Dear Dead Days

by Kassi Valazza

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1.
Cayuse 05:00
Like a broncy cayuse that never had no use I’m desperately fighting to ride all the time These hard working fingers they take some time to linger On that foolhardy man of mine I was hoping he’d be there at home But instead I just watched the lawn grow But I’m glad he can be where the winds blowing free So I followed him walking his pace In a wild and windy place Through rough rivers churning he left with no warning Cause they’re hard running critters and wild eyed quitters Kicking up all they can find That fool hardy man of mine That fool hardy man of mine My mind's too gentle a place for his rowdy and wounded face And I’m bleeding and stumbling and constantly fumbling at the end of the race So I guess I’ll just let the fool win Cause this chasing gets ugly as sin And I’ll pull back the reins on the plans I had made Cause they’re hard running critters and wild eyed quitters Kicking up all they can find That fool hardy man of mine That fool hardy man of mine
2.
Such a woman you have standing there I’m a fool to compare Hands are shaky but I’m not surprised Blood stains on my eyes Through my window what a glare I see Broken windows never bothered me When bruises show they take their time But the pain it’s on your mind I feel It’s too late the grass has turned a lighter shade Oh pa won't you please bring me back bright colored leaves Springtime brings about the green amongst the trees A color like her eyes is shining Sunshine swallows every step she leaves behind And you got colors on your mind Juniper has come and gone this year Soft whispers in my ear Broken promises she swore to keep That don't mean a damn to me Like picking daisies off your tongue Life's a gamble for you son But she never stopped to look you in the eye Your a boring kind of lie I feel it’s too late the grass has turned a lighter shade Oh pa won't you please bring me back bright colored leaves
3.
Sad Songs 04:06
How I pray the day will come when you can't make those fingers dance That guitar pickin’s made your thinkin’ weary of romance You play your little songs singing bout the love you got But picking aint the same as loving what you never lost You’re crying to yourself Its sad but it’s true You’re just a man who’s playin’ sad songs that he never knew When the day gets long and you’re all alone humming like you do Lets try to hum a song that’s got less fiction and more truth Your desperation and displacement has me keeping score And listening to your singing has become a tired bore That handsome face has lost all faith But I can still see through You’re just a man who’s playin’ sad songs that he never knew You’re not from Texas or New Orleans or from Tennessee And yet you sing about them and how they’re supposed to be Still it’s kind of funny how I fell for you at all With your guitar pickin’ fingers and your ego ten feet tall I guess that’s what it takes to make a woman see it through You’re just a man who’s playin’ sad songs that he never knew I guess that’s what it takes to make me feel the way I do You’re just a man playin’ sad songs that you never knew
4.
Chino 06:08
Some bright piece of sunshine came tumbling through came rollin through my blinds today Way out here in Chino where the river flows and the cattle grow It’s home but I can’t stay Farewell father I’ll be coming through once in a while Won’t you keep my room the same And I guess that I’ve been doing fine and I reckon I could ease my mind If my bills were paid My mother she left chino left ten years ago She went to Mexico And she hasn’t had much to say Some lousy desperado left her standing there She was unaware he weren’t coming back round her way Cheer up mother I’ll be coming through once in a while Won’t you wear your hair the same And I reckon it’s been on your mind if i’m doing good If i’m doing fine I’m okay I left my mind in chino but I had to go The clouds told me so So I left in search for rain But I miss the sunlight shining through my window pane And the way it made the rough soften on my face Cheer up Kassi I’ll be coming through once in while Won’t you watch your window pane And I reckon it’s been on your mind if I’m doing good If I still shine Im okay
5.
Mary 07:05
Tommy was a wealthy man but Mary thought that she could stand to wear his ring upon her hand someday But Tommy fell for Eloise and Mary fell upon her knees Mary never looked at love the same Oh how the time moves slower than twine In my fingers one two three Mary didn't know that the farther you go It’s not quite as it seems Old John Carver aimed to please, his daughter was young Eloise A dowry of fine cattle did he bring But famine came and starved the beasts and as for Tom and Eloise They gambled their life savings away Oh how the time moves slower than twine In my fingers one two three Mary didn't know that the farther you go It's not quite as it seems Old John Carver moved away, his cattle gone and turned astray So mary bought that plot of land one day With tired hands she built a home as Tommy’s debt began to grow Until his life was all he had to pay Oh how the time moves slower than twine In my fingers one two three Mary didn't know that the farther you go It's not quite as it seems
6.
I’m running on empty again Your hand she takes like a friend She pulls you away, and then I think I’m running on empty again Her eyes shine like the dew Your hand through her hair gently moves I try to not stare and try to not care but i'm running on empty again Running on empty again Though I try I just can't pretend I’ve spent all my nights sitting upright I'm running on empty again Her smile could make a man weep As tears of joy fall down your cheek My tongue I did bite and swallow that night I’m running on empty again Don’t tell me I’m losing my head It's you who don't come back to bed Are you worried you’ll speak her name in your sleep I’m running on empty again Running on empty again Though I try I just can't pretend I’ve spent all my nights sitting upright I'm running on empty again
7.
Johnny Dear 05:02
Johnny my dear you have come back home It’s taken it’s toll being left all alone Don’t mind my face it has aged a bit, while your face looks the same I must admit Johnny my sweet won't you take a seat I haven’t seen your face in many years Is your hair still brown Is your heart weighed down Will you come home in the morning What tales have you for a woman such as me Have you seen the Rio Grande or the hills of Tennessee Did you think of me at all on your lonesome dreary drawl You call my name in the morning Johnny my sweet won't you take a seat I haven’t seen your face in many years Is your hair still brown Is your heart weighed down Will you come home in the morning As for me I’ve been craving company With the snow falling down there's nothing much to see Did you miss the snow falling did you hear me softly calling You call my name in the morning Johnny my sweet won't you take a seat I haven’t seen your face in many years Is your hair still brown Is your heart weighed down Will you come home in the morning
8.
Verde River 04:24
I still don’t have a single clue by the way I feel tonight And I’m more than sure the flowers won't be bloomin’ I pick up dust and I know I must be running far behind By the banks of the yellow verde river By the banks of the yellow verde river I filled my pockets full of it’s gold And every stone upon the shore was glistening And a single word could not be heard Years go by while I pass the time but I just can't seem to leave It’s hard enough just to keep myself from trying I think of all the people that have gone and past me by By the banks of the yellow verde river By the banks of the yellow verde river I filled my pockets full of it’s gold And every stone upon the shore was glistening And a single word could not be heard I see my fair and freckled face in the water by my side I’m smiling but the pain it still resides I laugh and cry and grin so wide you’d think I’d lost my mind By the banks of the yellow verde river By the banks of the yellow verde river I filled my pockets full of it’s gold And every stone upon the shore was glistening And a single word could not be heard
9.
Mama 07:47

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released May 7, 2019

Music and Lyrics by Kassi Valazza
Arrangement and Music by Cary Sigler and Kassi Valazza
Engineered by Jon Wohlfert and Cary Sigler
Mixed by Jon Wohlfert
Mastered by Jon Neufeld
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals by Kassi Valazza
Electric Guitar by Cary Sigler
Drums by Ned Folkerth and Kevin Major
Bass Guitar by Chris Miller, Kris Doty and Cary Sigler
Keyboards by Tobias Berblinger and Cary Sigler
Organ by Lewi Longmire
Pedal Steel Guitar by Barry Alan Walker Jr.
Double Bass by Trinh Youngman
Violin by Olivia Duffy

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Kassi Valazza Portland, Oregon


Kassi Valazza’s songs are reminiscent of her childhood growing up in the vast open spaces of Arizona. Her lyrics portray dark stories of the West and a yearning for home, while the music rides a thin line of country western and psych.

Album art by the great Boramie Ann Sao
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