Campfire Americana: Volume 1

by KRAIG JAMES

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Kraig James & the Campfire Stars - Campfire Americana: Volume 1, released 12.6.2016.

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released November 11, 2015

All songs written by Kraig James, BMI 50137267. Ⓒ 2016 Kraig James Music. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.


Kraig James - vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Tony Petersen - banjo
Parker Goessling - electric guitar
Shaun Waggoner - drums
Brian Krueger - vocals


Recording Engineers: Jake Larson, Tom Fabjance, Gregg Brown, Matt Coles, Parker Goessling
Mastered by Jake Larson, Sacred Heart Studios

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KRAIG JAMES Duluth, Minnesota

Kraig James is a singer/songwriter/promoter from the outskirts of Duluth, MN. His catchy, toe-tapping, campfire-americana tunes are inspired by a wide range of musical influences and gritty Northern Minnesota living.

For the love, he helps artists connect with their audience, having been involved with the Hwy 61 Folks Fest, Great Northern Music Fest, and the Streetcar Songwriters Series.
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Track Name: Round by Round
Intro: Fiddle around on A and build
V1:
E A E A
Turn the key, light up the highway. The open road, stories to tell.
E A E A
Pull the handle, open the doorway. There’s room inside for a friend like you.
Chorus 1:
E D A E
Here we go again, here we go again, here we go again... Round by Round.
V2: (shorter)
E A E A
Turn up the volume, let’s do it our way. One on one, shots by ourselves.
Chorus 2 (shorter):
E D A E
So Here we go again, here we go again, here we go again... Round by Round.
Break:
A E D A E
When time, pushes the bubble. I hope there’ll be days like this,
A E D A E
When time, pushes the bubble. I hope there’ll be days….days like this.
Solo:
A E A E A E / A D A E
V3:
E A E A
Light the fire, connect the sky. Burnin’ high, by ourselves.
E A E A
There’s simple treasures, deep inside. Not looking for, something else.
Chorus 3:
E D A
Here we go again, here we go again, here we go again
Here we go again, here we go again, here we go again E
Here we go again, here we go again, here we go again... Round by Round.
Track Name: Summer Train
CAPO 1 DGD / AGD / Ch: GDC CD
V1: (just acoustic)
D G D
She’s a pretty good looker, from the opposite side of the tracks.
D G D
When you get to know her, all your vices will be taken back.
A G D
Its pennies from heaven, she’ll love you if you treat her right.
A G D
Just pennies from your pocket, there’ll be sparks on the rail tonight.
V2:
Will she act like a baby, or a lady that carries a whip?
And if you ask her nicely, then you can bet that you won’t get it.
So just look down the line, at what is coming your way.
And take a deep breath as you wish, and you hope, and you pray.
Chorus: G C
D
Free ride on the summer train, Free ride on the summer train.
Free ride on the summer train.
C D / C D
Ohh Ahh
V3:
As you walk for miles, counting old telephone poles,
She was looking for action, just as fast as the Soo Line goes.
Time to make your move, before it all goes away.
Grab her hand, jump aboard boy, this one, she goes all the way.
Chorus: G C
D
Free ride on the summer train, Free ride on the summer train.
Free ride on the summer train.
C D / C D
Ohh Ahh
Solo to Chorus:
Chorus (1st part only):
D G (end song on G)
Ah ha
Track Name: Overgrown
V1:
C G Am F C G Am F
It’s overgrown. My city home.
Too many people to see. The world in front of me. It’s overgrown. It’s overgrown.
V2:
It’s overgrown. All on our phones.
Plastic pictures in the night. Everything within sight. It’s overgrown.
It’s overgrown.
Chorus:
G F G F
Ohhh, they don’t know. Ohhh, they don’t see.
G F G F
When you take away the light. The stars illuminate your dreams.
And its free. Pretty simple to me.

Solo:
V3:
It’s overgrown. Tangled up in combs.
Too much hair to see. Who’s following me. It’s overgrown. It’s overgrown.
Chorus:
Track Name: Back in the Day
V1:
Back when we used to stay up, all night long.
Back when we used to sing every word, to every song, yeah Back in the Day.
V2:
Back when a good book, would give you chills.
Not drinkin’ Jack and Jim, just areadin’,
Jack and Jill, yeah Back in the Day.

Chorus:
D A
When red, white, and blue, meant them, and us, and you.
D E A
When we all get along, and everyone speaks the truth, yeah maybe someday.
V3:
Back when the ladies said thank you and the men said please.
Back when they held the door open, helpin every stranger in need,
yeah Back in the Day.

Chorus:
Solo to Chorus:

V4: (pulled down)
Back when we ate from the garden, and we drank from the still.
Back when the whiskey wouldn’t burn, and the dipper, wasn’t full of pills,
yeah, Back in the Day.

Chorus: (twice building)

Outro (just acoustic:)
½ time Maybe some day, yeah maybe some day
Track Name: Sky Diamonds
V1:
D C G D
Well he’s got a Duluth pack and a compass, no map just a memory to guide us.
As we slip into that deep, dark woods, on a path north of Grand Marais.
V2:
Out where the wild beasts swallow the city noise,
and all the young men used to be old boys,
We paddled with the wind to the place he knew,
Guided by the silver of a (F) cowboy moon,

Chorus:
C G D
and Sky Diamonds, Sky Diamonds oh ho.
Sky Diamonds, Sky Diamonds oh ho
Sky Diamonds, Sky Diamonds, oh they’ll carry you (D) home

Break:
And we were somewhere near the border, didn’t know if we’d crossed over.
Way up near the border, and it’s been years since he’s been that way.

V3:
Back in the day he used to come here all the time,
Hiking and fishing would (F)ease his mind.
Sittin’ in canoes, playing old guitars,
Listening to the loons as they’re (F)hollering, to the stars

Chorus:
Solo to Chorus:

V4:
He said subtraction will get you where you want to be,
Just a place in the woods, no (F)elec tricity.

Chorus:
Track Name: The World is the World
CAPO 3
V1:
C F C F C
Something ‘bout the way that you blew right into my life
Like a magical cord that pulls the daytime from night
You thought I’d see it coming, but I didn’t wonder why
And the world is the world, now that you walked by

V2:
From the voice of the wind and the colors of the drum
Clarity arrives in every spoken tongue
So sing it from the shores of the water, where every side is love
And the world is the world, now that you have come

Break: Oohs and aahs or harmonica
Am Em / Am Em / Am D / G Gm CV3:

V3:
It’s in every little dream each word of every song
Yes the days are short but the winter time’s sooo long
Just give me the rolling thunder, for every place to hear
And the world is the world, now that you are near

Outro: slowing
Yeah give me the rolling thunder, for every place to hear
And the world is the world, now that you are near.
Track Name: So Into You
Verse 1:
G (CDG) (CDG)
Got a story to tell, it won’t take very long.
And I’ll try not yell, so I put it to song.
D
Every word that I’m singing, I swear that their true.
D G
Every scene that I’m feeling, I’m so into you woah
oh woah oh woah.

Verse 2:
In just a minute or two, you’ll know where I’m coming from.
I got no brother to help, fill the gaps with a drum.
But like the Brothers Burn Mountain, you make the sky turn blue.
You must partake from the fountain, cause you’re so damn cutewoah
oh woah oh woah

Chorus:
I, I, I, I, I...I’m so into you. I, I, I, I, I...I’m so into you.

Break:
D
The way you’re snapping your fingers, and you’re tapping your toes.
D G
And you’re spinning in circles, cause you know how it goes woah,
oh woah oh woah.

Chorus:
Track Name: Visions of Bob
V1:
You started on burgundy before you turned New York blue
While you were crawling right up cold Lake Avenue .
With Ramona and Mr. Jones here in Duluth .
Where the chilly winds blow , up near the borderline
And the wheel still spins , a blowing in achangin’
time .
If it’s alright with Ma , we’ll just keep on tryin ’.

CH:
Through you, we rowed every ocean, with Spanish boots on our feet .
To new worlds with Captain Arab , Johanna’s vision when we speak .

V2:
When a blueeyed
sun expects a hard rain to fall .
When the hour is late and the wildcat did howl .
When there's one judge to serve , when the autumn leaves fall .
Harmonica Solo (Bb)

V3:
When the train has carried every word from the back of your memories .
Both the good and the bad , defined by a master thief ,
Who stole the Jack from the Joker , who was just looking for a place to eat

CH:
V4:
Every day, something’s going to be different .
We all know its been a long hard mysterious climb
It's all tangled up in your masterpiece of crime .
CH:
Outro:
You wrote everything we need, you’re an artist, you don’t look back.

Bob Dylan Song inspirations: Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues , She Belongs to Me , Worried Blues / Scarlet Town , Dusty Old Fairgrounds / Girl From the North Country , The Times They Are A Changin , Blowing in the Wind , It’s Alright Ma , Isis , Boots of Spanish Leather , Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream, Visions of Johanna, Make You Feel My Love , Ramona, Ballad of a Thin Man , Something There Is About You , A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall , All Along the Watchtower , Gotta Serve Somebody , Autumn Leaves , Tryin To Get To
Heaven / Are You Ready, Masterpiece , My Back Pages , Positively 4th Street , Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts , Tangled Up in Blue , Scarlet Town.
Track Name: Afterbloom
V1:
F C F G
When Jimmy came down from the mountain, His burlap was filled to the brim
Some wood in the sack, yeah to heat up the shack, till the morning sun shines in.

V2:
No visitors here, just the solace, and the pine infused air to breath in,
It clears up his eyes, and he tries and he tries, not to give in…….to the gin.

Ch:
It’s the Afterbloom, for him, shaken and stirred.
It’s the Afterboom, for him, balanced, and turned.

V3 :
And he said “Here goes everything, in the middle of, nothing”.
In a little old shack with the voices, scared him straight again.

CH:
Tag final chorus with:
G C
Balance, returned.
Track Name: Ode to Joan
V1:
C F C G
How long, will you know? When you get old.
How long, will you know? When you get old,

V2:
How long, will you see? Just between you and me.
How long, will you see? Just between you and me.

CH:
F C G C
Well, the simple things are known, and the hard ones go untold.
Yeah the simple things are known, and the hard ones go untold.

SOLO to Verse:
V3 :
How long, can we pretend, that you knew what was said?
How long, can we pretend, that you knew what was said?
CH:
Track Name: Teardrops and Elephants
V1:
It was white, but with my pen turned black
all my words just fell right through the cracks
and what I knew a long long time ago,
Was sinking like a teardrop in the snow.
In the snow, in the snow, sinking like a teardrop in the snow
What I knew a long long time ago, was sinking like a teardrop in the snow.

V2:
and underneath, my words were found
never heard, no they never made a sound
and what I wrote a long long time ago,
stayed quiet in the cold dark dirt below

CH: (DAE) (twice)
Yesterday, yesterday, I kind of knew your name and kind of knew my way.
But that's slipping under beams, way way down below.

V3 :
Simple needs, planted seeds
Grow up fast and cycle on their own
What I grew a long, long time ago,
was sinking like an elephant in the snow.
In the snow, in the snow. It was sinking like an elephant in the snow.
What I grew a long long time ago, was sinking like an elephant in the snow.

V4 :
Favorite spots, partial thoughts
Survival terms, while some things were forgot
What I saw, a long long time ago,
was drifting like a northern mountain snow.

CH: (twice)
Yesterday, yesterday, I kind of knew your name and kind of knew my way.
But that's slipping under beams, way way down below.
Track Name: All Good Things to Be
CAPO 5 G Em D C.
last lines are: C D C D G

V1:
Toss it up, on the top rack, keep it cooking in the fry pan.
Lay it on the green grass, turn it over when you can.
Pour it in pale now, carry it all the way to your town.
Give a copy to the mail gal, pick it up and turn it around.
Take it down to the hunting ground, stick it out in the dog pound.
> Don’t ever let it see you frown, and leave all good things to be.

CHORUS:
So when summertime’s forgotten and the days are too,
when the apples get rotten, all too soon.
Keep your eye on the prize, keep your clock on high noon,
Square your shoulders to the sun, and call that joker a fool.
> Don’t let him see you smile, and leave all good things to be.

V2:
So plant it down, in the soil, away from all this turmoil.
Let it grow all on its own, right next to your yellow home.
Give it shelter in a hurricane, watch it through broken window panes.
Shoot it through that red rim, put it on that wheel and spin.
> Sit back with a smoke and grin, and leave all good things to be.

CHORUS:

V4:
Even when you don’t understand, you buy into the master plan.
Don’t question perfect when you can, it’ll all fall through the sand
It’ll be there in the end, leave all good things to be.
CHORUS:
Tag and fade V1: