About The North Country

Combining American roots rock and roll with the lyrical earnestness of folk, The North Country brings to DC a musical and spiritual call to arms that is both sophisticated and imminently listenable.

The North Country are musical traditionalist, operating under the mindset that in an age of endlessly processed and commodified music there is still no substitute for thoughtful songwriting and tasteful musicianship.

Whether playing a house show in a sweaty basement in Petworth or on the main stage at The Black Cat The North Country bring the same level of enthusiasm and intentionality that will leave you with no choice but to have a good time.



The North Country are...

Andrew Grossman ~ Vocals and Guitar
Braden Dauer ~ Violin
Shaun Dubick ~ Bass and Keyboards
Michael Hernandez ~ Drums

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Lyrics from You Can Never Go Home Again

Fire

Put your money on the fire and watch it burn, watch it burn
Put your money on the fire and watch it burn
Give up all your greed for it, we no longer have a need for it
Put your money on the fire and watch it burn

Put your money on the fire and watch it burn, watch it burn
Put your money on the fire and watch it burn
Let your money burn, its the only way you'll learn
Put your money on the fire and watch it burn

Too many have been killed in the name of dollar bills
We're a nation just sitting on the verge
Of complete and full collapse, we're all casualties of cash
So everybody grab your money and purge

Put your money on the fire and watch it burn, watch it burn
Put your money on the fire and watch it burn
We can end the fire, once we transcend desire
Until then, put your money on the fire and watch it burn

Put your money on the fire and watch it burn, watch it burn
Put your money on the fire and watch it burn
Give up all your greed for it, we no longer have a need for it
Put your money on the fire and watch it burn

Wiser

I saw the face I used to lay down beside
Appear in my mind
One thousand times

An apparition of the love we once made
Sings a sweet serenade
But it's all a charade

I could be wiser, wiser today
But I need you to be sorry

A faint impression of a love now obscured
A memory blurred
A caricature

The names and places that we choose not to say
Refused to give away
Now used to dismay

I could be wiser, wiser today
But I need you to be sorry

The unforgiven, unforgiving, unforgetting never sleep
Do I believe I need to be, need not believe in love so cheap
So long, it might be right, you never know
You don't know

Amuse Me

Let's sit on the couch and watch the end of civilization on the TV
I'm standing like a cow in line, waiting for my turn to die, amuse me
Amuse me
And use me too
I don't have to think or know
In this dog and pony show
Just help so I'm not ever feeling low

Show me things I want to see, program them right into to me, I'm open
Pills and pictures, empty stares, covers up the self-aware in comfort
In comfort
I'm comfortable
I don't have to think or know
In this dog and pony show
Just help so I'm not ever feeling low

You Can Never Go Home Again

Lying awake with the thinking of when
The people and places i won't see again
The pain i can hide, but i can't pretend
I can ever go home again

Thinking of the days of summer we spent
The jubilant cry of the innocent
The summer came and the summer went
We can never go home again

You can never go home again
You can never go home again

The face of a memory the sound of a ghost
Talk of the child that they loved the most
Of whom mother would always boast
You can never go home again

Fear of the endless specter of pain
Love gone to waste, a heart down the drain
Give it all up and still feel the same
You can never go home again

You can never go home again
You can never go home again

The love that changed you from boy to man
Left an empty space you can't understand
Nothing ever goes according to plan
You can never go home again

The mounting fear of the stunning because
That what will be won't be how it was
We'll just have to wait and see what it does
You can never go home again

You can never go home again
You can never go home again

Nothing to do no place to go
All of the thing I didn't know
How could I know

You can never go home again
You can never go home again

The fathers and mothers who worked too fast
Fought too hard and couldn't make it last
Now theirs dreams are a thing of the past
They can never go home again

You can never go home again

Destruction Renewal

For all destruction there is subsequent renewal

There is no way without the way within

I may be wrong, I may be wrong
I may be right

I may be wrong, I may be wrong
I may be right

For all that's gained there is equivalent loss

There is no land of milk and honey, just an endless march to it

I may be wrong, I may be wrong
I may be right

I may be wrong, I may be wrong
I may be right

Leave It Alone

I was called
To be the one
The sacrificial lamb
In the role of holy son

But I turned
My back and ran
Chose the path of ageless child
To the tune of aging man

We come and go
We never know
Are we to lose the time we have
To our fears carried in tow
Can never go
Home
Its a pain to rearrange
Might as well leave it alone

I believe
I have faith in man
To be the best that we can be
To do the best we can

I'll never know
Unless I leave
Be the self-indulgent criminal
While the selfless victims grieve

We come and go
We never know
Are we to lose the time we have
To our fears carried in tow
Can never go
Home
Its a pain to rearrange
Might as well leave it alone

Torn with the pain of change
Still not as bad as staying the same
Waiting rooms and estimations
Of all these things that we're not meant to know

It's Done

When the world lay dead upon the ground
is it done?
And meek still stand naked and dare not make a sound
Is it done?
Is it done?

When a people finally realize things will never be the same
Is it done?
When a people of becoming become ones of became
Is it done?
Is it done?

When the world lays broken at your feet
And it's done
Mistakes that we made are not doomed to repeat
Because it's done
Don't tell us that your sorry, don't feel any regret
It's done
Some memories are just better to forget
'Cause it's done
It's done
It's done

Come on say what mean, the world's come undone
Just forget what you've seen, it's the setting of the sun

Don't be afraid to die and let the spirit free
It's done
It's only when we sleep that we can truly dream
It's done

Maybe

I was afraid that ever single choice I made would turn out wrong
Thinking maybe
That today I'd play and wait to long for tomorrow
Maybe

I thought that love when it was pure would always last and just endure
Well that was crazy
All that you love you'll someday lose not when you want or when you chose but when it chooses to
Maybe

Well maybe
What's a man to do in such a world?
Ah
I was prisoner of the mind until I let go of the certainty
Now I go to where I know I don't know Maybe

Do I believe in only mind or submit to grand design?
I think maybe
If I push a boulder up a hill and it rolls down I could still push it up again
Maybe

Well maybe
What's a man to do in such a world
Ah
I was prisoner of the mind until I let go of the certainty
Now I go to where I know I don't know
Maybe

God Doesn't Believe in Ghosts

If God had a face could he see through my eyes
Could he see other lives looking up to the skies
For answer to questions that we can't seem to find

If God were real would he see things you can't touch or feel
Or would he need something still, something that could fulfill
What he's trying to find, what he can't seem to find

If I don't believe in God, then will God believe in me?
I don't believe in ghosts, in ghosts
Does God believe in ghosts, or does he have to see
A ghost before his eyes, before he can believe
Can he believe?

If God can see, does he look through my eyes?
Does he see what we see, is he totally blind?
Would he see the world full of hate, and sinners, and lies?

If I don't believe in God, then will God believe in me?
I don't believe in ghosts, in ghosts
Does God believe in ghosts, or does he have to see
A ghost before his eyes, before he can believe
Can he believe?

Goodnight America

Goodnight America
My heart goes out to you
You bit off more than you could chew

Goodnight America
It seems we lost the fight
So goodnight America, goodnight

Goodnight America
We had 100 years on the top
Strength is also knowing when to stop

So goodnight America
Live your golden years out right
Goodnight America, goodnight

Goodnight to posturing
Like a cowboy in the sun
Goodnight to killing folks
Just to prove you're number one
Just have some fun, it's all over now

So goodnight America
There was nothing we could do
Stretched so thin you could see right through

So goodnight America
Don't leave it all in spite
Goodnight America, goodnight

all songs by andrew grossman except "god doesn't believe in ghosts" by shaun dubick