I Have Not Seen the Wind

by Arthur Alligood

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"I Have Not Seen the Wind" is Arthur Alligood's first full-length recording since his 2006 release "Under the Gray."

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released March 15, 2011

Produced by Kenny Hutson
Mixed and Mastered by Josh Davis
Recorded at Red Rose Studio in East Nashville

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Arthur Alligood Nashville, Tennessee

A native of rural Tennessee, Arthur Alligood has spent the past decade driving dusty roads on tour. He has earned high praise from No Depression and BBC, and performed NPR’s Mountain Stage and New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. His blend of folk, gospel and raw Southern poetry is the perfect framework for Alligood’s honest story- telling and wry commentary on the human condition. ... more

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Track Name: Show Some Heart
Credits:
Arthur Alligood- Acoustic guitar, vocals
Jake Bradley- Upright bass
Kenny Hutson- Organ


You got walls I can't see
You got dreams you can't set free
Behind every storm cloud there shines the brightest star
Come on baby, show some heart

When'd you lock the door?
When'd you say no more?
Had love just ended before you got to start?
Come on baby, show some heart

I'm not blind
I see it in your eyes
There's more than you let on
There's more than just your sad, sad song

I've always known the truth
the whole world knows it too
There's a fire beneath the surface we'll all settle for just one spark
Come on baby, show some heart
Come on baby, show some heart
Track Name: Keep Your Head Up
Credits:
Arthur Alligood- Acoustic guitar, vocals
Kenny Hutson- Electric guitar, bass, pump organ, mando-guitar, lap steel
Jon Radford- Drums
Katy Bowser Hutson and Flo Paris- BGV's


Keep your head up, I will keep your head up
Hold your hopes high, I will hold your hopes high
Stop your fighting, let me do the fighting
I am, I am
I am closer than your next breath

I've never seen you not in a thousand parts you keep breaking
Is there something you need besides my heart?
It keeps breaking

Keep the pace up, I will keep the pace up
Break your walls down, I will break your walls down
Stop your crying, let me do the crying
How truth it rolls down sweet and soft from a friend!
Track Name: Turn It Over
Credit:
Arthur Alligood- Acoustic guitar, vocals
Kenny Hutson- Pedal steel, organ, Electric guitar, high strung acoustic, shaker and kick drum
Elizabeth Foster- BGV's


All to speak these days
Finding faults and lies
Carry down your dreams
Lock them all inside
Hope is trembling hard, swiftly losing steam
Even in the mirror I cannot find me

Turn it over find the other side and see it through
Turn it over all I want is you

Took her hand in fear, sweaty palms and brow
Followed like a kid following the crowd
Do you love me dear?
She never said out loud
Surely all the words got dammed up at the mouth
Track Name: Piece Me Together
Credits:
Arthur Alligood- Acoustic guitar, vocals
Kenny Hutson- Pedal steel, organ


I can't make it on my own
I can't make it on my own
All these years of trying have taken their toll
I can't make it on my own

I can't take another night
I can't take another night
I always end up in the darkness waiting on the light
I can't take another night

You're gonna have to piece me together
Piece me whole
Piece me together to get me home

I can't make it on my own
I can't make it on my own
Like a lost child I have wandered, but in my heart now I know
I can't make it on my own
Track Name: Make Her Smile
Credits:
Arthur Alligood- vocals, claps
Tracy Alligood- claps
Kenny Hutson- Electric and acoustic guitars, bass, organ, claps
Jon Radford- Drums



“Pardon me, my captain” in jest so gingerly
I was sleeping at the helm
her hello it broke the spell

On deck her fettered mercy
and her locks of golden brown
By the wind were stolen free
left me wondering fearfully

How'm I gonna make it if I can't make her smile?
I'm gonna make her smile
I'm gonna make her smile if it takes an age or just a while

Docked beside the houses, but none of them were hers
followed to her front door, all the way to Illinois
Treasure there I found it far away from sea and sand Farmer's daughter she had been
In the corn I kissed her neck scared as boys of bully's threats

The howl of herald waters another voyage to embark
could see the crew at every turn
hanging on my every word
A promise is a compass always pointing north
She followed it when I left as the letter did direct
Over and over and over she read
Track Name: Gavel
Credits:
Arthur Alligood- vocals
Kenny Hutson- Pedal steel, acoustic guitar, mandolin
Jake Bradley- Upright bass
Elizabeth Foster- BGV'S



Can't judge an album by one song
Can't judge a book by the names on the back
Can't judge a man for his wrongs
Or a woman for the beauty she lacks

Give back the gavel that you stole
from the good grip of God's hands
You were better as a criminal
begging for a second chance

Can't judge a movie by the talk
Can't judge a painting by the zeros on the tag
Can't judge a team by one loss
Or a country for the holes in their flag

Can't judge the future by the past
Can't judge a moment by the one before
Can't judge a beggar cause he asks
Or a rich man who won't give to the poor
Track Name: Where the Storm Meets the Sun
*Inspired by Sally Lloyd-Jones' take on the story of the Great Deluge.

Credits:
Arthur Alligood- Vocals
Kenny Hutson- Electric and acoustic guitars, keys, mando-guitar, bass
Jon Radford- drums
Emily Deloach- BGV's



Was it a riddle there in the sky?
Was it a new hello or the last goodbye?
Scarred and a skeptic though I survived
You had to flood me out just to drain me dry

There in the clouds it hung
where the storm meets the sun

I was a warrior done with the fight
You were shooting your arrows left and right
Was there an apple there on my head?
Or was my heart the bullseye and the target?

You had to bend the light, to prove the fight
that the day was worth the night, the day was worth the night
You had to bend the light
Track Name: I Have Not Seen the Wind
Credits:
Arthur Alligood- Acoustic guitar, vocals
Kenny Hutson- Mando-guitar, organ


I've seen leaves fall down like snowflakes
I've seen hatred get the best of men
I've seen buildings all in pieces, but I have not seen the wind

I've seen geese fly straight as an arrow
I've seen love cover over our sins
I've seen parting be such sweet sorrow, but I have not seen the wind

And I know I'm not alone

I've seen sunsets over the ocean
I've seen peace stay just out of hand
I've seen hearts wound one another, but I have not seen the wind

I've seen seeds grow into flowers
I've seen justice rolling round the bend
I've seen fear turn men into cowards, but I have not seen the wind
Track Name: Time You Know
Credits:
Arthur Alligood- Vocals
Kenny Hutson- Acoustic and electric guitars, mando-guitar, bells
Jake Bradley- bass
Jon Radford- drums
Craig Duncan- violin
Emily Deloach- BGV's


I tried to refrain
Keep the curtains o'er your pain
But now your center stage
I'm sitting in the back row
Thinking bout the dreams you've sown
And all the ones you stole

Now your broken, scattered
stumbling after
something you will never hold
time you know

Didn't you always say
in every word, every way
that you'd never see this day?
Track Name: Come On Something
Credits:
Arthur Alligood- acoustic guitar and vocals
Kenny Hutson- Electric guitar, mando-guitar, bgv's
Jake Bradley- bass
Jon Radford- drums
Craig Duncan- fiddle



Come on something
I got nothing
I need you by my side
It's cold, I'm coatless stuck out in the night

Come on breakthrough
you just got to
find me this time
Time has gone long, but I still want you in my life

Come on new start you can't be that far
I'm still stuck at this dead end
I'm sure you feel like you give more than you get

Come on baby
I know you're waiting and I'm waiting too
Hold onto me
I'll be holding onto you

Come on Jesus
I can't beat this you know better than I
Take me kicking, take me screaming
take these tears from my eyes