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Too Early To Tell - by David Elias A penny for your thoughts A blanket for your dreams Where you are is what you are Geography's everything The diamond sewn up tight In the lining of your clothes Walking down the road that's closed And everybody knows It's anyone for anything There ain't no losers in this passing lane Breakfast at the table Emotions by the score Last time you were counting While you filed through that door The rope you're braiding Isn't made in the USA Someone better get that map Find another way It's everyone for everything Their ain't no losers in this passing lane You're ready for the next step Baby steps at best No time for contemplation No lines to dedicate Well they say wherever you go there you are It's something someone said Try not to think about those places stuck inside your head Tomorrow's just a lesson Nobody's learned too well Too early to tell Tomorrow just a lesson That nobody learns too well Too early to tell Too early to tell Too early to tell Too early to tell
2.
Sunday's Daughter - by David Elias With a suitcase and radio And some baggage from the past How I got here baby, I don't know Or even if it's gonna last I missed a drop off back in Tennessee A couple of friends I'm supposed to meet I just stayed on Greyhound's limosine It's nothing I cannot repeat Early water Early rain Early mornings all alone Sunday's daughter Lays her claim Under this river made of stone I have lost many times But I keep it all inside Like tides that cross Between the lines I wonder if it's mine to hide These rocks can heal With memories They can't return if they don't leave So if you feel some distant breeze Move you along That's all you need Early water Early rain Early mornings all alone Sunday's daughter Lays her claim Under this river made of stone Sunday's daughter Lays her claim Under this river made of stone
3.
The Road To Bethlehem - by David Elias I looked here and I looked there For the road to Bethlehem I walked far and I walked near Down the road to Bethlehem I saw a sign on the way Looked like a fire in my eye But the truth lay in vain On some hill I couldn't climb I saw an angel from afar Measuring those stars But she could not tell the difference Between wounds and battle scars With no words to wish me well I saw a crater fall to Earth And the hole open to Hell Marked the image of my birth I looked here and I looked there For the road to Bethlehem I walked far and I walked near Down the road to Bethlehem Know I'm thankful for my time And the road I've grown to know My true passing I won't mind Nor will you how well I know I looked here and I looked there For the road to Bethlehem I walked far and I walked near Down the road to Bethlehem
4.
One Last Chance - by David Elias If I had one last chance Would I throw it away Reach for your shoulder Or turn my back away If I had one last match Would I burn it for you Or follow the water To find some deeper blue If I had one last wish Would it ever come true Am I wasting my time Doing what I do If I had one last word Would I say it aloud Or carry it forever With me through the clouds If I had one last day Would I watch the sunrise Or would I turn my face away And cover up my eyes
5.
The Toll Road - by David Elias He was running from his country An outlaw of his times He was just as drunk and dirty As any of his kind He'd been labeled and crusaded Seeking refuge from the road Unloyal and unaided Where the tolls go where you go He was instant with connections Connected on the wire Benefiting from protection Of those good old guns for hire Well he played em and he made em Make decisions on their own From the goodness of his wild heart Where the tolls go where you go He made a fortune on persuasion In an unfortunate kind of way When they described a male caucasian With a high price on his head Well his cars were found abandoned And his footsteps here and there And the dust of desert canyons Sparked his traces in the air With the conviction of a saint He rode em high and low With nary a complaint Where the tolls go where you go Well those years were not unlucky And they left him well at large Until some skinny girl in Truckee Caught him camping near her lodge Without aiding or abetting Or even waking him from sleep They shot him up in pieces On the granite by the creek He had misplaced all his connections Abandoned the old road And paid on those collections Where the tolls go where you go
6.
Stone House On Blueberry Hill - by David Eilas Well the wire was strung higher Than anyone there could have known And the kinder the reminder The less chance they'd make it back home There was smoke, there was fog And blueberries wild on the hill There was silence there was humming Pacing and drums without will There's a signal in the campfire And nobody knows what it means There's a young man who looks old and tired With eyes that won't say anything There's a soldier, there's a farmer A stone house burned black from within There are friendships that have parted And brothers who are missing their kin There's a buckle made of silver A leather purse empty of coins And a bottle to deliver Some freedom wherever you're going I was there I was watching From an island of trees they were ash I was empty I was lonesome I had questions and no one to ask There's a blue ridge in the Blue Ridge And a history of wanderers there If you're lost in those mountains Remember to look for me there
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Go Down Easy 05:06
Go Down Easy - by David Elias Go down easy, no struggling on the way You're sticking to the things that you do best Give a little loving every day Take it easy but take it just same Happiness it ain't no crime Everybody gets to play that game Jimmy was the man with the grandstand plan And a couple more up his sleeve He stole a 4x4, robbed a liquor store On the night before New Years Eve And he was running down the road Drinking Wild Irish Rose with a smile and a sneer But the plans that he'd laid didn't account for barricades Or 8 to 15 years Go Down Easy... Sally was the girl with the ivory curls And a movie poster smile Whizzed her way through school she followed all the rules With her slow and steady style She graduated fast at the head of her class Went to a party in a summer dress Riding shotgun in a car that was leaving from a bar Into an 18-wheel caress. Go Down Easy... Rita and Romaine were a burning flame In the Class of '61 People sure admired the intensity of fire They displayed for everyone Both were mesmerized looking in the others eyes Saw the spark and the sadness there So they had a couple kids They were kind of glad they did But it cost their whole affair Go Down Easy... Then I was looking at my life At the pictures without lights There were images of you Never really sure if there really was a war Or we did what we needed to It reminds me of a time in 1969 I'm walking through the woods Trees and flowers there unfolded like a prayer Hell I never felt so good Go Down Easy...
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Red Tail Guide - by David Elias Red tail guiding me alone Red tail guiding me alone And how will I know Just when it's safe at home Red tail guiding me alone Uptown singers know just how to say the words Downtown ring it out beneath the river's dirty rain Small time dealer boys wonder if they're getting off For one more red tail healer guide Red wing burden's laid aside Red wing burden's laid aside And how will I know Just when it's safe inside Red wing burden's laid aside Cast of thousands Originals all on their own Stalk the countryside Looking for someone they've known And in the evening time Roll it up and roll it out for One more red tail healer guide Red sky guiding all my dreams Red sky's guiding all my dream Burns my memory Leaves me in between Red sky's guiding all my dreams Red tail guiding me alone Red tail guiding me alone And how will I know Just when it's safe at home Red tail guiding me alone
9.
Close My Eyes - by David Elias I close my eyes and criticize and sympathize Rest upon my dying day I breathe the words the ones you heard That story blurred Watch them as they drift away And I close my eyes To that cold and windy day I close my eyes I don't want to see again I close my eyes To the higher window I don't know what time it closes I paint that picture while they lecture pure conjecture I deny that river why I seek the desert for the love that lusts to wander Through the womb of fire and sky And I close my eyes To that cold and windy day I close my eyes I don't want to see again I close my eyes To the higher window I don't know what time it closes

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~~~~ About Illegal Copy #2 (official bootleg) ~~~~~~~

Throwback to a nice comfy country era recorded live in the San Gregorio General Store (www.sangregoriostore.com) on 3/22/2002, David Elias & The Great Unknown hunker down with the wood stove and a room of friends open to being open and sharing music and a few whiskeys... A few handmade CDs were printed at the time of this bootleg, then disappeared until now as a very REAL download or streaming album.

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released March 22, 2002

All Songs By David Elias ©2002
David Elias: acoustic, vocal, harmonica
Gary MacArthur: flute, tenor sax
Lisa Kelly: mandolin, backup vocal
Scotty Beynon: bass
Reid Dennis: percussion
Perry Thorwaldson: drums

Special Guest: Iseult Jordon, backup vocal on "Stone House On Blueberry Hill"

Recorded live to stereo and Mastered by David Elias, Sketti Sandwich Productions

Produced and Arranged by David Elias

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