Workin's Too Hard

Lyrics & Credits


Released Jan 20, 2017 on StorySound Records

Produced by Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Charles Yingling at The Blueroom Studios in Nashville, TN

Package design by Jonah Gellert 


1. Workin's too hard

by Rayna Gellert (Willow Garden Music/ASCAP)

Rayna Gellert: voice, acoustic guitar

Kieran Kane: octave mandolin

Kai Welch: voice, electric guitar

Jamie Dick: drums

Samuel, oh Samuel, I've told you before / Don't go to Carlisle and get drunk anymore

It's a short life of trouble, long nights in the jail / It's a short life of trouble, no one to go your bail

Workin's too hard, boys / Workin's too hard, boys

It's down at the stillhouse, oh down at the bar / You're the man of the hour when you're passin the jar

When you are flush, well it's drinks all around / And when you are broke, not a friend to be found

Workin's too hard, boys / Workin's too hard, boys

You'll beat on the table and make the glass ring / More brandy, more brandy, more brandy to bring

It's never enough til you're down on the floor / And then what you'd pawn for just one measure more

Workin's too hard, boys / Workin's too hard, boys


2. River Town

by Rayna Gellert (Willow Garden Music/ASCAP) & Kieran Kane (Little Duck Music/SESAC)

Rayna Gellert: voice, acoustic guitar

Kieran Kane: voice, octave mandolin

Kai Welch: voice, electric guitar

Jamie Dick: drums

I married you in the cold back room of some dance hall in an old river town

Didn't mean to, didn't say I do / I just stuck around

Now the years have rolled by just like the miles, and I ain't feelin so young

I'm still following you, 'cause what else could I do / I'm yours til the last song is sung

I set myself up I guess / I set myself up

Now it troubles my mind to know there's a time / When you're bound to go on without me

Well the road broke me in and it wore me so thin sometimes I wasn't sure I should stay

But dusk turned to dawn, and I kept movin on / Until I could see no other way

I set myself up I guess / I set myself up

Now it troubles my mind to know there's a time / When you're bound to go on without me

Now I've made my mistakes and I've fallen apart, broken down on a shoulder or two

And I know it's my choice but the sound of your voice / Pulls me back when I think that I'm through

I set myself up I guess / I set myself up

How it troubles my mind to know there's a time / When you're bound to go on without me

I set myself up I guess / I set myself up


3. Grey bird

by Rayna Gellert (Willow Garden Music/ASCAP) & Kieran Kane (Little Duck Music/SESAC)

Rayna Gellert: voice

Kieran Kane: acoustic guitar

Kai Welch: voice, electric guitar

Jamie Dick: drums

I'll wait all day for word from you / And I'll wait again tomorrow 

With a mind that cannot seem to rest / Oh how I'm filled with sorrow

I have given you my heart / As constant as the sun

While yours is like that grey bird there / It sings for anyone

Oh when I see the evening light / How it turns the green grass gold

I remember every word you said / Before the nights were cold

I have given you my heart / As constant as the sun

While yours is like that grey bird there / It sings for anyone

The sweetest time that I have passed / Is the time spent in your arms

How I wish I could be there again / And that love could do no harm

I have given you my heart / As constant as the sun

While yours is like that grey bird there / It sings for anyone


4. Oh Lovin' Babe

P.D. (from Uncle Dave Macon)

Rayna Gellert: voice, electric guitar

Kieran Kane: voice, octave mandolin

Kai Welch: voice, keys

Jamie Dick: drums

Round the mountain I must go, babe / Round the mountain I must go

Anything happen gonna let you know, babe

Oh lovin babe

Bible's true, I been readin' it, babe / Bible's true, I've been readin

If you wanna be saved better start believin' it babe

Oh lovin babe

God made woman for the glory of man, babe / God made woman for the glory of man

Man saw woman was more'n he could stand, babe

Oh lovin babe

Eve pulled the apple, gave it to Adam, babe / Eve pulled the apple, gave it to Adam

Right there old Satan had 'em, babe

Oh lovin babe

All the sweethearts and all the pretty wives, babe / All the sweethearts, all the pretty wives

Are just the joys of old mens' lives, babe

Oh lovin babe

Sweetest gift in all my roamin', babe / Sweetest gift in all my roamin'

Just a kiss from a pretty strange woman, babe

Oh lovin babe

Round the mountain I must go, babe / Round the mountain I must go

Anything happen gonna let you know, babe

Oh lovin babe


5. Perry

by Rayna Gellert (Willow Garden Music/ASCAP)

Rayna Gellert: voice, fiddle

Kai Welch: piano

Tell me what trees I should plant and I'll plant them

Tell me how many and where they should go

And how many babies to birth for to tend them

To see what from earth and from birth I might grow

The small bitter pear will brew the sweet perry 

To brighten the nights when the day's work is done

And when I'm long gone there'll be children and orchards

To tend to each other here under the sun

So tell me what trees I should plant and I'll plant them

Tell me how many and where they should go

And how many babies to birth for to tend them

To see what from earth and from birth I might grow

Why do we land where we land when we're planted

Born to lay eyes on the sand or the sea

The green rolling hills or the eyes of my lover

God only knows what I was meant to be

So tell me what trees I should plant and I'll plant them

Tell me how many and where they should go

And how many babies to birth for to tend them

To see what from earth and from birth I might grow


6. Strike the Bells

by Rayna Gellert (Willow Garden Music/ASCAP)

Rayna Gellert: voice

Kieran Kane: voice, acoustic guitar

Kai Welch: voice, keys

Jamie Dick: drums

I feel like the man who wakes up in his dream

No one believes him so he has to paint the scene

Oh I see your faces all around

What color were the trees, what color was the ground

Oh I hear the sound of violins / But the sound is growing thin

Oh strike the bells / Oh strike the bells

I open like a bucket to the memory of rain

Feel you here beside me but nothing is the same

Oh my mind isn't what it used to be

I'm counting scattered sparks of light that only I can see

Oh I hear the sound of violins / But the sound is growing thin

Oh strike the bells / Oh strike the bells

The music that I hear before the darkness is your voice

And if this is a dream then I haven't any choice

But to sing along while you are near

And joy is the only reason that I'll shed a tear

Oh I hear the sound of violins / But the sound is growing thin

Oh strike the bells / Oh strike the bells


7. I'm bound for the promised land

P.D. (from Alfred Karnes)

Rayna Gellert: voice, fiddle

Kieran Kane: octave mandolin

Kai Welch: voice, electric guitar

Jamie Dick: drums

On Jordan's stormy banks I stand and cast a wishful eye

To Canaan's fair and happy land where my possessions lie

I'm bound for the promised land / I'm bound for the promised land

Who will come and go with me / I'm bound for the promised land

O'er those wide extended plains shines one eternal day

Where God the Son forever reigns and scatters night away 

I'm bound for the promised land / I'm bound for the promised land

Who will come and go with me / I'm bound for the promised land

Filled with delight, my raptured soul would here no longer stay

Tho Jordan's waves around me roll, fearless I'd launch away

I'm bound for the promised land / I'm bound for the promised land

Who will come and go with me / I'm bound for the promised land