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Welcome to your beautiful new road trip: Meet Me At The Edge Of The World. Whether you literally pack overnight bags and disappear with a prized companion, or just put on headphones and close your eyes, Over the Rhine’s sprawling, expansive new double album, full of rich harmonies and killer songs is guaranteed to open up new horizons. Here are the first five songs from the new double album to get you started on this journey. We are sure that once you begin the ride, you’ll have to discover the road that winds through all 19 songs on this magnificent project. Enjoy.
MEET ME AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD 19 NEW SONGS Produced by Joe Henry Over the Rhine: Karin Bergquist: Vocals, acoustic guitar, tenor guitar Linford Detweiler: Vocals, acoustic guitar, upright piano (The Birds Of Nowhere Farm) And the Band of Sweethearts: Jay Bellerose: Drums and percussion Eric Heywood: Pedal Steel, Electric and acoustic guitars, Hilo Weissenborn Jennifer Condos: Electric hollow body bass and Earthwood acoustic bass Patrick Warren: Upright piano, harmonium, chamberlin, autoharp, accordion and additional keyboards (Disc One & “All Over Ohio”) Mark Goldenberg: Acoustic guitar, mandolin, gut-string acoustic guitar (Disc Two) With special appearances by: David Piltch: Upright Bass (Earthbound Love Song, The Birds Of Nowhere Farm) Van Dyke Parks: Accordion (Favorite Time Of Light) Aimee Mann: Harmony vocals (Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down) LYRICS DISC/ALBUM ONE 1. Meet Me At The Edge Of The World (Bergquist) One lone tupelo stood against the ironweed The goldenrod that tamed our need For something other than fear and greed Meet me at the edge of the world Expectations great and small Unfettered us as I recall From dreams we scaled before the fall Into the lap of the world Cold hard tied like rebar frames Pale skeleton of the man remains We’re floating checks and naming names Paper airplanes to the edge of the world But I remember that face All the miles we misplaced Leave behind all but one trace And walk me to the edge of the world That lone tupelo soon will be on fire For all I know with God’s desire As Autumn in Ohio spirals Off of the edge of the world Here we stand on cold concrete ground ‘Cause someone said they liked the sound I’m thankful that they’ve hung around But I’m craving the edge of the world Is it time to disappear? Oh babe, can we just get out of here? You and me love and no one near Walk me to the edge of the world Meet me at the edge of the world I’m waiting at the edge of the world 2. Called Home (Bergquist/Detweiler) Just shy of Breakin’ Down There’s a bend in the road that I have found Called home Take a left at loneliness There’s a place to find forgiveness Called home With clouds adrift across the sky Like heaven’s laundry hung to dry You slowly feel it all will be revealed Where evening shadows come to fall On the awful and the beautiful Every wound you feel that needs to heal And silence yearns to hear herself Some long lost memory rings a bell Called home Old pre-Civil War brick house Standin’ tall and straight somehow Called home Mailbox full of weariness And a word of hard won happiness Called home Leave behind your Sunday best You know we couldn’t care a less Out here we’ve learned to leave the edges wild And stories they get passed around And laughter – it gets handed down Read it in the lines around a smile Our bodies’ motion comes to rest When we are at last Called home 3. Sacred Ground (Bergquist/Detweiler) Love me like a memory held too long Like the need to feel some forgotten song Kiss me to chills like there’s only me Like it’s hard to kill the last cottonwood tree Love me later when the stars fall down A burning light for a wedding gown They stole the blood right out of this ground They’d still kick a flower when it’s down CHO Help me trace the scars on mountains The sun that sets in a bloody fountain Take me home and lay me down On the hungry earth (Love me, love me) On the sacred ground Love me like the breath you held too deep Like the need you feel to lay still beneath Leave me with teeth marks on my skin Like some holy spirit’s tryna get in Love me like a rumor you can’t outlive Like the deepest cut you’ll ever forgive They stole my blood right out of this ground They’d still kick a flower when it’s down CHO Help me trace the scars on mountains The sun that sets in a bloody fountain Take me home and lay me down On the hungry earth (Love me, love me) On the sacred ground 4. I’d Want You (Bergquist/Detweiler) If the moon fell from the sky Rendering everything black and blue I’d want you I’d want you If the swallows fell like snow Tumbling tiny angels with wounds I’d want you I’d want you I’d want you I’d want you I will lay my body down When the storm is finally through I’d want you I’d want you If my faith should ever fail Faltering look what I dragged it through I’d want you I’d want you If the music all went still Enabling all my fears to come true I’d want you I’d want you I will lay my body down When the storm is finally through I’d want you I’d want you I’d want you I’d want you 5. Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body (Bergquist/Detweiler) Gonna let my soul catch my body My body make up my mind Gonna let my soul catch my body My body make up my mind This world makes me weary I’m livin’ here on borrowed time Gonna pray the Lord free my spirit The spirit gonna give a sign Gonna pray the Lord free my spirit The spirit gonna give a sign This world makes me weary Sellin’ me what’s never been mine Now if I’m good to be my body My body she’ll point the way Now if I’m good to be my body My body she’ll point the way Oh these days they are numbered I might not have too long to stay Gonna lay out fine linen Gonna make up my dyin’ bed I’m gonna lay out fine linen Gonna make up my dyin’ bed If you call me sweet Jesus I’m ready to lay down my head Gonna let my soul catch my body My body make up my mind Gonna let my soul catch my body My body make up my mind This world makes me weary I’m livin’ here on borrowed time (Oh) This road makes me weary I’m livin’ here on borrowed time