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Recorded on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 by Brandon Locher's ears.

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released March 25, 2008

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falling off a building Columbia, South Carolina

this act began in 2004 and just turned ten years old. it's been surviving on the fringes of interest since the day it was first conceived. it's worth doing. it's that thing of realising you are your own best friend and you need to take as good of care of yourself as you possibly can and in so doing you learn to take care of everyone else. ... more

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Track Name: All my Trials
this is an old spiritual. i learned it in middle school chorus.


if religion was a thing that money could buy,
the rich would live and the poor would die.
all my trials, lord, soon be over.

oh hush little baby don't you cry.
you know that man was born to die.
all my trials lord, soon be over.

too late, my brothers.
too late but never mind.
all my trials soon be over.
Track Name: Denial Springs Eternal
i love you, and i don't know why, so i won't try to explain it or contain it.
all of you is all of my hope on this planet. you're my world, and i've gotta hand it to you.
the doctors say you're gonna die and there ain't a thing they can do, no matter how they try, but darlin, i don't believe their lies. you're gonna be fine. i'm gonna see to it.

there's some way to save you, cos I know how brave you are. you're a shining star in the dark night sky. yeah, you got a light in your eyes that will shine for a million years or more. yeah, you're gonna stay right here with me.

i don't care what those bastards say. we'll beat this the way we beat homelessness and poverty and unemployment. so they can all go get bent, cos we're gonna win, yeah, you're gonna win.

there's some way to heal you, cos i just don't feel that you are what they say you are, a hopeless body with no future in this world.

i love you, and your son saw me crying last night, but he don't know what i know, no, no one does. you're a buzzing tornado. your body is strong, with your eyes full of life and your heart full of song. they say you can't make it, we'll show them how wrong they are.

time can do what he likes.i know he's on our side.
time will pass us by. you'll grow old by my side.

i won't take no for an answer. i won't take no for an answer. and i don't claim to know what God's plans are, but i ain't takin no for no answer. no no no.
Track Name: A Little Lost
i'm a little lost without you. that may be an understatement. still i hope i haven't paid the cost to let a day go on by and not call on you.

cos i'm so busy so busy thinkin about kissing you and how i wanna do that without entertaining another thought.

down on the ocean's surf, i pull myself together. it's harder now cos i'm not on my turf. just me and me and those big old waves rollin in

CHORUS
Track Name: Some Other Harlot
my guilt cannot be measured by any means i know, cos
you say it's me that you treasure but i've seen it isn't so.
there is some other harlot on which your filthy mind dwells.
so i'm leaving you in this parking lot, i care not what you do with yourself.

you got a lot to answer for, you got a lot to answer for.
i know what your dirty hands are good for, and that's nothing to me no more.

so don't start with your lies and quick fixin.
i'm finally fed up and through.
you got me hung over from hurtin
and the hair of the dog just won't do.
why do you keep pretending you want me
when it's clear to us both that you don't?
well i swear by the sky above me,
that you'll get what you deserve and want.
Track Name: Ballad of the Straight Chump
i put my hands in my pockets,
sat down at this table to pray,
"Lord, take my arms out of their sockets,
"and let things remain that way."
I put my mouth to the bottle
And lift her ass into the air
so now the alcohol is racing full throttle
to drive away the last of my cares.

five points is swarming with assholes tonight.
i think that i'm one of them.
still, we make fun of them
"i bet his name's Jonathan"

well i said what i said and you know what i say,
so go to bed or just go away.
we pile on smiles to cover our dismay
and pull the covers back over our faces.

sez you.

i guess we been makin more money.
it's gettin harder to act poor.
but i find it to be rather funny
that i still ain't fixed my broke car door.
i worked real hard and i studied
to get that there college degree
so when i'm hittin the sauce with my buddies
we're comparing out literacy.

harden st is pockmarked with potholes these days
the damn government should do something
with all the tax on the gas i been pumpin
cos i'm startin to feel like a chump, man

well i said what i said and you know
what i say, so go to bed or just go away
we pile on smiles to cover our dismay
and pull the covers back over our faces

sez you
sez you
sez you

"oh wel
"oh well
"oh well
"oh well.

i took my money to market
but now it's all dried up and gone
so when the bus breaks down we'll just park it
and find some other way to carry on
cos my friends took me to the cleaners
but my suit just got wrinkled again
wasn't i dressed to impress?
but now there's nothing left, i mean,
i guess i should find some new friends.

making a living in music and art
is a really hard road to hoe down
so i better get the hell out of town
before i wind up in the ground.

cos i said what i said
and you know
what i say,
so go to bed or just go away.
we pile on the smiles til they cover our dismay
and pull the covers back over our faces.

sez you.
Track Name: Tecumseh Valley
the name she gave was caroline, daughter of a miner. her ways were free and it seemed to be the sunshine walked beside her.
she come from spencer, across the hill, said her pa had sent her,cos coal was low and soon the snow would turn the skies to winter.
she said she'd come to look for work, she was not seeking favors. for a dime a day and a place to stay, she'd put them pretty hands to labor.
but times were hard and jobs were few, all through tecumseh valley, but she asked around and a job she found tending bar at gypsy sally's.
she'd saved enough to get back home when spring replaced the winter. but her dreams were denied. her pa had died. the word come down from spencer.
so she took to whorin out on the street with all the hate inside her. it was many a man returned again to lay himself beside her.
they found her down beneath the stairs that lead to Gypsy Sally's. and in her hand when she died was a note that cried, "fare the well, tecumseh valley."

the name she gave was caroline, daughter of a miner. her ways were free and it seemed to me the sunshine walked beside her.
Track Name: Stafford Hartley
up above the chandler field
breyond the cedar church
lived and died one stafford hartley
and he never did much like to work.

so he made trinkets and did odd jobs
anything to get himself by
made funny lookin cars out of old spare parts
turning heads when he went by

now folks said he was peculiar.
they say so to this day
one thing about old stafford hartley,
he always did things his own way.

now everybody's building their houses in the valley
he put his up on top of the ridge
he'd set out at night and light up his pipe
and gaze over those blue, blue mountains.

now he built a giant radio tower
he'd broadcast every evening.
from miles around, no matter where you turned your dial
all you'd hear was stafford singing

CHORUS

the self-proclaimed mayor of Bailey's Camp
i never heard no tell of an election.
he married erlene, the only girl to be seen
who didn't ask too many questions.

now stafford got old, he got to hurtin
he'd walk out in the yard
pull a shotgun out from under his arm
put it up to his chiin and fired.

CHORUS

one thing about old stafford hartley is he always did things his own way.
Track Name: I Dreamed A Dream
i dreamed a dream in time gone by, when hope was high and life worth living
i dreamed that love would never die
i dreamed that God would be forgiving
then, i was young and unafraid and dreams were made and used and wasted
there was no ransom to be paid, no song unsung, no wine untasted

but the tigers come at night, with their voices soft as thunder
and they tear your hope apart.
and they turn your dream to shame.

he slept a summer by my side
he filled my days with endless wonder
he took my childhood in his stride
but he was gone when autumn came

and still i dream he'll come to me
and we will live the years together
but there are dreams which cannot be
and there are storms we cannot weather

i had a dream my life would be
so different from this hell i'm living
so different now from what it seemed.
now life has killed the dream i dreamed.
Track Name: I'll Kill You and Then You'll Be Dead and You Won't Haunt Me Anymore
you've come just like the dawn
and in your voice i heard a song
that i been singing all my life long
and never knew where it came from

you say that you love me
oh but how could that be?
cos you're too good to be true
and i ain't good enough for you

so i'll kill you and then you'll be dead and you won't haunt me anymore.

you say you wanna stay but i know you'll be gone someday and i cannot live w/o you
i will not live without you.
i can't handle these emotions
and now such a crazy notion
has revealed herself to me
and i can't just let it be

so i'll kill you and then you'll be dead and you won't haunt me anymore
no, kill me and then i'll be dead and you won't haunt me anymore

here's a gun, well-oiled and loaded, put a bullet in my throat, darlin, it's your only hope
i can't believe what my heart says
and i can't believe what you say either
i know i should just take a breather
and calm down, calm down, calm down

but you're too good to be true and i ain't good enough for you
i'm so scared, i'm so scared, i'm so scared of what i might do

i'll kill you and then you'll be dead and you won't haunt me anymore

how could you love someone like me?
how could you love a monster like me?
could you really love someone like me?

but you're too good to be true and i ain't good enough for you, i'm so scared of what i'm so scared, i'm so scared of what i might do

i could hurt you, i could scare you, i could leave you, i could lose you, i could ruin your pretty trusting smile

but i love you and i can't escape or die

so if you love me, then please take my hand and help me put these demons to rest

lover, oh please, take my hand and help me put these demons to rest.
Track Name: Five Months
i couldn't believe what the doctor said
i buried my head in my hospital bed
my days are numbered,
you can count the months on one hand

i couldn't believe but now i can't deny
in just five short months i must bid you goodbye
my days are numbered,
i'm slipping out of your hands

darlin, it won. it's over and done.
soon i am gonna leave this sad world.
no more questions, except for one,
do you still wanna be this boy's girl?

i'll understand if you don't think you can
stay here with me and keep holding my hand
cos each passing day, i'll fade away a little more

and then the day will arrive when i'll feel my life
slip from my body and into the sky
and you will be there, watching and waving goodbye

darlin it won.
it's over and done.
soon i am gonna leave this sad world

no more questions, except for one,
do you still wanna be this boy's girl?

go turn and run, scream at the sun
tell him he's gone way too far this time
or bury your head into my chest
maybe the best we can do is cry.
Track Name: Who, Else?
there's this picture i can't draw
but i see it all-too-clearly in my brain
a boy with all his weapons drawn,
and though he knows he's wrong,
he fights on all the same
with determination on his face
i scribble and erase
but never seem to get it right.

i don't know if you'll ever know
but this was all for you.
i dont' know if you really care
but i really hope you do,
cos i do.

there are words i'll never write
trying as i might,
they won't fall into place.
there's so much left to say, but we'll
never say it til
it's too late anyway.

i don't know if you'll ever know,
but this was all for you.
i don't know if you really care,
but i really hope you do,
cos i do

i do.
i do.

hey well maybe, come some sunny day,
we'll wake up in some bright place
where we can be safe
and we won't have to apologise no more,
maybe we can understand each other.
Track Name: Blue Sky Cafe
the blue sky cafe
on hiway 25
is where we met today
to say our last goodbyes
the clouds were rolling past
the sun was shining bright
and i just had to laugh

your hands didn't move
and neither did mine
there's nothing left to prove
there's nowhere to left to lie
the words stuck in my throat
the tears stood in your eyes
and we just nodded silently

when i remember this,
all i'll have to say
is "this boy's made of bliss,
"the one that got away"

and "don't eat the last bite."
Track Name: Shenandoah
oh shenandoah, i long to see you
away you rolling river
oh shenandoah, i long to be you
away, i'm bound away
'cross the wide missouri

oh shenandoah, i love your daughter
away you rolling river
for her i'd cross your roaring water
away, i'm bound away
'cross the wide missouri

oh shenandoah, i still believe you
away, you rolling river
oh shenandoah, i'll not decieve you
away, i'm bound away
'cross the wide missouri
Track Name: In the Past Few Months I've Learnt so Much About Rain
from the darkest lonely room
to the brightest peaceful sky
we'll shed away our fears and watch them fly
all the way back home,
picked you flowers by the road,
and the pockets of my raincoat became their hope.

in the past few months i've learnt so much about rain

i don't want this anymore
i will cast it all aside
place it in my secret drawer where it can hide
just so that you know
i will throw those wants away
if it means our friendship is at stake

in the past few months i've learnt so much about rain

i seen it come on w/o warning
in the middle of the night
and right on thru till morning
just to vanish with the daylight
i was walkin in the sunshine
and things just seemed alright
then out of nowhere
i got caught in it
i'm still caught in it

from the darkest lonely room
to the brightest peaceful sky,
we'll shed away our fears and watch them fly
from the brightest painful sky
to the darkest lovely room,
i will shed away my lies, leaving just the truth.

in the past few months i've learnt so much about rain
in the past few months i've learnt so much about grace.

you might get wet, but soon you will be drying
you might fall down, but you will get back up again.
and i don't want this anymore, this lying
i'm cold and wet, but i'll be warm and dry when i get home

and the sun comes out
we will dance and shout
and smile and clap and laugh and sing
the sunlight's covering everything
don't be surprised by all the green
the lily decked out like a king

in the past few months i've learnt so much about rain
in the past few months i've learnt so much about grace.
Track Name: Freight Train
i looked up the lyrics on songmeanings.net
but now that's all messed up


freight train, freight train,
goin so fast,
freight train, freight train,
goin so fast.
please don't tell 'em which train I'm on
so they won't know where I've gone.

freight train, freight train
comin round the bend
freight train, freight train,
gone again
one of these days, turn that train around
go back to my hometown

one more place i'd like to be
one more place i'd like to see
to watch those old blue ridge mountains climb
as i ride old number nine

when i die, please bury me deep
down at the end of old Bleeker street
so i can hear old number nine
as he goes rollin by