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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 2017's Refuge L

Love You Perfectly

All my love
All my doubt
All the things I've done
All the things I could do without…

Oh, it's you
You are the one who sees me through
Yeah, and it's me
Gonna try to love you perfectly.

On the day we met
I didn't yet know you owned my soul
I only saw your beauty there, on the surface shining
Waiting to make me whole.

Oh, it's you
You are the one who sees me through
Oh, yeah and it's me
Gonna try to love you perfectly.

We are joined in this dance
Every day and every hour
We will share every delicacy
Every sweet and every sour.

Oh, it's you
You are the one who sees me through
Yeah, and it's me
Gonna try to love you perfectly.
Oh, it's you
You are the one who sees me through
Yeah, yeah and it's me
Gonna try to love you perfectly.

Watch original music video here!

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Featured song from 2018's Gravitate L

Heatwave

Three dogs and a hammock
And a cool breeze after a hot day
Heatwave in the canyon
You’re singin’ Eagle and the Hawk from memory
Seems like we were just kids
Thirty years and a lifetime away
Seems like all the hard times
Come and go like a heatwave…

Open the windows, turn off the lights
Bring on the thunder—flash in the night
Rain on the rooftop… try as we might
We can’t get to love, until we burn out the fight.
Until we burn out the fight.

Two kids and a red jeep
On a dirt road up to the mountain top
Late nights in the basement
Watch ‘em sing and dance like they’ll never stop
Watch ‘em grow through the tough years—
Middle school, boyfriends and bullies—
You and I learned the hard way
Hearts burst when they get so full, please…

Open the windows, turn off the lights
Bring on the thunder—flash in the night
Rain on the rooftop… try as we might
We can’t get to love, until we burn out the fight.
Until we burn out the fight.

(instrumental verse & chorus)

Ten years and a few more dollars
Maybe we’ll both leave our jobs
Spend weeks on an island beach
I don’t know, what are the odds?
But right now I want to hear about your day—
The crazy things your co-worker said.
I want to tell you how I missed you last week
When I was in some distant hotel bed…

Open the windows, turn off the lights
Bring on the thunder—flash in the night
Rain on the rooftop… try as we might
We can’t get to love, until we burn out the fight.
Open the windows, turn off the lights
Bring on the thunder—flash in the night
Rain on the rooftop… try as we might
We can’t get to love, until we burn out the fight.
Until we burn out the fight.

Seems like we were just kids
Thirty years and a lifetime away
Seems like all the hard times
Come and go like a heatwave…

 

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Featured song from 2018's A. Dream L

Alone

He was alone, he was alone.
She was alone, she was alone…

And we’re born, and...
And we’re born, and...
And we’re born, and we don’t know nothin’…

Gotta find a face, gotta find a place…
Gotta find a heart, gotta find a hand…

He was alone, he was alone.
She was alone, she was alone….

 

Link to Joseph Marshall III's The Story of the Flute Maker on Spotify

Link to Joseph Marshall II's The Lakota Way

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Featured song from 2014's LIVE in the Black Hills L

People As Tall As Mountains

There's a bird here,
It has a broke wing
And there are coyotes
On the prowl;
And there are people
Forgot how to sing,
They are broken Somehow.

There is a pine tree
Once struck by lightening
Its needles red-brown
As blood;
And there are people
As tall as mountains
Who now have fallen
Right where they stood.

There's a bird here,
It has a broke wing
And there are coyotes
On the prowl;
And there are people
Forgot how to sing,
They are broken Somehow.
There is a pine tree
Once struck by lightening
Its needles red-brown
As blood;
And there are people
As tall as mountains
Who now have fallen
Right where they stood.

They have fallen…
They have fallen,
Right where we stood.

 

Watch LIVE performance video here.

Watch Official Music Video here.

 

Originally appeared on...

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2013's Edge of the Known L

People As Tall As Mountains

 

Visit www.ScottSimpsonMusic.com 

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Featured song from 2015's Circuitous & Before the Great Divide: Remasters L

In the Hills

Something’s blowing through the Hills tonight
something’s riding on the wind
Orion’s lying down beside me now
just to comfort his old friend
I can’t remember when we made the change
I can’t remember what went wrong
I’m just here waiting for the wind to shift
bring me words to sing this song

I never said I didn’t love you
you never said you didn’t care
so why am I here with the lonely stars
while you’re crying, crying somewhere out there

Here’s a river that’s run empty now
you still can see the polished stones
after all the care she gave to them
the river left them all alone
And there’s a storm cloud waiting in the west
to fill the lowlands with her tears
she’ll move the mountains when the levies break
like they haven’t moved in years

I know I told you that I love you
but you never seem to hear
that’s why I’m heavy as a lonely stone
and I’m crying, yes I’m crying way out here

(instrumental)

I want to tell you that I’m sorry
I know that’s only words
how can we make things work
when we’re just too far apart to be heard

The Hills are singing me a song tonight
I listen hard to catch the tune
they say the winter is approaching fast
and I must be leaving soon
The trees are putting on their autumn coats
the squirrels are gathering their store
I pledged myself to you ten years ago
how could I ask for more?

I left the house and you were crying
I didn’t know the words to say
I still don’t know just how to comfort you
but I’m coming home, I’m gonna try anyway.

 

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Featured song from 2015's The Road Behind L

In the Hills
(instrumental version)

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2011's Tasunke Witko Film Soundtrack L

In the Hills
(instrumental version)

 

Welcome to VOTE SPEARFISH WEEK!

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The nationwide vote is on! Help Spearfish, South Dakota win $500,000 for small business. The winning town is decided by popular vote. We need you to rally your friends, family, co-workers from across the nation to vote for Spearfish. Let’s get the word out to vote for Spearfish.

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Featured song from 2000's Topo: Acoustic Landscapes L

Across the Canyon
(instrumental)

 

Welcome to VOTE SPEARFISH WEEK!

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Vote here:

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The nationwide vote is on! Help Spearfish, South Dakota win $500,000 for small business. The winning town is decided by popular vote. We need you to rally your friends, family, co-workers from across the nation to vote for Spearfish. Let’s get the word out to vote for Spearfish.

Spearfish needs your help to be featured on Season 5 of Small Business Revolution.

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2) Call, text, email, or message any acquaintances from across the nation and tell them about voting.

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Featured song from 2015's The Road Behind L

Photo Graphe'
(instrumental)

Watch Music Video Here!

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Welcome to VOTE SPEARFISH WEEK!

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Vote here:

https://smallbusinessrevolution.org/small-business-revolution/main-street/season-five#voting-form

The nationwide vote is on! Help Spearfish, South Dakota win $500,000 for small business. The winning town is decided by popular vote. We need you to rally your friends, family, co-workers from across the nation to vote for Spearfish. Let’s get the word out to vote for Spearfish.

Spearfish needs your help to be featured on Season 5 of Small Business Revolution.

Vote every day, from every device you have.

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2) Call, text, email, or message any acquaintances from across the nation and tell them about voting.

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Featured song from 2015's The Road Behind L

Close to Home
(instrumental)

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Welcome to VOTE SPEARFISH WEEK!

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Vote here:

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The nationwide vote is on! Help Spearfish, South Dakota win $500,000 for small business. The winning town is decided by popular vote. We need you to rally your friends, family, co-workers from across the nation to vote for Spearfish. Let’s get the word out to vote for Spearfish.

Spearfish needs your help to be featured on Season 5 of Small Business Revolution.

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Featured song from 2015's The Road Behind L

Spearfish Canyon
(instrumental)

Also available on...

Circuitous_Before_the_Great_Divide_2015.jpg

Welcome to VOTE SPEARFISH WEEK!

 VOTE_SPEARFISH_WEEK.jpg

Vote here:

https://smallbusinessrevolution.org/small-business-revolution/main-street/season-five#voting-form

The nationwide vote is on! Help Spearfish, South Dakota win $500,000 for small business. The winning town is decided by popular vote. We need you to rally your friends, family, co-workers from across the nation to vote for Spearfish. Let’s get the word out to vote for Spearfish.

Spearfish needs your help to be featured on Season 5 of Small Business Revolution.

Vote every day, from every device you have.

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2) Call, text, email, or message any acquaintances from across the nation and tell them about voting.

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

Punch Another Hole 

Oh, this ship’s a-sinkin’
Oh, this ship’s a-sinkin’

There’s a hole in the bottom of the ocean
there’s a hole in the bottom of the sea
Lots of muck coming up on the beaches
as far as I can see, yeah;
lots of people feeding their addiction
everybody got some place to go
every rig is another shared needle
got to drill baby drill some more.

And if you have a closed fist
every problem is just another time to explode
and if you have your eyes closed
in this darkness—you’re only gonna find one solution:
you’re gonna punch another hole
gonna punch another hole.

There’s a hole in the bottom of my pocket,
there’s a hole in my market share
there’s a bookie who’ll take your bet
anytime, anywhere…
there’s a sucker born every minute
gonna mortgage off his soul;
all it takes is a shiny shovel
he’s gonna dig his own hole.

(repeat chorus)

There’s a hole at the end of the muzzle
don’t get in my way--
a thousand more are coming right behind me
gonna make you change your ways;
every hole is a mouth to a tunnel
stretching back to an empty place;
every eye looking down the barrel
wears another human face.

(repeat chorus twice)

Oh, this ship’s a-sinkin’
Oh, this ship’s a-sinkin’
Oh, this ship’s a-sinkin’
Oh, this ship’s a-sinkin’
Oh, this ship’s a-sinkin’
Oh…

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