Through Our Veins

by Karen Choi

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released March 4, 2016

Produced, engineered and mixed by Matt Patrick at The Library Recording Studio, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mastered by Greg Reierson at Rareform Mastering, Minneapolis, Minnesota

All songs written by Karen Choi (Schaeffer House Music/ASCAP) except where noted.

1. Road to Tennessee
Levi Stugelmeyer: Drums, Shaker, Tambourine
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Upright Bass
Matt Patrick: Hammond B3, Vocals
Jake Armerding: Violin
Karen Choi: Acoustic guitar

2. Anywhere You Go
Levi Stugelmeyer: Drums, Shaker, Tambourine
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Bass Guitar, Dobro
Matt Patrick: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

3. Nineteen
Levi Stugelmeyer: Drums
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Bass Guitar, Pedal Steel
Ben Rosenbush: Vocals
Karen Choi: Acoustic guitar

4. Older (co-written with Matt Patrick - matrickmusic/BMI)
Levi Stugelmeyer: Drums, Tambourine
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Upright Bass
Matt Patrick: Upright Piano, Hammond Console Organ, Banjo, Marxophone, Vocals

5. 100 Year Flood (co-written with Paul Ranheim)
Levi Stugelmeyer: Drums
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Upright Bass
Matt Patrick: Acoustic Guitar, Hammond B3, Vocals
Jake Armerding: Violin

6. Mississippi River Heart (co-written with Paul Ranheim)
Levi Stugelmeyer: Cymbals
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Upright Bass, Pedal Steel
Ben Rosenbush: Vocals
Nylon String Guitar: Karen Choi

7. Pictures On The Wall (co-written with Matt Patrick -matrickmusic/BMI)
Levi Stugelmeyer: Drums, Shaker
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Bass Guitar, Pedal Steel
Matt Patrick: Upright Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

8. Kentucky Hills
Levi Stugelmeyer: Drums, Tambourine
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Bass Guitar
Matt Patrick: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hammond B3
Jake Armerding: Mandolin

9. In The Morning (co-written with Matt Patrick -matrickmusic/BMI)
Levi Stugelmeyer: Percussion, Vocals
Tyler Burkum: Percussion, Vocals
Aaron Fabbrini: Upright Bass, Vocals
Matt Patrick: Percussion, Vocals
Jake Armerding: Vocals
Ben Rosenbush: Vocals

10. Can’t Forget You
Levi Stugelmeyer: Drums
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Bass Guitar, Pedal Steel
Matt Patrick: Acoustic Guitar, Hammond Console Organ
Jake Armerding: Violin

11. Through Our Veins
Levi Stugelmeyer: Drums
Tyler Burkum: Electric Guitar
Aaron Fabbrini: Bass Guitar
Matt Patrick: Acoustic Guitar
Ben Rosenbush: Vocals

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Karen Choi St. Louis, Missouri

Karen Choi is a singer/songwriter living in the American midwest. Karen’s second album “Through Our Veins” is rooted in the Americana tradition and shaped by the places and people she has met along the way. This new collection of songs explores common human experience from a rich lyrical perspective. Karen resides in St. Louis with her husband and three sons. ... more

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Track Name: Road to Tennessee
Road to Tennessee

I heard you call my name on the road to Tennessee
White clouds and bright blue skies echoed it back to me
Like a prayer tossed in the wind was my heart sincere and free
Like a map that knows my name was the road to Tennessee

Call my name won’t you give me something good
something good to do
May my days unfold like an old back road
ever lovely ever true

Sometimes I feel a pull, is it only me?
I wonder how to live life well, I wonder how to fully see
As the earth waits for her glory, as human hearts wait to be free
I will wait for you, oh Lord, oh Lord out on that road to Tennessee

Call my name won’t you give me something good
something good to do
May my days unfold like an old back road
ever lovely ever true

Take me laughing or take me crying
Now take me in doubt or in belief
Give my feet a path, oh, give my mouth a word
My song a strong and steady beat.

Call my name won’t you give me something good
something good to do
May my days unfold like an old back road
ever lovely ever true
Track Name: Anywhere You Go
Anywhere You Go

We take our turns being strong for one another
Pass the baton when you can’t run any longer
I am there to pick you up when you need picking up
I am there to fill your cup when it’s empty and dried up

Take me high take me low, take me anywhere you go
I just wanna go with you, I just wanna go with you
When you’re struggling to survive, honey, you better let me drive
I just wanna ride with you, I just wanna ride with you

We both are starting to appear a little older
I’m trying to see every gray turned hair as a crown of glory
Turn the pages of our life, tell the story of our days
We’ve said our vows a thousand times in a thousand different ways

Take me high take me low, take me anywhere you go
I just wanna go with you, I just wanna go with you
When you’re struggling to survive, honey, you better let me drive
I just wanna ride with you, I just wanna ride with you

As these days go on I’m surer than I’ve been
that we belong together
Now we’ve weathered many storms
We’ve come out hands held tight
And now we’ve come out better

Take me high take me low, take me anywhere you go
I just wanna go with you, I just wanna go with you
When you’re struggling to survive, honey, you better let me drive
I just wanna ride with you, I just wanna ride with you
I just wanna go with you, I just wanna go with you
Track Name: Nineteen
Nineteen

We went walking on a Saturday in late February sun
We churned over all the wild dreams we dreamt when we were young
Now I don’t know if this old heart can take another blow
With years gone by we can’t deny all the pain we’ve come to know

Take me back to when I was nineteen
‘Cuz oh these decades they will grow you up
Can’t un-see what you’ve seen
I stack up lost innocent like old magazines
Wish I knew now only what I knew back when I was nineteen

By now we know how the promised spring comes on slowly every year
We wait under the last winter’s snow, try to shake off heavy fears
Now I don’t know if this old heart can take another frost
I’m a daffodil, my hope must bloom despite the risk of lost

Take me back to when I was nineteen
‘Cuz oh these decades they will grow you up
Can’t un-see what you’ve seen
Now I stack up lost innocent like old magazines
Wish I knew now only what I knew back when I was nineteen

I long for eternal sun,
Warm on my shoulders, dry my eyes
I long for eternal sun,
Make all this sadness come undone
Come undone

Take me back to when I was nineteen
‘Cuz oh these decades they will grow you up
Can’t un-see what you’ve seen
I stack up lost innocent like old magazines
Wish I knew now only what I knew back when I was…

I Wish I knew now only what I knew
Wish I knew now only what I knew
I Wish I knew know only what I knew
back when I was nineteen
Track Name: Older
Older

I used to have a devil on my shoulder
now I am left with an angel of clay
the truth is that my desires got colder
‘cuz I am getting older

I am waiting on a word from above
‘bout where my feet should step
Where my heart should look for love
and I can’t wait long

I am looking for a sign to show me
got my bags all packed I got one foot out the door
And I can’t wait long

I used to have a devil on my shoulder
now I am left with an angel of clay
the truth is that my desires got colder
‘cuz I am getting older

I want somebody who will know my name
Know where I’m going know the places I have been
‘Cuz I been up and down
I am looking for something to own
For a place to belong for a house I can call my own
‘Cuz I’ve been up and down

I used to have a devil on my shoulder
now I am left with an angel of clay
the truth is that my desires got colder
‘cuz I am getting older

Older
Oh-oh
Older
Oh-oh

I used to have a devil on my shoulder
now I am left with an angel of clay
the truth is that my desires got colder
‘cuz I am getting older
I am getting older
Oh I am getting older

I am waiting on a word from above
‘bout where my feet should step
where my heart should look for love
Track Name: 100 Year Flood
100 Year Flood

The year the rain came down like never before
there was water on the field
there was water on the floor
And now a river flows where our feet usually stand
And it’s well up past my knees
It’s rising

It smoked the fox from its foxhole
it drove my family from our home
And it drifted, oh, it drifted us like worn driftwood
To the banks of the unknown

My daddy said, “take only what your arms can carry”
My mama said, “take only take only what you’d choose to bury:
For them, they took old photographs, gathered letters from before
We left that little house, no need to lock the door

It smoked the fox from its foxhole
It drove my family from our home
And it drifted, oh, it drifted us like worn driftwood
To the banks of the unknown

I know there are days the farmer prays for rain
And the robin finds delight in a pool to cool off in
Water’s pouring in like a thief and it’s ransacking
It’s rising, it’s rising
Oh well it smoked the fox from its foxhole
it drove my family from our home
And it drifted, oh, it drifted us like worn driftwood
To the banks of the unknown
It drifted, oh, it drifted us like worn driftwood
To the banks of the unknown
To the banks of the unknown
Track Name: Mississippi River Heart
Mississippi River Heart

This night, this month, this year
Have left me tired used up all my tears
I’m half expecting gray hairs
Every time I look in the mirror

I left my heart down by the Mississippi River
Where it bends and it curves and teaches me to sing
And hold my world together with the strum of my guitar
And a song plucked from the howling wind

This road has brought me home,
It don’t feel like a home to me
You live, you change, you grow
It’s like squeezing into a pair of old jeans

I left my heart down by the Mississippi River
Where it bends and it curves and teaches me to sing
And hold my world together with the strum of my guitar
And a song plucked from the howling wind

Oh my heart lags behind my feet
Take my body anywhere
Just wait for the rest of me

I left my heart down by the Mississippi River
Where it bends and it curves and teaches me to sing
And hold my world together with the strum of my guitar
And a song plucked from the howling wind
Track Name: Pictures on the Wall
Pictures on the Wall

Pictures on the wall, they don’t mean nothing at all
Unless you’re here with me, here with me
It ain’t home
Paint and furniture are just a foolish heart’s concerns
Unless you’re here with me, here with me
It ain’t home

And it’s gonna be alright
We can breathe easy tonight
It’s gonna be alright
You’re here

The limits of a dream well they’ve been pressing in on me
Oh there’s a dead-end sign at the beginning of my street
With twenty some odd years to claim
And I know ignorance by name
Oh still you’re here with me, here with me just the same

And it’s gonna be alright
We can breathe easy tonight
It’s gonna be alright
You’re here

If my mind should go
If my hands should fail
If my sight should roam
If my heart should fade to a resting pace
And start beating way too slow-oh

And it’s gonna be alright
We can breathe easy tonight
It’s gonna be alright
Alright…
Alright…
Track Name: Kentucky Hills
Kentucky Hills

I remember well when you were just a boy
Them old Kentucky hills are where you found your joy
But years stack up just like they do and choices stack up too
One day they all catch up with you with a ruthless point to prove

I want you to always know
That I’ve been praying and I’ll keep praying
’til my days are done
Honey, you got so much to lose
You’re someone’s daddy, someone’s honey
And you’re my son

Forty years gone by, this life you have to own
Trying to play daddy over a truck-stop telephone
But I still see great hope for you, I keep a candle burning bright
And when your deamons come knocking at your front door
Oh won’t you trust in the Holy Savior’s might

I want you to always know
That I’ve been praying and I’ll keep praying
’til my days are done
Honey, you got so much to lose
You’re someone’s daddy, someone’s honey
And you’re my son

Oh you love Jesus, but you’ve wandered far and wide
Drinking too much whiskey and you get so sad
Your eyes betray how tender your soul has stayed
Through all the trouble, all the trouble that you’ve had

I want you to always know
That I’ve been praying, I’ll keep on praying
But honey, you got so much to lose
You’re someone’s daddy, someone’s honey
And you’re my son
Track Name: In the Morning
In the Morning

Rooster’s gonna crow
Rooster’s gonna crow
Rooster’s gonna crow
in the morning (x2)

Sun is gonna rise
Sun is gonna rise
Sun is gonna rise
in the morning (x2)

Little known fact to you, all we gotta do to make it through
Make it through, make it through in the morning (x2)

Coffee’s gonna pour
Coffee’s gonna pour
Coffee’s gonna pour
in the morning (x2)

Baby’s gotta be fed
Baby’s gotta be fed
Baby’s gotta be fed
in the morning (x2)
As sure as the sun I’m gonna fully rely on
All the mercies that are new in the morning (x2)

Oh gotta get up and go
Oh gotta get up
In the morning (x2)

Rooster’s gonna crow
Rooster’s gonna crow
Rooster’s gonna crow
in the morning

Sun is gonna rise
Sun is gonna rise
Sun is gonna rise
in the morning

Coffee’s gonna pour
Coffee’s gonna pour
Coffee’s gonna pour
in the morning

Baby’s gotta be fed
Baby’s gotta be fed
Baby’s gotta be fed
in the morning
Track Name: Can't Forget You
Can’t Forget You Now

You caught my eye, but then again my eyesight
Has been going bad, been going bad
for some time
You made me think that I could take just one drink
Without wanting more, without wanting more
More of you

I don’t think I love you
But I just can’t forget you
I can’t forget you now

Look me straight on, stop moving your eyes around
Speak plain to me, speak plain to me
I must insist
We could move on, if we just showed all our cards
That I hold to my breast in this game we both play
Yeah, the game I forfeit

I don’t think I love you
But I just can’t forget you
I can’t forget you now

Let, let me go
We’ll count to three
And say our goodbyes
But you got me on some kind of rope
You got me hanging on some kind of line

You caught my eye, but then again my eyesight
Has been going bad, been going bad for some time
Track Name: Through Our Veins
Through Our Veins

I’m getting back to the basic
I’m getting back down to what’s real
Spent all these years trying to get it just right
Now I’m spinning my wheels still
I want to love without limits
Want my hear to grow too big for its cage
Life is as short as a song
And as fragile as a bright blue robin’s egg

Oh now the rain, it falls hard on my tin roof and it washes me way
It feeds me into the river that runs through our veins

I watch the trees hear the melody
Of the music of this beautiful sphere
I think that they want to break free and dance
But they can’t, they’re too rooted in fears
See life’s gonna throw you some punches
But only for those who love free
The open heart is most subject to wound
But only the open heart sees

Oh now the rain, it falls hard on my tin roof and it washes me way
It feeds me into the river that runs through our veins

I will rise up in the morning and my fears will fade with the night

Oh the rain, it falls hard on my tin roof and it washes me way
It feeds me into the river that runs through our veins
All of these hopes shouting out at me, they are a human thing
And they’re speaking to me with a voice
They’re washing me like a fountain
They feed me into the river that runs through our veins