Calloused Hands

by Eddie Bush

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about

In the spring of 2010 I was facing a new chapter in my musical career. One Flew South, the group I had spent the better part of 6 years with, had officially disbanded. It wasn't new territory to me, as I had been a solo artist for the majority of my long career prior to OFS, but it was a melancholy period because of the bond that I shared with Chris Roberts and Royal Reed, my partners in the group, and my friendship with our producer Marcus Hummon and his family. It was odd to be "on my own".

A bright spot in my OFS experience was my great friend Dave Matthews; he and I enjoyed being creative together and we decided to take this new chapter as an opportunity to spread our creative wings and make an album of new material. The process was invigorating, as I dug through my writing demos for the perfect cuts. My youngest brother Alex also played a role, as he couldn't contain his excitement of participating in the act of choosing songs. I met Steve Clark and Ben Bennett during this time as well, and found myself playing in an electric power trio for the first time in years. It was like being in the garage all over again.

I teach a great young group in Charleston called the 3 Dudes, and they invited me -- the Ploch family, that is -- to record in their house. And so it began.

Dave flew into Charleston, and CALLOUSED HANDS was born. In 2010, we recorded 12 songs, crazy with excitement from the sounds we were getting. The songs were chosen from a variety of places; SHAMELESS from the OFS record; THE URGE OF SLEEP from my ‘96 solo record; ROLLERCOASTER RIDE from a demo I recorded in ‘98; BROKEN WHEEL and OVER THE MOON new songs just written. In short, the goal was to make the most complete record possible, for the sake of expression through this art form.

Everything we knew as normal, the passion of the project, the focus Dave and I shared, the desire to take this disc all the way, was drastically changed Dec. 29th, 2010, when my brother Alex and his girlfriend Katie Scott were killed by a drunk driver. Alex was 24, Katie 22, and they had no chance. My life was forever altered.

After the initial shock hit, the only thing I could do was write. Two days after losing them, I wrote WHEN THIS MONTH IS OVER and WE SHARED TIME. As my life was changed, now too was the focus of this record. It became more important to me than just another collection of songs. It was now a reminder of the love my brother had for this music as well as the many memories we created during the planning and creation of the disc while Alex was still very much alive and a true part of it. Today as I see the release of CALLOUSED HANDS come to fruition, I realize that its release is sincerely as much a celebration of my brother as it is a celebration of my creative energy.

Please enjoy this as you will, and know that I poured every ounce of my emotions and musicality into this, for my love of music, for my love of Alex.

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released December 5, 2012

Produced by Dave Matthews. Eddie Bush - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, 12 String Guitar. Ben Bennett - Bass. Bekka Bramlett - Vocals. Steve Clark - Drums, Vocals. Ivory Collins - Vocals. John Deadrick - Piano, Organ, Keyboards. Dave Matthews - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Programming, Strings. Crystal Taliefero - Vocals. Jonathan Yudkin - Strings, Banjir, Octomandolin.

All songs written by Eddie Bush except:
Calloused Hands -- Eddie Bush, Chris Roberts
She Goes 18 -- Eddie Bush, Chris Roberts, Royal Reed, Eliot Kennedy
Shameless -- Eddie Bush, Chris Roberts, Royal Reed, Marcus Hummon, Jez Asherst
Life In The City -- Eddie Bush, Marcus Hummon, Jay Levine

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Track Name: Calloused Hands
Take a number
Stand in line
Join the man with the big ole house
Couldn’t pay in time

I see you cryin’
He’s cryin’ too
You’re not the only one to lose
Ain’t nothing new

And I know you’ve got it bad
So dust your boots off
Show the world those
Calloused hands

Don’t let the new day
Pass you by
The summer wind will dry the tear from your eye

Another mountain
Don’t mean the end
You’ve reached the top before
You’ll find your way again

And I know you’ve got it bad
And it seems like good ain’t never comin’ back
Pull your head out of the sand
Dust your boots off
Show the world those
Calloused hands

Leave the past behind
And chase the morning sun
From dirt to rock to asphalt
You’ve laid the road you run
The road you run

And I know you’ve got it bad
And it seems like good ain’t never comin’ back
So pull your head out of the sand
Dust your boots
Show the world those
Calloused hands
Track Name: She Goes 18
Every morning she’s an artist
She paints a picture
Responsibility

A magician in the office
Money maker
So much for living the dream
That’s how she makes her way from Monday to Friday
And then she spreads her wings

She puts the roof down, wind blows, rockin’ to the radio
I love it when she goes 18
She goes 18
I love it when she goes 18
She goes 18
I love it when she goes 18

She drinks the dirty martinis
Like the cheap wine
We drank as kids
She wears her cherry flavored lipstick
Like she used to
For a teenage twist

Could be the alcohol
That helps her drop her guard
Could be her need to feel more free
She’s gonna dance to her favorite song
Knowing I will play along
I love it when she goes 18

She goes 18
I love it when she goes 18
She goes 18
I love it when she goes
I love it when she goes 18

She goes 18
I love it when she goes 18
She goes 18
I love it when she goes
I love it when she goes 18
I love it when she goes 18

She goes 18
I love it when she goes
I love it when she goes 18
When she goes 18
I love it when she goes 18
Track Name: Shameless
I’d like to think that you and I were worth a month or two
Before we fell in someone else’s arms
But your tears were hardly dry
Before you found somebody new
Moving on too fast
Like a ghost in my glass
I look up and there you are

‘Cause you’re shameless
To bring him here tonight
To the same bar where we said goodbye
‘Cause you are shameless
To make me watch you kiss
Wearing that same dress
Baby you are shameless

If you’re trying to make jealous
Then you’re playing me just right
Holding him while looking in my eyes
I’ve never seen you look beautiful and so alive
I want to turn away before my eyes betray

‘Cause you’re shameless
To bring him here tonight
To the same bar where we said goodbye
‘Cause you are shameless
To make me watch you kiss
Wearing that same dress
Baby you are shameless

Choking on the truth
I’m just not over you

‘Cause you’re shameless
To bring him here tonight
To the same bar where we said goodbye
‘Cause you are shameless
To make you watch you kiss
Wearing that same dress

Baby you are shameless
Baby you are shameless
Baby you are shameless

To bring him here tonight
To bring him here tonight
To bring him here tonight
Track Name: Trouble
I prayed for good times
God sent me fine wine
He taught me to laugh

And sent me to you
I prayed for happiness
He went one better
Threw in the heartbreak that makes our love true

Trouble oh trouble still comes knockin’
Trouble oh trouble won’t stay away
Trouble oh trouble there ain’t no stopping
Trouble oh trouble it’s here to stay

I prayed for good health
He gave me an apple
And a burning desire
To do things my way

I prayed for love
And he gave me a mirror
To see myself smile
When your kiss makes my day

Trouble oh trouble still comes knockin’
Trouble oh trouble won’t stay away
Trouble oh trouble there ain’t no stopping
Trouble oh trouble it’s here to stay

This road is filled with deep holes
No map could ever see
But wouldn’t we give anything to know
That we were trouble free

I asked for a few breaks
But not special treatment
He gave me commitment
To fight through my pain

I prayed for a leg up
He gave me a footstool
And a heaven to reach for
Again and again

Trouble oh trouble still comes knockin’
Trouble oh trouble won’t stay away
Trouble oh trouble ain’t no stopping
Trouble oh trouble it’s here to stay
Trouble oh trouble it’s here to stay
Track Name: Gonna Be A Good Day
Another date with reality
She’s cold and heartless
And doesn’t take a minute to consider me

She’s always on the take
Very rarely gives a thing
To keep myself from giving in
Takes the biggest bat I can swing

My morning mind still sings

It’s gonna be a good day
Things are gonna go our way
Nothing matters cause we’ve got each other
Everything’s OK

It’s gonna be a good day
Sun is either out or it’s gray
No matter how hard the wind is blowing
I don’t wear it on my face
It’s up to us and it’s gonna be a good day

The concrete jungle
Knocking at my door
Whenever I inch my nose ahead
It keeps knocking me to the floor

We’ll all be dust
Blowing in the breeze
No point in letting anything
Bring your best day to its knees
I’m bruised but still believe

That it’s gonna be a good day
Things are gonna go our way
Nothing matters cause we’ve got each other
Everything’s OK

It’s gonna be a good day
The sun is either out or it’s gray
No matter how hard the wind is blowing
I don’t wear it on my face
It’s up to us and it’s gonna be a good day

Turn on some music
Turn the tide
Turn the key
Take a ride
There's a feast for the taking
Make sure nothing’s left
Cause it’s all about the kind of day you’re having in your head

It’s gonna be a good day
Things are gonna go our way
Nothing matters cause we’ve got each other
Everything’s OK

It’s a good day
It’s a picture to save
No matter how hard the wind is blowing
I don’t wear it on my face

It’s gonna be a good day
Things are gonna go our way
Nothing matters cause we’ve got each other
Everything’s OK

It’s gonna be a good day
The sun is either out or it’s gray
No matter how hard the wind is blowing
I don’t wear it on my face

It’s up to us and it’s gonna be a good day
It’s up to us and it’s gonna be a good day
Track Name: The Urge of Sleep
Sweet sweet Jesus looking over me
Hopes and dreams and blue skies are all I see
Eyelids getting lower now
Sore is feet and wet is brow
Dug myself a hole that’s way too deep
Find a way to fight the urge of sleep

Lovely lady does look after me
Fuels my fires and destroys my grief
Some say he’ll throw in the towel
Never then, never now
Climbed out of the hole that seemed so deep
Found a way to fight the urge of sleep

A falling star I wish to never be
Bright and shining over earth and sea
Obstacles will mar my sight
Never overcome my fight
Like a drum my heart will strongly beat
Loudly to avoid the urge of sleep
Track Name: Broken Wheel
I’m like a broken wheel
Off a random car
Just rolling along
I never get very far

Others pass me by
Don’t pay me any mind
I keep moving ahead
Till I run out of time

I’m like a lonely bird
That still likes to sing
Sits high in a tree
It spreads its wings

No other voices join
The solo melody
It’s the sound of a soul
That’s truly free

I let the rat race pass me by
No point in putting up a fight
I won’t let worries steal my laughter
I gotta keep this dream alive
Climb as far as I can climb
I won’t live my days any faster
Cause in the end it doesn’t matter
We all fall off the ladder

I’m like a memory
Your mind can barely see
A small reminder of
How things used to be

But the future demands
That you give all you can
And heart strings tie themselves
To ghosts that we leave

I let the rat race pass me by
No point in putting up a fight
I won’t let worries steal my laughter
I gotta keep this dream alive
Climb as far as I can climb
I won’t live my days any faster
Cause in the end it doesn’t matter
We all fall off the ladder

I let the rat race pass me by
No point in putting up a fight
I won’t let worries steal my laughter
Gotta keep this dream alive
Climb as far as I can climb
Won’t live my days any faster
Cause in the end it doesn’t matter
We all fall off the ladder

We’re all broken wheels
Off of random cars
Just rolling along
We rarely get very far
Track Name: We Shared Time
We chased after the sunshine
As we danced around this place
The clock hands moved as quickly
So much done in haste

Though the hours still blew by
They did not go to waste
We served up life on a platter
And savored the taste

We broke bread
We drank wine
Pondered our truth
Confessed to our lies
Ran to our dreams
Waited in line
Oh what a blessing when we shared time

Many questions unanswered
Leaving us but to guess
What is luck and who is lucky
How happy the hearts in our chest

What’s too young to know what is love is
What age do you know yourself best
To sleep is a waste of good time
Each day the best of the rest

We broke bread
We drank wine
Pondered our truth
Confessed to our lies
Ran to our dreams
Waited in line
Oh what a blessing when we shared time

There is cause for celebration
I say you were a gift
And the memories go racing
Like wind they uplift

And the earth stays in orbit
Round the sun it still swings
And the clouds still floating forward
In my mind you still sing

We broke bread
We drank wine
Pondered our truth
Confessed to our lies
Ran to our dreams
Waited in line
Oh what a blessing when we shared time
Oh what a blessing when we shared time
Track Name: Over The Moon
Jenny was a waitress down on 48th
New York was rough but she decided to stay
She was a southern lass and knew to dream big and she did

She was an actress and a dancer at heart
A million auditions
Only one little part
Still she believed one day
That she’d be a star
Yes she did
Oh she did

She jumped over the moon
Fly pass the sun
Grab her a star
Off she would run
See her name in lights
Big neon sign
Over the moon
She would reside
That girl would shine
So bright

Frustrated was the way she spent most of her days
Between shifts she would stand between lines
Always hurried to wait
And it was all that she could do
Just to keep her head up but she did

The call came
Like it always does
Just when she was about to give up
The lead part
In the biggest of shows
Here she goes

She jumped over the moon
Fly pass the sun
Grab her a star
Off she would run
See her name in lights
Big neon sign
Over the moon
She would reside
That girl would shine
So bright

She jumped over the moon
Fly pass the sun
Grab her a star
Off she would run
See her name in lights
Big broadway sign
Over the moon
She would reside

She jumped over the moon
Fly pass the sun
Grab her a star
Off she would run
See her name in lights
Big neon sign
Over the moon
She would reside

That girl would shine
That girl would shine

So bright
So bright
Track Name: Dream Vacation
Dream Vacation
Eddie Bush

I found my place
End of the line
I found a watch
Ran out of time

I got a job
Then lost my mind
I found the sun
But then came the night

I say no to life on the run
The time has come
Let’s take a dream vacation
So much work to be done
Let’s have some fun
Let’s take a dream vacation

Early to leave
I hit the lights
I want some peace
But they want to fight

I finally get loose
But money gets tight
You say I‘m wrong
When once I am right

I say no to life on the run
The time has come
Let’s take a dream vacation
So much work to be done
Let’s have some fun
Let’s take a dream vacation

No to life on the run
The time has come
Let’s take a dream vacation
So much work to be done
Let’s have some fun
Let’s take a dream vacation

My friends are drunk
I don’t really drink
My girl is smart
I don’t like to think
She likes to dance
But I can’t stay on beat
What’s worse than that
My two left feet

I say no to life on the run
The time has come
Let’s take a dream vacation
So much work to be done
Let’s have some fun
Let’s take a dream vacation

I say no to life on the run
The time has come
Let’s take a dream vacation
So much work to be done
Let’s have some fun
Let’s take a dream vacation
Track Name: When I Grow Up
I might be pushing middle age
But I still think like a teen
In my hair could be a hint of gray
But deep down I’m dark and lean

But don’t pull out the walker just yet
‘Cause I can still dance all night
One day I’ll buy a rocking chair just because it rocks just right

When I grow up, I’ll be on time
But drive slow enough to see the sights
When I grow up, I’ll rise and shine
But know better than to party all night
When I grow up, I’ll travel light
Get around this globe in style
I’ll do that stuff, when I grow up

It’s true that I’m hard of hearing
I like my rock and roll loud
If it seems like I’m a little distracted
It’s my attention deficit cloud
Sometimes I’m a little impatient
For a real vacation to start
Running hard on an hour of sleep is becoming a lost art

When I grow up, I’ll be on time
But drive slow enough to see the sights
When I grow up, I’ll rise and shine
But know better than to party all night
When I grow up, I’ll travel light
Get around this globe in style
I’ll do that stuff, when I grow up
I’ll do that stuff, when I grow up

All my mirrors pointing towards wrinkles under eyes
I don’t know another way but I refuse to hide

When I grow up, I’ll be on time
But drive slow enough to see the sights
When I grow up, I’ll rise and shine
Instead of stay late and party all night
When I grow up, I’ll travel light
Go around this globe in style

I’ll do that stuff, when I grow up
I’ll do that stuff, when I grow up
Yeah when I grow up
When I grow up
Track Name: Still In The Wind
I had plenty of doubters
Saying I’d never add up to much
And too many challenges
To worry when the words got rough
Didn’t make no excuses
Just pushed harder when the days got bad
Never lost the hunger
Success was the best feast I ever had

Turn up the volume
All the way up to ten
As of this moment
I’m still in the wind
Rev up the engines
I’m back on the ride again
As of this moment
I’m still in the wind

Time has always been the enemy
This clock is running marathons
Age might be reality
Take a look here I’m running along

Never had an ounce of quit in me
Though my mystery remains unsolved
Digging for a treasure
I found the wealth in my resolve

So turn up the volume
All the way up to ten
As of this moment
I’m still in the wind
Rev up the engines
I’m back on the ride again
As of this moment
I’m still in the wind

Blowing through my hair
I lost myself in the moment
I didn’t care

Turn up the volume
All the way up to ten
As of this moment
I’m still in the wind
Rev up the engines
I’m back on the ride again
As of this moment
I’m still in the wind
I’m still in the wind
I’m still in the wind
Track Name: Life In The City
Fancy Charlie’s dancing in rags
With expensive Italian shoes
A street singer starts to smile
While she sings the Blues
Preacher calls out “you gotta believe in something, or nothing’s true”

Cause there’s life in the city after all
I think I’ll stay a little longer
There’s life in the city after all

I walked out of the graveyard
Into the delta sun
Vampires singing harmony
To some French sailor’s song
They’ve been here for hundreds of years
So they must know something

Cause there’s life in the city after all
I think I’ll stay a little longer
There’s life in the city after all

I’ll see the school children laughing again
Painting the school bus
Yellow as the sun goes down
To the water and sparkles like my lover’s smile
Like my lover’s smile

There’s life in the city after all
I think I’ll stay a little longer
There’s life in the city after all
I think I’ll stay a little longer
Track Name: When This Month Is Over
When This Month Is Over
Eddie Bush

When this month is over
Lord send me one good day
To catch my world and slowly turn
Before it rolls away

And I’ll stop along my path within
To find the reddest rose
Its thorns cut like this broken heart
And beauty still grows

When this month is over
Turn the calendar’s page
Its date reads as an empty box
A number with no face

And in that space where time runs free
There’ll be no me with you
And that’s where my challenge lies
Facing the truth

When this month is over
Your voice will still be heard
In a quiet thought or a silent room
Though you didn’t speak a word

It was you in fact who lifted me
To see life and embrace
Between night’s moon and morning’s sun
Are tears I live to chase