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Bloodshed Blues

from Island of the Dolls by American Sinner

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“I was in my red Fury listening to Don Gibson when a voice came on the radio. A possum scampered. The voice told me to find an easy exit; leave the keys in. It didn't turn out good.”
This is a portrait of mental illness. Voices tell a man, who generally feels dejected, that he should dowse a diner and set it alight. It is heavily reliant on the vibe I get from the late stanzas of Robert Lowell’s “Skunk Hour”. It is set in the late 1950’s. -Nic

In singing it and writing the guitar parts, I was trying to tap into the character and vibe of the book Gone South by Robert McCammon. In that book, a veteran goes south literally and figuratively through poor impulse control and his desire to randomly protect people he doesn't really know. -Scott


Lost in some diner
Where my friends are few
Seems I go out and have some fun
But it darkens all moods

There’s more pretty girls than one..they say
But what’s the use?
When to the last of them
I’m looking born to lose

My mind goes south
And my mouth gets loose
Been torn apart to the point I start talking bloodshed blues

[People in this country, What’s the backstory?
On down the road, People and their faith...I think it was in the papers]

A voice soft and holy
Is guiding me
Cackling on the radio
Setting out schemes

There’s a sheen on the highway
That I always see
From the back of a state trooper’s cab
Led from the scene


from Island of the Dolls, released November 22, 2014
Lyrics N, Music N & S w/ K P
S - Main vocals, guitars, radio, synths & samples
N - Basses
P - Drums
Queen Raj & K - backup vocals

Special thanks to Heather for loaning us her vintage radio.


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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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