T Sisters

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Kindred Lines

Photo by Claude Shade
  • Release: 14 May, 2014
  • Label: Spruce and Maple
  • Catalog No: SMM 1010

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Kindred Lines almost reads like a book or a stage play; there’s a theatrical sense of narrative rhythm and movement. It is a coming-of-age story chronicling a season of life that leads from youth (“You Don’t Know,” “Seduction of Spring”) through disillusionment and loss of innocence (“Train Wreck”) to maturity (“The Wind”). At the core of the album is the song “Molasses,” exploring the importance of family roots. The final act of the album is a chillingly beautiful a cappella rendition of Paul Simon’s “American Tune.” With it, there’s a feeling of closure to the album, the kind of feeling that comes as you move through each major phase of life, wrapped in family roots but looking forward to a new future.

  • You Don't Know

    • Lyrics

      You Don't Know

      E. Tietjen

      You don't know, no you don't know nothin'
      You don't know how much love I love you so
      Guess your mama she just never told you
      And I'm never gonna tell you so

      We were children playing by the river
      Holding hands as only children do
      But I knew that we would be together
      In the way the older folks would do

      But you don't know, no you don't know nothin'
      You don't know how much love I love you so
      Guess your mama she just never told you
      And I'm never gonna tell you so

      Watched you grow into a man my dear
      I watched you fumbling with your heart
      Bide my time best as I can my dear
      And wait until this love of ours can start

      But you don't know, no you don't know nothin'
      You don't know how much love I love you so
      Guess your mama she just never told you
      And I'm never gonna tell you so

      I'll keep waitin' til your eyes are open
      Keep on keepin' like a friend should do
      Truth will come unto you soon I'm hopin'
      Or my heart will surely break in two

      You don't know, no you don't know nothin'
      You don't know how much love I love you so
      Guess your mama she just never told you

      And I might just have to tell you so

      Well, now you know now you know my darlin'
      Now you know how much I love you so
      Go ahead, go on and tell your mama

      And she'll say just how she
      And she'll say just how she
      And she'll say just how she told you so!

  • Seduction of Spring

    • Lyrics

      Seduction of Spring

      C. Tietjen (lyrics), E. Tietjen (music)

      We’re saints of Spring’s notorious folly
      Writhing in wafts of pollen
      More fallen than Fall, with petals ripped open
      For the littlest fingers to crawl in

      We’re virile violets with stamen inflamed
      Flirting through fluttering butterflies
      We worship the sun, revere the rain
      And we dream by the light of the fireflies

      Hear our song of honey love
      Be converted by the bees
      Feel yourself enlightened by
      Our grandfather the trees
      Let yourself free, let yourself breathe
      Hear yourself sing
      The seduction of spring

      We spiral dance with our sisters the vines
      We’re the fruit that follows the flower
      Drunk even before we turn into wine
      In every drop there is power

      In indigo showers we are the ground
      Feeling wet warm and brown
      Perpetual towers, spring up from the mist
      We are the blithe and we are the bliss

      Kissing every, kissing every
      Kissing every drip drop
      Kissing every, kissing every
      Kissing every drip drop
      Kissing every kissing every
      Kissing every drip drop
      Drip drop, ah ah ah ah

      Hear our song of honey love
      Be converted by the bees
      Feel yourself enlightened by
      Our grandfather the trees
      Let yourself free, let yourself breathe
      Hear yourself sing
      The seduction of spring

  • Woo Woo

    • Lyrics

      Woo Woo

      R. Tietjen

      I’ve been roughed up talked down oh I been schooled
      But at least I know I’ve been a fool
      It’s been starin’ at me
      Oh why didn’t I see
      And I hope it’s not too late to go…

      Somewhere way down the track oh I thought I’d jump on
      See how this journey unfolds
      Now I’ll never look back and I know I wasn’t wrong
      Oh I’ll stay on this train till I’m old

      Woo woo I hear it comin
      Woo woo oh it’s in the air
      Woo woo there’ll be no more runnin, 'cause I’m already there
      Woo woo it takes me higher
      Woo woo oh it brings me peace
      Woo woo I feel the fire, I’m inspired by the heat

      Oh it’s been a long road and I can’t tell you the distance
      Right now that seems obsolete
      I’ll keep ridin as long as I’m givin the chance
      And that’s all I need to feel complete

      Woo woo there'll be no more sorrow
      Woo woo I will leave the fear
      Woo woo I'll feel the water but it won't be from my fear
      Woo woo it makes me lighter
      Woo woo oh I won't look back
      Woo woo I'll never tire of the rhythm of the clickety clack

      Oh I don’t know where I’m going
      And the line just keeps twistin
      Maybe I couldn’t get there if I tried
      But I’ll keep chuggin along
      Won't regret what I’ve been missin
      Baby I’m along for the ride

      Woo woo I hear it coming
      Woo woo oh it's in the air
      Woo woo there'll be no more runnin, 'cause I'm already there
      Woo woo oh it makes me lighter
      Woo woo oh I won't look back
      Woo woo I'll never tire of the rhythm of the clickety clack

      Woo woo oh I’m feelin so good today
      Woo woo oh I’m finally on my way
      Woo woo there are really no words to say but…
      Yeahhh

      Woo woo oh I’m feelin so good today
      Woo woo oh I’m finally on my way
      Woo woo there are really no words to say but…
      Yeahhh
      Woo woooooooooo

  • Not Be The Same

    • Lyrics

      Not Be The Same

      E. Tietjen

      Well it’s true that I wouldn’t die if I spent my nights next to somebody new
      You can bet if we never met that I’d still be singin’ my way through the blue
      But the beautiful fact of the matter is that we both hopped on the same train
      And I could go on without you but love it would not be the same

      Lord I know that all of the pieces I need they are growin’ inside my own frame
      I’d be fine if you weren’t mine, or if I never heard the sweet sounds of your name
      But as fortune would have it our paths crossed so we could unburden each other’s pain
      And I could go on without you but love it would not be the same

      I would not know the touch of your arms as I’m sleeping
      Or the strength of your smile ‘cross a room
      Or how you never let me stay down for too long
      I’d be singin’ a far different tune, if I never met you

      Well it’s true, the way I love you, well that isn’t all that does make me complete
      I’d be fine on my own, it’s just that being with you makes it that much more sweet
      For in destiny’s storm we got mixed up, so now we together can wait out the rains
      And I could go on without you but love it would not be the same

      I would not know the touch of your arms as I’m sleeping
      Or the strength of your smile ‘cross a room
      Or how you never let me stay down for too long
      Pick me up with your big heart whenever I’m wrong
      I’d be singin’ a far different song, if I never met you

  • Train Wreck

    • Lyrics

      Train Wreck

      C. Tietjen

      I’m not gettin’ any younger, since the last time I fell for you
      When I heard your train come thunderin’, thunderin’, thunderin’
      And I haven’t been the same wreck since that train wreck

      But with a little time and a little glue
      This train of love is gonna be just as good as new
      With a little time and a little glue
      This train of love is gonna be just as good as new

      You know that you’re not gettin’ any younger, in fact you’re lookin’ kind of old
      But I’d settle for forever, ever, ever
      And I haven’t been the same wreck since that train wreck

      And with a little time and a little glue
      This train of love is gonna be just as good as new
      With a little time and a little glue
      this train of love is gonna be just as good as new

      It was a train wreck when we first met
      You could say we fell off the wall
      It was a train wreck and then you left
      and I’m tired of sleeping all alone

      But with a little time and a little glue
      this train of love is gonna be just as good as new
      With a little time and a little glue
      this train of love is gonna be just as good as new

      I’ll pick up the pieces and you supply the glue
      I’ll work on the engine while you mend the caboose
      But if we can’t fix it, I guess it’s all the same
      I’ll meet you on the railroad as we burst into flames

      And with a little time and a little glue
      This train of love is gonna be just as good as new
      With a little time and a little glue
      This train of love is gonna be just as good as new

  • It Was Me

    • Lyrics

      It Was Me

      C. Tietjen

      You thought she was the reason you came back but now you see
      It was me baby it was me baby it was me
      You didn’t know what hit you but I fit you to a t
      Can’t you see baby can’t you see baby it was me

      Well I will be your trouble if you will be my treat
      Come to me baby come to me baby come to me
      And I will be your honey if you will be my bee
      Be my bee baby be my bee baby be my bee

      Because our juju jives
      So let’s hitch that ride
      It doesn’t hurt to try
      Open your eyes

      No you didn’t know what you so I hit you pardon me
      Pardon me baby pardon me baby pardon me
      And I know you weren’t lookin’ but I aint that hard to see
      Look at me baby look at me baby look at me
      I said I will be your trouble if you will be my treat
      Come to me baby come to me baby come to me
      And I’ll be your salty mama if you will be my sweet
      Be my sweet baby be my sweet baby be my sweet

      Because our juju jives
      So let’s hitch that ride
      It doesn’t hurt to try
      Open your eyes (open your eyes)
      Open your eyes (open your eyes)
      Open your eyes

  • The Wind

    • Lyrics

      The Wind

      R. Tietjen

      Into the wind I go
      feelin' like I can't take no more
      Feel resist and try to go with the flow

      So I'll let it turn me around
      Just relax as my body floats off the ground
      Now I might never be found

      But I'd never been so high
      Didn't know if I let go I would fly
      If I let go I would fly

      And if you follow me
      It's far below but in distance you will see
      And finally be free

      So let's explore the sky
      Is this where people go when they die?
      But it's a long way down
      Don't fall to quickly be carried by the sound

      And that is where I am found

  • Molasses

    • Lyrics

      Molasses

      C. Tietjen

      I built a house above the sorrows of my kin
      I feel the walls, but the roof lets all the rain in
      I count those roots, as they grow through the cracks
      I stomp ‘em down, but they keep growing back

      Oh this blood, is thicker than molasses
      These kindred lines find their way back to the core
      We share our burdens, and rise above the ashes
      Besides I can’t ignore their troubles at my door

      My mama’s tears were steady falling nine months straight
      I closed my eyes, but my love for her was just too great
      My papa faltered, he said damn it’s getting’ late
      It happened all too fast, but life just doesn’t wait

      Oh this blood, is thicker than molasses
      These kindred lines find their way back to the core
      We share our burdens, and rise above the ashes
      Besides I can’t ignore their troubles at my door

      My sister said, "I will never love again"
      I told her "darlin', don't ever trust those handsome men"
      I turned away to let my sister pine
      But as I did, her pain turned into mine

      Oh this blood, is thicker than molasses
      These kindred lines find their way back to the core
      We share our burdens, and rise above the ashes
      Besides I can’t ignore their troubles at my door

  • But Not For You

    • Lyrics

      But Not For You

      E. Tietjen

      I’ve heard you story too many times
      I know you’re sorry, but baby I’m not blind
      I need a man who’s not afraid to stand where I can see him
      Oooo ooo ooo
      In the good light or the bad
      Baby I’m mad, but not for you

      See I’ve been waitin’ on your ass to change
      My patience’s fadin’ and boy I feed deranged
      Was I crazy to think that you could make me feel
      Oo oo oo
      The way a real man ought to do
      Baby I’m mad, but not for you

      This is more than cabin fever
      And it’s not hysterics neither
      Baby I don’t want to persevere
      Because darlin’ when you’re near me
      I do not get the feelin’ there’s any reason that I should stay here

      So pack your bags now I don’t want to waste
      Another moment here in this barren place
      I wont get teary cuz baby I’m just weary
      Ooo ooo oooo
      Past the point of feeling sad
      Baby I’m mad, but not for you

      This is more than cabin fever
      And it’s not hysterics neither
      Baby I don’t want to be persevere
      Because darlin’ when you’re near me
      I do not get the feelin’ there’s any reason that I should stay here

      I’ve heard you story too many times
      I know you’re sorry, but baby I’m not blind
      I need a man who’s not afraid to stand where I can see him
      Oooo ooo ooo
      In the good light or the bad
      Baby I’m mad but not for you

      Baby I’m mad
      Baby I’m mad
      Baby I’m mad
      But not for you

  • Bones

    • Lyrics

      Bones

      C. Tietjen

      Down at the bottom near those lonesome stones
      was an old man he was livin’ there with his rickity tickity bones
      (and he said) too many years (I’d been so long) I’ve been estranged
      Now in my final hours I am ready to make a change

      (and he said) not gonna wait, I’m gonna go
      it’s not too late and I’m not gonna wait no more
      (yea he said) not gonna wait, I’m gonna go
      it’s not too late and I’m not gonna wait no more

      He packed up his bags (a heavy load) and dusted off his boots
      after all these years locked in here, what’ve I got to lose
      Then it got colder (it got so cold) he saw the shadow of his breath
      and when he heard the chill a knockin’ well he knew that it was death

      (and death said) not gonna wait, not gonna go
      It’s too late and I’m not gonna wait no more
      (yea death said) not gonna wait, not gonna go
      It’s too late and I’m not gonna wait no more

      (come follow me) nooo
      (come follow me) but I’m not ready
      (come follow me) it’s not too late and I’m not gonna wait no more
      x2

      Down at the bottom near those lonesome stones
      Well there aint no old man living there but a ghost is playin’ his bones
      A ghost is playin’ his bones
      A ghost is playin’ his bo-ones

  • Broken Wings

    • Lyrics

      Broken Wings

      R. Tietjen

      If my love could bury me I’d be deep underground
      Swallowed by the lonely feeling when you ain't around
      If my love could lift me up oh you know I’d be flying high
      But if these broken wings don’t carry me
      I might just drop down and die

      If the sun was in my eyes may as well be blind
      So I couldn’t see you walk away, this might be the last time
      If my legs were stuck in place oh I could not follow you
      So I let you go oh this time I know
      It’s you that’s been making me so blue

      Now there’s a deep dark hole filled with regret with something that could never be
      And as long as I know I’ll try to forget what you made of me
      See I was alone when you came thought I’d finally found somebody true
      But when I leave this place I know right away
      That person was never you

      Now the stars have left my eyes the picture is starting to form
      I was drowning in a Holy Flood when I realized it was only a storm
      It still hurts babe but at least I have not forgotten to feel
      No these broken wings won’t carry me
      But they are certain to heal
      Oh yes they are starting to heal
      Yes they are starting to heal

  • American Tune

    • Lyrics

      American Tune

      Paul Simon

      Many's, the time I'v been mistaken
      And many times confused
      Yes, and often felt forsaken
      And certainly misused
      But I'm all right, I'm all right
      I'm just weary to my bones
      Still, you don't expect to be
      Bright and bon vivant
      So far away from home, so far away Irom home

      And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
      I don't have a friend who feels at ease
      I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
      or driven to its knees
      But it's all right, it's all right
      We've lived so well so long
      Still, when I think of the road
      we're traveling on
      I wonder what went wrong
      I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong

      And I dreamed I was dying
      And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
      And looking back down at me
      Smiled reassunngly
      And I dreamed I was flying
      And high up above my eyes could clearly see
      The Statue of Liberty
      Sailing away to sea
      And I dreamed I was flying

      We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
      We come on the ship that sailed the moon
      We come in the age's most uncertain hour
      and sing an American tune
      But it's all right, it's all right
      You can't be forever blessed
      Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
      And I'm trying to get some rest
      That's all I'm trying to get some rest

*all songs by T Sisters except track 12, “American Tune,” by Paul Simon.

Vocals: Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen
Guitar: Grant Gordy
Upright Bass: Todd Phillips
Drums: Rick Alegria
Mandolin: Mike Marshall
Fiddle: Laurie Lewis, Chad Manning
Dobro: Mike Witcher
Trumpet: Lech Wierzynsky
Saxophone: Yanos “Jonny Bones” Lustig

Produced by Laurie Lewis, Spruce and Maple Music.
Engineered by Dave Luke at Ninth Street Opus.
Additional engineering by Laurie Lewis at Lewietoons.
Mixed by Tom Size at Tomland.
Mastered by Ken Lee.
Graphics by Claude Shade.