Vessel

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This 17-song masterwork spans many genres, relying on a bluesy-bluegrassy funk that is made luscious with 4-and-5 part vocal harmonies, hokum-flavored dance jazz hints, a couple of cinematic/orchestral/thematic ballads, and occasional electronica underpinnings.

Disk one
1. Proprioception
2. Slide
3. Daisy
4. Out in the fields
5. Slave
6. Big cheese
7. Oh me oh my
8. You and I

Disk A
1. Wanderings
2. Grow
3. Strike twice
4. Rain
5. Think twice
6. Shine on
7. Adeline
8. Sweet river
9. Sings to my soul

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released July 4, 2013

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Vessel Louisville, Kentucky

A seasoned 7-piece band of several tour-trained multi-instrumentalists and 5 smart songwriters, Vessel runs a wide range of textures and grooves, able to move during a song from, say, bluegrass to electronica, ecstatic to nostalgic … without pretension & seamlessly, casting complex moods thru funky, bluesy and grassy hooks with 4 & 5 part vocal harmonies and lush, larger-than-life arrangements. ... more

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Track Name: Proprioception
Proprioception

Looking at the forecast on the news the weather man he said it’s going to rain
I can see those grey skies rolling in again
Harpsichords were playing out there on your windowpane
All the world seemed to disappear

Looking at the world from another direction
Track Name: Slide Chocolate
Slide Chocolate

Dog heat afternoon and the pavement was thick
Devil woman circling my mind.
Just when you think you've had enough
The little thing will get you every time.

Back off girl can't you see it's no use
Wonder why your spells have no hold
You had me blind for a while I suppose
Never felt so good to treat you cold

Once in a while I must admit you do come to thought
and the one thing that always prevails
Is how sad it is that the love I gave was something
that you felt was something that you had to assail.

Slide chocolate,
every once in a while it comes to my mind
You've spilled your secrets,
you've got yours, I'm done with mine
Do you run away,
with every friction we make our decisions
From day, today,
It's going on and I'm going out to play.

The heart go like this and the heart go like that
as we go we learn to pull in the reigns.
Not an easy task for the ones who believe
that the heart for amusement and for game.

But what of the sorry souls
that have not yet found their place
Will they never enjoy the taste
Of a million supernova's spillin' straight from the core
Into the entire human race.
Track Name: Daisy
Daisy

When my Daisy comes around, she’s as pretty as a flower
I lose control like a brush fire burning wild
You think by now that I would know, with all the pain that she has caused me
Ain’t no surprise, that she up and left me again (left me again)

Like a siren sings her fateful song, she calls me to her shores
Never knowing that I’m gonna run aground.
Like the breeze she blows right to my door, so she can take her rest
But she’s gone again, before the sun could rise (Before the sun could rise)

Son, don’t ever fall in love with girls, who got a restless soul
You’ll spend your nights so lonesome and alone
Find yourself a pretty girl and rightly settle down
Cause a woman like that’s got a heart as cold as stone (cold as stone)

T-R-O-U-B-L-E, that’s what you are to me
Now that your gone, you done set me free
Don’t you come a knockin' around my door cause I won’t be around
I’ll keep myself well hidden underground (hidden underground)

Just can’t tie my Daisy down
She cannot be confined
Hell bent on roaming, said she’d never settle down
You just can’t tie my Daisy down
There ain’t no use in trying
She’ll have you acting crazy just like a clown
But you’ll take her in, every time she comes back around

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.........yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah......
Track Name: Out In The Fields
Out In the Fields

Laid down the seed into this field for greed
This was our home, our land, we’ve lived here forever
By the fireside watch these embers rise to the sky
This was our home our land, we’ve lived here forever
Out in the fields again

Oh where did you go? You drenched yourselves in these miseries
Oh tired soul, you laid down here on your broken dreams
Out in the fields again

Laid down the seed into this field for greed
This was our home our land we’ve lived here forever
By the riverside watching this rolling tide
This was our home our land we’ve lived here forever
Out in the fields again
Track Name: Slave
Slave

I’ve been workin' here, for it seems like such a time
That I can’t recall just what my home was like
My hands are worn, my back is broke, and I haven’t got a dime
To show for all the blood and sweat I shed

I work this land before the sun, come risin’ from the east
And I’m fillin’ bags till it sets down in the west
If only I could run away, or grow some wings and fly
I’d rather die than slave another day

If I…….was a bird
I’d fly away and never to return
Since I…….am a slave
I’d give them two for every one they gave
And I’d put that Dixie devil in his grave

I curse the man who took me from, my home so far away
I die a little more inside each day
I got scars upon my back, lord knows I’ve had my share
The ones beneath the skin I cannot bare
Track Name: Big Cheese
Big Cheese

You’re a real big daddy with the pipe that you smoke
High steppin’ your swank all over town
You’re a real fancy mama with the clothes that you wear
Come on and shake it like you just don’t care

You left me stranded there at the station chased by the hounds
Double crossin’, cheatin’, spifficatin’ your swank all over town
I’ll bum rush you and bump you off and bury your skull
Out there in the desert with the sand for evermore
You give me back my share you old scoundrel

You’re a real big daddy with the cash that you got
High steppin’ your swank all over town
You’re a real fancy mama with the clothes that you wear
Come on and shake it like you just don’t care
Track Name: Oh Me Oh My
Oh Me Oh My

Oh me Oh my my taking down the bourbon til the day that we die
Oh me Oh my my light a fire watch it burn away to the sky
A hobo with his blood shot eyes
Stares into the distance as he rides the line


All I want to do is howl up at the moon like a banshee
Spread my arms up to the universe and wait for them to take me away
Listen to the ragtime music playing in my mind
If tomorrow never comes that would be just fine with me

Oh me oh my my light a fire watch it burn away to the sky
Oh me oh my my she slithers like a snake til’ the day that she dies

We’ve been looking for the explanation for this whole mess
Pointing boney fingers at that one’s in distress
Gather all your money put it in a safe place
Gather all your objects puts a smile on your face
But it’s the same old story with a different grace
Rich be gettin’ richer and the poor in their place
Gather round you people now it’s time to make haste
Back to the Earth back the way

Oh me oh my my light a fire watch it burn away to the sky
Oh me oh my my she slithers like a snake til’ the day that she dies
Track Name: You And I
You and I

Times are hard what you going to do?
A whiskey jar and a dog named Blue
There’s nothing left that I have to say
It hurt so much when you went away

I’m going to sail my ship but I’ve got nowhere to sail to
I’m going to sew my seed but I’ve got no one to hold to
I’m going to flow down this river of life that’s bigger than you and I

You and I

Times are hard what you going to do?
Left with scars all that we’ve been through
There’s nothing left that I have to say
It hurt so much when you went away

I’m going to sail my ship but I’ve got nowhere to sail to
I’m going to sew my seed but I’ve got no one to hold to
I’m going to flow down this river of life that’s bigger than you and I

You and I
Track Name: Wanderings
Wanderings


Watching snowflakes fall
Feeling kind of small
Wondering how I
came to be at all.....

Killing off my pain
Feeling far from sane
Wondering who to point to,
so that I might shift the blame.....

(Chorus)
But there’s only me to blame
If I cannot know my own name
Been fumbling in the darkness
out in the pouring rain.....
Been fumbling in the darkness
out in the pouring rain.....

Letting go of faith
Feeling far from safe
Can I trust the Shepard,
when he will not show his face?

Great to be alive
Still searching for a sign
Waiting for a bush to burn,
under blood red skies.....

(Chorus)
They all say I must be blind
Since I cannot see their signs
Been fumbling in the darkness
out in the pouring rain.....
Been fumbling in the darkness
out in the pouring rain.....
Track Name: Grow
Grow

the flower falls as winter calls, and it withers all alone.
and no surprise it will rise. the cold will heal it all.
then the flower falls, the seedling thaws, pushes to the unknown.
again will rise up into the skies, and think of it not at all.

la la dee da

Chorus:
well, if a cloud forms in your mind and there's mountains there to climb,
you know it's worth your while, we'll grow every time.
if a cloud forms in your mind and your reason is all out if rhyme,
you know it's worth your while,
we'll grow every time.

the brightest star in the sky, it shines there all alone.
Within that light there may be no star. could have burnt out long ago.
with the energies laid, and the planets made, it's hard to feel alone.
so reach your hands up into the sky, and wait to go back home.

a la dee da

Chorus:
Track Name: Strike Twice
Strike Twice

On this trail, trail we go…never to know where tomorrow is going to seem familiar
And the faces that we’ve seen stuck here in the middle
And those laws, laws of physics…up is down, left is right, the gravity that sucks us to this earth
The earth spins around seven hundred sixty miles an hour
And those laws written by men maybe not the same things that you and I believe but that’s all right
Stuck here in the middle

Lightning bolts never strike the same place twice

And those words, written by men maybe not the same things you and I believe
But that’s all right…stuck here in the middle
And our ancestors that walked upon this earth
Bee’s lost today, technology is taking over us
Stuck here in the middle

Lightning bolts never strike the same place twice
Track Name: Rain On Water
Rain On Water

Gather up all your belongings, head on out to the west coast where the waves roll down
There are many people out there living on that sunshine everyday
Gather up all your belongings and be out on your merry way
Just don’t step on the crack and break your back it will drive you insane

When the rain fell down out upon the water

Gather up all your belongings, head on out the east coast where the trains roll under ground
There are many people out there living in big buildings everyday
Gather up all your belongings and be out on your merry way
Just don’t step on the crack and break your back it will drive you insane

When the rain fell down out upon the water

Gather up all your belongings heat on down to the south coast where the waves roll down
There are many people out there living on those beaches every day
Gather up all your belongings and be out on your merry way
Just don’t step on the crack and break your back it will drive you insane

When the rain fell down out upon the water
Track Name: Think Twice
Think Twice

Don't hesitate, don't you dare think twice
and never ask a junkie for their advice.......
Fish don't bark and a dog don't fly
but a bird will come and shit right in your eye.....

Better hurry up or you're gonna be late
say something mean 'cause you're filled with hate......
Baby's been a cryin' and so are you
Stubbed your toe cause you lost your shoe.....

Don't you come around no more!!
Kick me out of bed, now I'm sleeping in the floor
Don't you come around no more!!!
I wish you'd get up and walk out that door

Better wear a coat or you're gonna freeze
There ain't no cure for your disease....
Momma's in the kitchen now and daddy's in the shed
You're so sick you ain't left your bed.....

Better hurry up or you're gonna be late
say something mean 'cause you're filled with hate....
Baby been cryin' and so are you
Stubbed your toe cause you lost your shoe.....
Track Name: Shine On
Shine On

Lights went down on the brim town
Sun has past it's day
Looking at a new tomorrow
Looking at a new tomorrow.

Locate my brother sideways
Come on it's time to go
Or am I going down solo
Got to help me keep me going with the flow.

That's in my mind...that's in my mind...

The dream I've had four nights long now
I'm keeping it at bay.
Will it go on easy, ahh will it go on easy.

Got to be ready for the love
Sprint past fastest speed
Will it go on easy
Why can't you see me.

Or is in my mind... Is it in my mind...

Shine on,
Like a lamp post lighting up your night.
Shine on,
Like a candle waiting for its flame,
Shine on,
Like a firefly kickin' it on a hillside Mama yeah!
Soon as we can lose our pride
and choose there's no one else to blame.
Soon as we can lose our pride
and choose there's no one else to blame.

You make a living by what you get
You make a life by what you give
So give me, a little more to believe in
I won't take this life
with what they've been giving me, soliloquies.
If we help you to shine on,
gonna help us to shine on?
If you help us to shine on,
We're gonna help you to Shine On !
Track Name: Adeline
Sweet Adeline

When you smile pretty mama
It makes me wanna cry out loud
When you smile pretty mama
It makes me wanna cry out loud
She got more curves than the good lord should ever allow

You know a woman like that
she can have anything that she wants
You know a woman like that
she can have anything that she needs
Take it slow mama, don’t let ‘em turn you toward greed.

(Chorus)
She’s a good-hearted woman
her sweet love is oh so fine
She’s a good-hearted woman
her sweet love is oh so fine
Like a 5 course dinner and a bottle of sweet burgundy wine

She’s sweet like honey
but she’s stubborn like the stump of a tree
She’s sweet like honey
but she’s stubborn like the stump of a tree
Ain’t got no problem with her as long as she ain’t got no problem with me.

(Bridge)
She’s sweet like honey but she stings like a bee
I swear that woman’s got a hold on me
I used to drink whiskey and stay out late
Till my Addie come and set me straight

(Chorus)

Uh huh.........….so fine
She run a chill right up my spine
Uh huh…….….so fine
She’s my mighty fine sweet Adeline
Track Name: Sweet River
Sweet River

Swing down sweet river put a dollar in the wishing well

I grew up in the prairie land Illinois
Right on the banks of the twin lakes in good old Paris
Spent my time in a corn field on a good old boonie cruise
Smokin’ em down with my good friends we never had nothing there to lose

Swing down sweet river put a dollar in the wishing well

Headed out to New York City I studied some medicine there
After two long years in the Caribbean I really didn’t have much of a care
Headed out of the NYC right down to South Carolina
It wasn’t my bag so I packed up my sacks and headed to Louisville

Swing down sweet river put a dollar in the wishing well

My family was tore apart by the same old story I guess
Got a father won’t even talk to me even though I’ve been doing my best
My mother, God Bless her soul, she says to follow your dreams
Even though I ain’t got a cent in my wallet I’m going to continue to sing

Swing down sweet river put a dollar in the wishing well
Track Name: Sings To My Soul
She Sings to My Soul

I’ve learned a few things, and I’ve grown a bit wiser
Though steep was the price for the lessons I’ve learned
God bless all my teachers, their advice could not sway me
It seems that taking the torture, is the only way I can learn

I try and I try, to heed all your warnings
You have turned on your sirens and flashing red lights
But this head’s way too thick, for your words to just sink in
So instead I’ll keep drinkin’ and write you a song

(Chorus)
She sings to my soul, sweet voice of an angel
She stitches my wounds, when they’ve left me to bleed
She helps me to stand up, when I am not able
And she’s there right behind me, so ne’re shall I fall
My sweet love’s unwavering, steadfast, and true.

I know I should listen, sweet wisdom unheard
You’ve proven your point without saying a word
But I’ll do it again, and your words hang unspoken
Till I’m beat down and broken, and writhing in pain

Now I’m on the mend, but my pride’s broken down
I just hope it’s not too late, for to fix what I’ve found
So soon I shall sail on, on the seas I’ll be faring
But this ship needs repairing, or surely she’ll fail.

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