Jump the Fire

by Evie Ladin Band

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A year ago I sequestered myself in a damp, dark cabin in the woods with no phone, no internet, only a woodstove and my instruments for company, and I wrote. Wrote and wrote and woodshed, and emerged with the bones of our third release. Five years since my first solo project, the ELB has become a tight trio. While I bring the songs, Keith & Erik contribute mightily to the arrangements. The feel of the music, the conversation of our instruments and voices, is the original sound of the three of us. I am lucky to work and play with these two adventurous musical minds, fun performers and excellent tour companions. This record is a true reckoning of our ongoing collaboration. ~ Evie Ladin aka Evil Diane

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released May 6, 2016

Evie Ladin lead vocal, banjo (1-3, 5-7, 12, 13), guitar (4, 8, 10, 11), body music (9)
Keith Terry vocal, bass (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10-13), percussion (1, 4, 7, 8, 10), body music (1, 9)
Erik Pearson vocal, guitar (2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13), resophonic guitar (6, 11), bass (1, 4, 9), gourd banjo (4)

All Songs Arranged by the ELB

Erik played Eli’s Romero gourd banjo on Honey Lou; Keith played his favorite bamboo spoons on CooCoo, his keys on Honey Lou, and co-created the body music parts for Walking in a Straight Line; Bruce Kaphan added his sweet pedal steel to Drinking About You

Eli West producer
Bruce Kaphan engineer, mixing
David Glasser, Airshow, mastering
Debbie Berne graphic design
Dave Murray cover art
Gudmundor Vigfusson photos

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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: Jump the Fire
Jump the Fire
©Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music

jump the fire we’re up all night
baby’s crying can’t sleep cause it’s light
sun won’t go down, n’there ain’t no sleeping till the sun goes down
and it never goes down, come pouring in till the morning light right
jump the fire we’re up all night

up all night awake till dawn
won’t you play another tune put the coffee on
i don’t want to stop, don’t want to rest
till the sun comes round again don’t let it end

that golden glow low in the evening
days are long and warm and so I
kick of my shoes, pull off my socks
play that tune again don’t let it end

jump the fire we’re up all night
baby’s crying can’t sleep cause it’s light
sun won’t go down, n’there ain’t no sleeping till the sun goes down
and it never goes down, come pouring in till the morning light right
jump the fire we’re up all night

(In the middle of the song is the old-time tune Spring Creek Gals)
Track Name: Cozy
Cozy
©Evie Ladin/Evil Diane Music

don’t you wanna get cozy
get close to me
don’t you want to come up by my side
pull up a blanket and the fire’s bright
that little stove will keep us warm all night
c’mon n’get cozy

get cozy
get close to me
come’n cuddle up on me tonight
wrap yourself around my leg alright
hold my hand, tell me where i stand
don’t you want to take me to the promised land and
get cozy

get cozy
get close to me
you’re gonna wanna stay here tonight
you’re gonna wanna every night of your life
cause when you’re close to me it feels so right
get cozy
Track Name: Ease on Down
Ease On Down
Public Domain/Charles Emanuel Smalls, BMI, Sony/ATV Songs LLC OBO Mijac Music / Warner-Tamerlane Pub Corp/Arr. Evie Ladin/Band

Every time I get the blues, I walk the soles right off my shoes
Before you hear that rooster crow, you'll see me headed down the road
Down the road, down the road, I've got a pretty baby down the road.
Down the road, down the road, I've got a pretty baby down the road.
Down the road about a mile and a half, slip off down a narrow path.
Jump up and across the rail, dodge it, duck it, follow the trail.
I've got a pretty baby down the road, I’ve got a pretty baby down the road
Down the road, down the road, I’ve got a pretty baby down the road
Down the road, down the road, I’ve got a pretty baby down the road
Down the road, down the road, I’ve got a pretty baby down the road
Down the road, down the road, I’ve got a pretty baby down the road
Ease on down, ease on down the road
Ease on down, ease on down the road
Pick your left foot up, put your right foot down
Come on a-keep moving, don't you lose yr ground
Just keep on Kee-pin' on the road you choose
Don't you give up walking just cause you gave up shoes

Ease on down, Ease on down the road
i got a pretty baby down the road
Ease on down, Ease on down the road
i got a pretty baby down the road

Don’t you carry nothin that might be a load, come on ease on down, ease on down the…

Now anytime you want to know, where I'm headed, down the road
Don't know why I love him so, that man of mine lives down the road
Down the road, down the road, I've got a pretty baby down the road….

Cause there may be times when you think you lost your mind
And the steps you're taking leave you three four steps behind
But the road you're walking might be long sometimes
You just keep on stepping and you'll be just fine

Ease on down, Ease on down the road
i got a pretty baby down the road
Ease on down, Ease on down the road
i got a pretty baby down the road

Down the road down the road I got a pretty baby down the road
Ease on down the road

Don’t you carry nothin that might be a load, come on ease on down, ease on down the road!
Track Name: Honey Lou
Honey Lou
From the Carter Family/Arr. Evie Ladin Band

When the sun sets in the west my Honey Lou

That's the time I love you best Honey Lou

Come and look into my eyes when the moon shines in the skies

I'll be in paradise Honey Lou

Chorus

Last night I waited long my Honey Lou

I told the birds my song Honey Lou

When the bright and silver moon sheds its soft and mellow light

I'll love you more each night Honey Lou

When the birds have hushed their song my Honey Lou

All the twilight lingers on my Honey Lou

My heart forever beats for my honey gal so sweet

I'll lay it at your feet Honey Lou

Chorus
Track Name: Heat of the Day
Heat of the Day
©Evie Ladin/Evil Diane Music

In the heat of the day i draw the curtains closed
Its you i want to hold baby take off your clothes
And when the sweat starts and we’re sliding around
Its you i want to hold when the sun’s going down

Chorus
lay down....stay
in the heat of the day
lay down....
lay down in the heat of the day
lay down....stay
in the heat of the day
lay down in the heat of the day


In the heat of the day I draw an ice cold bath
Fill it up to my chin let the shivers set in
And when the bumps are chillin and i’m shaking fast
You gather me up in your grasp, and lay down...

Chorus

In the heat of the day i close my eyes
Let that heat wave crash over my life
Everything slows to it’s slowest pace
We all drift off to sleep, in the heat of the day

Chorus

In the heat of the day i draw the curtains closed
Its you I want to hold baby, take off your clothes
Track Name: Two = 3
Two = 3
©Evie Ladin/Evil Diane Music

I breathe in the taste, in the smell of your skin
Filling me up till I’m bubbububalinbubbalin
Holding you, rolling you loose in my arms
Come let me tell you i’ll never be gone, never gone

When was that summer we sat in the park
You and me making stuff up in the dark
Sharing our secrets, and for the very first time
I knew I could do this the rest of my life

Chorus
I need you
I want you too
You need me
We two make three
We gonna have a little baby
A little bit o’ you, a little bit o’me

I know this come as a little surprise
But you and me made us a love child, love child
If you love this baby like you’re lovin me
We three are all so lucky

Chorus
Track Name: CooCoo
CooCoo
Traditional

Oh the CooCoo, she’s a pretty bird
And she warbles as she flies
She never hollers coocoo
Till the Fourth Day of July

Gonna build me a log cabin
On a mountain so high
So I can see Willie
As he goes riding by

Jack of Diamonds, Jack of Diamonds
I know you of old
You robbed my poor pockets
Of silver and gold

Oh the CooCoo, she’s a pretty bird
Don’t I wish she was mine
She’d never be wanting
She’d always be kind.
Oh the CooCoo, she’s a pretty bird
Don’t I wish she was mine
She’d never drink water
She’d always drink wine
Track Name: Have It All
Have It All
©Evie Ladin/Evil Diane Music
with quotes from the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff and Paul McCartney

You can have it all, but not at the same time
You can live a life of rock and roll but you better save your dimes
Cause we’re all gonna grow old, you can’t see it at the time
Years go by, and one day you find
You can have it all, but not all at the same time

You can’t always get what you want
You can get it if you really want it
If you want it here it is come and get it,
But you better hurry cause its going, fast.
Track Name: Walking in a Straight Line
Walking in A Straight Line
©Evie Ladin/Evil Diane Music

The hardest thing, what do you do when this world is just too big for you
walking in a straight line, walking in a straight line
The hardest thing there is to be, is alright with reality
walking in a straight line walking in a straight line

I’m used to it
Feeling the way that I feel
I’m used to it
Nothing’s gonna change
I’m used to it
Feeling the way that I feel
Gotta get used to everything being the same, same, same, same

My generation we were told we could have it all, never grow old
walking in a straight line, walking in a straight line
But now I’m grown and so I know, taking care of business is how it goes
walking in a straight line, walking in a straight line

I’m used to it
Feeling the way that I feel
I’m used to it
Nothing’s gonna change
I’m used to it
Feeling the way that I feel
Gotta get used to everything being the same, same, same, same

I dreamt the waters rising up, to carry you away from us
walking in a straight line, walking in a straight line
through my hands you start to slide, but i kept you by my side
walking in a straight line, walking in a straight line

I’m used to it
Feeling the way that I feel
I’m used to it
Nothing’s gonna change
I’m used to it
Feeling the way that I feel
Gotta get used to everything being
the same
Get used to it
I don’t like this feeling
Get used to it
They say, everything changes
Get used to it
I’m just waiting for the sun to shine again
I don’t want to get used to everything being the same, same, same, same

walking in a straight line, walking in a straight line……
Track Name: Drinking About You
Drinking About You
©Evie Ladin/Evil Diane Music

Chorus
I’m drinking, drinking about you
Drinking ‘bout all that you put me through
I got tired of thinking and then I start drinking
Drinking about you, drinking about you

It’s the same old story from beginning to end
Girl meets boy, then girlfriend & boyfriend
It’s the same damn old story from beginning to finish
Everyone’s happy ’til somebody isn’t

Chorus

I’m thinking of comebacks that I should’ve said
Mostly I can’t get you out of my head
But iced or neat, this whiskey sure is sweet
And the only chaser I want is a beer!

Chorus

Last time I saw you was earlier today
I was minding my own business when you passed my way
You took one look at me and I walked right into a bar
My getting over you hasn’t gotten very far

Chorus
Chorus!
Track Name: Only You
Only You
©Evie Ladin/Evil Diane Music

I no longer mind the cold
I no longer mind the pain
As long as i don’t
Have to see you again

I no longer mind the sun
Shining right in my eyes
As long as I don’t
See you passing me by

Chorus
Cause you passed me by, you made me cry, you made me blue
Baby you - only you
You gave me dreams, they’re not what they seem, I believed in you
Baby you - only you

I no longer mind your friends
I no longer mind their stares
As long as I don’t
Have to pretend I care

I no longer mind the moonlight
Shining in my lonely room
As long as you don’t
say you are coming home soon

Chorus
Track Name: Under the Waterline
Under The Waterline
©Evie Ladin/Evil Diane Music

Under the water line
Gravity ends
My body is no thing
It’s a skeleton
Floating in space
Time with no end
Under the water line
There is no tread

But out of the water
The world it comes again
In all its greatness
And all its pain
Gravity settles
Right on my head
Out of the water
There’s a heavy tread

Chorus
Right on the surface - it ripples and it pools
Day becomes night - and we all are fools
At the horizon - where gravity starts
Out in the open - my beating heart

Under the water line
I hear my pulse roar
My body is free to move
Once more
No weight on my shoulders
No thoughts in my head
Under the waterline
I’ll make my bed

Chorus

Under the water line
Look up at the sky
It never stops moving,
No pattern defined
The world’s in motion
But under that line
Time it goes backwards...
...to when you were mine
Track Name: Jump Up & Go
Jump Up and Go
©Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music

Home again home again flying through time
Black midnight highway, red neon signs
I can’t hold my head up my bones aren’t stacking
They all fall down on the floor

Chorus
But give me a moment and you’ll find me restless
Jump up, head out on the road
A few days of life on a schedule
You’ll find me ready to jump up and go

I know that home sweet feeling they sing about
That feeling I’ve been here before
Same old worn floorboards, the cracks in the ceiling
I love coming home

Chorus

Twice in my life I have come close to dying
Narrowly missing the end
If this is my one chance, i’m going to take it
Do everything that’s in my head

Going to see what the world has to offer
How all you people live
Then I click my heels three times together
Cause there’s no place like home

Chorus

Hit the road been home too long ain’t no use in hanging on
I’m going where the water tastes like wine
Hit the road been home too long ain’t no use in hanging on
I’m going where the climate suits my clothes
I’m going where the chilly winds don’t blow

When I get tired I know where my home is
The feeling I’ve been here before
Out the back door and into the garden
I love coming home

Chorus