THE HALYARDS - FORTUNE SMILES

by Carl Funk

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Combining Everly Brothers-like harmonies with driving and passionate guitars, The Halyards deliver a unique take on life, love and the splendor of it all with this their 12-song CD Fortune Smiles. Produced by Grammy Award winning guitarist Eric Tingstad, the Halyards sprang from the duo of Carl Funk and Larry Mason into the full blown band featuring Funk, Mason, the stellar bass playing of Garey Shelton, and the electric guitar of Eric Tingstad. Guest artists include Andrew Joslyn on violin, Terry Lauber on pedal steel, Nancy Rumbel, Orville Johnson, and many more.

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released June 6, 2010

Carl Funk -- Vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin
Larry Mason -- Vocals, acoustic guitar, drums
Eric Tingstad -- Electric, acoustic, lap steel, and classical guitars
Garey Shelton -- Bass

Janet Balzo -- Hammond Organ
Terry Lauber -- Pedal Steel
Andrew Joslyn -- Violin
Will Dowd -- Drums, percussion
Orville Johnson -- Banjo, dobro
Ed Rupprecht -- Resonator and Electric Guitar
Nancy Rumbel -- Ocarina
Narayan Baltzo -- Trumpet

Produced by Eric Tingstad
Engineered by Eric Tingstad at All the Comforts of Home Studio
Additional recording and engineering by Garey Shelton
Garey Shelton Studios
Mixed by Tom Hall
Mastered by Alan Yoshida Ocean Way Mastering, Hollywood CA

Photography by Karen Moskowitz

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Track Name: Welcome Home
WELCOME HOME

Look up on the hill
There's a cage with golden bars
Someone pays to live there
They keep the gates well locked
Well, I ain't got no money
One thing that I know
You would not catch me living there
Inside the golden glow

One man's got his treasure
Another's got his pain
Some look to find redemption
Some look for who's to blame
I ain't got the reason
To judge who's wrong or right
I only know I keep my head low
On the road tonight

There's a splendid
Chaos in this life
Grab it to you
And hold it to the light
When the day comes
It brings you to your knees
Your back is to the breeze
Welcome home

I lived a revolution
And nothing really changed
I found myself in Bedlam
Babbling in chains
I ain't got a reason
To doubt the peace I've found
I only know the life I had
I had to tear it down

There's a splendid
Chaos in this life
Grab it to you
And hold it to the light
When the day comes
It brings you to your knees
Your back is to the breeze
Welcome home
Welcome home
Track Name: Marley's Lament
MARLEY'S LAMENT

In life I was an outlaw
And stole with trembling hand
I'm up in Heaven now
Or some place such as that
And I have a better view here
And nothing seems so pat
As when I was an outlaw
And I walked an outlaw path

I see the poor and hungry
In their trials on down below
And wonder why I did not care
And made them suffer so
When I am my brother's keeper
Oh, the hand of time moves slow
When I was an outlaw
There was much I did not know

In death I am an outlaw
And I killed across this land
I know this is not Heaven here
And yes, I understand
These faces of my neighbors
Condemn the selfish man
Who lived life as an outlaw
And forsake his brother's hand
Track Name: Earthbound
EARTHBOUND

In the heart of my hometown
When the sun is falling down
The faithful send their prayers up to on high
All’s right with the world
Every boy and girl
Believers float their blessings to the sky

Mother Mary came to me
Whispered let it be
Turned her holy vision to on high
I’m not the kind
To stand here acting blind
Voices in my mind keep asking why

Congregation is fine
And the choir sings in time
It’s good for the soul
But, I still feel alone
What I grab and see and feel
That’s what I know is real

They say it’s up to faith
To save the human race
Deliver us from evil, lord we cry
I’m still around
Totally earthbound
As God is in his heaven in the sky

It’s good for the soul
But, I still feel alone
What I grab and see and feel
That’s what I know is real

They say it’s up to faith
To save the human race
Deliver us from evil, lord we cry
I’m still earthbound
I’m still earthbound
Track Name: Lost in Mexico
LOST IN MEXICO

In the bars of the old city
Where only locals go
She searches in the midnight
For he who’s like a ghost
Following his footsteps
The man who can’t be found
Rumor takes her one way
And spins her back around

Oh, where did that man go
Oh, lost in Mexico

When she sees a stranger
If they meet her eyes
She cries out where’s my baby at
But there’s no reply

Oh, where did that man go
Oh, lost in Mexico

The days are long in exile
The nights are longer still
She doesn’t care about finding the money
And she never will

Following his footsteps
Circling round and round
Looking for an answer to
The man who can’t be found

Oh, where did that man go
Oh, lost in Mexico
Lost in Mexico
Track Name: Another Night's Distraction
ANOTHER NIGHT'S DISTRACTION

She was a poor girl
Never had a lot to do with money
Never had a lot to do with loving
Loving herself

He was a rich man
Always had a lot to do with money
Always had a lot to do with loving
Loving himself

One night he saw her
Thinking to himself that he would buy her
Thinking to himself what he would say
Say to take her heart

Another worthless one night’s stand
Another night’s distraction
Another night of playing games
To him all the same

And then he kissed her
Thinking all the time that it was nothing
Thinking all the time that it was only
Only a lark

Then it happened
The thing he’d always feared, it finally happened
The thing he’d always feared, he fell in love
And came apart
Came apart

When she left him
Standing in a pool of revelation
Standing like a beggar in the dark
She left his heart
Just another lonely night’s distraction
Just another lonely night’s distraction
Track Name: Best Kept Secret
BEST KEPT SECRET

She never listens to daddy
He’s just a bitter man
He lost the right to raise her up
When he raised his hand
Part of the landscape
Of the small town girl

It’s the best kept secret
You’re never gonna hear
The best kept secret
She’s getting out of here

She wants to bathe in the bright lights
She’s going to sway to the band
Find out what kindness means
A laying on of hands
Part of the landscape
Of the small town girl
No one really sees you
Disappeared from the world

It’s the best kept secret
You’re never gonna hear
The best kept secret
She’s getting out of here

It isn’t much to ask for
When you consider dreams
A turn on the dance floor
A laugh in between
It isn’t much to ask for
It isn’t much to ask

It's the best kept secret
She’s getting out of here
The best kept secret
She’s getting out here

She’s getting out
Track Name: He's Walking By
HE'S WALKING BY

Children hold your tongues
Ladies to your feet
Here comes the bravest man
You're ever going to meet
He's walking by
He's walking by

In that fine white suit
He stands out from the crowd
I have never seen
A man so tall and proud
He's walking by
He's walking by

He blocked the jail door
Stood up for the poor
Turned the howling mob away
Some men are larger
Some men reach higher
Some men are born
For bigger things

Children hold your tongues
Ladies to your feet
Gentlemen your hats
Remove them if you please
He's walking by
He's walking by
A good man's walking by
Track Name: The Streets of Laredo
THE STREETS OF LAREDO

As I walked out in the Streets of Laredo
As I walked out in Laredo one day
I spied a young cowboy all wrapped in white linen
All wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay

I can see by your outfit that you are a cowboy
This he did say as I boldly walked by
Come sit you beside me, and hear my sad story
I'm shot through the chest and I know I must die

So go write a letter to my gray haired mother
Tell her the son that she loved so is gone
But, no not a word of he who has killed me
Don't mention his name so his name won't live on

And when Sergeant Death his cold arms embrace me
Then lull me to sleep wth sweet Erin go Bragh
By the side of my Kathleen my own love then place me
Forget that you found me outside of the law

We banged the drum slowly
And played the fife lowly
With tears in our eyes as we carried him home
For we all loved our comrade
So brave, young, and handsome
We all loved our comrade although he done wrong
Track Name: Delicate Touch
DELICATE TOUCH

I've never had a delicate touch
Wound too tight and think too much
Still enough got a heart of gold
Enough for you to have and hold

None of us get out alive
We're all here on borrowed time
Tell me one good reason why
You don't give this thing a try

Take you on a midnight drive
Desert and the purple sky
Will drive you crazy
Fix me with you emerald eyes
My surrender no denying
You drive me crazy

Never had a delicate touch
Never had to give that much
I don't care what might have been
Only that you're here again

Take you on a midnight drive
Desert and the purple sky
Will drive you crazy
Fix me with you emerald eyes
My surrender no denying
You drive me crazy
Yes, you drive me crazy

You won't need a delicate touch
Baby, I don't ask for much
Join me on this desperate run
Be here when the morning comes
I never had a delicate touch
You won't need a delicate touch
I never had a delicate touch
You won't need a delicate touch
Track Name: It's Over Now
IT'S OVER NOW

It's over now
You know that it's for sure
I saw her slipping out the door
Her face was streaked with tears
And all the years showed
Like they never have before
It's over now
So stop and take a deep and simple breath
It's over now

She was good
A bit misunderstood at times
But, smiled from ear to ear
Whenever you came near her
Funny how the ones we miss the most
Are the ones we always take for granted
It's over now
So stop and take a deep and simple breath
It's over now

Life is full
Of little dreams and deaths
That keep us running from point A to B
Seeking shelter oh, so desperately
From the demons only we can see
It's over now
So stop and take a deep and simple breath
It's over now
So stop and take a deep and simple breath
It's over now
So stop and take a deep and simple breath
It's over now
Track Name: Fortune Smiles
FORTUNE SMILES

Until the day
Fortune smiles
Delivers her up back home and safely
Closes the miles
How long, how long
The refugee
I wonder why she just can’t find peace here with me

Born with a nomad soul
There’s always somewhere else to go
And it never fails to lay me low
She leaves again

Cut from a cloth
Different from mine
Yet something pulls us here together
Time after time

Born with a nomad soul
There’s always somewhere else to go
And it never fails to lay me low
She leaves again

I live for the day
Fortune smiles
Delivers her up back home and safely
And closes the miles

Born with a nomad soul
There’s always somewhere else to go
And it never fails to lay me low
She leaves again
She leaves again
She leaves again
Track Name: Heron Cove
HERON COVE

There's an uneasy truce
Between a lie and the truth
Between a man and a woman
Between water and blood
There's an uneasy truce

He was an ordinary man
She had extraordinary plans
Some say he drowned her
Down in Heron Cove
He was an ordinary man

Tempers are flaring
Fuses are short
The heat keeps rising
In the people's court
Some want to kill him
The talk of the town
There's an uneasy truce here
You can feel it all around

I've lived here all of my life
And never seen things quite like
The lean, angry faces
The eyes of the betrayed
I've lived here all of my life

Tempers are flaring
Fuses are short
The heat keeps rising
In the people's court
Some call for justice
The talk of the town
There's an uneasy truce here
You can feel it all around
There's an uneasy truce here
You can feel it