The Switch

by Andy Palmer

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Special thanks to Camila, Caetano and Elodie Palmer for inspiring me. To my old friend Steve Vidaic for understanding my vision and helping me finesse these tunes. To Amberly and Kit Chalberg for their unwavering encouragement. And to the Denver music community for taking me in.

All songs except 'Will You Remember Me' written by Andy Palmer
'Will You Remember Me' written by Lester T. Raww of The Pine Box Boys (courtesy of Knights of the Green Shield Music, BMI)
Lyric co-writing credit 'The Switch' to Amberly Chalberg

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released May 19, 2017

Artists

Andy Palmer - vocals, acoustic guitars, harmonica
Steve Vidaic - reed organ, Wurlitzer, electric guitar, vocals
Charlie Mertens - upright bass
Carl Sorenson - drums, percussion
Greg Tanner Harris - marimba
Jonah Wisneski - slide guitar 'Will You Remember Me'

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Recorded at Silo Sound and Immersive Recording Studios, Denver CO
Produced by Steve Vidaic and Andy Palmer
Engineered by Steve Vidaic, Mike Yach and Todd Divel
Mixed by Steve Vidaic and Mike Yach
Mastered by Jim Wilson
Artwork by Scott McCormick

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Andy Palmer Denver, Colorado

Denver resident and erstwhile public defender in Brooklyn, N.Y., songwriter Andy Palmer performs solo and leads the band, Grub Street Writer. His music is raw, gritty and honest. His vocal quality has been aptly compared to Johnny Cash, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.

Andy's debut album, Sometime Around, received 'Best of Denver 2012' status by Westword Magazine.
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Track Name: Black Moses (Harriet Tubman)
There she goes
Jumping over stones again
Heaven knows
The black Moses delivers
If we should lose the trail
They’ll drag us back to seventh hell

Climb the stairs
You’ll be safe up there she said
Till day is done
Then all aboard the railroad
Grab the hands of a weaker one
It’s on you to outrun the gun

Free

The road’s home
For the next month or more she said
Best move your feet
We live heart beat to beat
The tide says we’ll find our stride
And beat back on the rocks in time

If we should lose the trail
They’ll drag us back to seventh hell
Grab the hand of a weaker one
It’s on you to outrun the gun

Free

There she goes
Jumping over stones again
Heaven knows
The black Moses delivers
Track Name: Stumble
Made my mind
Just how I want it
Filled a book
I chiseled of wood
Wore out the wolves
When they came around
Shot the devil down
Then stumble around you
I just stumble around

Taught the worldly
To fly on occasion
Held a lost boy
Close as a son
Won every
Hand I bet
Done all
The preacher said

Go easy on these bones
They’re used to traveling alone
Guess I’m not that tough after al
Catch me when I fall

Hitched rides
Befriended danger
Found the best folks
Are a bit off their rockers
Danced till daylight
And with dawn I
Stare down the barrel
With calm
Track Name: Summer
Bury me in happiness
even if the worlds a mess and I'll
sleep like a baby on a breast
sometimes a rose is tough to see
through all the love for fighting
it's hard enough just to be

But where I go I'm gonna be summer, be summer
what I'll do is get a song singing on the lips of my friends
so every night there'll be a party swinging in the tent of the circus
and on the day i die even on that day -- ah summer

a day for which a brother's born
heart and soul are out the door
no one needs em anymore
when skies above refuse to blue
there's really nothing left to do but
find a song that gets ya through

So where I go...

Went all in the night before
sunrise begins to pour in
trying to even the score
but i plan to finish my beer
it's wonderful to be less clear i've
seen a little trouble here

But where I go...

Ah summer, ah summer, ah, summer, ah summer
Track Name: The Natural
With hands to small to catch the ball
or fit his father's glove
never's rounded third
never's come in first
but sure to be a natural
sure to be a natural

says she's too wide to catch eyes
it's just the way she grows
may not be the one
first asked to prom
but sure to be a natural
sure to be a natural

are you hanging from a cliff
stretching the vine
are you living a stranger's life
waiting on the world to free ya
from all the colors expected

they say there's an art
to letting go
when harder still
is the hanging on
but hang on, hang on

you're sure to be a natural
sure to be a natural
sure to be a natural
Track Name: Alibi at the Crime
i don't want to be on the cold seat for the crime
so i know now with who you gotta speak my alibi
cuz i am innocent you see...
but my alibi was at crime

i see no harm in smoking weed time to time
so i took a little trip across state lines with mine
the officer said 'put your hands above your head, my friend'
i said 'officer, my friends agree with what i said, so you ain't one of them'
i am innocent you see...
but my alibi was at crime

I know some'll try to swim against the tide and that's their right
and when i see an ocean before me I say go ahead and try
cuz i am innocent you see...
but my alibi was at the crime
Track Name: Will You Remember Me
A man is born a slave, lord
A man is born a chief
I'll always be a beggar
and I'll always be a thief
But before I grow dark and old
and lose my eyes to see
i'll pay back everything I owe
if you remember me, lord

Will you remember me, lord
will you remember me

lord, i remembered your flesh
when you gave me bread
and i remembered your blood
when you gave me wine instead
now i know you've gotta be
hotter than hell
hanging up there on that tree
and if i give you some of my wine
will you remember me

i know i'm soon to slumber
for all eternity
and if i wake up tomorrow
will you let me wake up free
i've crossed that river twice
just to see who i must be
and after i've come this far
will you remember me
Track Name: The Switch
I see it all from the lighthouse
The little lives floating below roll in and out
I shine my light for you when you're in doubt
Would you believe I can guide you through the clouds

When you're lost and alone and cold settles in
I'd love to take you to the place you've never been
When you cry in your hands I can hear you
Scream in your head trying to wish away all your sin
I'd love to be your king and show you the way home
Back from the seas, in from the cold
When you're ready to kill the hate in the eyes
Say the word, say it loud, say love, say never die

But you don't want me on the switch in the mood I'm in
You don't want me on

I am outside the walls you're living in
Maybe there's more than the prison you've put yourself in
But I hear the cheers of a sinking crowd
Could be a sailor is better remembered for running aground

When you're lost and alone and cold settles in
I'd love to take you to the place you've never been
When you cry in your hands I can hear you
Scream in your head trying to wish away all your sin
I'd love to be your king and show you the way home
Back from the seas, in from the cold
When you're ready to kill the hate in the eyes
Say the word, say it loud, say love, say never die

But you don't want me on the switch
in the mood I'm in, you don't want me on
Track Name: All Named Mary
I sat down to write a letter
to a friend who'd long been dead
from the ground up came an answer
chain your mouth and free your head

then my brother caught the devil
skipping stones into the sea
and old ladies all named Mary
bow down and kiss his feet

golden fire tempt my lover
honey bee kiss my cheek
i want to fly said son to father
we're as high he said as the oceans' deep

same son said to his mother
i want to go where spirits meet
he cried himself off to sleep
must be done if you want to dream

silver candle blow me empty
guide my eyes over land and sea
a sand made mountain's on my shoulder's
i know the world but i'm losing me