Coyote Sessions

by Glen Phillips

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Grant Walters
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Grant Walters I've been embarrassingly behind in discovering Glen's solo work despite being a Toad the Wet Sprocket fan for twenty years, so I've finally begun doing my homework. I can't really sing and can't play guitar, so I both envy and admire those like Glen who can weave both so effortlessly into such memorable melody. His vocals shine as usual, and there is an organic intimacy to these tracks that make you forget you're listening to a recording and not jamming with an old friend in your living room. Favorite track: Enough.
Emberley Patience
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Emberley Patience The history of love & choices youth and ageing political independence, and naturally a bit of religion is this band.I wrote that about the band TTWS) Glen is the most honest fearless musician I have loved his and his bands journey to make my heart and soul almost complete. Amazing is the adventure I live loving this musician from childhood. Glens solo career is a huge part of my family's life, this album shows him raw in form amazing as adorned he is my favorite artist, give his taste a lick:) Favorite track: Gabriel.
Brian Fullford
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Brian Fullford It's Glen Phillips. Why shouldn't it be in my collection? Toad got me through college, helped me pick my major and is music through which my wife and I bond. Solo Glen is just as impactful. Favorite track: The Song is Still Here.
Stefan Gingerich
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Stefan Gingerich Recorded live in a studio using 1 microphone. What better display of musical chops can you have? Oh, and the lyrics are genius, too. So that's nice. Favorite track: Shorn.
Caroline Murray
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Caroline Murray Beautiful album- beginning to end... Favorite track: Eden.
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Had a dream, you weren't in it Butterflies in my stomach And a feeling that something was missing Saw a deer in the garden Licking up dirty water As I cut up the meat in the kitchen When we hit that stream I held you high Set you down on the other side Years go by and I'm still carrying you Read a book, hit a bottle Took a pill for my troubles Some years are better than others Many objects, little permanence Like the stars up in the firmament Might be dead when their light finally reaches you When we hit that stream I held you high Set you down on the other side Years go by and I'm still carrying you I put you down Put you away You're still around But I'm trying to live in the present tense today When we hit that stream I held you high Set you down on the other side Years go by but I'm still carrying you
2.
Do i make you better still Isn't that what brought you here Making some excuse will get us both nowhere Life is never easy but it's almost fair There is nothing that doesn't matter Nothing that doesn't matter Every word is a seed that you scatter And there is nothing that doesn't matter Shut your mouth and just be with me We throw stones too easily Every angry word is like a cigarette A moment of relief a nail in your chest It's better to never start There is nothing that doesn't matter Nothing that doesn't matter Every word is a seed that you scatter And there is nothing that doesn't matter Everything matters Lay down here right next to me And we'll forgive every little thing Every heartless thought and every thoughtless deed I will carry you and you will carry me There is nothing that doesn't matter Nothing that doesn't matter Every word is a seed that you scatter And there is nothing that doesn't matter Everything matters
3.
Gabriel 04:29
Gabriel listen, I'm in need of a friend Gabriel, would you listen Faith alone is a prison, but I can't sleep with the fallen Gabriel would you listen If you are here then let me see I need you now, please don't leave me Gabriel, would you listen You will speak for the father, but who will speak for the others The widow's son and the mother I'm so far now from heaven, but I've a question to send him Gabriel would you listen The churches fallen The priests are hardened If these are your workers Then is all this love this earth, this good forsaken All this love, this good this earth forsaken Gabriel listen, I'm in need of a friend Gabriel would you listen Faith alone is a prison, so I am one of the fallen And Gabriel wouldn't listen, Gabriel wouldn't listen
4.
No Blue Sky 04:11
It's cold inside, but I don’t blame the weather And no one’s calling, no one’s at the door But I can’t stay inside all day Blinds pulled to the floor There’s no blue sky in my town lately Everybody looks at the ground And where I been’s been making me hazy But the sun never looked so pretty going down It ain’t right, feels like forever Too many changes, I stopped keeping score If you want me, you know where I’ll be I don’t get out much any more There’s no blue sky in my town lately Everybody looks at the ground I've been distracted and dulled out, crazy But the sun never looked so pretty going down No the sun never looked so pretty going down Blue sky come find me I’m waiting... Cloud and rain, smoke and smog here Won’t see too many stars tonight Biding time, waiting on the sunset One last glance of gold, then goodbye There’s no blue sky in my town lately Everybody looks at the ground Where I been’s been making me hazy But the sun never looked so pretty going down No the sun never looked so pretty going down
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Enough 03:54
Missing time We killed the night But i didn't want to go Back into that light Chemicals Cloud around the hall Sting your pure eyes But it's sweeter than you know It's sweeter than you know Impossible The day is short the task is great And I am Idle The mind is willing but the body resists The fight is over but the pain persists Tell me when I've had enough I've had enough The day is short the task is great And I am Idle
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You always aimed for the top of the game, That's where you ended up You owed a lot to the work you did, You owed a little more to luck Didn't want to be no one-hit wonder Lightning strikes quick, You can hear the thunder For miles and miles. Echoes across the years The fire is gone but the spark is still here Hey man, I could a friend, I'm thinking you could hook me up I'm having trouble with the band I'm in, Having trouble with love I had an endless summer, but now it's autumn My cup was running over, Now it's got a crack in the bottom It drips down like tears The well's gone dry but the thirst is still here I don't blame you for doing good, I don't hate you much You didn't knock anybody down, You just had the touch So what the hell, I wish you well Hard candy, soft sell, That's the way of the world Don't wanna be no small-town crier Devil loves a dreamer, But God loves a tryer I'm trying to make it clear Well the crowd's gone home but the song is still here The show is over but the song is still here The music's stopped but the song is still here
8.
Greer Zoller 02:57
Greer Zoller, you make me holler Blew me a kiss and I threw you a dollar You had eyes like deep cool water Greer Zoller, from the minute I saw her Knew I had to have her, couldn’t help but want her Well I fell in love and I never once faltered But Greer Zoller had an angry father He said "you stay away from my daughter” And he made her sell the ring that I bought her So Greer Zoller, she said “Tomorrow, Meet me at midnight at old man Potter’s” “We’ll run away and we'll marry each other” Greer Zoller, can’t wait any longer Gonna get married, move out by the water Have a house and a family and no more sorrow But Greer Zoller’s jealous father Heard her moving out in the night and he caught her Said “Ungrateful girl forgets what I taught her” “She don’t deserve to be my daughter “I brought her into the world and I'll take her outta” Took her in the wild wild woods and he shot her Greer Zoller Greer Zoller, you make me holler Blew me a kiss and I made you a martyr You had eyes like pools of deep cold water Greer Zoller
9.
Eden 04:02
I miss something that I never had Clear skies and virgin land Hard work to make me strong Cool nights and Guthrie songs Nothing I own I can't fix with my hands Back living in the real world Sunday driving with my girls Towns now they look the same Want to show them where I came from But I should know I could never go back again But Eden is waiting between the cracks in the pavement Seeds down below are getting ready to grow Floodwater and fire leave nothing behind them We'll have our day and go like a song on the radio The radio I'm a product of my time In need of a lullaby Quick judge, slow to trust A bad case of wanderlust I little hope things might turn out all right But Eden is waiting beneath the cracks in the pavement Seeds down below are getting ready to grow Floodwater and fire leave nothing behind them We'll burn bright and go like a song on the radio The radio
10.
Shorn 03:28
We always look tired But we get too much sleep Dreams give no rest When they're the same as the day that precedes We want to see angels And touch their wings But clouds never part any more It's just one of those things i need you now It frightens me But i'm out of touch And i'm dying to be Naked and happy For all the world to see me Shorn Naked and happy And no-one laughing at me Shorn We're wells of compassion Except to ourselves We are ugly in the mirror Beautiful to the ones we love i need you now It frightens me But i'm out of touch And i'm dying to be Naked and happy For all the world to see me Shorn Naked and happy And no-one laughing at me Shorn Let me tell you something that'll shock you like hell I have it on authority that we are both alive and well I know too much Need to start forgetting 'Cause i'm out of touch And i'm dying to be Naked and happy For all the world to see me Shorn Naked and happy And no-one laughing at me Shorn I've made myself sick And i've made myself sad Letting go of everything Was the best idea i've ever had

about

This album is a collection of beloved orphans - songs I've played live but never put on a record, or co-writes that other artists have cut but I hadn't gotten around to recording.

Coyote Sessions is also an experiment in recording. My friend Sean McCue lost his previous studio in the Tea Fire a couple years ago, and recently finished building a new workspace, Coyote Road Studio. It's a big open room, with a distinctive sound. We wanted to see how truly we could capture a real performance - no electronic mixing, no overdubs, just a single microphone a couple feet away from me and players moved around the room to balance the sound. We hope you like the results.

Recorded live through a single Cascade X-15 Stereo Microphone and Grace 801 preamps.

**** Full album includes a video for Greer Zoller ****

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released September 19, 2012

Produced by Glen Phillips and Sean McCue
Recording and Design by Sean McCue at Coyote Road Studio, Santa Barbara CA
"American Tune" and "Shorn" Recorded by Glen Phillips at Ed
Mastered and Edited by Glen Phillips and Sean McCue at Ed
Photography by Nina McCue

Glen Phillips - Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
www.glenphillips.com
Sean McCue - Electric and High Strung Guitars, Percussion
www.seanmccue.com
Jim Connolly - Acoustic Bass, Piano
www.jimconnollymusic.com
Alastair Greene - Electric and Steel Guitars
www.agsongs.com
Tariqh Akoni - Electric Guitar
www.tariqh.com
Bill Flores - Pedal Steel, Weissenborn, Mandolin
Anna Abbey - Piano
Tom Lackner - Drums

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