Transient Times

by Northern Quarters

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released May 5, 2015

Northern Quarters is Thomas Avery, Bryan Blaylock and Pierce Saxon

Avery - piano, guitar, bass, vocals, drums, mandolin, dobro, chains
Blaylock - guitar, vocals, harmonica, chains
Saxon - guitar, vocals, chains

All Songs written by Northern Quarters except 1 and 7 by Blaylock, 6 by Avery, 9 by Blaylock and Saxon, and 11 by Avery and Blaylock

All String Arrangements by Thomas Avery

All Songs published Thomas Avery BMI, Bryan Blaylock BMI and Pierce Saxon BMI

Produced by Mike Colman, Thomas Avery, Bryan Blaylock, and Pierce Saxon

Engineered by Mike Colman and Thomas Avery at 800 East Studios in Atlanta, GA and The Mustard Tower in Nashville, TN

Mixed by Mike Colman at the Mustard Tower in Nashville TN

Mastered by Luke Gilfeather at The Mastering Studio in Nashville, TN

Guest Musicians:
Mike Colman - guitar on Lonely Ghost, Rosa Lee, River So Deep and That's All Over Now; chains on The Gallows
Jean Gay- cello on Peacemaker Man
Ken Gregory - bass guitar on Black Waterfall, Stone, Rosa Lee and River So Deep
Paul Stevens - percussion on Peacemaker Man and Rosa Lee; surdo on The King's Penance; saw on The Gallows
Kent Toalson - organ on That's All Over Now and River So Deep

String Quartet:
Juan Ramirez – violin
Carol Ramirez – violin
Patti Gouvas – viola
Martin Gueorguiev - cello

Logo Artwork by Aaron Martin
Cover photo by Bryan Blaylock
Album Design by Sarah Welch

We’d like to thank our family and friends for all their love and support!

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Northern Quarters Austin, Texas

Conceived on the road in 2013, Northern Quarters has created something special with their collaboration as a band. With two songwriters from Texas and one from Georgia, they have been able to capture a wide range of influence within their songs from Nick Drake to The Band. They continue to travel, write and perform hoping to maintain something memorable between their audience and themselves. ... more

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Track Name: Black Waterfall
Black waterfall, don’t you know you break the color of day?
Black waterfall, won’t you come and wash my color away before I turn grey?
Black waterfall, won’t you draw me a portrait of who you loved and once knew?
Black waterfall, won’t you call me down to the pew so that I can pray for you, so I can pray for you?

And here it comes through the clouds again

And when the sun shines through you
I’ll see a grey rainbow turn blue

Black waterfall, don’t you judge me until I’m through, and I’m through with you
Black waterfall, you gotta change your water to blue before you come to
Black waterfall, just throw me up against the wall and force me to crawl
Black waterfall, wont you knock me upside the jaw? I believe I deserve it all, oh yes I deserve it all

And here it comes through your eyes again

And when the sun shines through you
I’ll see a grey rainbow turn blue

Black waterfall, oh my black waterfall, won’t you come change it all before you fall too deep in it all, before you fall

No, the rocks aren’t that small at the end of the fall
Track Name: Stone
Waking up in some sort of dream
Where the people never come to believe
That all the while they stand there
Nothing is what it seems

Sunk into a certain old routine
Has brought you to a point of no between
With a feeling you can’t breathe
From your head down to your knees

And it’s a mighty strong mold that we make
Full of all the forming we can take
To turn into a stone that we hope won’t break in time

Struggling to find what you seek
And tired of this cold losing streak
When a sudden sense unwinds
And somehow brings you to your feet

Now you’re fighting for a cause that you believe
Living like the man you wish to be
And you’re standing by those things
That you know will set you free

And it’s a mighty strong mold that we make
Full of all the forming we can take
To turn into a stone that we hope won’t break in time
Track Name: Over/Under
Sometimes I sit and wonder (I sit and wonder)
How you make it through your day (through your day)
What’s the over/under (the over/under)
On if I should have stayed?

There are miles and miles between us (miles and miles)
Borders beyond plains (beyond plains)
To hear it through the wire just (ah)
Doesn’t feel the same

I’ll be waiting for that door to open up
Let me inside; you’ve shown me enough
The snow that will fall soon won’t be at all

I’m trying to escape (try to escape)
These tried and tested lines (tested lines)
Every step I take (every step)
Brings you closer to my mind

Though I try and try (try and try)
To greet a different point of view (point of view)
We don’t see eye to eye (eye)
But it somehow brings me back to you

I’ll be waiting for that door to open up
Let me inside; you’ve shown me enough
The snow that will fall soon won’t be at all
Track Name: Lonely Ghost
Traveling alone out in the middle of the dark
I guess I never knew how fast a man could get lost
Reaching out for something like a vine or simple ledge
To help me through this next step overcoming what I’ve left
To help me through this next step overcoming what I’ve left

Suddenly he spoke to me in some odd foreign tongue
I shrugged and figured that he must not be from where I’m from
He said, “Brother, I got a deal for you it ain’t just for anyone
I ain’t looking for a somebody, just a no good someone
I ain’t looking for a somebody, just a no good someone”

Can’t you see this lonely ghost has gone
And sold his soul for a song
That he listens in the wind
To the melody within
He hopes that it will never fall apart
Into the middle of the dark

Once that I had found myself I noticed he was gone
He took all of my money and my clothes he left me none
I started feeling funny, yeah and I know something had changed
Cause I was feeling sunny when I know that it was rain
Cause I was feeling sunny when clearly it was rain

Can’t you see this lonely ghost is gone
And sold his soul for a song
That he listens in the wind
To the melody within
And he hopes that it will never fall apart

It seems to me this lonely ghost is gone
This highest hope has won
And it glistens in the wind
Never carries him within
The fear that he once held in his heart
Back in the middle of the dark

(Oohs)
Track Name: The Gallows
Tell me I’m wrong with what I say
And tell me that I am wasting my time when I kneel down to pray
But what is a man supposed to do
When tied to a fate with a rope that’s headed straight for his doom
Except laugh himself all the way to the gallows
Guess I’ll laugh myself all the way to the gallows

You say it’s a crime to do what I have done
But stealing this food ain’t nothing compared to the tyrant you have become
It may be the end of my days here
But remember this face as you die in your place, a man who’s crippled with fear
Cause I’ll be laughing myself all the way to the gallows
Yeah I’ll be laughing myself all the way to the gallows

And in this cold world so frail
Life never seems to weep, wine or wail
In this cold world so frail
Life never seems to weep, wine or wail
For the man whose left his life at the gallows

Tell me I’m wrong with what I say
Tell me that I am wasting my time when I kneel down to pray
But what is a man supposed to do
When tied to a fate with a rope that’s headed straight for his doom
Except laugh himself all the way to the gallows
Guess I’ll laugh myself all the way to the gallows

Guess I’ll laugh myself all the way to the gallows
Track Name: The King's Penance
Meet me where the road it meets the sand
Meet me where the sun it can barely stand
Tell me that if I throw this stone from my hand
That you, you will know right where it will land

Among these sirens’ caves
Where sons of gods have aged

Show me how to learn from my fellow man
Show me how to serve with these working hands
Throw me about as far out as you can
So I can get closer to this distant land

And lay among these sirens’ caves
Where sons of gods have aged

And when my reign, oh it is gone
I’ll leave you all here with this song

Among these sirens’ caves
Where sons of gods have aged
Track Name: Peacemaker Man
Peacemaker man, won’t you run ahead?
Come to my home and settle my debt
Peacemaker man, won’t you take a bed?
It’s been a long while since you’ve rest your head

To be here now or to be here then
With what we really know, does it matter when?
To be here now or to be here then
We mustn’t lose our grip on ourselves within

Peacemaker man, won’t you tell us when
It’ll be safe to settle back in?
Just waiting for tomorrow’s day to begin
There’s no telling what, who, how, why or when

To be here now or to be here then
With what we really know, does it matter when?
To be here now or to be here then
We mustn’t lose our grip on ourselves within

I’m kind of beat up
I’m kind of lit up
But the sign is still up
Out on the side of my home (4x)

To be here now or to be here then
With what we really know, does it matter when?
To be here now or to be here then
We mustn’t lose our grip on ourselves within

Just waiting for tomorrow’s day to begin
There’s not telling what, who, how, why or when
Track Name: Rosa Lee
Dropped by on a battle zone, I found love, it don’t wander here
Capsized by this deadened road, all hope has been commandeered
But in the dark comes a gleaming light that soon begins to shed this fear
That all is lost and no good has won, but there shall be no futile tear

So goodnight, Miss Rosa Lee, and good luck getting outta my head
If in the morning you’re still lonely, I’m sure we’re both better off dead
So goodnight, Miss Rosa Lee, I’m sure there ain’t a safer bet
So in the morning you look closely cause this sun was never born to set

You hit me like a sudden breeze in a desert of my own device
Out of reach staying on the run, holding cold but never thinking twice
Like a snake you try to wrap me up by surprise, but I ain’t easily snared
Open arms would’ve done you good; this love lost is left in disrepair

So goodnight, Miss Rosa Lee, and good luck getting outta my head
If in the morning you’re still lonely, I’m sure we’re both better off dead
So goodnight, Miss Rosa Lee, I’m sure there ain’t a safer bet
So in the morning you look closely cause this sun was never born to set

(Oohs)

Goodnight, Miss Rosa Lee, and good luck getting outta my head
If in the morning you’re still lonely, I’m sure we’re both better off dead
So goodnight, Miss Rosa Lee, I’m sure there ain’t a safer bet
So in the morning you look closely cause this sun was never born to set
Track Name: That's All Over Now
She came along
Just to lead me on
Left me too afraid to be let down
Arrested my heart
Kept it in the dark
That’s all over now

Seeing my goodbyes
In another’s eyes
Waiting for a chance to be set free
Looking for a sign
Feeling left behind
That’s all over now

I met my maker (she was the one)
She made me chase her
Now that is done

Never learned to share
Couldn’t treat you fair
Leave you on your own to just let go
Put you on the shelf
Kept you to myself
But that’s all over now

That’s all over now (2x)
Track Name: River So Deep
The stars don’t mean that much to me when I can’t see them at all
Like the bees don’t breed their honey seed when the sun ain’t got no soul
This air just seems so cold to me like it’s not warming up at all
It’ll love you now before you breathe, but it’ll break you when you fall

I said there ain’t no time to waste
When you know you gotta make the call
I said there ain’t no time to waste
When you know you gotta drop that ball

When the sand and the desert they did first meet
You know they weren’t really friends at all
Til they recovered their lover from the sky above her
When she took it just a little too far
But then came along a little river so deep
That you could barely even touch the floor
It ran right through her heart; it beats so hard it’s gonna break these walls

I said there ain’t no time to waste
When you know you gotta make the call
I said there ain’t no time to waste
When there’s a love you need to follow

Down to the river where the water is deep and you can barely even touch the floor
(This cold embrace)
I see you just standing there wading in the depths with a baby that you call your own
(Ends not your fate)
But why don’t you just lay her right down instead of watching her wash away
(This cold embrace)
Oh you know there ain’t nothing but the water and the rocks coming down anyways
(Ends not your fate)

Washed away to this day

Feeling like I got me a shotgun tied to my waist, oh this cold embrace
There’s a stock car baby with a roll in his back
Cause he ain’t got anybody whose soul is still intact
And all this feeling, these words we keep repeating
Never seem to dig so deep in these souls so they can feel it again and again, again

I said there ain’t no time to waste
When you know you gotta make the call
I said there ain’t no time to waste
When there’s a love you need to follow

Down to the river where the water is deep and you can barely even touch the floor
(This cold embrace)
I see you just standing there wading in the depths with a baby that you call your own
(Ends not your fate)
But why don’t you just lay her right down instead of watching her wash away
(This cold embrace)
Oh you know there ain’t nothing but the water and the rocks coming down anyways
(Ends not your fate)

This cold embrace, it ends not your fate (2x)

This cold embrace is not your fate.