Float Downstream

by Evie Ladin

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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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Evie Ladin Oakland, California

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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Track Name: I Love My Honey
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
Track Name: Romeo
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
Track Name: Float Downstream
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
Track Name: How Did You Know
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

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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."

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Track Name: Dance Me
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.
Track Name: Maybe An Angel
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?
Track Name: Mistreated Mama/Yew Piney Mountain
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
Track Name: One Of These Days
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
Track Name: Precious Days
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.

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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

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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

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Track Name: Going Across The Sea
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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

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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

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Track Name: Home From Airy
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.
Track Name: Mardi Gras
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