Goodnight Moonshine

by Goodnight Moonshine, Molly Venter

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1.
Work I Done 03:03
I used to sail a merchant ship. I used to run an army outfit. I used to build red brick walls. I used to run a cattle call. I used to build the tracks out west, I used to drive a team of horses. I used to work a mighty crane. I used to drive a whistle steam train. Whose to keep the work I done and where do i go now? I used to be a king of men. It used to matter what I thought and said. I used to drive the hammer in, I used to have hands that listened. I used to see my shadow tall, I used to feel my heartbeat strong now I only hear the night bird call.
2.
Down in the village we were listening to a band just before the second chorus you reached out for my hand. It all started quiet stealing kisses hiding out All our friends are here now. All our friends are here now. Put on your blue jeans, stuff your money in a sock we ride the A train, take the bicycles to Montauk. We fly over the ocean no one knows us in these crowds But all our friends are here now. All our friends are here now. We moved on upstate out where we could see the stars we paint this old house we plant peppers in the yard. The city was noisy but I sometimes miss the sounds So all our friends are here now. All our friends are here now.
3.
Big Enough 03:10
There could never be a song, big enough There could never be a prayer, loud enough to compare, with just one draw of your breath, just one glimpse in your eyes There could never be a night, long enough There could never be a sea, wide enough to prepare, this beating heart for all this blue, all the hours needing you If there ever was a dream, wild enough I could never have believed, I would find this love Let me fly, from buildings tall Let me go, please don’t try to break my fall
4.
Gasoline 03:11
You kept your family waiting thanksgiving dinner I made a plate of food and walked outside You passed me a paper cup of gasoline and I threw it on the fire, I threw it on the fire I know you think that talk is not enough I can't keep my mind made up I held you in the full moon as your best friend I was ready to give my whole life then I want you to understand me even when I hurt your feelings I don't extend the same to you when you hurt mine. Maybe I quit hoping you'd grow more revealing, now you think I got no spine, you think I got no spine, you think I got no spine I hear you baby, I hear you baby, I hear you baby so what you wanna do I hear you baby, I hear you baby, I hear you baby and I am sorry too. You keep me at arms length to stay protected I do things I know will make you mad Will we ever give up and love braver than we ever have, than we ever have I know you think that talk is not enough I can't keep my mind made up I held you in the full moon as your best friend I was ready to give my whole life then I was ready to give my whole life then I hear you baby, I hear you baby, I hear you baby so what you wanna do I hear you baby, I hear you baby, I hear you baby and I am sorry too I'm sorry too I'm sorry too
5.
Remember my love, we first left the harbor you were humming a tune as we sailed out farther. And your voice filtered in like a westerly wind and I loved you. We drew in the main, moved up the coast line we drifted and swayed, we had so much time. We were never so young, we were never so hopeful as then. Sky's growing dark, cold wind upon us Sea opens up, storm clouds are on us. There's nothing so precious or hard as letting you go. Be still my love, I need to thank you my time it has come, night's fallen too soon As I sink like a stone into waters below how I need you. Sky's growing dark, cold wind upon us Sea opens up, storm clouds are on us. There's nothing so precious or hard as letting you go. Goodnight my love, sky is a deep blue the moonshine above, softly to reach you You were never so young I was never so warm with your touch We were never so young I was never so grateful to love you
6.
Lost my job, quarter of four Came back home and standing at my front door Two little ladies want to tell me ‘bout the end of the world Said no thank you, but it wasn’t enough They hung around asking me to discuss So I told ‘em what I think about the end of the world. I’m gonna take the Mississippi down to New Orleans Put down my burden, wash my troubles all away in the breeze I’m gonna sit in Louisiana til, kingdom come, Ain’t gonna worry ‘bout the end of the world Wife ran out, she’s still runnin’ Turn on the news they’re saying doomsday is comin’ They wanna push me to get ready for the end of the world Well I know one thing when all is, said and done If you’re waitin’ on the doomsday then it surely will come Don’t try to save me til you really know to save yourself We gonna take the Mississippi down to New Orleans Put down our burden, wash our troubles all away in the breeze We gonna sit in Louisiana til, kingdom come, Ain’t gonna worry ‘bout the end of the world We gonna drive this train til the end of the line And we ain’t gettin’ off until we feel the sun shine Put our feet in the sand and finally, make a stand Ain’t gonna worry ‘bout the end of the world Ain’t gonna think about the end of the world Don’t talk to me about the end of the world.
7.
Willow Tree 03:06
I was born underneath the weeping willow tree that is where I swore my love to thee. I was born underneath the weeping willow tree the only thing I know for certain is someday I'll be free. Innocent as first light of the morning we swore our hearts together with a kiss You were down on bended knee and underneath that willow tree I was delivered from my loneliness. Eager as the summer buds to flower we planned and dreamed of seasons yet to come and underneath that willow tree we raised ourselves a family years flew by but days went on and on. I was born underneath the weeping willow tree that is where I swore my love to thee. I was born underneath the weeping willow tree the only thing I know for certain is someday I'll be free. Sudden as a cold front in September a sleep came on from which you did not wake I laid your body finally beneath that weeping willow tree in my dreams I reach out for your face. I was born underneath the weeping willow tree that is where I swore my love to thee. I was born underneath the weeping willow tree the only thing I know for certain is someday I'll be free.
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Standing out back, watching him pack the last of his bags in the trunk He left you there on the cracked concrete stair he never found time to fix up. Water is cloudy follow it back to the hills where it's easier to find where the river runs clear, you can hear and old voice saying there ain't no mistakes. Somehow, you're home now. Light at the end of the day Sweet wayward child, she loved you wild you grew in the shape of her song She crept in one night, kissed you goodbye you never knew why she was gone. Sky is cloudy, take the long path to the sea where it's easier to breathe in the air where it's clear, you can hear your own voice saying there ain't no mistakes. Somehow, you're home now. Light at the end of the day
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11.
There's one last dying smoke stack in this old tobacco town people sit on doorsteps they are friendly and they're proud. There are painted advertisements on the red brick factories. There is dogma in the shadows and ghosts walking the street. Hey… The sound of devil music is coming out through open doors two women ask the bartender for heavy handed pours. And the man who walks so quiet is an acrobat onstage He is calling up the demons as he blows smoke in your face. Hey… He's singing who? who? who carried you? I walk down to the corner, step over the chain link where the weeds have taken over they have buckled the concrete. Will you love me when I'm faithless, would you hold us when we fall do you think that we can make it when there' stains on every wall. Hey...

about

1. Work I Done (Venter) Molly wrote this song after spending Father's Day in the Brooklyn Naval Museum at the end of her street.

2. All Our Friends (Venter/Pariser) A wedding song written for our friends Reif and Katie. The recording came out more edgy than sweet- we hope they don't mind.

3. Big Enough (Pariser/Venter) This love song called for a modern interpretation with big-screen punch. Big enough?

4. Gasoline (Venter) Good old burn-down-the-house heartbreak.

5. Goodnight Moonshine (Venter) This is for my Mom, from my Dad. ~m

6. End of the World Blues (Pariser) Eben wrote this after meeting two Jehovah's Witnesses at his doorstep.

7. Willow Tree (Pariser/Venter) The first song we wrote together: Eben had a killer chorus and Molly found the rest of the story.

8. Walkin' After Midnight (Block/Hecht) One of the first songs we played together.

9. Light At the End of the Day (Venter/Pariser) Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime hold a monthly songwriting hootenanny; here's one from "The Hang."

10. Dark Side of the Rainbow (various) Eben's high-school discovery; definitive proof that Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" was intended to play along with "The Wizard of Oz."

11. Winston-Salem (Venter) In 2007, Molly opened a show for the great Malcolm Holcolmbe, inspiring this song.

credits

released February 26, 2013

Album Credits:

Dedicated to Josiah B. Venter

Goodnight Moonshine is:

Molly Venter; vocals/guitar, Eben Pariser; vocals/guitar

Produced By:

Eben Pariser

Featuring:

Tony Montalbano; drums (all trks), Adam Chilenski; bass (all trks)

Andrew Green; banjo (trk 7), Abbie Gardner; dobro (trk 9)

Tyler Wood; piano/B3 organ (trks 8,11)

Liz Hanley; violin (trks 5,10), Anoosua Mukherjee; violin (trk 10), Adam Matthes; viola (trk 10), Domenica Fossati; flute (trk 10)

Recorded and Mixed by:

Mitch Rackin, Seaside Lounge Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Mastered by:

Eric Conn, Independent Mastering, Nashville, TN

Photography: Whitney Kidder, Graphic Design: Njoki Gitahi

Sculpture: "Rooted" by Jackson Martin (back cover)

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Goodnight Moonshine, Molly Venter New Haven, Connecticut

A statement of substance and grace that reminds us of life’s bigger picture: keeping a marriage afloat, raising children, dealing with death, loving your partner, finding yourself, claiming your independence. The duo delivers Folk-Pop songs that reflect the messiness of partnership, parenthood and growing up, while evoking the emotionally resonant aesthetic of Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin. ... more

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