Red Yarn's Old Barn

by Red Yarn

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1.
Old Barn 04:22
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
2.
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
3.
(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
4.
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...
5.
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
6.
Sally Ann 02:58
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?
7.
Barndance 02:25
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!
8.
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
9.
Barnfire 03:19
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
10.
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"
11.
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
12.
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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'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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