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JL Stiles

by JL Stiles

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You said that you'd be OK if we made it one more day I said that I'd be alright if we made it one more night You said that we can't be saved I said then we'll start again You said then we'll say goodbye And I said that'll be the day I die Run the line, dress the stage, you'd make a lot more money earnin; minimum wage Hold your pride but you gotta get paid when livin' ain't livin' 'til ya say what ya say You said that you can't give up I said baby I've had enough You said you'd live in a tacit lie? I said that'll be the day I die Simple fools of faith runnin' after me Simple fools of faith we're all that's left, you see
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It's the end of the road and the party is over It's the end of the road and we gotta get sober, yeah It's the end of the road, I's livin' blind It was all out of sight, all out of mind It's the end of the road, end of dream I don't know it right now but it was more than it seems It's the end of the road, end of a lie Livin' like we're never gonna say goodbye It's the end of the road, end of a time It's all blowin' up and I ain't saved a dime It's the end of the road and I'm back in my own place It's the end of the road, I got to many things to face It's the end of the road, end of a scene I'm lookin' for a job and I gotta get clean It's the end of the road, made it back alive Sleepin' on floors and stayin' in dives It's the end of the road, I lost my mind Drivin' endless roads and killin' time I never thought it would be this way Never thought it would be this way For you and I can dream and never say goodbye With love and hope in your eyes It's the end of the road and the party is over It's the end of the road and I gotta get sober I never thought it would be this way
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The One 04:22
Come someone, come, can someone be the one? Can someone be the one? 1st layered harmony: there'll be there'll be there'll be there'll be there'll be there'll be there'll be the one. Come someone, come, can someone be the one? Can someone be the one? 2nd layered harmony: To get up be the, To get up be the, To get up be the, To get up be the, to get up 1st layered harmony: there'll be there'll be there'll be there'll be there'll be there'll be there'll be the one. 3rd layered harmony: Hope, hope, hope, hope, hope, hope, hope, hope Get up, get up, get up, get up up, get up, to get up get up get up up Get up, get up, get up, get up up, get up, to get up get up get up, boy harmony: Can I be the, can I be the, can I be the, can I be the harmony 2: Can I be the one, can I be the one, can I be the one, can I be the one Can someone be the one? Get up, get up, get up, get up up, get up, to get up get up get up up Get up, get up, get up, get up up, get up, to get up get up get up, boy harmony: Can I be the, can I be the, can I be the, can I be the harmony 2: Can I be the one, can I be the one, can I be the one, can I be the one (ad lib numbers)
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When I ramble with my ragged load And the land is wearin' tattered veils of snow In the river roars an ancient race of men Speaking of the friends we'll never see again I must 'a missed him this time but we meet by the river when the ice goes out of the pond So many years he survived in the wind and the cold no one ever knew how he survived I must 'a missed him this time but he's gone away and he was never found (never found a sign of his life) He had a vigil of flies 'til the last fly died and the birds flew south When the wind would howl so fiercely in the storm He's slip into a crease under the forest floor Cozy fire-lit big-eyed faces spun the tale How in the white black winter night he'd still prevail I must 'a missed him this time but we meet by the river when the ice goes out of the pond So many years he survived in the wind and the cold no one ever knew how he survived I must 'a missed him this time but he's gone away in the autumn wind where we go He never said goodbye but what's comin' round's comin' back again and he's gone (hoots and hollers) I been waiting for a week in vain gonna leave tonight if I don't see him today Where everyone is so far away there's a voice in the river tellin' of a last day Must 'a missed him but it couldn't be (cause that's the way we find truth) slowin' down layin' down on the river bank (and he's gone) Where everyone is so far away (cause that's the way we find hope) a certain fine time we find the right time (cause that's the time of their life) By the river on the Indian trail there's a voice in the river tellin' of a lost time Where everyone is so far away there's a voice in the river tellin' of a lost time huhoh huhohohoh
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The Bramble 04:08
I will walk through the bramble in the blazin' sun And I'll walk through the bramble with my bare feet on If you and I can sing through the lonely light of day I will walk through the bramble and I'll never look back again Through the bramble, I always had a second mind As I walk along the light of day I go where I would never let you roam I will walk through the bramble in the blazin' sun And I'll walk through the bramble with my bare feet on It's tiny price to pay to see you've made your day When the gods come to gamble and the faithless turn away Through the bramble, we're gonna make it on our own As I lost the light of day and turned to stone where I would never let you roam
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I took a stroll down to the country store Tryin' to pass the time before he came home And you were starry-eyed, no, no, you were mystified The love I tried to hide, woah woah, when he left I cried You drowned in bitterness because you fled from home To find a life of hurt all alone in a selfish world And you were starry eyed, no, no, you were hypnotized By the rising tide sweeping you off the shore And you were starry eyed, no, no, you were hypnotized By the rising tide sweeping you off the shore
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Nine as One 03:02
Seventeen, said goodbye, wave to me, don't you cry I'm seventeen and I won't be gone too long We're together now and we got to keep holdin' on Two years passed to the day when they left me standin' and drove away Two years passed, I been makin' it on my own Poachin' the river dry and makin' rounds in the snow Hangin' high in grand coulee damn, high above the river in god's hands Hangin' high down in grand coulee damn I took the higher pay 'cause it got me to the promised land We found our swing out on the lake, we found our heaven in all the heartache We found our swing out on a steel gray lake And we'd take the gold when we finally got to langer see Nine as one in cold and rain in blazin' sun and sickness and pain Nine as one until I too am gone We'll be together then, rowin' at the break of dawn
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Things I though I knew, threw it all out the door for you What were lies became the truth when i gave you my soul Driftin' apart, said many things that I shouldn't have said, She loves me but I love you instead, should've known from the start. That you are my love for what you are in always, always, always in all ways Tropical Isles and sun-filled golden hills, lean out over your window sill, we're gonna be there in time Tested and true, play the game yeah I can play it too, but it's just down to me and you, only two can survive If you are my love for what you are in always, always, always in all ways You are my love when the time stands still and when the time passes by, you're always on my mind Don't you forget, I said it a long time ago, I wouldn't trust my own soul, now I'll know to the end That you are my love for what you are in always, always, you are my love, for what you are in always, always, always in all ways always, always, always in all ways always, always, always in all ways always, always, always in all ways
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Lonnie 04:21
Lonnie used to have a place to stay down New Orleans Said he took a bullet in Falluja just below his knee Tellin' truth from fiction is too hard to say but if you're messin' round with Lonnie there'll be Hell to pay Lonnie sleeps outside with his pistol lyin' on his chest I picked up my guitar and Lonnie got on his harp He sings way out of tune but he don't know, no he don't know Lonnie used to be a junkie way down New Orleans Said the only cure was bein' face on LSD Lonnie told me that I ought to stay for the show but I was only passin' through to get my high for the road And I listened to the blues from Eugene down to the Frisco bay An athlete don't you know? But his big gut made him too slow 60 yards out I ran and the ball landed in my hands, man he could throw, yeah he could throw!
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Solace 04:54

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Recorded at Bird and Egg Studios the album is all JL solo on voice and guitar but there is a heavy dose of the three part harmonies of Sarah Iyer, Melissa Jones and Yunoka Berry and some very tasty embellishments.
Stiles also gives a few solo ragtime instrumentals of his own, including an arrangement of Solace by Scott Joplin.

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released May 1, 2021

JL Stiles, guitars and vocals, harmonica, organ, electric piano
Melissa Jones, Yunoka Berry and Sarah Iyer on vocal harmonies
Ben Bernstein engineering. production. Also plays bass on The Bramble.
Doug Ellington, trumpet on Always in All Ways
Jason Slota, drums on The Bramble
Mike Stevens, percussion on Always in All Ways

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JL Stiles San Francisco, California

I would love to fingerpick and sing just like Blind Blake but as everyone knows, this is like becoming the Buddha.

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