Beloved

by Magnolia Mountain

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released 30 July 2013

"On their first three albums, Mark Utley and Magnolia Mountain set out to prove just how diverse one band can be, mastering pure bluegrass, straight country, rocked-up Americana and swaggering rockabilly, with touches of twangy gospel prayers and tangy Cajun spices. With Beloved, their fourth outing, Utley and the freshly retooled Magnolia Mountain concentrate on the Americana end of the spectrum with an emphasis on the blues and rock aspects of their sound, resulting in a wonderfully dark and driving album that details the various shades of bruising caused by every relationship. The diversity on Beloved comes from the songs themselves, from aching ballads to ballsy rockers, and in their presentation, as Utley occasionally stands down to allow longtime vocalist Melissa English and new voice Renee Frye to take the mic and the lead spotlight. Beloved is smolderingly intense even in its quietest moments, positively incendiary when it's amplified and very likely to be the album that takes Magnolia Mountain to the next level." - Brian Baker, CityBeat

“Beloved” is available on vinyl LP, compact disc, and digital download from the This Is American Music label.

PRODUCED BY JOHN CURLEY AND MARK UTLEY

RECORDED, ENGINEERED, AND MIXED BY JOHN CURLEY AT ULTRASUEDE STUDIO, CINCINNATI, OH, MAY 4-12, 2013.
MASTERED BY ANDREW HAMILTON AT SERIF SOUND, CINCINNATI, OH, MAY 2013.
PICTURES BY MICHAEL WILSON. COVER ILLUSTRATION BY MARK UTLEY. DESIGN BY NOVENA.

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY MARK UTLEY (SLEEP CAT MUSIC, BMI). ARRANGED BY MAGNOLIA MOUNTAIN.

MAGNOLIA MOUNTAIN IS:
MARK UTLEY (vocals, guitar), MELISSA ENGLISH (vocals), RENEE FRYE (vocals), JEFF VANOVER (guitar),
DUSTY BRYANT (piano, organ), VICTOR STRUNK (bass), and TODD DRAKE (drums, percussion)

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Magnolia Mountain Cincinnati, Ohio

Powerful, soulful, and rootsy, Magnolia Mountain embraces and explores That Midwestern Thing in a big-tent-Americana juggernaut that draws from rock, southern soul, folk, country, bluegrass, blues, and rockabilly. But no matter where they take it, "they have the rare ability to inhabit any branch of Roots music and still sound unmistakably like Magnolia Mountain." (Brian Baker, CityBeat). ... more

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Track Name: Midnight Man
MIDNIGHT MAN
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

I like to go out drinkin’
I like to go downtown
I like those pretty women
Like to turn their heads around
Wanna hear the sweet, sweet music
And all the night time sounds
See the bright lights burnin’
And lay my troubles down
Baby, you can have your sunshine
Let the devil take the day
Lord, I’m a midnight man

I ain’t so hard to figure
Ain’t no complicated man
I’m just tryin’ to kill this heartache
Darlin’, any way I can
Baby, let me come on over
And we’ll pull your blinds down low
And we won’t tell nobody
Nothin’ they don’t need to know
And I’ll leave you with a memory
And a smile that’s yours alone
Lord, I’m a midnight man

When I hear the rooster crowin’
When I hear the church bell chime
Baby, that‘s my way of knowin’
That it‘s time to say good night
‘Cause I like to go out drinkin’
And I like to go downtown
See the bright lights burnin’
And lay my troubles down
Baby, you can have your sunshine
Let the devil take the day
Lord, I’m a midnight man
Track Name: Fool No More
FOOL NO MORE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

You know I love you, baby, I can’t lie
But you don’t give a damn about the tears I cry
You stole my heart and sent me straight to hell
‘Cause you can’t love nobody but yourself
I‘m tired of bein’ your fool

You call me up late at night again
Sayin’ “Baby, I’m so lonesome, won’t you let me in?”
You can howl all night right outside my door
But I ain’t gonna be your fool no more

Ain’t gonna be your fool no more
Ain’t gonna be your fool

Boy, you showed me that your heart ain’t true
It just hurts too much to be in love with you
I sit home every night, broken, sad, and blue
Listen, boy, I’m tellin’ you
Ain‘t gonna be your fool

My love was blind, but I finally see
You’re only gonna use me for the things you need
Baby boy, you better set me free
‘Cause my heart’s in misery
Track Name: Going Out Of My Mind
GOIN’ OUT OF MY MIND
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Hey, hey, baby, have mercy on me
I got a bad, bad fever, girl, and I can’t sleep
I’m goin’ out of my mind
You’re at home, baby, lyin’ with him
I got a heart full of want you and a head full of sin
I’m goin’ out of my mind
Tell me now, baby, does he treat you right?
Does he burn like a flame for you day and night?
I’m goin’ out of my mind

I’m a jealous man, baby, I can’t lie
You know I look upon that man with an evil eye
Girl, you know it and I know you do
Darlin’, he don’t love you, not the way I do

Oh, pretty baby, when you let me in
I don’t know where you stop, girl, and I begin
I’m goin’ out of my mind
All them little boys wanna take your hand
But a boy can‘t move you like a full-grown man
I’m goin’ out of my mind

I love you too much and I’m in too deep
I got a bad reputation that I aim to keep
I don’t need a doctor for the way I feel
Ain’t nothin’ wrong with me, girl, that you can’t heal
Track Name: Ain't Enough Anything
AIN’T ENOUGH ANYTHING
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

There ain’t enough whiskey in the world
To drown your memory
Or distance enough to run away
There ain’t enough anything for this girl
My heart is empty
Though I’ve tried everything, every way

There ain’t enough stars in the sky
To count the tears in my eyes
Or to somehow light my way
They say a heart should be strong
So I keep holdin’ on
Hopin’ you’ll come back my way

Because when we were lovers
Oh, my heart never knew sorrow
Thoughts of your love gave life to me
But our yesterdays suddenly have no tomorrow
And your memory is killin’ me

‘Cause I can’t find a thing to help with the pain
No whiskey or weed, pills or cocaine
No, there ain’t enough, ain’t enough anything
There don’t seem to be anywhere I can go
For any relief or peace in my soul
No, there ain’t enough, ain’t enough anything
And no other lover gives comfort to me
There is no other to set my heart free
No, there ain’t enough, ain’t enough anything
If there ain’t enough love in your heart for me
Then there ain’t enough hope anywhere I can see
No, there ain’t enough, ain’t enough anything
There ain‘t enough anything
Track Name: Beloved
BELOVED
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

My beloved is the moonlight as the curtains softly blow
My beloved is a shadow as she moves across the floor
My beloved is a fever
My beloved, my disease
My beloved is a razor with her cuts all over me
Got my finger on the trigger and a knife behind my back
For my beloved

My beloved is an anchor with a cold and heavy chain
My beloved is a raven and I soar upon its wing
My beloved is the winter, my beloved is a flame
My beloved is a whisper that can drown out everything
Got a pistol in my pillow and a dagger at my feet
For my beloved

My beloved is a nightmare, my beloved is a dream
I want him gone forever, want his hands all over me
My beloved is an angel, my beloved is a fire
My beloved, my deceiver
My beloved, my desire
Got my finger on the trigger and my back against the wall
And our hands are locked together and together we will fall
Got my pistol in my pillow and a dagger at my feet
For my beloved
Track Name: You Got A Hold On Me
YOU GOT A HOLD ON ME
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

I can't eat, I can't sleep
Try to do without you but I'm incomplete
Got it bad for you, baby
Ain't no cure for me
You got a hold on me

You're in my head way too much
Think about your lovin' and I crave your touch
Got it bad for you, baby
You got what I need
You got a hold on me

And every night, it's all the same
I wake up in the darkness and I call your name
But you don't hear, you don't call
Or catch me when I fall

I can't eat, I can't sleep
Try to do without you but I'm incomplete
Got it bad for you, baby
Darlin', can't you see?
You got a hold on me

You got a hold on me
You got a hold on me
Baby, won't you set my poor heart free?
You got a hold on me

You got a hold on me
You got a hold on me
Baby, won't you come and rescue me?
You got a hold on me
You got a hold on me
You got a hold on me
Track Name: Cat In A Cage
CAT IN A CAGE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Girl, you got me pacin’ like a cat caught in a cage
Girl, you got me pacin’ like a cat caught in a cage
Come on, come on, come on, pretty baby, come on

Baby, can I come out and see you late tonight?
Baby, can I come out and see you late tonight?
Come on, come on, come on, pretty baby, come on

Baby, all I wanna do is lay my hands on you
Baby, all I wanna do is lay my hands on you
Come on, come on, come on, pretty baby, come on

Baby, come on over here and treat your daddy right
Baby, come on over here and treat your daddy right
Come on, come on, come on, pretty baby, come on
Track Name: Not That Much
NOT THAT MUCH
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Love to ride your fast machine
Love it when you move with me
Baby, you can be my man
But one thing you should understand
You can love me all night long
But in the mornin’ you’d best be gone
I love you, baby, just not that much

I need some time just for myself
When I don’t want nobody else
I don’t need no wedding ring
I just need you for that thing
Understand what I’m tellin’ you
What’s yours is mine
And what’s mine is, too
I love you, baby, just not that much

Love it when you’re lovin’ me
But, baby, I need room to breathe
I don’t mean to bring you down
Don’t always need no man around
You know I want you in my life
Remember, baby, I ain’t your wife
I love you, baby, just not that much
Track Name: Lonesome Train
LONESOME TRAIN
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Watching the moonlight
Shine through our windowpane
And off in the distance
I hear that sound again
The mournful cry of a far-off, lonesome train

I’m sorry, baby
How I wish I could explain
Why I’d leave your warm bed
For the cold, uncaring rain
Baby, I’m leavin’ on that lonesome train
Track Name: Take Me Down
TAKE ME DOWN
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Hello, little angel
Hello, little one
I’m too blue to sing a sad song
And I’m loaded like a gun
Baby, are you lonely?
Baby, talk to me
I’m a snake and I’m a liar
And I need some company
Take me down

Come on, little angel
Come on, say you will
Be my shot of sorrow
I’ll be your poison pill
Shoot me full of moonlight
Hold me while I fall
Come on, little angel
Come on, take it all
Take me down
Somewhere dark where I can’t see
Let me drown, baby
Hold me down, don’t let me breathe
Take me down
Track Name: The Southbound Lane
THE SOUTHBOUND LANE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

You and me is my favorite place to me
Girl, there’s no better company
To ease my mind and chase my sorrow
How I dream of you walkin’ there next to me
With no particular place to be
Underneath a southern sky

Baby, let’s drive in the southbound lane
Let’s get out of here
They’re callin’ for rain
Oh, the things we could see
If you only believed in me
Come on, baby, it’s a beautiful drive
It’s everything good about bein’ alive
Oh, the things we could be
If you only believed in me
We’d take the southbound lane

It ain’t hard
We could buy us a little farm
Put a baby girl on your arm
Darlin’, let yourself imagine
Windows down, wind blowin’ your hair around
Listen to how the country sounds
On our way to somewhere better

If you’re tired of livin’ in your day-to-day
Girl, I’m up for drivin’ any time
I got the engine hummin’
I’ll keep the motor runnin’
Just in case you wanna take a drive

You and me is my favorite place to be

Oh, the things we could be
If you only believed in me
We’d take the southbound lane