Raleigh Tavern

Raleigh Tavern

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

A constantly evolving project, Boston-based Raleigh Tavern aims to make honest music. Not quite rock, not quite folk, definitely not industrial, and hopefully progressive, singer-songwriters Pat Chadwick and Rob Johanson are intent to let the music shape itself.

Biography

Raleigh Tavern's frontmen began their musical careers together eight years ago, harnessing their abilities through epic shows in Chadwick's basement to a sold out crowd of laundry machines, old records, and rejected household items. Somehow, these countless hours of covering what many may consider the best and others the worst of late-90s rock gave birth to actual musical talent and expression. Chadwick and Johanson soon found themselves at college, trading their daily residency at "The Basement" for gigs across New England with their first band, kotter.

With the creation of Raleigh Tavern, named after the road that linked their childhood homes, the two are drawing from the past while playing for the future. Raleigh Tavern maintains an open door policy, welcoming an array of musician friends to join in their music. The latest addition is drummer Eric Landers, who adds his sensible rhythms to the band's latest demo, which walks a fine line between folk's delicacy and rock's bluntness.

Lyrics

Far Away From

Written By: Raleigh Tavern

She came to me, like a dream, short-lived, but pulsing in my mind.
That came with scenes of evergreens
and mountains she said we could climb.

My friends could see her purpose for me, but she was gone before she arrived. We drank some wine, enjoyed our time, but earthy girls they don't stick around.

I'm so far away from, so far away from love. You get what you take from, you get what you take from...

...spinning around with a girl on the ground, with loose ends and all of the above. Man, she's insane, and you're to blame, putting putting your head where it don't belong. And then I lose myself...

I'm so far away from, so far away from love. You get what you take from, you
get what you take from...

...love on the shore, I'll give you more
but I won't believe what you say. I'm hoping in time these feelings for you go away.

Lifeline

Written By: Raleigh Tavern

An innocent crime
I did not force this, it's not lust
The days were fine, but nights they always keep us honest

But you're in love

Exposed by your grace
I taught myself to pace and lower vanity
But in the blink of an eye
I found you sleeping on the grass with me

But you're in love, and that could last a lifetime
and I don't have the lifeline, to make you change your mind
Yeah, you're in love, and that could be an illusion
or is it a delusion to think you could be mine

My sweetest time

On My Door

Written By: Raleigh Tavern

She's a wonderful girl but someone broke her heart one too many times
She takes it out on the boys who try to fill the void with good intentions and red wine

I always see her 'round the corner we're drunken and disordered, never got it right
And in this endless conversation where one of us is taken I need her more tonight than ever...

I always see her with her boyfriend, I try to pretend that I didn't see her there
but she came up to me and started trouble, my head floating in the air

She said she was leaving, I said stay in touch, she asked for my business card
And left me to dreamin', man endlessly schemin', I knew this would be hard

The stars shine through the frost once more
The embers are red on the fire
But I won't believe you're spoken for
Until you post it upon my door

I know you're leaving tonight it must be sad leaving a town you love
and someone you don't even know

But, please God, don't waste my time anymore

I'll toast to her and all her kind and leave this behind
Her excited lips and glossed-over eyes have helped me draw a line
Between being crazy and having a crazy time

The stars shine through the frost once more
The embers are red on the fire
But I won't believe you're spoken for
Until you post it upon my door

Discography

DEMO 2007 (July 2007)
Live At Lando's (October 2006)

Set List

Raleigh Tavern's set and line up changes from show to show and song to song. Ranging from an acoustic guitar duo to a full band trio, the band plays for its atmosphere. With plenty of original material to fill the typical set, and an occasional appropriate cover to keep everyone honest, the band keeps an open-minded approach to each show.