Here & Gone Again

by The Resonant Rogues

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about

After years of traveling, collecting stories, tunes, and heartaches, the
Resonant Rogues have come home again to capture their original songs for posterity. Recorded at the renowned Echo Mountain Studios in the band’s home base of Asheville, NC, Here & Gone Again marks a big step for the young band. It’s release coincides with the two year anniversary of the group, which was founded by Keith J. Smith and Sparrow, the songwriters, sweethearts, and creative force behind the Resonant Rogues. Here & Gone Again, like the band that made it, wanders from the streets of New Orleans, to the Balkan region of eastern Europe, meanders through the Hot Clubs of France, then comes back home to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In addition to the group’s core sound of vocal harmonies, accordion, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and banjo, the album features special appearances by Je Widenhouse on trumpet (Squirrel Nut Zippers) and Matt Smith on pedal steel guitar (Honeycutters). The Resonant Rogues have created an album that spans genres, decades and continents, with lyrics that hit home and music that will take you far.

The band will tour the east coast of the US in May and Europe throughout the summer of 2015 in support of Here & Gone Again, and to satisfy their adventurous spirits.

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released April 11, 2015

Keith J. Smith - songwriting, vocals, guitar, percussion
Sparrow - songwriting, vocals, accordion, banjo
Craig Sandberg - upright bass, vocal harmonies
Drayton Aldridge - violin, vocal harmonies

Recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC
Engineers Josh Blake & Julian Dreyer
Mixed with Josh Blake
Mastered by Dave Harris

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The Resonant Rogues are the songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith. With influences ranging from gypsy swing to early New Orleans jazz, and from Appalachian old-time to eastern European folk music, they take their favorite flavors and blend them into a delicious, danceable dish. ... more

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Track Name: Make Us Stay
Make Us Stay

*Chorus*
Who's gonna find us a good home
And where will we rest from the road
Oh my darlin’,
we will grow us a garden
And it will make us stay,
it will make us stay

Oh my dear, it’s a muggy night
And I’m so uptight
This tired, scratchy feeling
is keeping my up
keeping me up, then bringing me down

I’ve lost all my sense
When did it all begin
It creeps up slowly until the end
Sometimes life happens that way

*Chorus*

Forgetting how to breathe
And over stepping the stream
But dive in that water and
you may understand
Not much goes according to plan

*Chorus*
Track Name: Weight of This World
Oh get this weight of the world
off my shoulders
I know the fate of this world
don’t rest on me
but that don’t help
cause it’s a lie, you see
I know the shape of this world
is formed by every hand
that touches it
I know the hate in this world
ain’t doing nothin but
bringing us on down…

Law of nature, law of numbers,
whatcha doin today.
Law of nature, law of numbers,
we don’t have any say
Law of nature, law of numbers,
none of this is to stay
Law of nature, law of numbers,
I know why…. people pray

Oh let the might of this world
into my body
can’t shake the fright
that this world
is doomed to fail
oh that’s the truth,
I can’t just let it be
I was born to fight for this world
and all its pleasures
We should have the right
in this world
to feelin safe and living free…
Track Name: Fall With Me
Fall With Me

I don’t know,
why I can’t see
The forest for the trees,
can somebody tell me
The reason for misery,
I’m melancholy

*Chorus*
Won’t you fall with me
Everyone loves company
When I feel, feel it bleed
Come and take a fall with me

If you need a minute,
digest your fear and admit it
Growth thrives with space between,
but growing pains ache me
To forgive ones choice to sink
in a flash flood thats passing

*Chorus*

I’ll take my worried mind
down the hatch more than twice
A long night with no sleep,
morning’s re-grasping
It’s been real hard to conceive
the reasons for asking

*Chorus*
Track Name: Weary Head
Weary Head

The road we walk is long, my love,
I cannot see the end
I long to rest my weary head,
stay for my heart to mend,
stay for my heart to mend

The seven seas we’ve seen, my love,
and cities by the score
I long to rest my weary head,
and wander round no more,
and wander round no more

They tell me that this life I live
may lead to wealth or fame,
but I long to rest my weary head
where they already know my name,
where they already know my name
Track Name: Break It Off
Break It Off-

In the rubix of life, in the tetris of the day,
sometimes I just can’t care, wanna throw it all away
And the days turn to weeks, and the months roll on by
with our feet in the mud and our heads in the sky
We know that this is good, and we know that love is real,
but when nothings working maybe then its
time to seal the deal
*chorus*
Break it off! (break it off)
You know that it’s done
Shut it down! (shut it down)
A new day has begun
Wear it out! (wear it out)
And put something new on
You know its over when its over,
Moving on….
**
Sometimes there are things that just cannot be,
and we can’t open our lives just waiting to see
In life we must learn to get what we need,
so tonight I’m stepping out with me heart upon my sleeve.
We can give it one last chance, we can give it all we got,
but you know there comes a time
to start over at the top…
**
We want, oh we want, we want its so bad,
we keep searching everywhere for this thing that we had.
It’s salt in our wounds to keep this dragging on,
so tonight I’m stepping out for to sing to you this song
We know that this is good, and we know that love is real,
but when nothings working, maybe then it’s
time to seal the deal…
Track Name: Waiting for the Rain
Waiting for the Rain

The farmers crops are all dried out, and all the people in the town are
waiting for the rain,
waiting for the rain
Mama told me to play nice,
spent her time swatting flies,
waiting for the rain,
waiting for the rain

Chorus
*Hold onto your feathers,
gonna have us stormy weather
Hold onto your feathers,
gonna have us stormy weather*

The taxman’s knocking at your door, asking what you can’t afford and you're waiting for the rain,
and now he’s waiting for the rain
Pa’s got himself a new tool,
put me to work, I never went to school, I’m waiting for the rain,
and now he’s waiting for the rain

*Chorus*

I traded off my tramping boots, got me some nice wing-tipped shoes, and
I’m waiting for the rain,
waiting for the rain
The farmers crops are all dried out and all the people in the town are
waiting for the rain,
waiting for the rain

*Chorus*
Track Name: End of the Day
End of the Day

Oh the sound of your voice
and the smile on your lips
Oh your breath on my neck
and your hands on my hips
Theres a spark in the air,
theres a fire inside
There’s a warmth in the bed
where the both of us lie

*I’m sorry to say I can’t stay,
But it’s almost the end of the day*

The feel of your chest
as you breathe in and out
All my fears fly away
and I haven’t a doubt
That it’s you that I want,
it’s your hand I must hold
To go stumbling down
this long crooked road

**

The night slips away
and the morning must come
And the time that we’ve had
will be over and done
So drink in this moment,
oh fill yourself up
For to last till the next time
I come fill your cup
**
Track Name: Everyday Blues
Everyday Blues

Oh when it takes all evening, it breaks my heart
To know it’s got you cold from the start
And it don’t seem to make much difference
if I try
The everyday blues gonna make you cry

*Chorus*
Like a flood of rain
Pouring through your brain
Happens every day
It’s the every day blues

We spend our days with sad songs in tow
By day we carry these blues where ever we go
To sing is to let your dreams take flight
And like fireflies we shine our best at night

**

We take a look to see what we might find
But there ain’t much to see and we wonder why
When all else has lost reason or rhyme
The everyday blues keeps us blind

**
Track Name: Flowers
I knew a girl with crooked teeth and flowers in her hair
She lived a blessed life until it came too much to bear
till it came to much to bear

I miss her in the morning when she'd sing to start her day
we take one step and then the next, there is no other way,
oh there is no other way

Chorus
There is no more that I can do
There is no more my friend that I can do for you

I knew a boy with smiling eyes, a kiss to stop my heart
At least that's how it felt each time we'd spend the night apart
oh we'd spend the night apart

The weight of all eternity a pressing on my chest
The wheels keep going round and round and I can't get no rest
oh no I can't get no rest

There is no more, oh can't you see
there is no more my friend that you can do for me

So now gather near to me and listen when I say
Each one that you hold dearly oh is bound to go away
oh is bound to go away

And the song she sang this morning will ring out never more
so friends take care of loved ones before they walk through that door
before they walk through that door

There must be more that I could do
There must be more my friend that I could do for you
There must be more that I can do
There must be more my friend that I can do for you
Track Name: Overland
Overland

Verse-
I was waiting on an eastbound train, thinking about all the plans I made,
yesterday
Well today’s a new day, so they say but I still think about
what drove me away

Passive ties that restrict my mind, like a tight rope, I’m on thin ice
Yet I keep moving forward
It was winter then, it's summer now, seems somehow I never found
the outlet I needed to grow

Bridge-
Now I’m alone,
I have time to think about
what went wrong

Breakdown-
Pardon me, I’m not trying to be some dandelion under your willow tree

Chorus-
If I was a wishing well
made of marble stone,
all the coins in the world
would not keep me
from feeling alone*

Verse-
I looked upon a beautiful scene,
telephone poles burning
When i made a date with that
overland line and
bid farewell to the great divide
Shivers went down my spine

Bridge, breakdown, chorus
Track Name: Tomorrow
Tomorrow

Oh the sun on your face
in the morning
All the things through the day
I hold dear
Oh I like this routine,
yes I’ve dreamt it in dreams
If you want me, come get me, I’m here

All the things that I thought
brought me pleasure
Don’t delight me when
you are not near
Tell me what do I do
with myself without you
If you want me, come get me, I’m here

Chorus
*And its not quite a need,
but more a desire
and the coals of my longing
will restart the fire
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow,
tomorrow, tomorrow*

There’s no reason at all
for these feelings,
So now why am I filled
with this fear?
Tell me where do I go
when I’m feeling so low
If you want me, come get me, I’m here

*Chorus*

So come share of my bounty
my darlin
Oh I’ll share what I’ve got
with you dear
Oh but here’s my advice,
and I won’t ask you twice,
If you want me, come get me, I’m here

*Chorus*

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