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Hard/edgy country swamp-rock with sweet flavoring from dobro, fiddle and some softer acoustic guitars. Sit back and listen to this song cycle that paints aural portraits of women.

I’ve been writing songs about her for a long time: She - this girl, this woman, this female concept that has infected my being. She is no one person, yet with in all women there are shards of each personality these songs speak about. The Mother, the Lover, the Whore, the girl you stepped on and the girl who ran over your heart with a U-Haul truck. The crazy ex and the one you’re with right now that you promise to hold on to with a frenzied grip. This is a song cycle that begins with a no and ends with a yes. A cycle that goes through stories of rejection and damnation to stories about the reasons for holding on to that thing that is killing you softly. Love. She. ~ Darryl Gregory

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released August 1, 2007

The Talent:
Rani Arbo - fiddle
Wendy Berry - side vocals
Sasha Bogdanowtisch - side vocals
Katy Kjellgren - spoken voice
Debbie Maloney - flute
Justin Hines - drums/conga
Darryl Gregory - guitars, basses, vocals, odds-n-ends

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Darryl Gregory Connecticut

Darryl Gregory is a true multi-instrumentalist who honed his skills as a rocker and singer-songwriter in the dirty dives of NYC in the late 1990’s and early part of the new century. He produces other songwriters in his studio (Blue Cave Studios) in Sandy Hook, CT, specializing in finding a “personalized sound” for each of his clients. He lives with his wife and son in the backwoods of Connecticut. ... more

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Track Name: Halfmoon Road
I can see the mermaids
Dancing on the waves of that lake
This Ohio sun plays tricks
In this hot summer haze
I'm sweating on these vinyl seats
Of this broken down old Ford
And I'm thinking of a girl I used to know
On Half Moon Road
Half Moon Road

She lived down at her Mama's house
Just past the Dairy Queen
She had no time to fall in love
She was making plans to leave
She said, Boy, if it's gonna be anyone
It may as well be you
But be ready for some heartbreak when you go
Down Half Moon Road
Half Moon Road

She had plans and dreams
And midnight schemes
But none that had my name
Driving fast
I thought it would last
But she got tired of playing the game

And we
Never talked about it
No she
Never told me where she might go
No we
Never talked about it
And the dust flew from my tires as I drove
Down Half Moon Road
Half Moon Road

I can hear the mermaids
Singing songs to my soul
Laughing at the fool I am
They whisper just let it go
I hang a left at that Dairy Queen
Heading back to New York
And I'll leave behind that girl I used to know
On Half-Moon Road
Track Name: Beautiful Lover
I had a beautiful lover
Who I cherished above all things
I'd lavish her with finery
I bought her angel's wings

But my appetite was insatiable
For women ad for wine
And I broke that little girl's heart
One too many times

So cast me down on the rivers
Cast me down on the seas
I'll drift upon these waters eternally
I can see her on the shoreline
But I cannot reach her hand
Now all I want is to be with her Sweet Jesus
In the Promised Land

Now I watched her wilt and fade
Like an untended rose
If you're careless in your garden man
You'll reap what you sow

I found her on the bathroom floor
Bottle of pills bottle of rum
I went out of my mind
Cause I knew what I had done

And my soul is dark and heavy
As I drown in my sin
The whiskey is my saving grace
As the waves crash on in
I'm pulled to the deep
I struggle for a breath
But I don't ask for forgiveness
Just the sweet, sweet quiet of death
The sweet, sweet quiet of death

So I buried my truth
In a pine box six foot deep
At her breast I put the Bible
And roses at her feet

Now I wish I could lay with her
Until the end of time
In that cool sweet earth with that beautiful
Beautiful lover of mine

So cast me down on the rivers
Cast me down on the seas
I'll drift upon these waters eternally
I can see her on the shoreline
But I cannot reach her hand
Now all I want is to be with her Sweet Jesus
In the Promised Land
May God have mercy on my soul
Track Name: Lonely Day
She sat me down
In her kitchen chair
She said I'll make some eggs for you
Then she handed me a lonely day
I took a bite
And swallowed hard
But what was I to do?
When she handed me another lonely day

Go to bed rich but wake up poor
Find yourself knockin on your own front door
I thought I could see
But I guess I was blind
Now I'm tripping on my tears
'cause all I do is cry

She set me up
To fall right down
Now I'm on my hands and knees
She handed me another lonely day

There's no need
To ask her why
There's no need to beg and plead
She handed me another lonely day
Track Name: She
Standing here sweating the blues
Putting on a deadman's suit
Fingering a wedding band
Like a phantom limb on my left hand

She is gasoline
She is the holy flame
She
Has burned me to the ground

I've got nothing left to give
She's sucked the marrow from my bones
She's reached in to take another rib
And she'll never be satisfied
'til she has everything
Everything and my soul

Trying hard to add it up
Looking for a little lady-luck
Money's gone I've signed the line
Nothing left to do but cry-cry-cry

She is gasoline
She is the holy flame
She
Has burned me to the ground
Track Name: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
She's not in love anymore
She doesn't see those New York lights
Quite like she used to
Now she runs with the lions
Out in L.A.
She got a house on Mulholland
Living with some movie-boy
They spend their days by the pool
She seduced by the scene

And she ain't been the same
Since she left New York City
Says it takes too long
To get anywhere in this town
But the sunsets are nice
It only snows in the mountains
And New York's lifetime away
Out of sight out of mind

She takes her weekends in Vegas
Losing money at Mahjong
She sips Martini's real slow
Looking hip
In her orange Silhouettes
She gets calls on her cell phone
Peeking down at the numbers
She decides not to pick it up
She wants to float in between

And she thinks a lot
About New York City
Everything she had
And what she left behind
And she calls his name out loud
Looking for his face in the crowd
But she knows she'll never g back
So pull the curtain and fade to black
And she shoves it all in her secret little drawer way back past her cute little high school things
Out of sight out of mind

She won't write songs anymore
She can't find the rhythms
That flow from her heart to her soul
That connections all burned out
She lives the Hollywood dream
Getting paid for being beautiful
And knowing all the right names
But she's still just a Jersey Girl

And she remember that time
Back in New York City
The place that they shared on Leonard Street
And she calls his name out loud
Looking for his face in the crowd
But she knows she'll never go back
So pull the curtain and fade to black
And she folds it up and puts it in a book she'll never read again
Out of sight out of mind
She's not in love anymore
Track Name: Sweet Begonia
She was a wino's incarnation of the Virgin Mary
Standin out on Ninth Avenue
She'd lick her lips and say c'mon baby
I got something sweet and juicy for you

The boys she meets are a dime a dozen
Like a rusty nail caught in her brain
But she'll do the dance 'cause she wants their money
Even though it's gonna drive her insane

And it's one more night out on the streets
Mother never told her there'd be day like these
One more trick to turn tonight
Staring at the ceiling of a hotel room
When he turns to her and says something stupid like
Baby-baby-baby, I love you

The brothers in the kitchen call her sweet begonia
Like a flower growing out of the weeds
But she knows her place as she paints her face
And she know what nobody sees

And it's one more day she has to live
Going through the motions like a working girl
One more day she can deny
Staring at her life as she smokes a cigarette
Trying to find the strength yeah the strength to help her
With the things she want to forget

But she won't find
Piece of mind
Standing on the streets at night
She wants the drug
That'll pull the plug
And make her life feel right

And it's one more dream she'll just let go
Wakin up screaming and starin at the walls
One more lie to tell herself
Laughing at the people she sees on TV
Then standing out on the Avenue to her own little piece
Of reality

Fly away now sweet Begonia
Down the Hudson on the breeze
Do some coke and a little smoke
And let them do as they please

And it's one more night out on the streets
Mother never told her there'd be day like these
One more trick to turn tonight
Staring at the ceiling of a hotel room
When he turns to her and says something stupid like
Baby-baby-baby, I love you
Track Name: Drivin' In
My baby's drivin' in
She's gonna take me out
She wanna do this town
She wanna scream and shout
She gonna get what she needs
Come hell or high water
It's the same to me
My baby's drivin' in she gonna take me out

She got a Coup DeVille
She got Jesus Christ
Well he's sittin' on her dashboard
Head bobbin' left to right
She drivin' ninety miles per hour
On the Garden State
Lipstick on her cigarette
I can't wait
My baby's drivin' in
She gonna take me out

Well she works all week
Says her boss-man is drivin her crazy
She got her heels in the back
For when Fridays roll around
She been thinking of things
She gonna do to make me
Feel alright
She pulls up to the curb and says
C'mon baby we're goin out tonight

She loves my sinister grin
She loves my sharp toed boots
She loves me 'cause I hate to drive
She loves my two-toned suits

She's got Nick Cave on the radio
Singin down and dark where we gonna go
My baby's drivin in she gonna take me out
She gonna take me out
We're goin out tonight - yeah
Track Name: I Can't Wait (for love)
I can't wait for love
I can't wait for happiness
I can't wait for time to heal a broken heart
I can't wait for words
I can't wait for moonlight
I can't wait for tomorrow to bring another day

And I can't wait for promises
No I can't wait for clouds to pass
And I can't wait forever
But I will wait for you

Letters in the sand
Written by an empty hand
And the tide will come to wash it all away
Memories we keep
Like a river running deep
And I see you there
Waiting on the other side

I can't wait for prayers
I can't wait for simple dreams
I can't wait for faith to light this empty room
I can't wait for tears
I can't wait for sympathy
I can't wait for a soft voice to say the things I want to hear

And I can't wait for promises
No I can't wait for clouds to pass
And I can't wait forever
But I will wait for you
Track Name: Hold on to Her Heart
Every time you see her
It reminds
Why you fell in love so blind
When you see her walkin
With that dress on
You know you almost lose your
Mind over matter does it matter?
Brother listen to me
Don't take for granted
What you have here
'cause love ain't that easy
So you better hold on
To her heart

Now and then it hits you
You remember
What you did the night before
With your arms around her
You were dancing
She was asking you for
More than the usual regard in regards
To this moment
And as she whispered in your ear
That this is love you realized
That you had better
Hold on to her heart

And every time you hold her tight
It feels just like a dream
And every time you kiss her right
You taste the secrets that she keeps
So you better think twice brother
Before you take another lover
You don't want to throw this away
Sit down and think about it
Hold tight and listen to what I say
You had better
Hold on to her heart

Every time you see her
It reminds
Why you fell in love so blind
When you see her walkin
With that dress on
You know you almost lose your
Mind over matter does it matter?
Brother listen to me
Don't take for granted
What you have here
'cause love ain't that easy
So you better hold on
To her heart
Track Name: I Think
Been thinking about going home
Been thinking about the time
I've spent alone
And far away from everything
Been thinking about the past
Been trying to hold on to
The little things that last
And stay when you're all broken down

But then I think about you
And how you lift me up
Into the light of your eyes
That see me true
And then I think about your love
Washing over me
Coming down-down
Like a fine summer rain

Been trying to sing my songs
Been trying to write the words
But everything goes wrong
And I'm stranded on the page
Been trying to play the game
Been trying to follow all the rules
But it's never the same
As it is inside your head

But then I think about you
And how you hold me up
As I keep pulling it all down
To where I can breathe
And then I think about your love
Washing over me
Coming down-down
Like a fine summer rain

I walk out into the cool of night
Wet streets shining
In the city's light
And I look
Down a road of no forgiveness
In the Dark
Where all those wasted spirits
Wait to haunt my soul
With their dreams so cold
I feel so tired and my bones so old
And I think
That maybe there's an answer
And I think
Were there ever any questions
And I think...
But then I think about you
And how you lift me up
Into the light of your eyes
That see me true
And then I think about your love
Washing over me
Coming down-down
Like a fine summer rain
Track Name: Steel Mill Town
She was born east of Cleveland
Over by the steel mills
Where ash from the furnace
Settled on her window sills
They sent her to a Catholic school
Where she learned the Rosary
In this old Steel town
On the shores of lake Erie

She married him at sixteen
With a baby on the way
She thought that she loved him
But who was she to say
He promised that he'd take her
Down south where the water's warm
But it's been forty-odd years
She's still here where she was born

So count your blessings add 'em up
Write 'em down now every day
You'll see that what you have is
Worth the price you pay
But it's a pretty penny that you spend
When you live life day to day
And you're waiting for the next page to turn
Cursing at the world
For all that's been done
In this old Steel Mill Town

And the flames from the mills
Burn just like a midnight sun
This city's on fire
Her children are all gone
And her husband's buried too
She sits there thinking about the past
Wishin that her life was through

Well the gray snows of December
Cover up her small front yard
She's seen so many winters here
That she pays them no regard
She sees no sense in moving now
This is where her roots run down
Through the iron and the slag
Of this Old Steel Mill Town

So count your blessings add 'em up
Write 'em down now every day
You'll see that what you have is
Worth the price you pay
But it's a pretty penny that you spend
When you live life day to day
And you're waiting for the next page to turn
Cursing at the world
For all that's been done
In this old Steel Mill Town