"Love You Strong — Project 5.1"

Released February 2016

Remixed, remastered, re-released January 20th, 2017


“Love You Strong — Project 5.1” Album Credits 

 

Recording:

Produced by Lloyd Maines

Recorded at Bubba's Studio and The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas

Additional recording: Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Texas, by Wade Josey

Additional recording on “The Texas Star” by Cisco Gilliland

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Pat Manske at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas

 

Musician Credits:

Terri Hendrix: Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo, ukulele, papoose, harmony vocals

Lloyd Maines: Acoustic and electric guitar, pedal steel, dobro, mandolin, banjo, papoose, baritone and bass guitar, harmony vocals

Glenn Fukunaga: Bass guitar

Pat Manske: Drums, percussion

John Silva: Drums, percussion

Riley Osbourn: Keyboards

Bukka Allen: Accordion

Dennis Ludiker: Fiddle

Eliza Gilkyson: Harmony “Texas Star”

Drew Womack: Harmonies "Mingulay Boat Song"

 

Photo Credits:

Mary Keating Bruton Photography: Terri Hendrix photo 

Terri Hendrix: Ron and Marie Jager's hands

 

Album Artwork:

Melissa Webb 

 

Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines would like to thank:

Peavey CA Composite Guitars, Collings guitars, Gibson Guitars and Dobro, Trace Elliot amps, Fender Guitars, Fishman Electronics, Baggs Electronics, GHS Strings, South Austin Music, Strait Music, Mullen Steel Guitars, and Ross Jennings Instrument Repair

 

Information:

THM Music Publishing, BMI

Art Mob Music Publishing, BMI

Administered by BUG/BMG Music

More info: terrihendrix.com

 

This album is dedicated to Ron and Marie Jager

Tracks:

“Love You Strong”

All songs (C)(P) THM Music 

1. Feel the Time 4:32

(Terri Hendrix) 

2. Vulnerable 3:40

(Terri Hendrix) 

3. Love You Strong 4:07

(Terri Hendrix/Dana Pendland Jones) 

4. The Rant 3:50

(Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines) 

5. The Texas Star 3:57

(Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines) 

6. Calle de los Niños 4:34

(Terri Hendrix) 

7. Northern Lights 3:01

(Terri Hendrix) 

8. Earth-Kind Rose 5:19

(Terri Hendrix) 

9. Fifty Shades of Hey 3:52

(Terri Hendrix) 

10. Found 3:18

(Terri Hendrix) 

11. Mingulay Boat Song 4:29

(Traditional/Arrangement: Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines) 

 

Song by Song Tracks 

 

1. “Feel the Time”

I'm entering that time in my life when I've begun to lose loved ones and friends. Every single moment is precious. I can literally feel the time and want to savor every moment I can each day both alone and with those I’m closest to.

 

2. “Vulnerable”

To love someone, be it friends or family, is to make oneself vulnerable to get hurt. The holidays tend to bring this hurt to the surface and in doing so highlight the best and worst qualities in ourselves. 

 

3. “Love You Strong”

My father is both a caregiver and caretaker for my physically disabled mother. This highly decorated veteran and retired Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army now shows the rest of us what true love is: Loyalty. In both sickness and in health. He can't love my mother well. But every day, he can love her strong.

 

4. “The Rant”

If someone says I can't do something, I’ll eventually prove the person wrong. I’ve found that attitude is everything and belief over doubt is crucial for creating a better future. Well, that, and leaving the cork in the wine bottle and getting off the couch.

 

5. “The Texas Star”

The Texas Star at the State Fair in Dallas is much like our political infrastructure. It's a constant spin cycle on both sides of the aisle. But years ago, things could still get accomplished in spite of our differences. Gridlock has replaced our ability to function in spite of our diversity. Ann Richards, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Liz Carpenter, and Lady Bird Johnson may have all been the Democratic darlings of their time, but their legacy has outlived their political affiliation.

 

6. “Calle De Los Niños”

I used to live near a largely Hispanic cemetery in San Marcos. Sometimes I’d venture out to photograph the colorful wreaths and offerings the families, rich in cultural heritage, left for their loved ones. After spending time making music with underprivileged youth, and being unable to get these kids off my mind, I decided to write a portrait of a traditional Mexican funeral for a child lost to violence.

 

7. “Northern Lights”

Being in limbo is not a healthy state of mind. And complacency and despondency are evil twins that can undermine the best intentioned of plans. In "Northern Lights" I’ve traded in the doldrums for the promise of a new adventure.

 

8. “Earth-Kind Rose”

Earth-Kind roses are tougher than the rest. So tough in fact, that they are considered by many avid gardeners to be the world’s strongest rose. They’re pesticide free, drought resistant, and receive no protection during winter. This variety of rose inspired me to write this song because it’s resilient enough to withstand the elements and still bloom. They remind me of my parents, friends, and anyone that’s “reaching for the light underneath a bed of snow.”   

 

9. “Fifty Shades of Hey”

I heard a friend talk about how she went back to school to get a teaching degree. After she completed her masters, she went out to find a job only to find out how, at 54, she was, “too old to teach.” As an older woman, my body might be changing more rapidly than the Texas weather, but my inner fire is intact enough to thumb my nose at a segment of pop culture that only seems to value women my age when they need us to turn up at election time.  

 

10. “Found”

After dealing with my own health issues for as long I have, I wanted to tackle the surreal battle of conquering fear when facing illness and how life can be lived to the fullest even in the most heartbreaking of times.

 

11. “Mingulay Boat Song”

This is a classic old traditional folk song that tells the tale of those at sea fighting through a storm to get back home, and those anxiously waiting at the pier head for their loved ones to return to them. I have been fascinated by this song for years and have always wanted to record it; it haunts me in the way that, although the music alludes to the fact that the sailors eventually make it home, the lyrics leave their fate ambiguous.

Lyrics: "Love You Strong" Project 5.1 

All lyrics (C)(P) THM Music 2015  

 

"Feel the Time"

By Terri Hendrix

 

The day wakes up and it runs away

Runs away to the moon

Hear the city breathe

As the people wake

The streets are shakin’ by afternoon

 

Feel the second hand

See the time 

It's dancin’ wild

Jungle wild

Listen to the Congo

Listen to the heartbeat

Underneath the ocean

Underneath the concrete

Can you feel it? Can you feel the time?

Can you feel it? Can you feel the time?

 

Time to move

Move with conviction

Taste the honey in the bittersweet

It’s time to move

Move with a mission

Take the wheel

And leave the fear in the back seat

Time to live

Time to forgive

Is it worth it

Is it worth it at all

To taste the honey

Taste the wild

Live like a warrior

And love like a child

 

Can you feel it? Can you feel the time?

Can you feel it? Can you feel the time?

 

Oh, the leaves are changing

The river is changing

I am changing now

Oh, the leaves are changing

The river is changing

And I am changing now

 

The day wakes up and it runs away

Runs away with the moon

Watch the eclipse

Take the sun

You had your time

Now your time is done

Feel the second hand

See the time 

It's dancin' wild

Jungle wild

Listen to the Congo

Listen to the heartbeat

Underneath the ocean

Underneath the concrete

 

Can you feel it? Can you feel the time?

Can you feel it? Can you feel the time?

 

"Vulnerable"

By Terri Hendrix

 

I wish the holidays brought out the best in me

These days are hard to spend with my family

They remind me of what will never be

And I’m so vulnerable

 

Christmas lights blink and flash

We hang ornaments from our past

We share a moment that will never last

We’re vulnerable

 

I wanna drink

I wanna lose myself

Into the body of someone else

Someone to brave to have ever felt

So vulnerable

 

I’m in a chair

I’m leaning back

With my eyes closed

Wish I could trust the one I love

When my heart’s exposed

 

“Silent Night” oh I can’t sleep

“Oh Holy Night” I think of God

I think of those who have nothing

I should be thankful for what I’ve got

 

I wish the holidays brought out the best in me

These days are hard to spend with my family

They remind me of what will never be

I’m so vulnerable

 

"Love You Strong"

By Terri Hendrix/Dana Pendland Jones

 

You make me happy

You make me feel so good

I know that I'm understood

When I speak my mind

Wish you could say baby

Baby let's lose control

I want to rock your soul

And leave our troubles behind

 

Oh, you don't want to

You don't need to

You don't have to say goodbye

Stay the night

You are right where you belong

Oh, you don't want to

You don't need to

You don't have to say goodbye

Stay the night

And let me love you strong

 

Wish you could trust me

Wish you could lose your doubt

The second-guessing

I can do without

Have faith in me

I’m in for the good times

I’m in it for the bad times

I’m in it for the long run

Let me love you strong

 

Oh, you don't want to

You don't need to

You don't have to say goodbye

Stay the night

You are right where you belong

You don't want to

You don't need to

You don’t have to say goodbye

Stay the night

And let me love you strong

 

Welcome home my lover

Welcome home my best friend

I give to you completely

I give it all when you let me in

 

Oh, you don't want to

You don't need to

You don't have to say goodbye

Stay the night

You are right where you belong

Oh, you don't want to

You don't need to

You don't have to say goodbye

Stay the night

And let me love you strong

 

"The Rant"

By Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines

 

If the toilet blows I’ll fix it

If the AC goes I’m gone

It came in on the Mayflower

With a rattle and a hum

You can hang up on me

You can call this dumb

I’m on my way to Chardonnay

And acting like a bum

 

It’s your way or the highway

I’d rather do it my way

Even though I haven’t

Thought a damn thing through

I’m a woman on a mission

To change my disposition

I’d bet on me to win

If I were you

I’d bet on me to win

If I were you

 

The bathroom wall at Buc-ee’s

Seemed to say it all

I don’t remember what I read

It’s the feeling I recall

I got my big girl panties on

But now and then they bunch

My laundry’s on the table

My words can pack a punch

 

It’s your way or the highway

I’d rather do it my way

Even though I haven’t

Thought a damn thing through

I’m a woman on a mission

To outlive my disposition

I’d bet on me to win

If I were you

I’d bet on me to win

If I were you

 

Our old house is talkin’ loud and clear

It’s gonna bleed us dry

Dogs are barkin at the deer

And sirens wail on by

Your jeans are on the clothesline

They walked out on their own

I swear you’d never change your pants

If you lived alone

 

The freezer had a melt down

The septic needs a pump

It's football time on TV

You'll sit there like a stump

You can take the easy chair

I'll take my happy pills

Down 'em with some Chardonnay 

And tackle all our bills 

 

It’s your way or the highway

I’d rather do it my way

Even though I haven’t

Thought a damn thing through

I’m a woman on a mission

To change my disposition

I’d bet on me to win

If I were you

So shut your pie hole 

And see my point of view 

I’d bet on me to win

If I were you

I’d bet on me to win

If I were you

 

"The Texas Star"

By Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines

 

Ann’s with Barbara, Liz and Molly

In the sunshine watching the rivers

Run through Texas like fences and ranches

Oak trees and cattle highways and truth

 

That old Texas Star she’s ready to spin

She’ll light up the midway at the State Fair again

 

Education was King

With four queens on our side

Anne took on Texas

Barbara took on civil rights

Molly and Liz wrote the news with barbed wire

Above the capitol dome

I see their faces tonight

 

That old Texas Star she’s ready to spin

She’ll light up the midway at the State Fair again

 

I can see them at that big round table

Between the thunder and lightening

They all come alive

Women united in justice and freedom

Blazing across the lone star skies 

 

The goddess of liberty

Stands tall in the sun

The Lone Star Flag is in the middle

Of the bible and the gun

It rains too much

Or it don’t rain at all

Some want to cross our borders

Some want to build a wall

 

That old Texas Star she’s ready to spin

She’ll light up the midway at the State Fair again

That old Texas Star she’s ready to spin

For corny dogs and Big Tex at the State Fair again

 

I can see them at that big round table

Between the thunder and lightening

They all come alive

Women united in justice and freedom

Blazing across the lone star skies 

Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Liz Carpenter, and Molly Ivins

Are with Lady Bird Johnson looking at all the wildflowers

 

"Calle de los Niños" 

By Terri Hendrix

 

He digs a grave

In his Sunday best

He says a prayer 

Where his child will rest

He believes his son is blessed

His soul will rise again

 

He leans into the shovel

The shovel leans into the earth

The earth gives little by little

Until he is done with his work

 

Our lady of the Guadalupe above the marigolds

Dia de los muertos entre los angelitos

 

His wife made a wreath of flowers

In honor of their son

Who went to school one morning

And never came back home

 

Calle de los niños

Until the streets take them in

Wrap them up in darkness

And spit them back out again

 

Our lady of the Guadalupe above the marigolds

Dia de los muertos entre los angelitos

 

There’s beer cans between the headstones

Weeds between the mounds

A broken lock guards the chain link fence

Circling the grounds

 

He sees the row of headlights

They glitter like a star

Coming up the gravel drive

Behind a long black car

 

The family gathers in a circle

The circle leans into the grave

The grave leans into the parents

Of the child they could not save

 

He says a prayer

In his Sunday best

Over the grave

Where his child will rest

He believes

His son is blessed

His soul will rise again

His child will rise …

 

Our lady of the Guadalupe above the marigolds

Dia de los muertos entre los angelitos

 

"Northern Lights"

By Terri Hendrix

 

Tennessee Flat Top

Contra dance

Tango on the inside

Limbs in suspense

Slo mo no go

I’m in limbo

There’s no visual for the audio

 

I got to

Do my own thing

Make my heart sing

Cut my chicken wings

And see the Northern Lights

I got to

Get a backbone

Leave my comfort zone

Do it on my own

And see the Northern Lights

 

Cream in your coffee

Caffeine in your veins

Your heart goes boom boom wish mine did the same

Engines got pistons movin’ in a row

Shakin’ like a showgirl with steam to blow

 

I got to

Do my own thing

Make my heart sing

Cut my chicken wings

And see the Northern Lights

I got to

Get a backbone

Leave my comfort zone

Do it on my own

And see the Northern Lights

 

The shepherd guards the sheep

The wolves lay in wait

The sheep and I just mill around

The keepers of our fate

Call me Wild Cat Kelly

Don’t you fence me in

I need land lots of land

So I can ride the wind

 

Listen to the boxcars

Look up at the planes

I got Wabash Cannonball

Runnin’ through my brain

Red light green light

One two three

Crazy for you

Just ain’t crazy to me

 

I got to

Shake my soul

Till it rattles my bones

Howl with the wolves

Run with my own

Find my tribe

Feel the vibe

And see the Northern Lights

I got to

Do my own thing

Make my heart sing

Cut my chicken wings

And see the Northern Lights

I got to

Get a backbone

Leave my comfort zone

Do it on my own

And see the Northern Lights  

 

"Earth-Kind Rose"

By Terri Hendrix

 

Her bones bring down her body

Her smile holds up her face 

She’s in a chair

They forget she’s there

Just thinking about the human race

When they come to visit

They talk like she’s not home

She keeps track of time by TV shows

She’s in need

But she needs to be left alone

 

It’s the 98 steps

To the doctor

And the wait they have inside

It’s how they seem to

Talk at her

And how she leaves each visit

With a little less pride

It’s the words that don’t come out

Quite the way they should

It’s the holding onto memories

She’d hold onto if she could

 

Beyond the garden gate

You’ll find the Earth-Kind rose

Reaching for the light

Underneath a bed of snow

Springtime is near

What he planted still grows

Blooms year after year

Just like the Earth-Kind rose

 

It’s the ceiling fan out of balance

It’s the ladder he can't climb

It’s the grocery store

And the need for more

And ending up

At the back of the line

It’s the pipe that broke 

In the last big freeze 

And that plumber

That padded the bill

It’s the too tired to fight

Yet one more fight

Or take yet one more pill 

 

Beyond the garden gate

You’ll find the Earth-Kind rose

Reaching for the light

Underneath a bed of snow

Springtime is near

What he planted still grows

Blooms year after year

Just like the Earth-Kind rose

 

It’s time for him to go back inside

It’s time to change her sheets

He’s gonna look her in the eyes

And see who she used to be

Sometimes he turns the engine

When the wind begs him to leave

Then he lays down by her side

Until she falls asleep

 

Beyond the garden gate

You’ll find the Earth-Kind rose

Reaching for the light

Underneath a bed of snow

Springtime is near

What he planted still grows

Blooms year after year

Just like the Earth-Kind rose

 

"Fifty Shades of Hey"

By Terri Hendrix

 

I’ve been trying to fit in

To my new body and my new skin

I can twerk with the best of them

I’ve got that figured out

Where’s my Barry Manilow

I need something soft to soothe my soul

When I turn on the radio all I wanna do is shout

 

Doctor says I need clarity

Prozac for stability

Valium for my sanity

And hormones to keep world peace

Menopause is just like Oz

I cry and laugh just because

The flying monkeys in my brain

Where ruby slippers and drink champagne

 

Hey! goes the rockin’ rollers

Hey! goes the storytellers

Hey! goes the crowd

Born to be wild!

Hey! Let’ em sing

Hey! I do my own thing

Hey! Let freedom ring

With fifty shades of hey!

 

Middle age

Bring it on!

Get it on! Bang a gong!

I get a hot flash

Then I’m cold

I’d laugh but my bladder won’t hold

My neck has been descending

Chin hairs seem to have no ending

Gravity can take my face

‘Cause a mammogram will put me back in place

Hey!

 

My hair turned curly and my skin got weird

I have sideburns growing out of my ears

My feet hurt in every pair of shoes

But I get back up when I get the blues

I won’t be cast aside

I’ve paid my dues to enjoy this ride

I’m all woman there’s no doubt

I don’t settle for less

I live out loud!

Hey!

 

I bought my cheaters in excess

Until I failed my driving test

I may be blind but I feel blessed

To see what matters and ignore the rest

From hip dysplasia to rosacea

Nothing in the world can phase a

No drama middle-aged momma

Tellin’ it like it is!

 

I’m fifty frames into the show

I’m wise in ways you do not know

I’m fifty shades inside my soul

Born to be wild

 

Hey! goes the rockin’ rollers

Hey! goes the storytellers

Hey! goes the crowd

Born to be wild!

Hey! Let ’em sing

Hey! I do my own thing

Hey! Let freedom ring

With fifty shades of hey!

 

"Found" 

By Terri Hendrix

 

You faced the fire

And the fire lost

You came out the other side

With your dignity

You faced the moment

You held it up

You said gravity be damned

I’m gonna fly

 

There were no prophets

That came to lead you

Through the great unknown

There were long nights

You felt Godless

But you were not alone

My friend

 

Inside your body

You are shaking

Inside your eyes

There’s a heaviness untold

Inside your mind

You might be breaking

You say gravity be damned

I’m gonna fly

 

There were no prophets

That came to lead you

Through the great unknown

There were long nights

You felt Godless

But you were not alone

My friend

 

Who do you talk to in a foreign country?

Where do you go to get back home?

And when you look around and nothing is familiar

How do you find the strength to carry on?

 

There were no prophets

That came to lead you

Through the great unknown

There were long nights

You felt Godless

But you were not alone

My friend

 

“Mingulay Boat Song”

Traditional

Arrangement by Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines

 

Hill-yo-ho, boys! Let her go, boys!

Bring her head round into the weather

Hill-yo-ho, boys! Let her go, boys

Sailing homeward to Mingulay

 

What care we how white the Minch is

What care we for wind or weather

When we know that every inch is

Closer homeward to Mingulay

 

Wives are waiting by the pier heads,

Gazing seaward from the heather

Pull her round boys and we'll anchor

'Ere the sun sets on Mingulay.

 

When the wind is wild with shouting 

And the waves mount ever higher

Anxious eyes turn ever seaward

To see us home boys to Mingulay

 

Ships returning, heavy laden

Mothers holding babies a’cryin’

We’ll return boys, when the sun sets

We’ll return home to Mingulay