Country Singles

by The Grisly Hand

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1.
Coal & Black 03:05
I've been on your trail since Tennessee. Darlin' what you runnin from are you runnin from me? I left my fields to make your city my home, beggin' please don't make a fool out of me please don't make a fool out of me. I can see that love ain't been no friend of yours, she ain't been no friend of mine. In my hearth there's an ember, in my window a light. I'm gonna keep you warm tonight. I'm gonna keep you warm tonight. I'll sleep under the moon tonight and dream of you my darlin. I'll sleep under the moon tonight. My heart sleeps at your door. My heart sleeps at your door. Dancin' with the devil makin' deals gone bad, they say my heart is coal and black. If you kiss me hard enough tonight now darlin' I think you just might bring me back. I think you just might bring me back. I can see that love ain't been no friend of yours, he ain't been no friend of mine. My cabin is yours you come sleep in my bed, i'm gonna make everything alright. I'm gonna make everything alright. I'll sleep under the moon tonight and dream of you my darlin. I'll sleep under the moon tonight. My heart sleeps at your door. My heart sleeps at your door.
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Phineas Gage 02:22
Fear, Anger, Joy, Desire All swim together in a chemical fire It torches all it touches in a fit of ire Raging uncontained like an unmanned pyre Like poor, young Phineas who can’t gauge what’s going down If there’s an avenue you’re gonna go to town So frayed and torn, every thought born finds such an easy way out Like poor, young Phineas missing part of his crown The aperture is open as wide as it goes The embouchure, I’m hopin’, has the courage to close The temperature is risin’; the hot air blows The sea can’t give back what the river bestows Guardian angel in the front of my head She filters all that goes in or out And protects me from dangerous feelings Like Fear, Anger, and Love
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I could write a sound better than the one that your needle's on, in any key you want just to have your ear. Oh, everyday you don't call grows longer. Heavy is the head carrying your crown, one I'd gladly wear if I don't have to share, would it kill you to care? Oh, everyday you don't call grows longer. Why do you wanna know how long it takes? Why do you wanna see the heart that loves you best break? Rich is not in debt, it's better to forget, honey spend it now while everyone's your crowd, and I'm still your clown. Oh, everyday you don't call grows longer. Time is on your side, you were once on mine, you were always free Do you know what you want, or what they want to hear? Oh, everyday you don't call grows longer. Why do you wanna go set me free? When are you gonna know how much you love me? Okay, if you say so. Okay, if you say so. Okay, if you say so. (I could write a sound down better than the one that your needle's on.) Okay, if you say so. (Rich is not in debt and it's better to forget so honey spend it now.) Yes I will go. I'm still here though. Why do you wanna know how long it takes? Why do you wanna see the heart that loves you best break? Why do you wanna go set me free? When are you gonna know how much love me?
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I don’t wanna go to municipal farm, but I don’t wanna change my ways. It’s 15 dollars or 15 days if you’ve got no means to pay. This is where I always land when I’d rather be at 5th and Grand with a bottle of rum and a pretty little dove hanging around my neck. I got out of the pen in Kansas and thought I’d just find my way home, keep it clean like a straight arrow, but I’m thirsty to the bone. I hit the strip with two dollars back in that open town where the jukes are full of pretty women. I was acting like a clown. I don’t wanna go to municipal farm, I’m tired of shucking corn with the heat of the sun and the thunder of the storm beating on my corpse. This is where I always land when the dice drop from my hand and I’m out picking fights with those big city lights flowing through my veins. I don’t wanna wear your shackles. I just wanna find my way home where there’s no chores and no warden. He’s a mean old son of a gun. I guess I’ll just wait for heaven ‘cause atop those golden stairs St. Peter’s a-waitin’ with a bottle with three x’s and a square. I don’t wanna go to municipal farm, but I don’t wanna change my ways. It’s 15 dollars or 15 days if you’ve got no means to pay. This is where I always land when I’d rather be at 5th and Grand with a bottle of rum and a pretty little dove hanging around my neck.
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Amusia 04:11
I tried to sing the way that I feel only to confuse ya They say pots and pans are all you hear…Amusia! You used to sing along with me when you could feel the sound Yeah, but now it’s different I couldn’t blame you if you never came around To hear me say, “Watch them play!” or hear me sing… I spoke to your Mom and Dad. They’re so glad they didn’t lose ya! Oliver* is fascinated, I’m just sad…Amusia! You used to sing along with me when you could feel the sound Yeah, but now it’s different I couldn’t blame you if you never came around To hear me say, “Watch them play!” or hear me sing… I heard that it was the song that I sent to ya That made them realize what went wrong…Amusia! You used to sing along with me when you could feel the sound Yeah, but now it’s different I couldn’t blame you if you never came around again To hear me say, “Watch them play!” or hear me sing… *Dr. Oliver Sacks
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Blind Horse 04:24
This place is cursed and so are we but you deserve the best of me If I were to show you it just it wouldn’t be What a strange little world where love is love is love is true and truth is stranger is fiction And I feel so strange So strange around you There’s no victory in this sort of wisdom Yes I know now, I know and still something’s missing Timing isn’t everything but it’s sure something You can’t be my everything but you’re sure something, you’re sure something. What did you know and when did you know it? how it burns to get the third degree I could hold my tongue; sweat it out just once you’d do the same for me Even in my dreams it’s wrong once last place you can’t stay long A wink is a nod is a promise not to cry We just said hello and we said goodbye There’s no victory in this sort of wisdom There’s no place but here and no time for wishing Timing isn’t everything but it’s sure something you’ll never be my everything but you’re sure something you’re sure something you’re sure something
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That’s not affection coming through your screen Our love needs reciprocity I’ll pick you up at your apartment if you can manage to escape Well, we didn’t get invited but we’re going anyway I wonder if they’ll let us both in... I’ve been there once: those people ain’t right They talk with their thumbs even when they’re in plain sight Yeah that’s what they’re like when they don’t want you around They can tell you to fuck off without making a sound I’m not anyone’s price to pay I don’t love that what doesn’t love back Leave me where you found me Do we know what the cost is if we don’t even know what’s lost? If we keep on throwing out anything real? How much you wanna bet all the kids at the fête Will be standing in a circle with the same drink And they won’t be saying a thing? Well, I’ve been here twice: these people ain’t right They talk with their thumbs even when they’re in plain sight Yeah that’s what they’re like when they don’t want you around They can tell you to fuck off without making a sound I’m not anyone’s price to pay I don’t love that what doesn’t love back Leave me where you found me Well, I’ve been here twice (maybe the third time’s a charm?) But those old clichés keep doing me harm Yeah that’s how they are when they don’t want you around They can tell you to fuck off without making a sound I’m not anyone’s price to pay I don’t love that what doesn’t love back Leave me where you found me
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If I was another man, Do you think I’d play these games? On ground so firm is where I’d stand If I was another man. If this was a one night stand Swallowed by the moon, Giving in to wicked plans, If this was a one night stand... The truth is not a song unsung until it trickles out into the gulf ‘cause all good things are left undone. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. At twenty I was bloodshot, boys, screaming in the wind, and giving in to hateful noise. At twenty I was bloodshot, boys. Does this love stand to proof? Just map it on the wall from Shreveport down to Baton Rouge. Surrender to the coup de coeur. The truth is not a song unsung until it trickles out into the gulf ‘cause all good things are left undone. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. My headstrong ways have always done me wrong. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
10.
Rude Gambler 02:50
I saw that .45 against his hip A smarter person would’ve zipped their lip But he’s been drinking courage And he’s got a lot to say Since I painted his world blue Cocktail, ginger ale: 5 bucks a glass I had a half a dozen and they knocked me on my ass Until my mind whispered to my lips “It’s time to go out sinking ships So c’mon, light the fuse” So I said, “I’m tired of going ‘round and ‘round with you Dwelling ain’t what I came here to do I thought I told you never stick that Finger in my face again Or I’ll break that finger off!” Never had a friend I didn’t screw I’ve drank their wine and had their lovers, too Tonight don’t mean a thing; c’mon and take a swing I’m a gambler and I’m all in Finally he’d had enough of me So he stuck that .45 against my cheek So I said a prayer to someone else’s god Though I know the gods have No control over me I took one final look around I closed my eyes but didn’t hear a sound And when it jammed I knew I’d earned My freedom with no lesson learned So I beat him blue again Never had a friend I didn’t screw I’ve drank their wine and had their lovers, too I’ve lived to tell the tale; I’m still out on the trail I’m a gambler and I’m all in
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Runnin’ for a month of Sundays mile after loaded mile too long since I’ve been drove wild Stackers and yellowjackets and black coffee won’t subside Gotta rest but I’m so damn wired. How long ‘til my mind gets tired? Grab the new Country Singles read about love confined gonna see what my heart can find Silver white werewolf will be marked with the telltale sign Fortune teller gonna change my mind Gonna see what my heart can find Stuck inside can’t get out, Stuck inside can’t get out Stuck inside can’t get out, Stuck inside can’t get out Year & a month of Sundays Never once seen the moon rise any place but my dreams at night Gypsies sing by their campfires ‘bout angels with wings all tied When you see it will you know the sign? And how long ‘til you drop a line? Darling it gets so lonesome up here on Ransom Road ramblin man like you would know Softly I’ll scratch your stomach Makin’ your muzzle smile Pretty soon they review my file You know I could make it worth your while Stuck inside can’t get out, Stuck inside can’t get out Stuck inside can’t get out, Stuck inside can’t get out Stuck inside can’t get out, Stuck inside can’t get out Stuck inside can’t get out, Stuck inside can’t get out

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released April 26, 2013

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios

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