Travel Songs Deluxe

by Kristen Ford

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about

This album consists of songs written and at times recorded 2012-2017 on travels across 48 states in the USA, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Germany, Ireland, and Norway. "Spring Cleaning" of sorts, I wanted to bring these song ideas, notebook scribbles, and disconnected voice memo recordings to life. I also wanted to make a record without spending a dime- although many beers, grilled cheese sandwiches, and cups of coffee were bartered.

Thus with my two channel interface, a handful of microphones and an outdated version GarageBand I set out bring "Travel Songs" to life. I intentionally did not do any looping on this record, I will save that for future recordings and the live show. This project was all about the songs, the stories and hopefully the adventures you may share in.

Many thanks to all of the musicians who joined me- a Nashville cast of characters I have managed to befriend over the past year of living in Music City. Be sure to check them out and their projects- in the credits!

Thanks to Performer Magazine, they chose me as the winner of two Sterling Monitors- without which mixing would have been nearly impossible.

Thanks to Mike Degener for Mastering this record!

Thanks to Deirdre Doran who took the photo on the album, accompanied me on so many of these adventures and helped out all along the way of the making of this album.

Thank you for listening, may you always have your sense of adventure. Go out and explore the world!

credits

released April 27, 2017

Written, Produced and Mixed by Kristen Ford

"Impossible Things" co-written with Leslie and Tony Memmel
"Where is your heart" co-written with DJ Phillips

String Arrangements on #2 #4 and #9 by Kelsey Von Strantz

Mastered by Mike Degener

Drums:
Lauren Horbal on #1 and #11
Trish Noe on #6
Becky Dalke on #7
Dan Holmes on #3

Eli Hall
Trumpet on #3 and #9

Bass:
Rhees Williams on #3 #5 #7 #11
Emily Jared on #6

DJ Phillips Electric Guitar and vocals on #3

Joseph Jared Electric Guitar on #6

Pedal Steel
Jules Belmont on #1 and #11

Cello and Violin
Kelsey Von Strantz on #2 #4 #9

Tony Memmel
Vocals and acoustic guitar on #7

Lesleigh Memmel
Vocals and whistle on #7

Jenna McClelland
Vocals on #2

Kristen Ford
vocals, charango, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, percussion, and midi.

Cover photo taken by Deirdre Doran. Photo was taken on top of a cathedral in Potosí, Bolivia. Located at over 13,000 feet, oxygen is thin. Once the main source of wealth for the Spanish empire, there the "mountain" has taken the lives of more than 4 million silver miners. Even today, men still mine the mountain for precious minerals. The life expectancy of a mine worker is not over 40. Strange vibes in that town.

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One woman indie rock rampage based in Nashville, TN. Looping. Writing. Playing.

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Track Name: Idealism (Norman, Oklahoma, USA)
I wanna live I wanna love I wanna laugh and always be free
I wanna sleep when my eyelids grow heavy
I wanna be surrounded by beauty
A champion in the face of defeat

How did I get here idling on the freeway
How did I grow up a big let down
How did my mind get filled up with nothing

But money booze and plots from television

I wanna try and then succeed and never worry bout a thing
I wanna kiss you like it’s love everlasting
I wanna earn such deep respect appreciate all that I get
My family won't want for nothing

How did I get here idling on the freeway
How did I grow up a big let down
How did my mind get filled up with nothing
But money food and plots from television
But money booze and plots from television
But money sex and plots from television

We don't want no quick fix prescription
We don't want evangelism
Cell phone your closest companion
You are alive
You are alive you were born kicking and screaming
You are alive awake each new morning
You are alive how the hell did this happen

How did I get here idling on the freeway
How did I grow up a big let down
How did my mind get filled up with nothing
But money drugs and plots from television
But money booze and plots from television
But money sex and plots from television

Idealism , Idealism, Idealism
Track Name: Featuring Jenna McClelland - Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
BERLIN

All the things we do for money
Would we do the same for love
All the time we been stealing
Is it enough

Made big plans for working
Passions pulling on me
Forget that ladder we’re climbing
Let’s be light as the breeze

We could move to Berlin
They got squatters’ rights
I want to feel that way again
dancing all night
Before we grew up
Before things got done
Won’t you take that worry off your shoulders
We can fret when we’re older

Dreaming big shooting for the stars
Make it happen no matter the cost
When you’ll die to be somebody
There’s no time for getting lost

CHORUS

You’re so beautiful
Nobody’s done you quite like you
And nobody ever will
You’re so beautiful
And I’ll be loving you

We could move to Berlin
They got squatters’ rights
I want to feel that way again up all night
All the things we do for money
Would we do the same for love
All the time we been stealing
Is it enough
Track Name: Featuring DJ Phillips - Where is your Heart (Bozeman, Montana, USA)
Where is your heart
On all the wrong things
Where can you start
Just enjoying
Being naked eyes open to the world
Stop faking that you’ve been here before
The sun will come up in the morning
And in the bed, I’ll be sleeping
Maybe I’m drunk and I’m sleeping it off again

Where is your heart
On all the wrong things
Where can you start
When the moments so fleeting
Being naked and open to the world
Stop faking that you’ve been here before

Those good kids they were never my crowd
Such recklessness I thought we’d grown it out
I’m tired of being let down
Who’s gonna raise your son if you’re not around

Where is your Where is your Where is your Where is your heart
Where is your Where is your Where is your Where is your heart
Where is your Where is your Where is your Where is your heart

It’s expanding contracting
The sun comes up in the morning
It's expanding and contracting
The sun goes down in the evening
It's expanding and contracting
It's expanding and contracting


Tell me where is your where is your where is your heart
where is your heart on all the wrong things
Where can you start
Being naked eyes open to the world
I am naked eyes open to the world
Keep faking that I been here before
Track Name: Extraordinary (Villa Abecia, Bolivia)
Can't imagine riding an airplane going on vacation
I’ve been working nights and weekends since I was walking
School is fleeting sometimes dad gets angry
If he hits me he always is sorry
Some night are hungry but we pray each evening for a bright new morning

Being poor isn’t extraordinary
Without a dream something to believe in
I ask god why I'm living

My new boyfriend brings me flowers
We ride his motorcycle
As we go flying my arms around
I never been so in love

Now I go to school in the morning
I go back in the evening
Too much for harvest season
I can't help staring at those pressed school uniforms I too wanna learn

Being poor isn’t extraordinary
Without a dream something to believe in
I ask god why I'm living

When I learned I was pregnant
I could not stop crying
Although he’ll make a good husband
His days in construction moving rocks from left to right
Our baby's with me day and night
I'm not much for reading words have no meaning
They came slow when they came at all
Baby on my back now and little by little
I forget what it was to be alone

Being poor isn’t extraordinary
Without a dream something to believe in
I ask god why I'm living

I can’t imagine riding an airplane Going on vacation
Track Name: American Dreams (Meiningen, Germany)
Strung out on campaign lines
Fold a flag over my eyes
Hear the lonely tone of the whistle blow
It’s truly frightening
But Things are never what they seem
question everything you’re told

These borders cannot divide
Your heart was not built to take sides
I see a little light in you

While the bombs were dropping
They had to do something
At least for the children’s sake
They sailed away Chartered a one way
Gave their home a living wake
They found no welcome signs
Barbed wire and borderlines
Refugees now a monster make

Liberty Raise your torch for freedom
If you can’t go home my door is open
If you lose your faith I’ll keep on believing
Born and raised on American dreams
I see a little light in you

Speak the tongue of your mother
In a land without owners
This world is ours to discover
We could learn from each other
See there’s more to love than to fear

Liberty Raise your torch for freedom
If you can’t go home my door is open
If you lose your faith I’ll keep on hoping
We were born and raised on American dreams
If you can’t go home you can stay with me
Track Name: Navajo Lands (Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park)
Trailers baking in the desert sun
Got the stars above
And the highways hum
Bald tires holding down windswept roofs
I’m so ashamed and what we done to you

Driving through Navajo land
Everything they had for the taking
I can feel the blood on my hands
Passing through Navajo nation

Selling jewelry at a roadside stand
What can you do when your culture’s been broken
Can’t help wondering how it might have been
How bout I’m sorry next time it can be different

Driving through Navajo land
Everything they had for the taking
I can feel the blood on my hands
Passing through Navajo nation

The stray dogs are begging in the burger king parking lot
I wish that I could take them all home
And sing for you, I’m sorry and you’re not alone
I’m sorry and you’re not alone
I’m sorry and you’re not alone
I’m sorry and you’re not alone

Driving through Navajo land
Everything they had for the taking
I can feel the blood on my hands
I’m sorry and you’re not alone
Track Name: Featuring Tony Memmel - Impossible Things (Yamparez, Bolivia & Montevideo, Uruguay )
On the dusty streets of Yamaparez
I arrived by jet plane
some ideas and a guitar
I want those kids to have it all

The world is full of impossible things
You don’t have to settle
The world is full of impossible things
But you don’t have to settle
For television dreams
Turn off your screens
You’re the next big thing

On the streets outside Montevideo
where the tourists stop and the locals live
Poor in pocket but not in spirit
You know I want those kids to have it all

The world is full of impossible things
You don’t have to settle
The world is full of impossible things
But you don’t have to settle
For television dreams
Turn off your screens
You’re the next big thing

You gotta work hard
learn all you can
don't let them tell you no
the world is full of impossible things
you gotta work hard
rise above
take your time
there's no rush

The world is full of impossible things
You don’t have to settle
The world is full of impossible things
But you don’t have to settle
For television dreams
Turn off your screens
You’re the next big thing
Track Name: There is a Life (Sucre, Bolivia)
there is a life that is waiting for
it's everything that you ever wanted to do
ooh ooh, mmm mmm
there is a life that is waiting for
it's everything that you ever wanted to do
the dog that's running by you is a fool
you just have to give him something he can depend on
you can't go wrong treating somebody good
treating somebody good
I knew you had it in you
you can continue cause I knew had it in you
I knew you had it in you
you continue
there is a life that is waiting for you
it's everything that you ever wanted to do
there is a life that is waiting for you
it's everything that you ever wanted to do
ooh ooh
Track Name: Stars Without Names (Buffalo, Wyoming USA)
Drive until I lose the road, Drive until I lose the road,
Sometimes I’m most at home when I don’t know where to go
Drive until I lose the road,

Love you but I cannot stay, Love you but I always stray
Places I am going they don’t give our kind a name
Love you but I cannot stay

I beg and plead
The miles could stretch out behind me
Looking up at stars without names
I am changed

Trouble stay away from me, I’m like a gambler with the lottery
Temptation is my best friend with expert timing
Trouble stay away from me

Try I try I’m bound to fail, To a hammer, everything is a nail
Fear it was an Everest my experience molehills
Try I try I’m bound to fail

I beg and plead
The miles could stretch out behind me
Looking up at stars without names
I am changed

I slept in parking I played for free
I slept in parking lots and played for free
But in my wildest dreams I never hoped you’d stick by me
I slept in parking lots and played for free

I beg and plead
The miles could stretch out behind me
Looking up at stars without names
I am changed

Drive until I lose the road, Drive until I lose the road,
But I’ll always have a place for you
Anywhere we go it’s the passenger seat and our home is the road
Track Name: Not Leavin' (Tarija, Bolivia & Huara, Chile)
I’m not leaving you
Although i’m missing home
I’ll see this one through
No i’m not leaving you

You never know when you’ll be doing blow
In a Bolivian bathroom with your new friend Alejandro
And bumming cigarettes swallowing your hiccups
Jump the line at the nightclub Salud another pilsner
While I'm sobbing on the sidewalk never know the right time or the place to fall apart
But you can pull yourself together in a drunken sleep
No I'm not leaving you
Although I'm missing home
I’ll see this one through
No I'm not leaving you

You never know when you’ll be in way over your head
In a swimming pool that’s haunted by the ghosts of the mine town
Staring at the night sky but you don’t recognize a single star
So far so far
Sweating on an overnight bus holding in your insides
Never know the right time or place to fall apart
But you can pull yourself together ain’t travel neat
Mmmm, mmmm, oooooh, ooooh
I’m not leaving you
Track Name: Vacation (Livingston, Montana, USA)
Step right up for the county fair
tonight we're in your town but we're everywhere
Ferris wheel rides tilt a whirl a spinning
money on a game the house always wins
some folks say you can't trust a carnie
pay no mind they don't know me
Monday putting it all on trucks
highway hum our mother tongue

my life is better than your vacation
scanning through static for a radio station
lines on my face
lines on the interstate
can't remember why I left in the first place
do doo doo, do doo doo

holding up my sharpie cardboard sign
new Orleans was fun but I need a ride
nights I get scared never knowing where I'm sleeping
that's why a dog is a girls' best friend
left one day I never told my parents
it's my life I don't need permission
to travel the world at just nineteen

my life is better than your vacation
scanning through static for a radio station
lines on my face
lines on the interstate
can't remember why I left in the first place
do doo doo, do doo doo

playing a show in a bad part of town
but there's people inside so you sing your heart out
make a few fans playing that guitar hope they come back for your next tour
ain't no shade in the Walmart lot the summer sun wakes me by eight o clock
I'm in the public bathroom scrubbing my face
it will all be worth it once they know my name

my life is better than your vacation
scanning through static for a radio station
lines on my face
lines on the interstate
can't remember why I left in the first place
do doo doo, do doo doo

do doo doo, do doo doo

My life is better than your vacation