Through Our Veins

by Karen Choi

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
04:26
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
4.
03:22
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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…
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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

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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. She was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where she was introduced to roots music at a young age through her father’s involvement in a local bluegrass band. Since then songwriting became a means of channeling the stories of everyday life and encounters with others along the way. ... more

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