We Are All Alone In This Together

by Graham Lindsey

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Third full-length release from Graham Lindsey

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released January 20, 2009

Graham Lindsey - vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, resonator guitar, hammer dulcimer, accordion, glockenspiel
Greg Leisz - dobro, pedal steel (tracks 6 & 8)
Graham Lathrop - pedal steel (track 2)
M.B. Gordy - drums, percussion
Mike Parsons - mandolin, fiddle
Cody Walters - upright bass
Ed Bonjokian - upright bass (track 2)
Steve Deutsch - organs, ambience, timpani, horns, bass (track 6)
Tina Lindsey - backup vocals
Chris Donahue - electric guitar
Ira Ingber - baritone guitar, high-strung guitar
Robert Irving - piano
Henry - bark

For my doppleganger. And for yours, too.

Produced by Steve Deutsch
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Steve Deutsch
Engineering Assistance by Jason Wickens
Painting by Joseph Huber
Layout & design by Joe Perreze
Recorded at Mars Recording Los Angeles, CA
Blue Roan Recording Bozeman, MT
& a cabin in the mountains of Montana

All songs written by Graham Lindsey (Graham Lindsey Music/ASCAP). 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: Tomorrow Is Another Night
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER NIGHT

I once loved a woman who lived in the rain
And cried she’d always love me and then washed away
Something’s they never quite leave your mind
Tomorrow is another night
The form it fades it’s all gone
It used me up and let me down
I’m fighting like Hell to see the light
But tomorrow is another night

All the people I’ve ever met
My friends are strangers and strangers are my friends
I’ll write you a letter in the back of my mind
Tomorrow is another night
And it breaks my heart to know the truth
That all I’ve done is all I could do
I strum some chords and I make up rhymes
But tomorrow is another night

God bless my mother and my father too
They both have done all that they could do
And waved from the window of another time
Tomorrow is another night
The world ain’t never what it seems
And home ain’t always what you thought it would be
You open your door but I can’t come inside
Tomorrow is another night

The sun will go down and the moon will rise
Why can’t my heart just make up it’s mind
I’m trying like Hell to do what’s right
But tomorrow is another night
I’m just going down the road to the end of the line
Driving like Hell into the morning light
I know what to look for but I’m so hard to find
Tomorrow is another night
Track Name: If I Ever Make It Home
IF I EVER MAKE IT HOME

How long how long
Does this road go on
How long must I wander
Seen the world go round
Seen good men go down
Why do I even bother
I am standing at the edge looking in
Why oh why
Do I open up my eyes
When all I see is sorrow
Is this all there is
Is the good fight fixed
Will I know better tomorrow
Will I ever make it home again

No one knows
Where that highway goes
Does it even really matter
I've knocked on every door
A million times or more
And there's never been an answer
I am running down a road that doesn't end

How come how come
Things are better when they're gone
And strongest when they hunger
How long how long
Does this road go on
How long must I wonder
If I'll ever make it home again
If I ever make it home again
Track Name: Woe
WOE

I locked you into a small room I brought you grief and pain
I bought you wine and roses red then I did it all over again
Oh mama, oh no mama, why did that beast chew off your hand
Because you offered it to him you really thought he'd understand
Oh Come see what I have done
Oh What have I done

The stars aint made of silver no and the moon aint made of gold
You gotta run up to the rooftops when the balcony's been closed
My lady of unending woe how do you sleep at night
My lady lays down soft and slow beside me where I lay
Oh Come see what I have done
Whoa What have I done

The cuckoo she's a pretty bird yes she warbles as she flies
But ya kept it in a cage and now she's tearing out your eyes
Last night I had to kill my pal a fine and healthy horse
But I was just trying to keep myself warm that's why I slept inside the corpse
Whoa Come see what I have done
Oh no what have I done

It was not me it was not you it was the plot of little dreams
And these ain't the broken hearts of who we are but who we long to be
By my blood and by my veins and by my bones and by my soul
My wolves are all in a row a-howling at the shadows you throw upon the snow
Whoa Come see what I have done
Oh no what have I done
Track Name: The Bird That Lived In A Burning Tree
THE BIRD THAT LIVED IN A BURNING TREE

Who made night so
Black like coal
Who made the world disappear in smoke
Little bird I do not know
Cold wind blow
Make you weep and moan
Why is this bough my home
Because that's the one you chose
Everybody has to choose

Don't look down now
You think you've seen it all
Is it any wonder in a sky so small
Little bird is that my fault
Why so blue
What are you holding onto
So you've been to the edge of the world and cooed
Now what are you gonna do
You are only passing through
Track Name: Shit On The Shovel
SHIT ON THE SHOVEL

Do you remember the time when we walked down to the pond
And I told you I'd give you anything you want
Then I ran like Hell as you fired your bombs
Yodelay de aye de I
Round and round and round and round we go
Like two snakes chasing each other inside a toilet bowl
There's a crow in the barn and a worm in my wine
And I got shit on my shovel oh me oh my

You said I got no soul and my heart is black
Well then why'd you keep asking for things you knew I didn't have
Now you're trying to stab me with a spoon hoping I might laugh
Yodelay de aye de I
We could be together for the rest of our miserable lives
Like ring around the rosy while the shrapnel flies
But what's the point of anything if we can not change our minds
I got shit on the shovel and you/nobody don't give a damn why

My roots are all rotten and I lost my seeds
Now all I can grow are these beautiful weeds
Yea they starve when they're hungry and they thirst when they're dry
Yodelay de aye de I
I can tell you a joke or I can sing you a song
Or I can show you how to make the whole world come down
I got a plumb stuck on my thumb and my face in a pie
And I got shit on my shovel what a good boy am I

I'll pluck out your eyes if you pluck out mine
With us both in the dark now who could truly decide
Who done wrong and who done right
Yodelay de aye de I
You're opening the door but you keep crying wait
Just kick that mule down off the fence and let him through the gate
Hell must be for all the imbeciles that try to fool time
I got shit on my shovel and we're waving goodbye

And I guess it's kind of funny how we all change paths
Sobbing like infants and running like rats
With our hearts in a trap and our heads up our ass
Yodelay de aye de I
Baby if we could see the future maybe we wouldn't even try
And all you do is smile when I stop and wonder why
I'll be haunted by your cries for the rest of my life
Yodelay de aye de I
Track Name: We Are All Alone In This Together
WE ARE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER

We are alone with one another
It’s bone on bone we wait and wait
There is a heaven we’ve never read of
There is a hell we can escape
We’re alone in this together

There is a dream that we both tended
Like a garden vines to the sky
Though we may part we live forever
Inside each other heart and mind
We’re alone in this together
Track Name: Mud
MUD

Dirty rain is a-falling down on me (x2)
Dirty rain is a-falling down
My true love looks with eyes of brown on me

The Devil he took the good from me (x2)
The Devil, yes, he took the good
The rain came down and there I stood
A million miles where she stood from me

Gotta big black horse and a .44 with me (x2)
Big black horse and a .44
Nobody gonna ride no more with me

Lord what have you done to me (x2)
Lord what have you done
Made a man outta muck and taught him none
Just do unto others as others have done unto me

The high sheriff looks high and low for me (x2)
The high sheriff he looks high and low
And the hang man has got a rope just for me

Big black cloud is a-hanging over me (x2)
Big black cloud is a-hanging down
Now my true love lives in the clouds
Blowing rain and wind down over me

Sometimes I hear her call to me (x2)
Yes and sometimes I hear her call
But my true love she don't look at all to me

The judge goes to the courthouse lawn with me (x2)
Judge goes to the courthouse lawn
They've dug a hole deep in the ground
Right next to where my true love was buried

Hey hey hey
Track Name: The Good Life
THE GOOD LIFE

Constantly blue nothing to do
You're fading
Parts must be played stand on the stage
And fake it just fake it
You're shot into space the world is a waste
But who cares
Everything's a lie but you still paid for the ride
To nowhere you're nowhere
I just want to go home
I just want to go home
Lord let me live Lord let me live
The good life

They tied you down and paraded you 'round
Didn't you have fun
They bribed you to stay and then and hauled you away
In a big bass drum now how come
Limp your way home down the middle of the road
Cause you have to
It's always the same it's a god damn shame
That we have to but we have to
Why won't time slow down
I want time to slow down
Lord let me live Lord let me live
The good life

Dive off the cliff it's gotta be better than this
Or at least different
Friends come and go like bad actors in a show
It's all bullshit it's just bullshit
Ya talk to yourself but you hear someone else
And ya hate it
No one can say that they feel the same way
And ya love it yeah you love it
I don't want to be alone
I don't want to be alone
Lord let me live Lord let me live
The good life
Constantly blue doo da dee doo
Track Name: I Don't Know, Babe
I DON’T KNOW, BABE

Last night babe I had an awful dream
You were gone and far away from me
Though you promised you’d be back before too long
I don’t know babe when you’re coming home

I heard your voice today so warm and sweet
You said you’d do anything to be with me
But how could this be when I’m still all on my own
I don’t know babe where you’re coming from

I got a phone call from your family
About some kind of trouble you might be in
And some talk about you going broke
I don’t know babe how you’re getting home

I got a letter from the governor
That said you’d be back by December
But I know how much you like it on the road
I don’t know babe if you’re coming home

Well you made it out and now you’re free
To see everything you want to see
And go everywhere you want to go
I don’t know babe why you’re coming home
Track Name: Old Roger
OLD ROGER

Old Roger he lives at the top of the hill
He killed his wife and children
Oh my god he must be crazy
You'd better gather round and listen

He snuck into town when the sun went down
Slaughtered all the cows and chickens
But he didn't kill the pigs and instead he gave them all wings
And sent them off to work in jobs of high positions

Old Rodger he took himself a fine young gal now
And smeared her heart apart with vicious lies
Now she wanders all the streets just trying to feel complete
With a million idiots between her thighs

Sometimes he lives in the country baby
Sometimes he lives in town
Sometimes you get a notion baby
To jump in the river and drown

Old Rodger he gave you a good reason to die now
And even better one to kill for
Then he marches everyone off to war he's done it a million times before
And it just keeps getting easier and easier

And I hear he's still in his shed writing paychecks to the dead
The thunder rolls and all the coyotes howl
Ain't it awfully fucking clever how he's gonna live forever
With no savior except the one who cast him down
Track Name: Big Dark World of Hate and Lies
BIG DARK WORLD OF HATE AND LIES

Big black crow c’mon and swoop on down
I know you want to scatter all my bones around
Big black dog done followed me
And I’m so tired of pretending to act naturally
I’ve done my best to do what’s right
In a big dark world of hate and lies
City gal so dark as night
All she wants to do is fight
Country gal so full of light
She’s the only gal tonight
Well if you want to get to Heaven you got to go through Hell
Cause whatever you want you got to get it yourself
And I got mine cause I jumped the gate
No one can sit on the fence during judgement day
I’ve done my best to do what’s right
In a big dark world of hate and lies

I’ve done good and I done bad
Depending on the gal I had
I’ve done wrong and I’ve done right
Who’s gonna be my gal tonight
I done my best not to pick a side
But there come’s a time when everybody’s got to decide
What you’re gonna do when the sun don’t rise
Stop your crying and live your life
And do your best to do what’s right
In a big dark world of hate and lies
Track Name: Down The Wrecking Line
DOWN THE WRECKING LINE

Well we got another mile to go
Down the wrecking line
Not far enough to change my luck
With this heart of mine
This heart of mine
Why oh my only alibi
Did you forget about me
Stranded somewhere in between who we are
And who we want to be
Who do we want to be
I've been down that road
I've been down that road
I've been down that road
Everywhere I go

Here's his head your lover's dead
You couldn't change his mind
One more crash while you were looking back
It happens every time
Every time
I've been down that road
I've been down that road
I've been down that road
Everywhere I go