In That Black Sky

by Frankenpine

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released July 2, 2012

Frankenpine is:
Kim Chase: Vocals, guitar, percussion, xylophone
Matthew Chase: Banjo
Colin DeHond: Vocals, bass, percussion
Liz B. Rauch: Vocals, fiddle, mandolin
Ned P. Rauch: Vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonium

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Produced by Jeff Oehler and Frankenpine.
Recorded and engineered by Jeff Oehler at the Rauch Family Barn, Cold Spring, NY.
Additional recording by Frankenpine in Brooklyn and Beacon, NY.
Mixed by Jeff Oehler at Beehive Productions, Saranac Lake, NY.
Mastered by Nick Sjostrom and Jeff Oehler.
Artwork designed by Matthew Chase with illustration by Peter Seward.

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All songs arranged by Frankenpine.

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Track Name: Anything That Shines
I've seen the morning freeze
I've seen the night burn down
I've seen the morning freeze
I've seen the night burn down
I fall to my knees
And I kiss the ground

I live near the border
And it's a crying shame
I live near the border
And it's a crying shame
I got me a passport
But I don't have a name

You sent me a letter
But you didn't lick the stamp
You sent me a letter
But you didn't lick the stamp
You may be a prizefighter
But you'll never be a champ

I'm a fish in the water
I follow anything that shines
I'm a fish in the water
I follow anything that shines
It may not be productive
But it kills the time

I've seen the morning freeze
I've seen the night burn down
I've seen the morning freeze
I've seen the night burn down
I fall to my knees
And I kiss the ground
I fall to my knees
And I kiss the ground
Track Name: Appaloosa
Standing on a corner looking east and west
Trying to remember who loved me the best
I bought a new pair of boots and I burned the rest
He who travels light
Is he who travels fast

Me and that nag we're gonna ride through the canyon
Drink the water that I wash my hands in
Me and that appaloosa with the golden shoe

Where the steeples are tall but the shadows are taller
In another life I might have worn a cross and a collar
Seven milk cows belly up in a field
It takes a lot to stand
And all you got to kneel

Me and that nag we're gonna ride through the canyon
Drink the water that I wash my hands in
Me and that appaloosa with the golden shoe

I've got my grandfather's watch I wind it twice a day
I've got my mother's eyes so I can look both ways
I'd like a little more time I would gladly pay
Don't miss the water till the well runs dry
Don't count the minutes till they all slip by

Me and that nag we're gonna ride through the canyon
Drink the water that I wash my hands in
Me and that appaloosa with the golden shoe
Track Name: Iron Road
Clawing up the grade
As we cut right through this fog
Wheels chew the grit
On a heavy highball hog

Only one way to go
Along the iron road

St. Paul down to Spokane
Westward through the pass
Loaded up with hot shot
We never rode so fast

Only one way to go
Along the iron road

Midnight train blacksnake run
Cutting through Colorado mountains
Midnight train blacksnake run
Cutting through Colorado mountains

Like a phantom in the night
On the steam we fly

Barefoot engine coming
Whistle from their stack
Their cinders light the sky
They're running on our track

Only one way to go
Along the iron road

Slow her down cool the head
Signal's changed and now it’s burning red
Slow her down cool the head
Signal's changed and now it’s burning red

Like a phantom in the night
On the steam we fly

Headlight speeding at us
Air froze in my chest
Rip around the curve
To collide at the crest

Glimmer growing closer
No warning from the wire
My hand on the valve
I await this ball of fire

But they pass right through us
Ghost of 514 on a midnight spin
But they pass right through us
Ghost of 514 on a midnight spin

Like a phantom in the night
On the steam we fly

Never rode that line again
Heard the bad news on the lot
The inbound struck the outbound
Colliding at that spot

Only one way to go
Along the iron road
Only one way to go
Along the iron road
Track Name: Oh My Darling
Oh my darling
Tell me where you're coming from so late
Tonight
Tell me what it was that kept you all this time

Oh my darling
You don't have to lie to save my pride
It's all right
You don't have to lie baby it's just fine

Oh my brother
What was it like to watch your sister fall
From the light
And tell me how it is you sleep through the night

Oh my sister
Tell me where you gathered all that will
To let it go
And tell me how hard will I try before I know

Cross my heart and hope to die
It'll be all right
Where's your answer
You've got mine

Oh my father
What's troubling your heart that you pray
Through the dawn
Well I guess the dead are never really gone

Oh my mother
Tell me why you gave your life away
To that glare
A whole world to see and all you did was stare

Cross my heart and hope to die
It'll be all right
Where's your answer
You've got mine

Oh my sweet song
Sing yourself to me I need to rest
This tired mind
Oh my sweet song
Sing yourself to me I need to rest
This heart of mine

And we both know you're the best I'll ever find
Yes we both know you're the best I'll ever find
Track Name: Mr. Crook
Well Mr. Crook how do you do
If I had to guess I’d say a bit confused
Another Friday not much is new
Just picking up the glass you busted through

You can place your wagers make your bets
On all the riches that you’ll get
But I’ve got some bad news
Nothing that’s the best we can offer you

Unless you want empty packs of cigarettes
Hospital bills or credit debts
Or a big case of the blues
Nothing that’s the best we can offer you

Call it bad luck or sad but true
Call it irony or getting what you’re due
I’m unemployed my girl’s broke too
Come back around and we’ll probably rob you

Our pockets empty as they get
But you can help yourself to my regrets
’Cause I got quite a few
So sorry that’s the best we can offer you

Unless you want empty packs of cigarettes
Hospital bills and credit debts
Or a big case of the blues
Nothing that’s the best we can offer you

Unless you want empty packs of cigarettes
Hospital bills and credit debts
Or a big case of those blues
Nothing that’s the best that we can offer you

Yeah nothing
A whole lotta nothing
That’s the best that we can offer you
Track Name: Flood Line
My baby girl
Is too scared to cry
She just keeps asking
To run from the sky

The wind's throwing punches
Against the walls of our house
High water rising
Time running out

What did I do
What was my crime
How did I end up
Below the flood line

Who did I wrong
I'll make it right
Don't leave me here
Below the flood line

Maybe we should have gone
But it's too late now
The road's washed away
And the bridge is out

Everything I own
Is lost to the mud
Only thing I've got left
Is the red in my blood

What did I do
What was my crime
How did I end up
Below the flood line

Who did I wrong
I'll make it right
Don't leave me here
Below the flood line

Don't leave me here
Below the flood line
Don't leave me here
Track Name: Fine and Fair
Fine and fair
An unheard prayer
Sweetest smile
For empty miles

Broken trail
Windblown wail
One red light
Endless night

And I could never tell what happened in those woods
An evening that I try not to recall
I’d put it out of my mind if I only could
The flash the flames the silence and the fall

Fine and fair
Born to share
Soft and shy
Caught a hungry eye

Swallows dive
Half moon rise
Shadows spill
Down the hill

And I could never tell what happened in those woods
An evening that I try not to recall
I’d put it out of my mind if I only could
The flash the flames the silence and the fall

Cold and sharp
Cut the dark
Sulfur sting
Hiss and sing

Embers climb
Red on pine
Bone-cold breeze
Through witness trees

And I could never tell what happened in those woods
An evening that I try not to recall
I’d put it out of my mind if I only could
The flash the flames the silence and the fall

And I could never tell what happened in those woods
An evening that I try not to recall
I’d put it out of my mind if I only could
The flash the flames the silence and the fall
Track Name: Phantom Limb
You wrote a song I'll never hear
’bout a forest black with fear
Only sound a whisper on the wind
Of wolves gathering

You told a story tears on your face
How the wolves kept you safe
Did they lead you through the gray
When you slipped away

You waited for me to hear your cry
I waited for you to look to the sky
You waited for me to set things right
But limbs fall from trees in the stormiest night
Limbs fall from trees in the stormiest night

I listened to your song again
’bout choosing between love and a friend
What was the choice made in the end
Who did you intend

You bet on me you laid it on the line
I bet on you with a growing pine
Branches bend under the vine
Did you fold in time

You waited for me to hear your cry
I waited for you to look to the sky
You waited for me to set things right
But limbs fall from trees in the stormiest night
Limbs fall from trees in the stormiest night

Now I know I waited too long
To hear the words in your song
You sang that you'd soon be gone
But music carries on

I wrote a song you'll never hear
Out of the forest into the clear
Can you hear my words on the wind
May they take you home
Track Name: Widow Paris
I light a long black candle
Flick the mojo handle
Cut the sodden night away
I cast this fire
With one desire
To raise up the dead

My gris-gris way
Bone, blood and clay
Come back from the grave
Hold me again

We were married just a year
When he disappeared
Lost in the swamps of St. James
With a braid of hair
And his fingernail
I call out his name

My gris-gris way
Bone, blood and clay
Come back from the grave
Hold me again

Follow the road to San Lois
There's a cemetery
With a crypt for a queen
When you visit me
You must count to three
And draw a cross on my tomb

My gris-gris way
Bone, blood and clay
I'll come back from the grave
And hold you again
Hold you again
Hold you again
Hold you again
Track Name: Tell Me Where You Are
A view of the sky in days gone by
It's twilight somewhere and your ship's sliding by
Though our sails never caught the same wind
Here you are again

Tell me where you are
I can't seem to find you
Tell me where you are
I don't have the time to
Tell me where you are
I can't seem to find you
In my heart anymore

When waves were tall and clouded with fear
Did my drowning voice ever reach your ears
I prayed the wind to carry me home
But it cast me here

Tell me where you are
I can't seem to find you
Tell me where you are
I don't have the time to
Tell me where you are
I can't seem to find you
In my heart anymore

Why is there sunlight on your face
Every time I go back to that smoke-shrouded place
I've torn off my seared and withered wings
Help me fly again

Tell me where you are
I can't seem to find you
Tell me where you are
I don't have the time to
Tell me where you are
I can't seem to find you
In my heart anymore
In my heart anymore
In my heart anymore
Track Name: Place to Lay My Head
If storms didn’t bring the rain
If storms didn’t bring the rain
If storms didn’t bring the rain
All those sunny days would seem the same

If that water didn’t tumble down
If that water didn’t tumble down
If that water didn’t tumble down
There’d be nothing for those roots to drink deep underground

If lightning didn’t split the sky
If lightning didn’t split the sky
If lightning didn’t split the sky
There’d be no reason for that thunder to cry

If the river didn’t leave its bed
If the river didn’t leave its bed
If the river didn’t leave its bed
The banks wouldn’t seem so sweet a place for me to lay my head

If my pockets were lined with gold
If my pockets were lined with gold
If my pockets were lined with gold
Those silver-lined thunderheads wouldn’t be such a treasure to behold
Track Name: All Night Long
All night long
All night long
All night long
All night long
I count the stars
In that black sky
One for my love
Two for goodbye

One lane road
Leaving town
One lane road
Leaving town
Too dark to see
Don't hear a sound
I walk it slow
I walk it down

Take my coat
It's warm and dry
Take my coat
It's warm and dry
Wrap it ’round
Your shoulder bare
I keep with me
A lock of your hair

Follow that river
Ocean bound
Follow that river
Ocean bound
I sail away
From solid ground
I'll soon be lost
I'll soon be found

All night long
All night long
All night long
All night long
I count the stars
In that black sky
One for my love
Two for goodbye
One for my love
Two for goodbye