One Silver Needle

by Arthur Alligood

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1.
I been looking, but can't find a one A looking glass without a spider web crack You been looking to find me undone It shouldn't be that hard That's what I told you when the walls came crashin' That's what I said when the words got lost That's what I told you It shouldn't be that hard I'm all to pieces and can't seem to fit Seeing no sense in going back at all It's a hard confession to give "Oh, this shouldn't be that hard" You've been making that chord like there's no other way I've been running the scales back and forth in the wrong key Don't it always turn out harder than you think?
2.
We had a mind to run And we ran till sunset was no fire The stars became our blaze Their light our one desire We swore we'd never go back But we we're kids just learning to lie We couldn't leave that town We had to try just to shake it off all that dust, cross the sacred lines We had to try to just find it out, this old world hidden from our eyes We had to try We had a mind to run and we ran against the grain under the gun Holding the bar so high We'd never settle..no Our Mommas wept and worried Our Daddys just shook there heads We swore we were gonna leave that town Oh, the day I remember cut the sky a blood-let blue The thought was just as clear Us boys we all knew But we gave it one last run finally crossed that county line Walking back we felt like soldiers coming home from the fight Back to our hometown We couldn't leave that town
3.
Lo, the many shadows that hang outside my door Calling through the keyhole Creeping across the floor The whisper bears a burden that I cannot ignore Long time to wage a war I'm gonna bring my heart out I gotta bring my heart out to breathe I'm gonna bring my heart out I gotta bring my heart out to breathe Time is quickly passing leaving us alone Never stopping Never a sound I shook the hand of heartache said "I'm taking another road that you can't follow down." Long I have trembled Long I have scorned the thought the mention of your name If you're gonna find me Love, you best be warned You gonna have to fight these fears away
4.
There I was There I am a lonely beggar on the edge of town Wearing my clothes like the water wears the rock down You got all that golden thread and one silver needle Think you might mend all my tears? You got all that golden thread and one silver needle Take and mend all my tears I walk I run down these streets, cold looking for love Wearing my heart on my sleeve like an anchor the weight is just too much I ain't done tearing apart but you knew that from the start
5.
I'm waiting for the morning Waiting in the night When that sun comes over the mountain She gonna turn this darkness to light Now its been a long throw since we first took to this soil We found an itch to scratch real quick and called it war All this fighting it ain't nothing, but a symptom of our sickness and we still ain't found a cure We keep walking down that same path that worn out, crooked way Stepping over all of history's little tracks Falling it don't come first pride will push you to the edge and once you start falling can you ever go back? How do we answer our children when they wonder what went wrong? Do we scratch our heads and tell them no one know really knows why? Do we go back to a garden, a perfect little world to two lovers who couldn't keep it right?
6.
Go On Back 04:52
Walk she would through the pines cross the road down that red dirt drive Dangling stars in the night just like the sun born on fire Knocking on the door of that double wide Chorus You got no need honey for me baby I got one need honey and it ain't you Go on back Go on back Her Momma was a queen Her Daddy a peasant down begging at her feet She was the youngest in line with wandering eyes two brothers in college and a sister who'd died She went knocking on the door of that double wide Bent and bleeding on a try house as empty as her sister's smile Clouds hung like sheets on the line Nobody to talk her out Nobody to put up a fight She went knocking on the door of that double wide Knocking on the door of that double wide A fire only need one spark to fly
7.
You caught me in that spot I was just rolling into a boil when you turned the heat down I can't muster a simmer now Why'd you go honey? Why'd you honey let me go cold? Saw you from my corner hide I was just coming into my own when you stepped into the light I swore then heaven must be right Why'd you go honey? Why'd you honey let me go cold? Please tell me why I could've burned for you baby Been that star in the night, that light to save ya Now I'm here with just the facts You took all the mystery when you left There's something I can't live without That sweet shadow of a doubt Why'd you go honey? Why'd you honey let me go cold?
8.
Hold my heart Run these scars with your helpless hands then bury it in the cold, dark ground When I rise When I wake from this bitter grief I'll be coming for the heart of me Chorus All the lies the broken smiles we lined up in a row At every sign we closed our eyes We didn't wanna know That some things aren't worth having Some things are best left alone ch2. Some things aren't worth keeping Some things you gotta to let go ch3. Some things aren't worth saving Some things you gotta let go Here's my role Here's my part every worthless line Close the curtains, turn off the lights Lost it all Lost myself chasing my own right, Oh, the ache she refused to die Wandering in ruins of the might have been Staring at the dark clouds You know the truth like I know my guilt Honey, we were never gonna come around
9.
Ochlockonee 04:35
Left my heart in a wishing well Left Ochklocknee bound Ain't no prayer Ain't no will Turn this boy around Got me there an old Jon boat rusty as a nail Gonna find her and put out for a spell Left that girl sound a sleepin' Left Ochlockonee bound Ain't no note Ain't no reason ever gonna be found Oh, by now she's probably waking wondering where I am She don't know, but I'm Ochlockonee bound Ochlockonee take me off my feet O my soul in disbelief Take me where you lead Daddy had that old, brown picture of an old riverboat He said it was just the kind his Daddy's Daddy rode I could make my way to the Mississippi put out from Cairo town But I hear a call Lord, I'm Ochklockonee bound Take me down far as able Take me Ochlockonee down I'm a trick I'm a traitor with a heap of guilt to drown Momma said "All God's children are jewels in heaven's crown." I just don't know... Momma I'm gonna find out
10.
Cold call, fingers crossed holding for a moment lost, it's gone Silence settles in Question marks set the trap Every period with a crooked catch, oh no Now all you do is wonder when? You're piling up your days Counting every loss Looking for a right time rain Nothing's what it was Leaving has its cost Looking for a right time rain Still looking for a right time rain Paper trust before the flame Love don't seem to spare the pain for anyone She walked edge, but did she fall? There's only so long they say before you'll Oh, just close the door and walk Would you go back if you heard her call? Nothing's gonna take you back

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A native of rural Tennessee, singer-songwriter Arthur Alligood has spent the past decade driving dusty roads on tour. He has earned praise from No Depression and Common Folk and the English tastemakers at the BBC. His blend of folk, gospel and raw Southern poetry is the perfect framework for Alligood’s honest storytelling and wry commentary on the human condition.

NewSong Recordings is proud to announce the April 25, 2012 release of the album ‘One Silver Needle.’ Produced by Mikal Blue and featuring an all-star cast of musicians including drum legend Jim Keltner (John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Dylan), bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne) and guitarist Michael Ward (Ben Harper, The Wallflowers), this album is the grand prize awarded to Arthur, the 2011 NewSong Music Competition grand prize winner who was chosen from 2,100 entries.

“A meticulous craftsman, Alligood has a refreshing ability to resist throwing too much instrumentation or too many words into one song.” —NO DEPRESSION

“Truly poetic” –Cherrie McIlwaine, BBC Radio Ulster

“Alligood is a talented wordsmith . . . with lyrical pearls that only an outstanding songwriter could pen.”
–Common Folk Music

“You just don’t see talent like Arthur anymore these days, and there is not a weak song in the bunch.” –Drum legend Jim Keltner (John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Dylan)

“His performances are subtle and powerful, his songs are original and he’s an artist who knows who he is and is not afraid to do things his own way.” –Larry Groce, host NPR’s Mountain Stage

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released April 25, 2012

Produced & Mixed by Mikal Blue
Executive Producer: Gar Ragland

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