PRIDE AND STRAWBERRY WINE:
Lyrics/Music: Ryan

The more that we ask for
the less that we deserve
sometimes it takes a thief

The more that we long for
The less that we recieve
sometimes it just takes grief

There’s a radio on in an empty room
and it can’t play anything but black metal

but everyTHING’s just fine

Everything’s just fucking roses
Everything’s strawberry wine

Stick to that steady diet
of pride and cigarettes
Everything’s strawberry wine

The longer I lay for
The less I get to sleep
sometimes it just takes pills

The longer I wait for
the less that I require
sometimes it takes a fire

Let’s talk ‘bout something other than the bands that we can’t stand,
and again throw this friendship to the howling wolves.

and everyTHING will shine

Everything’s just fucking roses
Everything’s strawberry wine

I won’t call you on your bullshit
and you won’t call me at all
Everything’s strawberry wine

You’ve got the matches
I got the kerosene

You’ve got the matches
I got the kerosene

we’ll dance till dawn on burning bridges
we’ll rave till dawn on burning bridges


66 South:
Lyrics/Music: Ryan

Foot through the floor on 66 South
with sand in my hair and a gun in my mouth
and I didn’t pack a goddam thing
no food no water not a goddam thing

I left all I had in ashes to ashes
and I’m headed southwest for the dust to dust
with my foot through the floor on 66 south
I can’t tell what's sunburn and what’s not rust

goddam her transparent heart
to hell with this broken windshield
I’ve exhausted prayer and gasoline
ambition and resolve

with my foot through the floor on 66 south
I can only scream in vowels
and I’m blazing where I can’t be heard

Tasting my tears of sulphur and sorrow
got no past to worry bout tomorrow
and I’m not leaving a goddam trace
no van no footprints not a goddam trace

me and my coyote march two by two
burnin' and blistering through and through
Tasting my tears of sulphur and sorrow
for not going anywhere I’ve come so far

Oh, how I curse these shoes
and a pox upon the pheonix
just show me where to sign with this
saguaro cactus quill

tasting my tears of sulphur and sorrow
I’ll find emancipation
across this new line drawn in the sand

When you've got eyes like hammers
Tears they can stain your skin
Red streaks of brown and orange
to signify the season

When you've got eyes like hammers
Tears they can stain your skin
sometimes thick as a flood
at others soft and thin

as I lay down foundation
for another nameless dune
why must irony and horror always work clasped claw in claw?
angry ants will always win for there is strength in numbers

this Judas drone falls to his brothers

RIVERSIDE
Lyrics: Ryan Music: Loren

I gotta guy gotta gal like a ghost with a heart like a barbed wire fence.
Gotta what?
Gotta gal.
With a what?
With a heart.
Like a what?
Like a barbed-wire fence.

I say, don’t you wanna go where your baby don’t know
don’t you wanna go where the cattails grow and the air is clean?
I think you do, I said

get on down
riverside
where all my friends go
where the water runs slowly

get on down
riverside
where the water runs slow
where everybody know

what time it is

I gotta guy got a boss like a bat with a heart like a three dollar bill

got a what?
Got a boss
with a what?
with a heart
Like a what?
like a three dollar bill.

I say, don’t you wanna go where bobo don’t know
don’t you wanna go where the clear water flows and you’re always nineteen

I think you do, I said

get on down
riverside
where all my friends go
where the water runs slowly

get on down
riverside
where the water runs slow
where everybody know

what time it is

come down with me
come drown with me
oh, blackhearted American water
gonna steal your soul, sell it back to you

come down with me
come and drown with me
oh, blackhearted american water
I’ll steal your soul and sell it back to you

BORROWED
Musi/Lyrics: Ryan

I didn’t lock my door
on the way out to the pawnshop
there was nothing left worth stealing anyhow

we’re on a first name basis now
“has this been here before?”
“last time when I bought it” Is all I say.

I’ll think of something
I always have
I’ve grown used to rice and sympathy
and all things empty

SO it’s blue books and sour looks
take the cash and dash
put this in a safe place,
and no checks accepted on returns

been living so many days
on borrowed time, money and truth
my boss lied to my landlord
just so I could get a roof

and in oh so many ways
I simply will not settle
for a job that sends me home
angry and reviled

this goddmam town
of the talented unemployed
like all else I’ve been in love with
your affections are derisive

so it’s fishing docks and factories
these hands are in for hell
abuse is a foregone conclusion
cuz a city can’t just pull up stakes and leave

I’ll think of something (I always have)
everythings gonna be allright

a carbon magnet mockery
shanks pride and independance
glowering red and yellow
every time I’m hungry

but if living by the seat of my pants
means paying rent by the skin of my teeth
then I’ll sign these checks with toothpicks
that I shaved from the bottom of the barrel

SETS ME BURNING
Lyrics:Ryan Music:Rich

It’s 28 steps down the fire escape
from the stoop where I lived
to the streets that I loved

Just 15 more paces
to my favorite faces
I'd wait the whole week long to see

and it’s whiskey and sparks and shit-talkin remarks
and we’ll miss the first band if we linger too long
and as we all know, after that show,
some lines are eventually drawn

It’s just 30 yards up Chestnut and a left onto State
Where I’ve spent every weekend since 1998
and I shiver in the silence by the ghost of the Factory
on a winter Saturday night

and it feels so foreboding, calm before the storm
harbinger of things to come
this is State Street, not Wall Street
and there’s blood on the concrete
I’ve averted my gaze for too long

and it sets me burning, oh it sets me ablaze
if that cocaine kills you, the heartbreak will kill me
and I don’t wanna contend with that pain

‘cause in this town I’m friends with all of my heroes,
the Horsewhip, the Black Eyes, and the Market Zeros
and I don’t wanna hang my head and cry
for a dead Rock’n’Roller, who was younger than I

and it’s not like I’m some kind of puritan
and I for damned sure am not straightedge
but there’s lines I don’t cross
and I won’t bear the cost
of keeping my mouth shut

who else has to vanish till I’ve no one to sing to>?
what else has to shut down, till I’ve nowhere to play
you want murder ballads, keep living suicide
and the songs, they will all write themselves.

and it sets me burning, oh it sets me ablaze
if that cocaine kills you, the heartbreak will kill me
and I want no part in that pain

‘cause in this town I’m friends with all the hitmakers,
Racetrack, the All-Nighters, Ash and The Widowmakers
and I don’t wanna hang my head and cry
for a dead Rock’n’Roller, who was younger than I

It’s 28 steps up the fire escape
to the den that I called a home
and It may well be full
of my favorite faces
but I will still be alone

and it sets me burning, oh it sets me ablaze
if that cocaine kills you, I will kill you again
and you want no part in that pain

‘cause in this town I’m friends with all that I wanna,
The Axes of Evil, and Camarojuana.
and I've already hung my head to cry
for a dead Rock’n’Roller, who was younger than I


WELCOME BACK
Lyrics/Music:Ryan

Its’ been too long too long a time and I
I know it’s been a long hard climb and I
didn’t think you would come back
and spark that flint up under my spine

we’ll talk about the old days
of laughter and malaise
you’ve been smouldering long enough
it’s time to set these old dry leaves ablaze

Oh, I knew you’d understand
you always did listen as best one can
I’ll pull the pine needles from your palms
so I can finally shake your hand

climb up onto my shoulders
put your hands on my eyes
I’ll let you do the driving
with your spurs dug into my sides

and we’ll be
the meanest thing that they’ve ever seen
a devilocked frankenstein at seventeen
they done lost their chance to redeem
now that our rage howls in purple and green

the last laugh will be had tonight
just after our left, just before our right
a poison heart lay in poison hands
just one of ninety reasons to fight

complacent bricks turns their backs to the cries
we spit in their hearts and we break their eyes
just a skull’s throw from the sirens
so little do they realize

that we are
the meanest thing that they’ll ever see
a gasoline and morphine guillotine
silence is a disease, violence is a vaccine
when our rage boils in purple and green

you and I we got our needs
retribution and pumpkin seeds
a mean streak and six feet of chain
tonight the bastards fall like rain

swing from the hip, sixty degrees down
in through the nose and out through the mouth
keep the jaw clenched tight, don’t bite our tongue
‘cuz we’ve been biting our tongue since we were young


wake up in a blackeyed bayou
with the white-knuckled hangover blues
clean the skin from under my nails
pull the teeth from the tread of my shoes

climb down off of my shoulders
take your hands from my eyes
I’ll nurse regret from out from my ribs
and bask in the absence of flies

cuz we were
the meanest thing that they’ve ever seen
a blasphemin’ acetelyne wolverine
choked in filth we can feel so clean
when our rage blooms in purple and green

THE STORIES TOLD BY BONES
Lyrics/Music: Ryan

I can’t skin these black cats
for the bad luck that they’ve brought,oh, no
and I can’t fault the driver of the hearse
with the headlight out, oh, no

but I’m sick and tired of being tired and sick,
fed up and broke down from being broke up, down, and unfed
I don’t put the blame on me

luck won’t be with you tonight
luck won’t be with you tonight
got 3 strong friends who share my spite
luck won’t be with you tonight

what the hell has forgiveness gotten me?
“cept footprints up and down my back for all the world to see?
and what the hell has understanding gotten me?
‘cept sleepless nights, hopeless days, and a fear to let it be?

I know that the stories told by bones
have never been untrue, and that’s fine
but I’m worn and weary of being weary and worn,
I’m downright burned out on being outright burned down

I don’t put the blame on me

luck won’t be with you tonight
luck won’t be with you tonight
got 3 strong friends who share my spite
luck won’t be with you tonight

what the hell has forgiveness gotten me?
“cept footprints up and down my back for all the world to see?
and what the hell has understanding gotten me?
‘cept sleepless nights, hopeless days, and a fear to let it be?

I thought it’d be your mother or I
I thought it’d be your mother or I
but she is blameless as I am blameless

I thought it’d be your mother or I
I thought it’d be your mother or I
but she is blameless, as I am

I got a hammer and some spikes I found down by the tracks, Oh yeah
I got 3 bars of lead to melt and my three strong friends can act
Oh, yeah

I’ll be on my way to Brazil
after all those stories been rehearsed and memorized
all the spikes been drived and chipped
all that lead rests cool in your lungs
I will wear your silver, forked tongue
‘round my neck on a chain
for the rest of my days


BACK BURNER
Lyrics/Music: Loren

Got a kettle on a back burner
But the stove ain’t even on
Got a kettle on a back burner
Guess I been waiting too long

I left the water running
went and put my dancing shoes on
When I came back the house was flooded
Guess I been waiting too long

I went down to the station
But the train was already gone
Never got to kiss my lover goodbye
Guess I been waiting too long

I got into a gunfight
Didn’t have my pistols drawn
Now I’m dead and burried
Guess I been waiting too long

BETTER MEN THAN I
Music/Lyrics: Loren

A pint of rum helps a man to rememmber
What the soil and the earth smell like
A pint of rum helps a man to surrender
Helps a man forget his lot in life

The sea has taken better men than I
Greater ships have gone to the deep
When I go to meet my master
Let it be with the earth below my feet

If all the drowned men could live again
If all the wrecks did sail once more
They’d curse the deptths that so long held them
They’s point the bow toward home and shore

The sea has taken better men than I
What she steals she always keeps
She rocks her sailors like a babe in arms
She keeps her treasures dark and deep

A mighty ship will one day sail
One the sea can never own
She’ll bear the weary and the ragged
Unto that immortal home

The sea has taken better men than I
Greater ships have gone to the deep
When I go to meet my master
Let it be with the earth below my feet

Let it be with the earth below my feet

WOODEN SHOES
Music/Lyrics: Loren

Where you going with those wooden shoes
Down the street telling everybody the news
Like a bull dancing on cobble stones
How’d you turned some solid to gold

We can all hear you coming...
In those goddamn wooden shoes

Where you goin with that bell around your neck
our ears are ringing but you ain’t through yet
High fives all around, high fives all around

Next time you lay your hand on me you gonna wake up on the ground

We can all hear you coming...
In those goddamn wooden shoes

Where you going in those wooden shoes
Kinda like the ones that I took from you
If you want you can have em back
Got my use now you can have’m back

We can all hear you coming...
In those goddamn wooden shoes

BIRDS
Lyrics/Music: Loren

Was young and hungry with a pair of wings
Mama told me just stay in the nest
Little bird had so many dreams
Mama told just stay in the nest

Get me out of this nest
Took some chances, lost some bets
One chance is all I get
One chance is all I get

All that time I spent in my egg
All those hours I’ll never get back
I know the taste of fruit on the vine
Get out of my way I want whats mine

Was young and hungy with a pair of wings
Fruit of vine as sweet as wine
I’m cannon ball through the air I’m singin
Flew thruough your wind and crushed my spine

Get me out of this nest
Took some chances, lost some bets
One chance is all I get
One chance is all I get

Scold me now for what I’ve become
Recklessness has its own rewards
I’ll tell you now this bird is not the same
As the one you gave my name

LEFT HAND SLAP
Lyrics/Music: Loren

Taste blood in my mouth split lipped and bruisin
I just learned the rule to the game that I’m losing
tears in my eyes hot blood hot blood hot blood
Broken heart smashed mouth abusin’

Left hand slap oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah ...

Talking shit right to your face
left hand slap put me in my place
Straight truth talk right to your face
Left hand slap put me in my place

Left hand slap oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah ...

You knocked my heart right out on the floor
I’m not gonna be your lover anymore
Gonna get in the car gonna drive real fast
Was looking for the right I got left hand slapped

You knocked my heart right out on the floor
I’m not gonna be your lover anymore
Gonna get in the car gonna drive down the street
I gotta shit for you to eat


ROCK 'N" ROLLERS RAISE A GLASS

Music/Lyrics: Ryan
rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass
I'm not gonna write a sad songs tonight
I'm gonna dust myself off I'm gonna do what's right

rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass
rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass

I'm not gonna sing a sad song tonight
I wanna see y'all move, it's gonna be alright

rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass
rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass

and I'm not gonna stop - I'm gonna fill every blank page I can find
and I'm not gonna stop - Ten thousand engels in leather jackets

home is where the stage is when your heart is where the rage is
and as time turns the pages we remains forever ageless -

commit our selves to tape, you see, commit ourselves to history
and in 50 years they'll still be talking in 50 years they'll still be talking

rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass
I'm not gonna write a sad songs tonight
I'm gonna dust myself off I'm gonna do what's right

rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass
rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass

I'm not gonna sing a sad song tonight
I wanna see y'all move, it's gonna be alright

rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass
rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass

and I'm not gonna stop - I'm gonna fill every blank page I can find
and I'm not gonna stop - Ten thousand engels in leather jackets

home is where the stage is when your heart is where the rage is
and as time turns the pages we remains forever ageless -

commit our selves to tape, you see, commit ourselves to history
and in 50 years they'll still be talking in 50 years they'll still be talking

Via con los estrellas ahora y siempre
Via con los estrellas ahora y siempre
Via con los estrellas ahora y siempre
Via con los estrellas ahora y siempre
rock'n'rollers rock'n'rollers raise a glass