The Wood and the Spark

by Jerry Oliver

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1.
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
2.
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

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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
3.
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
4.
The Journey 04:03
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
5.
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
6.
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?


7.
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

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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 has been writing, recording and performing original music since 1996. The new upcoming quirky quarantine recorded album, Zombification Of A Nation, will be coming out on April 23rd on Jerry's own Odd records label preempting the two official releases slated for later in 2021 on Lemon Glove Records. ... more

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