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Only In The Dark

by Jesse Ainslie

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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. All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: Real Good Night
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
Track Name: Back To Texas
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
Track Name: Caroline
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
Track Name: Down In The Well
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
Track Name: The One You Love
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.
Track Name: Things To Come
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
Track Name: One Kind Of Blue
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
Track Name: Only In The Dark
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

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