Eat, Drink & Sing

by Eddie Bush

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EAT, DRINK & SING is really a pieced together album, one that developed in a single,magical stroke, a coincidence in events, and songs that just seemed to fall into place. Bear Dyke, my friend, and the founder of Mira Winery, was in the process of launching his fantastic wines to the world. At the same time, I was in a very creative space, and had recently written a song that he and I were both wild over, " WORDS JUST AIN'T ENOUGH". There just HAD to be a way to work the two things together...after all, who doesn't enjoy a glass of premium vino while listening to music? That proved our answer...I would record a disc of cuts that could accompany the Mira wine experience, and EAT, DRINK & SING was born.

The material that makes up the disc came together quickly; some songs had been recorded earlier, but had remained unreleased, including WORDS, LIVING SLOW, ANOTHER ROUND, THE BACK OF HER HAND, The JD SOUTHER song I'LL BE HERE AT CLOSING TIME, and ONE PICTURE. As well, there was an added bonus, as we featured an outtake from my former group, ONE FLEW SOUTH, entitled TOO DRUNK TO SAY GOODBYE. This, in itself, made the disc extra special, as the band had been signed to the legendary DECCA records, before the US Economy crash of 2009 ended its career. This track is a special moment from a special time, and deserved to be unveiled.

Also, there are the new songs, the honest, pained lyric of HOLD ON TO YOU, the sprite realism of SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE, the countrified blues of ALCOHOL HEART.

The production approach was to keep the material acoustic; there is one electric guitar solo, for the fun of it, but keeping the sounds organic honors the true nature of these songs in their purest form. The voice, at times, is raw, and the arrangements are adventurous, sonic journeys exploring the emotional template that inspired each piece.

Ultimately, producer Dave Matthews and I discovered things about this music, and about our mutual love of powerful musical presentation in small packages, and a poignant, expressive lyric to go along. In that process, as happens in the organic science of brilliant wine, art happened - meaningful, welcoming, and oh so great to experience over, and over again.

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released December 19, 2013

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Track Name: Somewhere in the Middle
They say if you keep reaching high
You may touch a star one night
I did just that before it slipped away
For an hour or so it changed my life
I sang my song forgot my strife
But a buzz like that never ever stays

I bought my ticket into dreamland
Almost had my hopes in hand
The hourglass ran clear of sand
And I was left a smarter man
I touched the ground and heard a bluebird's whistle
I found my smile somewhere in the middle

I lost my flow and fell so low
I was crawling on the floor
Had to ask directions to get back on my feet
So I took a cab, a day at rehab
Covered the wound and picked the scab
Never again will my song lose its beat

I bought my ticket into dreamland
Almost had my hopes in hand
The hourglass ran clear of sand
And I was left a smarter man
I touched the ground and heard a bluebird's whistle
I found my smile somewhere in the middle

I bought my ticket into dreamland
Almost had my hopes in hand
The hourglass ran clear of sand
And I was left a smarter man
I touched the ground and heard a bluebird's whistle
I buried my money cause all them bankers swindle
I needed a map cause I was lost in the thistle
But I was smiling big somewhere in the middle
Track Name: Hold On to You
Waiting for daybreak to come calling
Stricken with heartache, couldn't stop myself from falling
Shouldn't be surprised that I'm lying on the floor
I know the day is coming
When I'm pounding on a quiet door

How many times do I ask for the obvious truth
Still it begs an answer
Can I hold on, hold on to you?
Words fit right behind the smile that made me a fool
You seem to doubt the chance that
I can hold on, hold on to you
Can I hold on to you?

Covered by night time, hear me praying
My own indecision led me to the words I'm saying
Shouldn't be surprised that I'm left here on my knees
The darkness makes more sorrow
Cause tomorrow may just set you free

How many times do I ask for the obvious truth
Still it begs an answer
Can I hold on, hold on to you?
Words fit right behind the smile that made me a fool
You seem to doubt the chance that
I can hold on, hold on to you
Can I hold on to you?

For many expectations, I clearly failed
Just created more frustration
To this cross I end up nailed

Loneliness will be all mine
Safe to suffer
Did it to myself
I'll be the one who's left to wonder
Shouldn't be surprised when this rope slips from my hands
To the hell below I'm screaming
I swear I'll be a better man

How many times do I ask for the obvious truth
Still it begs an answer
Can I hold on, hold on to you?
Words fit right behind the smile that made me a fool
You seem to doubt the chance that
I can hold on, hold on to you
Can I hold on to you?
Track Name: Alcohol Heart
Line me up
With the rest of the bottles on the bar
Kick 'em back one by one where the liquor is hard
Tell me how your love is real with every new drink you start
Appeal to my alcohol heart, appeal to my alcohol heart

Night after night, on the same damn stool down on the end
Jim and Jack are my closest friends
Then she pulls her wine next to my lies
And I felt like a star
A star with an alcohol heart
I felt love in my alcohol heart

She could've sat with Mr. muscle
And hung on his arm
Or Bobby Joe the pilot
Who couldn't see past her charm
She saw a lot of men sound the alarm
But instead she chose to sit here at my end of the bar

I paid her tab
She knew right then I was a real good man
An off balance drunk who has taken a stand
In the past he would've fallen for reaching out this far
To touch another alcohol heart
To touch another alcohol heart
To feel another alcohol heart
I found love in this alcohol heart
I found love in this alcohol heart
I found love in this alcohol heart
Track Name: Another Round
I need a well earned rest from a mountain of stress
Money is tight and everyday is a fight
Each step ahead is still an inch behind
I spend a lot of my time chasing worry out of my mind

All these hits below the belt
This is pain I've never felt before
TKO, ring the bell
There's another bloody bout in store
No more for me
I promise I'll stay down
Still we go another round

I'm up against the ropes holding on with hope
The fighter inside will come back with pride
A couple rights to the chin never means the end
I'm searching for an answer
How much longer can I defend

All these hits below the belt
This is pain I've never felt before
TKO, ring the bell
There's another bloody bout in store
No more for me
I promise I'll stay down
Still we go another round

No more crawling on the floor
I've got to even up the score
Another round
Get this devil in my sights
Gonna finish this tonight

No more hits below the belt
This is pain I've felt so much before
One more shot, ring the bell
There's another bloody bout in store
Bringing all you've got
I promise you'll go down
Here we go another round
Track Name: Living Slow
Should we say goodbye
When we say hello
Like the winter wind we blow right through
And off we go
The time we reach for
Is the time we need I know
And nothing new gets old, Living Slow

Thought we tied the knot
Somehow we worked it loose
Running in two directions
Chasing a golden goose
The time we're needing
Sits forever close
And nothing new gets old, Living Slow

Mama used to say true love's what you need
To rest your weary mind
So lets turn back the clock
Shut the damn thing off
And slow things down tonight

Let's take a long deep breath
When we hug I hold
To the deepest place inside where we're joined
Soul to soul
Like clouds in big sky
We softly float on home
And nothing new gets old, Living Slow
No, nothing new gets old, Living Slow
Track Name: The Back of Her Hand
I bore her to tears
With my theories of life and living
She has no fear
And I'm apparently unconvincing

She has a way
Of shutting me down completely
With nothing to say
I return to the line of the needy

I turn up lost
She keeps it together
I hardly function
She makes me better

She gives me space
To act like a man
That girl knows me
Like the back of her hand

She's got the power
And I'm at her beck and call
If love was a tower
Every hour I would fall

Whatever I'm thinking
She knows before I speak
And who's kidding who here
Without her I'm so weak

I turn up lost
She keeps it together
I hardly function
She makes me better

She gives me space
To act like a man
That girl knows me
Like the back of her hand

Hey, hey baby
Turn me into crazy
Waiting just to see that smile
Now I'm worried about my style

Hey, hey honey
My brain is acting funny
Used to drink just to feel right
Now I need just one night

I turn up lost
She keeps it together
I hardly function
She makes me better

She gives me space
To act like a man

I like playing cool
When the fellas are hanging with me
Cause they know the truth
Though the outside is all that they see

She pulls my strings
Ain't no doubt about it
I hold her close
Cause I just can't live without it

I turn up lost
She keeps it together
I hardly function
She makes me better

She gives me space
To act like a man
That girl knows me
Like the back of her hand

The back of her hand
The back of her hand
The back of her hand
Track Name: Words Just Ain't Enough
You can pick my head up when I lay it on the ground
And I can lift your spirit when the world brings you down
No need to write a thank you note
Or send along a gift
Just know that when I think of you
It goes something like this

I think you're beautiful, extra cool, special, sweet and sensible
Makes me feel just like a fool, trying to follow all your rules,
You're a treat, an extra plus, the highest high, the perfect buzz
I could go on about this love
Cause words just ain't enough

You lift me til I touch the clouds when I'm feeling low
And I can carry you for miles when you're moving slow
No need to send a post card or give an extra kiss
Just know that when I think of you it rambles on something like this

I think you're beautiful, extra cool, special, sweet and sensible
Makes me feel just like a fool, trying to follow all your rules
You're a treat, an extra plus, the highest high, the perfect buzz
I could go on about this love
Cause words just ain't enough

I've spent countless mornings and many sleepless nights
Searching for the perfect words that say it all just right
Never mind romantic lines or the smiles that they may bring
Probably didn't need to say a thing

I think you're beautiful, extra cool, special, sweet and sensible
Makes me feel just like a fool, trying to follow all your rules
You're a treat, an extra plus, the highest high, the perfect buzz
I could go on about this love
Cause words just ain't enough
Track Name: One Flew South - Too Drunk to Say Goodbye
It's a feeling a lot like love
Like a passenger on a drive
I love the way your mouth tastes
Too drunk to say goodbye

Sun don't set
Moon refuse to rise
I close my eyes
Too drunk to say goodbye

Did I make you any promises
Say or do anything out of line
Did I tell you you were beautiful
That's one I will live with over time

Sun don't set
Moon refuse to rise
I close my eyes
Too drunk to say goodbye

Goodnight my love
Goodnight my love
Track Name: I'll Be Here at Closing Time
Oh I like the way you bring the water
With your finger on the lime
When you walk that way it kills me
I'll be here at closing time

Is that a ring there on your finger
Or just a thin fading line
You could walk away, but don't do it
I'll be here at closing time

I'll be outside with the engine running
Carrying a coat and tie
Looking for a place to take you
I can almost hear you sigh

I'll be outside with the engine running
Pointed at the western sky
Looking for a place to lay you down
I don't want to make you cry

And I can see us walking in the future
With a child that's yours and mine
I can see the sunshine on our shoulders
Till it's closing time

Baby when you walk that way it kills me
I'll be here at closing time