The Forgetting Place

by Jeff Ellis

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about

…so not too long after we had wrapped up Covering the Distance, Jeff
let me know that he had an album’s worth of brand new songs. Sent me
demos, and I was blown away. With every new batch of tunes Jeff has
this uncanny knack of topping his own previous best and the new songs
were no exception. So, with …Distance barely released, we went right
back into the studio to do another. But this time with a difference…

Everyone involved loved the way the live acoustic tracks had turned
out, so we wanted the next record to be done as live as possible. It
was pretty obvious that this could only be done with the same Covering
the Distance crew involved, jamming out the songs quickly in the
studio. So, we asked the Almighty Bud Carroll to pull together the
West Virginia A-Team of Steve Barker, Jimmy Lykens, Jon Cavendish and
Phil James to build the arrangements that would ultimately bring these
songs to life. And on a few of the tracks we were especially fortunate
to have contributions from Wilson Creek—Jessica Adkins, Heather Adkins
and Rudy Rohr—to complement Jeff’s deep Appalachian roots.

According to plan, the songs on this album were for the most part
recorded live in the Ohio University School of Media Arts and Studies
Recording Studio in Athens with my great music production students
during the crazy cold winter of 2009, with minimal overdubs. Now, in
early summer, as I mix the songs, after hearing them many, many times,
I remain deeply moved by the emotional honesty and artistic integrity
that Jeff brings to everything he does. It has been a real privilege
to work with Jeff over the last couple of years, and like everyone
else who follows his music, I can only look forward to his next batch
of songs that, I’m sure, will once again take Jeff’s heartfelt
impressions of the people and places he’s known and loved, and make
them our own.

Eddie Ashworth
Coolville Ridge, OH, June 2009

credits

released 23 March 2010

Produced recorded and mixed by Eddie Ashworth

Associate Producer: Bud Carroll

Engineered by Brandon Bankes, Rafael Bibb, Isaac Brauer, Paul
Ceccarelli, Camille Champa, Matt Dobie, Judd “C.H.U.D.” Eakin, Kurt
Eyster, Evan Fahning, Marc Langworthy, Joe McDavis, Alex Miller, Brent
“Wings” Motika, Wib Schneider, Tyler Von Moll, Kent Weber.

Recorded at The Tracking Station, Ohio University School of Media Arts
and Studies, Athens, OH

Additional recording at Trackside Studios, Huntington, WV
Mixed and mastered at The Oxide Shed, Coolville Ridge, OH

Musicians:

Jeff Ellis: lead & background vocals, guitars, harmonica, mandolin, keyboard, percussion
Bud Carroll: guitars, background vocals
Jimmy Lykens: bass, background vocals
Steve Barker: drums
Jon Cavendish: Hammond B3 organ, Rhodes electric piano, background vocals
Phil James: piano
Jesse Adkins: fiddle, background vocals
Heather Adkins: acoustic guitar, background vocals
Rudy Rohr: mandolin

Track Listing / Notes:

1. If He’s So Good to You…
2. Russell and Honeybee
3. Don’t Let Me Go
4. I Still Ain’t Over You Yet
5. Is Something the Matter
6. Can’t Stop Me From Loving You
7. Fooled
8. Jealousy
9. The Forgetting Place
10. Mama Dear
11. Everything to Me
12. Fade
13. I’ll See You Soon


Photography / Art Design: Brianna Atkins

Thanks to: God, family, friends, fans

Special Thanks to: Eddie Ashworth, Bud Carroll, Russ Fox, Phil James, Jimmy Lykens, Jon Cavendish, Steve Barker, Wilson Creek, Chris Tackett, Brianna Atkins, Jim Lester, Dave Lavender, Taylor K., Herald Dispatch, Doug Imbrognu, Bill Lynch, the GAZZ, Rod Lanham, Kirk and Julie Ballard, Brandon Woolum, Erik Raines and X1063, Art Stringer, Stats, Gar Ragland and NewSong, Lauren Stockner, Adam Harris, Larry Groce and WV’s Mountain Stage, NPR, Brewhead, the Java Joint, David Woll, the Huntington, WV Borders crew, Athens OU, Rock 105, 92.7 the Planet, Z Rock 94.5, Donkey Coffee, Pat, Patrick and the V-Club crew, and everyone else I forgot to thank: please insert name here ___________. THANK YOU!!!!

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Track Name: Still Ain't Over You Yet
Still Ain't Over You Yet

Let me make a confession, I was wrong
To make that kind of bet
You said, You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
Baby, I missed you before you left

And I still ain'y over you yet
No, I still ain't over you yet
Girl, is this as good as it’s ever gonna get
I still ain’t over you yet

Maybe I didn't know just what I had
Before you slipped away
But it must've been love to hurt this bad
At least that's what they say

And I still ain't over you yet
No, I still ain't over you yet
Girl, is this as good as it's ever gonna get
I still ain't over you yet

And I tried so hard to make things right
I tried to make you turn around
But when stubborn hearts get up to leave
Sometimes they can't be talked back down

Now I'm out on the town night after night
Looking for something new
But these little girls can't keep me satisfied
Baby, 'cause they ain't you

And I still ain't over you yet
No, I still ain't over you yet
Girl, is this as good as it's ever gonna get
I still ain't over you yet
Track Name: Jealousy
Jealousy

When you and I first met our friends all said it wouldn't last / That we're both way too spontaneous and taking things too fast / As stubborn as we were we swore we'd never let that come to pass / Then we started digging up bones buried in each other's pasts
And now jealousy / Has crept up in between of you and me / Like a divider that won't let us be / Happy or complete / 'Til we break free / Of jealousy
We were just a couple kids in love out looking for some fun / We never got too worked up ‘bout the things that each other done / Then you started asking questions when I’d come home late at night / And every time the phone would ring, I’d be ready for a fight
Because of jealousy / It crept up in between of you and me / Like a divider that won't let us be / Happy or complete / 'Til we break free / Of jealousy
Like a cancer it crept in and took it's toll on me and you / Eating at the little parts until it tore our hearts clean through
Now you're on your second marriage living in some other town / I heard the first one didn't stick because he liked to sleep around / Me, I haven't
managed to move on to someone new because / It's better not to fall in love until you first learn how to trust
Because jealousy / Will creep up in between of you and me / Like a divider that won't let us be
Happy or complete / 'Til we break free /Of jealousy / 'Til we break free
/ Of jealousy / 'Til we break free / Of jealousy
Track Name: Mama Dear
Mama Dear

Come get me, mama, come and take me home
Come get me, mama dear
Come get me, mama, take these weary bones
Far away from here

Lead me to your waters, show me where they go
A fountain flowing cool and clear
Lead me to your waters, quench this thirsty soul
And wash away these tears

For I have lost my patience and all my hope is gone
I have seen them disappear
All that I have left is the love in me you’ve sown
But there's not much left, I fear

So come and get me, mama, come and take me home
Come get me, mama dear
Come get me, mama, take these weary bones
Far away from here

I have seen destruction and I have seen its toll
I have seen the works of men
I have seen their wealth, their power and control
And I don't want no part of them

These men have crushed my spirit, these men have crushed my soul
These men have made my hands to sin
They’ve stripped me of my conscience and left this empty whole
This darkness deep within

So come and get me, mama, come and take me home
Come and get me, mama dear
Come and get me, mama, take these weary bones
Far away from here

Can there be forgiveness, can I be wiped clean
Can I be myself again
Can there be redemption after all the things
I’ve seen and where I’ve been

So come and get me, mama, come and take me home
Come and get me, mama dear
Come and get me, mama, take these weary bones
Far away from here
Track Name: The Forgetting Place
The Forgetting Place

Up the road just a ways, there's a forgetting place
Where thoughts disappear without a trace
I go there sometimes when she enters my mind
And I need help driving her away, oh,
When I need help driving her away
The lighting is low, music's sad and it's slow
And cigarette smoke dances in the air
The waitress is sweet and she brings me my drink
And sits in front of my chair, oh,
She sits it in front of my chair
And we go if we want to forget /What we know if we have more regret /Than we know what to do with
It's a solemn retreat from things that won't let you be
When all you want is to be left alone
Or a drunkard's delight, a safe place in the night
For those who don't want to go home, no,
For those who don't want to go home
And we go if we want to forget / What we know if we have more regret / Than we know what to do with
Track Name: Everything To Me
Everything To Me

I'll never stop loving you /Even though we be apart
I just want you to know that you'll always have a piece of my heart
And if you want to get out of here / If ever tired of this life you grow
I would leave behind everything and follow you wherever you go

'Cause when you're with me / I'm the best that I'll ever be
And it means everything to me / You mean everything to me

If you fall apart / Somewhere down the line
You can pick up the phone, yeah, you call me up anytime
And I'll tell you my thoughts / Things I'vee never told
Like my visions of me and you together on a front porch swing growing old

'Cause when you're with me / I see all I'll ever need
And it means everything to me / You mean everything to me

I'll never stop loving you /For the rest of my life
I wanna pick you up and carry you back home and make you my wife
For the rest of time /Until the end of my days
I wanna spend my life holding you and learning how to love you in brand new ways

‘Cause when you’re with me
Everything is as it should be
And it means everything to me
You mean everything to me
Everything to me
Track Name: I'll See You Soon
I'LL SEE YOU SOON

When I woke up this morning, I reached out for you Like I always do
On your side of the bed there was nothing to find Hasn't been for some time
It's been twenty-five years since you left me here For a trip around the sun and the moon But I'll see you soon

Thought about having breakfast but decided instead To go back to bed
'Cause there's a chair at the table that sits next to mine That still weighs on my mind Where we used to kill time drinking cheap carton wine Now it's quiet, silent as a tomb But I'll see you soon

I woke up again at a quarter past two
Still thinking of you And of the days we spent sleeping the afternoon through
Just 'cause we wanted to Now it's just me in here trying hard to disappear But only fading more into you But I'll see you soon

One day I'll wake up to your warm loving touch But for now, memories have to do
But I'll see you soon
Yes, I'll see you soon