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Beguiler Lyrics & Credits
Produced by Will Kimbrough

Engineered by David Henry at TrueTone Studio, Nashville, TN
Dec 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 2010. Mixed By David Henry.
Mastered by Jim De Main, Yes Master, Nashville, TN.
The Beguilers are Brandon Turner & Jeff Hook.

All songs written by Angela Easterling ©2010 De L’est Music ASCAP
except: “The Fish & The Bird” written by Brandon Turner © 2010 Brandon Turner Music ASCAP
and “Anchored in Love” by James Rowe & James Vaughan (Public Domain)

The Musicians:
Will: acoustic, electric, resonator, baritone, 12 string, banjo, mandolin, accordion, piano, organ, harmonica, percussion, BGV
Brandon: lead guitar, pedal steel, resonator, ukulele, BGV
Jeff: drums & percussion
Angela: acoustic guitar, mandolin, BGV
David: cello, percussion
Byron House: electric & upright bass
Fats Kaplin: fiddle, accordion, pedal steel

1. The Fish & The Bird
I gave my heart to a silver-winged bird.
Thought he’d give me everything he could in return.
And all that he gave me, may have been all that he had.
But it never was enough to keep me on dry land.

Me, I am the fish. And my home’s below the waves.
No matter how I wish….that’s where I’m bound to stay.
My head ain’t in the clouds and I can plainly see;
The fish and the bird, that was you and me.

Sunlight on the water goes dancing with the tide,
Saw my silver bird starting to take flight.
Back to his home far beyond the sandy shore,
Never to return, back to me no more.

Now it really don’t matter in the long hand of time,
If I thought for just one minute, I could be yours, and
you could be mine.

Moonlight on the water goes dancing with the wind.
Reminds me of a bird. He was my friend.
But here beneath the waves of the world that I live in.
The fish and the bird never could have been.
Yes here beneath the waves of my blue oblivion.
The fish and the bird, will never be again.

2. Happy Song
I’m gonna sing a happy song today. I’m gonna push those big dark clouds away
Don’t want no misery, piling on what’s ailing me,
No, I’m gonna sing a happy song today
I’m gonna play a cheerful melody. Won’t let that minor chord sneak in the key.
No time for the blues, no sad tales, no bad news,
Oh I’m gonna play a cheerful melody

Give me peace of mind, a love so kind, a smile on my face…
Sweet sweet water gonna wash my pain away.

I’m gonna paint a picture of the sun, Shining down so bright on everyone
We’re alright, we just gotta get through this long night,
So I’m gonna paint a picture of the sun.

Come on and sing this happy song with me..
If you feel inspired put on some harmony.
Believe my friends, something good is ‘round the bend
So sing along to this happy song with me.

3. One V. Two
One is a master plan, One is a straight line,
One always knows what’s next, One always knows what’s mine.
Two is a detour, Two is a winding road,
Two is going on vacation, abandoning your station, And sharing your heavy load.

CHORUS But Oh, this feels so fine. I’m gonna take my time.

One is do it my way. Two is a compromise. One is hedge your bets. Two is roll the dice.
One is being bold. Two is a hand to hold.
One is peace and quiet, Two can be a riot, Hot with passion then cruel and cold.

One don’t have to be lonely. Two don’t have to be chained.
One might be a blessing. Two might cause you pain.
One is freedom of self. Two is freedom from self.
Any love is freedom, all of love is freedom, Makes your life lived full and well.

4. Maria, My Friend
She was my brother’s girl, green-eyed and chestnut curls
We’d ride in his car, under the stars, our hair in the wind.
And he never knew a thing, but she would take off his ring
Put her hand in mine, sneak out some cheap wine and make my head spin.

CHOR: Oh Maria, my friend. Oh Maria, when will this end?

But she was a warrior, and I’m just a small town girl
So when she confessed, she was heading out west, I did not understand.
I’ll never forget the sight, my tears blurring her taillights,
As I watched her go, leave all that we know, I just couldn’t jump in.

So many years gone by. I married a real nice guy.
Guess I’ve got a good life, try to be a good wife, but it’s empty within.
Oh Maria, I ache for you. This pain is still fresh and true
It pierces like swords, it sears and it roars, under my skin.

5. Manifest Destiny They stole this land from the Cherokee, And sold it to my family.
Taken now from you and me, Manifest Destiny.
Our plows turned up their pottery, Our hoes unearthed their weaponry,
Though cruelly they were forced to flee, They left behind a legacy.
Now we’ve worked this soil 200 years, It holds our blood and sweat and tears,
But some developer has a plan, He’s gonna do something better with our land, with our land, Gonna make a lot of money with our land.
He’s made it clear that I can’t stay. Well, maybe it’s fair that I should pay.
So if I lose my farm today, That’s just the American way, that’s just the American way.
All these lessons left unlearned, Scorch the earth and watch it burn.
But I’d rather give it back to the Indian,
Than turn it all over to The Man, to The Man, than to turn it all over to The Man.
They stole this land from the Cherokee, And sold it to my family.
Taken now from you and me, Manifest Destiny.

6. Group Self-Deception (It’s Alright)
You lie to your boss when you’re late for work,
Lie to the preacher, ‘cause you ain’t at church,
Lie to the doctor about the packs you smoke,
Lie to the cops about the laws you broke, It’s alright. Yeah it’s alright.
You’re gonna do what you wanna and you wanna think that it’s alright.
Lie to the dentist about flossing your teeth, Lie to the scale about what you eat,
Lie to your wife about where you’ve been,
Lie to your man ‘cause you were with his friend last night. Yeah, but that’s alright.
You’re gonna do what you wanna and you wanna think that it’s alright.

Take me down, I’ll take you down. Take me down and I’ll take you down
You take me down and I’ll take you down. I’ll take you down…

Lie to the taxman and fudge some receipts, Lie to your kids about the birds and bees,
Lie to your folks about the money you make
And the ballplayers lie about the drugs they take, It’s alright. Yeah that’s alright.
We like to do what we wanna and we wanna think that it’s alright.

Lies in the election with the hanging chads,
They lied about the reason for a foreign attack,
Lied while our economy walked the plank,
They took the money from the people, gave it all to the banks,
It’s alright. Yeah that’s alright.
They’re gonna do what they wanna and they make us think that it’s alright.

Lie as the ocean fills with oil. Lie about the chemicals in the soil.
Lie about making that coal burn clean,
Sell our children’s future for some gasoline, it’s alright. Yeah that’s alright.
We like to do what we wanna and we wanna think that it’s alright.
We’re gonna do what we wanna so we justify that it’s alright.

7. Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Was May of 1889, when Greed did draw a sad, sad fine
They say the Devil came to dine, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
From mountain high, that river ran, Held by the weary South Fork Dam
She made a pretty lake for the richest man, Who played in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
I would be 20 in the fall. The Miller’s son for me did call
He kissed me by the Miner’s Hall, that day in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

We heard a roar, like a mighty train. The waters surged, the dam did break
Houses and trees tossed in its wake, Headed for Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
My sweetheart would not let me drown. He pushed me to some higher ground,
But he was gone, when I turned ‘round, Gone from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
I grabbed some timber, held on tight. The wreckage tossed me left and right.
“Oh God, I’m scared, I’m scared to die” And to leave Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

I reached up to that light above, My body warmed by pure, pure Love
I turned into a snow white Dove, and flew o’er Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
In one brief hour, that dreadful day, 2200 swept away.
And a city street was their watery grave, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
This Earth won’t bow to will of Man. She’s governed by another Hand.
Please heed Her warnings while you can! Remember Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

8. Never Got That Far (duet with Brandon Turner)
I tried so hard to leave you, but I never got that far,
No, I never got that far away from this
Pretense fills these walls. Silence as evening falls
I tried so hard to leave you, but I never got that far,
No, I never got that far away from this.
I saw your heart grow cold. My flaw was I just let it go.
And you tried so hard to leave me, but you never got that far,
No you never got that far away from this.
Don’t you wonder why we just keep holding on
To a memory, a ghost of love that’s gone, for so long.
One last chance, we both agree. One last dance, then we’re free.
We tried so hard to leave it, but we never got that far,
No, we never got that far away from this

9. Two Clouds
It’s been a long, hot summer, after a long cold year.
Fields lie in slumber way down here.
But there’s a sweet breeze blowing, and it’s planting time
And I just sensed that thunder rumbling up my spine

‘Cause there’s two clouds up in the sky, All of a sudden there’s a big supply
Gotta get some rain or I think I’ll die.
Mama needs some water ‘fore the well runs dry

I can feel the kinetic lightning spark, As the Heaven’s brighten and go dark.
And the wind is whipping through my hair, Like Energy dancing on the air
And I’m alive, my heart is pounding and my skin electric chills,
I’m alive, my breath abounding, every muscle tensed to thrill
I know the storm is coming, the one that I’ve been waiting for
And it’s just like that old saying, when it rains…..Good God, it pours.

10. A Married Man (Harmony vocals: WK & Fayssoux Starling McLean)
You say you love a married man, You say he treats you like a queen.
Like no other man you’ve known, like no other man you’ve seen.
The good ones are taken and he’s breaking a vow that’s not yours anyway.
So why not live life to the hilt and hope that guilt will fade.
But Girl, don’t love that married man. There’s no way to make it right.
And no matter how you try, you won’t win his heart tonight.
Once I loved a married man. I caused another woman’s pain.
Put my own selfish desire above her home, above her shame.
How could I tell her of his stellar most attractive quality?
Her husband had the charm of Unavailability.
Girl, don’t love that married man. You just kill yourself inside.
And no matter how you try, you won’t win his heart tonight.
So now you love a married man; you think you are his only one,
His only OTHER one, that is, but he is out to have his fun.
You’ll cry your tears, he’ll disappear, When fun for him you cease to be.
He doesn’t need another wife or another Self to flee.
Girl, don’t love that married man. He can’t fit you in his life.
And no matter how you try, you won’t win his heart tonight.
Girl, don’t love that married man. There’s no way to make this right.
And no matter how you try, you won’t win his heart tonight.

11. Pocket
Has no one ever told you, you are beautiful?
Has no one ever held you in the dark?
Has no one ever touched you where you needed,
Oh, and felt the fervent pounding of your heart?
There’s a star on you that beams like Heaven’s Glory,
A moth to flame, I’m drawn close to its flare.
And everyone around you sees it shining,
Oh, but I don’t think you even know it’s there.

Let’s go.. The whole world is just us two. Let go. There’s no one here but me and you…
Our little pocket in the corner of the night…Where the shadow of the light is blue.

I may act like I know where I’m headed, Well, I don’t really even have a clue.
I trap myself in secrets, then I give to much away,
Oh, I wrestle with my darkness and my truth.
But I’ll let you have that part that no one else can see,
The lonely girl pretending she’s so tough.
I think you know me like nobody else does,
And you’ve filled the cracks in me up with your love.

12. Anchored in Love (In Memory of Donald Messa)

Featuring: Fayssoux Starling McLean, Hannah Miller, Will, Brandon & David

My friend Dani Lacey-Baker came up with the name for my band. When I put out the call on Facebook & Twitter for band name ideas, I wasn’t really seriously looking for a band name, just kind of more curious what folks would come up with. There on the long list of suggestions I was getting, Dani’s jumped out at me: THE BEGUILERS. I just knew it was right. Kind of like when I first saw Jeff Hook playing at a club in Greenville and Brandon Turner at a coffeehouse in Spartanburg. Both times, I distinctly remember thinking, “That’s it, right there, that is exactly what I need”. Their musical influence inspired the songs on this album. It is so fulfilling to write for specific players and then give those songs over and watch them blossom. Thank you Brandon & Jeff, also the wonderful bass players we’ve gigged with: Franklin Wilkie, Brandon Gilliard and the dearly missed Todd Verdin (R.I.P.); of course the ever amazing Will Kimbrough, David, Byron and all the other artists who contributed their talents.

Special thanks to John Sackett for taking us out in his beautiful boat and to MBW drums for the snare.

Photographed Dec. 27, 2010 at Lake Hartwell, SC by Coke Whitworth.
Graphic design & layout : Eva Crawford
Website: Thomas Valle

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