Being Human

by The Scatterlings

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1.
Mockingbird 03:50
Well I try to be as bright as a rainbow Arcing my way across the sky Slide down me to your pot of gold And I try to be a light as a feather Don't worry about the weather close my eyes The wind will take me where I want to go Black as night and still he sings A flash of white as he takes wing But the mockingbird won't sing for me Well I work as hard as I can to be smarter Hoping if I do what I oughtta do Then everything will turn out right And I drive day after day going nowhere Doing my best to always remember How to get home again Black as night and still he sings A flash of white as he takes wing But the mockingbird won't sing for me And I sing along with the radio Beating out a rhythm on the steering wheel With the palm of my hand And I pray that I will sleep when the night comes Instead of worrying about everything I've done That can't be undone again Black as night and still he sings A flash of white as he takes wing But the mockingbird won't sing for me Well the birds spread out across the field Looking for a meal after the rain has come And the sky has been washed clear And I watch and marvel at the joy And grieve for the boy who is still lost And can't find his way home again Black as night and still he sings A flash of white as he takes wing But the mockingbird won't sing for me Still the mockingbird won't sing for me L E Kornfeld (Elfy Kornfeld Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved
2.
Sweet Sally 05:36
L E Kornfeld (Elfy Kornfeld Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved (5:36) Elfy Kornfeld, vocal and baritone ukulele; Rick Russell, guitar; Joshua Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass and harmony vocal Sweet Sally girl you been on my mind You left your clothes you left your books you left your life behind Sweet Sally girl you been on my mind You left your clothes you left your books you left your life behind Once you were a girl and the road was open wide Dark times they came and went and you locked them all inside Sally why did you go? You left your rings you left your wedding dress You left your coat you left your keys and I'm drowning in all the rest I'm walking down the path that is laid But I can't sleep in the bed that you made Black is the morning and still the afternoon And I'm waiting for the moon to rise cause I'm coming to meet you soon Sweet Sally you are always on my mind You left our home you left me here you left your life behind I'm walking down the path that is laid But I can't sleep in the bed that you made (play heavy here) Sweet Sally girl you been on my mind You left your clothes you left your books you left your life behind
3.
Flowers in the Garden Richard E Russell (Richard Russell Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved (3:26) Elfy Kornfeld, lead vocal and baritone ukulele; Rick Russell, guitar; Josh Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass and harmony vocal The smell of cornbread a-bakin’ drifts through the air My kettle’s boiling over but then what do I care Another bottle of wine has disappeared Thinking on the worst has brought just what I feared, Thinking on the worst has brought just what I feared The storm has passed on by but I feel forsaken I’ll never rid my mind of what’s been taken Dreams of a good life slipped through my fingertips May the secret of this day never pass through these lips, May the secret of this day never pass through these lips Pushing a store bought mop across the kitchen floor Two settings at the table, but that won’t be no more There’s a flower bed out back where none used to be I’ll be lonesome for sure but I guess I am free, I’ll be lonesome for sure but I guess I am free Now if I should survive into my later years And if there comes a time when I shed no tears The doves up in the trees will sing their sad refrain And the flowers in the garden will remind me of my pain, And the flowers in the garden will remind me of my pain And the flowers in the garden will remind me of my pain
4.
Being Human 04:30
Being Human L E Kornfeld (Elfy Kornfeld Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved (4:31) Elfy Kornfeld, vocals and baritone ukulele; Rick Russell, guitar; Joshua Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass and harmony vocal It's 2am and I'm awake again and all I want is some sleep I take a look into the dark and the dark looks back at me But oh this life is so much longer Than I ever thought that it could be And I am tired tired of being human And this world has made a monkey out of me I climb the trees and then I fall back down again I'm on my hands and knees trying to stand so that I can pretend That I am not so tired of trying To be all the things I thought that I would be And I am sick so sick of being human And this life has made a monkey out of me It's 4am and all I want is to remember how to breathe And when the morning comes the day will take me in its arms like a thief And I drive a car just like a human And human is all that I will ever be Cause I sweat and bleed and cry just like a human But this world has made a monkey out of me So hold on to me cause you're the only thing that I know how to do Please hold on to me because I don't know how else I will make it through And maybe I will fight you but I am trying To be as human as an animal can be But it's so hard to stand on two legs When this life has made a monkey out of me
5.
Falling’s Easy L E Kornfeld (Elfy Kornfeld Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved (3:19) Elfy Kornfeld, vocal and baritone ukulele; Rick Russell, guitar; Joshua Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass and harmony vocal The rain turns to snow and you're driving slow cause You're going home cause there's nowhere else to go so you Come back to town where you burned your bridges down and you're Trying not to drown while you're looking to get to higher ground Falling's easy it's the landing that's hard or maybe Landing's easy it's the getting up that's hard or maybe Getting up is easy but the first steps are hard You say you'll be late but he meets you at the gate and your Father's face holds all the memories of this place and Your mother's smile well it's been a while since you Falling's easy it's the landing that's hard or maybe Landing's easy it's the getting up that's hard or maybe Getting up is easy but the first steps are hard They know you here where you used to disappear into Cigarettes and beer their disappointment thick and clear and How do you begin when you have to pretend that This isn't the end but you've circled round and round again Falling's easy it's the landing that's hard or maybe Landing's easy it's the getting up that's hard or maybe Getting up is easy but the first steps are hard
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Nashville Road Richard E Russell (Richard Russell Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved (3:49) Elfy Kornfeld, vocal and baritone ukulele; Rick Russell, guitar; Josh Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass and harmony vocal; guest musician Jeff Webb, pedal steel guitar The twelfth of November in thirty-three I carried a Gunter’s chain Through the Middle Country of Tennessee and my survey lines remain I was barely sixteen when I worked one hundred and fifty odd days They paid me an honest wage so never was need to complain And the stars fell like showers of snow and the heavens were all aglow And as silver tracks scratched the sky a calmness filled my soul And with a half a jug of whiskey and without too heavy a load I’m goin’ back to where I belong, somewhere on the Nashville Road Runnin’ a line through briars and vines, racing a setting sun Knee deep in mire and swattin’ flies, we was covered with mud and blood Still six hundred and forty poles to the point where we begun We had to get back to the Nashville Road before our work was done And the stars fell like showers of snow and the heavens were all aglow And as silver tracks scratched the sky a calmness filled my soul And with a half a jug of whiskey and without too heavy a load I’m goin’ back where I belong, somewhere on the Nashville Road At Hill’s Old Place we took our leave near the Cumberland Plateau Blessed with youth I did not know that change had been bestowed I’ll forever remember the fires in the night so many years ago And the days a boy became a man somewhere on the Nashville Road And the stars fell like showers of snow and the heavens were all aglow And as silver tracks scratched the sky a calmness filled my soul And with a half a jug of whiskey and without too heavy a load I’m goin’ back where I belong, somewhere on the Nashville Road
7.
Dogwoods to Maples L E Kornfeld (Elfy Kornfeld Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved (3:44) Elfy Kornfeld, vocals and baritone ukulele; Rick Russell, guitar; Joshua Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass and harmony vocal The country station plays the blues Of a Motel 6 and borrowed shoes And three chords that think they know the truth That you don't want to hear on this day Even though you knew it anyway Like biting down on a broken tooth I must have lost my mind Why it took me so much time To leave your sorry ass behind Mustard blooming by the roadside Sweet and sharp as saying goodbye Rank and bitter as a bottle of turned wine And I am broken by the blue sky and your eyes And all the ways that you can lie And all the times I believed we'd be fine I must have lost my mind Why it took me so much time To leave your sorry ass behind The sound track of highway driving A 4/4 beat and lonesome crying Taking my broken bones out of the south And if I can know anything for sure You're not the man I thought you were Whispered words straight from the devil's mouth I must have lost my mind Why it took me so much time To leave your sorry ass behind The dogwoods have turned to maples A torn heart mended with staples A battered mind running on diesel fumes And the slide guitar is holding all the parts Of my softly beating bloody heart But the three part harmony's out of tune I must have lost my mind Why it took me so much time To leave your sorry ass behind
8.
Bitter and Sweet L E Kornfeld (Elfy Kornfeld Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved (4:34) Elfy Kornfeld, vocals; Rick Russell, guitar; Joshua Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass and harmony vocal; guest musician Jaden Passero, accordion Bitter are the words that fell like candy from my tongue I thought that I was smart but as it turns out I'm so dumb I woke with my head on the bathmat right beside the tub I don't wish I was dead but I might wish that when I stand up And I think that I might have told you A thing or two that I wish that I hadn't told you Please don't remind me if I said that I loved you We stayed up late talked too much drank too much I made the mistake of not knowing when it's enough But you hung around and I shoulda gone home instead Cuz we drank too much loosed my tongue and lost my head I try not to make a mess where I eat And I try hard to keep my head above my feet Sweet were the words that I let fall onto your plate But you backed away from the table with a red face And I think that I might have told you A thing or three that we both wish that I hadn't told you Please try to forget that I said that I loved you Moving through my day sad but that's no use to me I point my boat to shore but I keep heading out to sea Bitter is the taste on my lips and on my tongue I thought that I was smart but as it turns out I'm so dumb
9.
Let You Go 04:59
Let You Go L E Kornfeld (Elfy Kornfeld Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved (4:59) Elfy Kornfeld, vocals; Rick Russell, guitar; Joshua Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass and harmony vocal; guest musician Mark Lewis, fiddle I carry you with me and it's a heavy load Lay down my burden on the side of the road Nothing much to do and there's nowhere left to go I've worn out my shoes and you've worn down my soul Oh oh oh oh oh worn down my soul Nothing much to do and there's nowhere left to go She lays down her cigarette turns off the radio She never meant to do harm but yet she ties off her arm Stares out the window at the truck parked outside the barn Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh Days pass each one is much the same sometimes it's dry sometimes it rains And when she speaks she can't explain why pain is the remedy for pain Walking down the street she wishes that she could just go back home Sitting at the table wonders why she's always alone Oh oh oh oh oh always alone I never meant to let you go I never meant to let you go I never meant to let you go I never meant to let you go Oh oh oh oh oh but I let you go Oh oh oh oh oh but I let you go Hope come to me and spread your wings throw your shelter over everything And damn it's lovely when she sings but she doesn't sing to me Her face has turned away once more a shadow cast down on the floor And I wonder what I'm waiting for I wonder what I'm waiting for Oh oh oh oh oh What am I waiting for And I Oh oh oh oh oh What am I waiting for?
10.
You're Not Coming Back Glass of water on the counter top But I won't drink it, I won't spill a drop Cause I can't swallow this bitter pill That you left me on the window sill, the window sill And it's all shattered dreams and broken glass That has brought me to my knees on this jagged path Cause you're not coming back You went south without saying why But I won't ask and I won't cry It's just a sickness that I can't shake And a fever that I can't break, I can't break I got a bottle of bourbon and if it comes to pass That I wake up in the morning I'll pour another glass Cause you're not coming back I will put on my best dress And I will wait here cause all that I got left Is more time until the fever breaks And I can drink as long as it takes, long as it takes Cause I got a jug of water and a bitter pill That has brought me to my knees at the window sill And it's all bourbon whiskey in a shattered glass Cause you're not coming back You're not coming back You're not coming back You're not coming back L E Kornfeld (Elfy Kornfeld Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved

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"Rustic, Rootsy, and Sunny-Side Dark"

1. Mockingbird (3:51) With a rainbow looking down and clear skies ahead, always keep the storm in your rear view mirror... There is still hope for the hopeless, and the evocative atmosphere is spine tingling.
2. Sweet Sally (5:36) When you're left with the constant reminders of a house full of memories. So much clutter, yet it's the emptiest place on earth... The path of affirmation is a long one, better get started.
3. Flowers in the Garden (3:26) When two becomes one, the garden changes forever. The flowers are the pain. The flowers are the healing... The best sad songs are the ones that make you look up.
4. Being Human (4:31) When life makes a monkey out of you, hang on to the one thing that makes you human, and hope that it hangs on to you... The melancholy instrumentation dances gently with a chillingly assured vocal
5. Falling’s Easy (3:19) The circle seems neverending as the bridges burn in your wake, but you can always go home on your next spin around and start again... The eternal hope of a vicious cycle.
6. Nashville Road (3:49) A rustic slice of Appalachian history, as a boy surveys his way into manhood. The imagery of a bygone era is brought to life in eloquent fashion.
7. Dogwoods to Maples (3:44) When that which brings comfort is the very poison that destroys your soul. It hurts like hell when the harmony sours, but the alternative is worse.
8. Bitter and Sweet (4:34) Booze is the serum of truth and the betrayer of secret love. Words of wisdom and regret... That floating mandolin will melt your heart.
9. Let You Go (4:59) Sometimes you have to let go, but the pain of loss still permeates the soul. When pain is the only remedy for pain, a mournful, haunting melody is never far away.

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released October 1, 2019

Elfy Kornfeld Baritone Ukulele, Vocals
Rick Russell Guitar
Terrell Jones Bass, Harmony Vocals
Joshua Sill Mandolin
Guest Artists: Jeff Webb (pedal steel guitar on track 6); Jaden Passero (Accordion on Track 8); Mark Lewis (Fiddle on Track 9)

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The Scatterlings Asheville, North Carolina

"Rustic, Rootsy, and Sunny-Side Dark"

Americana/Roots music with mountain influences, folk stylings, astute songwriting, textural instrumentation, songs about heartbreak, whiskey, killings, hangings and other happy things

The Scatterlings are a four-piece acoustic/Americana band based in Asheville, North Carolina.
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