Sunshine & Snow

by Reto Burrell

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In just over 33 minutes, the album takes us on a journey through the most important aspects of life - love, family, friendship, career, home - and how we make the decisions that define them. The recordings took place in the Quad Studios in Nashville, where musical greats such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, The Byrds, R.E.M. and Jerry Lee Lewis have created some of their finest masterpieces.

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released May 4, 2012

RB - vocals, acoustic guitar
Bryan Sutton - acoustic guitar
Aubrey Haynie - fiddle, mandolin
Jeff Taylor - accordion, harmonium
Dennis Crouch - upright bass
Kacy Bolls - harmony vocals
Kristin Wilkinson - viola
Monisa Angell - viola
Sari Reist - cello
Anthony La Marchiwa - cello

Recorded by Greg Droman at Quad Studios, Nashvillle TN Strings recorded by Daewoo Kim at Little Big Sound, Nashville TN

Mixed by Greg Droman at House Of Nadia, Franklin TN
Mastered by Andrew Mendelson at Georgetown, Nashville TN

Photos & Artwork by Tabea Hüberli

All songs by Burrell/Campbell Jr.

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Track Name: Sunshine & Snow
Sunshine And Snow

It still seems like a blur
The first time here with her
I fell so fast and sinned so slow
Lost in sunshine and snow

She stopped me on the street
And said, "I knew we'd meet
Like Yin and Yang or ebb and flow
We are sunshine and snow"

We walked to a motel
A place that she knew well
And as the bed rocked to and fro
I felt sunshine and snow

I asked her for her name
She said, "What would that change?
If I'm someone or just Jane Doe
There's still sunshine and snow"

She said, "I don't read books
'Cause writers are all crooks
The more I learn the less I know
It's all sunshine and snow

And if murder is a crime
Then let's stop killing time
We could live free or on death row
Life is sunshine and snow"

Then my time was up
I filled her broken cup
She held me high and laid me low
With her sunshine and snow

And as she closed the door
I knew we'd met before
It wasn't now but long ago
Among sunshine and snow
Track Name: Monday Morning 9am
Monday Morning 9am

Store owners open up
Waitresses fill coffee cups
Bankers start to make deals at their desks
Cops go out on patrol
Miners are digging coal
And health workers show up to inspect
But how many will take time to reflect?

Some have ambition
Some more seem unconcerned
Most are just wishing for this day to end

It’s Monday Morning 9am

There are the chosen few
Who love the work they do
And all the rest just wanna pay the bills
But who really wants a job that slowly kills?

Are you still trying?
Or do you just pretend?
Who will be crying, "Not this again"?

On Monday Morning 9am

Why do some folks fly so high
While the others just scrape by?
Which side are you on?
Will you be with us or them?

On Monday Morning 9am

Store owners open up
Waitresses fill coffee cups
Bankers start to make deals at their desks
But how many will take time to reflect?
So I wonder just what each of them expects
Track Name: In This City
In This City

Walking the streets of the place I call home
All my old memories won’t leave me alone
Some of them happy and some of them sad
It’s hard to go forward when you’re looking back

In this city I love
In this city I hate
In this city I can’t escape

Every building and every stone
Remind me of failures or times when I’ve shone
Around every corner are ghosts from my past
It’s hard to go forward when you’re looking back

In this city I love
In this city I hate
In this city I can’t escape

Some days I can’t get enough of this town
Some days I want to burn the whole thing down
And I feel like my future is under attack
It’s hard to go forward when you’re looking back

In this city I love
In this city I hate
In this city there’s no escape

There's no escape
There's no escape
Track Name: Cool Box
Cool Box

Take my torch then tie me to this chair with strong rope
Tear my clothes off till you've stripped me bare of all hope
Tortured souls are dark and cold and empty
Our battle's come with different drums
But each day the rhythm's the same
Over and over
When we're done the blood that runs has turned into ice in our veins

Hear that winter wind, it's blowing
Goes right through my skin, I'm frozen
First the frost sets in
Then the thaw begins

In our house there's holes in every floor and ceiling
That welcome sign we painted on the door is peeling
And we won't make the time it takes to fix it
It's like a cage of silent rage
Where nothing escapes from your mouth
We won't talk it over
The words we save, they dig our grave
Till only the dead can get out

Hear that winter wind, it's blowing
Goes right through my skin, I'm frozen
First the frost sets in
Then the thaw begins

Let's put our hearts in a cool box
Take them out whenever we need them again
Let's put our hearts in a cool box
Take them out whenever we need them again
Let's put our hearts in a cool box
Take them out whenever we need them again
Let's put our hearts in a cool box
Take them out whenever we need them again
Track Name: Find Love
Find Love

Hanging on in this desperate fight
Losing grip when it don't go right
Nothing here makes any sense
Just stay calm, be content

Though it hurts to make a stand
Try to smile and shake some hands
Hide that fist away for now
There's no need to take it out

We can find love in the darkest place of all
We can find love in the hate wrote on the wall
Yeah, find love in the violence and the crime
But tonight I'm gonna leave it all behind

Peace is well worth waiting for
But everyone has their own war
The hardest battle left to win
Is the one down deep within

We can find love in the darkest place of all
We can find love in the hate wrote on the wall
Yeah, find love in the violence and the crime
But tonight I'm gonna leave it all behind

Dress now in that long black coat
Then compose a farewell note
Remember this is not the end
Fallen souls can rise again

We can find love in the sins of everyone
We can find love in the bullet from the gun
Yeah, find love in the madness of our minds
But tonight I'm gonna leave it all behind

Tonight I'm gonna leave it all behind

Tonight I'm gonna leave it all behind
Track Name: For Old Time's Sake
For Old Time's Sake

For old time's sake
Why can't we let go of the past?
It's not too late
To sit and talk, over a glass
And all those years
Of anger, resentment and guilt
Could disappear
If we clean that wine that we've spilt

It's my hand that I'm reaching out to you
My eyes that now see what they should do
This heart that is beating the rhythm it used to make
For old time's sake

For old time's sake
Remember the friendship we had
And one mistake
Can't turn all that good in to bad

It's the hope that I'm holding out to you
The pride that I know still runs through you
My heart that is beating the rhythm it used to make
For old time's sake

Old time's sake

Now nobody has to say sorry
I don't care who's right or who's wrong
Let's go and make some more stories
You been gone way too long

It's my hand that I'm reaching out to you
My eyes that now see what they should do
This heart that is beating the old rhythm it used to make

It's the hope that I'm holding out to you
The pride that I know still runs through you
My heart that is beating the old rhythm it used to make
For old time's sake
Track Name: My Best Friend
My Best Friend

I'm here drinking slowly sinking with regret
Clinging to the world I knew and can't forget
It's so strange, the way things change
The way things move so fast
And once they're in the past
You can't bring them back

If I could only be my best friend
Then I could help myself
If I could only be my best friend
I'd need no one else
It would set me free happiness would be forever

'Cause I know me I could show me right from wrong
By tomorrow all this sorrow would be gone
If I was here to share my beer
God, I'd pay any price
But life's a loaded dice
And you don't win twice

If I could only be my best friend
And lend a helping hand
If I could only be my best friend
I'd understand
It would set me free happiness would be forever
Track Name: Let The Good Times Sing
Let The Good Times Sing

Take my last lifeline
Then I’ll be on my way
Seems like a lifetime
Has gone by in a day

Let the good times leave you laughing
Let the good times start to swing
Let the sunshine dry the tears from your eyes
Let the good times make you sing

The seasons kept spinning
There’s so many falling leaves
But spring was beginning
When it whispered to me

Let the good times leave you laughing
Let the good times start to swing
Let the sunshine dry the tears from your eyes
Let the good times make you sing

La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la
Let the good times make you sing

Let me kneel down by the river
Let the waters cleanse my soul
Let this life I knew be reborn in you
Let the good times start to roll

Let the good times leave you laughing
Let the good times start to swing
Let the sunshine dry the tears from your eyes
Let the good times make you sing

La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la
Let the good times make you sing
Track Name: Where The Road Ends
Where The Road Ends

Here's where the road ends
And the engine will stop
My bones are so weary
They're ready to drop
I'll lie down and rest here
It feels good, it feels right, it feels time

Here's where the road ends
So I've done the last mile
And who would have thought that
I'd go out with a smile
I'll lie down and rest here
It feels good, it feels right, it feels time

No more worry
No more fear
All is peaceful
Now I'm near
So I close my eyes
So I can see
This road set me free

Here's where the road ends
And my engine will stop

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