Believe

by Jerry Oliver

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For several years fans have been asking Jerry if he has an album of original songs recorded the way they usually hear him live, which is solo; one guitar, one voice and maybe some harmonica here and there. This is that album and there is another one already done and ready to follow up.
The fifteen songs spanning the two releases were recorded in three sessions with Jerry's long time friend and collaborator Pepe as engineer and producer. The first session took place at Jerry's Birdwatcher Studio in Nashville over a weekend in spring 2014. The bulk of the material was recorded over four days in October 2014 at Pepe's Back Of The Head Studio in Arkansas. We fixed a couple things and re-recorded a couple songs in January 2015 at Back Of The Head and then Pepe got to mixing.
We hope this collection of songs written over the last four years takes you on a journey of sound and story beginning with the album Believe. These songs center on relationships and our relationships with the world around us and how it all affects what we believe or don't believe.

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released August 4, 2015

Jerry Oliver - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, vocal

Pepe - producer, engineer, mixer, alchemy

Recorded at Birdwatcher Studio, Nashville, TN and mostly at Back Of The Head Studios somewhere down in a holler in Arkansas.

All songs written by Jerry Oliver
(c)2015, Peculiar Music, ASCAP

Cover Photo by Leilani Freund

Layout and art direction: Sheila Oliver

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Jerry Oliver Nashville, Tennessee

Jerry Oliver has been writing, recording and performing his original music with various bands and as a solo artist since 1996. With it being five years since Jerry last released an official recording he is ripe with two new solo albums of new songs featuring just Jerry and his guitar, voice and harmonica. The first album, Believe, comes out August 4.
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Track Name: Lookin'
Lookin'


Lookin’ down on these streets of Nashville

Here I am after all of this time

where days fall faster the more you climb hills

I’m not craving the wild nights and wine



Lookin’ down the road toward Memphis

Just trying to make sense of today

Where time stands still and you just exist

I’m not praying for some other way



Lookin’ up in the sky dreaming of Paris

Somewhere I’d take you tonight
but all flight have been cancelled so lets just kiss

I’ll take you in my arms and hold you so tight



Lookinʻ in your eyes I see rivers
winding through forests of blue
Together in a house mirrors
Yes...together weʼll make it through




(c)2011, Jerry Oliver, Peculiar Music, ASCAP
Track Name: Geography Of The Soul
Geography Of The Soul


You say I’ve got a fine place

Somewhere to lay my head at night

and try to hide my face

I say I don’t have nowhere to go

and you just don’t know

the geography of the soul




You say you can’t find your way

through the valley of your fear

You’ll find a map to read one day

when the night turns black as coal

and you’re lost in the forest of

the geography of the soul




Trapped inside of four walls

Inside this box I dream of you

All my love and ache falls
I choke and watch my words roll

down the mountain and through 

the geography of the soul



We tried to swim the ocean

tried to tame the sea

We tried to scale the mountainside 

tried to climb the peak
We tried to survive the desert night

tried to take the heat




It seems like we’ve lost our way

he road has changed you know

This is a foreign land now

Hazards of time take their toll

I can’t recall when we both knew

the geography of the soul




(c)2012, Jerry Oliver, ASCAP
Track Name: It's The End Of The World
It's The End Of The World


Well the sky is falling and my thoughts are grey

The Mayans can’t get that calendar right can they?

My mind is dark and the clouds are low

I’ve picked up a lot along the way

yet there’s so much left to know



It’s the end of the world baby

You know it’s the end of the line

It’s the end of the world baby

when we run out of time

It’s the end of the world baby

when you’re no longer mine

But the worlds gonna be ok

Nothing wrong today

As long as we’re doing fine



The world ain’t going nowhere, no matter what they say

We’re using up the earth, humans have lost their way

But you and I together, we’re still closing the show

We’ve got all the world until there’s nothing
That’s how we roll...

t’s the end of the world baby

You know it’s the end of the line

t’s the end of the world baby

when we run out of time

It’s the end of the world baby

when you’re no longer mine

But the worlds gonna be ok

Nothing wrong today

As long as we’re doing fine



(c)2013, Jerry Oliver, ASCAP
Track Name: Sundown On A Ghost Town
Sundown On a Ghost Town

A landscape so bleak words can’t speak

A soundtrack paints the hole that time can’t take

Pain comes in waves over open plains

and seeps into the cracks of dawn



In the corner of apartments on every side

Hearts sneak out exits and explode on the streets

Crossing mighty waters down in the flood

collapsing in postcards to real to be sent



Yea down in the flood where the bodies went

The cry of the orphans is the echo you hear

No turning the head no shutting of eyes

just a lone guitar and that hawk in the sky



Sundown on a ghost town is lonely indeed

Sundown on a ghost town might be the cover you need

Sundown on a ghost town is lonely indeed

Sundown on a ghost town might be the cover you need



Another dead Cardinal, is it a sign?

Blood on the window, blood on the ground

Sundown on a ghost town is all we found

Very superstitious in the cold deep north



The woods, the frost, the killing air

You should’ve let her be, never taken her there

The memories won’t leave you where ever you hide

Your soul is a ghost town where ever you go


Sundown on a ghost town is lonely indeed

Sundown on a ghost town might be the cover you need

Sundown on a ghost town is lonely indeed

Sundown on a ghost town might be the cover you need



(c)2013, Jerry Oliver, ASCAP
Track Name: Vultures
Vultures


Do you believe in the weather?

Do you believe in gold?

Do you believe in a life together?

Do you believe we’ll grow old?



Do you believe in signs of the times?

Do you believe in trust?

Do you believe in psychic crimes?

Do you believe in lust?



You can believe in your own legend

Believe in your own fame 

You can believe in hell or heaven 

You’ll pay the piper just the same




Believe what you will

Believe what you will

The vultures show up at your door

Lay them out a feast 

They only ask for more

They’ll eat the meat off your bones

and never be satisfied

Leave you lying in the road

Looking for the next thing that died

There are vultures at the windows of your soul

Trying to get inside

Pecking at the fragile glass
trying to find a hole

So shine a light and watch them take flight
What will you? What will you?

What will you believe?




Do you believe You’re in charge?

Do you believe you’re poor?

Do you believe just a little bit?

Do you believe in more, more, more!?



You can believe in the police man

You can believe the gun

Do we believe he did it?

Or an innocent on the run?



Do you believe they’ll shoot?

Or stop when you raise your hands?

Do you believe in the future youth

and the destiny of man?




Believe what you will

Believe what you will

The vultures show up at your door

Lay them out a feast 

They only ask for more

They’ll eat the meat off your bones

and never be satisfied

Leave you lying in the road

Looking for the next thing that died

There are vultures at the windows of your soul

Trying to get inside

Pecking at the fragile glass
trying to find a hole

So shine a light and watch them them take flight

What will you?
 What will you?



What will you believe?

Do you believe in the government?

What the preacher’s saying on TV?

Do you believe in the firmament?

Stars as far as we can see?



Do you believe in the terror?

Do you believe they’ll cut?

Do you believe in a higher power?

Do you believe your gut?



You can believe in anything

made up or found

You can believe in what you sing

in rhythm and sound




Believe what you will
Believe what you will

The vultures show up at your door

Lay them out a feast 

They only ask for more

They’ll eat the meat off your bones

and never be satisfied

Leave you lying in the road

Looking for the next thing that died

There are vultures at the windows of your soul

Trying to get inside

Pecking at the fragile glass
trying to find a hole

So shine a light and watch them take flight

What will you?
 What will you?
What will you believe?












(c)2014, Jerry Oliver,Peculiar Music, ASCAP





Track Name: I'm Not The Devil
I'm Not The Devil


I might be the devil baby

I probably made you bad

If You’d a just said maybe...
not,
you wouldn’t be so sad


With an angel of light it felt right

How could anything go wrong?

First came the night then came the fright

Now you sing a different song



Just go home

Don’t you come back

Go alone

Don’t you ever come back

‘Cuz if you do

There ain’t no turning around

‘Cuz if you do

Then you’ll be buried ten feet in the ground



If I was the devil baby

I would make you hot

If I was the devil baby

You’d give me all you got

But I’m not the devil baby

So I’ll try to be a nicer guy

I’m not the devil baby

So I’ll try to be a nicer guy


(c)2012, Jerry Oliver, ASCAP
Track Name: Magic Band
Magic Band


I can’t seem to get a break around town

I just get that run around

Maybe it’s because I smoke dope all day

Maybe it’s because I’m old and grey



They’re picking up broken dreamers 

Behind the club in Tootsies’ ally downtown

Everyone’s coming from another land

Thinking they’re the next magic band

The cable cut off when the heat kicked in

So I turned the stove on and the furnace off

Got my internet connection when the lights went dim

but my server went down now my mind’s gone soft



They’re picking up broken dreamers

Behind the club in Tootsies’ ally downtown

Everyone’s coming from another land

Thinking they’re the next magic band



Save another nickel, save another dime

Take a shot of whisky and try to find a rhyme

Try to make a dollar, grab yourself a girl

Take a hit of grass and try to write a line



They’re picking up broken dreamers 

Behind the club in Tootsies’ ally downtown

Everyone’s coming from another land

Thinking they’re the next magic band



(c)2010, Jerry Oliver,ASCAP
Track Name: Looking For The War
Looking For The War


In the middle of the night

I felt the pull,

In my hat and my scarf

I walked out my door,

With my head and heart

and my breath beneath the moon,

I went looking for the war
I went looking for the war



On the evening news

and in the air,

The papers, coffee shop talk

and more,

No matter what they say

it seems to be over there,

So I went looking for the war

I went looking for the war



I feel distant rumblings in my bones,


Can’t see it anywhere...

but you know 
evil glows in the night somewhere


It’s silent on my street

and everyone you meet

greets you with a smile


War...

It seems to only exist in little boxes for awhile,

But I know it can show up at the door,


Why does it come?

Why does it go?


I went out looking for the war
I went out looking for the war



The night air smells so fresh and clean,

the skyline is serene

In a bunker underground

men of power pace the floor

I can’t see them, I don’t know them

I just read the magazines
I’m out looking for the war

I’m out looking for the war



Veteran selling papers on the street,

hookers sell their soul
Casualties lie, I pass them by

a scene I’ve seen before

I can’t hear them, I can’t help them

just want to let them know

I’ve been looking for the war

I’ve been looking for the war



Explosions flash on the horizon,


You can hear it in the wind
and you know
it’s ripping up your world

I
t’s loud out in the square

and everyone is there

yelling out the score


War...

It seems to live so close to home,
I find it everywhere I roam


Why does it come?

Why does it go?

I went out looking for the war

I went out looking for the war



I see it everywhere I go

It starts with greed and ends in need

I feel it in my dark heart

and I don’t want it anymore

You don’t have to look very far

when you’re looking for the war

Looking for the war

Looking for the war

Looking for the war






(c)2012, Jerry Oliver, ASCAP