Rivers and Trains

by Ruthann Schulman Baler

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The creation of this album and CD release show would not be possible without the support and creative insight & contributions of the following musicians, artists, and poets.
My deepest gratitude to:
Sam Baler -- lead guitar & piano
samtheshow.com
Mike Carlucci -- drums -- radiohoney.com
Fancy Al Cath -- pedal steel / mando guitar / acoustic guitar
alcathguitar.com
Rich DelVecchio -- banjo
Hillbilly Pop
Perry Desmond-Davies -- background vocals
perrydesmond-davies.com
Lori Diamond -- background vocals / piano & Fred Abatelli -- bass
loridiamond.net
Alec Francesconi -- co-producer, recording/mix engineer
Electric Treehouse Studios -- electrictreehousestudios.com
Joe Fredette -- lead guitar / background vocals
Joe Fredette.com
Judy Giovangelo -- vocals
Founder and president of Ben Speaks: benspeaks.org
Kim Jennings -- background vocals
kimjenningsmusic.com
Chris Joyce -- keyboard
chrisjoycemusic.om
Jessica Schulman Kythas -- artist/ album design
www.jessicakythas.com
www.etsy.com/shop/jlschulmanart
@jessicask.art
Jon and Patti McAuliffe, who will be kicking off the show!
Cheryl Perreault -- spoken word artist & special performance at CD release show
cherylbperreault.com
Gina Praino -- background vocals
www.youtube.com/channel/UCChwcrA1CxAnDQVa7oQ3-6A
Magic Dave Roberts -- bass -- magicd.com
Les Sampou -- background vocals
lessampoumusic.com
Craig Sonnenfeld -- singer-songwriter -- special performance of Heart of a Man at CD release show
Bill Thibodeau -- poet -- special performance of Two Directions at CD release show
Lyrics: Two Directions and Rivers & Trains
billthibodeau.com
Visit amazingthings.org to check out their upcoming shows!
A special thank you to photographers Dan Tappan and Denise Bass, and to Jacob Haller for his podcast, Tell me About Your Song.

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released March 12, 2018

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Track Name: Dance With Grace
I don’t know where the sun is rising
I can’t see a little glimpse of day
I can’t hear the voice inside me
Cause I have lost my way
I've been down this worn out highway
I've been down this road before
I've been true to all my demons
But I can’t anymore
So you say there’s a light in me
And it will shine more every day
You believe
You believe
I will rise above
And Dance With Grace
I once dreamed there was a house in heaven
I once dreamed that house was mine
And inside there were people smiling
That day, the sun did shine
I've been trapped down by this crossroad
I've been trapped inside my fears
I've been good at lies and secrets
But they got me nowhere
So you say there’s a light in me
And it will shine more every day
You believe
You believe
I will rise above
And Dance With Grace
So you say there’s a light in me
And it will shine more every day
You believe
You believe
I will rise above
And Dance With Grace
Track Name: Riverbend Road
Driving in the night I hear the river call below
Where shadows roam
Moving through the mountains and the moonbeams soft and white
On a summer's night
I remember your arms around me
And a song from the radio
You took my hand and we danced out on the road
I'm following water and time
On a river highway
Driving past our long ago
Love still grows on Riverbend Road
Riding with the freedom of the wind tossing my hair
In the misty air
Moving past the canyons and the legends of the caves
Above the waves
For you, I surrendered my soul to you
With sand inside my guitar
We watched the river take off into the stars
I'm following water and time
On a river highway
Driving past our long ago
Love still grows on Riverbend Road
Young dreams flow
And the heart still knows
And the voices of the river call out
Midnight glows
And the tall grass blows
With the ghosts of us still around
I'm following water and time
On a river highway
Driving past our long ago
Love still grows on Riverbend Road
Love still grows on Riverbend Road
Track Name: Two Directions
You pack your bags - and tie them down
The horizon's caught your eye
I know that road has Two Directions
I won't cry or say goodbye
You'll go far with what you've learned
Once you leave what you love
But miles make lonely memories
Don't let the eagle kill the dove
They say no road goes on forever
You'll have to turn before too long
Go get your fill of highway wind
Come back to me with a song
You know I thank that open road
When you leave me with a kiss
I learned to share you with those lines
They bring you back to what you miss
But I won't count those lonely nights
Or spend half my life all alone
But it's here when you want it
And it's there when you roam
They say no road goes on forever
You'll have to turn before too long
Go get your fill of highway wind
Come back to me with a song
Track Name: Rivers and Trains
Some say the river sure got its ways
Wade up in the north, drift down for days
Drop in a line, wait for a bite
I got a feeling this drifting ain't right
Don't take the river, find you a train
One with coal fire, the other with rain
If you're late a season she says you're to blame
So pull up that line and go catch you that train
Lovin' ain't easy, there's much more to the tale
In the evening I love you, by morning we sail
But days gather days and nights pull up lame
So steer to the banks and go, catch you that train
Pull up that line and go catch you, catch you that train
Nobody meant this, nobody schemed
I never dreamt this but I'm coming clean
The river will always flow in my brain
If I'm gonna hold you I'm catching that train
Don't take the river, find you a train
One with coal fire, the other with rain
If you're late a season she says you're to blame
So pull up that line and go catch you that train
Lovin' ain't easy, there's much more to the tale
In the evening I love you, by morning we sail
But days gather days and nights pull up lame
So steer to the banks and go, catch you that train
Pull up that line and go catch you, catch you that train
Don't take the river, find you a train
One with coal fire, the other with rain
If you're late a season she says you're to blame
So pull up that line and go catch you that train
Pull up that line and go catch you that train
Track Name: Leaving Here Tonight
The night is broken
The moon no longer shines
The wheels have spoken
To all we leave behind
Legend has it
That we can't be apart
But I know what's coming
And it's tearing up my heart
I don't want to know
I don't want to know
'bout your dreams
I don't want to hear
Don't want to hear
Your thrills and schemes
You'll be forever free and wild
When the ashes touch the sky
I can see the flames still burning in your eyes
I got these poems deep inside
I don't know if I'll survive
But I got this car
And I'm leaving here tonight
The road is calling
But the darkness holds me back
The night is longing
For all that we once had
I don't want to look
don't want to look
into your eyes
So I guess I'll see you there
See you on the
other side
You'll be forever free and wild
When the ashes touch the sky
I can see the flames still burning in your eyes
I got these poems deep inside
I don't know if I'll survive
But I got this car
And I'm leaving here tonight
I got this car
And I'm leaving here tonight
Track Name: In the Garden
After sunrise
In the Garden
Sweet grass everywhere
After sunrise
In the Garden
Spirit moves the air
In the journey
Passion moving
Purple red and blue
In the journey
Colors blooming
Sun is coming through
Your eyes are shining
Through another the dawn
Your legacy
Lives on and on
Can you feel my love
Reaching for you in the garden
Speaking to you in the garden
Waterfalls of time
Words are floating by
Just you and I
Just you and I
After midday
In the garden
Shrubs and moss and trees
After midday
In the garden
Roses in the breeze
See the orchids
Yellow whispers
Climbing to the sky
See the birches
Soft and graceful
Souls of angel white
Your hands are turning
Earth into the light
Your heart still giving
Life to life
Can you feel my love
Reaching for you in the garden
Speaking to you in the garden
Waterfalls of time
Words are floating by
Just you and I
Just you and I
Just you and
You and I
Track Name: New Way Home
Drinking in the forest air
It's a new way home
Suddenly the path is clear
It's a new way home
I've walked this road many times before
So many miles I hear those old thoughts roar
But tonight, down this road alone
It's a new way home
These shoes know every twist and turn
Down this new way home
Where December froze and August burned
Down this new way home
I hear the spirits call again
Calling me down to the meadow's end
And tonight, where the heavens roam
It's a new way home
Clouds roll against a dusk-covered sky
As a brighter moon fills my eyes
Shadows cross the fields and fall
Down by the pond I hear them call
From another time
The old farmhouse waits on a hill
On this new way home
We're still peering out from that windowsill
On this new way home
The trees now tall
From those years gone by
I see new branches brush the sky
And tonight, where those pine trees blow
It's a new way home
And tonight, where the heaven's roam
It's a new way home
Track Name: Heaven
Heaven is a place when I'm near you
Heaven is the time we spend alone
Heaven is the one who you can turn to
And Heaven's where your heart feels at home
Heaven knows I'm a little bit crazy for you
Heaven knows I don't know what to do
Heaven only sees the light come shining
And heaven knows I see the light in you
Heaven is a place of trust and giving
Heaven is the arms that hold you, hold you so tight
Heaven is unspoken understanding
And heaven is a world when all is right
Heaven is the touch of soft and tender
Heaven is to know you're by my side
Heaven is the comfort of your shoulder
And heaven is forever in your eyes
Track Name: New Year's Ride
On a long and dark road
Empty stretch of night
Shadowed trees fall from either side
And there's candles in those window
Pretty photos hang inside
And I'm minutes away on this New Year's ride
Curve ahead to the future
Depart from the past
Stones and tar and asphalt so vast
And I'm driving on the edge of reason
In a winter so unkind
But there's truth ahead on this New Year's Ride
So this is the sound of the year turning
Vanishing behind the wheel,
With a cold wind burning
I see one headlight a million miles away
From city to city
Dream to dream
Promises are made but unseen
Hear the echoes of desperation
Past unmarked signs
I can hear them on this New Year's Ride
I feel my heartbeat racing
I hear my tires chasing
This old desire that never leaves
Now I feel the need for a reckoning
Closer down the line
Where the bones meet the road on this New Year's Ride
So this is the sound of the year turning
Vanishing behind the wheel,
With a cold wind burning
I see one headlight a million miles away
Track Name: Walk Down
The road is ours
To walk down together
Try to leave your side
And meet me at the center line
The road is hard
But we can make it better
So walk down; walk down
And take a stand
Little boy sits at the edge of his lawn
Waiting for a friend to come along
They don’t know what he can see
The world – just a little differently
He has a big heart made of gold
But he’s not cool or so he’s told
He wants badly to fit in
But he’s not good enough for them
The road is ours
To walk down together
Try to leave your side
And meet me at the center line
The road is hard
But we can make it better
So walk down; walk down
And take a stand
Young man stands in the middle of the road
Looking for a dream to call his own
Looking up high, looking down low
Everywhere it’s no, no, no
He sees color on a black and white screen
He sees good when the world is mean
He wants badly to fit in
But he’s not good enough for them
Too white, too black, too tall, too fat, too smart, too dumb
Too straight, too gay, too left, too right, too scared -- run, run, run
Too shy, too loud, too square, too round, too dull, too bright
Too fast, too slow, too young, too old, too this, too that, well it's not right
The road is ours
To walk down together
Try to leave your side
And meet me at the center line
The road is hard
But we can make it better
So walk down; walk down
walk down, walk down,
walk down, walk down,
And take a stand

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