The Mine EP

by Graham Lindsey

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1.
COME GATHER ‘ROUND THE MINE Come gather ‘round the mine (x2) Something happened there inside Won’t you come gather ‘round the mine Well it seems somebody lied And nobody could decide If forty workers were alive Or if all of them had died Come gather ‘round the mine (x2) Forty workers trapped alive Now come gather ‘round the mine God must be such a comedian To take so many lives And than to pretend Nothing even happened there inside Come gather ‘round the mine (x2) Forty workers they had died Won’t you come gather ‘round the mine In Heaven the streets are paved with gold And boys you gotta out in the time But a lump of coal won’t save my soul No matter how hard I might try Come gather ‘round the mine (x2) All the wives and children cry Come gather ‘round the mine Come gather ‘round the mine (x2) Where it’s always black as night Come gather ‘round the mine Come gather ‘round the mine (x2) You got no more secrets left to hide Come gather ‘round the mine Come gather ‘round the mine (x2) There is no wrong there is no right Come gather ‘round the mine
2.
The Angel Of Death (Written by Hank Williams. All rights reserved.)
3.
NO WAY OUT BUT DOWN Right as rain red as rust Brick by brick I turn to dust No I never had a name that you could trust Of all the deeds I’ve ever done I am not proud of a single one So let me rot beneath the burning sun I’m on my way I’m on my way My shack burnt down and my cows are gone And this old mountain is all I’ve got Well I never had a prayer anyhow I’ve gone to the well but the well was dry And I tried to cross the river but the water was high Now I lay me down on the railroad ties There’s no way out but down I’ve got a dream that never ends The world goes black and cold and dim And I can’t wake up until it’s light again I’m on my way I’m on my way There’s nothing left of me to save So I’m going back from where I came I’m on my way I’m on my way
4.
Everything 05:34
EVERYTHING I don’t believe in destiny The answers never come that easily I wave my arms and improvise I’ve re-spun my web so many times My sundown my pouring rain My baby she ain’t never gonna come back again Everything that rises must come down Everything that rises must come down I don't believe anything I see When fear holds up a mirror to face eternity And you and I what a bad excuse But it’s the only one that's ever been good enough for you My nevermind my faraway My god I should’ve known that the rules don’t change Everything that rises must come down Everything that rises must come down My burst of light why do you fade All of heaven and earth were destroyed in a single day I could never keep them both in time Yea go on ahead just you try to tell the dark you prefer the light My stepping stone my sinkhole My big bang my black hole My queen of spades my stalemate My half a boat my frozen lake My midnight my half-awake My baby don’t you know that this has always been the game Everything that rises must come down Everything that rises must come down
5.
NOBODY GONNA MISS ME Nobody gonna miss me when I'm gone Nobody gonna miss me when I'm gone Just because you know the music Don't mean you know the song Nobody gonna miss me when I'm gone Baby let your hair hang low Baby let your hair hang low And baby cross your fingers When you let me go Baby let your hair hang low Honey where ya been so long Honey where ya been so long I've been all around the world Now that world is gone Honey where ya been so long Boy you gonna reap what you sew Boy you gonna reap what you sew At least let me die With my own hands at my throat Boy you gonna reap what you sew Nobody gonna miss me when I'm gone Nobody gonna miss me when I'm gone I've been waiting at the edge Of the woods so long Nobody gonna miss me when I'm gone Nobody gonna miss me when I'm gone
6.
DESPERATE MAN I was born in a boxcar at the bottom of the sea With a blank sign around my neck and a ticket stub clenched between my teeth I came and I went and I thought of my home And the scars on my skin that surrounded my bones How I break like a baby in times clumsy hands I'm small and I'm frightened I'm a desperate man Well the things that I knew best are deep in the ground And the people I've loved are lost in a new crowd I'm just trying to make it back to myself Before this wilderness kills itself The good Lord he tries but he just can't understand I'm hurt and I'm hungry I'm a desperate man I starve when I'm hungry and I thirst when I'm dry I've fought the good fight and I lost sometimes My banner is small and my words they are few But the message is always clear that my voice isn't new I try to stand in the middle and do what I can But I'm weak and I'm tired I'm a desperate man I come and I go and I do what I please I swim in the swamp and I believe I am free While the water in the river keeps rushing by me And I swear I saw you there you were reaching out for me But I bombed when I blew up in the palms of your hands I'm lowdown and trifling I'm a desperate man I rambled this country in someone else’s chains And all that I've seen were two masks for one face An eye for an eye and both out of place And you're looking at me maybe you're feeling the same way But you can't stand forever on a mountain of sand Have mercy! Lord help me I'm a desperate man The whole world is holding lanterns and starting fires with its clothes Just trying to stay warm while waving the ships back home And I stood on the shoreline ringing a bell Blending in perfectly with the crap the salesmen were trying to sell So what do I care if the whole world be damned It's pointless I'm useless I'm a desperate man I want to be simple but I want everything I don't want to stick out too much but I still want to be king Why can't we just talk why do I always have to sing I'm just trying to tell you that I'm caught in between Like a rabbit some magician pulls out of his hat You got me I'm guilty I'm a desperate man Yeah I've counted my blessings but they're never enough I feel my two fists trying fit into the same cheap glove Let's just make love in the junkyard on a dirty boxspring You can be you and I can be me But it's gonna take a strong woman to make me an honest man I'm lost and lonesome I'm a desperate man Yeah I was warned and you were warned about the ceiling of glass But nobody said a word about the false floor right beneath our ass Everything is lost and I can't even cry I'm a little bit worried and a little bit resigned I don't know what I'm gonna do I don't know who I am I'm broke and downhearted I'm a desperate man

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6 song EP from Graham Lindsey

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released January 20, 2009

Graham Lindsey - vocals, harmonica, banjo, acoustic guitar, washtub bass, percussion
Mike Parsons - fiddle
Ed Bonjokian - bass
Graham Lathrop - pedal steel
M.B. Gordy - percussion
Chris Donahue - Ozark harp
Derald Dorlarque - spoons
Tina Lindsey, Richard Laferte, Chris Donahue, Jill Yoder, Jason & Jackie Wickens - chorus
Bones, Maybelle, Rena - dogs

Produced by Steve Deutsch
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Steve Deutsch
Except track 1 mixed by George Landress
Engineering assistance by Jason Wickens
Painting by Joseph Huber
Layout and design by Joe Perreze

All songs written by Graham Lindsey (Graham Lindsey Music/ASCAP). Except “The Angel of Death” written by Hank Williams. All rights reserved. Copyright 2009 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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