Revival

by American Sinner

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1.
03:11
Three Kings (S. Sinner) The soda king1 tore off his nose Under a watchful beholder's blue eye2 The Thriller is gone, dangles over a ledge A lost boy3 we'd hate to see fly ABCs4 you learn with ease But get them down as a child Growing old in neverland5 You'll find your self on trial Its not the snake oil But the Side Show freaks That cured your disease On seeing the Pastry King's ghost6 The Prince baked too long until he Asked himself the wrong question and answered, “not to be”7 As to why the stone king fell8 From grace9, the roots reveal no clue but pills are the devil with love to spare10 He took his hand, took his whole life too11 footnotes 1“King of Pop” i.e. Michael Jackson (MJ) 2 The Bluest Eye is a Toni Morrison book about a young African American woman who develops an inferiority complex about her eye and skin color. 3 Peter Pan’s friends were known as the Lost Boys, also around the same MJ’s Thriller album came out the movie “the Lost Boys” came out, like the Thriller video and the movie, and MJ’s later real life they all transformed into weird things. 4 :), “ABC as easy as 123. . . “ 5 The name of the land in Peter Pan where you never grow old, and MJ’s home. 6 Hamlet was the son of the king of Denmark, People from Denmark are sometimes referred to as “Danish” 7 “to be or not to be, that is the question.” – Wm. Shakespeare 8 “King of Rock & Roll” Rock syn. Stone 9 Elvis’s home is called Graceland 10 “I’m the devil with love to spare” – from Elvis’ Viva Las Vegas 11 “Take my hand, take my whole life too.” – from Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love
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Grease & Gears (S. Sinner) I got a brain all grease and gears I got a mouth all full of nails Such a gentleman do it with style Gotta newfangled debtors' jail And that nasty little bug that you didn't recognize You know now baby that was me I'm the reason your children are afraid of clowns I'm the nothing you run from in dreams I got a brain all grease and gears I’m sewing up all your seems Like it seems anymore like a normal night You punctuate with shots and screams I'll send my monkeys with flapping wings For you and your little dog too I'll snatch you up, mix up the parts And put it all together with glue Your guardian Angel I hog-tied her and Painted her wingtips black So you can trade your stroke of luck For a yellow stripe down your back12 footnotes 12For this song generally, your guess is as good as mine.
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03:53
Hope (S. Sinner) The day came on like it was any other day Radio carried a song while you and I we got dressed I know we fought some yet I thought it turned out okay Five years and no regrets except for the day I left You turned me on to a world a different life You turned me into I guess a better man what grass broke the camel's back what needle sewed shut the eye Last words you said to me cold blaming the world out there You put me down so I don't want to be picked up again You put me down so easily... We used to be like two conjoined peas in pods Seems to me at times you needed me as much Held your words like Biblical therein lies the cause We like umbilical cut my faith and hope and trust13 footnotes 13 This seems to get a bit Oedipal here if you were, as it seems from a number of conversations I've had, thinking this song was about the breakup of a romantic relationship. Song was actually written about a disrupted adoption. The teen adoptee was in fact named Hope.
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Knoxville Girl (traditional) I met a little girl in Knoxville A town we all know so well And every Sunday evening Out to her home I'd go We went to take an evening walk About a mile from town I picked a stick up off the ground And knocked that fair girl down I took her by her golden curls And I drug her 'round and 'round I threw her into the river That flows through this Knoxville town Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl With the dark and roving eyes Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl You’ll never be my bride Rolled and tumbled the whole night through As troubles were for me Like flames of hell around my bed And in my eyes to see I'm here to waste my life away Down in this dirty old cell Because I murdered that Knoxville girl A girl I loved so well
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03:31
Lilies (S. Sinner) Mother Mary14 couldn’t keep her safe Not too kind to strangers in this place Sinful voices from in and outside Bluegrass looking black to her young eyes Blood brothers and sisters in a room Colley Hotel just to be alone This village here will drown us if we stay Get down to New Orleans come what may Like 6 little birds and they set out just to fly Flew into glass pure and see through to the eye We only know for sure that a gun shot went off And 4 lilies were picked and they were lying in a cross At a rest stop near to Greenville , TN Met a family there preaching of god’s peace We’ll get a whole lot farther in their van Forced them down the road with gun in hand No one knows what if any plans were made Drove them to Pane hollow down a ways 4 Witnesses lying in the road 6 friends flying on to Mexico footnotes 14 Natasha Cornett's mother was named Madonna. Madonna, prior to the 1980s, was a term from old Italian meaning 'my lady' which often referred to depictions of the Mary, mother of Jesus of Nazareth of Christian fame. The fact of her mother's name may not come up in a quick summary of the murders, so with this note you will get the double entendre.
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04:00
Big House Blues (K. Walford/S. Sinner) Leaves fall down on the big house15 lawn Dungeon light shines through the cracks in the walls Men don't go where the sun don't shine We're living on top of the devil's fault line Cat caught a mouse in the closet over there Something ain't right about the black bloody hair The boy in the corner, I still haven't met He's been talking all day but I ain't seen him yet16 Pickles and crazy cat17 go at it again Possums gotta leave cause they don't pay rent They’re making rock & roll in the dungeon and now The neighbor's blasting beach boys cause the party's too loud Standing by the road on the city side walk The neighbor's got a shotgun and a cinder block Don't you touch my flowers you'll get both of them barrels And if that don't learn ya my cinder block will Scarecrows looking at the city streets Not so much birds are trying to eat our seeds but you Never know who or what's coming your way A mile from Magnolia just off Broadway18 15 This particular 'big house' was a large 5 bedroom house that Scott and some friends (including former Blackgrass guitarist Kevin Walford) lived in at one time in Knoxville, TN. It had a very creepy unfinished basement wherein things like polio braces were found. 16 Kevin wrote this line as far as I remember, so I'd have to double check, but I always thought it had a double meaning of the haunted type things we experienced in the house (mostly later found to be possums in the walls) and the fact that a lot of random people would crash at the house all the time. 17 Roommate Mike B. had a cat with a proper name, but we all called it crazy cat because all it did was mew and walk in circles 90% of the time. He got mad when we called her that. 18 Was not a great neighborhood at the time. We did literally have scarecrows in the yard that Kevin had welded.
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Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional) I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger Traveling through this world of woe There ain't no sickness, toil, nor danger In that bright land to which I go I'm goin' there to see my father Said he'd meet me when I come I'm just goin' over jordan I'm just goin' over home. I know dark clouds gonna gather around me I know my way be rough and steep These beautiful fields lie just before me Where god's redeemed their vigils keep I'm goin' there to see my loved ones Gone before me one by one I'll soon be free these earthly trials This body resting in your church yard I'll drop this cross of self-denial And I’ll go singing home to god I'm goin' there to see my savior To dwell with him no more to roam
9.
04:22
Tiny Ghost (S. Sinner) Sonja where're you going with that baby in your arms?19 I see your thoughts on suicide, I see your thoughts on harm Sonja what're you doing lay your baby by the road The crying it won't ever stop, the blanket won't stop the cold I'm sinking down deeper now, slip through the drain of this cell Its not for my escaping but for sorrow that I'm so small My thoughts go back I hear the cars drive by I hear them through the bars outside I swear the wind it whispered my name I swear it mimicked a cry Never was she convicted cause, she never made it to her trial They found her in the Roane county jail where quietly she died Whether she ceased to eat or her sugar dropped20, no one was too surprised Some they say they seen a tiny ghost down by the highway side I try to think you thought that I'd like Moses be found afloat You and I God's children left helpless beside of the road footnotes 19 This song was about the death of an infant in Roane County, TN. At the time, I was working as a social worker in the next county over and occasionally covered for the workers there. Because it involved a poor unattractive family, it never made national news. I could not actually find any articles as of 2014, though I admittedly can not recall the last name of the family. 20‘sugar’ is another name for diabetes mellitus in some parts of the U.S.
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Bright Smile (S. Sinner) My coffee grows cold as I come back from My ten step trip to make the CD switch I could swear that a sip from my cup was gone And the rim of it was cold as ice Again I hear the hardwood floor With descending creaks like smallish feet Walk out and just like before They're all asleep except for me (With her) Her firefly eyes guarding me Her voice comes faint on a chill In the midnight moon through the trees Her bright smile haunts me still21 A single flower magnolia each night She leaves beside my bed. You see and In this way she broke me in time Now I can’t sleep, I only dream In the southern summer’s tired heat I don’t so much mind the chill As the sunlight spills through the leaves Her bright smile haunts me still 21 The last line, though not the melody, is from an old sailor song of the same name, 'Her bright smile haunts me still.'
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04:01
Grey Green (M. Prince/S. Sinner) Like the rain on the leaves Like the fields after reap Like the longing that wakens the trees Like the moon and the flames all in your eyes Like the dirt embracing the stones Like the golden glow of our homes Like the song of cold distant seas Like the moon and the flames all in your eyes Like the child yet to be born Like the heart entangled by thorns Like the rage will force me to pray Like the moon and the flames all in your eyes Like the lust that pulls you in Still too young you learn to sin And the morning that just wont begin Like the moon and the flames all in your eyes
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05:23
Lazarus (S. Sinner & Traditional) Dives22 he called to the sheriff man, “one Lazarus lying out my window He's a dangerous man. You know they're all dangerous men” Sheriff called to the deputy, he said “go out and bring me Lazarus Bring him dead or alive. Bring him dead or alive”23 Deputy he found Lazarus lying outside Dives' window With dogs at his side to lick his sores only dogs at his side Deputy called to Lazarus, he reach out to call them dogs off With a .45. He pulled that .45 “Go out and bring me Lazarus” footnotes 22'Dives' is often spoken of in churches as if it is a name, but actually is just an archaic term meaning 'Rich Man.' 23See generally, Luke 16:19–31 & an old work song 'Poor Lazarus'

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released January 1, 2006

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American Sinner is a rock n' roll stiletto switchblade dance along the edge of a knife that opens up for stabbing. They are not your run-of-the-mill musical tricksters in harlequin unitards holding bouquets of flowers behind their backs. No!...they got it all -manliness like Bowie and femininity like Tina Turner. They got it all so when these boys are randy to rock, you better let 'em. ... more

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