Ways Not to Lose

The Wood Brothers

Ways Not to Lose

“Ways Not To Lose” is the stunning debut album of original songs from siblings Oliver and Chris Wood. Like the work of Leon Russell, early Tom Waits, or Dr. John, the songs of The Wood Brothers possess a timeless quality; their bedrock melodies and astutely observed stories sound instantly archetypal. The songs are arranged just as the brothers conceived them expressive yet economical, letting Oliver’s coarse, impressionistic guitar work and Chris’ nimble, note-bending bass playing speak volumes.

One More Day

I’ve seen you in a sadness
I’ve seen you when you’d hoped to die
I heard you say
it’s rainin’ all over the world

what did I tell you
what did I say
just when your faith is gone
give it one more day

I’ve seen you with your head low
face down on the ground
I heard you say
you’re lost and you couldn’t be found

what did I tell you
what did I say
just when your faith is gone
give it one more day

next thing you’re shinin’ right back at the sun
blowin’ right back at the wind
roarin’ right back at the ocean
nothin’s gonna do you in

give it one more day
one more day
just when your faith is gone
give it one more day

I’ve seen you when your soul shines
I’ve seen you when your heart sings
I heard you say
the world don’t owe you a thing

yeah, what did you tell me
what did you say
just when you’re faith is gone
give it one more day

Tried and Tempted

I been thinkin’ ‘bout dropping out
and lettin’ this old river
spit me into the sea.
do you remember when I sold you my soul
now that it’s getting kinda old
won’t you sell it back to me

CHORUS
I’ve been tried and tempted
tried and tempted
tried and tempted
tried and tempted

well I been thinkin’ ‘bout turnin’ ‘round
and headin’ up the stream
to climb a mountain of youth
do you remember when I opened up your box
and let the demons out
they fight me nail and tooth

CHORUS

I’d like to be the wind
don’t wanna be the sail
I’d like to be the train
not the rail
I’d like to be the train
not the rail

CHORUS

Luckiest Man

my whole Saturday
and Sunday too
I was thinking ‘bout
ways not to lose
lay down my weapons
is what I’ve done
too late to hide
feet too soft to run

but people say I’m the luckiest man
yeah they say

runnin’ is useless
fightin’ is foolish
you’re not gonna win
but still you’re the luckiest man
you’re up against
too many horses
and mysterious forces
what you don’t know is
you are the luckiest man
you’re the luckiest man

I don’t talk to the Devil
when he calls my name
but sometimes when I’m losin’
it all seems the same
and when I fall
I’m back up again
just to slip on the same mistakes
and slide right back in

but people say I’m the luckiest man
yeah they say

CHORUS

try to keep my faith
and keep my mind
I’d hate to lose either one
when the whip cracks behind
and I can’t but help mournin’
just a little each night
people say everything’s
gonna be alright

they say I’m the luckiest man
yeah they say

CHORUS

Glad

lead shoes
is what I use
when I’m runnin’
away from you
a golden rose
it always knows
it’s good to see you
but I’ll be glad to see you go

I have missed you
is what I say
when I’m wishin’
you’d stay away
a cold wind
starts to blow
it’s good to see you
but I’ll be glad to see you go
good to see you
but I’ll be glad to see you go

I’m glad to see you go
I’m tryin’ to be a mountain
but it’s not easy.

run and hide
is what I do
when I’m tryin’
to start anew
a knock on my door
scares me so
it’s good to see you
but I’ll be glad to see you go
good to see you
but I’ll be glad to see you go

I’m glad to see you go
I’m tryin’ to be a mountain
but it’s not easy

Chocolate On My Tongue

sittin’ on the front porch
ice cream in my hand
meltin’ in the sun
all that chocolate on my tongue
and that’s
good enough reason to live
good enough reason to live

sittin’ in the bath tub
high-fi playin’ low
diggin’ old Al Green
well you must know what I mean
and that’s
good enough reason to live
good enough reason to live

if I die young
at least I got some chocolate on my tongue
if I die young
at least I got some chocolate on my tongue

sittin’ in the front seat
good girl in my arms
smilin’ in my eyes
getting’ me all hypnotized
and that’s
good enough reason to live
good enough reason to live

CHORUS

Atlas

halleluiah
well I just woke up from a dream
so far away
and it’s no accident I landed here
eyes wide open and seein’ clear
I have come a long long way

I am wiser now
my man Atlas told me
I shouldn’t try to hold his world up
he said boy you got some muscles
you have never used
all you got to do is go ahead and wake up

don’t you try to hold my world up
don’t you try to hold my world
don’t you try to hold my world up
don’t you try to hold my world

Aphrodite
well her suitcase was my burden
for so long
she said boy you got some heart and soul
but that’s not what your love is for
lay your burden down and we’ll both be stronger

CHORUS

Time to Stand Still

one mocking bird
fills up the sky
had to remind me
how time used to fly
this night is so long
did I use to care
you should have heard me
sayin’ my prayer

we always wanted
time to stand still
now that you’re gone
I’m sure that he will

this big moon above me
sure as the sun
I never thought
you’d have to run
lonesome I did not
think I could be
but always new that he was
no friend to me

CHORUS

The Truth Is The Light

the truth is the light
the truth is the light
it hurts sometimes
but that sayin’s still right
the truth is the light

love is a flame
love is a flame
it can warm you up
or burn you down again
love is a flame
you might have to cry
you might have to cry
but better some tears
than some smoke in your eyes
you might have to cry

don’t you know
I heard the whole damn thing
it’s a sad song
you can’t un-sing
but that’s alright
‘cause all of a sudden
I could feel my wings
with your lips unbuttoned
you know your gonna set me free

CHORUS

some people might
steal and cheat me
they can fuss and fight me
but don’t deceive me
and it’ll be alright
tell me the worst
and I can get my peace
no matter how bad
you know it’s gonna set me free

CHORUS

my bird’s gonna sing
my bird’s gonna sing
I don’t care if you cut his wings
my bird’s gonna sing

CHORUS

Spirit

I had to step into the jungle
just to get my solitude
I need some juju
and I don’t know what to do
I’m tired of seein’ clouds
when all I need’s a drop of rain
I got my cuts and bruises
now I’d like to feel the pain

if the spirit moves you
if the spirit moves you
if the spirit moves you
please won’t you send him
please won’t you send him to me

well how do you do that magic
what’s the secret what’s the spell
I tried to work it
but I just can’t do it well
I know I’m lucky to be in the jungle
doin’ what I please
I got the birds I got the buds
I should just get down on my knees
but please

CHORUS

Angel Band

My latest sun
Is sinking fast
My race is nearly run
My strongest trials
They now have passed
My triumph has begun

O come
Angel band
Come and
Around me stand
O Bear me away
On your snow-ey wings
To my immortal home
Bear me away
On your snow-ey wings
To my immortal home

I've almost gained
My heavenly home
My spirit loudly sings
The holy ones
Behold they come
I hear the noise of wings

O bear my longing heart to him
who bled and died for me
whose blood now cleanses
from all sin
and gives me victory

CHORUS

O Bear me away
On your snow-ey wings
To my immortal home

Where My Baby Might Be

I was just killin’ time
waitin’ on a train
out back pitchin’ pennies
tryin’ to stay out of the rain
caught a southbound freight
down to Memphis Tennessee
that’s where my baby might be

well I hit the ground runnin’
on the outskirts of town
walked down by the river
just to take a look around
met up with a stranger
he seemed to recognize me
that’s where my baby might be

silhouette in the distance
like I seen before
I walked down the street
and up to the door
if you drag that river
all the way to the sea
that’s where my baby might be

That's What Angels Can Do

you pushed my button
and started me knowing
things I already knew
how did you understand
with the palm of your hand

I guess that’s what angels can do
angels can do

you held my burden
and rested my bones
in your arms sweet and true
how did you stay so strong
and kiss me so long

I guess that’s want angels can do
I guess that’s what angels can do
angels can do
that’s what angels can do

you pulled my trigger
the song that rang out
was so pretty and blue
how did you get so wise
with one look in my eyes

I guess that’s what angels can do
I guess that’s what angels can do
I guess that’s what angels can do
angels can do
that’s what angels can do

CREDITSOLIVER WOOD / guitar, vocals
CHRIS WOOD / bass, vocals
KENNY WOLLESEN / drums, percussion (tracks 3,4,7,8,9)

Produced by John Medeski

Recorded and mixed by S. Husky Höskulds for eightbitaudio
Recorded in September, 2005 at Allaire Studios, Shokan, NY
Mixed at The Mute Matrix, Los Angeles, CA
Assisted by Damien Shannon and Scott Serota
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York, NY

A&R: Eli Wolf
Project Manager: Josh Gold

Art direction and design by Chris McAdoo, Knoxville, TN
Illustration and design by Ben Durham, Knoxville, TN
Photography by Clay Patrick McBride

1. ONE MORE DAY – (O. Wood) Royal Kook Music (BMI)
2. TRIED AND TEMPTED –(O. Wood/C. Wood) Royal Kook Music/Wood Sounds Publishing (BMI)
3. LUCKIEST MAN – (O. Wood/G. Baba) Royal Kook Music (BMI)
4. GLAD – (O. Wood) Royal Kook Music (BMI)
5. CHOCOLATE ON MY TONGUE – (O. Wood) Royal Kook Music (BMI)
6. ATLAS – (O. Wood, C. Long, G. Baba, A. Mewherter, M. Henderson, C. Uhler)- Royal Kook Music (BMI)
7. TIME TO STAND STILL – (O. Wood) Royal Kook Music (BMI)
8. THE TRUTH IS THE LIGHT – (O. Wood/C. Wood) Royal Kook Music/Wood Sounds Publishing (BMI)
9. SPIRIT – (O. Wood) Royal Kook Music (BMI)
10. ANGEL BAND Traditional
11. WHERE MY BABY MIGHT BE – (C. Long, O. Wood, G. Baba) Walking Stick Publishing/Royal Kook Music/ Wood Sound Publishing (BMI)
12. THAT’S WHAT ANGELS CAN DO – (O. Wood) Royal Kook Music (BMI)