Selections From The Blue Moon Bible (Greatest "Hits" 2006​-​2012)

by Sam Russell with The Harborrats

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A compilation from the first six albums of The Blue Moon Bible series, a rock n' roll retelling of Homer's epic-poem "The Odyssey" as written and performed by Sam Russell and his collective of Seattle musicians known as The Harborrats.

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released 29 October 2013

Sam Russell-vocals & guitars

with The Harborrats:

Michael Spaly-guitar, violin, mandolin, vocals
Allison Tulloss-vocals, keyboards, flute
Kate Noson-vocals
Kjell Anderson-violin
Carey Rayburn-trumpet
Ken Nottingham-upright and electric bass
Schuyler Jones-electric bass
Dave Forrester-drums, percussion
Aimee Zoe-drums, percussion
Isaac Chirino-drums & percussion

Jefferson Allen-drums
Scott Andrew-vocals
James Apollo-vocals & keyboard
Clayton Ballard-vocals, accordion
Karl Benetiz-trombone, trumpet
Andrew Blakehall-keyboards
Joan Dirska-keyboards, backing vocals
Shelby Earl-vocals
Sean Fairchild-bass
Rachel Ferguson-backing vocals
Russ Fuller-bass
Marc Hagar-keyboards
Toby Hanson-accordion
Daniel Hunt-drums, percussion
Micah Hulscher-piano, organ, keyboards
Dennis Jolin-drums, percussion, Speak n' Say
Sean Lambrecht-guitar, keyboards
Mark Livingston-electric bass
Chris Mulally-vocals
Ian Rodney-electric guitar
Justin Roeser-electric guitar, percussion
John Tomlinson-Hammond B3
Carlos Tulloss-6-string bass
Nathan Wade-vocals, National guitar, singing saw
Andrea Yoshida-viola, backing vocals

recorded and mixed by
Conrad Uno & Johnny Sangster
with Charles Bork, Michael Spaly, Brad Zeffren, Nick Narny, Justin Roeser

individual tracks mastered by Ed Brooks @ RFI Mastering

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Sam Russell Seattle, Washington

Sam Russell preaches the gospel of heartbreak and decadence via The Blue Moon Bible, an in-progress series of 8 albums, backed up by his combined band and choir collective of The Harborrats. Folk, soul, doo-wop and everything in-between add to up a version of rock n' roll that searches to find divinity in love instead of God, as sung by a failed Christian and his fellow heathens. ... more

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Track Name: The Sugar Nile
The Sugar Nile
(words and music by Sam Russell)

baby I can’t see you anymore
‘til it’s been a hundred years or maybe more
but I can still think of the good times
the longer it’s been, the more they’re on my mind

let’s go down the sugar nile, sail it for a little while
close our eyes and travel a whole mind
forget about worries and cares, where they’re not we will be there
we’ll go ridin’ down the sugar nile

you gave me the blanket you had as a child
with rainbow stripes, pink lines and yellow tiles
I took as promise you’d be faithful
but you weren’t and I have that blanket still

let’s go down the sugar nile, sail it for a little while
close our eyes and travel a whole mind
forget about worries and cares, where they’re not we will be there
we’ll go ridin’ down the sugar nile

one more time before it fades away
memories from the magic days
you’d be sick and by the locks we’d lay
and I’d put my lips to your ear and say

let’s go down the sugar nile, sail it for a little while
close our eyes and travel a whole mind
forget about worries and cares, where they’re not we will be there
we’ll go ridin’ down the sugar nile
Track Name: Salted Caramel Shake (feat. Kate Noson)
Salted Caramel Shake
(words and music by Sam Russell)

Kate:
some things never seem to go right when they’re done for the very first time
but if you work hard and try to get better to the very top you can climb

Sam:
from magazines you’ll learn all the ways certain things ought to be done
but when the moment finally arrives a fear is there you can’t outrun

Kate:
all the years you’ve waited so patient for the one to make your heart go numb

Sam:
and take you to the top of the mountain

Kate & Sam:
here it comes here it comes here it comes

Kate:
and this is what it’s like and this is how it feels
if this is what it’s like, is this how it should feel
oh darling let me know how you want it go
if this is what it’s like and this is how it feels

Sam:
people always want to talk about what they heard about what went wrong
how could they know, who would have told a secret that only two were supposed to hold

Kate:
pressure inside builds to exploding, it could burst out with just one touch
Sam: as revenge for a promise now broken

Kate
& Sam::
that you wanted kept so much

and this is what it’s like and this is how it feels
if this is what it’s like, is this how it should feel
oh darling let me know how you want it go
if this is what it’s like and this is how it feels

Kate:
I’m listening and I hear an engine outside passing by

Sam:
it moves so slowly and never stops at red...

Kate & Sam:
: ..lights


many times I’ve broke down and cried when I realized how they all lied
and that love will never be true and each time won’t feel brand new

Kate:
and maybe some things sometimes go right even on the very first try

Sam:
but if they do they’ll never get better

Kate & Sam:
time after time and night after night

and this is what it’s like and this is how it feels
if this is what it’s like, is this how it should feel
oh darling let me know how you want it go
if this is what it’s like and this is how it feels

don’t hurt me one more time...
Track Name: Mt.Prospect
Mt.Prospect
(words and music by Sam Russell)

Sam:
early in the morning I’ll come to you , I’ll be up all night thinking only of you
at the funeral home be waitingthere, standing by casket letting out tears
but while you’re breaking down, I’ll get off train
I’ll start walking but get lost on the way
I’ll be lost in Mt. Prospect all night tryin’ to make it to you

I’ll be walking through the snow ‘round town I will go
talking to myself and the listening ghost
he’ll point the direction but I’ll circle ‘round
stranded in same place I’m standing now

Sam & Kate:
I’m going up hills of Mt. Prospect, trying to get to the top of Mt.Prospect
over and around Mt. Prospect, trying to make it to you

Sam:
and at the Starbucks now I’m standing outside
I broke down went in and called for a ride
I’m watching all the cars pass right on by
if they don’t stop park right under the sign
a clerk comes out, smokes a cigarette
puffs on it a bit then he goes back in
5 minutes 10 minutes 4 more people go in
without saying a word, what kind of town is this

Sam & Kate:
Mr. Prospect, they’re not going to ask you
“Why ya dressed in black are ya going to a funeral?”
“No, just a wake tonight, just a wake
Sam:
just a wake but a party’s in the morning!”

I’ll be back in Mt.Prospect at a drugstore
waiting on a cab to get me to the funeral
back in Mt.Prospect for that ceremony
on my way to see little Katie
I’ll make it there, however I don’t care
back to Mt.Prospect

Kate:
all the boys sing,"we're in the mood," all the boys sing,"we're in the mood"
all the boys sing,"we're in the mood," all the boys sing,"we're in the mood"
all the boys sing,"we're in the mood," all the boys sing,"we're in the mood"

Sam:
I’m gonna sit right down and write a little letter,
explain why for the worse or better yet the better
why I ain’t been back, back at all
to see my friends or give ‘em a call
I said when I left, won’t be back anymore
I ain’t gonna go back down the Mt. anymore

Sam:
I’m gonna stay up here til weather gets hot
stay up here and b a big shot
only go back down to brag about my fame
then get back on the train the very same day
get drunk, get stoned, make my get away
wave goodbye Katie, I’m going away

Sam & Kate:
I’m going back to Mt. Prospect whadda know
back to Mt. Prospect, whew here we go
you say it’s all just a worthless scheme
but it’s all that’s left of my teenage dreams
to escape one fact, to learn and know
it’s back to Mt.Prospect we gotta go
Track Name: Dinner Rush/E.L.L. (feat. James Apollo)
DINNER RUSH/E.L.L.
(words and music by Sam Russell)

Sam & James:
every guy in the place tonight
and at least four girls
pick her out from sights in room
as center of caramel swirl

her smile begins the greeting
and the tone precise starts releasing
cues to think in defense automatically
“everyone loves Libby but me”

in the effort to be unique
and not just a body that breathes
they’ll claim they’re not entranced
by the grace into which she taps

and those working by her side each night
will have even more to deny
and think to themselves dismissively
“everyone loves Libby but me”

Sam, James & Allison:
cause they wouldn’t fall for same reason
that pulls in everyone else
who wouldn’t see what makes her so special
they’d be the only ones that could tell

cause they wouldn’t fall for same reason
that pulls in everyone else
who wouldn’t see what makes her so special
they’d be the only ones that could tell

Sam & James:
when her shift comes to a close
she’ll probably just go home
watch some TV and go to bed
frightened of connection

around Seattle hearts quickly beat
after a single glimpse from the seat
vowing before admitting defeat
“everyone loves Libby but me”
Track Name: I Am the Ghost (feat.Kate Noson)
I AM THE GHOST
(words and music by Sam Russell)

I am the ghost removed from the love
that you once held me in
I am the voice of the woman that
you wanted to be perfect

and now you have her, and now you have her
but you keep me hanging around
your dreams are a swinging door
that I drift in and out of

I am the girl that you missed for so long
and gave up on in your youth
when you met me finally as a man
fantasy became the truth

you said you loved me, you said you loved me
and forever by me you’d stand
then you let your grip slide away and
I slipped right through your hands

I am the ghost that keeps reciting words
over and over she once said
I am the sadness you let linger on
to recall a love that’s dead

and now you have her and now you have her
so leave me be and with her move on
or else she’ll be the ghost that’s haunting you
if you don’t admit I’m gone
Track Name: Candyland
Candyland
(words and music by Sam Russell)

Sam:
we're living close to fear
but contact now is near
can't we for now look away
it'll be OK for one day

balance on border
then face the order
we always knew we'd have to pay
it'll be OK for one day

I left bag unpacked
until last minute
leaving home for first time
staring out for the whole ride

I'd dream of girl like you
someone who’d get through
to dance with at party to the band
while living in the candyland

living in the candyland

James:
living in the candyland

Sam:
living in the candyland

James:
living in the candyland

Sam:
living in the candyland

James, Allison & Michael:
living in the candyland

Sam:
living in the candyland

James, Allison & Michael:
living in the candyland

Sam:
living in the candy-

it's all I thought about
how to find taste out
the wrapper unrolls, we lose control
for handful of peppermint sand

I knew when I was young
life wouldn’t be long enough
I let thoughts of death fill me
with anger, greed and envy

don't make me feel guilty
for skipping ceremony
letters will come soon that demand
why we're still living in the candyland

James:
living in the candyland

Sam:
living in the candyland

James:
living in the candyland

Sam:
living in the candyland

James, Allison & Michael:
living in the candyland

Sam:
living in the candyland

James, Allison & Michael:
living in the candyland

Sam:
living in the candyland
Track Name: Abercrombie Girl (feat. Allison Tulloss, Shelby Earl, Kate Noson, James Apollo & Michael Spaly)
Abercrombie Girl
(words and music by Sam Russell)

Allison:
you wake up in the morning, ready to start working
you slip on your worn-out shoes and wait

Shelby:
all day long to see her, you dream of being with her
but at night, you’re on your lonely way

Kate:
into your apartment where you’ll turn on the TV
pretty soon it’s only her you’re...

Allison, Shelby & Kate:
...watching on the screen and

your feet start tapping
your toes start laughing
your stuck on the Abercrombie Girl
and all the day long
you’ll give in and play along
because you’re stuck on the Abercrombie Girl

Sam:
it started off so gently, you swore that you wouldn’t be
in deep always wishing she was there

James:
you thought that she was cute so you asked her out one night
and had fun til she asked you in

Michael:
then you went upstairs and took a look around
and something deep inside said...

Sam, James & Michael:
“we got to get out now!” but

Allison. Shelby, Kate, Sam, James, Michael, Scott & Nathan:
your feet start tapping
your toes start laughing
your stuck on the Abercrombie Girl
and all the day long
you’ll give in and play along
because you’re stuck on the Abercrombie Girl

Shelby:
wipe those thoughts out of your mind child

Kate & Allison:
if you know what’s good for you

Allison:
and now it’s time to step right up now

Allison. Shelby, Kate, Sam, James, Michael, Scott & Nathan:
and take whatever the teller gives to you.

cause your feet start tapping
your toes start laughing
your stuck on the Abercrombie Girl
and all the day long
you’ll give in and play along
because you’re stuck on the Abercrombie Girl..

Sam:
and any gift you’ll ever buy her

Michael:
well she’ll take it right on back

Kate &
James:
and exchange it for a brand name

Allison. Shelby, Kate, Sam, James, Michael, Scott & Nathan:
and a color completely different cause

your feet start tapping
your toes start laughing
your stuck on the Abercrombie Girl
and all the day long
you’ll give in and play along
because you’re stuck on the Abercrombie Girl
Track Name: My Pink Booth
My Pink Booth
(words by Sam Russell
music by Sam Russell/Sean Lambrecht)

you thought that I was something special
one little look gave it away
I always watched in amazement
the one that I wanted being replaced

and I know that I acted like a child
couldn’t peel shell of the egg
the trouble came in remembering
the moment while another was taking place

then I’d bring back every word you said
consider gospel what should have been dead but

only in the shelter of my pink booth
could I confess at all in my pink booth
and fill every corner in my pink booth
to make the curtain fall in my pink booth

I didn’t take all I wanted
but I didn’t stop wanting all I could take
only when I was abandoned
I decided to do to another the same

after begging for penance on the floor
spilling my same sin over and over

trembling in the brightness of my pink booth
a light always providing in my pink booth
and funneling fulfillment in my pink booth
til we’re safe and secure in my pink booth

my pink booth little by little is crumbling down
I must go in one last time to empty out
knowing just one more opening is all I get
to hide away and truly repent

but i don’t want to let go of what I want
and miss all the juices I know will haunt
and think it’s not too late to right a wrong
even as alarms keep going off

and they’ll ring in the walls of my pink booth
going ding-dong-ding in my pink booth
the clanging here to stay in my pink booth
so I’ll sink all the way in my pink booth

where the milkman sings in my pink booth
and the half-wing wrings in my pink booth
on the throne sits the king of my pink booth
Mama don’t take away my pink booth
Mama don’t take away my pink booth
Track Name: One More Cigarette
One More Cigarette
(words and music by Sam Russell)

Sam:
the night turns to Easter, it’s my new birthday
just like in a past life, that comes back when you say
let’s have one more cigarette while parked in driveway
let’s have one more cigarette before night turns into day

Diana, Diana, "put your head on my shoulder"
Diana, Diana, "wouldn’t it be nice if we were older"

and I wouldn’t have to fight the high of a homesick
with you around, I don’t look down, it all comes back with the flick
of just one more cigarette before I get on track
just one more cigarette before smoke covers crack

Diana, Diana, "there’s a place where lovers go"
Diana, Diana, "sooner or later one of us must know"

that it goes without saying, all these songs in our heads
reincarnate everything, even the regret

it’ll be church in a few hours but we won’t be there
to hear your sister singing, instead our throats will tear
from just one more cigarette before I go inside
just one more cigarette, before away you ride

Diana, Diana, "I saw the harbor lights"
Diana, Diana, "don’t worry baby, we’ll make it alright"

with just one more cigarette, just one more cigarette
just one more cigarette

when we get to heaven we’ll walk down the streets paved with gold
when we get to heaven I know we won’t have to grow old
when we get to heaven we’ll stand on the top of the sun
when we get to heaven away from dark fields we’ll run
Track Name: Angels 'Round the Throne Pt.1
ANGELS 'ROUND THE THRONE PT. 1
(words and music by Sam Russell)

Sam:
he saw I made her cry
and led her to the swings
I took hand of girl at my side
and tied around her finger a blue ring
made out of the strands
of a shattered water balloon
she laughed and threw it down
I looked away and suddenly saw you

and in the courtroom Katie watched
my old name out being crossed
replaced by mom’s maiden and my middle one
Dad said son do this we’ll be through
my heart’s a water balloon
leaking out tears I baptized you in
that washed away your original sin
if you throw away the name I gave to you
you’ll break my heart like a water balloon

once I knew a girl who'd just turned eighteen years old
I was twenty-two couldn’t be with her so I’d been told
she took me home from party after the funeral
asked me if Chris Moon was in Texas still

we drove through Kenosha, I told Katie about my name
how everything was different she wouldn't be the same
didn't see her again til I stopped back at the Chancery
she was last one left from summer stood there shocked to see me

and her careful body was swallowed by lobby I had to cross
light from window made it seem as if no time had been lost
I could feel the rest there with us, as I saw her down they'd flown
Sam & James:
all the angels that were once gathered round the throne

Sam:
I met Diana through Joanna who with I worked weddings
cleaning up at end of night Joanna and Adam would start to sing
Di was back from New York, I asked her out after shift
we were in front of bar smoking watching the smoke lift

a year later I messed what I had by messing round with
Di went back to New York thinking I'd already done it
when she came back to Seattle, she ran to Adam after I told
Sam & James:
I was searching for the angels that were once gathered round the throne

Sam:
I told Katie in the letter world will treat you rough
Di said remember I'm the one that you really love
Sam & James:
I want no moment to be wasted and each one to be atoned
by the presence of the angels that are gathered round the throne

Sam:
Libby sat on steps by lockers back from Italy
barely worked with her 'for she left, I was turning thirty
even though I know now I had to be alone
I still wanted angels that were gathered round the throne
Track Name: All These Passing Fields (feat.Kate Noson)
ALL THESE PASSING FIELDS
(word and music by Sam Russell)

on my birthday we boarded train and smiled at start of ride
fleeing routine for first time only you and I
untangled headphones soundtrack view that shifts as we stare
all the passing fields holding cows in fresh farm air

and I held your hand in motion pulling forward we couldn’t ignore
and I felt myself letting go of all that had come before
the weight lifting away in layers that your presence painlessly peeled
and we were reborn in a moment torn from all of these passing fields

in your hometown we stood on green where a shot once started a war
I’d search your face for all you wouldn’t say, hoping words would soon out pour
I couldn’t explain what separates us from where we couldn’t go
I’d only say something vague for the answers we didn’t know

and on Christmas, your mother welcomed me as part of you and family
and after all the gifts were given out you just sat next to me silently
knowing that we were just pretending that what we had wasn’t already ending
and soon you would have to yield and surrender to all these passing fields

and I used to be the one saying it’s over
and I had nothing left to offer
and there you’d be in front of me crying
and I’d feel the emotion proper
when the doubt made me insecure
you were the one that always seemed sure
track would hold the turning wheels
that carry us through all these passing fields

when we first met, we lived so close and I’d leave as you’d start to sleep
you’d say wait, beg me to stay but I had a lonely room to meet
when you awake, you’ll graduate and start your first real job
I’d sit you down carefully and say remember we’re just having fun

and yet we breathed in ceremony and saw our future in rising shapes
and you laid by me on my birthday, from our bodies we rose and escaped
tapping into a higher power that together as one we could wield
and be the light that flows and to one source goes through all these passing fields