Dark Songs From The Holiday, Vol​.​6

by Holiday Music Motel

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Recorded at the Holiday Music Motel, Sturgeon Bay, WI during Dark Songs 2014 by Steve Hamilton, Steve Smith and Barrett Tasky; Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves Mastering by Steve Hamilton; Digital editing by pat mAcdonald Cover art by Geri X. Administrative assistance by melaniejane and Teresa Young.

This album is dedicated to Chris Aaron who left us less than two weeks prior to the event last year. While he is no longer physically here with us, his spirit, his heart and our memories of him radiate throughout this album. Chris ALWAYS told everyone how much he loved them. From this, we could all take a lesson. Say it. Show it. You just never know when might be the last time. <3 <3 <3

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released October 30, 2015

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Track Name: Scary Music
No use in you always feeling down
And your face be dragged across the ground
When you get used to it
It’s like a tourniquet
The only hope of freedom is that sound

C’mon play the music
Let’s just fall into it
Make me your believer tonight

Caught up in the spirit
As long as I can hear it
I know that I’ll be feeling all right

You and me we’ll make scary music
In ecstasy when we’ll make scary music

When you were young used to be so lost
Played around while others paid the cost
They blew your candle out
Now you’re filled with doubt
Staring at this bridge that you must cros

CHORUS

You and me we make scary music
In ecstasy when we make scary music

CHORUS

CHORUS

Alright alright
Track Name: Killin' 'Em Poor
Well you never would have said I was gonna be a killer
I said stick around baby and I’ll give you a thrill
You were lookin’ for a flavor you were tired of vanilla
You were in for the pussy I was in for the kill

Never could have said I was gonna be your lover
Or a schemere or a Judas or a girl fully grown
The smile on your face when you brought me to your mother
The smile on your face she would never have known

Killin’ ‘em poor killin’ ‘em poor
Send for the lawyer take the letter to the door
I can get another from the grocery store
Killin’ ‘em poor killin’ ‘em poor

You wake up in the night you just want it to be over
Wake up in the night you just wanna be free
Sitting like a sausage with the gravy in the clover
Wake up in the night you just gonna see me

You been talkin’ to your friends and I see that you been cryin’
Got you dancing like a puppet and I’m pulling your string
Got you jumpin’ like a fish in the pan where you are frying
Got you like a fly and I’m pullin’ off the wings

Killin’ ‘em poor killin’ ‘em poor
Send for the lawyer take the letter to the door
I can get another from the grocery store
Killin’ ‘em poor killin’ ‘em poor
Track Name: Patron Saint of the Working Poor
We’ve all been running on borrowed time
But you’ve been running on fumes
Now what fueled you has destroyed you
Now what grew has become tombs

Four part time jobs and a full time durge
Life had you always spent
Now your rust is in the shower
Now your waste is in your rent

Chorus:
Oh, oh Maria
Patron saint of the working poor
Oh, oh Maria
Keep us safe from needing more

Got a gas can in the back of the car
A tank only goes so far
At the stoplight striking matches
Hoping something finally sparks

A single match can take it down
All that you can insure
The rats step over and around
All that will not endure

(Chorus)

Keeping house but not a home
Your whereabouts unknown
Now your children live with strangers
But they’ll never be alone

Retrospective martyrdom
Suicide trying to survive
It was a death by dedication
To the unforgiving grind

(Chorus)
Track Name: Tightrope
She’s riding through the rye field
The sun is setting low
No bridle on the white mare
On the saddle hangs a rope

Ahead the crimson tree line
The horse knows where to go

Oh darkness comin’
Comin’ down
This I know
Oh darkness comin’
This I know
But please come slow

Around the tree she wraps it
Ties a double knot
One to hold her secret
And one to hold her up

Another tree is waiting
With a secret of its own

Oh darkness comin’
Comin’ down
This I know
Oh darkness comin’
This I know
Please come slow

As curtains fall on daylight
She wraps it round and ties it tight
Between a pair of oak trees
She dances on into the night

And anyone approaching might see her floating
In the dark

Oh darkness comin’
Comin’ down
This I know
Oh darkness comin’
This I know
Please come slow
Track Name: House of Wax
I took my baby to the house of wax
Down by the river just across the tracks
Gasoline and she took the axe
Fire tonight in the house of wax

See the tree above Dracula’s tomb
Smell the werewolf underneath the moon
In the lab of the Frankenstein
Piece by piece I’m gonna make you mine

I hear the whisper of the mummy’s curse
Like a virgin I will have you first
Two lips pressed around the bottle top
You know that I don’t wanna waste a drop

Horrified, horrified
I’m not scared I’m horrified
Horrified, horrified
I’m not scared I’m horrified

I tried to leave but I couldn’t go
My baby said you are part of the show
I tried to scream but only wax came out
Wax within and wax without

It’s been five years and I’m on display
The kids love it, open every day
The thing to do on a Saturday
I fuck my girlfriend and the people pay
Track Name: U R N Your Love
I want to love you to pieces
Take you apart with each season
I can’t explain all the reasons
That I keep you close to my heart

I keep your heart round my neck in a locket
I hold your hand every day in my pocket
Still got that look even from empty sockets
I want to urn your love

I want to love you to pieces
Take you apart with each season
I can’t explain all the reasons
That I keep you close to my heart

I keep your face in a frame by my bed
Stretched out the skin so you don’t look so dead
A cuddle would be nice but I burned you instead

I want to love you to pieces
Take you apart with each season
I can’t explain all the reasons
That I keep you close to my heart

I stoke the fire as I sit on the couch
Can’t yell or scream when you don’t have a mouth
Ashes to ashes as I scoop you out
Cause I have urned all your love

U R N extraordinary piece of ash
Track Name: Time Will Not Be Kind
Every day the sun is sinking lower
Dark of night cares nothing for the dawn
Everyone you know is growing older
Everything you love will soon be gone

And in time you’ll find
Time will not be kind
It will put you in the ground
But somewhere in the forest I hear music
I’ll lose myself searching for the sound

And in time you’ll find
Time will not be kind
It will put you in the ground
But somewhere in the forest I hear music
I’ll lose myself searching for the sound
Track Name: She Don't Want to Leave Me... Alive
My baby wants to kill me… she gonna kill me before I die
She said she don’t want to leave me… at least while I’m alive

Arsenic and Old Lace, that show’s always playing on TV
Poison, knives and cyanide, they’re lying there for all to see
Don’t know that I can trust that girl with that wicked gleam upside her eyes
She don’t really want to leave me, …don’t want to leave me alive.

Well my baby you know I love her
Though she doesn’t know a pot from a pan (if you know what I mean)
Well I’m coming home today she got something made
(Though it was an interesting shade of neon green)

I took a bit and something hit me she says “Have another bite.”
She don’t really want to leave me, don’t want to leave me alive.

Well, once I skipped the mystery meal, my baby led me to the spa
She insisted that I had a dip, and she insisted that the water was warm
“Well, baby why do you have that electrical heater,” and she said,
“Why don’t you take a dive”
She don’t really want to leave me, don’t want to leave me alive

Well, I threw some clothes upon me and I headed to the garage
Wire cutters on the hood, the floor was slick with fluid, and I knew something was off
Well I turned the key in the ignition
And she said, “Have fun taking a drive”
She don’t really want to leave me, don’t want to leave me alive

I think she gonna kill me, she gonna kill me before I die
Track Name: Satan's Candy
Well my name’s Mr. Big and I drive this big rig
Through oceans of highway I’m the king of this gig
I used to live straight and I used to live clean
But I need Satan’s candy to drive this machine

Out in the desert up on the rise
A man in a red suit as red as my eyes
I always loved Christmas, push the brake to the floor
But this was no Santa that climbed in the door

Cruising cruising cruising around
You better watch out while you’re out on your route
Mr. Big’s gonna run yer ass down

I said where you headin’ he said Armageddon
Off at the crossroads
Over the hill
Well I never took candy from a stranger before
But I couldn’t resist when he opened his fist
And I picked up that little white pill

Cruising cruising cruising around
You better watch out while you’re out on your route
Mr. Big’s gonna run yer ass down

I drive from the east and I drive to the west
All the truckers all say Mr. Big you’re the best
I used to live straight and I used to live clean
But I need Satan’s candy to drive this machine

My names Mr. Big and I drive this big rig
Track Name: Costume
I went out for the evening with a pocket full of pot
It was just a baggie full, really not a lot
I wasn’t sellin nothin, just lookin for some fun
And that was when I saw him with his badge and his gun
I stuffed that weed into my mouth and I began to chew
I had nothin to wash it down, so it was hard to do
I think I had it almost gone, although my teeth were green
And that was when it hit me, tonight is Halloween

He ain’t no cop, it’s just a costume
There were pirates, spooks and ghosts all around the bar room
I got a little paranoid and I ate all that pot
I didn’t check my calendar and I just plain forgot

The fishnet stockings caught my eye, she was quite a looker
She had those stripper platform shoes, she had to be a hooker
She had quite a figure if that was all really hers
Kinda hard to tell, underneath all those fake furs
I went up and asked her if she would like a drink
I killed a little time asking if that was really mink
Then I told her what I wanted and I offered fifty bucks
She spit her drink out on my shirt and kicked me in the nuts
(stop)

She ain’t no hooker, it’s just a costume
There were nurses, freaks and geeks all around the bar room
I was kinda lonely and I didn’t use my head
It looks like this Halloween will not end up in bed

My balls were really hurin, and I went to the E.R.
I had to wait for hours and I peed in a jar
Back out in the waiting room with an old Newsweek
Finally saw a doctor who said let me have a peek
He said there’s nothin broke that will not heal
When he touched my nuts I couldn’t help buy squeal
I met a friendly priest, told him my sad tale
He said come with me boy, I’m taking you to jail (stop)

He weren’t no priest, it was just a costume
I wish the hell I’d never gone down to that bar room
I confessed to a priest who turned out to be a cop
Told him about soliciting and eating all that pot
I didn’t check my calendar and I just plain forgot
Track Name: Girl in the Piano
I’m so glad you found me
What’s that sound I hear?
It’s me in this piano
I’ve been here many years

My father the inventor transferred me
To save my soul from my body
Now I’m trapped in this machine
Making music for eternity

Something so peculiar
Scary but it’s true
Is there somehow I can free you?
Is there something I can do?

If you play this melody
You can help to set me free
I’ll teach it to you note-for-note
I’ll play it for you, listen very close

MELODY

Play it now, try your best
Help me put my soul to rest
I will try to play it right
And set your soul free this very night

MELODY WRONG

Try again, you played it wrong
I’ve been inside this box too long

MELODY RIGHT

I feel that something’s shifting
Something’s happening to me
I cannot feel my body
Finally, I am free…
Track Name: Infected with My Love
Some may call me a dirty girl
But they all sound the same
I got legs for miles and lips for days
I can drive the boys insane

You might think
I taste so sweet
But quarantine awaits

INFECTED WITH MY LOVE
INFECTED WITH MY LOVE

Don’t mind the wounds I left behind
Cuz they will never heal
You thought you had a lot of time
But baby things got real

Feel your blood change
As my love reigns
Sickening your soul

INFECTED WITH MY LOVE
INFECTED WITH MY LOVE
Track Name: Graveyard Tango
Deep in the night, when all is quiet
The moon is shining brigh
You’ll see such a sight
A most peculiar kind of dance

A strumming guitar, a haunting music
Under the stars
Slowly they rise
From the crypts down under ground

One reaches out for another
And sway as the strange music plays
Smitten with deadly desire
They meet in a morbid embrace

Cheek to cheek, their rotting flesh is
starting to reek
Zombie romance
They dance the tango until dawn



Couples take your positions
The time to tango has come
Regardless of decomposition
Just move to the beat of the drums

Deep in the night, when all is quiet
The moon is shining bright
You’ll see such a sight
The most peculiar kind of dance
Track Name: Never Coming Home
4 am shadows turn
In your memory this candle burns
A second hand pollutes the time
Your reverb echoes in my mind

Ooooh

So tired and alone
My heart is sinking like a stone
An emptiness like I’ve never known
I can’t believe you’re never coming home

Steal myself from the setting sun
Losing you, I’ve come undone
Swear I hear your voice again
And ghost notes drift upon the wind

Ooooh

So tired and alone
My heart is sinking like a stone
An emptiness like I’ve never known
I can’t believe you’re never coming home
I can’t believe you’re never coming home

Home home

CHORUS

Guitars they weep tears from above
In the end there’s only…………….love
Track Name: The Unkindness of Ravens
They speak of the unkindness of ravens
Their eyes as black as the night
They steal the souls of the young and the old
As they travel far and wide

Did you hear about Old Man Halliday
He was out for his evening walk
When he spotted the ravens dotting the fence line
He thought nothing of it at the time
But he never came home that night
He was found in a gutter drowned in a half inch of water
Nobody knows how or why

Chorus:
The unkindness of ravens
An omen they say
If you see them coming
Get out of the way
They cross your path
And it’s death I’m afraid
The unkindness of ravens
Is coming today

Old Bessie Higgins was hanging laundry
It was a dry summer, no rain for weeks
When suddenly a black cloud blotted out the sun
They say that Bessie never touched a drop of liquor in her life
But that day she was poisoned to death by it
The coroner’s examination revealed cirrhosis of the liver
And a single black feather in her mouth

Chorus

Pretty Miss Nightingale was out sweeping the stoop
When she heard a cacophony of cackling
Knowing the omen she wielded her broom
And sent them away scattering
But the ravens are not so easily deterred
They came back for her that night
They haunted her dreams
And rumor has it that now she’s lost her mind

Hear these sad tales
We tell you no lies
So many poor souls
Have met their demise
So do as we say
And watch what you do
Or the unkindness of ravens
Will be coming for you
Track Name: Ghost Brake Man
Early in the evening, I put on my work clothes
Grabbed my lantern and off to work I’d go
Hopped on a railcar – swing my lantern left and right
To let the engineer know – everything’s alright

Little did I know that day – things wouldn’t work the way I planned
That’s how the legends say I became the
Ghost Brake Man Ghost Brake Man

Riding the freight train north on track 49
I flipped the switch to make the train change lines
But I didn’t notice that the switch should’ve moved some more
The train derailed and dumped out all the ore

I worked with the cleanup crew – did my best to lend a hand
Still didn’t have a clue – soon I’d be the ghost brake man

On came a passenger train – rolling down the track
I took off running to try and hold the engine back
Knelt down on the side of the rail – tried to flash that warning red
My lantern light went out – and that’s how I wound up dead

Now I’m forever working – the rails are my eternal home
This damn lantern’s my reminder of why I walk alone
If I could live that day all over again
I’d make sure it wouldn’t end this way
I wouldn’t be the condemned – ghost brake man
Track Name: Bad Choices
Start my day with a rum and coke
A sticky bun and a spliff to smoke
Got my job as a checkout clerk
Wrecked my car on the way to work

Asked my boss if he’d take me back
If I cleared out his storage shack
His wife reached out and I did not run
Now she’s pregnant with my son

Bad choices
Bad choices
I know I got no defense
But it’s all making sense to me now

I was talking to my best friend
How we should be rich for all we spend
Low-grade coke and ecstasy
The money could come so easily

We had a friend down in Ecuador
We booked a flight to make the score
Now there’s a shotgun barrel pointin’ at me
And I’m tied to a chair in Tennessee

Chorus

I’m just trying to live my life
But my mama says I ain’t thinkin’ right
Gonna show the world how good I been
When I make my way on top again………

I went down to the bottle shop
Pushed my way past the rent-a-cop
5-to-10 is too long to serve
For $20 in the register

I turned to run but he gave me chase
He hit me with a billy club across my face
Now I’m sitting here in the city jail
I guess some plans are bound to fail
Track Name: Catfight!
I went out steppin’ at the local jamboree
Met a boy, and he seemed sweet enough to me
We got to talkin’ but there wasn’t much to say
Spent the mornin’ searching for my undies in the hay

One week later, got a call out of the blue
A voice says you don’t know me, but I sure know you
You must be pretty I bet you like to dance
Cuz I found your number – in my boyfriend’s pants

Catfight
Catfight

Woman to woman, I just gotta say
This is myyyy man, I suggest you stay away
Now why are you calling I said putting this on me
If you can’t control your man then get a tighter leash

Catfight
Ooooh catfight
(gonna be a) catfight
Yeah a catfight

Your boy likes to wander – you ever wonder why?
It takes a real woman to keep them satisfied
She was all “ooooh you didn’t just say that”
I’m comin’ to git you – I know where you’re at

Next thing I know, she’s betin’ down my door
Screeching like a wildcat calling me a whore
Shooting fire from her eyes frothing at the mouth
The bitch was out for blood I had no doubt

Catfight
Ooooh catfight
(gonna be a) catfight
Yeah a catfight

I’ve never been a fighter but I had to stand my ground
No time for heart-to-hearts I had to take her down
I swung with my left, she lunged to the right
I grabbed a tuft of hair and I held on tight

We tumbled down the stairs started rolling down the lawn
Making a big ol scene, while the neighbours cheered us on
People placing bets, 10-to-one on me
Teenage boys saying this is better than TV!

Catfight
Ooooh catfight
(gonna be a) catfight
Yeah a catfight

The worst thing was not the scratches or blackeye
It was seeing the smile on our mutual guy
He was basking in the glory of the mess he had made
Two chicks scrapping for the right to call him ‘babe’

As for me, I’m doing time for murder in the second
Twenty years in lockup, what a way to learn a lesson
The papers read Crime of Passion, but fuckin’ eh
I never even liked him, I just wanted to get laid

But everybody loves a

Catfight
Ooooh catfight
(gotta love a) catfight
Yeah a catfight
Track Name: Dark Star
I was born under a dark star
You need the goods I have to sell
But I will place you in my Bell jar
Along with others on my shelf

Now when you stare into these dark eyes
Your hidden truths will come alive
It may be ecstasy or are you horrified
Be careful when you fantasize

When you wish upon a dark star
When you wish upon the night
All your dreams become just what they are
Another nightmare come to light

Dark dark dark star
(born under a dark star)
Dark dark dark star
(No, don’t you wish on a dark star)

When you wish upon a dark star
When you wish upon the night
All your dreams become just what they are
Another nightmare come to light

Now when you wish upon a dark star
When you wish upon the night
All your dreams become just what they are
Another nightmare come to liiiiiight
Track Name: White Zombie
White zombie (white zombie)
White zombie (white zombie)

People all looked away
People all looked away
People all looked away
Way down the river on judgment day

White zombie (white zombie)
White zombie (white zombie)
White zombie (white zombie)
White zombie (white zombie)
White zombie (white zombie)

White zombie (white zombie)
White zombie (white zombie)
White zombie (white zombie)

People all looked away
People all looked away
People all looked away
Way down the river on judgment day

People all looked away
People all looked away
People all looked away
Way down the river on judgment day

People all looked away
People all looked away
People all looked away
Way down the river on judgment day

White zombie (white zombie)
Track Name: Miss Halloween
I just can’t get away
Holdin’ on just a little too late
Seasons tell me that I can’t wait
Her leaves turn and I’m gone

Missing Halloween
Miss Halloween

If I could always wear this mask
Then you’d never have to see
All the demons and the devils and the dark inside of me

Missing Halloween
Miss Halloween

Started out as trick or treat – now it all tastes like defeat
I can’t seem to choke it down
Everything’s so different now
Now the wind blows you away
Like the leaves you cannot stay

With the passing of time
I’ve lost my place to hid
Now the costume fits a little tight
Guess I’ll be myself tonight

Missing Halloween
Track Name: Halloween Returns
Dracula’s teeth are rotting, bleeding from his very own gums
The wizards’ and the warlocks’ potions are losing all their charm
Frankenstein’s Monster, his stitches are coming undone
His bride and he are separating, as are his legs and his arms

And though the world is laughing now, there won’t be much but fear
When Halloween returns next year

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, they dragged them to the mental ward
They made him take his treatment pills, and now his dual-personality is cured
Nosferatu, they repossessed his lair
The Phantom of the Opera is losing his voice, and the Wolfman is losing his hair

And though the world is smiling now, there won’t be joy and cheer
When Halloween returns next year

The Invisible Man is becoming visible again
And as for the Headless Horseman, well, the search party found his head
Casper the Friendly Ghost has fallen back into his well
And the Wicked Witch of the West has fallen under her own evil spell

And though the world is happy now, there’s naught but chills and tears
When Halloween returns next year
When Halloween returns next year
When Halloween returns next year
Track Name: Side by Side
For better or worse
In sickness and health
We will always be

Side by side
Our hearts they beat in time
Mind over matter
No fear only dreams in flight

Side by side
Tonight! Tonight’s the night
Our heads on a pillow
Take my hand and close your eyes

We made a promise
Sealed with a kiss
We’d never be lonely
It comes down to this
We’re a 2-for-1 special
And heaven should know
We came together and together we’ll go

Side by side
No need to say goodbye
Just hold me closer
Together forever we’ll lie

Side by side
In boxes lined in white
Our heads on a pillow
Don’t let go just close your eyes
Close your eyes
Close your eyes
Track Name: Light
It’s gonna be you one day and it’s gonna be me
And when we reach it the only thing that matters is the light we leave

It doesn’t matter how you grieve, it doesn’t matter what you believe
The only thing that matters is the light we leave

Leave your light with me, leave your light with me
Leave your light with me

Whether it’s a song you sing or a gift you bring when you leave your mark
We only got one life to leave a light when the night gets dark

[Chorus]

It’s a dark, dark world
It’s a simple choice

[Chorus]