Peaks and Valleys

by The Sapwoods

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released 10 June 2014

Peaks and Valleys was recorded November 2013-April 2014 at Jealous Dog Studios in Cedar Falls, IA.
Sound Engineer: Al Eacret.
Mixed by Al Eacret.
Mastered by Matt Holmes(Chicago, IL).
Produced by The Sapwoods with help of sound engineer Al Eacret.

Justin Swafford-Guitar, vocals, keys, percussion, harmonica
Miranda Peyton-Vocals, piano, keys
David Suchan-Guitar
Brian Speer-Bass, bkg vocals
Derrick Cook-Drums, percussion, bkg vocals

Shawn McVicker-Horns on “Are You Lightning?”

All songs written by Justin Swafford (BMI)

Artwork by Daniel Peterson
copyright © 2014 The Sapwoods

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The Sapwoods Iowa City, Iowa

The Sapwoods are a Midwestern Rock and Roll band hailing from Iowa City. The music they make has a strong focus on song- writing, energetic drumming, catchy melodies, jangly to nasty fuzzed out guitars, punchy organ and wiggly keys, classic pop inflections, vocal harmonies, and a wandering sway from one style to another all the while maintaining the sound that the band makes collectively. ... more

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Track Name: Relax, Be Real, Be Yourself
VERSE 1
There’s a song that we keep locked down
It emulates the soul of our basement crown
It’s pulsing through the floor
There’s a road wrapped inside my head
Colliding with the places my travels met
And I’m free to meet you there

CHORUS
And if it’s alright with you I’m going to share it with the world
On the lips and tongues of the lonely strangers I don’t even know
Meet the people where they’re at
Relax, be real, be yourself

VERSE 2
There’s a sound waiting to be found
Its nesting in the cosmos beneath the ground
I’ve seen it climbing up the stairs
There’s a time not too long from now
That gravity itself will not keep us down
Levitate our tattered roles

BUILD/BRIDGE
It doesn’t matter anyways if you’re going to do things your own way
It doesn’t matter what you say I’m going to do things my way
It doesn’t matter anyways I’m going to do things my way
It doesn’t matter what you say I’m going to do things my way
It doesn’t matter anyways I’m going to do things my own way
Track Name: Are You Lightning?
Looking out the pane of my window and all I can see
The blue bird floating on the breeze
College girls pile out of their dorm rooms young and so carefree
Living it up without me

Hey! I want to live it up
Don’t wait for me
Hey! I want to live it up(repeat)

Are you lightning? Do you strike and go?
You once were boiling now you’re icy cold
You were young and you didn’t know
That you were lightning you trickle fast and flow

Common ground yet between us
Summer nights fancy free
Sound of sneakers pass points A to B
Now you’re on your way to see me
We masquerade on quiet seas
Lightning edge as sharp as the letter Z

Oh ohh ohh ohhh ohh oh
Strike swiftly or you’ll never know
Track Name: Let Go
Feeling urgent you feel so upset
You’re anxious to your bones
It’s nothing new yet with so much to prove
You’ve got so much to learn
But it’s all or nothing in your mind
Feeling urgent do you need someone to hold you?
Oh you feel so depressed
Trapped with so much love inside and so much regret
Still it’s all or nothing in your mind

It’s always something like a knife inside your brain keeping you down
You’ve only yourself to blame
But I know that you’re no faker you’ll be happy
Once you learn to let it go!

Feeling urgent you feel so upset you’ve got to calm your nerves
You don’t feel free to let things be addicted to your phone
And it’s all or nothing in your mind
Feeling urgent your mind is so spent
Your will won’t ever be loaned
There’s no weight over compensate you come off insecure
Yet it’s all or nothing in your mind

Let let, let, let, oh let it go!
Track Name: Drifters
You were stepping to a stanky leg and shaking what your momma gave
You’ve got nothing to lose and no time to abuse
Now you bounce around from town to town
Run on fumes like Jackson Brown
You gain new friends who will choose to watch the bands cut it loose

Drifting in an endless sea unique with possibility
Where molecules sink into the ink
Drifting in an endless sea unique with possibility
The universe sings for you and me

You were hanging by a broken mask
Threads they tear your shaky craft
You’re armed to the teeth from disease but never get no release
Now you float and sing into the space
Where happy folks are saving face
You feel the disconnect coming but never do anything
Track Name: Back To You
Spoken: It’s been awhile, out on the road without you
A little time now
That I’ll be coming home to you

In this place I’ve got nothing to do so I walk around and think of you
It hurts a little but I hold my head up high
Because I know that I’ll soon be by your side

Till I come running, running, running, running, running back to you
Running back to you
Running back to you
Running back to you

In this place I get bored real easy seems no one knows where I’m at
I’m so glad that you try to understand just where I’ve been
All these dreams I work real hard lay pursuit of my life

Judge a book by its cover babe I’m a lost and lonely fool
If you knew how much that’s not true but for now I’ll play it cool
Cause I know that I’ll soon be next to you

How come I only dream of you when I’m far away?
Black and white dreams just won’t do like that old film that fades
I want to lie down next to you and face the day
Track Name: Serve You Right
Broken wires in my head
Frantic locomotion
Caught a smile while waiting for the bus
Life shifts in and out
Never stops to linger
We do our best while holding our breath
Thoughts they seem to drift
To the weight that can’t be lifted
C’est la vie the only comfort you won’t find

One day at a time
Letting go of what once was mine
And if you ever stop to think of me
I hope your memory serves you right

Falling out of bed
Growing bump on top my head
Dreaming of falling from the sky
I know at times it seems
Life clips you by the wings
But bitter never looked too good on you
Time is not so kind
When will it be on our side?
So be kind to the people in your life

Drifting fires in your bed
Expansive like the ocean
Fireflies are whizzing past the moon
Tall grass over there
Summers golden hair
Like the beauty found from within
Track Name: It's Alright, Close Your Eyes
Little boy close your eyes, you don’t have to fret
It will all work out when the morning star sets
Big brother why you worry? What you worry about?
Don’t you know there’s nothing that can tear us apart

It’s okay, it’s alright all you hear is the sighing of the tides
Leopard tongue speaks it’s alright
Its okay, it’s alright the grandiose is only a trembling ghost
Leopard tongue speaks it’s alright
Close your eyes

Boss man, head honcho lifts the weight of the world
He’s been sweating bullets waiting for his life to unfurl
Sweet little girl there’s no need, there’s no need to cry
Troubles will pass you as quickly as the night

Even when the storms are raging on
I know you cannot see the light but baby hold on
Just a little while longer now
It will all work out in the end
Track Name: Two Wounded Soldiers
Two wounded soldiers traveling across the plains
One was a blacksmith molding metal for weaponry
The other was an author writing novels for a girl he called Queen

CHORUS
They cracked down on the mouth breathers hiding the truth
They set out on a journey with destiny
Holding fast on each others company
They looked out for a town with a peaceful valley

They wore different colors but didn’t stop them from bonding
The blacksmith saved the author from being attacked by a pack of wolves
Two months of travel their restless hearts grew weary

The one told the other, “I wonder is this how it will always be?”
The other he said laughing, “You ain’t cashing in on me!”
Man is like wire they bend alone but together won’t break
The wounded soldiers caught up with the cavalry
Track Name: Perdition
Going out to the road past perdition
Take those pills that steal my ambition
Stay up late watch TV end transmission
My hearts a rock she pulls the stops and says it’s easy
The night is fair she had long blonde hair to her knees begging me

Please don’t waste no more time with thieves
Please don’t waste no more time with thieves

Lay around, sink into omission
Or go outside engage in front porch wishing
Celebrate you hold the piece of me they cannot reach
Please now
Foolishness you won’t allow

Please don’t waste no more time with thieves
Please don’t waste no more time with thieves

I wish that things could stay the same
But they change by the day
What a shame

Going out to the road past perdition
Take those pills that steal my ambition
Track Name: The Offer
I’m going to make myself an offer I know I can’t refuse
Going to lie down in the garden that’s bountyless and bruised
Inside I killed the lion, but I’m not sure if it was me
Threw my cares into the canyon
Skipped my free thoughts off the breeze

Tonight I’m already gone
I need somebody to take me home
Lay down these weary bones
I might feel better off alone
I need somebody to take me home
Lay down these weary bones

Gonna make myself an offer the California way
Pretend that there’s no fault line and slide into the sea
Inside I killed the lion and now I know that it was me
Threw my cares into the canyon
Watched my ego start to bleed
Track Name: Same Old Reeling
You want to solve the worlds’ problems
But you only make more
You want me straight as an arrow
Can’t take me as I am
You can’t say that you want me
Stomp my heart to the floor
You want to solve the worlds’ problems
But you only make more

Come on now elevate through the ceiling
See what you’ve done
Jacked up on the same old reeling
Got ‘em on the run

Now we’re indifferent
From what came before
Bleed away to the marrow
Tell them look here I am
That girl never loved me
She wants to settle the score
And it makes you indifferent
To what came before

Same old reeling
Got ‘em on, its got ‘em on the run
Track Name: Steady On the Breaks
Everyday you wake up shuffle towards the door
Heavy chains follow you down the hall
Now you want to see the world
See the world for what it is
Disillusions are getting you down(everyday)
Are you giving it up?
Can’t lift American dreams?
But you never understood why it was so far out of reach
It was just an illusion

Steady on the brakes don’t hurt yourself
You’ll break through the glass
Don’t you go on hurting no one
Your only gonna hurt yourself
Steady on the breaks don’t hurt yourself
You’ll break through the glass
Don’t you go on hurting no one
Don’t you blow out your candle too fast

Dizzy and out of reach
From all the folks who shaped your life
Memories of you lost in the by and by
How easily we’ve fallen off
The path to treat each other right
Not a shred of love and respect in sight (waive bye-bye)
Still some have given up
That universal dream
Shaking the peace from the tops of the trees (yeah)