Wild Iris

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credits

released April 19, 2016

Kate Mullikin: Vocals on all tracks
Bryan Shelton: Guitar on all tracks
Elliott Kay: Mandolin on track 3
Lucas Heinel: Percussion on tracks 1, 2, 4-7, 10, 11, 13
Kai Kopecky: Bass on tracks 1-6, 8, 10, 11, 13
Ben Lila: Banjo on tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11
Phil Brezina: Fiddle on tracks 1, 2, 4
Jamie Coffis: Hammond Organ on tracks 2, 13
Andy Zenczak: Harmonica on tracks 7, 8, 13
& baritone guitar on track 6
Barry Phillips: Cello on track 6
Samuel Curtis: Piano on track 5

Produced, engineered and mixed by Andy Zenczak at Gadgetbox Recording Studio in Santa Cruz, CA.
Assisted by Jason Hatfield.

Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering in Phoenix, AZ.

Cover photography by Effie Benjamin Potter

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Wild Iris Santa Cruz, California

Wild Iris is an acoustic mix of musical genres. Guitarist Bryan Shelton's folksy picking style along with Kate Mullikin's evocative lyrics and smokey vocals make their duo a fresh listening experience.

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Track Name: Mine All Mine
Well, I started doing nothing
There all by myself
Started thinking something
That created something else
And it was mine, mine all mine
That thought was mine, mine all mine

Then I started feeling happy
I started feeling fine
Cause I’d figured out that thing
I made was truly mine all mine
Yes it was mine, mine all mine
That thought was mine, mine all mine

So I ran away to nowhere
Far out beyond the crowds
I sang my song to someone
I sang it right out loud
And it was mine, Mine all mine
That song was mine, Mine all mine

The tempo of the time
These thoughts inside my mind
The love I’ve yet to find
Will soon be mine
Yes mine all mine

See I keep on dreaming of you
For your hand, I pine
I’ve realized I love you
Your heart is my design
May it be mine? Mine all mine
Can it be mine? Mine all mine

Well I ran away to find you
Chills ran down my spine
As I crept up right up behind you
And I asked you to be mine
Will you be mine? Mine all mine
Say you’ll be mine, mine all mine

The tempo of the time
These thoughts inside my mind
The love I’ve yet to find
Is surely mine
Yes mine all mine!
Track Name: Keys
Finished the party in a fog
My pint had long since lost its frost
Wandered the compound like a dog
Just searching for the keys that I had lost

When I found them in the freezer
That’s when my ol’ friend shook her head
Said I‘d be staying just to please her
Went outside looking for my ride instead

And when I found it on that back street
I stumbled blindly to my car
As I fell fast into that driver’s seat
I knew I wouldn’t drive too far...

Put the keys in the ignition
And turned that radio full blast
It was my drunken intuition
That set my weary head down on that dash

Put the keys in the ignition
Fell asleep there in that seat behind the wheel
I didn’t even ask permission
I always act exactly as I feel

The next day when my friends had found me
Oh they were so relieved to see I’d stayed
They came and circled all around me
They thought I might have driven to my grave

When my friends had finally found me
They were so over-joyed to see I’d stayed
They wrapped their loving arms around me
They thought I might had driven to my grave

I put the keys in the ignition
I turned that radio full blast
My night had come to its fruition
My dreams of driving myself home had passed

I put the keys in the ignition
I fell asleep there in that seat behind the wheel
I didn’t even ask permission
I always act exactly as I feel
Track Name: Getting Home is Getting Harder Every Day
Woke up on the floor
Crawled up to the door
Pushed myself into the light
I could not retrace
My steps unto this place
No familiar face in sight

I need to find my own direction
I got no cards in hand to play
I’ll take the path of introspection
Getting home is getting harder every day

Tried to take a bus
Got my numbers crossed
Found myself lost on the tracks
Strangers point the way
Soul in disarray
I’m too far gone now to get back

I need to find my own direction
I got no cards in hand to play
I choose the path of introspection
Getting home is getting harder every day

Some say that home is where the heart is
Can’t seem to locate mine right now
Seems to me the toughest part is
knowing where to look and learning how

I need to find my own direction
I got no cards left now to play
My path’s the path of introspection
Getting home is getting harder every day

Wound up on a train
Whirring through the rain
People chatter, this and that
Remember what we had
Times when we were glad
Your bed side rose is in my hat

I’ve got to find my own direction
I got no cards in hand to play
My path’s the path of introspection
Getting home is getting harder every day
Track Name: Wild Iris
Wild Iris is weeping
As she walks through the pines
She’s grieving her father
Who died in the mines
She’s missing her mother
Who’s gone like the wind and
She’s thinking ‘bout freedom
Survival and sin

Wild Iris is waking
At the break of the dawn
She’s aching for her lover
Who’s been gone too long
She dances with heartbreak
Just like it’s a friend and
She wishes tomorrow
Might not come again

Wild Iris is waiting
At the top of the hill
She’s mixing the moonshine
That flows through her still
And all those lost souls
With their hours to kill
Come to sip from her spirit
At the top of the hill

Wild Iris is waning
By the light of the moon
She’s thinking about packing and
Leaving real soon
She whispers her sorrows
Out into the sky and
She waits on somebody
To tell her goodbye

Wild Iris is waltzing
At the edge of the night
She’s searching for something
To make her soul right
She’s picking the flowers
That gave her her name
But no one can pick her
She’ll never be tame
Track Name: What I'll Find
WHAT I’LL FIND

Today’s my day to take the time
Smell the roses on the vine
Sip the sun as I wake up and
Taste the tea that’s in my cup
Disconnect the world wide web and
Focus on my world instead
Leave my nightmares in my bed and
Welcome dreams inside my head

When I give my thoughts
Some good intention
Take today one moment at a time
I wonder what I’ll find...

Won’t worry over come what may
I’ll go out and enjoy the day
Do my job, I’ll do it right
No need to fuss, no need to fight
Put down my phone and read the light
That’s glowing from the moon at night
Troll through my town and greet the beat
From all the buskers in the street

I’ll cross my bridges as I come to them
Pause in the middle for a view
Take all my wishes and I’ll toss them in
Not expecting that they all are coming true

I’ll heed the music as it comes to me and
Let my words spill out in time
Gain inspiration from good company and
When the rhythm conjures up a rhyme
I wonder what I’ll find...

I’ll make a pact with my own self
To go and help somebody else
Spread some cheer and share a smile
Release my ego for a while
Let go of fear, let go of hate
Latch on to something to create
Use all the gifts I’ve got for good and
Be the person that I should

When I’m not in awe
I’m not paying attention
When I stop wasting all my time
I wonder what I’ll find...
Track Name: I'm Done
I'M DONE

I’m done with this
Yeah I’m done with me
Being someone I don’t want to be and
I’m done with trying hard to stop
Done with dodging till I drop
I’m done with this and
I’m done with you
Pretending you know what to do
Telling me to do it too
I’m done, I’m done, I’m done
I’m done
My dear I’m outta here, I’m done
Yes I said I’m done
So stick a fork in me, I’m done

I’m done with this
Yeah I’m done with sad
I’m also done with feeling bad
Cause you’re the one that makes me mad
I’m done, I’m done, I’m done
I’m done with this
Yeah I’m done with you
Pretending that you’re hurt and blue
And making me feel guilty too
I’m done, I’m done, I’m done

I’m walking out on all those words
You think I need to hear
And all your hyped-up stories
Of those messed up yesteryears
And you can’t even stop me
With your histrionic tears
Because I’m done with you my dear
I’m outta here I’m done

I’m done with this, yeah
I’m done with us
And I don’t need you to make a fuss
‘Bout all those broken promises
Those feelings we might mend
I’m done with this, yeah I’m done with us
Don’t need you to scream or cuss
‘Bout all those hours wasted for
Our time is at an end

I’m walking out on all those words
You think I need to hear
And all your hyped-up stories
Of our messed up yesteryears
And you can’t even stop me
With those histrionic tears
Because I’m done with you my dear
I’m outta here I’m done

I’m good as gone
Now don’t you call for me
Cuz I won’t come...

Yeah, I’m done with this
And I’m done with me
Being someone I’m not supposed to be
And I’m done with trying hard to stop
Done with dodging you ‘til I drop
Yeah, I’m done with this
I’m done with you
Pretending you know what to do
And then asking me to do it too
I’m done, I’m done, I’m done

I’m walking out on all those words
You think I need to hear
And all your messed up stories
Of our fucked up yesteryears
And you can’t even stop me
With those histrionic tears
Because I’m outta here my dear
I’m outta here I’m done

I’m done with this
Yeah, I’m done with us
And I don’t need you to make a fuss
‘Bout all those broken promises
Those those feelings we might mend
I’m done with this
Yeah I’m done with us
Don’t need you to scream or cuss
‘Bout all those hours wasted for
Our time is at an end.
Track Name: Phoenix
PHOENIX

Burst into flame when I hear your name
That sweet refrain heats up my brain
I’m rising from the ashes honey
Into that smokey sky above
Burst into flames and I feel that pain
You know what they say, “No pain, no gain”

Burst into flames. I hear your name
That sweet refrain heats up my brain
I’m rising from the ashes honey
Into that smokey sky above
Burst into flames
But I rise again cause I’m a
Phoenix for your love

You wandered over
Lit the fuse of my desire
You touched me once
You set my soul on fire

I can’t contain this precious flame
Always the same and you are to blame
I’m rising from the ashes honey
Into that smokey sky above

Burst into flames
But I rise again cause I’m a
Phoenix for your love

You wandered over
Lit the fuse of my desire
You kissed me once
You set my soul on fire

I can’t contain this precious flame
Always the same. You are to blame
I’m rising from the ashes honey
Into that smokey sky above

Burst into flames
I rise again cause I’m a
Phoenix for your love
Track Name: Lazy Daze
Hanging in a hammock
At a lazy river’s mouth
The afternoon is over
But it sure ain’t going south
You know I‘ll never quit my
Hammock-hanging ways
That’s because I love these
Slowdown lazy days

Slow down, low down lazy daze

Sittin’ on a jetty
At an open harbor’s door
The sunset may be over
But that sky glows more and more
You know I‘ll never quit my
Star-struck gazing ways
That’s because I love these
Slowdown lazy days

Slow down, low down lazy daze

Standing in the ocean
Sand beneath my toes
Looking at that pelican
Watching where it goes
You know I‘ll never quit my
Shorebird staring ways
That’s because I love these
Slowdown lazy days

Slow down, low down lazy daze

Strumming on a guitar
Making up a tune
Plucking on the mandolin
Singing night to noon
Ya know I’ll never quit my
Music making ways
That’s because I love these
Slowdown lazy days

Slow down, low down lazy daze
Track Name: Those American Spirit Blues
Coasting down the Lost Coast. Yeah, that’s the coast I like the most. Coasting down the Lost Coast. Oh, that’s the coast I like the most. Headin’ to San Francsco with absolutely nothing to do. I met this hippie guitarist.
Smoked all of my American Sprit Blues

So I drove down to Sedona looking for some native song and dance. Drove down to Sedona hoping to find me some native song and dance. Went driving ‘cross that dessert. That sun looked just like a bruise. As it bounced off that new casino, I got those American Spirit Blues

So I ambled into Austin. I was hoping to put myself at ease. Ambled straight to Austin hoping to set my mind at ease. Then I got drunk on ol’ 6th street. There were too many sounds to choose. I got back in my Toyota pick-up with those American Spirit Blues.

So I rode on into Rosine, the birth place of Bill Monroe. Rode straight into Rosine. I was looking for the ghost of Bill Monroe. Yes I went where the grass was bluer, it just wasn’t a hue I’d choose. I guess I’m searching for something new, I’ve got those American Spirit Blues.

So I pushed on into Avalon searching hard for Hurt’s home. Pushed on into Avalon, Mississippi John Hurt’s home. You know that Mr. Mississippi had absolutely nothing to prove. He just played his own brand of music: Those American Spirit Blues.

I guess I gotta head back home. Maybe I should have never roamed. It’s about time I head back home. I’m so damn tired of being alone. Yes it’s time that I cruise on back to Santa Cruz. I hear there’s lots of happy people there with those American Spirit Blues.
Track Name: Blackberry Beer
Well I went to a fair on a mighty fine day
Saw your smiling face looking my way
Hoping and praying I could get you near
Started out pourin’ that blackberry beer
Oh blackberry beer, blackberry beer
I gotta stop drinking that blackberry beer

Well we closed down that fair on a very drunk night
Caressing and undressing in the queasy moonlight
You told me a story that I didn’t wanna hear
Why‘d I start drinking that blackberry beer?
Oh blackberry beer, blackberry beer
I gotta stop drinking that blackberry beer

You went and told me a story that
I didn’t wanna hear and that
Sticky little secret got stuck in my ear
I gotta walk around keeping it year after year
Oh man, you got me paranoid and racked with fear
Over that stupid little story I didn’t want to hear
I‘ve gotta stop drinking that blackberry beer

Oh we lumbered down the lane
‘Til we were out in the clear
I was feeling like I wanted to smack you dear
Was trying hard to snarl but I could barely sneer
Started crying out tears of blackberry beer
Blackberry beer, blackberry beer
I‘ve gotta stop drinking that blackberry beer

Cause you told me a story I didn’t wanna hear
That sticky little secret got stuck in my ear
I gotta walk around keeping it year after year
Oh man, you got me paranoid and racked with fear
Over that stupid little story I didn’t want to hear
I’ve gotta stop drinking that blackberry beer

So I’m awake in your bed on the very next day
wishing your smiling face would just go away
Hoping and a praying I can get outta here
I gotta stop drinking that blackberry beer
Oh blackberry beer, blackberry beer
I‘ve gotta stop drinking that -
Oh blackberry beer, blackberry beer
I‘ve gotta stop drinking that black berry
Blackberry beer, blackberry beer,
I‘ve gotta stop drinking that blackberry beer
Track Name: The First Time
Just now I saw you
The way that I saw you
The first time I laid eyes on you
Your hair in the bar light
Your hand I shook so tight
The first time I laid eyes on you

I wanted you right off
I tried hard to fight off
That yearning deep inside
I tried to pretend
I might just be a friend
But my love I couldn’t hide

And just now I saw you
The way that I saw you
The first time I laid eyes on you
Your body so slender
Your lips sweet and tender
The first time I laid eyes on you

I wanted you right off
I tried hard to fight off
That yearning in my heart
My spirit on fire
That instant desire
To never be apart

And just now I saw you
The way that I saw you
The first time I laid eyes on you
You were smiling so sweetly
And I loved you completely
The first time I laid eyes on you
Track Name: Fall Fell
Fall fell hard this year
Woke up in a puddle of tears
Flailing round and sinking down
Feeling like I’m bout to drown

Fall fell hard this year
Found myself in a funnel of fears
Spinning round and spilling down
Like that leaf that just hit the ground

Fall fell hard and I fell too
Why‘d I have to fall so hard for you?

Fall fell hard this year
Feeling like I’m slipping my gears
I‘m skidding round, I’m slowing down
Trying to roll myself out of this town

Fall fell hard and I fell too
Tell me why‘d I have to fall so hard for you?
Why‘d I have to fall so hard for you?
Why‘d I have to fall so hard for you?

Winter’s near and it’s damp and dark
Mope around searching for a spark
To light my way through the cutting cold
Ain’t getting nowhere but old
Ain’t getting nowhere but old

Fall fell hard this year
Ever since you went away dear
Since you left I feel like I’m dying
I spend my whole day lying around crying

Fall fell hard and I fell too
Tell me why‘d I have to fall so hard for you?
Why‘d I have to fall so hard for you?
Why‘d I have to fall so hard for you?

Fall fell hard and I fell too...
Track Name: Until The Sunrise
Lost inside the neon
Of a dance floor at a bar
Lies and smoke and mirrors
In the dash light of a car
I guess we’ve been roaming
But we didn’t get too far
Let’s wait until the sunrise

Wait until the sunrise
I think we’ll see the light
Wait until the sunrise
Our hearts will shine so bright
Don’t you even think of leaving
In the middle of the night
Wait until the sunrise

I’ve been searching through the darkness
For a sweeter hand to hold
Sifting through the shadows
For a heart that’s made of gold
Let’s just stop this wandering
Through the ruins of the road
And wait until the sunrise

Yes, wait until the sunrise
I think we’ll see the light
Wait until the sunrise
Our hearts will shine so bright
Don’t you even think of leaving
In the middle of the night, no
Wait until the sunrise

Now I’ve been a lot of places
Can’t tell you where or why
I’ve seen a lot of faces
But your’s lights up the sky
So stay with me tonight
And let me stare into your eyes
And wait until the sunrise

Wait until the sunrise
I know we’ll see the light
Wait until the sunrise
Our hearts will shine so bright
Don’t you even think of leaving
In the middle of the night, no no
Wait until the sunrise