Without Susie

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After moving to the mountains above Tehachapi and setting up the studio, I found I was in a writing fury. After I had written about twenty songs, I thought I should start recording them before they got away from me. Of those, here are an even dozen that made the cut.

As it happens, I was so far from LA, I ended up playing and singing everything except for my friend Rachel with whom I wrote Ripples On The Dance Floor. She joins me on background vocals and a wonderful counterpoint vocal. Love her voice.

The instruments are my Collings D2H, my Martin D-28H, my Taylor 810ce, Ibanez Bass, Various drums, shakers, tambourines, and EZ Drummer. Elixir Light Gauge Nanoweb Strings, James Demeter Tube Direct, AKG 414 (modified by Stephen Paul), Dayner 48 Channel Board, and Reaper Recording Program.

Twelve new songs from James Lee Stanley. Acoustic guitars, vocals and light production. Might be the best CD he’s ever made. But what do I know?

Lyrics

01 Every Highway

Every highway’s going somewhere, they once said all roads lead to Rome
Now every byway’s been connected and I’ve never felt so far from home
Last night I sat around a campfire, the silver stars clear in the sky
And sang a song with fond companions. All our voices rising high

If you’re still you can hear it. Just behind the shadow of the wind
It whispers to you as you drift to sleep. A dream’s the way all things begin

Every highway … every highway

Acoustic routes across the heartland, like a melody so sweet
The sights and sounds they will surround you and
Mystery waits on every street
Cause every highway has acoustic routes that started with a siren’s song
See someplace that you have never seen or find somewhere you can belong

If you’re quiet you can hear it. Just beyond the shadow of the wind
A journey calls you as you drift to sleep, one step’s the way they all begin

Every highway … every highway

Now every highway has a warning,
Go back, you’re going the wrong way
Not a thru street, dead end one way,
Hey are you gonna believe all that they say
The path to follow is within you, it’s somewhere there inside your heart
And you can trace it if you have the will,
Believe your dreams, that’s how it starts

Every highway’s going somewhere, they once said all roads lead to rome
But every highway’s just another path, which one you choose might lead you home

Every highway … every highway

Words and music, james lee Stanley, @2008 the real james lee stanley music, sesac
21 may 2012 revision, revision March 12, 2018, revision June 13, 2018

02 Dark Road

Heading down a dark road
There’s no telling where we’re going
Something in those shadows
Doesn’t seem right to me
Heading down dark road
Dividing lines are all I see
One side or the other
lies between you and me
Taking a look around
Can’t believe what I think I see
Taking a look around
Is this the best, the best that we can be

Heading down a dark road
Need a spark to light the way
No sense of direction
Still we spend another day
Heading down a dark road
Seems we’ve got a lot to lose
Coming to a crossroads
Which way will we choose?
Taking a look around
Can’t believe what I think I see
Taking a look around
Is this the best, the best that we can be

Everybody knows …
We’re gonna reap, we’re gonna reap
We’re gonna reap what we sow.

Heading down a dark road …

From the CD, Without Susie, Beachwood Recordings @2019
Words and Music by James Lee Stanley and Wyatt Easterling

03 Redwood Landing

Redwood Landing, seven a.m. fogs rolling in, soon to be burned off
At the depot, waiting for you, I’ve been here a long time in Redwood Landing
And now I’m waiting just to see you come running off of that train
And thru the smoke and thunder, I wonder, “will things be the same?”
‘Cause nothing has changed in Redwood Landing

Redwood Landing you went away, you emptied the day into the city
Said you had to go, had to get out of this town before you burned the place down
This Redwood Landing

And now I’m waiting …

We were all alone, we were on our own, when the rocks were thrown
And seeds of hate were sown …

Redwood Landing, crosses still burn, what can we learn from one another
It’s hard to understand, but it’s all that they know and time moves so slow
In Redwood Landing
Still I’m waiting …

Words and Music by James Lee Stanley, @2019 the real james lee stanley music, sesac

04 We're Not Alone

Well come on in, I’m glad you’re back again
Where have you been?
Where’s that grin that we used to know?
I see your sad, feel you’ve been had again
By a world that’s gone mad It’s not just your heart that’s aching
When what we’ve held so dear may all just disappear
Swept away by fear into Valleys of Shadow

It’s been a while, and it’s not your style, I know
Too many miles and too many more to go
You may feel lost, a coin that’s tossed away
Feel double crossed if that’s the view that you’re taking.
But tell me what do we win If we give up, give in?
We’ve got to shine a bright light into these Valleys of Shadow

And don’t forget, it’s not over yet you know
Tomorrow’s a bet, It’s a chance for the taking
One we can win, we can begin again
A shining new day where the morning is waiting
Where the skies are clear, the storm has disappeared
And there’ll be no more fear of the Valleys of Shadow

Words and music by james lee stanley, @2018 the real james lee stanley music, sesac

05 Burt's Tune

We slip into life and there’s choices we make and the bed that we lie in’s our own
But in hindsight we know that nothing’s the same, see it differently now that we’re grown
Looking back on my life and the choices I made, my wife, my colleague’s, my mates
But the luckiest choice of all that came down was the one choice that I didn’t make

And we’re riding in the back of a black limousine laughing til we might explode
We’re riding the same super highway tho we travel on different roads

Growing up you were the hero so a hero I tried to be
I came after you yes I followed and you led the way here for me
On that path there were promises broken while others till looked good as new
But the one that remained ever constant the same is the brother that I have in you

And we’re riding in the back of a black limousine …

There’s no day that goes by that I don’t think of you, no day I’m alone cause I see
No matter where or what you are doing you’ve always been right here for me
On the rockaway parkway at two in the morn broke down nwith no help in view
Who suddenly shows up, trouble in hand? My brother the hero that’s who.

Words and music by James Lee Stanley, @2016 the real james lee stanley music, sesac

06 Live It Up Now

Everybody has a word or two to say to you
Everybody knows exactly What is best for you
let the boss men bray, doesn’t matter what they say
they will come around someday, sooner or later
Live it up now (3x) … you can live it down later

It’s a given that the days we get are numbered … still
It’s up to us to take them celebrate them how we will, And we will
Once the big night falls, It won’t matter then at all
So go and have yourself a ball, the sooner the better

(3x)Live it up now, you can live it down later

let the preachers preach salvation and the fires of hell
let the politician spew his lies, let him tweet and yell
time will tell …
everybody knows, he’s gonna reap just what he sows
and a fuse is bound to blow, sooner or later …

(3x)Live it up now, you can live it down later

Words and music by james lee stanley, @2018 the real james lee stanley music, sesac

07 Hey Look At You

You stare at the sun and you’ll prob’ly go blind
Race with the moon and you’ll soon fall behind
Playing with fire you’ll surely get burned
But I’ll take my chances, guess I’ll never learn
You walk thru the door and no one can deny
All eyes are upon you, no need to ask why
There’s something about you, I can’t look away
And no hesitation, I only can say

Hey look at you
Hey look at you
Hey look at you
You’re so fine

You’re out on the dance floor, I love how you move
You’re into the moment, you’re into the groove
You’re beckoning to me, your arms open wide
I smile as I rise and I’m here by your side

Hey look at you
Hey look at you
Hey look at you
You’re so fine

Words and music by james lee stanley,
@ july 2017 the real james lee stanley music, sesac

08 Still Crazy Over You

I remember when we first met
Something bout you so true
You had my heart, right from the start
Tell me what else could I do? Still crazy over you.

We got to talking all night long
Talked til the sun shown thru
I’d never known, I was so all alone
But somehow you knew Still crazy over you

Wonder why there’s some of us
connect so fast
While others in a lifetime never do
I only know you got inside me
It doesn’t matter why, It only matters who
Still crazy over you

Maybe someday, if things work out
I’ll hear you back at my door
I won’t ask why you said goodbye
I know just what I’ll do … still crazy over you

Words and music by james lee stanley@2016 the real james lee stanley music, sesac

09 Never Say Never Again

O my my, ain’t no lie, never say never again
Learned my lesson well this time
Never say never again

I used to live in paradise, why I left it, I don’t know
Heard about the cold in New York City, I said that’s a place I’ll never go.

O my my …

Had me a girl in summertime, said, I’ll never let you down
The loving was good, I did all I could but she finally stopped coming around

O my my …

Someday I’m gonna go back home, someday but I don’t know when
But I’m doing just fine, and biding my time, til someday comes around again.

O my my …

Words and music by James Lee Stanley, @2019 the real james lee stanley music, sesac

10 I'm All In

Frost upon the window
Shadows on the wall
Nights are cold without you
Is it too late to call
Will you even answer
If you know it’s me
Don’t know why it took so long
For me to finally see
here I am, I’m all in this time
here I am all in love, all in love

I opened up your heart and
Then I closed the door
I know I hurt you badly
Like no one has before
I’ve made a big mistake
When I walked away
I know you’ve got no reason
To believe me when I say
Here I am
I’m all in this time
Here I am all in love … . with you

Words and music by james lee stanley and wyatt Easterling
@2019 the real james lee stanley music, sesac

11 Hang Up And Drive

You’re waiting in line, you hear the telephone ring
You talk all the time and you don’t say a thing
Who could get thru to you with that thing that you do
And your ear in that sling

Hang up and drive Hang up and drive
The choice is a simple one, it’s Dead or alive
There’s no call of the road that can’t be denied.
Hang up and drive, Hang up and drive Hang up and drive

That red light’s been green for a quite a while now
If you’re calling for lessons I’ll show you how
Put your phone in the case, Put your foot to the floor
and get back in the race

Hang up and drive Hang up and drive
The choice is a simple one, it’s Dead or alive
There’s no call of the road that can’t be denied.
Hang up and drive Hang up and drive Hang up and drive

You’re chatting away, so blind and so lame
And we’re all on our guard as you drift lane to lane
You’ll be texting your friends right up to the end
Of your dangerous game

Hang up and drive Hang up and drive
The choice is a simple one, it’s Dead or alive
There’s no call of the road that can’t be denied.
Hang up and drive Hang up and drive Hang up and drive .

Words and music by james lee stanley, @1998, 2015 the real james lee stanley music, sesac.

12 Ripples On The Dance Floor

I see strange … ripples on the dance floor
I see strange … ripples on the dance floor
Something strange is going on
Like crop circles in the early morn
No one knows where it began
But strange ripples across the land.

I see strange … ripples on the dance floor
I see strange … ripples on the dance floor

Angels and demons o ah o Rush to the ceiling o ah o
Angels and demons o ah o Caught in the felling o ah o

Patterns of mystery, tolling bells
Angels dancing in the pits of hell
No one is safe, out on the on ledge
You don’t look down when you’re on the edge

I see strange … ripples in the dance floor
I see strange ripples on the dance floor
Angels and demons o ah o
Rush to the ceiling o ah o
Angels and demons o ah o
Caught in the feeling o o ah o

Walk thru the maze to get back home
Lost in the labrynth, chilled to the bone
The hazy sun is an amber chrome
Sinking with me, you’re not alone, not alone

I see strange ripples in the dance floor
I see strange ripples on the dance floor

Rush to the ceiling o ah o
Angels and demons
Caught in the feeling
On the dance floor

I see strange ripples in the dance floor
I see strange ripples on the dance floor

The sound is swirling I’m almost gone
I’m sonic circling so pull me close
You’re sinking with me into my zone
Sinking with me, you’re not alone, you’re not alone

Words and music by James Lee Stanley and Rachel Mills@2014 the real james lee stanley music sesac

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