The Miles Before Us

by Hillary Reynolds Band

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Douglas Johnson Beautiful music and touching lyrics make this album a must have. There are a couple of tracks that really speak to me but "I Didn't Know Who Else To Call" really struck home and brought tears to my eyes and filled my heart. Favorite track: I Didn't Know Who Else To Call.
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Our fans consistently challenge us. They want to hear us branch out, show some musicianship, and be our honest selves. What a great problem to have. You are all beautiful.

And we are happy to oblige. This recording is full-bore, no-holds-barred, self-produced HRB.

There's something that comes along with releasing an album we're so very proud of, one that improves on everything we've done before. It comes naturally. It's a fresh perspective on what has come and gone, and a lens focused on what we can now accomplish.

The Miles Before Us

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released July 8, 2014

Hillary Reynolds Band is:

Hillary Reynolds - piano/vocals/mandolin
Trevor Jarvis - cello/vocals
Connor Reese - guitars/pedal steel/vocals
Jeff Hale - drums/percussion/ukulele
Chris Mewhinney - electric and upright bass

Produced by Trevor Jarvis, Jeff Hale, Hillary Reynolds, and Joe Tooley

Recorded at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA
Engineered by Joe Tooley
Additional engineering by Steve Flynn and Sean Cahalin
Mixed by Joe Tooley
Mastered by Andy VanDette
Mandolin on "Honey, Come Home," "I Surrender," "Braver Than We Think," and "Looking for a Way Back" by Forrest O'Connor
Banjo on "Honey, Come Home" by Mark Whitaker

HRB would like to thank the Q Division interns for their efforts and patience:
Frank H, Pat B, Loyd J, Joel E, Mike H and the rest of the crew

Original artwork and package design by Kat Leyh

Hillary Reynolds uses Eastman Mandolins
Hillary Reynolds Band uses Lampifier 711 vocal microphones for live performance

www.hillaryreynoldsband.com
©2014 Hillary Reynolds Band LLC
All Rights Reserved

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The Hillary Reynolds Band invites listeners into a transcendent folk experience. The quintet charms with campfire congeniality, classic songs, and an astounding soulful and technical grasp of Americana. After four years, the band has risen from coffeehouse darlings to sharing stages with Norah Jones and performing at festivals in front of thousands. ... more

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Track Name: Took Me A While
Follow me to the edge of the earth
We’ll climb the highest cliff
We can hide away from time
From our hearts we wish

To dance at last beneath the scarlet sky
‘Cause I took my time, a little bit confused
Unsettled in my mind, ideas of you

It took me a while to say
Yes or no
Baby, oh so slow but now we’re here
It’s been a while between then and now
And it’s never been so real
And it feels so right, baby, you and I
Dancing arm and arm in space

Lay me down in the pouring rain
Wash the time away
There’s no need for sorry eyes
Now we’re face to face

Wonder why we never were before
‘Cause I took my time, a little bit confused
Unsettled in my mind

It took me a while to say
Yes or no
Baby, oh so slow but now we’re here
It’s been a while between then and now
And it’s never been so real
And it feels so right, baby, you and I
Dancing arm and arm in space

‘Cause I took my time
I took my time
I took my time, a little bit confused
Unsettled in my mind

It took me a while to say
Yes or no
Baby, oh so slow but now we’re here
It’s been a while between then and now
And it’s never been so real
And it feels so right, baby, you and I
We’ll step in time someday
Just you and me
You and me dancing arm and arm in space
You and me
You and me dancing arm and arm in space
Track Name: Pretending I'm In Love
They say love is just around the corner
Well I don’t know if it’s true
Look at me. Look at you.
Look where we’ve been and what we’ve come to
We’re hiding behind the lies we cling to

They say don’t worry
Take it day by day
But we worry anyway
There’s something wrong with the look you wear
We read between the lines when nothing’s there

We still don’t know any better than we did before
Still can’t hold this love even when it’s in our arms
Someday, some way, we’ll speak the truth
Till then I’ll keep pretending I’m in love with you

We’ve been down this road before
But never this far
Feeling trapped then feeling close
One lover hangs on while the other lets go

We still don’t know any better than we did before
Still can’t hold this love even when it’s in our arms
Someday, some way, we’ll speak the truth
Till then I’ll keep pretending I’m in love with you

We’re playing with fire now
Afraid to lose
And we’re running from the truth

We still don’t know any better than we did before
Still can’t hold this love even when it’s in our arms
Someday, some way, we’ll speak the truth
Till then I’ll keep pretending I’m in love with you
Track Name: Honey, Come Home
I feel the wind under my skin
Take this breath and hold it in
Close my eyes, open my mind
Still can’t break, still can’t cry

This space is wide and deep
But I still can’t shake you off of me

I’ve been trying to see you
Honey, come home
Honey, come home
I’ve been trying to reach you
Honey, come home
Honey, come home

We fell apart one summer night
Beneath the stars, we said goodbye
Too young to try, too scared to jump
We ran away from our love

And now this space is wide and deep
But I still can’t shake you off of me

I’ve been trying to see you
Honey, come home
Honey, come home
I’ve been trying to reach you
Honey, come home
Honey, come home

It crossed my mind to call you
But I won’t get past hello
Time has cut our ties
But my heart won’t let go

You may be gone, I may be lost
But I still can’t shake you off

I’ve been trying to see you
Honey, come home
Honey, come home
I’ve been trying to reach you
Honey, come home
Honey, come home
Track Name: Can't Let You Go
Have you ever been to the bottom of a bottle
And wanted just a little bit more?
I could use a little bit more

That’s how I feel with you
Can’t stop even though I know I should
Can’t stop even though you’re no good
Poison to my soul
And I can’t let you go

There’s a bitter taste in the love we’ve been given
It bites on my tongue
But it’s sweet going down

That’s how I feel with you
Can’t stop even though I know I should
Can’t stop even though you’re no good
Poison to my soul
And I can’t let you go

Tried to stop looking back
But I keep breaking down
It’s easier to fall in love than it is to fall out
I’ve tried to stop looking back
But I keep breaking down
I’m broken now

That’s how I feel with you
Can’t stop even though I know I should
Can’t stop even though you’re no good
Poison to my soul
And I can’t let you go
Track Name: I Surrender (feat. Forrest O'Connor)
I surrender to my heart
Lay down these weapons
Bare my scars
‘Cause I can’t stop now when I’ve come this far
No, I can’t stop now when I’ve come this far

Felt the turn of the seasons
Felt the edge of my reasons
I threw it away, threw it away
Threw it all to the sky
Cried the fear from my eyes

Left the battle on the field
I took my weapon and my shield
Now I can’t turn away

I surrender to my heart
Lay down these weapons
Bare my scars
‘Cause I can’t stop now when I’ve come this far
No, I can’t stop now when I’ve come this far

Tried to win fortune’s favor
Let my love ever waver
I let it all go, let it all go
Let it all be free
Became a warrior of peace

A change of pace, a change of mind
We’re always lost in time
And we can’t turn away

I surrender to my heart
Lay down these weapons
Bare my scars
‘Cause I can’t stop now when I’ve come this far
No, I can’t stop now when I’ve come this far
Track Name: Braver Than We Think
Come stay with me tonight
I will grow your dreams from hopeful seeds
While you sleep
While you sleep

It’s only us under sheets
Skin on skin
You are olive
I’m porcelain

Stay until you have to go
Stay

What if we said what we’re feeling
What if we did what we’re thinking
Imagine where we could be
Jumping before we blink
We’re braver than we think

I’ll catch your dreams in my hands
One by one
Sewn together
Slowly making plans

Stay until you have to go
Stay

What if we said what we’re feeling
What if we did what we’re thinking
Imagine where we could be
Jumping before we blink
We’re braver than we think

We wanna be braver
Wanna be braver
Wanna be braver now

What if we said what we’re feeling
What if we did what we’re thinking
Imagine where we could be

What if I said what I’m thinking
What if you said what you’re feeling
Imagine where we could be
Jumping before we blink
We’re braver than we think
Track Name: What It Is
We don’t have the words to say how we feel
All we know is this could be, someday this could be something real
Lying in bed, laughing until the morning comes
It’s happened before, it’ll happen again, cause it always does
That’s when I give you a kiss
Saying it is what it is, what it is

You pretend you don’t care if I stay
But you do, yeah you do, and I do anyway
I know you better than you could ever play the game
Hiding out, fooling around in the mess we’ve made
That’s when I give you a kiss

Saying it is what it is, what it is
It is what it is and we don’t have to make it more
Than it is what it is, what it is
What it is

Don’t stare at me that way
Don’t stare like you don’t feel what I’m feeling
We go our separate ways and always end up here
Staring at blank space

It is what it is what it is
It is what it is and we don’t have to make it more
Than it is what it is, what it is
Track Name: Balloon & Kite
I’m writing a love song
About a balloon
Meeting a kite and flying off to the moon
Falling in love and climbing the sky
You’ll be my balloon and I’ll be your kite

Whoa, soaring straight through the clouds
Never touching the ground
That’s what love is about
That’s what love is about

Holding each other, by tying our strings
Flying together, we’ll share a pair of wings
Building a home of craters and stars
We’ll conquer black holes and vacation on mars

Whoa, soaring straight through the clouds
Never touching the ground
That’s what love is about

When everyone is sleeping we’ll be wide awake
We’ll fly away the night

Whoa, soaring straight through the clouds
Never touching the ground
That’s what love is about
That’s what love is about
Track Name: Crossing The Line
Lover could you stay a little longer?
Stay until the birds start to cry
There’s nothing but the wind in the shadows
They’re waiting for your breath outside

I know it’s a lot to ask
It’s a lot to ask right now
I know we’re crossing the line
But I don’t wanna fall asleep alone tonight

Lover, can you feel my fingers twitching?
Mmm, it feels so right
Go and grab a glass from my kitchen
We’ll drink away our fears in the wine

I know it’s a lot to ask
It’s a lot to ask right now
I know we’re crossing the line
But I don’t wanna fall asleep alone tonight

And I know, I know, I know
It’s a lot to ask you now
I know, I know, I know
It’s the kind of weight that weighs you down

I know it’s a lot to ask
It’s a lot to ask right now
I know we’re crossing the line
But I don’t wanna fall asleep alone tonight

Lover, could you stay a little longer?
Stay until my tears are dry
‘Cause I don’t wanna fall asleep alone
Track Name: This Love Is Ours
Breathing from the same place
Speaking from the same place
Kissing from the same place
Revealing our scars
This love is ours

Oh, take my heart when you leave in the morning
Leave your love on my pillow
So I can hold you while you’re gone

Dreaming from the same place
Wake up crying from the same place
Wishing we were in the same place
We’re miles apart
This love is ours

Oh, take my heart when you leave in the morning
Leave your love on my pillow
So I can hold you while you’re gone

Don’t go, go
Wish you didn’t have to go, go
Oh, don’t you go, go
Wish you didn’t have to go, go
No, don’t go, go
Wish you didn’t have to go, go
Oh, don’t you go, go
Wish you didn’t have to go, go

Go, take my heart when you leave in the morning
Leave your love on my pillow
So I can hold you while you’re gone (don’t go)
Take my heart when you leave in the morning
Leave your love on my pillow
So I can hold you

Running with the fire that grew from a spark
This love is ours
Track Name: How
I gave away myself too soon
And now I’m lying on the floor
Face down in the living room
Can’t stop crying

For a moment, silence was bliss
For a moment, the breath was enough to fix
All that has been broken

How do I let go this time?
How do I take what is mine?

Even breathing seems out of place
I’ve got a broken heart that loves you anyway
It’s been a while since I’ve been alone
Since you walked out the door now this house ain’t a home
When everyone sees me, they already know.

How do I let go this time?
How do I take what is mine?

The damage is done
I’ll clear the wreckage and watch you run, run, run

How do I let go this time?
How do I take what is mine?
Track Name: I Didn't Know Who Else To Call
Alone with another red light
In the middle of the night
Tears are running down my neck
People to see
Places to be
But I can’t stop shaking yet

Waiting with the dial tone
Hoping you’ll pick up the phone and say hello
You’re the only one who’s seen me fall
And I didn’t know who else to call

Shaken from sleep
I reach for air to breathe
My mind is spinning round my head
No one has seen these shadows of me
Talk me out of this mess

Waiting with the dial tone
Hoping you’ll pick up the phone and say hello
You’re the only one who’s seen me fall

I hope I didn’t wake you
I hope that you’re alone
I don’t mean to bother you with my problems anymore
Something isn’t right here
Open flames inside
If I hear your voice, I know I’ll be alright

Waiting with the dial tone
Hoping you’ll pick up the phone and say hello
Just say hello

Save me from my worried mind
Calm me down and dry my eyes
And say hello
You’re the only one who’s seen me fall
And I didn’t know who else to call
Track Name: Looking For A Way Back
A pocket full of blue
A few silver linings
These memories of you
They’re all I have to guide me

Oh, where have you gone
I’m trying to find you
Somewhere in the sky
Hiding from the light

A sky without the moon
Quiet stars aligning
You’d know they’re beautiful
If you could only see them shining

Oh, where have you gone
I’m trying to find you
Somewhere in the sky
Hiding from the light
Where have you gone
I’m trying to reach you
So follow my eyes
Join me in the light

I can’t escape (looking for a way back)
Can’t find my way (looking for a way back)
Trapped in your mind, you’re paralyzed
I can’t escape (looking for a way back)
Can’t find my way (looking for a way back)
We’ve gotta get out
We’ve gotta get out of here

Oh, where have you gone
I’m trying to find you
Somewhere in the sky
Hiding from the light
Where have you gone
I’m trying to reach you
So follow my eyes
Join me in the light
Track Name: Keep On Driving
The sky is about to cry
But I hold tears back
Moving forward toward the new
Bringing everything I have

I’ve letters without the words
A map without a route
A mind with no vision
At a crossroads veiled with doubt

Keep on driving
Pulse is beating strong
Keep on driving
Future’s in the dawn
I gotta keep on driving ‘til I get where I belong

At first, I was afraid
Had to steer on my own
Instead, I traveled miles
And broke through walls I built with stone

Keep on driving
Pulse is beating strong
Keep on driving
Future’s in the dawn
I gotta keep on driving ‘til I get where I belong
Where do I belong?

As long as I’m alive I’ll never run out of road
Heart is my home

Keep on driving
Pulse is beating strong
Keep on driving
Future’s in the dawn
I gotta keep on driving
I’m right where I belong
Where I belong
Where I belong