Creek Don't Rise

by Cherokee Fade

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credits

released 08 August 2013

Cherokee Fade is Erin Rose, Kevin Elliott and friends.
Robin San Jose on upright bass, acoustic bass and ukulele.
Tim Willis on Harmonicas.
Cigar-box slide guitar handmade at Cheeno's Garage in Costa Mesa by Ryan Morgan for Cherokee Fade.
All other instruments performed by Kevin Elliott.
Lyrics and vocals by Erin Rose and Kevin Elliott.
All songs written and recorded by Cherokee Fade for MilkRoute Records
Creek Don't Rise was mixed and mastered by Damien Rasmussen.
DamienRasmussen.com
Cover photo by Melissa Yoches
Cover art by Jenavieve Belair ... JenavieveBelair.com

Special thanks to Carey and Marco and all The Weary Boys for writing "Drink On It" and allowing us to perform it on this record.

Cherokee Fade would like to thank you for listening ...
We offer this music to the world free of charge in hopes that all who like it will share it with someone they love.

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Cherokee Fade Costa Mesa, California

Cherokee Fade, the love child of Kevin Elliot and Erin Rose is made of simple melodies, real stories, and a dedication to the truth. Their sound is timeless and unique. They are out to capture your beating heart and racing mind. There exists an undeniable magnetism between them in their live performance and they want to invite you to come listen to their stories. ... more

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Track Name: A Walk
We went for a walk outside that day
But you had nothing good to say
Your thoughts are simple and so is your mind
But I kept you around anyway
I took your hand up inside of mine
But it seems you had somewhere to go
And I watched you leavin’ before I knew
It was you that I hardly know

You have this way of conveying to me
That the roads really aren’t so bad
And it seems you’ve always got something to say
About the times that we’ve already had
I spend my time wishing for someone
That I know I could never distract
And I keep you like a runner up
In a case made out of glass

Oh, You are so hard to understand
But it’s something on the lips- in the words
That keeps me in the palm of your hand

The only way that I know you are true
Is that you’re too deft to tell a lie
The tales I have spun to you
Have bled us both bone dry
Seasons calm and waters pass
And I fear a quiet unrest
But it’s the sight of you and the way you move
That keeps this beat in my chest

Oh, You are so hard to understand
But it’s something on the lips- in the words
That keeps me in the palm of your hand
Track Name: For Richard O'Pour
Oh I heard you’re chasing dreams
I heard you’re drawing out the times
But you just fiddle with the idle hours
And spend the good ones writing rhymes

Who’s to say you’re a student?
And who’s to say they’re here to teach?
Who’s to say all the problems are meant to be solved?
And who’s to say who’s incomplete?

Well, I saw you there just the other night
Sippin’ stories about your past
You had this look upon your tired face
That made me wish the bad times last

I wish the bad times last

So, I tasted all your memories
The way they brewed beneath your tongue
And by the time I wanted out of there
It was too far for me to run

So we shared a pint of sorrow
And we talked all about last June
And dreamt of what life could be like
If I wasn’t always leaving you
Track Name: No Road
Everybody lies to me and everybody dies
But that will never change my mind
I am only holding out for me
I don’t care what people say
I’m not gettin’ out of bed today
And the truth is I don’t really have to
It’s my own damn passing life and
I’m the only one that’s done the time
And I’ll waste it however I damn well please
And I done loved my fair share of men
And a good half of them I’d do it again
I seem to have found one that fits

Oh, I know no road ends with you
Oh, I know no road ends with you

And if I want to pass the ground beneath my feet
Or travel to India to have some tea
Well, you can come but you don’t really have to
If I want to write about love and death
Well, I’ll write out to my hearts content
Don’t tell me they all sound the same
No one seems to hear my beat or
Get the words out between my teeth
You can’t hear what you don’t listen for
Tell that village to light their torch
I’ll be drinking whiskey out on my porch
When they come and burn me at the stake.

Oh, I know no road ends with you
Oh, I know no road ends with you

Talk, talk, talk nobody’s even listening
Your jaw will grow tired someday
So, walk, walk, walk off in my own direction
It’s time I be on my way


There are some things I know for sure
Like wanderlust it ain’t got no cure
That I can’t teach y’all how to think
That two plus two is always four
That if I got some I’ll want some more
That the better half is always yet to come
That I won’t die standing still
The ocean and winds wont change your will
And that time will keep on turning round
I’ll never sell my soul to a gypsy on an ancient shore
Because he ain’t got no more answers than you do

Oh, I know no road ends with you
Oh, I know no road ends with you
Track Name: GiddyUp Horsey
G.I Joe, G.I Jane
Hit my people hit my pain
Giddy Up, Giddy Up, Giddy Up Horsey
Giddy Up, Giddy Up, Giddy Up Now

It’s not so bad when they leave you blinded
Not so bad cause you don’t know how

Vintage draped, Sattalite eyes
She traded all her turquoise a change in the tides
And built a fine house made of leathers and lace
Just how they said it would be in this place
You trade it all in from silver to gold
Restring your blessings and try to come home
Giddy Up, Giddy Up, Giddy Up Horsey
Giddy Up, Giddy Up, Giddy Up Now

It’s not so bad when they leave you blinded
Not so bad cause you don’t know how
It’s not so bad when they leave you blinded
Not so bad cause you don’t know how
Track Name: For Her
I’d walk across the ocean blue
For her, for her
I’d move a mountain just because I could
For her, for her
I’d find the bad and I’d make it good
I’d find a stone and turn it to wood
I’d call the clouds to make some shade
for her, for her

And if there’s anything I can to do
I’ll do it quickly just so I could show you
That if you still decide to leave
Then I guess I’ll have to just let it be

Leave the windows open
Let the rain come in
Let the honey drip up off your chin
Let the breeze take away all the people you’ve been
Let the sun turn over and begin, begin again

I’d build a shelter from the rain
For her, for her
I’d do the hardest things again and again
For her, for her
I’d dig up ancient artifacts
Convince her there’s no goin back
I’d lay my body down as a bridge
For her, for her

If there’s anything can do
I’d do it quickly just to prove to you
That if you still decide to leave
Then I guess I’ll have to just let it be

Leave the windows open
Let the rain come in
Let the honey drip up off your chin
Let the breeze take away all the people you’ve been
Let the sun turn over and begin
Leave the windows open
Let the rain come in
Let the honey drip up off your chin
Let the breeze take away all the people you’ve been
Let the sun turn over and begin, begin again
Track Name: Drink On It
Let’s drink on it tonight, let’s take it easy
Let the winds change blow soft and breezy
Let’s take it nice and slow
We’ll see where things might go
So, baby let’s drink on it tonight

Well, there ain’t no use in rushing things to come
Someone might get hurt if we jump the gun
You know how the sayings go
You know everything I know
So, baby let’s drink on it tonight

Let’s drink on it tonight
Let’s take it easy
Let the wind change blow soft and brezzy
Let’s take it nice and slow
We’ll see where things might go
Baby, let’s drink on it tonight

With eyes like yours who needs enemies?
Just one look might bring me down to my knees
My heart is open wide
I’m trembling inside
So, baby let’s drink on it tonight
Baby let’s drink on it tonight
Baby let’s drink on it tonight
You call me up
Two-tone telephone
You called tell me all the ways that I was wrong
So I wrote it down
I write for memory
All seven ways that I watched you leave
Track Name: Kitty Lions
When you have no idea where you’ll have your next meal
It’s a freedom that few ever know
To never lay your head in the very same bed
Will give you bones that you’ll never own

The road is a surprisingly small place to call your home
Ya, the road is a surprisingly small place to call your home

I been told once or twice about a place for advice
And you get there down a ten-mile road
They say you’ll learn that and all the things that you lack
If you listen where the mighty winds blow

The road is a surprisingly small place to call your home
Oh, The road is a surprisingly small place to call your home

Life’s is a jest, all things show it
Once I thought it, now I know it
I been spending all my time on whiskey and wine
In the woods all alone

But the road is a small place to call home
But every time I come back I come back alone

And all those I’ve loved well I leave them because
It’s always time to go
Cause right round the bend
You believe in an end to this living charade of a show

The road is a surprisingly small place
The road is a surprisingly small place
The road is a surprisingly small place to call you home

Time has a way of whittling out the days
Till there ain’t much to do or say anymore
With all the things you’ll never find
It’s time you made your mind
That alone
On the road
Is home.
Track Name: Two-Tone Telephone
Airplanes and taxi cabs
Open windows and closed attacks
Lit cigarettes and fresh cut mint
That taste you left on my lips
Morning melodies
Hardwood floors and a cup of tea
The way you looked but
But never ever spoke to me

So I hung up the phone
And I spent that night alone
With the ghosts of this time
That I’d come to know
And I push you down
Hold myself up and let you drown
A slipping grip
A choking sip
On coffee grounds

Kitchen boxes left behind
Unopened letters for piece of mind
Little stars and broke down cars
In the photos I find
Two initials and new last names
An end to a sordid game
Yet still pieces that fit
Like a fresh coin mint
In this life that I’ve made

But some gaps just aren’t meant to be crossed
Just cause I’m wandering don’t mean I’m lost
Track Name: Tell Me
When you want it but you feel so undecided
You should give it your all or you should just give it away
But then you hide it in a place where no one can find it
But that's no way to live, and it’s surely no way to love
So you dig it up and you tend to all the damage
But it will never be what it was before you threw it away
You know acceptance, well it's really not true forgiveness
But time will heal better than anything you have to say

You say all you want is love... so tell my why...
Why'd you throw it away?
You had it all. Yes you had it all.
So why'd you throw it away?

There’s a reason fairy tales are told to children
Not every story told is meant to start with once upon a time

And a good ending just because it is well written
Even if it’s in rhythm it’s doesn’t mean its gonna rhyme

You say all you want is love... so tell my why..
Why'd you throw it away?
You had it all, yes you had it all
So tell me why... why'd you throw it away

Cause when you’re up I’m down
And if you’re here I’m gone
But if you’re light I’m dark
And if you’re right I’m wrong
But if you’re wrong I’m right
And if your day I’m night
So there’s your answer babe as to why, why I’d throw it away
You say all you want is love... so tell my why...
Why'd you throw it away?
You had it all, yes you had it all
So why'd you throw it away?
When you want it but you feel so undecided
You should give it your all or you should just give it away
Track Name: Seven Versions
I had myself a conversation with a boy about the wind
I asked him all the different ways that he wouldn’t let her in
He told me, “loves a lot like learning it gets better as you grow
And the lazy don’t stick around to see the second half the show.”

I looked at him with just one eye
Covered the other to see the truth
Cause once a songbird told me
There are seven versions of the you

He started drawing out these pictures with vague words and similes
About all the different women he’d visit how he’d sailed the seven seas
And I kept wondering about the concept of love and why we leave
Cause seven parts of you are still seven parts of me

I looked at him with just one eye
Covered the other to see the truth
Cause once a songbird told me
There are seven versions of the you

He was out there making spaces with a fine toothed edge and comb
Sorting out all the different ways he had chosen to be alone
And it was cold in San Francisco it was hot in Tennessee and
I spent the whole year trying to deliver the winds back to the sea

I looked at him with both my eyes
Decided I don’t need your truth
Cause once a songbird told me
There are seven versions of the you

There are seven versions of the you
Track Name: Destructive
Baby I’m defective
You should stay away from me
I’m inclined towards darkness
And I tend towards misery
Truth is not the truth if you don’t understand the rules
And those who follow the fool
They really are the fool

Baby I’m addictive
I’m unhinging at the seams
You’re loosing all your luster
On things that could never be
I can’t make you choose
What we both know is good for you
So go on loosing you fool
You really are the fool

I can’t be played no fool
But I’m a fool for you
I can’t be played no fool
But I’m a fool for you

Baby, I’m destructive
There’s a devil inside of me
I house him near my heart
In a vein of security
But if you get too close
I’ll let him creep outside his door
Now, everybody knows the devil leaves you
No one has ever left the devil before

I can’t be played no fool
But I’m a fool for you
I can’t be played no fool
But I’m a fool for you
I can’t be played no fool
You had me when you said I do
I can’t be played no fool
But I’m a fool for you
A fool for you
A fool for you
A fool for you
Track Name: The Time Traveler
I said “no matter the time, no matter the place,
The fortunes will give you the bed that we make.”
I’ve traveled the world for diamonds and drinks,
But he traveled through time to give me this ring.
They say that these choices they don’t grow on trees,
But I beg to differ
I change with ease.
I saw him last month at a motel with lights
We spent the whole evening escaping the night.

I’ve been wondering why you think you’ve got it so bad
When you can’t give to yourself those things you already have
I’ve been wondering why you think you’ve got it so bad
When everything you want you already have

There’s twice on the way to the person you’ve been
When you’ll pass an old place, and they wont let you in.

You will knock, you will plea, you will offer them gold
But the young can’t go back to a home that is old.
The memories weathered the climate has changed
Names and the faces are all rearranged.
He was worried of running but scared to stay still
The wheel of fortune don’t spin at your will

I’ve been wondering why you think you’ve got it so bad
When you can’t give to yourself those things you already have
I’ve been wondering why you think you’ve got it so bad
When everything you want you already have

I said, “I’ll sleep on my stomach,
You sleep on your side,
We’ll know when they’re coming,
We’ll know when to hide.”
He is the only one to undo what’s been done
Who can stop and start time, who can outrun the sun
I taught him to listen
He taught me to breathe
I laid out the cards on the bed by his feet.

The six of the swords and the tower lay flat
They told him to leave and to never look back.
Track Name: What Makes Me Bleed
Well, do you find my suffering attractive?
Want to unstitch me at seam?
Just to cut open all my good parts
Find out what makes me bleed?
You keep a lock my hair wrapped ‘round your wrist
And my eyes hang from your keys
But you found out sadly there’s no good parts
And you still can’t see what makes me bleed.

I found out I can tell you quickly
But that it doesn’t make much sense
That if all the bad parts are inverted
In the proper circumstance
Then they start to look so good
Until you fall in love with me
But then your just cutting up yourself
To find out why you never bleed.

I spend my time out on the other side
Sewing blankets out of lies
I draped them across the prarie west
To find my way back to your side
Oh, the road was burnt and barren
So I drew circles in your mind
In hopes a traitor would deliver me
Back to where you ran hide

Oh, the road was burnt and barren
So I drew circles in your mind
In hopes a traitor would deliver me
Back to where you ran hide
Track Name: Love Is Not A Town
It’s been a long cold lonely winter
I been alone since I ain’t been with her
And I had sworn I’d never be here
Old lights in the bar I can’t see clear
Time has a way of turning us around
The quiet streets look the same in this old town

It’s been a long cold lonely winter
A whiskey on the rocks to get my head clear
I bet on the season that she’d be right here
He turns and says, “My dear it’s been years”
We smile and we act like it’s all the same
But in between the drinks we say each other’s names

Yes we had love but sometimes love is not enough
What’s the point in going home if your home is so alone

It’s been a long cold lonely winter
I heard you moved out west at the end of last year
I say, “What’s the chance that you and I would come here?”
A half lit smile says that she ain’t sure
But the bottom of this drink says that I’m dead wrong
The bite of the wind tells me to move on

Yes we had love but sometimes love is not enough
What’s the point in going home if your home is still alone

It’s been a long cold lonely winter
I can’t remember why I left there
The blue cup near the bed says that she was right here
A note pinned to the wall leaves it unclear
The smell of this bed feels like I’ve come home
I walk back in the cold to be alone

Yes we had love but sometimes love is not enough
What’s the point in going home if your home is so alone
Yes we had love but sometimes love is not enough
What’s the point in going home if your home is still alone
Yes we had love but sometimes love is not enough
What’s the point in going home if your home is still alone

If it’s so alone
What’s the point in going home?