Descendants of the Banjo Tree EP

by Knots on a String

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The debut demo EP from Twin Cities female folk group, Knots on a String. We want our music to be affordable so we can reach as many people as possible. If you can afford to pay more, please support us. Your contribution will help us fund our other exciting life adventures like bike trips, non-profit work, and travel abroad. Thanks for listening!

PS - Ramblin' Shoes and Tire Swing are available for free download. Snag 'em and spread the love!

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released August 14, 2012

Produced by Craig Sorenson at Soundworks Studios (Minneapolis, MN)

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Knots on a String Minneapolis, Minnesota

Knots on a String serve up an entree of folk with sides of groovy beets. Ghanaian hand drums pepper the plate with saucy stand-up bass, finger lickin' fiddle, buttery guitar, melt-in-your-mouth harmonica, and a serving of simmering vocals to tingle your taste buds. With organic compositions, reheated old favorites, and a healthy helping of humor, enjoy the homegrown buffet of five lively ladies! ... more

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Track Name: Ramblin' Shoes
Home ain't where the heart is no more
Home is just a roof and a door
In the middle of the city, in the middle of the block
I strap my ramblin' shoes on and I begin to walk

Even though I'm settled down, I still keep on ramblin' round
Even though I'm settled down, I still keep my ramblin' shoes on

We sing these songs at the back of the bus
The rhythm and the harmony are just enough
To keep us alive, to keep us awake
But when the last note rings out my heart begins to break

Even though I'm settled down, I still keep on ramblin' round
Even though I'm settled down, I still keep my ramblin' shoes on

Orion's in the sky tonight
I just hope his arrow is pointed right
It seems like things have begun to change
But I know they'll always remain the same

Even though I'm settled down, I still keep on ramblin' round
Even though I'm settled down, I still keep my ramblin' shoes on

Even though I'm settled down, I still keep on ramblin' round
Even though I'm settled down, I still keep my ramblin' shoes on
I still keep my ramblin' shoes on
I still keep my ramblin' shoes on
Track Name: Tire Swing
Two autumn skirts in the sun a-flowin'
Young spirits at play, old souls still growin'
Their shoes were left back in town, back in town
Their shoes were left back in town

Prairie grasses dance in time
Up on a hill a tree so fine
The tire swing spun all around, all around
The tire swing spun all around

Critters are busy in the oak so high
Gathering warmth as geese fly by
The ants go marching to the sound, to the sound
The ants go marching to the sound

Leaves they whisper ear to ear
Sail on down to be more near
Jump in a pile on the ground, on the ground
Jump in a pile on the ground

Leap frog laughs and stompin' feet
A sturdy soil to meet that beat
The earth rose up all around, all around
The earth rose up all around

Prairie grasses dance in time
Up on a hill a tree so fine
The tire swing spun all around, all around
The tire swing spun all around

Sun is setting, mama's supper calls
Papa's hanging up his overalls
The swing was left spinning round, spinning round
The swing was left spinning round
Track Name: Matt's Song
In the darkness of my room on a January night
We pull the covers up and we pretend to hide
It is cold enough to kill but we listen carefully
It sends shivers down my spine
You will change me

I'm off to cross this bridge myself, stepping softly on our wealth
'Cause this bridge ain't made of sticks and stones
No we built it out of solid gold
There is no wood that I can burn even to keep my tremblin' fingers warm
In the empty space that's all around
Even the big bad wolf can't blow it down
Even the big bad wolf can't blow it down
No, the big bad wolf can't blow it down
Track Name: Of Smelly Shirts and Dirty Hands
Sometimes you've got to load the car
Pack all in and drive it far
Keep the music up above the wind
Follow signs to Western lands
Of smelly shirts and dirty hands
Before the far gray sky descends

Like paper birds we float on air
Through tension high and sleep so rare
The "Lost Boys" bring us safely to the ground
Following the highway line
Calling deer and naming pines
It feels like home with Sopris looking down

Linda blows hard on the hard
The drunk man yells, we're rising stars
The Ragamuffins sing to passers-by
Beating drums and clicking spoons
Playing old, familiar tunes
We start to feel the Rocky Mountain high

The miles stop short
I still know what's going on
But the river fork
Reminds me that I ain't done nothing wrong
Oh, I ain't done nothing wrong

I could tell you 'bout the Pinyon Pine
Antlered elk and stopping time
But you will never know until you see
The Mushroom Rock so high above
Friendship strong and careless love
The cattle guard that makes us feel so free

Sometimes you've got to load the car
Pack all in and drive it far
Keep the music up above the wind
Follow signs to Western lands
Of smelly shirts and dirty hands
Before the far gray sky descends
Track Name: Eyes Wide Open
Keep your eyes wide open when you go
Keep your eyes wide open when you go
Keep your eyes wide open
There's a light 'round every corner
Keep your eyes wide open when you go

Keep your ears wide open when you go
Keep your ears wide open when you go
Keep your ears wide open
There's a song 'round every corner
Keep your ears wide open when you go

Keep your arms wide open when you go
Keep your arms wide open when you go
Keep your arms wide open
There's a friend 'round every corner
Keep your arms wide open when you go

Keep your heart wide open when you go
Keep your heart wide open when you go
Keep your heart wide open
There is love 'round every corner
Keep your heart wide open when you go
Track Name: Park Bench (demo)
I'm watching as their shoes pass
A face there, then it moves on past
As I sit here on this park bench for two
But it's just me and the world keeps rolling on

I watched you put your shoes on
Your face turned to an open door
Your candle lights a path just for one
Not it's just me and the world keeps rolling on

There's nothing that I'm bound to
So I'm leaving this park bench behind
I'm walking in a new pair of shoes
'Cause the world's wide and we all keep rolling on