Timberline

by Mark Mitten

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Listen to the Atomicana album "American Tragedy":
atomicana.bandcamp.com

Watch Official Music Videos at:
www.mittenmark.com

See Mark's acting chops on the western short film "Lilith":
youtu.be/-vhBJxCUDTg

(The song "Whiskey Smile" was included on the Lilith DVD
as a special feature).

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released October 4, 2019

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Mark Mitten Winsted, Minnesota

Singer-songwriter. A blend of folk and folk-western. Also lead singer of Atomicana.

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Track Name: Timberline
"Timberline"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2019
From the album: Timberline, Best of Mark Mitten 2010-2020

Like a desert wind cuts through your skin
Like the wrath of God, what is your sin?
Like a bourbon shot pours
Like a friend who wanted more
Cross the timberline
Onward to the war

Of your ways / of your eyes
The way you walk
You cut me down to size

Like an empty grave put in your dead
Like the Word of God tastes just like bread
Like a melting glacier cold
Like the devil wants you sold
Cross the timberline
Onward to the war

All your ways / of your eyes
The way you walk
You cut me down to size

All your games / all your lies
The way you talk
It cut me down to size
Track Name: Monsoon Rains
Monsoon Rains
By Mark Mitten (c) 2018
From the album: Monsoon Rains

Trailer full of pack mules
Drop that old Ford into low
Nothing in the rearview
But a wall of square bale hay

Found myself again
In the monsoon rains on Red Mountain Pass

Coffee in Durango
Gonna race the Narrow Gauge
Million Dollar Highway?
Well my truck cost a thousand dimes

Found myself again
In the monsoon rains on Red Mountain Pass

Road crews fixing guardrail
But then they always do (what’s new?)
Brewery in Ouray
Only thing been on my mind

Found myself again
In the monsoon rains on Red Mountain Pass

Found myself again

Lost myself again in the rain
Track Name: Yankee Girl
"Yankee Girl"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2018
From the album: Monsoon Rains

That old diner's closed again
changing hands and changing names
the San Juans rise up south of town
they used to know me here

Well she's in the wind
I see her through the trees
just around the bend
it's getting hard to see
sun goes down
Yankee girl is gone

That old hydrant froze again
winter games and frozen hands
happens every year it seems
the San Juans disappear, the snow is coming down

Well she's in the wind
I see her through the trees
just around the bend
it's getting hard to see
sun goes down
Yankee girl is gone
Track Name: Ride To My Grave
"Ride To My Grave"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2018
From the album: Monsoon Rains

Out stealing horses
Out robbing trains
Outrunning branches
Bullets to brain

Butcher a bankroll
Dance in the sun
Hole in the wall
Surrounded by guns

Yeah, yeah, a fool is a slave
Sleep when I get there
Ride to my grave

Out in the deadwood
Outplaying fate
Back to the door
Aces and eights

Out in the tombstones
It's all okay
Corral full of cowboys
It ain't their day

Yeah, yeah, a fool is a slave
Sleep when I get there
Ride to my grave

Yeah, yeah, a fool is a slave
Sleep when I get there
Ride to my grave
Track Name: This Too Shall Pass
"This Too Shall Pass"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2009
From the albums:
Adagium (2010)
The Tarryall Soundtrack (2013)
**Award Winning Music Video**
(Filmed by Matthew Ryan Anderson):
www.mittenmark.com/music-videos

There was a time
When wrong & right
Were black & white

There was a time
When day & night
Were dark & bright

A friend of mine
Once said this too shall pass
Like a blade of grass
Into the past
Track Name: I-25
"I-25"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2010
From the album: Adagium
Live Video Performance in Denver (2011)
Venue: Swallow Hill Acoustic Society
(Video by Salina Mather):
www.mittenmark.com/music-videos

Crack in the windshield
Right where you need to see
Driver-side sunburn
Wish you'd wore long sleeves
Dotted yellow line, like
Counting sheep rub your eyes

And the miles go by & you shift and sigh
And the miles go by & you rub your eyes
I-25

Sunrise on the front range
You're just where you need to be
Alpenglow on Evans now
It's just what you need to see
Down the road a few more miles, and
Castle, Springs & you smile

And the miles go by & you shift and sigh
And the miles go by & you rub your eyes
I-25

Before the afternoon rains
Before the clouds come in & stay
Just to see that fourteen grand
Above this promised land
Track Name: Mexico
"Mexico"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2011
From the album: Boreal
Music Video (filmed by Jason Mowry):
www.mittenmark.com/music-videos

Desert blooms and desert cold
Empty rooms and young is old

Fence in wire and iron doors
Hands are tied but spirit soars

Make my bed in Mexico
Make my bed in Mexico

A thousand miles, a thousand bowls
Branded bodies, branded souls

Rites are last and rights are wrong
I see her face, I hear her song

Make my bed in Mexico
Make my bed in Mexico
Track Name: Whiskey Smile
"Whiskey Smile"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2011
From the album: Boreal

In the wilderness her spirit
In the Appalachian skies
In the alleyways & shanties
Whispering her wiles

Constellations
Whiskey smile in her eyes
Constellations
Whiskey smile in her eyes

In the desert drink her water
In the bayou wisp her will
Like a ghost through broken windows
Never have your fill

Constellations
Whiskey smile in her eyes
Constellations
Whiskey smile in her eyes
Track Name: Lost In Her Name
"Lost In Her Name"
by Mark Mitten (c) 2015
Album: American Tragedy
Band: Atomicana
Lead guitar: Rod Halmshaw
Djembe: Luke Hayes

O my love
O my love / she is
Lost in the flame / I am
Lost in her name now
My love

Polaris, child
Poured out like wine / she is
Lost in the sky / I am
Lost in the night now
My love

Light the kerosene
In the burn I see her
A shade of every moon / I am
A shade of every moon now
My love
Track Name: Shot To Hell
"Shot To Hell"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2016
From the album: It's Fine By Me
Music Video (filmed by David Hof):
www.mittenmark.com/music-videos

Making way for the desert wind
When summer's done the creek runs dry
Polestar like a pinwheel
Diamonds spin across the sky

Never gonna see this place again
Never gonna see this place again
All shot to hell just like Jesse James
Never gonna see this place again

Weathered boards frame a holding pen
Baling twine just to keep them in
Boot heels on a hardwood floor
Grab my hat and I'm out the door

Never gonna see this place again
Never gonna see this place again
All shot to hell just like Jesse James
Never gonna see this place again
Track Name: Back To The Hills
"Back to the Hills"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2016
From the album: It's Fine By Me

There's a road that leads to Telluride
gravel pits and tramway lines
amethyst and golden wine
is she yours or is she mine

Back to the hills I mine, yeah
back to the hills I mine
I wander, wonder, lose my mind
back to the hills I mine

Trace the curves along her spine
meadows unto timberline
turquoise eyes reflect the light
is she real or in my mind

Back to the hills I mine, yeah
back to the hills I mine
I wander, wonder, lose my mind
back to the hills I mine

mmm...mmmm...

Water trickles, tallow burns
break my back and never learn
world is hollow like an urn
close your eyes, ain't your concern...(no, mmm)

Back to the hills I mine, yeah
back to the hills I mine
I wander, wonder, lose my mind
back to the hills...
Track Name: Jordan
"Jordan"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2018
From the album: Monsoon Rains

Horseman, pass by
Leave me alone
My feet in the grass
My head on a stone

Sky rend above and the sun is shining on
The waters of the Jordan

A new man will rise
From ashes and bone
These deserts and hills
It's time to go home

Sky rend above and the sun is shining on
The waters of the Jordan

It's gonna leave me once again
All my troubles
All my pain
It's gonna leave me once again
Gonna leave me once again
Track Name: Four Horsemen
"Four Horsemen"
By Mark Mitten (c) 2015
From the album: American Tragedy
Band: Atomicana
Lead guitar & keyboard: Rod Halmshaw

Seven angels with seven trumpets
Are swinging low and sing
And have taken wing

Seven beasts with seven heads
Are crawling from the sea
Looking for you and me

Four horsemen cross the sky
Cross the sky and you close your eyes
And you wonder why

Tree of knowledge of good & evil
And the tree of right & wrong
But the fruit tastes good

There was war in heaven
'Tween Mike and the Dragon
And the Dragon with his stars
Just like lightning falls

Four horsemen cross the sky
Cross the sky and you close your eyes
And you wonder why

Golden lampstands and gates of pearl
And a thousand cows on seven hills
Yeah you've had your fill

Bread and wine and the holes in time
And the cross that's yours to bear
It's where you cast your cares

Four horsemen cross the sky
Cross the sky and you close your eyes
And you wonder why

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