Lyrics

Caught on a Wire 2019

California I Cry
Glory
Life Raft
Gone Again
Holding on to Saturday Night
Tumbleweed
Late in the Evening
News Cyclone
People Are You Ready
Almost Everywhere
Mr. Joe
Let Me Lay Down
Mockingbird

Evie Ladin Band 2012

Got You On My Mind
Down to the Door/Lost Girl
He’s Not Alone
Weathering
5 Below
Songbird Blues/Backstep Cindy
Shadow of the Pines
Dime Store Glasses
The First Time
Sugarbabe
Build Me A House/Cypress Shuffle
Coffeeshop
Sleepy Eyed Joe

Float Downstream 2010

I Love My Honey
Romeo
Float Downstream
How Did You Know
Dance Me
Maybe An Angel
Mistreated Mama/Yew Piney Mountain
One of These Days
Precious Days
Going Across the Sea
Home From Airy
Mardi Gras

Stairwell Sisters – Get Off Your Money 2008

Cinderella

Stairwell Sisters – Feet All Over the Floor 2005

The Longest Night of the Year
Jump Back

Stairwell Sisters 2003

Down To The Door


 

California I Cry
CH
skyscrapers of stone, turn the metal into mountains
give me a home, that ain’t so damn crowded
we are made blind, by golden light
california
california i cry

it’s been dry as a bone, no rain on the horizon
one cigarette out the window and all of it burns
one giant shake, the oceans will rise
california
california i cry

not so long ago, they all came for riches
and riches they found beyond measure, a bounty no end
what is the price to steal paradise
california
california i cry

CHORUS

the money it flows into highrises
up on the hillside they see a far view
down in the flatlands we’re just trying to get by
california
california i cry

the moon it hangs heavy over bridges of steel
we sit in our cars on our phones surrounded by cars
suspended in heaven, under wide western sky
california
california i cry

CH

BRIDGE
you can sleep out every night, enjoy the life
but to pay your rent, you ain’t got the time
miss a couple paychecks and you’ll be fresh outta luck and
sleeping out all of the time

CH
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Glory
sometimes i am and sometimes i ain’t
i ain’t baby most of the time

sometimes i can and sometimes i can’t
i can’t without you by my side

The sun is shining all around
it’s not shining on me
how long will you stay in this town
will you come go, come go with me
will you come go with me

glory wind in my hair
glory sun at my heels
glory shadows are lengthening down
glory the world
come go with me

sometimes i ain’t and sometimes i am
i am when i know where i stand

sometimes i can’t and sometimes i can
i can be the one you demand

The sun is shining all around
but it’s not shining on me
how long will you stay in this town
or will you come go, come go with me
will you come go with me

glory wind in my hair
glory sun at my heels
glory shadows are lengthening down
glory the world
come go with me

you came to me in a color scheme
blacks and browns turned into greens

yellows and reds filled up my bed
and my head filled with glorious dreams

glory…
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Life Raft
the only time it was good
we’d hold each other if we could
sad against the world
keeping the world away
it’s a bad bad world
keeping the world away

the only time we felt alright
we shut the door against the night
sad against the world
keeping the world away
it’s a bad bad world
keeping the world away

CH
life raft – daring the loneliness to turn us over
life raft – if I let go will I sink or swim
life raft – will the loneliness turn us over
life raft – will I sink or will I swim
life raft – turn us over
life raft – sink or swim
life raft – but I let go and I swim
life raft – to the shore
life raft – I land
life raft – put my feet on the floor
life raft – I swim
life raft – to the shore
life raft – Don’t need you any more

you telling me i ain’t no good
that you would leave me if you could
sad against the world
keeping the world away
it’s a bad bad world
keeping the world away

holding me out in the road
can’t get gone though you know it’s
over
keeping the world away
it’s a bad bad world
keeping the world away
CH
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Gone Again
Early one morning in the dirty light
Me & my Billy went out on a ride
We had to move fast, had to catch wind
Take another turn, we’re gone again

gone again, gone again

He bragged to me of all his plans
Heading up north to grab some land
Needed me to help him win
Take another turn, we’re gone again

gone again, gone again, take another turn we’re gone again
gone again, gone again

Late in the day with the sun in our eyes
Me & my Billy went out in the rye
We lay down to have a little rest
Wake up in the morning, he’s gone again

gone again, gone again, wake up in the morning he’s gone again
gone gone gone again, take another turn he’s gone again
gone again, gone again

He’s not your boy and he’s not your friend,
Shows up late and stays till the end
Comes for the food and stays for the bed
Take another turn and he’s gone again

gone again, gone again
gone again, gone again
gone again, gone again
gone again, gone again
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Holding on to Saturday Night
Let’s go downtown
Go get down
Papa says i can’t go ‘less you go with me
Sunday morning comes on fast
I want this night to last
Sunday morning turn out your light
I’m holding on to Saturday night.
I’m holding on to Saturday night.

Let’s go downtown
Just wander around
Papa says I can’t go ‘less you go with me
Check out the clubs they got every kind
Deejay, metal, house, country line
Sunday morning turn out your light
I’m holding on to Saturday night.
I’m holding on to Saturday night.

Let’s go downtown
Go get down
Tell your mama to let you go cuz you’ll be with me
We’re gonna to dance till our feet are sore
Then we’ll dance a little more
Sunday morning I can see your light
I’m holding on to Saturday night
I’m holding on to Saturday night
Sunday morning turn out your light
I’m holding on to Saturday Night.
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Tumbleweed
Roll me like a tumble,
a tuuuumble
roll me like a tumble weed
a hop a skip a jumpin
sailin and a bumpin
handspringing down the street

let the wind catch me and a lift me up high
knocking and a rockin, got my down on the upside
baby what do you do when we’re rolling around
tumble me to the ground, my baby & i

Roll me like a tumble,
a tuuuumble
roll me like a tumble weed
how the wind is blowin
we move in a slow mo
float on a breeze

caterwauling hauling cross a wide open sky
smashed up and crumpled, caught on a wire
baby what do you do when we’re rolling around
tumble me to the ground, my baby & i

See us tumbling down
Rolling around on the ground
Free, we are found
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Late in the Evening
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone
I put up my work and head up for home
But supper’s not waiting in a pot on the stove
This is not how my story goes

No, this is not how my story should go
But men play their war games and our lives are sold
So I earn dollars, send them back home
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone

CH Late in the evening when the sun is on fire
Burns the horizon like a jumpin live wire
I look at my hands, will they carry me on?
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone

INST

One day to another, we’re trying to survive
For us to eat, they eat us alive
I learn a new language, still they spit out my name
the jobs they don’t want, they don’t want me to take

When I save enough I’ll bring you here
Its not what we’re aiming for but a little bit nearer
and when in this country our children are born
they’ll have one foot in the door

CH: Late in the evening when I lay down to rest
I thought i’d be doing better, and this isn’t my best
Stars in the east Lord I wish I was home
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone

I look at my hands, will they carry me on?
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone
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News Cyclone
I can’t stick to a schedule it seems
I move slowly in and out of my dreams
I wake and fall back into bed
I tell myself its the rain
It’s coming, and the day is dark again

I hear gunshots, the news is bad
I get the feeling that we’re all being had
There’s fire and smoke and the laws are broke
How do we push back the rain
It’s coming and the day is dark again

CH all i hear is the radio
let me hear the rain
its a news cyclone
verbal hurricane
all i hear is the radio
oh let me hear the rain
trapped in a vacuum
news cyclone hurricane

Tunnels of money under river of souls
The borders are broken their stories left un-told
The sun has taken off running
I tell myself its the rain
It’s coming, and the days are dark again

CH all i hear is the radio
let me hear the rain
its a news cyclone
verbal hurricane
all i hear is the radio
oh let me hear the rain
trapped in a vacuum
news cyclone hurricane

Build a fire, take off the chill
Look for the way even if there is no will
Fire, smoke, laws broke
How do we push back the rain
It keeps coming and the day is dark again

CH all i hear is the radio
oh let me hear the rain
its a news cyclone
verbal hurricane
all i hear is the radio
oh let me hear the rain
trapped in a vacuum
news cyclone hurricane

Let the words empty out of my head
Stare out the window and watch the sky
Just a little bit lighter than it was in the night
I tell myself its the rain
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People Are You Ready (PD)
People are you ready
People are you ready
People are you ready
don’t you want to go

We’ll all go together
We’ll all go together
We’ll all go together

See them walking down by the water with a rainbow round their shoulders

sisters are you ready….brothers….etc – Live the audience sings along
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Almost Everywhere
CHORUS
New York to New Orleans
Every point in between
San Francisco, Baltimore
I’ve been almost everywhere
Everywhere ain’t worth it anymore
if it all comes from the same store.

I ain’t no johnny cash
never claimed to be
but still i got the gas
pedal riding under me
my job it takes me on the road
riding, rolling, gotta drive
i’ve paid off all i owed
never had a 9-5

the more the years go by
every exit looks the same
i can’t believe my eyes
the homogeneity
micky d’s, box o’jack
shells and gulfs a mile wide
family diners get a stack
of precut precooked freeze dried fries

CHORUS
CHORUS INST
VERSE INST

no matter where you are
you don’t have to talk to folk
you don’t have to leave your car
do your business by remote
Everywhere ain’t worth it anymore
if it all comes from the same store.

in my home town
they’re tearing pretty houses down
behind them rise and rise
boxes filled with boxes no surprises
Everywhere ain’t worth it anymore
if it all comes from the same store.

That shirt says USA, but it’s made in Singapore
and it all comes from the same store

Cut down the Amazon, deliver it to your front door
and it all comes from the same store

Enough is enough, but more is more
and it all comes from the same store

New York to New Orleans
Every point in between
if it all comes from the same store.

San Francisco, Baltimore
I’ve been almost everywhere
if it all comes from the same store.

Everywhere ain’t worth it anymore
if it all comes from the same store.
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Mr. Joe
CH in your pretty little dress with your eyes so bright
come dance with me tonight
take my hand, fly away
move it or you lose it and i ain’t gonna lose it today

old man in the middle of a crowd
his eyes are heavy, music’s too loud
we all get old, we all slow down
tonight he’s gonna dance around

he tightens the tie, lace up the boots
ride the 24 down the same old route
It’s Friday night, the hall’s aglow
come on dance with Mr Joe

CH

Mr Joe’s got it all going on
he won’t hold you too close or too long
his hands are clean, his eyes are closed
hold on, kick back, let the good times roll

CH INST
BR INST

When its all he can do he put the suit back on
pays his tab, calls a cab, city rushes on
Mr Joe, he floats above
he’s filled up with love

CH
CH INST
BR
CH
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Let Me Lay Down
4/4 i want to go slow, i want to slow down
been running so fast can’t keep my feet on the ground
i need a break from my life
i am working on overtime, time and a half,
when can i stop and lay down my head

3/4 Let me lay down beside the cool water
Let me lay down on the cold hard ground
Lay myself down on a bed full of feathers
When can I lay down and rest
Let me lay down take my rest

4/4 i’m getting off this train, before it hits the next stop
i gotta stop moving or things are gonna get dangerous
I wanna sit down
my head is aching just from holding it up
when can i stop and lay down my head

3/4 CH

3/4 BR Memory lingers of when we connected
Right here beside one another what pleasure
To touch and to taste and to talk in real time
Let us lay down you and I

3/4 BR Let me lay down beside the cool water
Let me lay down on the cold hard ground
Lay myself down on a bed full of feathers
I hear the horns honking, the cars racing by

INST – VERSE

4/4 I want to live high i want to live low
sit down and give some time to the people i know
let the light and the love filter into my eyes till they
burn with the lust and the lift of this life
it is long, it is short
when can i lay down my head

4/4 Let me lay down beside the cool water
Let me lay down on the cold hard ground
Lay myself down on a bed full of feathers
When can I lay down and rest
When can I lay down and rest
When can I lay down and rest
Let me lay down take my rest
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Mockingbird
Mockingbird outside my window
Make me think the dawn has come
I get that ugly feeling that I put away another one
makes you think it’s dawn
you’ve been singing all night long
Another all night all night long
playing all night
playing all night mockingbird,
lets you and me
holler into the trees

Most little birds they sing at dawn
they’re not singing all night long
I don’t know what other birdies sing
Mine just hollers bout everything
Makes you think it’s dawn
that you’ve been singing all night long
Another all night all night long
singing all night
playing all night mockingbird,
lets you and me
holler into the trees

Seems every gal who writes a song
has a little birdie helping her along
well my little bird outside my door
is a mockingbird and it sings the night o’er
makes you think it’s dawn
that you’ve been dancing all night long
Another all night all night long…..

Mockingbird, you mocking me….
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Got You On My Mind
© Lotus Dickey, Lotus Dickey Music; arr Evie Ladin Band

Got you on my mind, nobody but you
Got you on my mind, no one else will do
Never could be, no never I’d find
Another for me, Got you on my mind

Got you on my mind, whatever I do
Got you on my mind, I keep thinking of you
Often it seems you leave me behind
With only my dreams, got you on my mind

You’re making me sad, leaving, it’s true
It makes me so glad, being with you
Surely you see, could you be so blind
What’s happened to me, Got you on my mind

Got you on my mind, nobody but you
Got you on my mind, no one else will do
No never could be, no never I’d find
Another for me, got you on my mind

You’re making me sad, leaving, it’s true
It makes me so glad, being with you
Surely you see, could you be so blind
What’s happened to me, Got you on my mind.

Evie Ladin banjo, lead vocal
Dina Maccabee fiddle, harmony vocal
Erik Pearson guitar
Keith Terry toys, bass

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Down to the Door/Lost Girl
© 2012, Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music

Come down from the mountains to the rolling hills
Where the mist settles in the valley
And corn grows on cold limestone
Come down to the door of my home
Come down to the door of my home

Head up over the Smokies up the blue highway to me
Tobacco barns and bluegrass rolls up 273
Come up now and come alone
Come down to the door of my home

Come down from the mountains to the rolling hills
Where the mist settles in the valley
And corn grows on cold limestone
Come down to the door of my home

The wind is warm and so am I, I’m waiting for you dear
In the pines you’d be mine if only you’d come here
Come up now and come alone
Come down to the door of my home

Come down from the mountains to the rolling hills
Where the mist settles in the valley
And corn grows on cold limestone
Come down to the door of my home

Evie Ladin banjo, lead vocal
Dina Maccabee fiddle, harmony vocal
Erik Pearson guitar, harmony vocal
Keith Terry bass

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He’s Not Alone
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

He visits, and drives the long hours to his home
I call him to tell him that he is not alone
Though I’m travelin round, and I, I gotta go
I call him to tell him that he is not alone

We rarely see face to face, and then not eye to eye
But for when we’re arm in arm I won’t say goodbye
Though I’m miles away and I won’t say where I’m going
I call him to tell him that he is not alone

No he’s not alone, he’s the one who holds my heart
I’m sorry I make him worry, but I got to play my part
He clocks his hours with friends and family
Maybe the only one alone, is me.

He wants to take me to be his one and only bride
I can’t spend my lifetime settled down, inside
His eyes hold the sweetest love I’ve known
So I call him to tell him that he is not alone

No he’s not alone, he’s the one who holds my heart
I’m sorry I make him worry, but I’ve got to play my part
He clocks his hours with friends and family
Maybe the only one alone, is me.

He clocks his hours with friends and family
Maybe the only one alone, is me.

Evie Ladin banjo, lead vocal
Dina Maccabee harmony vocal
Erik Pearson slide guitar, harmony vocal
Keith Terry bass harmonica, pizza pan, harmony vocal

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Weathering
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

The weather makes me think of you
I’m falling in love with the rain
Looking out the windowpane
Thinking of the storm that came
With you

Once I was running through a desert
No shade, worn out shoes
The sun pours its heat, I’m cracked and I’m beat
But I’m on the move

But nothing comes on like weathering
Weathering will roll you around
Rocks ain’t so steady, and before you’re ready
Time will wear down a stone

The air is coming on thick now
White sky turns to gray
Storm clouds they gather, pushing right at me and
The wind blows my dust away

But nothing comes on like weathering
Weathering will roll you around
Rocks ain’t so steady, before you’re ready
Time will wear down a stone

Raindrops, they come on fast now
Blue lines crack above
Fat drops they fall, washing us all
With love

Nothing comes on like weathering
Weathering will roll you around
Rocks ain’t so steady, before you’re ready
Time will wear down a stone

The weather makes me think of you
I’m falling in love with the rain.

Evie Ladin banjo, lead vocal
Dina Maccabee fiddle, harmony vocals
Erik Pearson guitar, harmony vocal
Keith Terry bass

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5 Below
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

This is how it is done
You walk then you run
they say
they say

this is how it will be
before you, it’s me
they say
they say
they say
they say

Oh what a storm racing down from the sky
We’re almost home but it’s covered in ice
Ice on the window it’s cold in my skin
Deep in my bones I can feel it
I feel it, and I know
What it is to be 5 below

This is how it is done
We have never won
they say
they say
they say
they say

this is how it will be
life of misery
they say
they say
they say
they say

The tunnel is gone when there’s light in your eyes,
The window’s defrosting we clear off the ice
I’m quitting shivering one at a time
If I stop dancing I’ll feel it
I feel it, and I know
What it is to be 5 below

Evie Ladin banjo, vocals, feet
Dina Maccabee fiddle
Erik Pearson guitar
Keith Terry bass, feet

top

Songbird Blues/Backstep Cindy
© Erik Pearson / PD from Tommy Jarrell

Evie Ladin feet
Erik Pearson banjo

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Shadow of the Pines
© Carter Family, Jaymore Music

We had wandered in the shadow of the pines
The moon looked down on you and me
And a darkness stole across the summer sky
And a shadow came between my love and me

Oh, darling, come love me as before
Come back to leave me nevermore
At that spot I’m sad and lonesome
And the sun no longer shines
Come and meet me in the shadow of the pines

Oh, you went away and left me and my tears I could not hide
You went away and not a word was said
While my throbbing heart was breaking underneath its load of pride
And the pine trees sobbed in pity o’er my head

Oh, darling, come love me as before
Come back to leave me nevermore
At that spot I’m sad and lonesome
And the sun no longer shines
Come and meet me in the shadow of the pines

All our future is o’er shadowed by the darkness of despair
And across life’s path the sun no longer shines
Oh, I’d give this whole world gladly once again to meet you there
And reunite in the shadow of the pines

Oh, darling, come love me as before
Come back to leave me nevermore
At that spot I’m sad and lonesome
And the sun no longer shines
Come and meet me in the shadow of the pines

Evie Ladin guitar, lead vocal
Dina Maccabee harmony vocal
Erik Pearson guitar
Keith Terry bass

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Dime Store Glasses
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

I’m gonna buy you a pair of dime store glasses so you can read the letter I wrote
I’m gonna buy you a pair of dime store glasses so you can read the letter I wrote
I’m not gonna tell you what it said
What’s rolling around in my head

I’m gonna buy me a pair of dark sunglasses so you can’t see my eyes been cryin
I’m gonna buy me a pair of dark sunglasses so you can’t see my eyes been cryin
Oh, how i feel
This pain is so real

I’m gonna dust off my old brandy glasses, pour myself a stiff cocktail
I’m gonna dust off my old brandy glasses, pour myself a stiff cocktail
Put on some old southern blues
Gonna dance around in my shoes

I’m gonna buy you a one way ticket to Memphis, you go tell them all what you did
I’m gonna buy you a one way ticket to Memphis, you go tell them all what you did
I’m putting on those southern blues
Gonna dance around in my shoes
Cause I’m so lonely living with you I’d rather be living alone
Mmm mmm mmm mmm

Evie Ladin lead vocal, body music
Dina Maccabee harmony vocal
Keith Terry bass, bass harmonica, body music

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The First Time
© Ewan McColl

The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
The moon and stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless nights, my love,
To the dark and the endless nights.

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hands
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command

The first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart beat so close to mine
And I knew that our joy, it would fill the earth
It would last till the end of time, my love
It would last, till the end of time, my love
It would last, till the end of time

The first time ever I saw your face, your face,
your face, your face

Evie Ladin banjo, lead vocal
Dina Maccabee fiddle, harmony vocals
Erik Pearson guitar
Keith Terry bass

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Sugarbabe
PD from Dock Boggs, arr. Evie Ladin Band

Ain’t got no use for the little red rocking chair
Got no sugar baby now
Got no honey baby now

Laid me in the shade, gave him every dime I made
Got no sugar baby now
Got no honey baby now

Who’ll rock that cradle, and who’ll sing that song
Who’ll rock the cradle when IÕm gone
Got no sugar baby now

I’ll rock that cradle, and I’ll sing that song
I’ll rock the cradle when youÕre gone
Got no sugar baby now

It’s all I can do, and it’s all I can say
Can’t make a living this a-way
Got no sugar baby now
Got no honey baby now
Got no sugar baby now

Evie Ladin banjo, lead vocal, feet
Dina Maccabee harmony vocal
Erik Pearson slide guitar
Keith Terry cajòn, Engelhart gankogui, vocals

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Build Me A House/Cypress Shuffle
© Dina Maccabee

Dina Maccabee fiddle, vocal
Keith Terry body music

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Coffeeshop
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

I went into the coffeeshop the coffeeshop was hoppin
People on their laptops, the brews they were poppin
I found a little corner, an outlet by the wall
Riggin up my station to work my information
The boys they’re looking round, the girls they’re lookin too
And everybody’s hummin with that rocket booster juice

Coffeeshop
Coffeeshop

Once there was an office with a lonely percolator
We stood there for a minute, its like I’ll see you later
Now I got an office anywhere I’m pluggin in
Buzzin in the hubbub with a double cappuccino
You know the coffeeshop is firing up the scene
We go into the coffeeshop, let off all our steam

Coffeeshop
Coffeeshop

We’re all just a giggin and a trying to keep it real
When I’m in the coffeeshop I know just how I feel
The corner shop’s my stop in for a tidy little roast
grind it really fine, and grind a little more
Let it drip slowÉÉÉ..
Add a little foamÉÉ..

Coffeeshop
Coffeeshop

Double shot whip cream caramel macchiato
Triple tall non-fat soy Americano
Quad vente iced white mocha hold the sprinkles
Slow roast espresso, lemon on the rim
Half-caf latte, foam you write my name on
A demitasse, a single shot, fair trade Columbian

Coffeeshop
Coffeeshop

Evie Ladin lead vocal
Dina Maccabee harmony vocal
Erik Pearson guitar, harmony vocal
Keith Terry bass, harmony vocal

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Sleepy Eyed Joe
PD from John Ashby

Evie Ladin banjo
Dina Maccabee fiddle
Erik Pearson guitar
Keith Terry bass

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I Love My Honey
from Santford Kelly, arr. Evie Ladin

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

Evie Ladin banjo, vocals
Dina Maccabee harmony vocals
Keith Terry cajòn

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Romeo
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

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

Evie Ladin vocals
Chris Webster harmony vocals
Mike Marshall guitar, mandolin
John R. Burr organ
Todd Phillips bass
Keith Terry drums, percussion

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Float Downstream
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

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

Evie Ladin vocals, banjo
Amber Hines harmony vocals
Mark Summer cello
Keith Terry percussion

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How Did You Know
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

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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Evie Ladin vocals
Chris Webster harmony vocals
Mike Marshall guitar, mandolin
Todd Phillips bass
Keith Terry drums

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Dance Me
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

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.

Evie Ladin vocals
Caleb Klauder harmony vocals
Mike Marshall guitar, mandolin
Lloyd Maines dobro
Todd Phillips bass

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Maybe An Angel
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

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?

Evie Ladin vocals, banjo
Amber Hines harmony vocals
Mike Marshall guitar
John R. Burr organ
Todd Phillips bass
Keith Terry drums, percussion

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Mistreated Mama/Yew Piney Mountain
Dock Boggs (arr. Evie Ladin) / Lester McCumbers

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

Evie Ladin vocals, banjo
Amber Hines harmony vocals
Karen Heil fiddle
Matt Knoth guitar
Todd Phillips bass
Keith Terry cajòn, percussion

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One of These Days
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

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

Evie Ladin vocals
Dina Maccabee harmony vocals
Mike Marshall guitar
Todd Phillips bass
Keith Terry drums

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Precious Days
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

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

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

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Evie Ladin vocals, nylon banjo
Amber Hines harmony vocals
Dina Maccabee harmony vocals
Mike Marshall guitar
Todd Phillips bass
Keith Terry drums

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Going Across The Sea
traditional, arr. Evie Ladin

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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

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

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Evie Ladin vocals, banjo
Abby Ladin harmony vocals
Karen Heil fiddle
Matt Knoth guitar

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Home from Airy
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

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.

Evie Ladin vocals, banjo
Chris Webster harmony vocals
Suzy Thompson fiddle
Mike Marshall guitar
Todd Phillips bass

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Mardi Gras
© Evie Ladin, Evil Diane Music, BMI

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

Evie Ladin vocals, banjo
Chris Webster harmony vocals
Suzy Thompson fiddles, accordion
Mike Marshall guitar
Mike Rinta tuba
Keith Terry drums

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Cinderella
© 2008, Evie Ladin, Stairwell Sisters Music
Inspired by Gregory Maguire’s retelling of the old tale in “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister”

My mother married a rich man
My father had money to spare
Bells on my bicycle, dresses so fanciful
And a bow for my hair

Now I sing of misfortune
What has become, woe is me
My mother died, and my father’s new wife
Has no use for me

This woman has her own daughters
Precious gems to her be
They wear the finery, used to be mine and their
Ashes blacken my feet

Now I sing of misfortune
No home, no family
My mother died, and my father’s new wife
Has no use for me

There once was a man of intention
Wanted me for a wife
But he had no property or chance at prosperity
And I didn’t want that kind of life.

Fortune once’d been my shadow
But her best laid plans overheard
One night in goose down, the next on the cold ground
Light as a hummingbird

Now I sing of misfortune
No husband, no charity
My mother died, and my father’s new wife
Has no use for me.

Now sir could you spare me a nickel
I’ve got to find something to eat
I’ll share my plate when we reach Heaven’s gate
And my Savior will set me free.

Now I sing of misfortune
What has become woe is me
My mother died, and my father’s new wife
Has no use for me.

Evie Ladin banjo, vocal
Stephanie Prausnitz fiddle, vocal
Sue Sandlin guitar, vocal
Lisa Berman Dobro
Martha Hawthonre bass

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The Longest Night of the Year
© 2005, Evie Ladin, Stairwell Sisters Music

The first time I saw him, darkness had fell
Hazel eyes, deep as a well
Long as a lifetime, and big as the sea.
They were looking at me.
That was you dear
On the longest night of the year.

All through the springtime, the lovin’ bloomed
Everything funny, all of it new
Everything glittered, shining like gold
Was a sight to behold
That was you dear
On the longest night of the year.

Chorus
On that longest night, the sun hardly shines
You wake in the dark and the moon’s in the pines
But I still remember, and I can still hear
Your voice in my ear
On the longest night of the year.

On a warm summer night, in a park across town
You made me your bride, in my grandmother’s gown
You promised me everything I ever could need
Guaranteed.
That was you dear
On the longest night of the year

Chorus

That winter my lover lay in our bed
Damp raven hair curled round his head.
From peaceful slumber, he never awoke
The last words he spoke:
“I love you dear.”
On the longest night of the year.

I wake in the morning, chase the clouds from my head
I turn to the child who is sharing our bed.
He looks up at me when he crawls round the floor
His eyes are yours.
There’s a part of you here
It’s the longest night of the year.

Chorus

It’s the longest night of the year

Evie Ladin banjo, vocal
Stephanie Prausnitz fiddle
Sue Sandlin guitar
Lisa Berman Dobro, vocal
Martha Hawthonre bass

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Jump Back
© 2005, Evie Ladin, Stairwell Sisters Music
This hambone shout brings in all the elements of a good square dance – the constant swirling motion, the lyrical tunes, the rowdy good time…one of the places I’m most at home.

Jump back get back spend yourself a dollar
Daddy’s got a square dance down in the holler
With his fingers on the fiddle and rosin on the bow
Round your partner with a do-si-do

mmm – dance all night give a pretty girl a swing
mmm – pick her up and set her in the middle of the ring
mmm – dance all night with a bottle in your hand
mmm – dance all night give the fiddler a dram

Pick up your partner and circle to the right
Circle to the right, gonna dance all night
Back again with a grin and circle to the left
Circle to the left with the one you love best

mmm – june apple’s just a hanging on a tree
mmm – next pretty girl’s gonna dance with me
mmm – charlie he’s a nice young man, so dapper
mmm – gonna pick me a good n’ ripe june apple

Jump back paddywhack, give a dog a bone
My old man come a rolling home
Home is where he hangs his hat
Mad like a hatter, but madder than that

mmm – Say I don’t drink and I don’t smoke
mmm – Shacking up now with a greasy coat
mmm – Greasy coat’s gonna take me in
mmm – Don’t look now, but you can’t fool him

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Down to the Door
© 2003, Evie Ladin, Stairwell Sisters Music
Evie sent an invitation to a boy that never did make it down from the mountains to her old home in the Indiana hills.

Chorus:
Come down from the mountains to the rolling hills
Where the mist lies deep in the valley
And corn grows tall on cold limestone
Come down to the door of my home

Head north over the Smokies up the blue highway to me
Tobacco barns and bluegrass rolls on up 273
Come up now and come alone
Come down to the door of my home

Chorus

Well the wind is warm and so am I awaiting for you dear
In the tall dark pines you’d be all mine if only you’d come here
Come up now and come alone
Come down to the door of my home

Chorus

Evie Ladin banjo, vocal
Stephanie Prausnitz fiddle
Sue Sandlin guitar, vocal
Lisa Berman Dobro
Martha Hawthonre bass, vocal

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