Northern Lights

by Niel Brooks

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released October 22, 2016

Niel Brooks :: all instruments and vocals, except where noted.
Lisa Stubbs :: harmony vocals on "Barn Burning"
David Rothon :: pedal steel guitar

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Track Name: Memphis Bound
Memphis Bound

I’m leaving in the morning
For some place I’ve never seen before
And taking all the things I’ve tried so hard
To let go of and ignore

It takes my breath through the long goodbyes
With no rest, no wants, no pride
This boy is Memphis Bound
This boy is Memphis Bound

I’m watching through the cage of a love
That has never been free
And if wishes were changes
Then none of this would have to be

It takes my breath through the long goodbyes
With no rest, no wants, no pride
This boy is Memphis Bound
This boy is Memphis Bound

September comes and goes on a wind
That sings a sweet lullaby
Through windows frozen closed years ago
By the wanting inside
Track Name: To The End Of The Night
To The End Of The Night

I’ve been a lost boy
Out on the road for days
Where the streetlights dark and low
Are calling me back home

And your voice it comes again
Heavy like a hurricane
Pulls the distance back down
Until the silence comes around

And if I could find my way back to you
I would hold on, I’d never leave, I’d never let go
‘Til the end of the night –
I would stand by you, ‘Til the end of the night

I was born to run
A bullet from the loneliest gun
Splits the night like a Burlington train
Until it comes back around again

And I hear your voice it seems,
I’ve never felt so alone
In the night when the streets are dark
And my insides coming apart

Only the lonely will know.
Track Name: Winding River
Winding River

A woman loves and still
Six black horses cross the land
Another sun across the sky
Another cold morning wind.

I woke up in a dream
Buck deer thrashing in a creek
Miles from where you are tonight
The Houston sky is empty…

Make me a Winding River through
Flowing to my snowy home
And when I get there let it be
That we should never be again alone.

In the high frozen drifts
I hummed a song of your name
The winds carried it low
For the spring to come again and claim

Make me a Winding River through
Flowing to my snowy home
And when I get there let it be
That we should never be again alone.
Track Name: Barn Burning
Barn Burning

There’s a red sky blazing,
Send water down the line.
It’s miles out in the country,
And she ain’t helping anything this time

I wasn’t looking for a rescue
And I don’t mind saying I was young.

Barn Burning on a summer night
Barn Burning against the starts
You might think the world could end tonight,
It’s a start, it’s a start, it’s a start.

The morning brings changes
Red embers on the ground
The harvest was scattered,
And the tin roof, all torn down.

Barn Burning on a summer night
Barn Burning against the starts
You might think the world could end tonight,
It’s a start, it’s a start, it’s a start.
Track Name: Mockingbirds
Mockingbirds

The mockingbird, she wakes me and calls me out by my name
The mockingbird, she wakes me and calls me out by my name,
She tells me she’s the desert and my arms are waterfalls of rain.

She sleeps beneath my window where her ladies lie in wait,
The stars that watch her sleeping are silent and still for their sake,
The winter wind, she whistles, and wanders alone through my gate.

She brings to me an apple and leaves it alone by my door,
She brings to me an apple and leaves it alone by my door,
She tells me to abandon and dream of her no more.

The mockingbird, she wakes me and calls me out by my name
The mockingbird, she wakes me and calls me out by my name,
She tells me she’s the desert and my arms are waterfalls of rain.
Track Name: Snake Song
Snake Song

You can't hold me
I'm too slippery
I do no sleeping
I get lonely
You can touch me
If you want to
I got poison
I just might bite you.

I lie in circles
On the sunlight
Shine like a diamond
On a dark night
There ain't no mercy
In my smiling
Only fangs and
Sweet beguiling.

The future, he don't
Try to find me
The skin I been through
Dies behind me
A solid hollow
Wrapped in hatred
And not a drop of
Venom wasted.

You can slip in
Try to find me
Hold your breath and
Flat deny me
It makes no difference
To my thinking
I'll be here when
You start sinking.
Track Name: Ballad of Thomas Henry
Ballad Of Thomas Henry

If you're ever in Harlan town
If you're ever here in Harlan town
Just pass on through, don't you mess around.

The kettle train, it brought me here
The kettle train, it brought me here
And it's been my home about thirteen years.

They got a hole in the ground, goes straight to hell
They got a hole in the ground, goes straight to hell
Stays dark as night at the morning bell.

This here bird, she can't sing no more
This here bird, she don't sing no more
Won't tell nobody who we're dying for.

This company coin, it don't go too far
This old company coin, it don't go too far
Buy two good shells at the company store.

Sit down Mabry, let me talk to you
Sit here Mabry, let me talk to you
This ain't no world to bring a child into.

Come sit out here by the clothesline
Come sit out here by the clothesline
By the time they find us, it'll be quittin' time.

Will they throw our ashes down in Wallin's Cave?
Will they throw our ashes down the Wallin's Cave?
'Cause the churchyard costs too much these days.

When the morning bell cuts through town
When the morning bell cuts through town
There's another soul on it's way back down.

At the end of the day, it's all I know
At the end of the day, it's all I know
It's the same above as it is below.

I've got a dark mind that's black as coal
I've got a dark mind, it's black as coal
With nothing left to worry for.

At night as I lie in my crooked sleep
I pray the devil my soul to keep
'Cause my days are dark as the mine is deep.
Track Name: (Bonus) How I Got To Memphis
How I Got To Memphis

If you love somebody enough
You'll follow wherever they go
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis

If you love somebody enough
You'll go where your heart wants to go
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis

I know if you'd seen her you'd tell me 'cause you are my friend
I've got to find her and find out the trouble she's in

If you tell me that she's not here
I'll follow the trail of her tears
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis

She would get mad and she used to say
That she'd come back to Memphis someday
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis

I haven't eaten a bite
Or slept for three days and nights
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis

I've got to find her and tell her that I love her so
I'll never rest 'til I find out why she had to go

Thank you for your precious time
Forgive me if I start to cryin'
That's how I got to Memphis