EXILE

by Mandolin Jack

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I refer to this as my "Devils & Dust" project, inspired by Bruce Springsteen's videos on the DVD that comes with the Devils&Dust CD - solo acoustic versions of the songs filmed in a room in his house.
I shot everything LIVE to video and have put the videos on YouTube (the links by each song-lyrics).
It's an on-going project, so watch out for more coming this way soon.

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released April 29, 2020

All songs © Chris Tulloch

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Mandolin Jack London, UK

Mandolin Jack - "a unique brand of mandolin-driven Americana" says the press. But the new songs are more introspective & written mainly on guitar ...

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Track Name: EXILE
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE!

In the dark and the stillness of the night 
I stand my trial, I stand my trial; 
The difference 'tween what's wrong and what is right 
Is but one turn of the dial. 
Time hovers by the wall 
Waiting on me to fall, 
Go meet my kingdom come; 
Where I will stand & face the truth  
One thing I must do, 'cause I don't run.
 
She was like a spirit in the moonlight 
So alive, a firefly;
Her innocence it burned so bright 
But I was in denial. 
I found what it takes to take a life 
Run the sharp edge of the knife 
Across my thumb; 
Desire spreading like a stain 
The hurt, now the pain won't be undone. 

There’s a light, the brief crescent, of a falling star;
Never more to grace the heavens, leaving just a scar
Straight across my heart …

In the dark and the stillness of the night 
I stand my trial, I stand my trial; 
The difference 'tween what's wrong and what is right 
Is but one turn of the dial. 
Now I walk this this road alone, 
Kicking every other stone 
Watch them skip and run; 
And with the passing of each mile
My exile has begun.
Track Name: SEA GLASS
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE!

I couldn’t buy you a diamond ring
So I found you the next best thing
Sea-glass, pale sky-blue
Hold it up & you can see right through.

CHORUS
When all’s said and done
When all’s said and done
There’s only just the one
When all’s said and done

Down where the ocean
Meets the sea,
You’re my sheet-anchor
Lookin’ out for me;
And as each wave collides
With the turning of the tide,
You’re right here by my side
Where I knew you would be;

I own no mansion
Up high on the hill;
Pockets full of pebbles
Don't pay the bills;
On wild & windswept shores
Time brings its own rewards,
All that’s gone before
Lives within me still;

When all’s said and done
Take life the way it comes
There’s only just the one
When all’s said and done
Track Name: THREE MINUTE SONG
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE!

I take the record from the sleeve
Opens up old memories
Of a time and a love, forever gone
And all that went before
It’s all there in the score
Wrapped up in a 3 minute song
I can't let the stylus hit the vinyl
And hear those first few notes of melody
I can’t let the singer have the final word
Without recalling how it used to be

She’d never heard that song before
‘Til we found that record store
And the salesman put the needle in the groove.
The singer started low
Like he got nowhere to go
But you knew right then he’d everything to lose
He sang about a girl he met one Sunday
How words to every gospel song rang true
“A marriage made in heaven” was the sad refrain
That soon went wrong the way things often do

CHORUS:
It’s just a 3 minute song and we’d both sing along
And she would go up high to harmonise
A 3 minute song ‘bout how love can go wrong
And all the heartache left when true love dies

The way things come around
I let that woman down
I did things I always will regret
And this old 45
Is all that has survived
A song that won’t allow me to forget
I can't let the stylus hit the vinyl
And hear those first few notes of melody
I can’t let the singer have the final word
Without recalling how it used to be
Track Name: SPIRIT FRIENDS
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE!

Got the Devil in my whiskey
Dæmons in my beer
You don’t need to ask me why they’re here;
There’s a djinn in my tequila
A kelpie in my wine
These are just some spirit friends of mine;
They come to stop me talking to myself
‘Cause if I don’t talk to them there’s no one else.
And when the glass is empty
You’ll find me here alone
Drifting like a ghost around my home.

‘Cause you really left me nothing
That I could hold on to
You cleared this house of every trace of you.
And as the nights grow longer
And the silence settles in
I feel the need to see my friends again;
‘Cause they don’t mind they’ve heard it all before
My spirit friends will help me up for sure.
But when the glass is empty
You’ll find me here alone
Drifting like a ghost around my home.

Sittin’ by the fire
Watchin’ a host of restless shadows on the wall;
Embers flare and embers fall,
And I stare into the flame
Wond’rin’ if I’m the one to blame

Got the Devil in my whiskey
Dæmons in my beer
You don’t need to ask me why they’re here;
There’s a djinn in my tequila
A kelpie in my wine
These are just some spirit friends of mine;
Track Name: HIGH WATER
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE!

All the letters I write
Run like tears off the page
In the middle of the night

Sittin' listenin', to the rain


CHORUS:
And the waters rise

High water

And the waters rise
It’s all a-gettin' swept away



Looking down at the flood

Angry, sullen and grey

There is no love

All I got left is my faith

With every sweet heart-beat
Every precious breath that I take
And each tear that I weep
I fear for the life that’s at stake

I took the long ‘lone road
I couldn’t help losing my way
And now waters erode
Ev’ry mark I made on that trail
Track Name: HEART SONGS
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I once had ’69 Ford
We drove it to the end of the world
Doin’ gigs for just a cut of the door
Writin’ songs from the heart for my girl;

Chasing the smoke
Promises and hope
Waitin’ for the big one to come up;
Placing my bets
On caffeine and cigarettes
Oh, those miles that we covered in that truck
She’d say, “We just need a little luck” .. (with your)

CHORUS:
Heart songs, heart songs
I wrote for ‘em for my girl
And I sang ‘em just for her
Heart songs

We’d dream I’d get on AM radio
50,000 watts across the world
But my songs never made it on the show
The only one who heard ‘em was my girl.

I’d try to make the scene
She’d be my go-between, (puttin’ my)
Home-made cassettes out there to sell
‘Cause she could see the spark
She’d nurse it through the dark, (in every)
Bar, every cut-rate motel
The days when I stumbled and fell;
Track Name: MY SWEET GIRL
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE!

I'm bruised and battered from a hard-work day

Drove back from so far away
The room is dark and I find you sleeping
I lift the sheets and in I slide
In the warmth by your side
Lay there listening to you breathing

You’re my sweet girl
Ooh, my complete girl
In the way you try to understand
This tried and troubled man

The world outside is cruel and cold
As each day unfolds
With all its greed and all its scheming
But that world disappears
Now I feel your body near
And you drift out of your dreaming

The nearness of a beating heart
A sigh in the dark 
Hair tumbles down like rain
I feel all my pain slip away

Don’t let dawn’s grey light
Come steal away the night
There’ll be time enough for leaving
With you near to me
It all comes clear to me
My heart is in safe-keeping

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