If the Sun Will Shine

by The Honey Dewdrops

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released May 27, 2009

Recorded live and mixed by Kagey Parrish & Laura Wortman
Mastered by Abel Okugawa at Monkeyclaus Studio in Nelson County, Virginia
All songs by Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman © 2009 The Honey Dewdrops

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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: Bluest Blue Eyes
The Honey Dewdrops - Bluest Blue Eyes

Bluest blue eyes as blue as I feel
going by the door gone away from here
Never did nothing my record's clean
but he turned me down and he treated me mean

So long trouble, so long
So long trouble, so long

I sit at the bar and I hear sad songs
and I sing 'em soft until all my trouble's gone
I don’t pretend like I have any choice
when I'm whispering with poorboys in a worn-out voice

So long trouble, so long
So long trouble, so long

I'm tossed about and I get knocked around
by all these people trying to lay me down
I won't give up and I won't give in
and I'll keep fighting until I win

So long trouble, so long
So long trouble, so long

Came to me like a mountain rain running down these hills
Calling back "hey honey babe" I can hear him still

So long trouble, so long
So long trouble, so long
Track Name: Don't Leave Me Here
The Honey Dewdrops - Don't Leave Me Here

They say Hattie, sweet as honeysuckle
lit the light under the shade
She'd come on down from Memphis
slow march as the fire began to fade

On the table, the book of dreams, the colors all faded
Country radio from the bedroom cracklin' low
On her hands the cracks and wrinkles are a map
To the places she knows and is bound to go

I felt the arms of the mother in the back of the car
dreaming on the side of the road
Watching in light of the passing cars
gently feeling where we been, where we are

On the table, the book of dreams, the colors all faded
Country radio from the bedroom cracklin' low
On her hands the cracks and wrinkles are a map
To the places she knows and is bound to go

I want to say ‘don't leave me here' I am bound for you
a bird in a cage just dying to be free
And everything you gave me back, there wasn't a key
ever a slave, love, ever a slave

On the table, the book of dreams, the colors all faded
Country radio from the bedroom cracklin' low
On her hands the cracks and wrinkles are a map
To the places she knows and is bound to go
Track Name: Wandering Boy
The Honey Dewdrops - Wandering Boy

I love to hear his guitar singing
take it away when he goes
the sweetest song you ever heard
lay me down in the cradle low

Maybe high up in the mountains
or out on the deep blue sea
wander this wide world over
never coming back to me

Oh bye, bye, bye says the restless boy
his true kid don't understand
he's only home, he's only happy
when he's rolling through the land

Maybe high up in the mountains
or out on the deep blue sea
wander this wide world over
never coming back to me

Rusty strings on his old guitar
voices shake, they shimmer and sigh
light on a rusty string
brighter than all stars in the sky

Maybe high up in the mountains
or out on the deep blue sea
wander this wide world over
never coming back to me

Wander this wide world over
never coming back to me
Track Name: Stomping Ground
The Honey Dewdrops - Stomping Ground

In the dust out over town, I fade into the hills
Touch the quiet, blue horizon, nobody ever been
Post cards on the road, I send them back to you
A couple lines here and there, well see what we can do

Love like the sun behind the clouds and rain
When you see her going, she’s coming back again
She's coming back again

Pictures on the light box, they're flying by the door
Telling us get ready, they never say what for
Mirror in a puddle, I see your face so real
Black and white photograph, buttons on her dress

Love like the sun behind the clouds and rain
When you see her coming, she's gone away again
She's gone away again

Out on the stomping ground, dressed up for herself
Thinking all the time, she's walking through the door

Love like the sun behind the clouds and rain
When you see her going, she's coming back again
She's coming back again
Track Name: How We Used to Be
The Honey Dewdrops - How We Used to Be

Seen him stepping off of the porch
Words in his mouth I never heard before
Come out slow, the saddest bunch
Don't explain to me, don't give me much

Change come quick, can't feel or see
When true love ain't true, get left lonely
This red, red rose he painted on my breast
Faded too soon, there's nothing left

Shadows in here, crowd the floor
Echo calls, can't hear no more
Gets so loud, when I'm all alone
My ears'll bleed that whisper tone

Everything here, reminding me
This old life, how we used to be
All the same steps and sounds
Lost again, the love I found
Track Name: Nowhere to Stand
The Honey Dewdrops - Nowhere to Stand

One time you held a full house in your hand
Your sound, a pedal steel in a country band
Anybody shine your shoes while you walk by
Right there held your hand while you got high

Now your cards don't draw good no more
You've got an empty hand, nowhere to stand
except right here

It was fine, you had a dollar and a dime
Blindfold, you wore it all the time
Wrong turn, you missed all the dead-end signs
Hit the road, down those long yellow lines

Now your cards don't draw good no more
You've got an empty hand, nowhere to stand
except right here

Now your cards don't draw good no more
You've got an empty hand, nowhere to stand
except right here
Track Name: Without Tears
The Honey Dewdrops - Without Tears

You broke my heart into pieces
the blackbird brought the night
Ain't got nobody to wake me
to see if the sun will shine

I'm keepin' warm by the heat pipes
you left me so cold
I'm wrapped up tight, trying to stay dry
new patches on my clothes

How can I keep going on?
With the silver girl, no more to hold
Ain't had a day without tears love
down in this loneliness

My back is bent and broken
the weight around my neck
And I just keep wandering
no earthly end in sight

How can I keep going on?
With the silver girl, no more to hold
Ain't had a day without tears love
down in this loneliness

Ain't had a day without tears love
down in this loneliness
Track Name: Fly Away Free
The Honey Dewdrops - Fly Away Free

I got a song and I got a prayer
For a little bird trying to get south from here
Pretty alright but all out of breath
She got a little branch to rest on and nothing much else

Throw down her body for one more mile
One more night 'til she can sleep awhile
Blood in her eyes light out another day
Little bit faster to keep the cold away

Got a feeling in her gut just comes calling
Got no end just keeps a howlin'
There is a valley full of memory and shadow
She ain't divided in herself and the ghosts don't follow

Throw down her body and light up her soul
She's searching for diamonds and sifting through coal
Her hands are shaky she let go of tomorrow
She gonna fly away free from this world so narrow
Track Name: When Was the War
The Honey Dewdrops - When Was the War

When was the war I know, I know
that's where my husband was called to go
Didn't need no priest wasn't laid down below
but he didn't come home the boy I used to know

I watch him at night, he sleeps through his dreams
Many of the nights tremors convene
I don't hardly know who can be where he been
who's not pining away or languishing

When was the war I know, I know
written on the page of a book to never close

When was the war I know, I know
caught in this mud and moving so slow
I know there ain't nobody in this whole wide world
that can stay still so long and never get hurt

I watch him so silent shake through his dreams
black hole sleep a violent stream
When was the war I know, I know
sooner or later we all come to know
When was the war I know, I know
sooner or later we all come to know

When was the war I know, I know
Track Name: Petals
The Honey Dewdrops - Petals

My days are falling like petals on a slow stream
They pile up and slip away to the spaces in between
Couple got the light that's shining all the time
Some are fading black and losing all their shine

And when I learn to fall and close my eyes
I'm gonna shine all the time

My days are written on sheets of blue and green
Folded now and ripped apart, not like they've always been
Throw 'em away when the time comes around
To pack it up, tear it down, and clear on out of town

And when I learn to lay me down and sleep
Then you know I'm doing fine

If I find a stand of trees, a place to call my own
Crickets there to laugh with me, singing when I moan
Filled up by the notes sung so delicate
Placed there one by one the song I can't forget

And when I let the nighttime fold over me
Then I'll find you every time
And when I let the nighttime fold over me
Then I'll find you every time