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Bringing In The Darlings


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October 17-20, 2011
Homeward Sound, Brooklyn, New York
Produced by Josh Kaufman
Engineered by Jim Smith
Mastered by D. James Goodwin

Josh Kaufman plays most of the instruments and sings a bit.
Josh Ritter plays a bit of guitar and sings a lot.
Jim Smith makes everything sound so good.
Artwork by Matthew Fleming.

All songs written by Josh Ritter (c/p Rural Songs ASCAP). “Make Me Down” uses a line from “Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor” (traditional).

A huge thank you to Steve Salett for the nice, nice Neumann and to Haley for all the baked goods.

This record is for Jacob Ritter.

-Long Winters, Deep Snow-

LYRICS

Why

Why don’t you try to be happy
Why must you always be sad
Why spend your only life waiting
To have what you know you can have

Why spend your only life hoping
What a torture to be always blue, darlin’
Why spend your only life waiting
To do what you know what you can do

What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen to you?

Why spend your only life hoping
What a torture to be always blue, darlin’
Why spend your only life waiting
To do what you know you can do
Why spend your only life waiting
To do what you know you can do

Love is Making Its Way Back Home

Dark pines the moonlit road
Wintertime the crunch of snow
I wonder will your smile show
That love is making its way back home?

Love is making its way back home
Love is making its way back home
Love is making its way back home

And when it’s finally reappeared
We won’t ask where it has been
It won’t say and we won’t care
Where it’s travelled in the in-between

Love is making its way back home
Love is making its way back home
Love is making its way back home
To you and me

So keep on keep on keep on
Leave it if you can, you can’t leave it long
Hold on hold on hold on
Just because it’s gone don’t mean it’s gone for long

All that jazz you’ve heard is true:
Love is patient and love can burn
And it won’t ask if it can be excused
It won’t ask if it can please return
Some will tell you it’s a myth
Try to say that it don’t exist
We’ll shake our head at all of this
When it’s finally standing in our midst

Love is making its way back home
Love is making its way back home
Love is making its way back home
To you and me

Darlin’

How much do you think
How many tears do I have to drink
How much do I have left
How much blood in one man’s chest

Darlin’ when will you let me call you
Darlin’ won’t you let me call you Darlin’
Please?
Darlin’ when will you let me call you Darlin’
Won’t you let me call you Darlin’
It’s what I need

How much do you want
Does it depend on what I got
How much longer can this go
If I’m not sure and you don’t know

Darlin’ when will you let me call you
Darlin’ won’t you let me call you Darlin’
Please?
Darlin’ when will you let me call you Darlin’
Won’t you let me call you Darlin’
It’s what I need

Darlin’
Darlin’
I’m just out here ringin’ bells
Darlin’
Darlin’
How’m I supposed to prove myself
If you won’t let me prove myself?

Make Me Down

A little rest for a spell
A little water from your well
A little shade from the shade of your door
That is all that I need
And I believe those might be
The truest words that I’ve ever said before
Make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet on your floor

Just let me roll out my bed
At the foot of your bed
And although I am hoping for more
That is all that I need
And I believe those might be
The truest words that I’ve ever said before
Make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet on your floor

Somebody came and picked you up in a champagne limousine
Tried to buy your love with stuff that he found in a magazine
Remember us running through the stubble field this was just before the Fall
Remember how loud that thunder was how soft that bed of straw
How soft that bed of straw…
And I want you and that’s all…

I know the big city lights
Are the kind that you like
And you dream on Detroit and New York
But just roll out a bed
At the foot of your bed
And you’ll know all that I’m dreaming for
That you make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet on your floor

See Me Through

All around me the shadows of women and men
They all walk right through me and I walk through them
And I cast my mind back and I cannot believe that I’m
One of the lucky ones you happened to see

See me through
I got trouble on the Mainline
See me through
‘Til the scales fall from my eyes
See me through
Darlin’, darlin’, darlin’

Where are the statues, colossal and bronze
That stood at the gates of our great love and kept watch
And now over the hills, over the horizons somebody’s army advances
I had faith in you darlin,’ even when I questioned our chances

See me through
I got trouble on the Mainline
See me through
‘Til the scales fall from my eyes
See me through
Darlin’, darlin’, darlin’

I woke up this evening so lonesome and torn
In the blackberry blackness bitter-sweetness and thorns
And I cast my mind back on the love that we made and I need to believe that
There’s some kind of plan with all of this pain it’s getting harder to see it

See me through
I got trouble on the Mainline
See me through
‘Til the scales fall from my eyes
See me through
Darlin’, darlin’, darlin’

Can’t Go to Sleep (Without You)

There ain’t a street in this town that I ain’t walked
And I know them like I know your face
But they’re here and you’re not and it’s my luck
That I can’t go to sleep without you

Oh there goes that old ghost say the neighbors
Ain’t there nothing nobody can do?
And then one after the other they all turn out their porchlights
And I can’t go to sleep without you

I roll over and tell myself stories
Turn my face to the wall and then
Sleep doesn’t come and then sleep doesn’t come
Then comes morning and I’m up again

There was a place that we used to go to
It was easy to find with you near
Please come back please come back you know that I’ll be waiting
I can’t go to sleep without you
I can’t go to sleep without you
I can’t go to sleep without you