These Are The Hills

by Stone & Snow

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released June 17, 2014

Stone & Snow is:

Karen Bridges -- Vocals, Baritone Ukulele, Piano, Tenor Guitar, Accordion

Clint Thomson -- Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica, Mandolin, Banjo, Lap Steel, Dobro

Kenny Shepard -- Drums (Tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,11,12,13,14)
Rick Bennett -- Electric Bass (Tracks 1,2,3,9,11,12,13)
Mark Genrich -- Upright Bass (Tracks 4,6,7,8,14)
Bruce Bergethon -- Fiddle (Tracks 6,9,12,14)

Produced by David Rossi and Stone & Snow

Recorded by David Rossi and Tony SanFilippo
Recorded at Oxide Lounge & Fourteen Fedoras, Bloomington, Illinois
Mixed by David Rossi @ Fourteen Fedoras, Bloomington, Illinois
Mastered by Collin Jordan @ The Boiler Room, Chicago, Illinois

Cover/Disc photo -- Family Archive / Photographer Unknown
Back cover photo -- Nathan Bridges / Beyond The Well

All songs written by Karen Bridges and/or Clint Thomson.

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Stone & Snow Bloomington, Illinois

Singer-songwriters Karen Bridges and Clint Thomson draw from their connection to the snow-capped landscape of the west to create profoundly lyrical folk songs. With an eclectic mix of upbeat anthems and somber folk ballads, Stone & Snow’s sound easily reflects the peaks and valleys to which their name makes reference. ... more

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Track Name: Hello
Hello, late June in the North
Summer is always too short
Nights getting longer before they are warmer and so
We've still got miles to go

Hello, September in the West
Cottonwoods in soft, yellow dress
This train pulls us near to the sky and so clear
The stars are this time of year

Hello, early April in the South
Moss-soaked Cypress reaching for me now
Our ghosts are not as old as those that haunt from years of war
But they’re nearer here than ever before

The sky hangs so low and so cold when you go
Time will tell if I’ll get to you ‘cause no one else knows

Hello, December in the Middle
Seems to always snow too little
I need you now to bring the merry and fast
This year is never gonna last
Track Name: Waiting For
Hey you, whatcha doing with my heart?
Hey you, you gonna watch it fall apart?
Hey you, all I’ve been hearing from you is how you’ve got a plan
Hey you, you know I’m patient but there’s only so much heartache I can stand

What are you waiting for, what are you waiting for now?
Show me what you’ve got in store, what are you waiting for now?

Hey you, when’re ya puttin on that speed?
Hey you, I could think of a few better places to be
Hey you, can you tell me why I worked so hard for this?
Hey you, you’ve got your eyes closed, back turned, no one else to blame for what you’ve missed

What are you waiting for, what are you waiting for now?
I’ve half a mind to show you the door, what are you waiting for now?

I’m gonna love you hard even if it breaks my heart. Honey, I don’t care if I come out scarred
Don’t let me go without a fight, you know we’re on the same side,
We’re gonna figure this out if we get some time

What are we waiting for, what are we waiting for now?

What are you waiting for, what are you waiting for now?
Track Name: How I'll Come Undone
I was born, I was born with our song in my lungs
I've a clear as day now, I’ve a clear as day picture of how I’ll come undone
Silhouettes so black against the richest of blue
When I close my eyes, when I close my eyes all I see is me with you

I saved the letters, I saved the letters that we wrote when everything was new
I can’t let them go, I can’t let them go for fear of letting go of you
And so this how it goes-- when I start I don't stop
Like a steam train rolling, like a steam train rolling on down from the mountaintop

The San Juan set afire, the San Juan set afire in late September
I wanna go back, I wanna go back there to remember
The trees stretch upward and offer up their branches
I'll watch the leaves, I’ll watch the leaves as they fall like ashes

Be my north star, be my north star and I’ll follow you by the book
But forgive my weakness, forgive my weakness for a twilight sky and a wistful look
In the end there’s not much more that I can confess
So lay me down, so lay me down unto the earth in a plain pine box and a black dress
Track Name: Red Sky
Come on by, don’t need a reason why
I’ve got a mind full of wishing and two hands on a mission
So come on by

Even if I don’t, baby, you should know
Burn midnight with you-- want you to know
I wanted to, even if I don’t

I know that red sky means trouble now, but I just don’t care
When I head back toward the hills, would you meet me there?

Drinkin all that rye, way old habits die
When the water runs dry,
You get that look in your eye, drinkin all that rye

Tell me, what do you know 'bout how it goes?
I'm about to go for broke,
Let it all go up in smoke, tell me what do you know
Track Name: These Are The Hills
These are the hills where my heart sings its song
These are the fields where my feet walk along
These are the woods where I'll lay my body down

These are the trees where my mind wanders off
These are the valleys where I wait for dawn
These are the rails where the train takes me home

Round and round and round and round we go
Where we stop at last nobody knows

These are the days when I aim to seem strong
These are the nights when my shadow grows long
These are the times when I need to be carried on
Track Name: Among The Unknown
If you ever find yourself in Stephens County
Head on down to Davis Creek and take it east
You’ll see the White Oak hanging low, and you’ll know
You’ve found your lover’s home

If you take the train to Wilmington in summer
When the air is thick as steam and ever warmer
Give yourself a day to see a Cape Fear sunrise
And you’ll behold what burned in his eyes

If you walk the half day to and up South Mountain
Look for the well but don’t go peering in
The devil’s got your brother and fifty more
And at dusk he’ll be knocking at your door

If you ever make it down to Charleston Bay
Ask for Reverend Porter, he’ll point the way
In old Magnolia churchyard stands a stone
For your son, among the unknown
Track Name: There's A River Between Us
There’s a river between us that seems like it’s deeper than deep
And the bridges that bind us ain’t quite what they used to be
Better watch what goes ‘round-- throwing words like stones is dangerous play
I won’t forgive, but you pray to God I’ll forget what you say

You see the road to perdition is paved in revelation and blood
Every step of the way you will pay for the love that you took
I’m not going down, no I’m not going down in this game
You know I’m a sure shot, baby, and I waste no time with my aim

I see weakness in mercy and glory in honor and pride
Where there’s smoke there’s a fire that I started, and it blackens the sky
Better get on out, better get on out while you can
There’s hell to pay, honey, oh, and you’re a poor, poor man

I haven't gone blind yet on this "eye for an eye" bet
I haven't gone blind yet on this "eye for an eye" bet
I haven't gone blind yet on this "eye for an eye" bet
I haven't gone blind yet on this "eye for an eye" bet

There’s a river between us that rages like blood ‘neath my skin
In the spring it will crest and spill out over all of the plain
Even if I drown, I’m gonna make it to the other side
Where there’s a will there’s a way, and I’ll never give up on the fight
Track Name: Love Me, Leave Me
Love me, love me like the sun
We’ll burn up before the day is done
Leave me, leave me like a bird
Fly low and fly slow if you prefer

Don’t believe this is goodbye
I won’t be far if you just close your eyes

Love me, love me like the morn
Your breath on my body, keep me warm
Leave me, leave me like the rain
Fall down and wash our fear away

Love me, love me like the night
Pull me close and hide me from the light
Leave me, leave me like November
My song, so easy to remember

Don’t believe this is goodbye
Don’t, for a second, wonder why
Don’t doubt I love you by and by
I won’t be far if you just close your eyes
Track Name: Standing Still
Get up, let’s go
Get up, let’s go
If we’re gonna make it, we can’t waste a minute
If it’s one thing I know
Oh, one thing I know
Someone is taking the chances we’re missing
And we can’t believe in something we can’t see

Come on, come out
Come on, come out
If it means something to you, it’s yours-- take it with you
I don’t know how
I don’t know how
I never knew I’d be counting on you
We’ve got a long way to go, but this is all that we’ve known

You can read into this what you will
But I can't carry on standing still
Baby, I’m going somewhere
Gotta go somewhere

Look at us now
Look at us now
What feels like spinning is just the beginning
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
To hell with this city-- gonna leave it behind me
And we won’t be tamed. We’ll define our own way
Track Name: Falling
I've never been Winter's lover
I've never been so inspired, no
I can feel the chill returning
Somewhere there’s a fire burning, oh
Quietly without warning
Suddenly it's morning
And I'm falling for you

It's a funny feeling to know
I used to call this home, home
Lookin’ at the roads I traveled
The secrets they unravel, oh
Five o'clock twilight
Snow glitters in the streetlight
And I'm falling for you

I'm falling for you
I’m falling for you
I’m falling for you
I’m falling for you, oh

Never say never, no
Let my guard down and let it go
And I’m falling for you
Track Name: Hush Now
Hush now, quietly tiptoe around, now
Don’t make a mess of this, love
I’ve been trying so hard to be good, oh, to be good
I’ve been trying so hard to be good

Hush now, I’ve got something to say now
Though it feels like it’s far too late
It’s just about right, just about right
Oh it feels like it’s just about right

Like the willow, I bend so low
The view from down here’s always up, but that’s never enough
I burn brighter, wrestle deeper
There’s no sense living this way; one foot in the grave

Hush now, the world around me in sleep, now
I’m still looking for something
Worth trying to dream for anymore
What's the point of trying to dream anymore?

Hush now, little baby, don’t say a word, little baby
Everything you want’s just a matter of will so be still
Track Name: Think You Know Someone
Hey babe, you don’t look the same to me
Something’s changed in your eyes
Hey babe, you don’t act the same way now
Something has gone awry

Hey man, you don’t talk the way you did
Is this a change all in my head
You say don't feel the way you did
Could it be something that I said

Hey you, you’ve changed too much for me
I thought I knew you, but I was wrong
Could it be that you’ve lost your taste for me
Could it be we’ve both moved on
Could it be we’ve both moved on

La di da, la di da di da di da...
Track Name: The State I'm In
Water, water all around me
Sinking slowly, and I can hardly breathe
Am I just a fool for a life I won't lead?
Am I just a fool for a love that won't be?

Can’t stop, I can't stop the bleeding
I shudder to think what I’ve been missing
Am I too far gone to ask for mercy?
Am I too far gone to leave anything behind me?

Days like these the air feels heavier than I’m sure it’s ever been
And nothing good ever came from giving in over and over again
And all your small rejections add so much dead weight
and they complicate the state I'm in

Lately, there's not a lot to say
So maybe I should walk away
Am I two steps back, never one to get ahead?
Am I two steps back by everything I've left unsaid?

Just a plane that never got off the ground
Just a wanderer that never left this town
And I’m gonna see this through, do it for you and sleep in the bed I’ve made
Just don’t let me lose my, please don’t let me fade...
Track Name: 'Til You Are Mine
When the westward sky burns out
And all that stands fades to black
When the sounds of night descend to the ground
I’ll be on the way back

When the sunrise steals the stars
And all I dreamed drifts away
When what I need is to be right where you are
I won’t let a thing get in my way

I’ll follow the railroad to Colorado
I’ve got my eyes set on bigger sky
There aint a mountain, no, gonna keep me, I know
I will wander these hills for miles
‘Til you, ‘til you are mine

When, at last, I see your face
And the train begins to slow
When what I’ve waited so long for falls into place
I’ll hold on and never let go
Track Name: Happy
Bending backroads down
Blankets of leaves all around
We’ll ignore all the signs of the storm
Like we want it to keep raining on
Like we want it to keep raining on

You said I think I love you
I think I’ve always known
The one thing on which we can clearly depend
Every good thing sees an end
Every good thing sees an end

But I’m happy
I’m happy
I’m happy
Singing my sad song for you