go soon, I won’t go o’er the moon-- I love you more than you could know But, my love, I have to let you go
7.
In My Bones 02:59
IN MY BONES Death come knockin’ in the evening air Found me sleepin’ in the rockin’ chair Rollin off me like sticks and stones ‘cause I’ve got livin’ in my… Death come knockin’ in the evening air Found me sleepin’ in the rockin’ chair Rollin off me like sticks and stones ‘cause I’ve got livin’ in my bones Finally got a life I think I’m gonna keep her Got no time to stop and entertain the reaper I've got a 10-foot robe and razor-sharp sickle to evade Yes, we’ve got ourselves a sticky situation When the man in black makes his certain visitation I’ll make my move, get so close that I can smell his aftershave And one of us is going to the grave Death come knockin’ in the evening air Found me sleepin’ in the rockin’ chair Rollin off me like sticks and stones ‘cause I’ve got livin’ in my… Bones, bones, bones bones, bones, bones bones, bones, bones, bones, bones, in my bones, in my bones, in my bones In my bones Death come knockin’ in the evening air Found me sleepin’ in the rockin’ chair Rollin off me like sticks and stones ‘cause I’ve got livin’ in my Death come knockin’ in the evening air Found me sleepin’ in the rockin’ chair Rollin off me like sticks and stones ‘cause I’ve got livin I’ve got livin I’ve got livin in my bones
8.
This Is My Heart I am sure that time can heal, I’m hoping it gets better I’m right to question everything, I’m right about to scream I’m outside looking into this empty foolish dream. This is my heart, take it or leave it, part by simple part, every little bit You sweet talk a game of love, but is it me you’re thinking of? Behold across the room, the elephant is smiling knowing words won’t cure what’s coming ‘round again your pitiful indifference careening ‘round the bend This is my heart, take it or leave it, part by simple part, every little bit There is a tide in this affair, and fortune lost beyond repair Sometimes solitude feels like home, there’s harmony in stillness but still we roam. This is my heart, take it or leave it, part by simple part, every little bit I call your love and raise you one, and now at last the deal is done.
9.
Devil Down 03:20
DEVIL DOWN I'm gonna drive my devil down, put my black dog in the ground. He's on the run now, I'm chasing the sun now, 
today the hare humbles the hound. I'm gonna drive (gonna drive) gonna drive (gonna drive) my devil down (devil down). No more my shoulder for his roost, no more his whisper to seduce. He's over a barrel, and I've got an arrow to break the chains, and set me loose. By & by (by & by) rope & tie (rope and tie) my devil down (devil down) devil down. I've been turning pages before the story's ended, stuck in open cages, lied to by, tied to my devil in me. Not every dreamer makes a dream, some folks will always swim upstream. But I won't give in while I'm livin'-- I'm taking maps and gasoline, and I'm gonna drive, (gonna drive), gonna drive, (gonna drive) my devil down (devil down), devil down, (devil down). I'm gonna drive (gonna drive), gonna drive (gonna drive) my devil down (devil down), devil down, (devil down). I'm gonna drive (gonna drive), gonna drive — my devil down.
10.
No Man’s Land Ain’t no man can be my savior No man can raise me by his own hand No man can blame me for his failure I am no man’s land No man can sit upon God’s throne No man has me at his command No man can claim me for his own I am no man’s land No man’s book can tell my story No man’s judgment can understand No man’s eyes can see my glory I am no man’s land This is not love This is not love You can’t love what you can’t set free If you can’t love me then let me be No man’s words can still my voice No man can tell me where I stand No man’s will can take my choice I am no man’s land I am my savior, I am my story I am my power, I am my glory I am my beauty, I am my own I am no man’s land I am no man’s land

about

The NYC-based quintet has been a band for ten years, and never has their growth been more apparent than in this latest production. Since their first, eponymous release in 2011, an obvious transformation has been their expansion of instrumentation, but a more subtle musical journey is reflected in their stories. The folksy narratives that have dominated much of their earlier work are still present, but those tales now accompany contemporary, personal compositions on self-empowerment, overcoming internal conflict, and the universal threads of love and loss. All in all, Chasing the Sun is a collection of songs demonstrating the range and experiences of four authors who are navigating a course through life and who've managed to stick together through the ups and downs of being a folk band in a sometimes cold and aloof digital era.

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released July 26, 2019

BOBTOWN
Jen McDearman: vocals, glockenspiel, percussion
Karen Dahlstrom: vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo
Katherine Etzel: vocals, drums, ukulele, tenor guitar, percussion
Alan Lee Backer: vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, harmonica

FEATURING
Daniel Shuman on bass guitar

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Serena Jost on cello ("American Girl" and "This Is My Heart")
Thibaut Lemoing on organ ("Let You Go")

PRODUCED BY Katherine Etzel

TRACKING ENGINEERS:
Rich Bennett @ Acme Music Studios, Brooklyn
Kieran Kelly @ The Buddy Project, Queens
Damon Whittemore @ Flux Studio, NYC

MIXING ENGINEER: Katherine Etzel @ Bell & Bear, Brookyn

MASTERING ENGINEER: Scott Anthony @ Storybook Sound, Maplewood, NJ

BAND PHOTOS by Brian Geltner

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