Embers To Ashes

by Bonnie Whitmore

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Produced by Chris Masterson.
Recorded by Andrew Hernandez @Premium Sound in Austin. Mixed by Steve Christensen and Chris Masterson @Hotel Beadel NYC.
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian.
All songs written by Bonnie Whitmore Starlet&Dog Music SESAC, except "GTO" and "Cowboy Lullaby" written by Bonnie Whitmore and Amanda Shires Little Lambs Eat Ivy Music BMI, "You Gonna Miss Me" written by Bonnie and Eleanor Whitmore BMI, and "Love Too Sweet" written by Bonnie Whitmore and Brent Mitchell Boquillas Music SESAC.

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released February 25, 2011

Bonnie Whitmore: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Chris Masterson: Electric, Acoustic and Electric 12 String, Resonator and Baritone Guitars, Harmonium, Backing Vocals
Eleanor Whitmore: Fiddle and Backing Vocals
Falcon Valdez: Drums and Percussion
George Reiff: Bass
Rich Hinman: Pedal Steel

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Track Name: Cotton Sheets
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog SESAC

She seems uncommonly open
With her toe tapping now
Satin pillows stained between shoulders
Keepin the rhythm with her smile

Twirl that shirt girl
Make em feel what it’s like to hold ya
Behind brown eyes hides the grave for love
She buried it twice

Chorus
Put your boots on and bury your pearls
Be the Mary to your Neverland
Fly high up past the neon
Sleep on the satin, wishing for cotton sheets tonight

He’s the poor fool, in love with a stranger
That’s the danger of letting hearts fly
Now he’s got arrows stuck in him
Tagged by the archer who’s never denied

Chorus
Put your boots on and bury your pearls
Be the Peter to your Neverland
Fly high, up past the neon
Wishing for satin, sleeping on cotton sheets tonight

Bridge
Blood spills the woman
Who shelters in her innocent child
But who’s heart is to broken
To bend to any one man

Chorus
Put your boots on and bury your pearls
Be the Mary to your Neverland
Fly high up past the neon
Sleep on the cotton sheets tonight
Track Name: Embers To Ashes
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog SESAC

We use to burn like fire
Burning hot and blue
We'd use to stay out of every night
Dance the whole night through
Now you say your with your friends
Heaven knows what you do
But darlin what left of me and you?

Now you can see where this is going
There's no need to pretend
Cause all that shows is the boredom
With your lips upon my skin
But like the Preacher done said
Till death do you part
Ya gonna have to pay for my broken heart

You say "Baby, don't blame me
You know I love only you"
But I say "Baby you betray me"
Embers to ashes is all that's left
Oh lord, it's all that's left

I tracked you to the south side
Bend to strike a match
I watch the fire growing
While lying with your tramp
Well you better start to prayin
Repent for what cha've done
Cause even Jesus won't be savin none,
From the wrath I'm bringing on

Now I say “Baby, don't blame me
You know I love only you.
But now Baby, you betrayed me
Embers to ashes is all that's left
Lord now Embers and ashes is all that left”
Track Name: Cowboy Lullaby
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog SESAC and Amanda Shires Littlelambseatsivy BMI

Smoking, gun totting boy of mine
I want you to come home to my arms tonight
Tell me it’s all gonna work out
I need to hear it’s gonna be alright

Tennessee Man, I’m lonesome for you
And lonesome is something you know I can do
This is the life we choose
But our lullaby is long over do

Chorus
You’re a green ocean, and I’m sparkling waves
We’ll get it together, it’s just a few days
Come back to me to Haysboro please
Cowboy return to me

I need more than a ring
All that circles between
More than any of earth shining thing
I need you more than this ring

Chorus
You’re a green ocean, and I’m sparkling waves
We’ll get it together, it’s just a few days
Come back to me to Haysboro please
Cowboy return to me

Chorus
You’re a green ocean, and I’m sparkling waves
We’ll be together, most of our days
Come back to me to Haysboro please
Cowboy return to me
Track Name: Tin Man
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog SESAC

Tin Man, Tin Man, Tin Man has
No heart, it’s sad, but he’s got no heart. No heart

Replaced, replaced by a girl named
Mary who shares my middle name
Such a shame

Chorus
Fire Mary up! Ride ol’ Mary tonight
To the moon you’ll fly high
Fire Mary up. Ride ol’ Mary tonight

Am I the lion or scarecrow?
Either way I’ll follow the yellow brick road
Out of this

I got my boots pulled high now
Click the heals and I’m heading back to
Life. My life

Chorus
Fire Mary up! Ride ol’ Mary tonight
To the moon you’ll fly high
Fire Mary up. Ride ol’ Mary tonight

Now I’ll tip my hat in goodbye to
The Tin Man for all that you do.
But I’m free at last, free at last!

But sir please be a dear and send me
The bill, I’ll pinch those pennies
And mail you a Check. A post-dated check

Chorus
Fire Mary up! Ride ol’ Mary tonight
To the moon you’ll fly high
Fire Mary up. Ride ol’ Mary tonight
To the moon you’ll fly high
Fire Mary up! Ride ol’ Mary tonight
To the moon you’ll fly high
Fire Mary up! Ride ol’ Mary tonight
Track Name: GTO
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog SESAC and Amanda Shires Littlelambseatsivy BMI

Morning after a long night of thinking
Wearing a bed, where I should’ve been sleepin

Chorus
But the GTO with the radio
Turn it up and watch me go
I don’t care if I make it back
I don’t care much for anything

When leaving me darlin, you turned out my lights
Those words cartwheeled out your mouth with a sigh

Chorus
The GTO and the radio
Turn it and watch me go
Cause I don’t care if we make it back
I don’t care much for anything at all

Ooh I’m caught in a vice grip
Coyote howls to let em go

But the GTO with the radio
Severed my heart just to let you go
I don’t care if I make it back
I don’t care much for anything
But this GTO with the radio
Turn it up and watch me go
I don’t care if I make it back
I don’t care much for anything at all
Track Name: Please Take The Words Back
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog SESAC

Please take the words back
Please take the words you gave so freely
And stealing my breath from me

Please take the image of
You strumming my guitar
Shaking the notes from my songs

Bridge
I don’t remember how I got here
I thought I was just playing a part
But now I see the emptiness of a heart

I didn’t mean to hurt you
The knife just slipped and cut you through and through
And now I’m left crying over the pieces of you

So please take the words back
So please take the words back
So please take the words back
Track Name: She Walk
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog SESAC

She should be locked
Safe in her room
Dreaming the night away
But she can’t erase
The voice in her head
That drove her out of her bed

So she walks, the streets tonight
She walks, the streets alone

She's been here a year
A month and 3 days
Turned 25 yesterday
She once was wild
Wide eyed and brave
but now she's scared and unsure

So she walks, the streets tonight
She walks, the streets alone

Bridge
Timing is everything
And it seems for so long against her
Thinking she found her reason to stay
But loosing it anyway

She walks, She runs, She stops,
now she's gone

People can say
It was just a case
of wrong place and wrong time
But I know the voice
That voice in her head
That led her down to this place

Where you walk the streets at night
You walk the streets all alone
With the chance you might find
What you're looking for

She should be locked
Safe in her room
Dreaming the night away
Track Name: Cry On My Pillow
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog Music SESAC

Walk down the hall
Open your door
Your eyes glow like a lion’s in the dark

I’m not made meek
Cause I’m not a sheep
But I’m going off to the slaughtered anyway

I might cry on my pillow if I want to 2x

The words tumbled out
Knocked my heart of the table
And watched it splinter apart
When I came to, the first emotion was relief

The point of no return
Hey, but baby didn’t you learn?
If you can’t be kind, then don’t say another word

I might cry on my pillow if I want to 2x

I close the door.
Little bit battered
But one things for sure
I’m better off without

I might cry on my pillow if I want to
I’ll cry on my pillow
Then be through
Track Name: You Gonna Miss Me
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog Music SESAC and Eleanor Whitmore BMI

Pulled us from a well of sorrow
We took off through the country
Left our troubles, bargained for one day
Oh we knew it was temporary

Things are packed, and headin out once more
Oh why can’t we just say something
Those last looks are tongue tying
This silence is torturing me

Chorus
You gonna miss me when I go
All this time I told you so
And our late not conversations
On the telephone
And sleepin’ in my arms
Tea in early morning
But you got yours and I got to take care of me
But you gonna miss me, you gonna miss me when I go

Memories are a funny
When the love is still lingering
So worried about making past mistakes
When all you have are ashes that remain

But you gonna miss me when I go
All those times I told you so
And our late not conversations
We couldn’t let each other go
To sleep in your bed
And tea in early morning
Hey but you got yours and I got me
But you gonna miss me
You Gonna miss me when I go
Track Name: Love Too Sweet
Lyrics by Bonnie Whitmore Startlet&Dog Music SESAC and Brent Mitchell Boquillas SESAC

Love's not a thing you feel it's something you do
Though I feel right now that I'm broken into
The music makes me smile, but my blues bleed through
Causes me to ache for the nearness of you

Lying in your bed, I slept so fine
I was lying in your arms and I dreamed I was flying
Over laughing fields of lavender and thyme
Turning slow in your warm sunshine

CH
Damn I miss you, I know I would
And I long to kiss you, and it's pointless wishing I could
But damn I love you, though you're long gone now
But it's a love too sweet to let it bring me down

Walking with old haunts of mine
The glow of my nostalgia was out shined by your eyes
They out shine the moon and out shine the sun
Shine into my dreams and set my demons on the run

CH
Damn I miss you, I know I would
And I long to kiss you, and it's pointless wishing I could
But damn I love you, though you're long gone now
But it's a love too sweet to let it bring me down
I won't let this sweet love bring me down

Still love not a thing you feel it's something you do
But I can't do a thing for what I feel for you
But when I count up my fears and my regrets
I'll only count you that by which I'm blessed
I’ll always count you that by which I’m blessed