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Dark Songs Vol. 6

by Holiday Music Motel

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1.
Scary Music 03:39
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 And I’m caught up in the spirit As long as I can hear it I know that I’ll be feeling alright Oh, you and me we’ll make scary music In ecstasy when we’ll make scary music When we were young you used to be so lost You played around while others paid the cost They blew your candle out And now you’re filled with doubt Staring at the bridge that you must cross C’mon play the music Let’s just fall into it Make me your believer tonight And I’m caught up in the spirit As long as I can hear it I know that I’ll be feeling alright You and me we make scary music In ecstasy when we make scary music You and me we’ll make scary music In ecstasy when we’ll make scary music C’mon play the music Let’s just fall into it Make me your believer tonight And I’m caught up in the spirit As long as I can hear it I know that I’ll be feeling alright You and me we’ll make scary music In ecstasy when we’ll make scary music, music, music Alright, alright It’s alright Alright
2.
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 coulda known I was gonna be your lover Or a schemer 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 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 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 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
3.
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 dirge Life had you always spent Now your rust is in the shower Now your waste is in your rent 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 somethin’ 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 Oh, oh Maria Patron saint of the working poor Oh, oh Maria Keep us safe from needing more Keepin’ 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 Oh, oh Maria Patron saint of the working poor Oh, oh Maria Keep us safe from needing more Keep us safe from needing more
4.
Tightrope 03:56
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 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 Oh darkness comin’ Comin’ down This I know Oh darkness comin’ This I know Please come slow
5.
House of Wax 02:24
I took my baby to the house of wax Down by the river just across the tracks Gasoline and she threw the axe Fire tonight in the house of wax You see the tree above Dracula’s tomb You smell the werewolf underneath the moon In the lab of the Frankenstein Piece by piece I’m gonna make you mine I hear you whisper of the mummy’s curse Yeah, like a virgin I will have you first Two lips pressed around the bottletop 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 Horrified, horrified I’m not scared I’m horrified Horrified, horrified I’m not scared I’m horrified Horrified, horrified I’m not scared I’m horrified Horrified, horrified I’m not scared I’m horrified
6.
I want to love you to pieces Take you apart with each season I can’t explain all the reasons 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 get 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 I keep you close to my heart I keep your face in a frame by my bed Stretched out your skin so you don’t look so dead A cuddle would be nice but I burned you instead 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 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 and I scoop you out Cause I have urned all your love I want to love you to pieces Take you apart with each season I can’t explain all the reasons I keep you close to my heart U R N, oh U R N extraordinary piece of ash U R N, oh U R N extraordinary piece of ash U R N, oh U R N extraordinary piece of ash U R N, oh U R N extraordinary piece of ash U R N, oh U R N extraordinary piece of ash U R N, oh U R N extraordinary piece of ash
7.
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 darkness 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 darkness I hear music I’ll lose myself searching for the sound I'll lose myself searching for the sound
8.
My baby wants to kill me… she gonna kill me before I die 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’s 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 now and I headed to the garage Wire cutters on the hood, the floor was slick with fluid, and I knew that 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 Oh, I think she gonna kill me now, gonna kill me before I die
9.
Well my name’s Mr. Big and I drive this big rig All over 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, I 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 Cruising cruising cruising around You better watch out while you’re out on your route Mr. Big’s gonna run yer ass down
10.
Costume 04:00
I went out for the evenin 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 pot in 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, though my teeth were green And that was when it hit me, that man, tonight is Halloween Well he weren’t no cop, it was just a costume Well there were pirates and spooks and ghosts all around the barroom 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, had to be a hooker She had quite a figure, man, if that was all really hers Kinda hard to tell, underneath all them fake furs I went up and offered her a drink And then I killed a little time with small talk, said, “Is that really mink?” Well 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, you know that’s just a costume Well there were nurses and freaks and geeks all around the barroom Well 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 then 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 When he touched my nuts I couldn’t help but squeal Aw, he said there’s nothin broke, friend, nothin that won’t heal I met a friendly priest, and I told him my sad tale He said come with me boy, I’m taking you to jail (stop) He weren’t no priest, yeah 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, and eating all that pot I didn’t check my calendar and you know I just plain forgot
11.
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…
12.
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, OOOH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE, OHHH 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, OOOH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE, OHHH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE, OOOH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE You may think I taste so sweet But my love sealed your fate INFECTED WITH MY LOVE, OOOH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE, OHHH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE, OHHH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE, YEAH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE, OHHH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE (never gonna be the same) INFECTED WITH MY LOVE, OOOH INFECTED WITH MY LOVE
13.
Deep in the night, when all is quiet The moon shining bright 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 underground 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 shining bright You’ll see such a sight The most peculiar kind of dance You’ll see such a sight The most peculiar kind of dance
14.
4 am shadows turn In your memory this candle burns The 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 And I can’t believe you’re never coming home Steel 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 And I can’t believe you’re never coming home I can’t believe you’re never coming home Home home So tired and alone My heart is sinking like a stone There’s 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 Guitars they weep tears from above In the end there’s only…………….love
15.
They speak of the unkindness of ravens With eyes as black as night They steal the souls from 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 them at the time But he never came home that night He was found in a gutter drowned in a half inch of water And no one knows how or why 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 Well they say Bessie Higgins was out hanging the laundry It was a dry summer, no rain for weeks When suddenly a black cloud blotted out the sun You know 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 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 I heard 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 now has it that she has 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
16.
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 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 – 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 Ghost brake man Ghost brake man
17.
Bad Choices 02:46
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 with 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 Bad choices Bad choices I know I got no defense But it’s all making sense to me now Well 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 Bad choices Bad choices I know I got no defense But it’s all making sense to me now Bad choices Bad choices I know I got no defense But it’s all making sense to me now
18.
Catfight! 03:56
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 Catfight Woman to woman, I just gotta say This is myyyy man, I suggest you stay away Why are you calling I said putting this on me If you can’t control your man then get a tighter leash Catfight Ooooh a catfight (There’s 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 “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 beatin’ down my door Screeching like a wildcat calling me a whore Shooting fire from her eyes and frothing at the mouth The bitch was out for blood I had no doubt Catfight Catfight 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 So I grabbed a tuft of hair and I held on tight We tumbled down the stairs started rolling on 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 (It’s 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 Catfight Ooooh a catfight (Gotta love a) catfight Yeah a catfight Oh a catfight Ooooh a catfight (Gotta love a) catfight Yeah a catfight
19.
Dark Star 04:13
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 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 light Dark dark dark star (Born under a dark star) Dark dark dark star (No, don’t you wish on a dark star) 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 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
20.
White Zombie 03:16
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)
21.
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 hide Now the costume fits a little tight Guess I’ll be myself tonight Missing Halloween Missing Halloween Missing Halloween Missing Halloween
22.
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
23.
Side by Side 02:31
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 Heaven should know We came together and together we 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
24.
Light 04:24
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 Leave your light with me, leave your light with me Leave your light with me It’s a dark, dark world It’s a simple choice Leave your light with me, leave your light with me Leave your light with me Leave your light with me

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released October 30, 2015

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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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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