Sweet Impossible

by Jerry Chapman

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Recorded at Sputnik Sound, Nashville, TN, June 26th-July 11th, 2008. The most fun I've ever had making a record. And the best record I've ever made.

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released November 15, 2008

Mitch Dane - percussion, keyboards
David Henry - strings
Jeremy Lutito - drums
Steve Mason - electric & lap steel guitars
Andrew Osenga - harmony singing
Gabe Ruschival - bass guitar
Chris Tuttle - piano & organ
Jerry Chapman - singing, guitars, mandolin, percussion, keyboards, harmonica

Produced by Mitch Dane
Mixed by Vance Powell
Production Assistance by Joshua V. Smith

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Track Name: Ready To Begin
Ready to Begin (chapman/dane)

are you ready?
are you ready to begin?

burned out
standing there
watching the common make a difference

speaking out
across the air
satellites send a message

are you ready?
are you ready to begin?

breaking out
the longest night
silence will not set me free

the truth is out
the road is clear
i’m convinced... this won’t be easy
Track Name: The Hardest Part
The Hardest Part (chapman/dane)

v1:
did you see when i dropped my pick to the floor
i wasn’t able to play anymore
i thought about setting down my guitar

v2:
did you notice when i fell apart
5 o’clock shadow & a broken heart
1/2 of my mind said “love’s not worth fighting for”

c:
knowing when to hang on
knowing when to let go
knowing when, knowing which is the hardest part

v3:
did you see the stars hanging in the sky
did you notice how people live their lives
waiting on things they think will set them free

v4:
did you see when i folded my bible up
i wasn’t really able to love
i thought about giving up, but i believe

c:
knowing when to hang on
knowing when to let go
knowing when, knowing which is the hardest part

v5:
did you see when i dropped my pick to the floor
i wasn’t able to play anymore
i thought about setting down my guitar
Track Name: Josephine
Josephine (chapman/davis)

v1:
they'll be dancing in town tonight
we'll be thinking bout what we're missing
I don't mind so much that I'm in dutch again, but how
how did I get here?

v2:
from the first time I saw you scowl
I could tell that my days were numbered
it's one two three, the joke's on me
but I don't mind, as long as you let me

c:
josephine, my hard-hearted lover
what could turn you so cruel?
my poor heart runs circles to please you,
my sweet impossible jewel

v3:
where there's smoke I suppose there's fire
but I can't believe what they're saying
you jump for joy, you’ve got a whipping boy
to take the blame, when you're feeling lonely

c:
josephine, my hard-hearted lover
what could turn you so cruel?
my poor heart runs circles to please you,
my sweet impossible jewel

v4:
they’ll be dancing in town tonight...

c:
josephine, my hard-hearted lover
what could turn you so cruel?
my poor heart runs circles to please you,
my sweet impossible jewel

c:
josephine, my hard-hearted lover
what could turn you so cruel?
my poor heart runs circles to please you,
my sweet impossible jewel
Track Name: Wrong Horse, Baby
Wrong Horse, Baby (davis/chapman)

c:
you're backing the wrong horse, baby
you're betting on a fool's game you won't win
you're gonna get your heart broke, maybe
backing the wrong horse, baby, again

v1:
back when you were mine
didn't take a lot to make you smile
at least for awhile
just the two of us, some cheap ol' wine
and that's all we'd ever need
but you're changed, these days
left me to my ways
you're on the town with your latest craze
but I don't think you're satisfied

c:
you're backing the wrong horse, baby
you're betting on a fool's game you won't win
you're gonna get your heart broke, maybe
backing the wrong horse, baby, again

v2:
you set yourself up good
I hear you got yourself some brand-new friends
and too much money to spend
hope you treat yourself the way you should
you never seem to know when you've had enough
you never had a taste for the harder stuff
you've gotta know when they call your bluff
don't let them walk away with your heart

c:
you're backing the wrong horse, baby
you're betting on a fool's game you won't win
you're gonna get your heart broke, maybe
backing the wrong horse, baby, again

mid8:
and they don't know you like I know you're going to
gonna miss those simple times

c:
you're backing the wrong horse, baby
you're betting on a fool's game you won't win
you're gonna get your heart broke, maybe
backing the wrong horse, baby, again
Track Name: More Than A Little
More Than a Little (chapman/dane)

v1:
how did you know what to say,
that day when the rains came?
how did you know on that day?
it’s not easy to keep it all straight
to tell right from wrong, i could tell you i’m strong
i’d be lying
if i knew day from night, i could tell you i’m right
i could tell you i’m fine

v2:
watching the wind blow through town
watching the tears fall
hearing my words bring you down
hearing the ghosts haunting these halls
calling my name, it’s all just the same
i think i’ve had enough
they call me a fake, they won’t give me a break
‘til you teach me to to love

b:
out in the middle like a cat in the street
and afraid of what truth might reveal
more than a little, it’s hard to be seen
and i’m finding it hurts to be healed

to tell right from wrong, i could tell you i’m strong
i’d be lying
if i knew day from night, i could tell you i’m right
i could tell you i’m fine
Track Name: Come Down
Come Down (chapman/davis/dane)

v1:
put a little spark in it, girl, i haven’t got all night
this ain’t my last chance for getting it right
you won’t remember, it’s not like you’re listening anyway
we’ve been here before, so tell me again
v2:
you know i gave up a long, long time ago
i’m dropping the curtain on this worn-out show
so let’s drag it out one more time, don’t you know
for the drunks & the barflys & the hacks up on burke street
they’ve seen it all before

pre-c:
i used to think it’s funny i could find you back here
this old-man bar ain’t what it used to be
they were saving seats in that back booth for you
maybe they were saving one for me next to you

c:
every time you get up, you find you’re out of luck
you come down
every time you get high, i want you to try to come around
come around

v3:
kept shootin’ by like a crazy old comet
thought you’d get by in arms of a sentimental fool
didn’t take a smart man to guess it
you’d run out before the good times begin
there’s nothing to lose, when you never took a chance
v4:
get a hold of yourself now, girl, the tether’s untied
i thought i was in such a hurry to ride
maybe the trigger’s primed, and i could go with it anytime
just like all those years ago


pre-c:
maybe things didn’t turn out so bad, you know
i had 15 good years to think it over
there’s a buzzin’ hive of hornets underneath the lock & key
you’ve been stung too many times, but not by me

c:
every time you get up, you find you’re out of luck
you come down
every time you get high, i want you to try to come around
come around

b:
and this world keeps on taking and you keep on making
those same mistakes every day
but you’ll go on living, you’re not gonna give in
no matter what you might say

v5:
i won’t lie, you’re not lookin’ so bad
lookin’ is a luxury when you just need what you thought you used to have
so let’s skip the toast to dear ol’ dad and just take what we came for
nobody’s waitin’ up for you tonight

c:
every time you get up, you find you’re out of luck
you come down
every time you get high, i want you to try to come around
come around
Track Name: Never Have To Go
Never Have to Go (chapman/uzzell/davis/dane)

you’ve been sad remembering the good old days
we’ve been had so many times & so many ways
and i can’t seem to find you now
you’ll get your way back here somehow
and find something to settle on... to call your own

dancing in the garden at midnight
even ‘til the morn
we never have to go
compliment the maker of twilight
long before the sun
before our days our gone, i don’t want to be alone

i’ll find something to settle on
Track Name: Undertow
Undertow (chapman/davis/dane)

v1:
you won’t say “you should have known”
i won’t say “i told you so”
yesterday i might have shown another side, all my pride

v2:
waiting for the break of day
to redeem the mess we’ve made
we gave everything we had, and now we’ll give it back again

c:

i will wait, you won’t go
we can dance in the undertow
find our way, lost in days, letting go, letting go

v3:
it’s a tight & twisted road
we’ve got a long, long way to go
though we might not see the end, on the way, we’re unafraid

c:
i will wait, you won’t go
we can dance in the undertow
find our way, lost in days, letting go, letting go

b:
next time ‘round
i’ll never let you down again
lost & found
in the space between the sinner & sin
sweetest sound
in the time it takes a breath to begin
it’s our common ground

c:
i will wait, you won’t go
we can dance in the undertow
find our way, lost in days, letting go, letting go
Track Name: But Honestly
But Honestly (chapman/dane)

v1:
i would take a bullet for you
at least that’s what i feel i’m supposed to do
but honestly, i’d rather be alone
don’t really want to talk to anyone

v2:
i’d go walking through the rain
up the highest mountain, and come down again
but honestly, i’d rather stay right here
don’t want to be far from near
it’s harder than it looks

c:

called to love
but what does that really mean
spending time with those in between
the sinners & saints, the cons & kings
and honestly, that’s where i’ll find the best of me

v3:
you can have the shirt form my back
or if there is anything that you should lack
but honestly, i’d rather keep it on
i’d rather just sing this song
it’s harder than it looks

c:

called to love
but what does that really mean
spending time with those in between
the sinners & saints, the cons & kings
and honestly, that’s where i’ll find the best of me

i would take a bullet for you
at least that’s what i feel i’m supposed to do
it’s harder than it looks

c:
called to love
but what does that really mean
spending time with those in between
the sinners & saints, the cons & kings
and honestly, that’s where i’ll find the best of me