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Dark Songs Vol. 4

by Holiday Music Motel

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1.
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
2.
Fear 02:29
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 go even though you should stay Fear will make you say things you don’t mean Fear keeps you quiet when you want to scream! There’s no 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 much more than you got Fear keeps the pen up off the page Fear will often break out in fits of rage Fear says you can’t afford to take a shot Fear will make you spend much more than you got Fear keeps the pen up off the page Fear will often break out in fits of rage 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!
3.
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 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 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 thought 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 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
4.
Last Goodbye 02:58
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
5.
Prowl 01:49
I prowl (I prowl!) I prowl (I prowl!) I prowl like a native Of a distant land Bones for my teeth Hook for my hand I prowl (prowl!) I prowl (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 (crawl!) I crawl (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 (howl!) I howl (howl) I moan (I moan!) 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 (moan!) I moan (moan!) Prowl (prowl!) Crawl (crawl!) Now Howl (howl!) Moan (moan!) Awwwooo I prowl (I prowl!) I prowl (I prowl!) I prowl like a sturgeon on a motel floor Flipping my fins like a holiday whore I prowl, I prowl, I prowl, I prowl
6.
Bad Pumpkin 01:48
It’s time to leave this garden, garden 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 I 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 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, garden, garden
7.
Oh Mama 01:24
Oh mama I hear you crying in your room Oh mama I hear you crying in your room Now 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 lips when you put his lips on his Oh mama I feel you dying in your room Oh mama I feel you dying in your room Oh mama I feel you dying in your room Think what could have been ’stead of daddy painting you in red Oh mama I feel you dying in your room
8.
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 wind, rain squalls A veil of black lace An expressionless face Mother you’re dead And 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 Mother you’re dead And you’ve left me alone
9.
The party ain’t over I refuse to go home I hate feeling sober And being alone You can’t box me up Or put me in the ground I’ll find a way out So come on just take me to town Throw the hearse in reverse 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 (goes on, 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 Throw the hearse in reverse Drive it home, Candy Rapper (hey, hey, hey) 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 directions from the box in the back Throw the hearse in reverse She thinks she gonna tell me what to do Throw the hearse in reverse Shut up If you weren’t dead, I’d have choked you myself Throw the hearse in reverse Hello! Nobody’s home… Throw the hearse in reverse I know you can hear me! Oh, these ghosts Throw the hearse in reverse I’ll give you my gold teeth I don’t need your teeth, I’m sporting my own grill Throw the hearse in reverse Candy ghost Throw the hearse in reverse Fucking ghosts Throw the hearse in reverse
10.
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 I’m the only one around I am 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 Became all my fears When the darkness crept in And the sadness swept in I’m a ghost in a ghost town I’m the only one around I am lost and can’t be found I’m a ghost in a ghost town I’m a ghost in a ghost town I’m the only one around I am lost and can’t be found I’m a ghost in a ghost town I’m a ghost in a ghost town I’m the only one around I am lost and can’t be found I’m a ghost in a ghost town I’m a ghost in a ghost town
11.
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 my secrets You drank my sweet champagne But as the morning sun is rising You think it’s over 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 You belong to me And I got you where I want you ‘Til this is over 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 thought you were the one – the one who loved me back Ahh, you’re just like all the rest And they came to regret it Tortured and beheaded Now tell me, do you finally get it THIS IS NOT OVER C’mon, sing it boys! When I told you not to leave You wouldn’t listen Can’t you understand There is no leaving me THIS IS NOT OVER You need me to sing it again? I told you not to leave You wouldn’t listen Aww, can’t you understand There is no leaving me THIS IS NOT OVER Don’t run There’s nowhere to go This will be easier if you just lie still Don’t make hurt you, I don’t want to hurt you I love you You belong to me You’re mine now
12.
Psychotic 01:59
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
13.
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
14.
I can see right through your hands I can walk through walls I’m still flying high I can’t ever fall 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, baby But I’m 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 While I paid my dues I had a little too much But nothing ever was enough
15.
Out of Light 04:02
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 others just 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 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 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 You’ll get back, you’ll get back You’ll get back You’ll get back You’ll get back You’ll get back
16.
Witchcraft 03:05
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 Ah witchcraft ahh witchcraft ahh witchcraft ahh witchcraft C’mon take me on your witch’s broom ahhh witchcraft We’ll 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 Ah witchcraft ahh witchcraft ahh witchcraft ahh witchcraft I like the way you look at me with no one else around Let us celebrate the love we found Ah witchcraft ahh witchcraft ahh witchcraft ahh witchcraft Ahh witchcraft
17.
Taste You 02:38
I’ve been waiting for so long now For the right one, for the right one to come Told myself to stay away from Just any old someone Just any old someone When can I taste you again? When can I taste you again? When can I taste you? Too many days have passed, you may not last that long At first I was not quite right with This new habit, oh such a habit If I put you on the table Will you let me chew you up and wash you down When can I taste you again? When can I taste you again? When can I taste you? Too many days have passed you may not last that long Appetites are so subjective But I’ve been infected, I’ve been infected by your taste I can smell you so come closer There’s no part of you that I would waste When can I taste you again? When can I taste you again? When can I taste you again? When can I taste you? Too many days have passed you may not last that long
18.
Sunday… Sunday… Sunday… Gentlemen… Start your engines 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 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 down the defensive line 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 Final stretch let’s go 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 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
19.
Mask 03:45
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 he 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 And he made him this mask, of the finest steel And handsomest face he’s ever seen… And he put on that mask, what did he find? All the town’s people, treated him kind Treated him with love, he’d never known They treated 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
20.
Soldiers off to war Girls who live next door Old men and their shadows All will face the gallows 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 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 Now you know the story No need for your worries 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

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released October 31, 2013

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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A 1952 motel taken over by musicians in 2007 for the purpose of creating and hosting collaborative songwriting events, The Holiday Music Motel is the world's only motel with its own internet radio station that plays 100% self-generated content 24/7.

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