Flesh & Gold

by The Grisly Hand

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1.
I know she's knocking you out right now You're not the first one Man, woman or child Pushin' out your chest and adjusting your hair Dancing like the blue bird-of-paradise Trying to teach her something that she's already learned If you wanna shot you'd better get in line You stranger! If Paris woulda seen her he'd have pass'd Helen by Pyramus would not have fallen on his sword Star-cross'd lovers would behave just the same Both Juliet and Romeo would be in queue You stranger… Do ya love her? Do you need her? You want to kiss her? You and every fool in front of you in line you stranger!
2.
Baby Talk 02:44
I watched you growing, Without you even knowing When you need someone to listen, we hear ya, Please know that I feel you moving, Ophelia, grooving When you need someone to listen, we hear ya, Please know we're here. I really wanna talk with you I really wanna take you by the hand I really wanna show you the world, Can't wait to let you in. Just like our fathers did, Just like our mothers did. That's just the way it is, I wanna open up and just let you in. I really wanna talk with you, We don't speak the same language. I really wanna talk with you, We don't speak the same, don't speak the same. I really wanna communicate, We don't speak the same language. I really wanna talk with you, We don't speak the same, don't speak the same. I really wanna talk with you, If you could ever tell me you how you feel. For now you're just too young, To speak our native tongue. That's just the way it is, that's just the way it is. That's just the way it is, I wanna open up and let you in I really wanna talk with you, We don't speak the same language. I really wanna talk with you, We don't speak the same, don't speak the same. I really wanna communicate, We don't speak the same language. I really wanna talk with you, We don't speak the same, don't speak the same.
3.
Regina 04:20
When the lights don’t impress no more you’ll probably fly I’ll stay with my friends and we’ll get drunk on the North Side But you probably don’t want to follow me down Because I’m fucked up kid without a plan It shows me why you do the things you can every time My brother wrote a letter He told me not to choke Regina’s just a dream he said, she vanishes in smoke But you probably don’t want to follow me down Because I’m fucked up kid without a plan It shows me why you do the things you can She slow danced with me Three hundred and sixty five days I counted The world stops turning around I’ve got milk crates full of records that tell me I’m a clone No, I don’t need a lecture on how to be alone But you probably don’t want to follow me down Because I’m fucked up kid without a plan It shows me why you do the things you can every time She slow danced with me Three hundred and sixty five days I counted The world stops turning around Get a bottle of something And a song that’s a savior to me Asking ‘Oh, Lord Jesus Is that sincerity?’
4.
Me and you in a knock down drag out Mouths full of hate Both so angry we can't see straight Its a long way back to your dead end street Yeah. I know we're spent But it takes all night if we drag our feet (With) heels over head (and) Eyes on the prize, (you) can't watch your back for a knife I understand infatuation but to lie?! You don't have to lie. I can still hear the voice of Scrappy Dobbins Though he's long since passed In his cajun parlance (He's not from the North) Sayin' "one thing I can't stand is a lie! It makes it hard to live. It's a scarlet letter they may not forgive" That is the game, such is to blame, Carefully choose whom to shame. I understand exaggeration But to lie?! We were cutting a rug through Barbed Wire Love And I could feel you pulling me in I fell hook line and sinker During Peace, Love and Understanding When a heart wakes up Can it only love once Or over and over again? Or is it merely a fax of the first time you went and laid it bare? When you lie Cuts me open when you lie You don't have to lie
5.
Hey Charlie, don’t worry, evil ain’t real It’s what we blame when we can’t explain Why fellow men hurt us like they do Without remorse When you feel it creep up again What you blindly feared the most in life When you were a child Just know it’s all in your head And it ain’t ever too late for you to break away
6.
What could have possibly happened to make you so cruel, love? Is it something you need to, or just can’t, speak of? Were you beat up instead of brought up? Not touched enough, or touched too much? What could have possibly happened to make you so abusive? I’m the owner of a brand new bruise And you can say you’re sorry again Or you could bury me down in the ground Just know whatever way you choose Oh, either way, I lose You hurt me every day With your fists and the things you say Every time I turn around you say “IT AIN’T FUNNY!” Oh, ‘til my heart stops You know that I won’t stop thinking about it every day You say you wanna smack the smirk off my face Every time I turn around you say “IT AIN’T FUNNY!” Oh, ‘til my heart stops You know that I won’t stop thinking about it
7.
Ease On Up 05:01
Dial it back, ease on up… I waiting so long Only to be drawn in by a siren’s song I tried to keep my cool Things get so complicated Let’s keep it simple Ooh we’re getting too excited! Ease off the tempo Ease off the tempo, darlin’ Dial it back, ease on up… Why did I let myself fall? Mistook the rumor for a clarion call Now I see you making the same mistake When you feel your heart rate rising Beating through your temple Take a breath, close your eyes and Ease off the tempo Ease off the tempo, darlin’ You were offered peace of mind, But you respectfully declined When you feel it jump on your back Don't let it give you a heart attack Gotta find a way to ease on up
8.
Oh these troubles! I don't need your head I need your arms to hold me tight instead We don't need to fix them in a day The only thing to say is 'it's okay' That it's gonna be okay That it’s gonna be okay When we see our name in lights ---------------------------------------------------------- Oh Panama! What's the best way to reach you? Carratera Panamericana (Pan-American Hwy) Cuts right through The flora and the fauna Ain't a better place to meet you Now I wanna put your name in lights When I get back home I'm gonna break apart Discard the parts that seem out of place After I kiss your face That's the first thing I'm gonna do When I get back home Unlike you Sometimes I gotta mess up To understand "why not?" It gets through It's trial and error Gotta pull myself together If I'm gonna see my name in lights Let me come back home I'll try twice as hard I'll never stay out late I'll never pull that card I hate that I break your heart That's the last thing I wanna do When I get back home
9.
You know, he warned me once Told me I’d regret it. You know, the old one fit just right Why didn’t I keep it? Instead, I threw it on the curb in no time flat. All my old things lookin’ so sad now So true, youngblood…Why didn’t I keep it? Curse the man who first took a rag And dyed it scarlet Wrapped it in a box and a bow And put a price on it But my shoes have holes and my pants don’t fit I need a new hat (and that’s the half of it) My clothes are worn out and I need to replace them You could take it on faith, youngblood Never ask a question Never doubt a thing in your life And get someone else’s truth The windows whine when the wind gets high The walls need paint and the floor don’t shine So true! This place needs updating… -------------------------- Paid a visit to Diderot He was entertaining king and priest Lured them in with flesh and gold And said “whatever shall we use for rope”? If you lend an open ear I’ll tell you everything I know Or I could tell you what you want to hear I can’t believe they left us two alone! If you really want to know, LEARN! If you really want to go, LEAVE! Try to wear it on your sleeve Show them what you’ve worked to earn Or else they’ll take it on faith

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released August 18, 2015

The Grisly Hand are
Jimmy Fitzner
Lauren Krum
Dan Loftus
Matt Richey
Mike Stover
Ben Summers

Produced, mixed and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording

On 'Regrets On Parting':
Nick Howell : trumpet
Mike Walker : trombone
Rich Wheeler : saxophone

CD layout by Bryan Cox
Logo by Kevin Lee

For lyrics & more info visit thegrislyhand.com

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