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Live. In House

by Nick Andrew Staver

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There’s honest work on my side of the mountain The honest part is the hardest part and there ain’t no two ways about it I’ll sing until my lungs burst Even better with my own words I’d love to listen to my radio but I can’t stand the static I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I’m picking up a change in the weather I need my medicine I couldn’t find a place at your table so I made my own A faithful grind is painful grind and for most, better left alone They said to cut my teeth On the finest of the meat But come to learn the hard way it’s all just gristle and bone I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I’m picking up a change in the weather I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I need my medicine I’m picking up a change in the weather I need my medicine
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I’ve been waiting for the rain to stop I’ve been waiting out the rain I’ve been waiting for the storm to pass me by so I can cross the river I’ve been waiting for the river to dry So I can come back home Crawl across the bed and fall asleep in the arms of temperance So if you don’t mind Stop wasting my time Change your ways Give me peace I’ve been waiting for the tides to change So I can see the mud below my feet I count the waves crashing to the shore to remind me I still got a heartbeat So if you don’t mind Stop wasting my time Change your ways Give me peace So if you don’t mind Stop wasting my time Change your ways Give me peace I’m in need, I’m in need of a change Yes, I’m in need, I’m in need of a change I’m in need, yes, I’m in need of a change I wanna come back home I’ve been waiting for the river to dry So I can come back home Crawl across the bed and fall asleep in the arms of temperance
3.
Grandpa would rise every morning Get out to the fields by dawn Pioneers plow the earth and rain Rock-a-bye the seed and all the life it brings Rock-a-bye the life it bring Rock-a-bye Rock-a-bye Rock-a-bye the life it bring Daddy laid brick every summer Hammering nails in the heat Pioneers earn through skill and sweat With two jobs, overtime and an honest days beat Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands they work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed I've come to learn the tireless ways Of the pioneers and their song The hand that guides the hammer the plow and the pen Is the same pioneer of my own that I've become Of my own that I've become Of my own Of my own Of my own that I've become Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands they work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed Working hands do work now child Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed
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She sat across the table an ocean between Ignoring the sound pouring from my heart like a broke down symphony Her stare cut through the silence, her death black colored iris Her hair set wildfire to my misery A once broken wing shall regain the sky In a wild blue yonder burning above the pines I might be missing quite a few feathers but I’m freer now than I’ve ever been I hit the road running, there’s no turning back With a red lined screaming engine, in a p.o.s. Cadillac Just across the county line at the old covered bridge I stopped and dropped her memory like an anchor in the cold muddy depth A once broken wing shall regain the sky In a wild blue yonder burning above the pines I might be missing quite a few feathers but I’m freer now than I’ve ever been Into the world I go To lose my mind and find my soul Into the world I go Folks back home, wonder what became of me Heard they took out a missing person’s ad, an obituary I’m heading west, chasing the sun The road behind me like the ribbon of a cigarette, it’s here, then it’s gone A once broken wing shall regain the sky In a wild blue yonder burning above the pines I might be missing quite a few feathers A once broken wing shall regain the sky In a wild blue yonder burning above the pines I might be missing quite a few feathers but I’m freer now than I’ve ever been Into the world I go Into the world I go To lose my mind and find my soul Into the world I go
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Time to pull up anchor & get back home Time to pull up anchor & fix what’s broke Being down & out never looked good on me, it’d never stick, it’d never keep Time to pull up anchor & get back home The hardest part of being in the dark is just knowing how far away you really are Please don’t turn your light out Don’t turn your light out on me Don’t turn your light out on me just yet Don’t turn your light out on me Don’t turn your light out on me just yet Ain’t ever been easy to cross tabooed lines Ain’t ever been easy watching you, watching me try & try I’m righting a ship that’s run ashore Digging deeper, wanting better, wanting more Ain’t ever been easy to cross tabooed lines The hardest part of being in the dark is just knowing how far away you really are Please don’t turn your light out Don’t turn your light out on me Don’t turn your light out on me just yet Don’t turn your light out on me Don’t turn your light out on me just yet I’m paying up for the damage I’ve done Because what’s worth more to me is us Please don’t turn your light out Don’t turn your light out on me Don’t turn your light out on me just yet Don’t turn your light out on me Don’t turn your light out on me just yet Don’t turn your light out on me Don’t turn your light out on me just yet Don’t turn your light out on me
6.
I got an aching head, the whiskey shakes An empty bed that’s self made Bite marks tracking down my throbbing veins A man’s best friend who wants to do it all again I spent all night searching for the break of dawn Roaming the streets, walking the dog I got moans and groans from my head to my toes What happened last night Lordy nobody knows Don’t mind me I’m just the walking dead I got silly voices, they in my head I spent all night searching for the break of dawn Howling at the moon, walking the dog The sazerac whiskey's gone straight to my head, that's my poor head Last night started out feeling fine I woke up this morning to the second line I grab my guitar, my coat and hat Trying to find out where the hell I’m at I hitch me a ride as far as I can To the next spot and do it over again I spent all night searching for the break of dawn Howling at the moon, walking the dog I’m going to take the dog for a walk babe Bartender can I have a more sazerac please I don’t want to go home just yet Lordy don’t make me go
7.
I spoke to my preacher this morning What on earth is a boy to do? I say my house don't feel like home and the foundation's falling through I spoke to my preacher this morning, asked what on earth is a boy to do? He said "Son you were only brought into the world to shine a small light into a dark room" Talked to my mother last night Tell me mama what you think of me? Ain't got a dime to my name, just mistakes and apologies I spoke to my mother last night, tell me mama what you think of me? "Son you are old enough to be a man now, better trust in God, live and let it be" I wrote a letter to my lover Ain't the grass greener on the other side? It's been raining here for days baby but my fields be dust and dry I wrote a letter to my lover, ain't the grass greener on the other side? PS I still love you baby, yea, my black clouds are turning into blue skies That means you can come on home whenever you want to Come on now I prayed to my God last night To wake me up from my sleep I might not deserve it Lord but my soul ain't ready for you to keep I prayed to my God last night, please wake me up from my sleep I ain't saying how to handle business but I got a couple things to do before me and you meet I ain't saying how to handle business but I got a couple things to do before me and you meet I ain't saying how to handle business no, I got a couple things to do before me and you meet
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I never knew winter could be so cruel Long before the frost, I was lost, now I'm just your thawed out April fool I never thought I'd ever see the day when winter could be so unkind I drank from your cup of bitterness I must confess, I ain't the least bit surprised I tried loving you time and time again Time and time again I'd end up back where I began With a simple notion, I must be going right out of my mind You never loved me, but you never leave You can call me a madman Tell me I'm downright deranged You can call me crazy But around here the seasons never change It's winter everyday ​I tried loving you time and time again Time and time again I'd end up back where I began With a simple notion, I must be going right out of my mind You never loved me, but you never leave You never loved me, but you never leave You never loved me, but you never leave You never loved me, but you never leave ​Love me or leave

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released October 8, 2021

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Nick Andrew Staver Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Nick Andrew Staver continues to emerge in the American Roots & Blues scene as a captivating songwriter and storyteller.

Now behind the release of a new live album, "Live. In House" (Oct 2021) and a handful of singles including an updated version of the fan favorite "Working Hands" (Aug 2021), Nick is returning to the listening rooms that are the framework of the American music experience.
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