Hope & Sorrow

by Wilder Adkins

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1.
Dreamer 03:54
Everyone I know lives in such a hole they don’t have a heart like the one you got everyone, I say, lives in such a state and they tear you down, head in the clouds I am a dreamer too I think I dreamed of you how our time is overdue Caught up in a fog, I was lost in thought and I missed the car, that went down to war and the train pulled in, smoke as black as sin with its heavy load, I just went on home I am a dreamer too I think I dreamed of you how our time is overdue lets get lost
2.
Gentle Woman 04:48
Got a heart on the mend and a head full of tunes sister sits on the porch cloud crosses the moon and these whispers of you leave their doubts in my mind I was searching for words But they’re so hard to find chorus Lord, send me a gentle woman O my soul is heavy from living too long in this world alone When I get to my home let that screen door swing wide open hearts, peaceful tongues open arms, open eyes I will dance in the hall I will tear down these walls let my children run free for they are the wisest of us all
3.
All things bright and beautiful The weight of the sky Marigolds, turn towards the sun to soak, gossip, and cry Lovers sit, moving inch by inch closer in the night (wordless chorus) Mother's voice, father's arms wrapped around me tight meek and mild, woman's smile it fills me with delight winter's chill, water in the pail hardened into ice When I am old, and lowly go the simplest of things will carry me home no ebon crows will fly above in love we are all tangled up
4.
We were bleary-eyed and weak still reeling from the heat but the sun was going down, down, down All day working hard just to get back where you are and the love was all around 'round, 'round I will soak up the south and kiss your mouth where the cherry blossoms blooming out behind the house There's a whisper in the field there's a stillness you can feel as it swallows all the sound sound, sound The whippoorwill, he cries but no matter how he tries he cannot get me down, down, down Let my roots grow deep beneath the southern stars Keep me by your side I will blossom where you are
5.
Your water moves, it ebbs and flows it burns like fire in my soul it shakes in ways I can't control and can't even explain The love of God is deep and wide the heart of God - beauty defined the love of man's a fickle tide why do you love us so? Oh, my word how bittersweet this life with hope and sorrow intertwined I wish I knew my father well maybe one day we'll sit a spell stare deep into that holy well of eyes so blue and gray Your demons are the same as mine. and in choosing words you take your time You are a poem that doesn’t rhyme It is beautiful that way My brother is a lonesome man on whom the shadows did descend but I will be your Samaritan oh I would walk through fire for you the sky may fall, the earth may quake the rafters and the walls may shake but it's the little things which separate a brother from his own
6.
Mecca 04:41
I sought you, oh I sought you Only to find There is no mecca that can hold you Nor any place that could confine I have seen no holy city for they are the works of man Oh but there is a holy spirit I met him in my mother's garden O! Gold and Red, lit the sky above my head I was tangled up in vines Sure that I would end up dead The sky cried out like a lamb as the veil was torn apart and the black that covered everything could not penetrate my heart Oh there is no golden temple and I have never heard you shout but when I break the cinders open the flames come pouring out. O! Gold and Red, lit the sky above my head I was tangled up in vines Sure that I would end up dead But you found me just the same, amidst the poison and the pain and the furrow on your brow speaks of love I can't explain
7.
Oh When I am married there will be no magic words there will be no transformation just a white-dressed girl and we will tie ourselves together with a spoken solemn vow and we will fight for one another till they lay us in the ground cause I am yours and you are mine I am yours and you are mine and there’s a love that grows between us like a gently creeping vine I am bound to fail you lover I am bound to let you down oh but do not give up on me how I long to make you proud and in my heart there is an ocean throwing waves upon the shore and if you go from me my darling they will not crash anymore Oh and when I am older and my eyes no longer shine still I’ll long to see you lover oh you are my columbine I have seen the mighty river and I’ve seen the moon and stars and I know there is no other that could penetrate my heart how you penetrate my heart
8.
Sericea 02:02
9.
I tried to write to you in cursive but I had to give it up I tried pretending I was wealthy but you know I never had enough how can I get to you my darling? I never know just what to say I have been sending you smoke signals but the wind blew them away blew them away I can’t go back Can’t go on without you Let me in Let your rosebuds come to bloom You seem to have a grace about you not like the girls I knew back home I was so wild before I found you with not a thing to pin my hopes upon Sometimes the sadness overtakes me for there’s a warring in my soul woman, you speak such words of wisdom they are more comfort than you know I can’t go back I can’t go on without you Let me in Let your rosebuds come to bloom
10.
Well winter’s approaching so I’ll take the plow Our love is a garden it’s growing year round The sun on your face dear the earth on your clothes and all the birds singing what nobody knows This work’s never ending it’s joy and it’s pain our mothers and fathers would tell us the same I’ll turn the earth over put my seeds in the ground Our love is a garden it’s growing year round
11.
Wild Things 03:31
Tell all my friends I am moving out I cannot abide anymore in this town Well I have stayed long as I could stay so burn all my things, yeah or give them away On crowded streets lined with telephone wire I will make my escape like a rabbit in the briar Oh Wild things they are calling me Wild woods and that raging sea so long since I felt so free When I am gone, don’t you worry for me There’s a peace in my soul where a thorn used to be Oh I was drowning in a sea of grey and I had not been living, just wilting away And on some day when that sun shines through and you’re feeling that urge, oh you know what to do Tell ‘em Wild things they are calling me Wild woods and that raging sea so long since I felt so free
12.
Wrestle 07:32
Lately I see you everywhere Dark and light and all the shadows in between where you go, well I know I couldn’t always follow where you go, well there’s just so much I’ve never seen but I won’t run, I’ll wrestle I won’t run, I’ll wrestle I won’t run, I’ll wrestle you Here I’ll stay, I’ll stay until the dark has lifted Till I know your name as you know mine Were you there, among the smoke, the blood and bone? Did you weep or did you turn a blinded eye? but I won’t run, I’ll wrestle I won’t run, I’ll wrestle I won’t run, I’ll wrestle you Are you the man who died for me whom still I hold, but cannot see with you all night I mean to stay and wrestle till the break of day

about

Produced by Pete Hicks and Tim Friesen.

Recorded with Pete Hicks, Tim Friesen, and Les Nuby.

Hope & Sorrow is not heavily compressed for volume like most modern records. This means it has a greater dynamic range and you may find that the tracks have a lot more depth to them if you turn up the volume!

For Licensing: Castle Peak Music / andrea@castlepeakmusic.com

credits

released April 8, 2016

All songs by Wilder Adkins

Wilder Adkins: Guitars, Vocals, Dulcimer on 1, 7, 8; Harmonies on 1, 3, 9; Percussion on 5, 9, 11.

Luke Sides: Drums on 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 12; Piano on 6.

Mollly Parden: Harmonies on 2, 3, 4, 6.

Casey Harper Aparo: Harmonies on 5, 10, 12.

Justin Wallace: Harmonica on 7; Balafon on 8.

Stephen Collins: Cello on 2.

Jillian Bridges: Violin on 2.

Joe DeVita: Bass on 2, 5, 6; Programming on 8.

Van Hollingsworth: Bass on 3; Electric Guitar on 4.

Ryan Richburg: Electric Guitar on 4.

Tim Friesen: Keys on 5, 9, 11; Synth-bass on 10, 11, 12; Programming on 12.

Candace Phillips: Violin on 6.

Macey Taylor: Bass on 4, 9.

Bill Wittmeier: Drums on 9.

Pete Hicks: Acoustic Guitar on Wrestle, Electric Guitar on Dreamer

Travis McAfee: Bass on Wrestle

Jim Feist: Bol (spoken tabla) on Wrestle

Birds: Chirping on 9.

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