Stories from the Inside Out (Nashville Sessions)

by Joanne Rand

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This album is titled "Stories from the Inside Out (Nashville Sessions)" because I am a storyteller. I tell stories in the first person, crawling inside the skin of each song and turning it inside out for the listener to get the visceral, the real.. I try to translate personal truths, which are often universal.

We recorded most of these songs in Nashville, where I studied guitar and songwriting with the legendary bard Steve Young. A pioneer of “outlaw” country music and the Americana movement, Young wrote Seven Bridges Road, which it seems like everyone, not just the Eagles, has covered, and Lonesome Ornery and Mean, one of Waylon Jennings’ best songs. What I love about Steve’s style is the authenticity of his voice: long, open-throated vocals sweeping over galloping guitar licks. There is an intensity of truth there. He sings and writes because he is compelled to do so. I feel the same way.

With a hand-picked team of professional musicians and technicians, I produced and arranged these songs over the course of a year. The mix was produced by master engineer-producer Stephen Hart (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neville Brothers, David Bowie, White Stripes). Hart is Chief Engineer at the legendary Bay Area recording studio The Site, and he serves as a National Trustee of San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, which produces the Grammy Awards. [Instrumentation includes: vocals, guitars, bass, violin, viola, cello, flute, synth, harmonium, kalimba, and some light percussion

I have tried to remain faithful to the roots of this work: a woman, a guitar, a story.

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released 01 March 2013
Produced, written*(*except noted songs) & arranged by Joanne Rand
Assistant production Steve Young.
Mix Production Stephen Hart
© & P 2013, Homefire Productions, BMI, All rights reserved
RECORDED:
In a private studio in Nashville, TN. Additional recording: Tim Gray (Myrtletown Records, Eureka, CA) & Piet Dalmolen (Universal Balance Studios, Arcata, CA). Mix Production: by Stephen Hart (Two Rock Digital, Petaluma, CA). All songs Written & Arranged by Joanne Rand, except: The Coming of the Roads -Billy Edd Wheeler (Words West LLC,Quartet Music, Inc.); Rattlesnake -Traditional; A Change Gonna Come -Sam Cooke (Abco Music, Inc). Bryan’s Song inspired by Bryan Osper (1985-2011). Flying Rattlesnake partially inspired by Josephine Johnson. Whale inspired by two whales, mother and baby, who swam up the Klamath River (CA) in 2011. Photos: outside by Greg King, inside panel by Frank Green, whale by Jon Parmentier. Graphics assistance from Michele AnnLouise Cohen.

Special Thanks to:
my community for funding this CD,
Steve Young for his guidance,
Piet Dalmolen & Tim Gray for arrangement assistance,
Stephen Hart for mixing ten CDs in 18 years,
all the musicians,
Michele AnnLouis Cohen for photography assistance through the years...
and to my family, especially Greg & Georgia. I couldn’t do it without you

MUSICIANS
Joanne Rand: Acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonium, keyboards, synth & percussion.
Tim Randles: Keyboards (Torch of Freedom, Flying Rattlesnake, Broken Sailor, Weird Kid) Bass: (Torch of Freedom, Flying Rattlesnake)
Robert Franklin: Lead guitar (Coming of the Roads, Broken Sailor, Underneath the Maple, Whale, Nation of Earth)
Piet Dalmolen: E. guitar (Broken Sailor, Nation of Earth)
Marla Joy: Bass (Cowgirl, Whale), Flute (Broken Sailor)
Niko Daoussis: Bass (Rattlesnake, Flying Rattlesnake), Mandolin (Rattlesnake)
Caleb Duncan: Violin (Coming of the Roads, Rattlesnake)
Tim Lorsch: Strings, string arrangement & recording (Underneath the Maple)
Tim Gray: Tambourine (Whale), Synth design (Birdie Fly).

CONTACT: PO Box 586, Arcata, CA 95518 • 877-803-1576 • www.JoanneRandMusic.com

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“A fixture of the Northern California folk scene, Rand’s life, activism & art are woven seamlessly together. A celebrated musician, composer & teacher. From stripped-down folk songs to lush, textured rock arrangements, she makes consistently engaging, perceptive, universal music.”-SFStation.com 2012. Touring nationally for 25 years, Rand is currently releasing 13th CD of original songs. ... more

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Track Name: Torch of Freedom
There's a woman on the ice in the road at night
All dressed in black and her feet are bare
And her big brown eyes reflect the candle
She is holding so high,
Her torch of freedom's fight

There's a woman in red in the desert sand
In a country far from the one I know
And she waves flag as white as snow,
Fighting back her fear
As her fluttering banner grows

TORCH OF FREEDOM, FLAG OF TRUCE.
WHEN WE GONNA SEEK THE TRUTH?

There's a man outside looking in the door,
Doesn't understand what the fighting's for,
But he doesn't see a whole lot more
Than rich or poor
Creating endless war

There's a child in blue underneath the sea,
Doesn't seem like you, doesn't seem like me,
But he sings away courageously,
And lets his spirit soar
'Cause that's what life is for

UNDER WATER BREATHING AIR
DO YOU THINK THAT THERE'S A GOD OUT THERE?

We are always changing like the river
Flowing in and flowing out
One side ever hopeful
One side full of pain and doubt
Sometimes overflowing
Sometimes there is no rain at all
Listen up ahead, friend, round the next bend...
Do you hear the waterfall?

UNDER WATER BREATHING AIR
DO YOU THINK THAT THERE'S A GOD OUT THERE?
ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
UPON A WAR NO MAN CAN WIN
TORCH OF FREEDOM, FLAG OF TRUCE.
WHEN WE GONNA SEEK THE TRUTH?
LOVE YOUR MOTHER, FORGIVE YOUR FATHER,
CARRY YOUR BROTHER ACROSS THE WATER.
Track Name: Cowgirl
COWGIRL © JoanneRand 2011
I don’t wanna know what time it is
I don’t go truckin’ with the time
Don’t you tell me, don’t reel me in
Don’t lay down no line

I am just a Gypsy woman
My heart is bound with the wind
I am a cowgirl out on the plane
Runnin’ hard again

I don’t wanna know what time it is
So don’t go claimin’ it’s too late
Don’t you tell me this is all here is
Or I’ll be slippin’ out the gate

I am just a troubadour
I am a wanderer by trade
A honey-bee inside of me
Is bound to pollinate

I feel hemmed in in town
Routine gets me down
Give me a wild river or two
And I’ll be good as new
Give me a wild river or two
And I’ll be good as new
Yee-hah!
Track Name: Birdie Fly
I'm letting go
Of a mind like wind
Beautiful friend
Hoping you won't fly away completely
I'mletting go
Opening my hands
Holding them out
That's what friendship's all about
LITTLE BIRDIE, LITTLE BIRDIE FLY.

I'm letting go
I release my mind
From you
It's the right thing to do
I'm letting go
Fly where you will
And still
I hope someday to see you
LITTLE BIRDIE, LITTLE BIRDIE FLY.

I'm letting go
I release mind mind
Opening my hands
Fly where you will
It's the right thing to do
That's what friendship is
Hoping to see you
Hoping you don't fly away completely
LITTLE BIRDIE, LITTLE BIRDIE FLY
BIRDIE, BIRDIE, BIRDIE FLY.
Track Name: Underneath the Maple
Underneath the Maple -J. Rand 8/11
In the rain
Playing my guitar
Underneath the maple
Raindrops sound
Louder than they are
Underneath the maple
Family either side of me
Hear the raindrops fall
In our tent cocoon and flannel jammy
Underneath the tall tree
It's gonna be a sweet night, just you wait and see
Underneath the maple tree
20 mile from nowhere, where I want to be
Underneath the maple tree
Who will go
Venture to the car
Sandwiches are waiting
Raindrops sound
Louder than they are
Will they be abating?
Draw straws
Ro-sham-bo
Tell me who will go
Peanut-butter
No matter what the weather
It's gonna be a sweet night, just you wait and see
Underneath the maple tree
20 mile from nowhere, where I want to be
In your arms beneath the maple tree
All night long I hear the raindrops fall
I know that they are calling me
Safe and warm
Underneath the storm
Sleeping with my family
(repeat)
It's gonna be a sweet night, just you wait and see
Underneath the maple tree
20 mile from nowhere, where I want to be
In each other's arms beneath the maple tree
20 mile from nowhere, where I want to be
Holding on beneath the maple tree
Track Name: Flying Rattlesnake
Flying Rattlesnake © Joanne Rand 2011
(verse) ||: A | A | D | A || A | F#m | D | Esus :|| 4x
(chorus) | A | A | D | A || A | F#m | D | Esus || A | A | D | A || A| A| B| E
(verse) ||: A | A | D | A || A | F#m | D | Esus :||

A A
Can't keep a good man down
D A
Can't keep the people down
A F#m
Can't keep this woman down
D Esus
I'm back around, I'm back around

(same chords for next 3 verses)
Gonna live the life I please
Free from hunger trouble toil and disease
Gonna get up off my knees I'm gonna rise
Behold I stand before your very eyes

Beating heart
Rattlesnake
Hardworking woman, hardworking man
Just trying to do the best we can

Looking up the mountainside
Seems impossibly high
But you can't keep us down
The people are awake
And from this muddy ground
There comes a flying rattlesnake
A A
ARISE AND FLY
D A
TOUCH THE SKY
A F#m
ARISE AND FLY
D Esus
NO QUESTIONS WHY
A A
ARISE AND FLY MY FRIEND
D A
YOUR DESTINY IS ABOUT TO BEGIN
A A
ARISE AND SHINE
B E
SET THE PACE FOR HUMANKIND

A A
Can't keep a good man down
D A
Can't keep the people down
A F#m
Can't keep this woman down
D Esus
We're back around, We're back around

A A
Lord you cannot keep us down
D A
No, You can't keep us down
A
You can't keep us down
F#m
The people will arise
D Esus E
Behold we stand before your very eyes.
Track Name: Nation of Earth
RING THEM BELLS THE FIRE IS DANCING
RING THEM BELLS THE STORM HAS COME
NATION OF EARTH LAND OF OUR BIRTH
Storms rising, skies tumbling down
People gathering together as one
Hoping for change and changing as it comes
When it hits survival level revolution has begun
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT...
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?
NATION OF EARTH? LAND OF OUR BIRTH
Look deep in our eyes, there's a fire inside
Comes from a feeling much deeper than pride
Comes from the land of our birth, Comes from a handful of earth
Comes from the fire and the sky and the rising tide
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT...
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?
NATION OF EARTH? LAND OF OUR BIRTH
RING THEM BELLS THE FIRE IS DANCING
RING THEM BELLS THE STORM HAS COME
Track Name: Whale
WHALE SWIMS INTO MY BELLY
WHALE SWIMS INTO MY HEART
WHALE, SHE WILL BRING US POWER
FROM ANOTHER WORLD APART
WHALE, WHALE, WHALE
MAGNETIZING AND MAJESTIC
BREATHTAKING, POWERFUL
TAKING BREATH FROM EVERY PERSON
BREATHING POWER TO THEIR SOUL.
WHALE
She swam up the River, with her baby, who weaned and returned to sea,
Leaving mama whale to circle endlessly
Mormons and tourists, bikers and those who could barely walk,
made pilgrimage
Running from side to side across traffic
to view mama whale from the bridge
I went three times. Took my folks. They said they would never forget.
‘Cause she made you feel good & you kept that good feeling when you left
A visitation from another life form. We all grew protective of her.
Why was she doing this? Why couldn't we drive her
Back to the sea where she'd be safe and free
Magnetizing and majestic
Breathtaking, powerful
Taking breath from every person
Breathing power to their soul.
Was she trying to tell us something?
Was she driven insane
While her baby was calling:
There multiple problems in our oceanic plane

CHORUS same

In Yurok tradition when a whale’s in the river,
it means: world is out of balance
we all get together, beat our feet on the ground and we pray and we sing and we dance
And we tilt the earth back to avert tragedy
We tilt the earth back the way it is supposed to be
she was trying to tell us something
She was driven insane
and her baby is calling:
she’s calling you by your name

CHORUS same
Magnetizing and majestic
Breathtaking, powerful
Taking breath from every person
Breathing power to their soul.
Track Name: Long May You Laugh
Let yourself be happy
Happiness is a choice
Don't just keep the peace, don't just settle
Raise your voice
Do not pretend to be content deep within
When you long to laugh
Don't let familiarity and fear of change to be
Hold you back

Honor your dreams
Blaze your path
This is my prayer
Long may you laugh
Love is all that matters
In the aftermath
Love is all that matters
In the aftermath

So let yourself be happy
Happiness is a choice
Don't just keep the peace, don't just settle
Raise your voice
Honor your dreams
Blaze your path
This is my prayer for you
Long may you laugh
Love is all that matters
In the aftermath
Love is all that matters
In the aftermath
Track Name: Weird Kid
The Problem was apparent when I was just a kid
Other kids thought I was weird ‘cause of things I did
Like hike alone into the woods and sing to an old growth tree
Or hide from helicopters in a game called “refugee”
I WAS A WEIRD KID
COULD’T UNDERSTAND HALF THE THINGS I DID
I’VE SPENT A LIFETIME
TRYING TO BUILD A BRIDGE BACK TO THAT OLD FRIEND O MINE

Came down to a decision between money and my time
Should I be a mathematician or choose some other line
So I looked around and saw the kind of person I’d become
Then I grabbed the nearest greyhound hoping to become someone
I COULD BELIEVE IN
AND I WAS JUST A TEENAGER THEN
BUT I’VE SPENT A LIFETIME
LOOKIN’ BACK FOR THAT OL FRIEND

So I started trampin’ round the highways of this land
Singin’ for my supper hoping you would understand
Moved into the outback on a river wild and free
Spent the best years of my life living in a tree
IN MY TWENTIES, ‘TILL I WAS 30 YEARS OLD
THOUGHT I’D FOUND MY POT O GOLD
PLACE WHERE I’D FIT IN
BUT SOMETHING MADE ME HIT THE ROAD AGAIN

Now I’m getting seasoned like some old apple tree
Lots o rot and ripening fruit on me
And I see that pigtailed kid w/ a big stick standing on a mountaintop
She know everything she need to and more before she drop
AND THERE’S A PART OF ME
KNOWS THAT I WON’T EVER BE
SOMEONE WHO BELONGS
THAT’S WHY I HAVE TO SING MY SONGS
SING MY SONGS
THAT’S WHY HAVE TO SING MY SONGS
Track Name: Broken Sailor
I am a broken sailor
And no one does love me
I’m saddled and I’m sore
In mine own country
I know I canna’ tell you
What life is going to be
When law and order
Catch up to me.

I am a broken sailor
I am an only man
Hoping you’ll understand
That the breath of life is only
In the work that I must do.
I hope it speaks to you.

I am a broken sailor
And no one can love me
‘Till I’ve settled my score
In mine old country
I know I canna’ tell you
What life is going to be
When law and order
Catch up to me.

Now I tramp the highway
I sail the sea alone
And all the world is Home.
And the breath of life is only
In the work that I must do.
I hope it speaks to you.

There was a clap of thunder
O’re the desert of my heart
And a monsoon dropped a deluge
On land cracked and parched.
A serpent deep within me
Uncoiled her spiny tail
And breathed fire into a life
That had been pale.

There was a clap of thunder
And the dragon of my heart
Tore my house asunder
And my family apart.
All who stood before me
All those who held me true
Were swallowed up in flames of blue.

I am a broken sailor
I am an honest man
I’m tortured and I’m tried
In my own homeland
And you know I canna’ say
What my future it will hold
‘Till law and order
And the truth be told.

I am a broken sailor
I am an only man
Hoping you’ll understand
That the bread of life is only
In the work that I must do.
And I hope it speaks to you…
And I hope it speaks to you…
And I hope it speaks to you…