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1.
The sun cuts its ecliptic from the past into the west From orient to accident, our history insists That we must trip the light sadistic 'til this west is finally won Just following, just following, just following the sun I drove into Los Angeles, crusading for my face To find my fate in acetate, to join the constellations O, the strip was strewn with scripture and the solemn vows of fun Just following, just following, just following the sun Good morning, California, I'm the chosen one From the flutter of the shutter to the thunder of the gun From the valley to the alley, let the western will be done Just following, just following, just following the sun If you want to wage a holy war you make a swift attack Keep your gods in your heart and the sun at your back Until you're standing on Redondo Beach, no place left to run Just following, just following, just following the sun Well yes, the west's a fucking mess, but where's a hero supposed to start When you know that only death will make your life a work of art So we scuttle to the screen test while it all just falls apart Just following, just following, just following our heart Good morning, California, I'm the chosen one From the flutter of the shutter to the thunder of the gun From the valley to the alley, let the western will be done Just following, just following, just following the sun
2.
03:03
Baby, it's a lonely, lonely night Baby, it's a lonely, lonely night There ain't no wind to shake the trees, no moon to shine its light Baby, it's a lonely, lonely night Girl, I know you're out there having fun Girl, I know you're out there having fun Gonna sit here in this chair polishing this gun Girl, I know you're out there having fun Girl, let's hear you tell me all your crimes Girl, let's hear you tell me all your crimes I wanna hear you try to make your reasons rhyme Girl, let's hear you tell me all your crimes Baby, it's a lonely, lonely life Baby, it'a a lonely, lonely life The pain you get for doing wrong is the same for doing right Baby, it's a lonely, lonely life
3.
04:00
Well, she came back home and found me dead At least that's what the paper said 'Course, it ain't like I could tell it my way Hell, I don't even know where you go To get cyanide in New Mexico Babette, you are a clever little lady I met her when I used to work On weekends up in Albuquerque She was just a coed from overseas And I never studied art the way Them queers all do in Santa Fe But Babette, I know perfection when I see it And you might suggest and I might agree That she was way too good for me And why the hell'd she marry such a man Could be she thought Americans Are all Cary Grants and Errol Flynns Folks got some weird ideas about this land Now don't cry, Princess, I forgive you I'll go run right up to heaven and plead your case I ain't the choicest guy to live with, God knows But tomorrow's gonna be a better place Well, my funeral came, I saw her weep And hell, you know that's kinda sweet I mean, that's how you know they really care They laid my flesh in Chamberine It ain't bright, but hell, it's clean And this may be the best I've dressed since we were married It's hard to make a marriage work Some days are bright, some days are dark Some days they just wake up and hate your face I was probably just a redneck clown Folks probably think you married down But what the hell, I love you when you're crazy Now don't cry, princess, I forgive you I'll go run right up to heaven and plead your case I ain't the choicest guy to live with, God knows But tomorrow's gonna be a better place
4.
Cupid said to Psyche, "Girl, I packed up the car I'm going out west to be a movie star" Psyche said, "Knock em dead, you always had that charm And such a Roman sense of entertainment" Now Cupid's got the world eating out of his hand And we're both still waiting for our big chance Our big screen, our big romance And love was always such a disappointment And it's good to have you here again Just like I used to way back then And it's good to know precisely when The show's supposed to end So darling, lay me down and let me down We're both a good deal older now We broke some hearts and we broke some vows And love was always such a disappointment And my, my, my, how you have grown So tall upon your stepping stones Try, try, try not to die alone But love is always such a disappointment Well, I told a lot of lies, made a lot of mistakes I did a lot of living for loving's sake Guess I was waiting for my big break And love was always such a disappointment See, it speaks so sweet in a voice so deep Of pleasures you can carry and joys you can keep And there's never been talk so cheap It's all just one big empty advertisement So keep that hope in the bottom of the box The future's just a trick they do with mirrors and clocks The same soft lens, the same long shots The same big names, the same big disappointments And it's good to have you here with me To reenact this tragedy The rise and fall of urgency On one, two, three So darling, lay me down and let me down We're both a good deal older now We broke some hearts and we broke some vows And love was always such a disappointment And my, my, my, how you have grown So tall upon your stepping stones Try, try, try not to die alone But love is always such a disappointment
5.
The prophet said, "Don't ever speak the name of love" As he sat sipping on his whiskey coke "There ain't no potion, ain't no magic strong enough To break that kind of spell once it's spoke" The jukebox started calling to the mourning doves He crushed a piece of ice between his teeth He said, "Believe me, boy, don't ever speak the name of love The name of love will only name your grief" "Now, King Solomon'll tell you love is vanity And I guess he'd know, with seven hundred wives And I don't think I'd survive that kind of anxiety Even given seven hundred lives "'Cause love, like any demon you might summon up It only wants to see your soul in flames Believe me, boy, don't ever speak the name of love The name of love'll be chiseled on your chains" The prophet said, "Don't ever speak the name of love" And it looked like he was choking back a tear He said, "You say it once, she says it once, it's not enough And soon it's all you ever want to hear "And every word you speak and every gift you give Is just another boat song of a slave Believe me, boy, don't ever speak the name of love The name of love's the stone upon your grave"
6.
03:39
Young girl, young girl, what makes your eyes so cold? And where has your young man gone, so burdened and so bold? The years drag by, certain things you come to know The sin of ugliness, the shame of growing old I loved you so fairly, I loved you so fair I loved you like I was the only one there The years drag by, too many years to care About where it all went wrong, it all goes wrong somewhere I loved you so fiercely, I loved you so free I held your body like it was made of me The years drag by, 'til the years are all you see Just one long loneliness, where two lonelinesses should be Young girl, young girl, what makes your eyes so cold? And where has your young man gone, so burdened and so bold? The years drag by, it turns out just the way they told you The sin of ugliness, the shame of growing old
7.
03:58
You're only as old as your lover You're only as dark as your dream Spending your time on women and wine But they're never as cheap as they seem No, they're never as cheap as they seem I used to think I was a young man Until you walked in here tonight With your dress cut so low, darling, I grew so old That I wished I could lay down and die Yes, I wished I could lay down and die And nobody loves you like I do And Lord knows the night is so long And darling, I already know what your name is It's always the same as some old, lonesome song Yes, the same as some old, lonesome song You're never as tall as your talk is You're never as clever or brave So soulful and wise next to most other guys But you're only as deep as your grave Yes, you're only as deep as your grave And nobody loves you like I do And Lord knows the night is so long And darling, I already know what your name is It's always the same as some old, lonesome song Yeah, the same as some old, lonesome song
8.
03:08
Good evening, sir, and thanks for stopping I wasn't sure I'd ever get a ride It's hot as hell out on this pavement And there aren't that many cars this time of night I'm headed east to Corpus Christi To hang out with my friend, the reverend I see you're staring at my stitches Let's just say someone had an accident So let's go, go, go, I've got to go I'm gonna drown my troubles in the Gulf of Mexico My lover's dead in Phoenix, mister, you don't wanna know So start the car, 'cause man, I've got to go It's a long story, thanks for asking Right now I've got too much on my mind Let's just say if you go looking There's no end to the trouble you can find It may sound cold and calculating But that girl back there got just what she deserved To sit at home patiently waiting Is not why I was put here on this earth So let's go, go, go, I've got to go I'm gonna drown my troubles in the Gulf of Mexico My lover's dead in Phoenix, mister, you don't wanna know So start the car, 'cause man, I've got to go I'm gonna need you to pull over 'Cause this is where our little journey ends No good deed ever goes unpunished And I won't have a chance to make amends So let's go, go, go, I've got to go I'm gonna drown my troubles in the Gulf of Mexico My lover's dead in Phoenix, mister, you don't wanna know So start the car, 'cause man, I've got to go
9.
I don't believe in love, I don't believe in duty That's just for folks who get their kicks from sneaking 'round What I believe in is the way we ache at beauty And in the pains we take to drag that beauty down And how I ache, I ache, I ache seeing your body And it must make you feel so clean to feel forlorn I don't believe, I don't believe you that you're sorry But then, your mercy isn't what I came here for So let's go faith to faith, the one grace I believe in Before you're forgiven for all our crimes 'Cause if it's dust to dust then let's just trust this breathing Let me believe in your body one more time I don't believe in love, I don't believe in duty They're just the showbiz names for boredom and despair What I believe in is the way we ache at beauty And in the pains we take to lay that beauty bare So let's go faith to faith, the one grace I believe in Before you're forgiven for all our crimes 'Cause if it's dust to dust then let's just trust this breathing Let me believe in your body one more time
10.
The girl who lives inside my head Sometimes I think she wants me dead Sometimes she stands so stark and dark and tall She used to have my mother's face She likes to put me in my place She likes to see me weak and keep me small But lately, love, she looks like you She likes your face, she likes your beauty She likes to keep me angry all the time She likes the way your beauty hurts Like a gift you know I'll never deserve Just to throw it in my face that you're never really mine And love is just another kind of dying A hole in your heart that grows as time goes by Like trying to soothe a child who won't stop crying I've loved you a hundred times, and a hundred times I've died Sometimes I think I'll search the world And find some different kind of girl Such that the enemy in me won't take her name But then what's the use in such a wish? I know that no such girl exists And if she did, I would not want her anyway And love is just another kind of dying A hole in your heart that grows as time goes by Like trying to soothe a child who won't stop crying I've loved you a hundred times, and a hundred times I've died
11.
God said, "Kid, this thing you've done is sick" Cain said, "Yes, I gave the world its favorite magic trick I made my brother disappear, now all that's left is what you see here An offering you'll finally respect" Well, He made the world with words and man from mud Cursed the earth with freedom, then He cured it with the flood He sent the raven, sent the dove, then Jesus brought the curse of love And His lovers never quench their thirst for blood And all you Christian soldiers know the world's a holy war The million-gun salute, the boot on the throat of the poor And the poor are doing their part to deserve it more and more And all the angry angels sing the glory of the Lord I heard your Lord was lost but now He's found Well, He better never dare show His face on this side of town The old gods of the avenue will rob Him blind and black and blue And do unto their neighbor what He'd do un-too O God of Abe and Ike and Jake and Joe Release these holy bodies from the prison of the soul You know that every violence starts somewhere inside these broken hearts Disfiguring each image as its own And all you Christian soldiers know the world's a holy war The million-gun salute, the boot on the throat of the poor And the poor are doing their part to deserve it more and more And all the angry angels sing the glory of the Lord
12.
When the nighttime takes the land, and she darks the works of man And the screaming of her children is hushed beneath her hand Honey, stay here like a stone, like a beast upon her throne And I will hold you in my shadow until the light is gone By the moon that crawls above and by the fearsome name of love I will hold you in my shadow like the dark upon the dove I will linger through this night, I will cling to you so tight And I will hold you in my shadow and chase away the light By the stumbling of the stars and by the gods, whoever they are And by that word of perfect mercy that someone's mumbling from afar I will linger like a sin, like a mark upon your skin And I will hold you in my shadow and make you dark again By the moon that crawls above and by the fearsome name of love I will hold you in my shadow like the dark upon the dove I will linger through this night, I will cling to you so tight And I will hold you in my shadow and chase away the light

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released November 4, 2015

Daryl Scherrer - voice, guitars, piano, gunshot
Marc Oxborrow - voice, bass, melodica
Douglas Berry - drums

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Megyn Neff - violin


Recorded, mixed & mastered by Daryl Scherrer at Ex Nihilo Audio.

Album design by Marc Oxborrow.
Cover photo by Bart Scholliers.

(c) 2015 The Blood Feud Family Singers. All rights reserved.

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Up-tempo down-hearted poetic-philosophic country-fried hostility for sentimental haters.


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