Second Hand Dress

by Shawnee Kilgore

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about

this album was recorded at dirt floor studio in chester, connecticut with eric lichter. says lichter of the album, "it's just brilliant,and wobbly,and worn in like a favorite sweater in the cold winter." the actual recording time of the album was very short, lending itself to many magic moments, impromptu musicians and parts, and raw first takes. it grew very organically, and came out raw and sweet and intimate at the end.

credits

released 22 April 2009

eric lichter~guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, banjo, harmonies (and good harmonica on "one round for free")
morganeve swain~fiddle
ed iarusso~pedal steel
jason curry~drums on "old mississippi"

mastered by garrett haines at treelady studios

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Track Name: One Round for Free
he couldn't believe they were givin' it all
to a man at the bar with a song
he stood on the stage with his prize in his hand
said "this ain't somethin' needs to be won"
so he raised up his glass and i raised up my glass
and we all raised our glasses for free
he said "everyone drink 'cause the next round's on me
up to one hundred forty three"

then he kept on playing 'cause we'd asked him to
the guitar that had won him the prize
with his heart on his sleeve and the same disbelief
and the stage lights reflecting his eyes
but there was no one left, we were back at the bar
just tryin' to get one round for free
he said "i know what it costs now to clear out the stage
just a hundred and forty three"

i sat back down with a glass in my hand
and respect for a man with a song
he had earned what i wanted and gave it away
and the moral was there all along
and he raised up his glass and i raised up my glass
and we all raised our glasses for free
and i know what it's worth now to be here tonight
more than one hundred forty three
Track Name: Second Hand Dress
i have a garden
you have a mansion
i have a second hand dress
i have my day job
you have your millions
i guess now you know what is best

so come into my town
tell me i'm lazy
tell me i don't do enough
say to my children
the world needs saving
when saving a penny is tough

i had a dream back when i understood
that we all stand together or fall
now my children need food and i'm trying to be brave
and i don't think you hear me at all

sometimes i'm angry
sometimes i hate you
sometimes i don't feel a thing
but one thing's for sure that
it's never been you who's been
teaching the poor how to sing

and i work the jobs that were left
when you took all the rest
and made slaves overseas
so offer your tax breaks
to folks who can buy them
right here in the land of the free

i had a dream back when i understood
that we all stand together or fall
now my children need food and i'm trying to be brave
and i don't think you hear me at all

today was a good day
i voted for change
in the biggest of mansions i know
'cause while they're getting richer
a damn perfect picture
i'm praying my garden will grow

i have a garden
you have a mansion
i have a second hand dress
Track Name: Walk With You
i know nothin'
i make no claim
but i hear you just the same
you're a beauty and i'm afraid
that my day will come too late
change is comin'
yeah change is due
and i like the world i'm singin' to
i could show you my flesh and blood
and sing you the songs i love
i could sing you the songs i love

it's a fine line we walk instead
between the world we're livin' in
and somethin' better up ahead
and it's a fine sundown we're walking to
someday i will walk with you

i hold my head where i can see
and i'm finding words that comfort me
we're all doing what we choose
wearin' different shoes
and i'm workin' my fingers to the bone
just to find my way back home
and i'm sure you could understand
that my life is in my hands
from a girl's heart to a man's

it's a fine line we walk instead
between the world we're livin' in
and something brighter up ahead
and it's a fine sundown we're walking to
someday i will walk with you

it's a fine line we walk instead
between the world we're livin' in
and something that somebody said
and it's fine country we're walkin' through
someday i will walk with you
Track Name: The Banks of the Old Mississippi
the sun it comes up
on the banks of the old mississippi
we carried a boat that was
carefully crafted to fly
down the blocks to the rocks
on the banks of the old mississippi
three was our company
tommy and kevin and i

the sun it shines high
on the banks of the old mississippi
on the backs of old friends
as a new one begins to agree
that there's magic right here
on the banks of the old mississippi
and there's no other place
that right now i am wanting to be

so row your boat to nowhere
and sing a little tune
drift 'til monday morning
turns to sunday afternoon

the sun it goes down
on the banks of the old mississippi
we've long said goodbye
and the stars are beginning to shine
we've a long way to go from
the banks of the old mississippi
but may always a river
be flowing from your heart to mine

so row your boat to nowhere
and sing a little tune
drift 'til monday morning
turns to sunday afternoon
Track Name: The Perfect Time
it was the perfect time to hear that song
i finally understand the meaning
it was the perfect time for waking up
the perfect time to have a dream

it was the perfect time to drink that wine
the perfect time to feel the rain
it was the perfect time for tears to fall
the perfect time for making change

break it down break it down
every clock in every heaven
tick and tocking after seven
telling us where we belong
shake it down shake it down
'cause i ain't livin' by the time
and i would know but wouldn't mind
to wake and find it was all gone

it was the perfect time to be alone
the perfect time to be a friend
it was the perfect time for making love
the perfect time to make amends

break it down break it down
every clock in every heaven
tick and tocking after seven
'til there is no other sound
shake it down shake it down
while we vie for every minute
we don't realize we're in it
and there's enough to go around

break it down break it down
let the rain become the oceans
let the wind become your motions
let your body breathe again
shake it down shake it down
'cause the joys are better measured
by the moments that were treasured
here and now instead of then

break it down break it down
let the tides begin inside you
let the constellations guide you
to a universe inside
shake it down shake it down
we were never meant to suffer
we were sent to rediscover
there is nothing to divide

it was the perfect time to hear that song
i finally understand the meaning
Track Name: The Last of Songs
she said son would you sit next to me
would you lay your worries down
she said son would you stay here with me
'til our souls are heaven bound
she said i can remember your father
but i can't remember when i was so young
please would you stay here with me
'til the last of songs are sung

she said son are you resting now
that the war is finally done
she said son are you resting now
the side you're on has won
she said i can remember a time when
those colors ran strong as the river they sprung
and i'll keep on praying for peace
'til the last of songs are sung

he said mum i was wounded deep
can you see it on my face
he said mum i was wounded deep
it was a long hard fall from grace
he said i can remember the crying
but i can't remember the names on their tongues
and i'll wish i could chant them all
'til the last of songs are sung

and he told her a story of heartache and glory
and things that he wished he could wash from his skin
and his mouth took to drinking what he wasn't thinking
was too scared to sleep with the monsters within
he had drowned in the blood of a terrorized flood
he had stared in the eyes of the evil he'd done
he had clicked his boot heels and spun tears in the wheels
he had prayed to the lord take his life or his gun

son will you sit here with me
will you lay your body down
son will you stay here with me
'til my love is where you drown
'til you won't remember the missiles
and you won't remember the flag that was hung
my heart will be breaking for you
'til the last of songs are sung
Track Name: Hollow Road
something's coming
maybe thunder
maybe love is in the air
entertain me with a story
tell me what you saw out there

i'll be right here
i'll be right here when i go
i'll be right here
lookin' west to hollow road

i can't help it
but to wonder
if you have me on your mind
ain't it funny how we got here
old souls in modern times

i'll be right here
i'll be right here when i go
i'll be right here
lookin' west to hollow road

strange winter
in new england
almost march and hardly snowed
i think the time is now or never
to travel west to hollow road

i'll be right here
i'll be right here when i go
i'll be right here
headin' west to hollow road
Track Name: I Do
have you been missing
since i've been gone
have union duties kept the minutes
rolling on
have the nights kept you awake
until the dawn
baby i've been thinking of you
all and all along

here's to waking
to the life that we have built
here's to laughing
at the milk that we have spilt
and if every day we laugh
a little longer than before
i'll marry you forever more

from the window
of a train that's heading home
i remember why it is
i need to roam
but let me tell you
that the wind is at my back
and in your arms
is where i'm fixing to be at

here's to waking
to the life that we have built
here's to laughing
at the milk that we have spilt
and if every day we smile
a little brighter than before
i'll marry you forever more

and i can see you
in the trees out on the plains
and i can feel you
in my traveling aches and pains
if you were here
then i'd have kissing on the brain
i'm blowing kisses from this train

so here's to falling
here's to you
something borrowed
something old and something blue
here's to coffee
that's as black as witch's brew
i'm coming home to say i do
Track Name: The Waltz of the April Flowers
do you hear me singing
can you see me there
while the bells are ringing
in the market square

with the songs of a thousand glories
and the love of a thousand years
'tis the waltz of the april flowers
ever my heart hears

in the streets i found you
by the light of moon
faces all around you
and a waltzing tune

when the dream is almost over
and the sun is rising yet
'tis the waltz of the april flowers
i will not forget

while the clouds are lifting
i have long been found
i am freedom drifting
with the moonlit sound

when the weight of the darkness cowers
in the face of the one i love
'tis the waltz of the april flowers
i'll be thinking of
Track Name: Winter Coats in Spring
tryin' to be the angel with the blue dress on
i'm tryin' to be the devil in disguise
tryin' to catch a sunset that's long since gone
tryin' to set the stage before it dries

i'm thinking 'bout the time it takes
to raise and lower all the stakes
i can't believe i'm still afloat
i was swimming in my winter coat
this spring

thinking of that one song that said it all
i guess i'm tryin' to say it all again
i guess there's an answer for everything
some days are too beautiful to end

i'm thinking 'bout the time it takes
to find and fix the fine mistakes
we took our time at taking notes
and sometimes we need winter coats
in spring

tryin' to be the angel with her head on straight
still tryin' to be the best you ever had
your hands are touching someone else's skin
why is everything ok except for that

i'm thinking 'bout the time it takes
to heal the wounds that healing makes
the lump is going from my throat
it's too warm for a winter coat
this spring