"And Ever Shall"

© 1972 Lee Ruth

MP3
Matt Fockler
Matt Fockler - Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
Neal Miller
- Tibetan Temple Bowls
  MP3 Sample of Lee's Original

 

Song Lyrics:
Lee's Lyrics:
I love to see the love light in your eyes,
that shines on you when the fire's hot
and when I see the love light in your eyes
I know again what I'd long forgot
and I'd love ta love ta love ta love ta love you,
and I'd love ta touch ta touch ta touch ta touch you.

and I love to feel the magic in the air
that follows you where you do go
and when I feel that magic in the air
I know it's you I want to know
and I'd love ta love ta love ta love ta love you
and I'd love ta touch ta touch ta touch ta touch you.

I see love is the secret to your soul
the sea of love is fathomless, timeless untold,
and though I know the secret of your soul
cause it gives me life and makes me whole
and I'd love ta love ta love ta love ta love you
and I'd love ta touch ta touch ta touch ta touch you.

If beauty lies in its beholder's eyes
then here with me lie and ever shall,
and ever shall
and ever shall
and ever shall
and ever shall.


I love to look at lovelight in your eyes
Shining of you, and fires hot
And when I see that lovelight in your eyes
I know again what I'd long forgot

I love to feel the magic in the air
That follows you where you do go
And when I feel that magic in the air
I know it's you I want to know

I see love is the secret of your soul
The sea of love is fathomless, timeless, untold
And well I know the secret of your soul
As it gives me life and makes me whole

I love to touch, to touch, to touch you
I love to love, to love, to love you

If beauty lies in its beholder's eyes
Then here with me you lie, and ever shall
Then here with me you lie, and ever shall

Artist on the Song:
Lee on the Song:
Why did I pick this song? First off, being the new guy in town I was a bit overwhelmed I was considered for the project! What a privilege to say the least. Lee said he was in the process of making up a tape of the songs that hadn't been taken yet, and would have it at his show the next week at KOPN if I wanted to pick it up. When I got there, he said he'd made the tape but would like to sit and play through some of them. So I sat in a chair as Lee proceeded to play me at least an hour n a half of just the stuff that had not been picked yet. Along with stories of his times with some of my favorite song writers Townes Van Zandt, Jack Williams, Steve Fromholz Poker games and float trips, folk festivals, and old friends. All one on one, hanging with Lee in the middle of a room filled with old records, Cds, and reels, just before his show Radio Omega. "And Ever Shall" was the first song he played and I was absolutely floored by it! Watching Lee sing it made me think of my parents and all the years they've happily been together. It's such a beautiful simple song of seeing the things that first attracted you to the one you love. Couples and marriage these days seem to be such disposable things that I figured any song that made me feel the way "And Ever Shall" did needs to be out there and remembered. As Lee told me the first time I saw one of his shows, he was the last one singing a lot of the songs he performs and if he didn't keep singing them they'd be gone. So "And Ever Shall" is my part in keeping Lee Ruth out there and available. Thanks Lee for such a beautiful song and thanks Ma and Dad for such a great example! I've gotten a number of good songs by fooling around with different tunings on the guitar. This song came out of some pretty guitar sounds that I found in double Dad tuning (DADDAD), coupled with some positive love-song lyrics written at a time when I was looking for love and needing to lift myself up and out of a negative attitude I found myself falling into. My old friend Charles Slater had expressed to me a notion he had of a negative spell we cast on ourselves, which he called "self-hoodoo," and I do believe he was right. Since I do have a choice, I might as well conjure up good vibes.
Artist on Lee Ruth:
Lee on the Artist:
When I'd heard first of Lee I was on a float trip down the Big Muddy from Yankton South Dakota and at the time I was headed to the Gulf of Mexico with my friend Emmet and my dog Lakota. We were on mile 600 something and rounded a bend into Rocheport. We fell in love with the first bluffs of the trip and had heard tell of Bob Dyer upriver a good bit so we figured we'd stop and hike the bluffs and see about this tale-telling Riverbilly. We were hijacked by a leprechaun, drug off in the woods, as he took us to his home, and played us some of the best locally recorded music I'd heard in ages! After nine days there we packed up camp and peeled ourselves out of town as we had money being sent to us in Lupus several miles downriver. We had a web site set up so our friends could follow the entire trip, pictures of all the camp sites, and daily journals. The day we left, a friend of mine Chuck Brodsky sent me an email telling me I needed to look up this Lee Ruth character who lived there. Said he'd met him at a Jack Williams festival with his whole family, and he was someone I needed to find, at least to meet! We didn't get to Lupus till late in the night (day 54 of the trip) and set up camp on the bank, hit the hay ,and was woke the next day by the Mayor of Lupus, his wife ,and one of the other locals, We ended up spending the day on their houseboat with Bob Dyer and came home to an evening in the house with Lee Ruth. Quit my trip, and have lived here ever since. Never in my life have I heard such pure folk music as what comes from Lee! In September 2002, Matt Fockler stepped out of a canoe in Rocheport, Missouri, and into this album, though it took half a year for it all to materialize. In the time between landfall and recording session, he became a part of the local musical and Riverbilly life, accompanying his original songs with a unique strummed guitar style. We became almost instant friends, and it turns out that we know some of the same people, musicians, and songwriters, from different places and times--separated in some instances by decades, and thousands of miles. I've missed his presence here since he headed for Texas for the winter, and I look forward to his return sometime this spring.
Producer's Notes:
Recording Credits:
Matt is most likely the latest and only artist to float down the Missouri River in a canoe from South Dakota and find Lee Ruth in Lupus, Missouri. Matt stepped out of his canoe and jumped into the river and into the local musical community with both feet. Matt had Lee sit and play songs for him until he found one he thought he could wrap his style around. I envisioned the scene like he was a big river flathead catfish sitting in a good hole watching and smelling Lee's songs in the sweet musical water. When "And Ever Shall" came floating by, Matt took a big old suck and swallowed it past his gills. He made the song his own! Neal Miller gets credit for not only playing fine Tibetan Temple Bowls on the track but for snagging Matt off the Missouri River as he came floating by.

Recorded at Pete Szkolka's Studio

Record Date: 5/14/03

Mixed: 12/16/03

Mixed by Pete Szkolka and Steve Donofrio

 

 

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