Worth Wild

by Leigh Jones

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credits

released 30 October 2012

Produced by John Craigie, Larry Heinemann, and Leigh Jones
Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by Larry Heinemann at El Kabong Studios, Jersey City, NJ
Drums recorded by Ian Pai and Le Chev at Pai Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Trent Boeschen

Mike Brun - electric bass, trumpet, percussion, vocals
John Craigie - acoustic & electric guitar, harmonica
Larry Heinemann - upright bass, mandolin, percussion
Adam Moss - violin
David Moss - cello
Matt Chiasson - flute
Alex Russek - drums
Jacob Snider - piano
Drew Citron - vocals
Miriam Miller - French horn
Leigh Jones - ukulele, piano, glockenspiel, percussion, vocals

String, horn, and flute arrangements by Mike Brun appear on tracks 3, 6, 9, & 10
Cover art by Jazz Rode, based on photos by Marina Massaro

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Track Name: Old Guitar
Would I were your old guitar
Safely resting in your arms
Slide your fingers up and down
Softly singing to the sound

Would I were your baby grand
Tickle me with those precious hands
Staid and steady, here I am
Just open me and be my man

I can’t help losing sleep
I can't stop this daydream
I can't fight the feeling that
I should be the one

But I'm just your second string
calmly waiting in the wings
Wishing that you only knew
How much I could mean to you
Track Name: Time Zone
So many nights you’ve called when I’m asleep
You’re wide awake and I’m buried in sheets
You know the sight of your name excites my sleepy head
But it’s four in the morning so I go right back to bed

But we should probably talk on the phone
While we are in the same time
We should probably talk on the phone
While we are in the same time zone

Waited so long just to have you here
The most anticipated event all year
You came and wiped away all thoughts of any other boys
Now among other things you know I’m missin’ that voice

So we should probably talk on the phone
While we are in the same time
We should probably talk on the phone
While we are in the same time zone

Yo PST (that’s Pacific Standard Time)
How I appreciate you letting him come
Hang with me
I think you’d agree

That this romance would kick old Romeo’s ass
While still maintaining utmost dignity and class
For even as one you know we have two different hearts
Still together we’re greater than the sum of our parts

So whatcha say about
Probably talkin’ on the phone
While we are in the same time
We should probably talk on the phone
While we are in the same time

We should probably talk on the phone
While we are in the same time
We should probably talk on the phone
While we are in the same time zone
Track Name: Every Fall
Every fall I seem to fall back in love with you
And this fall is no exception to that rule
But the difference is now you’re gone
Our song has been written and sung

Still every fall I seem to fall right back in love with you
The feeling used to bring me joy now it just brings me gloom
The autumn breeze rolls in as if playing a joke
I breath you in and my wealthy heart becomes broke

And I couldn’t tell you why the intertwined limbs grew cracked and dry
They fall on the ground as fall rolls around and I am reminded
How hard to slip between the bars that kept us guarded from the other side
Dreadlocked and trapped free untangle the weeds that devour

This room, this house, this block, this town, possessed by your ghost
Your spirit is a parasite and I the willing host
From a distance you cast your spell
I suddenly return to the fall we first fell
Track Name: I Know You Know
I know you know I been thinkin’ about you
You know I know you been thinkin’ about me
And I know that line’s been written a hundred thousand times
Or maybe even a million – but I don’t care

Been dreamin’ of you in my arms
While this side of the country’s been losin’ all its charms
And you know I love this city so but how I got the urge to go
And find you where you are
Oh I think I’ll leave New York just for a spell

I’ve done it before but not quite the same
It’s seeping in fast revealing its name
Keeping us alive and keeping us awake
Yours is a drug I’d gladly take

I know you know I been thinkin’ about you
You know I know you been thinkin’ about me
And I know that line’s been written a hundred thousand times
Or maybe even a million – but I don’t care

That face I’ve been tryin’ not to miss
Keeps pushin’ its way in with a force I can’t resist
Now I hear it won’t be long before the winds blow you back to the eastern shore
Well lucky lucky me
Oh suddenly New York’s ten times as swell

I glance outside into the night
And I am struck by the light
That was the blanket of our fun
Make way for our day in the sun

I know you know I been thinkin’ about you
You know I know you been thinkin’ about me
And I know that line’s been written a hundred thousand times
Or maybe even a million – but I don’t

Care, you see I will happily
Teach you to triumphantly
Break the rules but that is not all
Baby we’ll break the law

I know you know I been thinkin’ about you
You know I know you been thinkin’ about me
And I know that line’s been written a hundred thousand times
Or maybe even a million – but I don’t care

I’ll just keep strollin’ along
And every so often I'll listen to your songs
And your blue-gray eyes come back to me with all the lovely memories
We made in those wee hours
Oh I hope that New York treated you well
Track Name: Half Mast
Sitting in one place for so long
Can turn a warm heart into stone
And that is what came to pass
Lower our flag to half mast

Mourning the loss of mornings we’d spend
Doing nothing to speak of but being best friends
If I hadn’t made that mistake
Would everything still be in place

And it’s hard to bear it
After years I still wear it
And this ain’t no pity show I just want you to know
The blame’s on us both so let's share it

Throw out the nicknames they’ve run their course
Learn how to seek comfort in some other source
Retire the songs we called ours
Relinquish our magical powers
Track Name: My Holiday
The way we said we’d make it out
We gotta go and see what all the fuss is about
But then we found the perfect costumes
So we stayed home in birthday suits

The way a birthday can be fun
You go out to a bar get drinks from everyone
But somethin’ like magic’s floating in the air
Because you know he standing there

You are my holiday
You turn this work into play
I’ve come two thousand miles to say
How much I love

The way this season wears you down
The weather takes a plunge along with your bank account
But look at us finding ways to generate heat
And every gift just makes us more free

The way that baby Jesus came
Out of a virgin must have been quite the pain
Why celebrate something so removed and unclear
When we’ve got our own miracle right here

You are my holiday
You turn this work into play
I’ve come two thousand miles to say
How much I love

The way you’re like a child in all the very best places
But how you’re like a man where it counts
Your spirit and mine stretch across the sky
While we are patience exemplified

The way the new year is yet to come
But my resolutions have already begun
With each passing day I am born anew
As I keep discovering you
So I’m gonna keep on discovering you

My holiday
You turn this work into play
I’ve come two thousand miles to say
How much I love

This holiday
You turn this work into play
I’ve come two thousand miles to say
How much I love
How much I love
How much I love
How much I love
How much I love

Halloween, Christmas Eve
Auld Lang Syne, Valentine

Halloween, Christmas Eve
Auld Lang Syne, Valentine
Track Name: How is California?
How is California?
I hear that’s where you are
Do you have a new girl
Do you have a car

These questions they accumulate in my head
And they’ve nowhere to go but over and oh, how quick you fled

The day is getting further now
That last I saw your eyes
Remember when you said to me
It comes as no surprise

And when faced with nature’s choice the one you took
Was to fly away with barely even a look

You pulled the plug and drained the tub
Left emptiness as your wake
Our tapestry ripped at the seams
No love left to make

I left you still in stitches
And little did I know
That in hardly any time at all
I would need my own

So that night filled with the hope of something new
Mixed with a strange attempt to get closer to you

You cut the cord and claimed the reward
For finding the best way to hurt me
Our patchwork quilt so lovingly built
Now ragged and dirty

And there’s no telling
Where we’re heading
We may very well have seen the last
Still I hope that one of these days you’ll prove me wrong

Those tears of joy you thought a myth
Until at last you shed
They may seem buried underground
But they needn’t be dead

‘Cause I did you wrong but you know I did you so right as well
Can we unearth the long past fall when we first fell

You pulled the plug and drained the tub
Left emptiness as your wake
Our tapestry ripped at the seams
No love left to make
Track Name: Brooklyn to Milwaukee
So I’ve saved enough to get outta town
Away from all the city’s deafening sounds
Out onto the open road where I will shed this heavy load
Come the break of dawn I’ll hit the ground
Westward bound

A thousand miles to grandma’s house I go
A solitary journey this I know
I’m hopin’ that this open space will somehow help me to erase
The storm that you dragged in those months ago
A near fatal blow

Brooklyn to Milwaukee thinkin’ ‘bout your wrong doin’
Did I take the right course by stayin’ with ya
No denyin’ this thing’s the best that either one of us has goin’
So I say we may as well try
Oh-----------

You tell me that our love’s meant to last
This was a test and it looks like we passed
Or is it that we’re just in love with another form of us
Accidently buried with the past
And too afraid to ask

Brooklyn to Milwaukee thinkin’ ‘bout your wrongdoin’
Did I take the right course by stayin’ with ya
I’ve wasted all that’s in me to keep my pride and still forgive ya
How do you tell if you’ve done the best you can

Darkness rides at my heels
But there’s light ahead
Fallen angel hear me yell
Take me to your bed
Oh------

Up until you turned this right all wrong
I’d never been to happy for so long
So I’ll put on my toughest mask and finish this Olympic task
On your behalf while echoes of your song
Cheer me on

Brooklyn to Milwaukee thinkin’ ‘bout your wrongdoin’
Did I take the right course by stayin’ with ya
No denyin’ this thing’s the best that either one of us has goin’
So I say we may as well try
Track Name: Hot Air Balloon Basket
This city has the power
To lift you up and knock you down within an hour
And when you’re looking for a thrill
You’ll find one though it never will
Be just what you expected
One happenstance encounter and your life is redirected

My answer would be yes
If only you would ask it
This thing has got me puttin’ all my eggs into one basket
My answer would be yes
So come on now just ask it
We’ll fly away up high inside a hot air balloon basket

Our chemical equation
Yields a form of pure elation
The scientists they all agree
That when it comes to you and me
No need for fuel or fire
The spark that exists between us will not soon expire

My answer would be yes
If only you would ask it
This thing has got me puttin’ all my eggs into one basket
My answer would be yes
So go ahead and ask it
We’ll fly away up high inside a hot air balloon basket

Obviously my preference would be
Multicolored panels but
The grayest gray would be okay as long as you’re with me
It could be said that my head’s
Been in the clouds for a while now
I think it’s time to take my body with it for the ride

We haven’t spent much time together
Still I think we’d conquer any weather
Now I don’t mean to freak you out
This song is not at all about
What others might imply
It’s simply about you and I taking to the sky

My answer would be yes
If only you would ask it
This thing has got me puttin’ all my eggs into one basket
My answer would be yes
So come on now just ask it
We’ll fly away up high inside a hot air balloon basket
Track Name: Sing Me to Sleep
Sing me to sleep
This day’s been such a chore
We wore each other out
Then we wore each other more

We lit the fire of our quiet revolution
This earth has granted us total absolution

So sing me to sleep
This day has been so long
Just lay here next to me
And you can do no wrong

The flame may soften but its strength is ever-growing
And when we wake assured the embers will be glowing

So sing me to sleep
This day has gone to bed
But my dreams will not see me
Until you’ve filled my head

With waves so gentle their vibrations carry me ‘til morning
That sweet breath settles in and slumber enters without warning

You can drop your anchor for the night, this water’s safe and sound
Just give me a lullaby in which to dreamily swim around

I feel the most at home when
The night slowly sneaks in
And on my eyelids sleep begins to play

Be it original or cover
I never want another
Cradling my soul as I drift away

So sing me to sleep
This day’s not over yet
And for our unknowing followers
Give them one they won’t forget

Teach them all the words of this new hymn that we have written
The trick is finding someone else’s heart for them to fit in

But we’ll continue our crusade until the sun ceases to rise
‘Til every tear on earth is simply joy caught in the eyes

Sing me to sleep
Sing me to sleep
Sing me....
Track Name: dans le français cassé avec le poignet cassé
Je joue cette chanson pour seulement vous
Lui qui m’a fait sourire dans la douleur
Je la chanterais pour d’autres de temps en temps
Mais je s’exercer pour quand je vous vois de nouveau

Je ne peux pas me souvenir de chaque mot
Du cadeau vous m’avez donner cette nuit
Mais je me souviens de la douceur totale
De votre visage quand vous avez chanter

I play this song for only you