The Wood and the Spark

by Jerry Oliver

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This is the second in a two album collection of original songs recorded in three sessions in 2014 and 2015.
These performances were recorded totally solo in one take. Jerry O just the way you get him live. No overdubs, doubled vocals or editing tricks. Just a good room, nice mics and a talented engineer to capture Jerry, his guitar and a few pedals while he paints these stories of heritage, loss, inspiration and the big question of existence.

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released September 9, 2016

Jerry Oliver - acoustic and electric guitars, vocal, harmonica

Produced, engineered and mixed by Pepe for Back Of The Head Studios and Odd Records

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, 2016 Peculiar Music, ASCAP


Cover Photo by Pete Mroz

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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.
Jerry's new single is out now!
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Track Name: Top Of The Hill
Top Of The Hill





Well, my daddy told me about his great granddad Joe

Who erected a stone where they buried his bones

Well, he took me to the top of the hill

So I could see what was really real

All of those old tombstones in the ground

All of them spirits sitting around

Some of those stones, they’re from the seventeen hundreds

How many Indians needed to go?


So old Joe could get to the top of the hill?



I don’t need no stone

Oh let the wind be my home

Just keep on singing my song

That’s how my spirit lives on

And when the singings all done

And you hear the last chord strum

Just hum with the wind

Because I’m gone baby I’m gone

Gone baby I’m gone



Well my mama told me about the man from Galilee 

He came in peace, still they nailed him to a tree

Well the devil took him to the top of the hill
Tried to sell him what he said was real

All of those humans scattered around

All of the suffering going down

Some of those folks, thought they were king

Until they realized that they’d shed the blood


Of the one, who would get them to the top of the hill



I don’t need no stone

Oh let the wind be my home

Just keep on singing my song

That’s how my spirit lives on

And when the singings all done 

And you hear the last chord strum

Just hum with the wind

Because I’m gone baby I’m gone

Gone baby I’m gone





(c)2012, Jerry Oliver, ASCAP
Track Name: Old Crow River
Old Crow River


It started down by Old Crow River

On a dark but moonlit night
lies the heart of a giver

He took her up a hill to a farm house on the right

Her brothers came and got her
and stayed up with her that night

He didn’t see it coming
it hit him right between the eyes

Every sad story just a lining in the sack of lies

They tried to stop it long ago
like a vampire with a stake

Bloodshot eyes that never sleep
like a fire they stay awake



Three different brothers
from one same mother 

They took it all so differently
never could see the other

They took it across the country
across the ocean to another land

Face to face with the enemy
they reached out a brothers hand

(


It ended down by Old Crow River

On an old dirt road
under a moon tip sliver

Over a singing bridge
the stars mourn the water 

She came back down the hill
looking for her lover



(c) 2010, Jerry Oliver, ASCAP
Track Name: The Wood and the Spark
The Wood And The Spark





In the quiet of the night

I sit and wonder what is right

All that I can do

Is take the path and follow you

Who’ve gone before me
Lit the path to set us free



Who’s the hero on your street?

The discoverer of your dreams?

The inspiration on your sleeve?

Or is there no one else it seems?

You’ve got to find the wood

And spark the fire too



Alone the feeling is so sad

Together we make it not so bad

What else can we do but love?

All good things come from above

Fall down on me

I’m blind, I cannot see, I want to see


(c)2010, Jerry Oliver, ASCAP
Track Name: The Journey
The Journey


I took a trip down by horseback
To a place called sentimental valley
Full of rocky roads and sneak attacks
Like being caught alone at night in a dark ally

So I tried to climb up by myself
That mountain called Black as the Night
Hard and cold and merciless, I need some help
I'm not quite ready to give up the fight

So I went back across this wide expanse
Had to take a wagon train and the family too
Over the Rockies across the Mississippi we took a chance
There comes a time, a place and a thing you've got to do

When the time comes take me to the Great Lake
Let me fly one more time, over the magic water
One more star filled night I'd like to take
Yeah, take me to the land of my father



(c)2011, Jerry Oliver, ASCAP
Track Name: Out On The Edge Of Darkness
Out On The Edge Of Darkness






Out on the edge of darkness
holding to the rim of light

Just hoping all the ones you love

are going to turn out alright


‘cause when you’re standing on shaky ground

when you thought it would all be ok

You start to see the fragile nature
and the razor of another day



Out on the edge of darkness

holding to the rim of light

It might be shining out from your eyes

or your smile that lights up the night


‘cause when you’re standing on shaky ground

when you thought it would all be ok

You start to see the fragile nature

and the razor of another day



Out on the edge of darkness

something always pulls me in

Out on the edge of darkness

where redemption mingles with sin

Out on the edge of darkness
holding to the rim of light

Just hoping all the ones you love

are going to turn out alright
Track Name: No Coming Back
They’re dying in the streets

of my mind that is reeling

The walls are collapsing 

in my heart that is beating

Through the photos of the ghosts

that are taped to my ceiling



And I won’t be forgetting
 

all the crazy mad feelings

The spinning and the whirling

the living and the breathing



Won’t bring you back
No it won’t bring you back




Like the time that is fleeting

and the stories that are ending

Once your gone, your gone

there ain’t no coming back

Like the ripples on the water

and the clouds passing by


Complex as the spectrum

of the sun up in the sky

We dance around fires 

and cry out our eyes


And it won’t bring you back
No it won’t bring you back





Maybe one day I’ll discover the things I’ve been told

That you surround us and will always be there

But today I just feel cold

Your presence, the memories, the strength, the bond


All I know is today....you’re gone,
you’re gone

and you’re not coming back

Will you ever come back?


Track Name: Unpredictable Moments
Unpredictable Moments


Life is filled with unpredictable moments
Life is filled with unpredictable moments
You don't know what you're gonna get
when you walk through your door
Are all your friends gonna jump out and say "let's party!"
or will you drop dead on your own floor?
because life is filled with unpredictable moments
life is filled with unpredictable moments

Now I don't mean to put a damper on things
I don't mean to be a bummer
I'm just saying what I know to be true
You need to think about where
you want to get caught with your pants down
because life is filled with unpredictable moments
yeah life is filled with unpredictable moments

Life is filled with unpredictable moments
Life is filled with unpredictable moments
Just when you think it's all nice and comfortable
You got to pack it all up and move across the country
Pack it up in a portable, say goodbye to your honey
Driving down the highway you start to wonder why?
What's it all about?
and where are you going anyway?
when life is so...
Life is so unpredictable
I said life is so unpredictable
Life is so unpredictable

Now I'm not saying you can't find love
No I'm not saying you can't find love
I'm just saying... one day
it fits tight like a glove
the next day it could be flying free
like a dove
because life is so unpredictable
I said life is so unpredictable

I said life is....



(c)(p)2015,Jerry Oliver, Peculiar Music, ASCAP