Ignatius

by Sleepy Driver

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For Sleepy Driver’s singer/songwriter Peter Hicks, most songs begin on an acoustic guitar. He usually has one handy because songs don’t happen on a schedule, often arriving at the most inconsiderate times. They can keep him up at night, or taunt him through the day with random melodies, lines, or phrases. The guitar helps Hicks to subdue a song, to get it out of his system, make room for the next.

When time came to lay down the bed-tracks for what would be the follow-up to their award-winning “In A Low Dark Light” (2012), the acoustic guitar was there. After Hicks poured a foundation of guitar and vocals, the band followed on to add meat to the bone. But while the bulk of the songs have an acoustic guitar at their core, Ignatius is far from a light album. Opening track “I Know You Know I Know” sets an ominous tone, and in true Sleepy fashion, the songs circle dark territory with cautious optimism: tales of love, loss, and things gone wrong, hard times tinted by glimmers of hope.

“Ignatius” is also a departure album for Sleepy Driver. With the exception of a few tracks, the band hadn’t heard Hicks’ tunes before sessions started. Often it was plug and play. Some takes on the album are in fact the first ones: the tape rolled and instruments were played, capturing impulse and spontaneity, gut reactions and raw energy. Band members John Heinstein, Dave Palmer, Barry Hughes, Mike Hatheway and Ethan Young-Lai all bring their best, whether adding grit to the swampy rocker “Down to the River” or the last-call roadhouse sway of “Come Back (Don’t Come Back)”.

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released June 10, 2014

Sleepy Driver is:
Peter Hicks – vocals, guitar, bass
Ethan Young-Lai – guitars, synth
Mike Hatheway – bass
John Heinstein – piano, organ, accordian
Barry Hughes – drums, vocals
Dave Palmer – pedal steel

Guests:
Tina Gaudreau – vocals on All Roads
Tony Scott – mandolin on Rosalyn
Juanita Bourque – vocals, banjo on Rosalyn
Shyanne McWilliams – additional vocals on All Roads
All songs written by Peter Hicks; “Ignatius” by Peter Hicks and Dave Palmer
Arranged and performed by Sleepy Driver
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Peter Hicks and Ethan Young-Lai
Mastered by J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering

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Sleepy Driver Fredericton, New Brunswick

Built on the solid foundation of front-man Peter Hicks' songwriting, SLEEPY DRIVER melds traditional and progressive musical influences together to create a truly original blend of songs which lurch with schizophrenic grace between sweetly tender ballads to darkly hopeful songs about life's wrong turns. ... more

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Track Name: Cold Black River
I got a good heart, I got a bad hand
I got a weight hanging round of my neck
It’s what I’m loving, it’s what I’m leaving
It’s what I know and I don’t know yet
I walk a straight line but I’m drifting
I want to roam but my path ain’t set
It’s never easy, it’s never easy
It’s never easy to take the first step
Oh that river, cold black river of sin
Oh that river, cold black river of sin
I talk a good talk but I don’t listen
I got an ace hidden under my deck
I want to love you, I want to leave you
I want to go but I ain’t gone yet
I walk a straight line but I’m drifting
I got caught in a river of sin
I got it coming, I got it coming
I got it coming but I don’t know when
Oh that river, cold black river of sin
Oh that river, cold black river of sin
Oh that river, drowning in a river of sin
Oh that river, cold black river of sin
Track Name: Forgotten Songs
Were you betting on love, or betting on tears,
Or betting on the two combined?
And I left you but who left who behind?
‘Cause when the radio plays forgotten songs
Like “Living on Tulsa Time”
It breaks my heart and pulls you through my mind
And every step I take, I run I run to you
And every step I take, I run I run to you
We could be fooling ourselves
But we both know the truth
‘Cause every step I take I run right back to you
I could cool my head and make my bed
With women, weed, and wine
Or find a lost cause to keep me all warm at night
But when the last call comes
And the jukebox hums “Georgia on my Mind”
I’ll be down in the phone booth
Getting you on the line
And every step I take, I run I run to you
And every step I take, I run I run to you
We could be fooling ourselves
But we both know the truth
‘Cause every step I take I run right back to you
Track Name: Curtains
Don’t get while the getting’s good to get
I know you’ve got some fight left in you yet
It might get pretty dark before the dawn
It doesn’t mean a storm is coming on
When the morning starts to surface, yeah
Baby, draw the curtains down
Show me where you’re hurting
And I’ll kiss away, I’ll kiss away your fear
Sometimes what we need and what we want
Is feeling pretty far from what we’ve got
And sometimes where we land is surely not
Where we thought we’d end up when we start
When the morning starts to surface, yeah
Baby, draw the curtains down
Show me where you’re hurting
And I’ll kiss away, I’ll kiss away your fear
Track Name: Down to the River
All our eyes are looking up
Our faces golden like the sun
Let your light fill my cup
This table is set for everyone
Oh, let’s go down, down to the river
Wash our hands, tired of dirty living
Raise your voice, all is forgiven
Let’s go down, down to the river
I said Let’s go down, down to the river, yeah
A bright white light will guide us all
And on the dirty banks
We’ll sleep just where we fall
Shake that tambourine and beat that drum
Let’s sing our songs till every song is sung
Oh, let’s go down, down to the river
Wash our hands, tired of dirty living
Raise your voice, all is forgiven
Let’s go down, down to the river
I said Let’s go down, down to the river, yeah
Track Name: Two Cigarettes
Well there’s no use fighting
When the fish are biting
Better hook your bait and wet your line
And you get a funny feeling
From the looks she’s stealing
You won’t be feeling lonely very long
‘Cause we all want in
And we all want out of love
And you might feel better
If you write that letter
But you might regret it when it’s done
‘Cause her eyes get turning to
Two cigarettes burning
And burn a little hole into your heart
‘Cause we all want in
And we all want out of love
And we all want in and we all want out
No reason for it
But the seasons of the heart
Track Name: All Roads
Dawn ignites another lonely sky
And morning scratches up the night
Till it’s purple as a bruise and red just like your eyes
And I’m hollowed out and I’m burrowed through
Full of nothing but the blues
Dreaming of the day I can be back by your side
‘Cause every highway shines like a silver seam
A line connecting you to me
All roads lead to you
And in the burning heart of a great sunset
I taste your name on every breath
And night it comes, but it never comes too soon
‘Cause you’re in the glow of every moon
Lying with me in my motel room
And night it comes, but it never comes too soon
‘Cause every highway shines like a silver seam
A line connecting you to me
All roads lead to you
And when I roll the dial or turn the page
I see your smile, I see your face
All roads lead to you
Track Name: Oh My Lover
Oh my lover, all our troubles all lie up ahead
And oh how it turns, oh how it tumbles
Oh how the river bends
And you’ve got yourself getting caught
In all those ebbs and flows
But oh my lover, oh how the river goes.
Your tide it drew me, waves crashed through me
Everything left for dead
And oh my lover, all our troubles
Are swimming right through my head
And you’ve got yourself changing course
You’re changing banks and beds
But oh my lover, oh how the river bends.
And you’ve got yourself getting caught
In all those ebbs and flows
But oh my lover, oh how the river
Oh my lover, oh how the river
Oh my lover, oh how the river goes.
Track Name: Rosalyn
Rosalyn, Rosalyn, I am filthy with the sin
It is heavy on my heart
And like a burn upon my skin
I am standing at your door
But still you will not let me in
Let me in, my Rosalyn, my Rosalyn
Baby please, baby please
I don’t like you taking sides
I am sorry that I killed him
I ain’t sorry that he died
Well, you can’t jump in the ocean
And not expect a tide
Let me in, my Rosalyn, my Rosalyn
I woke up on the rumble strip
I was dreaming of your smile
I was counting off the tears
As I was counting off the miles
Well, I can’t say where I’m going
And I can’t say where I’ve been
But let me in, my Rosalyn, my Rosalyn
Track Name: Come Back (Don't Come Back)
I had a few lost weekends and misplaced a year
How the good times unravel and soon disappear
I got wrinkles from smiling but they’ve filled up with tears
When I left you I lost you for good
Now we see and we saw and we circle around
All the lines we have drawn, all the feet we’ve put down
Threw our dreams in the well but our dreams they all drowned
And they’ll haunt us the rest of our days
You said come back, don’t come back
Come back, don’t come back
Come back, but don’t come back expecting me here
Your eyes were cold fire as we stood by the door
Where a stumble of boxes covered the floor
You said take what you want, I can’t take any more
‘Cause my heart is so full of this pain
You said come back, don’t come back
Come back, don’t come back
Come back, but don’t come back expecting me here
Track Name: My Kind
This town don’t know me but it knows my kind
It’s why I’m laying low
This town don’t know me but it knows my kind
It’s why I’m laying low
Waiting on a sign, waiting on the wind
For the night to pull me in
And God don’t love me like he did back then
When I was just a child
God don’t love me like he did back then
When I was just a child
Waiting on a sign, waiting on the wind
For the night to pull me in
And my heart it burns like wood
When I dream of something good
It don’t turn out like it should
It don’t turn out like it should
All our days are numbered now
And I am counting down
All our days are numbered now
And I’m just counting down
Waiting on a sign, waiting on the wind
For the night to pull me in