Around These Parts

by Jo Henley

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released December 1, 2014

Recorded by Tim Lynch at The Recording Company
Produced by Tim Lynch and Jo Henley
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

Andy Campolieto (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica)
Ben Lee (acoustic and electric guitar, dobro, banjo)
Mike Dingley (drums)
Tony Markellis (bass)

Tim Lynch (keyboards, percussion)
Hayley Sabella (vocals)
Jordan Santiago (violin, mandolin)

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Track Name: Nowhere to Go But Everywhere
Nowhere to Go But Everywhere



Here we go
Where we're going, I don't know
We'll take it slow

On the road
On the road is all I know
It's been so long



Nowhere to go but everywhere

The signs all point to anywhere

Who am I to say

If we're where we want to be?

Wide awake
Wide awake and half asleep
It feels like weeks

Nowhere to go but everywhere
The signs all point to anywhere
Who am I to say
If we're where we want to be?

On the road
All I see for miles is snow
Miles of snow
Track Name: The Last Monkey Maker
The Last Monkey Maker



Who will teach our children well?

Who will make them each a monkey?

Who will tell them how it used to be

And pass on family stories?



We can tar all our hillsides with roads

Turn our art into binary codes

But one day we'll wake up

And what's real is nowhere to be found 

When the last monkey maker leaves town



Who will find the way home

When there are no maps to follow?

Who will pollinate our farms

When all the bees are gone?



We can build up our cities of glass

Fish our seas till there is nothing left

You can trumpet your progress

And I'll lament what's not around

When the last monkey maker leaves town



Why invest all our time

In clocks not built to last?

Who will warn us of our path

So we don't repeat the past?



We can tar all our hillsides with roads

Turn our art into binary codes
You can't know where you're going

If you don't know what you left behind

When the last monkey maker leaves town
Track Name: Bayley-Hazen Road
Bayley-Hazen Road



The road twists up through Cabot
And the mill towns of Vermont

Around me, spruce and hemlock

In these mountains I call home

I close my eyes; I am alone

Out on Bayley-Hazen Road

I come up here to clear my head

And listen to the ghosts

That echo from the graves of men

Whose lives are marked with stone

I taste the earth that I behold

Out on Bayley-Hazen Road

The path I see before me is overgrown
I try to find the strength to carry on
But I know I'm running out of road

The days are growing shorter
As the sun begins to set
60 miles to Montreal's
Too far for this old man
I close my eyes:
I am home
Out on Bayley-Hazen Road
Out on Bayley-Hazen Road
Track Name: Deep in the Dirt
Deep in the Dirt

The sun never found me
The stars never shone
It's too cold down here
Buried in snow

You with your trowel
Leave me alone
I've been sleeping here
All winter long

Under your knees
As you sow your seeds in rows
The sun shines in my eyes
Under your weight
I breathe the stench of your hurt
And I hear your lies
Deep in the dirt

I once was you
With nowhere to turn
The key your handshake holds

Under your knees
As you free your garden of weeds
The sky shines in my face
Under your weight
I feel the ache of your hurt
And I hear your remorse
Deep in the dirt

Someday you'll wake up
Deep in the dirt
Nothing will hurt you
Deep in the hurt
Someday you'll wake up
Deep in the dirt
Track Name: Jericho
Jericho

On the road to Jericho
I'm stripped of all I own
Beat and left for dead
On my back, your feet tread

In spite of you, I pray
To live another day
I vow that I will change
My sins, I repent

Can I hold you?
Can I save you
From the cold fist of shame?
Would I want to?

There is more than one way home?
Can I make it there alone?
If I should lose my way
Don't lose faith in me

I'm consumed by all your flaws
Your pious man-made laws
My weakness is within
I atone for my sins

Can I hold you?
Can I save you
From mistakes you've made?
Would I want to?

I want your love
I need your love

Can I hold you?
Can I save you
From mistakes you've made?
Would I want to?
Can I show you
All I've been through?
My wounds have no pain
Your words have no weight

I want your love
I need your love
I want your love
I need your love
I want your love
I need your love
Track Name: Wait Till May
Wait Till May

Bolt the doors and lock the windows
Draw the blinds and curtains too
Where's the baby--is he sleeping in his room
The storm is out there on the loose

The house is crowded with black shadows
They crawl the walls and prowl the floors
I watch the TV set explode a thousand times
While tanks roll through Watertown

But we're all right
We're okay, I tell myself
We'll find a way
The sun will burn away the night
Wait till May with me tonight

Dawn sneaks in when we're not looking
The darkest light I can recall
I step outside and glance around at empty streets
Confetti sticking to my feet

But we're all right
We're okay, I tell myself
We'll find a way
The sun will burn away the night
Wait till May with me tonight

Boylston's sitting still as Pompeii
Dressed in yellow crime-scene tape
My fingers grip my camera like a loaded gun
But too numb to shoot a frame

But we're all right
We're okay, I tell myself
We'll find a way
The sun will burn away the night
Wait till May with me tonight
Track Name: Follow My Light
Follow My Light



The ocean rises up and crashes down

On the shore of this old coastal town
In all my time as keeper of this isle

I've seen storms, but nothing as bad as this

Follow my light
Follow my light
I need you home

In the lantern room hangs the gown you wore
When you wed the night before you left
Hattie, I know you're grown, in the world on your own
But I'm tired, and the years have taken their toll

Follow my light
Follow my light
I need you home
Follow my light
Follow my light
And I'll lead you safe to me

Follow my light
I'll wait here all night
Till you come home
I'll hold my breath
To save what's left of me for you

The ocean rises up and crashes down
On me
Track Name: One More Night
One More Night 



These four walls

Are all I've got to keep me happy

This old guitar is all I've got

To talk me down

The same old records keep on spinning

Through my sunsets

Summer's gone

But the whiskey's still in town



So tired of crying

And playing Waylon songs

And one more night

Of drinking all alone



I've got a chip as big as Brooklyn

On my shoulder

I don't want to hear

There's more to life than this

Next week I'll pick myself up

By my bootstraps

But tonight
I'm full of vinegar and piss



So scared of loving

I'm right where I belong

And one more night

Of sleeping all alone



So tired of running

It's wearing on my soul

And one more night of running

One more night of sleeping

One more night of being

All alone
Track Name: Route 81
Route 81



If there's any place else I'd rather be

It's down 81, near Tennessee

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountain range

There's a gathering of friends coming out to play



The sun is shining

The wine is flowing

The girls are all dancing with their tube-tops on

The grill is sizzling

Jerry's still singing

And Jim ain't turning in before the dawn



Don't look now--who's that rolling through?

It's Ryan with a case of his homemade brew

Jim's smoking more than just BBQ

If I can't rhyme this line then maybe I am also



The sun is shining

The wine is flowing

The girls are all dancing with their tube-tops on

The grill is sizzling

Jerry's still picking

And no one's turning in before the dawn
Track Name: Around These Parts
Around These Parts

Northwest of Nowhere, Maine
Ten years from anything
That's ever really meant a damn to me
Cornfields in drifts of snow
This land is filled with bones
Sacred ground whose stories are never told
Will my story be buried with those bones?

Around these parts, I'm a stranger here
Can't understand the French I hear
Through the static on the radio
The sun sinks behind the trees
Taking with it my last dream
Maybe now I'll finally get some sleep
Lord, I could really use some sleep

It's been a long time
Since I've been without love to keep me warm
It's been a long time
Under all this open sky I see
Somewhere is me

Dear Katy, I'm settling in
Winter's here and I'm probably drinking
More than one man should when he's alone
Come spring I'll be hard to find
I'm moving across the Canadian side
And I'm never coming home
Around these parts, I call home

It's been a long time
Since I've been without love to keep me warm
It's been a long time
Under all this open sky I see
Somewhere is me