Lyrics

Here are all the lyrics for the songs on THOUSAND SPRINGS.
We are also including the credits, because you should know who played on what.  

 
 

01 Northern Lights

Written by Korby Lenker and Jon Weisberger

Night sky is a chandelier
Windshield makes a frame
Radio turned down low
Thought I heard your name

Oooo
All the way to Chicago
Oooo
Wonder what will I find
Oooo
And I'm leaving behind the stars
And the northern lights

A shooting star is just a dream
Constellations stay
Something in the prairie wind
Blew our love away

Chorus

You never said goodbye
I guess it slipped your mind

Chorus

 

KORBY lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
LUCAS LEIGH hammond organ
COREY MATHEW HART electric guitar
MICHAEL RINNE upright bass
ALEX WONG drums
BECKY WARREN harmony vocals
PAUL MITCH harmony vocals
RYAN CULWELL harmony vocals

 

 

02 Friend and a Friend

Written by Korby Lenker and Molly Tuttle

I set out long ago
Didn't give a thought to all the rogues and robbers on the road
Cause if I had a chance
I knew I had to take it

And for the longest time
I spent a string of lonely nights in back of a Ford Econoline
You wake up feeling low
And then you get behind the wheel and go

    Some days it's wide open
    Some days it's a dead end
    Some days I feel like I'm walkin on the wild west end
     I got a big dream
     And a worn out D-18
     And all I need is a friend and a friend and another friend

Friend and a friend and another friend

You never know what you're gonna get
When you roll into a new town, play for people that you never met
Maybe they all know your name
Maybe they don't
Maybe they don't care at all

So you do the best you can
With the empty coffee cups rolling back and forth inside the van
But it all comes around
When the lights go down

Chorus

Friend and a friend and another friend
Friend and a friend and another friend
Friend and a friend and another friend

This is the life
The life I've chosen
Not even I can see the cards I'm holdin
And if tonight doesn't go my way
Well there's always tomorrow.

 

KORBY vocals, acoustic guitar
ANNA TIVEL fiddle, harmony vocals
ANTHONY DA COSTA electric guitar
ANDREW PRESSMAN upright bass
MOLLY TUTTLE harmony vocals
JEFFREY MARTIN harmony vocals
ALEX WONG drums

 

03 Nothing really matters

written by Korby Lenker and Stoll Vaughan


Nothing really matters when I'm here with You
Clouds rush in, the sky's still blue
Storm is just a'passin through
Nothing really matters when I'm here with you

I think she used to be an angel
But someone clipped her wings
Now she hangs around the boardwalk
Playing fiddle tunes for change

And I listen with the seagulls
Fishin off the pier
With the sunset on the ocean
And her music in my ear

Chorus

And the kids with cotton candy
And the lovers on parade
They don't bother with an old man
Might toss a quarter in her case

And she doesn't even notice
She got her fiddle and her bow
And when she takes to playin
It's like we're out her all alone

Chorus

And the tide will rise
And the tide will fall
She don't know me, she don't know me
At all

Chorus

 

KORBY lead vocals, acoustic guitar
TIM LAUER pump organ, accordion
ANNIE STANINEC fiddle
JOHN REISCHMAN mandolin
MOLLY TUTTLE clawhammer banjo
ANTON NESBITT electric bass
ALEX WONG drums

 

04 Last man standing

Written by Korby Lenker

Oh Mother Mother let me tell you somethin
White people gonna know my name
The big general think he upcoming
That man got nothin
I had a vision in the middle of the night
The great spirit come down on me
So Custer in for a big surprise
A bullet between his eyes

     I am the last man standing
     Even if you break my heart
     Even if you take my land
     I am the last man standing
     You say you want what's mine?
     Well I ain't gonna give it to you

This reservation is a choke chain collar
This reservation is closing in
But I ain't gonna let no great white father
Tell me who I am
I am the leader of the one Soiux nation
Born free on the Prairie Wind
But then I signed the treaty of '68 and
It all come
to nuthin
They took it all

     I am the last man standing
     Even if you break my heart
     Even if you take my land
     I am the last man standing
     You better take my life
     'Cause I ain't gonna give it to you

 

Nobody gonna live forever
Someday you'll leave your legacy
Only when the last tree
And the last leaf
And the last lone river has died
Will you realize

 

     I am the last man standing
     Even though you took my life
     Even though you took my land
     I am the last man standing
     Now I will live forever
     Cause I will be remembered
     I will be remembered
     I will be remembered

(I am the last man standing)

 

KORBY lead vocals, acoustic guitar
ANTHONY DA COSTA electric guitar
LUCAS LEIGH hammond organ
MICHAEL RINNE upright bass
ALEX WONG drums
RAINA ROSE harmony vocals
MATT THE ELECTRICIAN harmony vocals
RYAN CULWELL harmony vocals

 

05 Book Nerd

Written by Korby Lenker

The first time I met you, you told me your opinion of James Joyce
The second time I met you, you were reading a book by Tolstoy
You said, “Happy families are all the same, thank God mine isn’t one of them”
And I knew then, that we’d be friends

She was a book nerd
She had blonde hair
With a paperback in her back pocket
Wherever she was, she was right there
She was a book nerd

You were like Jean Valjean when you stole my silver candlesticks
Like Elizabeth Bennett telling Mr Darcey to stick it
But you almost gave me a heart attack when you told me
Keroauc was whack and To Kill a Mockingbird is the worst book ever
(I mean how can you say that?)

Chorus
Chorus

 

KORBY lead vocals, acoustic guitar
NORA JANE STRUTHERS harmony vocals
CHRIS ‘CRITTER’ ELDRIDGE baritone ukulele
KRISTIN ANDREASSEN hambone
ANTON NESBITT bass
KAI WELCH accordion
ALEX WONG drums

 

06 Uh Oh

written by Korby Lenker and Holiday Mathis

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
Uh Oh
There goes my heart

Haven’t you ever wondered
What happens to lightning, thunder
After it cracks the sky, does it live or die?
Don’t know how or why, but I
Got something else to ponder
That maybe I’m over under
And really so into you, can you feel it too?
Getting knocked to the ground

Sometimes it happens
Electricity
Flows out of you
And goes into me

Chorus

Here’s one to think about, I’m
I’m hurting inside and out, I’m
I’m aching just seeing you
I close my eyes to
Stop all the spinning you do
You turn me like a merry
go round and it’s kind of scary
Slow down figure out how very
Close I’m getting
Loving you better than

Sometimes it happens
Electricity
Flows out of you
And goes into me

Chorus

How do I know, how do I know
That you’ll fall for me
How do I know, no guarantee
I just need it to be
How do I get, I gotta get you to see
I’m giving you all of me

Chorus
Chorus

 

KORBY lead vocals, acoustic guitar
CAROLINE SPENCE harmony vocals
ANTHONY DA COSTA electric guitar
MICHAEL RINNE upright bass

 

07 Stormy Seas

Written by Korby Lenker

Twas a little boat
On the stormy seas
Carrying my only son and me
The wind did howl
And the waves did roll
I thought that we'd be swallowed whole

     And you will never know
     How much you mean to me
     My love was not enough
     To calm stormy seas

My son I cried
I am your dad
The only one you ever had
Oh dad he sang
I do love you so
And from your side I will not go

     And you will never know
     How much you mean to me
     My love was not enough
     To calm the stormy seas

We held on through the night
All through the wind and rain
Just before the dawn
Our darkest hour came

Oh dad he sang
I cannot hold
I feel my fingers growing cold
Just then a wave
Broke fast and strong
When I came to my boy was gone

     And you will never know
     How much you mean to me
     My love was not enough
     To calm the stormy seas
     And you will never know
     How much you mean to me
     My love was not enough
     To calm the stormy seas


 

KORBY lead vocals, acoustic guitar
ALEX WONG drums
ANTHONY DA COSTA electric guitar
TIM LAUER accordian
ANNA TIVEL fiddle, harmony vocals
MOLLY TUTTLE clawhammer banjo, harmony vocals
ANTON NESBITT electric bass
CAROLINE SPENCE harmony vocals

 

08 FATHER TO THE MAN

Written by Korby Lenker and Amy Speace

I was at a party
A funny kinda party
A sort of party where anything can happen
All kinds of people
Kinda like a circus
Fire eater in the hallway
spitting at a red eyed moon

I was at a party
Don't know how I got there
It was like that movie where the guy wakes up in Paris
Caterpillar laughter
A donkey in a bathrobe
Everything was spinning
But in the middle of the room

     I saw my younger self
     To my surprise
     He recognized me right away
     He said "I know you well
     Don't you understand?
     The child is father to the man"

Consider my dilemma
Among the ephemera
What would you say to the boy you used to be?
I couldn't think of nothin
Okay maybe I had a question
Was there something I forgot along the way?
Cause I used to have no doubt
But I'm halfway to old now
And in the city lights I just can't see the stars
But I know they're above me
Unless they've left me
So if you're really me
You'll tell me where they are

     And said my younger self
     To my surprise
     "I hid them right before your eyes
     Because I know you well
     Do you understand?
     The child is father to the man"

Me and me
We were standing face to face
All around
Spun the colors of the soft parade
And the caterpillar stole the donkey's heart
And the swirling lights looked just like stars

     I saw my younger self
     To my surprise
     He recognized me right away
     He said "I know you well
     Don't you understand?
     The child is father to the man"

     I saw my younger self
     To my surprise
     He recognized me right away
     He said "I know you well
     Don't you understand?
     The child is father to the man
     The child is father to the man
     The child is father to the man
     The child is father to the man"

 

KORBY baritone ukulele, lead vocals
ANDREW PRESSMAN electric bass
ANTHONY DA COSTA electric guitar
LUCAS LEIGH hammond organ, clavichord
PAULA BRESSMAN harp
AMY SPEACE harmony vocals 

 

09 Late Bloomers

written by Korby Lenker and Robby Hecht

Another sleepless night
Reading the ceiling
You got a bad feeling
You're doing everything wrong
Cause it's a lonely fight
On glass and gravel
Who knew the road less travelled
Would be so long

     Here's to the late bloomers
     Holding on till their time arrives
     Some people might have gotten there sooner
     But for us, it's gonna be right on time

You used to know
Just where you were goin
You could see it glowin
Like the morning sky
But you got nuthin to show
Somehow your vision
Got lost in transition
And you don't know why

Chorus

And it's another day
You're more tired than ever
But get it together
You got work to do
Cause soon you will say
As we raise our glasses
No matter how hard the path was
We always knew

No dream can outlast us
When it's coming true

Chorus

 

KORBY lead vocals, acoustic guitar
ROBBY HECHT harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
MEGAN SLANKARD harmony vocals
ANTHONY DA COSTA electric guitar
ZACHARIAH HICKMAN electric bass
ALEX WONG drums
LUCAS LEIGH hammond organ
ROCKY MTN FOLKS FEST CHOIR harmony vocals

 

10 Love is the only song 

written by Korby Lenker and John Martin

Storm clouds
Cover up the sunshine
Darkness in our hearts
Worry on our minds
Hard rain
Pounding on the pavement
Lonely in the streets
Looking for an Amen

Love is oh so patient
Love is oh so kind
Love it does not envy
Love it has no pride
Love is the only reason
In this world gone wrong
When everything else is gone
Love is the only song

Hopeless
Broken like a promise
Broken like a wing
Shattering that sweet dream
But remember
It’s been like this forever
You are not alone
We’re all in this together

Oh
Oh

Love is oh so patient
Love is oh so kind
Love it does not envy
Love it has no pride
Love is the only reason
In this world gone wrong
When everything else is gone
Love is the only song
Love is the only song
Love is the only 

 

KORBY lead vocals, piano
MAI BLOOMFIELD cello
ANGEL SNOW harmony vocals

 

11 Mermaids

Written by Korby Lenker

Look at the water
See how it catches the light
Look longer
Starts playin tricks with your eyes

Mermaids
Mermaids
Swimmin in an ocean in my mind
Mermaids
doo doo doo doo doo doo

I'm a dreamer
I have a fisherman's dream
Chasing a feeling
Maybe fishing an empty sea

Mermaids
Mermaids
Swimmin in an ocean in my mind
Mermaids
doo doo doo doo doo doo

Lookin for
Something more
Something I won't ever see

Mermaids
Mermaids
Swimmin in an ocean in my mind
Mermaids
doo doo doo doo doo doo

Look at the water
See how it catches the light
Look longer
Starts playin tricks with your eyes

 

KORBY lead vocals, acoustic guitar
MICHAEL RINNE upright bass
LUCAS LEIGH hammond organ, clavichord
ANTHONY DA COSTA electric guitar
PAULA BRESSMAN harp
MATT THE ELECTRICIAN trumpets, harmony vocals
CARRIE ELKIN harmony vocals
KRISTIN ANDREASSEN harmony vocals

 

 

12 Wherever you are

Written by Korby Lenker

I'm just probably up too late
Trying to write down something that's too big for me to say
The funny thing about you gone
Is that you're not

Just been a few days since
But it don't feel like I'm ever gonna get used to this
Cause you're on my mind
All the time

I don't want you
To think that
Nobody wanted you around

Chorus

I can only hope that you can hear me
Somewhere out there in the stars
I know how this world can be
But I loved you
And I still do
Wherever you are
Wherever you are

Crazy how it all began
Just a twinkle in my eye
You know I never saw it coming
I'm just another black hat
And you're a magic rabbit

And everything else is just a facsimile
and nothing I can say or sing
is ever gonna bring you back to me
And maybe it's all in vain
But I just can't accept that 

So if I can
write you a little song
Then maybe I can keep you
around a little longer
You know I would do anything

Chorus

Wherever you are
Wherever you are
Wherever you are

 

KORBY lead vocals, acoustic guitar