Seven Hour Storm

by Misner & Smith

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    With their brand new release, Seven Hour Storm, Misner & Smith have created an album of vivid, poetic songwriting, filled with some of the finest harmony singing around. Working with producer Jeff Kazor (The Crooked Jades, Richard Buckner) and engineer Bruce Kaphan (David Byrne, REM, The Black Crowes) they have penned an album with lush, yet subtle arrangements, filling out an already rich sound that the duo is known for producing live.

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Misner & Smith's fourth album, 'Seven Hour Storm' ©&℗ 2013 Scribble on the Wall Music/Misner & Smith ASCAP. All songs written by Sam Misner and arranged by Sam Misner and Megan Smith.

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released October 15, 2013

Seven Hour Storm
Sam Misner—vocals, acoustic guitars, finger cymbals
Megan Smith—vocals, upright bass, keyboards, harmonium, piano, mandola, finger cymbals
Bruce Kaphan—piano, keyboards
John Hanes—drums

Calling
Sam Misner—vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Megan Smith—vocals, upright bass, keyboards, rice shaker, sleigh bells
Bruce Kaphan—maracas
John Hanes—drums

Miles Away (prelude)
Sam Misner—acoustic guitar

Lost & Found
Sam Misner—vocals, acoustic guitar
Megan Smith—vocals, upright bass, piano
Bruce Kaphan—electric nylon-string guitar, piano, keyboards

The Upside
Sam Misner—vocals, acoustic guitar, electric 12-string guitar
Megan Smith—vocals, upright bass
Bruce Kaphan—keyboards
John Hanes—drums

Lovers Like Us
Sam Misner—vocals, nylon-string guitar
Megan Smith—vocals, upright bass, harmonium
Bruce Kaphan—pedal steel guitar
John Hanes—drums

Bird Street
Sam Misner—vocals, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar
Megan Smith—vocals, upright bass
Henry Misner—electric 12-string guitar
Bruce Kaphan—electric 12-string guitar
John Hanes—drums

15 Months
Megan Smith—vocals, upright bass
Sam Misner—vocals, acoustic guitar

Tamalpais
Sam Misner—vocals, acoustic guitar
Megan Smith—vocals, upright bass, harmonium, piano
Bruce Kaphan—percussion, keyboards

Next Time Around
Megan Smith—vocals, hand percussion, claps
Sam Misner—vocals, acoustic guitar, claps
Bruce Kaphan—electric guitar, claps
John R. Burr—piano, organ
Jeff Kazor—claps
John Hanes—drums

Miles Away
Sam Misner—vocals, acoustic guitar
Megan Smith—vocals, mandolin
Bruce Kaphan—dulcimer


Produced by Jeff Kazor
Engineered and mixed by Bruce Kaphan at Niagara Falls Jan—Mar 2013
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
Cover Art & Design by Kyle Monhollen at 2407 Graphics, Davis, CA
All songs written by Sam Misner/ASCAP
Arrangements by Megan Smith and Sam Misner
©&℗ 2013 Misner & Smith/Scribble On The Wall Music
All Rights Reserved

Our deep gratitude to Victor Krummenacher for the use of his bass throughout the album, to Jerry Vessel for the use of his mandola and nylon guitar, and to The Smith Family for the use of Ludie's 100 year old parlor guitar on Miles Away (prelude).

Special thanks to Rob Bayne, Henry Misner, Courtney Williams, Betty Scott, The Calogero Family, Sylvia and Chuck, Tony and Patrice, Michele White, Bruce Kaphan, Jeff Kazor, W.G.A.S., Doug and Jody, Jeff and Kep, Hans and Amy, Charlotte and Stella, Rae and Milt, Breeze & Wilson, Bob and Alex, The Dead Redwoods, Armadillo Music, and most of all to our families for their humor, love, and unflinching support.

This album would not have been possible without the generous support of our fans. Thank you.

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Misner & Smith San Francisco, California

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Misner & Smith’s music is a search for meaning. The songs yearn for connection, ache for understanding, relish in mystery, and rejoice in creation. In a world that often feels to be crumbling down around us, they dig deep, and find hope in simple things, in the beauty that surrounds us all. ... more

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Track Name: Seven Hour Storm
I was made this way,
In a seven hour storm
It blew and then was gone and I was born.

On a gust of wind,
My first steps all were stumbles
And they haven’t really changed at all since then.

Nothing new today.
I slip back to a time
Of easy memories but they aren’t mine.

I’m surrounded now,
Reminded of a letter
That I’d written to myself when I was ten.

Whose hand held the pen that scratched the lines
With these words that lie and stare at me tonight?

Seems I’m lost again,
I’ve curved my share of corners
And I’m back to where this winding trail began.

So I’ll push ahead
And chase that flickering lantern
That circles ‘round my island now and then.

Whose hand held the pen that scratched the lines
With these words that lie and stare at me tonight?

Whose hand held the pen that scratched the lines
With these words that lie and stare at me tonight?

I was made this way,
In a seven hour storm
It blew and then was gone and I was born.

On a gust of wind,
My first steps all were stumbles
And they haven’t really changed at all since then.
Track Name: Calling
You’ve cut all your ties
Foolish or wise
Are you falling?
Something out there
Pulls you to dare
And it’s calling
You don’t know how to go
Even though…
It’s calling

Pleased with your plans
Wringing your hands
Soon you’re crawling
Play safe in a cave
And call yourself brave
But you’re stalling
Is it all a show?
Don’t you know…
You’re stalling

You may be pinned
Trapped by the wind
Down some quarry
(You) may be surprised
(There are) more than two sides
To a story
And you never know
How it may go…
The story

All that’s been claimed
The weight of the blame
You can bury
Leave what’s been said
What you don’t shed
You will carry
So you’ve cut all your ties
Foolish and wise
Now you’re falling
Something out there
Pulls you to dare
Yeah, it’s calling
You don’t know how to go
Even though…
It’s calling
Track Name: Lost & Found
Turned my eyes and was blinded by the sun.
Set my mind and broke into a run.
Like the poems we scribbled in the sand,
All our words wash right through our hands.

Listening for familiar sounds,
Pressing both our ears to the ground
Trying to pinpoint if we’re lost and found.

Dropped a ring, shining in the snow.
Caught my eye and wouldn’t let me go.
All the seeds we hurled at the moon,
Wondering if we’d be harvesting them soon.

Tumbling to some place we’re bound,
Loved or hurt, disgraced or crowned,
Balanced now between lost and found.

Turned my eyes and was blinded by the sun.
Set my mind and broke into a run.
Like the poems we scribbled in the sand,
All our words wash right through our hands.

Listening for familiar sounds,
Pressing both our ears to the ground
Will our hearts be lost and found?
Track Name: The Upside
Someday you’ll feel better
Strange as it sounds.
You’ll pull your soul from the tether,
And lift off the ground

Don’t tread the trail of a failure
Others believe.
Steer clear just like a sailor
Judging the seas.

Maybe you’re falling
Maybe you’re falling down
Baby you’re falling
But maybe you’ll crawl to higher ground.

Bogged down, stuck in the middle,
Shackled and tied.
Sometimes life’s just a riddle,
Answers arise.

I know it feels like drowning
Questions and fear
Trust now the pressure pounding
Will soon disappear.

Maybe we’re falling
Maybe we’re falling down
Baby we’re falling
But maybe we’ll crawl to higher ground.

Stand in the sun…

See now the darkness fading
Shrug off the gloom.
Deep down hope is waiting,
You’d better make room.
Track Name: Lovers Like Us
I asked for your shoulder
Not for your soul
You’re either confused
Or don’t listen at all
The lines are crooked
The colors are wrong
Lovers like us don’t fit in a song.
Can’t catch the beat
Can’t harmonize
I see you agree by the look in your eyes.

Called into question
All that we knew
Swimming in circles
What else can we do?
Sink or swim
It’s hard to decide
Drift in the current or drown in the tide
Can’t catch the beat
Can’t harmonize
I see you agree by the look in your eyes.

Half-lit the morning skies brush past our door,
Yesterday’s arguments tossed on the floor.
Heads in the sand: our favorite disguise….

Laid up in limbo
What’s there to say?
We can’t seem to leave
And we can’t bear to stay
A kiss for now
Don’t linger long
Lovers like us don’t fit in a song.
Can’t catch the beat
Can’t harmonize
I see you agree by the look in your eyes.

I asked for your shoulder
Not for your soul
You’re either confused
Or don’t listen at all
A kiss for now
Don’t linger long
Lovers like us don’t fit in a song.
Lovers like us don’t fit in a song.
Track Name: Bird Street
He’s painting by the moonlight
Silver shadows bloom.
Peering out a window
At the world outside his room.

Midnight she was dreaming
She was falling through the stars,
Sweeping up her secrets
Then she seals them in a jar.

Crossing to the canvas,
Turning on a dime.
Often while he’s painting
Every brushstroke seems to rhyme.

Tales spill on the pages,
Pouring from her pen.
Quiet inspiration
That will visit now and then.

Sunrise in the city,
Eighteen floors above,
Wondering why this yearning
Fits him like a glove.

Sewing in the garden,
Roots are growing ‘round her toes.
Naming all the seedlings,
Giving back more than she owes.

Cross-eyed from creation,
Sharpened like a blade.
Running down the alleys,
Free and unafraid.

There’s a sunny spot on Bird St.
In a corner tucked away.
They danced there on the sidewalk,
Hidden from the fray.
Track Name: 15 Months
Fifteen months, first deployment
I figured he’d be back by June
Just a little late to meet his baby
Thinking of it now makes me swoon.

Sweep the house and run my errands
Fill my day with lists of things to do
Seems like every moment’s filled with thinking
Of a different way to tell him “I love you”.

Midnight and the candle in the kitchen
Flickers once and rises clear and bright
Hugs and tears, white lies and bedtime stories
Questions without answers, wrong or right.

The first will be around again on Monday
Another month that we’ll be overdue
He fights a lonely war out in a desert
He fights a war to pay a mortgage too.

The envelope is worn where it’s been handled
I read the letter nearly every night
Sometimes I just hold it in my fingers
Or pressed between my palms with all my might.

I declare
I declare
Lord, I am scared
I declare

Sometimes when the distance dances heavy
And the danger looms above me where I lay
I know it’s only his for that I’m worried
While I am safe and he is far away.
While I am safe and you’re so far away.
Track Name: Tamalpais
Climbing from the ocean
She rises from the tide
Beckons to the sailors
Looking for a guide.
Her eyes shine like a lighthouse
Her hair is like the wind
That sends all of our ships away
And pulls them back again.

From the seaports of Alaska,
The damp of Puget Sound
Down the coast of California
San Francisco bound
Seven years hiding,
A dozen on the run
Tell the truth, it breaks my heart
To see what I’ve become.

Tamalpais, Tamalpais
Crouched among the clouds
Waves break on our backs
I call her name out loud.
The mountain she’s sitting
Listening to the sea,
Patient as my lover’s eyes
Waiting there for me.

From the cabin on her shoulder
The ocean opens wide
Golden Gate down below
Arching ‘cross the tide
There’s no time like a sunrise
To make me long for home,
Skipping ‘cross that lonesome ocean
Wonderin’ why I roam.

Sails are full of wind now
The captain’s mind’s at ease,
Boys are throwing Liar’s Dice
And caution to the breeze.
There’s gold in other mountains,
Oil in other sands,
But my mind won’t be rested, Lord,
Until my boots touch land.
Track Name: Next Time Around
I don’t know if I’m ready yet
I’ve only just begun
Even though it’s been so long
Since my eyes first saw sun.
I’ve slept like a log
Always bet the underdog
Now I’m praying that my pony comes around.

So please don’t weep when I’ve gone, when I’ve gone
Come downstairs, clear the chairs
And sing all my favorite songs
The love I have known
Is twice what I have shown,
But I’ll pay it back in kind next time around.

Never thought I’d stay here
I was only passing through
Done my crimes and wasted time
Been unkind and true
The slide down was slow
But I climbed from the hole
Now I find myself dancing in the sun.

So please don’t weep when I’ve gone, when I’ve gone
Come downstairs, clear the chairs
And sing all my favorite songs
The love I have known
Is twice what I have shown,
But I’ll pay it back in kind next time around.

They tell you ‘you won’t make it,
Your crops are bound to fail’
It may be you don’t disagree at all
The odds will rub you raw
Win, lose, or draw,
But anyway, the trick is staying in till you’re called.

Songs rang out as I came in
Music filled my ears.
When I go I do propose
Singing through our tears.
You get what you give,
You learn as you live,
And leave nothing but love behind.
Track Name: Miles Away
There’s a simple satisfaction
In the skipping of a stone
Tossed across the water
Sinking all alone
Where we’ll finally end our day
The river hints but never tells
And always calls my heart back
Like the tolling of a bell

I sit beneath a willow
As the sun begins to fade
Sketching out revisions
To decisions that I made

You may not hear the first time
You have to listen twice
The last gasp of winter
The cracking of the ice
If you look close you’re bound to see
A hint of leaf beneath the snow
There are only two directions
To whither or to grow

I sit beneath a willow
As the sun begins to fade
Sketching out revisions
To decisions that were made

There is no destination
In the skipping of a stone
Tossed across the water
Sinking all alone
Spun off of your fingertips
Count the skips, not the tries
For whatever else we’re after
There’s no finish line or prize

I sit beneath a willow
As the sun begins to play
These visions though so vivid
Seem a thousand miles away