If I Didn't Know Better

by Arum Rae

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released October 24, 2012

all songs written and performed by Arum Rae Valkonen except "If I Didn't Know Better" which was co-written by Arum Rae Valkonen and John Paul White

all songs recorded by Roy Talyor at his house
"If I Didn't Know Better" recorded by John Congleton

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Track Name: Virginia Sweep
I'm lost in New York City
Craving for the south country
My sweet baby in our cabin on the creek
And the rolling green,
Green Virginia Sweep

Or take me down, down
To Knoxville or Nashville
The Tennessee stretch
Darlin' McFarland
Take me to Memphis
Where the whiskey will two step me
Down to New Orleans

I've never been to Texas
But my eyes they want to see
The sun going down
Over the lonely ground
Where the outlaws sleep
And the gold thirsty ran free
To my old Cripple Creek
Is in the hills and the fields of ages
Of the wild country

Oh Ma, gas is higher than it's ever been
They're passing new laws
And the war is still going on
And the rebel's still singing his victory songs
Late at night
I wait for the fireflies To light my dreams
And guide me back to Jenning's Creek Lane
Where I first felt and wore my full name

I've never been to Texas
But my eyes they want to see
The sun going down
Over the lonely ground
Where the outlaws sleep
And the gold thirsty ran free
To my old Cripple Creek
Is in the hills and the fields of ages
Of the wild country
So my sweet, Virginia
Roll On
Track Name: Magnolia
I watch the moon grow
I wish you were here
Tell me a fortune
I've been needing to hear
Sweet Magnolia
Soft as she can be

The skies are changing
To wind and rain
The kind you like to stay out in
So I went climbing
Just to sit and be where you've been
Sweet Magnolia
Soft as she can be

There's a storm on the ocean baby
I can see it from here
You know I could love you tender baby
And I could love you wild
Track Name: Colfax Town
There's no hope for myself trying to be a good pearl
Tried to walk the line and see the light
But as the sun sets, the lonelier I get

Tried to put my thoughts down
Keep my hands in my pockets
Not to make a sound
Or go down to Colfax Town
Just cocaine and running and howling all night long
A tango with hell but it sure don't matter none
Cause my baby left me in 2001
I haven't see the sun since he's been gone
All I do is watch the moon

So nothings right it's all messed up
I'm lonely and I'm grieving
My conscience hallelujah drives me to thinking
And the good in me to leaving

I tried to put my thoughts down
Keep my hands in my pockets
Not to make a sound
Or go down to Colfax Town
Just cocaine and running and howling all night long
A tango with hell but it sure don't matter none
Cause my baby left me in 2001
I haven't see the sun since he's been gone
All I do is watch the moon

I forgot who I was last night
Who I was and where I came from
It felt good but it didn't feel right
Oh Ma I lost the light

Just gambling and running and howling all night long
A tango with hell but it sure don't matter none
Cause my baby left me in 2001
The stairs don't creak since he's been gone
All I do is watch the moon
Track Name: Dirty Devil
There's a demon following me around
He rips me from my sleep
I can't figure why danger is shaking my knees

No I don't spend much time
Addressing a worried mind
Or bent in a paranoid tide
See I have my own ways
And long gone are the days
I'm putting up with those I don't like

So if its death that's approaching me
Around the bend I shall concede
But if this lost friend, is a just a taunt with no end
Then I'll laugh at him

There's nothing sweeter than love
The Lord sent me a patient man
And I learned from my Momma
And all the ways of her smile

No I don't spend much time
Addressing a worried mind
Or bent in a paranoid tide
See I have my own ways
And long gone are the days
I'm putting up with those I don't like

So if its death that's approaching me
Around the bend I shall concede
But if this lost friend, is a just a taunt with no end
Then I'll laugh at him

And dance around this dirty devil in my dreams
Track Name: Heaven and Home
It's a town outside of town
Where the streets are only busy with the breeze
And the grocery shelves they stay empty
And the county's dry of gin and whiskey

There's not much to do around here but raise a family
And living's on the poorer side
But the eating is good and the talk is friendly and is understood
That we're all just trying to get by

So my friends and me
We lie awake all night
Getting serenaded by the cicadas in the summertime
Sharing our homemade wine
This place may not be much to some
But to us it's Heaven and Home

Dragging my lonely heart far behind me
I've been wandering
While my baby-to-be lies only in my dreams
There's truth in angels
And in the stories that I've been told
That life will forge his own road girls
And it won't look like gold

So my friends and me
We lie awake all night
Getting serenaded by the cicadas in the summertime
Sharing our homemade wine
This place may not be much to some
But to us it's Heaven and Home
Track Name: Cryin' Eyes
We had a fast and hard love
I'm forever changed
I might as well just die
For I know I'll never have you again

I can't see the point
To living
Spending all my time wishing
My cryin' eyes keep cryin' and I can't stop them

The beer's flat and the crowd's tripped on
I'm not trying to roll home
I don't want to be there
Don't want to be here
I'm just-a-nowhere

I can't see the point
To living
Spending all my time wishing
My cryin' eyes keep cryin' and I can't stop them

So I'm giving it up all
Take it all this love can't go to waste
I threw my heart into a black pond last night
And made a deal with Time

Morning sun and the fog's in my eyes
The fog on the hill where the old man hung his head
The bar's behind me
And the green field turned yellow keep me lonely
If only
There were a carriage for my tears

I can't see the point
To living
Spending all my time wishing
My cryin' eyes keep cryin' and I can't stop them
Track Name: So Bad
You made it so bad baby
That I can't go back
You made it so bad
That my love for you
No it don't mean a thing

No matter the darkest nights
Or the long long hours I've cried
When the winds even howling for you
And the stars won't shine
They're too blue
No matter how bad I want you
You made it so bad
That my love for you
It don't matter no how

You, I can't change
And I'd only myself to blame
For drawing the worst out in you
But maybe the best things too
I remember all of the ways that you held me
So safe from everything
But you
Track Name: One Good Night To Kill
I know you ain't gonna call me
Or try and track me down
We had our moment
And I more than enjoyed it
The weightless fooling around

You've been riding on the waves of my mind
Far from the deep walls that bind and hold me still
It was one good night to kill

Rest easy I won't come knockin'
For I know your door is sealed
To a life that you built
I won't tempt you with guilt
Or try and push a deal

Morning comes and the night passes on
On up the hill
But back there we made love in the square
It was one good night to kill

Treasures found and treasures buried
You I'd never conceal
I won't keep you for mine
And from another girl I won't steal

We were alone once
And never again
With you
Will time stand still
It was one good night to kill