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Only In The Dark

by Jesse Ainslie

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1.
Everybody says you ain’t no good for me That I am suffering from a terrible disease When the sun goes down behind the dying trees I fall in love again, I’m happy as can be I had a real good night Six candles by the bed and no light in the sky I raise my wicked head, I curse your wicked eyes The flicker of the flame across your naked skin Waves against the sand, the sun comes up again And I had a real good night I saw my friends, I saw my friends Had to close my eyes Had to fall asleep And when I woke they were gone Yeah, they were gone I had a real good night The people they say evil, the people they say good They say the road to paradise leads through that cursed wood But, I been through the darkness by the bright and shining one I’ve spoken with the lost and lone in their dark and twining tongue And I had a real good night I saw my friends, I saw my friends Had to close my eyes Had to fall asleep And when I woke they were gone Yeah, they were gone I had a real good night
2.
You went back to Texas Seems nothing’s changed Papa’s in the big house Mama’s passed away Your old guitar, she sold it Lily’s nearly five The way your old friends ask you “Ain’t ya glad to be alive?” The boys back in the desert Half a world away Bombs beneath the tranquil moon Fires burning through the day Left his body in Virginia Left that girl in San Antone The way your old friends ask you “Ain’t it nice being home?” And if only, if only, if only Things were different And if only, if only, if only You had known There’s a dead boy in the mirror In the rain or on the wing Bottle on the table So you won’t feel a thing There’s a bullet in the backyard Gonna keep you company Bullet in the backyard Gonna set you free And if only, if only, if only Things were different And if only, if only, if only You had known And I tell myself It’s all that I could do To deny myself And all my love for you
3.
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A child swimming in the misty morning Mockingbird lilting on the wing A father driven or taken from his children Mother bound a mind a golden ring I left you in a war between the ages Jim, Victoria, and the dawning day I come home to find the dawn forsaken The rising sun drowning in the waves Caroline, Caroline, I can't seem to get you off my mind Caroline, Caroline, You know I'll always love you, Caroline Gone is the girl I left behind me Gone are the winds that sang in the autumn leaves Gone are them old Galax boys Playing Bonaparte’s Retreat Gone is all I loved of thee Once a home, once a haven Bitterly to weep, no longer mine Still the blood, still the fire Still the once great heart of Caroline Caroline, Caroline, I can't seem to get you off my mind Caroline, Caroline, You know I'll always love you, Caroline Gone is the girl I left behind me Gone are the winds that sang in the autumn leaves Well, tell me what love is more eternal than a memory Caroline that's all I'll take of thee Gather round all ya good time ramblers Gather round ya ladies fair and fine Listen not to that broken hearted sailor And listen not to his song of Caroline Listen not to his song of Caroline
4.
I can see the gold sun rising The candle on the window sill See the real world just one time And the ghost rising from the hill You say you know the way to heaven And that you love only god But the whole town knows your secret Down in the well in the whispering trees See the wings spread across the evening See the boys in the burning sand Hear the sound of mothers weeping Read the lines in the bleeding hand You say you got all the answers And you love only me But I know where your diamond’s hiding Down in the well in the heart of the wood You got a way with icy glances You got a way with barren roads You got a way with the twisted sentence Yeah, you got a way with broken homes Try to say that your leaves ain't poison And you know our enemy But I know where your tongue is leading Down in the well in a black black dream There is cancer in the cold cold iron There is sorrow in every room Your house is big and full of treasure Your breath is like the windy tomb Try to say that you're all aces Hand full of cards that you can't lose But I know where the dealer’s buried Down in the well with some brand new shoes
5.
Girl, if I had a kingdom, I would trade my throne for your love. And girl, if I had a beating heart, I would let you break it for one night in your arms. There’s the world that I live in. There’s the world I’m dreaming of. That man, he might own you now, But you know baby I’m the one you love. Boys, if I were Warren Zevon, I could play those keys like no one ever heard. And, boys, if I were the great Viking Moses, well I would write you a song perfect down to the word. I once knew a man that was faithful; I once knew a heart that was true. Oh, babe, I once believed in love; well I once felt something foolish for you.
6.
I don’t know what’s coming But I know how it feels Can’t tell you the weight of the world But I can tell you that it’s real I can tell you that I’m lost that I’m gone That I’m stuck inside a dream Bleeding in America’s claws You know, I’m drowning in her teeth The world is watching but the world doesn’t see The chaff is rising to kill the wheat Tried to write you a happy song Keep you warm on a winter’s eve But the words they don’t seem to come Just the poison and the weeds I know that the sun will shine And the wind won’t cease to blow But the rising of the dawn don’t make a difference anymore They held me under, I couldn’t breathe Light a fire, and brought me to my knees the Devil’s at the table Sitting down to feast Rubies from the hands of the dead Wearing robes just like a priest Gonna find Old Man Spencer Put a bullet in his brain Gonna wash the wicked mind In a holy pouring rain The world is watching and the world’s gonna see The chaff is rising to kill the wheat
7.
You lose your way, you don’t know where to go You lose your mind hanging on to hope You can lose your heart staring into doom Then there’s days just can’t end too soon No one held your hand, no one told the truth No one did a thing for your wasted youth Don’t think you can feel other than you do So many shades of gold, but just one kind of blue There’s a bird on the breeze Calling just for you Light coming through the trees And it’s coming through for you Baby don’t you know that love Love is the one thing you can’t lose My love will remain No matter what you do A heavy dream is weighing on your mind Well the dull blade may sing but you won’t see it shine When everything you love is fading in the rain And the kin that call they don’t call you by your name Girl, look beyond the demon and the sign Above the evil head You’ll see the endless starry sky Baby, don’t you know the stars The stars you can’t lose My love, the stars remain No matter what you do You’re far from home surrounded by your enemies Yeah, I know you’re all alone, crying, weeping, and bleeding down on your knees The needle spins and it pricks at no one knows You listen to the wind, but I know you don’t care which way it blows The wind will hold your heart And the stars will kiss your eyes And I will be around And yeah you’ll be on my mind My love, the wind, the stars, These you can’t lose All this will remain No matter what you do
8.
Two years gone now, but it feels like ten Two years on the run, from my only friend There’s fire in the water here, but dumb in the air Violence in the water here, but God in the air I went downtown, but there was no downtown I went down, yeah you brought me down I get down, in the old home town I been around, so I can’t stay here no more Copper come around here, only in the dark You’re running out of steam, but that don’t matter cause there ain’t no spark And I ain’t changed, I’m still the same, I’m just a babe crying in the dark And this place ain’t changed, the game’s the same and so is the mark There’s regulations on everything you say There’s rules and there’s guiding lines for every breath you take And the explanations that they give to you, babe, they all sound insane And the way that they look at you when you don’t obey You went downtown, but there was no downtown You went down, yeah I know, I brought you down You get down, in the old home town We’ve been around, and we can’t stay here no more

about

Drawing on influences ranging from the tonal explorations of Warren Ellis to the delicate emotional landscape of Mark Knopfler and the ceremonial sonic apocalypse of the mighty Crazy Horse, Ainslie transmits raw emotion and the sublime power of redemption through exquisite, soulful guitar work, clear melodies, and insightful songwriting reminiscent of the great Warren Zevon.

“Only In The Dark” is supported by an all-star cast: keys by James Hallawell (David Gray, Florence and The Machine, The Waterboys); rhythm section of Jeff Crawford (musical director of Big Star Third Tribute series) and Daniel Hall (The Old Ceremony).

Jesse Ainslie has recorded and toured internationally as a member guitarist and vocalist of Phosphorescent, Virgin Forest, and Castanets, and he has performed alongside Willie Nelson, David Gray, The National, and Deer Tick.

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released May 18, 2018

Jesse Ainslie - guitar, vocals
James Hallawell - keys
Jeff Crawford - bass
Daniel Hall - drums
Josh Kimbrough - guitar
Katie Zickefoose - piano
Chessa Rich - vocals

Produced by Jesse Ainslie, Jeff Crawford, and James Hallawell.
Recorded by Jeff Crawford at Arbor Ridge Studios.
Mastered by Evan Bradford.

Management: Epifo Music
A&R: Brendon Massei

All songs written by Jesse Anderson Ainslie and published by Epifo,
ASCAP / Helio Liontari, ASCAP.
℗ © Epifo Music.

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