The Smolder Sessions

by Creeping Time

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about

During the recording of this album a lot of life has happened, two children have been born and three of us have lost out fathers. Music speaks strongly to the continuum that makes the world at times both a delight and a burden. A hardy heartfelt thanks goes out to our family, friends and musical community that support us and make our lives richer.

Dedicated to the memory of Bob Anderson, David S. Forrester and Tommy Lee Nottingham

Recorded and mixed at Monkeystack Studios December 2009 – November 2011, except Rest Stops recorded in spring of 2007

Produced by Creeping Time
Engineered and mixed by Michael Spaly
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI/CD Mastering Seattle, WA.
Photography by Billy Brandt
Design and layout by Kjell Anderson and Ken Nottingham

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released March 14, 2012

Creeping Time

Dave Forrester - Drums, percussion, background vocals,
mandolin track 4
Ken Nottingham – Lead and background vocals, upright bass,
electric bass, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Kjell Anderson – Violin, background vocals
Michael Spaly – Lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar,
electric guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo, jaw-harp, upright bass track 4
Tom Rooney - Acoustic guitar, background vocals

Guests

Mick Chegwidden – Mandolin track 3
Laurie Katherine Carlsson – Vocals track 3 and 8
Johnny Fitzpatrick – Banjo track 5
Raquel Frisardi – Vocals track 5
Carrie Wicks - Vocals Track 6
Jason Stewart – Banjo, vocals track 8
Erik Anderson Jr. – Organ track 8
Jerin Falkner – Vocals track 8

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Track Name: Cheyenne to Casper
Cheyenne to Casper

Two buddies and me we were on the road
Hitchhiking home from New Mexico
When this trucker picked us up
Just when we thought we were down on our luck
He was barely hanging from the edge of disaster
Talked all the way from Cheyenne to Casper
We just sat there still
As he told us about all the boys that he killed

Chorus:
But as long as I vent and take my medication
These demons will hopefully stay at bay
Because I’ve tasted blood and it’s better than love
But I swear I’m going to beat this beast someday

He said, I’ve to talk it out until it goes away
If I keep it inside my nerves will decay
And so he rambled on
Took us back with him to Vietnam
With blood on my hands and guilt in my soul
Tried to tell myself I was a big time hero
He was just a kid not more than 10 years old
Blew him away like in the picture shows

Chorus

I could see it on his face how it had worn him through the years
Bitter, mixed emotions, guilt, satisfaction, fear
He took us through the grim reality of war
He’d licked the lips of death and only wanted more
His wife had been his savior, his perfect guiding light
The one who brought him back to earth on those hellish sleepless nights
And I could see it in his eyes his battle he’d someday win
Come to grips with the world; find inner peace again

Chorus

He slowed big yellow Kenworth down
We shook his hand and climbed back to the ground
We thanked him for the lift; He thanked us for our ears
Walked down the road with amazing souvenirs
We’d been through it all on that 3-hour drive
On that short stretch of time up interstate 25
Fear, hope, relief and the will to survive
I can hear his voice a ringing; he’s happy to be alive

Chorus
Track Name: It Goes Away
It Goes Away

I hear the sound of fading laughter
As I walk into the parlor
I see pious eyes averting
And a hush that sounds like thunder
It’s a fate that dances with me
That will kiss me then dismiss me
And curls me up so tightly where I’ll stay
Till it goes away
It goes away
It goes away

I crawl out of my covers
Before the sun is rising
Pack a sandwich and an apple
The workday darkly looming
And I wonder how I’m going to make it
As I stumble through my doorway
Then I smell that salty air and I’m okay
It goes away
It goes away
It goes away

I see you across the room a talking
To some friends; you look right at me
Something about your mannerisms
Release me from my prison
As I try to think of something witty
I tell myself you’re way too pretty
And all intelligent life inside my head just fades
It goes away
It goes away
It goes away

I hear the sound of fading laughter
As I walk into the parlor
I see pious eyes averting
And a hush that sounds like thunder
It’s a fate that dances with me
That will kiss me then dismiss me
And curls me up so tightly where I’ll stay
Till it goes away
It goes away
It goes away
It goes away
It goes away
It goes away
It goes away
Track Name: Rest Stops
This road is rough
It ain't no highway
Sure have hit some rough spots on the ride
But this old road
It's going our way
And I sure do enjoy the ride
With you right by my side
Pull over in the shade
In the grass beside the way
I'd go just about anywhere for these rest stops any day

Oh babe the car's in gear
But we ain't going nowhere
This muds too thick for our little car to pass through
And we're running low on gas
Staring up a mountain pass
And getting stopped for driving way too slow

So let's not push it so hard
Give a rest to this old car
Pull over for some time to stretch our legs
And we'll get an oil change
And detail everything
Even damn fine cars still need to be maintained

(chorus)

Now it rides like a dynaglide
As we cut right through the night
The stars outline the snowy peaks ahead
Miles on the markers fall
We'll be home in no time at all
But right now this trip is all that's on my mind

(chorus)
Track Name: New Year's Eve
New Year’s Eve

I don’t need much to get me through my day
I don’t want to rush and let this feeling slip away
Where I’m going to it’s so hard to tell
I feel my past is serving me well
I’ caught in a rift, the current is swift
I feel my spirit beginning to lift

On two Monday nights in the November rain
I looked in your eyes, felt the calm you sustain
Through oceans of impossible blue
I felt something entirely new
Can’t quite nail it down, just a hint of a sound
Of that melody coming around

Chorus:
Now, all that I need is a warm place to go
When the fire burns out and dark nights grow cold
A sweet simple theme rolling around in my head
A coat and a good pair of shoes
A little something to eat, fresh air to breathe
And someone to kiss on New Years Eve

In that big barroom mirror, I see you sitting next to me
I turn to look you in the eye; I see the barstool is free
These beers are going down way too smooth
I’m lost again and dreaming of you
The feelings I felt, the kiss that you dealt
And how the ice was beginning to melt

Chorus
Track Name: World Turns Around
Did that river call you in
Did you think that we could swim
Were you just playing a trick on Johnny
Cause he did just what you asked
And that river took him fast
And you were gone before they found his body

Some years later on
I heard your name around
And I set my mind to find you
I've wondered for years
If your nights are full of tears
Or if you could put that day behind you

So won't you stay another day
We'll turn this world around
And we'll live like yesterday
Before life brings us down

In front of me you stand
My dear and oldest friend
You hardly recognize me

And I ask you how you've been
But you're not remembering
Our friendship or even Johnny

You're quick to strike a deal
And suddenly I feel
Your return is never coming
My old friend has gone away
My old friend has gone away

So won't you stay another day
We'll turn this world around
And we'll live like yesterday
Before life brings us down

Now we're no longer children
And you find yourself in prison
This time there's nowhere to run to
And those boyhood dreams we've started
Have finally departed
But I just can't let them go
Lord help me let them go

So won't you stay another day
We'll turn this world around
And we'll live like yesterday
Before life brings us down

And bad things come
To those who wait
With expectations
Way too great
This world has turned without me
This world has turned around
Track Name: Dark Eyes Have Seen the Light
Dark Eyes Have Seen the Light

This cavernous pool of light
Immersed in an island of woods
Black opal receptive of despair
Sunrays on the surface
Cradled by chiseled stone
Writing on the mossy edge
Of an antique Vermont quarry

Chorus:
Dark Eyes have seen the light
Burning through this filtered life
Tried to come full circle
But I took a wrong turn
And it’s all coming back at me now

Soothing a heart confused
By the loss of a young soul mate
Stirring the questions of why
With a longing ache
For how could you go and
Leave me in these woods that way
Looking through a darkened porous
Vision of memory

Chorus

Chorus
Track Name: Do it for Me
Do It for Me

Love
I keep asking myself
What it means, where it leads
Where it come from
Can’t help but try to imagine
What it could be and where it’s going
Whenever I try to wrap myself around
All those why’s and wherefores and what ifs
I come up with no answers
Just this great big headache
Because all I want to do
Is wrap myself around
You

My head it doesn’t get no matter how I try
There’s just too may questions I miss
My brain it can’t compute it but my body never lies
You and me sweet baby equal bliss

You do it for me in so many ways
You do it for me, you’re the sun in my days
You do it for me when lights are low
You do it for me, that’s all I know


The night I first kissed you the future looked bright
Though I’ve been wrong a time or two, this time I was right
You’re the purr in my motor, the sooth in my soul
The coffee in my cup of cream, the sugar in my bowl

You do it for me in so many ways
You do it for me, never fails to amaze
You do it for me, you make me laugh and cry
You do it for me, I don’t know why

You’re the wishbone in my wishes, you’re the lump in my throat
You’re the spice in my kitchen, you’re the bridge for my moat
You’re the alpha in my Romeo, the laugh from my belly
You’re the charge in my batteries, the toast for my jelly
So don’t you quit me baby, don’t you ever skip town
Don’t stop kissing me or laying me down

Because you do it for me, you always will
You do it for me, you’re my number one girl
You do it for me, you know it’s true
You do it for me and I do it for you
You do it for me and I do it for you
You do it for me and I do it for you
Track Name: When I'm Gone > Talk About Heaven
WHEN I'M GONE

I've got good news, really good news, news for you
Will you still love me when I'm gone

Look at those sunny skies, sun's so bright it burns your eyes
Will you still love me when I'm gone

Can you smell the rain showers as they blow into town
Will you still love me when I'm gone

I've been traveling too, traveled round this world for you
Will you still love me when I'm gone

And this time will be the best, smell like a brand new cedar chest
Will you still love me when I'm gone

Can you see the air rising and bubble from the ground
Will you still love me when I'm gone

Cause I'll still love you when the world turns upside down
Yes I'll still love the ground you walk on
And nothing will ever come between your love and me, woman
Yes I'll still love you when I'm gone

Dig deep real deep, dig so deep down through the peat
Will you still love me when I'm gone

And dark skies roll in, dirt rolls over my skin
Will you still love me when I'm gone

TALK ABOUT HEAVEN

There are all sorts of things in this natural world
But they ain't got nothing on my little girl

They talk about heaven
They talk about heaven
They talk about heaven
But it ain't got nothing on you

You fell in love, or so you thought
Stole a thousand kisses, but you got caught

(chorus)

I met her on the banks of the Arkansas
Was the sweetest little thing I ever saw
She had hair of fire and her eyes were blue
I told her I loved her, but she already knew

(chorus)

I've seen the Mona Lisa and the Taj Mahal
Been to the great wall of China and Niagara Falls
Seen the Sistine Chapel, watched Milton Borough
Saw a little grain of sand turn into a pearl

(chorus)
Track Name: Every Pointed Star
Every Pointed Star

Shades of night descending
Are falling long across the yard
The autumn leaves are dancing in their red and gold
And the air is cold and hard
The leaves are but a memory
Of a brittle, fragile boy
Who’s dreaming as that burning ball sinks to the sea
Of his own Helen of Troy

Is that mars there a hovering
In the fading western light
I can hear my mama calling
Through the fast approaching night
And the ground is getting colder
As I lie back in the grass
And all those diamonds start to twinkle at me all at once
And it comes upon so fast

Chorus:
On a clear autumn night every pointed star
Is driven right through my heart
Unthinkable thoughts thrust from the sky
Lovely but so deadly sharp


And as the night falls upon us
And the music starts to peak
I’m stricken by the twilight
And the needles in my feet
And the ground is getting colder
As we lie naked in the grass
And all those diamonds start to twinkle at us all at once
And I’m right back in the past

Chorus

The light, the sound, the smell, the temperature
Was just the same as it was before
I shifting through a consciousness so pure
In fall when everything is dying to a desperate gray and brown
I can taste it like it was yesterday

Chorus

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