Blue Northern

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The second (and final) full-length Jasper's Cast album!

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released October 9, 2012

Blue Northern

Produced by Jasper’s Cast
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Jackson Floyd
Recorded July to August 2012 at Sideways House, San Antonio, TX
Additional Recording at Trinity University, San Antonio TX
Strings arranged by Meg Lobasso and Jackson Floyd
Album Artwork by Brian Bedford
Album Design by Brian Bedford and Jasper’s Cast
All songs written by Jasper’s Cast
© 2012, 3 Strings Records (ASCAP)


Jasper’s Cast is:

Eric Elliott: Vocals; Mountain Dulcimer; Piano; Acoustic Guitar; Drums and Percussion

Jackson Floyd: Vocals; Acoustic, Electric, Slide, and Bass Guitars; Organ; Piano; Tape Loops; Harmonica; Drums and Percussion

Jeremy Aulden: Vocals; Drums and Percussion; Acoustic Guitar; Piano; Organ

Meg Lobasso: Vocals; Cello

Scott Riggle: Mandolin


Jasper’s Cast would like to thank everybody who donated their time, patience, and support towards the making of this record and throughout the past three years of this musical adventure. A very special thanks to all of our families and friends.


“Life is short, but life is growing.
Life is change and never knowing.
Rearranging and that’s fine,
And we’re all in the middle of it.”

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Eric Elliott is a songwriter and mountain dulcimer player currently living and playing in Seattle, WA.

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Track Name: Holding On
"Holding On"

We can do this if we want to
Stretch our wings out and learn to fly
It’s been so long since I’ve seen you
We’ve been working overtime

I’m holding on
I need you with me tonight

Over and over we keep wondering
If we’re the right ones if we’re enough
And I can tell you only what I’m feeling
I can tell you only what I love

I’m holding out
No more questions tonight

May we never lose affection
May we never fall apart
I may never understand this
But you’re always where I start

We’re holding on
It’s never easy
I’m waiting for
You to tell me

Tonight
Hold
Me tight
Hold me closer
Track Name: The Great Texas Wildfire, 1892
"The Great Texas Wildfire, 1892"

The sky was red with the dawn
We woke at the first alarm
And we rose to claim our glory
With the naivety of a child
We sought to tame the wild
Red sky at morning
Sailors take warning

The air was filled with smoke
As the old general spat and spoke
He said I'll give you boys just one good chance
The riverside with corporal Lance's forty
We arrived there too late it seemed
How I wish that I could have been dreaming
There was fire all around I was swallowed by sound
Great God in heaven the world was burning

Oh my God my tears could not quench the pain of flame
Red and orange engulfing everything
Barn caught blue couldn't know what to do
Now we're moving to to the city
Where I will live a life alone
That fire it buried Ana's bones
Now I'm just living like a, just living like a stone
Track Name: Door to Door
"Door to Door"

You say you wanted change, well here it is
I hope it doesn’t move too slow
It seems everything is all amiss
And there’s nothing here left to grow

Oh, now I believe what you say
And I’m sorry, but I won’t ever stay
Stay away

And now what it is ain’t what it was
I hope you wanted it this way
I needed something more than just because
I needed something more than yesterday

So, you think I’m less than free
Let me tell you, there’s nothing stopping me

I’m a soldier, going off to war
I’m a sailor, yeah, searching for the shore
I’m a salesman, yeah, going door to door
I’m a baker, yeah, minding what’s in store

So I never saw this coming down
But I’d say that it is time
I said it once and I will say again
I’ll turn round to find I’ve lost a friend in you

And I don’t want to hear that you’re sorry
But there’s nothing here for you

You say reggae is the blues of our generation
First it was the delta, now Jamaica
I don’t mind, I don’t mind, tell me it’s the same
But who’s to blame

anyway
I know I’m more than that
And it’s only a matter of where I’m at

I’m a soldier, yeah, going off to war
I’m a sailor, yeah, searching for the shore
I’m a salesman, yeah, going door to door
I’m a baker, yeah, minding what’s in store

So now, I turn around to lose a friend
I hope this is just the end
Track Name: Secrets
"Secrets"

All of these secrets, they’re just between us
They’re all we share
And all of these secrets I know they lead us
Everywhere

I don’t believe that it’s not a secret
When I say
There’s always nothing turns into something
Every time you say
Hello

Believe I’m sinking halfway down
Hope it’s a secret, hope it’s a secret
I can’t tell you what I’ve found
But I know in my heart it’s true
Yes I know in my heart it’s true

I wasn’t thinking when I was drinking
I turned away
There’s always something turns into nothing
Every time I say
No

Believe I’m sinking halfway down
Hope it’s a secret, hope it’s a secret
I can’t tell you what I’ve found
But I know in my heart it’s true
Yes I know in my heart it’s true

I never told you all of my secrets
I turned away
And there’s always nothing turns into something
Every time you say
Hello

Believe I’m sinking halfway down
Hope it’s a secret, hope it’s a secret
I can’t tell you what I’ve found
But I know in my heart it’s true
Yes I know in my heart it’s true
Track Name: Beat Poets
"Beat Poets"

I can feel a west wind blowin
Beneath a starry sky
I know that I should be goin
Don’t you wonder why
I still wonder why

So put me on an ocean liner
Put me on a train
Gotta get me going somewhere
‘Fore I go insane
Maybe I’m insane

Got to keep on movin
Movin underground
Feel the earth is changing
Teel I’m sinking down

And I’m under pressure
When you look at me
I know that I’ll never measure
To all that I should be
What you want me to be

So write me a manifesto
Howl at the moon
Hitch a ride to San Fernando
Yeah I’ll be there soon
Yeah, I’ll be there soon

Got to keep on movin
Moving to the sound
I know the earth is changing
Feel it sinking down

1 2 3 4!
hey man! how you feelin?
Mexico!
alright, alright I see you

Denver got a little colder
But I’m keepin on
I’m looking at a West horizon
Think I’ve seen it all
God I hope I’m wrong

So maybe I should stop my runnin
Look at what I’ve found
But man I discovered something
When I settled down
There ain’t no settlin down
Track Name: The High Heat
"The High Heat"

In the high heat, in the gold fields
We weather the calloused soil
While our sweat drips, and our clothes stick
We're beaten by the toil
Track Name: She'll Fly Away
"She'll Fly Away"

In the morning (she’ll fly away)
In the evening (she’ll fly away)
Without warning (she’ll fly away)
She’ll be leaving (she’ll fly away)
Don’t tell anybody but I’m hoping that maybe she’s on her way

In the morning (she’s on her way)
In the evening (she’s on her way)
Without warning (she’s on her way)
She’ll be leaving (she’s on her way)
Don’t tell anybody but I’m hoping that maybe this time she’ll stay

I was out walking around saw a girl sweet as can be
I said hello my friend won’t you come along with me
She took my hand and said amen, and could I set her free?
You might say it’d be a sin
But I said that I would see her in

The morning (she’s here to stay)
In the evening (she’s here to stay)
Without warning (she’s here to stay)
I believe it (she’s here to stay)
Don’t tell anybody but I’m hoping she never flies away

alright, guitar
(solo)

You might think that that’s the end but still there’s more to say
She took everything I own and left me here one day
If you ever see her well you’d better stay away
But I’ll keep on dreamin
Someday I’ll see her in

The morning (she’ll fly away)
In the evening (she’ll fly away)
Without warning (she’ll fly away)
She will leave ya (she’ll fly away)
I’ve got to tell somebody that I know, yes I know, I know, she’ll always fly away

that’s my story
Track Name: The River Song
"The River Song"

Took my true love down to the river
We both jumped in side by side
Now we’re floating down through the water
Our love flows both deep and wide

If there’s ever someone who loves me
I know she is by my side
I hope she’ll be there forever
Someday she will be my bride
Track Name: Welcome Home
"Welcome Home"

Now you know just where you’re going,
But you don’t belong, whatever road you’re on
And I believe there’s nothing chasing all the dawn away
I’m here to stay, darlin
I hope that it is right

All the signs, you should have known it darlin
When you go, there’s nothing to show for it
And I believe there’s something here inside of you and me
I’ll never know

I hope that it is wrong
Maybe it is right
Maybe it’s just crazy
Travel through the day
Suffer through the night
But not lately

Now I know just where I’m headed
And it’s towards you, I’ll tell the truth now honey
Welcome home, you’re never here beside me all alone
You’re not alone
Track Name: In the Middle of It
"In the Middle of It"

Love is simple love is good
Love is doing what you should
Love is never less than true
Love is all around

Life is here and life is far
Life is everything you are
Life is up and life is down
Life is all around

Love is here and love is now
Love is sight and love is sound
Love is living loving you
Life is loving living too
Life is short but life is growing
Life is change and never knowing
Rearranging and that’s fine

And we’re all in the middle of it