Dark Songs From The Holiday Vol​.​4

by Holiday Music Motel

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Recorded at the Holiday Music Motel, Sturgeon Bay, WI during Dark Songs 2012, by Steve Hamilton and Billy Triplett; Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves; Mixed and mastered by Steve Hamilton and Billy Triplett; Cover art by Geri X. Administrative assistance by melaniejane and Teresa Young.

Billy Triplett (May 4, 1957 – August 11, 2013) We miss you Billy!

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released October 31, 2013

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Track Name: Pale Rider / Trust Me
Sings the pale rider
A pale girl you’ll see
Bleeding silver moon fire
Her soft green eyes, they tease

It’s dark now
Don’t be afraid
Let the moon guide us to her final resting place
Come now
Quietly
Stay close behind then we’ll go into the trees

Trust me
Follow
Me down
To the hollow
Trust me
Follow
Me down
To the hollow

Hush now
Not a word
Let’s play a little game
We’ll bury secrets in the dirt
Here now
Go to sleep
Light the fire
Sing lullaby
Pray the lord our souls to keep

Trust me
Follow
Me down
To the hollow
Trust me
Follow
Me down
To the hollow

He happened upon a woman
Wafer thin and fey
Silver was her hairline
Her eyes shone dark as days
If days, eclipsed, were they

Trust me
Trust me

Trust me
Track Name: Fear
That subliminal parlor trick’s been working on me
All of that fear coming through my tv
Game show, reality, the nightly news
Sending me a message that I’m born to lose

Fear makes you want to run away
Fear will make you straight when you are gay
Fear will make you say what you don’t mean
Fear keeps you quiet when you want to scream!

There’s no more oil or money there’s a storm on its way
Board up your windows keep your neighbors at bay
Hey did you hear there’s a gunman at large
We’ll head to the basement after Charles in Charge

Fear says you can’t afford to take a shot
Fear will make you spend more than you got
Fear keeps the pen up off the page
Fear will often break out in fits of rage
Track Name: Roadside Memorial
Verse 1
I put some flowers on your roadside memorial today
I didn’t want to but the devil had his way
I dressed in black and I dug a deep grave
I put some flowers on your roadside memorial today

Chorus:
I will lay you down
Where you can’t be found
I will lay you down

I like the way you feel under the wheels of my car
Now I know you won’t be getting too far
Headlights like a knife cutting straight to the heart
I like the way you feel under the wheels of my car

Chorus:
I will lay you down
Where you can’t be found
I will lay you down

I will lay you down
Deep below the ground
I will lay you down

BRIDGE:

Verse:
I think you looked your best at the scene of the wreck
Left you for dead and I’ve got no regret
I’ll get away and they’ll never suspect
I put some flowers on your roadside memorial today

Chorus:
I will lay you down
Where you can’t be found
I will lay you down

I will lay you down
Deep below the ground
I will lay you down

(I put some flowers on your roadside memorial today interspersed throughout)

© 2012 Holiday Music Motel Dark Songs Written in Room 123 with Ruby James, Danielle French, Fred Young
Track Name: Last Goodbye
Black as this night without you
Black like my lover’s hair
Black like a raven at midnight
Black I can’t find you here

Instrum

Deep like our love undying
Deep like an endless kiss
Deep as an ocean fathom
Deep the parting of your lips

Instrum

Cold as this steel blue morning
Cold as a the church bells tolling
Cold as this truth unfolding
Cold as your skin to my touch

Instrum

Sweet as I kiss your forehead
Sweet as I whisper softly
Sweet like the tears I cry as I say the last goodbye

© 2012 Holiday Music Motel (Danielle is capo 7), Danielle French, Vincent Gates, Andrea Wittgens, Room 121
Track Name: Prowl
I prowl (I prowl!), I prowl (I prowl!)
I prowl like a native from a distant land
Bones for my teeth and hook for my hand
I prowl (I prowl!), I prowl (I prowl!)

I crawl (I crawl!), I crawl (I crawl!)
I crawl like a baby ain't yet been born
I got seventeen legs and a unicorn horn
I crawl (I crawl!), I crawl (I crawl!)

I howl (I howl!), I howl (I howl!)
I howl like a banshee with an albino coat
Lips like a donkey, dick like a goat
I howl (I howl!), I howl (I howl!)

I moan (I moan!), I moan (I moan!),
I moan like a piglet on her momma's teat
Hairlip palate and three webbed feet
I moan (I moan!), I moan (I moan!)

Prowl! (Prowl!), Crawl! (Crawl!) Now!
Howl (Howl!), Moan! (Moan!) Myeeoow...

I prowl (I prowl!), I prowl (I prowl!)
I prowl like a sturgeon on a motel floor
Flopping my fins like a holiday whore
I prowl (I prowl!), I prowl (I prowl!)
I prowl
Track Name: Bad Pumpkin
He’s a bad bad pumpkin
Worst one in the patch
I took a look at his guts
The seeds were all bad

He’s a bad bad pumpkin
Wanna smash his head
Looked in his eye holes
My heart wants him dead

He’s a bad bad pumpkin
A rotten squash throughout
His fire won’t burn for me
So I blew his candle out (hoo)

He’s a sad sad pumpkin
All teeth, no smile
I’ll toss him on the compost
And pick another from the pile

He never listens, no, he never really listens at all, with no ears, I’m hitting his emotional wall, it’s time to leave this garden
Track Name: Oh Mama
Oh mama I hear you crying in your room
Oh mama I hear you crying in your room
Daddy’s drunk again and you know where he’s been
Oh mama I hear you crying in your room

Oh mama I see you lying in your room
Oh mama I see you lying in your room
The moon is on his breath when he puts your lips upon his
Oh mama I see you lying in your room

Oh mama I feel you dying in your room
Oh mama I feel you dying in your room
What could have been instead of daddy painting you in red
Oh mama why aren’t you crying in your room
Track Name: Mother You're Dead
Mother you’ve left me alone
Mother you’ve left me alone
Mother you’re dead
And you’ve left me alone
Mother you’re dead
And you’ve left me alone

Father you’ve broken our home
Father you’ve broken our home
Father you’ve killed her
I bury her bones
Father you’ve killed her
I bury her bones

Rosewood, hymnals, copper and brass
Broken stained glass
Warm winds, rain squalls
A veil of black lace
An expressionless face

Mother you’re dead
And you’ve left me alone (4x)
Track Name: Throw the Hearse in Reverse
The party ain’t over
I refuse to go home
I hate feeling sober
And being alone
You can’t lock me up
And put me in the ground
I’ll find a way out
So come on just take me to town
Throw the hearse in reverse

I can still hear the music
Though I may be embalmed
Come on let’s do this
‘Cuz the party goes on
I know you can feel it
You just gotta try
So get in the spirit
It’s not time for this party to die
Throw the hearse in reverse

Hearse driver:
The hearse is the new limo
And death is the new black
I’m cruisin’ with a ghost
Who thinks the minibar’s in back
Hearing voices in my head
They don’t leave me alone
I don’t think she knows she’s dead
A talking box of bones
Ashes to ashes dust to dust
Maybe if you didn’t want to party so much
Maybe you and me’d see eye to eye
Maybe you wouldn’t be on this ride
I’m driving around from dusk to dawn
You ramble on and on and on and on and on
I’m the one driving this Cadillac
And I don’t take direction from the box in the back
Track Name: Ghost in a Ghost Town
I can’t see my shadow
Can’t feel the wind blow
No warmth of sunshine
Got no concept of time

The clock on the wall
Has no hands at all
I can’t close these eyes
Permanently open wide

I’m a ghost in a ghost town
And I’m the only one around
I’m lost and can’t be found
I’m a ghost in a ghost town

There’s a chill in the air
These bones are so bare
I’ve no one to talk to
Only walls to walk through

I’ve been here for years
And became all my fears
When the darkness crept in
And sadness swept in
Track Name: This is Not Over
Don’t look at me like that – I know that look
I’ve seen it many times before
You’ve had your night of fun
And you think it’s over

I shared my bed – I told you secrets
You drank my sweet champagne
And as the morning sun is rising
You think it’s over

Chorus:
When I told you not to leave
You wouldn’t listen
Can’t you understand
There is no leaving me
THIS IS NOT OVER

I’m a woman with her needs – I take what’s mine
And you belong to me
I got you where I want you
‘Til this is over

Chorus

I thought you were the one – the one who loved me back
But you’re just like all the rest
And they came to regret it
Tortured and beheaded
Tell me now do you finally get it
Track Name: Psychotic
Yeah
Hah

Listen up

She’s got your DNA
In her purse
Look out world
Feel her curse
She forgot to take
Her medicine
Now she’s putting foreign objects up her rear end
Collision
Temporal lobe
Lobotomy
Cattle probe
Perversion
Straight jacket
Hide your junk, she’s gonna whack it

Psychotic
Beyond neurotic
Psychotic
Psychotic
Beyond neurotic
Psychotic

She’s been known
To collect
Toe jam
On her baguette
She’ll rip a booger
Off a child
Savor it
It drives her wild
Incision
The blade is blunt
She keeps her weed
In her
Beeeep
Speaking of which
Chlamydia
Have you checked your
Bulge area

Psychotic
Beyond neurotic
Psychotic
Psychotic
Beyond neurotic
Psychotic
Psychotic
Track Name: The Pale Rider / Enough To Go Around
Sings the pale rider
A pale girl you’ll see
Bleeding silver moon fire
Her soft green eyes, they tease

She then extends her loving hands
Your darkened heart to seize
Come, sings the pale rider
Come ride the world with me

Minnesota prairie, 1931
January drought year
Dead the frozen ground, frozen ground
Frozen ground

I brought my wife and children here
From Nantucket Sound
Hollow eyes, they stare at me
Am lost but they have found
They have found
They all found

Drive my blunt and rusted plow
Pick to break this ground
If I could turn this stone cold earth
I wouldn’t stop ‘til six feet down
Six feet down
Six feet down

My oldest boy, just eighteen
Come August he was drown
Next one down was ten years old
And now he’s heaven bound

Well is frozen solid
Firewood can’t be found
Kids ain’t ate for six long days
Ain’t enough to go around
Go around
Go around

And now three feet of snow today
Fifty miles to town
Hunting ain’t an option now
My 38’s out of rounds
Out of rounds

Night she found my colt here
Six long shells I found
Counting heads in six long beds
There’s enough to go around
They are found
They are found

I’m lost
I’m lost
They are found

Now I’m all alone here
House ain’t got no sound
Ain’t got no more bullets left
Ain’t enough to go around
Go around
Go around
Go around
Go around

“Come within,” said Death. “I will enfold your cold and shuttered heart, and never shall your knife again you see or indeed have need for such crude and human tools. What fools these mortals be, come, you’ll see. Eschew warm life. Fall for me, at my feet, worship, I am the poison nurse of all moon mad men, sleep, forever blessed be. Be free my handsome murderer fine. Come. Come enter me. And mine.”

And when her fingers find you
Your eyes will fade to grey
She’ll lay you down with tenderness
In ashen fields you’ll play

Now comes
The end
Of days
Track Name: Had a Little Too Much
I can see right through my own hands
I can walk through walls
I’m still flying high
I can’t ever fail

I had a little too much
But nothing is enough

I can see right through your body
I can’t recognize your face
You’re still next to me
But in a different place

I had a little too much
But nothing is enough

I can see right through my own name
As they read it on the news
I’m sorry that you paid my debt
As I paid my own dues

I had a little too much
But nothing ever was enough
Track Name: Out of Light
You were born
Into light out of darkness
And the light
Seemed to swallow you whole
As a child
There were ghosts all around you
You weren’t alone
When you were alone

When you grew
You forgot how to see them
When you feel them
You are afraid
You don’t know
Where they might lead you
If you go
If you let yourself go

In the light
You are letting it hold you
In the dark
You are pushing away
You can go
Wherever it leads you
You’ll get back, you’ll get back

When you’re lost
Your spirit will guide you
To that place
You are longing to go
Keep in mind
There are so many like you
You will find
That you’re not alone

In the light
You are letting it hold you
In the dark
You are pushing away
You can go
Wherever it leads you
You’ll get back, you’ll get back
In the light
You are letting it hold you
In the dark
You are pushing away
Keep in mind
There are so many like you
They’ll get back, you’ll get back
Track Name: Witchcraft
Witchcraft ahh ahh witchcraft
You’re so sexy in your black cone hat ahh ahh witchcraft
An I wanna pet your pussy cat ahh ahh witchcraft
Look into your crystal ball
Let me be your voodoo doll
I will take you warts and all the way
We could start a wicked scene
Gaze into your eyes so green
Cast your evil spell and make stay

C’mon take me on your witch’s broom ahhh witchcraft
We fly circles ‘round the silver moon ahh witchcraft
Take you dancin’ in the fall
I think it’s time you made the call
Take me to your hollow and we’ll play
You could be my evil queen
From Halloween to Halloween
Your witch’s brew will make me wanna say

I like the way you look at me with no one else around
Let us celebrate the love we found
Track Name: Taste You
I’ve been waiting for so long now
For this right one to come (2x)
Told myself I’d stay away from
Just any old someone
Any old someone

When can I taste you again?

At first I was not quite right with
This new habit, such a habit
If I put you on the table
Will you let me
Will you let me chew you up and wash you down

When can I taste you again?

Too many days have passed you may not last that long

Appetites are so subjective
I’ve been infected (2x) by your taste
I can smell you so come closer
There’s no part of you I would waste
Track Name: Rock n' Roll Reaper
Sunday… Sunday… Sunday…
Drivers… Start your engines
On your mark… get set… Go!!!

The race is on, let’s hit the church goers first
Then take the brunch crowd out, my hand is tight on the herst
My ex is next, she lives right up the block
Turn the radio up ‘cause it’s time to rock

Chorus:
Rock n’ roll reaper, death in a dragster
Radial tires make a grease spot on you
Rock n’ roll reaper, blood on the bumper
Light in the tunnel these high beams comin’ for you

Turn left at St. James Sunday school’s almost out
More points for the young it’s an easy route
Ram the tailgaters full speed from behind
Cut through the field mow the defensive line

Final stretch let’s hit wally world
Run through the express lane and the checkout girl
Two for one special at the maternity ward
My pedal to the metal in my four on the floor
Track Name: Mask
There was a boy, whose face was deformed
He lived in the poor, poor part of town
All over town the people he’d see
They treated him cruelly, treated him mean
They kicked him and beat him and forced him to hide
‘Til he just wanted to lay down, lay down and die
There was a blacksmith who was livin’ nearby
He took pity on him and started to cry,
He cried for the people and he cried for that town
And he cried for that poor boy lyin’ on the ground
He thought of this boy, and the life that he had
So he went to his workshop and he made him a mask
He made him this mask, of the finest steel
And handsomest face he’d ever seen…
He put on that mask, and what did he find?
All the town’s people, treated him kind
Treat him with love, he’d never known
They treat him with kindness, and he started to grow
Came one day, as the years rolled on,
He went to the blacksmith in that poor part of town
He went in to thank him, for settin’ him free
The blacksmith responded, “You’da done it for me.”
He turned to that boy, his boyhood now passed
He laid his hands on him, and he took off that mask
He saw his face, had healed underneath
From all of that kindness, and he couldn’t believe
The face he was seeing, of this beautiful man
Had healed in the mask, he made with his hands
He said, “I made you this mask when you were a boy,
‘Cos you are my son, now” and he cried real tears of joy
Track Name: Step into the Light
Soldiers off to war
Girls who live next door
Old men and their shadows
All will face the gallows

Chorus:
Return to us that’s where you came from
Fall into dust, that’s what we’re made of
Knowing there’s no hell or heaven
Give up the ghost, lay down your arrows
Head to the coast, eye on the sparrows
Step into the light, all knowing
All knowing, all knowing

Youth who wanted more
Rich who blame the poor
Screen stars in their trailers
Prisoners and their jailers

Chorus

Now you know the story
No need for your worries

Chorus