Back To Ohio

by Daniel Dye and Sister Sarah

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1.
Lyrics: I'm gonna need a witness, there are so many things to share And memories are more vivid when there's someone around Someone whose almost always there And I'm gonna need a friendship, someone who'll listen in Tell me your stories and I'll tell you mine Time after time after time after time And I'm gonna need forgiveness for all the mistakes I make For trouble and heartache, and struggle and pain Forgive me, forgive me, for all that I take And I'm gonna need some truth in a world that just don't seem right Show me what's good and show me what's not And when it's all stripped away then what have we got So I'm gonna need you honey, when the nights get cold and long If we take to the higway or take to the sea I'll be there for you and you'll be there for me
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03:04
I heard that you killed a man, and then it was two To this day I still wonder what got into you, I do And I worry that I'm the same, that the anger runs deep And this keeps me from fighting it keeps me from sleep, it does And I suppose I can understand That you wanted to be a better man But along the way so many things went wrong And there's a time for looking back But now's the time to face the fact To face the fact that I am moving on Besides a promise isn't a promise when you don't follow through You say a lie it's not a lie when it's meant to be true, I guess But either way I'm still going to Amsterdam The canals there are pretty they say And no I don't know language but I'll be OK, I will And I suppose I can understand That you wanted to be a better man But along the way so many things went wrong And there's a time for looking back But now's the time to face the fact To face the fact that I am moving on
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03:36
Raise your voice lift your eyes Spin your words speak your lies Sit in rows and face the cross And tell yourselves that you aren't lost I finally turned to Jesus and He turned back to me And I was blind but now I see If I don't make it back to Ohio tell everyone That I'm not sorry that I'm gone Find a woman, someone sweet And she'll be falling at your feet But when she leaves you, it's not your loss Go ahead and claim that cross I finally turned to Jesus and He turned back to me And I was blind but now I see If I don't make it back to Ohio tell everyone That I'm not sorry that I'm gone And don't let your heart be troubled Don't worry about tomorrow Don't worry about tomorrow Today has troubles of its own Raise your arms, close your eyes Spin my words, believe your lies Tell yourselves that I am lost Go ahead and claim that cross I finally turned to Jesus and He turned back to me And I was blind but now I see If I don't make it back to Ohio tell everyone That I'm not sorry that I'm gone I finally turned to Jesus and He turned back to me And I was blind but now I see If I don't make it back to Ohio tell everyone That I'm not sorry that I'm gone
4.
One by one, two by two We shuffle up and down the avenue Left ain't right and right is wrong And none of this matters anymore But I'm not hopeless and I'm not sad Don't say I'm angry 'cause I'm not mad I'm just nothing and nothing can't be that And people stop and listen to me I'm not crazy But then again maybe I am Oh the back roads and the alleys The night skies and the valleys Driving around is all I ever seem to do And I'm just thinking and it's not easy Because there's nothing And then there's something I see everything, I see all things Between me and you And people stop and listen to me I'm not crazy But then again maybe I am Oh angels, demons Gnashing, screaming Moths and dust, bones and rust And that's what's left of all of us And people stop and listen to me I'm not crazy I'm not crazy And people stop and listen to me I'm not crazy I'm not crazy I'm not crazy I'm not crazy
5.
There's a stranger knocking at my door A stranger knocking at my door And I swear I never saw that face before A stranger knocking at my door And you told me don't let a stranger in Oh you told me don't let a stranger in But I thought he might be a friend Don't let a stranger in We've gotta cross that river and love again Lord knows, lord knows when When the clouds roll back We'll be on the other side All I ever wanted was to get things right All I ever wanted was to get things right To settle down and finally sleep at night Oh to get things right And for a time there were colors in the sky For a time there were colors in the sky And I swear I'd never felt so high Colors in the sky We've gotta cross that river and love again Lord knows, lord knows when When the clouds roll back We'll be on the other side Then the colors died and it all went black Oh the colors died and it all went black And If I could, I could I'd take it back Oh it all went black We've gotta cross that river and love again Lord knows, lord knows when When the clouds roll back We'll be on the other side

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This EP "Back to Ohio" is a brother/sister project by Daniel Dye and Sarah Kelly. We recorded each song live about 3 times in our friend Andrew Weber's basement, then chose the best version.

"Gonna Need A Witness" is a love song, and was originally part of Dye's "Home Sessions Volume 1" project from 2015. "Moving On" was inspired by some time spent in prison. The song "Back to Ohio" goes back to childhood memories of Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night. "I'm Not Crazy" is a song you write when you cannot sleep. And "There's A Stranger" is about something in your life you wish you never let in; its verses were written in Berlin, and the chorus in Ohio, years later.

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released March 12, 2017

"Back to Ohio" was mixed and recorded by Andrew Weber.

The cover photo was taken on Rt. 56 in southern Ohio, on the way to our family cabin. The house has since burned down.

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Daniel Dye writes "powerful short stories through simply beautiful lyrics" (WYSO Public Radio) and this "extraordinary singer-songwriter" and the classically-trained Miller Road Band have an "Americana/Folk/Roots" sound that "takes you back in time" (Buckeye Music Magazine) ... more

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