Bottom Of The Sky

by Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck

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1.
Buffalo Joe 03:48
City of dreams city of dreams growing like a bubble gonna blow into pieces pieces fall down and get caught in the breeze gonna blow over another city of dreams Hell on wheels hell on wheels fast and getting faster to blowing that deal with the wave of the future comin' up on the rear gonna catch another ride on that hell on wheels I've heard it said the hearts of men will beat together in unison when heads of state start listening and hands of faith stop cashing in The old story goes and the way of the warrior shows we need somebody need somebody now oh oh Joe we'll be droppin' like the buffalo we need somebody need somebody now we need somebody need somebody now... now... Bang bang shoot 'em up tales of glory got to find somebody to re-write the story a little more truth make a little more clear a lot more hope a lot less fear Circle 'round the wagons burn down the mission stand up and fight or sit down and quit bitchin' the food's gettin' low in everyone's kitchen to see through the fog you just have to listen chorus
2.
Epitome 04:00
By the way... you're beautiful You must have been in love a thousand times before I can see your spiral start to shine Did you align the stars just for tonight Your history is a masterpiece The epitome of everything that's real to me I can see your galaxy's on fire Now you've been known to radically change I didn't know your moods were all the same I can see your spiral start to climb Did you align the stars just for tonight Your history is a masterpiece The epitome of everything that's real to me I can see your galaxy is on fire
3.
Dark Light 03:43
Lips smacking flame Delicious as Rain Over your shoulders As it keeps rolling Flowing and rolling Going in tandem. Bright silhouettes form Laid across the cold floor Underneath the door crack Pushing the light back Over the candle Slow death on the mantle. All that I can see is Dark light In and out my window It's going to be a long, long night Dark light It comforts and it warns me It's going to be a long, long night.... The wind comes a knocking Starting and stopping One after another Makes me want to shudder In hopeless abandon I can't seem to land on the road, that good road. Birdie on the milestone Telling me to go home But how do you go home When you don't know where you're from Way down in the ocean Or way out in heaven. All that I can see is Dark light In and out my window Its going to be a long, long night. Dark light It comforts then it warns me Its gonna be a long, long night.
4.
Dawning 04:25
Been mulling it over in my head again All those things that I should have said or did If you want to I'll start over Will you let me try? I don't want to be the one that makes you hurt tonight. Tonight. I thought I had something to say What I said just came out wrong What I meant to say is I want you to be here, be my one close friend Don't ever go away. Not like that again. Another rainy morning looks like time's been put on hold Even the dog is looking at me like I'm getting old It's another lousy job With pretty good pay My predictions my conflictions and addictions Will only further our condition. And hold our souls at bay... anyway I met some friends along the way Some were tried and some were true By the time that I met you I was up against the fence I was held there by the wind Don't ever go away Not like that again. I've made my bed but I still can't sleep at night With just enough strength I turn out the light And the darkness is a smoke that's slowly choking Like a ghost that's afloat that's stoking and stroking Stoking and stroking the light until morning. And it's dawning, it's dawning. Dawning. Please don't ever go away I need you here at home don't ever go away I need you to stay here be my one true friend Please don't ever go away. Not like that again.
5.
Well the river was swollen by the time I got home muddy as the boots that I had on Damned if I didn't hear Suzy say "the Lilliesville bridge it washed away" now the distance from the river to the house is gettin' smaller maybe it's a good time to holler I'm a'lying all back in my sleeping bag beneath the heat lightning and fireflies I'm sure wishin' I'd like to share this view along comes Angie in her red canoe she took off her clothes and jumped in the water Maybe it's a good time to holler she took off her clothes and jumped in the water singing "maybe it's a good time to holler" The snow was a'piling outside my door seven feet deep they's callin' for more got to get out the window on the second floor take the flexible flier to the campground store gotta pitch in a dollar to buy another bottle Maybe it's a good time to holler maybe it's a good time to holler gotta pitch in a dollar to buy another bottle maybe it's a good time to holler
6.
Hollis took ill laid on his back told all his children "you don't have to fret call off that doctor I don't need his meds call off that lawyer I ain't done yet" And I never seen a man revive like that Gilead's roses bloomed to black Harry with a hatchet chopped a hole in his leg was gangrene infected with nothing much to save the doc he said "we'll take that leg off at the knee" Harry he said "give that bone-saw to me" And sure as Sunday that leg it grew back Gilead's roses bloomed to black Gilead oh Gilead your garden is cursed your land has gone sour where there used to be good earth Some say each rose is a heart that you broke Some say you have the power of true love But the powers that be left a curious fact Gilead's roses bloomed to black
7.
Gonna spend it all on one last hand if my luck fails me I don't care life's been hard I do what I can underneath the hood of this dirty white van Look at that it's a red-eyed jack I'll take a whiskey double with a virgin back standing right next to a suicide king hit me one time let them aces sing I took the money and I started to run the dirty white van turned over for once I was rolling like a monkey in a barrel of fun I took the money 'cause I should'a won I had a little trouble on the open road I hit the mountains and it started to snow I spent the night on the side of the road Beggin' for forgiveness and cursin' the cold The colder I got the more I learned that money that's stolen is money to burn money burns fast as the night grows old where do you go when you're all alone Gonna spend it all on one last hand if my luck fails me I don't care I'll still swing the hammer try and make the bell ring but I'll stay away from the suicide king
8.
It's ludicrous it does not make sense Madeira wine was my only answer so shakeable yet beautiful a peace of mind so lost inside us Do you remember when you were ten toes high and the line on the wall was the bottom of the sky the bottom of the sky the bottom of the sky The fruit of this old musical so fueled in the ways of the here and after around the top along the way the juice inside was pure disaster The thing that bothers me is the pre-fixed apostrophe the kingdom surrounding me Can you wrap your head around that can you wrap your head around that all that hell is in your head wrap your head around that
9.
Catskill Stone (free) 03:32
I got bones like Catskill stones gonna shake 'em out tonight you'll feel the breeze down in Saugerties when I hit my stride hit my stride Goin' down to Plochman Lane to play in Levon's barn it smells to me like Annalee is cooking up a storm up a storm Muddy got that wandering eye gonna cake-walk into town Lucy got that leash on tight to keep that old dog down old dog down Fell asleep beneath a shady tree slept right through the snow whiskers growin' out my chin way down to my toes to my toes Winter wind blowin' in tryin' to burn out that light it will wear you down like Catskill stone if you don't put up a fight up a fight
10.
Lying Awake 03:00
Lying awake in the morning with you finding out what it's all about with you let's see what love can do let's see what love can do Driving around in the after hours with you fired up just to burn it out with you let's see what love can do let's see what love can do Lying awake in the morning I'll be lying awake in the morning with you let's see what love can do
11.
Slow Blossom 03:28
There's a slow blossom blooming in the full moon tonight sacred as sleep as she turns out the light remember your dreams surrender your needs slow blossom blooming and she starts to sing Feeling as low as a busted out floorboard feeling as cold as a November snow been kicked in the ribs lied to and cheated my armor's so worn out and I'm so defeated chorus Traveling side ways thin as a dime smoke in the skies weighing heavy on my mind been kicking off the shackles I wear around for laughs taking hits off the cactus as I roll down the path As the sun rises I'm alone with my vices but it's a personal crisis that I can't ignore I was born at the wrong time and it feels like a fine line that scratching the surface between us and alone chorus
12.
The silence roared the sun was high the dirt was yellow red and blue The boy looked down at his shoes the old boy looked down at his boy too Said "while I got you here with me I've been meaning to tell you just a few things" I've been meaning to tell you just a few things Don't be fed up don't be let down keep your head in the sky and your feet on the ground Let everyone in to see what you've got then give it all up just give it all back Get yourself a job and make sure you love it become your own boss and tell yourself to shove it Then grow your hair long then cut it all off wrestle with your demons and beware of your thoughts Then trash your first car but walk safely away remember your heart is not your first car remember your heart is not your first car As long as the light will fade into black it will it will it will grow back...

about

This latest record from Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck started back in July of 2009 at Levon Helm's Barn in Woodstock NY. It can easily be considered a follow up to the first Perfect Trainwreck album in that it was recorded pretty much the same way and at the same studio. Live! All the guys sitting in the same room with Producer/engineer Justin Guip, playing the music start to finish at the same time, with little or no isolation. You could say it was done old school. This time the group allowed some vocal overdubs, in lieu of digital editing and pitch correcting, which was engineered by Ben Grotto at Mad Oak studios in Allston Massachusetts.

"Buffalo Joe" A song alluding to Joseph Campbell and an urgency for a modern mythology was the first song recorded and was the working title up until recently. After hearing the record in its completion and viewing the painting done by Portland Oregon Based artist Alexis Mollomo, for the front cover, "The Bottom of the Sky" began to define the project.

The record shows how grounded the band has become stylistically while also opening the doors to new possibilities in music to come. The title represents where the band is now, planting their roots, growing down, but accepting that the sky is the limit and that this is a good starting point. The band had a wonderful experience making this record, every step of the way was an almost effortless joy, and we hope you will get that sense when you listen.

Enjoy, and expect more.

credits

released November 12, 2010

All songs by Bow Thayer (ELBOP-SESAC)
All songs arranged by Perfect Trainwreck

Jeff Berlin-Drums/Percussion
Jeremy Moses Curtis-Bass/Vocals
Chris McGandy-Pedal Steel
James Rohr-Piano/Organ/Keyboards
Bow Thayer-Banjo/Guitars/Mandolin/Lead Vocals

with:
Steve Mayone-Guitars/Lap Steel/Vocals
Jabe Beyer-Guitars/Vocals
Pete Weiss-Moog Synthesizer/Mellotron

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Justin Guip
at Levon Helm Studios
Woodstock, NY

Overdubs engineered by Benny Grotto
at Mad Oak Studios
Allston, MA

Mastered by Alex McCullough 
at YesMasterStudio
Nashville, TN

Tweed River Productions (2010)

Booking: Bow Thayer (bow@bowthayer.com)
Management: Scott Florance, Battenkill Music (battenkillmusic@gmail.com)

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Bow Thayer's music features his custom Bojotar and fuses experimental elements with Americana, rock, bluegrass, and folk, resulting in a singular, progressive sound that has earned descriptions ranging from “Green Mountain soul” to “modern backwoods music.” American Songwriter says this "onetime Levon Helm compatriot is the best artist to come from New England in recent years." ... more

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