The Grindstone

by Kristen Ford

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Kristen Ford's Third Full length album. copyright 2011

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released September 1, 2011

<3 In loving memory of Eric Obermann <3


The players:

Ariel Bernstein- Drums and percussion on all tracks except 7 and 9. Vocals on 11.
Kirsten Lamb- Upright bass on all tracks. Banjo on 10. Vocals on 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11.
Kara Kulpa- Violin on 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11. Vocals on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 11.
Keith Hollis- Piano on 3. Organ on 1 and 2. Squeezebox on 10.
Curtis Killian- Lead guitar on 1, 3, 5 and 6.
Noah Maltsberger- Lead guitar on 6. Rhythm and lead guitar on 8.
Hugh McGowan- Lead guitar on 2 and 3.
Valerie Thompson- Cello on 1, 4, 7 and 9.
Kristen Ford- Acoustic and electric guitar on all tracks. Vocals on all tracks.

All songs written and produced by Kristen Ford

Shadow, Backbone and Fairweather recorded at 24 Hour Studios in Somerville MA by Tom Bianchi in June 2011

All other tracks plus additional recording to Backbone recorded at Drop Site Studios in Somerville MA, by Keith Hollis in June/July 2011

Mixed by Lee Madeloni at Long Distance Studios in Los Angeles CA

Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering in Phoenix AZ

Album Artwork by Alex Salvi

Photography and Design by Alison Swiatocha

Executive producers: Samantha Milowsky, Linq, Ally Burnett, Erin Gross, Rachel Kent, Unkl Stoo in Alabama, Laura Fox, Tucker Lewis, Davida Rochman, Mac Evans, Sooz, Shane Runquist, Samantha Edelheit, Mom, Dad and Dianne.

Special Thanks To:

Everyone who helped this record come together. Keith, Tom and Lee for being so helpful and full of knowledge. Mary and Roger Seibel for the masters. Ariel for helping flush out tempos and arrangements. Valerie, Kara and Kirsten for writing the string parts. Ann and June at the IMA for everything. Sarah Icklan and Paul Hendrick for tirelessly gigging and preening songs from infancy to the arranged state of this recording. My friends and family who continue to inspire me. Everyone for listening to these songs, coming to shows, and keeping music alive.

© 2011 ASCAP Publishing www.kristenfordmusic.com

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Track Name: Kristen Ford - Loved You Madly
I ran into you a tuesday night dance party
I said hey you said hey and then you promptly walked away from me
You proceeded to get drunk and then hit on everyone that I'd been talking to
This front that you put up is a transparency
I am looking through
still my mind wanders
a sight way too familiar
Why can't I feel nothing when I'm looking at you
Days Pages Book Bindings
coming unglued
I loved you madly
whats a girl to do
Miss name recognition
The queen of self promotion
needs a smile and thirty seconds
to make herself a new best friend
key to the city is glimmering at arms reach so
what does she really need
still my mind wanders
a sight way too familiar
Why can't I feel nothing when I'm looking at you
Days Pages Book Bindings
coming unglued
I loved you madly
whats a girl to do
Track Name: February Sun
If I drank a beer it would calm, my aural fixation
If I smoked a bowl, it would quiet the train wreck inside my brain
If I was in your arms I would be a beautiful girl
If i was in your arms I would be beautiful
February sun how did you get so cruel
I was always miserable sitting up in school
restaurant pay only just gets my through
now I'm growing older and i don't know what to do

I could be beautiful
February sun how did you get so cruel
I was always wasted sitting up in school
Music's never quite enough when rent comes to
now I'm growing older and i don't know
I don't know what to do

If I try to make it better will you give a little

If I try to be still could we have a look around
February sun
I have lost a lot of things and now I have lost you
I have lost a lot of things I don't know I don't know what to do
Now that I'm lost
February Sun, sun, sun
Track Name: Ember Autumn
There's so much to do
and how time flies
everyone's pushing you
to want things you can buy
although money's tight
we know how to live and i know god is great
for giving days like this
I met you in the autumn the leaves were changing
I was calling to say I wasted all of your time and I don't mind
if you want to let me go
Head down in the sand so I don't open up my mouth
ship inside a bottle's got no logical way out
fight or flight can keep you safe and warm but not tonight
when I stand my ground
Can we turn this ship around
I met you in the autumn the leaves were changing
I was calling to say I wasted all of your time and I don't mind
If you want to let me go
If you to I won't stop you
If you want to let me go
Track Name: Backbone
I've been lying right to your face
It's a habit of mine I can't seem to shake
and in my head sometimes I'd be better of dead
Under my skin I'd die just to let you in
Why do you love me so
I can't feel my backbone
I should be alone

A half's a half it will never be quite whole
the most important part of the story you were never told
I always do the right thing, until I get it wrong
I always do the right thing, I never meant you no harm

Why do you love me so
I can't feel my backbone
I shoulda just gone home

Why do you love me so
why do you love me so
I can't feel my backbone
Track Name: Bag of Bones
I am a bag of bones
Down alley ways I roam
singing my bottle redemption song
picking up trash with the alley cats

and on your dumpster dive
you'll learn how to survive
in leaner meaner times
picking up trash with the alley cats alley cats

I am seeking my salvation
behind every empty miller high life can
and maybe i outta upgrade to a more expensive brand
and maybe i just need a fresh green dime bag man can you hook me up?
I'm sick of so low I wanna get high

I am a bag of bones
I deserve I deserve I deserve to be alone
down alley ways I roam
picking up trash with the alley cats alley cats

so who feels like a sinking ship
and who is so sick of it?

I am a bag of bones
down alley ways I roam
singing my bottle redemption song
just picking up trash with the alley cats alley cats
picking up trash with the alley cats imagine that
picking up trash with the alley cats alley cats
Track Name: Warning Sign
I've been wrong every time time time
and you're one big neon warning sign
you're just what I want you're just what I need
just don't call me baby don't try to change me
don't try to make me stay

Cause I sure am gonna let you down
I sure am gonna let you down
I sure ain't gonna stick around
I sure am gonna let you down yeah!

I've been wrong every time time time
and you're one big neon warning sign
Track Name: Shadow
Watching a muted television
The fishtank just runs and runs
In an empty house with too many lights on
You tell yourself you like being alone

I knew that I loved you when we first met
and our first kiss well that only made sense
when you get sad I will get to dreaming
when you get sad I will get to leaving

You and I were never meant to be
you cannot fight against gravity
the world keeps spinning
I am standing still

The new one never asks about you
You gotta put the past behind you
But I still got your jewelry in my underwear drawer
and a couple a notes in the box full of all the things that I adore

You and I were never meant to be
you cannot fight against gravity
the world keeps spinning
I am standing still
in your shadow
I'm standing still in your shadow
I'm standing still in your shadow
I'm standing still
Track Name: Machine Bird
I will become a machine bird
and whenever you like I will sing my song
I will sing my song for you

I will grow into a grandfather clock
and whenever you like I will keep the time
I will keep the time for you

Don't you worry darling
Don't you worry dear
Don't you worry darling
I will be right here
for you

I will become a machine bird
and whenever you like I will sing my song for you
Track Name: Fairweather
I borrowed your eyeliner before our first show
I was so nervous I thought that I might blow
But the band played it's gig
to the amazement of all our friends
and we didn't know any better so we did it all together

and I know that you never want to see me again
try to remember we were once the best of friends

fairweather friends how oh how can I tell the difference

You can't please everybody all of the time
but when you said we traded lovers I just about lost my mind
and you can't expect a human to always toe that line
but it took some getting used to and I took my sweet time
I hope that your love is divine when you think about me try try try to be kind

fairweather friends how oh how can I tell the difference
everyone I hold so dear would you give a shit would you give a shit in five years

now I am selling coffee and you are bagging groceries
we know about the soundboards the faders the sends the feeds
we are not so different your chicago and my boston
you say i'm ego tripping I say I'm just believing

I hope that your dreams come true
one day if you see me i hope you'll say it's great to see you

fairweather friends
Track Name: Kite Runner
You drove across the country
cities and towns
wound up broke and hungry
tired and ready to lay down
oh you know you are my friend
across this ocean of a continent
you only got yourself fifteen minutes
give it everything you got

Oh I don't know how to fly
though I'd sometimes like to try
it's just gravity takes hold of me
oh kite runner won't you please take me out

Oh I felt those trade winds blowing
I felt the stirring in my soul
it's been so song since I
hit the ground running don't know
what's chasing me anymore
I guess Life's a wild highway
with an open bar
you'll be laughing screaming cussing out authority
while we're crashing that car

Oh I don't know how to fly
though I'd sometimes like to try
it's just gravity takes hold of me
oh kite runner won't you please take me out

take me out
Track Name: Good Morning
Thinking about success
How could I deny my maker
Put your nose back to the grindstone
coffee in the grinder

good morning good morning
I didn't know it'd be so nice

Thinking about what's next
It's the hit and the moving target
wherever I went there I was
coffee in the grinder

good morning good morning
I didn't know it'd be so nice to see you
with your nose back to the grindstone
good morning good morning
I didn't know it'd be so nice