Until the Day

by Graham Stone Music

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1.
Canyonlands 03:16
Blankets of rain on the horizon red rocks and desert sage Plateau wide and endless and the sun across the clay It’s a hard wind blowin’ so tie down the covered load Move past the gated fences way out on the open road again It’s a hundred miles to Moab following the power lines In the distance lighting flashes On the highway the engine whines Once again it’s southbound Utah Under a blue and orange sky Where the hills rise in defiance of the winding railway line The railway line That rain looks like a typhoon from fifteen miles out And it casts so great a shadow Underneath the mushroom cloud And that water tower is lonely Keeping watch over this ghost town Mercy rises with the morning Come and lay your burden down, your burden down Come and lay your burden, lay your burden down
2.
Well I’m headed up to Boston mama Sometime in the fall First time since I been back home I’ve traveled North at all I’m headed up to Boston When the leaves begin to change For to see that darling girl I’m leaving on a midnight train You know me I’m from Virginia That’s where I was born and raised Grew up to be a traveling man But my heart has always stayed Back home and down in Carolina Near the Carteret County line Heard she was from Fredonia Still put her hand in mine Said I’m not sure of where I’m going girl But I sure know where I’ve been Still got some things I carry And I hope you can understand Well I’m headed up to Boston mama Sometime in the fall First time since I been back home I’ve traveled North at all I’m headed up to Boston When the leaves begin to change For to see that darling girl I’m leaving on a midnight train I said its been awhile darlin’ So I’m not sure where to start ‘Cause there’s a little girl north of the Detroit line Who already stole my heart But I sure do feel things for you That much I can say And that’s more than I’ve said to anyone In more than a thousand days Well I’m headed up to Boston mama Sometime in the fall First time since I been back home I’ve traveled North at all I’m headed up to Boston When the leaves begin to change For to see that darling girl I’m leaving on a midnight train
3.
Meaningless 04:25
Times past I knew a man The richest in the land His eyes were weak his hands were cold Sitting on his throne he called me Young servant please come here You’re all I’ve got now and I’m old Your heart is truly humble You’ve always served me well So let me tell you what I’ll do ‘Cause I’ve worked my whole life for this And I’ve no one of my own So now I give it all to you Meaningless! Everything is meaningless There’s nothing new under the sun You’ll find that you have been Chasing after the wind When it all is said and done All I have toiled for I can enjoy no more Can’t take it with me when I go For I shall soon be taken Under this heavy moon And still it pains me just to know I’ve wasted years in searching To satisfy my soul My passion foolishly misplaced For wisdom wealth and pleasure I sacrificed my love These things I say to my disgrace Meaningless! Everything is meaningless There’s nothing new under the sun You’ll find that you have been Chasing after the wind When it all is said and done Come near to listen Come near to listen Rather than to offer up The sacrifice of fools The old man laid his head down With is last fading breath He looked me right in my eyes And this is what he said May you be joyful always Outside of circumstance That you might worship truly May your spirit dance And make it your ambition to live a quiet life Learn to work with your hands and love your wife Go eat your food with gladness go drink your wine with joy Go love your precious daughter and your darling little boy Meaningless! Everything is meaningless There’s nothing new under the sun You’ll find that you have been Chasing after the wind When it all is said and done
4.
The days are gettin longer since you left here Sometimes I cant find the words to say You’re gettin to the age where you’ll remember And I take comfort in that fact now everyday Well I know its hard at times for you without me Believe me I know loneliness myself When the days get short and it seems that there's more darkness than there is light There's only one place that I go to find some help But the flowers in Montana all are bloomin And the river by the mountain is clear and cold And the flower on my arm will stay forever I’m not a young man but I’ve never felt so old So even when the mountains shake and tremble Even when my time on earth is done When they throw my bones alone deep into red dirt Just remember that I’m going to the Son And the flowers in Montana all are bloomin And the river by the mountain is clear and cold And the flower on my arm will stay forever I’m goin yonder where the streets are paved with gold So keep the fire burning till the morning Stoke the embers with the words that I say to you Wrap yourself in grace and woven blankets Wrap yourself in sorrow for the ghosts that tell the truth Cause the flowers in Montana all are bloomin And the river by the mountain is clear and cold And the flower on my arm will stay forever I’m goin yonder where the streets are paved with gold I’m goin yonder where the streets are paved with gold
5.
Fall in Virginia won’t you hold me tight Carry me through to the morning light Tell me darlin is this right Lord touch these eyes and give me sight Let me hear you say ‘It can be found, it can be found’ On another day in another town, another town I hear you calling from the trees ‘What will be my love will be’ But let the mountains fall in the sea Lord take this all away from me Let me hear you say ‘Oh come unbound, son come unbound’ ‘To meet the day, don’t stay down, you can’t stay down’ So dark it’s been for all these years Living alone with all my fears Show me the smoke and all the mirrors Or will this illusion keep me here? Though I can hardly breathe I’m howlin at the moon And if I ever see you again It’d be too soon So go ahead and put me to the test ‘Cause I’ll pack my bags and head out West I feel you tight and in my chest Lord lay me down and let me rest Until the day comes around it comes around When I will lay buried in the ground deep in the ground Until the day
6.
South of the river Richmond city blues Sittin in jail girl Thinkin bout you Sittin in jail lord Sittin in jail Ain’t got nobody For to go my bail Down in the bottom In the bottom so low Late in the evening I can hear the train blow Hear the train blow Hear the train blow Late in the evening Lord I hear the train blow That train won't stay love She’s blowin right through It'll be gone girl And so will you Before you go girl For old times sake Put your arms around me Lord and feel my heart break Roses love sunshine Violets love dew Heaven above knows ‘Bout these Richmond city blues Well I ain't got no coat girl I ain't got no shoes Heaven above knows ‘Bout these Richmond city blues
7.
When she was a young girl in old Caroline In a house with the brightest of blues She wore a faded old dress with a white rose design And bright pair of ruby red shoes She'd listen, she'd tell and she'd give us boys hell If ever we strayed from what's right She was tough but sincere, never showed any fear She never backed down from a fight She's got a strong constitution and steel in her spine With a spirit more precious than jewels She's got a strong constitution, shes made up her mind She won't take no shit from a fool She grew up strong never doing much wrong Till her whole world went up into flames When her daddy walked out she spun into doubt She cursed when she cried out your name Put it up on a shelf She’s so hard on herself She wandered away far from home And it still tears me up when I drink from that cup To think of her out there so lost and alone And her strong constitution That put steel in her spine with a spirit more precious than jewels She started second guessing And it fucked with her mind She started to break her own rules Till one day with grace Light returned to her face I caught it when she smiled at me With truth and with love And with help from above She's the woman she always meant to be Stronghearted and brave With a faith that could save Even such wretches as we She's got a strong constitution and steel in her spine With a spirit more precious than jewels She's got a strong constitution, shes made up her mind She won't take no shit from a fool
8.
She was born in San Antonio Texas She lived most her life in Virginny-i-a She could sew you a pair of pants and make you some breakfast And she'd take you down to church every Sunday Kathleen Jean Virginia queen With a laugh so damn infectious have you splitting at your seams Kathleen Jean Virginia Queen Got a direct line up to heaven At least that’s the way it seems Well she married up to a lean black haired guitar man They had seven kids before he hit the road She says the Lord helped her keep it together Else they'd all be in jail or dead I do suppose Kathleen Jean Virginia queen With a laugh so damn infectious have you splitting at your seams Kathleen Jean Virginia Queen Got a direct line up to heaven At least that’s the way it seems She was a hundred percent spitfire, but I was double And I scared her half to death at least twice a day Growin up me and the boys weren’t nothing but trouble Just dumb and young but she loved us anyway
9.
Ridin into West Virginia putting as many miles as I can In between these mountains and the heart of a dyin man Early in the morning the rooster crowed but I was gone Runnin fast from that risin sun though I knew I’d done no wrong I’d done no wrong… Overtook me up at Harpers Ferry where they hung Ol’ John Brown Near the railroad line beneath the bluffs I stood out on open ground They had me surrounded from the North, South, East and West Two pearl-handled pistols I drew slowly from my vest Said “I ain’t got a mind to kill no man, if you’ll leave me on my own” They just laughed, said “listen boy, you know we come here to take you home” But that’s not my home. So my thumbs pulled back the hammers. I knew what must be done. But I felt no peace within my soul for I’d never killed no one I looked up those mountain walls and saw a hawk soarin to the sky Free and homeward towards the sun and I closed both my eyes And I remembered the story of Jericho. Of battles won when no hope was found. And I prayed to the Lord for a miracle and those rocks came falling down Lord falling down. Falling down. My body lays there to this day / Buried beneath the stone But have no pity on my soul / For I am free and I am home
10.
On the Run 04:53
Smoke on the water rising next to me Far bank of the river is all I see Blood washes my body and makes me clean But I ain’t turnin back I’m dying free Well it’s cactus clay and rust on every side And it’s chrome and steel and the throttle open wide This highway runs for a thousand miles So it’s payphone booths and bathroom tiles Tearin through the desert with a loaded gun I ride the day and I ride the night Heading for the border in the morning light I’m on the run I rode west from Virginia to Tennessee And I put Arkansas and Oklahoma behind me I hid out in Albuquerque for three whole weeks Till the things I done come calling after me Now it’s a hot sun beatin down and no time for shade My senses tuned and sharper than a razor blade It’s a hurricane lamp and kerosene And it’s cigarettes and its gasoline A southwest Texas border on the run Well I ride the day and I ride the night Screamin through the desert in the pale moonlight I’m on the run In a cheap hotel under a different name I got the shade pulled tight behind the window pane But my minds grown so tired of this game Gotta go gotta hit the road gotta break these chains Well I’ll be alright if I can make it to the Rio Grande And I’ll disappear deep on down to Mexicoland But if I don’t make the river I’m as good as dead And the buzzards will be circling above my head Barbed wire, fire, sirens and a smoking gun Well I gave my all I did my best Now the fires burning deep inside my left side chest I’m on the run

about

All these songs were written by Graham
Recording engineer: Ken Barnum
Produced, edited and mixed by Graham and Ken Barnum
Mastered by Mike Monseur at BIAS studios
Recorded at BIAS studios and Audio Verite

credits

released July 28, 2017

To the family, friends and fellow humans and musicians who encourage and inspire me. To those who labored alongside me to help make this effort possible--thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Austin Isaac - Upright Bass
Sam Griffith - Harmonica
Keilan Creech - Lap Steel/BGVs
Su Tarr - Fiddle
Ken Barnum - Electric Bass
Jared Barnum - Drums
Karl Stoll - Lead Guitar (Richmond City Blues)
Aubrey Stoll - BGVs
Preston Stoll - Electric Guitar
Clayton Stoll - Electric Guitar/BGVs
Jordan Stoll - Drums

With special thanks to:

Aubrey, Katrianna, Karl, Kathleen, Karla, Preston, Clayton, Jordan, Conrad and Cameron. The Tobeys, Rayles, Hannums, McCunes.
Ken and Jared Barnum. Austin Isaac. Sam Griffith. Keilan Creech. Su Tarr. JGM. Cameron Isaac, Ken & Beccy, Danny & Jess. Ben & Sus. Ross & Sarah. Reiff & J.Lo. Pappa Franklin HB. Cristine Willkens. Justin & Kelly, Ray & Sam Bennett. Rachel Miller. Tony Peccatiello. Chuck & Diane Moore. Brady & Nicole Pederson, Steve & Feyona Ortiz. The DeGross family. Too Tall Tommy Campbell. Ginger & Paul, Josh Sennett, Richie Katz, Will & Martha, Stephanie Barnett, Matt & Laura Henry, Alex & Megan, Chris Healy, Tim Parrish, Jonathan & Janet, Larry Rice, John & Lynda Lee, Matt & Erin Fifer, Blaine Sledge, Scott & Sofia. Steve Swartz. Brandon and Ashley Lewis. Taylor & Stace. Adam & Tasha. Gus & Mojdeh. Pedro Aida. Joey Wharton. Mike Monseur. Gloria and Bob Dawson. Guitar Works Clark. BIAS & Audio Verite. Beans, Silas & Chessie. Jackson & Teddy.

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