Wheels Won't Roll

by Barak Hill

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about

I’m lucky to have friends who are incredible musicians. They’ve played these songs with me in bars, backyards, and living rooms—wherever people would listen. I wanted a record of what that sounded like.

Rather than spend weeks in a studio trying in vain to make everything perfect, we set up two microphones in a great room and recorded live. These aren’t definitive versions of these songs; they’re just the way we played them right then, while the recorder was running.

The owners at Lindberg’s were gracious enough to let me use the room above the bar. It’s a beautiful space with acoustics that musicians dream of. I haven’t added reverb or effects—what you hear is us, the hardwood floor, and the traffic on Commercial Street. The building also has a history that’s the stuff of local legend. For more than 100 years, through times as a brothel, a speakeasy, a juke joint, and now a haven for music fans, Lindberg’s has been soaking up stories. My hope is that some of the history of this building found it’s way onto these recordings.

Thanks to all my friends who played on these songs—at shows and on this album. Thanks to Dallas, Brett, Marshall, and Joel for lending your ears when I’m not sure songs are finished. Most of all, thanks to everyone who comes out to places like Lindberg’s and supports local music.

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released May 2, 2014

Barak Hill: Vocals, Guitar
Kevin Cott: Vocals, Guitar
Molly Healey: Vocals, Violin, Cello
Dallas Jones: Vocals, Harmonica, Banjo, Guitar
Brandon Moore: Resonator, Mandolin

All songs by Barak Hill © 2014 (BMI).
Produced by Barak Hill and Dallas Jones.

Copyright © 2014 Folkpile Records, Springfield, Missouri
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a Violation of Applicable Laws.

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Barak is a singer/songwriter and producer from Spring­field, MO.

"Hill’s lyrical approach is economical and plain-spoken, the words of everyman. But they’re delivered with the careful pacing and assuredness of a man who knows the impact he wants and how to get it." - Chris DeRosier, TAG Magazine ... more

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Track Name: The Sweetest Sound
I like the sound of heartache
Write what I know and I know it so well
Pay attention when my heart breaks
Another story to tell

I love how hard the sun shines
Makes me sweat, makes me close my eyes
Night leaves me longing for daylight
Daylight eases my mind

Write this down
Word for word ‘til I get it out
Write this down
Heartache makes the sweetest sound

I feel like leaving this to heaven
But I’ll carry it as long as I can
Do my best for those that follow
To find a way without a plan

Write this down
Word for word ‘til I get it out
Write this down
Heartache makes the sweetest sound
Track Name: Once I Was a Hurricane
Once I was a hurricane
I owned the wind, I owned the rain
Drowned the sun and sky for days
Oh once I was a hurricane

Once I was a rattlesnake
Leave me be, just walk away
I was full of pain, I shook with rage
Oh once I was a rattlesnake

Once I was a house on fire
I burned down walls with my desire
Tore down the roof to see the sky
Oh once I was a house on fire

I am just a man these days
My stories all are caught and tamed
There is no cause to be afraid
Oh I am just a man these days
There is no cause to be afraid
Oh I am just a man these days
Track Name: Thirty-Three
A dozen years since twenty-one
Look at how far I’ve come
Surprised at how easily
The road rolls out in back of me

But nothing’s set my soul on fire
Like the spark between you and I
Scared to think what we could have done
If I was smarter at twenty-one

Feeling old at thirty-three
I’ve packed on too much history
Can’t find a piece of solid ground
No I can’t seem to settle down

So I’m walking when my wheels won’t roll
Thought I was through with days like those
It turns out that where I am
Ain’t so far from where I’ve been

A dozen years since twenty-one
Look at how far I’ve come
Surprised at how easily
The road rolls out in back of me
Track Name: I Want to Say Love
Wanna feel good, but I can’t feel good
Without you
Wanna do right, but I can’t do right
Ooh, by you

I want to take your picture
And I want to hear your big plans
I want to get you drunk
And tell you all my secrets

In one hand, but not my good hand
I’ll hold on to you
I’ll talk softly, I’ll talk slowly
When I talk to you

I want to take your picture
And I want to hear your big plans
I want to get you drunk
And tell you all my secrets

I’ll call you in the morning
And I’ll stay awake until then
I want to say love
But I want to mean it

My heart as hard as diamonds
And my soul as cold as ice
I listened to what you said
Please don’t say it twice

I want to take your picture
And I want to hear your big plans
I want to get you drunk
And tell you all my secrets

I’ll call you in the morning
And I’ll stay awake until then
I want to say love
But I want to mean it
Track Name: This Machine
You’ve got a face I think I’ve seen in my dreams
Or maybe you just look like some girl from a movie

I’ve got a car, I could take you home, it’s OK
It may not be far, but we could take the long way

Move so fast
Lights are all that I can see
This machine
Would take you away from me

Ma’am I’m in pain, it hurts to have to tell you
You don’t know my name, and I wish you didn’t have to

Move so fast
Lights are all that I can see
This machine
Would take you away from me
Track Name: Birmingham
I’m on my way to Birmingham, I kissed Austin goodbye
Take 20 it’s a straight shot, leave them hard roads behind
Spent my last night in Texas, now I’ve crossed that Lou’siana state line

Shreveport to Jackson with sunset in my rearview mirror
I’ve got six hours behind me, seven still to go before I’m there
Monroe looks like a fine town, I’d stop and sleep if only you were here

I’m on my way to Birmingham, to ask that little girl for her hand
I’m burning up the four-lane tryin’ to get there just as fast as I can
If that little girl will have me I will be an Alabama man
Track Name: Everything That I've Earned
It doesn’t matter how long I’m gone
When I get back this still feels like home
There ain’t nothing to hold me, but this place seems to own me
This shit-stinking town, is where I come from

It doesn’t matter how hard I love
Seems I wind up with nothing but songs
Got no one to hold me, I’m alone but not lonely
And a girl like you wouldn’t have stayed mine for long

It doesn’t matter how hard I work
Debts to pay, never money to burn
The money that’s owed me, it comes and it’s going
I guess that I get everything that I’ve earned
Track Name: All My Time
Oh my love will you spend the night
The rain is coming down outside
Oh my love will you spend the night tonight

Saved my money just to fill your glass
Bottle’s empty, feelings last
Oh my love will you spend the night tonight

We’ll stay in long after morning’s come
Kill the phones, keep the curtains drawn
You’re the one thing on my mind
I’m gonna give you all my time
Give you all my time

Ain’t no jobs for a man like me
That ain’t how I spend my days
Money baby, isn’t what I need

We’ll stay in long after morning’s come
Kill the phones, keep the curtains drawn
You’re the one thing on my mind
I’m gonna give you all my time
Give you all my time

Oh my god, what will we do
When the well runs dry will you see us through
Oh my god, will you see us through

Hard times come, they won’t bring us down
Hard times go, we’ll still be around
When I’ve spent my last dime
I’ll just give you all my time
Give you all my time

We’ll stay in long after morning’s come
Kill the phones, keep the curtains drawn
You’re the one thing on my mind
I’m gonna give you all my time
Give you all my time
Track Name: 'Til the Money Runs Out
Whatcha gonna do ‘til the money runs out now baby?
Whatcha gonna do ‘til the money runs out now baby?
Dance all night, and sing out loud
Dance and sing ‘til the money runs out now baby

We’ll drink all night and sleep all day tomorrow
We’ll drink all night and sleep all day tomorrow
Music’s loud, stay awake
Stumble home and sleep all day tomorrow

Mmm my my, that sure felt like love
Mmm my my, it was never enough

Whatcha gonna do when I ain’t no fun now baby?
Whatcha gonna do when I ain’t no fun now baby?
Look how fast, how far you run
Run away when I ain’t no fun no baby

Mmm my my, that sure felt like love
Mmm my my, it was never enough
Mmm my my, that sure felt like love
Mmm my my, it was never enough

Whatcha gonna do ‘til the money runs out now baby?
Whatcha gonna do ‘til the money runs out now baby?
Dance all night, and sing out loud
Dance and sing ‘til the money runs out now baby
Track Name: Ready to Walk Away
Pray, the boy says to pray
He said you’ve got to have faith
I’m sleeping not dying
The boy says to pray

I’ve given good days
The rest I’ll be taking
I’ll take them away
They’re mine to reclaim

I’m disheartened and disappointed
Tired of the things that I wanted
I’m ready to walk away

I’m proud that I know
A man of salvation
He’s safe but not saving
A good man to know

Now I’m walking away
So long, I’d forgotten
The direction to walk in
The boy says to pray

I’m disheartened and disappointed
Tired of the things that I wanted
I’m ready to walk away
Track Name: Reunion Song
My brothers share my name
Damn near the only thing
Our father, has to leave to us
Wives and kids by twos and threes
Gather here beneath the trees
We’re all here, ain’t that enough?
Or do you have to like the ones you love?

Father don’t have much to say
So many men were left that way
Hard, and full of thoughts of war
But momma she always speaks
In a voice that trembles and grows weak
Of the man she remembers from before
He just don’t talk much anymore

The things I’ve tried to leave behind
They meet me at the county line
To lead me back to where I’m from
We keep in touch from separate ways
You can’t come home is what they say
But we’re all here, ain’t that enough?
You don’t have to like the ones you love (3X)
Track Name: Pushed Around
I’ll shave my face, most every day
I’ll get a haircut, yeah go ahead and say the word
Tell me what to do
I just want to get pushed around by you

Just want to get shoved around
Just want to get tossed around
I just want to get pushed around by you