Gem State (EP)

by Karen Dahlstrom

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released October 5, 2011

Karen Dahlstrom - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Kenny Siegal - Percussion, Organ, Steel Guitar
Gwen Snyder Siegal - Accordion

All songs written and performed by Karen Dahlstrom
"One More Time" by Karen Dahlstrom and Kenny Siegal

Produced by Kenny Siegal and Karen Dahlstrom
Engineered and Mixed by Kenny Siegal at Old Soul Studios, Catskill, NY
Mastered by Richard Morris
Art and Design by Becky Munich

©2011 Karen Dahlstrom / Idalyn Music (ASCAP)
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
www.karendahlstrom.com

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Karen Dahlstrom Brooklyn, New York

Karen Dahlstrom writes original songs rooted in traditional folk and Americana styles. Her solo EP, “Gem State", is a collection of songs inspired by her home state of Idaho. Karen is based in Brooklyn, NY and is also a member of the NYC-based band, Bobtown, who have just released their third album, “A History of Ghosts”. ... more

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Track Name: The Miner's Bride
THE MINER'S BRIDE

A cold wind blows through my windowpane
As we ride through the dusty plain
Snow will fall on the mountainside
When I become a miner’s bride

My true love lies in a soldier’s grave
And with him died the love he gave
The only thing that I can claim
A child with his eyes but not his name

Oh my love, don’t think too hard of me
I could not bide in Tennessee
Now I ride along this railroad track
And I know I’m never coming back

My mama gave away my hand
And sent us to a stranger’s land
He says we’ll live by the riverside
When I become a miner’s bride

I feel the winter coming on
In those mountains far beyond
Before they claim us as their own
I fear the snow will have my bones

Oh my son, don’t think too hard of me
I could not bide in Tennessee
Now I ride along this railroad track
And I know I’m never coming back

©2011 Karen Dahlstrom / Idalyn Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Galena
GALENA

Oh you should have seen her
Raw and wild as they came
Promising wealth without measure
If only she would be tamed

We broke our backs to charm her

Gave her our blood and our bones

Until we won her gracious favor

In a bed among the stones

Play the concertina

Lay your burden down

Remember when days were sweeter

And raise a glass to Galena

Oh you should have seen her

Dressed in her finery

Shining bright as any

Jewel of the Owyhee

We traded our picks for walking canes

Forgot wives we left on the farm

And stole down tiger alleyways

With girls from the line on our arm

She made us a name when we staked our claim

In her arms we grew up so fast

How could we know that the live we loved so

Wasn’t meant to last

Oh you should have seen her

When we’d taken all she could give

The bounty we had won from her

We thought we’d never outlive

A penny curiosity

Old bones in a pinewood vale

No one to say what she’d meant to be

And no one to tell her tale

Play the concertina

Lay your burden down

Remember when days were sweeter

And say a prayer for Galena

Oh how we loved you, Galena

©2011 Karen Dahlstrom / Idalyn Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Starling
STARLING

Fly away little starling
Go on and leave me be
How you shake me from my dreaming
Beneath the willow tree
Beneath the willow tree

Be still little starling

Don’t you sing your mocking song

Cause it rings with the echoes

Of all that I done wrong

Of all that I done wrong

Oh starling

Oh starling

Send a sweet little sparrow

Or a snow white dove

To ease my poor heart

With the memory of his love

With the memory of his love

Oh starling

Oh starling

Fly on little starling

Why won’t you hear my plea

No peace ’til you take wing

Little starling set me free
Oh starling set me free


Oh starling

Set me free

©2011 Karen Dahlstrom / Idalyn Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Streets of Pocatello
STREETS OF POCATELLO

I was born on a bad luck day
By the old railroad station
Mama and Daddy taught me to pray
But I never wanted salvation

Oh the Devil clapped me on the back

When I was nigh thirteen

Dyed my eyes from blue to black

And he made me hard and mean

Better get back on that train boys

If you know what’s good for thee

You’ll get much more than you bargained for

When you tangle with me

When you tangle with me

Mama cried when Daddy tried

To beat the Devil from my bones

They prayed for God to be my guide

But my heart had turned to stone

In the old train yard I took ‘em down

In ones and twos and threes

And every tough that came to town

Learned better than to mess with me

Better get back on that train boys

If you know what’s good for thee

You’ll get much more than you bargained fo
r
When you tangle with me

When you tangle with me

When Uncle Sam said he wanted me

I took the first train down the track

And ended up in Normandy

With a rifle on my back

Left Gerry on that bloody shore

When the cap said give ‘em hell

Took down a score but I wanted more

Even when them Gerrys fell

Better get back on that train boys

If you know what’s good for thee

You’ll get much more than you bargained for

When you tangle with me

When you tangle with me

Came home with a chest full of brass

And a slug stuck in my side

Holed up in the bottom of a glass

And a-spoiling for a fight

I’ll take you on ’til my last breath

With fist or bottle or blade

And when I shake the hand of Death

They’ll carve this on my grave

Better get back on that train boys

If you know what’s good for thee

You’ll get much more than you bargained for

When you tangle with me

When you tangle with me

©2011 Karen Dahlstrom / Idalyn Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: One More Time
ONE MORE TIME

Meet me by the mountain track
Just before the morning
We’ll climb up the camel’s back
And watch the day a-dawning

Let’s float down the cool green river

While the sun warms our skin

Watch the breeze make the cottonwoods shiver

And confess to each other our sins

One more time

Call me your sweet summer darling

Just one more time

Before the leaves start falling

Let’s pile on into the truck

And drive into the city

Let the boys try their luck

With the girls they think are pretty

And if they ain’t done romancing

After the sun goes down

Maybe we’ll all go out dancing

On the north side of town

One more time

Call me your sweet summer darling

One more time

Before the leaves start falling

If you drive us past the city lights

I will tell you the names of the stars

And we’ll kiss under the moonlit sky
To a chorus of Spanish guitars

One more time

Call me your sweet summer darling

One more time

Before the leaves start falling

Falling

I am falling

One more time

Falling

I am falling

One more time

by Karen Dahlstrom and Kenny Siegal
©2011 Karen Dahlstrom / Idalyn Music (ASCAP)