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The Sapphire Blues

by Steven W. Fine

based on open-tuned guitar compositions, this 10 song cd takes us from the introspection of the deepest blue sapphire to the expanse of an Arizona sunset.
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. The Sapphire Blues
6:31 album only
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2. Take a Little Bit
5:45 album only
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3. Movin On
3:45 album only
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4. Autumn Leaves
5:53 album only
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5. Headed for the Yellowstone
4:04 album only
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6. Malibu Bob
4:39 album only
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7. Tickled Pink
4:00 album only
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8. Homeless Love
5:05 album only
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9. Missed it by that Much
5:00 album only
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10. Back to You
3:36 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Sapphire Blues is the first full-length CD by Montana-based singer / songwriter Steven W. Fine. The CD production credits go to Scott Mathews who has produced artists such as John Lee Hooker, Roseanne Cash, and John Hiatt.

These 10 songs have origins throughout the United States, and have been played in solo format in venues from California to Montana to Nashville and on to the Carolinas.

The title cut, The Sapphire Blues has its origins in the Sapphire Mountains of Montana, and is lyrically reminiscent of the mining past of the old west. Steve wrote this song using open E tuned acoustic electric guitar, and is supported by Scott on the electric six string. The opening verses paint a picture a haunted opera house:


1 - The Sapphire Blues

In a broken down old building
Might have seen a ghost
Or found a silver dollar
Out by the strapping post

Been a long time in the making
Three generations come and gone
Witnessed by the old man
His face so rough and drawn

Sitting in the back row
Of the old-west opera house
A fire that's always yearning
For just one flame to douse

The timbers, they're all creaking
Down underneath my shoes
It came without a warning,
I've got the Sapphire Blues

Blue, because I want you
Blue, but I won't beg
Give me something I can stand on
I've only got one leg

I'm full of indecision
Don't know what to do
It came without a warning
I've got the Sapphire Blues

Writing, reading, always heeding
Taking all my cues
Searching, tracking always packing
Venues for my views

Spending, saving, always raving
Paying all my dues
Printing, pressing now confessing
Spreading all the news

John Henry and his hammer
They drove a spike or two
It came without a warning,
I've got the Sapphire Blues


The second cut is entitled Take a Little Bit, which is being released as the first single of the album. Take a Little Bit has its orgins on Bourbon Street, where a local street musician has been known to tell his listeners to "take one / leave one":

2 - Take a Little Bit

Street man
On the corner
Wearing bricks and brass

Playing songs
Just a quarter
This much he would ask

If you take one
Leave one
That's how I
Pay the man

Its very
Fundamental
To the Master Plan

Children listen
Children run
What you're missing
Can be undone

If you take a little bit
Put a little bit back

Rainman
Desert flower
Sunlight
Brings the tide

Captured
For a moment
Evening will subside

Passion
Rises slowly
Daydream
Overhead

Sometimes
Desolation
Brings new
Life ahead

Children Listen
Children Run
What you're missing
Can be undone

If you take a little bit
Put a little bit back

Steve wrote this song with an open G tuned acoustic guitar, and is supported by Scott on grand piano and organ.



Cut number 3 is a wild cross country ride called Movin On, written for open D tuned guitar with a slide.

3 - Movin On

Now that we're in motion
There's something I should share
I'm really just a spirit
That lives without a care

I can't be waiting
On someone else to please
So don't think twice
Just put your mind at ease

My first name is Movin
My second name is On
Did someone say Movin?
I'm already gone
On and on
We take it on the run
My first name is Movin
My second name is On

Been to New York City
Did it on a dare
Been to Oklahoma
Made people stop and stare

If you can't keep moving
Well, find yourself a chair
I've got to keep moving
My home is everywhere

My first name is Movin
My second name is On
Did someone say Movin?
I'm already gone
On and on
We take it on the run
My first name is Movin
My second name is On

You've got to be right in line
You've gor to be quick on the draw
Pick me up, just in time
Hit the highway and outrun the law

If I were'nt so wired
I tell you what I'd do
I'd take you to the country
And make sweet love to you
Well that's just a notion
That may never come true!
And I can't stand around
And explain it all to you!

My first name is Movin
My second name is On
Did someone say Movin?
I'm already gone
On and on
We take it on the run
My first name is Movin
My second name is On



Cut number 4 comes from the South and is written for open E tuned guitar...Autumn Leaves:

4 - Autumn Leaves

The sunlight in the morning
Through the old plantation trees
Swaying on your porch swing
Feeling so at ease

Yes I do remember
The sunlight in your hair
It's turning to September
Autumn Leaves are changing there

All I ever wanted
Was to have you in my life
I'll be forever haunted
Until I have you for my wife

Autumn Leaves bring changes
Seasons of the wind
The early sunset gives you
Time to look within

I know that you've been searching
Been out on the town
Autumn Leaves are falling
But I will not fall down

I'm going to be the moonlight
Through bare December trees
Illuminate your senses
And love you like I please

Autumn Leaves have fallen
Fallen to the ground
The winter wind is calling
But I will not fall down



Cut number 5 is most likely the emotional centerpiece of the album: Headed for the Yellowstone.

Steve again uses an open E tuned acoustic electric, with Scott providing magnificent backing and interpretation on steel and electric guitar.

5 - Headed for the
Yellowstone

Driving down these two-lane roads
Staying off the interstate
Little towns I never thought
Could slow me down
Now I can't wait

Writing down some special words
For later, on the telephone
I don't know where I'll end up
But I'm headed for the Yellowstone

And I believe
Because you believe in me

Going to the county fair
With wooden box
And megaphone
Going to shout out loud
Hope I get it straight
I'm betting everything I own

And I believe
Because you believe in me

You're the only one
Who keeps me strong
The only rhyme
That writes this song

Spending too much time it seems
Looking back and dwelling on
All the wrongs that I can't right
I'm going to break this curse
Or I'll die trying

And I believe
Because you believe in me

Taking time and time's my own
Yeah I'm Headed for the Yellowstone

Driving down these two-lane roads
Staying off the interstate
Little towns I never thought
Could slow me down
Now I can't wait



Cut number 6 is a retro-rock anthem about a mythical folk-hero by the name of Malibu Bob:

6 - Malibu Bob

He's got one hand on the wheel
One hand on the dial
The tubes that glow, his GTO
Still take him there in style

You'll see him on the freeway
Near Hollywood at night
Breaking through the darkness
A lane change to the right

Folk Hero!
Could have been a rock star
Folk Hero!
Never made it too far
Never found a real job
Malibu Bob

You won't see him in your mirror
He can't reflect the light
But the end is getting clearer
In the early morning light

He's still living in the 60's
Gone, but without dying
Beach Boy verses keep him there
Without really trying

Checked out from reality
December, '69
The '70s and discotheques
Were waiting next in line

Folk Hero!
Could have been a rock star
Folk Hero!
Never made it too far
Never found a real job
Malibu Bob

Malibu Bob Malibu Bob
Cum Sancto Spiritu!
Malibu Bob

Now he's off to cosmic parking lots
Beyond the planet mars
He's working on a tourist map
To take us to the stars



7 - Tickled Pink

Looked out of my window
Feel the sound and
Let the waves come rolling in
Standing there, a windblown shadow of a smile
I used to wear that grin

Quick-handed with the whiskey
An old and trusted friend
He said: "I might look a little frazzled, but
I'm just trying to travel
A little lighter in the wind"

But I've really been alright now
Through the thick and the thin
And I've really had my time now
Like I was Tickled Pink
And back to blue again

Well I can't change anything
And even if I could
I can get most anything
By knocking on the same old wood

But I've really been alright now
Through the thick and through the thin
And I've really had my time now
Like I was Tickled Pink
And back to blue again



8 - Homeless Love

We had it all but
Some things don't last
Condos and carphones and
Driving way too fast

Where is the magic?
Where's my little white dove?
Hopeless and tragic
My Homeless Love

I used to hold you in satin sheets
Now it feels more like cardboard
on cold city streets

Where is the magic?
Where's my little white dove?
Hopeless and tragic
My Homeless Love

Homeless Love
Seeking shelter and light
Homeless Love
Wandering aimless at night

Where is the magic?
Where's my little white dove?
Hopeless and tragic
My Homeless Love

Went to the old man
Who lives by the road
Asked him if I might
Help with his load

He kept on walking
Left me right on that curb
A sign in his basket saying:
Do not disturb

In every heart
Burns a campfire at night
Edge a little closer
Warm your hands in the light

Cold cold ashes turn to gray
Back on the corner
The very next day

Homeless Love
Seeking shelter and light
Homeless Love
Wandering aimless at night

Where is the magic?
Where's my little white dove?
Hopeless and tragic
My Homeless Love



9 - Missed it by That Much

Every stream becomes a river
Each and every one I cross
Every dime becomes a dollar
Each and every one I toss

Every grain of sand has sifted
Through my fingers
Through my hands
Every course I plot has drifted
So I've given up on plans

Well I Missed it by That Much
Out of step and out of touch
Wish I had it all together!
Could have had my place, and such
Thanks for understanding
Yes I Missed it by That Much

Every time I find a lover
Yes someone to take me in
She's running to another
I'm the origin of sin

So I'm going undercover
Yes someplace to start again
I can't hang and I can't hover
In this never-ending din

Well I Missed it by That Much
Out of step and out of touch
Wish I had it all together!
Could have had my place, and such
Thanks for understanding
Yes I Missed it by That Much

To be loved, to be a giver
Is to take it all away
Like rain into this river
I'll be back some day

I've been underestimated
But that don't seem quite right
I'm self-evaluated, yeah
I'm feeling out of sight

Even though
I Missed It by That Much
Out of step and out of touch
Wish I had it all together!
Could have had my place, and such
Thanks for understanding
Yes I Missed it by That Much



10 - Back to You

In the wild of the night
There's a train ahead
Nowhere to run
A gravel bed

Against the wall
A silhouette
Mesmerized
Light my cigarette

This time I swear
If I make it through
This time I aint
Coming Back to You

By the light of the moon
You drew me in
Lost in a crowd
At the Dew Drop Inn

Went looking around
Found you half-dead
Like digging through bones
The dog drug in

This time my soul
My soul will shine through
This time I aint
Coming Back to You

Can't you see
To let me go?
You had your way
Well now I know

This time my heart
And my heart is true
This time I aint
Coming Back to You


All songs written by Steven W. Fine
Copyright 2001 Grikle Publishing (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved

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