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NPR's All Songs Considered premiered "Horse Comanche" today on their podcast so we've got an MP3 download just for album patrons.

Lyrics:

All our love, all our laughter, all the light lit by the fire
Was just enough to show the way

Cause we are on the great adventure of our lives
But we hardly know it, maybe cause of the speed we ride
All that we learned we must’ve learned from long ago

All our love, all our laughter, all the light lit by the fire
Was just enough to show the way

Cause we are on the horse Comanche, faster than rain
And we ride like we are Eleanor of Aquitane, and we are late to supper with the king who wants our name

We are on the great adventure of our lives
And we hardly know it, but it’s worth the ride

Take my hand, take my life, take all that you see fit, take my time
But if you have another in your mind then I will take my orders to the sky
Where it’s not night not day
And there’s no wind and you can’t feel the rain

And I’ll be so far
I’ll see the earth rise and so begin my day
You’ll be so far, and I’ll love you like the sun loves Mercury

And if you change your mind
Then back to Earth I’ll ride from high above the Karman line, I’ll fly
Cause he don’t love you, he don’t love you like I do… how could he

All our love, all our laughter, all our love is on the rise

Tuesday January 6th

“Mother Maple” Song Download

The UTNE Reader premiered "Mother Maple" from The Horse Comanche yesterday on their site and now we have it here along with lyrics and an MP3 download for patrons.
 


Long before I knew you I was tumbling back home
I was just pushing down the pavement
I was turning into stone
And you run, and you run, and you run, and you run got to pick up your knees

As long as she don’t kill us we’ll be stronger in the end
And every boy out there on Bogle Street is dying to get in
And you run, and you run, and you run, and you run got to pick up your knees
And you run, and you run, and you run, and you run got to pick up your knees

She gave me room to amble, with brier and bramble
And the old red door was always open to the angels and the devils
And nobody was young when they heard her mouth when she told us everything we never knew
It was the song of the grande madame

Mother Maple I drink from your syrup
And I am thankful for the blood that you bleed
We’re in the sugar shack making our porridge
And you have given us more than we need
And I see more and more how you suffer, and not for nothing
But you can’t often get the air that you need
When your roots leave the earth I will stay and get my honey from the trees

Laughter in the cottage house, could last for hours long
When we heard the last gasp we all gave up our mother’s song
And you run, and you run, and you run, and you run, and you run

Mother Maple I drink from your syrup
And I am thankful for the blood that you bleed
We’re in the sugar shack making our porridge
And you have given us more than we need
And I see more and more how you suffer, and not for nothing
But you can’t often get the air that you need
When your roots leave the earth I will stay and get my honey from the trees

Things are getting pretty busy at Team Chadwick HQ as we prepare for the Calling All Crows Annual Benefit Weekend (including an intimate event at Chad's house), but we have some new music for you. The "I Want You Like a Seatbelt" single comes out tomorrow so we wanted to send along a free download of the track.

As Chad told Glide Magazine...

"I Want You Like a Seatbelt" started off being a "la la" song singing with my kids and turned into a song about sex in the woods - go figure. What goes around comes around I s'pose.

And here are the lyrics:

I like crumbs and chrome headlights
Carnivals and canines, boardwalk girls who play nice
Cars and their engines, a bridge in its suspension
The sun shadowing the east

And I like how your dress looks with that lamp shade
How people always tell me, you’re the best friend they ever made
Take me to the commune, we can live with Cat Stevens
He can play the tambourine

Oh, I’d like to live up in a house that lives up in a tree
Only you and me, maybe a kid, maybe three
Maybe from the top, you can see that

I want you across my hips, fastened low and tight
In the middle of the woods, in the middle of the night
We can let the world fall away, one kiss at a time

I like my Mustangs unshod, the coy-wolves of Cape Cod
The tillerman and big maud gone but not forgotten
The wind catching the caution, so let it all be free
Let’s take another unplanned road trip, leave behind New England
Maybe we can find our Lefty’s sister Ingrid
Leave the frozen rivers, to some place we’ve never seen

Oh, I’d like to live up in a house that lives up in a tree
Only you and me, maybe a kid, maybe three
Maybe from the top, you can see that

I want you across my hips, fastened low and tight
In the middle of the woods, in the middle of the night
We can let the world fall away, one kiss at a time

Let the world fall away, one kiss at a time

Chad will be kicking off the fall tour on Thursday October 30th with a live broadcast from Redstar Union in Cambridge, MA's Kendall Square. He'll be performing songs from the new album and discussing them with The Boston Herald's Jed Gotleib. The broadcast starts at 8PM EDT so RSVP here for a reminder. Tune in here on the 30th.

Redstar has room for about 70 people to attend the broadcast and we wanted to offer up those spots to patrons. You'll need to arrive by 7:30PM and the broadcast will run from 8-10PM. If you can make it, click here to RSVP and enter the code: FirstHello

Jed Gotleib is also looking for some questions to ask Chad. If you have any questions about the new album, please send them to: chadwickhouseshows@gmail.com

THE SONG STREAM HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN, THANKS FOR LISTENING, MORE MUSIC COMING SOON.

We're back today with another new song from the forthcoming Chadwick Stokes album (out February 3rd!). This update's song is "I Want You Like A Seatbelt." It'll be available for the next 48 hours. Here's a bit from Chad about the song:

The kids and I were goofing around one morning with the oil can guitar and Sybil yelled from upstairs that what I was playing actually sounded good - so I stored in my mind as one that may have potential. Then in Chicago while we were recording she told me she thought the album was lacking something, a simpler song with an easier to grasp theme - she said, “Why don't you write about yourself, things you like, keep it real basic.” I remembered the tune and went back to my notes from a year prior where I'd written down a list of things I dig (a few of my favorite things). I put them together and played her the song. She said, “it's good but you need a chorus.” I told her that I didn't think it did, but then remembered the seatbelt thing from flying around a lot on the living room tour ("The seatbelt fastened around low and tight around your hips") and remember thinking that it could work.

In Chicago I tried recording it in the same vein as “Prison Blue Eyes” (what I like to call - "Harder They Come soundtrack" stylee), but it was the wrong call and the song suffered. Maybe because it was 19 below zero outside? According to Willy and Sybil, it was unlistenable, so I booked a trip to California to record 3 tunes that weren't quite gotten in Chicago with Noah Georgeson and Greg Rogove on drums in Tito Jackson's old studio near LA. Big marching band drums and congas and lots of clacking later the song went down to tape. Noah said my "oohing" sounded like the peanuts gang - I always liked Charlie Brown.


Now for another long overdue round of Ask Lefty...

Arthur J.M. asks...

I am from Mn, and am wondering if you have ever played FridaMae live, and anything about that awesome song? Also, I was very excited to find a full living room show on YouTube. It was from Indiana 2014, but there was some lady named Karin singing along in the background, what was up with that?

"FridaMae" was my lullaby to my daughter FridaMae just after she was born. I think Karin was someone I saw singing along in the front row and asked her if she wanted to join me.

Dylan C. asks...

Psyched for the new album! but what is State Radio doing without Mad Dog these days?

"Not much of anything — SR was about to take a break anyways so I could work and tour the solo record. SR will return but not for another year or so."

Bernard K. asks...

Chad you wrote "one truth" and signed your name for my tat. I know what it means to me. I also recall talking about my crow tattoo and how being shape shifters they see all perceptions and own pure truth. What does "one truth" mean to you? Or as I was asked what's Chads "one truth"?


My one truth is love I s’pose.  Finding that common ground and caring for one another and realizing how insane it is that we are alive and on this planet.

Jacek B. asks...

If you could make a record with any living musicians, who would they be?


Tough one, probably Zach de la Rocha and Keith Richards.

Thom W. asks...

Chad, if you were to pick up some new and "unusual" musical instrument, what would it be?


Accordian

Shane W. asks...

What's your favorite song you've written?

Rash of Robberies

Chris in Rochester asks...

My wife and I are long time fans and have given many hours of service as "Crows".  Like most parents of children in the digital age we are struggling to teach our kids the value of service to others. We want them to learn that action is the best way to bring change. Are there any future plans to incorporate kids into CAC service projects or at least a way for them to help raise awareness?

That’s a good question, I’ll look into that. Usually our service projects are all ages so we often have folks come out with their youngins and it always makes the project that much more fun.

The "Hazy Maze" song stream has ended, but we'll have a new song for you very soon.

It's been a while since the last update so we want this one to deliver in a big way:

The first Chadwick Stokes full band venue tour in support of the new album has been booked. It'll kick off in Northampton with the Calling All Crows 5K and then venture west to visit a bunch of cities from the living room tour. It's been a long time, but we've ironed out release plans for the new album and we'll be announcing those plans as well as the tour routing on Monday September 8th!

Thank you so much for your support and patience through the entire recording and setup process. The one extra bit of news that we can send over (along with some new music) is the album track listing:

1. Pine Needle Tea
2. Mother Maple
3. Prison Blue Eyes
4. I Want You Like A Seatbelt
5. Our Lives Our Time
6. Horse Comanche
7. Hazy Maze
8. Dead Badger
9. New Haven
10. Walter (First Hello)

It wouldn't be a patron update without a new song so we're happy to share "Hazy Maze" with you for the next 48 hours.

Here's a note from Chad about the song:

"Hazy Maze wasn't supposed to go on the album. It was such a new song and I figured I would sit on it for a while; but Sybil really encouraged me to finish. it was written while on the living room tour when I was sound checking on a San Francisco rooftop patio and singing to my friends' 4 year old daughter Hazel. "Valley of the dolls" I got from my dad who was telling me about this drug addled book from the late 60s of that title. I wanted the recording to be psychedelic but raw. Haze really is a special girl and I'm always glad to be singing about her in the song."

Looking forward to touching base with all of you very soon as we roll into more info about the new album, webcast and tours.

We want to include another edition of ASK LEFTY in the next patron update so please reply or e-mail chadwickhouseshows@gmail.com with any questions that you have for Chad and we'll get them answered.

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