Compass & Companion

by Mark Erelli

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Produced by Lorne Entress

Mark Erelli - vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, harmonica
Rani Arbo - vocals
Kevin Barry - electric guitar
Dave Dick - banjo
Lorne Entress - drums, percussion, jaw harp, gopichand, keyboards, vocals
Bruce Katz - organ
Jim Lamond - bass
Duke Levine - 6 & 12-string electric guitars, lap steel, mandola
Kelly Willis - vocals

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released February 1, 2001

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Mark Erelli Boston, Massachusetts

Mark Erelli completed a masters in evolutionary biology just after his self-titled debut was released in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, and has 7 records to his name, including collections of western swing, lullabies and songs of stirring social conscience. In recent years, he has gained notoriety as a mulit-instrumentalist sideman with artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter. ... more

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Track Name: Ghost
I'm not the kind to believe in superstition
Lately the truth I have seen is stranger than non-fiction
You race through my blood, some kind of sweet addiction
Heaven help the fool who falls in love

I sleepwalk the streets of this town looking for your face
Ain't got nothing to show right now, but I can't give up the chase
Won't you give me a sign, some kind of saving grace
You're the only one I'm thinking of
Can't get you off my mind

I must be going insane
All these streets look the same
Nobody answers when I call out your name

CHORUS
I need you the most
When you're not around
I'm in love with your ghost
You're invisible now
I know that it's wrong
To keep holding on to something you can't even see

Guess you can already see that my heart is haunted
You are all that I need, everything I've ever wanted
Lost myself somewhere in between, can't you hear me calling
Wish I may, wish I might
First star I chance to see tonight

Wish I could disappear right now
Fade into this faceless crowd
'Cause I'm so sick and tired of missing you out loud

(CHORUS)

I'm not the kind to believe in superstition
Track Name: Compass & Companion (feat. Kelly Willis)
Out here on this road just after midnight
Silver sickle rising in the east
I'm steady on the wheel
But I know just how you feel
So just lean back and try to catch some sleep


Go to sleep my darling
There's just a fingernail moon up above
Go to sleep my darling
Am I the one you'll be dreaming of

To think of every backroad we have travelled
Of all the restless miles we have run
Should you chance to find a trace
Of a smile on my face
I'm just thinking of the miles we've still come

(Chorus)

To me you are a compass and companion
You follow me down every road I ride
Wherever I may roam
I'm already home
As long as you are travelling by my side

(Chorus)
Track Name: Why Should I Cry
You taught me everything I know 'bout being lonesome
And I learned my lesson oh so faithfully
What was I thinking of
When I gave you my love
For I knew you would go eventually

I can't say you never gave me nothing
After all you left me with the blues
It ain't much but at least it's something
I don't believe I will ever lose

Why should I cry over you sweet darlin'
Why should I cry over you
Give me one good reason I should be blue
Why should I cry over you

I'm all through feeling blue for you my darlin'
'Cause I know you would do the same for me
I'm gonna walk right out the door
Try to even up the score
Two can play your game so easily

I don't expect you'll ever come a callin'
But should we chance to meet out on the avenue
Don't be surprised if you don't see teardrops falling
Darlin' why should I cry over you

(Chorus)
Track Name: Miracle Man
I can't waive my hand
And make a blind man see
No I ain't got nothing
Hidden up my sleeve
I can't change
The water to wine
I can't pull you up
If you don't want to climb

I know you think that I'm the one
But you keep asking me to do what can't be done
Maybe some other lover can

CHORUS
Baby I'll never be your miracle man
No I'll never be your miracle man

You won't see me
Pull a rabbit from my hat
And I ain't gonna try
To saw you in half
I want to be there for you
When you need my help
But girl I just can't do it
All by myself

I know you think that I'm the one
But you keep asking me to do what can't be done
Maybe some other lover can

(CHORUS)

If I could only make you understand
Baby love ain't just some sleight of hand

(CHORUS)
Track Name: My Love
My love I see the shadows fill your eyes
Your smile is but a thinly veiled disguise
Could it be you've grown dissatisfied
With me

My love I know a heart's not black and white
But I can tell when something isn't right
Could it be you've lost your appetite
For me

I've heard that love can slip away without a warning
Just like the way that you made up your mind
But everything looks different in the morning
So darlin' think it over one more time

My love the skies would turn from grey to blue
If I could only change your point of view
Can't you see what losing you would do
To me

I've heard that love can slip away without a warning
Just like the way that you made up your mind
But when I saw the way you looked at me this morning
I thought I'd gotten through to you this time

My love have all my fears come true at last
So slow the hours and minutes seem to pass
Could it be you're never coming back
To me
Track Name: Little Sister
My little sister makes more than you
My little sister makes more than you
Would you believe she's just 22
My little sister makes more than you
More than you
At 22
My little sister, my little sister

You know she's gonna be a millionaire
You know she's gonna be a millionaire
I pay my rent with a gig and a prayer
You know she's gonna be a millionaire
Millionaire
Millionaire
My little sister, my little sister

She called me up out of the blue
Said "big brother have you heard the news
You know they hired me straight out of school
I'm gonna move away from home get a place of my own
By a new set of wheels just to see how it feels
Fancy food, expensive wine, paid vacation on company time"

My little sister makes more than you
My little sister makes more than you
What is this crazy world coming to
My little sister makes more than you
More than you
And you and you and you and you
My little sister

My little sister makes more than you
My little sister makes more than you
My little sister makes more than you
My little sister makes more than you
More than you
More than you
My little sister
Track Name: Free Ride
Did you think they'd part the seas for you like Moses
Did you think everything would come up roses
For every door they open
There's another door that closes
Did you think they'd part the seas for you like Moses

Did you think they'd give you everything you need
Did you think as you ask then so shall you receive
They'll let you roll the dice
But there ain't no guarantee
Did you think they'd give you everything you need

Nobody promised you a free ride kid
Put that fantasy out of your head
You're gonna have to work like your daddy did
Nobody promised you a free ride kid

Did you think they'd take you in with open arms
Boy, just how long have you been living on the farm
They'll want to see you bleed
But there's no need for alarm
Did you think they'd take you in with open arms

(Chorus)

Did you think they weren't all vultures in disguise
Do you think you'll be safe if you follow their advice
Lord, I'd hate to be around
When they open up your eyes
Did you think they weren't all vultures in disguise

(Chorus)
Track Name: Before I Knew Your Name
I walked these streets before I knew your name
Now you're by my side and nothing seems the same
Has everything been turned around or am I the one who changed
I walked these streets before I knew your name

I knew this town before I dreamed of you
Back when the whole place only came in shades of blue
Nowadays it seems that dreaming's all I ever do
I knew this town before I dreamed of you

On every street my memories unravel
There's a history down each winding avenue
These days the only roads I seem to travel
Are the ones that always bring me back to you

I walked these streets before I knew your name
Now you're by my side and nothing seems the same
Has everything been turned around or am I the one who changed
I walked these streets before I knew
I walked these streets before I knew your name
Track Name: Take My Ashes To The River
She was the parson's only daughter
And a poor sharecropper's dream
Her voice as sweet as falling water
From the cool clear mountain stream
We came to share a love forbidden
A union cursed by family
To be forever unforgiven
When we swore eternity

We settled hard on twenty acres
Ploughed the fields and worked the land
But the fever came to take her
With its unforgiving hand
I tried to soothe her shaking body
But no peace could I provide
She said I hear the angles singing softly
I'm bound to cross that Great Divide

CHORUS
Take my ashes to the river
Where the water's cold and deep
Take my ashes to the river
Pray the Lord my soul to keep

One mournful morning in late November
Faithful to her last desire
I burned her body down to embers
Scooped the ashes from the fire
Down on the banks of the Blackstone River
For to drown her memory
As her spirit I delivered
I heard her calling out to me
Track Name: All Behind Me Now
Well, you know I used to be alone
Never ever needed anyone
I couldn't say what I was running from
Man, I was constantly blue

Down every boulevard and backroad
Wasn't anyplace I didn't go
Searching for something but I didn't know
I was looking for you

CHORUS
There's a price you pay
When you hide your love away
But I won't be afraid this time around
I'm gonna keep my feet on the ground
Lay it all on the line
Those days are all behind me now

I never let myself believe in love
I used to think it couldn't be enough
Now I forget what I was thinking of
When she walks in the room

'Cause she can love me like a hurricane
Or a cool breeze on a summer day
When all the clouds just roll away
To let the sun shine through

(CHORUS)

I've seen more than my fair share
Of broken hearts my friend
But my worst day now
Is better than the best I knew back then

(CHORUS)
Track Name: Almost Home
How many miles
Did we travel down that road
Searching all the while
For a place to call our own
So young and hypnotized
By the stars in our eyes
How could we have ever known
Almost home
We were almost home

How many times
Can you go on tempting fate
'Til it sends you a sign
You can't anticipate
Now the lesson is learned
Our love has turned
From a jewel into a stone
Almost home
We were almost home

Love never lasts
Like an old photograph
Where the colors slowly fade to shades of grey

Love is the place
Where you go when day is done
Love is in the face
Of the old and young
Love knows nothing of the wheel
Of aluminum and steel
Traveling down that gravel road
Almost home
We were almost home

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