The Sugar Nile

by Sam Russell & the Harborrats

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“The Sugar Nile” is the forth release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible project, an ongoing series of 8 albums with 8 songs apiece inspired by" The Odyssey" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, he albums together tell one big story of love stumbled upon then lost and found over and over again, with different characters “portrayed” by Sam and his fellow Harborrat singers.

"The Sugar Nile" features wistful and brief folk-based meditations throughout and the vocals of Allison Tulloss, who takes lead vocals on "New Duds for the Captain."

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com

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released September 21, 2011

Sam Russell—vocals, guitars
Michael Spaly—vocals, guitar, violin, mandolin
Allison Tulloss—vocals
James Apollo—vocals, keyboards
Schuyler Jones—electric bass
Ken Nottingham—upright bass
Dave Forrester—drums and percussion
Isaac Chirino—drums and percussion
Kjell Anderson—violin
Toby Hanson—accordion
Carey Rayburn—trumpet
Justin Roeser—guitar on 3
Scott Andrew—vocal on 6
Johnny Sangster—Hammond B3 on 2
Kate Noson—backwards vocals on 2

Recorded by Conrad Uno at Egg Studios
Additional recording by Johnny Sangster at Crackle and Pop
1, 4,5,6,8 mixed by Conrad Uno at Egg Studios
2,3,7 mixed by Johnny Sangster at Avast Recording Co.
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI, Seattle, WA

All songs by Sam Russell except:
“Ice Cream Truck” by Andrew Blakehall
Photography by Catherine Michalski

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Sam Russell preaches the gospel of heartbreak and decadence via The Blue Moon Bible, a series of 8 albums showcasing a wide variety of 1950's & 60's-inspired rock n' roll. Doo-wop, garage-rock, folk, soul and everything inbetween soundtrack the search to find divinity in love, as sung by a failed Christian and his fellow heathens. ... more

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Track Name: The Replicant Revisited
at Maria and Soren's one night
me and Katie on the back bed lied
she said I guess I'll learn to like
Sam instead of Josh alright
from Chicago I'd returned
an hour away, homesickness earned
in the city wanting her
to absorb, round the world learn

about the replication and how we can be like replicants
Sam:
if light of winter's tint loses spark of summer's glint

Katie will you be the replicent
with brittle bones smooth and unbent
deep aching rivers inside pent
you learned about in class that’s meant
to free your comforted fine mind
any fear you got unwind
of living just to pay the rent
Katie will you be the replicant

and map could be marked to measure
states explored and filling in

with push pins or the pen marks
making lines that descend

towards dreams of foreign countries
still without technology
that we're headed for while running out
of America to see

and remaining just a replicant, scared of sleeping in a dirty dent
punching out to vent, about where all the years went

Katie will you be the replicant
that might have flown but never left
and never got to see difference between the heart and head
and Katie I can't be the replicant
I know that you could see it then
I was lost and spinning 'rounf
searching trying to figure out
but I tried more than you could know
I saved it all to one day show
that it's possible to break free
and leave behind your teeange dreams
and I'll keep coming back for you
I'll be the voice inside of you
from the edge I'll pull you back
you'll hear this question asked
Katie will you be the replicant
always in your maker’s debt
and never knowing what I meant
Katie will you be the replicant
Track Name: New Duds for the Captain (featuring Allison Tulloss)
tiaw t'ndluoc I dias I, I dna desimorp uoy neht tub
tiaw t'ndluoc I dias I, I dna desimorp uoy neht tub

Maria was a receiver
tuned to the Midwest I swear
Alaina signaled Florida
by way of Kenosha air

after Internet connection
Alaina and Soren drove and visited
Maria who opened door smiling
and said “I'm coming back with you to live”

tiaw t'ndluoc I dias I, I dna desimorp uoy neht tub
tiaw t'ndluoc I dias I, I dna desimorp uoy neht tub

Maria served at The Chancery
where Alaina hosted and bussed
straight boys flirted with Maria
‘cause Alaina said,"this stays between us"

Maria said,"sure, you're the commander"
Alaina replied,"no you wear the crown
Maria said,”then we’ll burn down the wardrobe
and prepare for the new world at large"

we need new duds for the captain
captain trying to steer the ship
take hold of hips and control them with the lips
keep the vessel from dry land
we need new duds for the captain
captain who just earned the rank
from last boat that sank
take your money from the money
take this body that needs to be manned

tiaw t'ndluoc I dias I, I dna desimorp uoy neht tub
tiaw t'ndluoc I dias I, I dna desimorp uoy neht tub

Maria moved in with Soren
his parents kicked him out, he was on his own
there was a party every night after work
since he'd come out he wasn't alone

Maria said,"We gotta live life to fullest"
Soren, this is the time to celebrate"
but, in the dressing rooms of the outlet malls
Alaina couldn't help but hesitate

we need new duds for the captain
captain trying to steer the ship
take hold of hips and control them with the lips
keep the vessel from dry land
we need new duds for the captain
captain who just earned the rank
from last boat that sank
take your money from the money
take this body that needs to be manned

when we get to heaven we’ll walk down the streets paved with gold
new duds for the captain (new duds for the captain)
when we get to heaven I know we won’t have to grow old
new duds for the captain (new duds for the captain)
when we get to heaven we’ll stand on the top of the sun
we need new duds for the captain
when we get to heaven away from dark fields we’ll run
new duds for tha captain

nur ll'ew sdleif kard morf yawa nevaeh ot teg ew nehw
nus eht fo pot eht no dnats ll'ew nevaeh ot teg ew nehw
Track Name: Grenadine = Red Dye No.40
grenadine
red dye #40 mixed with Coke shot straight from gun
following the trail splattered under Texas sun
from a punk posing as line cook always with burned hand
what you didn't know yet aw you tried to understand

grenadine
you call me up from Portland waiting for rush to return
south of Seattle where I’ve spent years now trying to learn
how to sweeten up shift with just right amount poured in
sweetening what might be but never what has been

at your and Dave's place, after close, we’d set sail
up a sugar nile to look back from way on down the rails
I’d had fill first summer at Boathouse, to Santa Fe back I did leave
and the morning my train left, I got high with Kimmy on

grenadine
in Indiana, on your parents back deck, we drank to change
after I felt called back home to The Chancery to face
Wisconsin highway full of wrecks to come and years to waste
but that summer we found courage used since in cherry taste

grenadine
she showed me how to dance in New York our hands pressed
she said you'll probably use this on some waitress
you find your friends and lovers working on the job
and everyone you know works in a restaurant

you moved to Austin and I moved to Chicago
I got a tattoo to commemorate parting ways for growing old
and you came back all fucked up and I turned my back on you
cutting off my past, to be a man and a brother I did lose in

grenadine
you went to my dad's church craving but he wasn’t there
it was just that one Sunday he wasn’t preaching I swear
I'd take that train an hour north and cross border
to see you stuck, think I couldn't help you anymore
I’d see you stuck, think I couldn't help you anymore
I'd see you stuck, think I couldn't help you anymore
Track Name: The Sugar Nile
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 oinger 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 it 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: Alexandra & The Zozobra Burning
headache on strong, rightfully to belong
to a sugar junkie crashing from recalling wrong
who wanted red barn full of the Easter hay
and to lose innocence like an old cliche
when semester finally ends in middle of May
and Alexandra returns home from Santa Fe

a girl from California, somewhere in the country
I never ran into again in any big city
or a dive bar sitting somewhere near a county line
jukebox comes on, brings back a dream, just again to die
on the stairway landing, she denied my kiss
Alexandra’s now the one from then that I miss

and I remember Alexandra on the first day most of all
me and her and Joe walking to watch Zozobra fall
on the campus green we laid under stars and talked
there was so much possibility that I could feel out rush

a century earlier I'd have sworn it's her I loved
declared my hand in marriage for them all to gossip of
then gone back to the farm, worked for her mom and dad
earned their blessing to someday inherit the land
and they'd look at me grateful forever for the day
when Alexandra returned home from Santa Fe
Track Name: Ice Cream Truck/Summer Camp (featuring The Harborrats)
well we have skinned our knees
we’ve been grounded for weeks
cause of our C’s and our F’s
and my D’s
did you know that school carries on even after the 4th grade?
oh no! oh yeah!

you are my older brother
and you’re my younger sister
with brown hair and brown eyes
just like mine
and no matter how fast I run across the yard, you beat me to the line
unless I hear the bells first
or unless I hear the bells first
or unless I hear the bells first

and here it comes, here it comes
here it comes, the ice cream truck
with drumsticks and otter pops
and Klondike bars and firecrackers
and can you hear the bells when they’re coming round the block
here it comes, the ice cream truck

when April came around and the sun finally peaked out
and there was work to be found through word-of-mouth
and you dressed up to impress, in interview spoke your best
and hope they didn’t even notice the rest

and you got hired and introduced to others from who you’d choose
who would make this place not seem so bad
so it wouldn’t be a surprise, unfolding right before your eyes
was the summer camp that we never had

if it’s the first place that you’ve worked, you won’t know that you’re lucky
to be part of a team that's just like one big family

when hanging clouds appear, your higher calling’s nowhere near
and you leave everyday swearing that you’ll quit
before deciding you’ll stay on and only keep the job
til you figure out life and what to do with it

and you will know they have the power, to get you through the slow hours
and if you leave it would be more than you could stand
but someday that search has to drop and the dreaming has to stop
for the summer camp that we never had
Track Name: Candyland
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 whole ride

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

living in the candyland
living in the candyland
living in the candyland
living in the candyland

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

living in the candyland
living in the candyland
living in the candyland
living in the candyland
Track Name: A River That Don't Know It's A River
a room full of dividers
and ears pressed against the wall
only the whispers are heard
of ghost in the graveyard being called

what is a kiss anyway
late at night made to the AM
with all of the daylight removed
and pure as an Easter hymn

a river that don’t know it’s a river
and air that don’t know that it’s air
it’s all part of the revelation
following an answered prayer

I’m afraid of wanting her
I’m scared of the slightest pull
of the instinct buried deep
sensing only a miracle

she’s got soul that’s on other side
of a bridge raised up high
I’ll look straight down and know
that her soul is the water below

a river that don’t know it’s a river
and air that don’t know that it’s air
well it’s all part of the revelation
following an answered prayer