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Until This Wave Rolls By (feat. Goldenthread)

from FALLING UNDER SPELLS by James Combs

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UNTIL THIS WAVE ROLLS BY is a song about holding still. When you've lived awhile you know that when calamity strikes society sometimes the best thing to do is just lay low and let the wave pass. So this is a defiant song, a declaration of knowing how to stay strong, stay engaged, and handle crazy times. I filmed the trees and background nature all over southern and central CA in my travels over the last few months - Morro Bay, Idyllwild, Paso Robles... I am always marveling at the beauty of California. Still having access to the natural wonders here had a lot to do with my ability to make it through covid times so far with my head on relatively straight.

I was blessed to have the vocal and visual help of my sister April Mann, who is one of the best artists I know. Her Goldenthread music is incredible. We have been collaborating on and off for many years now and I am thrilled to have her vocals on four songs from Falling Under Spells, including 'Until This Wave Rolls By'."


Until This Wave Rolls By
JAMES: This my body he ain’t done yet
There’s a few more miles on the Chevrolet
These my legs they got a ways to go,
Gonna keep on walking while the rodeo blows
I’m just gonna stop
I just gonna slow ride
I’m just gonna watch
Until this old wave rolls by

APRIL: This my body she ain’t done yet
Gonna put on that magic amulet
Read a little book, do a little dance –
It’s gonna be a long haul precious chance
I’m just gonna stop
I’m just gonna slow my mind
I’m gonna sit and watch
Until this old wave rolls by

TOGETHER: We’re just gonna stop
We’re just gonna slow ride
We’re gonna sit and talk
Until this old wave rolls by


from FALLING UNDER SPELLS, released May 27, 2022
James Combs - guitar, banjo, organ, vocal
April Mann - vocal
Matt Hergert - Drums
John Would - bass
Wayne Whittaker - bass
mixer: Rich McCulley
mastering by Todd Herfindal


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GREAT WILLOW: think close knit harmony singing inspired by the best of the classic Laurel Canyon cosmic-American-music tradition. It’s its own thing but finds some inspiration in the music of folks like Gene Clark and Gram Parsons. “Beautiful Twang” we call it. But the songs are also contemporary and highly personal - like a box of sun-bleached family photos.

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