The Moon & Other Things

by Bart Budwig

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The rhythm section and lead vocals were recorded live to 4 track reel-to-reel in the historic OK Theatre (Enterprise, Or). Everything else was overdubbed at the OK Theatre and Albatross (Astoria, Or).

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released May 27, 2016

Musicians: Darrell Brann of The Brothers Brann (electric guitar), Bart Budwig (acoustic guitar, vocals), Kati Claborn of Blind Pilot/Hook & Anchor (vocals), John Craigie (harmonica), Aryn Daley (vocals), Brady Goss (piano), Seth Kinzie (piano), John Nuhn (upright bass, vocals), Andy Steele of Catskills (drums), Luke Ydstie of Blind Pilot/Hook & Anchor (vocals, electric guitar, dobro, vocals, and Wurlitzer) and lots of friends for group vocals.

Artists: Nancy Charles of MACHINE (watercolor), James Engerbretson (graphic design).

Mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering in Portland. All songs written by Bart Budwig except for Santa Barbara which was written by Nate Wolff. Recorded and mixed by Bart Budwig.

Special thanks to Darrell Brann for use of the OK Theatre, Dave Bjur for use of microphones and Eric Bechard for use of Albatross.

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Bart Budwig Moscow

Bart Budwig grew up on the Idaho Palouse, with a pawn shop trumpet and a heart as big as a skyscraper. Bart learned melody from jazz charts, and learned that fault-lines in big hearts create drifting continents and forge new mountains. Everyone close to him disappeared, whether to death or Texas, and from Texas he got a letter from Waylon Jennings entreating him to pick up a guitar and a pen. ... more

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Track Name: Damn Good Start (to Waylon and Willie)
Damn Good Start

How to ease a cowboy’s heart
An empty bottle is a damn good start
A damn good start

How to ease a wanting heart
Walk out the door is a damn good start
A damn good start

When nothing good comes around
And all the uppers leave you down
When getting by never gets you through
What’s left to do?

How to ease a gambler’s heart
Let him win is a damn good start
A damn good start

How to cure a cautious heart
Give it all for nothing is a damn good start
A damn good start

When nothing good comes around
And all the uppers leave you down
When getting by never gets you through
What’s left to do?
I was born a gambling man
I was born a cowboy too
I laid it all down for love
And then walked away too soon
Track Name: Cigarettes from Grace
You flew in from chile in a dress. 
Gave me lucky cigarettes with filters on.

I told you, we'll be lucky when we're dead. 
And I'm lucky to be sharing time you. 

When I met you, you had secretary hair.  
Grace, a smile fair, I was in love. 

I told you, what we did I did not care. 
As long as the others did not know. 

Give me luck 
Give me grace
Show me love
Before it's too late

You sat down topless, full of greed.
Said the aces up your sleeve would get me through. 

I told you, I have nothing to believe
And I'm putting all my faith in you

Give me luck 
Give me grace
Show me love
Before it's too late

I am a wandering child. 
Waiting for love to drive me wild. 
I gave up all I know. 
For the lady, in the dress, with the smokes. 
Track Name: Santa Barbara
There's a state in the west
Put's my love to the test
For other places I've lived

But the rent there's too high
And the air's much to dry
These are the reasons I give

But on the day I move home
When I'm with my roaming
When I shake off this prodigal's curse

I'll call my mom
'cause she frets when I'm gone
But there's someone I need to see first


Barbara in California
I would lift mountains just so I could see you
You know that it's true
Like I told Carol Ruth
Those cascades just don't wanna move

The heart in my chest 
Still lives in the west
One day I'll claim what's mine

But for now I'm content
With the time I am spending
I like it here just fine

Barbara in California
I would lift mountains just so I could see you
You know that it's true
Like I told Carol Ruth
Those cascades just don't wanna move
Track Name: Wyoming
She’s mixing business
And pleasure
And sleeping around
I think it’s about time
That I left this town

Now Jack of Diamonds
He left here
A long time ago
I can’t remember
Which way he did go

Tell me where do the dogies go
And where can I sleep where she don’t come home

I’ll smoke a cigarette
In the starlight
And I won’t feel alone
‘cause I’ve got my dogies
And no place to call home

Tell me where do the dogies go
And where can I sleep where she don’t come home

She’s mixing business
And pleasure
And sleeping around
I think it’s about time
That I left this town
Track Name: Saturday Slow, Sunday Lazy
My home is full of music
My heart is full of friends
How is that I am feeling down again?

There’s cider on the stovetop
And a record spinning thin
How is it that I am feeling down again?

Saturday slow
Sunday lazy
They say I look fine
Why do I feel crazy?

I once spoke rare and truthful
I looked love in the eyes
How is it that my mouth is full of lies?

There’s a bible on the dresser
Next door a baby cries
How is it that my mouth is full of lies?

Saturday slow
Sunday lazy
They say I look fine
Why do I feel crazy?
Track Name: Sane in Colorado
Sane in Colorado
Building walls to save a home
It’s nothing that I asked for
It’s all I should have known
Oh my God
What should I do?
She’s not here
Did she care for the kids?

You can’t hold your whiskey
Now I can’t hold my girl
It’s nothing that I’d choose
I’ve given her my world
Oh my God
Is this my fault?
Oh my God
What could I have done?

What is this here I have seen with my eyes and heard with my ears?
I can’t believe that this happened to me
Oh, how can this be?
I can not stand with my head in my heart and my heart in my hands.
I can’t believe that this happened to me
Oh, how can this be?

Sane in Colorado
Learning I have no control
It’s nothing I expected
But I’ll make it on my own
Oh my God
Tell me you have a plan
She’s not here
You let her grow cold

Sane in Colorado
Track Name: Sarah Roll Down My Window
Sarah roll down my window
I can't do this on my own
Let the big sky in
Let us sing again
Sarah roll down my window

I've been driving since I don't know when
I couldn't tell you where I've been
I haven't seen you in over a year
Let's forgot our troubles, let's forget all our fears
Track Name: Sleep Elena
Sleep Elena, please don’t cry
Now’s the time to close your eyes
That shine like diamonds in the sky

Dream Elena, the sweetest dreams
Take this whole world and make it sing
The songs inside your head

Sweet Elena, I hold you now
You’re growing older I don’t know how
I’ll ever let you go.

Sleep Elena
Sleep Elena
Sleep Elena