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Destination (Prelude)
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My Friend the Train
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Babylon Frustration
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The Ascension
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The Van Dream
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Yellow Pages
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Sleeping Dogs
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Clyde
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White Rain
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Rocket Ship
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Santa Fe Bo
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Vardaman
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Reds Across the Sea
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Slow Learner
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Train Over You
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Cerebral lyrics hiding in box cars full of Electric Folk, Americana and Indie Country.


17 MP3 Songs in this album (63:46) !
Related styles: Folk: Alternative Folk, Rock: Americana, Solo Male Artist

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May 6, 2011
Music review: Gregg Standridge
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN â Gregg Standridge

âSongs About Trains and the People Insideâ

(Witch Sermon Productions)

I was fortunate to cross paths with Gregg Standridge at this yearâs Norman Music Festival and snag his new album.

Standridge is well-known in our music scene, both as a singer/songwriter and a guitar instructor here for decades. He has an unmistakable voice thatâs gently sincere and comforting to hear. Standridge is the kind of pedagogue who looks forward to learning from his students and even thanks them in these liner notes for the privilege of doing so.

Heâs also a guy rich with musician and vocalist friends. Fourteen Norman musicians perform throughout these 17 original tracks. Thereâs a childrenâs chorus for the song titled âClydeâ with five more names.

This is obviously a theme record, but donât come away with the impression that itâs just railroad tunes. The âtrainâ is more a metaphor for lifeâs journey, the people we meet along the way and how that experience is more important than the destination.

The music is a good amalgam of thoughtful folk, gutsy Red Dirt and cerebral rock. The level of musicianship by all is first-rate. Standridge wisely taps a wealth of sweet female back-up vocalists who add immeasurable depth to several compositions. His lyrics could be described as poetically realistic, coming from a life of careful observation with its share of pain, joy and dreams.

The CD package itself is highly artistic, utilizing vintage 19th century photographs from when trains were Americaâs most important connector.

Get this delightful disc at www.greggstandridge.com.

â Doug Hill

SONGS ABOUT TRAINS AND THE PEOPLE INSIDE

1. Destination (Prelude)
2. My Friend The Train
3. Babylon Frustration
4. The Ascension
5. The Van Dream
6. Yellow Page
7. Sleeping Dogs
8. Clyde
9. White Rain
10. Rocket Ship
11. Santa Fe Bo
12. Vardaman
13. Reds Across The Sea
14. Slow Learner
15. The River Song
16. Train Over You
17. Destination (Post Script

Music and Lyrics by Gregg Standridge
Except
Santa Fe Bo
Robert Bartlett and Gregg Standridge
Sleeping Dogs
Terry âBuffaloâ Ware and Gregg Standridge
Engineered by Brian Eads
Produced by Brian Eads and Gregg Standridge
Recorded at âThree Legged Dogâ Studios
Mastered by ZZ at The Gorgon Head
Thanks to Michael McCarty for lending his âAmazing Earsâ
Thanks to Chris Babcock for the âAmazing String Arraignmentâ
Art Work Shelby Stong Becky Feldman Jen Lippoldt
Norman Ok.
2010 2011

















1. Destination (Prelude)
March 2011
Robert Bartlett â Mandolin
Michael McCarty â Guitar
Gregg â Guitar & Vocal
D A
All aboard, for your destinations.
Bm G
Everybody get inside.
D A
Our faces show. The joys and heartaches,
G D
that we find, on this ride.











2. My Friend The Train
2008

Robert Bartlett - Mandolin Dean Brown â Drums Chris Babcock â Bass
Katie Mariah â Harmony Terry âBuffaloâ Ware â Electric Guitar
Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals


Capo at 2 âDrop Dâ 3/4 Country Waltz Feel

D A
My Friend the Train she glides upon steel
A7 D
Prays for the straight line, but turns when she must
D G G/F# G/E
She's never too fast, but always too slow
G/D A D
I hear her calling, my friend the train

When I ride inside, itâs always the same
Whether I'm poor, or rich as a king
I close my eyes, she rocks me to sleep
She doesn't judge me, my friend the train.

G D
Some people don't know, how luck turned their way
E A A/G A/F#
Your born to old money, or born as a slave
A/E D G G/F# G/E
The shackles you wear, are not quite the same
G/D A D
But she will still transport you, my friend the train.

I know you are weary and know you are weak
but keep yourself steady keep moving your feet
there don't you hear her, a crossing the plains
she's coming for us, my friend the train.
A G D
And every ones welcome, on my friend the train.





3. Babylon Frustration
Jan 2009

Robert Bartlett - Mandolin Michael McCarty â Drums Chris Babcock â Bass
Terry âBuffaloâ Ware âGuitar Katie Mariah â Harmony Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals

Intro G G G G
G
There was a new moon, hiding in the sky
D G
So he put it on his sleeve for everyone to see.
G
He had a story, not a pretty story.
D
And he whispered it, to all his family.
G
When there was nothing left he drove out to the cliffs and pushed it over
D
Then he lit a match and laid it on the edge.

CHORUS
C D G
Walking down the street one day.
C D G
You could tell something was going on.
C D G
Think Iâll go down to the station,
G D
and wave goodbye to all your Babylon Frustration.
Fill over intro G G G G
And with a head full of redemption and a belly full of pills.
He wrapped up in a blanket and passed out in the hills.
He had a good dream, bathed in normalcy.
And his family was proud and everyone agreed.
That now his story, was such a pretty story.
That they should make a film and sell it on TV
CHORUS
Fill G G D D
And now thereâs no moon shining in the sky,
Till it crawled up off his sleeve for everyone to see.
Chorus
Tag
and we can wave goodbye to all your Babylon Frustration. Babylon Frustration

4. The Ascension

Susan Wright - Keys
Michael McCarty â Drums
Chris Babcock â Bass
Katie Mariah â Harmony
Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals

Intro F F/E C C
Verse 1
F C
Sirens were tearing, the silence to pieces.
D/F# G Gsus4 G
And it gave the location, to the scene I would find.
F Am
Dressed in their white robes, like a pack of Christmas angels.
D/F# F F/E C C
Walking behind him, with sweet knowing smiles.

Verse2
Before His ascension, he called to the preacher.
Who had tried to forgive him, for the sins in his life.
Thanks for your efforts, thanks for your kindness.
But as for forgiveness, it comes from inside.

Chorus
Dm Am
The Kingdom of Mystery, it rises above me.
D/F# G Gsus4 G
Could be below me, and on any side.
F Am Am/G
Allah and Jesus, and other fine beings.
D/F# F F/E C C
Are probably weeping, when they look through our eyes.

Keys Solo

Verse 3
White is the color Iâll always remember. When earthly possessions, fall to one side.
He never resisted, there was never a reason. The angels were singing, a song that heâd made.
Chorus
Tag F F/E C C/B Am Am/G
Probably Weeping
5. The Van Dream
April 2006

Michael McCarty â Drums
Chris Babcock â Bass and Violin
Gregg â Electric Guitars
Mark McCarty - Harmonica
Katie Mariah â Harmony
Bill Russell - Harmony
Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals

4/4 INTRO G G D D Am Am Am C
G D Am
As I recall the dream I had, well it makes me glad
C
I was known by you.
G D Am
Weâre driving on a back road way too fast, and the signs we
C
passed, You couldnât read.

SOLO over INTRO

Now the curve awaits ahead, and the guard rail posts, Fall like drunken Irishmen.
I donât know why I do but I cross my self.
Iâm not Catholic, but it seems the thing to do.
G D Am
Youâre all I see when I ride with you.
G D Am C
Youâre all I see when I close my eyes, Youâre all I see.

SOLO over verse

The old dodge van it slowly tumbles down, and I talk with you, âcause we never hit the ground. I get my chance to say how much you meant to me, and Iâm finally free.

Youâre all I see when I ride with you.
Youâre all I see when I close my eyes, Youâre all I see.
TAG




6. Yellow Page
2008
Robert Bartlett - Mandolin
Gregg â Acoustic â Vocals - Slide

Intro C C/B Am Am/G D D/C G/B D/A

Verse 1 G Em C
I think Iâll write each word upon a yellow page, then Iâll take them to your house
Am D G
and slide them one by one, beneath your door and let you put them in an order that would
Em
best explain, how my heart has been
C C/B Am Am/G D D/C G/B D/A
completely captured by you.

Verse 2
The other day I drew some letters with my hands and I cut them out dipped them in some golden ink, and quickly tossed them in a frame upon a wall that youâve been known to pass hoping they would show how much that I adore you.

Chorus C D G C D G
My words they always fail to mention. A way to grab your attention.
C D G
But Iâll keep spinning them until Iâm old and gray.
C C/B Am Am/G D D/C G/B D/A
Hope they find you.

Solo

Verse 3
It was this morning walking on my secret path, that I noticed all the words and letters carved upon the trunks of all the trees and written on the leaves and when I read each one. I discovered that my words had finally found you.

Chorus
Tag







7. Sleeping Dogs
2010
Terry âBuffaloâ Ware & Gregg Standridge

Dean Brown â Drums
Chris Babcock â Bass
Terry âBuffaloâ Ware â Electric Guitar
Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals
Capo 2
Intro Am Am Am Am
Verse 1 Am C
Sleeping dogs, buzzing flies, the air thick and sweet,
Am C
Cracks in the sidewalk, weeds in the yard, getting rolled by the heat.
G Am G Am G Am
Static on the radio. Coffee cooking on the stove Got to get the rattle back in my bones.


Verse 2
Looking out my open window, I donât see nothing move.
Wishing I could feel he wind blow, Wish I had a clue.
I hear that lonely beat. Echo in the street. Got to get the shuffle back in my feet.

Solo

Bridge D F Am
I need to feel the way I do when the night grows long.
D F E Am Am
Steal away, reel and sway, until the dawn.

Verse 3
The lights from town are creeping down, brighter than before.
And I ainât gonna settle down, till I walk out that door.
The music will ring true. Out on the avenue. I know that rhythmâs gonna get me through.


8. Clyde
1993

Amber Vallee - Concertina
Gregg - Toy Piano, Bell Kit, Acoustic and Vocals
Childrenâs Choir - Kate Haralson Abigail Huntington
Madelyn Huntington Sophia Walker Thaddeus Walker





4/4 INTRO G G C D 2xâs
G C D G C D
Clyde donât sleep so he works in his garden.
G C D G C D
He plant things deep and he dig âem up tomorrow.
G C D
He take the medication, he take it just right so
G C D
Clyde wonât twist and die in the moonlight.

(DOOM RIFF! )
C D
His soul is good and his back is strong.
C D
But the neighborhood kids know thereâs something very wrong.

When night time comes he breaks out the drop lights.
Clyde wonât let the darkness kill his one delight.
He spread the gravel he tote the bail.
He give away the puppies no theyâre not for sale.

His soul is good and his back is strong
But the neighborhood kids know thereâs something very wrong.
G C D
Clyde donât sleep and the doctors donât know what to say.
G C D
Clyde donât sleep so heâll be there till his dying day.
G C D G
Clyde donât sleep so heâll be there till his dying day.



9. White Rain
2007
Dean Brown - Percussion
Gregg - Toy Piano, Bell Kit, Acoustic and Vocals

Verse 1
I stood âneeth my ceiling and gathered my shoeboxes.
The ones I keep my demons in.
Then I went a looking for holy avengers, that would take them all off of my hands.

Verse 2
I came to a clearing with dark handsome women,
Wearing their soft buckskin gowns.
Their long white veils couldnât hide their contentment as they pointed to the clouds on the hills.

Chorus
White Rain, pours from the heavens, washes the dirt off your hands.
White Rain, stand and receive it âcause it might not be back for a while.

Verse 3
After the deluge I looked for my shoeboxes,
but they had dissolved on the ground.
The demons were haunted by the sight of these women and they ran like the wind.

Chorus














10. Rocket Ship
2005

Terry âBuffaloâ Ware â Electric Guitar
Kayla Cox â Violin
Amy Hobbs â Violin
Kacie Morgan â Viola
Sarah Nagy â Cello
Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals

Intro
Bm/C G Bm/C G

Verse
Bm/C G
In a rocket ship she flies, high above the dark clad gentlemen whoâs arms reach out to
gather.
Bm/C G
Her instrumenst survey, the crowded ground along the interstate where the cops have stretched their yellow tape
Bm/C G
She doesnât know his name, as she searches for her lovers kiss but heâs dressed in black like all the rest.
Bm/C G
She does this all the time, as she puts on her protective suit and wades into the sea of fools.

Solo Em G Em G

Bm/C G
In the morning she will find, that the light of day is closing in.
Bm/C G
The cops they clear a path as she rushes to her rocket ship and takes her suit back off again.

Solo Em G Em G

Bm/C G C G C
In a rocket ship she flies, searching for another interstate where dark clad men⦠will
G C G
always wait.


11. Santa Fe Bo

Robert Bartlett _ Mandolin
Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals
Dean Brown - Snare

Intro C F# G E A 7 D7 G7 G7
Verse E7 A7 D7 G7
This hereâs the story âbout Sante Fe Bo. Old stray dog I used to know
E7 A7 D7 G7
Heâs always ready to ride those rails, while other dogs just chase their tails
C F# G E A 7 D7
Got no worries, got no cares, Sante Fe Bob donât pay no fairs
E7 A7 D7 B7
He heard the cattle from pen to car, and in the morning hop a train.
C F# G E A 7 D7 G7 G7
The brakeman saw him in San Antoneâ conductor saw him last in Santa Fe.

Solo over Intro
One day through town came a boxcar of sheep. Santa Fe Bo jumped to his feet.
Always eager to ply his trade. Fell beneath the wheel and lost his leg.
But heâs got no worries got no cares. Santa Fe Bo he donât despair.
Even though he may have lost his step. The trains keep calling him to ride.
The brakeman saw him in San Antoneâ conductor saw him last in Santa Fe. Aww Bo!

Solo over Verse

Then one day came Heavens train, And ole Bo was on his way.
A brass casket is his box car now. Riding deep beneath the rails.
But heâs got no worries, got no cares, Santa Fe Bo is always there.
All the rail road men from far and wide, tend his grave when they go by.
When you hear that whistle blow, You can hear Santa Fe Bo
The brakeman saw him in San Antoneâ conductor saw him last in Santa Fe.










12. Vardaman
Inspired by the writings of William Faulkner

Robert Bartlett â Mandolin and Banjo
Michael McCarty â Drums
Chris Babcock â Upright Bass
Steven Babcock â Violin
Katie Mariah â Harmony
Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals

Capo 2
Intro Am C D

Vesre 1 Am C D Am C D Am C D Am C D
His Mo---------------therâs a horse. And he clings-------------- to her mane.
Am C D Am C D Am C D Am C D
And they ride above us all, on the ridgeline to the east.
Am C D Am C D Am C D Am C D
My mo-------------therâs a fish. And she swims in a cold green pond.
Am C D Am C D Am C D Am C D
And she chases all the minnows in the place where she belongs.

Bridge G G G G Am C D Am C D

Verse 2
My Sis-------ter never new, the darkness of her man.
And her ten dollar redemption, has gone through daddys hands.
My da-----ddy never cared, for help from, any one.
Now heâs got himself a new gal, and a brand new box of songs.

Bridge

Solo

Verse 3
My bro-------ther builds, better than any man can.
And that box he made was perfect, but thereâs no one there inside.
Yeah that box he made was perfect, but thereâs no one there inside.

Bridge




13. Reds Across the Sea

Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals

Capo 5
Intro C C C C

Verse 1 C G Am Am/G F
Thereâs this king that Iâve heard about, in a tower white as snow.
C G Am Am/G F
And he likes to use some holy words, if theyâre fitting to his cause.
C C#dim Dm F
I donât really know, but it seems that he could find some words to stop this little war.
C C C C

Verse 2
Thereâs this little boy Iâve come to know, and he thinks that iâd be cool.
To go off and fight this enemy, that has treated us so cool.
Thereâs something very wrong, when the children of the world just want to kill each other off.

C C C C

Solo

Verse 3
I remember when the Reds across the sea, were as evil as anyone could be.
Turns out they were just like you and me. Who taught me this belief?
And so it comes again, another generation learns to hate some folks theyâve never met.


14. Slow Learner
1996

Brian Eads â Keys Michael McCarty â Drums Chris Babcock â Bass
Amber Vallee - Concertina Katie Mariah â Harmony
Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals Electric Guitars



Intro Riff in D
Verse
D G
I have never been an emotional Giant.
D G
I have never learned to dance like little kids with out a care.
D G
Iâve cared, but what I cared about was useless.
D G
I could never get beyond the pretty objects on the shelf.
Chorus
Asus2 G Asus2 G
Slow Learner, such a slow Learner.
I see that many things I learned were rotten.
But like Eddie says I got to chose were some folks never could.
Day dream, of how I would go back and fix it.
But my fixing tends to generate the needs for more fixing.
Slow Learner such a slow Learner.

Solo G G G G D D D D G G G G D D D D A A G G Intro Riff

Iâve burned, the starter down to ashes.
As I sit and turn the key again and again.
Now Iâm unbuckling this safety harness.
Of this time machine I find my self strapped to.
Slow Learner, such a slow learner.
Bridge
Asus2 G
Iâm slow Iâm slow I know itâs true, took me years to tie these shoes.
Asus2 G
And when I think I have the plan its time to start over again.
Asus2 G Asus2 G
Slow Learner, such a slow learner.


15. The River Song
08/24/2009

Michael McCarty â Drums
Chris Babcock â Bass
Katie Mariah â Harmony
Gregg â Acoustic and Vocals Electric Guitars


Intro G
Verse 1
G C G
Have you taken any water? It would surely do you well.
G C G
Mind the birds they are forsaken. But they promised not to tell.
G C G
And I know there is a river and it feeds from way up high.
G C G
Water colder than the Heaven, that you feared most of your life.

Chorus
D D/F# C G
Itâs waiting there a place that hides behind your eyes.
D D/F# C G
A brush will flow and paint the river âneath the sky.

Verse 2

Well the Bicycles are flowing down the grassy river side.
And the kids they look for treasure, that no one thinks to hide.
And the dogs defend the backyard, till the old man calls them down.
While the lady in the garden, lifts a smile up to the sky.

Chorus

Verse 3

Now a boy looks cross the river, at a girl who shines so bright.
And he wades out to the middle, where heâs spent most of his life.
While the girl swims out to meet him, and he takes her by the hand.
And they kiss for their tomorrows, as the water makes them strong.



16. Train Over You
inspired by the writings of
Rob Vollmer

Michael McCarty â Drums
Chris Babcock â Bass
Bob French â Lead Guitar
Gregg â Guitars and Vocals

4/4 INTRO Am Am Am Am
Am
Well you took me too the station, when I was ten years old.
Dm Am
Yeah you took me too the station, when I was ten years old.
E Am
You said pick yourself a fast one, because you got to go.

Well the sun burns on the rails here, the whistle screams out all your lies.
Yeah the sun burns on the rails here, the whistle screams out all your lies
And I think about my brother, I spit your name out as I cry.
SOLO over VERSE

Bet your dancing with your new man, and drinking fine liquor too.
Bet your dancing with your new man, and drinking fine liquor too.
If my daddy was still living, he'd drive this train right over you.

Know I don't know where I'm going, I only know just where I been.
Know I don't know where I'm going, I only know just where I been.
But you watch yourself now mama, I might be back this way again.
SOLO over VERSE




Thank You

I would like to thank my Family most of all. They have helped support me in many ways till I could eek out a living doing what I do.
I would like to thank my Friends. They have been true to me and honorable enough to tell me what they really think about life and music. As far as Friendships go, I am way beyond blessed.
I would like to thank my Students. I often joke with many of you about what you are going to teach me today, but there has never been a truer statement. You constantly remind me of how powerful and beautiful our art form is.
And to
The Sunday Morning Coffee Bunch
Norman Music Institute
The Sunday Flyers
Jim and Barbara Barger
Laura Cao






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