Paradise

by The Wood Brothers

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'Paradise,' an album about longing and desire and the ways in which the pursuit of fulfillment can keep it perpetually out of our reach, is The Wood Brothers’ most sophisticated work to date and also their most rocking, with bassist Chris Wood playing electric on tracks for the first time. Recorded at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye studio in Nashville, 'Paradise' captures the latest chapter in the ongoing evolution of a band—and a family—navigating the joy and challenges of a life in music.

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released October 2, 2015

CHRIS WOOD / Bass, Vocals, Harmonica
OLIVER WOOD / Guitar, Vocals
JANO RIX / Drums, Vocals, Shuitar, Percussion, Keyboards

Derek Trucks / Guitar (track 3)
Susan Tedeschi / Vocals (track 3)
Ann McCrary / Background vocals (track 10)
Regina McCrary / Background vocals (track 10), Tambourine (track 4)
Matt Glassmeyer / Tenor sax, Bari sax, Buzzaphone, Tuba, Clarinet (tracks 3,4,5,6,7,8)
Brian Drye / Trombone, Euphonium (tracks 3,4,5,6,7,8)
Kieran Michael Engel Wood / Trombone (track 7)

Produced by The Wood Brothers

Recorded by Collin Dupuis at Easy Eye Sound and Southern Ground Nashville, Nashville, TN
Additional recording by Brandon Bell at Southern Ground Nashville
Assistant engineers - Ben Simonetti, Chris Taylor and Stephanie Hamood
Mixed by Ryan Freeland at Stampede Origin Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Andrew Mendelson at Georgetown Masters Audio, LLC, Nashville, TN
Vinyl Master cut by Cameron J. Henry at Welcome To 1979, Nashville, TN

Studio Mama - Rebecca Wood
Package Design - Chris Kro
Photography - Alysse Gafkjen
Management - Liz Penta, Emcee Artist Management
Booking - North America - Lynn Cingari, Paradigm Agency
Booking - Europe - Karen Proeme, Karen Proeme Productions

All songs written by (O. Wood, C. Wood, J. Rix) Royal Kook Music (BMI)/Wood Sound Publishing (BMI)/ Spinach Pitts Music (ASCAP)
Except "Snake Eyes" (O. Wood, C. Wood, J. Rix, R. Wood) Royal Kook Music (BMI)/Wood Sound Publishing (BMI)/ Spinach Pitts Music (ASCAP)
"Two Places" (O. Wood, C. Wood, J. Rix, W. Durrette) Royal Kook Music (BMI)/Wood Sound Publishing (BMI)/ Spinach Pitts Music (ASCAP)/Life On Fire Music (SESAC)/Rosiest Music (SESAC)
and "River of Sin" (O. Wood, C. Wood, J. Rix, P. Madeira) Royal Kook Music (BMI)/Wood Sound Publishing (BMI)/ Spinach Pitts Music (ASCAP)/Nashville Minute (BMI) adm. by The Loving Company

Thanks to Liz Penta, Jennifer Fife, David Macias, Lynn Cingari, Collin Dupuis, Ryan Freeland, Joe Pisapia, Zac Brown, Ross DuPre, Carmel Holt, Lynn Oliver, Kenny Raduazzo, Teresa Raduazzo, Matt Ellie, Tiffany Hunt, Lagunitas Brewing Company, SES, Heather Cossette, Laura Wilder, Madi Lyle, Daniel Ramirez, Red Dragon, Richard Goodsell, Steve Lee, Josh Touchton, Rit Venerus, Amy Self, Lauren Frick, Julia Rix, Rebecca Wood, Sirkka Wood, Nissa Wood, Kieran Wood and Levon Wood.

Oliver & Chris Wood use DR Strings
Chris Wood uses Hoffner basses and Gallien-Krueger Amplifiers
Jano Rix uses Natal drums

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Track Name: Singin' To Strangers
he hails from the great state of confusion
in the army he was a major disappointment
now he's pulling a push broom at the inconvenience store

he had never heard speaking in tongues
just screamin' and wailin' guitars
and he'd do most anything, to get that feeling in his heart
so he sings to himself
but he never feels right until he's

singin' to strangers
every night

when it's cold she wears a mitten and a glove
she says jesus was handsome but god is just love
and she feels just like and angel stuck on her back in the snow

but she's not scared she will shoot you with a glance
if you look her right back in the eyes you'll see infinite road
and she'd do most anything not to feel so alone
so she sings to herself
but she never feels right until she's

singin' to strangers
every night

have you ever heard speaking in tongues
or screaming and wailing guitars
would you do most anything, to get that feeling in your heart
try

singin' to strangers
every night
Track Name: American Heartache
everything I need
is blowing in the breeze
everything I want
is just down stream
everything between my ears
is just a dream

I never stay still
I’m always moving
flying in a tin can
hanging by a shoestring
sitting on a plastic throne
living like a king

Stuck in a dream
Stuck in a dream
It’s only American Heartache
It’s only American Heartache

I wanna make peace
but I don’t have the skill
when I feel pain
I reach for the pill
wish I had a body of steel
but I’m over the hill

Stuck in a dream
Stuck in a dream
It’s only American Heartache
It’s only American Heartache
Nothing is wrong
Nothing at stake
I only feel bad
when I can’t have it all
Track Name: Never And Always
well i woke up with a dust face to a thunderclap
thanked the grey sky for another chance
and i must have dreamed a romance guess it never happened
used my love letters for the fish wrappin'

salvation just out of reach
guess that's the way it might ought to be
how else can you stay on the right road home
sometimes it feels like
i'm never and always alone

like a dead man i rose up from the sleep of life
kicked a tin can in the moonlight
lost a back tooth went to look for it by the apple tree
pretty dragon fly watchin' over me

CHORUS

even when i'm sitting still
my soul still wants to roam

CHORUS
Track Name: Snake Eyes
come on everybody there's a train comin
won't be at the station too long
go ahead and listen to the jack leg television preacher
if you want to get on

i'm just a runaway truck
i don't give a flying flip about much
but to things down, lord turn it around

i don't mind livin' on grits
but i'm tired of eatin' crow and i need a hit
of something to wash it down, lord turn it around

i keep dreaming of those snake eyes
dreaming of those snake eyes
and I'm lookin for my paradise
looking for my paradise

i keep chasin a patch of green grass
all i need is a peace of mind that's gonna last
and i feel the fire, lord can you heal my desire

CHORUS

come on everybody there's a train comin
won't be at the station too long
go ahead and listen to the jack leg television preacher
if you want to get on

CHORUS
Track Name: Two Places
my mind it wanders so far away
because i'm bound to just one place
i start longing for home when the road gets too long
and sometimes it feels like i'm already home when i'm gone
feels like i'm already home when i'm gone

i take the highway to the border
and i lay across the line
because i've always wanted to be
two places at one time
two places one time

now i'm holding these children little hands on my face
and a woman so fine i would never replace
still i'm thinkin' up songs about yesterday's lovers
i'm livin' a beautiful dream while i'm chasin' another
beautiful dream while i'm chasin' another

CHORUS

now i'm missin' a mother she's nowhere around
i can hear her sweet voice in the rain comin' down
and i'm stuck with my feet in the mud and my heart in the clouds
feet in the mud and my heart in the clouds

CHORUS
Track Name: Heartbreak Lullaby
her heart had turned to stone
and was sinkin' in a sea
of broken hearted boys
and one of those was me

pretty as a bird
fell from paradise
hear that siren sing
and you would pay the price
she said her goodnight
with a heartbreak lullaby

heartbreak lullaby
and you're bound to wake up cryin'

i was not the first
couldn't have been the last
drawn into her flame
haunted by her past

tryin to catch her fall
was my first mistake
i'm a sucker for the scent
of sorrow crossed with grace
she said her goodnight
with a heartbreak lullaby

CHORUS

when you fall asleep
the melody goes on
into a restless dream
you wake up and she's gone
Track Name: Without Desire
I can’t live without desire
I can’t live without desire
It’s the fuel in my fire
I can’t live without desire

I can’t live without desire
I can’t live without desire
It’s the electricity in my wire
I can’t live without desire

If I didn’t want anything
why would I rise
why would I sing

If I didn’t want you
would I be alone
if I didn’t want shelter
would I have a home
If I didn’t want peace
would I cast the first stone

I can’t live without desire
I can’t live without desire
It’s the air in my tire
I can’t live without desire

If I didn’t want anything
why would I rise
why would I sing

If I didn’t want to money
Would I work all day
If I didn’t wanna do right
Would I go astray
If I didn’t want love
Would I fade away

I can’t live without desire
It’s the electricity in my wire
If I didn’t want anything
why would I rise why would I sing

If I didn’t want anything
why would I rise
why would I sing
Track Name: Raindrop
broke a heart for a cheap thrill
seemed worth it at the time
there's a hundred of 'em out there still
you can hear em all cryin'

you're just a muddy old rain drop
you're gonna dry up some day

you don't sleep you just lay awake and listen
to the sound of alone
comin' up from the dark and you're wishin'
you didn't hear em all moan

CHORUS

put a stain on an innocent heart
it just won't wash away

you thought you were a hammer of steel
but you're a rusty old spoke in the wheel
you're gonna quit comin' around
you're on the way down

CHORUS
Track Name: Touch Of Your Hand
I pray for peace every day
there’s no war
but I feel the guns are pointed my way

My crimes are the same
as anyone
with time to kill and blood in their vein

I reach for heaven like every man
but I can’t live on faith alone
There’s only one thing I understand

I believe in the touch of your hand
It’s rain on dessert sand
Nothing brings peace to the soul of a man
Like the sweet lovin’ touch of your hand

The truth is in my skin
and only fear
turns everything I love into sin

I reach for heaven like every man
but I can’t live on faith alone
There’s only one thing I understand

I believe in the touch of your hand
It’s rain on desert sand
Nothing brings peace to the soul of a man
like the sweet loving’ touch of your hand
Track Name: River Of Sin
the water comes down from the higher ground
and it's carryin' the sin of man
we can't help but get thirsty
down here where the river is damned

they say good things happen up river
they say the river, it can wash a man clean
but down here the water's just dirty
you can try but it's hard to get up from down stream

but I'll try again
i'll paddle up this river of sin
i'll send up a broken amen
i'll swallow some pride but i won't be denied
'cause i'll try again and again

if i had a boat for this river
i'd find out just what it all means
i'd go see all those used to be heathens
come up from the water washed clean

and i'd wash my own sins down the river
but i wonder how much more it can bear
it must be so full of misdoing and shame
i can't see the bottom from here

CHORUS

the water comes down from the higher ground
and it's carryin' the sin of man
we can't help but get thirsty
down here where the river is damned

but I'll try again
i'll paddle up this river of sin
i'll strip down to nothing and swim
i'll swallow some pride but i won't be denied
'cause i'll try again and again