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Charlie Schmidt and the Joint Chiefs

by Charlie Schmidt and the Joint Chiefs

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Virginia 04:00
I'm coming from Virginia With an aching in my head Fear inside my belly and I'm thinking about my bed Thinking about my bed You know the daylight's breaking And my eyes can hardly see And the river is unending Out in front of me Chorus I'll say goodbye to you Say goodbye now my baby What am I gonna do Whoa now my love Now that I'm making my way down Oh my sweet Maria Won't you lay your hands on me I want to tell you a story About your company Because I'm coming from Virginia With an aching in my heart And a fear inside my belly That's tearing me apart Tearing me apart I'll say goodbye to you Say goodbye now my baby What am I gonna do Whoa now my love Now that I'm taking my way down Past the rails and shanty towns Where the losses all come down Down the line Down the line
You know we're hiding pretty baby In a light too bright to miss Whatever isn't spoken We conceal it with a kiss It's getting hard to notice What's out there in the rain Not too much to look at Behind this window pane Just a little secret We keep from day to day Till something comes up different In a whole new kind of way I've got no bright idea Don't have no master plan Just a thousand things to tell you That you might understand Chorus Send a message Out to the sun You know that you're my You're my only one Only when it's true But how am I making it up to you Up to you Coming up to midnight Out there in the street Is it my imagination These hearts are in retreat I've got no rhyme no reason How can I make a stand Can you tell me baby Am I still your man Chorus
New Moon 03:33
Ain't no mistaking On a night like this Every moment is taken Up with some kind of bliss Left my cares and my worries Down the long end of the road Don't you know we could make it good While the warm winds blow Because loneliness is everywhere We're strangers by degrees And everybody's looking for something That's all plain to see But now the starlights are shining And there's a new moon, just above So crawl inside this crazy dream my baby We'll find a place called love Chorus And if we take it down Take it slow Oh my pretty baby How I want you so You know the midnight madness The moonlight jamboree Don't you know that we're all just flowing Down the banks on a river of dreams And if the laws of the universe Won't even jump-start your own little world Lie with me under the stars tonight And be my only girl Chorus
Hold up Little dreamer Sundown while you sleep Oh now my little schemer We've got promises to keep We've got low notes High hopes Rainbows in the sky We've got long nights When it's alright Just to let that river flow And you're all done And talked out And I can almost let you go I'll stay here, you know I'll be Playing here all night While the wind blows And the moon glows Down on that pillow Where you lie Hold up Little dreamer There's nowhere to go Oh now, my little schemer I'll tell you if you don't know We got low notes And high hopes And catches on the fly We've got long nights When it's alright Just to while the time away And you're all done And going slow Waiting on another day I'll stay here I'll be playing all night long Till the wind blows And the train rolls And that moon glow Has come and gone
Sat on a rooftop Looked all around The moon was high Over my little town Cars and street lamps Just as far as the eye could see Your kids were all playing Out in the yard Somebody saying Don't you go too far Climbing higher To the wind up in the trees But if you come around Pieces of the sky come tumbling down Don't you mind Everything comes around in its own time I wanted to tell you Bout a dream that I had You were here with me And I was feeling so glad Time had frozen Nowhere else for us to be
It's all true Everything you said And every line that you read No wrong But it's not going to be the same now that you're gone I could take it back But that would be a lie Not like it was When we said goodbye It's all true Just the way it came around First you're up Then you're going down, down, down Just like that You turn a line and the line ain't turning back Up all night just to replay every word But I don't know what I said Or what you heard But it was all true And if I let you down My heart had hit the ground And I couldn't let you stay In my side of town But can you wish me well And don't lose what we found Just let it come around It's alright, what I feel today Changes coming anyway Right now, there's only traces [of you] left here anyhow I could take it back, but that would be a lie Not like it was When we said goodbye Because it was all true
Gonna sit back on my bones Feel the heat on my face Watching a spark fly Like a star out in space Ain't the sky deep an wide There's no room to stray Don't think I didn't notice What you wanted to say Chorus Keep a light on in your room Well you know that I'll be there soon It's taking such a long time Taking such a long time Back on parade No-one keeping score Anyone who you wanted I could have wanted you more But aint' the sky deep and wide Too much room to stray Don't think I didn't notice What you wanted to say.
It's a comic Tragedy He loves her, but She loves me And I love you, but You love everybody He waits for her Inside a dream She's by the window but all she can see is me Watching you From across the street Cuz I love you but you love everybody We can make it This ain't nothing new One part lover and three parts lovestruck fools He writes a poem Signs a letter He buys a rose and then One better She doesn't notice and He doesn't see That I love you but You love everybody We can make it Not much here to lose One part lover and three parts love struck fools
Five miles down the turnpike from New York It's all downhill from here On a black-top, under cover of midnight Till the clouds all dissappear There's a ticker-tape, down Main Street And a fire alarm uptown Don't you wonder where, the money all goes When the big man comes around Chorus There's a full mooon, on the river And a crowd down on the shore And a face in the window Thinking he won't Come around here no more Five years undercover in Memphis Had to learn to keep my head down Looking up, in the eyes of a stranger From a hole down in the ground But now the days roll on You might feel alright Maybe wonder how, but no-body knows What is true, man Or a lie
Look up now the sky is clearing There's a red light in a ball Another day is coming around And there's sunshine down the hall You've been living down the line but meantime It's never gonna be like home You know that baby I'm waiting So won't you call me on the telephone Send me your sweet love Your sweet love Jamie came down here this morning Saying hello but she could not stay Now she's looking for a little redemption Another take on a different day But the flowers are blooming on Lin Street The daylight is coming around And I don't wanna hear about All the trouble that she's putting down Send me your sweet love Your sweet love Cuz all I fee right now is sweet duress I hardly know my name but I do I guess


This album was a labor of love for the Joint Chiefs and our many collaborators. We're grateful to all the friends and musicians who contributed so much of their time and energy to make it as good as it is. Thanks to everyone and most of all to our fans for all their support.


released November 9, 2013

All songs written by Charlie Schmidt. Produced by Charlie Schmidt with assistance from Steve Drown and Bob Collwell. Songs 1,3,4,5,7,8, and 9 recorded at The Studio, Portland, ME. Engineer: Steve Drown. Songs 2,7, and 10 recorded at The Root Cellar, Hallowell, ME. Engineer: Bob Collwell. Mastered by Jonathan Wyner at M-Works, Cambridge, MA.


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Charlie Schmidt and the Joint Chiefs Portland, Maine

The Joint Chiefs have been rocking Portland Maine's music scene for over a decade, driving a musical freight train through kaleidoscopes of sound. Jan Van Voorst keeps the beat, Scott Elliot supplies bass, Ben Trout serves up mandolin, Brian Patrick pours on the electric guitar, Darren Whitney slays the sax & Charlie Schmidt keeps it all moving down the tracks. ... more

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