HOWLING TRAINS AND BARKING DOGS

CREDITS

Produced by Cindy Bullens

Recorded at The Root Cellar, Hallowell, Maine

Engineered by Bob Colwell

Mixed by Bob Colwell and Cindy Bullens

Mastered by Ray Kennedy at Room & Board, Nashville, TN

 

Band:

Cindy Bullens--Vocals, acoustic & electric guitars,  mandolin, harmonica

Stephen B. Jones--dobro, electric guitar, slide guitar, bass

Bob Colwell--bass, accordion, organ, piano, Wurlitzer

Justin Maxwell--bass, electric upright bass

Ginger Cote--drums, percussion 

David Mansfield--fiddle

Backing vocals--Radney Foster on "Labor of Love", Wendy Waldman & Deborah Holland on "Whistles and Bells", The Ordinaires on "I Didn't Know", Reid Bullens Crewe on "Everywhere and Nowhere" and "Let Jesus Do The Walkin'", Wendy Waldman and Bob Colwell on "The Misty Hills of Tennessee"

Album cover photos: Joanne Berman

 

 

 

LYRICS

 

LOVE GONE GOOD

First time I laid eyes on you sparks lit up the sky

You showed lots of promise but I just let it slide

After all my bad luck, I couldn't trust myself

But you were so relentless I could think of nothin' else

You just kept on comin' and I finally understood

This ain't love gone bad baby

It's love gone good

 

You showered me with sweet talk-I acted unimpressed

You took me in your lovin' arms with so much tenderness

After all my bad luck I couldn't trust myself

You were so relentless I could think of nothin' else

Now how could I resist it when you love me like you should

This ain't love gone bad baby

It's love gone good

 

Now here we are together way on down the line

Well, we still got each other--it all worked out fine

We stuck it out through thick and thin like you always said we would

This ain't love gone bad baby

It's love gone good

 

Writing by Cindy Bullens and Bill Lloyd

© Mommy's Geetar Music/EMI Blackwood Music/Okay Then/BMI

 

CAN'T STOP THIS TRAIN

We stood in line at the station

Hell-bent on love with our bags all packed

What's the matter baby?

Did you read your ticket?

​​​​​​​Didn't you know that there's no turnin' back

Now the wheels are in motion

Don't you let them roll in vain

Cause you just can't stop this

Can't stop this train

 

Look out there baby

We got a clear shot

Ain't no bodies lying on the tracks

​​​​​​​Ain't no unnecessary extra baggage

We don't have to drag around the past

It's good to travel lightly

In case your destination's changed

And you just can't stop this

Can't stop this train

 

Can't stop it -Runaway locomotion

Can't stop it -Well it's run on emotion

Just relax and hold on tight

This could be the ride of your life

Can't stop this train...

 

Written by Cindy Bullens and Matraca Berg

© Blue Lobster Music/Warner-Tamberlane Publishing/BMI

 

IN A PERFECT WORLD

In a perfect world you never hear a heartbreak

You get it right the first time 'round you never need a second take

And in a perfect world, you give yourself without a doubt

When trouble comes you'll find a way to work it out

I can't understand it why love has to be so cruel

Cause in a perfect world I'd still have you

 

In a perfect world every shoe's a perfect fit

Eventually you'll find your spot and stand in it

When love comes down like the summer rain

In a perfect world it washes all the pain away

I still don't understand it why love has to be so cruel

​​​​​​​Cause in a perfect world I'd still have you

 

I guess I'm a fool believing for so long

If there's no such thing then I'll just make my own perfect world

 

I still don't understand it why love has to be so cruel

​​​​​​​Cause in a perfect world

Cause in a perfect world

In a perfect world I'd still have you...

 

Written by Cindy Bullens and Bill Lloyd

© Mommy's Geetar Music/EMI Blackwood Music/Okay Then/BMI

 

LABOR OF LOVE 

We been burning both ends at the very same time

Ain't enough money in this town to make it worth workin' so hard

Honey growin' so cold that you lose the heart and soul

 

So day by day we gotta spend some time

On the Labor of Love

There's no other way when everything is on the line

It's a labor of love

I want you, I need you, i know we're strong enough

It just takes workin' on the labor of love

 

​​​​​​​You've been livin' on empty arms

​​​​​​​I've been standin' on shaky ground

I been thinkin' bout who we are and what loves really means

Yeah, it's gonna take all we got

But the real thing always does

 

So day by day we gotta spend some time

On the Labor of Love

it's a give and take when everything is on the line

It's a labor of love

I want you, I need you, i know we're strong enough

It just takes workin' on the labor of love

 

I want you, I need you, i know we're strong enough

It just takes workin' on the labor of love

Working on the labor of love...

 

Written by Cindy Bullens and Radney Foster 

© ​​​​​​​Mommy's Geetar Music/BMI/Universal Polygram International/St. Julien Music/ASCAP

 

ALL MY ANGELS

In the night time as the cool breeze comes up

​​​​​​​I let it brush against my face with a healin' touch

I lay down, I close my eyes

I let this weary day slip away 

 

Then they come to me

Gather me up

And I fly out on the wings of love

And they comfort me

Yeah, they know me well

All my angels

 

I am one of the restless ones

Driven by the wind iike the summer dust

I got an angry heart but a willin' soul

And when I go to sleep tonight I know

 

They will  come to me

Gather me up

And I fly out on the wings of love

And they comfort me

Yeah, they know me well

All my angels

 

And when I'm suffering

I see their faces shining

Angels of Mercy-Angels of Light

Carry me

 

 

Oh they come to me

Gather me up

And I fly out on the wings of love

And they comfort me

Yeah, they know me well

All my angels...

 

Written by Cindy Bullens and Wendy Waldman

© Mommy's Geetar Music/Wendy Waldman Songs/BMI

 

WHISTLES & BELLS

Whistles and bells won't ever bring you love and happiness

She's never gonna give her heart the way that I could give

​​​​​​​She's got you spinnin' round in circles I can tell

With lights, buzzers, whistles and bells

 

I've seen her runnin' round this town in her fancy car

A girl can afford you're hopes and dreams

But darlin' all those pretty toys won't help your broken heart

When she's through and send you packin' back to me

 

Whistles and bells won't ever bring you love and happiness

She's never gonna give her heart the way that I could give

​​​​​​​She's got you spinnin' round in circles I can tell

With lights, buzzers, whistles and bells

 

I cried those lonely tears until the day I realized

That you were hurting so much more than me

There are some things in this world that just don't have a price

Like the love you could have had if you had me

 

Whistles and bells won't ever bring you love and happiness

She's never gonna give her heart the way that I could give

​​​​​​​She's got you spinnin' round in circles I can tell

With lights, buzzers, whistles and bells

 

Whistles and bells won't ever bring you love and happiness

She's never gonna give her heart the way that I could give

​​​​​​​She's got you spinnin' round in circles I can tell

With lights, buzzers, whistles and bells

With lights, buzzers, whistles and bells

 

Written by Cindy Bullens and Radney Foster

© ​​​​​​​Mommy's Geetar Music/BMI/Universal Polygram International/St. Julien Music/ASCAP

 

I DIDN'T KNOW

Back in the days

When we were both so young

I didn't know any better

This feels so strong

Why did we wait so long

Now you're the best thing ever

I'm so glad we got together

 

I didn't know that you could talk that talk

I didn't know that you could walk that walk

When I think of all the times that I would turn my back

I didn't know, I didn't know that you could love like that

 

More than once before 

I swore this is the one

Only to be unsatisfied

I couldn't see 

The answer to my dreams

Was right before my eyes

It just leaves me mystified

 

I didn't know that you could talk that talk

I didn't know that you could walk that walk

When I think of all the times that I would turn my back

I didn't know, I didn't know that you could love like that

 

I didn't know, I didn't know

I didn't know, I didn't know

I didn't know that you could love like that

 

Written by Cindy Bullens and Al Anderson

© Blue Lobster Music/Mighty Nice Music/Songs of Windswept Pacific/BMI

 

EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE

I've been around all over town

Up one side and down the other

I've seen the night and heard the lonesome sound

Of one heart beating alone without the other

I guess life goes on even when love dies

 

I've been from everywhere to nowhere 

What have I learned and what have I got?

Everywhere to nowhere

What do I want?

What do I believe?

I believe that I let you slip away

From love into nothing

One more time I ended up in this place

I just want to hold you

But how can I hold you

You're everywhere and nowhere

 

The streets are lonely and the wind is cold

Blows so hard through my restless soul

I've been thinkin' bout all the dark places

And I realize that it's me that has to change

I guess life goes on even when love dies

 

 

I've been from everywhere to nowhere 

What have I learned and what have I got?

Everywhere to nowhere

What do I want?

What do I believe?

I believe that I let you slip away

From love into nothing

One more time I ended up in this place

I just want to hold you

But how can I hold you

You're everywhere and nowhere

 

Written by Cindy Bullens and Jimmy Tittle

Mommy's Geetar Music/BMI/Wild Babies Music/Bug Music/ASCAP

 

LET JESUS DO THE TALKIN'

I was just about 16

Didn't need no help

I got in plenty of trouble all by myself

When I heard that screendoor

And saw my mama's face

She said "I raised you up 

And now you know the way"

 

Let Jesus do the talkin'

Let Jesus bring you in

Let Jesus do the judgin'

Cause he knows where you been--he knows

 

I heard about a young woman

Taken to her knees

She said " I don't deserve nobody lovin' me"

Well, she ain't done nothin' 

We haven't all thought of

A little understanding wouldn't hurt too much

 

There ain't nobody walked in her shoes

Better keep our mouths shut till we do

 

And let Jesus do the talkin'

​​​​​​​Let Jesus bring us in

Let Jesus do the judgin'

Cause he knows where we been

 

I was shakin' my finger

Turnin' red in face

With a piece of my mind all over the place

Then I looked in the mirror

And to my surprise

Was a big ole tear comin' to my eyes

I thought who do I think that I am

It ain't justice I hold in my hand

 

Let Jesus do the talkin'

Gotta let Jesus bring me in

Let Jesus do the judgin'

Cause he knows where we been

He knows...

Gotta let Jesus...

 

Written by Cindy Bullens, Kye Fleming, Mary Ann Kennedy

© Blue Lobster Music/BMI/EMI April Music Inc/My Pug Music/ASCAP/EMI Blackwood Music/Rio Bravo Music/BMI

 

THE MISTY HILLS OF TENNESSEE

In the misty hills of Tennessee 

In the early mornin' far as you can see

There's someone who waits for me

In the misty hills of Tennessee 

 

As the sun rises in the sky

And the summer heat runs high

I won't tell my heart a lie

As the sun rises in the sky

 

In the misty hills of Tennessee 

Early morning far as you can see

There's someone who waits for me

In the misty hills of Tennessee 

 

Howlin' trains and barkin' dogs

I've been a fool, I've been so lost

Damn this town and what it cost

Of howling' trains and barkin' dogs

 

Where I will go time will tell

Will it be Heaven or it be Hell

Only Jesus knows me well

Where I will go time will tell

 

In the misty hills of Tennessee 

Early morning far as you can see

There's someone who waits for me

In the misty hills of Tennessee 

 

Written by Cindy Bullens

© 2010 Mommy's Geetar Music/BMI

 

GOOD AT BEING GONE

Saw you sitting in that restaurant

Hand in hand with your new love

​​​​​​​I realized what a fool I'd been

To still believe in us

 

I had dreams that one day

We would fall in love again

Our past would be forgotten

And this would not be the end

 

Seein' you so happy now

Brings up all my deepest fears

The last thing that you said to me

​​​​​​​Still ringin' in my ears

You said I was good for nothin'

But now I can prove you wrong

I know I'm good for somethin'

Yeah I'm good at bein' gone

 

​​​​​​​I'm holed up in my livin' room

With a bottle by my side

That old clock of yours keeps tickin'

I haven't had a drink in all these years

​​​​​​​But it's callin' out my name

Our last conversation

It's bound me up in shame

 

Seein' you so happy now

Brings up all my deepest fears

The last thing that you said to me

​​​​​​​Still ringin' in my ears

You said I was good for nothin'

But now I can prove you wrong

I know I'm good for somethin'

Hey I'm good at bein' gone

 

You said I was good for nothin'

But now I can prove you wrong

I know I'm good for somethin'

Hey I'm good at bein' gone

I know I'm good at somethin'

I'm good at being gone.

 

Written by Cindy Bullens

​​​​​​​©2010 Mommy's Geetar Music/BMI