Loaded

The Wood Brothers

Loaded

On “Loaded,” The Wood Brothers create an expansive exploration of their music, eschewing the more spare, acoustic, in-studio setting of their debut album for a more collaborative approach with other musicians and friends, resulting in a fleshed-out, multi-layered effort. Highlights include Oliver swapping verses with labelmate Amos Lee on a cover of Hendrix’s “Angel,” and Chris taking a vocal lead in tandem with Frazey Ford on “Don’t Look Back.”

Lovin' Arms

ridin' a big jet plane
cryin' into your sleeve
'cause you miss those lovin' arms
lullaby keeps on playin'
and you're thinkin' it's a dream
'cause you miss those lovin' arms

and you got a good mind to pray
they say it's all part of his plan
but what if he's got slippery hands?

it's a sad face you're wearing'
like a burned out sun
'cause you miss those lovin' arms
you'd think a grown man would care
about his boot lace undone
but you just miss those lovin' arms
yeah you miss those lovin' arms

and you got a good mind to pray
they say it's all part of his plan
but what if he's got slippery hands?

goddamn
you're a boy not a man
when you miss those lovin' arms

some day
when you're up there flying'
and you miss those lovin' arms
it isn't so far away
that sweet lullaby
when you miss those lovin' arms

Postcards From Hell

i know a man who sings the blues
yeah he plays just what he feels
keeps a letter in the pocket of his coat
but he never breaks the seal

set up in a bar room corner
playin' for tips and beer
people carryin' on and drinkin'
you gotta strain to hear

i've seen him playin' some old cheap guitar
but he could play on pots and pans
you never heard a soul so pure and true
it's flowing' right out of his hands
he can sing sweet as a choir girl
or he can sing a house on fire
i've seen him callin' up the angels
and use a breeze for a telephone wire

and if you ask him
how he sings his blues so well
he says
i got a soul that i won't sell
i got a soul that i won't sell
i got a soul that i won't sell
and i dont read postcards from hell

says he came from down in texas
playin' out since he's fifteen
you can hear a little chicago
and a lot of new orleans
he can take you on a freight train
he can take you down the alley
he can take you to the church
he can walk you through the valley

CHORUS

i've seen him sleepin' in a doorway
maybe livin' outside
on his back just like a cockroach
but he ain't waitin' to die

CHORUS

Pray Enough

tell me did you catch the name
of the mighty hurricane
that blew away your feather brain
oh you better be tough

i remember when you spoke
down to the mighty lightnin' bolt
and took away his rain coat
you never can pray enough

you never can pray enough
you never can pray enough
if you're gonna be the fool
you better be tough
'cause you never can pray enough

i wonder why you messed a while
with the mighty crocodile
and said he had an ugly smile
oh you better be tough

and why'd you think it'd be so fun
shoot out the lights of the mighty sun
it's raining bullets and you better run
you never can pray enough

CHORUS

i saw the light bulb over your head
dim as it was you might as well be dead

you're getting' too close to admire
the dirty blaze of the mighty fire
you're gonna stink and burn just like a tire
you never can pray enough

CHORUS

Loaded

you never smiled at my opening line
if i remember it right well you might have been cryin'
i didn't know you but i thought it was time

you didn't ask to know what i was thinkin'
i know it was late and i might have been drinkin'
when my passion welled up
and i readied my aim
i didn't know my own name

i was loaded, loaded
i have to say i was loaded

you shied away but i hunted you down
the truth is a bully and it'll slap you around
i know it can be
a pretty rough ride
when my true heart's kickin' my side

i was loaded, loaded
proud to say i was loaded
sometimes the tip of my tongue
is the barrel of a gun
and it's loaded

all alone on my knee with my dreams of the past
but my aim is still true and my draw is still fast
my heart pulls the trigger
it doesn't wait
who wants a heart that hesitates

i was loaded, loaded
proud to say i was loaded
sometimes the tip of my tongue
is the barrel of a gun
and it's loaded
yeah the tipe of my tongue
is the barrel of a gun
and it's loaded

Walkaway

walk away walk away walk away
i have seen the light of day and it doesn't look good to me
walk away walk away walk away
i am a stranger in the one place that i should stay
too tired to run
i think it's time to leave this place i used to call home

walk away walk away walk away
i have no such words to say what i want to say
i want to talk to you
but all i can do is walk away
my mind has slipped away again
and i can't pretend that i know what to do

bye bye
sunshine
the world has left me behind
so long
sweet song
i have lost my mind again

the sun is out and the sky is clear
but all i can do is sit in here and stare
i miss you baby but leave me be
nothin' you can do to set me free
i flew over some cuckoo's nest
and i think it's best that i just walk away

CHORUS

i may be weak but my love is strong
my heart is a stone and my head is all wrong
i don't know the way back home but if you let me roam
i'll find my way back to you
time used to make me wait
now time just makes me late

CHORUS

Don't Look Back

I've been waiting much too long
for you to break my heart my dear
and i know that the end is near

when i look into your eyes
i see that i'm not there anymore
and you're staring so far away

don't look back i won't be there
all i can do is follow your stare

i've been searching much too long
now there's nowhere to go from here
and i can feel you everywhere

when i put your hand in mine
i feel you slipping away from me
and there's nothing that can hold you now

don't look back i won't be there
all i can do is follow your stare
i don't know where you're going
but i will see you when the angels sing to me

Twisted

i know what it means to be twisted
i've been stuck in a carnival mirror
one time my head was so low you could have kissed it
without standin' on your toes my dear

i know what it means to be senseless
laid my bed across the tracks without fear
well it's funny how a boy can be so reckless
leave his life a broken toy my dear

why do i dream
of holdin' you down
under the waves
'til your last breath fades
why do i dream
of holdin' you down
who knows
'cause i'm missin' you so

i know what it means to be lonesome
but i never thought you'd go and disappear
well i know i'm past the point of young and wholesome
but i was born the day i met you my dear

CHORUS

i know what it means to be shameful
i have begged for a kick in the rear
well it's funny how a dream can be so painful
won't you tell me what it means my dear

CHORUS

Fall Too Fast

i have been too close
to that flame of desire
i have spoken too soon
with words full of fire, full of fire
i have fallen too fast
from the top of love's tree
bruised by every branch
never landed on my feet, on my feet
like a fool i am willin'
to take that fall again

don't let me fall too fast
i want to fall slowly
i want my fall to last
i want my fall to last

i have drunk too much
from that fountain of tears
i have drowned many times
i was warned but didn't hear, didn't hear
i have smoked too much
from a pipe made of bones
i was high for a while
then i tumbled like a stone, like a stone
like a food i am willin'
to take that fall again

CHORUS

now i'm fyin' too high
with these wings made of wax
and i'm bound for the flames
but i won't turn back, won't turn back

CHORUS

Angel

An angel came down from heaven yesterday
she stayed with me just long enough to rescue me
and she told me a story yesterday
about the sweet love between the moon and the deep blue sea
and then she spreads her wings high over me
and said i'm goin to come back tomorrow
and i said fly on my sweet angel
fly on to the sky
fly on my sweet angel
tomorrow i'll be there by your side

sure enough this morning came unto me
a silver wing silhouette against the child sunrise
and my angel she said unto me
boy today is the day for you to rise
take my hand you're gonna be my man and you're gonna rise
and she took me right over yonder

and i said fly on my sweet angel
fly on to the sky
fly on my sweet angel
tomorrow i'll be there by your side
yeah, tomorrow i'll be there by your side

Buckets Of Rain

Buckets of rain
Buckets of tears
Got all them buckets comin' out of my ears.
Buckets of moonbeams in my hand,
I got all the love, honey baby,
You can stand.

I been meek
And hard like an oak
I seen pretty people disappear like smoke.
Friends will arrive, friends will disappear,
If you want me, honey baby,
I'll be here.

Like your smile
And your fingertips
Like the way that you move your lips.
I like the cool way you look at me,
Everything about you is bringing me
Misery.

Little red wagon
Little red bike
I ain't no monkey but I know what I like.
I like the way you love me strong and slow,
I'm takin' you with me, honey baby,
When I go.

Life is sad
Life is a bust
All ya can do is do what you must.
You do what you must do and ya do it well,
I'll do it for you, honey baby,
Can't you tell?

Make Me Down A Pallet On Your Floor

Make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet soft and low
Make me down a pallet on your floor

The way I'm sleepin' my back and shoulders' tired
The way I'm sleepin' my back and shoulders' tired
The way I'm sleepin' my back and shoulders' tired
Gonna roll around and try my other side

Yeah, make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet soft and low
Yeah, make me down a pallet on your floor

Yeah make…
Make me down…

I'm goin' up country where there's cold sleet and snow
I'm goin' up country where there's cold sleet and snow
I'm goin' up country where there's cold sleet and snow
No telling how much further I may go

Yeah, make me down a pallet on your floor
Yeah, make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet soft and low
Yeah, make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet soft and low
Yeah, make me down a pallet on your floor

Still Close

thought it was over
thought you were gone
as i walked through the dark house
wishin' your lamp was still on
i lit a candle
was a pretty red glow
i should have known
you were still close

thought i was lonesome
i wished it would pass
as i dreamed i could find you somewhere
in my looking glass
i saw a bird flyin'
was a ruby red throat
i should have known
you were still close

still close
covered in rose petals
from your head to your feet
still close to me

thought you were the tree
that would never fall down
as i swept up your ashes
and put you back into the ground
i saw a flower
was a wild red rose
that's when i know
you were still close

still close
covered in rose petals
from your head to your feet
still close to me

CREDITSOLIVER WOOD / guitar, vocals
CHRIS WOOD / bass, vocals

Guests:
KENNY WOLLESON / drums (tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8)
JOHN MEDESKI / melodica, organ, Wurlitzer (tracks 1, 3, 9, 12)
BILLY MARTIN / drums (track 5, 9, 11)
DAVID MANSFIELD / violin (tracks 2, 8, 9)
JENNIFER CHOI / violin (tracks 2, 8)
DAVID EGGAR / cello (tracks 2, 8)
AMOS LEE / background vocals (tracks 3, 9)
DARICK CAMPBELL / steel guitar (tracks 4, 11)
FRAZEY FORD / vocals (track 6)
DONNIE MCCORMICK / chicken coop, vocals (track 11)
PIETA BROWN / background vocals (track 12)

Produced by John Medeski

Recorded and mixed by David Kent at Applehead Studio, Saugerties, NY and Synergy Recording, Kingston, NY
Mixed at Synergy Recording, Kingston, NY
Mastered by Alan Sliverman at Arf! Mastering, New York, NY

Additional recording by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studio, Chris Abell at Dubway Studios, New York, NY, John Raham at Ogre Studio, Vancouver, BC, Damien Lewis at 800 East, Atlanta, GA, and Blonju at Carnivour Studios, Atlanta, GA

Assisted by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studio, Saugerties, NY

Creative Direction by Gordon H. Jee
Art Direction & Design by Carla Leighton
Photography by Christian Lantry

Pieta Brown appears courtesy of One Little Indian Records.
Amos Lee appears courtesy of Blue Note Records.

1. LOVIN’ ARMS – (O. Wood/C. Wood) Royal Kook Music/ Wood Sounds Publishing (BMI)
2. POSTCARDS FROM HELL – (O. Wood/C. Wood) Royal Kook Music/ Wood Sounds Publishing (BMI)
3. PRAY ENOUGH- (O. Wood/C. Wood) Royal Kook Music/ Wood Sounds Publishing (BMI)
4. LOADED – (O. Wood/C. Wood) Royal Kook Music/ Wood Sounds Publishing (BMI)
5. WALK AWAY – (O. Wood/C. Wood) Royal Kook Music/ Wood Sounds Publishing (BMI)