Tangled Country

by The Honey Dewdrops

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Written, recorded, mastered and designed in Baltimore, MD- Tangled Country is the 4th studio album from roots duo, The Honey Dewdrops. Produced by Nicholas Sjostrom and featuring Baltimore musicians Dave Hadley on pedal steel, E.J. Shaull-Thompson on drums and the producer himself on bass and piano, these 10 new, original songs are the culmination of 3 years of touring, moving away from a home and settling down in another, healing from a hand injury and navigating those ups and downs of "tangled country and foreign ground."

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released May 8, 2015

Produced by Nicholas Sjostrom
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Nicholas Sjostrom
Recorded at Clean Cuts Studio in Baltimore, MD
Album Design by Scott Dennison

KAGEY PARRISH- Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin
LAURA WORTMAN- Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica
NICHOLAS SJOSTROM- Bass, Piano, Wurlitzer Piano
DAVE HADLEY- Pedal Steel
E.J. SHAULL-THOMPSON- Drums

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The Honey Dewdrops Baltimore, Maryland

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from performance venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures.
Seven years of touring and 5 albums later, Laura and Kagey continue to write and share songs and push forward.
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Track Name: Same Old
The Honey Dewdrops - Same Old

every morning
same old sun comes up
same old coffee
same old coffee cup

same old suit
and shoes on my feet
same old mirror
sees through me

same old songs
static on the radio
i sing along but
i’m tired of how they go

down the same road
to work every day
i’m getting lost
i’m coming in late

i’m ready to quit
i want to sell the house
and hit the road
’til the road runs out
i been thinking
i’m through
thinking now

friday night
same old bar and grill
same old beers
drink our dollar bills

every weekend
same short and sweet
same old hours
give up on me

we been walking
round the same old blocks
where the neighbors
walk the same old dogs

our same old house
same old stuff
i don’t know
how to clean it up

i’m ready to quit
i want to sell the house
and hit the road
til the road runs out
i been thinking
i’m through
thinking now

same old me
same old you
same elephant
in the same old room

i’m ready to quit
i want to sell the house
and hit the road
til the road runs out
i been thinking
i’m through
thinking now
Track Name: Loneliest Songs
The Honey Dewdrops - Loneliest Songs

the loneliest songs
are beautiful things
the loneliest songs
are the most beautiful things
the onliest song i can sing
is the loneliest
the loneliest
the loneliest

every layer
falls away
every layer
finally falls away
every heart is made to break
one day
one day
one day

there’s something about
the sound of the blues
something ‘bout the sound
of the lonesome blues
stepping closer to the truth
singing
singing
singing

every song is sad
everybody’s blue
every song is sad
and everybody’s blue
you’re the same as me
i’m the same as you
we’re lonely
lonely
lonely

lay down your thoughts
and close your eyes
lay down your thoughts
and close your eyes
if you feel the night,
then feel the night
lightless
lightless
lightless

the loneliest songs
are beautiful things
the loneliest songs
are the most beautiful things
the onliest song i can sing
is the loneliest
the loneliest
the loneliest
Track Name: Lowlands
The Honey Dewdrops - Lowlands

the lowlands lay
a long way down
through tangled country,
on foreign ground

you’re caught off guard,
when the road runs out
your tank was full,
but it’s empty now

and you're broke down,
you’re broke down,
in a sad town
and you ain’t going nowhere
now

the lowlands hold you
with their heavy hands
they make you sing
the songs of the damned

they lay you by
a river of tears
where you hear the thoughts
you don’t want to hear

when you're broke down,
you’re broke down,
in a sad town
you ain’t going nowhere
now

the lowlands lay
quiet and still
you sleep all day
but your rest don't fill
your face won’t laugh,
your mouth won't smile
your eyes are full
of empty miles

when you're broke down,
you’re broke down,
in a sad town
you ain’t going nowhere
now

you're a long way down
in the long now
you don't know how
to get out now, no

the lowlands lay
out back and beyond
you feel so far
from where you belong

the sorrow there,
is raw and real
you beg for mercy,
you beg to heal

when you're broke down,
you’re broke down,
in a sad town
you ain’t going nowhere
now

oh, you’re broke down
you’re broke down
in a sad town
you ain’t going nowhere
now
Track Name: Horses
The Honey Dewdrops - Horses

half broken horses
are running through my head
i try to tame them
corral and contain them
i try to put them all to bed

but half broken horses
never fall asleep
bucking in their stalls
kicking down the walls
they fight like hell to get free
they plead and plead

don’t you break me
please don’t break me
take me how I am
half-mean and wild
fragile like a child
with hopes and fears and
blood
running hot and fast
take me how I am

old worn out saddles
bridles and bits in the mouth
this little circle pen
I’m hemmed and locked in
has barely any room to move
about

reins and whips of leather
flash and flutter all around
commands loud and clear
words that hurt to hear
I fight like hell to keep them out
so I shout and shout

don’t you break me
please don’t break me
take me how I am
half-mean and wild
fragile like a child
with hopes and fears and
blood
running hot and fast
take me how I am

don’t you break me
please don’t break me
take me how I am
half-mean and wild
fragile like a child
with hopes and fears and
blood
running hot and fast
take me how I am
take me how I am
Track Name: Fair Share Blues
The Honey Dewdrops - Fair Share Blues

my father’s father, was a working man
he fought in the war and he lived with that
he drank and prayed, and he got the blues
he never said nothing that wasn’t true

he said my hands I do not own
they’re made of sweat and blisters and bone
they fight and build, they grip and strain
they’re not bound like me by rest or pain

you get the good days, and you get the blues
you work and drink and sing and hurt and pray
‘cause that’s all you can do

he said neither can I possess
any of the air I take for breath
each breath I take I must release
nothing is mine to hold or keep

he said my thoughts I cannot claim
of heaven and hell and love and faith
they were born long before I came
they’ll outlive my weary old wrinkled brain

you get the good days, and you get the blues
you work and drink and sing and hurt and pray
‘cause that’s all you can do

he said I’ve got my own fair share
of guilt and fear and sad despair
so I work and drink, I sing and pray
and I cast my weary blues away

you get the good days, and you get the blues
you work and drink and sing and hurt and pray
‘cause that’s all you can do
Track Name: Hold Love
The Honey Dewdrops - Hold Love

you come like wind
you come like rain
you’re hot and cold
and made of change

you come like the light
of a good idea
like silence comes
to tired ears

i know you
or i think i do
i hold you tight
but you get loose

hold love
stop moving
through my hands
and through my heart
far away
down
and dark
hold love

your eagle eyes
search me out
you hunt me up
above the crowd

you come untouched
and unannounced
like a secret breathes
but makes no sound

you come in traces
spread and spare
a little here
and a little there

hold love
stop moving
through my hands
and through my heart
far away
down
and dark
hold love

you come in peace
you come in vain
what you want with me
you never say

a restless friend
you come and go
with waves and forms
i can’t hold

hold love
stop moving
through my hands
and through my heart
far away
down
and dark
hold love
Track Name: Young
The Honey Dewdrops - Young

all my friends are hitched and having kids
we don’t light up the late nights like we did
so I get stoned alone in the flatscreen’s light
with a hi-def Andy Griffith who don’t look right

my friends are buying homes, they're settling down
in tiny fixer uppers on the cheap side of town
they buzz ‘bout roofing, floors and paint
it’s all about money now and moving day

drifting too far from the shore
i’m out of touch, broke, and bored
everything feels different
than it used to feel before
and I don’t feel so young anymore

everybody wears skinny jeans
walking the length of lonely street
we got headphones and blue tooth voices on
we talk out loud to no one, we walk alone

i check the phone, i get online to see
is anybody out there who wants me
making friends on facebook ain’t that bad
i got more friends there than I’ve ever had

drifting too far from the shore
i’m out of touch, broke, and bored
everything feels different
than it used to feel before
and I don’t feel so young anymore

another year turned round again
to find me in the great in between
where my old dreams don’t shine like they did
now all my friends are hitched and having kids

drifting too far from the shore
i’m out of touch, broke, and bored
everything feels different
than it used to feel before
and I don’t feel so young
no I don’t feel so young anymore
Track Name: Numb
The Honey Dewdrops - Numb

i’ve been numb to the pain for a while
yes, i’ve been numb to it but i don’t care
i’ll do whatever i can to give you a smile
and to slow this pounding pain and despair

i’ll take the sweet silence of the morning time
to reset my thoughts for the day
but the weight and the worry seem to filter through my mind
i feel nothing since i’m numbing up again

like a needle to the vein
like a bottle’s just been drained
i’m tuning out my brain
letting go the insane
i’m numbing up again

you can’t know what i am and what i’m not
hardened by this hard heart of stone
you can never really tell if i’m cold or if i’m hot
since those feelings left a long time ago

i’m left at the end of my tether
still fastened by darkness on a chain
they say it takes time to beat the odds for better
but for now i’m just numbing up again

like a needle to the vein
like a bottle’s just been drained
i’m tuning out my brain
letting go the insane
i’m numbing up again

i don’t look over my shoulder anymore
or eye that clover growing in my way
aint no fear, aint no luck can turn me toward that door
since the nothing’s turned to numbing up again

like a needle to the vein
like a bottle’s just been drained
i’m tuning out my brain
letting go the insane
i’m numbing up again

i’m tuning out my brain
letting go the insane
i’m numbing up again
Track Name: Guitars
The Honey Dewdrops - Guitars

we are born unto our own
sapling seeds from old growth
raised up tall and cut down low
so we are, and so we go

turned from home, handled, and hauled
shaped and sanded, bent and sawed
many hands and many years gone
write every one our songs

play we all
true songs
we sing them right
we sing them wrong
tuned up tightly
and passed along
like old guitars
we breathe
songs

long to be held in arms
and loved and played by heart
days of light and days of dark
all resolve the broken parts

hands of old, hands of young
hands of gentle, hands of rough
every one with a song to teach
some sing pain, some sing peace

play we all
true songs
we sing them right
we sing them wrong
tuned up tightly
and passed along
like old guitars
we breathe
songs

upon our faces many lines show
traces of time like pen strokes
words and changes and passing notes
and scars where the skin broke

play we all
true songs
we sing them right
we sing them wrong
tuned up tightly
and passed along
like old guitars
we breathe
songs

we breathe songs