Mike Gentry

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1.
"Dirt Roads And Dandelions" Young flower, lend an ear Another Michigan spring is here I’d like to take you out and show you around The grass will grow, crazy high Mud puddles and butterflies and I I’d like to take you out and show you around I know you’re somewhere on city streets Where the concrete and gray skies meet You know that somehow it seems incomplete Hey now, hey now Dirt roads, and dandelions Dirt roads, and dandelions And when you called the other day You hadn’t changed, didn’t have much to say And if you’ve got to go, I’m going to let you But you know that I’ll be here in the summer sun When the leaves fall down, when the winter comes I’ll be there to show you around I know you’re somewhere on city streets Where the concrete and gray skies meet You know that somehow it seems incomplete Hey now, hey now
2.
"Chasing It After It’s Gone" I’m not one to trade small smiles when my life seems to slip away I just need that slow sweet song to remind me, there were better days When we used to go around town with the radio up and the windows rolled down Remembering your hand in mine I thought maybe tonight, might still be some time to go Chasin’ yeah and I’m… Chasin’ it after it’s gone Oh, you must be running late ‘cause you should be here by now I’ve made the arrangements and I’ll pay for it somehow… But wait, there’s the phone It seems something’s come up and the rest, well, you know… Thanks for the call, goodbye, we’ll do this again (yeah, right) some other time When I’m… Chorus: Remember when our lives were so simple that we could not ever go wrong? I need to find the time, before my dreams die, ‘cause I’ve lived this way for too long After it’s gone Look there on the road up ahead, there’s a sign that says, “here lies the words left unsaid” So speak like the morning, “Hello,” you can’t get there from here still there’s places to go So stop: Chasin’ yeah and I’m… Chasin’ it after it’s gone…
3.
04:43
"California" Goodbye, California The best years of my life I leave behind I closed our green apartment door for one last time And though I thought I might be wrong You said that you would come along, so it’s Hello, to Arizona It’s here I took my favorite pictures of you Smiling by the roadside, in the reddish desert sunset And through the night and by my side You make my life a perfect ride You said that you would follow me to the ends of the earth So how far, how far do I have to go, for you to follow me? Sunrise, on a Texas morning The road rolls out for miles across the plains I could see the brilliant ball of orangey light Just coming shining in your eyes And with no one nothing to fear This would be our finest year Midnight, Missouri highway Time to stop for the night The sheets were cold and white You were so soft and warm beside me You laid your head upon my chest And with the sweetest sleep we’re blessed It´s on to Michigan, we're almost home now The stormy winter sky begins to rain The night fell icy black, slow went our last one hundred miles We saw Ann Arbor´s city lights And everything would be alright A week went by, and you went home on a plane You said that sometime soon you would be back But the days gone by and now you’re just a blue-eyed memory And now I don't know what to do I´m still so much in love with you You said that you would follow me to the ends of the earth So how far, how far do I have to go, for you to follow me?
4.
"One More Candle" She wants a lover, she wants a life He wants a mother to take for his wife Now she’s taken his name In days with feet off the ground He won’t be the same She’s in love with the sound There’s no need to wonder There’s no one to blame You can light one more candle And not lose the flame Love, it’s a fire, and it burns down the walls But faith and desire at times can blind us all Like when night turns to day In the way, with sun shining down All I’m trying to say is I’ll see you around There’s no need to wonder There’s no one to blame You can light one more candle And not lose the flame We fall together, we come apart Shining forever, timeless as art If you can’t find your way When the world keeps holding you down Just live for the day You know in your heart you can turn it around When there’s no need to wonder There’s no one to blame You can light one more candle And not lose the flame
5.
03:36
"Oo Aa Oa O" I've see them come, I've seen them go The ones that everybody somehow seems to know I've seen the sun, I've seen the signs It seems the blind are always following the blind Oo Aa Oa O O Oo Aa Oa O We pray for light, we pray for rain We know we're right, we'll go to fight in our God's name We pray for peace, we pray for love Still we live live with fears we need to rise above Oo Aa Oa O O Oo Aa Oa O And if it seems your dream's forsaken On the roads you haven't taken Well, you know that you're not making it on your own All alone Oo Aa Oa O O Oo Aa Oa O And here we are, and here we'll be Until we open up our hearts and learn to see And here we'll stand, and here we'll fall Until we find that we're together after all Oo Aa Oa O O Oo Aa Oa O
6.
"October Leaving" Open, yes the the page is open Taking all that I have to give Falling, yes I'm falling I've given all that I had to give And now it's cold, yes, it's cold October leaving We were young, yes we were young And simple truths went unspoken Songs were sung, yes were sung... And never will be broken Green, the days were green Full of light and shining wonder Love, still is love But colors change and days are numbered Whisper with the wind Surrender and in peace Let go... let go... I'll see you in the Spring Now it's cold, yes, it's cold October leaving
7.
03:36
"One Water" We belong to the sea, you and me We fall, one and all equally Like the river, like the rain Like our tears that try to explain We fall, one and all, to the sea One world One Mother One life No other One son One daughter One love One water As our days float on by, you and I We fall, one and all, by and by... Like the wave to the shore It feels like we've been here before Like the wave we will all say goodbye One world One Mother One life No other One son One daughter One love One water
8.
"It’s Not A Race" Away in the darkness Deep in the night Fading to whisper Waiting for light Promised in secret And openly spoken What did you wish for Were you left hopin'? Did you pray for your soul to be saved? Did you face all your fears and be brave? We all know we're going Going the same place We all know we're human But it's not a race You can't try on another Life just for size So go tell your truths And mumble your lies All that you learn And all you forget The ones that you love The ones you regret Don't tell me what not to do And I'll do the same thing for you... We all know we're going Going the same place We all know we're human But it's not a race
9.
"Tonight, the Moon" It looks like it’s time to leave tonight I’m always the last to know Why is it just when it seems so right Do I find myself all alone Where have you gone tonight sweet sister? Yours is the only light that shines as pure And if these lonely eyes could speak tonight They’d say these words to you Tonight the moon is too beautiful Tonight the moon is too beautiful for you Tonight the moon is too beautiful for you to not be here So speak won’t you once so that I might hear What my memory softly plays Here in the calm of a midnight clear I can feel you from miles away Where have you gone tonight sweet sister? Yours is the only light that shines as pure And if these lonely eyes could speak tonight They’d say these words to you Tonight the moon is too beautiful Tonight the moon is too beautiful for you Tonight the moon is too beautiful for you to not be here
10.
"Last Time I Was Loving You" If I was a child forever, I could be lonely Knowing there was still time, time left to be with you Now each time I see the leaves falling down I’m reminded of the last time Last time I was loving you Your eyes whispered and I heard, soft sweet melodies These things I’ll remember, well And I’ll give thanks for these Now each time I see the leaves falling down I’m reminded of the last time Last time I was loving you I went for a walk this morning, and I saw your neighbors wave, at me And on my face my best smile cause I’ve got nothing but my face to save Now each time I see the leaves falling down I’m reminded of the last time Last time I was loving you
11.
03:50
"Until Then" There’s a place way down inside you know Where everything’s all right There’s a love that fills your very soul And warms the coldest night Now some will say there will come a day When we’ll live in the light Until then, I’ll live in love with you tonight Until then, I’ll live in love with you tonight There’s a time that somehow seems to know That everything’s all right When whispers long and gone still speak And sing all through the night Now some will say there will come a day When we’ll live in the light Until then, I’ll live in love with you tonight Until then, I’ll live in love with you tonight There’s a star to make a wish upon It shines there in your eyes A fire burns in winter snow And never dies Now some will say there will come a day When we’ll live in the light Until then, I’ll live in love with you tonight Until then, I’ll live in love with you tonight

credits

released July 10, 2018

All songs written by Mike Gentry 2018

Recorded at Rooftop Recording www.facebook.com/RooftopRecording/
Engineered by David Roof
Produced by David Roof and Mike Gentry

The players:
Mike Gentry: Guitars, Vocals - All Tracks / Percussion - 1, 4, 7 / Piano - 10
Todd Chuba: Drums - Track 5
Donn Deniston: Drums – Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 ,8, 9, 10, 11
Dave Falk: Dobro – Track 10
Milo Gentry: Drums – Track 7
Sara Gibson: Cello – Tracks 3, 6, 7, 11
Rod Johnson: Vocals – Tracks 1, 2, 4
Jesse Thomas Morgan: Piano – Track 1
Peter Smith: Guitar – Track 7
Dave Solo: Guitar – Tracks 1, 4, 5 / Vocals, 1, 2, 4
David Roof: Bass – All Tracks / Piano – 3, 8, 9 / Mandolin - 4 / Vocals – 1, 2, 4

Thank you: Abbie Stahlin Gentry, Caleb Mackinder, Milo Gentry, Mom and Tom, Linda Anderson, Tempie Stahlin, Patricia Lee Clark, Richard Rea, Brian Delaney, Jas Obrecht, Michelle La Place Obrecht, Hank Flandysz, Mike Vial, Nancy Solo, Kristi Appleton Kuick, Cassie Rea, Ted Montei,
Michael Snyder-Barker

This record wouldn't be possible without the support of our local musical community. Thank you, to every venue that hosts live music, to everyone that's come out to shows, and a special thank you to everyone that's shared a bill with me along the way. I have learned so much from you all, and I so value our friendship.

Extra special thanks to Dave Solo. Your support, encouragement, sense of humor and wisdom has been a great blessing to me.

Dedicated to the memory of Edward W. Stahlin and Tony M. Lewis.

Photography by Milo Gentry

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