Beggar's Ride

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Beggar's Ride, the self-titled debut album from the Baltimore based duo was tracked and mixed at the venerable Signature Sounds studio in Pomfret, CT. Working with producer David Goodrich (Chris Smither, Peter Mulvey, Jeffrey Foucault, Red Bird) and chief engineer Mark Thayer, they set out to record an intimate, moody album featuring the interplay between their tight harmonies and lush electric and acoustic guitar textures. The album features 10 songs, all originals by SanSoucie and Maguire with the exception of the brilliant David Olney tune “Women Across the River.”

For inquiries contact Beggar’s Ride via email at info {at} beggarsride{dot}com.

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released June 7, 2011

Produced by David Goodrich
Recorded and mixed by Mark Thayer at Signature Sounds
Mastered by Bill Wolf, Wolf Productions, Inc
Artwork by SanSoucie Design
Photography by Ann Castro
All songs written and performed by Beggar's Ride except "Women Across the River" written by David Olney

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Track Name: Five Days of Rain
It’s been five days of rain
and it’s almost summer
I can hear the spring wash away
down the river to the bay

As sure as the day comes
that you’re leaving, you’ll return
As sure as these days drag on
the years will fly by when you’re home

I don’t speak your name
but I know the rhythm
The pace of these days
is unforgiving

Just like the tide pulls
on the water and lets it go
My heart will rise and fall
and bring you safely to the shore

As sure as the day comes
that you’re leaving you’ll return
As sure as these days drag on
the years will fly by when you’re home
Track Name: The Enemy
you've got it bad, you don't hide it from the world
you wear the stakes through your heart like precious gold
you tar and feather and you feel justified
you're the saint and they are demons in your eyes

you can't forget
you're living off the pain
the hurt is oh so bad — it's your excuse
but you can't stop the enemy
cause the enemy is you

your heart clenched like a fist, an eye for an eye
you keep on fighting and there's always more to fight
your cigarette's down to ashes, so here's to the burn
of whiskey double down the hatch, then Judas has his turn

you can't forget
you're living off the pain
the hurt is oh so bad — it's your excuse
but you can't stop the enemy
cause the enemy is you

you've got it bad, no you don't hide it from the world
a medal of honor hanging off every word
you rage and you roar, but it don't satisfy
when the bottle's empty and your fists hide your crying eyes

you can't forget
you're living off the pain
the hurt is oh so bad — it's your excuse
but you can't stop the enemy
cause the enemy is you

you can't forgive
you're living off the pain
the hurt is oh so bad — it's your excuse
but you can't stop the enemy
no you can’t stop
no you can’t stop the enemy
cause the enemy is you
Track Name: Another Day
through this frost covered window I'm staring at the darkness
waiting for the sun to slide up along the sky
with my soul under cover of tattered expectations
the only thing left counting on is that the night will move along

and time will pass without you
though I know I will never be the same
cause your memory remains here in darkness
with each coming of another day

i've got so many questions cornered into silence
i've never learned to speak out loud with a disappointed heart
it just seemed so much easier to let go of you smiling
than to reveal myself and to admit to all my pain

cause time will pass without you
though I know I will never be the same
your memory remains here in darkness
with each coming of another day

each day's passing is a blessing to the wounded
as long as you live you've got a chance to heal
oh I wish I could see it getting light along the horizon
the only thing left counting for is that the night will move along

and time will pass without you
though I know I will never be the same
part of me remains here in darkness
with each coming of another day
Track Name: Little Mermaid
I don't want to leave
tell me I can stay
this time’s gone so fast
soon I'll be on my way
and I count all the reasons why I must go
but part of me wishes to forget them all
if I could be reckless,
i'd tear my ticket in half

i didn't know
what I would find here
things I had forgotten
for a quarter century
every morning when I awake
to church bells ringing in another day
feel so at home
like a long, long time ago

this time and this town
a gift bittersweet
the rain and the snow storms here
don't seem to matter to me
now that the lilac’s in bloom
and swans glide two by two on the lakes
it makes it twice as hard to say goodbye
to you and your little mermaid
Track Name: Sunless Sky
here in this sunless sky
there is no water line
there's only you and I
just for a moment I
know how it feels to fly
while holding on

darling there's no goodbye
in between day and night
there's only you and I
here in this sunless sky
above the water line
there's only you and I
letting go
Track Name: Hurry Home
when I thought it was forever
I started thinking things in two
when I knew it wasn't happening
I started writing this to you

don't you think that it's a pity
don't you think that it's a shame
if you want to find forever
you've got to muddle through this game

now I'm standing here before you
and all I want to do is breathe
so while you're out there playing stranger
don't forget the love you leave

don't forget to take it with you
take it everywhere you go
if you want to find forever
all you've got to be is home
if you want to find forever
baby you just hurry home
Track Name: Words
watching grains of sand slip through my fingers
while the wind has a way of its own
like your words in conversation
playing paper, scissor, and stone

does survival come down to instinct
does a seagull in flight target a goal
like your words in conversation
swooping high and catching low

oh I try not to listen anymore
but the ocean fails to obscure
your syllables wash up to be heard
constant waves of your words

and does time erase everything it touches
like the wind, my tracings in the sand
like your words in conversation
erasing who I am

I try not to listen anymore
but the ocean fails to obscure
your syllables wash up to be heard
constant waves of your words
Track Name: Way of the Heart
how do I claim what belongs to me
like wind and sun and rain
how do I take what's inside of me
how do I make myself strong
how do I turn every flaw that I see
into a blossom of spring,
and take to the sky like a bird flying free
and know the way of the wind

how do I toss out the lies that live
among these broken dreams
thoughts and beliefs that constantly shift
stories that will never be
how do I find what is true at the core
what stands when I come undone
and take to the sky like a bird flying free
and feel the warmth of the sun

and when I lie awake at night
how do I reach out for you
how do I tear down the walls that I’ve built
and let myself not be alone
when I see myself through your eyes
your love, it makes me brave
and I take to the sky like a bird flying free
and never mind the rain
Track Name: Making a List
making a list for my lover
hoping my car lasts through the summer
the year was still new when we lost our fight
spring finds us raging another

i played for you like you wanted me to
somebody play for me

i took what i had and i crossed over
hoping my car would get me through
midnight and i arrived to no one
spring was preparing us to lose

i played for you like you wanted me to
somebody play for me
Track Name: Women Across the River
(David Olney/Hard Ball Music)

Oh, the women 'cross the river
Carry water from the well at break of day
They talk to one another
God only knows what they might say
You might get an education
After years of dedication
You might finally get a glimpse
Of what is right and what is wrong
But the women 'cross the river
They knew that all along

Oh, the women 'cross the river
Work with tools that are ancient and handmade
They plow their fields in perfect rows and then
They rest beneath the shade
Now we have learned to build
Out of concrete out of steel
And our buildings last a thousand years
But then even they are bound to fall
But the women 'cross the river
Never learned to build a wall

Oh, the women 'cross the river
Are as gentle as the dew upon the ground
How I love to hear them laughing in the rain
When it makes that perfect sound
Now a soldier with a gun and a battle to be won
Might kill you with a bullet
And you'd never even know the reasqon why
But the women 'cross the river
They can kill you with their eyes
The women 'cross the river
They can kill you with their eyes