Paradise cover art

RELEASE DATE: October 2nd, 2015

Paradise

'Paradise,' an album about longing and desire and the ways in which the pursuit of fulfillment can keep it perpetually out of our reach, is The Wood Brothers’ most sophisticated work to date and also their most rocking, with bassist Chris Wood playing electric on tracks for the first time. Recorded at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye studio in Nashville, 'Paradise' captures the latest chapter in the ongoing evolution of a band—and a family—navigating the joy and challenges of a life in music.

Click a song title for lyrics.

  1. Singin' To Strangers

    he hails from the great state of confusion
    in the army he was a major disappointment
    now he's pulling a push broom at the inconvenience store

    he had never heard speaking in tongues
    just screamin' and wailin' guitars
    and he'd do most anything, to get that feeling in his heart
    so he sings to himself
    but he never feels right until he's

    singin' to strangers
    every night

    when it's cold she wears a mitten and a glove
    she says jesus was handsome but god is just love
    and she feels just like and angel stuck on her back in the snow

    but she's not scared she will shoot you with a glance
    if you look her right back in the eyes you'll see infinite road
    and she'd do most anything not to feel so alone
    so she sings to herself
    but she never feels right until she's

    singin' to strangers
    every night

    have you ever heard speaking in tongues
    or screaming and wailing guitars
    would you do most anything, to get that feeling in your heart
    try

    singin' to strangers
    every night

  2. American Heartache

    everything I need
    is blowing in the breeze
    everything I want
    is just down stream
    everything between my ears
    is just a dream

    I never stay still
    I’m always moving
    flying in a tin can
    hanging by a shoestring
    sitting on a plastic throne
    living like a king

    Stuck in a dream
    Stuck in a dream
    It’s only American Heartache
    It’s only American Heartache

    I wanna make peace
    but I don’t have the skill
    when I feel pain
    I reach for the pill
    wish I had a body of steel
    but I’m over the hill

    Stuck in a dream
    Stuck in a dream
    It’s only American Heartache
    It’s only American Heartache
    Nothing is wrong
    Nothing at stake
    I only feel bad
    when I can’t have it all

  3. Never And Always

    well i woke up with a dust face to a thunderclap
    thanked the grey sky for another chance
    and i must have dreamed a romance guess it never happened
    used my love letters for the fish wrappin'

    salvation just out of reach
    guess that's the way it might ought to be
    how else can you stay on the right road home
    sometimes it feels like
    i'm never and always alone

    like a dead man i rose up from the sleep of life
    kicked a tin can in the moonlight
    lost a back tooth went to look for it by the apple tree
    pretty dragon fly watchin' over me

    CHORUS

    even when i'm sitting still
    my soul still wants to roam

    CHORUS

  4. Snake Eyes

    come on everybody there's a train comin
    won't be at the station too long
    go ahead and listen to the jack leg television preacher
    if you want to get on

    i'm just a runaway truck
    i don't give a flying flip about much
    but to things down, lord turn it around

    i don't mind livin' on grits
    but i'm tired of eatin' crow and i need a hit
    of something to wash it down, lord turn it around

    i keep dreaming of those snake eyes
    dreaming of those snake eyes
    and I'm lookin for my paradise
    looking for my paradise

    i keep chasin a patch of green grass
    all i need is a peace of mind that's gonna last
    and i feel the fire, lord can you heal my desire

    CHORUS

    come on everybody there's a train comin
    won't be at the station too long
    go ahead and listen to the jack leg television preacher
    if you want to get on

    CHORUS

  5. Two Places

    my mind it wanders so far away
    because i'm bound to just one place
    i start longing for home when the road gets too long
    and sometimes it feels like i'm already home when i'm gone
    feels like i'm already home when i'm gone

    i take the highway to the border
    and i lay across the line
    because i've always wanted to be
    two places at one time
    two places one time

    now i'm holding these children little hands on my face
    and a woman so fine i would never replace
    still i'm thinkin' up songs about yesterday's lovers
    i'm livin' a beautiful dream while i'm chasin' another
    beautiful dream while i'm chasin' another

    CHORUS

    now i'm missin' a mother she's nowhere around
    i can hear her sweet voice in the rain comin' down
    and i'm stuck with my feet in the mud and my heart in the clouds
    feet in the mud and my heart in the clouds

    CHORUS

  6. Heartbreak Lullaby

    her heart had turned to stone
    and was sinkin' in a sea
    of broken hearted boys
    and one of those was me

    pretty as a bird
    fell from paradise
    hear that siren sing
    and you would pay the price
    she said her goodnight
    with a heartbreak lullaby

    heartbreak lullaby
    and you're bound to wake up cryin'

    i was not the first
    couldn't have been the last
    drawn into her flame
    haunted by her past

    tryin to catch her fall
    was my first mistake
    i'm a sucker for the scent
    of sorrow crossed with grace
    she said her goodnight
    with a heartbreak lullaby

    CHORUS

    when you fall asleep
    the melody goes on
    into a restless dream
    you wake up and she's gone

  7. Without Desire

    I can’t live without desire
    I can’t live without desire
    It’s the fuel in my fire
    I can’t live without desire

    I can’t live without desire
    I can’t live without desire
    It’s the electricity in my wire
    I can’t live without desire

    If I didn’t want anything
    why would I rise
    why would I sing

    If I didn’t want you
    would I be alone
    if I didn’t want shelter
    would I have a home
    If I didn’t want peace
    would I cast the first stone

    I can’t live without desire
    I can’t live without desire
    It’s the air in my tire
    I can’t live without desire

    If I didn’t want anything
    why would I rise
    why would I sing

    If I didn’t want to money
    Would I work all day
    If I didn’t wanna do right
    Would I go astray
    If I didn’t want love
    Would I fade away

    I can’t live without desire
    It’s the electricity in my wire
    If I didn’t want anything
    why would I rise why would I sing

    If I didn’t want anything
    why would I rise
    why would I sing

  8. Raindrop

    broke a heart for a cheap thrill
    seemed worth it at the time
    there's a hundred of 'em out there still
    you can hear em all cryin'

    you're just a muddy old rain drop
    you're gonna dry up some day

    you don't sleep you just lay awake and listen
    to the sound of alone
    comin' up from the dark and you're wishin'
    you didn't hear em all moan

    CHORUS

    put a stain on an innocent heart
    it just won't wash away

    you thought you were a hammer of steel
    but you're a rusty old spoke in the wheel
    you're gonna quit comin' around
    you're on the way down

    CHORUS

  9. Touch Of Your Hand

    I pray for peace every day
    there’s no war
    but I feel the guns are pointed my way

    My crimes are the same
    as anyone
    with time to kill and blood in their vein

    I reach for heaven like every man
    but I can’t live on faith alone
    There’s only one thing I understand

    I believe in the touch of your hand
    It’s rain on dessert sand
    Nothing brings peace to the soul of a man
    Like the sweet lovin’ touch of your hand

    The truth is in my skin
    and only fear
    turns everything I love into sin

    I reach for heaven like every man
    but I can’t live on faith alone
    There’s only one thing I understand

    I believe in the touch of your hand
    It’s rain on desert sand
    Nothing brings peace to the soul of a man
    like the sweet loving’ touch of your hand

  10. River Of Sin

    the water comes down from the higher ground
    and it's carryin' the sin of man
    we can't help but get thirsty
    down here where the river is damned

    they say good things happen up river
    they say the river, it can wash a man clean
    but down here the water's just dirty
    you can try but it's hard to get up from down stream

    but I'll try again
    i'll paddle up this river of sin
    i'll send up a broken amen
    i'll swallow some pride but i won't be denied
    'cause i'll try again and again

    if i had a boat for this river
    i'd find out just what it all means
    i'd go see all those used to be heathens
    come up from the water washed clean

    and i'd wash my own sins down the river
    but i wonder how much more it can bear
    it must be so full of misdoing and shame
    i can't see the bottom from here

    CHORUS

    the water comes down from the higher ground
    and it's carryin' the sin of man
    we can't help but get thirsty
    down here where the river is damned

    but I'll try again
    i'll paddle up this river of sin
    i'll strip down to nothing and swim
    i'll swallow some pride but i won't be denied
    'cause i'll try again and again

CREDITS

CHRIS WOOD / Bass, Vocals, Harmonica
OLIVER WOOD / Guitar, Vocals
JANO RIX / Drums, Vocals, Shuitar, Percussion, Keyboards

Derek Trucks / Guitar (track 3)
Susan Tedeschi / Vocals (track 3)
Ann McCrary / Background vocals (track 10)
Regina McCrary / Background vocals (track 10), Tambourine (track 4)
Matt Glassmeyer / Tenor sax, Bari sax, Buzzaphone, Tuba, Clarinet (tracks 3,4,5,6,7,8)
Brian Drye / Trombone, Euphonium (tracks 3,4,5,6,7,8)
Kieran Michael Engel Wood / Trombone (track 7)

Produced by The Wood Brothers

Recorded by Collin Dupuis at Easy Eye Sound and Southern Ground Nashville, Nashville, TN
Additional recording by Brandon Bell at Southern Ground Nashville
Assistant engineers - Ben Simonetti, Chris Taylor and Stephanie Hamood
Mixed by Ryan Freeland at Stampede Origin Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Andrew Mendelson at Georgetown Masters Audio, LLC, Nashville, TN
Vinyl Master cut by Cameron J. Henry at Welcome To 1979, Nashville, TN

Studio Mama - Rebecca Wood
Package Design - Chris Kro
Photography - Alysse Gafkjen
Management - Liz Penta, Emcee Artist Management
Booking - North America - Lynn Cingari, Paradigm Agency
Booking - Europe - Karen Proeme, Karen Proeme Productions

All songs written by (O. Wood, C. Wood, J. Rix) Royal Kook Music (BMI)/Wood Sound Publishing (BMI)/ Spinach Pitts Music (ASCAP)
Except "Snake Eyes" (O. Wood, C. Wood, J. Rix, R. Wood) Royal Kook Music (BMI)/Wood Sound Publishing (BMI)/ Spinach Pitts Music (ASCAP)
"Two Places" (O. Wood, C. Wood, J. Rix, W. Durrette) Royal Kook Music (BMI)/Wood Sound Publishing (BMI)/ Spinach Pitts Music (ASCAP)/Life On Fire Music (SESAC)/Rosiest Music (SESAC)
and "River of Sin" (O. Wood, C. Wood, J. Rix, P. Madeira) Royal Kook Music (BMI)/Wood Sound Publishing (BMI)/ Spinach Pitts Music (ASCAP)/Nashville Minute (BMI) adm. by The Loving Company

Thanks to Liz Penta, Jennifer Fife, David Macias, Lynn Cingari, Collin Dupuis, Ryan Freeland, Joe Pisapia, Zac Brown, Ross DuPre, Carmel Holt, Lynn Oliver, Kenny Raduazzo, Teresa Raduazzo, Matt Ellie, Tiffany Hunt, Lagunitas Brewing Company, SES, Heather Cossette, Laura Wilder, Madi Lyle, Daniel Ramirez, Red Dragon, Richard Goodsell, Steve Lee, Josh Touchton, Rit Venerus, Amy Self, Lauren Frick, Julia Rix, Rebecca Wood, Sirkka Wood, Nissa Wood, Kieran Wood and Levon Wood.

Oliver & Chris Wood use DR Strings
Chris Wood uses Hoffner basses and Gallien-Krueger Amplifiers
Jano Rix uses Natal drums