These Old Roots

by The Honey Dewdrops

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released August 11, 2010

Recorded live in Richmond, VA.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by the Honey Dewdrops

Laura Wortman - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar on "Can't Get a Letter from Home" and "That Good Old Way"

Kagey Parrish - Harmony Vocals, Lead Guitar, Mandolin

Barry Lawson - Bass on "That Good Old Way"

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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: Amaranth
The Honey Dewdrops - Amaranth

Water rising up in the love-lies-bleeding bed
And me oh my standing by, hanging down my head
I know my old roots are gonna give out on me
Before any love will come and visit with me

So many years I waited all violet and red
Time’s wound up around me like the vines over the bed
Waited for love, my years reached and fell
And bled out from me, no time left to tell

Love lies bleeding for a long, long time

I am the Amaranth, my color never fades
But the crimson touch of my youth, never really stays
I should be content to be here for so long
Now I’m old and all alone, wish that I were gone

One red bloom, then the rest, there’re always more
It’s only some flowers, wish I’d something more
Wish I’d something more that I could give
Something more than time and a fixed red tinge

Love lies bleeding for a long, long time
Track Name: The Test of Time
The Honey Dewdrops - Test of Time

Hey Baby, the livin’s easy enough
got you giving me all your love
There’s just sometimes, we have to weather the storm
I’d give everything I got so we can’t be torn

Hey Honey, what could I do without you?
You’ve got me spinning ‘round in circles all night through
When times are hard, got me thinkin’ ‘bout the days gone by
I remember why we’re together ‘til the day we die

What a fickle thing to feel inside
When your other half isn’t along for the ride
The lies you told, the fights you fought, they ain’t no crime
‘cause you’ve got the love that stands the test of time

Sugar, Sugar, you give me sugar all the time
You give me something sweet to ease my troubled mind
When I get lonesome, ‘cause you’re making me feel blue
All I need is the sweetest love I ever knew

What a fickle thing to feel inside
When your other half isn’t along for the ride
The lies you told, the fights you fought, they ain’t no crime
‘cause you’ve got the love that stands the test of time
‘cause you’ve got the love that stands the test of time
Track Name: Nobody in this World
The Honey Dewdrops - Nobody in This World

Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down, Lord, to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down

I used to sleep good at night with my good man holding me tight
The only place I ever wanted to be
Then one morning his arms let go for no reason that I know
And I felt something die inside of me

Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down, Lord, to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down, Lord, to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down

Day and night for weeks on end took a bottle for my only friend
Good intoxicating company
I got so mean all the time, trying to please my troubled mind
My friends don’t come around to see about me

Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down, Lord, to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down, Lord, to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down

Drowned my sorrow far too long, ‘cause my good man did me wrong
I ain’t gonna move or make a sound
Each bottle has gone empty and put me out of this misery
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down

Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down, Lord, to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down, Lord, to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down

Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down, Lord, to follow me down
Ain’t nobody in this world to follow me down
Track Name: Goodbye and Farewell
The Honey Dewdrops - Goodbye and Farewell

If it pleased me I’d promise you
To ever and ever yours be
But I’ll tell you truly
I’m not made for you to please, I’m not made for you to please

My restless eyes, how they stray
There’s another in my mind
Please know I never meant
To do you any unkind, to do you any unkind

So goodbye and farewell, I’m going away
There are words my tongue can’t say
For I found you can never suit me
And happy here, I cannot stay

Linger now, for I know
I can change your mind
For love and money, I’ve more
Than any man you can find, than any man you can find

And if your mind don’t sway
Your life I’ll take right here
Won’t let you leave me darling
For another man to call you dear, for another man to call you dear

Now goodbye and farewell, have both given way
There are words my tongue can’t say
For one way or another darling
Forever mine you will stay

My mind will never change
And death I do not fear
I’ll not be your darling
I’ll never call you dear, I’ll never call you dear

Your love you would kill
Die I rather would
Than to live and never know
A life free and good, a life free and good

Now goodbye and farewell have both given way
There are words my tongue can’t say
But I’ll tell you truly, truly
Forsaken now you must stay
Track Name: Can't Get a Letter From Home
The Honey Dewdrops - Can’t Get a Letter from Home

Can’t get a letter from home
Can’t get a letter from home
Train’s down the track, can’t get it back
Can’t get a letter from home

Darling, don’t you know that’s wrong
Darling, don’t you know that’s wrong
You love another girl, but you don’t love me
Darling, don’t you know that’s wrong

Darling, sidetrack your girl
Darling, sidetrack your girl
Sidetrack your girl, come go with me
I’m sure gonna treat you right

Can’t get a letter from home
Can’t get a letter from home
Train’s down the track, can’t get it back
Can’t get a letter from home
Track Name: Sweet Heaven
The Honey Dewdrops - Sweet Heaven

Sweet heaven, sweet heaven, where can you be
How long do I have to wait, to rest my head and peaceful lay
One more day, one more day
How long do I have to wait
Sweet heaven, sweet heaven, where can you be

Say you know, say you know, but you don’t show me where
Up the golden stairs to the pearly gate
I’d climb me up and get away
And get me far away from here, and get me far away from here
Say you know, say you know, but you don’t show me where

Everybody, everywhere, all I can see
Looking up high, way down low
Where’s sweet heaven, they want to know
Everywhere, all the people I see, looking around endlessly
Everybody, everywhere, it’s all I can see

Sweet heaven, sweet heaven, where can you be
Sweet heaven, sweet heaven, where can you be
Track Name: Waiting on You
The Honey Dewdrops - Waiting on You

The time we shared so sweet ain’t sweet no more
And trying to work it out, don’t work at all
Each day is a sour fruit too long on the vine
So let’s stop dreaming that it’ll all be fine

Say you got a tender heart, say you got a gentle hand
You told me a lot of things, and I’ve tried to understand
Each day you need another day, you can make it up to me
I’m always waiting on you, I just want to be free

The years I spent with you weren’t all that bad
And just didn’t get the love I need to have
I been faithful, giving and patient all the while
You ran around and told me a thousand lies

Say you got a tender heart, say you got a gentle hand
You told me a lot of things, and I’ve tried to understand
Each day you need another day, you can make it up to me
I’m always waiting on you, I just want to be free

This is no surprise, been coming on
So I won’t make you wait or tell you wrong
Living with you makes my heart ache
So take back this ring, means nothing anyway

Say you got a tender heart, say you got a gentle hand
You told me a lot of things, and I’ve tried to understand
Each day you need another day, you can make it up to me
I’m always waiting on you, I just want to be free
I’m always waiting on you, I just want to be free
Track Name: Only You Can Know
The Honey Dewdrops - Only You Can Know

While I’m away play my favorite song, “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and “Miss You All Day Long”
Maybe “I’ll Remember April” or “Over the Rainbow” and I can always find you wherever you go
I’ll listen so close, all the tensions that play, over and over and over again

When I’m asleep play my old guitar, the dry old wood, the clean honest heart
The notes to play to keep away the bitter night ghost, point like a heart song, the melody close
The cinder vibrations impossible to see, and help me to rest all night

If I get lost, wear my old boots ‘round, in the sweet, sweet woods, the creek running down
The swollen, peppered pine holds the ice so tight, the moss frozen hard, air thin and light
Only you can know the fine, fine path, we been down so many times together

All the cowboy songs you started to sing about the goldmine in the sky and all them things
If the rainbows over the range stretch out so far and burn like the first light of morning
Track Name: Way Back When
The Honey Dewdrops - Way Back When

Way back when, way back when
Heard a wild cat scream, heard the treetops moan
When it was midnight on the lone mountain
In the midnight, way back when

I seen, oh I seen
The rough hawk flying, gone round and round
And me a laying on the cold, cold ground
Laying there, what I seen

Sara, Sara
All I can give, all I can do
Never be enough for a girl like you
Like you, Sara

So I’ll go, so I’ll go
Way up the highlands, as far as I can
And never come down from the lone mountain
Up the mountain, where I’ll go
Up the mountain, where I’ll go
Track Name: That Good Old Way
The Honey Dewdrops - That Good Old Way

That good old way’s out before me
That good old road going up to glory
And I know, yes I know
I’m traveling now
I’m going down that good old way

So many ways, you can travel down
But only one is heaven bound
Better look for that good old way

If you’re lost and you just can’t find
Forgiveness and peace of mind
Better get on that good old way

That good old way’s out before me
That good old road going up to glory
And I know, yes I know
I’m traveling now
I’m going down that good old way

The prophets all said it’s true
There’s a better way for me and you
And it’s all about that good old way

When you hear them sing and shout
Let go of fear and doubt
Then you’re on that good old way

That good old way’s out before me
That good old road going up to glory
And I know, yes I know
I’m traveling now
I’m going down that good old way