Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck

by Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck

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This record captures the rough-and-tumble sound of the Trainwreck. They recorded this entire album at Levon Helm's Barn in Woodstock, NY with a bare minimum of overdubs. We like to think of these songs as "mountain funk" with lots of crazy banjo, big drums, booming bass, and guitar that sneaks up and scratches your secret itch.

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released March 1, 2008

Recorded at Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY.
Engineered by Justin Guip.
Tracks 1, 4, 7, 10, 13 mixed by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studios, all other tracks mixed by Justin Guip.
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA.

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Bow Thayer Vermont

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: Meanwhile In The Here And Now
Rain Maker, Rain Maker
Can you help me please?
Can you wash away everything surrounding me?
I got way to much stuff and it's starting to heap up
It's getting mighty tight
Can you help me please?
On this downtime
Talking here and now
And meanwhile
Meanwhile...
Wind Blower, Wind Blower
I have a question to ask
How come opportunity keeps blowing by me way to fast?
I got nothing to catch it
'cuz my sails all got holes
My boat won't float
Can you help me please?
Chorus
Fire Starter, Fire Starter
Got a job for you
I got holes in my walls and the cold keeps coming through
Could you burn them down keep me warm for a while?
Give me a little light
So that I may see
Chorus
Rain Maker, Rain Maker...
Wind Blower, Wind Blower...
Fire Starter, Fire Starter...
Cold, hard, black Ground pushing up the trees
You know that I'll return to you as soon as I am done with me
When I go up to that land of smoke
Won't you say a little joke?
Or a prayer for me
Chorus
Track Name: Sprawl
Here they come
Here they come
They won't stop coming
They won't stop coming
And they're big
And they're wide
Sticking their fingers in every five and dime
And they reap
As they roll
Gotta get a bigger shovel to dig a bigger hole

So let's take a stroll down the fluorescent aisles
They're growing and growing for miles and miles
They took out a farm and put in a mall
Were going down, down
Down in the sprawl

I got my space
Got my spot
Got a camper in the K-mart parking lot
These hard times
They aint free
I got a reputation; still they gotta hire me
I can smile
I can read
And ten bucks an hour sounds good to me

Chorus

Make some room
Make some room
Gotta build another cinder-block Temple of Doom
Stack em' high
Stack em' fast
They got plenty of plastic crap for your cash
Brick by brick
That monster grid
Is just an endless highway on a one-way strip

Chorus
Track Name: R U Willin'?
King bee in the honeycomb
Sitting on a fat roll
Got honey and money
But he wants more
He got himself a notion
To put it all in motion
And take all the honey from the bees next door
Are you willing?
Are you willing?
Are you willing to risk it all?
There's a wolf in the henhouse
The pigs getting paid off
The rest of the barnyard is all getting laid off
Pay for your dollar
Slave to a martyr
Oil and slaughter repeating itself
Chorus
When you dine with the fat cats
Wait for the kickbacks
I got a thumb with a brass tack sticking in my neck
Religious fanatics
Minds going backwards
It seems automatic to protest!
Chorus
Track Name: Powerful Lonesome
God how I love you
More than I want to
I can't help it
Do you feel like I do?
I got an old song
I stole it from Frampton
Do you feel like I do
Do you feel like I do?

I got a new song,
I stole it from Tim Easton
When he sang it down 'round Boston
called Get Some Lonesome
So powerful lonesome
Powerful lonesome
Powerful lonesome
I get on through the day then another night
I make it through another one before I feel alright
But, I know I can't go on like that

I got a Stones song
Stolen by Neil Young
Too wasted to write my own
I'm powerful lonesome
Chorus
Baby
When the wind blows
I'm powerful lonesome
Track Name: In The Pines
In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
And we shivered the whole night through

Little girl, little girl
What have I done to make you treat me so?
You made me weep you made me moan
You made me leave my home

Chorus

I made my bed, I laid my head
But the cold I could not shake
I slept I prayed, while I slept I prayed
That I would not awake

Chorus
Track Name: Down To The Depot
This life of mine, never ceases to amaze me
But, some times I think I need to get away
Sometimes I think I'm a stone's throw from crazy
Cuz, night after night it's the same old thing as we go

Stumbling down
Stumbling down to the Depot
Stumbling down, down
Stumbling down to the Depot we go

Back river road, slow and lazy,
I roll the windows down an spit through my teeth
These ruts and these holes never seem to phase me
Leave springs bouncing; let that old tranny weep as we go

Chorus

I got me a little spending money
I ain't taking your advice
I'm gonna spend it wisely
this time I'll be thinking twice

Cuz the kind of trouble I'm in will keep a man froze up inside
She's gonna wonder where I've been
Maybe I'll call her up, take her out
We'll go...

Chorus
Track Name: The Bitters
Ran out of miles
Ran out of miles to carry me
Ran out of miles to carry me
Now it's wishful thinking down on Bitter Street

Started with nothing
Started with nothing that's all I needed
Started with nothing that's all I needed
But that nothing gave me one good beating

If I had known the winters were so long
If I had known the bitters were so strong
If I could see through your eyes looking back at me
Then I wouldn't be so far and so gone

I got a letter
I got a letter that made me mad
I got a letter that made me mad
It said don't drink the water, 'cause the water's gone bad

The other night
The other night when the lights went out
The other night when the lights went out
It was to dark to see or turn yourself around

Chorus

Once the world has picked me clean
You can have whatever's left of me
Once the world has picked me clean
You can have whatever's left of me

If I had known the walls would be so tall
If I had known that I would grow so small
If I could see the bitter side of me then I wouldn't be
So far and so gone...
Track Name: Next Equation
My head has been ringing like a dinner bell
Someone's been spittin' in my wishing well
And pressure's building up I'm about to explode
Like a warm can of soda rolling down a hot road
I'm up in the morning with the world in my hands
But it slides through my fingers like a single grain of sand

I've been thinking the situation just has come to light
With some persuasion the next equation just might come out right

Gonna tighten up my shoes and walk a straight line
But my laces they break every time that I try
And there's a sweet side to sadness that has its own joy
And they summon up the demons that we all employ
The warm wind of hope blows a steady breeze
I sure don't want anyone feeling sorry for me

I've been thinking the situation just has come to light
With some persuasion the next equation just might come out right
It just might... come out right

Who will blow the whistle on original sin
Who will wear our hats when our heads cave in
And who will dig the grave for humanity
When hate conquers over unanimity
And who will pick the flag up when it falls to the ground
Who will light the matches to burn it back down

I've been thinking the situation just has come to light
With some persuasion the next equation just might come out right
It just might... come out right
It just might...
Track Name: When You Love Somebody
As I sit in contemplation and my thoughts they travel far
There are some things you can't change no matter who you are
In a world of cats and dogs, some are kings and some are pawns
Some hang out in fancy castles, some lie down in leaking barns
But there's nothing you can do when you face that simple fact

When you love somebody and they don't love you back
When you love somebody and they don't love you back!

So I'm sitting here staring out the hole I punched in my own wall
I notice you don't turn around as you walk on out the door
And it brings upon a chill that's more physical than pain
And it eats away at your heart before it feeds upon your brain
So you wear that weight around your neck like a ten-ton sack

Chorus

I dont mind if the sun doesn't shine
Just let it rain down on me
I'll be in my room, with that old dust broom
And I'll sweep out your memory
Hey hey hey ho ho ho
Hey hey hey yo ho ho

Hey, hey pretty baby, what you gonna do?
Ain't nobody gonna love you better that I ever did love you
No matter how good you look, no matter how sweet you act
You're gonna love somebody and they won't love you back

Chorus
Track Name: Honeywood
These wheels, they need oiling
In this box car full of pain
Said I got nothing
Except a suitcase and my name
And a sad, sad song from the road from which I strayed

Down in the heart of Honeywood
Milk-fed cradle of the moon, I'll be there soon
Down in the heart of Honeywood
Won't you please remember just how good
Sweet sap sugar?

Where's your token Lowman?
Sitting back there inside the freight
Said I got nothing
Except dad's face and my name
We all fall back to the place from which we came

Chorus
Track Name: Steady Diet Of Worms
It's a long way down
Say your prayers if you got em'
It's a long way down ain't no pillow on the bottom

You might start to sway
You might start to fall
You might be making plans and deals with those you can't trust at all

Chorus

The preacher man catches them fishes
As he stood on the sacred mud
The sinner man just wasn't listening and he didn't catch a single one

Chorus

You might try a little of this
You might try a little of that
But don't go mixing both those little things 'cause you might not be coming back

Chorus
Track Name: The Gates Of Liberty
I can't wait for the future to get here
I can't wait for forever to be gone
I think I'll make up a list of questions
Then I will wait to see who answers them all
How wide?
How far?
Which state and which star?
How long will it take for us to reach that destination
And make a perfect circle round that Middle tree?
As long as were awake enough to receive that pollination
And open up the Gates of Liberty
How long could it be?
How long could it be?
Before we open up the Gates of Liberty
Open up the Gates of Liberty