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TOBACCO TOWN

by Caleb Caudle

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Tobacco Town is out now on Robust Records

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released October 22, 2012

Caleb Caudle // Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica

Sam Kossler // Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Pedal Steel, Keys, Vocals

Chris Ankelien // Drums

Caitlin Cary // Violin and Vocals on "Midnight Beauty" and "Blue or Gray"

Haley Dreis // Violin and Vocals on "Little Reminders" and Vocals on "Anne Marie"

All songs written by Caleb Caudle 2012
"Anne Marie" and "Hesitate" written by Caleb Caudle & Sam Kossler

Recorded and Produced by Sam Kossler

Mastered by Matt Tuttle at IAS Studio
Artwork by Laura Lashley and Mason Viera
Photography by Courtney Swift
Layout Design by Wes Rice

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Country Music from The Piedmont.

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Track Name: Blue or Gray
She was hot as a pistol
she lit up the place
would call me a handsome devil
but not to my face

I was all open ears
everytime she'd speak
we used to leave notes
I haven't seen one in weeks

Cause there's a shakey side to this life
you can try all you want to fight it, I won't try
Cause blue or gray its the same sky
Yes, there's a shakey side to this life

A deck of cards, a shakey voice
who among us loved by choice?
and this bottle of bourbon is a barricade

I was ramblin' more than usual
my head spun more each day
Saving grace or digging graves

Cause there's a shakey side to this life
you can try all you want to fight it, I won't try
Cause blue or gray its the same sky
Yes, there's a shakey side to this life

And we wish away the days
for the ones we won't get back
there's a future for every heartbreak
and an absent mind for the past

Cause there's a shakey side to this life
you can try all you want to fight it, I won't try
Cause blue or gray its the same sky
Yes, there's a shakey side to this life
Track Name: Hesitate
Call on me
even in the middle of the night
even if you think I won't wake
or our talk won't make anything right

Call on me
even if you think we've said it all before
though our words won't change a thing
I still wanna hear even more

Because I don't hesitate too much now

Let me be
Let me be the constant you seek
when the seconds go like days
and the days they go like weeks

Let me stand
let me stand at the foot of your heart
I will fight every highway to know your warmth before the dark
Yes, i will know your warmth before the dark

Because I don't hesitate too much now

So figure out my worth
and figure it out
and hold onto the things
that you can't live without
and call me on the phone
and say you never meant a word
cause in my heart I know its true
everything I heard

Because I don't hesitate too much now
Track Name: Midnight Beauty
I'm seeing all the shine on every left hand
not that it matters much at all
I keep to myself in the daytime
I'm always dizzy when i call

and like a river I wanna see those dresses flow
and sense that hint of hope behind your eyes
walking away is what I'm used to
even though it don't feel right

And sometimes you look right through me
but then again don't they all?
Yes, You're a Midnight Beauty
But then again, Aren't we all?

And I'm only going places that I'm used to
It's comforting when every night's the same
It seems like seasons and haircuts
are the only things that change

And I found someone that i can care for
Someone who will also care for me
You find it, You lose it
You're back to the fading of a dream

And sometimes you look right through me
but then again don't they all?
Yes, You're a Midnight Beauty
But then again, aren't we all?
Track Name: Little Reminders
Watching the sunset alone
you know it just isn't the same
call me on your break
to see if I'm ok

And come back to me
When you are in your favorite dress
lose yourself in me
keep your head on my chest

And little reminders of you
in the pocket of my jeans
your hair on the pillow
the vinyl still out of the sleeves
little reminders of you
I hope they are here to stay
I see your blue eyes in every reminder today

The music was loud
but i whispered something just for you
when you smiled I knew
that you had felt it too

I helped you finish your last drink
so we could get going on
I reached for your hand
and kissed your collarbone

And little reminders of you
in the pocket of my jeans
your hair on the pillow
the vinyl still out of the sleeves
little reminders of you
I hope they are here to stay
I see your blue eyes in every reminder today

I heard so many times
that this sort of thing had long been dead
come on little bird sing
keep your song in my head
and let your reservations and hesitation just fade away
oh don't be afraid
and I won't be afraid

and little reminders of you
in the pocket of my jeans
your hair on the pillow
the vinyl still out of the sleeves
and little reminders of you
I hope they are here to stay
I see your blue eyes in every reminder today

I see your blue eyes in every reminder today
Track Name: Tobacco Town
Crushed cans and wristbands
worn out ink on stamped hands
long talks and dark walks
the streetlight on its last leg
you shivered and I tried to beg you
to take my jacket off and put it on yourself

Fireworks and corks flew
but now their on the ground
its not til' the next morning
when our true colors are found
the work that went into these floors
they're muddy, scuffed and marked
you took from me old t-shirts
but me I stole your heart

and the riff raffs by the smoke stacks
will stomp them when their through
and sing a raspy ballad of tobacco town for you

cursing every stoplight
the sunbeam in your eyes
you got there just in time
to see me pulling from the drive
my phone wasn't dead
but I lied and said it was
it's easier than having to explain a halfway love

and the branches became lonesome
as the blackbirds flew
the feathers fell down on this Tobacco Town for you

you hummed along to the radio
the song it crackled through
I never heard you sing too much
so I turned and smiled at you
but by then I was somewhere between loving you and leaving you
two and a half years you won't get back
I'm sorry for that

and one day when we're older
and i know you're feeling blue
I'll dust off the melody of Tobacco Town for you

I learned your favorite flower
and always held the door
but when I said I loved you
I looked down towards the floor
Track Name: Miss Me When You're Gone
Blindfolded, I'm acting out of instinct this time
fall apart but never fall behind
and hurry up hurry up make up your mind
we draw the lines just to cross the lines

and go on, go on, go on
just miss me when you're gone
and I'll be here bundled up and waiting on the sun
be gone, be gone, be gone
the past is just a smoking gun
and there's some love that just won't be undone
am I meant to love anyone?
am I meant to love anyone?

the truth it fell, piano off a skyscraper
the flowers wilt to the sound of a graveyard whisper
so tell me now, tell me what do you believe?
do you believe in me? do you believe in anything?

and go on, go on, go on
just miss me when you're gone
and I'll be here bundled up and waiting on the sun
be gone, be gone, be gone
the past is just a smoking gun
and there's some love that just won't be undone
am I meant to love anyone?
am I meant to love anyone?
Track Name: Cicadas & Hydrangeas
Cicadas sing the sadness
sunlight stirs the silhouettes
i sit in the shadows
but still I see your light

Hydrangeas hold the heartache
and bloom blue with every mistake
you sleep and I lay awake
I wouldn't dare kill your dreams

oh i shake and i shiver
and i shiver and shake
think about my heart and the ones I break
I don't know now which one is worse
the guilty mind or the stolen purse

tablecloth is full of stains
muddy dog on a twisted chain
rusty gutters from April's rain
Honey say something sweet

the streams rose with sympathy
she hummed her tired symphony
you don't have the time for me
and It makes me want you more

oh i shake and i shiver
and i shiver and shake
think about my heart and the ones I break
I don't know now which one is worse
the guilty mind or the stolen purse
Track Name: Anne Marie
Anne Marie
I'd like to bring you up to speed
on all the things I've seen you know
since we've not been speaking

Half the time I'm half awake
the weathers fine and I think
you'd like the company that I've been keeping

Anne Marie, Anne Marie
All the sugar second to the sting
and I hate to say I told you so
but I told you so
Didn't I Honey, Honey, Honey

I know these floods will drown us
I'm feeling washed away
what brought us here together
won't make me stay

Cause half the time I drag the lake
I find the things I wanna change
but anne, why can't I change myself?

Anne Marie, Anne Marie
all the sugar second to the sting
and I hate to say I told you so
but I told you so
didn't I honey, honey, honey
Track Name: Miles Away
I wish my heart was more than half broken
maybe then I'd start to see
that i shouldn't have spoken
I should have let you leave
and let the night time have you
and the red moon light your way
when everything said it let it go
I was too stubborn and stayed

I wish my heart was more than half broken
maybe then I'd know what to do
I wish my heart was more than half broken
I'd be miles away from you

For everytime you held my hand
I sat and watched you leave
for every useless door that slammed
I had you next to me
for everytime I was full of doubt
there was nothing to decide
for everytime the flowers bloomed
the flowers surely died

I wish my heart was more than half broken
maybe then I'd know what to do
I wish my heart was more than half broken
I'd be miles away from you

and the tail lights fading into
the darkest of winter nights
If somethings not gone completely wrong
It's hard to make that something right
so tell me now what exactly
is there left to hold onto
I was more worried about being along than I was about losing you

I wish my heart was more than half broken
maybe then I'd know what to do
I wish my heart was more than half broken
I'd be miles away from you
Track Name: Reckless Motorcycle
Well the blinds are closed
on a room of blue
the minute hand struck twenty two
silent and somber as a hurse
you reached for the door
I closed it first

and promises are just a drone
recycled every motive every line
I leaned against the left arm of the sofa
convinced myself I wasn't wasting time
and you leaned on the right

and we said it, we said it, we said it
you meant it, you meant it, I didn't
and now my phone only rings when you need something
my phone doesn't ring much at all

and your eyeliner
has made us late
we'll sneak in so we don't have to explain
reckless motorcycle on the freeway
weaving in and out of love and hate
in the sideways rain

and we said it, we said it, we said it
you meant it, you meant it, I didn't
and now my phone only rings when you need something
my phone doesn't ring much at all