Compass & Companion

by Mark Erelli

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1.
Ghost 03:59
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
2.
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)
3.
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)
4.
Miracle Man 03:48
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)
5.
My Love 04:07
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
6.
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
7.
Free Ride 04:04
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)
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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)
11.
Almost Home 04:28
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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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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"You know those artists who release a great first record and then have enormous trouble following it up with anything as interesting? Yeah, that’s not Mark Erelli." -Red Line Roots

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