Visions

by Alice Howe

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1.
Twilight 04:26
I know a dirt road in the late afternoon Where the shade and the sunlight gather in pools There are trees to the right, twisted and wild To my left is the sea like a glimmering eye I’m not the first one and I won’t be the last Who has come to this crossroads and breezed on past With my destination my only concern One foot on the gas as the yellow light turns Chorus There’s nothing like being alone at twilight The ocean and I each approaching high tide Held aloft on the waves of my pride I’m better off walking alone at twilight My lover is steady and he tells me be still And take a deep breath – he’s hoping I will But my mind keeps on racing till I’m far out of sight At the end of the road on the threshold of night Chorus Bridge Well the sun’s gone down and the twilight has passed That magic hour it never lasts It’s a long strand of pearls, one that I’ll never own And the answers I seek are the smallest of stones So I work till I’m tired then I lay down to rest And that takes just a bit of this weight off my chest But the years stretch before me, I admit that it’s true This restless pursuit is what I’m called to do Chorus
2.
Look here baby now you know I can be the one to be your man Baby now you know I knew I'd do anything in the world for you Refrain To have lovin' from my baby's eyes, oh lovin' from my baby's eyes See that lovin' in my baby's eyes, lovin' from my baby's eyes Look here baby now you know darn well I love you better than another man could tell Love you baby now you know I'd do anything in the world for you Refrain Late at night when I take my rest, oh I hold your pictures to my breast Love you baby now you know I'd do, anything in the world for you Refrain Bridge Love ya baby, love ya baby, mama now you know I do Love ya baby, love ya baby, do anything for you I said late at night when I take my rest, oh I hold your pictures to my breast Love you mama now you know I'd do anything in the world for you Refrain x2
3.
Rain falling across the water Mist is rising on the mountainside Leaves are blooming in the ash tree Robin’s looking for something sweet Where I’m sitting beneath the eaves Not one drop will find me A little seedling is breaking through Persistent as the thought of you Chorus Looking out into a sea of green Thinking on the years and miles that lie between It seems so long ago But you’re still on my mind you know I go walking through the trees The water dances over stones The April morning is clean and new But a breeze has brought the thought of you Chorus Bridge I sat down by the riverside Fearing I could drink it dry And still not be satisfied…satisfied The banks are full with all this rain If they’ll overflow I can’t say Crickets calling in the firelight And a long and gentle sleep tonight Chorus
4.
The night is louder than it’s been before I hear it knocking on my walls and doors Saying soon enough it’s time to go But these precious hours I keep you close Of all the nights in recent memory There were so many you were far from me And I just heard my heart keeping lonely time Wishing yours was there to echo mine Chorus If the papers would all print old news They’d say I’m still in love with you Let the years go by, it remains the same What we got is gold, and what’s its worth won’t change Well I fear I turned you upside down When I tore you from your hometown Just to make you wait at home for me And keep this fire alive tirelessly But if your patience ever reached an end Tell me baby what would I do then Say that it’s all right to ease my mind Though you told me so a thousand times Chorus Bridge All along the road these faces seem to come and go But yours, my love, will never fade Chorus
5.
If you ever change your mind About leavin,’ leavin’ me behind Oh, oh, bring it to me, bring your sweet lovin’ Bring it on home to me…Yeah, yeah, etc. I know I laughed when you left But now I know I only hurt myself Oh, oh, bring it to me, bring your sweet lovin’ Bring it on home to me…Yeah, yeah, etc. I’ll bring you jewel’ry and money too That ain’t all, that ain’t all I’ll do for you Oh won't you bring it to me, bring your sweet lovin’ Bring it on home to me…Yeah, yeah, etc. You know I’ll always be your slave Till I'm buried, buried in my grave Oh honey bring it to me, bring your sweet lovin’ Bring it on home to me…Yeah, yeah, etc. One more thing – I tried to treat you right But you stayed out, stayed out late at night But I forgive you – bring it to me, bring your sweet lovin’ Bring it on home to me…Yeah, yeah, etc.
6.
Jesus cried, wept and died I guess he went up to heaven I've been downtown such a long, long time I'll never make it home by seven Won't you come and take me home I've been too long at the fair And Lord I just can't stand it anymore I went down to Jason's Walked till my feet were sore But I never knew what laughing was Till you walked out the door Won't you come and take me home I've been too long at the fair And Lord I just can't stand it anymore You can give my soul to Abraham You can give my soul to Saul And give my bones to Canada My teeth they don't hurt at all I don't know who made the highway But I guess that's just my pride And I have heard the Prince of Darkness On his charger ride The silver blade is gleaming The scales are in his hand I swear the night is falling Don't you lose another man Won't you come and take me home I've been too long at the fair And Lord I just can't stand it anymore And Lord I just can't stand it anymore
7.
Honey Bee 04:50
Sail on, sail on my little honey bee, sail on Sail on, sail on my little honey bee, sail on You gonna keep on sailing till you lose your happy home Sail on, sail on my little honey bee, sail on Sail on, sail on my little honey bee, sail on I don't mind you sailing but please don't sail so long I hear a lotta buzzing, sound like my little honey bee I hear a lotta buzzing, sound like my little honey bee She been all around the world making honey But now she is coming back home to me
8.
Getaway Car 03:42
I’ve been working so hard with nothing to show It’s time for a change, why don’t we get up and go? I’m making a break, won’t you be my partner in crime? Chorus We’ll get away fast, we’ll get away far We’ll get away clean in my getaway car My motor is moanin’ so come on inside Buckle up baby I’m ready to ride It’s cozy and warm in my five-speed shiny machine Chorus If we get a flat tire I still got a plan I’ll jack it up slow you can give me a hand And it ain’t no hurry, I don’t mind taking my time Chorus Bridge We’ll listen to Muddy, we’ll listen to Taj Stereo blasting while we get out of Dodge If you don’t like it, baby, you got me to blame But I guarantee you’ll be so glad you came Well there’s no destination, it’s all about the ride Whatever you need you know I’ll provide Keep an eye on the road and keep the other eye on me Chorus
9.
I’m westward bound on the turnpike And the sky is looking like rain And the farther I go the more sure I grow I can’t go back the way that I came I pass the exit that led to my first love I can’t say where he’s living now But a lifetime ago I’d have taken that road Just as fast as those turns would allow Chorus Am I covering ground or just spinning my wheels? Have I got farther to go? Right around the next bend it may all be revealed But the truth is you just never know You just never know Well I looked to this road for my freedom And I drove it from end to end And it dumped me into the ocean Then it sent me right back again Chorus Bridge I take it one mile at a time As I get up to speed along these white lines I’m alone in the gathering night Adrift on a sea of little red lights Well I’ve left in a hurry and I’ve taken my time Driven blinded by love and by the tears in my eyes Broken down on the shoulder with no place to go And I’ve breezed through the night as I made my way home Chorus
10.
It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe It don't matter anyhow It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why babe If you don't know by now When the rooster crows at the break of dawn Look out your window and I'll be gone You're the reason I'm traveling on And don't think twice, it's all right Ain't no use in turning on your light babe It's a light I've never known There ain't no use in turning on your light baby I'm on the dark side of the road I wish there was something you could do or say To try and make me change my mind and stay We never did too much talking anyway And don't think twice, it's all right Ain't no use in calling out my name now Like you've never done before Ain't no use in calling out my name now I can't hear you anymore Thinking and wondering all the way down the road I once loved a woman, a child, I'm told I gave her my heart, she wanted my soul And don't think twice, it's all right I'm going down that long lonesome road babe Where I'm bound I can't tell But goodbye is too good a word babe So I'll just say fare thee well I ain't saying you treated me unkind Coulda done better but I don't mind You just kinda wasted my precious time And don't think twice, it's all right And don't think twice, it's all right

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Vistas and the faces and emotions they summon unfurl with compelling grace on Visions, Howe’s anticipated debut album. A modern love letter to 60s and 70s folk and timeless blues, Visions pays homage without succumbing to imitation, and offers an intimate snapshot of a young artist discovering her own power. Early praise for Visions has streamed in from gatekeepers such as American Blues Scene and smitten local press alike. “Sometimes we’re lucky enough to catch an up-and-coming artist as they fly into our radar,” critic JD Nash writes. “This is one of those times.”

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released May 17, 2019

© 2019 Know Howe Music (BMI)
Produced by FREEBO

Engineered, recorded, and mixed by Brian Boozer
Aum Studio Productions, Bakersfield, CA

Mastered by Joe Gastwirt
Joe Gastwirt Mastering, Oak Park, CA

Additional recording and engineering by:
Moe Provencher, The Duplex, Seattle, WA
Jeff Fielder, his home studio, Seattle, WA
John ‘JT’ Thomas, Johnny’s Room, Reseda, CA
Michael Stern, Rock Cellar Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Cover photo by Robert M. Ring
Design and art direction by Pat Broadgate

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Alice Howe: lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
Freebo: fretless bass, harmony vocals
John ‘JT’ Thomas: electric piano, accordion, Hammond B3 organ
Fuzzbee Morse: electric guitar (left channel)
Jeff Fielder: electric guitar (right channel)
John Molo: drums
Augie Howe: harmony vocals
Al Keith: congas
Lee Thornburg: trumpet, trombone, horn arrangement
Paul Perez: tenor and baritone saxophones

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Alice Howe Boston, Massachusetts

With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and crafted poetry, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe is “at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal” (Mark Walton, Americana UK). Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters. ... more

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