Trouble

by Sincerely, Iris

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03:52
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Driving along that coast, with a not so friendly ghost The leaves they scatter down, like kids swinging off a rope Your voice comes back again, a sound I wish I didn’t know I struggle and descend, but I’m trying to let it go I was underneath the ice, I was trying to see through The things you said I’d be and how none of them came true You were wrong I see an old Kentucky road, I see the hills drift into blue I see the man that I’ve become, was all in spite of you You were wrong On the brink of sleep and a dream, it all comes back again The needles out an I’m coming clean I thought you were my friend You were wrong
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04:01
The thorns they take aim... I was born, thinking that the world owed me something I had to get to get it back I had to take it back Mr. Dollar bill and your old cherry tree He said, “I wield the ax dad, the world belongs to me” The world belongs to me Chorus Ooh the night comes, the winds blow, seasons change Ooh the rose petals fall, but the thorns take aim I was born, a monkey on my back A list of demands of all the things I lack He said to take em back Chorus Solo Chorus Ooh the night comes, the winds blow, seasons change Ooh the rose petals fall, but the thorns and I were both born to take.
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04:37
I have lived a thousand years, but have I known love. Taken from the history books I tried to figure it, but I don't know. It's a shame we had to part, but we pulled ourselves apart long ago I have lived a thousand years, what do I know Floating on the riverboat I watch the town's pass as I move on Electric eye into the future and this I know the future seems to always come It's a game we try so hard, if we change the past it might leave us alone Floating on the riverboat a hundred years pass so slow Move me to the west, Colorado passed it up for gold Now I’m digging holes, six feet under mining for my soul. It’s a shame we try so hard, if you blame yourself you don’t have far to go. A mirror to my soul, I pointed blame until I struck gold. I have lived a thousand years, have I no one? Travelled every coast, looking for a ghost, found only one Yes you were in the pyramids, the riverbeds, the mountains I called home I have lived a thousand years, you’re all I know
5.
Cold wind blows through Chicago Got no place to go Cuts through you like the devil Feel him in your bones Chorus And you learn you’re on your own Tap your shoes flip a coin let it go No place like home The tired subway weaves and moans; A fighter on the ropes No excuses for your bruises it’s the life you chose Chorus And you learn you’re on your own Tap your shoes, flip a coin, now you know No place like home You set out running for a new place How long before you figure out No one around here likes a new face So tell me boy who’s laughing now Chorus And you learn you’re on your own Make a wish, shake the dice, let em go No place like home
6.
03:53
There you were leaning on the record machine. I could feel you in my bones. There you were staring right back at me like a secret I should know. The song that played in that old cafe was blues; dark and mean. I saw your eyes change from blue to green. There you were in the back of my mind you were just past 17. Guns in the car with a handful of jellybeans. Small town boy meets a small town girl with a hundred different dreams Small town boy takes that same sad girl and leaves. Cyanide; my valentine so violent and free Oh my sweet Bonnie There you were leaning on my window babe as we fled that dead end scene All we owned was a car full of gas and dreams I can feel you breathing as you fall asleep with your head up against my arm. I know what you’re feeling when you don’t say a word at all. Cyanide; my valentine, the only light I see Oh my sweet Bonnie Broken homes and broken bones a childhood unkind Rolling away from the pain that we left behind Candles burn in the hotel room where we stole all we could take Love we were sure would acquit us of all our mistakes Cyanide, suicide, nobody can compete. Oh my sweet Bonnie Lived a hundred lives in a very short time ‘for the police made the find Love we were sure it gon’ break all the rules of time Small town boy meets a small town girl with a hundred different dreams. Small town boy takes that same sad girl and leaves. You and I were dynamite, a tragedy complete. Oh my sweetheart, oh my sweetheart, goodnight sweet Bonnie

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Iconic stories of Mark Twain floating on a riverboat or Bonnie and Clyde running from law enforcement weave their way into the writings of Todd Murray’s newest EP, “Trouble.” Murray has always referred to his songs as road trip music, and his latest highly anticipated album is no exception - a sort of vintage Americana.

The last experimental blues album “License Plate Sessions,” which was recorded almost entirely with his homemade 4-string slide guitar, marked a new direction for Sincerely, Iris, but that style seems to have seeped into the music permanently on “Trouble.”

From the cold winds of Chicago and the risk of going out on your own to the vastness of the Rocky Mountains, this album takes a look at the bumpy road that is The American Dream.

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released February 19, 2016

All songs written by Todd Murray
1-3 mixed by Satellite Studios
4-6 mixed by Doug Krebs
Mastered by Doug Krebs
Piano on #1 by John Nipe
Vocals on #5 by Judith Avers
Moon by Cherry Pie Art Stamps
Copyright 2016 Todd Murray

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Sincerely, Iris Charlotte, North Carolina

Sincerely, Iris consists of singer/songwriter Todd Murray. He has a sound that can be summed up best as “road trip music.” It’s a style that’s always changing, and always moving along. Whether it be gypsy-esque or like Kerouac's beat up old truck, shaking down the road at midnight, it is at once comforting, and somewhat unknown. He draws upon influences from Jeff Buckley to Billie Holiday. ... more

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