The Golden West

by Gayle Skidmore

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Skeletons for songs 1-4 and 6-10 recorded at Ninkasi Studios in Eugene, OR, fueled by the marvelous tap right outside the studio, by the infamous James Book. That means "really famous." More recording and magic for these songs happened at legendary studio Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, CA, and Singing Serpent Studios in San Diego, CA.

Engineered and produced by James Book in Eugene, OR, and Joshua Tree, CA.

Additional engineering by Hayden Scott in Joshua Tree, CA.

"Hourglass," "Only Ever You," "Honey Bee," "Pale Ghosts," and "Beautiful Soul" edited by Ben Moore. Strings for "Pale Ghosts" and "Only Ever You" engineered by Ben Moore. Drums on "Beautiful Soul" edited by Ben Moore in addition to very minimal production on these 5 songs.

Track 5, "Long Way Home," engineered and produced by Phlip Coggins at Amusement Park Recording Studio in Lubbock, TX, in the middle of the night on a whim. Additional production and general spacey goodness by Brandon O'Connell.

All songs edited by Brett Wagner, my high school prom date and a very talented fellow.

Strings for "Hourglass," "The Golden West," "HoneyBee," "Beautiful Soul," engineered by Jason Begin. String parts for "Hourglass," "The Golden West," "Beautiful Soul" and "Only Ever You" composed tediously by hand by Gayle Skidmore. Strings for "Honey Bee" and "Pale Ghosts" were a collaboration in studio between the wondrously talented Marta Blalock and Erdis Maxhelaku, and their friend Gayle Skidmore.

Additional production on all songs by Brandon O'Connell, with fun ideas thrown in here and there by Gayle Skidmore. Additional engineering by Brandon O'Connell.
Mixed by the tireless Brandon O'Connell at Singing Serpent Studios in San Diego, CA. Mastered for Vinyl, iTunes and CD by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering in Burbank, CA.

©2016 Gayle L. Skidmore-Teeuwen.
www.GayleSkidmore.com.
Publishing by Sea Boot Café Publishing via ASCAP.
Released by Raincoat Records. www.raincoatrecords.com.
With eternal thanks to Ninkasi Brewing. www.NinkasiBrewing.com.

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released April 7, 2017

All songs written and performed by Gayle Skidmore.

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Gayle Skidmore San Diego, California

Seven-time San Diego Music Award nominee Gayle Skidmore has written over 2000 songs since she began songwriting at the age of 8. She just won Best Pop in the 2015 San Diego Music awards, and her latest album and coloring book, “Sleeping Bear,” won Best Pop Album in 2014. She won Best Singer-Songwriter in the 2013 San Diego Music Awards, and her song "Paper Box" was featured on HBO's "Looking." ... more

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Track Name: Pale Ghosts
Pale ghosts are dancing on my windowsill
I’m close to turning on the light
But as I walk the room I hear a whippoorwill
I let them dance again tonight

If I didn’t need to miss you, I could dig a deeper grave
I could press the earth down hard enough to keep the ghosts away

Pale ghosts are dancing on my windowsill
I watch stars flicker though their skin
In smoke and shadow they are wandering to find their bodies once again

If I didn’t need to miss you, I could dig a deeper grave
I could press the earth down hard enough to keep the ghosts away

Could I be strong enough to say goodbye again
And let the morning creep back in

If I didn’t need to miss you, I could dig a deeper grave
I could press the earth down hard enough to keep the ghosts away

If I didn’t have to miss you
Track Name: Beautiful Soul
I’ve never been good at speaking my mind
Delicate words are so hard to find
But I’ll try my best at letting you know
I’m in love with your beautiful soul

I’ve always been scared to say what I mean
I’ve been racking my brain for a way to come clean
So I’ll gather my wits, find courage and, oh—
I’m in love with your beautiful soul

And I can’t wait to hear what you say
Either way
I keep loving you more every day

So it may come out strange and it may come out slow
I may use words that have been used before
But I’m trying my best at letting you know
I’m in love with your beautiful soul
I’m in love with your beautiful soul
Track Name: The Golden West
Tear me away from this mess of a day
I’m gonna leave through my window, fly away
I’ll build a ladder to the sky
I’m gonna leave this all behind
Forget every worried word I’ve said
Just forget

And bury all we’ve put to rest in the golden west
In the golden west
Let’s bury all we put to rest in the golden west
In the golden west

I’ll watch the tides turn from above
Nothing can reach us here, my love
Beyond every turn we took to run
We were always scared of leaving
One eye watching our own back
Now let’s bury our mistakes and leave no trace
Under the Sun

And bury all we’ve put to rest in the golden west
In the golden west
Let’s bury all we put to rest in the golden west
In the golden west

Every answer that I never wanted
Every single question I should not have asked
Every dream that should have never been thwarted
All the, all the love that didn’t last

Let’s bury all we’ve put to rest in the golden west
In the golden west
Let’s bury all we put to rest in the golden west, in the golden west
Track Name: Hourglass
I remember when we were young
When everything had just begun
Our hopes were in the sky, our heads held high
I remember first feeling alive in the heat of a summer night
Our hearts were racing; our minds were chasing them

Don’t waste it, don’t let it slip by
Don’t waste it, don’t let it slip by
We’re running out of time

I remember when life was new; our love was pure and true
Our faith was sure and strong, and we knew that we belonged
The colors we could see, just ahead and through the trees,
Had yet to be named; our future was unclaimed

Don’t waste it, don’t let it slip by
Don’t waste it, don’t let it slip by
We’re running out of time

I remember when we were free, watching fireflies in the trees
Our sights were on the sky knew that we’d never die

I remember when we believed
Calling out from on our knees
Never doubting we’d survive
We were glad just to be alive

Don’t waste it, don’t let it slip by
Don’t waste it, don’t let it slip by
We’re running out of time

Don’t waste it, don’t let it slip by
Don’t waste it, don’t let it slip by
We’re running out of time
Track Name: Long Way Home
Wherever we go we carry the weight of the world in tow
We’re trying to find a river to wash away our crimes
But all we see is what we already know
It’s dangerous ahead and it’s a long way home

The road that we run is riddled with snares and tempests that blow
The sky has grown dark up ahead
And the mountains are buried in snow
I’ll carry you if you cannot go on

It’s dangerous ahead and the road is long

And time keeps ticking, slipping away
Will we make it through the day?
I’ll do my best to carry the weight
And help you escape

And all we see is what we already know
It’s dangerous ahead and it’s a long way home
Track Name: How to Let You Go
When thinking’s just too much
And drinking’s lost its touch
What do I do to bury you?
The liar behind your teeth
He made a fool of me
How did we get from A to Z?

Somebody tell me, oh how to let you go

The tintype photograph
The lazy epitaph
The locket where I kept our past
Remind me of why I bled
A proof of the life we led
In burning, each a tiny death

Somebody tell me, oh how to let you go

Your ghost is rattling bones in the back of my mind
Smoking cigarettes with the windows closed
And drinking all of my wine
Your ghost is rattling chains inside of my head
Just to keep good time
And make sure I don’t forget

Somebody tell me, oh how to let you go
Somebody tell me, oh how to let you go
Track Name: Honey Bee
Melodies floating in the sky like a honeybee
Lazily they fly on this perfect day
Memories of sadness are so far away
All we have is gladness

Stand by me
Tell me that you’ll fix me if I suddenly break into a million pieces
Stand by me; tell me that you’ll give me everything I need
Tell me that you’ll never leave

In the sun, freckling our skin, reminding us to love
Every day we’re in
And if we while away every blessed hour this way
Life will be everything we want it to be

Stand by me
Tell me that you’ll fix me if I suddenly break into a million pieces
Stand by me; tell me that you’ll give me everything I need
Tell me that you’ll never leave

Holiday by the sea, just you and me, you and me
The night pours stars over me to wash away my bad dreams
Stay with me, stay with me

Stand by me
Tell me that you’ll fix me if I suddenly
Break into a million pieces
Stand by me
Tell me that you’ll give me everything I need
Tell me that you’ll never leave
Track Name: Moving On
Throw back a whisky
I’m feeling fine
Shake off my demons for tonight
Too much time wasted and it’s no surprise
That baby, I’m moving on

I’m moving on, I’m moving on
I’m moving on, I’m moving on
I spent a long, long time on lies
But now, baby, I’m moving on

No complications, no foolish games
Bloodied my hands on love’s remains
I’m gonna leave you if it’s all the same
Now, baby, I’m moving on


I’m moving on, I’m moving on
I’m moving on, I’m moving on
I spent a long, long time on lies
But now, baby, I’m moving on

I’m moving on, I’m moving on
I’m moving on, I’m moving on
I spent a long, long time on lies
But now, baby, I’m moving on

I’m moving on, I’m moving on
I’m moving on, I’m moving on
I spent a long, long time on lies
But now, baby, I’m moving on
Track Name: The Hallows
In the hallowed light of dawn
We can see the shadow
Of the ones who’ve gone before, dancing on the meadow

To the weary dirge they waltz
None of them returning
Marching on a darkening road
Out of memory hurrying

While we draw these fleeting breaths
And we crave an answer
Always toward the edge we march
Flowing ever faster

In the twilight we shall float
Ever down the river
Death will come to steal us all
Making life a widow

Though the days are hastening on
And our hearts are burning
“Peace, be still”
I hear him say
“I’m waiting at the turning,
I’m waiting at the turning”
Track Name: Only Ever You
If you had said, “There’s nothing after this”
If you had told me that was our last kiss
How could I go?
How could I leave you there?
I’ve always known how much I really cared
There was only ever you
There was only ever you
There was only ever you

Love; I’ll never know another love
I can’t believe that’s it for us
We’ll never get a second chance
We’ll never get a first dance
Oh no, no, no
I hope you know
There was only ever you
There was only ever you
There was only ever you

Time will go on, and never grow and never stop
And never give us what we want
It is a prison for our hearts that without walls keeps us apart

I hope you know there was only ever you
There was only ever
There was only ever you