Jonathan Byrd and The Sentimentals Live at Verkadefabriek

by Jonathan Byrd and The Sentimentals

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Jonathan Byrd and The Sentimentals recorded live at The Blue Room Sessions in Verkadefabriek in den Bosch, the Netherlands

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released 19 February 2015

Jonathan Byrd - guitar and vocal
MC Hansen - guitar and vocal
Jacob Chano - drums
Nikolaj Wolf - bass

audio and video recorded by Wim Voets
mixed live to stereo by Stefan Mohrmann
show presented by Paul Smits
cover photo by Monique Nuijten
Mother Tongue album cover design by Inger-Louise Wolf Tjønehøj

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Jonathan Byrd Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“One of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years. ” — Chicago Tribune

“...a folk singer with the heart of a rock 'n' roll band.” — K. Oliver, Free Times.

Preacher's kid, Gulf war Navy veteran, seventh-generation North Carolinian, guitar flatpicker, award-winning iconoclastic and spiritual songwriter. An American treasure.
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Track Name: Natural Supernatural
Natural Supernatural JByrd

I'm made out of mud. I'm next to nothing.
By the grace of God, I'm one in a million.
I'm a natural supernatural.

This minute is mine. To the good we go.
The tolling told what the old men know.
I'm a natural supernatural.

Sister Rose with your rosary,
there's a hole in your hosiery
that belies my disbelief
as to why we're here.

We can pray with poetry.
We can grow our groceries.
So we hoe so hopefully
we yoke the years.

Well I got no good. I'm next to nothing.
Ever since I stood, I'm king of the mountain.
I'm a natural supernatural.

I could take credit or give it to you.
I'm a gandy gambler. I'm the Great I Do.
I'm a natural supernatural.

See the arch in the archery.
Hear the psalm in the psaltery.
Help the queen off of her knees
before the war.

See her infant in the infantry.
All the gall for his gallantry
came direct from the rectory.
Unhinge the door.

I'm a sack full of holes. I'm next to nothing.
I'm the master of all this mash and mutton.
I'm a natural supernatural.

The life I live forbears forever.
All the days I'm dead lie next to never.
I'm a natural supernatural.

At the top of the pyramid,
all the kings and philosophers hid.
From the all-needing eye of the id,
they tumbled down.

From the castle to the coast,
despite heights that builders boast,
the lowest stone must hold the most
under the ground.

I'm made out of mud. I'm next to nothing.
By the grace of God, I'm one in a million.
I'm a natural supernatural.
Track Name: Love Is The Law
Love Is The Law JByrd

Love is the law. Love is not ruled by laws.
Love is the law. Love is not ruled by laws.
The holy fire burning in your heart
can't be divided like light from dark.
Love is the law. Love is not ruled by laws.

All is enough. Less is not love at all.
The law is just, above every rise and fall.
The king is dead. Long live the king.
What can we give Him who has everything?
All is enough. Less is not love at all.

You can't run. You can't hide.
The blackest fruit has a seed inside.

Love is the law. Love is not ruled by laws.
All is enough. There is no higher call.
Every light shines from a single flame.
You Shall Love is Heaven's name.
All is enough. There is no higher call.

Love is the law.
Track Name: On the Edge
On the Edge JByrd

It's quiet. We're stranded by a handful of rain. 
I just want to sleep but I can't find a place. 
You say, "Turn the music off."
Your lover's on the phone,
on the edge all alone.

Blindfolded, you're trying to touch love's ghost.
It whispers. You hear it. The spirit's so close. 
The janitor walks by and talks to the trash. 
His conscience is clear. 
His world is a mirror. 
You can't be alone for fear
of your reflection all around
on the edge looking down.

So little, so serious, delirious you. 
He loves you and lo, he loves loneliness too. 
What's that? He can't hear you. You're breaking up again. 
He's down in a tunnel and he can't see the end. 
The battery is dead.
The needle's in the red.
He would have texted instead
but there's no place to park
on the edge in the dark.

Forever is murder, I heard you say so. 
God as her witness, Eve wants to know:
What's the statute of limitations on original sin?
She's evicted and naked in the airport again.
Lot's wife should have stayed.
She just turned around to wave
and the agent at the gate
said, "Your exodus has been delayed."
God's harder on girls.
God's harder on girls
on the edge of the world.

It's ending. You're daring to care for him.
I wish I had what you had back then. 
Now he's certain it's terminal but he won't say when.
He grabs on to you while you're out on a limb.
You hang on the line.
You say it's going to be fine,
when what's really on your mind
is how he's going to drag you off this time
and as you both fall he'll cry,
"Can't you see what I'm going through,
on the edge over you?"
Track Name: Sun on the Water
Sun On The Water JByrd

They say that Peter wanted to fight.
Now I'm feeling that way tonight.
All this passion is hard to tame
with all these voices calling my name.

Sun on the water, still my mind.
I come to barter all my time.
Love in the slaughter, killing kind.
Sun on the water, still my mind.

They say the end of the world is near.
Maybe the kingdom of God is here
and all this crying into the night
is just a turning into the light.

Sun on the water, still my mind.
I come to barter all my time.
Love in the slaughter, killing kind.
Sun on the water, still my mind.

I wanna know how deep it is.
I wanna know, how wide?
I wanna know, how do you keep it hid
with all this light?

Sun on the water, still my mind.
I come to barter all my time.
Love in the slaughter, killing kind.
Sun on the water, still my mind.