Four Chords and a Lie

by Mark Utley

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released 29 July 2013

Mark Utley is the songwriter and male voice behind Magnolia Mountain, one of the midwest’s most acclaimed and prolific Americana/Roots Rock bands, with four full-band albums and multiple regional Band-Album-Songwriter of the Year nominations to his credit.

“Four Chords and a Lie” is Utley’s solo debut, a 50/50 mix of five straight-up Honky Tonk Country originals performed with his all-star side project Bulletville and five more stripped-down originals performed solo or duet-style with vocalist Renee Frye.

Soulful, haunting, and pure, “Four Chords and a Lie” takes the listener down a moonlit road from good-time Honky Tonk revelry to melancholy late-night reverie.

“Four Chords and a Lie” is available on vinyl LP, compact disc, and digital download on the This Is American Music label.

"Like a sculptor who has immense respect for the permanence of the stone but also implicitly trusts his chisel and creative vision, Utley shapes the raw material of Americana’s various stylistic permutations into songs that are comfortably familiar yet blazingly original." - Brian Baker, CityBeat

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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: Mark Utley and Bulletville - Waitin' On Ruby Raye
WAITIN' ON RUBY RAYE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Pour me out another one, make it tall and strong
Won't somebody play for me an old-time Country song
I might be sittin' in this bar until the light of day
I'm just waitin' on my Ruby Raye

If you knew my Ruby, boys, I'm sure you'd understand
She's the kind of woman makes you glad to be a man
Rough around the edges like an untamed mountain stream
Lordy, how I love my Ruby Raye

I love the way she looks at me, I love the way she sways
Love the mischief in her eyes, I love her natural way
Love the way she touches me, I love the way she lays
I love it every time she comes my way

Oh, she tells me that I'm crazy and I do believe she's right
Will I see her? She says maybe
So I wait for her all night

Like my heart and soul and blood, she's all inside of me
Like some kind of long-forgotten mountain memory
Guess that you could say that I've been waiting all my life
I can't live without my Ruby Raye

I love the way she looks at me, I love the way she sways
Love the promise in her eyes, I love her natural way
Love the way she kisses me, I love the way she lays
I love it every time she comes my way

Pour me out another one, make it tall and strong
Won't somebody play for me an old Hank Williams song
I've got more empty bottles than there's people in this bar
But I keep waitin' on my Ruby Raye
I keep waitin' on my Ruby Raye
I keep waitin' on my Ruby Raye
Track Name: Mark Utley and Bulletville - Not All Right Together
NOT ALL RIGHT TOGETHER
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

I see you on that barstool down the row from mine
You've been staring deep into that glass for a long, long time
I see your eyes have known some tears
Much the same as mine
And I see you're drinkin' bourbon
I'll take that as a sign

There's a ring around your finger, and rings under your eyes
I'm guessin' that he left you, I'm guessin' that he lied
And me, I'm waitin' for a girl who never will come home
And it's a shame that two such lonesome hearts
Should feel so all alone

You know, I got a little place, it's just right down the road
I got a little bourbon and I got nowhere to go
We both lost forever, so put your pain with mine
Let's be not all right together
Darlin', one night at a time

Now the man is sayin' "closing time", so baby, take my hand
If you can be my girl tonight, then, darlin', I'm your man
You know, you look a lot like her when I close my eyes
And if you tell me what he used to say, I'll try to say it right

And I know that he took your dreams the way that she took mine
But what we have tonight may be the closest thing we'll find
So, darlin', I can show you yours if you can show me mine
Let's be not all right together
Darlin', one night at a time
Let's be not all right together
Darlin', one night at a time
Track Name: Mark Utley and Bulletville - Nothin' But Time
NOTHIN' BUT TIME
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

I been thinkin' and drinkin' and losin' my mind
And drownin' my sorrow in whiskey and wine
For a damned fool on a barstool, the hours crawl by
'Cause you left me with nothin' but time

Some empties, some memories, the same every night
'Cause downtown at sundown is where I get right
But I done wrong for too long, with no end in sight
'Cause you left me with nothin' but time

A man without his woman is wanderin' blind
Searching for comfort and troubled in mind
Surrounded by strangers, alone in a crowd
A heavy heart draggin' him down

I been thinkin' about you, woman, and crossin' that line
'Cause you left me with nothin' but time

A man without his woman can never be free
And if he can't let go, he'll wind up like me
Livin' for something he won't live to see
Oh, my darlin', please come back to me

I been thinkin' and drinkin' and losin' my mind
'Cause you left me with nothin' but time
Yeah, you left me with nothin' but time
Track Name: Make Me
MAKE ME
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Some folks, they make lots of money
Some folks make other folks mad
Some folks, they do make a whole lot of noise
Some folks, they make themselves sad

But you, girl, just make me crazy
‘Cause I want to make time with you
I’ll make you a drink and I’ll make you a song
A sweet one, sung only for you

I’ll make you an egg salad sandwich
And I’ll make you smile when you’re blue
We’ll paint the town red or we’ll unmake the bed
Whatever, girl, you want to do

'Cause you make my heart beat faster
And if it don’t make sense to you
We’ll make it up, darlin’, as we go along
No one makes me feel like you do

I don’t want to make you regret me
I don’t want to make a big scene
I just want to tell you how happy you make me

And you know I don’t make much money
And I probably will make you mad
And sometimes I will make a whole lot of noise
But I never will make you sad

I’ll make time for you every evenin’
And I’ll make the bad go away
And when it gets dark, girl, we’ll make us a spark
And I’ll make you call out my name

‘Cause baby, you do make me crazy
And I want to make time with you
I’ll make you a drink and I’ll make you a song
A sweet one, sung only for you
Track Name: Little Black Dress
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Long black hair, little black dress
The way you look tonight, oh my lord, I must confess
I am a bad, bad man and my thoughts have gone astray
I need a bad, bad girl to help me lose my way
Oh lord I’m burnin’ up, I may need a nurse
Someone to hold my hand while we go from bad to worse

Oh my soul, don’t know what I’m gonna do
Can’t think of anything tonight ‘cept what I want to do to you
I want your lips on mine, your back against the wall
I want my hands in that hair, I want that dress down on the floor
I am a bad, bad man and my heart has gone astray
I need a bad, bad girl to help me lose my way

Long black hair, little black dress
The way you look tonight, oh my lord, I must confess
I want your lips on mine, your back against the wall
I want my hands in that hair, I want that dress down on the floor
I am a bad, bad man and my heart has gone astray
I need a bad, bad girl to help me lose my way
Track Name: Mark Utley and Bulletville - Tell Me Again
TELL ME AGAIN
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Tell me how you want so bad to find your heart a home
Tell me how you’re tired of sleepin’ in that bed alone
Call me on the telephone and tell me
Everything is wrong

Tell me how you want so bad to find someone to love
Tell me how you’re waiting on some blessing from above
Tell me how this someone that you look for
Is so hard to find

Tell me again that you’re so lonesome
And you’re always on your own
Tell me that you’re afraid you’ve chosen
To spend your life alone
Tell me how you want someone who feels exactly like I do
Tell me again
Tell me again

And I’ll sit right here and listen
And I’ll hold you while you cry
Lookin’ high and low for something
That’s right before your eyes

Tell me how you want so bad to find your heart a home
Tell me how you’re tired of sleepin’ in that bed alone
Call me on the telephone and tell me
Everything is wrong

Tell me again that you’re so lonesome
And you’re always on your own
Tell me that you’re afraid you’ve chosen
To spend your life alone
Tell me how you want someone who loves you just the way I do
Tell me again
Tell me again
Tell me again
Tell me again
Track Name: Blackbird On The Wire
BLACKBIRD ON THE WIRE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Baby, I can’t breathe as I watch you sleep
You have no idea, the secrets that I keep
Underneath our bed, a suitcase packed to go
Someone waits for me
And I just don’t love you anymore

Somewhere down the road, maybe time will show
If I’m right or wrong, baby, I don’t know
But I just can’t take the way I make you cry
I’m not worthy of any of the love you have for me

I don’t really know why we fell apart
I just feel so sad for your broken heart
By tomorrow night, baby, I’ll be gone
Blackbird on the wire
Singing me a song to bring me home
Track Name: Mark Utley and Bulletville - Out In California (With Kentucky On My Mind)
OUT IN CALIFORNIA (WITH KENTUCKY ON MY MIND)
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Hello, baby
Did I wake you with the phone?
Were you sleepin’?
Are you lyin’ there alone?

I’m just callin’
‘Cause I’m out here on the road with too much time
Yeah, I’m out in California
With Kentucky on my mind

I keep on playin’ every honky tonk and dive
And I keep prayin’ for a little peace of mind
I just miss you
And I love you, girl, with every song I write
And I’m out in California
With Kentucky on my mind

Are you okay?
Are you happy with your life?
Do you love him?
Are you gonna be his wife?
Girl, I’m sorry
I know I shouldn’t call you up so late at night
But I’m out in California
With Kentucky on my mind
Yeah, I’m out in California
With Kentucky on my mind
Track Name: Mark Utley and Renee Frye - 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
Track Name: Say A Prayer For Me
SAY A PRAYER FOR ME
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

I’ve been tryin’ to live my life
Tryin’ to do what’s right
Tryin’ to find some reason to believe
I’ve been tryin’ to do my best
Live with my regrets
And let go of the guilt inside of me

But seeing myself honestly
Is the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do

I’m not where I thought I’d be
But sometimes I can see
Glimpses of a better place and time
Where I can forgive myself
And love somebody else
Free myself from all the chains that bind

So if you ever think of me
Sometimes if I ever cross your mind
Would you say prayer for me
Would you say prayer for me
Sometime, in the silence of your life
Would you say prayer for me