Bootlegs and Bedrooms

by Mandalyn May

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Lyrics to Walkin' by Willie Nelson (as learned, folk style at a Strawberry campground, from Ray Vazira) : Verse 1: After carefully considering the whole situation, I stand here with my back against the wall. Walkin' is better than running away, and crawlin' ain't no good at all. Verse 2: If guilt is the question, then truth is the answer, I've been lying to me all along There ain't nothing worth saving here except one another so before you wake up I'll be gone Repeat verse 1 twice. =================== Lyrics to The Ramblin' Kind / Walkin' Medley Verse 1 (of Walkin'): After carefully considering the whole situation, I stand here with my back against the wall. Walkin' is better than running away, and crawlin' ain't no good at all. Chorus (Ramblin' Kind): Babe you know I'm just the ramblin' kind Though I've tried I cannot seem to change my soul I've been standing here so long, pretending I belong but my heart never left the open road Verse 2 (Walkin'): If guilt is the question, then truth is the answer, I've been lying to me all along There ain't nothing worth saving here except one another so before you wake up I'll be gone Chorus (Ramblin' Kind): Babe you know I'm just the ramblin' kind Though I've tried I cannot seem to change my soul I've been standing here so long, pretending I belong but my heart never left the open road Bridge (Ramblin' Kind) Sometimes I wish I had roots to cling to, I guess we all miss the things we lack But the only thing in my whole world that's never changed is my love for the wind against my back Alt. Chorus (Ramblin' Kind): Babe you know I'm just the ramblin' kind Though I've tried for you I cannot change my soul It pains me to leave you, I don't like to let you go but my heart never left the open road Tag ending
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Before I Stop Loving You: I've been waiting on the end of time for you to learn your wrong from right but you can't seem to find your higher ground 'n I don't know but I guess you've been told your touch is worth its weight in gold, you think you've the right to fool around Oh baby, you're driving me crazy I know what any sane woman would do But I'll stop loving the shit you've been shoveling a long time before I stop loving you Well I don't think I am weak of mind but you've convinced me time and time again that you intended to be true Now I know that you have said the same to other girls, I know their names I've seen the letters you signed 'I love you.' Oh baby, you're driving me crazy I know what any sane woman would do But I'll stop loving the shit you've been shoveling a long time before I stop loving you So I met with Jenni Jo and Linda Sue and Bobby Jean to decide your ever loving fate We agreed you'd never change your ways you dug yourself an early grave it's time to meet your final resting place (instrumental break over chorus) By the tracks there is an old cock shack has an outhouse in the back got you drunk and laid you on the floor one by one we told you pretty things made you cry and beg and sing and then we dropped you ten feet down the hole Oh baby, you done drove me crazy A sane woman would leave you and be through But I'll stop loving the shit that I'm shoveling a long time before I stop loving you. Yeah, I'll stop loving the shit that I'm shoveling a long time before I stop loving you.
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Good Lovin’ (And the Trees Reach Out) Mandalyn May 2012 I fell in love with the Sycamore tree, I fell in love with the Laurel I fell in love with a child the same as me, just an old soul in a living mortal and the trees, and the trees reach out their leaves, high into the sky above ‘em and the trees, and the trees reach out their leaves, to remind us ‘bout good loving I fell in love with the Ash and the Bay, I fell in love with the Rowan I fell in love for to be swept away to be guided and nourished by the knowing and the trees, and the trees reach out their leaves, high into the sky above ‘em and the trees, and the trees reach out their leaves, to remind us ‘bout good loving to remind us ‘bout good loving BREAK (OVER VERSE) As I stand quite still upon the earth I can feel it in my bones The love that pours right through the skin of the flow’rs, the trees, and the stones and the trees, and the trees reach out their leaves, high into the sky above ‘em and the trees, and the trees reach out their leaves, to remind us ‘bout good loving to remind us ‘bout good loving I fell in love with the nut and the berry. I fell in love with the acorn ‘Cause all good living things spring from a tiny seed reaching up and out to be born Reach your hands, reach your hands into the sky, reach your hands, reach your hands out Reach your hands, reach your hands into the sky, reach up, reach up, reach out Reach up, reach up, reach out.
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I was born on my mama's mountain, they used to call it hallowed ground and on that day a tree was planted papa said my roots were sound but by the time I took to running men they came with their machines piece of paper, said they owned her they'd do with her as they pleased. Told my papa we could stay here if he'd work digging their mines he and mama chose together we would not leave this land behind Where you gonna go, where you gonna go when you can't go home, when you can't go home? Where you gonna go, where you gonna go when you can't go home, when you can't go home? Brother Johnny, he died quickly, when the mountain crushed his bones, Pa and Peter, Uncle Thomas, coughed up lungs full up with coal Twenty years, I watched them dying twenty years I could not go. Till the tree that was born with me fell to the ground, bound for mexico Where you gonna go, where you gonna go when you can't go home, when you can't go home? Where you gonna go, where you gonna go when you can't go home, when you can't go home? I do not blame my mama's mountain I blame the money, pride and greed of those who claim what can not be owned and make both men and mountain bleed I have traveled round this country, I have traveled far and wide everywhere the same old story a few take the money, and damn the countryside Where we gonna go, where we gonna go when we can't go home, when we can't go home? Where we gonna go, where we gonna go when we can't go home, when we can't go home? Well I was born on my mama's mountain they used to call it hallowed ground there's a deep hole in the earth now but no mountain, no mountain can be found Where we gonna go, where we gonna go when we can't go home, when we can't go home? Where we gonna go, where we gonna go when we can't go home, when we can't go home?
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I was born just west of Paradise, on the outskirts on the edge. You can tell me that you've got it nice, but this is where I like it In California, everyone warns you don't grow up too hard or too fast, Here in the neighborhood, we like to savor good, Yeah we know how to make the good life last. We're gonna make it Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm gonna celebrate Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. and have a good time Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Come on and celebrate Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. And live a good life I'm not looking for the easy road, I know nothing good comes 'round for free. I'll work hard to build the world I love, 'cause it's where I want to be. Don't have much money, don't need it honey, don't you know that's not how this garden grows Life love and laughter, that's what I'm after, 'cause there's nothing better baby and you know it. You know it! Repeat Chorus I'm gonna dig down deep I'm gonna plant a seed Feed it gratitude, love, and joy, joy, joy until it fills the galaxy, (x3) well are you with me? Repeat Chorus :)
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Bruises Mandalyn May 2011 There are bruises on my heart, taking their sweet time to heal ‘cause I fall in love so hard, I fall fast enough to feel the muscle breaking apart the fire burning out of the spark within me There are bruises on my shins, cause I fell head over heels love for me comes like the wind, bowls me over and I cannot resist, though I’ve tried, I fail in this every time every time and I am learning to be still, to let good things come to me but oh it’s taking all my will... and in the end I’m just a bird chasing the bee with her song hoping for honey was I wrong, was I There are bruises on my heart, taking their sweet time to heal ‘cause I loved you from the start, but you don’t feel the way I feel don’t even see the way I feel or if you do... baby, it doesn’t matter to you.

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released January 1, 2015

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Mandalyn May Chico, California

From sweet & soulful to hopping & hollering, Mandalyn May (of Sons of Jefferson, Hop Holler & Hum) shines on ukulele, guitar, & mountain dulcimer. With a voice reminiscent of Appalachia and a fresh, percussive playing style, she relates stories of life, love, murder and history with gentle gusto. RIYL: lyrics, quirky humor, and open hearted love songs. ... more

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