Montana

by Scott Hunt

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Montana is the first official, full length studio album by Scott Hunt. Montana is a collection of hauntingly beautiful tracks steeped in a western folk-pop genre. The album features Shelby Hunt's vocals. Montana is considered by many to be one of Hunt's masterpieces. The artwork and photographs were done by Judy Higgins and the cover photo was contributed by Heather Whitman. The album was recorded at B-Side Audio (Chicago, Illinois) at the end of May to the beginning of June 1997 (9 days total). Montana is produced by Scott Hunt and engineered by Neil Ostrovsky. Guest musicians include Mark Mikel, Colleen Goldsboro, and Rich Seng. Montana was originally released by the now defunked Simon Seng Records based in Chicago.

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released November 20, 1997

Producer: Scott Hunt
Engineer: Neil Ostrovsky
Writers: Scott Hunt, Rachel Melat
Musicians: Scott Hunt, Mark Mikel, Colleen Goldsboro, Rich Seng
Singers: Scott Hunt, Shelby Hunt
Recording Info: Recorded at B-Side Audio (Chicago, Illinois)

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Scott Hunt Toledo, Ohio

Scott Hunt is an American composer, songwriter, singer and producer. He is best known for his melancholy solo albums and eclectic writing style. When composing his unique form of electro dance flavored music, Scott goes under the moniker "Hunter." Hunt also works as a composer providing original music for independent films, television and the theatre. ... more

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Track Name: An Offering
Distant and so mellow
A warm wind from somewhere
Twisting all our feelings
And treating us unfair
Rustling the leaves in cowboy towns
The big sky country never makes a sound

I know your beauty tired soul
Your song and mine are one
Somehow we drift closer
Even though we’ve just begun
So ask the ferries – listen to the wind
We have cried but we have never sinned

You are like the earth here
I am your gentle breeze
And through the autumn of your heart
I’ll lift the golden leaves
The untouched silent beauty of the land
The mystery of the mountains is our plan

I remember you so beautiful
Battered but wise
And your golden hair
Against the golden skies
And the truth your heart has been denied
Your soul remains a legend in my mind

Family and farm life
Burning across the plain
The horses become restless
After a summer’s rain
The untouched silent beauty of our youth
The mystery of our souls sharing the truth

So we take what we can get
As days grow into nights
And silence all the sweeping sadness
Feeling we must fight
So dream of all the things I never said
And the turning tides that turn your head
Track Name: Kisses Strangers
I know what I want
Kisses – Strangers
Drive round in my car
And I’m so glad
And I hope you’re happy too

She gives me sunshine
On a cloudy day
Turn sunny days
And that’s the reason
I won’t turn away
She brings sunny days

I know how it feels
Kisses – strangers
Mind, style, and appeal
It gets so bad
But you hope I’m happy too

She gives me sunshine
On a cloudy day
Turn sunny days
And that’s the reason
I won’t turn away
She brings sunny days
Sunny days

Get what you deserve
Kisses – strangers
Can leave you desturbed
It gets so bad
But I hope you’re happy too

She gives me sunshine
On a cloudy day
Turn sunny days
And that’s the reason
I won’t turn away
She brings sunny days
Sunny days – sunny days
Sunny days – sunny days
Sunny days – sunny days
Track Name: Childhood
Childhood – childhood
Brothers and sisters
And mothers and fathers
Will all sing this song
But not very long
For your childhood

Families – friendships
Brothers and sisters
All with great, smiling faces
We’ll all sing this song
But not very long
For your childhood

We’ll learn how to love
As they watch us grow up

Willow, Taylor,
Ashley, and Cody,
And oh little Kristen
We’ll all sing your song
But not very long
For your childhood

You’ll learn how to love
As we watch you grow up
You’ll learn how to love
As we watch you grow up

We’ll learn how to love
As we watch you grow up
I’ll learn how to love
I’ll watch you grow up
Track Name: Sleepy Ann
I remember holding her through nights
Sleepy Ann – goodnight
She was calm and tired after fights
Sleepy Ann – goodnight

I can lie awake
With all her words
She can fall asleep
So fast it hurts
Now I’m far away

Sleepy Ann my friend
Climbs into her bed
Will it ever end

Stayed awake and thought of her last night
Sleepy Ann – goodnight
I can’t sleep if I can’t set things right
Sleepy Ann – goodnight

Through my window
Shines a light of gloom
I can see the city
From my room
She seems far away

Still Sleepy Ann will sleep
And I won’t make a peep
I hope I fall asleep
Track Name: We Can Smile
When we took a country drive
To get the bottom line
You made it very clear to me
That you could not be mine

You would smile
But it might change your mind
You would smile
But it might change your mind

When it was cold and dark outside
And I climbed into bed
You called me up and made it clear
You wanted to be friends

I would smile
But it might change my mind
I would smile
But it might change my mind

We can’t talk it over
It’s over and we are not friends
We can’t try it over
It’s over but still never ends

I hope next when I see you
That it will not hurt my heart
We were good together once
But now it’s best we part

We can smile now
It won’t change our mind
We can smile now
It won’t change our mind
Track Name: Samar
Samar was beautiful
Samar was beautiful
She used to make us smile
She used to make us smile

She was a friend of mine
She was a friend of mine
We used to talk and laugh
We used to talk and laugh

Beautiful she will stay
Beautiful she will stay
I’ll hold her close to my heart
Samar is close to my heart
Samar is close to my heart
Track Name: Montana
(Instrumental with Wordless Chorus)
Track Name: I Love To See You Shine
When you go
Promise that you won’t forget
My songs
They’ve never said so much

Baby
You won’t know when you’re missing out
Baby
You’ve never seen me shine

So goodbye
I promise that I won’t forget
Your eyes
I bet they’ve never said so much

Places
Might force me to guess again
Places
Might not let me sleep

So kiss me
Let me hold you one more time
Sleeping
Awake with you again

Write me
Or I won’t know when I’m missing out
Write me
I might just write you back
I might just write you back
I might just write you back

My love
Please remember when I say
I’ll miss you
And singing in your ear

My heart
Aches to see you go away
But my eyes
Love to see you shine
I love to see you shine
I love to see you shine

Now I’ll play your favorite chords
Soon they’ll be my favorite too

I’ll make my mark and look for yours
Making our home knocking down doors
As we find ourselves sitting in different rooms

Yours is yellow - mine is blue
And you still see my reflections true
Truly I am me and she is she
Track Name: Rising Wind
I seem to be spending most of my time in bed
Outside my window a full moon is burning red
Branding my heart with that old twist of fate
By remembering me knocking on your door in the rain

Tromping these streets with my boots laced tight
Fashioned by the fingers of time

As I stepped away
I only stepped a little closer
Reaching through another day
I may always feel this way

Wordless on a doorstep through sleepy eyes
The vision of Gods grace through a new morning sky
As the spinning summer begins to fall apart
The first icy wind blows into my heart

Letting time become what she will again
And bearing her gifts of flight

As I stepped away
I only stepped a little closer
Reaching through another day
I may always feel this way

At least there is love out there somewhere
Ever expanding, true, pure and fair
A trail winding across the whole planets face
That will lead me here to my favorite place

The flowers are made fools of as cold rain falls
They’re pelted into their soils just as I return to mine
A sleepy soul turning east just before dawn
And holding west forever in the bottom of my heart

Long fingers hoping to grasp the chain
What used to be will be again

As I stepped away
I only stepped a little closer
Reaching through another day
I may always feel this way
Track Name: Real Life Fantasy
You can lay your tears on me
Sometimes your real life is my fantasy

Real life fantasy
Track Name: I Was Fine Without You
I wanted to prove what I could do
So I packed my bags
And I headed right out of town

When I arrived everything was new
Except me and you
Well that still made me frown

I was sad I was feeling upset
Man I was a wreck
But now I’m doing fine

And there were days and nights I thought I’d die
But instead I’d cry
I’d cry myself to sleep

And even though I wanted you to cry
I was fine without you all that time

It was hard I was feeling homesick
My mom and sis
Well they missed me just the same

And I had dreamt about you every night
But that wasn’t right – no
I said “Scott you’d better move on”

And even though I wanted you to call
I was fine without you all along
I was fine without you all along
Track Name: Looking At The World
I’ve found happiness by
Dying in the west
Finally I’ve found rest
Looking at the world

Mountains, barnyard and girl
Horses painted rust
We’ll probably both go bust
Looking at the world

Looking at the world – looking at the world
Looking at the world – looking at the world

I’ll make sure I’m a man
It might take awhile
Finding myself a smile
Looking at the world

Family, land and a farm
Love and living slow
Watching our children grow
Looking at the world

Looking at the world – looking at the world
Looking at the world – looking at the world

This whole world
Track Name: All Those Questions
Wake up – meet her downtown
She is smiling
Lock arms – walk out through leaves
And this cold town

And she’s warmed up my heart
With all those questions

She writes – she hopes pretty
I am smiling
And sometimes she lets me read
Poems she’s filing

And they spoke to me from her soul
With all those questions

I can’t believe that I must go home
Cause I’m lonesome and I feel that she’s lonesome too
But she’s so strong as strong as I’d want to be
But so lonesome
Yes it’s the union of brotherhood
Oh it’s the union of brotherhood
Yes it’s the union of brotherhood

Now her eyes so soft, deep green
And her smiles
A natural beauty she is
When I’m sleeping

Now I know I can love again
From all those questions

I can’t believe I won’t see her again
Cause I’m lonesome and I know that she’s lonesome too
But she’s so strong as strong as I’d want to be
But we’re lonesome
Yes it’s the union of brotherhood
Oh it’s the union of brotherhood
Yes it’s the union of Rachel and I
Track Name: Together
I wonder if we’re gonna get together
I wonder if we’re gonna get together
But it may take more than just a week

Walking in the park
It’s my life – it’s your life
Walking in the park
Can make dreams

Walking in the park
It’s my life – it’s your life
Walking in the park
Can make dreams