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