With or Without

by Tom Rhodes

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about

This album was recorded live in front of an audience at Coast Recorders in San Francisco over four unforgettable evenings in late November 2013 by Charlie Wilson, assisted by Sean Beresford.


I would like to thank everyone who was a part of creating this album, especially the audiences who attended the recordings. Time is one way in which we measure our lives, and the sharing of your time with me means more than words can express. I would also like to thank everyone who helped me through www.fundtom.com. Without your support, this would never have been possible. This album is dedicated to my wife, my mother, my father, my brother, and my dog Barkley. My love ain’t bound by time.

-Tom Rhodes

credits

released 15 March 2014

Tom Rhodes - Vocals, Guitar, Rhodes Piano
Oscar Westesson - Bass
Andrew Laubacher - Drums
Rory Cloud - Guitar and Vocals
James DePrato - Electric Guitar, Mandolin
Tim Marcus - Pedal Steel
The Lady Crooners - Backing Vocals
(The Lady Crooners are Joseph, Megan, and Nadia Krilanovich)
Charlie Wilson - Trombone

Produced by Charlie Wilson and Tom Rhodes
Mixed by Charlie Wilson at Sonic Zen Records, Berkeley, CA
Mastered by Charlie Wilson and Jeff Bowron

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Track Name: Cold and Deep
Cold, cold and deep
Bury me in the cold and deep
Let that water take my body from me

Skin, skin and flesh
You can have my skin and flesh
But my soul, my soul belongs to somebody else

So won’t you take down, down to the water’s edge
You gotta let me float, let me float out to my end
and I promise you that you gonna see me once again

Heaven, Heaven’s gates are not my home
No Heaven’s gates are not my home
I’ve been damned, I’ve been damned to walk this world here alone

So won’t you take down, down to the water’s edge
You gotta let me float, let me float out to my end
and I promise you that you gonna see me once again
Track Name: Heartland
The cornrows hide the earth below
and she moves through the field to reap what’s sown
but the sun and sky have done their worst
and them golden ears have died of thirst.

Now there’s cracks in the ground a half inch wide
and the leaves lay down brown and dried
and that’s silage corn at the very best
and it’s laid her family’s farm to rest.

That’s why we need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland
We need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland

Farming used to be a way for a man to live
without drinking his life from the government’s tit
but all that changed when the businessmen came
when they bought the land and sold it back again.

Now it don’t much matter what you grow
you’re gonna get what they pay and not what you're owed
and a life ain’t worth a can of piss
to a Wall Street man and his interest

That’s why we need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland
We need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland

So let it rain on the land of mine
let it rain till the river runs high
let it melt our hearts of gold
let it knock that dust right off the old Dust Bowl
let it rain on the Heartland
let it rain on the business man
let it melt his dreams of gold
and take it back to the days of old.

Yeah we need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland
We need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland
Track Name: With or Without
Back on the old forty and some
we learned to work beneath the sun.
You cleared that land to feed your home,
you took what you need, Lord you let the rest go.

You caught on quick that you don’t get sick
that a dirty cold is gonna do you in.
Poppa said live right, you’ll sleep at night
and if you don’t child the Devil’s gonna let you know.

Tomorrow's coming boy, just as sure as you were born,
and a new day will rise with or without you.

We made cloth and bread from our own corn and thread,
we made some shine but it won’t to sell.
The government man stayed off our land
and Poppa told the banker man, “boy you can go to hell.”
he said.

Tomorrow's coming boy, just as sure as you were born,
and a new day will rise with or without you.

And it won’t be no surprise to the world
if the sun comes up and the morning shines,
but you ain’t there to see
you ain’t there to see it, no boy.

When Poppa’s heart gave out he didn’t scream nor shout
he just sat back on his old wooden chair,
he took a deep breath and he smiled at death,
and when the morning came around we put him in the ground.

Tomorrow's coming boy, just as sure as you were born,
and a new day will rise with or without you.
Track Name: Connection of Minds
Walking awake in the golden sun taking what we find
Far and away it’s the only way and it’s mine if it shines
But I would give it on up to you if that’s what you need from me
Because it’s true if it’s true and somewhere between me and you I find
A connection of minds

We’re swimming asleep in the seas on a holiday
You’d sell your soul to unwind
Working the days for the gods that pay
They say “It’s fine if it shines”
But I would give it all up for you if that’s what you need from me

Because it’s true if it’s true and somewhere between me and you I find
A connection of minds

But under this weight I will bow down now
I’ll turn my head and darken my face
And oh to the rain won’t you wash me out now
So I could dry my drowning heart by the fires of your faith

I’m making a play for the stars today I’m gonna leave this world behind
They’re far away but I’ll make my way
And I will find where it shines
And I will bring it on back to you if that’s what you need from me
Because it’s true if it’s true and somewhere between me and you I find
A connection of minds
Track Name: Ashley to Ash
I passed on your letter but I can’t make him read
I saw him burn your picture, he kept the frame for another face
There is no reason to wait, because what’s done will remain
Ashley to ash, he won’t miss you

All summers turn to autumn, get washed away by fall’s cold rains
and there is no reason to wait, because what’s done will remain
Ashley to ash, he won’t miss you

These are lies.

Ashley to ash, I won’t miss you
Track Name: It's Still True
When you were a child you knew
There was nothing in the world that you could not do
But somewhere along the road you’ve forgotten that truth and now here you are

When you were growing up they’d say
That little girls gonna rule the world someday
And you believed every word
But when you stopped they went away.

But it’s still true and you are beautiful
Don’t you let ‘em fool you because the game ain’t rigged but you gotta play
And it’s so true that the world is wonderful
It’s so true

I want to take a second here
To see if you're running towards the things you love or from the things you fear
And either way babe, I gotta know
Are you getting there?

Because when you find that you are facing doubt
There’s really only one way you can figure out
What it is that you are all about
I know that you got this kid

Cause it’s still true and you are beautiful
Don’t you let ‘em fool you because the game ain’t rigged but you gotta play
And it’s so true that the world is wonderful
It’s so true

And you gotta know my love that it’s always worth a try
And nobody died saying they never quite watched enough TV
And hellos and goodbyes mean exactly the same thing if you say them with love

And it’s still true and you are beautiful
Don’t you let ‘em fool you because the game ain’t rigged but you gotta play
And it’s so true that the world is wonderful
It’s so true
Because it’s still true and you are beautiful
Don’t you let ‘em fool you because the game ain’t rigged but you gotta play
And it’s so true that the world is wonderful
It’s so true the world is wonderful
It’s so true the world is wonderful
It’s so true the world is wonderful
Oh it’s so true.
Track Name: Nobody's Listening
I’ve got a friend in East Oakland
She’s got a problem with cocaine
It leaves her restless in the evening
With far too much to say

But nobody’s listening baby
Nobody seems to care anymore
Nobody’s listening baby
Cause the sound you make, they’ve heard it all before

I’ve got a buddy with a fever
And he sweats and shakes and cries
He gets up early in the morning
And he writes the things that he sees at night

But nobody’s listening baby
Nobody seems to care anymore
Nobody’s listening baby
Cause the sound you make, they’ve heard it all before

Oh but I love them still
And I see their hearts burn like a photograph
Cause nothing’s new and nothing’s ever real
And there is no future in the past

I’ve got a brother down in Texas
And he’s scared to sing his heart
But how I wish that I could hold him and tell him
Boy singing out, that’s the easy part

But nobody’s listening baby
Nobody seems to care anymore
Nobody’s listening baby
Cause the sound you make, they’ve heard it all before
Track Name: Dull Razor
There’s nothing here to complain about
We can relate about
The same blood is in our veins, we all feel the same about love
About Love

I called back to yesterday, and it’s the same as today
When you see the world in a round kind of way
A round kind of way

And it’s a Dull Razor
That I use to shape my lines
And who we are is who we find when I am left behind

I found peace on a postage stamp
Sent it off to a foreign land
It comes back in ways, Lord, it’s hard to define
It’s hard to define

There’s a world where illusion lives
It blurs the lines of was and is
I make my way there from time to time
From time to time

And it’s a Dull Razor
That I use to shape my lines
And who we are is who we find when I am left behind

There’s nothing here to complain about
We can relate about
The same blood is in our veins, we all feel the same about love
About love.
Track Name: Calling Out
Sorry about the mess I made
Could you help me to my knees
I could use a little lemonade
To sweeten up my teeth
I guess I blew up like a hand grenade

I was calling out my love
calling out my love
and it’s all for you
I am calling out my love
calling out my love

Now can’t you see the shape I wear
I’m bright open and blue
But you act as if you couldn’t care
But i’m hoping that you’ll see I am bent and bruised
and it’s all for you

I was calling out my love
calling out my love
and it’s all for you
I am calling out my love
calling out my love

And it’s all for you
Because you know it’s true

I’m sorry if I startled you
But I seem to have scared myself
Only every word I said was true
And despite my lack of suave and tact
Well, I love you girl
A fact’s a fact

I’m calling out my love
calling out my love
and it’s all for you
I am calling out my love
calling out my love

And it’s all for you
Because you know it’s true
Track Name: Dying is Easy
Dying is easy, it’s living that’s hard
So tell the ones you love, you need their love and show them love
Before their breath is gone
Because if they leave your life before that darkest night
You’ll see I’m right and sing along

Dying is easy, it’s living that’s hard
To carry on when your heart is gone
When your empty chest won’t let you rest
It’s a hard row to hoe
And I don’t fear the cold as much as I fear living alone
Oh man you don’t know

Dying is easy, it’s living that’s hard

Dying is easy, it’s living that’s hard
I’m not afraid to go because I know that fear won’t fill my empty home
We said til death do us part
But I can’t convince my heart
To stop loving what’s gone away and shattered me to shards.
Dying is easy, it’s living that’s hard
So tell the ones you love, you need their love, and show them love
Before their breath is gone
Because if they leave your life before that darkest night
You’ll see I’m right and sing along
Track Name: Moses
His bottle is hanging by an old shoe string
Is it gonna break, is it gonna break?
If that bottle falls it’s gonna hit that bell and make that metal sing
Is it gonna ring, is it gonna ring?

Because I feel that cold wind moaning coming up through the trees
And his Devil eyes will be the death of me
So I lie up in the bushes, Lord I’m burning to be free
Crying Moses come for me

That poison water casts an evil spell
Is it gonna take, is it gonna take?
Now if you poke that Devil he’ll crack his eyes and come a running after me
Is he gonna wake, is he gonna wake?

Because I feel that cold wind moaning coming up through the trees
And his Devil eyes will be the death of me
So I lie up in the bushes, Lord I’m burning to be free
Crying Moses come for me

We lay still and quiet while he screams and he yells
The world will shake, the whole wide world will shake
But Moses is coming cause he split the seas he’s gonna take my soul away
He’s coming any day, Lord he’s coming any day.

And I feel that cold wind moaning coming up through the trees
And his Devil eyes will be the death of me
So I lie up in the bushes, Lord I’m burning to be free
Crying Moses come for me

Moses with your staff of wood lay my Devil down
But hurry quick with that holy stick because I’m almost in the ground
And I know you told that pharaoh man to set your people free
Oh but Moses come for me

I feel that cold wind moaning coming up through the trees
And his Devil eyes will be the death of me
So I lie up in the bushes, Lord I’m burning to be free
Crying Moses come for me
Track Name: Bread and Roses
We are waiting for the river rise
Bleeding out the old ways
Laying out bread and roses for the misery
Bread and roses for the misery

Recall your soul’s rise
You’re making a razor from a memory
Leaving out
Leave it out
Bread and roses for the misery
Track Name: California
Dearest brother tell our mother
I might not return at all
I’m chasing gold out in California
I might strike it rich or I might starve
But would you give her my regards

California your milk and honey
I can feel it in my bones

Please take my house and watch over my wife
Teach my boy to be a good man
He’ll think me weak for leaving him in his sleep
But the weight of the color, it lay heavy across my chest
It was more than I could stand

California your milk and honey
I can feel it in my bones

Well I’m sorry brother but I could never say it
Because this has been my secret not to tell
Oh my weakness, it made me feel so strong
It’s broken me down, Lord so I have gone
This is signed your brother,
Paul

California your milk and honey
I can feel it in my bones