California Dogwood EP

by Margo Cilker

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released December 21, 2017

All songs written by Margo Cilker excepting:
"Your Love Is My Rest" by John Hiatt

Margo Cilker- guitar, vocals
Dani Merino- lap steel
Pit Idoyaga- acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Aritza Castro- percussion
Sam Frey- bass

Recorded in Redwood Valley, CA and in The Basque Country

Engineered by Clay Hawkins and Saul Santolaria

Produced by Saul Santolaria and Margo Cilker

Mixed and mastered by Saul Santolaria

Album photography and design by Tamsin Avra


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Margo Cilker California

I once google-searched the definition of "pine" and the example provided was this: "Some people pine for the return of the monarchy". I'd feel the same way, perhaps, had I been born in a different place, but I'm left to pine for other things like basque wine, moonlight and cowboys. ... more


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Track Name: Bilbao Precipitation
Lonely painter
I live in a box of paints

It's a cold room I'm renting on the coast now
I live a quiet life interrupted by guitar sounds
How did I walk away from such a place as Cornwall?
If I love it, so I leave it- that's my downfall
Well the worst crime to commit is hesitation
I was waiting on that Bilbao precipitation

Of all my lovers I've had luck with just a handful
And you could blame that on the fact that I'm unstable
If you asked me, babe, I would tell you what I wanted
It's just an open road and I the only soul upon it, riding easy.
Yeah the worst thing you could do is desperation
If you're waiting on that Bilbao precipitation

Oh, maybe I'll be different come the Spring
Maybe that's a little wide for my hammer to swing

Well, I ain't been getting sleep, just getting older
Sometimes having songs to sing feels like a torture
Calling out to other poets: Tell me your secrets
I'll trade you all of my bad habits for your diseases
Maybe we'll write songs then
The first thing I shot up was inspiration
I was waiting on that Bilbao precipitation
Track Name: Mean Ringin'
There's a mean, mean ringin' in my head
I've been drinking red wine
If I had it my way
I'd be your lover tonight

But the towns keep coming from Boise to Dillon
I'm like a loose train
Something subtle a man like you does, you move in close
And I could almost stay

You just have to call me, darling once in a while
Here in Bozeman-town I've got a lover on speed dial
Track Name: Marianne
Marianne, I am two thirds in love with your man
There are some things we can't understand
Marianne, I've been praying we don't have to do this again

Marianne, that man plays us like his mandolin
And we're both better off without him
Marianne, you get to fall asleep touching his skin
Marianne, you don't know the shape that I'm in

Marianne, put a spot at your table for me
'Cause you're cooking up, baby, for three
Marianne, that man's cooking us both turnip greens
Marianne, put a spot at your table for me

Marianne, it's just too far from Texas here
You're just lucky I can only last a year
Marianne, you know I'm only in this for the sin
Marianne, if I can't be an angel it's this
Track Name: California Dogwood
Moonrise over Appalachia
Just a lovely dust of snow
I'm alone in a little cabin
I ain't got another place that I should go
I'm a California Dogwood
I'm not sure where I belong
But my spirit's high in transit
Riding on the railways of my songs
My journey ain't been easy
The whole thing just start and stopping
I just wanna reach that place
Where I can let my heart do all the talking

How long before I become
Someone that I'd like to meet
How long before I stop comparing myself
To every person on the street?
Well I'm only three and twenty
But there's a furrow in my brow
And I need old time religion
To mitigate these new age blues I've found
My legs are gettin' weary
Aren't your feet tired of walking?
We just gotta reach that place
Where we could let our heart's be the one's talking

I've got some friends in Belgium
I've got some more in Spain
I could search the whole world over
For some new perspective I could gain
I've learned a lot from Adams
I learned a lot from Coggeshall
But if my education binds me
Well, that ain't doin me much good at all
My mind's set on the summit
Gonna burn whatever's blocking
I just gotta reach that place
Where I can let my heart
Do all the talking

Come back with me if you wanted
We can start our country life
I've got the will and I've got the tractor
I wanna be your singing country wife
I've done Mendocino mornings
I'm doing Pickens county nights
But the height of my existence
Was sitting with you in a hole by the fireside
I'm breathing in that smoke now
The free world around us rocking
It's high time I took you babe
Where we can let our hearts
Do all the talking

Sunrise in the blue ridge mountains
What a charming life I lead
I'm never much in want of nothing
Yeah the times are few that I'm in need

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