Parentheticals (an album)

by Eric Elliott

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Many thanks to everyone who helped me put these songs together over the last four years. Whether you came to a show, shared a song, or collaborated with me, thank you for listening. Your support is so very appreciated.

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released November 30, 2018

"Parentheticals (an album)"

All songs written and produced by Eric Elliott except (bear canyon creek), based on the traditional, Cripple Creek

© ℗ 2018, 3 Strings Records, ASCAP
www.ericelliottmusic.com

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Eric Elliott from 2014 through 2018 in Boulder, CO, Seattle, WA, and Dallas, TX

Eric plays a "Force/d'Ossche" acoustic dulcimer from Blue Lion and a solid-body "Cloud" electric dulcimer from Stephens Instruments

Cover art by the talented Sarah Worzer <3

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Eric Elliott is a songwriter, singer, and mountain dulcimer player currently living and playing in Dallas, TX.

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Track Name: Solid Ground
"Solid Ground"

Fall to your knees, let the music take you
I still believe the wind will shake you
Even when the ocean blows salty
I know you'll never let me down
Love may be the water that surrounds me
But I know we're standing on solid ground

For these life-long years we've been a-drifting
Oh, but now the sea is calm, the clouds are lifting
Even when the ocean blows salty
You know I'll never let me down
Love may be the water that surrounds me
But you know we're standing on solid ground

The future is open for you and for me
Out across the ocean and far beyond the sea

Even when the ocean blows salty
I know you'll never let me down
Love may be the water that surrounds me
But I know we're standing on solid ground
Track Name: Fools Like Me
“Fools Like Me”

Every trail tells a story, just as every winding road
Shows us where we’ve been and where it is we’ve got to go
And I don’t mind the miles, I’ve got everything I need
The world’s light on my shoulders and the way’s ahead of me
And maybe I’ve been born again, or maybe just undone
Another living being underneath a burning sun
Stopping here to listen to the warm passing breeze
The words of the rocks and the water, as spoken through the trees

Fools like me, keep on living in a fantasy
Where there’s something good in everything
That keeps us going strong
And I’ve found my way, cause I’m making it up every day
Only memories of moments can remain
When I’m packed up and trailing on

There’s always been a part of me that dreams of something more
Imagines something beautiful upon some distant shore
Flip the sky into the sea and fall into the blue
Out into the universe and into something new
But every now and then I feel I’ve been away too long
Out here on my own and maybe I’ve got it all wrong
Would my older self appreciate the younger me
Is there another road somewhere else where I should be

Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it, don’t even dare to think about it
I’m where I’m supposed to be
And nothing’s changing me

Cause I’m trying to grow better, but I’m rooted in my past
I’ll work to share the love I find and work to make it last
This trail goes on forever, as long as I may live
And I know this trail and I have so much more to give

Fools like me, keep on living in a fantasy
Where there’s something good in everything
That keeps us going strong
And I’ve found my way, cause I’m making it up every day
Only memories of moments can remain
When I’m packed up and trailing on
Track Name: Before It Begins
“Before it Begins”

This is life, he says as he grins
All of the answers, but you don’t know the right questions
And you’re working for the means, but you don’t know the ends
This is life, before it begins

Is this a dream that I just won’t recall
What am I thinking, am I thinking at all
And the future’s open wide, but it feels so small
Is this a dream that I just won’t recall

Is this life, is this life
This is life, this is life
This is life, this is life
Before it begins, I need to know
How does this end, which way do I go
If this is real, how do I show it to you so it’s true
So it’s true

This is life, before it begins
All of the answers, but you don’t know the right questions
Track Name: Walkin' in the Light
“Walkin' in the Light”

I’m walkin in the light of Jesus
I’m walkin in the light of my lord
I'm walking through the night and I’m trying to do it right
So I’m walkin in the light of Jesus
Track Name: Movin' Up North
“Movin' Up North”

It’s a little bit colder than where I come from
I’m a little bit older than when I was young
The days are getting shorter but I’m feeling strong
Living on the border, time for moving on
And if I’m going somewhere, well I can’t say why
Is it something out there, or what lies behind
So I’m crashing into something, something I can’t see
And I’m holding on to nothing independently

And I’m just another drop in the ocean
But if I saw you again I’d be alright
Yeah I’m just another drop in the ocean, and it’s alright

And all I want, is all I need, is all I see and it’s right in front of me
It’s right in front of me, right in front of me
And all I want, is all I need, is all I see and it’s right in front of me
Right in front of me, right in front of me
And it won’t be easy, it won’t be easy, but I’m leaving, but I’m leaving

I’m moving up north after the winter
Yeah I’m moving up north after the winter
Track Name: Seven Years (and counting)
"Seven Years" (and counting)

These past 7 years have tossed me up and down
They all disappear when I turn around
I find it hard to stay awake, I find it hard to sleep
These past 7 years have knocked me off my feet

I have never known a feeling such as this
Every day that comes and goes I work and love and try
But I will never know the comfort of a lie

Oh, the comfort of a lie, dear, is like a bed of coals
No matter how I try, dear, I wish that you were home

These past 7 years have tossed me up and down
They all disappear when I turn around
I find it hard to stay awake, I find it hard to sleep
Cause these past 7 years have knocked me off my feet
Track Name: (only) A Forest Song
“(only) A Forest Song”

On the earliest morning
As the sun became solid
The road stretches on to meet the new day
And the trees were all watching
With the patience of newborns
As the travelers stretched to be on their way

Ever onwards, moving on
Always learning right from wrong

In the stillest of evenings
As the sun begins melting
And the colors diffuse every way
The travelers stand still
Tired and weary
As the wind carries on over the hills

Ever onwards, moving on
Always learning right from wrong