Strike Gently

by The Host Country

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1.
Intro 00:40
Oh well Let me go to Where I'm called not Where I know to Who I am not Who I've been to What I feel not what I tend to do
2.
The fires in Montana blew the end times to our door The cigarette sun stood amongst the haze And me in all my anger from the feuds I can't afford Draw comfort in the swiftness of the sword The tall grass bows in honor of the coming of the storm The creatures of the earth begin to flee Racing to my destiny, my pedal to the floor I offer up a few words to the lord If you’re up there let me see For a moment please My mother’s face happy and free From all the pain this world can be The people of the earth rejoice the savior now has come It is as it was said that it would be But my heart, oh it’s hardened, no my faith’s not quickly won I wonder where all this doubt is from Maybe it’s my mother who was taken far too young Maybe it’s the shit that she endured Or maybe it’s the books she bought my daughters and my sons With love from her before they’re even born If you’re up there let me see For a moment please My mother’s face happy and free From all the pain this world can be If you’re up there let me see For a moment please My mother’s face happy and free From all the pain this world can be If you’re up there The fires in Montana blew the end times to our door
3.
Here we go again, feeling just like friends Feeling just like everything is over We were drunk in love, but the changing winds Has me and my heart clear eyed and sober Shared the ups with downs, had some real go-rounds Too many days the future seemed uncertain And you were always there to suck up all the sound Grand battle plans to bring down every curtain No the heart won’t stay if it don’t wanna The heart don’t play if it don’t gotta Honey I won’t play around with you No, I don’t have a whole lotta Reasons to stay so I’m gonna Gonna get to movin' toward something that’s true Now comes the fall, time’ll catch us all Time has a way of gracing us with wisdom We had a crazy run, but it was bound to stall Cause living free is better than a prison No the heart won’t stay if it don’t wanna The heart don’t play if it don’t gotta Honey I won’t play around with you No, I don’t have a whole lotta Reasons to stay so I’m gonna Gonna get to movin' toward something that’s true You have got a heavy sway, pulling me back your way Pulling me to think of you and everything we’ve been through But there is nothing left to say There’s a lotta world out there boy, and I deserve it too No the heart won’t stay if it don’t wanna The heart don’t play if it don’t gotta Honey I won’t play around with you No, I don’t have a whole lotta Reasons to stay so I’m gonna Gonna get to movin' toward something that’s true I’m gonna get to move I’m gonna get to move I’m gonna get to movin’ toward something that’s true
4.
Holdin' On 04:21
You’ve never been gone this long And I’ve never missed you It hurts when you’re gone I know now ‘cause I feel it, I feel it ‘Cause the blood runs cold through my veins Wonderin’ if you’ll come back the same ‘Cause you’re holdin’ on to somethin’ That’s not me, You’re holdin’ on to somethin’ Darlin’ please, please Goin’ back Goin’ back to the start I know it’s been hard, so hard But baby I’ve been tryin’, I’ve been tryin’ to tell you There’s music to be heard Darlin’ come dance with me, just dance ‘Cause you’re holdin’ on to somethin’ That’s not me, You’re holdin’ on to somethin’ Darlin’ please, please Let go, let go, let go, let go Not of me ‘Cause you’re holdin’ on to somethin’ That’s not me, You’re holdin’ on to somethin’ Darlin’ please, please
5.
Borderline 10:19
I was spending time down at the borderline, I think I saw you there You were killing time in a state of mind that I couldn’t bear You were making moves, finding different grooves, that we couldn’t share And I was in my head, feeling left for dead, trying not to care I was spending time down at the borderline and you were there Why can’t it be why can’t it be why can’t it be the only color that we bleed? Why can’t you see why can’t you see why can’t you see that this is all we’ll ever need? Ride or die baby Ride or die with me But a change inside helped me to realize I wasn’t being fair And the great divide I placed between our sides simply isn’t there You were pushing through, trying something new, letting down your hair And epiphanies bring on apologies in hopes to make things square Yeah a change inside and I have realized it wasn’t fair Why should it be why should it be why should it be the only color that we bleed? I couldn’t see I couldn’t see I couldn’t see that you never meant to leave Side by side baby Side by side happy Sometimes you lose things the tighter that you squeeze Sometimes I can’t see the forest for the trees A bird that lives inside a cage ain’t flying free Even through these changes we’re still a family Why should it be why should it be why should it be the only color that we bleed? I couldn’t see I couldn’t see I couldn’t see that you never meant to leave Why should it be why should it be why should it be the only color that we bleed? I couldn’t see I couldn’t see I couldn’t see that it was never about me Side by side baby Side by side happy
6.
For Rose 03:16
Roses for my love Rose is from our love The night moves so sweetly now Come mornin', rise my Rose Like a letter that's never been opened I can't wait to get ya and see what's on your mind I will never be sad or blue 'Cause you'll shine right through every time 'Cause you're mine Roses for my love Rose is from our love The night moves so sweetly now Come mornin', rise my Rose Like the first bloom of spring You will start all my days with a reason to breathe and to sing You will never be sad or blue 'Cause I'll come right through like a bird on the wing And we'll both sing Roses for my love Rose is from our love The night moves so sweetly now Come mornin', rise my Rose And when the rain’s coming through the walls And there's no one you love around You know I'll always be here for you But you're stronger than you know So hold on to yourself little one I know you'll find your own way And we'll say Roses for my love Rose is from our love The night moves so sweetly now Come mornin' Rise, my Rose Rise, my Rose Good mornin'
7.
You Are 05:09
You are the mountain I look upon when I need strength for to carry along wonderous beauty, melody of my song You are the river that flows through my days takes up my burdens for to wash them away source of my refuge, the precious month of May You are the breeze that blows through my nights the shade that protects me from the heat of the light you are my shelter, you are my rock and my might You are the stars that shine in my eyes the heavens above when I turn to the skies the sun that I circle the full moon that brings in the tide You are a lover so strong and so pure The fairer between us my sicknesses cure I am not worthy, worthy of you I am sure You are the answer that cuts like a knife the conquering hero lays waste to my strife You’re everything darling, everything I need in life
8.
There’s a rhythm in the words you say And when you’re not around I miss a beat I know nothing’s permanent But when the feeling’s here I just can’t breathe Time’s just like weather It’s bringing change too fast And we all die alone I just wanna do it with you You bathe me in simplicity When nothing’s right, we don’t have to agree But you can take it hard on me I know I don’t make it easy Time’s just like weather It’s raining down on me And we all die alone I just wanna do it with you I know we can’t stop it now That storm’s a-comin’ We all die alone I just wanna do it with you We don’t have to fight it
9.
If I were to catch me a wind Would its power be enough to carry me from where I’ve been Would I reach a higher state and could I rid myself of hate My arms outstretched to change my fate If I were to reach that place in time Oh, what would my eyes lay upon, oh what there could I find Would I find contented people with no weight upon their minds I burn to see for now I’m blind Oh, well, set me free from everything that I appear to be from heavy hearts and washed out eyes from frozen feet and apathetic crimes Oh, well, let me go to where I’m called not where I know to who I am not who I’ve been to what I feel not what I tend to do
10.
Salado 05:14
Maybe I'll see you in Salado Maybe I'll feel you when the wind blows Maybe I'll hear you in the morning, the early morning rain Maybe time will stop completely Maybe rewind and relieve me Maybe keep my mind off of the thought of missing you But you’re not gone No you’re not I may never find the light you had within you But I'll always strive to be the man that you wanted me to I'm not worried about you or where you're going I just hope I see you again Maybe hurt will be just another word Maybe sorrow will get up and walk out my world Maybe I'll be able to hold my head up Maybe my heart will learn to beat again Maybe the healing will start sinking in Maybe the days won't seem to drag along But you’re not gone No you’re not I may never find the light you had within you But I'll always strive to be the man that you wanted me to I'm not worried about you or where you're going I just hope I see you again Maybe I'll see you in Salado Maybe I'll feel you when the wind blows Maybe I'll hear you in the morning, the early morning rain

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released May 1, 2020

Recorded in Des Moines, IA at The Establishment and Sonic Factory Studios from January to December 2019
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Phil Young
Produced by The Host Country and Phil Young
Artwork Design by Randy Timm
Front/Back Cover Photography by Joseph Leaming
Insert Photography by Joseph Leaming and The Host Country

Thanks to all of our families, friends, and fans for their continued love and support. Special thanks to The Hartmans for use of their home and piano. Dedicated in loving memory to Michelle Wistrand.

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The Host Country Des Moines, Iowa

The Host Country is Ty Wistrand (guitar/vox), Diana Weishaar (keys/vox), Tom Rue (bass), Ethan Weishaar (drums), and Michael Lovan (guitar). We are an exploration of sounds; a fusion of folk, rock, blues, a mix of hard and soft. We hope you enjoy our music. ... more

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