The Buffalo Skinners

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released August 5, 2011

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Track Name: Volcano Blues
Seven hundred miles on the road today
Seven hundred more and I'm still on my way
Not even Noah's ark is free the page
I am heading home I'm heading home, home, home
I am heading home, I'm heading home

Two mourning girls from Merseyside
We showed them our clothes and they gave us a ride
Yes I promise I'll pick up the bill at every stop we make
But I ain't got no money to pay, pay, pay
No I ain't got no money to pay

When you're down and out and outside in
And rambling's the only place you've been
Running down that old road to glory
Yes that's running down that old road to glory

Got thrown out at the ship by the dock
Get on board and watch for land
And I see peoples feet they just pass on over me
Everybody needs a friend, oh Lord
Everybody needs a friend

Well the dock gates swing open and the boat sails in
I can smell my dusty home land wind
I'll sail the rest of the way in a worn out shoe
And I will see my mother again, oh Lord
I will see my brothers again

When you're down and out and outside in
And rambling's the only place you've been
Running down that old road to glory
Yes that's running down that old road to glory
Track Name: Mississippi Moonlight
My cup is empty
and the water's high
The mighty river
Is rough and wide
I've passed the time Lord
But I failed at love
Big river send me
To Lord above

They stole from me
My shining angel
Her perfect body
Down by the highway side
Well I caught those rounders
And I gave them Hell
My price to pay
They let the judge decide

Mississippi moonlight
On judgement day
Louisiana chain gang
My dues to pay
Well I crossed my heart Lord
And I prayed to die
Now life stands still
'Neath the full moonlight

Now Mama don't you cry
Or go my bail
my watch and chain Ma
Is yours to keep
You taught me good things
I taught myself to fail
And I'll love you still
In my eternal sleep

Ninety Nine years
In the Baton Rouge Penn
I'll work the dusty old highways
From end to end
Would I change it all
To have my freedom
My freedom's nothing
Since my darlings gone

Mississippi moonlight
On judgement day
Louisiana chain gang
My dues to pay
Well I crossed my heart Lord
And I prayed to die
Now life stands still
'Neath the full moonlight

Mississippi moonlight
On judgement day
Louisiana chain gang
My dues to pay
Well I crossed my heart Lord
And I prayed to die
Now life stands still
'Neath the full moonlight
Track Name: California State
Well Sonny was mean and he sure was tough
I said hey man help me stick 'em up
And he didn't say nothing, he just nodded his head
Picked up his pistol and filled it with lead

Now for Sonny, well killing's what he done
He'd go in with six rounds and end up with one
And now three men down and one man dead
He'll make me do five to ten

California state here we come
We'll either end up in the penn or on the run
I said "Sonny Lee, won't you listen to me"
And "please don't load that gun"

Well as we moved down 'sixty six'
I said "I'm packing my pistol you don't need your six"
He said "I always got one strapped to my hip,
If you need backup I won't slip"

California state here we come
We'll either end up in the penn or on the run
I said "Sonny Lee, won't you listen to me"
And "please don't load that gun"

The mistake of sticking up a bank in Cali
Was the cops knew the look of Sonny Lee
So when we busted in he was shot down dead
Man you shouldn't have loaded that gun!

California State Penn here I come
Sonny Lee's dead and I'm on the run
Sonny Lee you should have listened to me
And you shouldn't have loaded that gun

Sonny Lee lived by the gun
Sonny Lee died by the gun
Sonny Lee's in the Cemetery
And now I'm on the run

Sonny Lee lived by the gun
Sonny Lee died by the gun
Sonny Lee's in the Cemetery
And now I'm on the run
Track Name: Promising End
Duncan's old house on the corner
With the lino floors, names written on the walls
Is no place to be spending your time
And the people you'll find inside
With the their worn out lines
They trade through the night
Haven't a kind word amongst them

Don't follow them down
My dearest of friends
Don't follow them down
My nearest to kin
For where they are bound
There's no promising end

Maybe I was gone too soon
Because I still think of you
In amongst those fools
They'll use you 'cause they have the power to
And the fault lies with me and not you
Because you met them through me
But you were too young to see
Them for the merchants they are

Don't follow them down
My dearest of friends
Don't follow them down
My nearest to kin
For where they are bound
There's no promising end

You would do so well somewhere else
Where you need never be scared
And you can grow your hair
Long for the girls to see
There is a town by the sea
Where the people mean well
And you would soon tell
That your innocence can come at no cost

Don't follow them down
My dearest of friends
Don't follow them down
My nearest to kin
For where they are bound
There's no promising end
Track Name: Do You Want Me
It's a mean old world and it drags me down
You're my woman and you ain't sticking around
A mean old boy ain't stuck on you
Ain't got no rhythm, but the rhythm dancing in your shoe

Do you want me
Cause baby I don't want you
Do you want me
Cause baby I don't want you

All your lovin' so good to me
It came along so easily
Listen to me now when I say to you
That I'm just too darn good for you

Do you want me
Cause baby I don't want you
Do you want me
Cause baby I don't want you

You're going where the sun is blue and the sky is grey
You don't know how to get there, but you soon will one day

Well I need a woman and it drives me mad
Someone to be the best friend I ever had
I paint a picture every day
Brown suitcase and red beret

Do you want me
Cause baby I don't want you
Do you want me
Cause baby I don't want you
Track Name: Coward's Song
I've got to break my young girl's heart
I don't see it any other way
Well i'll leave in what i'm wearing
There can't be any further delay
Well I promised that gal of mine
That marriage would be so sweet and fine
And now i'm going to turn my back away

So I'm running
Yeah I'm catching the next train
If you see her can you tell her
That she'll find a better fella
Well i'm just too scared to say it to her face

Well I sure am fond of you girl
But I can't go and settle down
Well a man can settle
But a boy has got to look around
Can't spend my time wondering
About everything that might have been
What other kind of gal I might have found

So I'm running
Yeah I'm catching the next train
If you see her can you tell her
That she'll find a better fella
Well i'm just too scared to say it to her face

Well you might say that I'm a coward
For refusing to commit
But when you're in love you know it
And I know that this ain't it!

So...

If you see her can you tell her
She'll find a better feller
I'm just too scared to say it to her face
Track Name: I'm Away
We were born down in a northern town
Where the smoke rolls on the wind
And we promised that we'd would stay
That boyhood promise i'll break
Myself I will never forgive

But the roads here are harsh
They're cold and they're marked
With every fear and secret I keep
And I've stayed here too long
I wish that I was gone
Down that unknown street

And on the last night
I'll pack a shirt and my tie
And take only the things that I need
I'll put a record on
Spin a leaving song
And take what sleep I can find

I'm away old friend, I'm away
I'm away old friend, I'm away

Of the ties that do bind
There's one I'll leave behind
It has been the girl of my youth
If she asked it of me
I think I'd let these troubles be
And stay with her for a time

She'd never ask for such things
For she knows that it would bring
Heartache somewhere down the line
So I will say my goodbyes
Through dark English eyes
And be gone come August time

I'm away my love, I'm away
I'm away my love, I'm away

There's a travelling band
It's will has become my command
Who knows where this road will take us
heaven knows that it may break us
And it will be so easy to get lost

So when the band has torn down
And the barmaid sounds
The bell for closing time
And when the lights come back on
and the boys are all gone
There'll be some silence for a while

And I'll think of you then
My first ever friend
You that had a way with words
And I'll think of that girl
My northern dove with curls
And hope she found the man that she deserves

I'm away in the night, I'm away
I'm away in the night, I'm away
Track Name: Lord Lord Lord
Well I spent so much time looking out through iron bars
And when I'd look down I'd see stripes running up my arms
And I'd spit and I'd curse when I'd see that goddamn chain
But now I promise that I'll never take your name in vain again

Lord, Lord, Lord can I please have your forgiveness
And I'll try, try, try to make a friend in Jesus
And I will not lie, cheat, deceive or steal
And I promise I won't do no wrong no more

Well now I'm out of that grey jail house without a penny now to spend
Oh Lord I feel so out of touch, I sure could use a friend
My Charlotte she don't want me and my Pa's deep in the ground
It looks like I've got nobody who cares that I'm around

Lord, Lord, Lord can I please have your forgiveness
And I'll try, try, try to make a friend in Jesus
And I will not lie, cheat, deceive or steal
And I promise I won't do no wrong no more

Well I've seen folks who've found you Lord
And they say you ain't half bad
And they say you'll accept anyone
No matter what kind of past they've had
They shout out your name
And they clap both their hands
And they sing of your love, so come on man
Give me a second chance

Lord, Lord, Lord can I please have your forgiveness
And I'll try, try, try to make a friend in Jesus
And I will not lie, cheat, deceive or steal
And I promise I won't do no wrong no more
Track Name: Long Time Coming
There were times when all we have was still to come
And everyone was free to run
Times were hard for those who grew up fast
And everyone thought it would last
People around found peace of mind
While we found peace of a different kind

It's been a long time coming
Or so it seems
And I'm walking alone
Just trying to see
If I can find my way back
To where I used to be

Everyday I find myself killing time
Just hoping no one kills mine
In this new age what's to do but to give in
But there's a few who remember where we've been
As a matter of fact, the truth of the matter is
That no one knew it would come to this

It's been a long time coming
Or so it seems
And I'm walking alone
Just trying to see
If I can find my way back
To where I used to be

These days people think that they've got a choice
But they only hear their master's voice
What happened to the ways we used to know
And all the good people that come and go
We expect change to come easy though hard we've tried
Maybe one day we'll all say it was worth the ride

It's been a long time coming
Or so it seems
And I'm walking alone
Just trying to see
If I can find my way back
To where I used to be
Track Name: Long Long Ago
Long, long ago I had the devil tugging at my sleeve
Long, long ago I nearly fell into his ways of sin
But then I called for the arms of God
And he swept me up

Hallelujah, hallelujah!

Long, long ago I had a desert to cross and more
Long, long ago I was walking up and down a lonely shore
But then I came to the ship of The Lord
And I climbed on board

Hallelujah, hallelujah!

Well the devil tell me that he's gonna make me suffer like no other
No other man
Because he very nearly had me in his army permanently
In the palm of his hand
But then The Lord came from above
And filled my heart with love

Hallelujah, hallelujah!

Long, long ago I had the devil tugging at my sleeve
Long, long ago I nearly fell into his ways of sin
But then I called for the arms of God
And he swept me up

Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Hal-le-lu-jah!
Track Name: Wooden Box
My best friend died last week
In a room filled with numbers and beeps
And it was sad to see him go
It was sad to see him go

I like to drink my cares away
But I ain't got no money for whiskey today
And it was sad to see him go
It was sad to see him go

So I head on home with a sober mind
My room is cold and my rent's behind
And it was sad to see him go
Though I will not let it show

I won't call you Grandpa
I'll call you my friend
Tell you I love you right to the end
And I'll thank you for knowing me
And I'll thank you for knowing me
Track Name: Hold On
Everywhere I've been people ask me why you'd walk
So far away from that soulful sunshine
But it's just no place for me where one man's freedom is only talk
I've had to run, hoping just to find mine

A couple of years ago a few boys up and left home
To find a place where greener grass would grow
And though the grass was frozen over and the beaches lined with snow
Was a lonely town that we all would come to know

It took a while to get here
And i'll still be here when you're gone
If this is gospel Lord then I've found religion
If I only hold on

There's a few along the way who've made the nights not seem so long
Whose songs lifted us up and cured our pain
And the talk of perfect had kept us up long past the dawn
And set us free, never to return again
We need to keep ourselves alive long enough to die together
And make it through those rough and windy seas
They tell us all to strive to find a place that's always better
What a world to make us all so hard to please

It took a while to get here
And i'll still be here when you're gone
If this is gospel Lord then I've found religion
If I only hold on

Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on

If this is gospel Lord then I've found religion
If I can only hold on

Down the back roads of our memories is the town we used to know
That will forever be unchanged and unknown
We see that world as ghost-like photographs through a hazy front window
And soon forgot about the innocence we've shown
Now the boys are counting cards as we move further down the road
Trying to leave this city behind
But the highway wind with the windows down is getting mighty cold
Trying to stay on that straight and narrow line

It took a while to get here
And i'll still be here when you're gone
If this is gospel Lord then I've found religion
If I only hold on

Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on

If this is gospel Lord then I've found religion
If I only hold on
Track Name: Ballad Of Hannah
Don't you see
All the leaves that are falling
They count down
All of your days
And come one evening
You will surely be mourning
Your lost youth
That you did waste

For the years
Will gather upon you
Age will find you in your sleep
And the sycophants
That once did surround you
They will leave
When they have what they need

Oh Hannah
Change your ways
Oh Hannah
Your days are numbered

You made the time
For those that could help you
But the rest of them
You ignored
And in this kingdom
You see no ends
Only the means
To yours

But the fame
That has found you
It could only ever
Last for so long
Your body
That has become you
It will change
And one day be gone

Oh Hannah
Change your ways
Oh Hannah
Your days are numbered

And so when that evening
Does finally arrive
Who is it then
That you will turn to
For the young people
Those that made you
They will all
Have grown too

And your money
All thats left of what you made
Will be no comfort
In this lonely hour
And don't you wish
You'd seen the leaves falling
And changed your ways
Before now

Oh Hannah
Change your ways
Oh Hannah
Your days are numbered
Track Name: Seventh Street
I'm going back to Seventh Street
I'm going back to Seventh Street
Where I know that I'll be free
From all the trouble that I see
I'm going back to Seventh Street

The union has fallen down
The union has fallen down
There's no union around
In this union town
I'm going back to Seventh Street

I'm going back to Seventh Street
I'm going back to Seventh Street
Where I know that I'll be free
From all the trouble that I see
I'm going back to Seventh Street

The lying dogs no longer sleep
The lying dogs no longer sleep
They've been stolen from their dreams
And they're coming after me
I'm going back to Seventh Street

I'm going back to Seventh Street
I'm going back to Seventh Street
Where I know that I'll be free
From all the trouble that I see
I'm going back to Seventh Street

On Seventh Street the drunkards howl
On Seventh Street the drunkards howl
There's no union on the ground
I'll go drunkard now
I'm going back to Seventh Street

I'm going back to Seventh Street
I'm going back to Seventh Street
Where I know that I'll be free
From all the trouble that I see
I'm going back to Seventh Street