Quicksand

by Reagan Boggs

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Carolyn Dixon Boggs spins tales of women and men who are bent, but not broken, seemingly forgotten, but unbowed. An equally compelling singer and truth-teller, she mines the emotionally rich terrain of everyday people seeking refuge from the circumstances that weigh them down. Full recommendation: goodnighthestia.com/2014/02/22/album-recommendation-quicksand-reagan-boggs/ Favorite track: When It Mattered.
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Quicksand is Reagan Boggs’ third and latest solo release. It gets its name from “Can’t Do Life,” a song that Boggs wrote nearly five years ago. It represents the constant tug-of-war that can go on in the mind between hopes and expectations and the reality of what is as "life happens.” It illustrates the difficulty of change and how easily we are drug down by acceptance.

The “quicksand” theme resonates throughout the album. The 12 songs on the project that are her own writings expose a very raw, vulnerable side of her. They cross a range of emotions from insecurity, hopelessness, loss, and revelation. With her rich voice, she strips bare stark realities, feelings, and situations that trap people in jobs, places, and relationships. The album is not all “depressing,” she says with a laugh. She does admit the overall mood may be serious, “but these are the things we struggle with, or at least I know I do.”

There is more diversity in the sound when compared to her previous releases Never Looking Behind and Right Now. She showcases her Pound, VA heritage in the light-hearted track, “Appalachia,” that has a roots feel mixed with a little JJ Cale. “Not the New Me” leans more toward a blues or Motown vibe, and the driving acoustic guitar in “Come to Me” is reminiscent of early Steve Earle. “When it Mattered,” a good-bye lullaby with a sarcastic edge, may have fit nicely on AM Country playlists in the 1960s.

The new album also features a unique rendition of Eddie Vedder’s “Better Man” delivered in first-person. “The idea was to have listeners ‘see’ through a woman's voice,” Boggs explains. “Abuse is not always physical or visible, and leaving or being alone seems much worse than just dealing with it. It’s such a great song - with such an unnerving production.”

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released February 11, 2014

Produced by Eric Fritsch and Reagan Boggs
Recorded at Eastwood Studios, East Nashville, TN
All songs except Better Man written by Reagan Boggs

Reagan teams again with producer and engineer Eric Fritsch (Sheryl Crow, Scott Miller) of Eastwood Studios in Nashville, TN. The recording includes an array of talented musicians including Fritsch playing multiple parts. Dave Coleman (The Coal Men) sings and plays steel on the duet “You Deserve Better.” Paul Griffith (John Prine, Chris Knight), Steve Bowman (Counting Crows) and Matt Crouse (Billy Dean, Savannah Jack) play drums on the record. Park Chisolm (Kevin Costner, Jo Dee Messina) and Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil, Elizabeth Cook) are featured on electric and upright bass. David Duffy (Elvis Perkins) plays the violin and Eric Brace (Last Train Home) also helps tell the story of “Better Man.”

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Track Name: On a Bad Note
I was a long ride for a long shot
Maybe we knew better, maybe not
You were too good a catch
When I fell straight for you
Opposites may well attract
Pull you together or rip you right in two

Would I do it different
Not a chance
Change one thing you change everything
Can’t worry about what could go wrong
May end on a bad note
But it’s still a good song

The highs were high lows were low
All over the place as far as memories go
We’d drive each other crazy
Then we’d drive each other crazy
Argue over every little thing
But making up was pretty amazing

Would I do it different
Not a chance
Change one thing and you change everything
Can’t worry about what could go wrong
May end on a bad note
But it’s still a good song

Never thought it could really happen
But it’s happened to last this long
Would I do it different
Not a chance
Change one thing and you change everything
Can’t worry about what could go wrong
Would I do it different
Not a chance
Change one thing and you change everything
Can’t worry about what could go wrong
May end on a bad note
But it’s still been a good song
Track Name: Saving Grace
It’s almost four in the morning
Grace knows without even looking
It’s such a habit now
From her sewing days at Buster Brown
She used to get up crank her truck
Eat a bite while it warmed up
No need to do that they closed the factory down
She shrugs on her old house coat
She’d love a smoke but gave it up years ago

Charlie’s mother was full-blooded Cherokee
Made the man half Indian and the rest just mean
Nose don’t sit quite right
From the losing end of too many fights
Turns the bottle up drinks what’s left
Sets it on the floor by the bed
Beer seemed colder back in the day before these damn throwaways
He’s sporting his Sunday best work pants
And a shirt with the name “Bill” on the chest

I know there’s alot on your plate
But God if you’re looking down on this place
Can you send an angel
Some kind saving grace
Who will be saving Grace

Single-wide sits on an old strip bench
They bought it new back in 76
A good breeze makes it feel
It’s gonna blow right over the hill
Raised two girls the old fashioned way
At 14 Kay gave birth one day
Ali was here in two more years
That girl just never learned
Rubs the curls on the baby’s head
Little face snuggles against a scar on her breast

Charlie grabs some juice and an empty glass
He’s been cold sober since the bi-pass
He finally got the news
His disability came through
Should be enough to makes ends meet
She won’t be all day on her feet with cleaning houses & other odd jobs

She’s taking the treatments rough
Know she’s tough
But this time it may not be enough

I know there’s alot on your plate
But God if you’re looking down on this place
Can you send an angel
Some kind saving grace
Who will be saving Grace
Track Name: When It Mattered
I can see you’re not so happy to be without me
You’ve had time to think
And now you’re so sorry
And I still mean everything to you
And the day I left
Your poor heart shattered
You should have told me when it mattered

All time my love was all you ever needed
It’s a shame it took this long for you to know it
You miss all of the little things I did
But the memories for me have all scattered
You should have told me when it mattered

One little show of affection
Once would have meant the world to me
Now all your loving words can’t change the way I feel
So if your pride is a little bruised and battered
You should have told me when it mattered

You’d give anything if I wouldn’t be so stubborn
But once you’ve been bitten
The next time you learn
And you’ll never love someone as much as me
Well that sounds real nice
And I ought to be flattered
You should have told me when it mattered

One little show of affection
Once would have meant the world to me
Now all your loving words can’t change the way I feel
So if your pride is a little bruised and battered
You should have told me when it mattered

You should have told me
You should have told me
You should have told me
When it mattered
Track Name: Can't Do Life
In this town
Streets are like quicksand
Dragging me down down down down down
I might fight
But it doesn’t matter
Cause it’s a want to can’t do life
Can’t do life

My heart says run
But it’s just a whisper
What is loud loud loud loud loud
Is my mind
Telling me that it’s a want to can’t do life
Can’t do life

Just one time I’d like to try
To just let go and not with the flow
Do what I feel
Not what seems right
Say goodbye to this want to can’t do life
Can’t do life

If I knew how
But I’m in so deep
Can’t change it now now now now now
Over my head
So I hold on tight to this want to can’t do life
Can’t do life

Just one time I’d like to try
To just let go and not with the flow
Do what I feel
Not what seems right
Say goodbye to this want to can’t do life
Can’t do life
Track Name: Appalachia
White clouds rolling in over these old hills
Sun’s a child hinding behind his mama’s skirt
Ready to peek a smile what a big old flirt
Blue jay’s hanging around being a little jerk
Thinks I’m a nuisance just for being here
On this front porch that used to be my world
It’s my home .. . my home since I was a girl
It’s a life worth living
And it’s what keeps me here
Love, faith, have a nice day
Right backatcha
Right backatcha
Appalachia

Listen to the frogs down by the crooked creek
Singing harmony so loud and sweet
Little out of time but an orchestra to me
Light wind’s dancing with the willow tree
I’d love to cut-in just remembering
the feel of the grass underneath my feet
It’s my home . . my home since I was a girl
It’s a life worth living
And it’s what keeps me here
Love, faith, have a nice day
and a warm backatcha
Appalachia

Why . . . oh why would I go
Go away from here
Why . . . oh why wouldn’t I stay
I’ve got all I’ll ever need
What I need the help me breathe
It’s a life worth living
And it’s what keeps me here
Love, faith, have a nice day
and a warm backatcha
Appalachia

I could say it’s in my blood
Roots and finely planted seeds
But it’s just it’s just where I need to be
It’s a life worth living
And it’s what keeps me here
Love, faith, have a nice day
and a warm backatcha
Appalachia
Track Name: Seldom Do
Closed down the old high school
After consolidation passed
Covered the old rail-road tracks
Now it’s Highland Avenue
Revitalization cleaned up the streets
Buildings got a new coat of paint
But they’re still empty just the same
This town makes me think of you
Places change, people seldom do

Your second wife had just walked out
I was waiting tables at the Candlelight
We met your life was a wreck
But I jumped right in
A crash course on grown-up things
Married with Mom and Dad’s wedding rings
With my mom and dad’s wedding rings
I promised a better life for you
Hearts will change, people seldom do

You say you want to and you’ll it prove to me
You will, you promise, someday I will see
I’m not happy with who you are
Can’t be happy with who you’re not
Tomorrow is today have you forgot
Been given a chance or two
Times will change, people seldom do

We’ve been all over as if all we’ve
Needed was a change of scenery
Keep on looking back
But it’s not what it used to be
Sorting through the boxes
Down here on the basement floor
Amazing at the junk we never seem to use anymore
Easier to find something new
Things will change, people seldom do

You say you want to and you’ll it prove to me
You will, you promise, someday I will see
I’m not happy with who you are
Can’t be happy with who you’re not
Tomorrow is today have you forgot
Been given a chance or two
Track Name: On My Own
I’ve always known that I was broken
Slam the door on my emotions
Shut out what I don’t want to feel
May not know who I really am and
And I’ve bent the rules faster than I could change them
My values never where that high
Bu I meant to do what was right
With good intensions
and failed at that
It’s bad not knowing what you want
worse to know more about what you don’t
pray things will get clearer

I’ve been given chances
I’ve been driven by dreams
I’ve cared about those
who just want something from me
Time and time again
I push on, Push on alone
But I’m tired . . . yea I’m tired
I can’t do it on my own

I’ve spent time overthinking
The queen of second-guessing
Maybe I worry a too much
It’s bad not knowing what you missed
Worse to learn more about what you did
pray it’s not too late

I’ve been given chances
I’ve been driven by dreams
I’ve cared about those
who just want something from me
Time and time again
I push on, Push on alone
But I’m tired . . . yea I’m tired
I can’t do it on my own
Track Name: You Deserve Better
You say that you love me
Just like a question you dread the answer to
Look at me I know you would let this go
On and on like you always do

We are performers without a stage
We know the lines by heart
We’re supposed to say

Man, what a rough day
What you want to do for supper
Is there anything good on TV?
You got a call from your mother
Guess I could stay here and pretend forever
But you deserve better
You deserve better

I’d hoped this nagging feeling
Would go away and it’s really not too late
It’s so hard to live with
Disappointment always written on your face

We are performers without a stage
We know the lines by heart
We’re supposed to say

How long you staying up tonight
Guess I’m going on to bed
Go ahead and turn out the lights
Probably sleep here instead
Guess I could stay here and pretend forever
But you deserve better
You deserve better

Guess I could stay here and pretend forever
But you deserve better
You deserve better
You deserve better
You deserve better
You deserve better
Track Name: Not the New Me
I could wipe the curl off your brow
Tingle at the sight of your smile
Enjoy the warmth of those strong hands
Tell you that I want you more than any man
Let you know how good it is
Just to hear your voice
How I could talk to you for hours
About nothing if I had the choice

But I’m not about to do that
I’m reformed yes, I have changed
Those thoughts never cross my mind
Those words I’d never say
Those feelings I wouldn’t feel
Even if you were standing here
Close enough I could feel you breathe
Not at all, no, no, no
Not the new me

I remember how it’d turn you own
Whenever I wore that little red dress
How you love to play with my hair
Spread across the pillow in a tangled mess
How I miss waking up in the middle of the night
Just to watch you sleep
I’d like nothing better now
Than just to cuddle up and watch TV

But I’m not about to do that
I’m reformed yes, I have changed
Those thoughts never cross my mind
Those words I’d never say
Those feelings I wouldn’t feel
Even if you were standing here
Close enough I could feel you breathe
Not at all, no, no, no
Not the new me

I could tell you
I haven’t just liked you baby
From the first time I saw ya
And every second since
All these things that I’m saying
They’re all past tense
You’re not important to me like you used to be
Not at all no, no, no
Not to the new me
Not the new me
Track Name: Houston
It’s hot as sin down here
This time of year
But when you drink Top Shelves
On the patio at Pappasito’s
The warm breeze will wrap you up
And it don’t bother you too much
Listen to the cars going by on 10
Will I see you again

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Oh Houston, my old home away from home
Lord knows that you’ve been damn good to me
Someday when I’ve got my old boots on
Heading back, heading back to Houston

Took a 40 minute ride out to Galveston
Walked the beach
Stopped in at the Balinese
Where Frankie used to play
The news caused so much pain
It was washed away by the hurricane
Watched the sunset ‘til it was dark
Then I loaded up in the rental car

To Houston, my old home away from home
Lord knows that you’ve been damn good to me
Someday when I’ve got my old boots on
Heading back, heading back to Houston

Drive the streets I’ve been down before
Looks different when you
Know you won’t be back anymore
They just closed the cabin door
I’m looking out the window feeling low
It hits me I won’t be back down
For the Rodeo

Oh Houston, my old home away from home
Lord knows that you’ve been damn good to me
Someday when I’ve got my old boots on
Heading back, heading back to Houston

Close my eyes and say goodbye
Not just to a place but a life
Thank you for the good times

Oh Houston, my old home away from home
Lord knows that you’ve been damn good to me
Someday when I’ve got my old boots on
Heading back, heading back to Houston
Heading back, heading back to Houston
Track Name: Come to Me
Now you can’t even speak
Are there no words left for me
When there used to be so much to say
Dreaming the days away
Guess it’s no big surprise
I’m such a mess in those big blue eyes
Why can’t you come to me

Freedom scares you so you wait
Put on the chains of the day-to-day
All I ask is that you have some faith in me
You can’t have it both ways
Take a risk and play it safe
Have to do that someday
Why can’t you come to me

Want you with every wish
Maybe that makes me selfish
But I need life to begin
That has worn you thin
If you take too much time
You’ll never make up your worried mind
Why can’t you come to me

Freedom scares you so you wait
Put on the chains of the day-to-day
All I ask is that you have some faith in me
You can’t have it both ways
Take a risk and play it safe
Have to do that someday
Why can’t you come to me

Ordinary is for the rest of the world
You deserve so much more
But there are never ending doubts
I feel like I could shout
Regrets are determined things
To save you that I’d give anything
Why can’t you come to me

Freedom scares you so you wait
Put on the chains of the day-to-day
All I ask is that you have some faith in me
You can’t have it both ways
Take a risk and play it safe
Have to do that someday
Why can’t you come to me

Guess I could back down
Let you think without me around
But if I do you always forget
Wonder why I get so upset
It’s bad when it could be so good
To let you go maybe I should
Why can’t you come to me

Freedom scares you so you wait
Put on the chains of the day-to-day
All I ask is that you have some faith in me
You can’t have it both ways
Take a risk and play it safe
Have to do that someday
Why can’t you come to me

Freedom scares you so you wait
Put on the chains of the day-to-day
All I ask is that you have some faith in me
Track Name: Not that Special
Sitting here in front of empty chairs
Smile on my face like I don’t care
Just have to sing another song
Old guitar strings holes in my pocket
Heart full of dreams and an empty wallet
I wonder how but the show must go on

It’s just bad luck give it another try
Could be any reason why
But I just gotta wonder sometimes
If I’m not that special . . .
Not that special . ..

I’ve worked hard just trying to make it
Been on the top everyone’s favorite
Next thing you know it all falls apart
There’s always enough light to lead me on
On a dark road that’s been way too long
If there’s a sign, I can seem to hit the brakes

It’s just bad luck give it another try
Could be any reason why
But I just gotta wonder sometimes
If I’m not that special . . .
Not that special . ..

There’s not much that’s not be said before
Stir the words just a little more
Pour out my soul in a different way

It’s just bad luck give it another try
Could be any reason why
But I just gotta wonder sometimes
If I’m not that special . . .
Not that special . ..


Sitting here in front of empty chairs
Smile on my face like I don’t care
Have to sing another song

It’s just bad luck give it another try
Could be any reason why
But I just gotta wonder sometimes
If I’m not that special . . .
Not that special . ..