Out of Blue

by Daniel Steinbock

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1.
02:34
I dedicate this to the Muse Turning up out of blue Singing to me all the things I ever sang to you If I'm Heaven-bound I hope you'll track me down Every needle on the pine Points the way Or if I'm bound for Hell I'll sing fare-you-well Just think on me time to time At the end of the day My love is in the garden Early in the morning Look and see all the seeds We started I dedicate this to my Muse That's you-know-who There's a God above so let's make love In the living room If I'm Heaven-bound I hope you'll track me down Every needle on the pine Points the way Or if I'm bound for Hell I'll sing fare-you-well Just think on me time to time At the end of the day
2.
So many times I've been struck down In my tracks, at the shining light of you And along came that old familiar sound In my chest, when I caught a sight of you That's when I start to hum along Under my breath, to the song of you Someday I'll sing out loud The love I'm feeling now And spread the good news In a little while we'll all be gone Going back to our Heavenly home In the night all I have is worry In the day it's the same old show And there will come a day When I'll lay my burden down Spill out my heart in the river of your love But in the meanwhile, I might as well Spread the good news How many times have I been struck down In my tracks, at the shining light of you? It's been so long since I heard your call Beaming out, the burning inside of you That's when I start to hum along Under my breath, to the song of you And when I feel you now I've got to sing out loud And spread the good news
3.
03:36
Close your eyes, remember when Two little kids kissing in the tree again When I think about and aloud how free and complete In your hands Darling it's true, I fell for you 13 September, I reached out for you And the size of your heart made that so easy to do When the tips of my fingers touched your ankle bones Whoa Lordy, I fell off this world When I think about and aloud how free and complete In my hands Darling it's true, I fell for you When I think about and aloud how free and complete In your hands Darling it's true, I fell for you For you make a long life worthwhile For a single smile on a single day For you, I'm a little less lonely tonight I'm a little more today We were spinning into something, unexpected and unseen Darling, your name, most beautiful in history Wanna slip away and escape these old bones These old poems, this whole game? Throw 'em into the fire again and again When I think about and aloud how free and complete In your hands Throw me into the fire again and again
4.
I spent my youth chasing two ways of making love First one was lonely but it sure felt good Number two was something new, she blew all the hinges off Got me so high I was making out with God above In a thing called love Till the drugs wore off All my bliss turned to madness, night and day I've been searching for a middle way Out of blue, there was you, waking up the neighborhood And for the first time, love wasn't just Hollywood Wasn't just feel good God you feel so good When we're waking up the neighborhood Breaking loose was one pursuit you knew all the physics of Showed me to the one thing I couldn't put my finger on Now every time I close my eyes I feel your body moving mine From the start I know we're gonna make out I'm not afraid of the faith now In my heart I'm never gonna fade out I'm gonna love you all the way down I was swirling in the blues Till I found you I was so confused, show me the true way out Till I found you, and your twist and shout You've got me all washed out — of blue, there was you Waking up the neighborhood And for the first time, love wasn't just Hollywood Wasn't just feel good God you feel so good From the start I know we're gonna make out I'm not afraid of the faith now In my heart I'm never gonna fade out I'm gonna love you all the way down I'm never gonna fade out In my heart, I'm never gonna fade out
5.
1. Picked up at the crossroads Kicked out in New Mexico Woke up on the good side of the river This afternoon Goddamn wage slavin', I swear I'm never going back to there This morning I combed my hair For no one else but me Well I never had religion But I always keep the faith When I was a child, I had visions Like a shine upon my face I never made it past the preacher He always smelled the booze But every night I'm born again Into something new If I ever make it back to California I'm gonna put down roots Cause I never had a hard time I never had a hard time I never had a hard time Gettin' too close to you Found Jesus on the bathroom floor I was sprawled out, strung out in a Baton Rouge bar He rolled a spliff and we both hitched out To Lake Pontchartrain He said, "I ain't fleein' the law, I abide My Father's law is come And my Father's law is mine" We never made it to the Delta But we surely sang the blues All I need is the sunshine, my ukulela And a pair of old brown shoes I never made it as a folksinger I couldn't hold a tune But every night I'm born again Into something new If I ever make it back to California I'm gonna put down roots Cause I never had a hard time I never had a hard time I never had a hard time Gettin' too close to you 2. Seven years-old and I couldn't sleep Mama, I don't want to die What am I, what am I supposed to be? And my mother pointed up to the sky "For every star that you can see There's a child afraid of dying What you are, what you are was meant to be Filling the black up with shining" That's when it started: Broke-open-hearted 3. And as I'm sinking in my bed Thank my holy lights that never end Tonight I'm gonna lay my head By a river of shooting stars Well I never been to Heaven But I've seen Annapurna in bloom I never made it back to California To put down roots I never been one for oneness I set a table for two Cause I never had a hard time I never had a hard time I never had a hard time Gettin' too close to you
6.
On the road to the desert With the desert behind A church without walls on the edge of forever The sun in your eyes You take me all the way down California One Rolling on the bed in your attic We make love Make love Make love Make love Make love When you're in trouble in mind And you throw up your hands When the heart feels broke open wide It's the beginning of the mend Every cloud will turn into sky Every life released As softness returns to your eyes You'll return to me Turn love Turn love Turn love Turn love Black bullets of rain on your attic Black thunder roll Fond memory turns into tragic When you don't let go As today turns into twilight The rain turns to snow Oh lover, why did you fade away? Or did I let you go? - - - - On the road to forever With forever behind A church without walls, in the desert The sun in your eyes Will this moment last forever? Will you be my only one? You're with me now is all that matters When all is said and done
7.
Darling, all of your life, You've been looking for a light And it's weighing you down Maybe the one that you found Ain't the best in this town And it makes you itch You've been lying and cheating No rhymin' or reason I've been trusting in treason In the morning I'll be gone Say it ain't so In the morning I'll be gone Say it ain't so The book of love is a long and torrid tract And I'm the kind of man who reads the back of a paperback Lately, a wind's been blowing strange I'm afraid to turn the page, and see you've... Been lying and cheating No rhymin' or reason I've been trusting in treason In the morning I'll be gone Say it ain't so In the morning I'll be gone Say it ain't so I know, I know, people change That's how I can be leaving you You loved me for awhile The sweetest smile I'd ever kissed But in a postmodern world you give yourself To everyone else but the one you love
8.
03:28
I kicked the door so closed It won't open anymore I heard the blackbird sing For the last time And every time I pay That old poet's price I thank you, babe, for doin' me wrong Thank you road, for making it harder Thank you love, for leaving me out in the rain Thank you for making me pay I woke at midnight Hazy in a half moon I watched the white waves break On the coastline And I'm tossed upon the waves That roll inside And every time I pay That old poet's price I thank you, babe, for doin' me wrong Thank you road, for making it harder Thank you love, for leading me out in the rain Thank you... Every road that I took Every song that I sang Every lover I lost Every friend who lay dying Every con I played Every god that I prayed to When I felt so crazy Like I was dying Is a white bird rising over me Now gone Gone Gone I kicked the door so closed It won't open anymore I heard the blackbird sing For the last time
9.
Bathed in the shadow of your heart Fated to long and lonely roam Far across the wild and windy night Are all the things that call me back home I wrote a letter in my tent To keep away the wolves and the spirits How long till I am satisfied With a love that lives only to die? Hills golden under sun Those rays always give you a long-legged shadow And arms that reach across the valley And all the things I call home
10.
1. I've been dreaming of the fall all of my life Falling in the love, fall of the sky Then I saw in your eyes The fade of us all into that great night Oh why? The fate of us all, the fade and the fall Now I've been filling up the salt shakers of life Shaking 'em out, all the days of our lives Then I saw in your eyes We've been dreaming it all, through that great night Through that great night The dream of us all, the dream of us all 2. I don't belong in this city Stars crying at my window All I ever see are city lights All the lands that lay within me Great river valleys unseen I laughed, turned my back I've gone to live out in the light 3. Oh my darling in crime, let's make babies We'll name 'em after your old man And your grandma's cat: Chuck and Snow And we'll all go to Yellowstone in an old Volvo Outer space has never been this close So near and dear to me But even the constellations They keep changing If I keep up my end of the deal Is it enough? Sometimes the desperation Gets a little bit hard to keep up And in the dancehalls tonight We're shaking 'em out, all the days of our lives That's what I saw in your eyes So keep shaking me all through that great night Just keep me shaking all through the night

about

“Out of Blue is a soft-hearted, introspective look at enveloping love that is uncontrollably honest and surreal.”
– No Depression, Journal of Roots Music

Debut full-length album by American singer-songwriter, Daniel Steinbock, recorded primarily in the Pacific Northwest, with features by fellow troubadours John Craigie, Ayla Nereo, and Rainbow Girls.

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released February 15, 2019

All songs written by Daniel Steinbock
Published by Pyramis Music · ASCAP

Produced by Daniel Steinbock
Mixed by Bart Budwig
Mastered by Adam Gonsalves · Telegraph Mastering
Photographs by Bradley Cox · Giant Eye Photography
℗© 2019 Daniel Steinbock. All rights reserved.

Recorded at The Old OK Theatre, Enterprise, Oregon: 2·4·5·7·10
Engineer: Bart Budwig, Asst. Engineer: Forrest VanTuyl

Additional Recording:
Prairie Sun Recording, Cotati, CA, Nate Nauseda: 2·6
Flying Whale Studio, Nevada City, CA, Bruce Wheelock: 3·4·6·9
White Whale Studio, Santa Rosa, CA, Stuart Markham: 10
The Jackson Climb, Seattle, WA, Nicholas Alexander: 1·4·5·7·10
Donovan the House, Bodega, CA, Nate Nauseda: 1·2·4·6·7·8·9·10

Track Credits:

1. Pine Needles
Simon Kornelis: electric guitar
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, acoustic guitar

2. Good News
Jesse Shantor: alto, tenor, baritone saxophones
Rainbow Girls (Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey):
backing vocals
Joseph Hein: Hammond organ
Forrest VanTuyl: electric guitar
Nevada Sowle: electric bass guitar
Cooper Trail: drum kit
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, piano
Horns arrangements by Jesse Shantor

3. 13 September
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, acoustic guitar

4. Out of Blue
Rainbow Girls (Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey):
backing vocals
Charles Wicklander: organ
Simon Kornelis: electric guitar
Joseph Hein: piano
Nevada Sowle: electric bass guitar
Cooper Trail: drum kit, shaker, tambourine
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, acoustic guitar

5. Too Close To You
John Craigie: harmonica
John Nuhn: double bass
Simon Kornelis: lead acoustic guitar
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, rhythm acoustic guitar,
classical guitar, piano

6. Road to the Desert
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano

7. Lying & Cheating
Simon Kornelis: electric guitar
Forrest VanTuyl: 12-string acoustic guitar
Joseph Hein: piano
Nevada Sowle: electric bass guitar
Cooper Trail: drum kit
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, acoustic guitar,
tambourine, shaker

8. Poet’s Price
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, acoustic guitar

9. The Shadow, The Wolves
Ayla Nereo: vocals
Jesse Shantor: alto & baritone saxophones, sousaphone
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, acoustic guitar, Mellotron,
electric bass guitar
Horn arrangements by Jesse Shantor & Daniel Steinbock

10. Into the Light
Rainbow Girls (Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey):
backing vocals, claps
Cooper Trail: piano, drum kit, shaker
Simon Kornelis: lead electric guitar
Matthew Mitchell: Hammond organ
John Nuhn: electric bass guitar on p.1
Erin Chapin: vocals on p.2
Nevada Sowle: electric bass guitar on p.3
Forrest VanTuyl: rhythm electric guitar on p.3
Daniel Steinbock: vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine,
claps, musique concrète

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