Polaris


Cody Dickinson


Luther Dickinson: We tour constantly, so we did the basic tracks in like 10 days, and then off and on, whenever we'd get home we'd go back in the studio. We finished the record in January [2003] but then the distribution changed, and we went back and sang some stuff and remixed about half of the record - that was cool, because it turned out a lot better for it. We knew basically it would be our most self-indulgent record. However, it wasn't completely planned - we recorded 36 songs and picked from the best. This was kind of like our country-boy-moved-to-the-city record.


Eyes
(Dickinson/Chew/Duwayne Burnside/Carwyn Ellis/James Mathus)
Luther Dickinson: Eyes was a huge collaboration for the whole band that I kind of rounded up and organized.
Ainít never been to Heaven
But Iíve been told angels in Heaven got sweet jelly rolls
Canít take my eyes off youÖ

Well it mustíve been the devil came between you and I
You were a rambliní woman with a rambliní mind
Canít take my eyes off youÖ

Canít take my eyes off you, baby
Canít take my eyes off you, girl
(canít keep my eyes off you)
Canít take my eyes off you, baby
(canít take my eyes off you, eyes off you)

Waitin on my wings weíll be side by side
Riding two white horses when the eagle bird flies
Canít take my eyes off youÖ

Canít keep my eyes off you, baby
Canít keep my eyes off you, girl
Canít keep my eyes off you, baby


Meet Me In The City
(Junior Kimbrough)
Meet me over in the city
Weíll make everything alright now girl donít
Weíll get together oh yes we will girl
Oh yes we will
Weíll make everything alright now honey donít, oh honey donít
So please, please donít leave me right now girl, right now, no

You got me baby, you got me girl
You got me where you want me baby yeah yeah yeah
You know you are satisfied girl
Now thereís one more thing I wanna say right now
Donít leave me girl
So please, please donít leave me right now girl, right now, no

Sometime I think I will babe
Yet Iíll give my m-m-mind a change
And tell me donít leave right now
Iím still backiní you baby
Please, please donít leave me right now girl, right now, no

Conan
(Luther and Cody Dickinson)
Luther Dickinson: Conan and Kids These Daze, were collaborations between Cody and me for the first time.
Ainít but that one thing be my downfalliní
Ainít but that one thing been a long time cominí
Itís gonna be the downfall of me

Ainít but that one thing to ease my worried mind
Ainít but that one thing just to pass the time
Itís gonna be the downfall of me
Itís gonna be the downfall of me

(Alternate live lyrics:
Ainít but that one thing to ease my worried mind
Ainít but that one thing just to pass the time
I've done it all, done it all the same
Just to pass the time, pass the time away

It ain't no more woman xxxxxxxx keep me satisfied
Just get through sellin' it while lonesome on the side)


Iíve done it all, done it all the same
Ainít but that one thing drive my blues away
Itís gonna be the downfall of me
Itís gonna be the downfall of me

Ainít but that one thing and I ainít long to get it
A dog and man and heís bound to fetch it
Itís gonna be the downfall of me
Youíre gonna be the downfall of me
Youíre gonna be the downfall of me
Youíre gonna be the downfall of me

Ainít but that one thing be my downfalliní
Ainít but that one thing been a long time cominí
Youíre gonna be the downfall of me
For all to see the downfall of me

All Along
(Dickinson/Chew/Burnside)
Cody Dickinson: A couple of the tunes I came up with for this CD really lent themselves to that kind of blown out productions with serious arrangements and stuff. So I composed the part on a computer using Digital Performer. I would get the various sounds and write the parts. So its not like I brought in an arranger and said ĎHere, put some strings on this song!í I wrote these parts so itís part of the whole picture for me. I had a partner J.D. Westmoreland, who plays in Deltagrass, a band from Memphis. He went to University of Memphis and studied music composition and conducting. He helped me voice the parts. Helped me transcribe it to paper. Then I brought in John C. Stubbefield from Lucero and he helped me find some young musicians from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. And I brought them in and it was really fun. It was amazing to sit their in a room and hear them play my music. It sounded great. They were fantastic.

I never had a clue
I trusted you
I canít believe youíve done this to me
Never had a clue untrue
All along, all along, all along, all along

You wasted so much of my time
Canít get it off my mind
Put all my faith in you
I donít know what to do
Shoulda known you were doiní me wrong
All along, all along, all along, all along, all along

Underneath the dreams that fall apart
Are nightmares and broken hearts
Why didnít you just let me go
Everybody knows Iím all alone, all alone, all alone, all alone

From now on Iíll be on my own
Iíll think of you every time I hear this song
I should oí known you were doiní me wrong
All along, all along, all along, all along, all along

Otay
(Cody Dickinson/Duwayne Burnside)
Cody Dickinson: Well, for example, those lyrics--Duwayne Burnside is another addition to the group since our last record. And phrases like "cut me in or cut it out," or "sticks to me like a dirty shirt"--those are lines from "Otay"--those are things that I got from him, which a lot of it he got from his dad, R. L., and they're blues catch phrases in a pop environment.

(love)

Love and music (Love and music does it)
Feels so good, ainít nothiní to it
Feels good, itís good enough for me
Oblivious obviously
We stuck together me and my friends
When we start something around the bend

Tell me what youíre all about
Cut me in or cut it out
Itís all good, otay
Hurry up, donít be late
Show must go on, but it can wait
What do you know?
Whatever you say
Itís all good, otay

Girl, you know Iím gonna miss you
Cantí take it, I canít fake it anymore
So letís not press the issue
You give me something so good it hurts
Sticks to me like a dirty shirt
Weíll be together through thick and thin
So fuckiní give it to me, here it comes again

Show me what youíre all about
Cut me in or cut it out
Itís all good, otay
When push comes to shove
At the end of the day
As a matter of fact, you donít say
What do you know?
Whatever you say
Itís all you, otay

Tell me what youíre all about
Cut me in or cut it out
Itís all good, otay
When push comes to shove
At the end of the day
As a matter of fact, you donít say
What do you know?
We just want to play
Itís all good, otay
Otay!

Kids These Daze
(Luther, Cody, and Jim Dickinson)
Cody Dickinson:Iím song Iím real proud of because its mine and Lutherís first collaboration. To think how long weíve been making music together and weíve never written a song together, itís funny. But thatís the first one. Thatís basically Lutherís tune. He came up with the music and the lyrical concept and I helped out with the lyrics. And I sing background vocals on it. Itís funny because thereís no doubt that my songwriting has influenced Luther and I think it shows on that tune. Once Luther started that song and I realized he was serious about it, thatís when I started helping him out on it as much as I could. It became a really good collaboration and it came a long way.

Kids these days have got it made
Hookiní up to go to the all late show
Sheís fuckiní hot in the parking lot
Kids these days
(cominí on strong, give it up
stay out long, donít mess it up)

Turn on the town, shake Ďem on down
Weíre young and loud
Turn up the sound, jump up and down
Weíre young and loud
Singiní in the crowd, like Charlie Brown
Weíre young and loud
(Turn on the town, jump up and down
turn up the sound, jump up and down)

Kids these days have got it made
Always out of town, fooliní round
Sleepiní in the van is the best they can
Kids these days
(Barely getting by, you know straight up,
stay out long, donít mess it up)

Turn on the town, shake Ďem on down
Weíre young and loud (you know straight up)
Turn up the sound, jump up and down
Weíre young and loud (live it up)
Singiní in the crowd, like Charlie Brown
Weíre young and loud
Live it up, live it up

Keep spinniní spinniní spinniní spinniní round and round
Keep spinniní spinniní spinniní spinniní round and round

Canít knock us out of orbit
Canít pull us to the ground
Keep spinniní spinniní spinniní spinniní round and round
Never coming down

Kids these days got their ways
Wonít listen to a word you say
Call me Pierre cause I donít care
Kids these days
(Barely getting by, you know straight up,
stay out long, donít mess it up)

Turn on the town, shake Ďem on down
Weíre young and loud (you know straight up)
Turn up the sound, jump up and down
Weíre young and loud (round and round)
Singiní in the crowd, like Charlie Brown
Weíre young and loud (never cominí down)
Pass it round, never cominí down
Weíre young and loud
(get up and down, jump up and down)


One To Grow On
(Cody Dickinson)
Luther Dickinson: With Polaris, we really just went all out. We brought in some string players to play on one of the tracks, and we had Noel Gallagher (of Oasis) sing on a track, and we really experimented, with the whole key being just to have fun with it.

Donít let Ďem make up your mind for ya
Cause theyíre gonna try to run you through the ringer
Before you realize you been hung out to dry
Now, they donít know that Iím started to learn
You donít have to be down where the devil stays
For the bottom of your feet to burn
Hereís one to grow on

Too much, never enough
Cold shoulder to cry on
Let your feelings show
Leave some room to grow
Until I go the distance between right and wrong
The road Iíve traveled beyond and long

Too much makes me want to give it all away
Give me something to ease the pain
All washed up, going down the drain
Hung out to dry, left out in the rain
Muster up the courage if I canít find the strength
Iím gonna shoot like a star on the horizon
When the moon sets the sun rises

Living the life I love, loving the life I live
Really makes me want to away
Loving the life you live, living the life you love
You make the most of everyday

Too much, too much, too much, too much

Too much, never enough
Too much, too much, never enough
Hereís one to grow on


Never In All My Days
(Luther Dickinson)
Itís just the one thing, Baby
I wanna say to you
Itís just the one thing, Mama
Never in all my days, never in all my days
Never in all my days have I loved a woman so hard to please

One last thing, Darliní
I wanna ask of you
Itís just the one thing, Baby
Before weíre through
Why you wanna be that way? Why you wanna be that way?
Never in all my days have I loved a woman so hard to please

One last thing, Honey
Before we move on
Try cominí back to Daddy
When youíre full grown
Never in all my days, never in all my days
Never in all my days have I loved a woman so hard to please


Bad Bad Pain
(Duwayne Burnside)
Luther Dickinson:ďDuwayne was with us for Polaris and really helped bring Polaris to life.Ē
When I was cominí up, had a bad, bad pain
I just didnít realize, hard to explain
Iím telliní all you people cannot see what the blues goiní on inside of me

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, thought it would ease my pain
As time went by, things werenít the same
Iím telling all you people (open your eyes) cannot see (realize) what the blues goiní on inside of me
(inside of me)

Iím telling all you people (open your eyes) cannot see (realize) what the blues goiní on inside of me


Polaris
(Cody Dickinson)
Luther Dickinson: Cody was really a driving force on many of the songs off the record. Having Cody there sort of took the load off when it came to writing. It was great because we could and do encourage and challenge each other. Now when we're out on the road we write together.

Cody Dickinson: Polaris came a long way. I was writing that song while we were making the record. I wrote the music on piano at Ardent [Studio in Memphis] when I was mixing Luceroís Tennessee. We were working in the control room and in the cutting room, thereís a nice grand piano. And Iíd go in there from time to time and play piano just to clear my head. And I started to write that music there. Then I realized I could make it the title track, so I just jumped on it. And the lyrics there, they have a very definite meaning to me. Thereís a bit of irony in what Iím trying to say. Itís about people that I meet on tour. Being an entertainer, we meet a staggering number of people. Some become good friends and some you just donít like at all. First impressions really become an art in what I do. Thatís what that songís about. Itís about the people that come and go and the people that stick with you. And in another way, itís just about a girl. Polaris could just be a girls name, in a very simple straightforward way.

Close your eyes, make the world disappear
Dance with me, weíre the only ones here
Canít believe itís time to leave, I donít want to be alone
Never say you should have known

Good-time girl, fair-weather friend
You rode in on a whirlwind
So good to see you again
Good-time girl, fair-weather friend
Fare thee well, my friend

The sun is burning the world is turning
Stars falling from the sky
Sometimes in the summer I wonder why
Flowers and trees turn brown and grow green
Somethings Iíll never know
I know that somethings are not what they seem

Good-time girl, fair-weather friend
You been ridin' a whirlwind
So good to see you again
Good-time girl, fair-weather friend
Fair-weather friend

Turn me on all night long
Girl, you are so intense
I look in your eyes I can read your mind
But you still donít make any sense

(alternate lyrics:
throw your pearls to the swine
they get convered in it
don't be surprised if your well runs dry
when you thought it would never quit)


Good-time girls, fair-weather friends
You rode out on a whirlwind
Where did you go, where have you been?
Good-time girls, fair-weather friends

You are, you are
You are a fair-weathered friend
So good to see you again
Fare thee well, my friend


Time For The Sun To Rise
(Earl King Johnson)
Cody Dickinson:I did a lot of recording of vocals on tour, in various hotel rooms and even in the van. Like Sun Rise and some of Otay those performances were in our Ford van parked outside the club before the show."
Sunrise, why must you go so soon?
Sunrise, you donít soothe me like the moon.
Last night as I lie sleeping I had a dream of a place untold
Where you never see people weeping
Thereís no war or greed for gold
Itís a place where love can unfold
But by the time my dream is in drive, itís time for that old sun to rise

Sunrise, always catch me by surprise
Sunrise, on the horizon beneath the sky
Iím always returning to Loveland
Itís a name I heard some fella say
It was there I found me a loviní hand
But each time I just couldnít stay
And that lady I met fades away
By the time I find my prize, itís time for the sun to rise

Sunrise, sunrise

Iím always returning to reality from a place of love and peace
There is one thing for sure that ainít no fantasy
Is the place I want to be
And my girl waits there for me
By the time I find my prize, itís time for the sun to rise

Sunrise, sunrise


Be So Glad
(Dickinson/Chew/Duwayne and Cody Burnside)
Iíll be so glad when the sun goes down (when the sun goes down)
Iíll be so glad when the sun goes down (when the sun goes down)
Thereís a rainbow around my shoulder, ainít gonna rain on me (ainít gonna rain on me)
Thereís a rainbow around my shoulder, ainít gonna rain on me (ainít gonna rain on me)

And Iíll be so glad when the sun goes down
[be so glad when the sun goes down, when the sun goes down]

I ainít all that sleepy but I wanna lie down (I wanna lie down)
I ainít all that sleepy but I wanna lie down (I wanna lie down)
I wanna lay down now baby, I wanna lie down (I wann lie down)
I ainít all that sleepy but I wanna lie down

Well Iíll be so glad when the sun goes down
[be so glad when the sun goes down, when the sun goes down]

Oh when the moon begins to shine
Rain like silver, shine like gold

Rap: yeah right, but Iíll try my best
[B-U-R-N-S-I-D-E wanna be
xxxxxxxxxx
help my bub, but donít you know why I wanna be so glad when the sun goes down
make a liviní when I was out
The North Mississippi Allstars would I really be claiming it in
Donít you know Iím really banging this thing in gated to win
Represent by David Malone up in the Parchman right now it really be his home
But now you know when we come back on the set
Donít you know we be banging Iíll be so glad when the sun goes down
Cause my head be ringing, huh, Itís kinda how when you are hit on the prison yard
Beating and making a living for these fucking guards]


Well I made you a liviní when I was free
Iím in a world of trouble you wanna write to me

Well Iíll be so glad when the sun goes down
[be so glad when the sun goes down, when the sun goes down]

[now what?]


Goin' Home
(Dickinson/Chew/Burnside)
Instrumental


Luther Dickinson: You never really know when a song is going to come to you, maybe during sound check, or maybe on the busÖ you never can tell. We never try and force our songs in one direction or another. For Polaris, the majority of those songs came when I was on the road. But really, everything you do influences your writing. Sometimes, when you are a little sleep deprived, your barriers come down a little, and the feelings can just escape, and those feelings can become great songs.