Ebony Moon

by Ed Tom

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I recorded this album on the night of August 17, 2011 in a barn owned by my grandfather, James W. Joyner. The farm where I recorded it is outside of Centerville, Indiana. I had no intention of creating an album when I recorded the tracks, but when I listened to them the next morning, I figured "Well I guess I better put this on a disc!" One of my favorite things about these songs is the bugs that are singing in the background. You can cover up that kind of stuff in a studio I guess, but you don't have so much control when you're recording in an old rafty barn.

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released August 22, 2011

Ed Tom

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Track Name: Take and Leave Me (Far Behind)
When you ain't got expectations,
then you won't get let down,
Oh you ain't got a smile,
And you ain't got a frown
And I don't know where your going
When you take and leave me far behind

Well you call me on the phone,
You know I won't pick up,
Cause I found another plan,
And I found another cup,
To drink from tonight,
When you take and leave me far behind

With you I don't want to go to bed

Take what you want and let it go
Track Name: Old Mill
Looking at that old mill,
it used to bring tears to your mother's eyes
The first day you went to school
But she was waiting for you when class got out,
And she made you a little snack,
Made it with love from her to you

Looking at that old mill,
How the arms keep moving around and round and round
Just like it did when you were a little girl
Well nothing looks different but somehow
it just don't feel the same
Did the windmill change or did that happen inside of you?

Lookin at that old mill,
it used to bring tears to your mother's eye
The first day you went to school
But then you got older
And the arms kept moving around and round and round
So bend in the grass and pray you don't make a sound
Track Name: I'm Going Down
I can hear the thunder sounding,
It's calling out for my name
I can hear the water flowing
To flood my heart and lungs and brain
And I'm going Down

The wind is blowing faster,
The dust is drying in my veins
My wings are flying higher
But I am standing in my grave
And I'm going Down

I'm going Down, Down to the river

Standing on a mountain,
The tower crumbles to the sea
I'm standing by a fountain,
The whiteness is surrounding me
And I'm going Down

I'm going Down, Down to the river
Track Name: If Yer Naked
You take yer swimsuit off and lay it on the sand
you say "baby look at me now, I'm a real woman"
So I looked up in your eyes But all i saw was a disguise
Like yer clothing

You take your make-up off and wash it down the drain
But you say "baby don't look at me cause I'm not the same without it"
So I stared at the back of yer head,
I said "baby can't you hear what you just said?"
It really scared me

Cause if I'm naked, I hope yer naked too
That way me and you, can be on the same page
And if yer naked, then I'll be naked too
That way me and you can really be on the same page

So you put yer clothing back on your back yer lookin mad
I said "baby you shoulda known id say that now or later"
I put some sunglasses over my eyes
But you still seemed so suprised that I hid them
Track Name: Gotta Be Willingly
If I take your love, it's got to be given to me willingly
Cause if we do it that way, it won't run out
And if we go to the fair, get on a ride
You got to be there by my side

And if we go to the fair, get on a ride
You got to be there by my side
Cause if you don't catch me, I will fall down

You hear a knocking at the door,
In comes a man who tells you that he only wants more
So you spare him a little time for a nickel and a dime
And since you done it that way, he won't come back

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If you're looking at the ocean you might see
A little girl whose body is made of ebony
So you toss her a line but she's sinking all the time
Because her barks so thick that it only drags her down
Track Name: Orchids in the Hills
Orchids in the hills sprout from whiskey stills
They burn with a fire, burn with desire
Like you and me

Looking the trees, staring at the lights
They all seem to go out as soon as they ignite
Like you and me

I need to be alone like a flower that has grown on its own
Which needs no sunshine, rain or dirt
But it doesn't really work like that baby
I never got a call from you

Took a bunch of pictures, took a bunch of pills
And I opened the camera, exposing all the stills
The light came flooding in, broke the machine
Now the beautiful images never shall be seen
Like you and me
Track Name: I'm Going Down Theme (Last)
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