Beth Wood - You Take the Wheel album coverYou Take the Wheel is a solo acoustic project in which Beth asked fans to vote on the songs they would most like to hear in an acoustic setting. This release highlights Beth’s solid work as a strong, dynamic solo artist. People were always asking — why doesn’t BW have a CD that sounds like her live show?? So for all you folks who love the folky, solo acoustic sound, this one is for you! Produced by the great Chris Rosser. Recorded live in studio and at The Grey Eagle.

My Miles Davis 'Kind of Blue'

Tuning – DADGCE

My Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”
Is sitting on a blue train thanks to you
In the backpack of some moon-faced girl
On her way to see the world

It’s just a tiny little piece of me you took with you
My Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”
You sold it on the corner for three dollars and some change
I never meant to give it away

My Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”
Got a life of its own
It’s on a journey that started with you
It’s seen places and faces that I’ve never known
It’s seen places and faces and cd cases that I’ve never known

He bought it used at the record store on your street
And he gave it to his girl for their anniversary
Ahe listened to it daily on her subway ride
But one day she left it behind

It was picked up by a student who was traveling alone
He mailed it to his sister when he got back home
He said it was a sign of the good things to be
For her journey across the sea

Chorus

Her face shone like the moon
As she drifted away to that beautiful tune
On that train she felt so free
And that’s how it came to be

That my Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”
Is sitting on a blue train thanks to you
In the backpack of some moon-faced girl
On her way to see the world

I guess your final act didn’t cause me much pain
cause it found a good home with that girl on the train
you know I never wished nothing but love for you
And my Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”

Hero's Almanac

Tuning – Standard

They put you in the hero’s almanac
Next to Kennedy and Kerouac
Now in every city’s library stacks
You hang there like a ghost
And I know I can only blame myself
For pulling you down off the shelf
And putting you back up higher still
But I loved you the most

I put you so high up off the ground
Nowhere left for you to go but down
I close my eyes and I turn around
I see your face
You fall from grace

The day that you fell to the earth
I was there for what it’s worth
To catch you before you hit the dirt
Did you see me there in line
Cause you’re a stranger to gravity
At least it always seemed that way to me
But we see only what we want to see
The better part of the time

Chorus

I threw my wishes on your star
But they will only go so far
Toward the human that you only are

If you need some time to acclimate
I understand, I’ll just wait
I was wondering if it might not be too late
To get my poster signed
Cause you’re still there in the hero’s almanac
Next to Kennedy and Kerouac
Just so you know I’d never turn my back on a hero of mine

Chorus

Chorus

Deliciously

Tuning – DADF#AD – capo 4th (all strings) and 7th frets (bottom 5 strings)

The city wears a veil of grey
But the children they still play in a major key
We all have the same day
They just go about theirs a little more deliciously

The honeymooners play a part
Of roll and tumble and don’t-forget-to-breathe
We all have the same heart
They just love with theirs a little more deliciously

Deliciously the sun sets in the sky
And licoricely it splashes in my eyes
Silly old me I watch the days go by
And I never know why but they keep the beat
Deliciously

The poet’s throat is full of birds
He tosses thoughts up in the air effortlessly
We all know the same words
He just uses his a little more deliciously

The dancers move in subtle tones
They sweep across the floor so gracefully
We all have the same bones
They just move in theirs a little more deliciously

Chorus

Chorus

All Yours

Tuning – DADF#AD

If your silver chain was on my floor
And your shoes were on my back porch
Would you say to me in a gravelly voice
I’m all yours

If your t-shirt was in my living room
And your watch was still on the sink at noon
Would you say to me it’s all too soon
To be yours

I saw you stand up to greet me
Your eyes green glass your lips still smile

If your car was parked outside my house
And your Sunday paper was on the couch
Could you say to me without a doubt
I’m all yours

Geometry

Tuning – DADGBD

Between you and me there is no straight line
And the angle that I see has grown wider with time
The unknown to our equation is how to love without pride
But it’s beyond that natural boundary so we chalk it up to Too-much-love-too-little-time

And for all the space you gave me
There was nothing you could do
Because my pride is a circle in a square
And in the corners is where I loved you

If you calculate our losses you could say we survived
But when we dove into the negative we made a triangle of our lives
So I hid myself from you in this tiny wooden box
But it was the beautiful sight of the light of day that I soon forgot

Chorus

Now the night is a black infinity, you’re not here with me
I don’t know what to do
We could add it up a thousand ways but it always comes out the same
For me and you

Chorus

Company Man

Tuning – CGDGCD

My company man
Doing the best he can
He works so hard every single day
So he can make his own way

My company man
Knows exactly who I am
I come home from running wild and free
He opens up his arms to me

Yeah, he gonna come rescue me
With some of his sweet company
It’s all I need, it’s all I need

My company man
Got a fancy retirement plan
He make his dime and put it all away
Gonna save it for some rainy day

My company man
Always seems to understand
I just got to live life in my own way
And I’m taking it day by day by day

Chorus

My momma told me about a company man
Said hold on to him for as long as you can
He know a thing or two about loyalty
He gonna treat you just like royalty

Chorus

My company man
Doing the best he can…

Late Night Radio

Tuning – DADGBD

I get into the car, slam the driver’s door
Cause I won’t take this shit no more
Who do they think they are to talk to me like that
I’ll be in a better state in seconds flat

And there’s so many miles, so many miles to go
I thank god I’ve got my late night radio

If you add up all the things that have managed to allude me
You’d think I won some kind of reverse lottery
But I got this wind in my hair, got the moonlight on my face
Put some distance between me and this old place

Chorus

I’ve got preachers and salesman and old crooners’ sorrow
I’ve got jazz that just would not sound right in the light
I’ve got low, soothing voices saying sunny skies tomorrow
Your best friend is on the console in the middle of the night

I think I’ll take that trip that I always meant to take
A little caffeine to help me stay awake
Driving through the night is so much easier to do
When someone is there waiting for you

Chorus

Fingernail Moon

Tuning – Standard

Fingernail moon… hanging off the edge of the sky
Well you never did inspire a wolf to cry
Or a witch to fly upon her broom… fingernail moon

Fingernail moon… positioning yourself in a smile
And you’re snickering at me all the while
You are hanging from the night sky like a wound… fingernail moon

I want to reach my hand up and turn you upside down
I wonder what would come tumbling out
The storybooks say that you are made of cheese
I say fine – pass me a cracker please

Fingernail moon… you are what you are not and nothing more
There’s no monsoon tide to beat upon the shore
And no evil spirits rising from the tomb… fingernail moon

The Water is Wide(Traditional)

A cappella!

The water is wide, I can’t cross over
And neither have I wings to fly
Build me a boat that will carry two
And both shall row, my love and I

There is a ship, she sails the sea
She’s loaded deep as deep can be
But not so deep as the love I’m in
I know not how I sink or swim

Love is handsome and love is fine
The brightest flower when first it’s new
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like summer dew

Nearness

Tuning – DADGAD

I still have your sweater from the day it snowed
Our city slept beneath a blanket of white
I stretched out the sleeves cause my hands were cold
I’d like to keep it if that’s alright with you

And I’ll give you points for persistence
Cause in this baby you were fearless
You were ready to go the distance
But you could not go the nearness

This might sound like a strange thing to say
But no color surrounds you cause none would be so brave
And the sad thing baby about you and me
Is we work much better hypothetically

Chorus

I still have your sweater from the day it snowed
Our city slept beneath a blanket of white
I stretched out the sleeves cause my hands were cold
I’d like to keep it if that’s alright with you

Dad's Flannel

Tuning – Standard

Written by Meredith Louise Miller

Grenadine

Tuning – CGCGAD

The day my baby came to town
I bolted all of my good furniture down
We all thought he looked so strange to us
That’s when we knew he’d be so dangerous

He’s so dirty and I’m so clean
He’s so dirty and I’m so clean
He’s black and blue and I’m so green
We’re just cold hard whiskey and grenadine

It’s such a strange mixture that we make
It makes each one of us easier to take
No one that I know understands
But he holds me so softly in his calloused hands

Chorus

Grenadine, he says that I’m so damn sweet
He says I’m gonna rot out all of his natural teeth

I’ve seen the scars he wears on his skin
And I know the story behind each one of them
I wonder as he lays me sweetly down
How long before my baby leaves this town

Chorus

The day my baby came to town
I bolted all of my good furniture down…

Supermodel

Tuning – Standard

Supermodel, supermodel, can you fly?
Supermodel, supermodel, what makes you super and why?

Do you leap tall buildings in a single bound?
Do you beat up bad guys all over town?
Do you sneak Oreo cookies while no one’s around?

I wonder if the Man of Steel believes the hype?
We could ask the Crash Test Dummies or even Michael Stipe
Cindy Crawford’s mole has more insurance than my life

David Copperfield could make Claudia disappear in a haze
But she could do it all by herself if she just stood sideways
Even Lois Lane is a size 2 these days

You’re gloriously overpaid and underfed
How does that little bitty body hold up that great big head?
Your silicone will survive you long after you’re dead

And I will eat what I want to when I want to
While the four food groups continue to haunt you
You have money, you have fame, and you are living the dream
But I have chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream

Supermodel, supermodel, can you fly?
Supermodel, supermodel, what makes you super and why?

Holiday

Tuning – DADGAD

Every year I shed you like a skin
To fall to the ground and be scattered by the wind
But I know you’ll keep coming back
Your grand entrance like some aphrodisiac

And I love to watch you exit the scene
Walking away in slow-motion in your dirty blue jeans
Something about you just loves to walk away
But I don’t care about none of that ‘cause your kiss is like a holiday

I am still the same rain-soaked girl
Who came at you with the force of a tilt-a-whirl
And you are still the same wall of man
I’ll be climbing you any way that I can

Chorus

All these years I’ve been in this damn town,
You’re the one good thing I’ve ever found
And then lost and then found and then lost and then found again

And I love to watch you exit the scene
You’ll come back smelling of horses, sweat, and gasoline
Something about you just loves to walk away
But I don’t care about none of that ‘cause your kiss is like a holiday

Dr Feelgood (aka Love is a Serious Business)

Tuning – Standard

Written by Ted White & Aretha Franklin