Ticks and Trips

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released March 30, 2013

Originally appeared on Volume 1.
Recorded and mixed by Joel Gibson.
# 12
Originally appeared on Terrible Days.
Recorded and mixed by Joel Gibson.
# 9, 10, 15
Originally appeared on Masters, Mates and Pilots.
Recorded by Matt Rooney.
# 4, 14, 20, 25, 27
Originally appeared on Life Without Outlaw.
Recorded and produced by Ted Stevens. Mixed by Steve Micek.
# 6, 8, 24, 26
Originally appeared on Faeries and Rewards.
Recoded and mixed by Ted Stevens with help from Brendan Greene Walsh. Produced by Ted Stevens.
# 2, 3, 19, 23
Originally appeared on The Triple Escape.
Recorded and produced by Alex McMannus.
# 18, 21, 22
Originally appeared on Wonder Worker.
Recorded by Matt Rooney. Mixed by Donald Meints.
# 5, 7, 17
Originally appeared on Unrivaled Times.
Recorded, mixed, and produced by Donald Meints.
# 1, 11, 13, 16

All songs written by:
Brendan Hagberg with some help from Matthew Rooney and Pearl Lovejoy Boyd, except Big Chief Hollard (traditional) and From War is Kind (adapted from the poem by Stephen Crane)

Players:
Brendan Hagberg, Matthew Rooney, Pearl Lovejoy Boyd, Joel Gibson, David Socha, John Kotchian, Matt Manning, Chris Fischer, Alex McMannus, Tiffany Kowalski, Dan McCarthy, Josh Krohn, Justin Kephardt, Ted Stevens, John Borrie, Cody Peterson, Grant Brownyard, Jake Bellows, Matthew Borkenhagen, Alisa Meints

Special thanks:
Alexander The Magnificent. Harrison Martin. Townes Hagberg/Tow Tow Matmos. 

Special thanks to auxilliary players:
Brent Larue, Andy Berkley, Brian Byrd, Django Greenblatt Seay, Eric Thomas, Dave Goldberg, Keith Frederick, Will Watson, Kat Ludwick, Kate Williams, Seth Fox.

In Memory of:
Dave Sink. Heather Nelson. Micheal Allison. Lou Johnson. Pat Brennan. Tony Pfeifer. Denis Cassity. Dick Hagberg. All of us in our time.



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Track Name: Ragball League
We all met up in the park one day did some splashing in the fountain
Ragstock ballteam friends of Dave Sink and I’m gonna tell you about em
They used to be a bowling league in the days of Pat Buchanan
But Robert Little first threw down that mitt to my way of understanding
Robert gathered swagger talking Yankee talk with Dave our dandy patron daddy
Might hex the Mets to whom Deden genuflects with their hefty mention doubted
Saw his note on the old tack board about an indie rock baseball team
Dave went out and bought some bats and balls kind of lent the whole thing steam
If you ever stop at the record shop down below the Antiquarium
Dave would talk ball all day with y’all him and his side kick austerians
Might not have mentioned his umpiring days a dashing player he swore
But the compromise was a finer prize than to never play with him no more
Robert Little cried when them Mondays died of disinterest dysentery
All that’s left were guys with fire in their eyes and their wives if they was married
Now the record store’s on thirteenth street run by Joseph and by Bry Bry
With Sink and Deden dealing on the internet hardly ever see em nope but we try
Track Name: Hell Attacks
Take care of the stealers of your things
Lay hold of their wastelands with your heart
Beware the scare that beasts may bring
Sniff the wind sniff the wind sniff the wind
Pair of suckers pair of slacks
Mended seats insomniacs
How many haunted nights they stayed
Send em back send em back send em back
Cold shivers deliver death throes
Pendulum swings forth and back
Pale pasty portrait of your face
It hangs it hangs it hangs
Sweetest hours ripely in repose
Swift summers of evening riversides
And one day she may be your bride
Would you trade would you trade would you trade
Help lord here’s healing brother
Sickness suppresses your breath
And if we ever retread our tracks
Hell attacks hell attacks hell attacks
Hell attacks hell attacks hell attacks
Track Name: Slow Swift Boat
I think of you girl in the dim light lover
Pursued you through the guises gazes and gutters
Have faith when you’re on the phone alone with another
Oh dear damn me but demand of me
Oh dear damn me but demand of me
Oh dear damn me but demand of me
Cold reason rode West and a three page letter
Come swift from your chest your heart unfettered
From great greif unrested babe make me feel better
Or dear damn me but demand of me
Or dear damn me but demand of me
Or dear damn me but demand of me
Will the sip sail poor boy will the ship sail poor boy
Tell me tall tales but hon together we’ll rise
Oh dear damn me but demand of me
Oh dear damn me but demand of me
Oh dear damn me but demand of me
I’ve seen life without promise I prayed to a snare
Set out to meet justice before I was aware
Now life is less easy but ain’t we a pair
Dear understand me but demand of me
Dear understand me but demand of me
Dear understand me but demand of me
Will the ship sail poor boy will the ship sail poor boy
Tell me tall tales but hon together we’ll rise
Track Name: Best Thing I've Ever Done
Well I passed out that night as I waited at the station but I wouldn’t say that I was drunk
Well I fixed my gaze on the cold stars at midnight I lay down and I shook
I dreamed that night that I was my father and it was me that he’d been dreaming of
It hurt me badly to see the kid crying I kissed him softly and told him to hush
I was waiting at the station for my sweet Amelia for proof that we was in love
It was for she I did weep in old Barcelona Minnesota and Mexico
But she wouldn’t leave her mom and her papa I begged her but she’d hardly come
So alone in the night so far from Nebraska I sat with my head hung
I won’t kid ya I wasn’t idle in the time of my trial come in contact with many a cunt
Slammed champagne for dinner and read Henry Miller like a hound dog out for a hunt
But all my days were gray though there was excellent weather and my every breath was a curse
Except for Altisadora and Uli Kitta my heart, took a turn for the worse
I awoke on the platform burning with fever coughing up puss and blood
My train it was arriving it was an hour until daylight and I dug it the best that I could
Started struggling all of a sudden and I got to wondering if it were a mistake to have run
But from all that I learned in the days that have followed it was the best thing that I’ve ever done
But from all that I learned in the days that have followed it was the best thing that I’ve ever done
Track Name: 10 Percent
On passing along the suffering I have only one complain’t
I look about for reason but Jesus the hour’s getting late
Crossed paths with tornados been kissed by a hundred sain’ts
I come this far with what is but I’ll ever spar with what ain’t
This ain’t the great awakening this ain’t but ten percent
This ain’t from where I came and this ain’t where I went
Twelve American dollars an hour two thousand hours a year
The sum of our struggles is made not of time nor of tears
Got money for a lawyer spare my temper and my teeth
I got a love for Sunday wondering all about me
This ain’t the great awakening this ain’t but ten percent
This ain’t from where I came and this ain’t where I went
World of worry don’t be so fast world of worry don’t desist
Old wonder worker come of me and sunder the rest
Old wonder worker come of me and sunder the rest
Track Name: Old Rum River
Well the kids in my time never played marbly games
We were hell along the river with barbles to claim
Come midnight high water or alone in the rain
In the summer instead of slumber old Rum River
I was an elfin carp ranger down below the dam
Could surely swim across the current catch crawdads and clam
Neath the turbines I would climb with a rod in my hand
Sure death below me you never slowed me old Rum River
Far from the pulpit and the bullshit I laughed as the pretty girls passed
Hahahaha
Fighting a huge one without shoes on cut my bare feet on tin cans and glass
With early bird anglers and late night bums that were smashed old Rum River
I fished the high waters down below the bridge
Where the rusty Rum River met the young Mississip
Me and Kuta had secret bourbon that we regally sipped
Pissed in the willows lost my minnows old Rum River
There was a snag on a deep hole where the two rivers mixed
And above it on an islet a stone turret was fixed
A tale of knife wounds and a young soul eighty sixed
Though I didn’t fear it wouldn’t go near it old Rum River
Beneath the suburban haze the sun rays summarily scorched my skin
On the back porch skinning bluegill skinny dipping with older women
As for acts unbecoming a sportsman me and him never snitched old Rum River
Well the kids in my times never played marbly games
Track Name: Winding Detour
Wise stentorian paced ride the winding detour without a care live a dare
You might find a new life if you only meet the right one over there or over here
I heard about a heart of gold yellow bird sung a song that told
Mustangs ride loud and scare all that knowed we should have cared
Wise stentorian paced ride the winding detour without a care live a dare
You might find a new life if you only meet the right one over there or over here
Loud love sold a cityscape shorn bald sizzling razor scrapes
Blasted and enchanted cried for love you lonely son
Wise stentorian paced ride the winding detour without a care live a dare
You might find a new life if you only meet the right one over there or over here
Skirt talks of a hunter’s net set the fields a blazing
Seattle eyes set on the ground Midwestern guys all stare you down
Wise stentorian paced ride the winding detour without a care live a dare
You might find a new life if you only meet the right one over there or over here
Track Name: Visiting Lights
Out in the night for a sip of whisky before I write of the hope and the misery
Father life and the way that the visiting lights hurt when they bleed soft as hurricanes
Often not to blame warm as summer rain
Should I shun the swift kiss of tragedy dismiss the shit piss and sympathy
Amass regret in totality and fuck when day is near stay for the holocaust
Insure against bitter loss swim deep in the special sauce
Bullshit quit your crying and dig this here mystery
Visiting lights ain’t prone to no wizardry and defy the slow secret sickness
Be kind no screaming tirade sleepy quiet like the moss
Slow the blood in your veins sane emerge from the sauce
I’ll tell you once sadly seen you fall and know you’ve been beat badly
And I pray you slash past your vanity be cool
Stay silent a spell please stifle that scoff skip your quick trip to hell
And calmly conquer your cough
Out in the night for a sip of whisky before I write of the hope and the misery
Father life and the way that the visiting lights
Hurt when they bleed soft as hurricanes
Often not to blame warm as summer rain
Passed out in the night sword sick off your whisky
Visiting lights might strike you as visionary
And frightening rewound remembrances of heart felt retreats
Swim against the grain embellish your pain waiting for summer rain
Track Name: Big Chief Hollard
I shot my pistol in the heart of town and the big chief hollered don’t you blow me down
Which way which way did the the poor gal go
Well she left here running that’s all I know
Which way which way does the Red River run
It runs East and West just like the setting sun
I shot my pistol in the heart of town and the big chief hollered don’t you blow me down
Track Name: Terrible Days
Harsh waves are crashing on both of our oceans
Another passing of torches neath the frozen city comes to be happening like a veil of illusion
Over our minds and times and lines of bachic resolution
But that ain’t for sure it ain’t what I once would have figured
My eyes always see what time has left withered
Truth can come and pass me by
Cause winos are thirsty day and night
Ain’t it true ain’t it right many are suffering a terrible plight
For some sore sucker it’s the end
But if he ain’t around aw then what could have become of him
Maybe a fabled day of contemplation could have saved his rickety soul
Track Name: To The River
I’m looking at fourteen bullet casings contained in a plastic bag so they keep
The traces of their origins the piney place where a life begins
By the river by the river oh
I’m reading the expressions of heart-felt sympathy from the American Legion and auxiliary
Steeped in the mystic poetry of men whose lives and mine must meet in the river
In the murky river oh
Made unto your image great father of minds from the wide shining sea
To those lonesome drunken times
I remember you biked thousands of miles once your heart missed a beat
But still it was you always dreaming of me
I’m asking you now where lies the goal
Approached unmistaken for once and for all
Was it the river was it the river oh
I dreamed of many bully brothers and swift swimming sisters
Thoughts wrung to rags and heels burned to blisters
Faces of weather that flash in their time till the last cast unexpected flies from the line
To the river to the river oh
Track Name: Travelin Tune
Well I’d rather sweat not having a cigarette
Than to cash in a travelling tune
Song singing from me to you
Through the thousand lone miles askew
Ain’t a kiss that I blew to be true
So few stayed the same once they grew
Well now I gone rambling ain’t it a shame
Ain’t it saddening gone travelling
Get back blackjack get faded
Big set ups debated
My big brother never made it
To his speedball shot recreated
You go to the grave once you paid it
That don’t appear to be where he’s fated
Perhaps now he’s staggering shaking his shame
Letting strange doctor fame examine him
Well I looked out my front door in the morning
They pulled her out from a dumpster
Another middle class road worn punker
She’s about fifteen skinny and tall
And last night I heard her call
Fucking I can out snort y’all
Now I gotsta keep rambling or roll over forever
Lest I play with fickle heart or heart damaging
Track Name: I Awoke Before Dawn
I awoke before dawn just like a broken dream
Saw the sorry early worm heard his tiny little scream
Licked my wounds and bore the wear hated myself and combed my hair
Oh how the sun rose to my cry
Jesus don’t know why
My alarm clock played a song about how the English finally won
Thanks to George Harrison I puked and put my panties on
If you wall your little heart if you tarry
The creeping tether especially in your cave cabal
If you look the double take or be respondent
Of the style sex interest that cleaves and mends
Do the funny dance take all that clumsy fortune
Exempt are the dead be wary traveler
Fellows remember what mama taught you
Girls don’t worry whether daddy will catch you
Don’t die up there with the rope on the rafter
Don’t slyly impress with cash and curry
Don’t talk to me ever be vital
Somewhere between the scamp and the scion
I awoke before dawn just like a broken dream
Saw the sorry early worm heard his tiny little scream
Licked my wounds and bore the wear hated myself and combed my hair
Oh how the sun rose to my cry
Jesus don’t know why
My alarm clock played a song about how the English finally won
Thanks to George Harrison (Ringo Paul and John) I puked and put my panties on
Track Name: Judy Canova
Daddy we got wax paper to ride on the slide?
Wait a minute there buster I’m trying to decide
His smart little face looking down at me and Judy Canova smiled
His mind did imbibe everything it did see god I love my child
We went up an elevator to see our friend Nate
Who fed us our dinner on a heaping plate
My boy’d never had duck but he got the gist he grabbed a drumstick
And though the greasy old bird dribbled fat down his wrist he fucking loved it
He looked at me sternly said daddy my man
How come you and mama ain’t married as planned
I told him I loved her and god knows I tried and I didn’t lie
Though if he knew my feelings regarding her now he’d be horrified
We walked through the market we got to the park
It was three pm we would be there till dark
His voice was impassioned asking daddy what could we ride on the slide
From the back of her torn record jacket Judy Canova smiled
Track Name: I Awoke In Spain
When I awoke in Spain well I’d been having bad dreams
Reading things in the streets I don’t know what they mean
I walked around I did I walked all over Madrid
I walked down Fuenacarral I walked alone all the way
Looking for an old calle where a boy could play
Them gypsies had me beat I smoked my hash on the street
I had a date with a girl she was Catholic to start
I asked her how to say kiss plain acting smart
She said its besito boy pero yo no voy
I took a train to Barcelona town I met a friend along the way
I spent some time on the beach lord knows I wanted to stay
But something in my pants says I have business in France
Track Name: Burger Joint
It all started in a burger joint scorching August day
Couple hessian kids daring each other to wander away
Well we didn’t have women less often had cash
So we sifted and twisted rolled and passed that joint along
Might have gone to Miami for the metal scene
Don’t know how much fun that that would have been
One last customer at the Greyhound between
Us and those fishnets when a man screamed New Orleans
The big easy you’ll never starve
Sixteen year old boys drink in bars learn the blues guitar
First night on the streets we already lost our loot
Well the crackhead come first then the prostitute
Well we didn’t get high and we didn’t get sex
And as far as TB well I had the doctor check much later on
Bottles clashed there was giggling the lasses was wiggling
Shy passes unintriguing but they still took us home
And in the months that tore past a man’s visage was cast
By the boy tumbling past the further and further he roamed
Watch him roll
Fell in with a hustler his wife he would pawn
And Bobby and Joany’s one true son
Well I was living all right I stayed out most nights
Well some of them are living while some of their sights have withdrawn
If my tune could carry to Lissa and Jeremy
Still life in the memory of them wailing and high
Fair Teshan and Mike Younger how your old pal has wondered
Where my imagination’s colored the truer hue of life
What spectrum was known
Track Name: Sunrise Red
Like the empress expressed by bus riders fair emboldened earthly a time
Actions belayed by glances a shade far deeper than thine
He would have said some old empty line
In le gare she swore only a knave be poor the gypsies shimmied and cried
In the muse wise traveler she remembers the tricks that they tried
Sunrise red my eyes are blind
Your winey head our tiny minds
On the rushing of souls to the market place the cuffs of oppressors ensnare
Long hour’s late a half hour’s wait Hades will the bus not appear
Come on ensnare we twigs in your tide
On the tram that we rode the mass would pass and unload
A vibrant place and time
On the cool water’s edge dry spirits instead of the sweat the salt and the lime
Sunrise red my eyes are blind
Your winey head my tiny mind
The murderous one with the nervous cough
Obsessed with a stitch in his side
Told the horrified kid he’d be welcome to sit
He was always happy to slide
She withdrew her pen and began to write
Noxious neighbor someone’s own drag
Molester of other’s vibes
In point you excrete a volume of shit in larges we tire of your jive
Sunrise red my eyes are blind
Your winey head our tiny minds
Track Name: Crow Wing
Crow Wing County rake never no place to go
Secret chain of lakes would fight the spiny pickerel
Loamy sodden mound split the woods assimilate
The city jive everybody’s getting laid
Fighting time passed the dances digital
Shot the weight of class avenging characters
Sunny space wouldn’t bear a penance owed
Another place erase a damned gallis pole
The ivory bone buried thousand years ago
Bore the weight placed upon this archipelago
White pride we scoffed it into shambles
While the posh offered up preambles
Naked ape scramble long the lazy river bank
I know your shape your ripple and your earthquake
The fire line of sight be like a magic
Impress your mate tickling power of the pageant
Primal whine wild with withered rage
County line in a sordid alcoholic daze
Who’s the bold briar burning through this cold
Ugly hospital laser beams souls untold
Its cocked you cold burn the hair of paranormal
Spare a hole bury the phantasmal
Ice cold begging for the dagger
Unfold untold you opt to stagger
Track Name: Tracy G
When summer come rising I could taste your sweaty skin
You gave colors and magic to the evening
You was patient through the pageantry angered easy once you’d captured me
In the forest the car and the street then come the tragedy
Sweetheart please help me gather
Take you boldly hush your chatter
For a ride in my car upon the highway
Was it liquor that caused it
Y’all recall the word idiot
Now I’ve been arrested for driving drunk
At last I recall the evening how your soaking hair blinded me
We were each other’s favorites for a while lovely Tracy G
Sweetheart please help me gather
Take you boldly hush your chatter
For a ride in my car on the highway
Track Name: Weird Generation
Heir of my body buddy beware of my song
Or have we lost thee to the brutal years to come icy fields or the razor’s sum
Idly binded like the grandsons of Custer or Khan
Wield ye fortune or has greatness our way come weird generation
A weary man slept hard by the sea
Smoking and pondering the granary
Father came too to the call of arms
While winking sisters sold our last farm
Little minnow what waters have you swam
Do you hear horsemen or the swarm of North Vietnam
Born of liquor be relieved of your penchant to scam
Lay low baby take fear to hearts on the lam
Westward they moved with the centuries armed
Ran out of town sold his guitar
Half starved and crazy living in squalor
While winking sisters sold our last farm
Does blood bear the poison or forebear the heart attack
Beware of obsession suffer brave though you may lack
You’re mine you’re mine
Be not the pursuer of crystal cheap wine or smack
Rail at the abuser no matter how the chips are stacked
Son of a man held proud in the sun
While your first flight here landed and up you were brung
Somewhere in the stacks your star is slung
Now your wanderings begun your songs being sung
Track Name: Lightning From Diamonds
We looked out on the sea long past the beach and the pilings
Roll on your sore season is gone
Held the dream in our teeth kept up the fighting and dying
Live on
Men sold sugar all the way back to the invention of the gunny sack
To be known to be known to be known to be known
They took babies from mamas they took the lightning from diamonds
They’re taking lightning from diamonds they’re helping and they’re smiling
Taking lightning and frightening the selfless and the assassinine
My precious wouldn’t leave me behind unawake unalive
They’re taking lightning from diamonds they’re helping and they’re smiling
Taking lightning and frightening the selfless and the assassinine
My precious wouldn’t leave me behind unawake unalive
Was there a reminder inspiring lifted from them come before us
From the beach fire tribes or the retreat to the forest
How decrepit the form of the broad shoulders that bore us
From Malkuth
Live on
Seeing men’s minds doubt and empires fall the knowledge ain’t wasted
We passed through some horrible themes and phases
The pit and the snake and the witch at her stake keep a loner wasted
Wasted
Live on
They’re taking lightning from diamonds they’re helping and they’re smiling
Taking lightning and frightening the selfless and the assassinine
My precious wouldn’t leave me behind unawake unalive
They’re taking lightning from diamonds they’re helping and they’re smiling
Taking lightning and frightening the selfless and the assassinine
My precious wouldn’t leave me behind unawake unalive
Track Name: Sad Sonnet
Now say lo to the first living warm winds blowing up here with certain sadness
Cause my mind is wound up the sound of violins calls to me gypsy have coffee and cry
You got your wings to fly and a pensive madness tell expensive lies and ignore extensive damage
A young man should feel shivers when he dreams
But like nothing life loving is my woman’s limit she screams
But them cold Decembers know the icy veins and silence
Find work find friends and add em to the list of tyrants
So with swiftest resound you go kicking her out but look who’s been beat boy welcome back to the street
So say lo to the places where warm winds are living for fragments of time and foolish forgiving
Lay waste to the earth where seeds are sewn and doing such things as hitting the road
Well all the days fall down as if they been coldly cut off from that braid of thine
To whom all are tales are woven brave pictures of dinners and celebrations lay round
Sad sonnets of searchers are never to be reclaimed
Track Name: A-10 Blues
Didn’t you know that I’ve been railroaded by a liar whose entire story’s false
Clothes confiscated name degraded oh girl please tell the truth and end these A-10 blues
False incarceration false tears of remorse were your ruse
Your lying tears confine me here with the A-10 blues
A-10 blues
Vile twist of midnight five years ago I walked alone upon the misty streets of Spain
I should be out there drinking with my father of the new year’s waters and no A-10 blues
Call it trouble call it cancer without proof
Goddamn my health hang it by a shelf with these A-10 blues
A-10 blues
Got diarrhea my stomach’s churning and I’m learning like crazy about myself
And its hell in my cell the wall tells of a man with no shoes and the A-10 blues
My feet are sweating and I’m getting out of here real soon
That’s what you hear talking to the mirror with the A-10 blues
A-10 blues A-10 blues A-10 blues
Track Name: Deadly Decent
It seems to me there’s a time to drink an instant for fistfights a reason to think
There’s a soul for blues and a hollow threat
A well of remorse and a jail of regret
And you’ll get there in time slow time
Ever ready boys steady the climb but never mind the deadly descent
Well a drinking man oh he’s got his pals but a better man’s an effortless lover of gals
One hand for the bottle and one for his friends
Well he’s been under more times than he’d like to pretend
But he’ll come up in time slow time
Ever ready boys steady the climb but never mind the deadly descent
When fighting there’s but a lightning second or two
Your body’s in the right place your mind will be true
Hit em hard hit em quick or christ-like be
No balking shit talking your enemies
Or they’ll beat you in time slow time
Ever ready boys steady the climb but never mind the deadly descent
Meditations fill the empty thoughts of all
But don’t preach your brothers when they’ve come to call
Let the words of others wash over your thoughts
Some lessons you might learn em and some you might not
But you’ll learn em in time slow time
Ever ready boys steady the climb but never mind the deadly descent
But never mind the deadly descent
Track Name: Two Angels
I dreamed of two lovely girls identical believe it or not they were both angels
One handed me a water pipe and I thought it wise
The other silently scanned my heart with her eyes
On the front porch of Dewey street of a warm afternoon
And my good friends did descend from their rooms
The first gal giggled as I smoked my pipe wisely
The other looked on at the young men blindly
And a phone call woke me a phone call woke me
My flawed memory of them was smoky
Hello said a stranger I need the address
She said I wrote you a letter but I must confess
It had been a long year since our brief introduction
Still fresh from my dream I begged verification
My sleepy eyes were glistening after receding visages
Sure go on and send me unsolicited messages
The vague sense of hope in her voice was almost tangible
But did she know I’d been accused of crimes unimaginable
And my own heart broke me my own heart broke me
A perfect paradigm of dopey poetry
I received that week only two grim envelopes
Neither of which would soon lead a man to hope
One said I couldn’t see my boy any more
The other called me a rapist but I’m just a whore
At the end of each rope was one dire diabla
With my neck in each noose and no use in talking to
Either of these gals as to the weight of their decisions
As they joined hands and continued with my derision
And those devils smote me those devils smote me
I hung my head and cried so low and lonely
I hung my head and cried so low and lonely
Track Name: From War Is Kind
Well do not weep maiden for war is kind cause your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the frightened steed ran on alone do not weep for war is kind
Harsh booming sounds of the regiment these men were born to drill and die
The unexplained glory flies around them in a field with a thousand corpses dying
Well do not weep babe for war is kind cause your father tumbled in the yellow trenches
Grasped at his breast gulped and died do not weep for war is kind
High above them the standards are flying them eagles emblazoned in red and gold
Teach them the glory of killing in a field with a thousand corpses cold
Mother whose heart hung humble as a button on the bright splendid shroud of your son
Great is the battle god and great is his kingdom
Do not weep for war do not weep for war do not weep for war is kind