Redbird Green

by Magnolia Mountain

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released 19 June 2010

"Magnolia Mountain’s debut album, 2009’s "Nothing As It Was", was a stellar introduction to a band with an almost boundless amount of Americana/Bluegrass/Country potential and it garnered a good deal of deserved acclaim as a result. In the subsequent year and a half since its release, Magnolia Mountain lost a member, gained two more, gigged relentlessly and immediately set to work on their sophomore release. How immediate? At the release show for the debut album, the Cincinnati-based band played five songs that wound up on its incredible sophomore album, "Redbird Green".

From sheer amount of music to stylistic shifts to depth and breadth of songs, the Magnolias have amped up every facet of their presentation on "Redbird Green". Mark Utley is proving to be a world-class songwriter and Magnolia Mountain is becoming the perfect vehicle for interpreting his work in any and every conceivable musical permutation under the Americana banner. Structured like a four-sided double vinyl album ("Redbird Green" is also available in the vinyl format), the album starts off with a quartet of diversity on “Side One” — the propulsive done-me-wrong chug of “Gone,” a hybrid of Johnny Cash’s traditional magnificence and Rodney Crowell’s authentic translational skills, the spicy Cajun swing of “Ma Belle Marie,” the field Blues-meets-banjo porch stomp of “Medicine Man” and the plugged/unplugged Americana lilt of “Like Any Other.”

The range exhibited in these four songs would indicate a pretty flexible band, but Magnolia Mountain is far from showing off its endless versatility. They make a credible Gospel outfit on “I Do Believe,” Bluegrass doesn’t come much bluer than “Early Morning Train” and they turn out pure Country and Folk goodness on “Savannah” and “Home,” respectively. And, as Todd Rundgren once rightly noted, still there is more, from the Country Blues ache of “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” and the pure Blues scorch of “Opalene” to the Rockabilly rave-up of “Hellbound Train” and the Neil Young-channels-Bruce Springsteen modern economic Dust Bowl balladry of the title track.

Most bands couldn’t achieve that kind of wide variety on a single release, let alone sustain it over the course of 70 minutes and not have it sound like a muddled genre mish-mash or a forced effort to please too many disparate listeners. That may be Magnolia Mountain’s most valuable asset — they have the rare ability to inhabit any branch of Roots music and still sound unmistakably like Magnolia Mountain."

- Brian Baker, CityBeat

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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: Gone
GONE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

It's a fine, fine day for travelin'
And that's what I'm gonna do
I don't know just where I'm goin'
Only know I'm leavin' you

Well, I come home a little early
And you were not quite all alone
But you can save the "I'm so sorry"
Save the old cry, cuss, and moan

Because I'm gone
Long gone, baby, gone

Oh, your lies ain't worth believin'
And your word ain't worth a dime
And you ain't even worth the killin'
'Cause you ain't worth doin' time

So I'm leavin' in the morning
Girl, I'm on that train at dawn
Don't you beg or try to follow
You best leave this one alone

Because I'm gone
Long gone, baby, gone

I may go to Mississippi
I may go to New Orleans
But where I go, I go without you
Where I go is where I please

Because I'm gone
Long gone, baby, gone
Because I'm gone
Long gone, baby, gone
Track Name: Ma Belle Marie
MA BELLE MARIE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Ma belle Marie, belle des collines
Fleur des montagnes, très jolie
Ma belle Marie, belle des collines
Ma douce amante, reviens à moi

Ever since you came to Lousianne
Down from West Virginia
Oh, you know I had my eye on you
Pretty little mountain girl

Tell me do you think that you could leave
Your home up in the mountains?
Tell me do you think that you could love
A Louisiana man?
Track Name: Medicine Man
MEDICINE MAN
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Girl, if you're lonely
And you got no one to hold
Well, you just call me
I'll bring it right to your door
I know what ails you
And I can give you the cure
I wanna be your Medicine Man

Just call my number
Oh, when your man ain't around
Unlock the back door
And you will not hear a sound
I'm like a black cat
No one will know I was there
I wanna be your Medicine Man
Track Name: Like Any Other
LIKE ANY OTHER
(Jordan Neff)

Well, the light stays on when you're sleeping
With dreams yesterday's for the keeping
They never do catch up
When alarm clock wakes you up
And even the sun has a ticking

Your hands, they bleed on the ones you need
And Jesus sees that his years aren't free
Your eyes are on the sky
When the church's bells roll high
But it's only the ground's soul you're beating

Mama take me home
I keep crying on the phone
One way or another, this one will be the last

Every bar has an altar like any other
And every man grabs his hymn like any other
But when he grabs at you
You're not the one that he'll hold true
As straight an arrow as any other

A dollar is something you pray for
You eat drink smoke for something safer
And Jesus counts his years
For the ones that he holds dear
And you're hoping you look younger in the light

Mama take me home
I keep crying on the phone
One way or another, this one will be the last
Mama take me home
If the light can still turn on
One way or another, this one will be the last
Track Name: I Do Believe
I DO BELIEVE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

I do believe there's a slow train comin'
I do believe her engine's strong
I do believe that the clock is runnin'
I do believe my time ain't long

I do believe in a bright blue morning
I do believe in a brand new day
I do believe there's a new day dawning
I do believe a heart can change

Joseph, he was taken to the land of Egypt
Daniel to the lion's den
Both men believed and they were not forsaken
Both men came out again

I do believe we are all connected
But I do believe we have lost our way
I do believe we can resurrect it
I do believe a heart can change

Joshua, he came to the town of Jericho
Brought with him his horn to play
Hit that jazz note and brought the house down
They talk about him to this day

I do believe we have been uprooted
We use up the earth, arrogant and blind
What do we leave to our sons and daughters?
What kind of world do we leave behind?

Esther was a woman from the land of Israel
Beautiful and strong and brave
She believed that the Lord would guide her
And her people she did save

I do believe we were not intended
To be alone or to be afraid
I do believe our wounds, they will all be mended
And all our tears, wiped away
I do believe that justice will roll like thunder
I do believe in the power of love
I do believe that this life is a gift and this world's a wonder
I do believe a heart can change
Track Name: Early Morning Train
EARLY MORNING TRAIN
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Ridin' on an early morning train
Ridin' on an early morning train
A troubled mind will weigh you down
Like morning fog upon the ground
Ridin' on an early morning train

I'm thinkin' 'bout my Indiana home
I'm thinkin' 'bout my Indiana home
Lord knows those were happy times
When I was yours and you were mine
I'm thinkin' 'bout my Indiana home

Lord, I miss my Mama and my Pa
Lord, I miss my Mama and my Pa
Got some things I'm workin' out
I wish that we could talk about
Lord, I miss my Mama and my Pa

And as the miles go rollin' by
I wish that you were with me, ridin' by my side
I watch the morning sun arise
And hope no one can see the tear that's in my eye

Jesus, won't you help me find my way?
Jesus, won't you help me find my way?
I ain't given much to prayer
But I ask you, if you're there
Jesus, won't you help me find my way?

Ridin' on an early morning train
Ridin' on an early morning train
A troubled mind will weigh you down
Like morning fog upon the ground
Ridin' on an early morning train
Ridin' on an early morning train
Ridin' on an early morning train
Track Name: Savannah
SAVANNAH
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Savannah
Open up your heart and let me in
You move me
And I wanna be with you again

Savannah
Half-remembered song from long ago
I know you
Melody remembered as we go

Blue Kentucky girl
Cryin' on the phone
I wanna make you smile
Show you that you're not alone
Savannah

Savannah
Though you travel half a world away
Remember
The heart you leave behind that knows your name

And if you were here
Safe within my arms
I'd wipe away your tears
With a whisper and a song
Savannah

Oh, my darlin', can't you see
Just how much you mean to me?
Won't you please come back to me, Savannah?
Though you're half a world away
Here's the heart that knows your name
Won't you please come back to me, Savannah?
Oh, my darlin', can't you see
Just how much you mean to me?
Won't you please come back to me, Savannah?
Track Name: Home
HOME
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

It's the way that you feel with my hands on your hips
In a cool cotton dress and a sigh on your lips
As we waltz in our bare feet upon the wood floor
'Cause the baby's asleep in a room down the hall

I don't think there's anyone lucky as me
I got the stars in the sky and the frogs in the trees
I got an old wood guitar and a dog in the shade
And a redheaded girl and the home that we made

And I've been 'round the world
I've seen more than most people see
I spent half of my life out on some road
But now, after it all
There's no place that I'd rather be
It's so good to be home

Now you're gone for the weekend and I just ain't right
I brewed way too much coffee
Washed some darks with the lights
But I just got done singin' someone to sleep
Looked a whole lot like you but he smiles just like me

And I want you to know
How much I miss you tonight
When you're so far away, out on some road
And I want you to know
How much it hurts when you're gone
I want you with me
Here at home
Track Name: Cry, Baby
CRY, BABY
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Cry, cry, baby, cry
Cry, cry, baby, cry
You never thought you'd find yourself alone
Once upon a time, all the tears were mine
And you were doin' fine
Cry, baby, cry

Why, why, baby, why
Do you think that I
Would care if your whole world come fallin' down?
I remember when I cried to you and then
You broke my heart again
Cry, baby, cry

The way I cried for you
When nothin' I could do
Could break your heart of stone or change your mind
And now you're on the phone
And he ain't comin' home
And you're left on your own
Cry, baby, cry
Track Name: Reconsider (Please Don't Go)
RECONSIDER (PLEASE DON'T GO)
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Baby, please
Reconsider, please don't go
I'm on my knees
Don't you walk on out that door
I can't believe the words you told me
You don't love me anymore

Baby, please
Reconsider, please don't go
Oh, can't you see
That my heart is sinkin' low
Because I need you, little darlin'
Don't break up our happy home

Oh, because my whole life
All I've been searchin' for
Is someone to love me like I love you
Oh, but every time that I fall in love
It breaks my heart and leaves me blue

Girl, before I met you
I was a strong, strong man
Nothing could ever bring me to my knees
Oh, but without your love
I'm like a little child
Breakin' down and beggin' please
Track Name: One Day More (For The Mountains)
ONE DAY MORE (FOR THE MOUNTAINS)
(Elaine Purkey, new verse lyrics Utley/English)

One day more, one day more
People, let me tell you what we're fightin' for
We're fightin' for our future, don't you understand?
And we don't need your pity, we just need your helping hand

To fight one day more, one day more
If the company holds out twenty years
We'll hold out one day more
One day more, one day more
If the company holds out twenty years
We'll hold out one day more

If you know your history, it's a story often told
The greed of men and companies for Appalachian coal
They hollowed out the mountains
And they stripped off all the land
Left only desolation as the legacy of man

But now a deeper shadow descends upon the land
They dynamite the mountaintops and kill whatever stands
Then dump into the valleys all the rubble from their deed
Burying the hollers and they're poisoning the streams

They think that we won't notice, if we do, that we won't care
Our comfort trumps our conscience
And their money says what's fair
The coal and cash go out of state, what's left behind are tears
And in a single minute, they destroy a thousand years

Big Coal and politicians know just how to play the game
Say they'll make it right but leave us nothing to reclaim
The law is on their side for now, but it can't stand for long
Just because it's legal doesn't mean it isn't wrong
Track Name: Emma Claire
EMMA CLAIRE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

When the autumn leaves are falling
And a chill comes to the air
So my mind turns to the memory
Of a girl named Emma Claire
She was wild and hard to handle
But she was all a man could want
But like a fool, I chose to ramble
Like a fool I broke her heart

And I left her in October
Her blue eyes so full of tears
But I never could forget her
Though the days turned into years
And now I'm broke down in this hotel
In a city made of stone
With no one who cares about me
And no way to get back home

I still can see in my mind
That girl, as she would ride that Appaloosa mare
The sunlight on her hair

So if ever you should travel
To Carolina by the sea
And you chance to see my sweetheart
Won't you say these words for me?
Emma Claire, you know I love you
Emma Claire, I always will
And I'm sorry that I hurt you
And I miss you, darling, still

So now the evening sun sets
On me and my regrets
For all the times I should've been with you
My Emma Claire
Track Name: Long Gone Lonesome Blues
LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES
(Hank Williams)

I went down to the river
To watch the fish swim by
But I got to the river
So lonesome I wanted to die
Oh, Lord
But when I jumped in the river
The doggone river was dry

She's long gone
Now I'm lonesome blue

I had me a woman who wouldn't be true
Made me for my money and she made me blue
A man needs a woman that he can lean on
But my leanin' post has done left and gone

She's long gone
Now I'm lonesome blue

I'm gonna find me a river
One that's cold as ice
And when I find me that river
Lord, I'm gonna pay the price
Oh, Lord
I'm goin' down in it three times
But, Lord, I'm only comin' up twice

She's long gone
Now I'm lonesome blue
Track Name: Opalene
OPALENE
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

She's like a diamond
Hard and serene
And we go together like a fire and gasoline
And it's alright
I tell you, man, it's just alright
You won't see me in the morning
'Cause I ain't comin' home tonight

She's like a vampire
B-movie queen
Says she's from Venus, ain't about to disagree
I'm goin' down
I tell you, boys, I'm goin' down
Well, I think she's got a fever
I hope to God it's goin' 'round

Look at her walkin'
Slow like a flame
She'll raise the dead and heal the sick and cure the lame
I'm goin' down
I'm sinkin' down just like a stone
She's like a flash on the horizon
And I think a storm is comin' on

Opalene
Track Name: Hellbound Train
HELLBOUND TRAIN
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

Can you hear it in the distance
Down the mountainside?
See it burnin' through the darkness
Throttle open wide?
Can you hear it in the distance
Hear that hellbound train?

Well, it's feedin' on the lost souls
Hear them weep and moan (2x)
Well, it's feedin' on the lost souls
On that hellbound train

Gonna ride, gonna ride
Gonna ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Gonna ride it when it gets here
Ride that hellbound train

Gonna ride it when it gets here
All my hope is gone (2x)
Gonna ride it when it gets here
Ride that hellbound train
Gonna drink a little whiskey
Bourbon, beer, and wine (2x)
Gonna drink a little whiskey
'Til I lose my mind

Gonna find a little baby
Do that snake hip move (2x)
Gonna find a little baby
Take her with me, too

Gonna ride, gonna ride
Gonna ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Gonna ride it when it gets here
Ride that hellbound train

Well, I'm fallin' on my knees
Sayin' Jesus, save my soul (2x)
'Cause I hear it in the distance
And my blood runs cold
Track Name: Redbird Green
REDBIRD GREEN
(Mark Utley - Sleep Cat Music, BMI)

We were born into a losin' hand
In a rust belt town
There was high school, then the factory
Then into the ground

My old man got me the factory job
The year I turned 19
Me and Polly bought her parents’ house
Out by Redbird Green
And we started up a family
Back before the layoffs came
Now the factory is full of weeds
And a padlock on a chain
So I do a little tendin’ bar
Some construction here and there
But there ain’t much goin’ up right now
Jjust the price of everything
And there ain’t no way to sell the house
And we can’t afford to leave
So me and Polly just keep hangin’ on
A nd we try to still believe

Now I wake up in a darkened house
In the middle of the night
Polly’s sitting by the window
And I ask if she’s alright
But she’s just a silent silhouette
Through the curtains in the breeze
And she holds our baby to her breast
And I don’t know what she sees
And I remember when we fell in love
We were seventeen
Used to sneak out every night to meet
Down at Redbird Green
She would kiss me underneath the stars
Over by the playground swings
And I held her tight against me
And I promised everything

And these houses all had families
And I knew them all my life
Now they’re boarded up and empty
And our children play inside
And it’s hard to see my wife and kids
Hard to look in Polly’s eyes
When all that I can think to say to her
Is “Darlin’, I apologize”
But I don’t know what I’m sorry for
Am I sorry I believed?
Am I sorry that I told them
We could dream of better things?
All I know is that I love them
And I’ve never been this tired
And I know no man should feel this way
When he’s looking at his child