The Coast Road

by Dennis Crommett

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"The Coast Road" (2014) is a record written and recorded entirely on my own. It's been over three years since I released "In the Buffalo Surround," and in these ten songs (as in many others left in pieces) you'll hear the sounds of relationships, work, darkness, clarity -- and most likely, cars, chairs, kitchen sounds, and the like.

One night during the recording process, I wrote the following:

"I want this record to be like a room you might hang out in for a while. There's a window, maybe two. Cars are going by. The weather is promisingly questionable. Somebody you love is walking around from room to room, picking things up, putting things down. You hear something on the right, something on the left, and then stillness.

Silence is such a luxury. There are times I sit in my car at my favorite Audubon sanctuary and just close the windows, lock the doors and then…there is stillness. Maybe a rabbit is outside, chewing. A squirrel comes by. Stillness, silence. On this record, that would be the moment the lap steel comes in. One note slides in to accent something. Time goes by. The music fades out."

I hope you enjoy this spacious and personal document, and I thank you for listening.

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released November 11, 2014

All songs (c) 2014 Buried Battery Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Written, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Dennis Crommett in Northampton, MA.

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Track Name: All Of It
you, long dream,
leave me this hour.
until i
one dark eye
get clear.

oh this night
on this lake
i'll take all of it.

you, deep green
keep me upright.
even now
moving 'round
i'm born.

oh this day
in my heart
i hold all of it.

all my loves
all my hates
this is all of it.
Track Name: The Explorer
All my life, I've tried to be like a dog
all my legs trying to catch that woman
But nobody has come through yet
Nothing about me sang
And nobody has a clue that
They are everything

Oh this country full of giants,
have I sailed here just to miss you more?
Oh my arms are full of gold
like mine eyes have seen in only yours

All my life, I've tried to be like a cloud
on that wind, trying to float like a feather
where everything is so white, yes
and everything we could sing
and everyone has a clue that
They are everything

Oh this country full of giants,
have I sailed here just to miss you more?
Oh my arms are full of gold
like mine eyes have seen in only yours

Oh this sky all full of songs,
can I stay here and not miss you more?
Oh my heart wants to explore,
and mine eyes have seen such golden shores
Track Name: Rock On A River
It's true -- my love
You are the first to leave my arm
without a crutch

I wish you -- so much
To be the first one to dig your hands
into the mud

Either way, I will come back to you
And I see that star

You could say I have been here all along
a rock on a river

It's true -- so much
I am the first one to ring the bell
out for the start

It's through -- my ending
shooting a starter gun
into the mud

Either way, I will come back to you
And I see that star

You could say I have been here all along
a rock on a river
a hawk on a highway
a rock on a river
Track Name: Ghosts
It's mardis gras in the world
And I'm going 'round in these halls
Just to wind up in the room
To find out

That it's morbid 'round these parts
And I wander around these walls
like the young with the young burden goes
to survive

Go down where your deepest ghosts are
Clearly closing in
and then opening again
Breathing in and out

I was going 'round the gray shoals
with a heart that was misinformed
when all those people sang on the beach
come find, come find

Go down where your deepest ghosts are
Clearly closing in
and then opening again
Breathing in and out

When finally out on surface roads we'll find it
Or maybe out where nothing else can climb
Down

Go down where your deepest ghosts are
Clearly closing in
and then opening again
Breathing in and out

Where your heart is a twisting summertime
you never saw
It was everything before
And will be again
Track Name: Wasted Words
i heard a trumpet blowing
and then another
the wall was shaking but i knew we wouldn't die

i was in the lion's den
just before sunrise
my car was missing but the sound was in the sky

take these words from me.
steal them back for the air i breathe
they're wasted
and i can't hear them.

she cut my hair down tightly
i know, it ain't right
my world was smaller but it's growing all the time

my fists were clutching those sails
the night the storm came
the wind had told me i must shout to hear that quiet

take these words from me.
steal them back for the air i breathe
they're wasted
and i can't hear them.

take these words and be
the one who takes them back from me
i'm wasted
but i have found them.
Track Name: Go So You Can Come Back
he went out with his books
no one there
to read them to

and she up on the roof
no one next to her
until he said

Just go so you can come back
I'll stay right here
So when you leave, you can return

she asked if they could talk
now someone's there
and someone calls

meeting on the bridge
over that river
and now they say to one another

Just go so you can come back
i'll be right here
in this home for your return

I go so I can come back
You always wait
And you know I'll do the same

I stay so when you go
I'm alway here
And I know you'll do the same
Track Name: All The Time And Right Now
will you call on me, when mighty falls?
with a call you leave, from nowhere
in your voice i read, the endless wall
though it was, just a call, on the line

in the fall we see, the reds turn brown
and they fall asleep, for now
in your eyes i read, the echoed sound
of a dying, call, on the line

I want you all of the time
and right now
I want you every way
I know how

baby you could be, the mighty tree
with a call you leave, the anger
in your face i see, the sun once again
and the way that you call my line

I want you all of the time
and right now
I want you every way
You know how

I want you all of the time
and right now
I want you every way
We know how

You got me every day
from now on
I feel it all of the ways
I know how
right now
Track Name: Tomorrow Night Is Another Day
tonight will have to do
a deep red sky and thin blood
in dark jeans and no shirt
take me home to heaven

that fire behind my eyes will burn
til all this moonlight has moved on

tomorrow
tomorrow night is another day
come on thin blood
come on pale skin
let's get there some way

when you walked out on me
your deep gray eyes were sinking
you are no god i've found
and you won't take me hellward

that fire in your cold bed went out
the night i smelled you messing around

tomorrow
tomorrow night is another day
come on thin blood
come on pale skin
let's get there some way

tomorrow
tomorrow morning will be there for me
come on thick soul
come on hot sun
i'll get there your way
Track Name: Going Up Slowly
I'm going up slowly, on up to that heaven
where I'll sit on a river where the peace goes down
Where it goes down slowly, like the way things grow
like the way you should've kissed me before you had to go

You know she set me down slowly, like a broken bone
of a fish on a river where there is no hope
And how do you free that, that broken mind?
Well whatever a mind is, I'm through with mine

Oh now darling don't get weepy
I might be back around
But I've got a bet I can get into heaven
and baby I'm putting down

Well you can take my skin and you can take my mouth
I'll only be water when the peace comes down
Because I'm going up slowly and I can see the shore
You should have kissed me like you did before

Oh now darling don't get weepy
I might be back around
But I've got a bet I can get into heaven
and baby I'm putting down

Oh my loved ones, don't sip slowly
Gulp that sucker down
It's going to take wine and time by the river
'til I come back around