Float Downstream

by Evie Ladin

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1.
I love my honey, Lord knows I do Love my honey I do I love my honey, Lord knows I do Gonna love him till the sea runs dry Love him till the sea runs dry Look up look down, this lonesome road Hang your head and cry True lovers will part Why not you and I Why not you and I I love my honey, Lord knows I do Love my honey I do I love my honey, Lord knows I do Gonna love him till the sea runs dry Love him till the sea runs dry
2.
Romeo 03:49
In the early evening when the sun goes down I come looking for you but you're not around Not around You're not around, ain't coming round In the middle of the night when the moon comes up I come looking for you to fill my cup Fill my cup Fill my cup, can't give it up Well you told me that you wanted us to make a life You wanted me to be your wife Be your wife – I said I might So we built our house and we built it for three You even asked my family To marry me Marry me, make a family And oh those nights down in Mexico Love, lovin' so slow It rolled It was all I need to know Well you told me that you wanted us to make a life You wanted me to be your wife Be your wife – every night Now where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, I don't know Romeo Romeo, where did you go? You were here and gone like a lightning strike Tore up my heart and vanished in the night The night I miss those nights Well you told me that you wanted us to make a life You wanted me to be your wife Be your wife – what changed your mind And what was it that made you change your mind? The way I turn my head or the imperfect way I smile? The way I smile I used to smile In the early morning when the sky grows light Don't come back saying baby it's alright
3.
Floating in the sunlight Close my eyes and smile Water be my lover Hold me for a while Float downstream My baby left me Woke up in the morning See you're not around Your shape is on the mattress I feel like I could drown The thunderstorm came last night Lightning rent the sky And the rain came falling Falling from my eyes Float downstream My baby left me The coal fire in my heart love Burns without a sound But in the cool cascade of water I can hear it beating loud Floating in the sunlight Close my eyes and smile Water be my lover Hold me for a while Float downstream My baby left me Float to the sea Till you're gone from me
4.
Didn't I always know that, you would never let me go No matter how I tried, you kept pulling me back Inside our love - mmm I knew it would never last, didn't want it to get nasty When I tried to leave you, you took my hand To lead me back home - mmm chorus Now after all these years I can tell you I'm still here How did you know back then I'd be saying "You knew me when." I'd be telling you how I love you That I couldn't get enough of you I have always known you How did you know Didn't you always say so, I would never get up the get-go Pack up my things and leave you, that I'd end up quietly pleading "Hold me. Never let me go." chorus
5.
Dance Me 02:59
Turn out the light, it's too late to fight The kids are all sleeping, let's call it a night Honey, stay, don't go away I know there are more words still left to say But no matter how hard, no matter how rough Money gets tight, times will be tough Baby look in my eyes and remember your wife The one that you danced down the aisle I waited my lifetime for just such a man Who can dance me the way that my baby can. There's years now between us, more still to come I know it ain't easy, it's not always fun But if you just hold on tight, we can make it alright Someday look back and remember Though it was long ago I meant what I said When I told you forever, until I was dead Baby look in my eyes and remember your wife The one that you danced down the aisle I've waited my lifetime for just such a man Who can dance me the way that my baby can. Now the song's ended, and another begins Step out on the dance floor, give me a spin Hold me and rock me and turn me around Let's dance while we've still got the time I've waited my lifetime for just such a man Who can dance me the way that my baby can. I've waited my lifetime for just such a man Who can dance me the way that my baby can.
6.
Where have you gone, my blue eyed lover Where have you been, my dear old friend? I'm calling you way up in heaven Can it be, I never see you again? And so maybe you were an angel Maybe your feet they never really touched the ground And yet you wrapped me up so sweetly With your wings, tell me where you flying now? I stand right here at the edge of the ocean I'm standing here at the edge of the ground As I look out on the horizon I see you sailing through the clouds And so maybe you were an angel Maybe your feet they never really touched the ground And yet you wrapped me up so sweetly With your wings, tell me where you flying now? Where have you gone, my blue eyed lover Where have you been, my dear old friend? I'm calling you way up in heaven Can it be, I never see you again?
7.
Standing cold and lonely only love my daddy night and day First comes sadness, then comes gladness He done me wrong but gone away I'm a mistreated mama, got me down in sin Over mean, trifling daddy, daddy blame it all on him First he took the peaches from off my tree Now he's gone and handed back the seeds to me I'm a mistreated mama with the mistreated blues Once he said my kisses was all so good Now he's gone to sneakin round my neighborhood I'm a mistreated mama with the mistreated blues Standing cold and lonely only love my daddy night and day First come sadness, then comes gladness He done me wrong but gone away
8.
One of these days it won't be long You'll look for me and I'll be gone Hey hey drink a little whiskey You know you're gonna miss me I don't know but I've been told Them streets of Vegas are lined with gold Hey hey drink a little wine I know you'll be alright But you know it ain't alright To drink away your every night hey hey One of these days a long time ago We were kids and life was so slow Hey hey pop another beer We gotta get out of here So we packed it up and took it on the road Out to the desert where the neon glows Hey hey them free cocktails Coins rain down like hail Win or lose you have another round Win or lose we all fall down, hey hey Late one night out on a bender You bet it all you lost your head, said "hey honey would you pour me one" I am gone I loved you dear I loved you long I'll love you to the end of this song I don't want another round I'm getting out of town Win or lose you have another round Win or lose we all fall down And you know it ain't alright To drink away our every night hey hey One of these days it won't be long You'll look for me and I'll be gone Hey hey drink a little whiskey You know you're gonna miss me
9.
Well I am not home, but I shall not wander I'll wait to see what my time on Earth will bring I was sent to roam, and I will not squander These precious days God's given me. chorus I'm gonna dig deep in the dirt of the valley Climb up high on the mountainside I'll open my eyes and look about me Row across the oceantide Come all you women, men and children Listen to what mother says She has been scarred, bruised and beaten But she has got the will to live All that she, wants is for her babies To have a better life at hand Yet they partake of her riches And forsake her in the end chorus When all my years have gone before me And my race is almost run I will look up to the stars in Heaven I know my journey's just begun chorus
10.
chorus Going across the sea Going across the sea Fare-thee-well my true love I'm going across the sea Wish I had a nickel Wish I had a dime Wish I had a pretty little girl To love me all the time chorus Wish I had a needle Fine as I could sew I'd sew that girl to my coattails And down the road I'd go Won't you come and go Come and go with me Fare-thee-well my true love I'm going across the sea Say can you change a nickel Can you change a dime Can you move to Tennessee Change your name to mine chorus chorus
11.
The road is small and foggy when I'm back in town There are places where the moon shines bright with no clouds A little town in a depression, though we all feel well I myself am almost home, and I'm glad as hell. I been driving all night, still flying from an old-time southern jam Moon in apogee is pulling me West, to my own land The town is low but the moon is high and she's lowering her half-eye to me It's four o'clock in the morning when I pull into the driveway Before I hit the door I'm smelling that honeysuckle vine This old house is all run down, but it's mine I been driving all night, still flying from an old-time southern jam Moon in apogee is pulling me West, to my own land Doors and windows open wide, like cracking a sardine can Drop it all in my easy chair, remember where I am The time was a good one, the dust was high, now I'm clean and clear Bills can wait, they're a little late, ringing's still leaving my ears I been driving all night, still flying from an all-night southern jam Moon in apogee she's pulling me West till my feet on my land. Home and I know where I stand I'm West till I make a new plan.
12.
Mardi Gras 03:19
My baby left me for the Mardi Gras He always said he want to party hard He said I live in the wrong direction He said it won't change his affection He even asked me did I want to go But there's some things a man must do alone Well I want for him to visit me But Mardi Gras is a grand party. So now I'm sitting here I can't go on I want to hear the accordion Feel the washboard up and down my spine Two stepping and enjoy the ride Now why on earth did I say no? There is no other place I would rather go Well I want for him to visit me But Mardi Gras is a grand party
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The polyrhythmic heat and funk of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance - have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco's Stairwell Sisters, Evie's solo debut Float Downstream (2010) was produced by Mike Marshall and Keith Terry. Sing Out! magazine reports "Solid song craft performed wonderfully end to end...Very strongly recommended."

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released February 28, 2010

All songs ©␣ 2010 Evie Ladin / Evil Diane Music, BMI except PD: I Love My Honey from Santford Kelly; Mistreated Mama from Dock Boggs / Yew Piney Mountain from Lester McCumbers; Going Across The Sea.

Produced by Mike Marshall with Keith Terry
Recorded at Megasonic Studios, Oakland, CA
Engineered & Mixed by Dave Luke, Mike Marshall, Jeff Cressman
Mastered by Ken Lee
Photos by Mike Melnyk
Design by Debbie Berne

lyrics @ www.evieladin.com

Evie Ladin banjos, vocals
Mike Marshall guitar, mandolin
Todd Phillips bass
Keith Terry drums, percussion, bass harmonica
Matt Knoth guitar (7, 10, 13)
Karen Heil fiddle (7, 10, 13)
Suzy Thompson fiddle, accordion (11, 12)
Abby Ladin harmony vocals (10)
Amber Hines harmony vocals (3, 6, 7, 9)
Caleb Klauder harmony vocals (5)
Chris Webster harmony vocals (2, 4, 11, 12)
Dina Maccabee harmony vocals (1, 8, 9)
John R. Burr organ (2, 6)
Mark Summer cello (3)
Mike Rinta tuba (12)
Lloyd Maines dobro (5)

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The polyrhythmic heat and funk of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance - have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. The Evie Ladin Band is an expansive stringband, with Keith Terry - bass and percussion, and Erik Pearson - guitar. Body-slappin neo-trad urban folk. ... more

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