Back On Track

by The Unknown String Band

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released 25 May 2015

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Aaron Work

Aaron Work: mandolin, banjo, upright bass, percussion, vocals
Eli Maciak: guitar, percussion, harmony vocals

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The Unknown String Band Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Unknown String Band pulls together influences from traditional American folk songs to create original music. The band focuses on live performances and can be found playing throughout the Pittsburgh area.

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Track Name: Back On Track
I figured out my plans from end to beginning
I wrote them all out and you're not in them
Here I am, looking at #1
Instead of a bullet, it's marked with a box
It mocks me until it gets crossed off
All of my lists start the same with "turn and run"
I gotta' get on board that unmarked train
To see where it leaves me again
The moving boxes will never be packed
You won't know what to say when the neighbors ask
Honey, I sure am sorry about that
I had to get back
I had to get back
I had to get back on track
Now I'm off and running. I can hear god laughing
The wheels roll a rhythm, now moving faster
I recite what, back when, I said to you
How can I explain it? Honestly I meant it
It wasn't a lie at the time that I said it
Now there's only one thing left to do
I gotta' get on board that unmarked train
To see where it leaves me again
The moving boxes will never be packed
You won't know what to say when the neighbors ask
Honey, I sure am sorry about that
I had to get back
I had to get back
I had to get back on track
Track Name: Dance Through Life
You can just tap your toe
Or you can stomp down with your whole leg
Anytime, anywhere, don't you feel the need to refrain
While everybody's standing in line for the keg
Don't you worry little momma, you can dance the night away
Dance through life, all night and day
You dance through life, your work becomes play
Dance through life, dance it your way
You don't even have to do a certain kind of dance
You do what comes naturally
Just move your body to the rhythm. You don't even have to sing in key
Dance through life, all night and day
You dance through life, your work becomes play
Dance through life, dance it your way
They say dance like you dance when nobody's looking at you
I say dance like you're being followed by a camera crew
Make every move your best move. No need to practice,
Nobody else perfected you like you
Dance through life, all night and day
You dance through life, your work becomes play
Dance through life, dance it your way
Track Name: Kick The Coal
Sit your butt down by the furnace
I pray my banjo neck won't bend
It's twenty degrees by the rim, but up the strings
It's ten by the end
If I could get my fingers moving,
I'd play you a song so sweet
Rest your head on my shoulder,
Sing one song with me
Kick the coal off the back of that train
We'll hike up and pick it up again
Carry it on down the hill
We'll have one more warm morning
Cousin John will get on board
By that old Latrobe stop
Don't show yourself on the track
'Til the trains pass at six o'clock
We'll hike up, pick it up, fill our pockets up,
And walk with fists full
We'll sing our song and warm our toes
Until the little ones go to school
Kick the coal off the back of that train
We'll hike up and pick it up again
Carry it on down the hill
We'll have one more warm morning
Who cares if we didn't pay?
We needed it to survive
We ain't got nothing to burn but time
Track Name: Light In The Sky
Your love changed the life of every person you met
God gave you beauty to cast a wide net
Yours brought us in before your sun set
To show us just how good life could get
Friends, if you ever know loss like the loss that I know
Its sorrow will follow wherever you go
Look to the light that shines bright in the sky
Let it dry the tears from your eyes
All the beauty that's been made will one day be claimed
One million lakes will one day be drained
Until that day comes, I'll keep singing your names
I'll go on living, though life's not the same
Friends, if you ever know loss like the loss that I know
Its sorrow will follow wherever you go
Look to the light that shines bright in the sky
Let it dry the tears from your eyes
When I go up to be with them then
I hope they'll make room and let my light shine in
Until that day comes, let them know they are missed
Their names were in bold at the top of god's list
Friends, if you ever know loss like the loss that I know
Its sorrow will follow wherever you go
Look to the light that shines bright in the sky
Let it dry the tears from your eyes
Track Name: The Town That God Forgot
Brother, I can feel your blues
Everybody's just passing through
The town that god forgot
There used to be a mine here
There used to be a textile mill
Take some time to talk to the folks
Who, jobless, live here still
There ain't no paycheck in the pipeline
Ain't no government bailout
Subsidies go to other counties
We're so far off the trail now
Brother, I can feel your blues
Everybody's just passing through
The town that god forgot
Talked to a fella
With one horse in his front yard
Said he may have to sell her
Things are getting too hard
Lost his job now he can't even sleep
Doesn't know where his supper will come from
He's got hungry mouths to feed
Folds his hands and he looks above
Brother, I can feel your blues
Everybody's just passing through
The town that god forgot
It used to be a main stop
But the railroad took its tracks for scrap
This old city's dried up
It's gone and it ain't coming back
It doesn't come on like a wrecking ball
It takes a while to bring it down
This place is well on its way
To becoming a ghost town
Brother, I can feel your blues
Everybody's just passing through
The town that god forgot
Track Name: Turn Around
Well the truth has a way of making itself known
I watch you looking at yourself in the mirror
I wonder what you'll think when I tell you I'm going to go
No degree of focus will make it clearer
Will you step aside and open the door
Will you turn and wave 'til you can't see me
Walking away no more
'Cause you know I'll turn around and head back home
Yeah I'll turn around and head back home
Well the truth has a way of getting swept under the rug
It's so easy to forget when you want to
When you have it you don't know what it's like to be without love
So you run and run 'til everyone runs from you
Will you go ahead and light up the road
So I can find my way back when I've run far enough to know
That it's time to turn around and head back home
Time to turn around and head back home
Well the truth has a way of getting in the way
Once it's out there, it ain't going nowhere
So do we dance around it for the rest of our days
Wondering if we should ever go there
If you'll stay by my side even when I roam
It's time to turn around and head back home
Time to turn around and head back home
Track Name: Back On My Feet
Everything that I learned about this city
Tells me what I already know
It's a scary place when you're lonely
The weeds are overgrown
Concrete cracks a sign of weakness
As the green grass plots a coup
Just like it I'm under lots of pressure
But I'm trying to push up through
Come spend some time with me
Living under this city
I'll play another song for a dollar
So I can get back on my feet
I met a girl who I truly adore
But she found out that I'm a troubadour
She says her love is to be
Accompanied by money
I said, she's not the one for me
'Cause I've got a bike and a guitar
Chances are I won't get too far
But if I've got notes to play and sing
I'm okay with everything
If I've got notes to play and sing
I'm okay with everything
Come spend some time with me
Living under this city
I'll play another song for a dollar
So I can get back on my feet
Track Name: Tear It Down
I thought we'd be stable by now but we shake
I thought that nothing would destroy what, together, we would make
But we built it all on a foundation of sand
Just the wind shifting the waves left us with nowhere to stand
Let's tear it down
Tear it down and start again
Let's tear it down
Tear it down and start again
Let's tear it down
Tear it down and start again as friends
What I had to put in was less than what I took
Looking back now, it only worked because of what I overlooked
Like building a home, and forgetting the roof
We said everything we wanted to hear but the truth
Let's tear it down
Tear it down and start again
Let's tear it down
Tear it down and start again
Let's tear it down
Tear it down and start again as friends
Track Name: In Love With Leaving
I think I'm in love with leaving
I'm head over heels for driving away
And I think that I'm going to do it again today
I can't seem to keep off my feet
Ain't nothing got me grounded these days
I know that it may seem sad or absurd
But it is my way
I felt so boxed in
In my last apartment
It took getting myself out on the open road
To get over it
I think I'm in love with leaving
Head over heels for driving away
And I think that I'm going to do it again today
It's not that I don't miss you
And think of the folks back home
But I had to get out and figure out how to
Come into my own
Now that I'm on my way
I know it's not where to but where from
The soul of it is as long as I'm not back there
and a new love affair has begun
I think I'm in love with leaving
Head over heels for driving away
And I think that I'm going to do it again today
Track Name: Old White River
When I first head out, rolling down these roads
I feel so free like I may never go back home
But when the days add up to weeks
I start to think about heading back east
To that old white river
That flows down the mountain
Rolls through the hills and
Bubbles up in the fountain
In the town where I was raised
Where I adopted my father's ways
When I was a child, I never stopped to think
I assumed all places had some redeeming beauty
But I've been around and I know
How lucky I was to call my own
That old white river
That flows down the mountain
Rolls through the hills and
Bubbles up in the fountain
In the town where I was raised
Where I adopted my father's ways