Dots and Lines

by Eric Elliott

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Eric Elliott's first solo dulcimer album, "Dots and Lines," features personal messages and stories through ten lovingly-crafted songs. Elliott brings these emotional and whimsical stories to life through his clear, melodic vocals and lush, warm instrumentation.

As this is a "dulcimer album," Elliott places the mountain dulcimer in a lead role for each song, with either acoustic or electric mountain dulcimers lending a unique sound to his seemingly straightforward songwriting, while bolstered by backing open-tuned guitar. But this is certainly not a traditional "dulcimer album," as he re-defines the image of this traditional bluegrass/gospel instrument, and uses it's versatile and poignant sound to define his own unique brand of folk-pop.

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released December 12, 2014

Many thanks to everyone who listened to my ideas, musings, and noise during the making of this album. Special thanks to Sarah Worzer, who put up with the most of everything, Jackson Floyd and Meg Lobasso and Moose for contributing their musical expertise, Ashley and Brett Wickham for letting me borrow their piano and drums, and to my family for all their love and support. Writing these songs and making this album has been a personal journey, and it means so much to me to share it with all of you. Thank you for listening.



"Dots and Lines"
All songs written by Eric Elliott in San Antonio, TX and Boulder, CO
All songs recorded, mixed, and mastered by Eric Elliott in Boulder, CO


Instrumentation:
Eric Elliott - Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Mountain Dulcimers, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Percussion
with
Meg Lobasso - Cello and String Arrangements on "Amateur Nephologist and "Brother"
and
Jackson Floyd - Electric Guitar and Noise on "Back to You", Slide Guitar on "So Good (To Be Alone)", and String Arrangements on "Amateur Nephologist" and "Brother"



All songs © Eric Elliott, 2014. ASCAP.
All songs ℗ 3 Strings Records, 2014. ASCAP.

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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: Monday
"Monday"

Monday, world is stirring, as I go walking out
A slow day, snow is falling, hardly makes a sound

Tuesday, early morning, I pick a different route
Something bright is shining, brings me back to you
And I'm ready, come what may, I'm on my way

Wednesday, the air is full of promises, so much for me to do
Waiting, sitting, pacing, wandering, Thursday comes too soon

Friday, won't you come away with me, let our dreams come true
Come what may, Saturday and Sunday, and all our Mondays too
Track Name: Oh No!
“Oh No!”

You were someone else today, the way you acted, yeah, you took my breath away
And now there’s nothing here that’s left for me to say, except oh no, no
Oh no, no

I guess it had to end, but what I still don’t know is why can’t we be friends
Cuz what you’re doing’s not what I would recommend, oh no, no
Oh no, no

Don’t hate me, I know I let you down, but lately you got me runnin’ around, all around
So, I guess it comes to this, a situation that I frankly wish I’d missed
But it’s all over, so I guess I’ll shut my lips, and think oh no, no
Oh no, no

You were someone else today, the way you acted, yeah, you took my breath away
And now there’s nothing here that’s left for me to say, except oh no, no
Oh no, no
Track Name: Amateur Nephologist
“Amateur Nephologist”

I’ve been dreamin’ of a better start, and this is where I must begin
When everything falls apart, it brings me here again
There’s nothing I can say, there’s nothing that I can do
To make these feelings go away, when I think of you

So I tell myself there must be a plan, a better reason why you’re not here
I’m doing the best that I can, to let you disappear
But I see you in the stars, the mountains and the sea
In every cloudy morning, you’re what I want to see

The simple truth is this, that I cannot resist trying to make the words rhyme
But I will try to be your truth and honesty when I have the time

So I’m stuck with only memories, and truth in what I say
I will try to struggle on with these, but you will always be in the way
You’re in the way I say hello, you’re in the way I look at the sky
You’re in the way I write my name, you’re in the way I say goodbye
You’re in the way I study the clouds, you’re in the way I know I can
You’re in the way I live my life, the way I understand
It’s in the way you said hello, it’s in the way you looked to the sky
It’s in the way you said my name, it’s in the way you said goodbye
Track Name: Prairie Dog Town
“Prairie Dog Town”

There’s a hill with a prairie dog town
They’ll all come up whenever we come around
They’ve got a little church buried underneath the ground
Oh we could get married in a prairie dog town
Woah we could get married in a prairie dog town
Track Name: Brother
“Brother”

When you were young, I pushed you to the ground
As I lay in bed crying, you never made a sound
I grew into my ways, I thought you’d find your own
Separate cities and highways, silence on the phone

My eyes looking back at me, something inside burning brightly, then it’s gone
One bright future sits broken down, forgotten words go unspoken now, and that’s all

Brother I saw you this evening, just as I do every day
Alone in your room turned away from me, somewhere so far away
Track Name: Whattaboudit?
“Whattaboudit?”

Whatta? What’re you thinking?
Are you thinking about me? Am I everything that I should be?
I know, I know, that you could do better, better, but I wanna hear about what you’ve seen
My clothes are dirty but my hands are clean

I wanna see you, is there a place we can go?
Without the people we know?
Whatta? Whatta whattaboudit? Boudit?
I gotta feeling that I can’t sit still, tryn’a look classy ‘cause I think that you will
And even, even, if it doesn’t go well, oh well
It’s just a little bit of who I am, I’d like to love you if you think that I can

I gotta feeling, that you won’t let me go
Oh no no no oh

I know, I know, that you could do better, better, but I wanna hear about where you’ve been
My clothes are dirty but my hands are clean
Track Name: Under the Devil's Thumb
“Under the Devil’s Thumb”

I was just a poor boy with many a mile to run
Who can say what brought me here under the devil’s thumb
This place is full of sinners and I know I’m one
Many a wayward soul is down under the devil’s thumb

Under the devil’s thumb, under the devil’s thumb
Many a man has lived and died under the devil’s thumb

When the winds start blowin, look to where they’re from
You will see us looking round, down from the devil’s thumb
You can choose to join us, when your time is come
Plenty of room and fire and doom under the devil’s thumb

Under the devil’s thumb, under the devil’s thumb
Many a man has lived and died under the devil’s thumb

Greed and vice will lead you here, we take both old and young
But all of us are guilty when we’re under the devil’s thumb
The walls are made of fire, stretching to the sun
We work all day in pain and vain, under the devil’s thumb

Under the devil’s thumb, under the devil’s thumb
Many a man has lived and died under the devil’s thumb

My guilt weighs on me heavy, my ramblin days are done
It seems like I was born to die under the devil’s thumb
So when the devil taunts you, you must overcome
Heed what I say and you will stay far from the devil’s thumb

Under the devil’s thumb, under the devil’s thumb
Many a man has lived and died under the devil’s thumb
Under the devil’s thumb, under the devil’s thumb
Many a man has lived and died under the devil’s thumb
Track Name: Back to You
“Back to You”

Hey Sarah, wait a minute, there’s something I’ve gotta say to you
I’m falling deeply in love with everything you do
And so I’ve gotta say that tonight you’re looking lovely
When I’m away I just hope you’re thinking of me too
‘Cause no matter where I go, yeah I’m always coming back to you

Times are hard, times are hard, but I know that we can make it, girl
Every worry in your body, yeah I wanna help you shake it girl
And even if they say that nothing is forever
Throw it all away ‘cause there’s nothing we can’t weather through
‘Cause no matter where I go, yeah I’m always coming back to you

And if this world ever gets you down, just look my way and darlin I’ll be around
And if the distance ever gets too far, just say my name I’ll be wherever you are
And if you feel like you’re under attack, I’m on your team, I’ll be your Sirius Black
Because I’m always coming back to you

You’re making me think that there’s a miracle cure
Your love, your love, can solve problems, stop hate, and bring an end to war
Whatever it is, girl I hope you know you’ve got it
Take a little time and maybe you can spot it too
‘Cause no matter where I go, yeah I’m always coming back to you
‘Cause no matter where I go, yeah I’m always coming back to you
‘Cause no matter where I go, yeah I’m always coming back to you
Track Name: Are You Waiting?
“Are You Waiting?”

Are you waiting for your old love?
The one who wakes you from your sleep
Are you standing still for someone?
Even when the current runs so deep

One layover and you’re on your way
One day older but you feel the same
Maybe later we’ll look back and say
It was crazy how we spent the days for love

Over and over the world is turning
Passes you by in colors grey and green
So pass the time, watch the game, rehearse your lines
And still your old love is nowhere to be seen

One layover and you’re on your way
One day older but you feel the same
Maybe later we’ll look back and say
It was crazy how we spent the days for love

Are you waiting for your old love?
The one who wakes you from your sleep
Are you standing still for someone?
Standing still and incomplete
Track Name: So Good (To Be Alone)
“So Good (To Be Alone)”

I wait for the day to slowly stop and start to turn my way
And I’m wishing I was here with you today
I’m hoping and praying that you’ll be open to what I’m saying is true
That I need some time away from you

And I’ve never understood how being on the outside could feel so good
Maybe I was born that way—everything is comfortable when I’m far away
So please don’t be afraid, there’s so much to take in, so much to be unmade
Don’t think of it as being alone, just make the world you’re very own

I just want to hold you
And treat you kind
I just want to bring you a peace of mind

So good, so good, so good, so good to be alone