Hell Under The Skullbones

by Graham Lindsey

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Second full-length album from Graham Lindsey

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released August 15, 2006

Graham Lindsey - vocals, acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, nylon string guitar, harmonicas
Steve Deutsch - bass, baritone guitar, Farfisa, electronics, ambiance
Greg Leisz - dobro, mandolin, pedal steel
Larry Taylor - upright bass
James Harrah - electric guitar
Moris Tepper - electric guitar, banjo, 12-string guitar
Van Dyke Parks - accordion
Nick Vincent - drums

This album is dedicated to Adrian Hill.

Produced by Steve Deutsch
Assisted by Laurent Bichara
Additional assistance by George Landress & Chris Garcia
Recorded at Mars Recording Los Angeles, CA
& Engine Music Studios Chicago, IL
Cover photo by Christine Hromadka
Layout & design by Laurent/Sugar And Spice

All words and music written by Graham Lindsey (Graham Lindsey Music/ASCAP). All rights reserved. Copyright 2006 Graham Lindsey

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Known for the dark, raw, stripped-down approach he takes to American roots and folk, Graham Lindsey's music has been said to fall somewhere in the middle of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and 'if Gillian Welch had a male counterpart,' while following in the traditions of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. But, it does so with plenty of his own punk rock sensibilities in tact.

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Track Name: Matchbook Song
MATCHBOOK SONG

This ain't no love song
This ain't no organized and scripted happenstance
This ain't no ordinary radio summons straining for amends
It ain't this and it ain’t that
This ain't no sideshow strip down college vomit dance
It's just a song
This ain't Kansas and this ain't May
This ain't the stuffing in a scarecrow wearing nothing but the rain
This ain't no cheap and dismal trick or treat diagnosed in a day
It's what you want or so you say
If you need something more than I'll be on my way
It's just a song

So here's your posies and here's my train
Well I hope that we live long enough to see a better day
But this ain't forever there's no such thing
This ain't no frantic rag a-waving for attention to my dreams
This ain't political masturbation masquerading as a theme
Ain’t no psychology blow job for a scream
It could be you or it could be me
But it’s just a song
So here’s your hook and here’s my line
I apologize I couldn’t give enough to you with rhymes
But I promise though these words may not resound
I’ll always be here even if my heart is wrong
With just a song

We are strangers
And there ain’t no better place that we can go
This ain’t no sensational and cataclysmic century show
No high-tech prophecy of doom or hope
I’m only trying to find the right road
With just a song
So here’s the hook and here’s the line
There ain’t nothing at the end but it’s sinking all the time
This can’t be the only way back down
But it’s the only way I’ve got to reach the ground
With just a song
Track Name: Elly Bly
ELLY BLY

God damn your twilight eyes babe
Your ruby wounds dressed with the night babe
Well with one foot on the shovel
And the other in the hole
God bless your splendid naked soul Elly Bly

I am just a gambler and I played the game too long
And I bet everything but my heart was not that strong
So let the hot blood flow
Let the vultures pick my bones
I’ll see you in Hell before I take you home Elly Bly

Goodnight Ms. Bly goodnight
One of us must leave this bed alive
And when I’m gone and in the ground
Don’t linger on my grave
I’ll never kiss your lips again Elly Bly
Track Name: Just Like Dust
JUST LIKE DUST

I’ve been honest I’ve been kind
I’ve been waiting all my life
But so sadly I so badly have to go
I’ve been patient I’ve been true
I’ve held my breath ‘til I turned blue
Now baby do not hate me when I go

You’re lovely you’re sublime
Poor cupid weeps when you walk by
For we will never know you better than the dark
What keeps me walking down this road
It ain’t courage it ain’t hope
But a cancer dancing faster through my heart
Now I am tired I am weak
My eyes dance madly when I sleep
I beg the wind for it to speak as it follows you
But it just spirals in a rage
Like jealous arms around your legs
As they swing farther down the lane that I look to

There ain’t nothing I can say
There is no voice that explain
How all the songs I ever sang felt just like dust
And everything else inside my mouth
Whispered your name as it fell out
Barely breathing it ain’t leaving but I must
Forget this road this tired march
A dying dog begins to bark
You will not hear it as my spirit starts to roar
And I float farther down the lane
Into the dark and faraway
I will not stay another stray scratching your door

Cause I’ve been honest I’ve been kind
I’ve been waiting all my life
But so sadly I so badly have to go
I’ve been patient I’ve been true
I’ve held my breath ‘til I turned blue
Now baby do not hate me when I go
Track Name: Hole In The Ground
HOLE IN THE GROUND

Done got me a home where the flowers grow
Got mud on my boots got dust in my clothes
And the wind don’t howl and the rain don’t pound
Done got me a home in a hole in the ground

There’s no women in Hell, boys and Heaven is dry
You’re damned if you live, boys, and damned if you die
It’s the same in the country as it is in town
But I got me a home in a hole in the ground

Once I was lost but now I am found
Cause I got me a home in a hole in the ground
Track Name: Winterim
WINTERIM

I am no longer roaming
There’s a chill inside my bones
And the only open road
Ain’t taking anybody home
Tell me who calls to you without a voice
This song is for the homesick by choice

My heart is filled with trouble
Like an empty ship at sea
Another season tries to change
Leaving me swinging in its breeze
Just another stranger
Both discouraged and relieved
But I would never wonder about the wind
If I live the way I want to live

Black smoke a-rising
All the bridges are on fire
But there’s nowhere that I’m going
I’ve been running all my life
Nothing is forever
And everything in time
Cause where I lay my heavy head tonight
Winters only last for just awhile
Track Name: Slow Train Stomp
SLOW TRAIN STOMP

Slow the train down slow her down slow her down
Slow the train down slow her down
If I make it through to morning
Than make sure I get to town
Slow her down slow her down slow her down

If she leaves without me let me die let me die
If she leaves without me let me die
If I’m still here tomorrow
Than you’ll know I’m not alive
Let me die let me die let me die

Slow the train down slow her down slow her down
Slow the train down slow her down
Cause the wheels are rolling faster
But I just go round and round
Slow her down slow her down slow her down
Track Name: Brakeman's Ballad
BRAKEMAN'S BALLAD

If your feet are burning then step down my road
If your mind is turning to thoughts you don’t know
And when the last train leaves and them whistles they blow
You won’t be alone

I gave you my whiskey I gave you my bed
I gave up the mystery haunting my head
We waited for the sunrise each night we did spend
But the sun hasn’t come up yet

That season was fine but it lasted too long
The reason I think now winter comes on so strong
I look to the stars but they too are gone
Now I’m alone

My travels have ended my journey is through
But if there’s one thing left that I’d like to do
It’s to walk down a road that both of us knew
And not think of you
Track Name: Burn Me Down
BURN ME DOWN

I would die a thousand times
I would gouge out my eyes just to see you
I would tell a million lies
Shoot the moon from the sky just to be with you
Take my legs and take my arms
you already have my heart

Let it rain let it flood
Til my heart pumps mud if that would be enough
I get down on my knees
I’ll drink gasoline I’ll do anything
Tie me up and burn me down
I would never be so proud

Dig a hole into the ground
I will lay down to be close to you
Let the worms creep and crawl
And let the swallows eat them all I belong to you
Don’t lay flowers on my grave
I don’t want to rot that way
Burn me down and burn it all
My skeleton will stand up tall
Because I love you
Track Name: Deathtrip Blues
DEATHTRIP BLUES

I don’t have no trail boys
No trail of my own
I pray the Lord he give me one
Before I’m dead and gone
Before I’m dead and gone
My lady is a fair one Lord
My lady she’s a dream
I pray she never leaves me no
Like so many other things
Like so many other things
My children have all grown Lord
My house is big and cold
The wind blows through and one by one
I watch my loved ones go
I watch my loved ones go

The road is dark and empty now
I’m coming around the bend
If I don’t stop and turn around
Then soon I will be dead boys
Soon I will be dead
Yonder I hear the church bells ring
The thunder’s rolling through
I dance and laugh and love and sing
But what good will it do
What good will it do
I don’t have no trail boys
What more can I do
And any path I ever did take
What good did it do Lord
What good did it do
Track Name: Ain't Enough Liquor
AIN'T ENOUGH LIQUOR

There ain’t enough liquor for me oh darling
There ain’t enough liquor for me
And I’ve waited all night with my head on my knees
But there ain’t enough liquor for me

And some folks they struggle for money
Yes and some folks they struggle for time
And then there is me with my hat in the street
Singing for that old prairie wine
But there ain’t enough liquor for me little darling
There ain’t enough liquor for me
You can fill up the rivers and fill up the seas
But there ain’t enough liquor for me

And my blood is half water half whiskey
And my heart is a satisfied drain
I’m tied to the docks with my soul on the rocks
And here on dry land I must stay
Cause there ain’t enough liquor for me little darling
There ain’t enough liquor for me
And I’ve waited all day with my head on my feet
But there ain’t enough liquor for me