Shine Brightly

by Ike Catrett

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released 29 April 2011

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Produced, Mixed and Engineered by John Darnall
Recorded on RADAR at Chameleon Sound from February-April, 2011

Instrumentation:
Ike Catrett: Taylor 310 (Every song)
Randy Hayse custom electric (Fertilized & Tall)
Parker Fly (Fertilized & Tall, Headin' to Viriginia)
1980's Peavey 4-string bass
Applause Fretless Acoustic Bass

John Darnall: Gibson J 45 (Mean Ol' Bastard Sun)
Dobro Resonator (Shine Brightly)
Gibson A 2 Mandolin (December)
Martin D 12 20 twelve string (Shine Brightly Reprise)
Gibson ES 345 TD (Give Me Just a Little More Time)
Fender Kingman high string (New Year's)

Jesse Dakota: Drums/Percussion

Derek Pell: 1921 Harry Vure Fiddle

Nick Blechman: Collings MT2 Mandolin

Tevis Hodge Jr.: Fender Telecaster (Headin' To Virginia)

Zander Watt: 1990's Les Paul Studio (Headin' To Virginia)

Amps:
Fender Vibro King
Carvin

Microphones:
Microtech Gefell UM 92 tube, M 300s' (matched pair)
SM 57
Neumann U 87
Groove Tube
Audio Tech AT 4033

Other:
Cameron custom tube mic preamps
Manley EQ
Neve compressor/limiter

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Track Name: Angel's Eyes
I fell into town
and I said me a prayer
and I did not have a sin

But when I saw your angel's eyes
I killed one hundred men

I climbed every wall
and I broke every law
and I could not bear to wait

But when I kissed your ruby lips
I grew patient as a saint
Track Name: Mean Ol' Bastard Sun
Got a job in the city
Wearin' holes in my shoes
Walk along gettin' dizzy
Down magnolia avenue
'Cause there's faces on the TV
And there's voices on the phone
And that 5 o'clock shadow
Says this town's gettin' old

I'm goin' back to the mountain
Headed back to the hills
Make good money but it breaks my bones
Long haired woman gonna sing my song
When that mean ol' bastard sun goes down

Bright lights, pretty women
Made a fool outa me
So I drive city limits
Chattanooga, Tennessee
And I sold my religion
To that great big open sky
and like an old time tradition
I've made up my mind
Track Name: Shine Brightly
Shine brightly, my eyes, though the sun it fades golden
And choirs who were once proud and lofty sing quiet
Grow open my heart, know that no man is chosen
Though a crestfallen angel may well hear your cry

There grew in my mind, as I flew back to Nashville
Illusions sublime, of a resurrection homecoming
And then I dropped from the sky, and curled up and died
Down on Broadway
In the Rockabilly music at night, and the blues in the morning
I drew from the wine, ruminations of my human nature
Like the ruins of a man, with my heart in my hand, and the sun in my eyes

The North Georgia wind, was as warm as the whiskey she poured on a whim, as the Southern Sky, blue over the mountains
And we was mighty high, and the time was ripe
Drivin' down Sewanee
Slidin' up from fourth into fifth, we enjoyed inquisitions
Of horrors and sin, and she said 'it's contagious, euthanasia'
Babylon, Babylon, a fallen star in the evening
Track Name: New Year's
Can you take me down that old dirt road
Twenty miles away
I was headed towards the city
But I know the city can wait another day
Spark a fire and lay down your load
Smell the smoke in the rain
I've got me some whiskey
and a fiddle to tell my tale and ease the pain

'Cause New Year's is on us now
We've lost all our mothers
And we're the only fathers I know
Yesterday's all I can see
Today's fadin' fast as me

Settin' sail now at the break of dawn
Save my troubles for tomorrow
My bottle is empty
But I think I'll reach the city before too long
And I ain't seen but where I've already gone
And everything I did is done
And I got me a woman on my mind
God bless my soul, ain't I still young?

If I got my bible, and you got your rifle
We'll take the towns and countries
And sing about it around the fire
Yesterday's all I can see
Today's fadin' fast as me
Track Name: December
Dawn is cold and blurry
Sunrise in the rain
As a bird cries clearly
Walking through the flurries
On this Christmas Day
You are nowhere near

Seasons fade and tremble
The sun wrestles the sky
Just like late December
Just like you and I

You may not remember
How often I recall
Love was like a song
Looming like the winter
Fleeting like the fall
We have come and gone
Track Name: Shine Brightly (Reprise)
Shine brightly, my eyes, though the sun it fades golden
And choirs who were once proud and lofty sing quiet
Grow open my heart, know that no man is chosen
Though a crestfallen angel may well hear your cry

The wise men have died, put the prophets in coffins
Their eyes have gone dry and their words are now dust in the grave
The gods are all gone and the preachers lay sleeping
And their grace is replaced by a faith in the fake
While the taste of the wasteland grows strong

The ivory thrives, give thanks to the bankers
We'll cry for their pride as their towers continue to fall
May the poor man wage war and the farmer build armor
As the land of the quicksand makes martyrs of men

As I crossed the night, a fair lovely maiden
Did capture my eye so I followed her down with a song
And she led me away and she whispered so gently
And we awoke to the sight of blood on the horizon
Our country our homeland at war

Now listen my son, as you brace for the wasteland
You can whisper and run, or stay and defend what you love
Live wisely my child as you're faced with temptation
Beware a false love may strip you of your brothers and sons
Track Name: Give Me Just a Little More Time
Now baby this feels just like a dream
But you're only seventeen
And your daddy's got me duckin' on the run
Now baby you look so peachy keen
You know just what I mean
But give me just a little more time

Now baby it's been a few years ago
Since you first knocked down my door
Now you're sayin' you're tryin' to marry in the mornin'
Now baby I know, I know...
I know I'm gettin' old,
But give me just a little more time

And if you think you ain't got me
Call me late at night and see
I won't always test my fate by hesitatin'
Now baby there's somethin' I wanna show you
And I like to take it slow
So give it just a little more time

Now I can't find you nowhere
And I'll say that I don't care
but maybe I miss you in the back of my mind
And one day I'll learn to treat you fair
I'll see you when I'm there
But give me just a little more time
Track Name: Headin' to Virginia (Free Wheelin')
Headin' To Virginia puttin' my love on the line for the summertime
Camille and Lucinda, even Danielle's gonna cry for the summertime
Gotta roll baby roll, I feel like it's time for freewheelin'
If you never see me again, it don't mean I ain't all alone

Well, I gotta a few baby's, Camille's my favorite one
When I read the message she gave me, Lord knows that I had to run
Now I gotta roll, baby roll, feel like it's time for freewheelin'
If you never see me again, you can't say we didn't have some fun

Well I got the message at half past noon
By supper I had packed the car
I know a jealous woman can act a fool
But my baby went a little too far
Now I gotta roll, baby roll, I feel like it's time for freewheelin'
If you never see me again, you can't say that it ain't your fault

Headin' to Virginia, puttin' my love on the line for the summertime
Gotta roll baby roll, feel like it's time for freewheelin'
And you'll never see me again, 'cause I know that ain't my son
Track Name: Fertilized & Tall (Bonus Track)
I am a man who once said he could stand to settle down
Made my bed beside the fire
These days my eyes are stretchin' beyond this settled town
One last call for heroes

There was a redhead girl who liked to make her rounds
She was a superman collector
I spied her wine-soaked lies she was hiding underground
Didn't have no bags to pack when I left

I hit the mountain highways, ran the western sun
I traded music for my bed
Deep in the desert's where I was my maker's sun
And I got high on California time

I build a shelter with my senses five alone
I'm only restless when I die
I walk a sandstone path and it leads me close to home
Pray to God a pauper

She bore a three page letter and nursed a glass of wine
It found me lonely like a lover
And I traveled backwards inside a sleeping car at night
Things we do for others...

And I never thought I'd say this, never knew her name
But she's got me rolled up in her palm
And one day I'll smile out by myself inside the rain
The grass is greener, fertilized and tall