Map & No Direction

by Beth Bombara

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released March 3, 2017

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All songs written by Beth Bombara and Kit Hamon
-except Blind Willie McTell, written by Bob Dylan
Produced by Karl Kling and Kit Hamon
Engineered by Karl Kling at A/D Agency in Portland, OR and Kit Hamon at Lemp Electric in Saint Louis, MO
Mixed by Karl Kling at A/D Agency
Mastered by Dan Mehrmann at Jettison Studios
Executive Producer: Craig Kennedy
All Photos by Nate Burrell

Special thanks to Becca Olson-Kling, Mary Kennedy, Nate Burrell, Caitlin Franz, Chris Bay, Eric Strouth at Locomotive Audio, Andrew Leahy, John Calvin Abney, Will Jones, Max Porter, David Beeman, Sarah Clanton, Eric Loomis, & Casey Miller.

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Beth Bombara St Louis, Missouri

Beth Bombara has a folk singer’s head and a rocker’s heart.
Drawing inspiration from the melodies and lyrics of Neko Case and Aimee Mann, along with the hooks and harmonies George Harrison and Tom Petty, she has toured nationally as a headliner and supported shows for Pokey LaFarge, Waxahatchee, and Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear. ... more

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Track Name: I Tried (Too Late)
Are we living a lie?
It’s tugging at my insides
you know i had my doubts
when you said you’d stay by my side

All I can hear is the rain
it’s washing you away
I left the back door open
in case you decided to stay

baby you’re too late
I don’t care if you’re sorry
you’re too late
I don’t care if you want me

there’s nothing left to say
you’re talking anyway
you finally found your key
after all the locks were changed

i see how hard you’re trying
blame it on bad timing
or you can blame it all on me
but that won’t change my mind

cause you’re too late
i don’t care if you’re sorry
you’re too late
i don’t care if you want me
i won’t wait
i’ve been down this road already
it’s too late

i move right
and you move left
two steps forward
you’re holding back
Track Name: When I Woke
when i woke
i swore you were next to me
your body breathing
underneath the sheets
and you spoke
clear as the morning sun
said “the war is over”
but it had just begun

only your heart knows what it’s after
so why you looking somewhere else
you think that i’ve got all the answers
i know you’re running from yourself

i swore you were calling me
from your darkest corner
waking from a dream
and you spoke
nearly a silent voice
said “my mind keeps slipping,
drowning in the noise”

only your heart knows what it’s after
so why you looking somewhere else
you think that i’ve got all the answers
i know you’re running from yourself

i pulled up
just past the break of dawn
your window open
coffee already on

just a touch
to tell you i’ll never leave
our time aint over
you’re still here with me
Track Name: Map & No Direction
i’ve got a map and no direction
no north or south
i follow the horizon
til i lose myself
i’m a fool for this hunger
gonna see how far i can go
my engine broke down
but my body was built to roam

it’s a long climb
up from the depths
i’m always one step
away from the edge
i want to follow through
i want to follow through

i need a path through my depression
is it east or west
i close my eyes
but i can find no rest
you touch me but i don’t feel a thing
no nothing at all
am i a ghost
or just a stranger looking for a home?

it’s a long climb
up from the depths
i’m always one step
away from the edge
i want to follow through
i want to follow through
Track Name: Lonely Few
streets are emptier today
this kingdom lost its way
watching bodies break
as they try to turn the page

i don’t mind if we leave this town
i don’t mind if we leave this town
there’s something burning underground
i don’t mind if we go

i hung my head today
loaded up and drove away
love and power is no game
but you step right up and play

i hear your voice
in the lonely few
a signal slowly breaking through

i don’t know what we’re fighting for
i don’t know what we’re fighting for
there’s no way to win this war
i guess i know why we’re fighting

i hear your voice
in the lonely few
a signal slowly breaking through

thoughts and prayers, hands in the air
thoughts and prayers, hands in the air
catch your breath if you dare
there’s still something in the air

they’re taking aim at the lonely few
smoke signals slowly breaking through

i hear your voice
in the lonely few
Track Name: Blind Willie McTell
Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, "This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem."
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

See them big plantations burning
Hear the cracking of the whips
Smell that sweet magnolia blooming
See the ghosts of slavery ships
I can hear them tribes a-moaning
(I can) hear the undertaker's bell
Nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

There's a woman by the river
With some fine young handsome man
He's dressed up like a squire
Bootlegged whiskey in his hand
There's a chain gang on the highway
I can hear them rebels yell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Well, God is in heaven
And we all want what's his
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is
I'm staring out the window
Of the St. James Hotel
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell
Track Name: Sweet Time
seems like our better days
are such a distant place
but you take me
back to the start
when you held my hand
i knew i was home at last
i just can’t help myself

i’ll take my sweet time
with you

on the worst days
you’re always right
and i’m never wrong
it’s not worth the fight

you do it to me
i do it to you
tonight we’ve got nothing to prove

i’ll take my sweet time
with you

you’re filling me with wonder
a feeling no money can buy
there will never be another
so sweet

i’ll take my sweet time
with you
Track Name: What We're Giving
the world got smaller for a minute
getting by on what we’re given
i’m giving it everything i can
cause i know that even this will mend

staring down the 11th hour
the cracks are showing in your tower
i keep playing back the words you said
so many things i want you to understand

the world got smaller for a minute
getting by on what we’re giving
Track Name: Made, For Now
you asked me “where are the days of living carefree?”
it’s hard to get by on such a daydream
awake through every night and then
daylight closes in

we’ve got it made for now
at least until we tear it down
come on and chase the sound
turn around

you told me “there are a thousand reasons why, dear
we won’t make it into next year”
I’d rather take my chances with today
i’ll find a million ways

we’ve got it made for now
at least until we tear it down
come on and chase the sound
turn around

there may never be a right time
so why you waiting?
wasting your time wanting someone else to decide?

we’ve got it made for now
at least until we tear it down
come on and chase the sound
turn around

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