Sugarcane Revival

by Beth McKee

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    On Sugarcane Revival, (May, 2015) Mississippi native, Beth McKee offers fiery-sweet songs of tenacity and purpose, sung to a deep southern groove. The resulting sound is a composite of the places she’s called home; Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Florida.

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Long Road Back ©Swampgirl Music Written by Beth McKee Well it's a long road back Highway 49 And there's a whole lotta miles lying ahead & behind I'm on my way and I'm running out of time When I get back home, wonder who I'll see Won't be no yellow ribbon tied around no tree Nobody's gonna be there waiting for me CH: It's long road back to where I'm from Seven hundred Sundays in the twilight zone I am a prisoner condemned to roam A long road back it'll be so strange To see the same people shackled by the same old chains And it's a long, long road back home It has taken all I've got not to turn this car around You know I wouldn't even mind should it break on down Leave me on the highway 20 miles from town When I see the exit sign, maybe I'll pass it by I've got a wanderlust I need to satisfy Spinning my wheels on my intoxicating ride Bridge: Could it be a fantasy, that I'm even alive? Maybe I took a turn in the night, crossed over to the other side We live as we dream, dream as we die
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Break Me Down ©Swampgirl Music Written by Beth McKee, Tony Battaglia and Juan Perez Opened all my windows Tore down all the curtains Gotta shed a light on Just who it is I'm serving I am full of questions Searching for solutions Believin' I will make it If I can find my confidence Nobody said it's easy To fight against the current I chose this direction I'll take on the consequences CHORUS Rolling up the river of doubt I'm about to wear myself out Weighing on my mind haunts me all the time But it aint gonna break me down I have got a feeling Call it intuition I will make some changes Lose my inhibitions Ramping up my attitude Not asking for permission Don't let me drown in this water Don't wanna struggle anymore Throw me a line to hold on to And make my way to the shore
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Promised Land ©Swampgirl Music Beth McKee, Tony Battaglia I was brought up happy, had everything I thought Never satisfied the hunger for all the things I sought With no light to guide me and little in my hand I left my cradle on a rock to build a castle in the sand Oh a castle in the sand I wandered around in circles searching for the sun And found the family orchard where I had started from Pears sweet and golden jewels on the ground A whip-poor-will was calling from the blade of a broken plough Oh what a lovely sound CHORUS: Never thought I'd wind up standing here again I've been a dragonfly suspended in midair Seduced by the notion of life in constant motion I've found my sacred ground Here is the promised land I like to sit on the back porch watching the mud daubers dig Every now and then I ease across the swinging bridge There's an old man over there spinning yarns and sugar cane He's never won a literary prize but he sure does entertain Yea he sure does entertain
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Right at the Gate©Swampgirl Music Beth McKee I have seen where I am at the crossroads again Having walked in the dare haven't made it that far Maybe I move a little too slow Maybe I try a little too hard But I don't believe I'm meant to fail Fear of making mistakes that aint reason enough Maybe that's what it takes to keep you out of the rough Head on my shoulders feet in my shoes I can walk any road I choose But I don't have time to wait for a sign CH: I am right at the gate Ready to move Got a line on faith And a new kind of truth I may not win but I can't lose I can't quit chasing that muse And I'm right at the gate Got this far on my own and I know what I know That I am the one who decides where I go So many things I wanna do I'll keep rolling until I break through Then I'll hold the door so anyone can come, too CH: I am right at the gate Ready to move Got a line on faith And a new kind of truth I may not win but I can't lose I can't quit chasing that muse And I'm right at the gate It's my story I'll write the ending
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Nobody Knows 03:46
Nobody Knows Like Me ©Swampgirl Music Beth McKee, Tony Battaglia Outside in the cold, cold night Faming your flame to keep it alive Pounding the door for hours on end Wondering when they're gonna let you in Asking yourself what you're gonna do then Nobody knows. Nobody knows the lure of surrender when you've lost your sense of self-will Nobody hears the bargain being struck when seclusion's at the heart of the deal Nobody knows how that feels Chorus: Well nobody knows what you're thinking about Nobody suffers that burden of doubt You're all alone to carry the load Nobody, nobody, nobody knows like me Punch it so hard that you're running out of gas, out on the road Never arrived but you're on your way back, nobody knows Nobody hears the sighs that you whisper to get yourself to stay in the game Nobody knows how hard it is to try to deny your dreams are out of your range And in the morning when the coffee tastes bitter and the sky is a puddle of gray Just when you thought you could reach out and touch it your faith seemed to slip away How you gonna face that day?
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A Place For Me ©Swampgirl Music Beth McKee, Juan Perez, Tommy Malone I wish I had some direction I float around like an aimless cloud Wherever I drift, I shed a little rain Till I'm caught up in the wind again I find comfort in the darkness But daylight takes it all away Nowhere is everywhere I wanna be somewhere Somewhere there's gotta be a place for me Somewhere there's gotta be a place for me Chorus: I've been searching for my reflection In the eyes of everyone I meet Hoping to find a connection To the long lost part of me On some hill where a mocking bird is calling On the bank of a lonesome little pond Here or there on this earth in a heart or in a church  Somewhere there's gotta be a place for me Somewhere there's gotta be a place for me
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Abraham and Alice ©Swampgirl Music Beth Mckee, Tony Battaglia Somewhere out there east of Jordan Is a land of plenty a bountiful garden There the river flows with milk and honey But the banks are empty aint got no need for money The table is set doors are open Beulah land where all are chosen Ain't no preaching from way up on high No golden tongues to worship Brimstone in the sky Chorus: Are you searching like I am Are you wandering like Abraham Are you Alice seeking Wonderland If you find it, take me there if you can In the land of Abraham and Alice Curiosity never killed a cat Everyone is slightly mad with or without a hat I'm on a mission really wanna go I'd stick my head down a hole to see if it's below I would gladly march seven days and seven nights Cross the Arab desert, blinded by the light Should you arrive before I do Mail me a message some kind of clue Write it on tablet tell it to a rabbit Or maybe Sister Mary can hide it in her habit. And Everything Changed ©Swampgirl Music Written by Beth McKee Sometimes something happens life takes an unexpected turn And it alters everything for everyone concerned Take Adam and Eve they had all living in paradise Till one morning Eve decided she wanted more out of life The tree of knowledge loomed temptation overruled Eve ate forbidden fruit God disapproved Ch: And everything changed it was a whole new game The journey had begun gas had hit the flames Once the veil was lifted darkness fell away The whole world looked different forever, from that day Let's talk about Moses and the children of Israel Fleeing across the desert Pharaoh hot on their trail Mountains to the left Red Sea on the right All the people cried "Lord, have mercy. We're gonna die tonight." Moses said "Be still!" and raised his staff on high When the waters parted Moses led his tribe Now how about Ezekiel when he saw that wagon wheel? "Let me fly," he cried out "I wanna see how freedom feels."
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Unravelled 03:14
Unraveled ©Swampgirl Music Written by Beth McKee and Tony Battaglia I am unraveled my lines are frayed I came ungrounded drifted away I lost my compass I came undone I was flying into the sun I cannot tell you where I have been I did not follow no particular plan I do not know how long I been gone I tried to ride but I got thrown And I am on my way back home On my way back home I'm on, on my way home What else could I do but sell kisses at the bus stop What else could I do but languish and pine Who else could I talk to in the middle of a dark night What else would I do if I didn't have you I am unable to speak my mind But I'm unwilling to leave you behind I hope you've waited I hope you care I hope that I am gonna find you there Because I'm on my way back home On my way back home I'm on, on my way home What else could I do but sell kisses at the bus stop What else could I do but languish and pine Who else could I talk to in the middle of a dark night What else would I do if I didn't have you
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Dress of Fire ©Swampgirl Music Written by Beth McKee and Tony Battaglia Since you've been gone I tried to tow the line I ignored evil thoughts running through my mind Your kind of loving never worked on me Always thought I was who I ought be Well change, it don't come easy when all is said and done There's a vein runs through me I cannot overcome I made too many promises most of which I couldn't keep Trouble tracked me down and now I'm in too deep I wear my dress of fire you live like a King I see a silent choir perhaps you hear them sing Temptation was everywhere in the end I failed I wear my dress of fire in this living hell I laid out all my Sunday best Decided it was hopeless threw out all the rest I set the table knowing no one would ever come Here we go again dinner just for one I wear my dress of fire you live like a King I see a silent choir perhaps you hear them sing Temptation was everywhere in the end I failed Salvation was never there, I guess it's just as well I wear my dress of fire in this living hell
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Trouble the Waters ©Swampgirl Music Written by Beth McKee and Tony Battaglia Day after day, on the highway I witness things I don't want to see Skinny dog standing on the roadside An old man with no shoes on his feet My momma taught me well to know right from wrong Left me a conscience won't leave me alone When all I wanna do is get back home I hear it calling to me I can't believe what I read in the papers The same news every day So much hunger, neighbors hating neighbors Who brought us up to act this way? I know I wasn't born to be a politician I'll go down and help out at the mission Maybe I'll drop the mayor a line Tell him what's been on my mind Chorus: Reach out your hands Sons and Daughters Get together, go and trouble the waters We may be gone before it gets done But revival is gonna come So much to do, so many need helping This aint no time to roll with the tide What's the use watching and waiting Stand up child, speak your mind A pebble makes a ripple, that gets it started Get on out and throw a seed in the garden My daddy always says "You deep what you sow" Cultivate what you want to grow
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You Better Turn Around @Swampgirl Music Written by Beth McKee You better turn around, reconsider what you're saying Make another sound, we might fall apart Think before you open up your mouth And all those hateful words come flying out You better turn around, before you go too far. You were standing on a dark road Had no one to help you Living in a dream With nowhere to go Who's the one that picked you up and brought you home Gave you understanding and a loving hand to hold You better turn around, before you break my heart Look deep into these eyes, you'll know how much I love I ain't never tried to hide it, right there for you to see So think about the words you're dying to say Once they hit the air, they'll never fade away You better turn around, before you break my heart You better turn around, before you go too far
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Fire, Wind and Water ©Swampgirl Music Written by Beth McKee and Gary Hirstius I'm gonna get there, the best way I know how I deserve the right to be there, I'll get to it somehow And I know what it's like to be scared, it seems to confound me I feel the breeze of a new fair wind to surround me No fire, wind and water no walls of bricks and mortar No mountaintops or hurricanes No men of steel on horses or fields of burning crosses Can keep my dreams away from me I wanna be where the music is playing There must me someone somewhere Who hears what I'm saying And I have wished and prayed for the bright lights to find me I can see it in the distance, the long road's behind me No fire, wind and water no walls of bricks and mortar No mountaintops or hurricanes No men of steel on horses or fields of burning crosses Can keep my dreams away from me I wanna be where the music is playing There must me someone somewhere No fire, wind and water no walls of bricks and mortar No mountaintops or hurricanes No men of steel on horses or fields of burning crosses Can keep my dreams away from me

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Produced & mixed by Justin Beckler
Mastered by Jeffrey Reed @ Taproot Audio

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released May 19, 2015

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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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