Common Ground

by Three Quarter North

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Let me tell you ‘bout the way it seems You can look everywhere for the woman of your dreams Ain’t no woman like the one I’m with tonight She turns heads every where we go She talks real fast but she walks real slow Ain’t no woman like the one I’m with tonight It’s not like I’m a real good catch It’s not like I stand out from the rest But when that woman steps out with me I seem to take on a better personality She can shimmy shake With her goose neck waist Wherever we go she’s never out of place Ain’t no woman like the one I’m with tonight She won’t waste money on a new contrivance She believes there’s nothin’ like self reliance She can bake she can boil she can fricassee She can make anything out of chef Boy R Dee Her lips are red - sometimes purple She likes fine food with a cherry slurple Ain’t no woman like the one I’m with tonight We sing songs in the pale moonlight She sings off key but gets the words all right Ain’t no woman like the one I’m with tonight She’s no loose cannon when it comes to life She can cut to the quick with a butter knife She tells the truth but it’s hard to see What in the world she sees in me You can take your Sally, you can have your Flo I’m stickin with what I know Ain’t no woman like the one I’m with tonight You can take your Sally, you can have your Flo I’m stickin with what I know Ain’t no woman like the one I’m with Ain’t no woman like the one I’m with Ain’t no woman like the one I’m with tonight
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Inside Walls 03:49
Never been in Oklahoma.
Don't have a home on the range. But somehow it seems I know what it means To ride on the wide open plain.
 Living life like a cowboy.
Far from my city boy blues. With Texas size schemes, cattle drive teams There's nothing I couldn't do. So round 'em up and move 'em out. Rope 'em and brand 'em all day. These INSIDE WALLS - they don't fool me at all. I'm ridin' and ropin' today. Of course there's the question of horses. Do I like them? I can't really say. In the saddle so tall it's a long way to fall.
Still I hear the West call.
 I’d like to sit by the fire When the work of my workday is through. Sleep under the stars - shoot bad guys in bars. Break a hard heart or two. So round 'em up and move 'em out.
Rope 'em and brand 'em all day. These INSIDE WALLS - they don't fool me at all. I'm ridin' and ropin' today. Inside Walls are solid it seems. But only if you stop dreaming those daydreams. Round ‘em up and move 'em out. Dream those daydreams all day. These INSIDE WALLS - they don’t fool me at all. I'm livin' where the antelope play. These inside walls - they don't fool me at all. I'm dreamin' the daydreamer's way.
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Summer Song 03:21
Summer tell me all your lies. Put me under your spell. Go ahead remind me of tales only time can tell. Haunt me with your open mind. Flood my memories. Treat me to your endless song of possibilities. Summer make a fool of me. It's easy for you. Make me think that promises will always come true. I'm not sorry you always get your way. I'm only sorry you won't stay. Sing me songs of hope. Songs of sweet surrender I’ll be yours again. Tell me I'm not wrong. Make me think that time will go on and go on. Sing your summer song. Sometimes when the cold wind blows, I wonder where you've been. I try to find you then but you won't let me in. It's not like it used to be. I was young and free. I've grown apart from you with responsibilities. I'm not sorry you always get your way. I'm only sorry that you won't stay. Sing me songs of hope. Songs of sweet surrender and I'll be yours again. Tell me I'm not wrong. Make me think that time will go on so go on. Sing your summer song. Sing your summer song. Sing your summer song. Sing your summer song.
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Some Rivers 04:48
In the long run, it won’t matter none when hope has faded from view In an endless night, you can’t make it right when that’s all you wanted to do They could bring you round They could talk you down They could try to pretend. But the same old lies don’t make alibis When you’re in trouble again Anybody can be afraid - it’s so easy to do Anybody can see when the light is on you I don’t know where you’re coming from I heard you’ve been there before I don’t know what you find when you open that door But SOME RIVERS run deep and true You were always there with a devil may care, careless attitude You were always the one having too much fun. What ever happened to you? They could tick you off - They could count you out They could turn you away. But a hard line in the sands of time Still ain’t going nowhere Anybody can be afraid - it’s so easy to do Anybody can see when the light is on you I don’t know where you’re coming from I heard you’ve been there before I don’t know what you find when you open that door But SOME RIVERS run deep and true Why take a path of long and twisting roads. Lay down your burden. Lay down that load Anybody can be afraid - it’s so easy to do Anybody can see when the light is on you I don’t know where you’re coming from I heard you’ve been there before I don’t know what you find when you open that door But SOME RIVERS run deep and true And I know - I know - SOME RIVERS run in you
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Rosebud 03:10
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You can walk along a dusty road when the seasons have run dry You can gather up your memories and throw them to the sky When the sun grows dim and colors fly who knows what might be found Beneath the feet of everyone in the field of common ground. In a time of restitution on a day of simple prayer When the battle grounds are empty you might find something there In the trenches of the dark and low there still might be a sound From those who never found a place in the field of common ground Under cover of a darkened sky a ghostly shape appears In and out of space and time it goes drifting through the years A message of the things to come or a light from long ago It wanders down that dusty road to places no one knows In a time without solutions in the harbors of the night When the battles all are raging where goes that ghostly light It can see the face of everyone who thinks their glory bound It never turns around to see the field of common ground No, It never turns around to see the field of common ground

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Some notes about the album “Common Ground” by Three Quarter North
Spring 2020


The One I’m With. Dave made countless revisions and rewrites of this tune At least 10 to the lyric alone. The band still was reluctant to call it finished. Dave added a piano part, a little ukulele, and finally, everyone got into the studio to do their part including TWO dueling kazoo solos with Mark Smith and Dave. This tune is meant to put a smile on your face.

Inside Walls. We’ve been performing this song for years but never recorded it. Now that we’re all stuck inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems particularly relevant. Mark Smith and Dave share the lead vocals with lots of voices in the chorus. Picture yourself outside sitting around an evening campfire and you’ll get the idea.

My Baby Ain’t My Baby Anymore. Mark Smith wrote, arranged, and mixed this tune. Mark says he wanted to write a tune with a traditional bluegrass theme and feel. We think he succeeded.

Summer Song. A tune about longing and loss that also seems relevant in these trying times. Mark and Dave laid down the basic tracks with guitar, bass, and vocal. Then Bob played the banjo in ways you don’t usually hear it played - lots of very subtle harmonics. Mark Smith does all the lead and harmony vocal parts over Mark Bagdon’s plaintive fiddle tones.

Some Rivers. This song has become one of our most popular tunes to perform. We released it as a single a few years back but wanted to make it a little jauntier for the album. We boosted the mix to give the mandolin and percussion a little more punch.

Rosebud. A banjo Bob Altschuler original instrumental. We recorded most of the instruments at the same time live in the studio.

Mr. Spacemen and Nellie Kane. Recorded live at the Old Kinderhook Fall Festival in Kinderhook New York. . We like the way these capture the energy and excitement of a Three Quarter North performance,

Common Ground. Dave wrote this song but wasn’t happy with the lyric so Mark Smith stepped in and made some sense out of it. It’s a reflective tune that tries to tie all the themes of this album together.

credits

released April 2, 2020

Three Quarter North made all the music on this disc
Bob Altschuler - Banjo
Mark Bagdon - Fiddle, Back Up Vocals on Some Rivers and Mr. Spaceman
Nelson Gage - Mandolin
Pete Houghton - Live Sound
Joe Pasco - Percussion
Dave Rhodes - Bass, Lead and Backup Vocals, Kazoo, Piano, and Ukulele on The One I’m With
Guitar on Summer Song and Common Ground
Mark E. Smith - Guitar, Lead and Backup Vocals, Kazoo on The One I’m With and Harmonica on Inside Walls

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Josh Pechette at Pechette Studios, Albany, New York
Produced by Dave Rhodes and Mark Smith
Mr. Spaceman and Nellie Kane recorded and mixed live by Pete Houghton

Booking - Dave Rhodes lrhodes001@nycap.rr.com
Website - www.threequarternorth.com
Reverbnation - www.reverbnation.com/threequarternorth
Facebook - www.facebook.com/3QNband

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Three Quarter North Albany, New York

It's all about the music for these six musicians from upstate New York. Their love of bluegrass, combined with their creative folk music heritage, lead to some tasty melodies that sound familiar yet fresh. Homegrown and raised on tradition, Three Quarter North exemplifies the best in American roots music. ... more

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