Bonfire to Ash

by Porter Nickerson

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released November 3, 2016

The Band:
Carmen Nickerson: Lead & Backing Vocals, Percussion
Willy Porter: Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Zev Katz: Acoustic and Electric Bass
Ben Wisch: Acoustic and Electric Piano, Organ and Harmonium
Ben Wittman: Drums & Percussion

Guest Musicians:
Dave Adler: Wurlitzer Piano on “Old Red Barn”
Mai Bloomfield: Cello on “Plant a Garden” and “I Need You”
Knox Chandler: Electric Guitar on “Wasting Time” and “If You Stay”
Sean Williamson: Lap Steel on “Living Proof” and “Loving on Her Mind”

Produced by Ben Wisch & Porter Nickerson
Recorded by Ben Wisch
Additional Recording by Willy Porter
Mixed by Ben Wisch
Recorded & Mixed at Ben’s House and Dog Tracks
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian, NYC
Art Direction & Visual Design by Anjl Rodee, Lucky Dime Design
Photos by Lois Bielefeld Photography, Barn show photos by Rob Steffan
All photos used by permission

Management: Chris Webb at JAMNManagement
Booking: Adam Bauer & Amanda Slaybaugh at Madison House
UK Booking Agency: Nikki Woodhead at imageacoustic,
nikki@imageacoustic.com
Legal: Wofford Denius, Esq. Los Angeles, CA
PR: Sheila Moeschen UK PR: James H Soars

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Twitter: @WillyPorter
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All songs written by Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson.
©℗ 2016 Porter Nickersongs / ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: Old Red Barn
I smell the earth & the scent lingers
Feel the midday sun on my skin
Glass is sweating between your fingers
Come on baby, you’re reeling me in
Paint’s going to peel on the old red barn
Sirens will moan, sound the alarm
Your hand brushes up against my arm
Nothing in the world could do me harm
I see your face and all the tension goes slack
When you reach for the sun, it reaches right back
When you reach for the sun, it reaches right back
There’s an invisible hand, at the helm
Leaning into the shade of this old Dutch elm
Taking a nap, to the sound of your heart
There’s plenty of time darling, before it gets dark
Paint’s going to peel…
Pull down the shades before it gets too hot
Paint’s going to peel on the old red barn
Sirens will moan, sound the alarm
your hand brushes up against my arm
nothing in the world could do me harm
I see your face and all the tension goes slack
When you reach for the sun it reaches right back
When you reach for the sun
Come on reach for the sun
I want to reach for the sun
It reaches right back
Track Name: Plant A Garden
We all live in a big dome
Fuzzy little creatures set out to roam
We dance around like puppets who won’t cut the string
Like cancer kills the host, we destroy everything
I wanna plant a garden in the sun
Wheels keep spinning and spinning around
But there’s a better way I’ve found
I’m gonna take these seeds and plant them in the ground
And stop spinning and spinning around
You can modify, but love still wins
You can change the form, but Mother Nature steps in
After all the trees are gone & there are no birds in the sky
Your granddaughter's gonna take your hand and
Look you in the eye and say
I wanna plant a garden…
When the water covers this land again
We’ll climb aboard the garbage scow
The flotilla of trash we’ve thrown away
That’ll be our new home now
Like Noah sailed for 40 days
We’ll climb on two by two
There won’t be any animals left
It’ll just be me & you
Track Name: I Need You
I’ve been dreaming and the dream never lets me down
The air feels heavy when I awake like the angel won’t come around
Where should I go?
With this heart that won’t keep time on its own
This kick drum needs a bass line
I need you
There’s a river that flows from everywhere
If I listen I can see it electric on the air
You see it all
To you it all makes sense trust is the only option
The one true covenant
I Need You
Need your smile to look forward to bridge the miles, to pull me through
When all is lost in the weeds you have all the light that I need
Track Name: Living Proof
He came home from Korea, left his boots outside the door
A soldier changes clothes, but he can’t wash off the war
If he had his demons, he kept them to himself
Farming 18-hour days to put food up on our shelves
So don’t say it can’t be done,
Because I know that isn’t true
My father didn’t give up,
and I am living proof
My brothers all played football
After their chores and homework
Mama kept the books at the grain exchange
& we all sang in church
I don’t know how she did it,
Cooked three meals and raised 6 kids
People think the world owes them something,
My mama never did
So don’t say it can’t be done,
Because I know that isn’t true
My father didn’t give up,
and I am living proof
Sister, I’ll leave a light on for you
Brother, don’t let them bury your truth
The Northern Lights keep shining down even when
I can’t see through
I know you’ll never give up
And I’ll never give up on you
We are living proof
Living proof that love sustains us,
Living proof that love survives
That we’ll find safe passage
Through the darkness in our lives
It takes more than me and you
These sweet fields of St. Ansgar
Hold the seeds of my soul
I see my sister in the kitchen
As she pulls the window closed
My father smiles and waves,
Parks the tractor for the night
Tomorrow they’ll do it all again,
Be up before first light
So don’t say it can’t be done,
The sun is rising soon
You’re not the only one,
I’m right here with you
So don’t say it can’t be done,
Because I know that isn’t true
Those before us didn’t give up
And we are living proof
Track Name: Echo Of Love
I’m skating by myself staring down through the clear
Laying down & waiting for the stars to appear
You seem to want to be everywhere but here
How could so little love hurt so much?
I’ve been wounded angry at the slow speed of grace
I screamed in the mirror at my own reflected face
Tried to take credit for my role in this play
But our little run on Broadway is a bust
Oh I can’t explain what became of us
14-dollar flowers in a vase by the door
Dry gone-grey petals are scattered on the floor
We both walk by not seeing, not hearing anymore
Someone has to bend to pick them up
Maybe I should be the one to stand up and say
When the dream was broken
I left the pieces where they lay
But my voice has been stolen
And my hands feel like clay
When silence is all I can offer up
I can’t explain what became
I can’t explain what became of us
I want to reach across this room,
but my hands are tied
I hear the echo of love in the back of my mind
I took a walk down today to our secret place
I thought I saw the ghost of love,
I thought I saw your face
In the long willow branches as they bent in the breeze
Made my heart feel so full of rust
If this illusion ever lets me go
I’ll forgive myself as the sun melts the snow
There is no absolution in the echo of love
Just freedom from shadows in the dusk
I can’t explain what became of us
Track Name: Wasting Time
Reach for the window
Open the good in yourself
See diamonds around you
In everyone else
Sometimes you can hear it
Silence of wings on the wind
Withdraw your resistance
And let my love in
Sometimes we’re all lazy and crazy and tired
But you’re wasting time, Trying to find
A sweet summer mystic
To help you forget the past
You’ll shed your old skin once again
But the healing won’t last
Passion burns quickly from bonfire to ash
When you’re wasting time Looking behind
Sometimes I wonder how far you can bend
Before you break
Look me in the eye darling you know
I’ll be here as long as it takes
Wind in the wires
Sings as it sighs
Reminds us of lovers we knew
They never told you that you were a star
So stop wasting time
Learning your lines
So stop wasting time
Maybe it’s crazy, I still want to try
Track Name: In Bloom
Like mud on God’s feet, a heart leaves no trace
Heart knows no boundaries of time or space
A lost poet soldier alone in the field
My heart will keep on fighting--
no gun and no shield
My heart won’t be denied
No my heart won’t be denied tonight
In the face of danger,
in the wake of regret
Heart flows unabated,
drinking this breath
Everything your body does,
my heart wants to feel
My mind can’t deny
what my heart knows is real
My heart won’t be denied
No my heart won’t be denied tonight
Heart will build a castle, heart will tear it down
Heart’s a broken compass lying on the ground
All of the things I thought I knew
They only prove that I’m a fool
My heart is trying to see this through
But in my mind I haven’t got a clue
It’s all in season; it’s all in bloom
You walk into the room, there’s a buzz in my ear
Up high in a frequency only dogs can hear
Everything your body does, my heart wants to feel
My mind can’t deny what my heart knows is real
All of the things I thought I knew
They only prove that I’m a fool
Everything’s different around you
My heart is trying to see this through
But in my mind I haven’t got a clue
It’s all in season; it’s all in bloom
It’s all in bloom
Track Name: Loving On Her Mind
She says she loves you, her eyes are warm but tired Like she’s been
walking on a wire and talking to the sky As far as I can see, you act like
you don’t care Like some strip-club millionaire, but a woman like her is rare
We both know she’s not the cheating kind She’s tired of this roller coaster ride
She’s got loving on her mind
Loving on her mind Her eyes are walking all over this bar Loving on her mind
She’s flirting on the dance floor
Sara left with the car You better show up, she’s starting to unwind
She’s got loving on her mind
I know you’re hurting, you’ll get another job but you’ll never break free Sleeping ’til noon smoking weed,
living in the land of make-believe. What are you afraid of?
Track Name: Earthquake
You don’t want my whole heart
Just the easy part
You say let’s keep it easy just for a while
You say it with a smile
And I’m ok for a while
Sooner or later the truth has got to come out
I should’ve seen through you
Should’ve been wide awake
Before you hit I should’ve felt the earthquake
Because you don’t want my whole heart.
Don’t want the damaged part
You’re no mechanic
You’re not going to make no repairs
You want to drive it off the lot
You want the part that revs and runs hot
You want to lay in the tall grass, I guess that’s ok baby.
But hey--
I Should have seen through you
Should’ve seen the faults and all the breaks
Before you hit I should’ve felt the earthquake
Let’s burn baby burn baby all night long
Come on burn baby burn baby all night long
I want to burn rubber baby to the light of dawn
Because I Know you don’t want my whole heart
I should have seen through you
I should have seen the faults and all of the breaks
I should’ve known better than that
Oh well, what can I say?
You don’t want my whole heart, just the easy part
You don’t want my whole heart,
Just the part that revs and runs hot
Everything’ll be fine, don’t want to hear about it
Ain't got time for that now, don’t want to hear about it
I just want to feel good, don’t want to care about it
You don’t want my whole heart
I ain’t got time for that now
Track Name: If You Stay
Summer had gone, she put leaves in the gutter
and an old car out on the front lawn
I watched you move in with your bike and your boxes
I dropped the tray when you answered your door
Such a long road all the way from Ohio
I caught the outline of your face in the window
I don’t think my heart can beat any faster
There’s no way I can’t see you now
Watching the sun rise and fall
from your window
Baklava in a four poster bed
The moon keeping time with
your body & mine
I remember every word that you said
Why did you go to her?
I don’t know why
You pushed me away
Biggest mistake of my life
It took years for me to trust myself
When you left me here for someone else
It takes more then words to make this girl believe
Are you ok? I can’t hide that from you
Can’t hide that from you
Does she still have a hold?
No, we’re through
I remember when I was the only one
It’s been a long night, I’ve come a long way
I think it’s all right if you still wanna stay
I think it’s all right if you stay
Why did you take so long?
Track Name: Sign
All these habits, creatures they keep
We’re all slaves to potions, slaves to sleep
When I wake up, I’m going to dance a jig
Uncork the poison and take a swig
If it’s love you want, I’ll give you some
But don’t take it girl, then turn and run
Because the morning light against your face
Is the prettiest sign I’ve seen of grace
You’re the prettiest sign I’ve seen of grace
Help me out, I’m falling
Pick me up, the wild wind’s calling
There’s still time to feel something, that’s true
All these fables & all these facts
I try to run, but they pull me back
Though the lines across my face are real
I got a brand new heart going to crack the seal
Help me out, I’m falling
Pick me up, the wild wind’s calling
There’s still time to feel something, that’s true
Honey I do, I do, I do believe in you
I do, I do believe
I do believe in you, I do I do, I do believe
Oh Whippoorwill, don’t let go of me
I feel your song across the breeze
Few have seen, but I believe
You’ll show yourself to me help me out, I’m falling
Pick me up, the wild wind’s calling
There’s still time to feel something, that’s true
Honey I do, I do, I do believe in you
I do, I do believe I do believe in you, I do In you