Time Rolls By

by Brendan Kelty

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Debut album by Brendan Kelty

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released January 9, 2014

All songs written by Brendan Kelty

Produced by Colin J Nelson
Co-produced by Brendan Kelty

Recorded and mixed by Colin J Nelson at Her Car Studio in Seattle, WA, December 2012 through July 2013. Tracks 1, 9, 10, & 11 also recorded by Kendra Lynn at Jackpot! Studio in Portland, OR, November 2010. Mastered by Carl Saff at Carl Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL

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With roots in Rustbelt sensibilities, Western North Carolina tradition, and the Pacific Northwest wilderness spectacular, Brendan Kelty has cultivated a soulful sound drawn from gritty travel, wilderness living, and personal relationships; simple real and honest. ... more

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Track Name: Velvet Dress
She wore a black velvet dress,
With palms opened to the sky
She looked her best.
And across the bottom was black lace,
Across her eyes was painted that accentuated gaze.

Chorus
I know you got that singular feelin’
That you got no time for loving me, it’s ok.
I know that your eyes are peelin’
For the next one in line so I’ll get out of your way.

The love we shared was ephemeral,
Contentment seemed to be that ever-elusive pearl.
And I’m sure eventually we’ll find our way,
Everything happens for reasons as they say yeah yeah.

Chorus

Lord tell me where I need to go,
I’m grasping on to a shredded rope.
Cause I miss the way you shine, underneath the morning light.
No I don’t think its right
That you ain’t here with me tonight,
That you ain’t here with me tonight.

She wore a black velvet dress,
With palms opened to the sky
She looked her best.
And across the bottom was black lace,
Across her eyes was painted that accentuated gaze.

Chorus

Lord help me let go of this load.
I’m grasping on to sinking gold
From our ship lost at sea.
This voyage passed, the voyage of you and me.
Track Name: Time Rolls By
Heaven look at my hands, have I been a strong man?
Heaven look at my eyes, have I broken my disguise?
Heaven look at my face, have I sung your praise?

Chorus
The time rolls by our face
And the time washes o’er our graves,
And the time never felt so sweet
As the time between you and me.

There are many things that come and go I cannot do,
But I’ve been grabbing life by the horns I push on through.
Cause I’ve been riding shotgun on the hunt for the truth.
Still I can’t see the light within the space between the sun and moon,
I can’t see the light within the space between the sun and moon.

Chorus

When I look into the water is there something there to drink?
Are there ample reserves big enough, enough to give me strength?
Do I keep on traipsing on, muddying my wake?
Or can I keep it clear enough to be the man I want to make
Can I keep it clear enough to be the man I want to make?

Chorus
Track Name: Build
We’ll build a home, we’ll start a family.
We’ll till the garden, won’t run away if it starts to rain.
We’ll till the garden we’ll harvest till we’re wrinkled, old, and gray.

Chorus
We’ll shower in graces of wholehearted embraces,
Of our past, our future, and our children’s faces.
Feast on the table, the cat’s on the sill, warm light pours through the windows
Our long lives fulfilled, hey.

The memories of those who loved us,
We’ll live and breathe, we’ll cherish as the mortar of our hearth.
We’ll live and breathe, we’ll come to see that heaven brings a start.

Chorus

We’ll build a home, we’ll make a place,
With hearts and hands we’ll give to others every single day.
With hearts and hands we’ll live only the world that we create.

Chorus
Track Name: Constellation Reprise
In the market’s where we lingered on
Indians were playing all their native songs
On the panpipe flutes
We danced beneath their constellations

There we bartered in the desert light
Negotiations never had felt so right
Neath the Southern Cross
Your brightness never let us get lost
Track Name: World It Turns
And as the world we made it turns,
Forgetting to laugh to love to learn.
I’m sitting here forming lists, face upon my hands.
Lookin’ out for better days I don’t realize began today.

Chorus
I could dance around this world a thousand times
Without seeing all the beauty in this life.
There’s something there, it’s in front of your face.
I’d hate to see gone waste all the days, all the days gone by.

A pounding heart, a worried mind,
Fevered in a hurry and missing signs.
Pulling out to city streets, this truck is oversized.
Full of cargo I don’t need, hauled from lie, to lie, to lie.

Chorus

For you I’ll be the man so true and strong,
Doing something more than writing songs.
You’re closer than you’ve ever been, I’m pulling in the reigns.
To keep this wagon with it’s wheels,
To travel steady, true, and straight.

Chorus

And as the world we made it turns,
Teaching ourselves to laugh to love to learn,
The things which we have always known, but seem to have let ‘em go
You illustrate with simplicity in this life worth living for today.

Chorus
Track Name: Weather's Comin'
Weather’s comin’ oh it’s time to go
Thunderheads oh I should have known.
The ridge is looking pretty strong,
The ridge is looking pretty long.

North of Asheville the mountains are black,
We’re too deep in there’s no turnin back.
So hunker down and build a fire,
Look on out for the jaguar.
Oooooh, ooooooh

Stillhouse moonshine brothers beware
Stiller shoots before you know he’s there
Cousin poaches for the ginseng root
Fortunes a day he gathers for his loot.

A city man might think he’s dumb
But the mountain people don’t ever succumb
To the ways and wills of the world below
Sell their wares, never sell their souls.
Oooooh, ooooooh

So many people creeping round these hills,
Building their taj mahal don’t know it kills
This land one sacred that once stood so still
Now open to man’s unrelenting will

Weather’s comin’ oh its time to go,
Thunderheads oh I should have known.
Surging river never let us pass,
Tumbling boulders illustrate its wrath.

Ancient ridge neath the wicked skies,
Primal man, a blessing to his eyes
Encroachment steady, at a frightening pace
Primal man and his numbered days.
Oooooh, ooooooh
Track Name: The Sound
There were so many years when I was somebody else.
I was happy enough but I could certainly tell
That a piece of my song was out there floating around.
Your touch is the melody
And your voice is the sound.
Your touch is the melody
And your voice is the sound.

There are times in this life when I get sad so sad
Then you walk through the door and all that’s in the past.
When the night rolls around and I’ve been drinking too much
You take me gently by the hand and you shut me right up.
Your touch is the melody
And your voice is the sound.
Your touch is the melody
And your voice is the sound.

I can see in your soul your parents did a good job
I can feel in the way you dance you’re right on.
Well it’s time that you know that I need you so.
Your touch is the melody
And your voice is the sound.
Your touch is the melody
And your voice is the sound.
Track Name: Eighteen Wheeler
Eighteen-wheeler make it on time,
Going seventy down the interstate.
Blue Ridge Mountains at your side,
Land of America oh how you shine.

Refrain
I never knew the story before you came and took it away from me,
I never knew the glory of the great American countryside.

Seventy-seven winding through
Everything important to me and you,
Step on aside let me play my guitar.
Seventy-seven winding through
Everything important to me and you,
Step on aside let me play my guitar.

Refrain

Jimmy don’t show his face to the police,
His conscious grows tired
It’s bringing him to his knees, yes indeed.
Well he slings a little hash, makes a little cash,
Running from the songs he never used to sing in his past,
Life moves fast.

Refrain

Before you take the reigns, listen to the wind,
Just might come and set you along your way.
Before you take the reigns, listen to the wind,
Just might come and set you along your way.

Refrain
Track Name: Fiddle & Reel
It’s all alive not photographed,
About ourselves, we all must laugh.
We like to dance from time to time,
In the mountains, you know we’re trying,
You know we’re trying.

History’s glum from time to time,
Taken possession of this life.
‘Pessimists lie’ she said, you know,
We’ll drop our seeds and we’ll watch ‘em, we’ll watch ‘em…

Grow, Grow

A fiddle, a reel, a diamond ring,
A love, a place that’s fit for kings.
A side of me, a space, a void
My air, my bread,
There is no choice, there is no choice.

Counting the days to see you next,
Making the changes to make this last.
Four years to wait don’t seem so long
To dance in the midst of your loving…

Song, Song

It’s all alive not photographed,
About ourselves, we all must laugh.
We like to dance from time to time,
In the mountains, you know we’re trying,
You know we’re trying.

History’s glum from time to time,
Taken possession of this life.
‘Pessimists lie’ she said, you know,
We’ll drop our seeds and we’ll watch ‘em, we’ll watch ‘em…

Grow, Grow
Track Name: Peace of Mind
Jesus left town on a southbound train,
Landed himself into New Orleans
And what he found was appalling.

The storm rolled through and tore it all down,
Five days later where was our crown?
Said all he knows is Texas oil.

There’s college kids and ghetto folks and clergymen in robes,
There’s doctors, lawyers, hustlers, beggars, everybody knows
That the storm don’t decide between you and I
It lifts you up it throws you down,
you may live or you may die.

Jesus left town on a southbound train,
Landed himself into New Orleans
And what he found was appalling.

That oil well blew and poured it all out,
Three months later what had they found?
Said all they know are their bottom lines.

Jesus left town on a southbound train,
Landed himself into New Orleans
And what he found was appalling.

That storm rolled through and tore it all down,
Five days later where was our crown?
Said all he knows is Washington.

Well everybody wants just a big old slice
Of that big, fat, juicy American pie.
Said all I want is peace of mind.

Well everybody wants just a big old slice
Of that big, fat, juicy American pie.
Said all I want, all I want,
All I want is peace of mind.
Track Name: Lovely Woman
Feel the curtains of your hair
Block the nasty world outside.
Darlin’ love the way you move
In the darkness of the night.

Chorus
Lovely woman you set my mind at ease,
Can’t you tell you’re the woman of my dreams?
Like these mountains and all those rushing streams,
Love’s eternal like the one between you and me.

Feel the flag of spring unfurl,
Winter ice and snow goodbye.
Well I’ve been waiting oh so long
For you to enter in my life.

Chorus

No more time to live as shadows
Hiding from the truth at hand.
Well darlin’ time has spoken clearly,
You’re my lady, I’m you’re man.

Chorus
Track Name: Constellation
Do you know the way to go?
Let me show you the way back home.
I know I, I can’t deny no more…

I’ve been searching for your photograph
For a year or so honey still I don’t see that in my mind,
That’s fine, you’re lost in my constellation.

As the earth turns into the night sky
And the Milkyway stares me right into my eye,
I swear I saw you lost in my constellation.

Chorus
Do you know the way to go?
Let me show you the way back home.
I know I, I can’t deny no more.

In the market’s where we lingered on
And the Indians were playing all their native songs
On the panpipe flutes,
We danced beneath their constellations.

There we bartered in the desert light,
Negotiations never had felt so right
Neath the Southern Cross.
Your brightness never let us get lost.

Chorus

As we navigated streets of the city
Shopkeepers and street sweepers could see that you were gifted.
You broke down walls, precipitating my sweet fall.

You told me lovingly that I had nothing to fear,
The way that people treat you’s like a polished mirror.
Like birds in flight, you’ve got to go with what feels right.

Chorus

I’ve been searching for your photograph
For a year or so honey still I don’t see that in my mind,
That’s fine, you’re lost in my constellation.

As the earth turns into the night sky
And the Milkyway stares me right into my eye,
I swear I saw you lost in my constellation.
Track Name: I Don't Mind
I don’t mind if you take all that I own,
Evacuate my home,
I just want to go, I just want to go.

I couldn’t care less about this now,
I don’t want to shout,
Lord I never want to shout, no I never want to shout.

Chorus
My hearts going door to door, all this fighting what’s it for?
I just want to stop and scream ‘goodbye’ with love
Goodbye with love, goodbye with love, goodbye with love.

I don’t mind if you cut off all your hair
To prove that you don’t care
About me anymore, as long as you are sure.

I couldn’t care what your mother said,
Or who’s been in your bed
Touching you instead, touching you instead.

Chorus

I don’t mind if you smear my name around,
Chase me out of town,
Glad to take my bow as the curtains falling down.

So take care, I hope you find someone
To be your number one,
Don’t write me anymore, don’t write me anymore.

Chorus

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