Up At The Late Night Moon

by Jeffrey T. Smith

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"Up At The Late Night Moon"

Jeff Smith & The Human Wilderness String Band

This recording came about as a get together with people that I've played over the last few years in informal situations. We'd never done any formal gigs together but we'd done some after hours jams and some showcases around our music community and we all hung out at The Epicure Cafe and The Reston Herndon Folk Club. This is a live recording. There are no overdubs on this recording.

When I thought about recording with this group of players I wanted more of a "field recording" kind of feel and getting a good vibe was more important than a clam free recording. I like that you can hear people exploring a part, developing it, and hearing how it fits into the song. I am so appreciative that these players were willing to take the risk of making an "imperfect" record and go down this rabbit hole. The fact that we didn't rehearse the songs to death was intentional. It's a very "of the moment" kind of recording.

Have a party and put this on. People will start conversing, libations will flow and you'll have fun. Hell play along with it then come sit in at gigs!

THE PLAYERS

Niels Jonker played bass on this recording and he engineered the sessions from an ipad while playing bass. Niels is from the Netherlands, and has a background in entrepreneurship and making things happen with computers as well as being a solid string bass player.

Marcy Cochran is the wonderful fiddle player and mandolin player in Dead Man's Hollow, she's also a graphic artist and is in the throes of making and editing a documentary about the late great John Hartford. Her playing on this record is very instinctual and of the moment. It's a joy to hear how she comes up with things and also develop ideas that you throw out to her.

Ron Goad is an inventive percussionist vocalist and voracious raconteur. He hosts many SAW events and open mics and has played on nearly a hundred recordings over the years. He has been recognized, with several Washington Area Music Awards for being one of the most supportive people of the Washington area music scene. Everybody knows Ron.

Holly Towne is auto harp player, promoter and entrepreneur with a most wonderful voice that is unbelievably rich, smooth and beautiful. She was our impromptu session photographer and she also sang wonderful harmonies on a couple of songs.

This recording was made in January 2017. We were in the main room at Reston Sound that has a wall of floor to ceiling windows overlooking the backyard pool and we played from the early evening until almost midnight.

JS/June 2017

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released July 14, 2017

Niels Jonker-bass, recording engineer and mastering engineer
Marcy Cochran- free range fiddle and mandolin
Ron Goad-purcussion and bg vocals
Holly Towne- bg vocal on "Can Your Heart Be Touched"
Recorded at Reston Sound

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Jeffrey T. Smith Virginia

Inspired and influenced by early country, blues, rock and pop
Jeff Smith writes songs and tells elongated and elliptical stories about them. Jeff's southern drawl slides in and around his guitar playing and Smith says “on a good night the stories and songs ride on top of a funky kind ofcountry blues pop stomp”. Now residing in the swamps of Virginia, Smith performs club gigs and
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Track Name: Laid Out Blues
Laid Out Blues

I knew love, it was a comfort to me
I knew love, it was a comfort to me
Saved my like from being a tragedy

I never got to know you like you'd know a friend
I never got to know you like you'd know a friend
Maybe next time we'll know how to begin

If you see me laid out make sure you can see my face
If you see me laid out make sure you can see my face
See for me no hair's out of place

Remember me darlin' one day out of the year
Remember me darlin' one day out of the year
Remember me when you are all out of tears
Track Name: Can Your Heart Be Touched
Can You Heart be Touched

Well I've been waiting for you to come around
Walking these streets all over town
Wonderin’ if you're ever gonna make up your mind
To love me baby or leave me behind.

Some people say you shouldn't wait too long
You've gotta make a move while the feeling is strong
I ain't trying to mess you up
I only want to know if your heart can be touched

I want more than memories I've had enough
I want to know can your heart be touched

Maybe it's too early to ask you all of this
Come on baby put yourself in your kiss
You say you can't help think it's all a game
Well let me tell you baby I don't feel that way

I want more than memories I've had enough
I want to know can your heart be touched
Track Name: You Married Men
You Married Men

Well she got mixed up with a married man
She was crazy 'bout him but she didn't understand
When he said he liked the married life
And he felt shook up cause he loved his wife.

He used to meet her at the oddest times
In the weirdest places for lover's crimes
It was thrillingly romantic till they felt the despair
That came from knowing it could go nowhere.

And it came as no surprise the night
She left him with tears in her eyes
She said you married men are so dedicated
But you make your lives so complicated.You Married Men

Well she got mixed up with a married man
She was crazy 'bout him but she didn't understand
When he said he liked the married life
And he felt shook up cause he loved his wife.

He used to meet her at the oddest times
In the weirdest places for lover's crimes
It was thrillingly romantic till they felt the despair
That came from knowing it could go nowhere.

And it came as no surprise the night
She left him with tears in her eyes
She said you married men are so dedicated
But you make your lives so complicated.

She made him promise to be her friend
But their days as lovers had to end
It was so much easier said than done
No matter what she said, she knew he was the one.

He said she'd always be his fantasy and
He'd never forget the girl he ran to see
But he felt like a fool for being untrue
It was something he never thought he could do.

And it came as no surprise the night
She left him with tears in her eyes
She said you married men are so dedicated
But you make your lives so complicated.

When she left town she never said a word
She wondered how he felt when he finally heard
Did he think of her in the middle of the night
Could he forget her now that she was out of sight?

He went back to how things were and
Eventually he told his wife about her
But sometimes he sees her in the back of his mind
And closes his eyes as if love were blind

And it came as no surprise the night
She left him with tears in her eyes
She said you married men are so dedicated
But you make your lives so complicated.
Track Name: You Mother's Dog
Your Mother's Dog
©2017 JTSMusicSESAC

It was a year ago today
You ran out of my life
You did not even stop
To say goodbye

As bitter as a biscuit
Soaking up the yellow snow
Folks thought it was funny
That I was the last to know

You won't hear no barking
No howling No screeching tonight
Up at the late night moon
And for all those nasty things you said
And for kicking me out of bed
You've been forgiven
Though your mother's dog is dead

Well I will not say that I was not hurt
And you know I was there right till the end. And you know I won't pretend
With all my tear stained letters signed
Your best friend

Days got dark and then got darker
I drank myself a pack of lies
One of those being that some but not
All dogs can fly

Some people think I did it for fun
Some people think and your mom is one
Who think I could've dialed back
On what I'd done

But me and her we're OK now
I see her bout three or four times a year
I even trained her monkey
To fetch us beer
Track Name: Suzette
SUZETTE

Suzette, you're like a cigarette
You take my breath
And your dangerous
You keep me in your pocket
Right over your breast
You ride me like a jet
Then you say you need a rest

Your diamond spiked heels
And your phony accent
Used to give me the chills
I thought I knew what it meant
You kept me up,
you never let me down
You just kind lost touch, disappeared
I never knew where you went

Suzette, you were so desperate
I remember you best
watching the sunsets Fade
Suzette are you ready yet?

Suzette, do you remember that place
Where we used to live
So long ago
Now there's hardly any trace
People ask about you,
they wonder where you are
And some people swear it's you on tv
Trying to be a singing star

Suzette, you were so desperate
I remember you best
watching the sunsets Fade
Suzette are you ready yet?
Track Name: Girl Friend
MY GIRL FRIEND

I remember on your wedding day
the sun came out in the clouds went away
steam was rising up from the ground
like memories escape left unfound

Oh my girl friend
My girl friend

At the reception I met them all
Your father your mother and your brothers in law
I told your mom something didn't feel right
She said son please just be quiet

Oh my girl friend
My girl friend

Years ago when we were friends
after school and on weekends
So much together that people thought
We were but I said no we're not

She's just my girl friend
My girl friend

Now the years have passed through
Our lives like wind
And our memories fade
Before they end

Oh my girl friend
My girl friend
Track Name: Lucky Boy
Lucky Boy

Honeysuckle sweet and so are you
If you were me you'd say the same thing to
Life is a pleasure and living is a joy
You make me feel like a lucky boy

I have heard that love is the key
Sometimes I think in my work for me
Life is a pleasure living is a joy
You make me feel like a lucky boy

Lucky boy a lucky boy
The whole world's a marble
It'smy spinning toy
Lucky boy lucky boy
You make feel like a lucky boy

Now when I was down and my luck wouldn't hold
I thought the world was mean and cold
Life is a pleasure living is a joy
You make me feel like a lucky boy

Lucky boy lucky boy
Life is a pleasure living is a joy
You Are my treasure I'm a lucky boy
Track Name: About Your Talk
About Your Talk

Your words come easy
But you make it so hard
To believe the stories
You turn into art
You get so tangled I your twisted plots
Your motor's always running
And you just can't stop

There's always someone
You want to impress
You think if it's worked once
You've cast your nets
And the ones your thought were fools
Are lining up
Even your entourage
Has had enough

Everybody's talking' about your talk
And the way you act like it's not your fault
The way you rattle like a big dumb doll
Everybody's talking about your talk

I used to laugh at it
Like it was a bad joke
But it kept getting worse
Every word was an ego stroke
Now you're so puffed up
With your own deceit
People avoid you just for relief

Everybody's talking' about your talk
And the way you act like it's not your fault
The way you rattle like a big dumb doll
Everybody's talking about your talk
Track Name: If I Were The Devil Dear
If I Were the Devil Dear
w&m JSmith 2014


If I were the devil and I
Saw you comin'
I'd head for the hills
Just to keep you runnin’
That's what I'd do if I were
The devil dear

I would tell you that Life’s a breeze
And I’d always be there
You could count on me
And that's what I'd do if I were the devil dear

If I were the devil I would not be lazy
I'd give you punctuation just to make you all crazy

I'd tempt Eve until she
Bit the fruit
Adam from that day on
Would have to wear a suit
And that's what I'd do if I were the devil dear

I'd make you question and
Fight amongst yourselves
Steal your faith and give you
Fairies and elves
And that's what I'd do if I were the devil dear

I'd give you colors
No one's ever seen
No one would talk
Everybody would scream

You'd have longer wars
That made no sense
Reality TV
And no moral fence
I’d give you presidential Candidates
That ran on fear And promoted hate
And that's what I'd do if I were the devil dear
Track Name: Your Light Don't Shine
Your Light Don't shine

You say your light don't shine
The way it used to do
But I had no trouble darlin'
When I was looking for you

Say you want to write a book
Call it everything hurts
Well you know it never gets better
Till it's been a lot worse

Now everybody knows
where you go last night
Now you come home darlin'
And you want to start a fight

She was singing love songs
On my guitar
To her new boyfriend
In the back of my car