Everybody's Got A Mountain

by The Heavy Set

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1.
When we first met you knew I was still a boy Trying to grow up fast and put down my old toys Couldn't believe they'd call him a man after what he'd done to you Maybe I was too young but I tried to fill his shoes Honey I fell short a time or two But I fell in love with you As of late we've said some things that we didn't mean to say Tried to reconcile with you but you pushed me away Threw some daggers of your own straight into my heart I pulled them out and tried to stop the bleeding before it could start No matter what you do I can't stop loving you Because you asked me to be a man and I didn't think I could But if you give me half the chance to change I would Cut down our love like a dying tree now a rotten stump remains I can't seem to pull it out even with the strongest of chains I propose we plant anew and nurture it with care We'll grow fat and old and gray underneath the shade we'll share Honey am I getting through? I can't stop loving you Because you asked me to be a man and I didn't think I could But if you give me half the chance to change I would If you give me half the chance to change
2.
If time alone is what you need I won't stand in your way Tell me if you're coming home and don't lead me astray If solitude will help you through your sad and weary state I can only promise I will try to accommodate But all this time without you is driving me insane All my nights are sleepless all my days so long and plain You spent the whole summer just dancing in the rain While I spent mine circling the drain I'll give you time and give you space but what's in it for me Tell me how our love became an unsolved mystery If solitude will help you through your sad and weary state I can only promise I will try to accommodate But all this time without you is driving me insane All my nights are sleepless all my days so long and plain You spent the whole summer just dancing in the rain While I spent mine circling the drain I spent mine circling the drain All this time without you is driving me insane All my nights are sleepless all my days are long and plain You spent the whole summer just dancing in the rain While I spent mine circling the drain I spent mine circling the drain
3.
Every fall I get the call and pack up for the road Northbound several hours head first into the cold Of all the sites I've seen wherever I may roam Only one thing tells me that I'm home When I see eagles on the ice underneath a winter moon Eagles on the ice and I'll be coming home soon There's a bar not too far from where us workers stay Once or twice with my guitar I sit down and I'll play Songs about the ocean blue and songs of dreams that won't come true And songs that make me think of you And of eagles on the ice underneath a winter moon Eagles on the ice and I'll be coming home soon As I descend into the valley the sunset disappears I travel along the river that I've known all these years Soon you'll feel the love that I tried so hard to send And I smile as I come around the bend And I see eagles on the ice underneath a winter moon A song is on the radio and I'm trying to sing in tune Eagles on the ice underneath a winter moon Eagles on the ice and I'll be coming home soon I'll be coming home soon
4.
I'm gettin' tired of almost losing you Gettin' so tired of losing you Gettin' so tired I don't know what I'm gonna do Don't know what I'm gonna do If I'd have lost you the first time Lord knows I wouldn't be this blue If you'd have left me the first time like you said you would If you'd have left me the first time like you said you would If you'd have left me like your mama said you should Like your mama said you should I'd be shook up for a couple of weeks But you know I'd find a way to make it good Find a way to make it good You don't write me any letters you don't telephone You don't write me any letters you don't telephone You don't write me you don't think to throw this old dog a bone Throw this dog a bone I'm just dying here without you Baby won't you please come home Baby won't you please come home Baby please come home
5.
06:27
The blue skies of summer gave way to the cold of October I spent my nights with the bottle And my days telling you I'd get sober December came around and I let you down Felt your heart grow so much colder Can we just start over I started talking to strangers in a cold and dark church basement Listening to all their horror stories And how they're trying to find a replacement My turn came around and I broke down oh I cried But it wasn't on your shoulder Can we just start over When living a lie becomes easier than living your life When loving somebody else becomes easier than loving yourself You know it's time Everybody's got a mountain everybody's got their hill to climb I know that you got yours and you can be sure I got mine Pulling that weight behind you up that hill Doesn't make the top seem any closer If it knocks you down Then you just start over You just start over
6.
You're just like a ghost you come to me in my sleep A haunting memory I try not to keep I wish you away as I turn out the light Knowing you'd come back every night As soon as I wore this heart on my sleeve You disappeared but you didn't leave So why do I dream of you every night And wake up alone in the cold grey light You've been gone so long that it doesn't seem right So why do I dream of you every night Moonlight it falls on a day that is dead Your voice is burning a hole in my head I wished you away and that you would stay gone Knowing you'd come back all along As soon as I close these bloodshot eyes You reappear and it comes as no surprise So why do I dream of you every night And wake up alone in the cold grey light You've been gone so long that it doesn't seem right So why do I dream of you every night So why do I dream of you every night And wake up alone in the cold grey light You've been gone so long that it doesn't seem right So why do I dream of you every night You've been gone so long that it doesn't seem right So why do I dream of you every night
7.
06:10
You always say no so I didn't bother with asking You'd never show to the places that I said were happening Next time I say you should come with me I hope you listen I know it's cliche but you don't know just what you're missing But you got a beautiful soul that you don't let get out in the sun You got a beautiful smile that you don't show anyone All I'm trying to say is it's not too late The good times have just begun Last week I tried to get you outside in the sunshine When I called you up you just fed me the same old line Just what you do behind those four walls there's no telling I'd try and try but you would not buy what I'm selling What I'm selling is You got a beautiful soul that you don't let get out in the sun You got a beautiful smile that you don't show anyone All I'm trying to say is it's not too late The good times have just begun All the good times they've just begun You got a beautiful soul that you don't let get out in the sun You got a beautiful smile that you don't show anyone All I'm trying to say is it's not too late The good times have just begun All the good times they've just begun You always say no so I didn't bother with asking
8.
Lately I've been falling apart Missed my turn so I'm back at the start Searching every inch of my heart for some good news The wind keeps blowing my candle out I lost my voice so I gotta shout My head is filled with doubt and I'm looking for clues My old friend you told me If I needed you you wouldn't refuse Now I'm begging you Give me something I can use I can't use these blues There's no joy for me anymore Everything feels like a chore Every game's a bore and every game I lose The wind keeps blowing my candle out Lost my voice I still gotta shout My head is filled with doubt and I'm looking for clues My old friend you once told me If I needed you you wouldn't refuse Now I'm begging you Give me something I can use I can't use these blues I can use I can't use these blues
9.
03:00
The way the river's rising I don't know If they're ever going to find the poor girl's bones Her mama wants something she can bring home To lay beneath the willow by the family stone

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released November 3, 2015

Produced by Erik Koskinen
Mixed by Dylan Nau
Mastered by Tom Garneau
Engineered by Erik Koskinen*
*track 6 engineered by Kevin Bowe

Tracks 1-5, 9 recorded at Real Phonic Studio in Minneapolis, MN
Tracks 6-8 recorded at IPR in Minneapolis, MN

Additional musicians:

Erik Koskinen - electric guitar (5), acoustic guitar (1), resonator guitar (9)
Dylan Nau - organ (1,3,5,7,8,9), electric piano (1,5), acoustic piano (3), synthesizer (2)
Jillian Rae - violin (3)
Siri Undlin - vocals (9)
Max "Maxaphone" Felsheim - alto, tenor sax (1,7)

Album cover art by Maggie Sather
Design and layout by Jake Ilika

All songs written by Jake Ilika
Copyright 2015 Jake Ilika
All Rights Reserved

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The Heavy Set Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Heavy Set is a Minneapolis rock band rooted in blues and alt-country, pushing Americana to its harder edges. The heart- felt songwriting of Jake Ilika gets a grindstone treatment in The Heavy Set with guitar-forward echoes of Crazy Horse and Ryan Adams. Their third record, “The Highway & The Moon”, drives their sound harder and into new expanses with a genre-bending collection of songs. ... more

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