Lullabies & Family Songs

by Watson & Roy

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Rob Watson and I had a handful of songs that didn't really fit our Whistlestop project, but all centered around family life, so we threw them in the pot and put it out. Special thanks to Jim Crew for taking the time to record us and beautify the songs with his talents.

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Here's what Rick Cornell had to say about it in the Independent Weekly:


Being invited into the home of someone you hardly know can be a bit uncomfortable. With Lullabies & Family Songs (an album that couldn't be titled anything else), Rob Watson and Mike Roy offer that kind of invitation. The duo, who co-leads the roots-gospel outfit The Whistlestop, takes an interesting approach to dealing with that potential discomfort: They throw open all the doors, wedding albums and family memories, giving the listener an all-access pass. Welcomes and farewells are shared, along with accompanying vows and prayers, celebrating the uncomplicated, mostly quiet pleasures of family life.

"Uncomplicated and mostly quiet" sums up the record's songs as well. Watson and Roy handle most of the sounds, employing twin acoustic guitars and other stringed things to create a gentle folk-country stream. The swapped vocals—Watson's the rangier, Roy's the grittier—float nicely on top, texture added by Jim Crew's keys and accordion, with splashes of pedal steel courtesy Allyn Love. The record begs close listening.

Therein lies its touch of irony: The opportunity to listen closely is a luxury that those most likely to appreciate the scenes and sentiments presented—that is, folks with young children—tend not to have. My advice: Try your best to make the time. You'll be rewarded with gorgeous songs like "Aubin," which uses the smart, subtle layering of instruments to slow-build into full brightness. It's the aural equivalent of a sunrise.

The tempo does pick up a bit toward the end, with the pairing of "This Old Piece of Wood" (a love song to a guitar instead of a wife or daughter) and "Been Thinkin' About My Baby," a full-band feel painting the pair as rockers in contrast to the hushed tones elsewhere. Same joy though, just amplified. And you might take comfort in knowing that it can get just as noisy around the Watson and Roy homes as it can your own.


www.indyweek.com/indyweek/watson-and-roys-lullabies-and-family-songs/Content?oid=1215039

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released March 28, 2009

All sounds played by R. Watson, M. Roy and J. Crew except pedal steel by Allyn Love. Recorded and mixed by Jim Crew, mastered by Ryan Simms.

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Born outside of DC, raised in MD, college in Baltimore, made a record there, moved to TN, wrote a record there, moved back to MD recorded 2nd record, went on tour with J Roddy Walston & The Business, met future wife in NC, moved to RI for two weeks, went back to DC to meet up with future wife, moved to NC, married wife, had 3 kids, just finished 4th solo album called Mike & Eileen Chapter One. ... more

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Track Name: I Never Knew
I never knew you'd come in summer
I never knew you'd fall like rain
I never knew you'd had to suffer
I never knew you'd know such pain

But now I know you are indeed the
most precious lady ever I've seen
Just can't believe it's you I prayed for
so many nights before I'd sleep

I never knew your beauty'd shake me
I never knew it'd make me weep
To hold your hand and walk beside you
To hear you laugh to kiss your cheek

I never knew you'd be so graceful
Bursting with love for all you see
Just one small thing that still eludes me
What is it that you see in me?

I can't believe the Lord is this good
to bless a sinner like old me
with one of His own precious angels
to come on down and marry me
Track Name: May May
May May oh little May May
what a sweet baby girl

Darling, oh you're so darling
people find you like a pearl

You're crying, you should be smiling
what'd you think of this old world

May May, oh little May May
what a sweet baby girl


May May, oh little May May
we know what you need

You're dancing, you should be sleeping
now you want something to eat

Night night, Mama says Night Night
May your dreams be as sweet

As you May May oh little May May
what a sweet baby girl


I just want to say
You make my day
You're my sunshine, sunshine, sunshine

May May, oh little May May
what a sweet baby girl
Track Name: Annie's Wedding Song
Mama you gave her life
in the high heat of a hot august day
unto a child a child is born

And as you heard her cry
as they carried her away
the birth of a new joy took form

as she comes and goes, she comes and goes

Papa she turned your world
on its head as she stole your heart
slain by a creature so small

And you held on so tight
to the back of the bike that she learned
so quickly to pedal away

as she comes and goes, she comes and goes

And to us she was given
as a leader a friend and a foe
all four of us shaped by her grace

And the debt that we owe
to her patience, her guidance
you know we could never repay or replace

and she comes and goes, she comes and goes

And unto you
proven worthy and true of her love
we pray you are set to receive today

This most precious of gifts
you could never have felt your deserve
thank God he don't give gifts that way

For indeed she is His, and her life
ever is in His hand
that you may never have fear

For as sure as He lives
so His strength too He gives
so beside her He has called you to stand

as she comes and goes,

as she comes and goes
Track Name: Home With You
There is a place where the walls are worth knowing
They hear what you say, and see all that you do

There's a clock we hung high, set it fast to get me going
There's one here at work that makes me bluer than blue
Til I'm home with you

Halleluja, home with you

Then I pass by the park where I know ya'll were playing
Cause you called just to call and say they climbed something new
I'm almost home with you

Oh the weight of the day turns the car into a closet
Oh Lord light the way on the paths they must choose
Til they're home with you

Halleluja, home with you

I hear they're calling for snow I guess we'll know in the morning
I sure hope it sticks. You think they'll call off school?

Halleluja, home with you

Halleluja, I'm home with you
Track Name: Aubin
Aubin where have you been
We've waited so long for you

Aubin where have you been
We've waited so long for you

And then, in the dark of morning
You came without warning

Aubin where have you been
We've waited so long for you

Aubin where have you been
We've waited so long for you

There in the bright light shining
You were smiling

Aubin where have you been
We've waited so long for you

Aubin where have you been
We've waited so long for you
Track Name: Sing the Baby
We sing the baby little lullabies
Lullabies for when the baby cries
Little itty bitty baby don't you cry

We sing the baby little lullabies
Lullabies for when the baby cries
Little itty bitty baby don't you cry

Don't you cry
Lullaby

Have the sweetest of dreams tonight
No don't you cry

We sing the baby little lullabies
Lullabies for when the baby cries
Little itty bitty baby don't you cry

We sing the baby little lullabies
Lullabies for when the baby cries
Little itty bitty baby don't you cry

Don't you cry
Lullaby

You'll have your sweetest dreams tonight
So don't you cry

We sing the baby little lullabies
Lullabies for when the baby cries
Little itty bitty baby don't you cry

We sing the baby little lullabies
Lullabies for when the baby cries
Little itty bitty baby don't you cry
Track Name: Sir William of the Roses
This hand ain't got no feeling
and this heart ain't got no tune
Cause this man 'fore whom we're kneeling
To be laid in this here tomb

Is William of the Roses
A Captain fair and true
A father to his children
A lover of the truth

Through battles cold and many
He strongly led men through
And with wounds heaped on him heavy
You'd never hear him moan

Sir William of the Roses
For gentler times he longed
But he played the cards were dealt him
And he hummed his cheerful song

And one through ten, all he bore them
And he wore them on his brow
His gold and his sliver
A humble man's humble crown

The stars in heave enfold him
And on his Captain's breast
He knows the hand who'll hold them
And he can finally rest

This hand is slowly mending
This heart will beat on through
Cause William of the Roses
Did all he needed to
Track Name: This Old Piece of Wood
This old piece of wood
That used to be a tree
This old piece of wood
That was handed down to me

Oh I bet this one has seen
a many of a memory
Like Christmas time at Grandma's
I can't believe it made its way to me

This old piece of wood
That used to be a tree
I'm so glad it found its way
Found its way to me

Well I hope I play it good
Like Grandma played for me
She'd play that A7 with the G
And Pappy made me go shake the pecan tree

This old piece of wood
I'm so glad it found its way
Found its way to me

This old piece of wood
Weren't meant to be a broom
This old piece of wood
You know it calls my name from across the room

This old piece of wood
Has seen many of a gospel tune
Like That Old Rugged Cross
Yeah I believe in that wood too

This old piece of wood
That used to be a tree
I'm so glad it found its way
Found its way to me

Well I hope I play it good
Like Grandma played for me
She'd play that A7 with the G
And Pappy made me go shake the pecan tree

This old piece of wood
That used to be a tree
I'm so glad it found its way
Found its way to me
Track Name: Been Thinkin About My Baby
I been thinkin bout my baby
Not the one upon my knee
I been thinkin bout my honey
How she is sweet as she can be
I been thinkin bout my gorgeous
And the turning of these leaves

I'm so glad she's the one that fell for me


I been thinkin bout my baby
Not the one I have to feed
I been thinkin bout my honey
The one who's always feeding me
I been thinkin bout my gorgeous
And what a sight she is to see

I can't believe she's the one here next to me


Well I been thinking for so long
that the words all come out wrong
Leaving me with half thoughts piled up like rail cars
in this train wreck of a song
I hope she sees just what I mean
Through all this smoke and all this steam
Cause I will click clack on down the track
Til my metaphors can get me back to what I really mean


Is that I'm thinkin bout my baby
Sitting in my shotgun seat
I been thinkin bout my honey
Riding with me on my steed
I been thinkin bout my gorgeous
and how absurd it does seem
that she chose to make her man outta me


Well I been thinking for so long
that the words all come out wrong
Leaving me with half thoughts piled up like rail cars
in this train wreck of a song
I hope she sees just what I mean
Through all this smoke and all this steam
Cause I will click clack on down the track
Til my metaphors can get me back to what I really mean


I been thinkin bout you baby
Sitting right in front of me
I been thinkin bout you honey
In that front row seat
I been thinkin bout you gorgeous
And how absurd it does seem
that you chose to make your man outta me

that you chose to make your man outta me
Track Name: I Promise You
I get up, I get down
I get free, I get bound
In your heart, in your smile
I hope this life lasts awhile

I was lost, now I'm found
You keep my feet on the ground

Oh I promise you, I'll always love you girl

You deserve my best line,
It should flow, and it should rhyme
How bout love let's endear
A New York minute, a golden year

I was lost, now I'm found
You keep my feet on the ground

Oh I promise you I'll always love you girl


I was lost, now I'm found
You keep my feet on the ground

Oh I promise you I'll always love you

Yes I promise you I'll always love you girl