Mother Road album credits and lyrics

Produced by Patrick Tetreault and Jenny Taylor 
Recorded by Patrick Tetreault at Loud War Studios and Feng Sway Studios, Vancouver, Washington 
Assisted by Sean Savageau 
Additional recording by Adam Sweeney at the Rabbit Hole, Portland, Oregon 
Mixed by Josh Powell at the Map Room, Portland, Oregon 
Mastered by Amy Dragon at Telegraph Audio, Portland, Oregon 

Thanks to Curt Allan, Steve Lipsey, Toni Melton, Susan Nelson, James and Sara Pimley, Jeff Porter, Brian Watson 

℗2017 The Stubborn Lovers 
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. 

All songs written by Jenny Taylor unless otherwise noted. ©2002-2015 Back o’ the Moon Music (ASCAP) 
All rights reserved. Lyrics used by permission. 

Porch Light 

When I find the world is getting the best of me 
I get lost in a memory 
For just a little while 
I think about that big brown house where my grandma lived 
And all the love she had to give 
And it makes me smile 
Believe me 
It ain’t always easy 
To see how I used to see 
Through the eyes of a child 
Then I remember 

Summers in the house where my daddy grew up 
Selling lemonade for ten cents a Dixie cup 
Sleeping in a room with cowboys on the wall 
Hearing blackbirds singing just after daybreak 
Watching rainstorms coming in across the lake 
Grandma knitting while sipping on a cold highball 
Playing outside after dark I’d hear her call 
“I’ll leave the porch light on” 

All it takes is the sound of somebody mowing grass 
It’s as if no time has passed 
And I’m right back there 
Grandma’s down in the kitchen, radio blasting high 
And the smell of a rhubarb pie 
Rising up the stairs 
When I’m trying 
To remember what’s fine 
About this old life of mine 
And know somebody cares 
I think about those 

Summers in the house where my daddy grew up 
Selling lemonade for ten cents a Dixie cup 
Sleeping in a room with cowboys on the wall 
Hearing blackbirds singing just after daybreak 
Watching rainstorms coming in across the lake 
Grandma knitting while sipping on a cold highball 
Playing outside after dark I’d hear her call 
“I’ll leave the porch light on” 

Believe me 
It ain’t always easy 
To see how I used to see 
Through the eyes of a child 
Then I remember 

Summers in the house where my daddy grew up 
Selling lemonade for ten cents a Dixie cup 
Sleeping in a room with cowboys on the wall 
Hearing blackbirds singing just after daybreak 
Watching rainstorms coming in across the lake 
Grandma knitting while sipping on a cold highball 
Playing outside after dark I’d hear her call 
“I’ll leave the porch light on” 

Grandmama, it’s 20 years now you’ve been gone 
I know I’ll see you again but until then I’m gonna sing this song 
Just leave the porch light on 

Mandy – lead and backing vocals, guiro, tambourine 
Todd – electric guitar 
Pearl – drums, shaker, hand drum, vibraslap 
Jenny – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals 

Tamar Berk – organ 

Drivin’ 22 

Daddy’s at the wheel of our Ford Country Squire 
Mama’s putting makeup on down to the wire 
Sister’s in the back spilling goldfish on the floor 
Shepherd’s in the way back scratching at the door 
Slip her into gear and ease her out slow 
Here we go 

Daddy needs some nails and a stack of two-by-fours 
There’s a neon strongman who’s got all that and more 
Mama wants some curtains decked with pretty yellow flowers 
There’s a land of fabric where she can shop for hours 
Gotta get a move on ‘cause there’s so much to do 
Out on US 22 
Out on US 22 

When Sis and I start fighting it’s a hell of a sound 
If we don’t shut up Daddy’s gonna turn this car around 
All I know is if and when he lowers the boom 
I wanna be living in a teenage bedroom 

Now we’re getting hungry and we gotta pick a spot 
How ’bout a tiki taco or a Texas red hot? 
There’s always a good diner every mile or two or three 
But the Leaning Tower of Pizza is the only place for me 
Gotta get a move on ‘cause there’s so much to do 
Out on US 22 
Out on US 22 

When Sis and I start fighting it’s a hell of a sound 
If we don’t shut up Daddy’s gonna turn this car around 
All I know is if and when he lowers the boom 
I wanna be living in a teenage bedroom 

Been saving my allowance and my birthday money too 
To buy a stack of records and a poster of the Who 
You know that old flea market is the coolest that it gets 
But Mama says we gotta buy new school clothes at Korvette’s 
Slip her into gear and ease her out slow 
Here we go 

Gotta get a move on ‘cause there’s so much to do 
Out on US 22 
Out on US 22 
Out on US 22 
We’re drivin’ US 22 

Mandy – lead and backing vocals 
Todd – electric guitar 
Pearl – drums 
Jenny – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals 

Steve Lipsey – pedal steel guitar 

In the Country of Your Eyes 

I’ve been wandering in the desert 
Soles worn through, pack full of pain 
I’ve been hungry, I’ve been thirsting for 
Just a single drop of rain  

Now I’ve come upon a river 
Lying sparkling in the sun 
And I have looked beyond its level shore 
To where a thousand rivers run 

(I will lay me down) 
Like the robin’s song in springtime 
(On that sacred ground) 
I feel you washing over me 
(Where love grows wild) 
On a green mountainside 
In the country of your eyes 

I have dreamed of your lush meadows 
And I have dreamed of your snow-covered hills  
I want to lie beneath your spreading trees 
Until my empty spirit fills 

(I will lay me down) 
Like the sweet perfumes of summer 
(On that sacred ground) 
I feel you washing over me 
(Where love grows wild) 
Under blue cloudless skies 
In the country of your eyes 

I’ve been wandering in the desert forty days and forty nights 
By the darkness led astray 
At last I’ve come into your promised land 
And here forever I will stay 

(I will lay me down) 
So I will lay me down like the leaves that fall in autumn 
(On that sacred ground) 
On that sacred ground and let you wash right over me 
(Where love grows wild) 
Like a violet sunrise 
In the country of your eyes 
In the country of your eyes 
In the country of your eyes 

Mandy – lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, shaker 
Todd – electric and acoustic guitars 
Pearl – drums 
Jenny – bass guitar, backing vocals, woodblock 

Robin Suskind – pedal steel guitar 
Amber Henson, Lynn Morgan, Adam Sweeney – backing vocals 

Flowers of the Vine 

You are imprinted on my skin 
I bear you like the cross that undoes my sin 
I spell your name out in my blood 
You will withstand the lash of wind, fire, and flood 

And bloom forever in my mind 
A flower of the vine 
You bloom forever in my mind 
Like flowers of the vine 

Mandy – vocals 
Todd – guitars 

Painting Lines (Song for a Sister) 

I’ve seen a bit of bad times, honey 
I wrote a lot of sad rhymes; funny I’ve come so far 
To wish on the same old star 
But wishing ain’t a wrong thing, and now and then 
I wish you’d hear my song ringing out like an old church bell 
And take it to heart; I’m telling you 
That I’ve traveled down this road 
Dragging a heavy load 
And I swear to you that there were some nights I thought about cashing in 
But I’m still painting lines 

I’ve been around a few years longer 
Been staring down the same fears, stronger at times than hope 
And keeping me on the ropes 
But when I’m down and can’t mend another hurt 
I think about a good friend, a brother in soul and sound 
And call on the strength he found in me 
’Cause they told him to his face 
That he was a waste of space 
But he never gave it up or paid no mind, he just proved ’em wrong 
And now he’s painting lines 

Until you helped me find my voice, let me sing along 
I was just marking time 
I want to hear you make some noise, see you swing out strong 
And leave nothing behind 

The dawn is like a phoenix rising 
A different light that keeps surprising me every day 
And I know I’m gonna stay 
You’re walking in your new shoes and humming tunes 
But wondering if bad news is coming around the bend 
Well honey, I’m still a friend to you 
I know we left it rough 
‘Cause you had to play it tough 
But if I could only tell you one thing, it’s baby I’m proud of you 
You’re out there painting lines 

Mandy – lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine 
Todd – electric guitar 
Pearl – drums 
Jenny – bass guitar, backing vocals 

Robin Suskind – pedal steel guitar 
Tamar Berk – organ 
Don Pierce – trombone 
Alen Tucker – saxophone 
Spenser Williams – trumpet 
Emily Logan, Hannah McMullen – violin 
Dylan Rieck – cello 
Teri Untalan – viola 

 

Stronger Than the Storm  

She was a girl with big dreams in mind  
She loved a boy who was quiet and kind  
They got married a bit too young  
She had two daughters before twenty-one  
Times were tough, yeah they never had much  
But she raised those daughters well  
She built a home with love as stone  
And then that oak tree fell  

Well the wind it howled and her house was torn  
But she’s got her family to keep her warm  
Like the weight of the world this will be borne  
She’s stronger than the storm  

Like my mama my dreams were grand  
To sing and play in a rock ’n’ roll band  
But dreams and passion ain’t always enough  
You follow the waves when the sea gets rough  
Highs then lows, yeah the good Lord knows  
How it turns from sun to squall  
But I won’t complain ’cause a little rain  
Into each life must fall  

Well the wind it howled and my heart was torn  
But I’ve got my family to keep me warm  
Like the weight of the world this will be borne  
I’m stronger than the storm  

When tempests come and all you’ve done  
Is wrecked and blown away  
You stand up and spit on your hands  
Rebuild it day by day  

Well the wind it howls and our lives are torn  
But we’ve got each other to keep us warm  
Like the weight of the world this will be borne  
We’re stronger than the storm  

Mandy – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine  
Todd – electric guitar  
Pearl – drums  
Jenny – bass guitar, backing vocals  

Tamar Berk – organ  
Toni Melton – backing vocals  

Whiskey Sisters  
Music by Jenny Taylor, lyrics by Jenny Taylor and Toni Melton 
©2015 Back o’ the Moon Music (ASCAP) and Toni Melton (BMI)  

When I was just a young thing mama sat me on her knee  
Said all I want for you is to be what you want to be  
Now don’t let nobody tell you  
That you can’t, I know you can  
And the last thing that I’ll tell you  
Don’t change yourself for any man  

When I was growing up I got some similar advice  
But when I went into the world I came to realize  
That this life can be a battle  
And you need some friends to help you fight  
So I found some badass ladies  
And they’re drinking with me here tonight  

I don’t need a papa  
I don’t need a prince  
I don’t need a preacher trying to save me from my sins  
I might need a friendly bartender to pull that bottle off the shelf  
Long as I got my whiskey sisters with me  
I don't need nobody else  

When things don’t seem to go my way and I start feeling low  
I get my girls together, let that golden liquor flow  
But the love that flows between us  
Is the whole reason for this song  
My friends are sweeter than the whiskey  
And ten thousand times as strong  

I don’t need a papa  
I don’t need a prince  
I don’t need a preacher trying to save me from my sins  
I don’t even need a bartender, I’ll just pour it out myself  
Long as I got my whiskey sisters with me  
I don’t need nobody else  
Long as I got my whiskey sisters with me  
I don’t need nobody else  
Long as I got my whiskey sisters with me  
I don’t need  
I don’t need  
Nobody else  

Mandy – lead and backing vocals, tambourine  
Todd – electric guitar  
Pearl – drums  
Jenny – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals  

Robin Suskind – resonator guitar  
Toni Melton – lead vocals  

Downstream  
Lyrics incorporate a line from “A Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe. This work is in the public domain.  

When I was a little girl  
I saw a magic in the world  
That could turn a rain-soaked street  
Into a river running to the sea  
And by a kindred trick  
A leaf became a sailing ship  
And to reach some far-off land  
I’d just release it from my hand  
And set it floating  

Downstream, downstream  
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”  
Were some words I read today  
And I wanted you to stay  
But I had to let you go  
And though it broke my heart I know  
As long as stars from heaven gleam  
I’ll see you farther on downstream  

Girlhood days, they faded long  
Just like a river rolling on  
And secret things I learned to hide  
Still I hoped to keep you by my side  
But you were torn from my embrace  
Before I ever knew your face  
Before your moon-white rose could grow  
The current caught you in its flow  
And bore you onwards  

Downstream, downstream  
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”  
Were some words I read today  
And I wanted you to stay  
But I had to let you go  
And though it broke my heart I know  
As long as stars from heaven gleam  
I’ll see you farther on downstream  

As I stand upon the shore, the river slowly passes by  
And I am left alone  
I will keep your memory warm, and in my heart you will abide  
Until I sail for home  

Mandy – lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine  
Todd – electric guitar  
Pearl – drums  
Jenny – bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocal recitation  

Adam Sweeney – acoustic guitar  
Robin Suskind – resonator and pedal steel guitars  
Dylan Rieck – cello  
Emily Logan, Hannah McMullen – violin  
Teri Untalan – viola  
Morgan Rafalski, Will Stenberg – vocal recitation  

Mother Road  

I’m shivering in the cold Nevada twilight  
I’m shaking the desert dust out of my boots, remembering how I  
Stood crying beneath a New York City streetlight  
When summer’s soft lover set me free with some dissembling; now I  
Would like to write a poignant line about my lover’s eyes  
But instead I’ll drive ’cause I’m gonna try to make Point Reyes by sunrise  

I’m seven days out of Jersey, late September  
I left with Old Glory flying high and all my debts forgiven  
Been trying hard not to think about October  
What’s done is done, what may come’s a highway yet undriven  
The Winnemucca sand beneath my feet is cool and dry  
And the secret stars are spinning in the clear Nevada sky  

And I drive, thinking back twenty-five hundred miles or so  
To deep Pennsylvania where the clouds gathered dark and low  
Just out of Youngstown, lightning blazed down from heaven like a column of fire  
As the sky split wide open, holy water started pouring down  
And I came clean into Cleveland, cathedral town  
Walked through those doors, folks were praying to the sound of a rock ’n’ roll choir  
And they started singing  

Mary, Mary, quite complacent   
How does your garden grow?  
With pretty little girlies in blue jeans all in a row  
Mary, Mary, queen of springtime  
It’s autumn now, your garden has died  
So plant your seeds and pray for redemption, but I’m gonna ride  
’Cause Mother Road welcomes her daughters with arms open wide  

I dumped my blues down in Memphis and jumped the Mississippi  
I lost Old Glory in Oklahoma City  
Saw Cadillacs rusting, sang a Lone Justice tune  
Poor Texas panhandle groom’s got no bride to marry  
She’s living it up on the neon strip in Tucumcari  
The crows in the canyon hanging under the moon  
I know they’ll fly soon  

If I meet the ghost of Kerouac in North Beach  
I’d like to share a drink or two ’cause it’s been quite a long ride  
To California from a Jersey Shore beach  
But I’ve got Marylou and Rose of Sharon right alongside  
There may not be a promised land beneath the western sun  
But it’s all right, the highway’s bright, and our story’s just begun  
Can’t you hear us singing  

Mary, Mary, quite complacent, how does your garden grow?  
With pretty little girlies in blue jeans all in a row  
Mary, Mary, queen of springtime  
It’s autumn now, your garden has died  
So plant your seeds and pray for redemption, but I’m gonna ride  
‘Cause Mother Road welcomes her daughters with arms open wide  
Mother Road welcomes her daughters with arms open wide  
Mother Road, I am your daughter, my arms open wide  

Mandy – lead and backing vocals, tambourine  
Todd – electric guitar  
Pearl – drums  
Jenny – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals, glockenspiel  

Robin Suskind – pedal steel guitar  
Alen Tucker – saxophone  

Among the Evergreens  

Hush now, my darlin’, just close your eyes  
The sun’s gone to bed and the moon’s on the rise  
Outside your window the trees will stand guard  
And keep all the secrets of your little heart  

So we’ll say good night  
And rock-a-bye till the daylight  
Let sweet Mother Nature keep watch while you dream  
Sleep well among the evergreens  

The hills of Kentucky will never be far  
From my fondest memory, but I found my heart  
Out where the cold Cascade rivers run wild  
For here’s where we made you, my Oregon child  

So we’ll say good night  
And rock-a-bye till the daylight  
Your mama and papa have followed their dreams  
To a life among the evergreens  

So good night baby, there’s no one loved more  
(Whatever you’ll be you are free to be)  
Than you my baby, there’s so much in store  
(And if you should ever have need of me)  
In the new life waiting right outside your door  
(I’ll be right outside your door)  

So hush now, my darlin’, just close your eyes  
We’ll be here tomorrow with smiles when you rise  
Outside your window, the firs and the pines  
Will keep silent vigil come rain or come shine  

So we’ll say good night  
And rock-a-bye till the daylight  
We can’t wait to watch you chase after your dreams  
Out here among the evergreens  

Mandy – lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar  
Todd – lead vocals, electric guitar  
Pearl – drums  
Jenny – bass guitar, backing vocals  

Robin Suskind – pedal steel guitar  
Tamar Berk – piano  
Don Price – trombone  
Alen Tucker – saxophone  
Spenser Williams – trumpet  
Amber Henson, Lynn Morgan – backing vocals