In That Black Sky

by Frankenpine

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1.
(free) 04:13
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
2.
05:34
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
3.
04:46
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
4.
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
5.
03:08
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
6.
(free) 03:06
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
7.
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
8.
03:19
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
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10.
04:32
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.
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

credits

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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