Whistle and Hum

by Anna van Riel

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1.
03:53
Vs1 Engine blown in a billow of smoke As we rolled on into town The Ffg was like a thick pea soup Hore frost gripped the ground Big old moon was on the rise Night was deadly still… But was broken by a sudden cry Of a night bird on the hill Ch Break down, down, down In another lonely town It’s true I stole my baby’s car Bad luck for me (I didn’t get too far) Break down, down, down I always have bad luck This time I’m stuck in Shingle Creek In a broke down pick-up truck Vs2 While I was being faithful Your picture in my pocket Turns out you were putting your fuse in someone else’s socket I’ve been with you for way too long I thought our love was good But the only thing that was hot about you Was the smoke pouring out the hood Ch Break down, down, down In another lonely town It’s true I stole my baby’s car Bad luck for me (I didn’t get too far) Break down, down, down I always have bad luck This time I’m stuck in Shingle Creek In a broke down pick-up truck This time I’m stuck in Shingle Creek In a broke down pick-up truck
2.
Vs1 Oh step back into line No you are not encouraged to use your mind We’ll do the walking and we’ll do the talkin for you girl They were lying when they told you that this is a free world Ch But when you fall we’ll help you back on your feet You’ll be fooled to think that there’s no deceit And when you’re ready to go your own way We’ll keep a line on you so you don’t stray Now tell me who owns you Vs2 Oh drive on into town Your circumstance has changed and we need to log it down Oh things are lookin’ up and you’ve found something new Just don’t go gorgettin’ that we’ve got our eye on you Ch But when you fall we’ll help you back on your feet You’ll be fooled until you see a receipt And when you’re ready to go your own way We’ll keep a line on you so you don’t stray Now tell me who owns you Why do you tell me who owns you Vs3 Oh someday you will see You can try all you like……but you will never, never own me
3.
03:42
Vs1 Don’t try telling me that this here thing ain’t true Don’t try shuttin’ me down cause honey I’m tellin’ you That everytime I feed this child I swear I forget your name Oh you may be my husband but darlin’ I got baby brain Vs 2 I went a pickin’ apples but found I’sa pickin pears Then I used my toothbrush to wash behind my ears I milked the bull instead of the cow with very little gain I tell ya it’s a real condition. This mama’s got a baby brain Ch I went to see my Dr, he said what ails you so I wish that I could tell ya Doc but hell I just don’t know So I tried to tell my story, I went onto explain but then Forgot what I was there for her said “Hmm, girl. You got a baby brain”. Vs3 Although I’m slightly crazy and some days are pretty rough There is one advantage to baby brain and being up the duff I got pulled up by a policeman for speeding in a slow lane. I said, “Officer I’m sorry, but this Mama’s got a baby brain” (and he said Maam that’s a real condition) Ch (and it’s a real condition)
4.
Colorado is just around the corner And everyone will open up their homes I worry I wont have enough to offer And I worry I can’t do this thing alone Vs2 But everything inside me keeps on pushin’ And all my bones are telling me it’s right What if I forgot to count my blessings? What if I were without you tonight Ch What if I didn’t have you? Vs3 In Portland, Oregon my friends are waiting With arms wide open. Surely it’s a sign And you say baby grab what’s for the taking I’m right here with you things’ll work out fine Ch What if I didn’t have you If I didn’t have you Br And you’ll find me out at the washline You will find me hangin’ out your jeans And I find it helps just to pass the time And ponder what this whole life really means to me Ch If I didn’t have you What if I didn’t have you Vs4 Well I hear New York city never sleeps now Yet opposite for Bethel town, Vermont We’ve been on this road so long, and it just keeps rolling on Yet right beside me is all I’ll ever want Ch What if I didn’t have you If I didn’t have you Voice over Vancouver, Oregon, Colorado, Just begun, Old Vermont and down to New York City
5.
Vs1 As I sit here, by my window Mournfully watching the evening sun go down A big fat lonely tear rolls down my lonely cheek and I wonder pretty baby when are you gonna come around? Ch So tell me, tell me pretty baby that you love me Oh can’t you, can’t you pretty baby can’t you That this poor old lonely heart keeps beating for you Yet I know your heart will never beat for me Vs2 Oh back in Cincinnati we danced a little ditty under the waning moon I feel for you completely when you told me sweetly, “Hot lips I’ll see ya soon” But now my heart is breaking while I sit here waiting for the telephone to ring Oh this love game is such a lonely thing Ch So tell me, tell me pretty baby that you love me Oh can’t you, can’t you pretty baby can’t you That this poor old lonely heart keeps beating for you Yet I know your heart will never beat for me Vs3 My party dress hangs on the door, there’s love notes scattered on the floor I’ve never felt such…heat-ache-be-fore Ohhh….this love game is such a lonely thing I said this love game is such a lonely thing Oh yes this love game is such a lonely thing
6.
03:54
Vs 1 Turns out….I am not in love with you Yeah it turns out… I was in love with the idea of I got wrapped up, caught out in my cotton wool confusion It panned out to be some destitute allusion Yeah it turns out Ch And I…..Felt like I’d been stomped But it turns out…I was simply swamped in some Crazy ass idea of you Vs 2 For years I’d been crying over A pool of milk I spilt I thought that it was love Turns out it was just guilt So now I’m saying sorry For what more can I do But it feels really good to know I am not in love with you Ch And I…..Felt like I’d been stomped But it turns out…I was simply swamped in some Crazy ass idea And I…..Felt like I’d been stomped But it turns out…I was simply swamped in some Crazy ass idea of you Turns out….I am not in love with you
7.
Ch Oh Rock me baby, rock me darlin Wont you rock me too and Fro Well he was so strong Daddy Too Strong Daddy for me VS1 Well just the other night thought the feeling was right That he would rock me too and fro But he was so strong Daddy, too Strong Daddy for me But he was so damned strong when he spun me around I landed high in a tree Oh he was that strong Daddy Too strong daddy for me Ch So Rock me baby, rock me darlin Wont you rock me too and Fro Well he was so strong Daddy Too Strong Daddy for me Br They were playing guitar in a smoky old bar In a good ol’southern way It was a night on the town, when he swung me around he said That kid really knows how to play VS2 Well he said come a little closer a little bit closer Wanna feel your breath on my lips The music slows down They’re closing the town for the night He says one last twirl for a beautiful girl And I will rock you too and fro But he was…(wait for count in, back to tempo) …so strong daddy Too strong daddy for me Ch x 2 So Rock me baby, rock me darlin Wont you rock me too and Fro Well he was so strong Daddy Too Strong Daddy for me
8.
Ch Oh that Chicken. Oh that chickens got lust She always seems to find a way to make a chicken bust She is not your usual chicken, ain’t no guinea or foul And somehow she keeps getting’ out but good Lord I don’t know how. VS1 Well hey Henny Penny gonna lock you up tight You ain’t gonna run tonight Gonna keep you safe when a big fox come Henny Penny don’t you run I feed you good cord and I feed you good grain Your roost is warm and safe from the rain A place for you when day turns to night Henny Penny don’t take flight CH VS2 This Farming life comes new to me I been so long in the big city But I longed for the rivers and longed for the plains A piece of dirt I could maintain Now I harvest corn with sheaths like silk From this cow I get my milk And eggs for breakfast if I could But this little chicken wont stay put CH Bridge Sometime on the porch at night when I close the shutters I look out and I swear I see that chicken with bolt cutters I shake my head and say dear Lord, “I think I’m gone insane” But the next day when I look for her that chickens gone again CH Oh that Chicken. Oh that chickens got PLUCK! She always seems to find a way to make a chicken bust She is not your usual chicken, she’s got a spirit that’s free And if I stop and think about it That chicken is a lot like me.
9.
Vs1 I lay down my boots. Stretch my legs out by the fire Staring up t the moon it’s been a long day Why don’t you lay down and rest with me for a while And the whiskey warms my throat as it welcomes in the night And the smell of you is carried on a cool breeze But the sun backed earth will keep us warm tonight Ch And I…..I feel like my back is breaking And yeah…. When the long hard day is through No I, I, I…I don’t want what’s for the takin No I only wanna share my fire with you Instrumental Vs2 And when my fire is fading and the moon sinks behind the hill No I, I don’t want what’s for the taking I just want your lovin, baby say you will And then the new day wakes me and reveals that you have gone Warm embers are all that’s left behind And I know it’s time that I moved on Yeah I know it’s time that I moved on CH x2
10.
Vs1 The moon is shining ever so brightly There’s a tune floating on the breeze I’m gonna take this pony and ride Into the moonlit skies And sing myself a cowgirl melody Vs2 My fire is burning as bright as the night is long I rest, only when I know I can’t go on But when the darkness meets sunrise I will take my pony and ride And sing myself a cowgirl melody Ch Cowgirl, cowgirl, No I never get lonely Oh, Cowgirl, cowgirl, this true only because I can whistle and hum As I ride into the sun And sing myself a cowgirl melody Vs3 There’s nothing in this ol’ life that I would change As I ride my pony over the highest plain All day I ride and I roam Then I drive these cattle home And sing myself a cowgirl melody Ch Cowgirl, cowgirl, No I never get lonely Oh, Cowgirl, cowgirl, this true only (because) I can whistle and hum As I ride into the sun And sing myself a cowgirl melody

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Whistle and Hum is a collection of folk infused, alt-country tracks loaded with harmonies, storytelling and bluegrass infusion.

Created through contra-trade with prodcuer and sound engineer Danny Fairley (aka Civilian Sol) for lots of homemade bread and veges, the album will be toured through sustainable and earth homes in Canada and the United States in July and August of 2013 before returning to New Zealand for a homecoming launch.

Created in the small mountain town of Lake Wanaka in the deep South of NZ, the album has been hailed the first ever to be engineered, performed, produced, mastered and packaged all locally.

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released June 12, 2013

Danny Fairley (aka Civilian Sol) -Producer/sound engineer +banjo, lead guitar, mandolin, percussion.
Damon Schwalger (aka The Nomad)- Mastering
Dominique Stayne- Double Bass/fretted bass
Helen Carter- Clarinet/keys
Liv McBride- backing vocals
Lisa Johnson- Accordion
Enger Pelosi Fear- violin
Jeff Sinnott- Drums

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New Zealand's Award winning and independent singer/songwriter Anna van Riel has played at the world highests music festival in the Himilayas, performed the NZ national anthem for 50,000 punters at the Four Nations Grand Final and sung her original works for Prince Albert of Monaco. Anna's favourite and most recent success is winning album of the year in her home town. ... more

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