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Livin' On A High Note

by Mavis Staples

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released February 19, 2016

Produced by M. Ward
Recorded August 17 - 30, 2015 by Pierre DeReeder at Kingsize in Los Angeles, CA
September 17, 2015 by Mat Lejeune at CRC in Chicago, IL
October 2, 2015 by Josh Kvale at Agoura Borealis in Agoura Hills, CA
Horns arranged by Nathaniel Walcott
Mixed by Tucker Martine
Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

I would like to thank my sister Yvonne Staples and brother Pervis Staples for encouraging me to continue my musical journey. I love you with all my heart.

I would also like to thank Andy Kaulkin, M. Ward, Pierre, Tucker Martine and all of the great and wonderful songwriters who took time out of their busy schdules to write a song for me - Benjamin Booker, Ben Harper, Nick Cave, Merrill Garbus, Valerie June, Aloe Blacc, Justin Vernon, Neko Case, Son Little, Dan Wilson and Charity Rose Thielen, the very talented musicians who played on the record - Rick Holmstrom, Jeff Turmes, Stephen Hodges, Donny Gerrard, Vicki Randle, Trombone Shorty, my managers Dave Bartlett and Matt Cornell, Adam "Speedy" Ayers, Andrea "Sexy Mae" Bartlett, Beth Anne, Susannah, Cade and Dever Cornell, Michael Morris and Monterey International, Dave Hansen, Krystal Robbins, Hilary Okun and everyone at Anti Records, Dino Gankendorff and Christophe Szapary at Provosty Gankendorff, Bill Wiess, Matt Hanks, Carrie Tolles, Jeff and Susie Tweedy, Elmyra Doss, Savoya Campbell, Dr Dionne Blackman, Gwendolyn Staples, Perleta Staples Sanders, Pervis Roe Staples, Paris Staples Smith and Reverly Staples.

Valerie June appears courtesy of Concord Records
M. Ward appears courtesy of Merge Records
Trombone Shorty appears courtesy of Blue Note Records

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Track Name: Action
Action
Doin’ it a to z until i feel so free
Action
I don’t care if you refuse to see, i gotta put it into
Action, action
Consider this a sign of an emergency
Who’s gonna do it if i don’t do it?
I’m tired of being scared
(tired of being scared)
I’m so tired of being scared
(tired of being scared)
Scared for our children, i’m scared for my children
Tired of being scared for the mothers and the fathers
And brothers and sisters
Action
Gotta share the truth that’s inside me
This is an emergency
Of the highest and fullest and the final degree
Oh i’m still crying to be free
Don’t let this separate you and me
Oh please
Who’s gonna do it if i don’t do it?
Action, action
Doin’ it a to z until i feel so free
Action
I don’t care if you refuse to see, i gotta put it into
Action, action
Consider this a sign of an emergency
Who’s gonna do it if i don’t do it?
Track Name: High Note
High note
There were all of those things, you weren’t supposed to do
Yes my my my my my my my they were talkin’ to you
There were all of those words, that you shouldn’t have said
Like a dagger thrown, carry weight of lead
Livin’ on the high note
Livin’ on the high note
Livin’ on the high note
Listen now that it’s known, and the way has been shown
Yes my my my my my my my my my you have grown
Gather all of the rain, and every ounce of the pain
Wash the dirt and dust on down the drain
Lit’s livin’ on the high note
Livin’ on the high note
Livin’ on the high note
And if ya gotta sing low, sometimes the way to go
Joe looked over at dave, he was thinking he had it made
Dave looked over at paul, he was thinking he had it all
Paul looked over at steve, who was steadily moving
Towards what he believes
He was livin’ on the high note
He was livin’ on the high note
He was livin’ on the high note
If ya gotta sing low, sometimes the way to go
Keep ya head up head up better better
Keep livin’ on the high note
Livin’ on the high note
Livin’ on the high note
Livin’ on the high note
Livin’ on the high note
Livin’ on the high note
Track Name: Dedicated
Down the road we walked, down the road we talked. I remember when I made war with you, I made peace with you. That’s what makes you my friend, and if it’s us against the world, well I would bet on us to come out on top. But if you go yours and I go mine, all bets are off.
This is dedicated, this one’s dedicated to you. This one’s because we made it, this one’s because we made it through.
There was a time I thought half the friends you got were counterfeit at best. And you thought it wasn’t right how I lived my life, but time put those doubts to rest.
And if it’s us against the world, and still I would bet on us to come out on top. But if you go your way and I go mine, all bets are off.
This one’s dedicated, this one’s dedicated to you. This one’s because we made it, this one’s because we made it through.
This is dedicated, this one’s dedicated to you. This one’s because we made it, this one’s because we made it through.
This is dedicated, this one is dedicated to you. Oh, you. This one’s because we made it, one because we made it through.
Down the road we walked, down the road we talked. I remember when.