Nothing As It Was

by Magnolia Mountain

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released 21 February 2009

"Though known for a wide-range of musical styles, Greater Cincinnati has always had an especially strong Americana/ Roots music scene, as evidenced each year by the stacked lineup at the annual Rivertown Breakdown showcase. With the release of "Nothing As It Was", Mark Utley and his band Magnolia Mountain should instantly jump to the top of any list of Cincinnati’s best Roots practitioners.

"Nothing As It Was" is soulful, haunting and pure, taking the best of Country, Folk and Bluegrass and refracting it through a modern prism. It rings incredibly authentic and timeless, an album that could have come out 40, 30 or 20 years ago but is too lively and crafty to stand as some sort of retro-music museum piece.

The “Roots” being spread around on "Nothing" are widereaching — “Irish Maggie” strides and jigs like a vintage Celtic Folk song, while the highlight, “Out of My Mind,” has the sad, earnest feel of a great George Jones love lament.

Most startling and appealing is when Utley and Co. create something that transcends any genre. “Murder on My Soul,” while perhaps designed with “murder ballad” intent, is a hovering, spooky slice of ethereal soul-searching that recalls the ghostly Indie Folk of artists like Midlake and Fleet Foxes.

"Nothing As It Was" announces Mark Utley as one of the finest songwriters in the area. He and the amazing band he’s assembled have a knack for crafting something that is both traditional and refreshing. Fans of Roots music old and new will find Magnolia Mountain’s latest one of the more enchanting albums they’ll hear all year."

- Mike Breen, 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: Nora Mae
NORA MAE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Oh, Nora Mae, my southern sunshine
Come away, under the cover of the night
I've been away for such a long, long time
Can you say that you are still my girl
Nora Mae?

Oh, Nora Mae, it's been a lifetime
But every day, you are the first thing on my mind
I hear your voice, lyrical Dixieland melody
Sweet as a southern breeze
Sweet as home

In my dark time, you were my light
To keep me hangin' on
To show me there's still some way
To get home
Tell me it was not in vain
Tell me you were true
Tell me you still love me
Nora Mae

Oh, Nora Mae, please no more crying
'Cause today, I'm comin' home, I've done my time
A southern girl can change a man's whole life with a smile
Tell me you're still my girl
Nora Mae

In my dark time, you were my light
To keep me hangin' on
To show me there's still some way
To get back home
Tell me it was not in vain
Tell me you were true
Tell me you still love me
Nora Mae
Track Name: A Little South of Birmingham
A LITTLE SOUTH OF BIRMINGHAM
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

From just a little south of Birmingham
My baby called me on the phone
She said she maybe missed me now and then
And maybe I should come back home

460 miles to Birmingham
From Cincinnati, Ohio
Kentucky, Tennessee, then Alabam'
Back to the sweetest place I know

I did something that I should not have done
Something that she could not forgive
And when my key would not unlock our door
That's when I headed north to live

But that big city ain't no place for me
I can barely breathe the air
The only grass is growing through the cracks
In all the concrete everywhere

So every night, I just come home from work
Stare out the window through the bars
And then I think about the love I lost
And wish that I could see the stars

I'm just a little south of Birmingham
And there's my baby at her door
I know I'll never break her heart again
I'll never leave here any more

I'm just a little south of Birmingham
I'm just a little south of Birmingham
Track Name: Irish Maggie
IRISH MAGGIE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

I loved a girl from California
I loved a girl from Tennessee
But since I met my Irish Maggie
She is the only girl for me

Oh, have you seen my Margaret Mary?
With hair of red and eyes so blue
Deep in my heart, her love I'll carry
Forever there, forever true

Someday I'll go back home to Ireland
And there I'll stay, no more to roam
And I'll grow old with Margaret Mary
And bid this world leave us alone
Track Name: Beautiful Mirage
BEAUTIFUL MIRAGE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

My long lost friend
So good to see you smiling back at me
After all this time
So many years have come and gone
And everything's all right but everything is wrong
I had to see you out tonight
Under the stars and the bright lights
A city full of ghosts and you I miss the most

So there we were and here we are
Everything the same and nothing as it was
And I don’t know how I should feel
‘Cause here you are with me
But none of this is real
You are so beautiful to me
I look at you, all I can see is all that I have lost
A beautiful mirage

So tell me lies but please don’t go
‘Cause darling you don’t know
the longing in my heart
We’ll make believe and then I’ll go
Back to gray and cold
Back to what I know
I should not be with you this way
Your kisses carry me away
To somewhere I had lost
A beautiful mirage
Track Name: Murder On My Soul
MURDER ON MY SOUL
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Mother, oh, my mother
Look upon your son
Look what I've become
Heavy is my conscience
Blood is on my hands
Murder on my soul

Men are coming for me
Come to take me back
To where I will not go
I may die this evening
If they track me down
But I'll not die alone

Tell my wife I love her
Ask my little ones
Please to pray for me
Tell them I am sorry
For the things I done
For leaving them alone

Mother, oh, my mother
Look upon your son
Look what I've become
Track Name: Autumn Rose
AUTUMN ROSE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Hey, mister, tell me, do you know?
Oh, have you seen my Autumn Rose?
I need to find out where she's gone
I know she came on into town
Out honky-tonkin' with her good time friends
Ain't no friends of mine
I need to bring my baby home
Can't take another morning
Wakin' up all alone
Oh, have you seen my Autumn Rose?

Bartender, whiskey, if you please
Something to put my mind at ease
Something to calm my troubled soul
I got my own sad tale to tell
About the way a love can fade away
Slip right through your hands
If only I could turn back time
Back to the days when she was
Happy to be all mine
Come back to me, my Autumn Rose

So, if you've seen her, tell me so
Even if I don't wanna know
Don't wanna hear the tale you tell
For we once had a happy home
But now she's always where the music's loud
And the lights are low
I need to bring my baby home
Can't take another morning
Wakin' up all alone
Oh, have you seen my Autumn?
Come back to me, my Autumn
Oh, have you seen my Autumn Rose?
Track Name: Little Wildflower
LITTLE WILDFLOWER
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Come out, come out, my little wildflower
Come out, come out, my darlin' and play
Come out, come out, and don't mind the hour
I'll have you home by the light of the day

Little wildflower, come to the window
I'm throwin' pebbles in the pale moonlight
We could take a walk and waste a couple hours
Steal a kiss if you say it's all right

Won't you come along on down by the river
Love to see your face in the campfire glow
Drink a little wine and make a little music
Under the stars 'til it's time to go home

Oh, how I love you, little wildflower
Nobody like you in the whole wide world
I'm always wonderin' when I'm gonna see you
And how'd I find such a wonderful girl
Track Name: Out Of My Mind
OUT OF MY MIND
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

I try so hard to forget you
So hard just to get through
But it's just a matter of time
'Til the night falls around me
And memories surround me
Because I can't get you out of my mind

I used to know just who I was
My life had a purpose
But now, who I am is who I'm not
I'm not the man that you wanted
So my heart is haunted
And I can't get you out of my mind

And I cried about you
Then went on without you
I took it one day at a time
But time brings no healing
Just that same old feeling
And I can't get you out of my mind

Now I've got nothin' to cling to
No one to sing to
And time, time ain't no friend of mine
But I've got whiskey and sorrow
The same time tomorrow
Because I can't get you out of my mind

And I cried about you
Then went on without you
I gave it both distance and time
But time brings no healing
Just that same old feeling
And I can't get you out of my mind
Track Name: Annelise
ANNELISE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music)

Annelise
Baby, won't you go back home
Annelise
Baby, leave my heart alone

Annelise, you're the cool, cool water
And I'm lyin' on the desert sand
Annelise, you're the devil's daughter
And I've never been a prayin' man

All I see is your dark hair fallin'
All I taste is your sweat and skin
All I hear is your sweet voice callin'
All I know is here we go again

I know you know how bad I want you
I know you know how weak I am
Annelise, you're the moon at midnight
And I'm knockin' on your door again
Track Name: River City
RIVER CITY
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

I'm goin' down to the river city
Lord, I got a restless mind
Drinks are cheap and the girls are pretty
Gonna see what I can find
I was born in the river city
But I left when I was grown
Hit the road but I never really
Found a place that felt like home

I'm gonna lay my money down
I'm gonna lay my money down

Out there on the water
On the Ohio
Thinkin' 'bout my father
Wishin' I could still go home

I'm goin' down to the river city
Gonna catch the southbound train
Walk the streets that I used to wander
See if anything's the same
There's a girl in the river city
Layin' easy on my mind
A sunny smile every time I see her
Lord, it makes me feel so fine

I'm gonna lay that woman down
I'm gonna lay that woman down

Meet me by the water
Where we used to go
Mother Nature's daughter
You don't have to be alone

I'm goin' down to the river city