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Andrew and Noah Band

by Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand

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Buy for me the rain, my darling Buy for me the rain Buy for me the crystal pools That fall upon the plain And I'll buy for you a rainbow And a million pots of gold Buy it for me now, babe Before I am too old Buy for me the sun, my darling Buy for me the sun Buy for me the light that falls When day has just begun And I'll buy for you a shadow To protect you from the day Buy it for me now, babe Before I go away Buy for me the robin, darling Buy for me the wing Buy for me a sparrow Almost any flying thing And I'll buy for you a tree my love Where a robin's nest may grow Buy it for me now, babe The years do hurry so I cannot buy you happiness I cannot buy you years I cannot buy you happiness In place of all the tears But I can buy for you a gravestone To lay behind your head Gravestone's cheer the living dear They're no use to the dead
The night was still as a cooing dove When first I met my own true love I felt I'd walked into a dream The finest woman I'd ever seen What made me leave her I can't think Too little sleep or too much drink Now I've spilled my blood in a foreign land And I'm going home as soon as I can Now, what am I gonna do Oh, I got it bad for you Well curse this water rising high Curse this thorn up in my side My leg is shackled to a stone, oh Lord And they're gonna roll it overboard Now she's worth more than all I own The finest woman I've ever known She'll dance all night in a silver gown But I love the way she lays me down
How could you have left me here How could you just disapear There wasn't anything I wouldn't have done for you Now tell me dear just what am I supposed to do Guess I misread my crystal ball Guess it wasn't so special after all We could have been happy darling but you were never there Now I wish you could see how little I care It hurts to hear your name Somehow I know we'll never be the same I have to tell myself that it will be alright But I wish you were with me here tonight
Pilgrim 04:05
I got nothing but, nothing but sandals on my feet Could you spare, could you spare me something to eat Loving you and hugging you and kissing you is gonna be so bittersweet I got nothing but, nothing but sandals on my feet I catch a train, catch a train but I don't pay Because I get where I'm going by the end of the day Ain't nobody waiting at the station for me anyway, no I catch a train, catch a train but you know I don't pay I am a pilgrim, a pilgrim without a home Walking down somebody else's road Take what I find and I make it my own And I keep walking till they put me under my gravestone Well I get off somewhere outside of Toledo I've been traveling, traveling incognito Where am I going and how do I get there, God only knows Will I end up in the rain or in the snow I got a little lady waiting at the end of the line I put my thumb in the air, try to get a ride Brake lights flash and a car slows down, I climb inside Who should it be but my lady at the end of the line I am a pilgrim, a pilgrim without a home Walking down somebody else's road Wish I could stay but I have to go And I keep walking till the put me under my gravestone
Introduction 02:30
Marin 04:19
Do you remember Marin And the way that the sand Would slip through our hands The glow of the sun on your skin And the taste of the air When nobody cared Do you remember Marin And the way that you laughed We never asked How did this ever begin In a moment so free With just you and me Do you remember Marin We drove out Point Reyes And the sound of the waves You told me to look within But every moment dies I hung my head and I cried
Griffin Road 04:38
Oh don't you know I feel the day will come When all of our scheming Will surely come undone Will we ever listen Will we ever change What will we do With our time that remains My will has been broken I can't lift my head My friends have all left me And counted me as dead There are so many Things I can't undo But oh if only I hadn't been untrue The world is full of madness Murder and deceit The fields are a burning There's fighting in the streets But slowly a chorus Is rising 'bove the din Crying God help us Wash away our sins
Lady Night 05:04
Oh lady night, you been around too long Singing that same sad song So bring out the day Let her shine all my troubles away Lady night go away Oh lady night, tell the moon to go down So the sun can come around I want to feel her rays I miss all the warmth of the day Lady night go away Oh lady night, take your leave Won't you make believe That you were the day Put on your cloak of grey Lady night go away Oh lady day you been gone too long I can't remember the robin's song All I see is the night So won't you please bring out the light Oh lady day bring out the light
I have been dancing everywhere I go And I have been telling everyone I know Oh, I have seen the Lord Why do you frown when the sun is shining Why do you frown when you could be smiling Oh, I have seen the Lord When I look around darling I'm amazed At all of the beauty in this place Oh, I have seen the Lord
White Crane 04:53
Sparrow, sparrow Fly the straight and narrow She left me, she left me She done walked right out the door Swallow, swallow Won't you follow And tell me, tell me Does she love me anymore Nighthawk, nighthawk A thousand miles I'd walk But in the darkness, darkness Won't you go in my stead Hoot owl, hoot owl Help the nighthawk on his prowl And find her, find her I'm about to loose my head Buzzard, buzzard Tell me what you've heard Is it good news, bad news Circle high, circle low Black crow, black crow I'm a lonesome fellow And tell me, tell me Which way did she go White crane, white crane It'll never feel the same She was the best girl, best girl That I had ever found Bluebird, bluebird Don't you know I love her She's in the city, the city And she ain't coming back around
Sweet Mine 06:00
Sweet mine, sweet mine I'll take my sweet time coming home If the moon had a string hanging down I'd shut off the night You wouldn't see what I had done And neither would I If the stars weren't shining in my eyes I could hide all these tears You'd forget all my lies And I could sleep without this fear If I keep on driving down this road I could leave your pain behind And I will escape from your city's glow Once I cross that state line


Andrew VanNorstrand: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo
Noah VanNorstrand: vocals, fiddle, mandolin, tenor guitars
Dana Billings: drums, percussion, organ, wurlitzer, rhodes
Chris Miller: soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones
Rachel Bell: accordion
Kailyn Wright: vocals

Shawn Conley: acoustic and electric bass
Kevin Dorsey: electric bass (tracks 5, 6, 7)
Alicia Aubin: trombone
Bryan Davis: percussion (tracks 1, 7, 8, 10)


released March 31, 2012

© 2012 Great Bear Records. All rights reserved.

All songs by Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand (Magic Minke Music, ASCAP) except "Buy For Me The Rain" by Steve Noonan and Greg Copeland (Warner-Tamerlane, BMI)

Produced by Dana Billings
Engineered by Will Russell
Recorded and mixed at Electric Wilburland in Newfield, NY
Mastered by Brian Dozoretz
Graphic design by Pat Burke
Cover art by Tehben Dean
Photography by Angela Goldberg

Thanks to Will and Susan Russell, Angelo Peters, Chris Frank, Robbert Van Renesse, Eric Aceto, Sarah VanNorstrand, Kim and Dave Yerton and all our Kickstarter supporters


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Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand

Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand blend traditional folk, old-time, bluegrass, country and indie-roots-Americana with a wide range of pop, rock, jazz and dance grooves.

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