Surf Country

by Levi Strom

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Recorded in the fall of 2012 with my good friends Sparrows Gate, Surf Country is a mix of old songs, new songs and improvisations. I'm really proud of the vibe of this record. It didn't hurt that it was recorded mostly live to 1/2'' tape in a home studio on the central coast of Cali, but what really comes through on this record is the friendship, the frustrations, and the fun that was had during it's creation. The crickets, coronas and chicks, the salt spray on a rusted old bumper, the heavy smoke clouds and mule shit, every bit is captured in the grooves of this record. I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it. Sincerely, Levi Strom

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released March 8, 2013

All Songs Written by Levi Strom © 2013 Levi Strom (BMI). Except "Crickets" written by Levi Strom & Zebedee Zaitz. Recorded at The Rat Palace, Atascadero, CA. Mixed by Joel "Snag" Tolbert at The Closet, San Luis Obispo, CA. Produced by Levi Strom & Sparrows Gate. Thanks to everyone who made this possible and for your continued love and support!

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Levi Strom Big Sur, California

Oregon native Levi Strom has coined the term, “surf country”, to describe his blend of American roots music and West Coast surf culture. It’s also the title of his new record due out this summer on Vow Records. A mash of driving acoustic guitar, lush back up harmonies, and Levi's slightly off-key, heartfelt vocals make "Surf Country" a must download for summer 2013. ... more

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Track Name: Janey
I fell to pieces just the other day
Just one word was all you had to say
I wonder if you even know how much it hurt
but I kinda like it all the work
and all the time that our love took
but when i hear what you sayin' about me

Well I don't care
What Janey says
Well I don't care
What Janey did last night

I'm feeling frustrated and so run down
I can't believe that this time you were the one to let me down
Now a days I can't even turn on the radio
If my life's a story and my fate is free
Who's writing this one down? I guess it's up to me
I gotta close this chapter babe before it closes me

Well I don't care
What Janey says
Well I don't care
What Janey did last night :| X2
Track Name: For The Girls
Why I sing better for the girls of my life
Why I know better than to love more than twice
Why I write poems just to see their delight
Why I'm no good for you when I come home late at night

For the girls of my life

And there she was my little moon flower of the night
And she danced for me so softly
And we twisted and turned our fate
And on that night true love was made
And stars shown in our eyes

Why I pick flowers just to see their delight
Why I'm no good for you when I come home late at night
Why I'm a lover for the girls of my life
Why I no better than to love more than twice

For the girls of my life
Track Name: Wounded Knee
I'm sailing troubled sea
I got my wounded knee
and they warned about the familiar
said you knew a lot of men
I thought to myself "this isn't happening"

oh no I feel for you

I see right into
your eyes the way
your not really into him
yet you still look at them
his eyes the same way you look him through

oh no I feel for you

I'm danglin' feet on end
of your shore I'll swim
I thought I'd find out what it means
to be livin' a dream
that caught up with me, marijuana

oh no I feel for you

I'm bleedin' from within
I'm drinking double gin
oh now I can finally stand
on my own two feet again
and take you by the hand
and dance with Alana

oh no I feel for you
I feel for you
Track Name: Mama
mama just killed a man
I know you can't understand
how your only son
did what I have done

I tried to be a peaceful man
but some men just don't understand

mama been gone so long
I went east to the rising sun
hopped that midnight train
some things are just hard to explain

mama just robbed a man
I know you can't understand
how your only son
did what I have done

I tried to be an honest man
but this world can get the best of a man

papa just killed a man
I know you can understand
how your only son
did what I have done

I tried to be a peaceful man
but some men just don't understand
no some men don't understand
Track Name: I Left My Heart on the Highway
lookin' through your old photographs
tryin' to get a taste of what we had
now I'm walking down this road alone

before it's all gone give me just a bit
so I won't miss you when I get
broken down on the side of the highway

oh Lord please buy me a new car
cause I'm drivin' this one
straight into your heart

oh Lord please buy me a new car
cuase I'm drivin' this one
straight into your heart

you say it's all good I don't think that you do
and all the pretty things that you leave behind you
low and behold the Holy Ghost again

forget everything that you were was could have been
and I hope that we can still be friends
when the days are old and the kids are all gone

oh Lord please buy me a new car
cause I'm drivin' this one
straight into your heart

oh Lord please buy me a new car
cause I'm drivin' this one
straight into your heart

and the lights go out and the wheels turn sharp
and I close my eyes and my heart begins to soar

I don't know if I ever will be what you expect and need from me
but I can't seem to get my car to start
Track Name: The Ocean's Mind
she was a virtue at half strength
oh now I knew I wasn't changin' for you
spent my better years oh drowned in tears over you

and when your gone all is new
got my news for you no one else can choose for you

oh I have a life outside this life
outside these eyes
in the ocean's mind I have a life

and like a child I am new
I've been many things and they all would sing up to you
and when your gone all is new
got my news for you no one else can choose for you

oh I have a life outside this life
outside these eyes
in the ocean's mind I have a life
in the ocean's mind
Track Name: Your Welcome Matt
so, so it's only me and my envy
in this abyss of identity
just, just in the nick of time
you came to me and you saved me

found, I found new fame
in the flames of what we were
oh now, now you take a bath
but I'm still outside of your welcome matt

oh what, what's it's gonna take
I want to know, what's it gonna take
oh what, what's it's gonna take
I want to know, what's it gonna take

(Instrumental break)

oh what, what's it's gonna take
I want to know, what's it gonna take
oh what, what's it's gonna take
I want to know, what's it gonna take
oh what, what's it's gonna take
I want to know, what's it gonna take
oh stomp, stomp it out
the rising star, you're a rising star
Track Name: Sing To Me
sing to me and I'll sing to you louder
I'm turning grey just like the weather
the ocean's song is so sad and lonesome
try and sing along and it will break your heart son

I bid farewell to Tennessee
I'm coming home to the Big Sur sea
I'm gonna be myself, gonna shake it out
my pain and doubt

sing to me and I'll sing to you louder
I'm fallin' softer than a feather
the rain falls right between the answers
try and catch one you're takin' your chances

I bid farewell to Tennessee
I'm coming home to the Big Sur sea
I'm gonna be myself, gonna shake it out
my pain and doubt