Star Crossed Lovers

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1.
Back Road 03:45
I don't know everything Just what I need to keep on tryin Up in the morning to sing And do my best to kiss the sky Now when it comes to me and you I don't know how I would get by Without all the sweet things you do And the way you hod me through the night CH She said baby take a walk on a back road with me and hold my hand Lets talk about things goin on in the world that we just don't understand Be my cure, be my cure There aint nothin else in the world that I need more I know I've made some mistakes And I've done some things right too Without some lucky breaks No woman or man can make it through As long as the sun keeps on rising And the wind blows from the west I'm just gonna keep on tryin And with you I'll be my best CH
2.
Well they walked into the dead of night And put the fireflies and moon to bed He held her in his arms his shoulder cradled her head And when she looked into his eyes She saw the light of a Mexico sky CH The plains of Nebraska 1913 Star Crossed Lovers They were never meant to be In the early morning hours beyond the Wheat fields and Cherry trees Her husband came along and Rage brought his his knees For her lover death came quick With a bullet through his heart And the next two aimed at her Didn't miss their mark And she crawled with sobs and heaving chest Laid her head on her lovers breast CH When the last of the wild roses Open their hearts to die You can see two white doves High in the Omaha night Flying free Oh so high Headed South to a Mexico sky The plains of Nebraska, 1913 Star Crossed Lovers They were never meant to be Oh the plains of Nebraska, 1913 Star Crossed Lovers They were never meant to be Never meant to be Words & Music By Cari Minor ©2018
3.
Half The Man 03:47
I remember going through your drawers Trying to find the truth about who you were I found the pills that helped your Ills I found your medals from the war and I realized I'm half the man you were CH 3>They don't make em like that anymore Trying to walk in your shoes when I was ten illusions of a world that would end you through your gun into the water to protect your sons and daughter I am only half the man you were CH BR Everybody's got some bad things my old man had just a few my brother got the anger and me the baby blues Now the time has gone around the bend I get to look behind at who you were then you overcame an awful mother whispers of a mystery borther I still don't know exactly who you were CH
4.
Cold Day 04:19
It was a Cold Day, back in '32 They came and took our farm Nothing we could do. Now he's a poor man Working door to door A cold water flat is all We can afford Used to be nothing but fields Nothing but fields Used to be nothing but sun Nothing but sun Nothing but sun Yeah, we got three kids Living on the bad side of town We're gonna keep our heads above water We ain't gonna drown We're gonna make it through This wretched time By saving every penny Nickel and dime Used to be nothing but fields Nothing but fields Used to have nothing but dreams Nothing but dreams Nothing but dreams BR I used to watch my kids Chasing off the corn crows Climbing the apple trees Tending the honeybees Living our dream Now I'm looking back Somehow we made it through But we never forgot that day In 1932. Used to be nothing but fields Nothing but fields Used to be nothing but sun Nothing but sun Used to have nothing but dreams Nothing but dreams, nothing but dreams It was a cold day, back in '32 It was a cold, cold day, back in '32 Cold Day Cold, Cold, Cold, Cold Cold Day Words & Music by Cari Minor ©2018
5.
Wonder 02:54
I always want to wonder I like bein under a little spell I don't need to be knowin where everthing,s goin or where it's been CH And the lessons in our live's are right before our eyes the once majestic tree decaying in the sun and it tells us little things about who we are and what we might be made of BR Look at that old tree lyin in the sun dyin in the sun Unlike you and me always on the run always on the run 1st verse
6.
In a world that can be so big and lonely How beautiful to find your one and only It's a glimmer of hope, it's a river of light When you love someone With all your might To my firstborn son and newfound daughter I wish you a life that takes you farther and farther Through the mountains and pines And the city streets Through the laugher you'll share And the tears you'll weep. Love will meet you where you are Working and driving in your car Right through the good times and the hard Love will meet you where you are And this circle of friends And those from above Are surrounding you With all of our love Love will meet you where you are Working and driving in your car Right through the good times and the hard Love will meet you where you are Love will meet you where you are Standing in the middle of this farm Dancing underneath a million stars Love will meet you where you are Love will meet you where you are
7.
I hid my radio underneath my pillow to listen to you And when I figured out what you were doing I tried to do it too The music helped me define my truth I lost my stutter when I sang like you CH You've left this world but you won't leave my heart You've left this world but you won't leave my heart There's a song for everything I've done and everyplace I've been When I sing those songs again it's a journey through the sorrow and fun To me the music never could get old like brick and mortar to my soul CH BR So many good times So many hard times too All of the changes always there with you always there with you CH
8.
Willy 04:30
Willy left town on August 23 To join the local infantry Marched out of town to the fife and drum Carried my heart into the morning sun Men in town won't leave me alone They keep coming by my home Gotta make a plan, gotta leave this place Gonna find Willy and his sweet face I cut my hair and bound my chest Put on the union blue and tossed my dress Sometimes a girls gotta do what a man can do Sometimes a girls gotta do what a man can do Two weeks out I found my boy We held back our tears of joy Walked into the woods to be alone, “Jessie oh Jessie, please go back home” I have come to fight with you Please don’t tell me what to do I will stay here by your side Dressed as a man but still your bride I cut my hair and bound my chest Put on the union blue and tossed my dress Sometimes a girls gotta do what a man can do Sometimes a girls gotta do what a man can do Marched into the corn 10 feet high Gray coats took us by surprise. I lost sight of Willy that night, Didn't find him til’ the morning light Willy oh Willy please don't go away We've got a baby on the way His last breath hit the morning chill There and then I lost my Will I cut my hair and bound my chest, Put on the union blue and tossed my dress This world can be so cold and cruel Sometimes a girls gotta do what a man can do I cut my hair and bound my chest, Put on the union blue and tossed my dress This world can be so cold and cruel Sometimes a girls gotta do what a man can do Sometimes a girls gotta do what a man can do Sometimes a girls gotta do what a man can do
9.
Buried In A Heap For two hundred years Reduced to dust and bone John Ruddy was his name With fifty-six men Who hailed from County Donegal Their ship set sail from Derry in 1832 With hope in their hearts for a brand new start In the land of opportune Sixteen hour days, little food or pay Duffy worked them on the rails Panic struck when the Cholera came Made them wish they'd never set sail And the locals they were wary The boys tried to run away They came out of the darkness And struck them down that day And on the eve of Winter You can see them dance and strut All blue and green like fire The Ghosts Of Duffy's Cut And on the eve of Winter You can see them dance and strut All blue and green like fire The Ghosts Of Duffy's Cut Centuries passed, the bones were found And they sent John Ruddy Home Back to Ardara, in County Donegal Under a Celtic cross of stone And the other men remain Without a chance to point the blame Their peace only disturbed By the sound of passing trains. And on the eve of Winter You can see them dance and strut All blue and green like fire The Ghosts Of Duffy's Cut And on the eve of Winter You can see them dance and strut All blue and green like fire The Ghosts Of Duffy's Cut The Ghosts Of Duffy's Cut Oh The Ghosts Of Duffy's Cut. Words & Music Written By Cari Minor Strangebyrds Music/ASCAP ©2018 -- Cari Minor & Ray Smith www.strangebyrds.com www.facebook.com/Strangebyrds www.facebook.com/Cari Minor http://strangebyrds2.bandcamp.com/releases
10.
You Use Me 03:01
You use me like a candle You use me like a doll You us me like a hammer To break down all your walls You use me like you mean it You use me like a flame You use me and I like it I'm the one to blame CH Cause I love the way you start the fire I love the way you make me reach higher You use me like a gigolo You use me like a glove You use me like you should use The one you love You use me like a good friend I use you the same way If you use me till the bitter end It'll be okay CH
11.
Ezra Barker got down on one knee Underneath the skeleton tree Said Hannah Connell of Skiberren Do me the honor and marry me For my wife has died and my child is seven Since I met you, feels like heaven We were married in the dwindling fall Town folk came, one and all Ooooooo Ooooooo Six years later I laid Ezra to rest Town of Boulder put me to the test Said they were aiming to build a Dam Flood our home in Nederland CH You gotta give a damn to fight a dam You gotta give your heart to love a man You gotta give your heart to fight a dam You gotta give your heart to love a man BR And I fought and I fought and then I fought harder They just flooded our land with run off water Now I stand on top of their land Looking down at Barker Dam Think about Hannah from Skibereen Underneath the skeleton tree CH You gotta give a damn to fight a dam You gotta give your heart to love a man You gotta give a damn to fight a dam You gotta lose your heart to love a man
12.
Still Alive 03:37
Well I can't believe that I lived this long After all the things I did when I was young And I would've broken a lot more hearts But I didn't have moves and I couldn't make a spark So I sat in my room and I played guitar And I thought about being a Rock n Roll star And I got close but close a'int good enough When you know that you're trying to hit the mark CH But I'm still alive, I'm still alive, I'm still alive Still alive to make the spark Gonna try to hit the mark right now It's a very good thing my life is long So I can get past the things that I did wrong If a broken clock is right two times a day There may be hope for me after all My life became a dream when I fell in love With this singing queen that played guitar Now we play our songs and we sing along To the beat of the world that's flowin through our hearts CH

about

From our home in the mountains of Rollinsville, CO to County Kerry, Ireland and back.
We have written & recorded these songs together over the course of the last two years.
From Cari's love of books and history comes a flurry of brand new ballads to
Ray's contemporary & moving songs of love, life and the beauty of the world around us.
We do it for the love of music, the desire to perform and with the help of our families, friends and fans.
Thank you for supporting our "Blue Collar Folk".
Special thanks to:
Kort McCumber-Penny Whistle, Accordion, Cello & Banjo (Cold Day, Ghosts Of Duffy's Cut & Willy).
Melissa McGinley- Violin (Star Crossed Lovers)
Recorded & mixed at Byrd Nest Recording Studio, Rollinsville, CO
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO.
All songs written, recorded and performed by Strangebyrds-Cari Minor & Ray Smith
Original Artwork by Linda Saport,

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released May 19, 2018

Recorded at Byrd Nest Recording, produced by Strangebyrds, engineered and mixed by Ray Smith, Mastered at Airshow Mastering.

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