It's About Time

by Elizabeth Hummel

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    It’s About Time was many years in the making. The songs span most of my songwriting career, from Aphrodite (1986) to Time and Experience (2014). There is a lot of love in this album! The songs cover a lot of ground, but carry a common theme of living life fully, engaging to the max in the blink of time we are here. I am grateful to my friends and fellow musicians who put their heart and brilliance into this recording with me. Here’s hoping this music will help you heal, grow, love, and experience your own life more fully.

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It’s About Time was many years in the making. The songs span most of my songwriting career, from Aphrodite (1986) to Time and Experience (2014). There is plenty of love in this album! The songs cover a lot of ground, but carry a common theme of living life fully, engaging to the max in the blink of time we are here. I am grateful to my friends and fellow musicians who put their heart and brilliance into this recording with me. Here’s hoping this music will help you heal, grow, love, and experience your own life more fully.

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released July 12, 2014

Elizabeth – vocals – acoustic guitar – banjo – Hammond
Reva Wittenberg – vocals : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
John Nasan – acoustic guitars : 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11 – electric guitar : 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11
Marilyn Pedersen – viola : 10, 12
Robin Toye – drums & percussion
Jon Green – upright bass : 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13
Brian Castillo – bass : 1, 3, 4, 7 – electric guitar : 4
Morgan Doctor – tabla & shaker : 3

Jordan Hughes – photography, website design & webmaster
Brian Castillo – recording & mixdowns, photography, CD design
Chris Hanzsek – mastering : hanzsekav@comcast.net
Special Thanks to Betty Hummel and the Brew-ha-ha Team


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Track Name: Southern Sympathizer
I want to give you the blue plate special
But honey child, you know that I'm not from the South
I need a chest for my head to nestle
I'm a Southern Sympathizer with a sweet Yankee mouth

I am no harlot, I am no vixen
But honey child, you know that I got my ways
I live right here on the Mason Dixon
Where the battle will be raging half an hour away
Will you brave it till the morning with your sweet Liza Jane?

And when this cruel world is finally ended
I'll keep you in my bed beyond the break of day
For there's a garden that must be tended
Will you take me down to Dixie with your wicked ways?
Will you take me down to Dixie with your wicked ways?

I want to give you the blue plate special
But honey child, you know that I'm not from the South
There is no devil that I won't wrestle
I'm a Southern Sympathizer with a sweet Yankee mouth
I'm a Southern Sympathizer with a sweet Yankee mouth
I'm a Southern Sympathizer with a sweet Yankee mouth
Track Name: It's About Time
Toenails are bright green
You’re at the beginning
Clock falls off wall
And you are winning

And it’s about time
It’s about time

You’re brilliant as any stone
In the hard earth
Open your arms wide
Prepare to receive your worth

And it’s about time
It’s about time

I made a cherry pie to celebrate!
Up and over the mountain we go…
And it’s about time
It’s about time

Sailing ships
And snakes coiled in circles
These are good signs
The ocean will bring you her pearls
And it’s about time
It’s about time
Track Name: One Breath at a Time
Started writing this song in 2000, finished it in 2006. We only have so many breaths while we are alive, one of them will be our last. This song reminds me that each breath is precious, and that we are all part of the cycles of time and nature.

Do not leave your heart to harden
Throw your mind into the garden
Live your life without a pardon
One breath at a time
One breath

Gaze into the greening bower
Thorn and leaf and rosy flower
Rising sap and growing power
One breath at a time
One breath at a time

Day into day
Into moon into moon into moon
Into year into year
Into birth into birth
Into earth, into sea, into circles and spires
Into wind, into Death, into Time, into embers
Forgotten songs, bodies tuned to the sway
Of the notes and beats awakening
In slumbering days

Listening to what the trees are saying
Whispering tunes of ancestors
Singing songs of Universes
One breath at a time
One breath at a time
Track Name: Blood Red Volcano
Blood Red Volcano

Wait a minute
I think you’re telling me lies
Satan’s in it
I’ve seen him laugh in your eyes
Do you think I am blind?
It don’t take no second sight

Way down there
In that valley below
Is erupting
A Blood Red Volcano
Do you think I don’t know
It really must be time
Time to go
Time to go
Blood Red Volcano

I can feel you
Sending your curses my way
But I’m a mirror
Reflecting back what you say
Do you think I’ll just take
Your poison I’ll blow you…away
Blow you away
Blood Red Volcano
Track Name: Goldmine
You’re stuck here
Like a bad dream
With your clothes off
In the classroom
And you can’t remember the answer to the question
The teacher is asking you

And you’re open
Like a faucet
That just keeps on
with its drippin’
Or a broken zipper on your favorite pair of pants—yeah
Are you sitting on a goldmine
Funny you should ask…

Cuz I breathe in
And I breathe out
But I can’t reach
To the center of the earth today
Seems I’m emptier than a garbage truck
Before the morning run

And I crave love
Like a baby that’s neglected
Am I weak to feel this way?
You’re in a tower with a room of straw
Face this task
Are you sitting on a goldmine
Funny you should ask…

And I break into the morning like it’s phony glass
It only cuts you up if you hold back

And the wind’s up
On the bay here
And the moon’s big
In the sky whether you’re living on the street
Or a condominium
You still need the cash
Are you sitting on a goldmine
Funny you should ask
Track Name: Aphrodite
Aphrodite

It came to me in the sweet springtime
It came to me
It came to me like a new wine
It came to me

And how can something so strong
Feel so right and so wrong
At the same time
Why do I feel this way
Seems like every day
I’m changing my mind
Changing my mind

What came to me, was it love or was it something else
What came to me
When you stepped into my eyes
Into myself

I look into you
Trying to find something new
Something not planned
Then I’m torn and confused
I know I have to choose
But where do I stand
Where do I stand

She came to me in a field of flowers
She came to me
Aphrodite, with her golden crown
She came to me

She suddenly was there
Her hands in my hair
Not letting me be
Then wide as the sky
A feeling like a tide came over me
Over me

It came to me in the sweet springtime
It came to me
It came to me like a new wine
It came to me

Seems something so strong
Is never wrong
At the right time
And I’m learning to find my way
Cuz every single day
She changes my mind
My heart and mind

It came to me
It came to me
It came to me
Track Name: Wanderlust
Inside the edges of the sky
Gypsy clouds surround the moon
Sideways shining enchanted eye
Sings stillness to the gloom
And you’re wondering which way to turn
And you’re listening for who you should trust
When you find the freedom from your
Wander wanderlust

Ya-ya….

Let it come in let it go
No story’s carved in stone
From the tip of your head to your toes
From your skin deep into your bones
And you’re checking in with how you feel
And you’re listening for the bloom
When the forest garden
Opens up its song to you
Track Name: Midnight Train
There’s a girl in Halifax
She likes to write me letters of love
Red lipstick on the back
Of a dirty envelope
I’ve never been to Newfoundland
But I’ve been to Nova Scotia
Sometimes I’m an honest man
I get my feelings from the Ocean
But it’s different in California

Will you be on the midnight train?
Out of the cold clear north it just isn’t the same
Will you be on the midnight train?
Bring me your broken heart
I’ll give you my name

Driving Sunset Boulevard
Everything is shining in motion
Everyone thinks they got it hard
They’re all looking for some devotion
Billboards are bigger and louder than love

Will you be on the midnight train?
Out of the cold clear north it just isn’t the same
Will you be on the midnight train?
Into this wasted world
Of money and fame

I work in this studio
I watch the stars coming and going
City’s drying out my bones
But I remember water flowing
Through the ice in Nova Scotia

Will you be on the midnight train?
Out of the cold clear north it just isn’t the same
Will you be on the midnight train?
Come and cleanse my heart
With a promise of rain
Track Name: Outlaw Man
He come riding in my town
An Outlaw Man
High in the saddle rode he
And I was a pretty maid
Singing a song
And the Outlaw Man wanted me

Take what you need was his motto and creed
Give all the rest to the poor
But the blood flowed like a river
Over my town
And I knew there would be more

His eyes they were bluer than a summer sky
But ice flowed cold in his veins
And I had to leave the Outlaw Man
So I could find my peace again

Come sit by me darlin’
And sing me a song
So all of the world it will know
That I loved you truly
Said the Outlaw Man
Even though you had to go

His eyes they were bluer than a summer sky
But ice flowed cold in his veins
And I had to leave the Outlaw Man
So I could find my peace again
Track Name: The Garden
The Garden
I heard this story from a woman old and wise
I met her in the market by the oranges and limes
She talked about a garden with fruits sweeter still than these
So I dropped my tomatoes and said tell me more please
Her little eyes they crinkled up, cuz she knew the story well
And she’d been there herself from what I could tell

She said the garden is wide and the rock wall is tall
But the roses climb over it with no trouble at all
And you can get back through the gate you once left behind
And sit all day in the green leafy sunshine
And nobody with a sword will keep you away
But you might see some angels flying, if you want to play

And there are many fruits in this garden, many trees
Go ahead and try some of those, and some of these
Each moment is a blessing that you’re tasting on your tongue
Stay in the garden and your spirit will stay young
And do not be afraid if the snake is at your feet
Coiled in circles, that’s just eternity

Well she talked about this place as if we were standing in it now
And I must admit the fluorescent lights had disappeared somehow
And there were no other shoppers picking through the broccoli
Just the faint smell of peaches, this old woman, and me
And sometimes I could just get a glimpse of what she saw so clearly
And feel the kisses of a mango colored breeze

She said the garden is wide and the rock wall is tall
But the roses climb over it with no trouble at all
And you can get back through the gate you once left behind
And sit all day in the green leafy sunshine
Track Name: Anyway Anywhere Anytime
Anyway Anywhere Anytime
It’s the whittlin’ down of riddle into rhyme
She will drop to her knees
She will marry the breeze
Anyway—anywhere—any time

In the poetry of a forgotten age
Blossoms floating like snow on the page
If she just steals a breath
She will touch lips with death
In the poetry of a forgotten age

With the stillness of a castle built of stone
Roses trailing the wall amidst the bones
Into the empty glass of night
Will be poured pure delight
With the stillness of a castle built of stone

What of the time we have to share
What of the love we have to bear
As deep as midnight’s distant stars

Anyway Anywhere Anytime
It’s the unborn sky reflecting on her mind
She’s absorbed by the sky
Through the blackness of her eye
Anyway, anywhere
See them circling high in the air
Anyway, anywhere, any time
Track Name: Rubydazzled
What does it mean to be me
Am I just everything inside my skin
Am I the thoughts that I’m thinking
Does water turn into me
When I am drinking it

What does it mean to be you
Sometimes, we seem so different
Balderdash or tickety-boo
It truly is an experiment

Will I turn into a spectre
When I am dead or return to stardust
Does every good deed really matter
Can love heal the hurt when my heart is in tatters, yeah

How can you really know me
Sometimes we don’t seem so separate
Fal de ra-la-la Fiddle-de-dee
We’re free to be infinite

Collywobbles inside
Of my tummy
I’m so scared
And so excited
Rubydazzled
Here right now
Track Name: Time and Experience
Time and experience
Are all that you need
To heal the wounds that bleed (or don’t bleed)
Many have come before
And many will follow
Life only flows in the living

What a miracle we’re here at all
It’s our responsibility to heal
How do we heal
The lost moments
How do we heal
There is an essence
We can embrace
Brand new
Track Name: Goldmine
Goldmine

You’re stuck here
Like a bad dream
With your clothes off
In the classroom
And you can’t remember the answer to the question
The teacher is asking you

And you’re open
Like a faucet
That just keeps on
with its drippin’
Or a broken zipper on your favorite pair of pants—yeah
Are you sitting on a gold mine
Funny you should ask…

Cuz I breathe in
And I breathe out
But I can’t reach
To the center of the earth today
Seems I’m emptier than a garbage truck
Before the morning run

And I crave love
Like a baby that’s neglected
Am I weak to feel this way?
You’re in a tower with a room of straw
You will face this task
Are you sitting on a gold mine
Funny you should ask…

And I break into the morning like it’s phony glass
It only cuts you up if you hold back

And the wind’s up
On the bay here
And the moon’s big
In the sky whether you’re living on the street
Or a condominium
You still need the cash
Are you sitting on a gold mine
Funny you should ask