Hell Under The Skullbones

by Graham Lindsey

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1.
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
2.
Elly Bly 03:09
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Winterim 02:29
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
Burn Me Down 04:10
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
9.
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
10.
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

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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.

Photo Credit: Nicole Wickens
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