The Mine EP

by Graham Lindsey

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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.

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Track Name: Come Gather 'Round The Mine
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
Track Name: The Angel of Death
The Angel Of Death
(Written by Hank Williams. All rights reserved.)
Track Name: No Way Out But Down
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
Track Name: Everything
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
Track Name: Nobody Gonna Miss Me
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
Track Name: Desperate Man
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