Bottom Of The Sky

by Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck

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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.

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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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Track Name: Buffalo Joe
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
Track Name: Epitome
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
Track Name: Dark Light
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.
Track Name: Dawning
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.
Track Name: Good Time To Holler
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
Track Name: Gilead's Roses
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
Track Name: Suicide Kings
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
Track Name: Bottom Of The Sky
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
Track Name: Catskill Stone
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
Track Name: Lying Awake
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
Track Name: Slow Blossom
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
Track Name: Your Heart Is Not Your First Car
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...