HORSE OF STONE: Global Jazz Songs

by The Cormack and Ross Band

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about this album:

Global jazz songs, recorded in 1974-76, produced by Stephen Barncard and sponsored by David Crosby and Graham Nash.

HORSE OF STONE was entirely remixed and mastered by Stephen Barncard in May of 2015. In addition to a restored section of Marigold Woman, there are bonus cuts: Child of the Sky and The (Your Name Here) Waltz.

Note: we have a limited number of printed inserts from the original HORSE OF STONE CD, which we'd be happy to mail to your snail address in supplement to your purchase.

While thus engaged we realized that there is ample material for a second full album! All Tom & Jody tunes from 1974-5, mostly never heard! So please stay tuned for more, with the working title "TENDER AS WATER."

PRODUCER NOTES:

It brings me great joy to return to mix and master this project and visit Tom and Jody's land of enchantment. These songs were the backdrop of my life for quite a while, intermingled with the Crosby and Nash sessions in the mid-70s. I love this music.

Tom and Jody's performances never got old in the hundreds of playbacks required in the production of this album, both then and now - nay, they just sound better and more poignant today than ever. Music from 'Far Flung Roots' indeed.

Stephen Quinn Barncard May 2015

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released May 27, 2015

Tom Ross, guitar, vocals and electric bass; Jody Cormack, guitar and vocals; Charlie Keagle, reeds and keyboard; Pat O'Hearn, double bass; Kim Calkins, drums

Special guest on 'Where Did You Sleep': Ashish Khan, sarod

Recorded at:
Elliot Mazer's His Master's Wheels, 60 Brady, San Francisco CA. 1974
( assistant: Jim Furman )
Graham Nash's Studio in the Haight: Rudy Records. 1974
Barncard's Wooden Sound, 785 Beverly Glen, Bel Aire CA. 1975-76
Village Recorders, West Los Angeles 1975

Mixed at:
Capitol Records, 1977
(thanks Jerry Jensen)
A&M Studios, Hollywood CA. 1992
(assistant : Krish Sharma)
The International House of Cubes, Sebastopol CA. 2015

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As E Dickinson says:

Nature is what we know
but have no art to say
so impotent our wisdom is
to her simplicity

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Track Name: HORSE OF STONE
Only when you love the stone can you call the horse your own

Chorus: A horse of stone in a hill
horse of stone, stone in a hill

It’s hard to show someone to love or shove him there
scare him or let him try
it’s hard to show, it’s hard to know if you’re shy like me
On a hill I found a horse in stone caught in his ripest age
but I saw him stir and climb right out of his mountain cage

His eyes said to look to find our way home again
but when I rounded the rock I stopped and he was stone again

(Chorus)

Gone like a dream, many sleeps later I was there
I took him for granite but he was a jade, but he was a jade
he was alive too

I led him down with all of his brothers walking behind him
and the last one shed his coat because he was really a man

When I could love him he gave way to feeling and he could move

(Chorus)
Track Name: MARIGOLD WOMAN
Marigold rise like the sun
bright and cold
up to noon
Marigold rise like the moon
pale and old
with no one
Marigold, promise me you’ll never tell to her
what I told

She’ll make you a good woman, good woman
she’ll make you a good man, good old man
But while your dreaming is only seeming
then she’ll take you and she’ll wake you
and she’ll make you a good man
but only if she’ll make you a good woman, good woman
She must be for you
but only if she’ll make you a good woman
Colors in her eyes are not hard to understand, understand
the stars in her skies are from a yet untroubled land, troubled land
but she said time flies like an arrow if you can, if you can
Her time is come for you
But while your dreaming is only seeming
that she’ll take you and she’ll wake you
and she’ll make you a good man
Midnight on the sundial, slower than a mile
You can dream it, but while your dreaming is only seeming
then she’ll take you and she’ll wake you
and she’ll make you a good man
You think that her time is come
you think that her ways have won and her time is come
you think that her deed is done and her race is run and her time is
Midnight on the sundial . . .
Her time is come for you
But only if she’ll make you a good woman, good woman
but only if she’ll make you a good man, good old man
Track Name: NETS OF HEAVEN
If one dog barks at nothing o my life
they all shout up the moon in me
she called my home
the bottom of the sea

Who will you take in your boat (repeat)
you come along, you come along unless you stay

Chorus: We will pass through the nets of heaven
if we forget our lovers pray
Who will you take in your boat
you come along, you come along unless you stay

(Chorus)

If one dog barks at nothing. . .
Track Name: WHERE DID YOU SLEEP
Where did you sleep last night?
Was it a pleasure to be there,
and did the moon admire your hair
or did she care?

Where did you sleep last night?
Lighter than air she sang
my dreams were slowly deeper than midnight

Was it a pleasure to be there,
and did the moon admire your hair
or did she care?
Where did you sleep last night?
Track Name: CHILD OF THE SKY
Child of the sky
he whose eyes are wild
have you heard him sing behind your dream?
have you called him lord of sun and steam?

He was so big that you couldn't even see him
he was so small that everyone felt him there
we held each other in the palms of our hands

His cries make the sun
rise like a bird in the morning
When he laughs with you,
words shine like a dance of fireflies

Everything's whirling and you forget the time
nothing is right unless you do it in rhyme
Track Name: FOOTPRINTS
I rolled up her little ball of footprints
God knows the true dog in the snow
the sound of her sweet smile unbroken
but taken to mountains she flew
The long night may cease to be your ceiling
the fun may be used to shine
the strings of mockblue morning
may lose their singbird meaning
for your love unfolds into mine
Sweetly taken, I know her true
the dogsmile may have broken mountains
but will she fly the feet of God?
Sweetly taken, I rolled the night
her morning may have broken mountains
but will she shine her bird for God?
Sweetly broken, unfold the blue
her footprints may have taken morning
but will she sing her smile to God?
Mockingbird, smile in the night
fly the snow of morning
sing what you used to lose
green as the mountain
What you lose may be used to shine
the long night may never be your ceiling
before your love unfolds mine
Mockingbird, shine in the night
string the fun to meaning
sing what you used to lose
greener than the morning
I rolled up her little ball of footprints
God knows the true dog in the snow
the sound of her sweet smile unbroken
but taken to mountains she flew
Track Name: IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW
If you could see me now
you would know how I could grow so thin
everyone you meet looks right in
If you could feel me now
you would know how I could drift from you
everything you leave knows before you’re through
It’s not me, it’s those I love
it’s not me, I am too much for them to take care of
Makes me want to leave my tears behind me now
love’s cold, bright stream pains me now
land wherever you can find me now
I can see your face at night
I can see so clear I think that you are here too
Near enough that you could see me now
you would know how I could grow so thin
everyone you meet looks right in
If you could feel me now
Track Name: SHADE SWALLOWING
Chorus: I got shade swallowing sickness
shade swallowing sickness
I’m afraid to lose it, I’m afraid to get it again
drank a shadow and I can’t reach where it itches
Drank a shadow, thought it was a snake
and then I jumped right out and slid behind myself
It’s easy when the sun is high
to shine on what you have done
but for the grief inside you
you better hide ’cause your heart gives no relief

(Chorus)

Drank a shadow, thought it was a bird
then I jumped right out and flew behind myself
If I could trap the night, I would drink it ’til I was full
but the soul I let you steal has left such a hole to be filled
Track Name: HEAVEN IS IN YOUR EARS
Heaven is in your ears, and you hear when you want to
but you only close your eyes to stop the cries,
the cries of the world
a bell will tell your tongue to sing what you saw
Tell your tongue to sing, the ring will tell your tongue to sing,
the ring will tell your tongue to sing, the ring will tell
singing in the ringing of a bell
Close your eyes to stop the cries, you close your eyes to stop the cries,
you close your eyes to stop the cries you heard
cries are only eyes, only the world
Heaven when you hear is in your heaven
when you hear is in your
heaven when you hear is in your ears
heaven is whenever you can hear
I will ring a bell so you will hear
cries of heaven tell your tongue to sing
what is in your ear and in your eye

The sound of your life will enter you like sunlight
the wounds of your loving will listen
their toll will teach you to sound like sunlight
Telling will touch, the telling will touch, the telling will touch
the telling will touch the life
listen to your life
Toll will teach you, the toll will teach you,
the toll will teach you to sound
sunlight into your wound
Loving enter, the loving enter, the loving enter
the loving enter the light
love the wound in your life
Light enter in the wound
wound will teach the toll of life
telling the love of sound

I can only open your eyes, you must do all the seeing
I can only open your ears, you must do the hearing
A bell will tell your tongue to sing what you saw
but you only close your eyes to stop the cries,
the cries of the world
heaven is in your ears and you hear when you want to
Track Name: THE TEAR THIEF
Chorus: The tear thief dreams he cries
the less you sleep, the less you dream
steal with your eyes awake, stay with your feeling
unable to weep the grief that you keep turns to fear

We are your tears
you’re feeling kind
but we still see how you rob us blind
you are the one who can find
what makes you blue

For our house is your house too
we all hear what you say in your sleep . . .
‘Who will keep me when they know
that I love them?’

We are your tears
you’re feeling dry
but we still see how you need to cry
when you confess you can try
to let us through

(verses and Chorus)

He dreams he cries
he’s the tear thief
Track Name: SNOWFLAKE
Daddy brought us a snowflake, mama brought us some rain
they felt so good when they fell on me
that I will never be the same again

Daddy chased the sunrise and mama went after the moon
they’ll get together in the sweet by-and-by
and then they’ll sing us a beautiful tune
and they’ll dance all over the sky

I will meet you in the sunrise when the moon is shining
through the stars in your hair