Now You Know

by Justin Roth

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released May 3, 2011

Engineered and Produced by Justin Roth
All Instruments and Vocals by Justin
Mixed by Alex Oana
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering



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Justin Roth Fort Collins, Colorado

"Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with [Roth's] intricate guitar work...beautifully written lyrics." - San Francisco Art Magazine

"Superb guitar player, singer, songwriter well worth seeking out...exquisite, emotional and powerful." - Maverick Magazine (UK)

"Now you know—Justin Roth has come into his own." - John Gorka, Red House Recording Artist
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Track Name: This Winter
This winter / so cold
this long night / is getting old
I'm hanging on / down to the wire
singing for the dawn / with a midnight choir

though days grow shorter / seem longer still
more dark makes way for / more bitter chill
but i keep on trying / to stay warm
I got a feeling / it won't be long

i know in springtime / tulips bloom
and birds sing with / new brightened plumes
so 'til the sun melts / this deep mire
i'll keep waiting / I'll keep on waiting / and I'll feed this fire

this winter / was so cold
Track Name: Now You Know
i've lost it, can you help me find?
i've lost it, can you help me find?
i can be so blind / I let it slip my mind
and now who knows / just where it goes
i am thorn without the rose

i've lost it, and i want it back
i've lost it, and i want it back
clouds don't ask why / they just give up the rain
but this won't fall from the sky
and all the tears from my eyes won't help at all

can you find it in your heart?
and be true / that's the hardest part
like the fading star / peeking right through this dark night
far to go but within sight
take my hand and hold on tight / gonna make it right

come on home and keep me warm
even though you are sun and I am snow
I am one, but with you much more
and I need you so
now you know, now you know
Track Name: Surrender
Sail me down this river / Let the current carry me
Bridges passing over head / As it draws me to the sea
I can't seem to fight it / And wouldn't if I could
So I just surrender

You know I loved you / God knows we tried
But matters of the heart / Don't always fall in line
like tiny little soldiers / scattered in the fight
that have to surrender

No one said it would be easy / and it can only be so kind
Love is so misleading / when it's so desired
halfway up the mountain / you can get so tired
and have to surrender

to the path of least resistance / where the river flows...
and have to surrender, and have to surrender
so I just, so I just surrender

Sail me down this river / Let the current carry me...
Track Name: Out Of The Blue (The Orchard)
When it swept down from that darkening sky
You could feel the change in weather
Where it slipped into the August corn
The tassels rolled together

Cresting across the surface / In a steady westward slide
Quickly as it came / It passed out the other side

A wave moved through / out of the blue / A wave

They were driving in to town
An appointment with the lawyer, dreading the ordeal
As they passed that field of corn it hit them broadside
And he leaned into the wheel

She said “How, when we are sinking
Can you say it's no big deal?”
He says “hun, I'm only trying to keep an even keel"

A wave moved through / out of the blue

Been a week since that storm rolled through
but this morning there's barely a breeze
As the shadow of a raven rolls
right over the orchard trees

As it passes overhead it occurs to me
picking plums is a lot like betting horses
You must wait 'til their time is ripe
These are very subtle forces

Last week this fruit held fast
When that storm tore 'cross the land
Today, in stillness, the sweet trifecta
just falls into my hand

A wave moves through / out of the blue / a wave
Track Name: The Last Time
I should get up from this table
I should walk right out that door
I wish I was able
cause i know what i'm in for

she walks across the barroom / like a tiger in a cage
one drag of her perfume / takes my breath away

and the room starts spinning / and time stands still
but i swear / this'll be the last time

I should know better
but some things never change
and now she is becoming
another big mistake

as the room is spinning / and time stands still
i swear / this'll be the last time
for a little satisfaction / to each their own
cause it's a force to reckon
if you can't stand to be alone

so one more night in limbo
another wicked swoon
sanguine behind sunglasses
so bittersweet

but i swear, it's the last time i ever, i swear, it's the last time, i ever swear it's the last time...once again
Track Name: Trembling Like A Train
Midnight falls in Rotterdam at the Golden Tulip Inn
I'm standing in the rain
wondering which of these wet tracks to take
now it's time to choose
and I'm trembling like a train

Cause I gave away my ticket / overnight to St. Tropez
you may think I'm crazy / that's okay

I swear this place is damned, I'm still standing here
I'm feeling a bit insane
listening to the rooster crow I'm frozen to the core
and I'm trembling like a train

But the sun is always shining / on the beach in St. Tropez
And everyone is smiling / who needs it anyway

I'm Burning like a fuse / time ticking away
so much left to lose / I'm trembling like a train

I'll be waiting at the station
when it pulls in with a wheeze
pull down on that whistle
let me hear it screaming through the trees

I'm Burning like a fuse / time ticking away
so much left to lose / I'm trembling like a train
I'm trembling like a train
I'm trembling like a train
Track Name: The Siskiyou Line
It must have shook those redwood timbers
I can hear my granddad say
When it echoed down the valley
On that clear October day

I was working as a gandy dancer
Two miles down the grade from Tunnel 13

Oh, and how my heart was racing
When we heard that engine blow
As we hurried up the crossties
Little did we know

In the dark of the tunnel, like night to the day
With the smell of gunpowder, in the shadow they lay
Like four warm stones in a mountain of time
From that unscheduled stop on the Siskiyou Line

We carried them down…

First time granddad told that story
Was the first I saw his tears
A man so full of laughter
It just flooded through the years

He said the way to keep your joy
Is to take your grief straight on

There were four gravestones from that mountain of time
And that unscheduled stop on the Siskiyou Line
We stood in the pews and we sang the refrain
'Cause there's something in song that speaks to pain

In Humboldt County, there's a redwood grove
That has stood for centuries
And in the shade of that sentient cathedral
He told this tale to me

Somewhere in that architecture
He must have heard the echo of Tunnel 13

It's just one song from a mountain of time
It was only one stop on the Siskiyou Line
Deep down in the grain, where history sings
How many stories, in two thousand rings?

We carry them down…
Track Name: Forgiveness
i had a dream last night / first one in a long, long time
a dead end street with a traffic light / and she was there
the sky was green, the grass was gold
the sun gleamed and the thunder rolled
she spoke to me with a measured tone

it might've been something that I read
just before I went to bed
but of all the things she could have said...
forgiveness / forgiveness / forgive

not sure what she meant / i asked her for a hint
she just smiled and shook her head
it will not change the past, but it could last and last
and the future could be so vast
forgiveness, forgiveness, forgive

or I could blame the darkness for the dead of the night
and hold on to sadness, or I could bring in the light

staring at the ceiling tiles / here in the morning light
I wonder...