Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck

by Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck

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1.
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
2.
Sprawl 03:45
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
3.
R U Willin'? 03:42
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
4.
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
5.
In The Pines 04:21
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
6.
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
7.
The Bitters 04:43
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...
8.
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...
9.
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
10.
Red Slab 04:58
11.
Honeywood 03:36
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
12.
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
13.
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

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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'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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