dreamwood acres

by Beth McKee

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A note from Beth: Dreamwood Acres could be any place, from a summer camp to a cemetery, a suburb or a sanatarium, and this record runs that gamut. I just let the songs go wherever they wanted. I guess that’s how I am— a little bit 'all over the place.' That being said, I’ve never had a project that was closer to my heart and more “me” than Dreamwood Acres. Let’s just call it free range music.

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released May 19, 2018

Produced by John Pfiffner
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Contact: info@bethmckee.com

All songs were written by Beth McKee, with help from her friends on the following;
In Between the Lines (McKee, John Pfiffner), Resurrection Mary (McKee, Tim Kelliher), The Fall (McKee, Renee Arozqueta), Balancing Act (McKee, Jim Myers), Mad Potter of Biloxi (McKee, Tim Kelliher, Juan Perez)

Recorded and mixed by John Pfiffner at Seventy-Five Sound in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with minimal overdubs recorded by Beth McKee at Shingle Creek Studio in Orlando, Florida.
Mastered by John Keane in Athens, Georgia.

Beth McKee- Vocal, Piano, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ and accordion | John Pfiffner- Bass, guitar, Omnichord, synth, Hammond organ, lap harp, percussion and backing vocals | Juan Perez- Drums, percussion and spoken word on “Mad Potter of Biloxi” | Jeffrey Dean Foster- Electric guitar, backing vocals, spiritual guidance and Youtube referencing | Grant Peyton- Electric guitar and bass | Charles DeChant- Saxophones | Chris Tuttle- auxiliary piano on “The Fall”

“Mercy Point” also features Damon Fowler on lap steel, Gerry Williams on additional vocal, and Jim, Marcia, Madalyn and Luke Wofford plus Kana Miller and Sarah Kelly on harmony vocals.

Front cover photo (with permission) by Jerry Uelsmann uelsmann.net
Back cover photo by Jim Leatherman
Package design- Susan Bauer Lee

Beth, Juan and John would like to thank the following:
The Wofford family, Jeffrey Dean Foster, Sarah Kelly, Chris Tuttle, Lee Peyton, the Sweeney family, Doug and Phyllis Montgomery, Justin Beckler, Jerry Uelsmann, Bill Deutsch, Gerry Wilhelm and the Swamp Sistas (all 2,750!)

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Beth McKee Orlando, Florida

Beth McKee is the gestalt of all the places she’s settled. From her native Mississippi to her immersion in the scenes of Austin, New Orleans, North Carolina, and now Orlando – all their musical terroir is in her sound. You’ll recognize the hues if you really wanna parse it, but if you just listen, you’ll hear a sound that is quintessentially Southern, tapped from the roots and rolls like honey. ... more

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Track Name: Angus
Angus
written by Beth McKee ©Swampgirl Music

Where will the four winds carry you?
Once you are gone what will your mother do?
Is there one path you're apt to choose
Or will you close your eyes and dive
Deep into the blue Let it bear you off to learn a thing or two

Do you feel like you're outside the swarm|
Have you felt that way sometimes before  
Once you cross that line, go down, down the jagged edge
You may find yourself on some windy ledge
I pray that you survive the raging storm.

Where will ambition lay you down
Will you plant your feet on humble ground  
Or will you give it your all,
Refuse to compromise Climb the highest hill, claim the golden prize
I truly hope you’re happy where you’re bound

When life is done  will you take it well
Or will you fear the acid gates of hell
Will you lay down to sleep? Finally rest in peace
Or will you cling to life, put up a valiant fight
Until they carry you off into the night

Angus
Track Name: Are You Happy Now?
Are You Happy Now?
written by Beth McKee ©Swampgirl Music, BMI

There it is what you’ve wanted for so long
Now that you have it, are you proud of what you’ve done
Do you feel that you deserve it, do you even know
If it’s really precious or just some old fool’s gold?
Did you sacrifice, or did destiny hand you the ticket that won
You have reached your highest point, what’s it going to be

Are you happy now Can you simmer down
Be satisfied to close your eyes, enjoy the ride Can you work it out
Are you happy now Tell me, are you happy now?

Will you thank the ones who helped you, bear your heavy load?
Are you dumb enough to think you pulled it off all on your own
Will you credit those who gave their time
To listen to you sifting through the gravel in your mind
Or will you burn your bridges up and leave your past behind

Flash in the pan or the motherlode
Slipping through your hands wasting on the floor
Will you start all over, aim a little higher
Try to find another way to set the world on fire
Or will you cash it in to be a member of the choir
Track Name: In Between the Lines
In Between the Lines
written by Beth McKee/John Pfiffner
©Swampgirl Music, BMI

What are you trying to say?
In between the lines at the end of the day
Have I been on your mind?
Now, I remember your way
Of taking your time and wrecking me
Keep sending keep sending keep sending
Have I been on your mind
Have I been on your mind

I thought I knew what I wanted
Leave it to you to remind me
Keep sending keep sending
Till I don’t want it

Cold, turned out the light
I'll sleep on the floor not here anymore
Keep sending keep sending keep sending
Have I been on your mind
What are you trying to say?
Track Name: Resurrection Mary
Resurrection Mary
Written by Beth McKee and ti Kelliher

One cold Chicago night, so the story goes

She left the O’Henry Ballroom, walking home alone

They found her lying peacefully on the wrong side of the road
Straight to Resurrection wasn’t too far to go

On the highway to Justice, where her vision roams

Always in a party dress and a gossamer coat

She’ll put her hand out, beckoning with her eyes

Many have lived the legend taking her for a ride

Resurrection Mary, dancing all night long
At the feet of Jesus, in the shadows till dawn
So pretty and young, wide-eyed and tough
Till everything went wrong
Resurrection Mary, why don’t you come on home?

Many long years we mourned her, her father and I

Now we all share the family plot, and she slips out every night

Resurrection Mary, dancing all night long
At the feet of Jesus, in the shadows till dawn
So pretty and young, wide-eyed and tough
Till everything went wrong
Resurrection Mary, why don’t you come on home?
Track Name: The Fall
Feeling the Fall
Written by Beth McKee & Renee Arozqueta
©Swampgirl Music, BMI

She has a feeling, fall is coming
Closes the door and tries to unwind
Yesterday caught her without a warning
She learned her lesson, she’s ready this time

Once you’ve survived "the worst that can happen"
There’s no disaster____ you can’t take on
But everyday problems leave her all rattled
Wondering where her courage has flown

But she has right now
And love winds like ribbon around her
Makes her feel better somehow
As hard as she works at keeping out the cold
Fall always turns her world around
But she has right now, come on right now

The day brings potential, new beginnings
A long list of loose ends and things to be done
Right on its heels an ache so familiar
Blocks all the light right back to square one.
Come on, right now

There is a shadow that blooms
In the darkness
And it waits to catch you unguarded
And consume you

Come on right now, love wrap like ribbons around her
Make her feel better somehow
As hard as she works at keeping out the cold
Come on, right now.
Track Name: You Make it Look Easy
You Make it Look Easy
written by Beth McKee
©Swampgirl Music, BMI



Once in awhile I run out of passion

Fire in my soul starts blowing cold
And I let it go just don’t care

And it happened today I don't feel like trying

Some devil slipped in stole all my wind
Made me want to quit cash it in 

But I've seen you take life on
The battles you have won 

Give me the strength I need to keep on going



You make it look easy when it's rough

Getting to know you was a stroke of luck

You give me reason to never give up

My inspiration


For such a long time I thought I was the leader

Whatever I said you nodded your head
Always did agree with me, anyway

But when I fell from the carousel
You came down into my well

To say that it was okay and you made me believe it

You make it look easy when it's rough

Getting to know you was a stroke of luck

You give me reason to never give up

My inspiration no hesitation


You don't seem to notice life can be unfair

You're like one of those roses growing through a crack in the road
That finds a way to thrive

And you make it look easy when it's rough

Getting to know you was a stroke of luck.

You give me a reason to never give up.

My inspiration, no hesitation, an inspiration
Track Name: Mercy Point
Mercy Point
written by Beth McKee ©SwampgirlMusic

Where is my Sweet Sary I've searched everywhere
She didn't call me out of bed she never combed my hair
Not out in the kitchen or down by the chicken coop
Last night she tucked me in singing sweet and low
Songs of chariots to carry her
She sang about a train "Everybody get on board
Look up in the sky, follow the drinking gourd!"

We will gather up, down at Mercy Point
We will walk on the water
Sister Moses promises there’ll be tribulation
But our faith will carry us to Canaan

Dreamed I was a butterfly riding a wagon wheel
Then I was a blackbird flying out across the field
I saw Sary in the dark walking on the river bend |
She said “I’m headed out to Jerusalem."
Headed to Jerusalem

I'll miss my Sweet Sary, wish she'd taken me
Without her I'm an orphan, she's my family tree
But I will sing her songs, they are my reminder
To carry on until I'm grown, then I'll go and find her.

We will gather up, down at Mercy Point
We will walk on the water
Sister Moses promises there’ll be tribulation
But our faith will carry us to Ca - naan
Track Name: Mad Potter of Biloxi
Mad Potter of Biloxi
Written by Beth McKee and Tim Kelliher
©Swampgirl Music, BMI

Hey Josephine, I'm headed to the Broken Pot River
I gotta bury my hands in Tchoutacabouff mud
I had a dream and I won't be home for dinner
Got a lot to do and it’s gonna be good

I was tired of working as a blacksmith and a tinker
I went to New Orleans to find me another trade
Old Myer made me a potter with the wheel and the water
Now I make my way, making vessels from clay

Mad Potter of Biloxi
A mud dauber, by trade
Unequalled, unrivaled, undisputed
I am a brother to the human race

1894 well that was a bad year
Fire came along and burned up half the town
From every end comes a new beginning
So I built me a castle to lay my babies down

Mad Potter of Biloxi
A mud dauber, by trade
Unequalled, unrivaled, undisputed
I am a brother of the human race
Track Name: Echo Chamber
ECHO CHAMBER
Written by Beth McKee ©Swampgirl Music

You live by the code - coalition of cool
You know the drill, you follow the rules
Only one network can give you your news      
Reverberating your views     in your echo chamber
 
Stick to your guns like a bottle of glue
Plastering walls with your misquoted truths
Wearing your opinions like an old pair of shoes
You got holes in your soul     But you won’t let go

Who died and left you all the answers
Shall we consider your reasoning flawed                  
What if you find out  at the reckoning  
The other side had it   right
The other side had it   right
They had it right all along.
 
You like to win, you love to gloat
You laugh a lot but mostly at your own jokes
You may be the big wheel but where are your spokes
Roll it on out in the sun  You ain't fooling no one

It would be lovely if we could agree
But airing our differences enhances the breeze
I’ll give you a chance to challenge my creed
But then you gotta listen to me Let’s work it out like Socrates.

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