Down the Line

by Cold Chocolate

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1.
Surprise, surprise You came into my life With a fragile heart Drying on the line And I will try To lead this time But I know I follow far behind The biggest thing It seems to me Is to just walk tall And to just breathe in To just ask why? Cause pride’s a prize But just enough To speak your mind And I will try To lead this time But I know I follow far behind And there’s a highway in the distance And perhaps a light or two that shines my name Though my words might appear to be twisted It’s these lines that’ll take me home again Surprise, surprise You came into my life With a fragile heart Drying on the line And I will try To lead this time But I know I follow far behind
2.
How long has it been, my friend Between this and the last time we spent If I look away for a moment of the day I feel the last year melt away Well I see your face in front of mine And I watch your eyes as you fall back to sleep Well I’m counting down till the next time You’ll smile before the sun will rise to keep Lay your head on my chest, my love Don’t you worry about the rest above I turn around to find the last ten years behind As the second hand tick tocks past the five Turn the music on, my friend We’ll dance as the record spins And if all hell breaks loose, and I’ve nothing left to lose I swear I’ll keep my promise true
3.
I was dreaming about you, my love Caught in between what my head made up I don’t recall what had happened in the next part I was trying to run, but my legs they got caught Was trying to wave, but my arms were in knots I wish I remembered, but I forget a lot Your words echoed out as I lay down last night A little too hot for my cold worried mind I tried to be sure that I feel asleep on my side Well I knew I was wrong, And I know you were right I should have just said that, instead of my pride I wish I remembered, but I forget in stride My history needs to stick with me as a road map, a guide Stay with me on down the line I was dreaming without you, my love Sliding between all my wandering thoughts I try and I try, but it’s hard to erase the next part I’m trying to run, but my legs they get caught Trying to wave, but my arms are in knots I wish I’d forgotten, but I remember too much
4.
Woke up this morning, With a ringing in my ear Trying to shake it, Or stop shaking, Try to hear What you were saying While I was I thinking I could do the best I can Please believe me, I’m a well-intentioned man The hole in the wall speaks the story out loud You’re leaving is easy while you’re still around What were you saying While I was thinking I could do the best I can Please believe me, I’m a well- intentioned man I can outline the rhyme But feel free to jump in anytime Though these blues might appear to be mine I still swear I’m doing fine In a crowd I’ll be found Talking just inside the lines To understand you had to be around It’s too strange to hear about otherwise What was I saying While I was thinking I could do the best I can Please believe me, I’m a well- intentioned man Woke up this morning, With a ringing in my ear Trying to shake it, Or stop shaking Try my best to get myself out of here What are you doing, are you dreaming Do I even cross your mind? Please believe me (5x) Can’t you hear me, cause I can hear you fine
5.
The last time I was here I was a thousand miles from home I was taken by the cold, clear light of dawn And I never knew where the time had gone As I walked into the darkness of the morn’ I will sing along to my own song In the cold, clear light of the dawn Can you hear the call through the lonely hall As it echoes on and on The last time I was here, it was a thousand lines ago That’s how I count the moments that have gone And the music that I feel moves me further down the road And takes me back that thousand miles to home I will sing along to my own song In the cold, clear light of the dawn Can you hear the call through the lonely hall As it echoes on and on And I’ll only sing what the day will bring In the moment before it’s gone I will sing along to my own song In the cold, clear light of the dawn Can you hear the call through the lonely hall As it echoes on and on I will sing along to my own song In the cold, clear light of the dawn
6.
03:36
If I have to leave before you wake I’ll hang my love on a hook by the door I know for me it’s like forever to wait But I will sing till the mountains fall I will sing till the mountains fall And I go, where I go There ain’t nobody talking bout what they don’t know I’m coming home on the radio Sometimes it’s easier not to call Cause your voice brings me to the floor It’s hard to make a living on the road When you miss just living at home When you miss just living at home And if you see my on a dim-lit stage In the back of my head, I’m counting down the days There’s an angel on my shoulder And another on my other And they’re both making sense to me If I have to leave before you wake I’ll hang my love on a hook by the door
7.
03:35
I went down with my brother And a coal-mining name In the year of 1900 In a Pennsylvania haze I was born on a lonely hillside Above a town that washed away And I could hear my momma crying Over pictures in a frame And when the dust clears away Only time will tell what of this will stay But I can still hear the wind and a song My father died while I was dreaming Of a friend who passed away All their ghosts have left this town forever In a cloud of ash and gray So carry me to California When my hair is old and frayed When the gold has turned to silver Sing me back to another day
8.
03:19
Well there’s one quick thing that I got to know Cause you drive me wild, hit me way down low So please, won’t you tell me so Oh please, won’t you tell me so I know you said that you got some place to go But that place could be right here, you know Is it just for show, or is it set in stone? Well I got to know, is it set in stone? There’s a certain thing, with certainty, that you feel down low Without recalling what’s come before, or what will go What has come before, or what will go I wink to block the sunlight out, so I can see your smile Until you’re gone, gone, gone Yeah you’re gone, gone, gone Well, people always ask you where you think you’ll be 10 years from now Now I can’t see just where I am, but I can feel you next to me I feel you standing next to me To simplify, to clarify, I’ll be the guy, never make you cry I’ll meet you at the end of the aisle I’ll be standing there by your side Well there’s one quick thing that I got to know Cause you drive me wild, hit me way down low So please, please, please won’t you tell me so Oh please, please, won’t you tell me so

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released June 26, 2020

Ethan Robbins - guitar / vocals
Ariel Bernstein - percussion / vocals

Featuring:
Zach Hickman - bass
Sam Kassirer - piano/organ
Marion Earley - harmony vocals

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sound Studios, Boston, MA
Additional recording by Ariel Bernstein
Artwork by Erin Lobb-Mason

All songs written by Ethan Robbins and arranged by Cold Chocolate, except for Tracks 1, 5, and 7, also arranged with Kirsten Lamb

Copyright Cold Chocolate 2020

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Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Featuring Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backed by some of the root's music scene's finest players, this group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. ... more

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