It Did Me Well

Side A

1. It Did Me Well [lyrics]

Why can't you see, it's been a long night for me
I got a reason for it all right now, don't even try to talk me down
They always told me that it all works out, 
they always tell me but I know
I simply know it isn't so

My earthly dad he passed away when I was 12
Then cancer came took my health, but i wouldn't let it wear me down
So I did those drugs and I gave'em hell, I got the best of them
I learned of God, It did me well
Yea it did me well.

Why can't you see, it's been a long time for me.
I got a reason for it all right now, don't even try to talk me out
of packing up and getting out of here, away from everything i'm told
I'll venture into the unknown

They said there's a place for me here, should I return
They washed my feet, and shared my tears,
But I didn't let them change my mind
So I hit the road ready to unlearn
The garbage I'd been taught for years
And Oh my God, it did me well, yea it did me well

The pain returned to my stomach, like I remembered it.
3000 miles away from home, the doctor seemed to change my mind
So I flew straight back to the table, they said that It was just a fright
And Oh my God, you brought me back, I think I'll stay a while
But things can never be the same

2. Not Ready [lyrics]

Talk is cheap, you know you're weak
You move along, you move along.
Though I weep, you can's see
That you're wrong, maybe you're wrong.

You're not ready. You’re not ready
I’ve been driving through the night
To tell you baby
You’re not ready. You’re not ready
And when you think you are
You're most likely not

Oh, remember when I found you all alone
Shivering, begging for someone to hold.
I stood you on your feet
And I became a blanket you could keep
Oh remember when you threw it all away
You told me that you couldn’t stay
After all that we’ve been through
I know that I knew you

You're not ready. You’re not ready
I’ve been driving through the night
To tell you baby
You’re not ready. You’re not ready
And when you think you are
You're most likely not

3. Sad Songs and Waltzes [lyrics]

( 1973 Willie Nelson - Tree Publishing, BMI)

4. Leaving For Good [lyrics]

You were like a brother, 
And at times i called your mom my mother
life here left you wanting, had your bags
In your doorway 

When I heard you were leaving with a one way pass
I tied myself to the railroad track
I've done everything I could
'Cause I heard that you were leaving for good

To my disappointment
They said you hitched a free ride to Portland
There's no use in crying
As they handed me your note.

It read: I've gone westward. Moved on.
My heart to find, you'll see in time.

When I heard you were leaving with a one way pass
I tied myself to the railroad track
I've done everything I could
'Cause I heard that you were leaving

When I heard you were leaving with a one way pass
I tied myself to the railroad track
I did everything I could
When I heard that you were leaving for good.

Sickness brought you homeward, 
And my wedding was moving forward
Doctors said you're fine but, 
You just stayed in bed and slept

5. Only Begun [lyrics]

Take your time, if you want to
I don’t mind, I don’t mind
Take your time, you were meant to
You’ll be mine, you are mine

Just know that we’ve won
 ‘Cause we’ve only begun
Just know that we’ve won
And If you ever start to slip
Or the bucket comes up dry

Times are hard, but I’m with you,
Meet my eyes, we’ll be fine.
We could last for a lifetime,
If you’re mine, if you’re mine.

…And the moment that you slip
When you’re tempted not to try
I won’t leave your side

Take our time, we were meant to,
Meet my eyes, we’ll be fine. *

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Side B

6. Her Name Was Grace [lyrics]

Her Name Was Grace
I met her in first grade
I was nervous to approach her but my mother,
Said “Son just say hello, you’ll be okay.”

One day I walked away
She cried as I left her
I tried to act as if I’d never really seen
Her pretty face or tasted her embrace

Her name was grace
She found me in shambles
She washed the blood from off my hands
and wrapped my wounds up
She sang me songs of hope I’ve never known

I will repay you for the years that you have lost
Every dollar, every cent
And when the days aren’t getting easier to bear
I promise I will not forget

I will repay what you have lost

7. Punches [lyrics]

We were as free as we would ever be
Roaming the garden in his company
We were the keepers of our destiny
We watched the story unfold
We ate the fruit of the forbidden tree
I threw you under ‘cause you gave it to me
It’s not the same when you are next to me
Our sons and daughters are cold

I was a lion with a wig for a mane
And it was hardly a cure
You were a fighter throwing punches in vain
Like you had something to prove

There is a garden we can’t see from here
A hope of what is to come
And in the wait we’ll find the courage to
Pick up the pieces or run
And I know that there’s a gardener
He’s waging war against the weeds
They’re set in motion to divide us
Now they’re up above our heads and the trees

Prove, like you had something to prove
Prove, like I had something to prove
Prove, like we had something to prove
Prove, we ain’t got nothing to prove

The sun was setting on our running away
We were facing our fears
I wrestled the gardener til he gave me a name
And you forgave me the years

8. She's Not There [lyrics]

Driving you home for the first time to meet mom and dad
I'm so glad that you came
You ask me how long until we arrive, 10 or 12 minutes
almost in sight

We talked about the weather all the way
And you fumbled with your nails because you're nervous
I'm nervous too, so I turn to look at you
you're not there

She's not there (x2)
She’s not there
She never was
I know in my heart it's the truth
I know in my heart there's no use

Then and there I realized there is a hole in my heart
yet to fill on its own
Dark is that place, filled with echoes it chases again
What it knows I can't have

…Well I'm nervous too, but I won't look at you
you're a thought in my head and we'll leave it unsaid
That you are not coming home with me

I know in my heart it's the truth
I know in my heart there's no use.

9. Mountain Time [lyrics]

Somewhere in Mountain Time I did remember
The promise you said you were keeping
I feel so ashamed of the commotion I made
When I mistook your absence for leaving

Like the wind chimes behind my house making their music
To sing of your love and not falter
But on days like today they’re just begging for notice
Without wind they’ve got nothing to offer

But Sometimes the wind doesn’t blow
And sometimes the sun won’t come out
I know that it’s shining in spite of the clouds
And I long for the strength not to doubt
(Won’t you give me the strength not to doubt)

Take me back quickly for I can’t be trusted
Long in the arms of my memory
Though I’ve heard you whisper it sweetly in my ear
I’m afraid that I still need reminded

You’ve told me that you won’t forget
Like a mother with her child at her breast

But sometimes she will disappoint
And sometimes your voice seems so far
And the words to the love songs you wrote me are fading
How I long to remember them all

But Sometimes the wind doesn’t blow
And sometimes the sun won’t come out
I know that it’s shining in spite of the clouds
Won’t you give me the strength not to doubt

"It Did Me Well" album Notes

Kevin Embleton - Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
John Finley - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals
Jake Yonkers - Electric guitar, background vocals
Brandon Covey - Bass, Upright Bass
Matt Kurtz – Drums, percussion

Additional Musicians: Joe Kurtz (pedal steel), Anya Rose (vocals), Jocelyn Embleton (saxophone, vocals), Ron Flack (hammond, rhodes), Cody J. Martin (Harmonica), Angus Farquharson (Cornet).

Produced by John Finley and Kevin Embleton
Engineered and Mixed by John Finley at the Alta House
Additional Engineering by Kevin Embleton
Mastered by J.J. Golden at Golden Mastering
Printed by Discmakers

Art direction and design - Luke Shuman (www.lukeshuman.com)
Typography – Mark Davis
Photography - John Finley, Matt Kurtz, John King
Drawing - Alex Embleton

All songs written by Kevin Embleton except Sad Songs And Waltzes by Willie Nelson © 1973 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Leaving For Good by Kevin Embleton and Joshua Graber, Her Name Was Grace by Kevin Embleton and John Finley, Punches by Kevin Embleton and Mike Barrow.

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Sampler EP

1. Only Begun*** - See above for lyrics

2. Mr. Williams

So, This is how it goes
Everybody knows the drill, He’s going for the kill. 
Mr. Williams climbs the stairs, and sits behind the desk
He’s on in three, two… 
Once upon a time there was a war, some guns, and tons of bombs. 
Planes are flyin’, people die and hit the floor. 
And the news goes on like this for sixty minutes. 
We cannot bear, please say no more. 

We’re in over our heads. There’s nothing left to be said. 
We’re in over our heads, Mr. Williams is there more? 

So, turn off the set, we’ll go to bed, 
Our heavy head it hits the pillow now, we’re dreamin’ fast asleep. 
And the news goes on like this for hours. 
We do not care. Please say no more. 

We’re in over our heads, and there’s nothing left to be said. 
We’re in over our heads, Mr. Williams is there more? 

Some good news to report, like someone feeding the poor, 
But half of us are scared to step out of our door. 
Na na na na…. Hey, goodnight.

3. Mr. Tornado

The clouds are getting darker still
This tornado's in for the kill
Some of them choose to run and hide
But there's no fear behind her eyes

‘Cause the rescue came
in the most unlikely of places
Chances, will she take it? 

She steps into the wind and rain
The rest of them look through the pane
She waves as if to hail a cab
She's swept away and won't look back

And it carried her out of the city
Over trees and farmland
To Northeast Ohio
Set her down beside me

Mr. Tornado said his goodbye
With a tear in his eye
Sad that he must go, all we could say
Thanks for making our day

‘Cause the rescue came
in the most unlikely of places
Chances, will she take it? 
I think she will.

4. Stack:

She will never make me happy. 
She will only make me sad
If and when I come about her, 
There'll be more I wish I had
Wish I had, wish I had, 
If and when I come about her, 
She will only make me sad. 

They will never make me happy
They will only make me sad
If and when I do appease them, 
They're still breathing down my back
Down my back, down my back
If and when I do appease them, 
They will only make me sad

It will never make me happy
It will only make me sad
If and when I do achieve it
It will just add to the stack

To my stack, 
Down my back, 
Wish I had, 
They make me sad. 

When I die and go to heaven, they will just stay in my stack.