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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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
The Barroom 03:15
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
5.
Carry On 03:42
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
2023 Miles 03:23
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.
11.
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
12.
Jackpot 03:26
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
13.
Windshield 04:11
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
14.
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
15.
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

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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

Stewart Eastham takes his music in bold new directions with his third full length solo album "The Great Silence". This release takes on the metaphysical realm exploring grand themes of life, death, and rebirth. While not technically a “concept” album, it feels like one with its repeating themes and motifs.

Eastham is based in Nashville, TN and was born and raised in rural Northern California.
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