Parentheticals (an album)

by Eric Elliott

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"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
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“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
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“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
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“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
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“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
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"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
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“(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

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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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