Red Yarn's Old Barn

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'Red Yarn's Old Barn' is the fifth album by Austin-born, Portland-based family musician Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson). With originals, traditionals & a classic country cover song reflecting Furgeson's roots in the Texas Hill Country, 'Red Yarn's Old Barn' tells of an epic barndance where critters of all kinds are welcome.

Furgeson co-produced the album with GRAMMY-winner Dean Jones & renowned engineer Adam Selzer, with studio sessions in Portland, Austin & the Hudson Valley. Furgeson & his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs are backed by a stellar band featuring Jones, Dan Hunt (Neko Case), Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prairie, Rhett Miller) & Paul Brainard (M. Ward, Richmond Fontaine), with special guests like Jenny Conlee (the Decemberists), Justin Lansing (the Okee Dokee Brothers) & Jazzy Ash.

Red Yarn's playful & personal country-rock songs paint the Old Barn as an inclusive microcosm of the USA. "We'll all feel better if we could all just be together," Red sings on the opening track, "and there's room here in my Old Barn for you."

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released April 27, 2018

Red Yarn’s Old Barn was recorded at No Parking Studios in Rosendale, NY, Type Foundry Studio in Portland, OR & Ameripolitan Studios in Austin, TX from June-December, 2017

Co-produced by Red Yarn, Dean Jones & Adam Selzer

Engineered by Dean Jones, Adam Selzer & Cris Burns

Mixed by Adam Selzer at Type Foundry

Mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering

The Red Yarn Band is...

Red Yarn aka Andy Furgeson on vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, bass, harmonica & percussion

Dean Jones on piano, organ, wurly, drums, sampling keyboard, mandolin, rhumba box, boomwackers, organ pipes, percussion & vocals

Jessie Eller-Isaacs on vocals

Dan Hunt on drums & percussion

Paul Brainard on lap steel, dobro & pedal steel

Annalisa Tornfelt on fiddle

Simon Flory on upright & electric bass (tracks 4, 5, 7, 9, 10)

Jason Sarubbi on upright bass (tracks 1, 2, 8)

Perry Pfister on upright bass (track 12)

Jenny Conlee on accordion (tracks 2, 9)

Justin Lansing on banjo (track 1)

Jazzy Ash aka Ashli Christoval on vocals (track 8)

Barbara Anderson on piano (track 11)

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Red Yarn is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs & puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.

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Track Name: Old Barn
Well I’m goin out tonight neath the stars' silver light
I’m callin all the critters on the farm
Well we all been feelin blue and there’s just one thing to do
We’re gonna throw a party in the barn

My turkey in the straw has lost his haw-haw-haw
And I wish someone would throw my dog a bone
All my rooster used to do was cock-a-doodle-doo
But lately it’s all cock-a-doodle-don’t

It don’t matter whether you got fur or you got feathers
If you walk on four legs or on two
Well we’ll all feel better if we could all just be together
And there’s room here in my old barn for you

The pot-bellied pig has got his mask and wig
He’s dressin up in costume for the ball
And the cat has brought her fiddle and she’s playin “Hey Diddle Diddle”
And the cow’s over the moon so don’t you let her fall

The ducks and the chickens are cluckin with the guitar pickin
And the horse of course supports your choice to sing till you’re hoarse or joyfully cut a rug
Have you met Miss Wooly Sheep? She’s good company to keep
If you been stuck out in the cold and you need a hug

It don’t matter whether you got fine or fearsome weather
If your skies are gray or if your skies are blue
Well we’ll all feel better if we could all just be together
And there’s room here in my old barn for you

The new sheriff from the town just tried to shut us down
Sayin who could stay and who must leave
Aw but if you’re asking me, well the only place to be
Is wherever with whomever you feel free

So it don’t matter whether you’ve been tarred and feathered
If you got everything or nothing left to lose
Well we’ll all feel better if we could all just be together
And there’s room here in my old barn for you
Oh-oh, we got room here in our old barn for you, yes we do
Track Name: Down in the Meadow
Down in the meadow, in the middle of the meadow
In the middle of the meadow there’s a party goin on
Down in the meadow, in the middle of the meadow
There’s a fiddle and a banjo playin an old-timey song

Down in the meadow there’s a circle of critters
In the center of the circle there’s a horse and a cow
Down in the meadow, in the center of the circle
The horsey and the cow, they start to dance

Trot, trot, trot goes the horse
Cuz he’s showin off his force in the middle of the meadow
Stomp, stomp, stomp goes the cow
Cuz that’s all she knows how and there’s a party goin on

Down in the meadow, in the middle of the meadow
In the center of the circle there’s a rooster and a hen
Down in the meadow, in the center of the circle
The rooster introduced her to his dance

Strut, strut, strut goes the rooster
Cuz he’s tryin to seduce her in the middle of the meadow
Cluck, cluck, cluck goes the hen
Cuz she ain’t impressed with him and there’s a party goin on

Down in the meadow, in the middle of the meadow
To the center of the circle scurry three blind mice
Down in the meadow, in the center of the circle
A rumble-tumble cat ain’t playin nice

Skit, scat, skitter go the mice
Cuz they’re runnin for their lives in the middle of the meadow
Pounce, pounce, pounce goes the cat
As she’s swipin and she grabs a little mousie by the tail
Up, up, up goes the mouse
To the mouth of the cat, he’s a tremblin little fellow
No, no, no....
Well you can’t hurt a friend when there’s a party goin on, oh no!

Down in the meadow, in the middle of the meadow
In the middle of the meadow there’s a party goin on
Down in the meadow, in the middle of the meadow
A mousie and a cat are gettin famously along

Dance, dance, dance everybody
Dance everybody in the middle of the meadow
Dance, dance, dance everybody
Dance everybody, there’s a party goin on
Track Name: Old Hen Cackled
(The old hen she cackled) She cackled in the barn
(Next time she cackled) She cackled in the yard
(The old hen she cackled) She cackled in the stable
(Next time she cackled) She cackled at the table

She cackled in the loft
She cackled in the trough
She cackled in the stable
“We won’t end up on the table”

She cackled in the morning
She cackled out a warning
She cackled late at night
She cackled for her rights
She cackled really quiet
She cackled up a riot
She cackled out loud
Next time she cackled, “I’m a chicken and I’m proud”

All my little chickies well I want you to know
All my little chickies gettin ready to go
All my little chickies we’re a-leavin tonight
All my little chickies gonna stand up and fight

All my little chickies well I want you to live
All my little chickies well I want you to give
Everything you got to all that you believe in
All my little chickies it’s time we got leavin

All my little chickies well I want you to shine
All my little chickies steppin out of that line
Open up your eyes and let yourself see that
All my little chickies got a right to be free, yeah

She cackled on her feet
She cackled in the street
She cackled at the protest
“I cannot condone this”
She cackled to the boardroom
She cackled in the courtroom
A beacon like a lighthouse
Next time she cackled, she cackled at the White House
Track Name: I'm Gonna Feed You Now
Well I finally got a job last Monday
I hadn't worked in a month of Sundays
And everything was gettin hungry
But everything's all right now

So gather round all you children
Gather round all you children
Gather round all you children
I'm gonna feed you now

Well my horses were gettin skinny
I'd have fed em if I’d had any
But I didn't even have a penny
But everything's all right now

So gather round all you children...

Well the hogs had started gruntin
And the hound dog started huntin
And boys that's really somethin
But everything’s alright now

Well the hens all stopped a-layin
And the baby chicks started strayin
And the rooster was even prayin
But everything’s alright now

So gather round all you children...

Well I finally got a job last Monday
I hadn't worked in a month of Sundays
And everything was gettin hungry
But everything's all right now

So gather round all you children...
Track Name: Go Little Gator
Early June morning back in ‘95
I’d been countin the days till the summertime
When Daddy had promised that he’d teach me to drive
The little green Gator in the barn outside

Sittin side by side in the bucket seat
I pulled the choke and I turned the key
Just a little green and yellow ATV
But when she coughed to life, oh it set me free

Go little Gator, little Gator go
Speedin down that gravel road

Sweet dump feature on the cargo box
For haulin cedar and movin rocks
Drivin down alone to Gopher’s Gulch
Choppin with a chainsaw and shovelin mulch

Go little Gator, little Gator go
See y’all later, I’m on my own

July evening at a long day’s end
I was speedin round a washed out bend
Hit a pothole and lost control
I got thrown and my Gator rolled

Cut and bruised on the side of my head
Grounded for the summer and my Gator’s dead
Never seen my dad so mad
I lost the best thing that I ever had

Just last week I was back at the farm
Cleanin up the junkpile behind the barn
Pulled back a tarp and what do I see
But a busted up and rusted out UTV

Pushed her round into the shop
Tinkered with the engine till I had to stop
Pulled the choke and turned the key
My little green Gator coughed to life for me

Go little Gator, little Gator go
Accelerator, soothe my soul
Go little Gator, little Gator go
Take me back to the summer I was 12 years old

Closest thing to freedom that I ever knowed
Was speedin down that gravel road
Track Name: Sally Ann
Did you ever see a muskrat, Sally Ann
Slappin his slick tail in the sand
Pickin his banjo and raisin sand
Did you ever see a muskrat, Sally Ann?

Did you ever see a firefly, Sally Ann
Or catch its glow in an old tin can
Then hold its light in your tremblin hand
Did you ever see a firefly, Sally Ann?

Ever see a firefly, Sally
Ever see a firefly, Sally Ann?
Ever see a muskrat, Sally
Ever see a muskrat, Sally Ann?

Did you ever see a sunset, Sally Ann
Throwin its colors all across the land
Pink and orange sinkin in cyan
Did you ever see a sunset, Sally Ann?

Did you ever see a mountain, Sally Ann
Touchin the sky with its snowy hand
Old as time and twice as grand
Did you ever see a mountain, Sally Ann?

Ever see a mountain, Sally
Ever see a mountain, Sally Ann?
Ever see a sunset, Sally
Ever see a sunset, Sally Ann?

Did you ever see a spark like Sally Ann’s
Brightest light ever known to man
Like lightning come from God’s right hand
Did you ever see a spark like Sally Ann’s?

Did you ever feel a love like Sally Ann’s
So deep you just can’t understand
How to hold something so grand
Did you ever feel a love like Sally Ann’s?

Ever feel a love like Sally’s
Ever feel a love like Sally Ann’s?
Ever see a spark like Sally’s
Ever see a spark like Sally Ann’s?

Did you ever see a muskrat, Sally Ann
Slappin his slick tail in the sand
Pickin his banjo and raisin sand
Did you ever see a muskrat, Sally Ann?

Ever see a muskrat, Sally
Ever see a muskrat, Sally Ann?
Ever meet a girl like Sally
Ever meet a girl like Sally Ann?
Track Name: Barndance
Come all you woolly critters
Let’s go to Red Yarn’s ranch
The fiddlin pigs are comin
We’re gonna have a dance
The cow roped her piano
And drug it to the barn
Tonight we’re gonna pay off
The mortgage on the farm

Yippy ti yi yippy tippy yi tippy yea, yippy ti yi yippy tippy yea…

Such a dance we’re havin
Has never been had yet
Ol Smelly Jim will be there
He’s gonna call the sets
Goosey plays the washtub
A goat will bang the drum
So slick up in your grease paint
Get ready for some fun

Yippy ti yi yippy tippy yi tippy yea…

Shorty Sheep might show up
To chaperone the romp
To see his sister steppin
To “The Stumptown Stomp”
But you needn’t fear that Shorty
Will try to stop your fun
If you’re decent with your dancin
And leave your shears at home

Yippy ti yi yippy tippy yi tippy yea…

Bill the Horse is comin
With them trottin feet of his
He can do the two-step
Just like nobody’s biz
Rooster does the Charleston
The cats will come from town
Red’s gonna build a new barn
So we’ll burn the old one down

Yippy ti yi yippy tippy yi tippy yea…
Skunk in the barnyard, P U!
Track Name: Did You Feed My Cow? ft. Jazzy Ash
Did you feed my cow? Yes, ma’am
Could you tell me how? Yes, ma’am
What did you feed her? Corn and hay
What did you feed her? Corn and hay
Did you milk her good? Yes, ma’am
Did you milk her like you should? Yes, ma’am
How did you milk her? Squish, squish, squish
How did you milk her? Squish, squish, squish
Did my cow get sick? Yes, ma’am
Was she covered with tick? Yes, ma’am
How did she die? Uh, uh, uh
How did she die? Uh, uh, uh
Did the buzzards come? Yes, ma’am
Did the buzzards come? Yes, ma’am
How did they come? Flop, flop, flop
How did they come? Flop, flop, flop
Did you feed my cow?
Did you feed my cow?

Did you steal my cow? No, ma’am
Did you steal my cow? Uhh, yes, ma’am
Why did you do it? I can’t say
Why did you do it? Thought it’d be okay
Did you milk her good? Yes, ma’am
Taking everything you could? Yes, ma’am
Did you sell that cream? Sure enough
But did you pay me anything? Here’s a couple bucks
Did my cow get sick? Yes, ma’am
And covered with ticks? Yes, ma’am
But did my old cow die? No, not yet
Then tell me why did you lie? Trust me I regret
You ‘spect me to forgive you? No, ma’am
You ‘spect me to forget? No, ma’am
Then what you gonna do? I’m gonna make it right
Aw, what you gonna do? I’ll bring her home tonight
And I will feed your cow!
You’re gonna feed my cow
I’m gonna feed your cow
Yeah you’re gonna feed my cow
We’re gonna feed that cow
Track Name: Barnfire
Last night I had the strangest dream
Believed I could fix most everything
So I called up my good friends
Said, “Come down right away”
Turned out to be a big mistake

Things started off okay
Everyone was dancin, feelin great
All it took was an angry word
Then the good times lost their hold
That’s when we lost control

Bill started kickin his hind legs
His hoof nearly caught Jim Dog in the head
Jim barked and bore his teeth
At the hepcat by his side
You can bet the mice got terrorized

With rodents skitterin around
Pig lost his foothold and fell down
Smack dab on rooster
Who crowed in goose’s ear
Goose started flappin round in fear

Sheep were creepin backward
Knocked a candle on a bale of wool
The sparks surprised the cow
Who jumped and bumped into the bull
Bull he rammed the rubble pile
Old boards and rubber tires

And now the barn’s on fire
Get out, the barn’s on fire
Help the cat down from the hayloft
Free the horse from the barbed wire
Good lord, the barn’s on fire
Good lord, the barn’s on fire

You don’t know the good in someone’s heart
Till the situation’s dire
Like when the barn caught fire
Track Name: Till the Cows Come Home
There’s a farm on the range
All the folks call it strange
They say the farmer’s as odd as can be
He just woke up one day
And he opened the gate
And he set all the animals free

Singin “Go on, my friends
My goats, sheep and hens
The wild world is now yours to roam
As you’re movin along
I’ll be singin this song
I’ll keep singin till the cows come home”

Well they all were surprised
With the pace of life on the outside
How the cars honked and the people did stare
But they all made their way
Gettin by, makin hay
Some went boldly and some were plain scared

Well the pig got a gig
Doin kids' birthdays in a wig
Cow's the mascot for a hamburger stand
And the sheep found another farm
They earned their keep spinnin yarns
And the chickens laid eggs on command

Singin "Keep it up friends
Makin ends meet till the end
The world isn't kind but it's your own
If you ever get lost
Perk your ears up for this song
We'll keep singin till the cows come home"

The farmer walked out one day
There they stood at his gate
The sheep were shiverin, shorn down to their skins
The old bull had a brand new brand
The chickens all wore ankle bands
The shoeless horse stumbled in with a limp

He sang "Welcome home friends
My goats, sheep and hens
You know you were never alone
As you were out on your own
I was singin this song
I kept singin till the cows came home
I kept singin till the cows came home"
Track Name: To Raise a Barn
In the ashes of a fire in our town
Where the trash had piled up and blown around
Kindled memories of a place that used to be
In the ashes, pickin trash up, you and me

On a road that ran away from all we knew
Yellow lines pulled up toward skies so bright and blue
No matter how far out we drove, how fast we flew
Turnin right back to our home was me and you

Where our mama sang her daddy’s favorite hymns
While she searched on the piano for the chords she learned from him
And a thought waltzed through my mind just like an old forgotten song
With my grandma and my grandpa and everybody singin along

It takes a spark, child, to face the darkest night
It takes some darkness to make the fire shine bright
It takes a bonfire to keep a village warm
It takes a village to raise a barn

All our neighbors brought their lumber scraps and tools
Many hands make lighter work they proved the rule
Everyone chipped in and soon our barn was done
Slapped some red paint on and picked back up the fun

Horse and dog shook hoof and paw and made amends
Cat and mouse quit playin games and now they’re friends
Like the dickens all the chickens came home to roost
But that’s a good thing when your rooster needs a boost

And our mamas lead the crowd in old church hymns
While we draw buckets from the well of all the love we learned from them
And all the places we were goin and all the people we have been
Are singin right along to that old forgotten hymn

It takes a spark, child, to face the darkest night
It takes some darkness to make the fire shine bright
It takes a barnfire to teach a village to get along
It takes a village to raise a barn
It takes a village to raise a barn
Track Name: My Barn Door Is Open
In case you missed the gist of my invitation
If I seem a bit unzipped, be patient
You can all come to my party, yeah here’s hopin
Cuz like my daddy always said
My barn door is open

Yeah my daddy always said my barn door was open
And I think he meant to give me tools for copin
With the fools at middle school who laughed because my fly was broken
We made amends, yeah I made some friends
My barn door was open

May we all let all our barn doors remain open
And cut out all the muckin up and mopin
Please let in some friends to mend the parts you feel are broken
Unlock your heart and start to let your barn doors open
Unlock your heart and live with your barn doors wide open

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