Live at Music Star

by Stephen Simmons & Molly Jewell

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Stephen Simmons and Molly Jewell
Live at Music Star
October 13 , 2012 / Norderstedt, DE

1 YOU (4:08)
2 IT'S NOT THAT BAD (3:49)
3 SPARK (3:18)
4 JUST WHAT I GOT (3:43)
5 LIMAVADY BLUES (6:44)
6 SHINE (5:03)
7 POOR HAPPY PEOPLE (3:45)
8 NEW SCRATCHES (4:10)
9 I'LL BE YOUR JOHNNY CASH (4:40)
10 ALL THE TIME I'VE GOT (4:27)
11 BY MY SIDE (5:21)
12 THE CIRCUS (7:01)
13 BARS ON WOODLAND (4:10)
14 SPINNER OF TALES (4:18)


Locke Creek Records
Tracks 1, 2, 7 Written by Molly Jewell / Lucy Byrd Songs / SESAC
Tracks 3-6, 8-14 Written by Stephen Simmons / Shiny Geode Music / SESAC

www.StephenSimmonsMusic.com
www.MollyJewell.com

P & C 2015 Stephen Simmons and Molly Jewell / Locke Creek Records

Recorded by Wolfgang Sedlatschek
Mixed by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios in Nashville, TN
Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master Studios in Nashville, TN
Designed by Susan Bauer Lee
Photo by Ulf Woitakowski

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released November 27, 2015

Stephen Simmons: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica
Molly Jewell: Vocals, Piano

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Stephen Simmons was raised in the small town of Woodbury, Tennessee. As a songwriter and Ten years as a Road Dog, Stephen’s vision has grown to entail more than just reflections of rural America. Stephen’s records (which were compared to everyone from Johnny Cash to Ryan Adams) combine virtuosic songcraft and musicianship with unparalleled artistic honesty. ... more

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Track Name: You
You
By: Molly Jewell

Stay with me, my love, won’t you please?
You are all that can put me at ease. Hold me close, nearer than near, and I’ll put my cheek to your ear.
Once I hear the sound of your voice the whole world is just other noise, so take my heart and soul in your hands, ‘cause all I want is you. You…

Steal my breath from morning to night, and over and over again.
Lay me down to sleep. Come with me while I dream of you.
Once I hear the sound of your voice the whole world is just other noise, so take my heart and soul in your hands, ‘cause all I want is you. Oh, you…

Promise me you’re forever mine ‘cause I was made for you.
You lift me up, love me so, and wash away all the blue. Oh blue…
Once I hear the sound of your voice the whole world is just other noise, so take my heart and soul in your hands, ‘cause all I want is you. You…
Track Name: It's Not That Bad
It’s Not That Bad
By: Molly Jewell

You would think you’d have a drink and just get over it, but truth be told, as you get old, you just fall more underneath.
And, chances are, you’d be a star still hoping for fame and fortune even though you rake it in and we’re all kissing your feet.

You need to take my advice and just start living your life because you really don’t have time to complain.
‘Cause it’s not, it’s not that bad and you shouldn’t be so sad. So take a shot at not being critical, step outside and give the world a break ‘cause it’s not, it’s not that bad anyway.

I’ve bailed you out, I’ve picked you up, but you still carry on. You roll around, you bottle up, but baby, nothing is wrong.
You need to take my advice and just start living your life because you really don’t have time to complain.
‘Cause it’s not, it’s not that bad and you shouldn’t be so sad. So take a shot at not being critical, step outside and give the world a break ‘cause it’s not, it’s not that bad anyway.
Track Name: Spark
SPARK
 
 
On a 747 with Halifax beneath
Spilling into the Atlantic Sea
Heading into Dublin, thinking bout a girl and wondering
Yeah wondering what she means to me
 
I’ve been on a bus, in a van, on a plane
Till the view all looks the same
I’ve been the stranger in town, the one they talk about
And seen the marquee with my name
 
Chorus:
I’ve been looking for a spark
I’ve been looking for passion
I've been looking for truth
I’ve been looking for a selfless love
I’ve been looking for me
Maybe I’m looking for you
 
It’s the way that the evening sky touches sea
Yet so much lies in between
It’s the way she calls my name, it’s the sound of midnight rain
When she’s sleeping next to me
 
I’ve sacrificed love seen it die in vein
Felt my heart give way to pride and shame
But I won’t sacrifice the truth, not even for my muse
Let alone for minor fame
 
Chorus
 
Maybe a song can heal a soul
Like prayers don’t know where they come from or they go
Lilting lullabyes under the cover of night
Long ago I heard someone say
Seek yourself and you’ll be on your way
But sometimes that’s just like trying to making lightning strike 

Words and music by Stephen Simmons
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Shiny Geode Music, SESAC
 
Track Name: Just What I Got
JUST WHAT I GOT

I gotta van been across this land
Been all across this country
Gotta girl who rocks my world
But she no longer loves me
 
I get a buzz sometimes just cuz
I drink too much bourbon 'fore bed
Cause I'm scared a creepy nightmares
Rather be hungover instead
 
Chorus:
And I don’t know when I’m gonna figure it out
Just what I got in this world for sure
And I guess nobody is without doubt
But just for once I want something pure
 
I get a goose runnin wild and loose
Runnin all over my grave at the thought
Her looking so cold as she turned to go
And me with my stomach in knots
 
I gotta scar proves the ground is hard
On the side of my head
I gotta scar proves the beat of my heart
Runnin across my chest
 
Chorus
 
They say all you got in this world is what you came with
And it’s all you gonna take a when you go
So what about all a these things that I got now
I’ll shed ‘em if it’s true what we’re told
Or are they gonna stick to my soul?
 
Chorus
 
I gotta van been across this land
Been all across this country
Gotta girl who rocks my world
But she no longer loves me
 






words and music by Stephen Simmons
Shiny Geode Music / SESAC
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Track Name: Limavady Blues
LIMAVADY BLUES


In a Limavady Hotel
Banging my head against the wall
And no one but these same ole blues
That I got left to call

I woke up this morning
In the wrong hotel room
Don't know what I did to lose you must've been
Something I've yet to do

Chorus:
And I said “Oh you're gonna be the one that breaks me”
And she said “No, I'll only love you long as you're wild and free”
And she said “Oh, you could be the one that saves me”
And I said “No, I can't save you from what you want to be”

I feel asleep in Dublin woke up in Frankfurt
Dreamed of you and home
I found the Little House of the Devil
Hoping to ease my troubled soul

But I never found any answers
Just questions more and more
As my own words returned to haunt me to prove that I'm
No better than I was before

Chorus

Put the wheels in the wind
Towards you and the coast
But California's shaking like a lost child
Each time that I turn to go

No matter how fast I'm traveling
Or how far I roam
When I wash my face in the morning the same ole blues
Are the first to say “hello”

Chorus



words and music by Stephen Simmons
Shiny Geode Music / SESAC
all rights reserved / copyright secured
Track Name: Shine
SHINE
 
 
I was just a stone in the bottom of the river that caught your eye
The way the light cast on me
But I don’t really glow it’s just the ripples and the waves of the water
And the way the light shone on me
 
Chorus:
So why should I be surprised
That my shine had caught your eye
But I knew that you would put me down in time
When I no longer shined
 
I was just a round old geode that someone cracked open
In some Grandma’s flower garden
And my jagged angles glowed in the sunlight among the tulips
Just fools gold for children
 
Chorus
 
Oh it seems to take a lifetime to achieve perfection
In your maker’s eyes
But it only takes an instant to lose the attention
Or the sparkle in a young beholder’s eyes
When you no longer shine
 
I was just a singer in a bar with a beat up guitar
And a sack full of songs at my show
And I caught your eye and I suppose you had a fancy
For things under lights that seemed to glow
 
Chorus
 




Words and music by Stephen Simmons
Shiny Geode Music / SESAC
©copyright secured all rights reserved
Track Name: Poor Happy People
Poor Happy People
By: Molly Jewell

You look like someone I could love.
You look like someone who could hurt me, too.
Looks like a reason for a shot.
There’s nobody who could stop me here, nobody who…

You look like someone I could get used to.
You look like someone who could use me, too.
Looks like we’re up against the odds.
There’s nobody who could stop me here, nobody who…

Whoever said we should know better has probably never had the faith to look for something more.
We’ll fall in love with how we’re doing it all wrong while they just get along, those poor happy people.

There’s a light in your eyes, but I know it’s not love if it don’t make me cry.
Here’s your chance to seal the deal.
Oooo make it real, ooo…

Whoever said we should know better has probably never had the faith to look for something more.
We’ll fall in love with how we’re doing it all wrong while they just get along, those poor happy people.

And it’ll hurt so bad when it’s over, but hurt’s better than going nowhere.
So, whoever said we should know better has probably never had the faith to look for something more.
We’ll fall in love with how we’re doing it all wrong while they just get along…
While we get high from being side by side, wasting time staying up all night.
I’m saying “oh what a world it is being your girl…” while they just get along.
They keep getting along.
Those poor, happy people.
Track Name: New Scratches
NEW SCRATCHES


I know you never thought I’d really hang around
I know you never thought I’d actually tough things out
I know there’s something out there for everyman
Something, somewhere if you could just give it half a chance

Chorus:
But things change so much
When you’re living at breakneck speed
And I’ve changed so much
But I don’t wanna lose track of me

I know I ain’t exactly full of romance
But I might surprise you honey if you give me half a chance
I don’t know why you try to test me so much
I guess you wanna prove you don’t really believe in love

Chorus

You get me going one way then you turn and head back
Get mad if I fall behind, mad if I stay on your tracks
Good times slip through cracks out on a one-way street
And brand new scratches sting a bare heart that’s just trying to beat

Chorus

Tonight my heart has got
Brand new scratches baby
And you must think
New scratches look good on me
Track Name: I'll Be Your Johnny Cash
I’LL BE YOUR JOHNNY CASH


I was minding my own business
A Southern boy in a Midwest town
I played my show and I took my pay
But for some reason hung around

The reason had long, long legs
Under a skirt that went so high
That reason had long blonde hair
And big, big brown eyes

Chorus:
I’ll be your Johnny Cash If you’ll be my Audrey Hepburn
And I’d walk that line for you just to see where those hips curve
I’ll kiss you in the rain baby where the Moon River turns
Step into this ring of fire feel it baby burn, burn, burn

I stepped into a vortex
A black hole of space and time
I looked up and it’d been five days
Since I’d seen that heart of mine

She asked if I believed in love
The June and Johnny kind
She asked me if I always wore black
Said it suits me fine

Chorus

I’ve played Paris
Amsterdam with girls on bikes
Brussels leaves me breathless
Nearly every time

London, Dublin, New York, L.A.
Where the women have such style
But somewhere in the Midwest’s
Where I lost that heart of mine

Chorus


Words and music by Stephen Simmons
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Shiny Geode Music, SESAC
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Track Name: All The Time I've Got
ALL THE TIME I’VE GOT


Filling station signs
Light up the cold dead night
With their number driven art advertising prices
I’m out here all alone once more
In this truck that won’t stay warm
And humility reveals itself priceless

Chorus:
It’s just about all the time I’ve got
To figure out all the things I’m not
And it’s just about all the time I’ll need
Sometimes all we are is just who we’ll be

My baby’s safe at home
And man she don’t know why I roam
And for someone I love so much I shouldn’t have to try so
But these lights in my dark sky
Are man-made bulbs and hard copper wire
And not the heavenly moon and the stars a glowing

Chorus

But they’re just so many roads
Where a man can feel at home
All the while alone and driving
And something you said to me last night
I just can’t get out of my mind
That this time you’re through trying

Funny how some thoughts in your mind
Only slip out when you’re driving
And seem to disappear at other times
Like that outfit that you wore baby
For my birthday so crazy
Wasn’t worth the price, but the memory’s timeless

Chorus
Track Name: By My Side
BY MY SIDE
 
Well first light I’m headed out
Won’t be back for sometime
So few pleasures were allowed
Precious moments like tonight
 
I’d love to ask of you
To be here when I return
And I’ll look forward if you do
But if you don’t I won’t feel spurned
 
Chorus:
Cause there’s too many times
I’ve failed though I’ve tried
And too many nights
Without you by my side
Now I’m still too young
To give up on love so pure
But I’m much too old
To believe that anything is sure
So babe tonight
Can I have you by my side?
 
They say the Lord took from Adam
A rib from his side
Created a companion
And a place to symbolize
 
And I’ve had many a companion
Who walked ahead and who walked behind
And it feels so right to have one
Finally have one by my side
 
Chorus
 
In earlier years
When time was on my side
Squandered love in fear
Confused with lust, consumed with pride
 
I sense those days are near an end
From the whispers my soul hears
Humbled by years I can’t rescind
And how seldom love appears
 
Chorus
 
Yeah babe tonight can I have you by my side
 
 
Words and music by Stephen Simmons
©copyright secured all rights reserved
Shiny Geode Music, SESAC
Track Name: The Circus
THE CIRCUS
 
It’s so hard to keep it all together
So hard to get everything just right
Just when I think I got it all in order
Man that’s when lightning usually strikes
So I been trying to keep my ship tight
Make sure everything’s where it goes
Sure all my pictures are just hung right
Starched and pressed my good clothes
 
Chorus:
Baby take me down to the Circus
Sometime when it’s in town
Show me all around
The Big Show
On the fast rides
How you laugh and smile
How it feels when you let go
 
I been readin' in the papers
I been listening to the radio
They say you better get your house in order
Least you be left here alone
So I straighten up my posture
And polish up these old dusty bones
And my suit’s tailor made to order
To greet the king of this Big Show
 
Chorus
 
I saw a man lying on the roadside
Somebody had covered his face with a towel
The police or the ambulance hadn’t even gotten there
Guess it’d all just gone down
And as I drove on I couldn’t help but think about it
Couldn’t seem to get past what I’d just seen
Did I just happen to drive by as his soul leaked out?
Or did God come for him and just want me to see?
 
Chorus
 
 
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Simmons
Shiny Geode Music / SESAC
©copyright secured all rights reserved
Track Name: Bars On Woodland
BARS ON WOODLAND
 
 
All the bars closed down early on Woodland tonight
And it’s warm for the winter and a foggy night
And it softens the glow from the streetlights on the edge of my road
And Fourteenth and Ordway’s a Hell of a right
When you don’t wanna go home but there’s nowhere to drive
But I could come out all right with a girl I know just two streets over
 
And downtown is calling it’s vibrant and bright
And tourists don’t come to shut it down while there’s still night
But we all know their money and their time isn’t here forever
But all things by the park they are eerily quiet
No dogs they are barking long as no one’s in sight
Could take the edge of this night in a house I know just four streets over
 
It’s come here so quickly thirty years old
A life full of something just nothing to show
And I hear my neighbor’s radio and it’s playing all the songs that I know
And every now and again there are cars that drive by
And they’re looking for that feeling they lack in their lives
And I wonder if they’re going two streets or four streets over
 
Makes me so crazy
I feel insane
Makes me so crazy
I feel insane
Sometimes
Sometimes
 
 
 
 
 
 
Words and music by
Stephen Simmons
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Track Name: Spinner of Tales
SPINNER OF TALES
 

Oh I’m a spinner of tales
And a drinker of wine
A chaser of tales
And a possessor of vice
 
But I got this guitar
And I got me some wheels
So I’ll say what I think in my heart
And I'll go where I feel
 
Chorus:
But I think that I love you
And I like feeling this way
And I know you don’t believe in my stories
So I’ll shut up right now whatever gets you to stay
 
Oh I’m a spiller of drinks
A maker of noise
And a winker of winks
For a second of joy
 
Oh I’m a drinker of beer
A writer of words
But ain’t no shedder of tears
No matter what you heard
 
Chorus
 
Oh I’m a strummer of chords
And a smile when you’re sad
Elusive as Hell for sure
But I like it like that
 
Oh I’m no real poet
Just a singer of songs
But Hell we all make it up don’t you know it
As we go along
 
Chorus
 
 
 
Words and music by Stephen Simmons
Shiny Geode Music / SESAC
©Copyright secured all rights reserved