Little Stones to Break the Giant's Heart

by Dietrich Strause

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1.
Annie Dear 04:30
The wide and the mighty Mississippi she's a sight won't you tell my Annie Dear she's still on my mind won't you tell my Annie Dear my darling she's a sight Annie she's my shepherd, she once was a love of mine I followed her all around and she kept me in line I gave her all my wool in the field and in the fold I told her in the pasture I'm afraid of growing old I've wished every morning, I've wished every night to climb the Alleghenies and coast down the other side Out west the wolves stay hungry it keeps me on the run the sky feels as big as it did when we were young Its not the silver, not the gold, not the garden that I seek just a land where the wind that blows fans a fire beneath my feet The wide and the mighty Mississippi she's a sight won't you tell my Annie Dear she's still on my mind won't you tell my Annie Dear my darling she's a sight
2.
In the Well 02:32
Far from the sands and the rising coast in the Elkhorns and graveyards, dogs chase the ghosts of the fires we burned in the thunder and showers a flame for the ages, moments and hours as the night falls dark my wishes few all my waiting in the well for you In the alms we take and the hands we hold a breath for Clementine in the waters below but to see you now I'd give all I own to fill the emptiness of the icy drifts that grow as the night falls cold my wishes few all my waiting in the well for you May the mountains wake and the creek run dry may wolves take the valley, and beetles take the pines fill the gardens with stones and the wagons with laurels if everything I said today I wouldn't say tomorrow ain't nothing I said today I wouldn't say tomorrow in the morning still my wishes few all my waiting in the well
3.
Unsinkable 03:29
She spent the winter before wearing just a pinafore come spring Violet set for sea sailing for the sickly breaking hearts of the healthy I wished she would take care of me The captain fell asleep hit a mine in the deep it shook the beds in the infirmary we were taking on water, I told her how I loved her she said, "capsized you're too short for me" She's unsinkable unbreakable its unbearable how unthinkable how unlovable I am to her On the second ship that sailed, I should have brought a pail but I met her with roses at the stern The pride of the Atlantic wasn't made a romantic she's a skeptic with a heart that burns So I faked a fever to make Violet a believer she had an iceberg up her sleeve I asked her to cool me and overboard she threw me and I swam after he lifeboat to plead Wasn't long from leaving dock, the third ship hit a rock I knew this would be my charm so I took her to the bow and I made Violet a vow I said, "my love would never do this much harm" She said of all the first mates that she'd never had a date with a spirit as buyout as me So it figures we were sinking when we finally got to kissin' I said, "Darling it's getting hard to breathe" She's unsinkable unbreakable its unbearable how unthinkable how unlovable I am to her
4.
In the Blue Stone on the hill, where the madames lay the jacks of gold and silver fold their hands and pray but I bet my love's waiting at the mountain gate I feel the earth shaking, I hear the tunnels chime for Our Lady Ponderosa, Our Lady of the Mines I'm sifting through the days, sifting through the dust chasing golden ribbons up the Missouri to the Sun chasing for my love's my last chance at being young there's a lining in the heavens, everywhere she hides for Our Lady Ponderosa, Our Lady of the Mines From the tower on the hill, the horizon to the sea the lioness of the valley guards the creatures and the beasts I am just a creature out looking for my peace I'd fight back the fires and the crowning of the pines for Our Lady Ponderosa Our Lady of the Mines When the whistle blows and the evening bells will ring and all the hymns and lullabies the meadowlarks will sing I spend my nights singing for what the morning brings for the arms that wrap around us in the miles and miles we find for Our Lady Ponderosa, Our Lady of the Mines
5.
I have heard the shouts of the running river's mouth of the bluebird and the lemonade springs I saw the wagon slain by a dragon and the earth was bound by rail and burned for steam the Yellowstone Child out looking for a wild love running from the life she was lost in in the flooding of the plains I saw her through the rain I said I'd take her hand for the crossing She sang of milk and honey of the wilderness above me of crystals in the hills and in the fountains In our boots we sank as we stood along the banks and watched the jungle fires burn in the mountains That night upon the edge I was holding to her dress I remember how it poured, oh it poured the colors of her eyes and her honeyed goodbyes were flooded by the raging river's roar I remember how I dreamt of holding the gem of a wild and promised land where together we could sleep where sweetgrass grows deep Now all I dream is her slipping through my hands because I watched my girl, be pulled into the earth now I'm haunted by my breath when I sing At night I hear her shouts in the running rivers mouth in the bluebird and the lemonade springs
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Bootlegger 03:50
A bootlegger's heart, it doesn't break apart it just dries up if someone pulls the plug Juniper and grain, the hypnosis of the drain that's why your eyes look so green in the bathtub I was drunk and had my doubts but the way you moved your mouth when you sang me a song for my aching If loneliness was a drought and patience was a cloud I'd say the heavens broke, unless you were faking In our roaring years, even broke behind the ears and in between the dimes in your eyes but two quarters for my bread, flipping tails and a heads even poor men strike it rich when the moonshines I was drunk but I was sure when you left to see the world to put all its spinning in your pocket I thought I'd be fine waiting just be a little shaken cause a bottle only breaks if you drop it Its getting a little hazy, I've been sitting here for days I try to speak easy but I'm struggling I wouldn't say I've been sinking, I wouldn't say I've been swimming but drinking like a fish should count for something now I'm drunk but I believe that in life and love and dreams temperance is a joke, its all or nothing so cheers to your return, and if it sounds a little slurred its just I've been waiting so damn long for your home coming
8.
Tell Me Mary 02:34
Tell me Mary I've got to know what makes your garden grow early to bed early to rise tell me I ain't got all night The suns going down over fields of wheat you caught my eye as you were crossing the street after school in town for a piano lesson  you said you had to run home to do some tendin' It's Friday night get your hands out the ground through the cemetery we could paint the town if it gets too late we'll go back to the farm we could paint those fences and we'll paint the barn Tell me Mary I've got to know what makes your garden grow early to bed early to rise tell me I ain't got all night
9.
Jean Louise 04:49
Wake up scout there's something smoking in the trees the nightingales are fleeing and the mad dog's in the street Papas got the answers and your brother thinks he knows the neighborhood's on the fire the camellias are frosted cold Jean Louise I'll tell you that your bare feet are still too loud for sneaking through the garden you've got bells on your ankles and the belfry's in the ground lilacs and violets and a shotgun blast the mockingbirds in whispers like the sky before the flash The neighborhood is lit up bright and all the town is shooting wild run along Jean Louse while you're still a child Teacher's got an apple and trouble put a rose in your hair last night you heard people fighting on the court house stairs the jury got their man and the judge had little to say there's a finch in your hand scout you better let it fly away Lightening in the morning and thunder in the afternoon rain in the evening and you'll be a woman soon there's a sparrow in your pocket it fell from the cedar tree everyone's got something keeping them from being free The neighborhood is lit up bright and all the town is shooting wild run along Jean Louse while you're still a child
10.
I was counting all my pebbles, dreaming of the timber on the south side of the mountain where I've heard the girls are limber they wear nothing but bluebonnets and laugh under the oaks if I wore the robe and crown I'd trade them both for jokes I was dreaming of a highway, dreaming of a throne on an engine with headlights, the wind and radio I've sat here in this valley forty days and forty nights and all my friends they tell me someone's looking for a fight they say, "Davy oh Davy, come in from the fields and trade your sling and stone for a brand new pair of wheels" I was basking in the glory of the breeze between my toes it was there I saw you bathing taking off your clothes you said I'd do my blooming later, that the giant got a jump but as I watched you in the brook I think I started catching up We praised the lord for our fingers, as we strummed along my harp and we sang about that double yellow line in our hearts when an army took the hillside, chrome glimmered in the sun the giant stepped out of his truck and stuck out like a sore thumb you sang, "Davy oh Davy, come in from the fields and trade your sling and stone for a brand new pair of wheels" With my comrades gathered round me, I swung and took my aim and with the grace of the Almighty, the kingdom took my name with a blow between the eyes, the giant fell to his rest with my sword in my hand I put my foot up on his chest As he laid there on the ground, I looked him in the eyes I saw the wild beasts of the earth, and the birds up in the sky He begged me for his life, I said I'd take his Chevrolet so I dropped my sword, picked you up, into the sunset we drove away singing, "Davy oh Davy, come in from the fields and trade your sling and stone for a brand new pair of wheels"
11.
Oh my darling, I'm on my way across the badlands, where I might stay should our hearts turn to bitter roots I'll think of you darling, just think of me too Oh my darling, of the valley low a thousand miles since last you wrote should you forget me as fallen cottonwoods then think of the pastures and skies feathered blue

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released October 22, 2013

All songs by Dietrich Strause

Produced by Austin Nevins

Recorded & Mixed by Matt Malikowski at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Additional Recording by Matt Malikowski at Great North Sound Society in Parsonfield, Maine. Austin Nevins at Austin's Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts. Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sound Studios.

Mastered by Eric Conn & Don Cobb at Independent Mastering, Nashville, Tennessee.

Billy Beard: drums & percussion
Laura Cortese: fiddle
Zachariah Hickman: bass, pump organ, bass clarinet
Sam Kassirer: piano, wurlitzer, organ, rhodes
Jim Larkin: bass
Austin Nevins: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, nylon gutiar, lap steel, banjo, mandolin, baritone ukelele, electric bell
Laurence Scudder: viola
Dietrich Strause: acoustic & electric guitar, trumpet, euphonium, vocals
Amy Correia: vocals
Rose Cousins: vocals
Anais Mitchell: vocals

Cover Art by Peter Nevins
Layout Design by Charlie Wagers

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