That We Could Find A Way To Be

by Andrew VanNorstrand

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released September 13, 2019

Andrew VanNorstrand: vocals, guitars, fiddle, banjo, bass
Dana Billings: keys, bass, drums, percussion
Kailyn Wright: vocals
Anna Patton: clarinet
Rachel Bell: accordion
Charlie Rose: pedal steel
Angelo Peters: bass (on “Lesson Learned”)

Produced by Dana Billings and Andrew VanNorstrand
Engineered and mixed by Dana Billings
Recorded at Electric Wilburland in Newfield, NY
Additional recording at Black Bear Studios in Danby, NY and SubCat Studios in Syracuse, NY
Mastered by Daniel Bacigalupi at Infrasonic East in Nashville, TN
Graphic design by Leslie Johnston
Photography by Louise Bichan

Thanks to Will Russell, Angelo Peters, Zach Hoyt Banjos, Julie Vallimont, Vikki Armstrong, Derek and Amy Englesberg, Casey Murray, Biff Kennedy, Anne Saunders and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and all the amazing Kickstarter supporters who helped make this album possible.

Special thanks to Sarah for everything, always.

Music and lyrics written by Andrew VanNorstrand, Magic Minke Music (ASCAP). 2019 Great Bear Records.

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Andrew VanNorstrand Cazenovia, New York

Andrew VanNorstrand is a musician, singer and songwriter living in upstate New York. He has performed on festival stages, concert halls, dance floors and living rooms all over North America and beyond. His original music focuses on the complicated intersections of love, faith, loss and uncertainty, queerness and the search and struggle for understanding. ... more

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Track Name: What Am I Supposed To Say
It's a strange and special thing
Like two lovers overheard
Like red wings on a black bird
Such a story I have to tell
For I knew where I was bound
And the wonder when I found
My debt was paid
What am I supposed to say?

Let me tell you what I believe
Every beating heart is enough
I swear love is love is love
But every time I see
The disappointment in your eyes
I know you think that I
Have turned away
What am I supposed to say?

It's a strange and special thing
Like dew on a spider’s web
Like something that I read
And I try not to despair
But I fear I've come undone
If you think you're the only one
Who can be saved
What am I supposed to say?

Take a breath and turn the page
Break the bread and pour the wine
Maybe all we need is time
But I'll tell you what I know
We are just as we're meant to be
And if I'm finally on my knees
Trying to pray
What am I supposed to say?
Track Name: Lesson Learned
I said I had no idea
As if I wasn’t there
I said go ahead
As if I didn’t care

I’d lose everything, I’d watch it burn
If only for a lesson learned
Dust I am, and to dust I’ll return
With nothing but a lesson learned

I said what can I do
As if I didn’t know
I said what a shame
But I bought tickets to the show

I’d lose everything, I’d watch it burn
If only for a lesson learned
Dust I am, and to dust I’ll return
With nothing but a lesson learned

It's a new day and the tide has turned
I'm still looking for a lesson learned
Dust I am, and to dust I’ll return
With nothing but a lesson learned
Track Name: Blue Ridge Ride
One for the morning, two for day
Three for the evening, slipping away
I’ll tell you, I got it in my mind
To let that blue ridge take me for a ride

I’m not asking you to change for me
Do you think that we can find
Do you think that we can find a way to be

Tell me darling, tell me darling true
Tell me one more time just what this means to you
It’s so hard for me to understand
But I wanna love you any way that I can

I’m not asking you to change for me
Do you think that we can find
Do you think that we can find a way to be

One for the morning, two for the day
Three for the evening and I don’t know what to say
But the road keeps winding all along the mountainside
So I’m gonna let that blue ridge take me for a ride, take me for a ride

I’m not asking you to change a thing for me
Do you think that we can find
Do you think that we can still find a way to be
Track Name: Boy With Gray Eyes
I met a boy with gray eyes, he took me by surprise
His voice was low and kind, like a sweet summer wine
Is it a fruit I cannot eat, or a promise I cannot keep
He said “You’ll know it when you feel it” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

I met a boy with gray eyes, he took me by surprise
He said, “All of this is real, but I can’t tell you how to feel,
I can’t tell you where to go, and I can’t say that I know,
All the things that you have done, or what you’re running from”

I met a boy with gray eyes, he took me by surprise
And I knew his hand was steady, but I wasn’t ready
What we’re given and what we make, what we leave and what we take
I’m a babe out on the water, lookin’ for Pharaoh’s daughter

I met a boy with gray eyes, he took me by surprise
And I wish that I had stayed, but I was so afraid
All we do and all we own, all we ask when we’re alone
May we be better than we’ve been, and everyone said “Amen”
Track Name: The Coming Spring
I went outside
The rain falling on branches bare
And I smiled
‘Cause I could feel change in the air

You make me happy
You make me happy
When I can’t remember
And I’ve lost my way
You take me by the hand
I know we’re gonna be okay

I went outside
The wind was blowing and the ground was hard
And it’s no surprise
That every time I’m caught off my guard

You make me happy
You make me happy
When I can’t go on
To face another day
You take me by the hand
I know we’re gonna be okay

I went outside
And I remembered everything
How the coldest winter
Melts before the coming spring

You make me happy
You make me happy
When I’m broken
And I have no words to say
You take me by the hand
I know we’re gonna be okay
Track Name: The Deep Blue Green
I went searching around the bend
The Shenandoah in my dreams
And when I reached the end
All around me, the deep blue green

I found you in the garden
The flag painted on the side of the barn
And the story that you told me
Was written in your eyes and the scars on your arms

Oh lord give me strength this day
Eyes to see and ears to hear
These hills of Virginia
Oh, heal my heart and dry my tears
Sun was warm in the valley
Tomatoes were ripe on the vine
You said love is to surrender
And I don’t know why but I believed you this time

You found me on an August night
We stayed up listening to the fire sing
And I held you so tight
And wondered what the morning would bring
“Blood and soil” the crowd cried
Under a statue’s silent gaze
But the words that I remember
“Dear child, do not be afraid”

I went searching around the bend
The Shenandoah, river of my dreams
And if I ever reach the end
I’m gonna fall back into the deep blue green
Track Name: Two Years (Looking For A Home)
Goodbye my lover
This world is so unkind
Got a weight on my shoulders
And worries on my mind
I’m not sure if I’m leaving
Or if I’ve been left behind
I’m looking for a home
Oh, I’m looking for a home

Two years in this city
Where every man is self-made
I’m so goddamn tired
And I still never been paid
I don’t know where I’m gonna go
But I can’t afford to stay
I’m looking for a home
Oh, I’m looking for a home

Pray for safe travels
And strength in an hour of doubt
Pray for forgiveness
And rain to end the drought
You make it sound so simple
But you left a few things out
I’m looking for a home

I remember us together
Sun setting on red sumac
And long walks in autumn
Down that old railroad track
I don’t think
I can ever go back
I’m looking for a home
Oh, I’m looking for a home

Two years in this city
I still don’t know
I gave it everything
And what’ve I got to show
There’s nothing left to keep me here
And nowhere I can go
I’m looking for a home
Oh, I’m looking for a home

So goodbye my lover
This world is so unkind
Got a weight on my shoulders
Worries on my mind
I’m not sure if I’m leaving
Or if I’ve been left behind
I’m looking for a home
Oh, I’m looking for a home
Track Name: Sugar Babe
Slow me down, sugar babe
Slow me down, it’s a revolution day
Sometimes it’s the sun, and sometimes it’s the rain
Slow me down, slow me down, sugar babe

You can’t love what you don’t know
And there’s still such a long way to go
I believe that I’ll reap just what I sow
Slow me down, slow me down, sugar babe

Slow me down, my sugar babe
Slow me down, it’s a revolution day
Sometimes it’s the sun, and sometimes it’s the rain
Slow me down, slow me down, sugar babe

Darling, I don’t know what’s best
Won’t you please hold me to your breast
‘Cause I did what I could and I couldn’t do the rest
Slow me down, slow me down, sugar babe

Slow me down, my sugar babe
Slow me down, it’s a revolution day
Sometimes it’s the sun, and sometimes it’s the rain
Slow me down, slow me down, sugar babe
Track Name: Tell Me What You Want To Do Now
Tell me what you want to do now
That we can’t go back
It’ll all be different now
You can count on that
There's no telling
What fate will allow
So please darling tell me
What you want to do now

Tell me what you want to do now
Baby, I’m all ears
Where do you think
That we go from here
Maybe it’s time
To take a final bow
Won’t you tell me
What you want to do now

Tell me what you want to do now
That we’ve crossed the line
I don’t know
What happens this time
But I’d follow you anywhere
From Dubai to Moscow
Just tell me
If you know what you want from me
Then please darling tell me
What you want to do now
Track Name: You've Gone (Where I Can't Go)
It’s been a year now
And I wish that I could let you know
I don’t think I’m still angry
But you’ve gone where I can’t follow
You’ve gone, you’ve gone
You’ve gone where I can’t go

Maybe we’ve changed
Maybe it’s always been this way
But I understand now
That you mean just what you say
You mean, oh you mean
You mean just what you say

I know that I hurt you
I know I was lost in my pride
But there was a river of sadness
And you were on the other side
You were on, you were on
You were on the other side

It’s been a year now
And there’s just one thing I want to say
I hope you take care of each other
I love you and miss you every day

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