Rote Revival

by Calamity Row

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released May 1, 2016

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Track Name: Live Wire
You know that I’m a live wire
walking on a tightrope
skating on thin ice
barely out of range

balanced on the edge
but you’re a sort of constant
a repeat offender
a crooked little vein

can’t be summed up in a sad cliche
just raise your head
and look away.

needle in a haystack
sleeping in a minefield
caught in the crossfire
shackled to the tracks

and you’re a bitter reject
an accidental outlaw
a sacrificial dagger
slipping through the cracks
Track Name: Lost Faith
Washed up on river, like a man without a name
Burned all my money, pouring whiskey on the flames
Gonna get back on the plow, before they put me in the ground

Thought I found the answer, in someone I could trust
Wound up in the desert, with a pocket full of dust
Coming down for way too long, tell me why I’m holding on

Before I fall into pieces
Before I’m swept up off the floor
Why don’t you give me one good reason
I can’t find one anymore

I hear the dogs a’ barking, right behind my heels
Lost on the highway, salvation on the wheel
Gonna shake the devil loose, time has come to face the truth

Before I fall into pieces
Before I’m swept up off the floor
Why don’t you give me one good reason
I can’t find one anymore

Woke up this morning, on the wrong side of town
Gonna need a hammer, just to lay my body down
Tear the nails right off the cross, tell the lord I’m jumping off

Before I fall into pieces
Before I’m swept up off the floor
Why don’t you give me one good reason
I can’t find one anymore

Before I fall into pieces
Before I’m swept up off the floor
Why don’t you give me one good reason
I can’t find one anymore
Track Name: Ain't Got Me
You bought a big red house
Just down the street
You got a luxury car
With plenty of speed
You've got everything
You could possibly need
But not quite, 'cause you ain't got me

Each time you left me
You made me weep
But now I know better
I know you set me free
You've got all the shit
You think that you need
But not quite, 'cause you ain't got me

Darlin' every time you said goodbye
You said it was due to some fault of mine
But I know something was burnin' you deep inside
But it weren't me

Now I might not have
All your money
But I've got a bottle of whiskey
And a bag of weed
I've got everything
That I'll ever need
But you don't, 'cause you ain't got me
Track Name: Wanderer
Make my bed now I sleep in it
Every single day
Till I rolled over and they threw it all away

Took the first road out of town
Long goodbyes they get me down
If I’ve told it once I’ve told it a thousand ways

That I became a wanderer
The day I learned heartbreak
Searching for a place to hide my pain

If there’s one thing I know about
On those cold and sleepless nights
The solitude it I’ve known it once or twice

I tried to find self-confidence
In the bottom of a glass
Wonder if this poor disguise will last

Chorus

How is it I’ve stayed a-float
Out on this leaking boat
Tied to a drifting sailor fifty miles down the moat

And outside on the riverbank
All the towns they seem like home
But I don’t dare do stay for fear I’ll find shelter in the bones

Chorus
Track Name: Rote Revival
the main line is the main drag
horsehead disgrace
Hokey ghost with liquor lips
making eyes without faith

hold out for the hollow
hold out for the highs
plowed below is a cold cold road
muddled in with your morbid jigsaw prize

chorus

put your right hand in the mire
put your right foot over mine
the tattered wings of your desire were the wreck of 99

put your left foot on the bible
swear a little more each day
sucked into a rote revival on the wings of 88

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Pratt street is a brain trust
Telegraph is a trap
Lafayette’s full of holes and drunks
Broadway’s just pigs and prigs and cats
Hold onto the hovels
hold out for the squeeze
it’s a nasty row to hoe
you’re a nasty type to have to please
Track Name: Me Quieres
It's 3 am mountain time
I've been running on empty for a while
I guess I'm running from some empty feeling too
Thought that i could lose these blues
If i just kept strapping on my shoes
But there's something keeps my thoughts comin' back to you

There's just no place that feels like home
No one who doesn't make me wanna be alone
I feel a constant pull from somewhere up above
But sometimes it can take years
To cast aside our fits and fears
And set out on the road to find someone to love

I saw a river in Argentina
And thought about your eyes
Felt the desert wind across my face
It reminded me of your sighs
There's just something about your smile
That time cannot erase
So baby, tell me
Me quieres

I ended up in West Virginia
I was following the Lost River
I thought, surely it would take me somewhere new
But it took me to a place
That I knew I couldn't stay
Baby don't you know I've got a restless spirit too

I floated in the warm Pacific
And thought of your embrace
Flew high over the Andes
Thought of the lines along your face
There's just something about your smile
That time cannot erase
So baby, tell me
Me quieres

Somewhere underneath our skins
Is the journey that one day begins
The morning we wake up and hear the call
There's a myth that's waiting to be writ
There's a chapter that cannot be skipped
There's a legend that lies deep within us all
Track Name: Drunkard's Lament
I’ll tuck you in and kiss you on the cheek
Now don’t wait up for me
And leave you dreaming that I’m coming home
Before you get to sleep
In the light of the waxing moon
I will cry for you
But soon the night will be electrified
And I will be renewed

Here’s one for you and two for me
Three sheets to the wind and four to sleep
And I will change my life for thee

It won’t be long before my confidence is gone
And I will be returned
Soon my thoughts they take another life
When I can’t choose my words

Here’s one for you and two for me
Three sheets to the wind and four to sleep
And I will change my life for thee

I stagger on until the last drink is gone
And my debts are paid
But I can’t delay, I can’t delay
The pain that’s heading my way
Track Name: Ballad from the Shore
Looking across the ocean, standing on the shore
I'd said come to find you, and on my life I swore
Tell my love she's blowin’ out to sea
When will you blow on back to me

Nine years have gone with nothing left to show
Just a box of photos from a life lived long ago
Tell my love she’s still in my heart
Through it all we’ve never been apart

Here I go, where I don’t know
Running til my shadow never grows

Here I go, where I don’t know
Tell me why these winds never blow
Her back home…

Locked up in the cellar, chained up to a bar
Torturin’ my soul, just wondering where you are
Tell my love I ain’t seen the day
Those memories have locked me away

Running to fast to think, thinking to fast to drive
I thought I saw her pass me, but I couldn’t trust my eyes
Tell my love I think I’m going blind
She’s still the back of my mind

Here I go, where I don’t know
Running til my shadow never grows

Here I go, where I don’t know
Tell me why these winds never blow
Her back home…

Back in the city, stumbling through the crowd
Looking for her face, in a haze of a cloud
Tell my love I’m back here all alone
Those cold winds will cut to the bone

Last time saw her she was standing on the beach
Frozen tear drops down the sides of her cheeks
Tell my love I keep no regrets
A love like our’s we won’t soon forget

Here I go, where I don’t know
Running til my shadow never grows

Here I go, where I don’t know
Tell me why these winds never blow
Her back home…
Track Name: Old Grey Aspen
One night I left for old Virginia
Said goodbye but not a tear I cried
And I strolled out to that lonesome roadside
While the moon it cast a ghostly light

Now my ride it took me through Montana
As the trees they turned to rolling hills
And I left the snow capped Rocky Mountains
That I’d known for the best years of my life

She was standing by an old grey aspen
Her hair was long long than before
When we’d met she gave me a canyon
That I knew we would never fill

Like a door I passed through the Midwest
Made my way through the straw bales piled high
Mr Twain your stories aren’t forgotten
Of the mighty Mississippi running wide

Chorus

But my dreams soon they were broken
By the rain and the distant thunder fell
Now sometimes I still think of finding
You again but I know I never will
Track Name: Norma
Oh Norma lay
her head across her plate
and where were we
when the squalor of the trenches sealed her fate

once in a daze
it all felt squared away
stealing trinkets from the dead

Oh Norma rays
of hope are commonplace
you’re looking more
like Edith Scob in "eyes without a face"
once in a maze
the world was laid to waste
losing sleep wasting breath

somewhere some ocean far away
a ragged old man in a submarine waits
somehow someone’s gonna pay,
the senator bloviates

selling tickets for the grave
over my head
behave
Track Name: Calamity Row
When living is rough and life's got you on your knees
When lost all your luck and sold all your luxuries

Bring it on home to the lowest edge of town
You can beat an old dog but you ain't gonna keep us down

Did you lose the feeling?
Did ya sell the farm?
Tell me now who the hell’s gonna keep you warm?

Oh no baby don't you wanna go
Back on home, back to calamity row

Down on the row they all talk about the golden rule,
But it don't apply to them liars and god damned fools

When the law catches on they'd love to see us hang,
The streets might change but the song remains the same

Why don't you quit complaining
And go work for the man?
Are all your dreams just a flash in the pan?

Oh no baby don't you wanna go
Back on home, back to calamity row

We’re back on the row for ninety days or more
Braking them rocks on the banks of the eastern shore

So why don’t put on your suit and learn how to behave
You can sing for your bread with one foot in the grave

Ain’t living easy
When you’re high on the hog?
Tell me now where the hell did you go wrong?

Oh no baby don't you wanna go
Back on home, back to calamity row
Track Name: Wild Wonder
I remember
those sultry July nights
you’d pick me up
on the back of your motorbike
we’d steal away
into the dark of night
I’d wear that red dress
that I know you like

The smell of your sweat
mixed with motor oil
it was enough to make
my blood boil
I try to keep my nose clean
try to take less than I give
but trouble always seems
to figure out where I live

Baby you’re a quiet calm
he’s a distant thunder
you’re a slow train coming
he’s a wild wonder
how many lives can you make
when your days are numbered
how many hearts do you break
if you’re a wild wonder

You caught me at a crossroad
with nothing but gas to burn
I rode all the way through morning
still didn’t know which way to turn
if I left right now
I wouldn’t need a map
there ain’t a thing in this world
can help you lose your past

Baby you’re a quiet calm
he’s a distant thunder
you’re a slow train coming
he’s a wild wonder
how many lives can you make
when your days are numbered
how many hearts do you break
if you’re a wild wonder
Baby you’re a quiet calm
he’s a rolling thunder
you’re a slow train coming
I’m a wild wonder
how many lives can you make
when your days are numbered
how many hearts do you break
if you’re a wild wonder