Dancers In The Mansion

by Stewart Eastham

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Rick Caborn Yep, I feel it and this song is a part of it. Thanks for keeping on keeping on, StewE. Beautiful and adventurous arrangement. Nothing pretentious about it and it came to me at a perfect time. Goosebumps and all! Favorite track: Lift Your Soul.
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released August 12, 2016

Songs Written by Stewart Eastham * Long Bar Music (ASCAP)

Producers - Burke Ericson & Stewart Eastham
Engineer - Dave Pearson
Additional Producer - Jayce Murphy
Additional Engineers - Teddy Morgan & Jayce Murphy

Recorded @ The Tox Box Studio, Nashville * Assisted by Seiji Inouye
Additional Recording @ Velvet Room LA, Los Angeles
Additional Recording @ Creative Workshop Recording, Nashville

Mixed & Mastered by Rich Mouser @ The Mouse House Studio, Los Angeles

Art & Photography by Katrena Rochell
Album Design by Mandy Corcoran

Musicians
Stewart Eastham - vocals, guitar
Kim Lee - bass, backing vocals
Allen Jones - drums, percussion
Jeff Rogers - guitar, slide guitar, mandolin

Burke Ericson - guitar, synth, string arrangements, backing vocals
Marty Rifkin - pedal steel, lap steel, dobro
David Yuter - piano, organ, clavinet, electric piano
Skyko Tavis - violin, viola
Ted Russell Kamp - guitar
Michael Roundtree - percussion
Dave Pearson - percussion
Jennifer Gibbons - backing vocals
The McCrary Sisters (Alfreda, Ann, Deborah, Regina) - backing vocals
Oscar Utterström - trombone, horn arrangements
Jim Williamson - trumpet, flugelhorn
Evan Cobb - tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Tutu Sweeney - trumpet
Regina McCrary - tambourine (track #15)
Mark Wise - additional pedal steel (track #15)
Eddie Lopez - cowbell

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Stewart Eastham Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter Stewart Eastham brings a sense of joy to his latest release, Dancers In The Mansion.

Dancers In The Mansion pushes the boundaries of what an Americana record can sound like. This dynamic collection of songs elevates the genre to new heights with its lyricism and innovative musical arrangements.

Eastham was born and raised in rural Northern California.
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Track Name: In The Morning
She was sitting on a barstool, smiling bright, sucking on a Newport Light
Hoping she’ll come home with me tonight
She reminded me of a girl I once knew, San Francisco 2002
With one quick glance I knew she knew what to do

Moments never last, they’re only pictures of our past
We all got a secret so please don’t ask
The faces in the mirror tell the tale so much clearer
Close your eyes and let me pull you nearer

Move to the right, dance all night
Everything’s gonna be alright in the morning
Move to the left, hope for the best
Don’t you worry, we’ll get some rest in the morning

Over in the corner played a cover band, she whispered to me, “Baby, that’s my jam”
She said, “It’s time to dance,” and grabbed my hand
I was a little drunk as I spun her around, got a little dizzy and she hit the ground
She jumped back up, her kiss left me spellbound

Life moves so fast, fadin’ pictures of our past
We all got a secret so please don’t ask
The cracks in the mirror tell the tale so much clearer
Close your eyes and let me pull you nearer

Move to the right, dance all night
Everything’s gonna be alright in the morning
Move to the left, hope for the best
Don’t you worry, we’ll get some rest in the morning

There’s a sound a heart makes when it breaks
There’s a darkness that love shows as it goes
There’s a beauty in the fact that I don’t know you
There’s a certain freedom found only in a stranger’s arms

About 3 AM the band wrapped it up, she touched my cheek and I was struck
We made one last toast to our good luck
She said to me, “Baby, hop in my car, I know a place and it ain’t too far”
We made the sweetest love out under the stars

Move to the right, dance all night
Everything’s gonna be alright in the morning
Move to the left, hope for the best
Don’t you worry, we’ll get some rest in the morning
Track Name: Sometimes, The Road
I was driving on a misty morning highway
Hoping this time things might go my way
Longing for those Ponderosa Pines
Alone with Northern California on my mind

Sometimes the road will bring you sorrow
Sometimes the road will let you down
Sometimes the road doesn't go anywhere
But sometimes the road will bring you home

Another flight back home to Butte County
Third time this year, third body to bury
As each one falls it feels less and less like home
All we took for granted eventually goes

Sometimes the road will bring you sorrow
Sometimes the road will let you down
Sometimes the road doesn't go anywhere
But sometimes the road will bring you home

She said all she needed with her eyes
Underneath that painted Tennessee sky
I held her close and promised her that night
If only for a moment, it all was right

Sometimes the road will bring you sorrow
Sometimes the road will let you down
Sometimes the road doesn't go anywhere
But sometimes the road will bring you home
Track Name: She’s My Gal
I walked in the honky tonk held my head up high
‘Cause I got a girl sweet as apple pie
Sung some songs about heartache I once knew
But now I’ve got a new love that is true

She’s so fine and she’s all mine
Not a hot minute she ain’t on my mind
She knows how to love me each and every night

She’s my gal

She knows how to boogie woogie, knows how to rock ‘n’ roll
She knows how to western swing, that’s for sure
She’s got everything she needs and she wears it well
She’s got the kind of moves bring the devil up from hell

Holy damn, you don’t understand
The fanciest girl all across the land
She knows how to make me feel just like a man

She’s my gal

When she’s away, I’m feeling blue
Like the whole world’s split in two
But I know she won’t be gone for long

With disregard so avant garde
I write her pretty songs on my guitar
She knows how to make me feel just like a star

She’s my gal
Track Name: The Barroom
She dances all alone with a certain grace and charm
A wine bottle clasped in her arms
Once upon a time we would have chased her to the moon
Swept away like a saddleback broom

Now we can’t even feign to pretend
Cause we all know how that story ends

In the barroom we all fall apart
Perfect lies that we tell in the dark
Here's to friends lost and found
Order up another round
In the barroom we all fall apart

He’s holding court again, faded glory in his eyes
His bloodshot blues seem so wise
The grandeur of the moment, the crashing of the waves
And all the promises lost in the haze

With a thirst that is never undone
We take a sip and wait for rapture to come

In the barroom we all fall apart
Perfect lies that we tell in the dark
Here's to friends lost and found
Order up another round
In the barroom we all fall apart

Haunted by the ghosts of all our yesterdays
With sacrament we keep them at bay
We eulogize the spirits of all who came before
Leave our fear and loathing at the door

In the barroom we all fall apart
Perfect lies that we tell in the dark
Here's to friends lost and found
Order up another round
In the barroom we all fall apart
Track Name: Carry On
The sands of time have all run out
The clock has struck the final hour
One day without you is too long
And I’m not sure that I can carry on

I recall every word you said
You showed me I could love again
I know you must be getting home
But I’m not sure that I can carry on

We knew all along this day would come
I knew all along I’d come undone
Goodbye, farewell, and so long
I’m not sure I can carry on

This place ain’t the same without you here
Nor am I, I need you near
There once was a day when I was strong
But I’m not sure that I can carry on

I dreamt you were here with me last night
I dreamt you were lying by my side
I awoke at dawn to find you gone
And I’m not sure that I can carry on

We knew all along this day would come
I knew all along I’d come undone
Goodbye, farewell, and so long
I’m not sure I can carry on

Now you and I must pay our debts
On the borrowed time we took with no regrets

I never ever wanted this to end
Maybe some day we’ll meet again
Until then…

I’ll try my best to carry on
Track Name: Leavin' By Sundown
Cruelty was your currency and heartache was your high
Crushed my hopes and dreams so many times

I know I wasn’t the first one and I surely won’t be the last
There’s a trail of a thousand tears behind your path

I’ll be leavin’ by sundown
I’m packin’ up my things and leavin’ town
You hurt me one too many times and left me for dead
Now you don’t get to do that ever again

It ain’t no secret you’re toxic, it seems like everybody knew but me
A cold, hard truth I didn’t wanna see

But don’t you worry your pretty head, I’ll be gone without a sound
Gonna jump this sinkin’ ship for higher ground

I’ll be leavin’ by sundown
I’m packin’ up my things and leavin’ town
You hurt me one too many times and left me for dead
Now you don’t get to do that ever again

To all my brothers and sisters, who’ve been made to feel low down
Stand up on your own two feet and shout it out loud

I’ll be leavin’ by sundownn
I’m packin’ up my things and leavin’ town
You hurt me one too many times and left me for dead
Now you don’t get to do that ever again
Track Name: Lonesome Melody
If you’re feeling lonesome, know that I am too
If you’re feeling mournful, know I’m thinking of you
In your arms I long to be, but all I have, you see
Is this lonesome melody

How’s the weather over there?
Here it’s shades of gray and blue
Raindrops on the sidewalk
As if the sky is missing you

See the lightning on the horizon
The wind blowing through the trees
The leaves outside my window
Play a lonesome melody

If you’re feeling lonesome, know that I am too
If you’re feeling mournful, know I’m thinking of you
In your arms I long to be, but all I have, you see
Is this lonesome melody

I sit out on the porch, dear
And watch the sunlight fade away
Knowin’ in my heart
You'll be back again some day

But darkness has arrived now
This house is cold and so empty
The trains out in the distance
Play a lonesome melody

If you’re feeling lonesome, know that I am too
If you’re feeling mournful, know I’m thinking of you
In your arms I long to be, but all I have, you see
Is this lonesome melody
Track Name: Dancers In The Mansion
Her hair was black as Sunday, her lips red as gold
She said, “Boy, don’t believe a damn thing you’re told”
She slid across the ballroom with a tulip in her hair
With a nod and a wink I followed her upstairs

She looked me up and down with an 8-track in her hand
She said, “Don’t worry, honey, it ain’t so bad”
She waved her wand and it was gone, much to my surprise
Next thing I knew, the sun began to rise

Dancin’ with the dancers in the mansion
Talkin’ politics and high fashion
Wondrin’ when we gonna get us some of that action
With the dancers in the mansion tonight
The dancers in the mansion, that’s right

This dude from Memphis showed up and moonwalked his way in
His golden grin said he was carryin’
He laid it down in Music Town with craft and artistry
He said, “That’s how we get down in Tennessee”

Dancin’ with the dancers in the mansion
Talkin’ politics and high fashion
Wondrin’ when we gonna get us some of that action
With the dancers in the mansion tonight
The dancers in the mansion, that’s right

Woke up with no idea what the hell went down
When a blue-eyed girl with a Jheri Curl came around
She said, “That’s it, but don’t you fret, I got a number to call”
All for one and a little bit more for all

Dancin’ with the dancers in the mansion
Talkin’ politics and high fashion
Wondrin’ when we gonna get us some of that action
With the dancers in the mansion tonight
The dancers in the mansion, that’s right
Track Name: Pretty Little Songbird
I had all the signs before me, posted along my inner state
With a reckless abandonment you bit down on the hand of fate

Never one for reckoning
Nursing your broken wing

Pretty little songbird, fallin’ apart
Pretty little songbird, lost in the dark
Pretty little songbird, lost the will to sing
I gave you everything
Thought I knew what to do to keep you from flying away

Like a saint preserved in stained glass, most delicate thing I’d ever seen
Now it seems you finally shattered, a labyrinth of broken peace

Time rolls on with you gone
Phantom echoes of your song

Pretty little songbird, fallin’ apart
Pretty little songbird, lost in the dark
Pretty little songbird, lost the will to sing
I gave you everything
Thought I knew what to do to keep you from flying away

I remember that last night, you were drunk in my truck
Told myself I was done watching you self destruct
I hope one day that I’ll understand
Why you did what you did when you made your stand

I keep on wondering if it was my fault
I keep on waiting for your call

Pretty little songbird, fallin’ apart
Pretty little songbird, lost in the dark
Pretty little songbird, lost the will to sing
I gave you everything
Thought I knew what to do to keep you from flying away
Track Name: 2023 Miles
Out on the west coast there's one thing I miss most
Once upon a time she was mine
The sunshine and ocean that the pretty girls go in
Leavin’ their troubles behind

Thought I was blessed but since that day that she left
I felt empty inside my own skin
I picture her laughin’ and it fills me with sadness
Wonderin’ at what could have been

Two thousand twenty-three miles
One day and ten hours away
Across the highway to the one I adore
But she ain’t my baby no more

These sweet Southern ladies all seem a bit crazy
Don’t understand my California style
So I sit and get drunker, I’m down on my luck, sir
Missin’ her California smile

I think of the sunsets and the honky tonk duets
That we used to sing around town
Islands in the stream might be just what I need
To keep me from feelin’ down

Two thousand twenty-three miles
One day and ten hours away
Across the highway to the one I adore
But she ain’t my baby no more

She left me for a lesser man, a lesson I don’t understand
I miss the son we never had and the son she’s gonna give some other man
I miss her, I miss her so bad

If you see her, please tell her, I’m thinkin’ about her
And I hope that she’s doing fine
Out on the west coast there's one thing I miss most
And once upon a time she was mine.
Track Name: Old Lovers (In A Cheap Motel)
Drunk in Sacramento, sleepin’ on a stranger’s porch
Filled with a passion we thought would last forever more
Forever only lasted about ten months
What a glorious nine months that was

Drinking forty-ohs and listening to old vinyl
You turned me onto Tom Waits and “This Year’s Model”
Oh back then you were such a mysterious thing
The peculiar answers twenty years will bring

Now you talk about Jesus and you talk about Little League games
My oh my, how these times have changed

I’m glad to see you’re doing well
It’s been a gas catching up for a spell
But it’s time for me to be moving on
The train back home leaves at dawn
Thank you for a helluva time in this cheap motel

Now you say you got a husband and you even got a set of twins
Marriage and children are two things that I never did
When you moved to Paris you tore my world apart
Hell hath no fury like a man with a broken heart

Now you look like your mother and you kind of sound like her too
I must admit I never thought it would happen to you

I’m glad to see you’re doing well
It’s been a gas catching up for a spell
But it’s time for me to be moving on
The train back home leaves at dawn
Thank you for a helluva time in this cheap motel

It sounds like your husband is a real fine piece of work
You deserve better, doesn’t matter who you once were
Don’t you cry now, girl, you really ain’t that old
Forty’s the new twenty-eight or so I’m told

Now I ain’t no hero and I ain’t here to save the day
But in my experience it’s never too late to change

I hope to see you doing well
It’s been a gas catching up for a spell
But it’s time for me to be moving on
The train back home leaves at dawn
Thank you for a helluva time in this cheap motel
Track Name: Jackpot
I was busted, I was battered
Begging for more with a low-down degenerate soul

I was bereft like a bottle
Adrift on the sea with a message only you could read

I got lost in that old fallacy

Sometimes we’re lucky and sometimes we ain’t
But we keep on playin’ the game
Sometimes we hit the jackpot and we don’t know what to do
Like the day that I met you

I was desperate, I was damaged
Put down all I had with the feral finesse of the damned

I was crushed out, I was crippled
The king of hearts cried with a broad sword right through his mind

I don’t know how you found me in time

Sometimes we’re lucky and sometimes we ain’t
But we keep on playin’ the game
Sometimes we hit the jackpot and we don’t know what to do
Like the day that I met you
Track Name: Windshield
I remember back when you were a child
You were so weary, so witty, and so wild
I wasn’t much more than just a kid myself
I always wished that I could be just like someone else

But wishes don’t mean nothin’, you can’t hold them in your hand
They curl up and blow away like the ashes of a man

I don’t know where you’re going but I will not hold you back
Put me in your rearview mirror and please don’t ever look back
Push the pedal to the floor, I can’t be your windshield any more

I made my peace and now you must make yours
Nobody ever wins in a never-ending war
I’ve given you all I can, you have everything that you need
Fire up your engines, travel on, Godspeed

No one knows the happiness that hides in a sad clown
Follow your bliss where it leads, wipe away your painted frown

I don’t know where you’re going but I will not hold you back
Put me in your rearview mirror and please don’t ever look back
Push the pedal to the floor, I can’t be your windshield any more

These gnarled hands can’t hold you anymore
And every day my mind slips a little more
If you get scared just close your eyes and breathe
I’m fading fast and begging you to leave

I don’t know where you’re going, but I will not hold you back
Put me in your rearview mirror and please don’t ever look back
Push the pedal to the floor, I can’t be your windshield any more
Track Name: Fruit Cocktail Cannery Blues
I work all day in this cannery job
Each can that goes by is like a soul that’s been robbed
I thought one day I’d grow up to be a man
But here I stand with my life ruled by a can

Cannery set me free
I’ve got fruit cocktail in my dreams
Cannery set me free
I’m pretty sure this ain’t where I’m supposed to be

There’s a girl over on pear watch and some folks call her May
I said, “May, maybe you and I could go out someday?”
May said, “May I tell you something, just as a friend?”
I said, “May, you may say what you like,” she said, “I think I’m a lesbian”

Me and May got to hangin’ out and drinkin’ every night
Shuffleboard games at The Keg Room up until closin’ time
‘Til one night, 2 AM, May said she was movin’ down to the East Bay
Said she’d had enough of this rotten place and the meanness of its ways

Cannery set me free
I’ve got fruit cocktail in my dreams
Cannery set me free
I’m pretty sure this ain’t where I’m supposed to be

I was missin’ May when Big Ricky said, “Let’s have some fun”
He said, “I got my favorite sweatpants on for the gentlemen’s club”
After second shift, we hit that joint on 99
“Hot Legs & Hot Wings” flashed the red and blue neon sign

Met a rockabilly dancer and spilled my secrets at twenty dollars a song
But even picking Zeppelin tunes my money didn’t hold out long
She said her real name was Sara and I swear I fell in love
But when I went back the very next night, she didn’t know who I was

Cannery set me free
I’ve got fruit cocktail in my dreams
Cannery set me free
I’m pretty sure this ain’t where I’m supposed to be

Drunk one night I called up May and asked if I could crash
With her and her old lady in Oakland until I got some cash
She said, “Boss, right now it’s a little crowded up in here”
“But how’s about you give me a ring after Labor Day, next year”

Now I’m stuck here up on can watch, the worst job I’ve ever had
I just tripped and fell and hit my head and I’m bleeding pretty bad
I close my eyes, pretend I’m on a stage in Nashville, Tennessee
Singing songs about how much I hate this goddamn cannery

Cannery set me free
Just another empty can floatin’ by
Cannery set me free
I’m pretty sure this ain’t where I’m supposed to die
Track Name: Lift Your Soul
The amber glow of the morning frames you lost in a dream
The rain outside now is pouring, portrait of you so serene

Baptized in your beauty, baptized in your light
I wish you could believe me in the fever of the night

They gave you every reason to hate them
Hate will eat you up inside
Turn the other cheek and forsake them
And in the end, it’ll be alright

Lift your soul
Lift your soul up high
Celebrate yourself with love tonight

Too many lost generations, held them as they slipped away
Showed them mercy and patience, can you show yourself the same?

When the man comes around
Are you gonna stand there and plea?
Or run like a child on the playground
Laughing loud, so wild and free

Lift your soul
Lift your soul up high
Celebrate yourself with love tonight

The soldiers in the streets are bleeding
All we know is falling apart
An army of mothers are grieving
A melody of broken hearts

With open eyes we dance through time for all we cherish as true
You sang your song for the underdog and now I sing for you

Lift your soul
Lift your soul up high
Celebrate yourself with love tonight

Your eyes flutter and open, symphony of rain plays outside
Yesterday is tired and broken, but like the sun you shall rise

You’re the only one who accused you
Exonerate yourself of the crime
Total absolution behooves you
In the end, it’ll be alright

Lift your soul
Lift your soul up high
Celebrate yourself with love tonight