Sugar Bayou

Sugar Bayou

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Voted #3 in the TOP 10 CDs/local/'07 by the Houston Chronicle, Sugar Bayou writes & plays socially & politically compelling eclectic acoustic Americana: joyful, complex, ethereal vocals & virtuoso instrumentals infused w/traditions from blues to bluegrass. CD3 on the way, Lloyd Maines producing.

Biography

Almost half-a-hundred dog years ago (unless you count Junior High Choir), Bob Oldreive & April Rapier started playing music together. Bob has a musical pedigree the size of the Big Bend (remember Dogtooth Violet?), and has a new songwriting award to add to his resume: American Songwriter Contest, 2nd place for "Someone Else's Dream", 8th place in 2007. April sang demos coast to coast, playing in various bands during her years in Europe, Colorado & Hawaii. They formed a band called Sugar Bayou. Today, Sugar Bayou is: Bob (guitar & vocals), April (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo & piano), Austin's own guitar god Bill Browder, renown bassist Robert Knetsch & fiddler guru Richard Bowden. "Dance Hall Incident", their second CD of original songs, was released in August, 2007 and debuted to a sold out audience at McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston in October, following the success of their first CD, "Nowhere But Gone." Sugar Bayou was nominated for a Houston Press Music Award (best trad. folk) in '08. "Dance Hall Incident" features a wish-list come-true lineup, including Lloyd Maines, Michael Ramos, Floyd Domino, Paul English, Eddie Cantu, Kerry Jones, Mike Rieman, Kevin Hall and John Mills. Produced by April Rapier, Bob Oldreive, Bill Browder & Mike Thompson/Ivory Tower Realizations, engineered by Layton DePenning/Elmo's Lab and mastered by Jerry Tubb/Terra Nova Digital, "Dance Hall Incident" has been hailed as masterful, eclectic, pure joy, with powerful writing and brilliant musicianship at its foundation. Influences vary from Beatles to Townes Van Zant, Ricky Skaggs to Phoebe Snow. In the Dec. issue of UK's Maverick Magazine, Laura Bethell says: "Continuously I’m asked just what is Americana music. Well, this second album by this eclectic Texas-based outfit is probably the best example I can offer."

Lyrics

Funny Thing About Love

Written By: April Rapier

FUNNY THING ABOUT LOVE
©April Rapier

Was it the midnight hour or the crescent moon
Or sweet magnolia made me speak too soon?
When I said I love you, you looked the other way
Can’t take it back—wish it was yesterday
There’s ‘bout a thousand words I coulda got away with
But the night blooming jasmine overtook my senses
& I know deep down you feel the same way too so
Kiss me boy and lay down your defenses
CHORUS
Well, it’s a hot summer night—cool river flowin’
And it’s a funny thing about love—
you can get there without knowing
VERSE
We watched a comet danced across the southern sky
I saw the future brewin’ in your eyes
So tell me now or tell me later—take your time or lead the way
But your silly grin says it all—there’s only one thing left to say
CHORUS
It’s a sunny spring morning, coffee in a cup
And it’s a funny thing about being in love—
you just can’t say it enough

BRIDGE
When I look back on that awkward night
the risk was well worth takin’
I took a leap of faith—and you did, too
Even if you were fakin’
VERSE
When you reach that moment–it’s fish or cut bait
Wait a minute too long, it might be too late
Three simple words turn into so much more
When you know it’s right, it’s what you’re livin’ for
CHORUS
It’s a lazy winter day—storm clouds overflowin’
And it’s a funny thing about love—give it half a chance
It just keeps growin’
And it’s a funny thing about love—
You can get there without knowing

Someone Else's Dream

Written By: Bob Oldreive & April Rapier

Someone Else’s Dream

I didn’t do it–it wasn’t me
I can’t recall–how could it be?
I was on the train to Montreal
We should have stopped it
We had the time
They were so far out of line
Now there’s tears of rage for the carnage that we saw
CHORUS
One man wears a silk suit
One man has no shirt
Drink the bottled water
‘Cause there’s poison in the dirt
I’m walkin’ back to Houston with a ransom for the king
Just pieces of someone else’s dream

Between the cross and the sword
And where the gold is stored
The border’s closed and still they fly away
Old men hang on the walls
On the bench the gavel falls
And the judge just talks about the good old days
CHORUS
One man wears a silk suit
One man has no shirt
Drink the bottled water
‘Cause there’s poison in the dirt
I’m walkin' down at the shipyard with a ransom for the king
While little kids are grabbin’ rocks to sling
Just pieces of someone else's dream

Crepe myrtle falls to the ground
And for us the only sound
Is a mockingbird whose song goes on and on
But half a world away
It’s fear that starts their day
Four a.m. and there’s lightening all around
CHORUS
Green and white on one box
One red white and blue
Papers blow on down the road
But no one knows the truth
I’m walking back from Wall Street with a ransom for the king
While fighter jets are up and on the wing
Just pieces of someone else’s dream

Deeper Love

Written By: Bob Oldreive & April Rapier

DEEPER LOVE

Tucked behind the stars tonight, an angel’s dream will leave its wings
And travel down a beam of light, an ancient prayer for us to sing
I walk this road–my feet are sore, I hear a voice I can’t ignore
Tucked behind the stars tonight, lies a deeper love

A thousand candles in the dark, little stars to show our faith
We have come to find the spark, and hear the words that cannot wait
Some have walked a distant shore, now they say they’ll go no more
Tucked behind the stars tonight, lies a deeper love

Tucked behind the stars tonight, still elusive and unseen
By the ones who with their might, spread the fires, consume the dream
I walk this road, my feet are sore, but deep within my soul I’m sure
Tucked behind the stars tonight lies a deeper love

Faith Train

Written By: April Rapier

FAITH TRAIN ©April Rapier

If you live lifted up
Your sins are forgiven
It’s a short trip to heaven
or a Long, long road to hell
& my brother, it’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way
and sister it’s a lesson
you'd best be learnin’ well

So tangled up in wickedness Devoted to sin
If Satan spills a tear on you Satan’s bound to win
You don’t hear church bells
Or the sound of angel wings
You should be bound for glory
Your mind’s on death’s gold ring

CHORUS
Ride that faith train—bound for glory
Open your heart—hear God’s story
Feel his love—movin’ all around you
Follow blind—and be born brand new

You say that you’re a thinkin’ man The kind who needs real proof
You seek a scientific way to Believin’ in God’s truth
Well, friend I’m here to tell you There’s a lot we just don’t know
Lord’s love’s shinin’ down for free
How could you ask for more

I had a heart full of envy
And a whisky way of thinkin’
Couldn’t get my mind right
I walked a dead end trail
Wouldn’t read the Bible
Cheated on my loved one
Thought I had forever Drank from the poison well

CHORUS

Yes, I fooled myself to thinkin’ Today was all that mattered
Coulda been better
but I wasn’t all that bad
I watched my children cryin’
and my mama bent and prayin’
& when it looked like I might lose it all
I thought that I’d go mad

Lucifer’s river
is runnin’ red and bloody
You don’t need to look both ways
Just reach the righteous side
And if temptation falls upon you
Cast your soul to Heaven
Save yourself eternity
As the burnin’ devil’s bride
CHORUS #2
Ride that faith train
Bound for glory
Open your heart
Tell God's story
Feel her love
Movin' all around you
Follow blind and be born brand new

I Will Wait

Written By: April Rapier & Bob Oldreive

I WILL WAIT ©April Rapier & Bob Oldreive 2003

Met him one summer when I was 16
Prettiest boy I’d ever seen
Said I’d kiss you when the corn grew tall
We were going steady in no time at all
Leaves started turning and the wind blew still
Said I love you now and I always will
Promises were waiting ‘round the corner

Bet you a dollar you couldn’t catch me
Raced you down to the sugar maple tree
Picked me up and ran me on your shoulder
Held me close as we got a day older
You spoke of things I didn’t understand
Such is the difference ‘tween a boy and a man
You smiled and said “a buck—girl, that’s a fortune”

CHORUS
I will wait for you until you know you love me
I’m standing right in front of you, I’ll be here ‘til the end
And I will wait for you

Dancing and laughing down the wheat field row
Watched by the rabbit and the nosy crow
You said you had big plans in the making
But there were things you weren’t saying
When I look back, you never lied
I couldn’t blame you no matter how I tried
How can love claim to have all the answers?

Then the rains came down and swept you away
I knew you had to go, didn’t want it that way
You promised me you’d be back again
I prayed for summer as the snow settled in
You said you’d come to claim me when the corn grew fat
I could never find another love like that
You said I’ll be your husband if you’ll let me

CHORUS 2
I will wait for you Until your search is over
You may wander ‘round the world, but keep my heart in view
I will wait for you
BRIDGE
Our last night together Is sure to bring you home
It’s written in the harvest wind and the white heat of the moon
You’ll be coming home soon

CHORUS 2

CHORUS 3
I will wait for you
Until you’re headed homeward
I will walk our sacred ground and keep your heart in view
And I will wait for you
Yes, I will wait for you

Dance With You

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Dance with You
Bob Oldreive© 2007

Some lovers say they can’t go on, that all the fire is gone
They need someone new–I still want to dance with you

I know the pain–I’ve had my turn
But now I’ve learned what I want to do–I still want to dance with you
1st Chorus
You hold on so tight out on the floor tonight
And when we go home our dance goes on and on and on

Back in the corner away from the crowd where its not so loud
And no one sees, its only you and me

In all the years since you first touched my heart
Some dreams fall apart and some renew
I still want to dance with you
2nd Chorus
Now we’re on our own–I’ll take you to San Antone
From a balcony view I want to slow dance with you

Some lovers say they can’t go on, that all the fire is gone
They need someone new–I still want to dance with you
You know I do–I still want to dance with you

Forever Angel

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Forever Angel

Low beams through the fog
Trapped behind a fallen log
Couldn’t see the rising sun
Couldn’t find my true one
Now my head is clear, your eyes are bright
Sweetest hand I hold tonight

As we gather family and friends
This promise will never end

CHORUS
Forever angel–wrap me in your wings so tight
Hear how two hearts sing tonight
Forever angel–if we could live a thousand years
I’ll be loving you until forever, angel

Lightening glows through the clouds
On the edge of here and now
The palette of a stormy sky
Is captured in your artist’s eye
Now it clears, so we walk
Climb on top Enchanted Rock

Many souls have shared the view
Now it’s me and you

CHORUS

Galveston

Written By: Bob Oldreive


Galveston Bob Oldreive © 2007

Little shotgun shack in the middle of the Heights
And the men on the front porch on this June bug night
Talking ‘bout the week over a beer
Let it all go man the weekend is here

Through the screen door Myla dances with the radio
In that summer’s dress she looks so fine but she’s got nowhere to go
To the old bebop she can whirl and sway
but when she stops Her eyes are a million miles away
Chorus
Let me take you down to Galveston
We can walk along the waterside
Lady Luck would charm the Balinese
But you charm me tonight
Bridge
Oleander dancing in the constant breeze
Seagulls squawking in the salty air
Come tonight lovers laughing on the Strand
Turn your head and they disappear
Chorus

Now where love comes from is still a mystery
But I know that I’ve found some the way you look at me
On West Beach we can go for a ride
And then we’ll stop and wander out into the moonlit tide
Chorus

Dreaming Of You

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Dreaming of You © Bob Oldreive

I’ve got it down through the day
Almost know that it’s true
In the night babe I’m still dreaming of you
I know it’s late, I shouldn’t call
Nothing else I could do
In the night babe I’m still dreaming of you

Love–where does it go, when once it was so strong
You’ve gone and lost your need for me, still I try and prove you wrong

They say that time will change my mind
Maybe find someone new
In the dark babe I’m still reaching for you

Love–where does it go, when once it was so strong
You’ve gone and found another love, still I try and prove you wrong

Find the sounds that fill your life, hear the voices of two
When all is quiet babe, I’m still dreaming of you
In the night babe, I’m still dreaming of you

He's Just Weak

Written By: April Rapier & Bob Oldreive

He’s Just Weak (9/21/03) Oldreive, Rapier © 2007

He’s got a brand new baby, she’s got a lot to learn
He’s drop dead and he’s charming but when the table’s turn
She’ll be so mad she can’t speak
He ain’t wicked–he’s just weak
2.
Like a dessert Shaman, he’ll put you in a trance
He’ll pick you up in his Cadillac and he’ll leave you at the dance
Then at 3 a.m. you’ll hear that screen door creak
He ain’t wicked–he’s just weak
Chorus
And when there’s talk of settling down he thinks that’s on you bed
Then he’ll sweet talk and you’ll come around
You’ll forget what you just said
You can lead him down a righteous path
But he don’t know right from wrong
He’ll wind up walking out your door and you knew it all along

He use to be my man, oh but now he’s just my boy
I treat him like he treated me–just an afternoon of joy
And when he leaves, well there ain’t no key to keep
He ain’t wicked–he’s just weak
Chorus

Don’t think you can change him ‘cause honey he’s just made that way
And girl you know when he says forever that might only last a day
He’s the undisputed king of double speak
He ain’t wicked he’s just weak

Jacob's Well

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Jacob’s Well

Following your taillights on a dark country road
Full moon in a cloudless sky–hill country a la mode
Raising dust and getting lost before we find the gate
We can hide out here tonight– our tracks have been erased

Fiddle on the front porch in the warm cedar wind
The devil dreams the spirits sing–a bard owl calls again
Smoke trails from the campfire like an old Cajun rhyme
They say the ghost swims at night–come on the water’s fine

CHORUS
Walk down to the crystal pool–midnight black, deep and cool
By two a.m. we’re in its spell–take off your clothes and jump in Jacob’s Well

She’s an emerald in the sunlight–her beauty pulls you in
Some went searching for her heart and never came back again
This is not our first time, it will not be our last
I’ve squandered future memories–I won’t let this one pass

CHORUS

BRIDGE
The water’s cold, it stops my heart
I catch my breath and then it starts
Your body gleams in the moonbeam light
No one’s gonna care tonight

Walk down to the crystal pool–midnight black, deep and cool
By two a.m. we’re in its spell–we go and jump in Jacob’s Well

Now That You're Gone

Written By: Bill Browder

NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE

Now that you're gone
I can stay in bed all day
What have I to do anyway?

Now that you're gone
Simple joys like your sweet voice
Are lost and swept away

Funny I've no alibi
Nothing to hold onto
Maybe he grew tired of me
No baby to belong to

Now that you're gone
Sights and sounds make no sense
But memory lingers on
Now that you're gone

Funny I can't even cry
Nothing to believe in
Someday he will surely be
All along and grieving

Now that you're gone
I live within–the world still spins
But how will I go on
Now that you're gone

Two Feet

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Two Feet

A thousand little white lines, a million drops of rain
I mash the pedal to the floor across the fruited plain
I searched the desert’s red skies, still no sign of you
The canyon’s full of emptiness like all that we’ve been through

Tomorrow I’ll run out of road and reach the endless sea
Careless words that we let fly have wounded you and me

Somewhere I’ll have to stop and get myself a room
Two feet from the telephone, a million miles from you

Passing trucks rolling on, hear those tires whine
I watch a storm begin to grow across the great divide
We’d come this way together–I remember how it snowed
We found a place to wait it out, and didn’t want to go

Tomorrow night I’ll make it home, try it all again
Gather all the scattered parts, see what I can mend
Maybe I’ll close my eyes before the night is through
Two feet from the telephone, a million miles from you

Tomorrow night I’ll make it home, try it all again
Gather all the scattered parts, see what I can mend
Maybe I’ll close my eyes before the night is through
Two feet from the telephone, a million miles from you

Leavin' For Austin

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Leaving for Austin
Bob Oldreive © 1989

When that sunlight spills over town
If you’re looking for me I won’t be around
She’s been gone far too long, got to go and bring her home
Leaving for Austin tonight

I hear that knockin’–now my wheel pulls right
I’ll fix that flat tire in the moonlight
But I won’t let it slow me down, heading for that river town
Leaving for Austin tonight
Chorus
In the hills and the lakes she can get away
She’s got family up there where she can stay
And whatever it takes for me to make it right
I’m leaving for Austin tonight

Come the morning it might be too late
I’ve gone and waited long enough to plan this escape
She might do something foolishly, forget that she’s in love with me
Leaving for Austin tonight
I’m leaving for Austin tonight

Dancing Shoes

Written By: Bob Oldreive & April Rapier

DANCIN’ SHOES ©Bob Oldreive
& April Rapier

Give me shoes to dance in, darlin’
Give me time alone
I’ll make up steps we can do together
To songs that we both know
And if you hold me close while the sun’s still shining
I’ll give my night to you
Give me shoes to dance in, darlin’
And we’ll try something new

Go and fetch your old companion
Play what’s on your mind
I’ll add my part, we’ll blend together
Our hearts can keep the time
And now I’m giving myself and it’s making me whole
I’m glad you’re on my side
Give me shoes to dance in, darlin’
I’m so satisfied

Chorus
Tonight is just for fun
I’ve given my week to everyone
And I’ve got plans for you
There’s nothing I won’t try
‘Cause being with you is my good time

Give me arms to dance in, darlin’
I’ll spend my life with you
We’ll dance across the summer mountains
From our front porch point of view
And now I’ve given myself and it’s making me whole
Love is on our side
Give me arms to dance in, darlin’
I’m so satisfied

Chorus

Have And To Hold

Written By: April Rapier, Bob Oldreive & Joe Lindley

HAVE AND TO HOLD
©APRIL RAPIER, BOB OLDRIEVE
& JOE LINDLEY

God has taken his time Showing his hand
But you know I’m not complaining
For he showed me the way To have and to hold
And love without explaining
I have wandered the world Searching for something
That I just couldn’t see
When I look in your eyes It’s so easy to tell
I’m where I’m meant to be

CHORUS
When I talk to you I feel so alive
I want to be with you As day becomes night
And when I run to you When life seems so cold
You teach me To have and to hold

When pride leads the way It can empty a heart
Blind to what really matters
You bring out the best Make me believe
Love is all love is here ever after
And when I stopped looking There you were
As though you’d been waiting for me
The mistakes and the tears Just disappeared
A leap of faith and I can finally see

CHORUS
BRIDGE
Who are we in the end
But who we love and where we stand?

So I’ll stay by your side As we grow up together
And smile as the world passes by
Every moment we share Will be something special
‘Cause you’ve still got that gleam in your eye
I know that you love me, now what could be better?
Time has proven you’re worth the wait
And God’s gift to me is our life together
No more running from fate
CHORUS

Nowhere But Gone

Written By: Bob Oldreive

NOWHERE BUT GONE
© Bob Oldreive

Put the top down on the T-Bird and we’ll ride
Count a million stars in the Bandera sky
Cool breeze’s blowin’
Nowhere we’re going but gone

Now there’s a cricket in the choir tonight
Sings his song of romance, courting his bride
But we’ll just keep on rolling
Nowhere we’re going but gone

It don’t matter what we do
Just as long as it’s me and you
It don’t matter where we play
We’re gonna get there anyway

Quarter moon hangs in the sky
A red hawk leaves his fencepost and gracefully glides
All creation showing
Nowhere we’re going but gone

It don’t matter what we do
Just as long as it’s me and you
It don’t matter where we play
We’re gonna get there anyway

Put the top down on the T-Bird and we’ll ride
Count a million stars in the Bandera sky
Cool breeze’s blowin’
Nowhere we’re going but gone
Nowhere but gone

Walking Back To Abraham

Written By: Bob Oldreive

WALKING BACK TO ABRAHAM
© Bob Oldreive

Walking back to Abraham to share with him the pain
Tell him that we raised our swords, but no angels came
Does he know of Caanan, blinded by the sun
Tell him of his children, how divided we’ve become

Walking back to Abraham, echoed in the halls
“Malice for none,” “Charity for all”
As he spoke of healing, we embraced the fight
Walking back to Abraham, we’re needing him tonight

BRIDGE
Among the tears and broken hearts,
Someone asked me “What’s my part?”

Walking back to Abraham, he took the strangers in
Tell us how to find the peace, where do we begin?
Someday we will come to rest, under the same sky
Walking back to Abraham, may better angels fly

Deep Sadness

Written By: Bill Browder

DEEP SADNESS
© Bill Browder
I’ve got trouble on my mind
My heart is heavy from this bind
I’ve got worries night and day
I can’t go on this a’way

Deep sadness won’t you let me be
Release your icy grip on me
Find another soul to dwell down in your hole
Deep sadness set me free

Someone somewhere hear my plea
My father has forsaken me
Left me with this mighty load
Lost and weary and alone

Deep sadness won’t you let me be
Release your icy grip on me
Find another soul to dwell down in your soul
Deep sadness set me free
Deep sadness set me free

The Next Best Thing

Written By: Bill Browder

THE NEXT BEST THING
© Bill Browder

Turn off the TV - go outside
Take a look around you far and wide
Red tail hawk is on the wing
If this ain’t heaven, it’s the next best thing

Shut down your laptop, kick off your shoes
Take a little break from the workaday blues
You don’t have to be the king or queen
If this ain’t heaven, it’s the next best thing

CHORUS
It’s the next best thing, don’t you know
Swing that girl doesy doe
Have a little smoke steal a little kiss
It don’t get no better than this

Look at a baby, look at a star
It’s a world of wonders near and far
Get off the tightrope–let your heart sing
If this ain’t heaven, it’s the next best thing

CHORUS

Firefly

Written By: Bob Oldreive, April Rapier & Joe Lindley

Firefly
© April Rapier, Bob Oldreive
& Joe Lindley

Firefly in a cobalt sky
All the warmth I'll have tonight
Behind the ridge a half moon hides
Distant as my lover's eyes

The river fog is spreading–I've lost my way
A trail is twisting through the vines
At the water’s edge tonight you never know what you might find

If I could climb up on that ridge
I know I'd find heaven's bridge
But I won't cross and break these ties
I'm still chasing fireflies

I can't find the west wind to blow this fog away
Or carry my lover's voice to me
All at once a whisper tells me where I need to be

Firefly in a cobalt sky
All the warmth I'll have tonight
Behind the ridge a half moon hides
To try and capture fireflies

In The Middle Of Your Heart

Written By: Bob Oldreive

In The Middle Of Your Heart
© Bob Oldreive

CHORUS
In the middle of your heart, you know what is true
In the middle of your heart you know what to do
In the middle of the night when all the searching starts
In the middle of the night you’ll find the middle of your heart

I see in your eyes a love you keep inside
As you hold another tight, there’s so much I have to hide

CHORUS

Someday the time will come, and you will know the truth
Every time I’d start again, my heart would search for you

CHORUS

Sometimes We're Kids

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Sometimes We’re Kids
© Bob Oldreive

She’s my lover, she’s my wife
She can sparkle in the morning light
The phone rings, she’s got to go
Leaves me in her afterglow

We’re paying bills and fixing cars
The dust settles and here we are
We live our lives the best we can
I’m glad that she’s my friend

CHORUS 1
Sometimes we’re kids–running through the park like we always did
Aim for the sky in a worn leather swing–sometimes we’re kids
Sometimes we’re kids–make sure and step on the acorn lids
Changing the words to whatever we sing–sometimes we’re kids

Remember how we were clever,
make a day last forever
On our bikes we’d find a way
to use up all of a Saturday

Forget the car–we can walk
so much to see on ever block
With just a smile you let me know
That time can still go slow

CHORUS 2
Sometimes we’re kids–they caught us kissin’ on the Mandell Bridge
See the horse running through the clouds–sometimes we’re kids
Sometimes we’re kids–in the dewberry patch with our fingers red
The 4th of July and we’re lost in the crowd–sometimes we’re kids

Carolina Wind

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Carolina Wind
© Bob Oldreive

I keep my thoughts where no one goes
Where the broken hearts and scars don’t show
If a memory’s lit, it’ll burn away with a fool today
I turn and find those eyes so sweet
That steal my heart and rob my sleep
Take your chance with numbered days,
‘cause soon you’re far away

CHORUS
But tonight you’re mine
I hold you like I’m gonna stay, say the words that lovers say
But tonight you’re mine again
When you lose your heart in the Carolina wind

I live a life where I’m good at goodbyes
It’s never hard to find those highway lines
Tomorrow I’m gone with time on my own
Remembering that look in your eyes

CHORUS

Heartbeat Away

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Heartbeat Away
© Bob Oldreive

I saw you in the park, but I didn’t say “hi”
Wrapped up with your new friend, I just walked on by
I try and reach these arms into our yesterday
When you were just a heartbeat away

By mistake last night, you rang my phone
You seemed so surprised to find me at home
You didn’t say too much–there’s not as much to say
As when you were a heartbeat away

CHORUS
Just a heartbeat to where our hearts would meet
If you would only try again and take me back to when
I could feel your heartbeat

If we could go tonight, just you and me
Relive a few good times the way it used to be
I have this memory each and every day
When you were a heartbeat away
When you were a heartbeat away

The Dream

Written By: Bob Oldreive

The Dream
© Bob Oldreive

Hey driver, let me feel the wind again
Won’t you roll your wheels and try to catch the sun
By twelve o’clock the Texas sky
can burn the haze off my eyes

Tomorrow with a thousand miles behind
Where the cactus stretch their arms up in the sky
And then we’ll play the desert town
Where the girls still smile and the world’s still round

CHORUS
I can’t change a thing–the rollin’ life is in my veins
Sometimes it hurts me so, my baby says she has to go
She says I’m a dreamer, and she’s awoken from the dream

BRIDGE
Tonight the truckers own the air
So give a shout and they’ll know we’re here
Two full tanks and all we’ve got is time
Climbing hills on an asphalt snake
You haven’t slept but you’re wide awake
The bad jokes on the CB get you by

CHORUS

Sometimes

Written By: Bob Oldreive

Sometimes
© Bob Oldreive

Sometimes you’ve got to let your hair down
Have a little fun sometimes
I used to let my hair down all the time
Now it’s only sometimes

Sometimes you’ve got to kick up your heels
Dance with the fiddle sometimes
I used to pay the fiddler all the time
Now it’s only sometimes

Laissez les bon temps roulez
Shrimp boat’s cullin’ and a’comin’ this away
Have a little party, gonna last ‘til dawn
Dance with the girls to Jolie Blonde
Comment ca va, yippie yi-o!
On the gulf coast, man–anything goes
When you work all week and you walk that line
You gotta have fun sometimes

Panthers

Written By: Bob Oldreive & Joe Lindley

Panthers
© Bob Oldreive, Joe Lindley

We were panthers and we ran
On twilight’s silver sand
In the tangles of the bayou
Disappear if you should follow

Never wait the light of day
To take our chosen prey
There’s a rustle in the trees
We wander where we please

CHORUS
All along our native coast–rumors, myths and ghosts

You wonder what we see
How it feels to be so free
To scale an ancient ruin
Silhouette the desert moon

Taking flight as we run
Hiding from the Mayan sun
A primal life austere
With only man to fear

CHORUS
Peering through the vines, a pair of amber eyes

With Love Again

Written By: Bob Oldreive & Joe Lindley

With Love Again
© Bob Oldreive & Joe Lindley

I hope the wind is warm and your beach is wide
As you walk to the rhythm of the coming tide
And all the stars are shining just like so many friends
Here tonight you will go with love again

There are lights out in the valley as you climb the hill
And songbirds to hear as you’re standing still
You will know peace as He holds you in His hand
Here tonight you will go with love again

CHORUS
Now our paths have changed and you must find your way
So we will send our love tonight and walk with you someday

I hope your sails are full and the storms are gone
And dolphins swim beside you as you sail on
Shores that seem so distant are now within your hand
Here tonight you will go with love again

Discography

"Nowhere But Gone" & "Dance Hall Incident"
Title track, "Nowhere But Gone" played on NPR's Car Talk
Pacifica Stations: "Deeper Love", "Someone Else's Dream" & "Abraham"
Extensive national & international radio airplay, independent and mainstream stations

Set List

Sugar Bayou usually plays three 45 minute to 1 hour sets. We play mostly original songs, with some Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Gillian Welch, Greatful Dead, John Prine, Toots & the Maytals, Townes Van Zandt, bluegrass & 40s and 50s jazz standards.

Partial Set List:
GALVESTON (Sugar Bayou original)
WAY TOO MUCH (SB")
NOWHERE BUT GONE (SB)
LOUISIANA MAN
NO REGRETS
COLORADO CAJUN (SB)
FIREFLY (SB)
RED CLAY HALO
PAPA COME QUICK
LACASSINE SPECIAL
SOMETIMES (SB)
INZA�S (SB)
TEAR STAINED LETTER
MAGGIE (SB)
FAITH TRAIN (SB)
LEAVING FOR AUSTIN (SB)
SALT CREEK
PLEASE DONT BURY ME
DANCING SHOES (SB)
LION AND BEAR (SB)
DADDYS PAD (SB)
LUXURY LINER
WICKED/WEAK (SB)
FOREVER ANGEL (SB)
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL
SOMEONE ELSES DREAM (SB)
LIMO TO THE BEACH (SB)
HAVE AND TO HOLD (SB)
ETTY
PANTHERS (SB)
ABRAHAM (SB)
USED TO BE
WELL, ALRIGHT
DANCE WITH YOU (SB)
DEEPER LOVE (SB)
LORETTA
WHO KNOWS WHAT TOMORROW MAY BRING