You've Been Away So Long

by Alice Howe

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $4.99 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a digipack beautifully designed by Pat Broadgate, includes lyric booklet.

    Includes unlimited streaming of You've Been Away So Long via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      $10 USD or more 

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 4 Alice Howe releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of You've Been Away So Long, Alice Howe, Tiger Lily EP, and The Clearing. , and , .

      $23.24 USD or more (25% OFF)

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

credits

released March 24, 2017

Alice Howe - Vocals, acoustic guitar
Jeff Fielder - Vocal harmony, dobro, acoustic & electric guitar
Moe Provencher - Electric bass

Recorded and mixed by Moe Provencher at The Duplex in Seattle, WA.
Mastered by Doug Hammer at Dreamworld Productions in Lynn, MA.
Graphic design by Pat Broadgate.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Alice Howe Boston, Massachusetts

Singer-songwriter Alice Howe is at once timeless and original. Treasured by audiences across New England and the Pacific Northwest, the Boston native joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with crafted poetry. Her songwriting is rooted in place and memory, raised on old English ballads and 1970s California folk yet entirely her own. ... more

shows

contact / help

Contact Alice Howe

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Homeland Blues
Every night I have the strangest dream
All these ghosts are talking to me
I lay down in my bed and I can hardly sleep
These homeland blues have got a hold of me

I went over to my cousin’s house
To see if we couldn’t figure it out
He said it’s plain to see, you’ve got them homeland blues
What hope have I got if what you’re sayin’ is true

And I got them homeland blues
Tried to tell you I got them homeland blues
Got them homeland blues
Honey pull over I got them homeland blues
Sooner I get my ticket
Sooner I’ll come runnin back to you

I asked my mother do you know what I mean
She could hardly look up at me
Eyes to her paper and I knew she had them too
Eyes to her coffee and I knew she had them too

Have you ever missed something that you never even had
You’re down so low and you feel so bad
That’s when you know you got them homeland blues
That’s when you know that you got them homeland blues

And I got them homeland blues
Tried to tell you I got them homeland blues
Got them homeland blues
Honey pull over I got them homeland blues
Sooner I get my ticket
Sooner I’ll come runnin back to you

Well I went outside and I couldn’t get a cab
All distracted from the night we had
Sat down on the curb, nursing my homeland blues
Down on the curb and I’m nursing my homeland blues

My American soul gets lonely sometimes
I take a walk and it clears my mind
And I hold you tight to shake my homeland blues
I hold on tight just to shake my homeland blues

And I got them homeland blues
Tried to tell you I got them homeland blues
Got them homeland blues
Honey pull over I got them homeland blues
If home is where I left it, the sooner I’ll come running back to you
Track Name: Nothing But You
Gone in a flash, gone in a flame
Gone in the dark, gone when I call your name
Under a wave, under the ground
Under my skin and still you hardly make a sound

I look back and still I see nothing
Nothing but you

A cabin floor, a piece of gold
I’ll take anything, anything my hands can hold
A dream that lingers in the light
And leaves you stumbling back toward that gentle night

I look back and still I see nothing
Nothing but you

What if I wake to find I was mistaken this whole time
But if I’d never lost you
You may never have been mine

Gone in the winter, gone in the spring
Leaves were falling I swear I heard you sing
Summer’s come, and I look around
Still you’re nowhere, no you’re nowhere to be found

I look back and still I see nothing
Nothing but you
Track Name: Make A Fool Out of Me
When you hit your stride on a Monday night
At a half-empty bar downtown
Having nowhere to hide and nothing to lose
Sure helps keep your feet on the ground

Ooo, make a fool out of me
That’s what I live for, that’s what I need
A man that dies laughing is a wise man indeed
So won’t you please make a fool out of me

I’d come straight out of nowhere to the Hollywood Hills
And surely there was no guarantee
That my slight of hand, so carefully planned
Would turn the world’s eyes upon me

Ooo, make a fool out of me
That’s what I live for, that’s what I need
A man that dies laughing is a wise man indeed
So won’t you please make a fool out of me

There was one little voice at the edge of my mind
Asking when I might get a real job
And another much louder dead-center in my heart
That pushed me on from town to town

Ooo, make a fool out of me
That’s what I live for, that’s what I need
A man that dies laughing is a wise man indeed
So won’t you please make a fool out of me

I’ve heard it said that your fate is revealed
Slowly as you go along
But a magic man’s glove if it’s thrown hard enough
Will take on the wings of a dove

Ooo, make a fool out of me
That’s what I live for, that’s what I need
A man that dies laughing is a wise man indeed
So won’t you please make a fool out of me
Track Name: Don't Worry Honey
If anyone asks me how I made it through
I say it’s a full tank of gas and that picture of you
One will take me a few states north
And the other reminds me what I’m driving for

Don’t worry honey, 'cause ain’t nothing gonna turn out right
Come on in a little closer now and turn out your reading light
The shadows in your eyes have been scaring me to death
It was always in the dark that I liked you best

If all these miles have taught me anything
It’s what a lovely mess I’ve made
And what an artful job I’ve done
Of documenting every one

Don’t worry honey, 'cause ain’t nothing gonna turn out right
Come on in a little closer now and turn out your reading light
The shadows in your eyes have been scaring me to death
It was always in the dark that I liked you best
Track Name: You've Been Away So Long
I walked out in a storm the other night
I went out into the river as it raged above its banks the other night
And I was sure the current would part around my waist
But I reached out for your hand, I admit I was afraid
Strong swimmer though I know myself to be

Hey darlin, you’ve been away so long
Hey darlin, you’ve been away so long
See how the trees have grown since you’ve been gone

I went down, I went down to the water’s edge
I went down to the water as the sun sank low behind the ridge
The last deep breath of summer lies blazing in the sky
One step toward those mountains and I’d grow the wings to fly
Every whisper of the waves upon the shore tells me so

Hey darlin, you’ve been away so long
Hey darlin, you’ve been away so long
See how my garden’s grown since you’ve been gone

Hey darlin, you’ve been away so long
Hey darlin, you’ve been away so long
See how the trees have grown since you’ve been gone