Nothing But The Truth

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Heart Shaped Tattoo

written by Kim Patton-Johnston and Anne Reeves

 

Mama told me not to do it
Daddy would hit the roof
Everybody said
It would hurt like heck
But I knew our love was true and I wanted proof
A heart-shaped tattoo

There’s a little shop on Eighth and Main
They sell tie-died t-shirts and license plates
My brother Eugene
Got his there too
You held my hand when the guy did mine
Sealed to the end of time

It goes skin deep
To the bone
Real as the truth
You can’t wash it off
It shows through
A heart-shaped tattoo
It leaves a scar
It makes a mark
Like a neon memory
In the dark
Now what do I do
A heart-shaped tattoo

I don’t cry about you anymore
The pawn shop bought your ring
You wouldn’t know me now,
I been workin’ out
Got a job in
Kingston Springs
Everything is new
But this heart-shaped tattoo

Heard you’re livin’ up in New York state
Got a wife and a baby
On the way
Well hey, Baby
Good for you
You gave me something that’ll never fade
A heart that just
Won’t break

Chorus

 
Lyrics

1. Heart-Shaped Tattoo
Eve Selis  

The Ballad of Kate Morgan

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia, Doug Crider and Jim Soldi

 

The coroner called her
A natural beauty
As in life so she was in death
On the steps of the Del Coronado
A bullet hole in her head

Handsome suitors came to court her
One by one they lost their hearts
She said first win my brother’s favor
In a friendly game of cards

Kate Morgan where’s your husband
Did he leave you in the sand
Heartless gambler
Choose your poison
If it’s love show your hand

When they found out
He was no brother
It was a different town and
A different name
They worked the stage paths
And the railroads
Love & cards they played their game

The road grew hard
The stakes got smaller
She begged him please
To settle down
They bought a house in California
But he said Katie
Just one more round

Chorus

On the train she told her secret
But a gambler wants no son
She rode on to San Diego
Bought some quinine & a gun

No one came to claim her body
The tide rushed in to where she fell
He told her he would meet her
Some say she’s waiting still

Chorus

If it’s love show your hand (2x)
Whose blood is on your hand

 

Probably the most fun we’ve ever had writing a song. This is about a ghost
that is said to haunt the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego and features Americana great
Jim Lauderdale on harmony vocal. The harmonium is haunting and I love the fiddle.
I asked Jonathan to make it sound turn of the century.


 
Lyrics

2. The Ballad of Kate Morgan
Eve Selis  

Those Words We Said

written by Kim Richey and Angelo
 

I left you with nothin’ but a few tears in my eyes
Now I’m halfway down the interstate past Highway 99
It’s just me and one good wiper blade up against the rain

And I still hear the echoes of those bitter words we said
And I could drive a million miles
And never drive them from my head
Those words we said

No matter how I try I can’t get far enough away
Every sad song on my radio sounds like it’s custom made
By some devil on my shoulder that keeps whisperin in my ear

And I still hear the echoes of those bitter words we said
And I could drive a million miles
And never drive them from my head

Those words that wounded like an arrow to the heart
And keep me drivin’ — drivin’

And I still hear the echoes of those bitter words we said
And I could drive a million miles
And never drive them from my head
Those words we said
Those words we said

 

Some songs have an unexplainable magic the moment the band
starts playing. This was the first one we cut with our group and
it set the tone for the rest of the session.
Thanks to Tom for suggesting we add it to the CD.

 
Lyrics

3. Those Words We Said
Eve Selis  

Blame It On The Rain

written by Eve Selis, Mark Intravaia and Kim Patton-Johnston

 

Remember the steam
Rising on the street
After the downpour
We’d both taken refuge
At that little café downtown
Soaking wet we were
Laughing as though
We’d always been old friends
Sweet ice tea and a
Walk by the river
And my life would never
Be the same again

Blame it on the rain
Blame it on the stars
You can blame it
On our hearts
Things happen all the time
No one can ever change
Blame it on love
Blame it on the rain

Remember the dream
Filling up our skies
Casting perfect shadows
A summer set in blue
As breathless as a kiss
As hopeful as tomorrow
But the storms of pure desire
Lasted only for a while
Maybe meant to end so soon
But now forever they’re
In my mind

CHORUS

Should I be sad
When you brush by me
Like a warm wind
Through my soul
Can’t call it regret
Can’t say I’m broken
Can’t say I’m whole

CHORUS

 

I love it when a song takes me back to the moment of inspiration
every time I sing it. This one was inspired by a summer rainstorm
in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

 
Lyrics

4. Blame It On The Rain
Eve Selis  

Nothing But The Truth

written by Kim Patton-Johnston and Billy Crain

 

Turned off the front porch light
I always left burning
’Cause you ain’t comin’ home
No you ain’t comin’ home

And I quit makin coffee for two every morning
’Cause I wake up alone I wake up alone
I cleaned out my closet and threw things away
That reminded me of you day after day

I’ll get over you, I know that I will
But first I have to cry just a few more tears
To wash you away
It can’t be that hard, yes it is
It always has to be something to lose
When it ain’t nothin’
Nothin’ but the truth

I went out and bought me a ticket to freedom
And a new pair of glasses, a new pair of glasses
It might take me a while to get there from here
Oh but everything passes, everything passes
Can’t live with regret
Or without memories
But I can lay down this burden
And let myself see
That I’ll…

Chorus

I got to face the facts
You ain’t comin’ back
Goodbye is goodbye is goodbye
And I’ll get over you
For the rest of my life
Oh but first I’ll have to cry an ocean of tears
And wash you away
It can’t be that hard
Oh yes it is
It always has to be everything to lose
When it ain’t nothin’
Nothin’ but the truth
You know this ain’t nothin’
Nothin’ but the truth

 

An amazing Kim Patton-Johnston tune. One of Steve Earle’s original Dukes
and currently Marty Stuart’s drummer, Harry Stinson joins in on a killer
harmony vocal. This is one of my favorite songs to sing.

 
Lyrics

5. Nothing But the Truth
Eve Selis  

Mr. Lincoln

written by Kim Patton-Johnston and Lisa Brokop
 

Mr. Lincoln where you been
You are just a penny in my hand
You’re scratched and worn
And I see that you were born in ’33
It’s got me thinkin’ bout the things
That you have seen

You saw the great depression hit
You were like a million dollars then
You might have been
In the pocket of a soldier at Pearl Harbor
Or in a cobblestone fountain neath the water

Sweet Liberty
I’m trustin’ in my Maker
Mr. Lincoln
I don’t think that I can save ya
But you’ll go down in history
And this day belongs to me

Mr. Lincoln it might be
That you’ve passed through the hands of
Saints and thieves
Oh did you pay
For the things that went to rebuild Oklahoma
Have you been dropped into a box to
Help the homeless

Chorus

You look so stern and so official
If you don’t mind I’m gonna make a wish I’ll
Toss you away
And remind myself how lucky I am
‘Cause I just held the whole world in my hand

Chorus

 

There’s been talk for years about Congress doing away with the penny. In an age that worships the Benjamin, it’s good to give old Honest Abe his due.

 
Lyrics

6. Mr. Lincoln
Eve Selis  

Honky Tonk Town

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Kim Patton-Johnston

 

Let’s take a trip in a time machine
Travel to a twang town
World with me
To a grand old stage
With a kickin’ band
Where a song was the ticket to
The promised land
This California girl is
Tennessee bound
I’m goin’ down to
Honky tonk town

There’s Rattlesnake Jake
On the steel guitar
Picking out a tune that’ll
Break your heart
There’s a dark star rising
The man in black
Handin’ over a solo to
Cowboy Jack
Turn back the clock and you’ll
Hear the sound
History went down in
Honky tonk town

It’s satisfying, it’s jumbalaying,
It’s testifying all night long
It’s walk the line, it’s a ring of fire,
It’s a rockabilly
Freight train sound
Dance the devil down to
Honky tonk town

All good things don’t have to end
Like saying good-bye to my Honky tonk friends
Got a neon dream and a radio
Yesterday’s rockin’
On to tomorrow
It’s a rhinestone sky as the
Sun goes down
Right back around to
Honky tonk town

It’s satisfying, it’s jumbalaying,
It’s testifying all night long
It’s walk the line, it’s a ring of fire,
It’s Wanda Jackson & Patsy Cline
Wayne the Train, BR549
It’ll make you laugh
It’ll make you cry
That’s why I’m goin down to honky tonk

Honky Tonk, all night long
Honky Tonk, same ol’ song
Honky Tonk, the money’s all gone
I’m goin‘ down to
Honky tonk town

 

We love old country music and wanted to pay tribute to some of our heroes. This song became a real life ‘happy accident’ when Kim ran into Lynn Anderson (“I Never Promised You A Rose Garden”) in the parking lot of the recording studio. Lynn wanted to hear the CD and after a listen asked to sing on it. That’s her on the breakdown part and we are honored to have her on our record.

 
Lyrics

7. Honky Tonk Town
Eve Selis  

Pocket Full of Stones

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Kim Patton-Johnston

 

He is leaning on the sign post
He’s got nothing left but time
He is just another old man that people pass by
But across the busy midway
A little boy’s been watching him
He walks up and says hey mister,
don’t you have a friend

And the old man gently smiles
And the boy is not afraid
He says, I want to share my treasure
It might make everything okay

I’ve got a pocket full of stones
All of them are lucky
They might guide you home
They’re not make believe
This one is for love
That’s what momma says we all need
Here why don’t you take some
You might need ’em more than me

What’s your name, the man says Charlie
And the boy says mine is Pete
Take as many as you want, sir,
I’ll find more down at the creek
You picked a good one, that one’s laughter
And look, this one stops the rain
See my mom over there watching
She likes the white one, it’s for grace

Charlie’s eyes filled up with tears
Just knowin’ someone cares
Pete just gave the gift of kindness
And played God’s angel unaware

 

A sweet story inspired by Marc and Kim’s compassionate sons Trevor and Will.
They collect what they call their ‘treasures’—shells, stones, insects—
and are more than happy to share them. We hope to turn it into a children’s book.

 
Lyrics

8. Pocket Full of Stones
Eve Selis  

A Beautiful Day

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Jim Soldi

 

It’s easy to walk through life
Staring at the ground
Imagine all the things you’d see
If you just looked around

Did you see the painted sunset
Can you hear the whisperin’ trees
Do you feel the breath of Heaven
It touches everything

What would it take for the stars to shine
And chase the dark away
A little faith can move the mountains
That are standing in your way
Just open up your heart
To a beautiful day

You built a wall around your dreams
And lost a part of you
Find a way to get inside
And make them all come true

There’s time to change your story.
Don’t give in to fear.
Why live your life in black and white when
There’s color everywhere.

What would it take for the sun to shine
And chase your clouds away
A little grace can heal the broken things
You’ve left along the way
Just open up your life to a beautiful day

What would it take to let your spirit shine
And live a brand new way
A little love can touch your weary soul
And kiss your tears way
Just open up your world to a beautiful day

 
Lyrics

9. A Beautiful Day
Eve Selis  

Let Love Come Through

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Kim Patton-Johnston

 

One child born to the human race
Born to the world in a state of grace
Never known hatred, never known fear
Born to the cry of a voice so clear
Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s you
Another child born to let love come through

Saw a man care, saw a man pray
Saw a man standing up for his faith
Then I saw him walk past the wounded and broken
With words of hope left unspoken
That could’ve been me, it could’ve been you
We’re all livin’ to learn to let love come through

Let love come through like a hurricane
Let love come through like an easy rain
I am the trumpet, love is the truth
Breathe through me and let love come through

Maybe there’s joy and maybe there’s sorrow
Love is today and love is tomorrow
We can be a brick wall, we can flow like a river
Hold a big grudge or be a forgiver
I ain’t afraid of those jealous and cruel
I’m pourin’ it on to let love come through

Let love come through like a crashing wave
Let love come through like a sunny day
I am the trumpet, love is the truth
Breathe through me and let love come through

I am the hour glass, love is the sand
I am the dream and love’s the plan
I am the candle, love is the fire
I am the need and love’s desire
I am the trumpet, love is the truth
Breathe through me and let love come through

 

A little spiritual country funk for your soul.

 
Lyrics

10. Let Love Come Through
Eve Selis  

Someday

written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Doug Crider

 

Well here’s the one thing
You don’t have to worry about
You’re gonna love me
I got the whole thing figured out
We’ve never even kissed
But it’s useless to resist

It’s just a matter of time
’Til the day I call you mine
It’s just a matter of fate
’Til I steal your heart away
Someday Someday

You try to hide it
But I can see that little look
You try to fight it
But I can read you like a book
And if we’re talking true I think you’re
Feelin’ something too

It’s just a matter of time
’Til the day I call you mine
It’s just a matter of fate
’Til I steal your heart away
Someday Someday

Did you notice
That our hands touched in the dark
You should know this
Fire starts with just one spark
You think of us as friends
Let me tell you how this ends

It’s just a matter of time
’Til the day I call you mine
It’s just a matter of fate
’Til I steal your heart away
Someday Someday

 

When love is meant to be, someday becomes everyday

 
Lyrics

11. Some Day
Eve Selis  

Room At The Top

written by Tom Petty

 

I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I can see everything tonight
I got a room where everyone
Can have a drink and forget those things
That went wrong in their life

I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
And I ain’t comin’ down
No I ain’t comin’ down

I got someone who loves me tonight
I got over a thousand dollars in the bank
And I’m alright
Look deep in the eyes of love
Look deep in the eyes of love
And find out what you were lookin’ for

I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
And I ain’t comin’ down
No I ain’t comin’ down

I wish I could feel you tonight
Little one you’re so far away
I wanna reach out and touch your heart
Yeah like they do in those things on TV
I love you, please love me
I ain’t so bad and I love you so

I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
And I ain’t comin’ down
No I ain’t comin’ down

 

A staple of our live show for many years. Our fans have been
begging for a studio recording of this one so here it is!

 
Lyrics

12. Room at the Top
Eve Selis  

Love Is On Your Side

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia

 

When love is on your side
You’ll never lose
And when you’re feelin’ down
It’ll chase away your blues
And when the world
Makes you feel small
Like you have no place at all
You’ll never be denied ’cause
Love is on your side

Always count your blessings
Be thankful everyday
May your words be truthful
And when life causes pain
Hold onto your faith

When love is on your side
You’ll never lose
And when you’re feelin’ down
It’ll chase away your blues
And when the world
Makes you feel small
Like you have no place at all
You’ll never be denied ’cause
Love is on your side

I won’t always be there
To catch you when you fall
But you can count on me
To answer when you call
Anytime at all

Someday when you’re grown
With a child of your own
You’ll understand what I feel
The greatest love you’ve ever known

 

This song is a simple prayer. It’s a melody Marc started singing to his baby boy, Sam, shortly after he was born, and Sam smiles every time he hears it. Jonathan added cello & violin for the perfect lullaby sound.

 
Lyrics

13. Love Is On Your Side
Eve Selis  

Produced by Kim McLean. Thirteen songs covering the entire Americana landscape, from driving roots-rock to folk-pop bliss, with a detour or two into bluegrass territory, this is a trip worth making. Featuring guest appearances by Jim Lauderdale, Lynn Anderson and Harry Stinson.

REVIEWS

“Eve Selis isn’t just a “singer” — she’s an emotion transducer who converts country, R&B, blues, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll signals into a megawatt zap that galvanizes everyone in its path. And as with fellow femme-furnace frontwomen Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, Maria McKee, Melissa Etheridge, and Lydia Pense, the cauterizing power of Selis’s voice can arc-weld material from almost any genre into a personal manifesto.

I first saw Selis perform several years ago, when she was known mostly to San Diego clubbers. Soon, she was working with highly regarded Nashville songwriter/producer (and long-time Taylor player) Kim Patton-Johnston and Suzy Bogguss’s husband, producer Doug Crider. In 2002, Eve released her third acclaimed CD, Do You Know Me, and as the buzz spread, savvy industry-watchers predicted that her next effort would “break” her nationally.

Nothing But the Truth is that “next” CD, and, at the risk of being a jinx, Selis’s dance card should be filled to overflowing from now on. The new album has two rocket boosters that every vocalist requires to achieve escape velocity — great musicians, and a potent potpourri of songs that sound like they burst fully formed from the artist’s bared soul.

It opens with the country-blues-funk of the Patton-Johnson/Anne Reeves-penned “Heart Shaped Tattoo”, then snakes like a wild river through styles and moods — the fibrous hillbilly honk of “The Ballad of Kate Morgan” [with guest vocalist Jim Lauderdale], the Petty/Heartbreakers-esque “Those Words We Said”, the rockin’ bar-lass sass of “Honky Tonk Town” [with guest vocalist Lynn Anderson], the rural-road balladry of “A Beautiful Day”, the 12-string-driven country-pop of “Someday”, and several other cuts worthy of mention.

Any vocalist would covet a launching pad like this band. Marc “Twang” Intravaia (Selis’s songwriting partner) and “Cactus” Jim Soldi (ex-Johnny Cash band) are legitimate first-chair guitarists, each capable of leading a major band. Together, they’re an embarrassment of riches, a stereo six-string storm of intertwining rebel riffs and complementary voicings in the loyal service of energized melodies and steel-beam song constructs.

Add Sharon Whyte’s colorative work on keyboards, accordian, and vocals, and the rhythm section of bassist Rick Nash and drummer Bob Sale, and you have the specs-sheet for electrified Americana that’s as good as it gets.”

—John D’Agostino, Taylor Guitars “On Review” 

“Eve Selis and the band are San Diego favorites and rising quickly on the international stage with the release of Nothing But The Truth. Selis delivers the group’s blend of country twang, gospel fervor and rock ‘n’ roll punch with equal parts sanctification and sweat. Her bottomless lung power is matched by an emotional gusto that could blast your happy-hour oysters out of their shells.”
—Karla Peterson, San Diego Untion-Tribune 

“Widescreen roadhouse rock that impresses right from the opening thrash-country chords. Selis can head anywhere she wants with conviction.”
—Mojo

 

 
 
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