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RELEASE DATE: August 2nd, 2011

Smoke Ring Halo

On their third full-length album entitled "Smoke Ring Halo," The Wood Brothers refine their rich, spacious sound on songs like the rousing opener "Mary Anna," the back‐porch‐funky "Shoofly Pie," the gospel‐inflected "Made It Up the Mountain," and more. Also available on vinyl.

Click a song title for lyrics.

  1. Mary Anna

    of the two of us i know i've been the fool right from the start
    every other day i fumble for the light switch to your heart
    but lately i been thinkin
    you're gettin mighty cold
    and if it ain't the switch honey
    well it just might be the bulb

    oh won't you cut on the lights Mary Anna
    won't you cut on that midnight sun
    won't you cut on the lights Mary Anna
    i can't wait for the mornin
    the mornin to come

    of the two of us i know you've got the looks and all the charm
    every other day i'm humbled just to hold you in my arms
    but lately i been thinkin
    you might not give a damn
    and i don't want to be somebody's every other day man

    CHORUS

    you been puttin me on like your makeup
    this love in the dark well it's wrong
    honey i'm fixin to wake up
    'cause i like my lovin with the light on

    CHORUS

  2. Shoofly Pie

    i'm gonna give you the wheel
    i'm gonna let you drive
    but you gotta make me
    some shoofly pie
    you gotta make me a shoofly pie

    dont forget the sweet molasses
    'cause i won't leave a crumb
    dont you just sit there laughin
    when you know how bad i need some
    you know how bad i need some of that

    shoofly pie/ shoofly pie/ shoofly pie

    you can make it for me in the morning
    i like it if it's hot or cold
    make it for me in the evening
    baby when the sun is gold
    i like it in the evening when the sun is gold

    you can make it when the house note's late
    if you give it to me right on time
    i'll take it in the kitchen and the livin room, driveway
    i dont mind if the house is on fire
    dont care if the house is on fire
    just gimme that

    shoofly pie/ shoofly pie/ shoofly pie

    i may be full of biscuits and wine
    but i always have room for that
    shoofly

    i like it in the middle of the night
    under the stars and the moon
    i get so high on your everlovin pie
    i like it from june to june
    i like it from june to june

    well i must be blessed cause i had the best
    and i've seen the light comin through your dress
    and all my friends they understand why
    i would kick and cry and i wouldn't mind dyin
    for just another piece of that heavenly beautiful

    CHORUS

  3. Pay Attention

    Please pay attention to me
    was the last thing i heard 'fore i drifted to sleep
    children to tend to
    and a worryin' mind
    too much to do
    and not enough time
    I hate to be needy selfish and greedy
    please pay attention to me

    Please pay attention to me
    was last thing i heard comin out of my dream
    I got something to tell you
    when the sun has gone down
    if you don't listen
    I talk much too loud
    I hate to be needy
    selfish and greedy
    please pay attention to me

    won't you look my way
    I'm waving my arms
    and I'm calling your name
    there's too much to mention
    that grabs your attention
    please pay attention to me

    wish i could cut myself free
    why should i care if you listen to me
    children to tend to
    and a worryin mind
    too much to do
    and not enough time

    I hate to be needy selfish and greedy
    I hate to keep asking and beggin and pleadin
    I'm down on my knees under your window screaming
    please pay attention to me
    please pay attention to me
    please pay attention to me

  4. Stumbled In

    you give me chills
    when you sing so sweet
    you make me feel it
    from my neck to my feet
    you get me sky high
    with chicken skin
    this must be heaven
    and i stumbled in

    i see your voice
    when i close my eyes
    it's a light shinin
    and it's shinin so bright
    i'm in the shadow
    of your snow white wings
    this must be heaven
    and i stumbled in

    i stumbled in
    i stumbled in
    i just found heaven
    with a touch of sin

    i couldn't feel
    any better
    you could knock me down
    with a feather
    cut me in half
    with a blade of grass
    this must be heaven
    and i hope it lasts

    i stumbled in
    i stumbled in
    i dont mind the neon and the smoke
    and your breath of gin
    'cause i just found heaven
    with a touch of sin

  5. Smoke Ring Halo

    bet your heart was an ice cube last night
    just chillin your whiskey blood
    puttin your mind way out of sight
    and that's okay
    cause you got a smoke ring halo
    just wont blow away

    I heard today you had to go
    well I guess we all get carried away
    you're just a saint with a cigarette jones
    and that's okay
    you got a smoke ring halo
    just wont blow away

    you deserve better
    that's all i know
    i just hope they get it right
    in that place where you're goin
    you should be covered
    in a circle of gold
    won't you let some angel blow away
    your smoke ring halo

    we're all gonna miss you playin your horn
    and showin us your busted heart
    you blow so hard your lips are torn
    and that's the way
    you got a smoke ring halo
    just won't blow away.

    we all got things we can't help
    you always had to take a bullet for a stranger
    i heard today you took one for yourself
    and that's okay
    you got a smoke ring halo
    you got a smoke ring halo
    you got a smoke ring halo
    you got a smoke ring halo
    just wont blow away

  6. When I Was Young

    when i was young i didn't look at the clouds and hope for the rain
    when i was young i didn't think this life should ever bring me sorrow
    when i was young i thought someday everybody's gonna know my name
    when i was young the hardest work i had was waitin' for tomorrow

    when i was young i used to wake up early in the mornin'
    when i was young i could climb up a mountain no matter how tall
    when i was young i didn't listen to anybody's warnin'
    when i was young i could jump i wasn't afraid to fall

    now i'm grown
    and things are not exactly what they seem
    the older i get
    the less i know and the more i dream

    when i was young i didn't worry 'bout money in my pocket
    when i was young i didn't think i'd every need to buy a diamond ring
    when i was young i used to put my heart in a cage and lock it
    when i was young i could talk about love but i didn't know a thing

    now i'm grown
    and things are not exactly what they seem
    the bigger i get
    the smaller the world and the less it all means

    when i was young i used to say my prayers without the feelin"
    when i was young i didn't worry 'bout the things i couldn't understand
    when i was young i didn't know anything about hurtin' and healin"
    when i was young i guess i didn't believe i'd ever be a man

    now i'm grown
    and things are not exactly what they seem
    i think about God
    and wonder does he think about me

  7. The Shore

    sometimes i go to the river
    just to watch it flow
    it ripples and it dances
    i don't know where it goes

    you brought me to the edge
    but i held you to the ground
    i thought i knew better
    then to let you in the water

    baby it's time to
    take your hand and
    leave behind what i know
    maybe it's time to
    follow you down to the river
    and let go of the shore

    once i thought i knew
    how everything should be
    i would damn up the river
    blinded by what i wanted to see

    CHORUS

    i tried to change you
    i didn't understand
    but now all i want to do
    is get down on my knees and thank you

    CHORUS

  8. Made It Up The Mountain

    Speakin' of lyin'
    well I told a few
    they say that's not what Jesus would do
    I been tempted red white and blue
    but you'll understand when your in my shoes
    I was just findin my way

    i don't believe
    i don't believe i'd'a made it up the mountain
    i don't believe
    i don't believe i'd'a climbed so high
    i don't believe
    i don't believe i'd'a made it up the mountain
    without the fire
    burnin' under my behind

    Speaking of bridges
    well I burned a few
    talk about cheatin' and bendin' some rules
    it might not sound like what a man should do
    but you'll understand when you're in my shoes
    I was just finding my way

    CHORUS

    Speaking of fallin
    and breakin in two
    talkin' bout love and i had a few
    but you keep on climbin to get to the truth
    you gotta burn a few holes in those shoes
    if you're gonna find your way

    CHORUS

  9. Rainbow

    you come from nowhere
    you show me everything i never see
    you shine the light into the dark
    of the things that i believe
    you wake me up
    give me hope
    bring me piece when i'm asleep

    you see rainbows when i see rain
    isn't that strange
    don't make me wait for the rain
    don't make me wait for the rain

    you called an end to all the lies
    the secrets and the shame
    you said its only up to me
    to make a change and take the blame
    i wanna know
    how did you learn the rules
    and rise above the game

    CHORUS

    i cant wait for the next rainy day
    when you come wash my troubles away
    i don't mind the pain
    but i hate waiting

    CHORUS

  10. Blue and Green

    can't you hear your momma talkin'
    she told you to hush your rattlin' tongue
    sit down in your chair boy
    eat your supper and leave your brother alone
    i was once just like you
    i was green and blue

    my mother told my father one day
    how much she had loved her life with him
    then she rose up from her body
    and vanished in the blue and green of spring
    she was once just like me
    now she's gone into the blue and green

    blue and green
    blue and green
    you ain't lived 'til you seen the blue and green

    you should've seen my grandmother
    she was tough and strong as any man
    but she was sweet and gentle when
    she held you like the lover she used to have
    he was gone
    now so is she
    but they live on in the blue and green

    CHORUS

    keep on growin' up so fast
    and life'll hit you hard as you can take
    tell me all your troubles boy
    and i will try to take those troubles away
    you were once just like me
    we're all comin' from the blue and green

    CHORUS

    can't you hear your momma talkin'
    she told you to hush your rattlin' tongue

CREDITS

OLIVER WOOD / guitar, vocals
CHRIS WOOD / bass, vocals
TYLER GREENWELL / drums, percussion

Guests:
CLAY COOK / background vocals (tracks 1,2,5,7)
JOHN MEDESKI / organ (tracks 3,5,8)
WILL SCRUGGS / tenor and baritone sax (tracks 3,5,10)
MARCUS HENDERSON / alto sax (tracks 3,5)
WES FUNDERBERK / trombone (tracks 3,5,10)
JOE GRANSDEN / trumpet (tracks 3,5,10)
JOE MCGUINNESS / background vocals (tracks 4,8)
JIM SCOTT / flexitone (track 4)
DAVE ROTH / background vocals (track 8)
ZAC BROWN / background vocals (track 10)

Executive Producer: Zac Brown

Produced Engineered and mixed by Jim Scott at Plyrz Studios, Valencia, CA
Additional engineering by Kevin Dean
Overdub engineering by Danny Blume (New York), Clay Cook and Damien Lewis (Atlanta)
Mastered by Richard Dodd, Nashville, TN
Photography by John Crawford
Design by Colin Breaud

Zac Brown appears courtesy of Atlantic Records.

All songs by O. Wood & C. Wood (Royal Kook Music/Wood Sound Publishing BMI) except Shoofly Pie by O. Wood, C. Wood, B. Greenwell (Royal Kook Music BMI, Wood Sound Publishing BMI, X’s for Eyes ASCAP)