crossing bridges

by Wide Branches

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Recorded at TIMARA Studio 2, Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH in Winter 2012. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Garrett Openshaw in Oberlin, OH.


released April 22, 2012

All songs written and arranged by Caroline Mullis & Taylor Rogers//Caroline Mullis: vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, banjo//Taylor Rogers: vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo, tambourine//Cory Rogers: vocals, percussion//Garrett Openshaw: hadjira



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Track Name: No Whether
V1: When the rain came in you said be whole again
That parched brown field will now begin
To let all the water trickle in,
Chorus: There is no whether left
V2: When the clouds did fade, I took I take
The love that we once made
I roll and throw in those glossy blades
Into new water you wade (x3)
V3: When our sun did shine I said what’s yours is mine. But you’re not mine.
You took it all, you breached the line
This body must now resign (x3)
Track Name: Carolina Blues
V1: Carolina blue turns Carolina Blues, when my mind, it sits on you.
As we lay heart to heart, underneath that night of stars, so young, in love, and free.
But that shootin’ star came passin’ by, on it we wished our love goodbye. Those beating hearts & twinklin’ stars couldn’t keep our young love sparked
Chorus: The Carolina sky holds a sky that’s bright as gold, that shines upon the fields, the greenest grass that God could grow, but when the yellow meets the green, inevitably, I turn Blue for Carolina in our memory.
V2: We passed our days out on the dock, no cares, no troubles, and no clock.
Just you and me, the
birds, the trees, our laughter in the easy breeze.
We kissed the summer days away, but the forest left our love astray.
We got lost. Our love. The cost.
Bridge: And now I’m Blue, I get so Blue, when I think on you. Carolina Blues (x2)
Back home in Carolina
Where our sweet love will always be.
Track Name: Lover
V1: Lover, this song’s for you, and I sing it, when I miss you.
Your brown eyes, so sublime, they get me every time.
I close my eyes, and you are near.
In my bones, you echo “I’m here.”
When I’m lost, you bring me home, so I’ll never be alone.
It’s true. I love you.
Chorus: And the whole world will join us, on the day when we melt into the sky.
And the whole world will join us, and we’ll flow into each other in the light. Ay ay ay.
V2: Sunlight, this song’s for you, and I sing it, oh to praise you.
Your gold love, so divine. It gets me every time.
I close my eyes, I feel you here.
In my soul, your warmth is so clear.
When I’m blind you let me see, oh sunlight you set me free
To my knees, you send me
Chorus (x2)
Track Name: Build a Bridge
V1: They say love is all we need,
but I don’t think that we, can build a bridge
and get, out of it.
V2: You want the ash, and I want the fire.
You need the shore, and I need the tide
You’ve taken first, and I’ve taken last.
Lord help us break, these chains that clash
Br: So I’ll dance you a letter, and I’ll speak you a song. I’ll do anything, to let you see that it’s wrong.
Cause I don’t know how to let all this heartbreak go,
but I know it’s time to get this show on the road.
V3: Oh oh oh (x6)
Track Name: Carousel
V1: This carousel that we are spinning on,
it’s leading nowhere, we ride on and on.
The people change, we stay the same.
Carousel Road, carry me home, to nowhere.
Chorus: Spread your light in the dead of night,
dance like it’s a ball, who cares if you fall?
We’ve been here all along.
V2: Lady Sunlight in her northern sky,
she’s pointing onward, to the dead of night.
The seasons change, we stay the same.
Lady Sunlight, carry me high, to nowhere.
Chorus: Spread your light in the dead of night,
dance like it’s a ball, who cares if you fall?
We’ve been here all along.
Open wide, your heart’s alive,
don’t be uptight it’s all alright.
We all belong
Bridge: Stop hiding, I see you,
because I’m inside you.
Don’t run dear,
remain here,
and I will shelter you.
Track Name: O' My Star!
V1: O' My Star!
don't fail me now,
that I have followed you,
from town to town.
What are you rushing towards?
I can't keep up with you no more.
I can't catch you, but I can't slow down.
O' My Star!
don't fail me now.
V2: Oh, my heart:
don't fail me now,
that I have carried you,
from town to town.
What are you so heavy for?
I can't hold you anymore.
I can't hold you, but I can't put you down.
Oh, my heart,
don't fair me now.
V3: Oh, my soul:
don't fail me now,
that I have searched for you,
from town to town.
Why don't you show yourself?
I want to know you well.
I don't know you, but I won't let you down.
But I don't even know you,
Oh, my soul,
don't fail me now.
Track Name: Emerald Echoes
V1: Hear the music of my homegrown.
She plays the Dogwood as the wind blows.
And emerald echoes on her fiddle bow.
They say in life, nothin’s free.
My spirit begs to disagree
V2: Fallin’ deeply into shades of blue.
Makin’ love under her full moon.
Feelin’ crazy, actin’ coo coo.
Her blue sky, her green trees, set us free.
They say in life, nothin’s free.
My spirit begs, to disagree
Bridge: Runnin’ wild in her hidden meadows,
senses feasting on her flower petals,
reachin’ climax and there’s nothing better, oooo
V3: Doo doo doo (x2)
Feelin’ crazy, actin’ coo coo.
Her blue sky, her green trees, set us free
Track Name: Memory
V1: Ask these questions and wonder why,
consequence of time.
Think on all that we have known,
to the hope of one.
Chorus 1: This memory will fade
But I won’t let you go (x2)
Chorus 2: You have all of me,
You are all of me,
I am all of you (x2)
Chorus 1
Bridge: You spoke everything into my life,
unlocked the peace inside.
I take it,
I won’t break it,
I keep it,
I believe it.
Chorus 1
Chorus 2
Track Name: Plunge
V1: I am driven,
you drive me on,
but I’m swerving like a googled-eyed youth.
It’s like my recipe,
I can’t let go of,
the sugar pouring in without direction.
Chorus: How are we to carve out the wood of deceit?
Encompass me and take the plunge of the unsung (x2)
V2: Each angle that bends,
no matter which direction
I have to face all my tendencies.
I am a vapor, of it all,
The only thing that I have left is my freedom.
Bridge: Coming over the descent
(freedom is the only thing I have left) (x3)
Track Name: Uneasy
Speed up time,
ease my mind.
With ground so soft,
you watch me fall, fall, fall.
We were happy,
now I’m just uneasy.
who knows,
why your heart grew cold?
Uneasy, who knows,
will I be alone, alone, alone?
We’d go dancing (you’d spin me),
now I’m just uneasy.
Uneasy is me.
The wind,
my only company.
but home,
a comfort all my own.
Track Name: You Will Love
V1: You will love like the ocean, like the ocean
is gonna dry up.
You will love like the earth’s crust, like the earth's crust
will pull you in.
You will love like there’s no time, like there's no time
left in the world.
Chorus: You will love (x2)
Oh, you will love (x2)
V2: You will love like your heart might, like your heart might
jump out of your chest.
You will love like your lungs gonna, like your lungs gonna
leave your body.
You will love like your limbs might, like your limbs might
leave your side.
Bridge: La la la la (x4)