Field Notes Vol. 1

by The Ghost of Paul Revere

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This album was made possible by generous support from the Newport Folk Festival and Converse

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released December 11, 2015

Max Davis - Banjo, Vocals
Griffin Sherry - Guitar, Vocals
Sean McCarthy - Bass. Vocals
Matt Young - Harmonica

Additional Instrumentation by
Darren Elder - Drums
Kris Rodgers - Piano
Tyler Lienhardt - Fiddle

All Songs Written by Ghost of Paul Revere
Except Baba O’Riley Written by Pete Townshend (Decca/MCA/Polydor)

Tracks 1 and 8 Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Jonathan Wyman
Tracks 2-5 Recorded by Seth Manchester at Converse Rubber Tracks Boston
Track 6 Recorded Live by Kevin Dremel
Track 7 recorded Live by Pete Nenortas
Mixed by Jonathan Wyman at the Halo Studio
Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering Studio

Cover Photography by Scott Anton
Layout and Design by Griffin Sherry

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The Ghost of Paul Revere Portland, Maine

The Ghost of Paul Revere is a holler folk band centered around Griffin Sherry, Max Davis, Sean McCarthy, and Matt Young. Their songs feature soaring vocal harmonies, modern interpretations on traditional instrumentation, and passion. They a band dedicated to writing powerful, stripped down music that is meant to be experienced live and intimately.

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Track Name: Requiem for Northen Souls
(instrumental)
Track Name: Ballad of the 20th Maine
My name is Andrew Tozier, a child of Lichfield Maine
I left my only family for sea, and salt, and rain
When Lincoln called the banners in 1861
I joined the union army for the land I'm from

We were baptized by fire, at the battle of Bull Run
And we fought our southern brothers, in the wind, the snow, and sun
And when our time was over, we heard our Governor say
Keep fighting for the union, for just another day
So we joined the lion of Bowdoin, Chamberlain his name
and we marched back into battle as the 20th of Maine

If we should die today, dream a dream of heaven
Take your northern heart with you to the grave
Be proud and true you are a union soldier
Stand fast, ye are the boys of Maine

Well, our western flank was missing
As the confederates pushed on
And we fought them tooth and nail
Our ammunition all but gone
Alone I stood with colors
Flying proud and true
For to let my northern brothers know
the battle was not through

Then appeared our lion roaring bayonets
Charging down the mountain with what soldiers we had left
We were steadfast as katahdin, hard as winters rain
Take that rebel yell with you to hell
We are the 20th Maine

If we should die today, dream a dream of heaven
Take your northern heart with you to the grave
Be proud and true you are a union soldier
Stand fast, ye are the boys of Maine
Track Name: Baba O'Riley
Out here in the fields,
I fight for my meals,
I get my back into my living.
I don't need to fight,
To prove I'm right,
I don't need to be forgiven.

Don't cry,
Don't raise your eye,
It's only teenage wasteland.

Sally take my hand,
We'll travel south cross land,
Put out the fire,
And don't look past my shoulder.
The Exodus is here,
The happy ones are near,
Let's get together, before we get much older.

Teenage wasteland,
It's only teenage wasteland,
Teenage wasteland,
Oh yeah, teenage wasteland,
They're all wasted!
Track Name: Annabelle
You stood next to me at the show
And even though two feet away from me I turned to stone
Nervousness caught me to a serious degree
Because you're the one all these people came to see
and I said I want to lay next to you and sing

She was a tall drink of water
I was a man adrift at sea
Who with legs up to ceiling
Made my poor heart skip a beat
While you were singing with the band
I saw you glancing at me
While all these people stared in wonder
I wondered what the hell you saw in me
and I said I want to lay next to you and scream

Love me girl, like you mean it sugar
like you know me well, I'm you're Annabelle
Oh wont you love me well, I'm you're Annabelle
Oh wont you love me well, I'm you're Annabelle
Track Name: Two Weeks
Its been raining now,
pushing two weeks
really brings out them colors
in the leaves

Its been raining now,
pushing three months
it really brings out them black, black blues
in my baby’s eyes

There’s water in the ice, she smiled, straight across,
staring at me for another drink
And I’d give her anything at this four o’clock hour
just to see the sun rise up on her, again

Lights on the road show
the ghosts of cursive branches
like her curling hand writing that is filling up my dreams
lines of metal lattice shadows
the chain links that the trees grow through
I’m just thinking about the ice cubes in her glass

And its not the chopping, I said,
that I really enjoy
but the feeling of the axe in my hand
when I’m stacking wood for the long winter coming
for the small house we’d buy on borrowed money

its been raining now,
since I don’t know when,
and I’ve got more water
than any man.
Track Name: Woodman's Stead (with Tall Heights)
Well she sings like a bluebird in the daylight
She murders like a crow at night
All this undressing has me second guessing
Between what is wrong and right

And I gave you all these wasted years
If I can't be yours then leave me dear

So I stood in the cold, the winter light low
Here at Woodman's Stead
Oh how I pleaded, and though never neaded
To be more to you than a firend

And I gave you all I had to give
Don't lay with me and let me live

I'm going to tear down your walls
And I won't stop till I have you all
I'm going to tear down your walls
And I won't stop till I have you all
till I have you all
till I have you all
Track Name: Ghostland (with The Fogcutters)
Well the storm clouds are moving in
Days just go on by and I'm feeling worthless
But don't hold it to close
It will only serve to make you loose your cool, boy
Well the years just go on by
There's no sunken treasure to fufill me

So I'll drive all night to nowhere
Just to chase the sun
I said the battles almost over
But, my god, which side has won
Thunderstorms and bad news
They always make it through
When you find yourself screaming
Are you living in a Ghostland, too

I said I'm living in a Ghostland
How far can one man go
And will I see you later
The answer only dead men know

Well that harsh Atlantic breeze
It's blowing up again, and I feel colder
So I think I'll take a drive
And ease this worried mind of all its troubles
Well I don't feel a man
Or captian of this ship out at sea

So I'll drive all night to nowhere
Just to chase the sun
I said the battles almost over
But, my god, which side has won
Thunderstorms and bad news
They always make it through
When you find yourself screaming
Are you living in a Ghostland, too

I said I'm living in a Ghostland
How far can one man go
And will I see you later
The answer only dead men know
I said I'm living, I said I'm living in a Ghostland
I said I'm living, and I sing lada, dadada, oh lada, oh
Track Name: Frontier (Alternate Version)
Frontier, I saw my shadow among the statues,
holding water

Cracks in my hand, threads in the black,
the fray weaved fabric up into our basket
holding water

If this leaks would you take me back
back to the water

By a fracture, see through the seams
the suture, the stitch, our lands now dehisced
covered in water

History in hand, all things erode
the prison, the monument, and the road

If this leaks would you take me back
back to the water