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Our second CD, also recorded on ADAT in George's garage in Richmond. This one did have some help with engineering and mastering by Bill McElroy. This was also the first CD to feature cover art by the mysteriously amazing John Otte!

This was our last album with Planetary Records.

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released May 1, 2000

Craig Evans - Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar
Brad Tucker - Vocals, Guitars
George Garrett - Drums, Percussion, Pie Pans, Crowbars

and special side-dishes:
Chris Fuller - Mandolin
Charles Arthur - Lap Steel

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The Taters Richmond, Virginia

Roots-pop: an eclectic mix of roots-rock, power-pop, country, and Americana, a sound that's been described as "Country roots- pop with the genius songwriting of 60's & 70's power-pop, …a curious mix of Mavericks, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Beatles" Billboard magazine calls it "American roots-rock with thoroughly modern, totally hip sensibilities" ... more

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Track Name: Without Your Love
Without Your Love
©1999 Craig Evans (BMI) all rights reserved

Without your love, where would I start
Without your love, I’m falling apart
Without your love holding my heart
Without your love, I’m nothing

Without your love I’m out on my own
Without your love I’m standing alone
This is the worst that I’ve ever known
Without your love, I’m nothing

Without your love, where would I be
Without your loving me
Without your love
I'm down on my knees

Without your love to hold me in line
I just can’t find what other folks find
Without your love I’m out of my mind
Without your love, I’m nothing

Without your love, I’ll take the fall
Without your love I’m crawling the walls
Without your love, it’s anyone’s call
Without your love, I’m nothing
Track Name: Truth Is
Truth is
©1999 George Garrett (BMI) & Craig Evans (BMI).
all rights reserved

Well it hasn’t been right for a long, long time
I try to talk to you, you just end up cryin’
You say it doesn’t matter anymore
And you’re gonna walk right out that door
Once upon a time you were so sweet
You held my hand walking down the street
Now when I touch you, you look at me strange
I think I figured out what’s changed

Truth is, you don’t love me
Truth is, you just wanna leave me
Truth is, you told me you’d be mine for life
Truth is, you told a lie

I remember that day in early spring
When you said “I do” and you wore my ring
We both said it was for better or worse
But now that ring has become a curse
Why couldn’t I see what was in your heart?
I’ve just never been that smart
You won’t tell me why you changed your mind
But the answer isn’t hard to find

Truth is, you don’t love me
Truth is, you just wanna leave me
Truth is, you told me you’d be mine for life
Truth is, you told a lie
Track Name: Do You Dream
Do You Dream
©1998 Craig Evans (BMI) & Gary Walker (BMI)
all rights reserved

He may say that it’s not alright to play, He’s careful not to
All the girls will watch the other side of love
Let him leave you to imagine all your rathers, What you will’s
Someone’s waiting ‘round the corner of the moon

Do you dream on your own?
Do you shine late at home?
After all, he misinterprets what you mean by not alone
You’re not alone

He’ll be back to see where you have been, He’s left to nonsense
Trying vainly, now, to carto the terrain
But he’ll never see the things that you can tell, It’s separate tongues
Take your seat now for the very last detail

Do you dream, is it true? Is there really something new?
Am I really just like you, opening boxes for the few songs?
Tell me what’s so funny?

Let him go, it’s not the same for you, He’ll never listen
Kissing twice is not the same for every girl
Starting cold and timing your prevention, Take it easy
We’re alone at last so button up the world

Do you dream on your own? Do you shine late at home?
Now you’re playing on the avenue, alive but not alone
You’re not alone
Track Name: I Don't Want to Know
I Don’t Want to Know
©1983 Craig Evans (BMI) & Gary Walker (BMI)
all rights reserved

You’d never say that you love me
You’d never tell me it’s so
You like to play with me and keep me on a teaser
I don’t want to know

You think its cute to conceal it
You make your moves down below
You turn the corner so I don’t see where you’re going
I don’t want to know

Once I saw you running at me, arms wide open
It was such a scream
Looking at the sheets I saw the chains were broken
You’d split the seams
Another dream …

You try so hard to stay cool, now
You never risk letting go
Well you may change your mind and want me later on
I don’t want to know

You try so hard to deceive me
What’s wrong with letting it show?
Well you may change your mind and want me later on
I don’t want to know
Track Name: Anywhere That's Pretty
Anywhere That’s Pretty
©1998 Craig Evans (BMI) & Brad Tucker (BMI)
all rights reserved

For years I tried and tried to make you happy
I spent my youth just running after you
When you said yes, I started making plans
The places we would see, the things we’d do
The big day came, I was so very happy
I didn’t miss a trick, no unturned stone
I showed up at the church all packed & ready
From that point on, I found myself alone

Take me anywhere that’s pretty
Take me somewhere meant for two
Down by the sea, or a cabin in the trees
So I can start our brand new life without you

I didn’t plan on doing this without you
This isn’t my idea of paradise
But when you didn’t show I wasn’t quite sure what to do
I tried to smile between the tears and rice
The travel agent sold us quite a package
I spent a fortune, didn’t eve hurt
But now you’re off with him to Honolulu
And all that I got is this lousy shirt

Take me anywhere that’s pretty
Take me somewhere meant for two
Down by the sea, or a cabin in the trees
So I can start our brand new life without you
Track Name: Little Bit Left in Me
Little Bit Left In Me
©1998 Craig Evans (BMI) & Gary Walker (BMI)
all rights reserved

I can see when you look at me
You’re about to fly
You’ve been around this town a time or two
Now you couldn’t if you tried
Just relax, Let it be
I think I’ve got maybe just a little bit left in me

How you cried when he said goodbye
To look for greener grass
You tell me that there’s nothing left inside
And I might as well just pass
Don’t believe all you read
Because I’ve got maybe just a little bit left in me

For a while I can do the work for two
I’m not keeping score, I won’t ask a thing of you

You must know how I love you so
Let yourself give in
And please don’t worry ‘bout what I expect
You ain't been where I been
It’s alright, you will see
I’ve got maybe just a little bit left in me
Don’t believe all you read
Because I’ve got maybe just a little bit left in me
Just relax, Let it be
I think I’ve got maybe just a little bit left in me
Track Name: By Myself
By Myself
©1999 Brad Tucker (BMI)
all rights reserved

Just beyond my shoulder, out of reach
Something stayed behind that I don't need
You'll get no trouble now from me
It's fine as far as I can see

Don't know what I was thinking, no guarantee
That's alright 'cause I've got all I need
There's some for me and not much else
I'm doing fine all by myself
By myself

What's that? I'm hearing something. What can it be?
A shadow in the doorway, a mystery
Some restless ghost upon the stair
It's nothing but I know it's there

So light the candle slowly, show the way
How many faces will I see today?
There's time for me and no one else (oh yes)
I work much better by myself
By myself

I can't see it, This can't be it
I don't have the time
In mind

Just beyond my shoulder, out of reach
Something stayed behind that I don't need
Say this, do that, it's all the same
Behind the curtain, guessing game

Sitting in the parlor, patiently
Waiting for the walls to close in on me
In every frame upon the shelf
I see a picture of myself
Of myself
Track Name: Explanation
Explanation
©1999 Craig Evans (BMI)
all rights reserved

I don’t know what makes me want to meet you
I don’t know what makes me scared to try
All I know is I can’t talk to strangers
And I won’t do a thing to stop this chance from slipping by

Everytime you step into the picture
I don’t have a single thing to say
In your eyes I see a spark of kindness
But I just stand and want you as you turn and walk away

Maybe someone else will introduce you
Maybe you’ll turn out to be the one
Maybe this time things will turn out different
Maybe this will be the night that I’m not left alone

What I need right now is an explanation
What I need right now is time to try
I don’t know what makes it so hard
Please tell me why
Track Name: Already Dreaming of You
Already Dreaming of You
©1987 Craig Evans (BMI)
all rights reserved

Tomorrow morning as you lie there sleeping so warm
Soon to wake and face a new day
There’s someone who’s already up and around
In the Blue Ridge, far, far away

I feel like we’re living in 2 different worlds
Hanging on to your voice on the phone
And I try to remember it’s just for awhile
As I walk these mountains alone

As you go thru your day with its hopes and its cares
You’re deep in my heart and you're first in my prayers
And when you crawl into bed and turn out the light
I’m already dreaming of you

As I watch for the sunrise coming over the waves
Wishing that you were around
I can picture you thinking of happier days
On the beach with the sun going down

Everyday I remember times spent with you
And the hours we had all alone
And I wonder how I ever managed to leave
And I’m lost in this place I called home

As you go thru your day with its hopes and its cares
You’re deep in my heart and you're first in my prayers
And when you crawl into bed and turn out the light
I’m already dreaming of you of you, dear, tonight
I’m already dreaming of you
Track Name: Circle of Love
Circle of Love
©1983 Craig Evans (BMI)
all rights reserved

I try to call you up, but I never catch you by yourself
You've always got so many fans around you
There's no room for anyone else
You've got boyfriends, girlfriends, everybody loves you
I don't stand a chance
There's oh so many secret admirers
And no room for real romance

Will you let me in to that circle of love that surrounds you?
Will your old group of friends get upset if I just hang around you?
I'm not asking too much, you know
I just want to be a part of your show
In the center ring of your circle of love

You say that I'm your friend, but that's not where I want it to end
I'd get lost in the many faces
I'd become one of many cases
Of "Hi, how are you, Glad to see you made it",
And then you walk away
I can't stand such a 2–D relationship
I want more than all your slaves

Will you let me in to that circle of love that surrounds you?
Will your old group of friends get upset if I just hang around you?
I'm not asking too much, you know
I just want to be a part of your show
In the center ring of your circle of love

It seems I've tried so long, but I must still be doing it wrong
Got no time for outside chances
I can’t step to your funny dances
It won't be long 'til you start to realize
I was right all the time
I only hope when you realign your eyes
That I'll still be alive

Will you let me in to that circle of love that surrounds you?
Will your old group of friends get upset if I just hang around you?
I'm not asking too much, you know
I just want to be a part of your show
In the center ring of your circle of love
Track Name: Never Call Me Here
Never Call Me Here
©1986 Craig Evans (BMI)
all rights reserved

Late spot with my hat and a coat in the rear
I’ve been coming to this place for nearly a year
Now you’re calling me all kind of things
I wear a lover’s tear
Well you can call me what you want to
Only Never, never call me here

I try hard to contain what I can’t let you hear, my dear
Blackout, new town, and a brand new career
If they find out who I’ve been before
Be looking for a souvenir
You can call me what you want to
Only Never, never call me here

Never, never, never, never call me here
I been coming to this place for nearly a year
If I told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times, my dear
Never, never, never, never call me here

It took time to make it to what I appear
I can finish what I started just as long as you don’t interfere
We can talk about it later darling
Where nobody can overhear
You can call me what you want to
Only Never, never call me here

Never, never, never, never call me here
I been coming to this place for nearly a year
If I told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times, my dear
Never, never, never, never call me here