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Music Commentary

An exploration of songs and songwriting via the music of Scott Simpson and Dancin’ Moon Studio of Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills of South Dakota

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Featured song from 2008's Black Hills Dirt E

Mile 52 Blues

Well, a hundred miles is a long, long ride
A hundred miles is a long long ride
Ain’t no place that you can hide.
A hundred miles is a long long ride

Yeah but I’m ridin’ in the sun,
I’m just ridin’ in the sun.
I’m passin’ mile 21
I’m just ridin’, ridin’ ridin’ in the sun.

Well there’s so much that you can see
There’s so much you can see
At mile 33…
There’s so much, so much so much that you can see.

I’m just glad that I’m alive,
I’m just glad I’m alive.
Here at mile 45
I’m just glad that I’m alive, alive, alive…

Yeah, yeah… I’m at mile 45…

(instrumental)

Now’s the time to get the blues…
Now’s the time to get the blues,
Just at mile 52, yeah,
Now’s the time, the time, the time to get the blues

Here at mile 52
Here at mile 52
Now’s the time now’s the time to get the blues
Here at mile 52
Mile 52
Mile 52
Get the blues…
Mile 52
52…

Now now watcha gonna do?
Here at 52 I got the blues
Mile 52…
Watcha gonna do? (long fade)

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Featured song from 2008's RED E

Gently

The poet said that life was just a dream.
He was talking to me.
The poet said that life was like a stream.
He was talking to me.

And so you row your boat 
on gently down the stream
even when
you think you're gonna scream
because you know
that life is just a dream.

Well, Jack and Jill were best of friends.
He would follow her and she would follow him
anywhere...
up the hill, they were thirsty.

But Jacky lost his footing
and tumbled down the hill.
Right behind him
came his Jill.
They went up thirsty,
they're thirsty still.
They're thirsty still.

Little boy, why do you look so blue?
It seems to me you've got nothin' to do
but dream...
sleep, and dream of sheep.

The sheep are in the meadow,
the cows are in the corn.
All the people
seem so forlorn.
So leave your dreams,
come blow your horn,
come blow your horn.

And so you row your boat 
on gently down the stream
even when
you think you're gonna scream
because you know
that life is just a dream.

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Featured song from 2012's The Long View LP 

As We Are Known

Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face…

I always see reflections:
This mirror right in front of me
I always see reflections,
Oh, to be known
And to know…

(instrumental)

I always see reflections:
This mirror right in front of me
I always see reflections,
Oh, to be known
And to know…

Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face…

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Featured song from 2008's Nothing Knew LP 

Nothing Knew

Nothing knew I’d fall again
Nothing knew the bitter end
Nothing saw me safely home
Knew I’d find myself all alone
Nothing knew… Nothing knew…

Nothing healed my broken mind
Nothing was a good friend of mine
Nothing stings like alcohol
Nothing echoes down the hall
Nothing knew… Nothing knew…

Nothing comes between us
Nothing comes between us
Nothing comes between us
Nothing knew… Nothing knew..

Nothing always speaks the truth
Nothing stopped old mister Booth
Nothing feeds the hungry children
Nothing pacifies this war we’re building
Nothing knew… Nothing knew…

Nothing comes between us 
Nothing comes between us 
Nothing comes between us 
Nothing comes between us
Nothing comes between us
Nothing comes between us
Nothing knew… Nothing knew…

Nothing gained, Nothing lost
Nothing heads off the next Holocaust
Nothing knew the bitter end
Nothing knew I’d fall again…

 

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"Closet" Studio in Grand Junction, CO

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Featured song from 2012's Nebraska Catfish LP 

Midwest Town

In a Midwest town
when the winter comes you never see the ground;
see the children spill onto the street
for the wind to scatter like autumn leaves.
Take yourself to a small cafe,
and have a cup of coffee with your toast today.
Hear the farmers talkin' politics
with their leather hands and brown toothpicks.

Yeah...
she's comin' in big slow flakes
to touch your face---
best watch out,
she'll be driftin' above your neck
in no time

In a Midwest town
by the interstate--- hear the semi-sound.
Hear it droning in the air at night 
just beneath the geese in flight.
And they spread their gracious wings
in the night-blind sky they begin to sing.
There you are--- safe and sound
in a Midwest town you can never be found.

They'll never find you there.
People leave their doors unlocked---
go for walks at three-in-the-morning
in a Midwest town.

In a Midwest town
people go to church without their heads held down.
In a Midwest town
you can raise your kids with their feet on the ground.
You can go down to the Tastee Freeze
or go swingin' in the park--- whatever you please.
You can listen to the creek in a springtime thaw,
steal a porchswing kiss--- anything at all.
Find your love in a Midwest town... 
You can find your love in a Midwest town... 

Found my love in Nebraska…
Found my love in Nebraska…
Found my love in Nebraska…
Found my love in Nebraska…

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Featured song from 2013's Edge of the Known LP 

Who Sings This Song?

Oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh...

Who owns this land? 
Who owns this land? 
Who owns this land? 
Who took it from these hands? 

Who built this fence? 
Who built this fence? 
Who built this fence? 
Who's been in and who's been out ever since? 

Who broke the peace? 
Who broke the peace? 
Who broke the peace? 
When's this occupation ever gonna cease? 

Who sings this song? 
Who sings this song? 
Who sings this song? 
How loud we gonna sing it, and how long? 

Who sings this song? 
Who sings this song? 
Who sings this song? 
How loud we gonna sing it, and how long? 

How long? 
How long? 
How long? 
How long must we sing this song? 

How long? 
How long? 
How long? 
How long must we sing this song? 

 

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Featured song from 2014's Do Not Rush the Dawn LP 

Bugsy

She’s right there by my head
It’s not a double, it’s a queen-sized bed.
She’s got a funny little snore 
when she sleeps
and a little black nose to sniff out
the secrets that she keeps.
It don’t matter how my day
ducked and dodged me,
she’s right there with her 
warm little body.
I sit down, she’s up in my lap
licking off my worries
‘til she curls up for a nap.

Bugsy, Bugsy, Bugsy girl
you’ve got my heart,
I’ve got the whole wide world.
See, there ain’t no judgment 
in your wide-open eyes,
you take what’s given
and you tell no lies.

It’s real, you’re an
understated party…
it don’t matter if we’re early
or we’re tardy.
You sniff out love
and you jump up for a treat.
You get so excited
you can’t stay on your feet.
Oh Bugsy girl, come on up here,
let me whisper in your ear…
You know I love you Bugsy,
Bugsy girl…Bugsy, Bugsy, Bugsy girl.

Now some things in life
have their price,
you plunk down your change
and you think that’s nice,
but there’re some friendships
that just can’t be bought,
they’re freely given and they’re
freely sought.
Me, I love the furry kind
a little cold on the nose
and waggly on the behind.
Yeah little Bugsy’s just as
good as they get.
I ain’t seen none that could
match her yet, no.

Bugsy, Bugsy, Bugsy girl
you’ve got my heart,
I’ve got the whole wide world.
See, there ain’t no judgment 
in your wide-open eyes,
you take what’s given
and you tell no lies.

It’s real, you’re an 
ankle-high army—
I see you coming and you
always disarm me.
I’ve got to smile when you
run that way,
your legs like springs
when the big dogs play.
Well, you sniff at the flowers
and you chew at the grass;
you never let a single 
morsel pass.
You’ve got a hunger
just puts me to shame.
makes me happy just to speak 
your name.
Bugsy, won’t you come up here
let me whisper in your ear…
You know I love you Bugsy,
Bugsy girl…
Bugsy, Bugsy, Bugsy girl.
Bugsy, Bugsy, Bugsy girl.

Bugsy, Bugsy, Bugsy girl
you’ve got my heart,
I’ve got the whole wide world.
See, there ain’t no judgment 
in your wide-open eyes,
you take what’s given
and you tell no lies.
Bugsy, Bugsy, Bugsy girl.

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Featured song 
from 2011's No Standing LP 

Kick It

I was born 
With a stubbornness inside,
if you close that door, 
I’m gonna kick it open,
Kick it open wide, Yeah-Yeah, Yeah-Yeah…

Back in first grade, old Mrs. Nielson
Pulled me close, said, “How does it feel son
To be taking up space and time,
‘Cause you’re wasting yours and you’re wasting mine.”

So I learned what I should not do,
What I could not do,
What I would not do;
And I learned that, whatever they said,
I’d rather be dead than keep it in my head.

They said, “Here is the line.”
I was already somewhere else doing something else,
And calling it mine.
They said, “You need a ticket.”
I said, “Then stand aside—it’ll open wide
‘Cause I’m gonna kick it.”

Yeah-Yeah…

Too many people these days
Walking around in a pitiful haze.
Everybody’s full of doubt, they can’t get out--
Too afraid to shout.

You never know what the boundaries are
‘til you see how far you can push that bar.
You’ll find yourself defined by the corporate mind
and the bottom line.

They say, “Stay in your place.”
I say, “I’m movin’ on; I’ll see you there
At the end of this race.”
They say, “You don’t get to pick it.”
I say, “Then set ‘er up straight and make it look great,
Cause I’m gonna kick it.”

I was born 
With a stubbornness inside,
if you close that door, 
I’m gonna kick it open,
Kick it open wide, Yeah-Yeah, Yeah-Yeah…

I’m gonna kick it, I’m gonna kick it…

I was born…
But not yesterday.

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Featured song 
from 2010's Letting the Sunlight Back In LP 

Easy Come

Easy come, yeah, easy go
what you thought, well it just ain’t so
you can plan all your hours and days
but they’re all just gonna happen anyway, yeah
they’re all just gonna happen anyway.

Well I knew a man up to his eyes in stock
he was always buying low and selling on the top
then a fat-fingered clerk hit the wrong key
and all his numbers floated off into a bottomless sea

(chorus)

Now I saw a girl, she was hungry for love
and the lover she was with fit her just like a glove
but the winter ended and the ice was freed
and they both floated off like the cottonwood seed.

(chorus)

Now there was a country that would go to war
it was an eye for an eye—they had to even the score
every flash of a drone or explosive device
killed an enemy once and made an enemy twice.

(chorus)

Now there was a people and they were so smart--
they tried to build them a Heaven tearing the world apart
but when they opened the gates their faces all fell,
there was not much left but a customized Hell.

Easy come, yeah, easy go
what you thought, well it just ain’t so
you can plan all your hours and days
but if you’re not giving Love it’s gonna suck anyway
Not giving love, not giving love, not giving love it’s gonna suck anyway
you can plan all your hours and days
but if you’re not giving Love it’s gonna suck anyway
if you’re not giving love.

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