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Swimming in Turpentine

by Woodbrain

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Bucky Rootsy, bluesy & jammy rock. Great addition for those of you on the blues rock kick lately yet need something outside the normal blues box. Favorite track: Storm Clouds.
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With a guitar/harmonica/bass/drums line-up, Woodbrain might be mistaken for a typical blues collective — at least until this fiery Portland, Oregon foursome begins to play, when it quickly becomes apparent they are potentially an evolutionary force in the genre. Or several genres at once.

Woodbrain’s energy is incendiary; their music deeply rooted in tradition. And yet their songwriting and improvisation pull those roots in all kinds of directions informed by the generations of Son House, Jimi Hendrix, and John Coltrane. Without sacrificing an iota of heart or soul, their sound effortlessly skirts boundaries to reach blues, rock, Americana, and jam scene listeners alike.

Like fellow roots-based new music trailblazers Derek Trucks, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Widespread Panic, it is the exhilaration of making music within a profound tradition, and yet without boundaries, that keeps Woodbrain’s creative fires blazing.


released July 14, 2009



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Woodbrain Portland

"A very new and very exciting vision of the blues — a fusion of the Delta and their own haunted visions. In a way, when performing live they're like a classic jam band that can take a song and its theme for great lengths... but whatever they are, they're extremely innovative with a sound completely their own. Exhilarating and mind-enchanting." —Cascade Blues Association ... more

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Track Name: Port Chicago Highway
Port Chicago highway road
Drove all night long
Just to get back home
I don't want to stay in that city
I don't want to be alone

Watch her walking
With those eyes of gold
Through fire and water
Burning me down slow
I'll take you with me girl
Don't you want to go

Build our holler Up in the sun
Wait till morning
Before we start to run
Don't walk away now girl
Or all our hard work will be undone

Coal black water
Its Running slow
If it pulls me under
Don’t you let me go
Build our house up on that hill
Above that port Chicago highway road
Track Name: Northbound
Well I’m going down to the Station
To Catch that Northbound Train
If you don’t want to come with me this Time Girl
Might not ever see you again

Well I’m going straight up to Portland
See my loving baby there
REASON I’m going to so far man
She’s got that long brown hair

Well you better Jump and Run
Throw your hands up to the sky
We’re gonna shake em’ down so easy baby
Easy till we die . . .

Well I'm going down to the station
catch that northbound train
ask that conductor for a ticket man
please take me home again
take me home again
take me home
Track Name: Home of My Own
Looking to find me a little job of my own
One that won’t tell me to stay off the phone
One that won’t direct me to the nearest credit store
And one that won’t kick me out -- as I walk past the door
Looking to find me a little home of my own

Home…. of my own
One that won’t trample down the broken fence
One that won’t dig down too deep - in the old soggy ditch
And one that already knows the way back home.
Looking to find me a little home of my own

Home…. of my own
Just A little truck that will run
Not jackknife and squeal
One that doesn’t sound too loud
And turn the driveway into an oil field

Home…. of my own
Just a little lady or a baby or a Bog dog
One that won’t bite my leg Or start to chew on my ear
As I listen to the thunder--that my baby girl fears
Looking to find me a little home of my own

Not too hard to find a log
One to sit upon for a little while
One that doesn’t have any bugs
Just loves to sit out in the damp woodpile

I Could go for a crooked boat
One that purrs and sleeps so soundly
It would know how to cook and clean
So me and my lady could continue madly
Looking to find me a little home of my own

I try not to worry too much about it
Throw away the plastic they send me for free
Those faraway places and those things they say I need
Are already held deep within me.

Cause I’ve already found myself
oh, I've already found myself
oh, I've already found myself
found myself a home of my own
found myself a little home of my own
Track Name: Good Man
You told me to go
I said no no this can't be true
why can't you love me girl
the same way that I do you

You drove far away
left me living here with my lies
but now things have changed
So won't you turn around
and give me one more try

It don't matter...
What you try to do
And It don't matter...
what you put me through
cause some day some way
I'm going sneak up
I'm going to find you

You know I've changed my ways
So forget those days
No need to worry what I might do
Cause I'm a better man
Doing all I can
To be a good man this time it's true

(Repeat verse 1)
Track Name: Storm Clouds
Well I feel like crying
But how can I add another tear
The river’s already overflowing
Storm clouds drawing so near

Swimming in this ocean
Waiting on the tide to turn
The way this world is going
Seems like we ought to learn

Could I change your mind forever
Could our love be that strong
Can we turn back the raging river
Before the storm clouds blow way too long
Track Name: Turpentine
The barn is burning
In the back yard
It’s Getting hard to see
I went back home
Just To find you gone
and the Ashes covered me
are you free – are you free – are you free
In your mind
-Don’t you worry about me buddy
I’m just swimming in turpentine

You built a tower then you Pushed it over
Took so long to see
All your friends they pulled you in
You’re Such a casualty
Go away From my mind
So don’t worry about me buddy
I’m just swimming in turpentine

Help me back up before I lose my way
Turn me over don’t leave me where I lay
Time is just a lie and you will soon be mine
But for now I’ll be swimming down here all alone
In this turpentine

You Paint your story with your shadows
See it your own way
falling down just to find the ground
find me where I lay
Spinning round to read the signs
Don’t you worry about me any more
I’m just swimming in turpentine