Rhubarb Wine

by Wooden Dinosaur

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released 18 March 2014

Songs by Michael Roberts
Horn arrangements by Craig Barowsky
Engineered by Ben Rogers
Mastered by Jon Cohrs
Photographs by Andy Kadin
Design by Anna Coe

Michael Roberts: guitar, vocals
Katie Trautz: fiddle, vocals
Jeff Murphy: upright bass, vocals
Frank Roberts: drums
Craig Barowsky: trumpet
Ian Durling: trombone

with
Mark Barowsky: clarinet, bass clarinet
Chris Regan: piano, wurlitzer, organ

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Track Name: Rhubarb Wine
Rhubarb wine sitting in a jar
Tell me what have I achieved so far
Have I been wicked, have I been vain?
I know some things I do are very plain

Rhubarb wine you turn from green to red
Every night I seem to find my bed
There's a woman that I love so dear
She could take me far away from here

Rhubarb wine it's time to bottle you
You've seen some things I'd not admit to
All this time it was so plain to see
You were waiting in the corner for me

Rhubarb wine you love the winter skies
You stay put you look like summer time
I go running 'round I move so fast
Watch me break my own heart at last

Rhubarb wine here comes another year
If I could listen I would surely hear
Flowers blooming and fiddles crying
I believe a part of me will never die

Rhubarb wine it's time to wrap it up
Sweetly someone comes to drink you up
All this time it was so plain to see
You were waiting in the corner for me
Track Name: Sucker
All the kids are breaking up now
All the old folks going lame
I'm a sucker for a highway
To me they all look the same
Close my eyes and burn the image
To the backside of my brain
I'm a sucker for a highway
I'm always traveling again

I found me a favorite past time
I watch it on the TV
I'm a sucker for a heartache
Where I won't be great, fast, or mean
Close my eyes and hear the crowd sing
Smell the cold cheap beer
I'm a sucker for a heartache
It takes me far away from here

Every day is an adventure
With your eyes fixed on the ground
I'm a sucker for the shadows
Passing over and around
My eyes open and focused
On the task to which I'm bound
I'm a sucker for the shadows
Passing over my hometown
Track Name: Walking Along
On a country road, in a cold forest
On the darkest of winter days
I looked out at the clouds just staring me down
And I swear that I saw the face
Of my sweetest little lady, my success and my failure
A smile that turned to a frown
If I ever get the chance I'll go to England and to France
Then head straight back to my hometown

I was walking along, I was singing a song
I was trying not to play the part
All the birds were singing, my ears were ringing
As I thought of your poor heart
All the trouble you been put through
The hardship and the virtue
The things that normal people don't see
I want to hold you in my arms, breathe in your charms
And wake up with you everyday

It was late at night with the stars shining bright
As I drove my little auto home
Not a soul on the road, everybody was gone
And I realized I was all alone
In this world you can believe what you seldom see
But I prefer just to live one life
So if it's all right with you I'm gonna tell you the truth
From now on I'll never leave your side

I was walking along, I was singing a song
I was trying not to play the part
All the birds were singing, my ears were ringing
As I thought of your poor heart
All the trouble you been put through
The hardship and the virtue
The things that normal people don't see
I want to hold you in my arms, breathe in your charms
And wake up with you everyday
Track Name: I'm All Right
What am I gonna do now
Sitting here all alone
I'm gonna pass a thousand miles, through my mouth and through my eyes
And wander all alone all around

My blood I shed for me
Into my dark brown earth
I stare into the knick of time, and spend a pretty shiny dime
To keep my family free

Oh mama, I'm all right
Is this what I get for a life?
What about the rest of us, toiling in the smoke and dust?
Separate as the day from the night

Many of my days have passed
In waiting and sitting around
I'm gonna run a thousand miles beneath these shimmering skies
And never forget my past

The rain keeps falling down
Upon my window tonight
All that rain from heaven above is gonna fill me up with sin and love
And satisfy the empty space around

Oh mama, I'm all right
Is this what I get for a life?
What about the rest of us, toiling in the smoke and dust?
Separate as wrong from right

What about the rest of us, toiling in the smoke and dust?
Separate as the day from the night
Track Name: Worms
I get upset when the insides won't come out
I want to stand and shout, but I'm a dumb boy
Gather round the site where the stomach is on display
My eyes don't want to stay on the colored ground

Made sense to start on a twenty dollar bill
Don't tell me how you feel, I'll turn your lights out
You hit the road, and I'll apologize
Some things are undersized that look and seem loud

So how do you sleep, and how do you wake?
What do you give, and what do you take?
When does it feel like all is not enough?
And how do you give them love?

Young Abraham stood tall with curly hair
A cold and heartless stare was all he offered
Asked for a plate like a new exalted king
Finished it off clean and off he sauntered

How do you sleep, and how do you wake?
What do you give, and what do you take?
When does it feel like all is not enough?
And how do you give them love?
Track Name: Drugs
You hate it here, and I'm bound to go away
A couple more dollars and a job with better pay
I hear you sleep walking, and I hear you shit talking
I'm looking deep in your eyes and I still see nothing
We all get our drugs, our pills, and our wine
I should feel thankful I'm still looking for mine

In the air conditioned halls, broken children of God
If she screams at you child it's cause she's falling apart
There's no Jesus here; he's having the night out
Drinking and laughing with his friends from town
And he's got his drugs, his pills, and his wine
Living like a rich man on borrowed time

If I start to feel sad it's me I'm looking at
Stuffed into a desk chair with a book in my lap
When it's lights out time, and we made it through another day
An endless string of indifference passing by like a parade
With all of the drugs, the pills and the wine
Dancing and singing it'll all be fine
Track Name: Don't Make It Hard
Everybody's gone walking 'round the town
Everybody's gone walking 'round tonight
All those people gonna wear you down tonight


Under the dim lights don't we sparkle?
Beneath the bad breath don't we shine?
Please don't make it hard to love you tonight

The cemetery's gonna take you in, gonna take you in someday
I wouldn't mind if I could take you to my final resting place
I wouldn't mind if I could take you there to stay

Under the gravestones how we'd sparkle
Between the stars, we would shine
Please don't make it hard to love you tonight