River Deep

by The Hicks Canyon Band

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released November 11, 2013

The Hicks Canyon Band:
Spencer Hannemann - Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals
Alex Teubert - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Jonathan O'Brien - Bass, Keys, Guitar, Vocals
With:
Carole Anne Pecchia - Vocals
Nehemiah Chen - Violin

Engineered, Produced, and Mixed by Jonathan O'Brien
at The Music Box Studios in Tustin, California

Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper
at TurtleTone Studios in Manhattan, New York

Art and Design by Carole Anne Pecchia

All Songs Written by Spencer Hannemann
Copyright 2013

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Track Name: Burn Me Down
burn me down
now help me up
well ain't this just my kinda luck

carve this chest
with that ice cold gold
don't you dare pretend you've still got a soul

sharpened eyes
and a hazy mind
if i could i doubt i'd buy more time

because i'm running out
and you twist your mouth
and that train outside your window's way too loud

give me god
on second thought
there's nothing there i can make myself want

so give me blood
give me love
but not the kind you think i'm thinking of
Track Name: What's Remaining
sweetheart you can hear me coming
wheezing panting barely running
i'm a hellhound scratching my ear in confessional
who's too old to pray

knives and fire in your new kitchen
where was i when he got it in
was i sleeping with some stranger in los angeles
or just trying to sleep

i'm an empty glass containing
melting ice and what's remaining
of your freedom and religion and your protest
but aren't we all

and you didn't seem to notice that i never bothered to call
Track Name: Tampa
citrus stings the sores inside my mouth
she tells me she's with child
i need a minute

desperate times they tempted me to run
and i know it's been a while
don't test my limits

and i don't think i'll ever be as sorry
as it would take to explain why i'm not sorry
and if you came to tampa it would bore you
and i know how you get when you're bored
this is just a warning

sin still clings to ghosts inside these walls
and it's not that far to fall
from grace to disgraceful

take a sip i know you're trying to stall
you're staring at the wall
and that dress is distasteful

and i don't think i'll ever be as sorry
as it would take to explain why i'm not sorry
and if you came to tampa they'd arrest you
and i know you're stressed as it is
kid just think about it

shut your eyes like you're trying to hear the song
but it hasn't been that long
this was not a good idea
Track Name: Audienceless Victims
i can't go to god at all
but god could i use a bottle

i'll paint you one more masterpiece
rip it to shreds and leave it at your feet

legs just like broken promises
i swear there's nothing in this for me

they say there's health and fire in youth
but all i see is ash in you

so give me strength to preach the truth
in one more tune before they do

audienceless victims again
there's nothing in this kingdom for me

skin it hangs off like a sheet
say you've never been as happy

as when they had the decency
to give you what you finally needed

years of poison and noise and indiscretions
catch up
Track Name: Blood Veins
see the redhead woman with her only daughter
see the lonely son with his only father
well they ride on down to the edge of town
where the raindrops feel like holy water

no electric bill and the kids ain't crying
and you don't get sick and your friends ain't dying
and the sunset sings with the colors it brings
you don't feel like taking pictures but you're trying

and jesus ain't the only friend you never had
no padre saying everything you've done is bad
when death does come and the night's so young
you'll be safe at home not alone in a cold bath

and your words ain't lost in the lion's mane
in your nostrils ain't the remnants of your cocaine
when you look at your woman and you kiss her she won't taste
all the liquor that's been swimming in your blood veins

see the redhead woman with her only daughter
see the lonely son with his only father
well they ride on down to the edge of town
where the raindrops feel like holy water
Track Name: Mostly Me
back east they still give a damn
and i swear i gave everything i had
in the bedroom
but no place else

if i'm god's image he's a ten time loser
with a hole in the heart that he barely uses
and he's balding
but at least he's kinda tall

lord i know my rights
and now my ride's outside
like she said she'd be
you just wait and see
it was mostly me
you'll be free finally
you just wait and see

ghost of a lover
some regret for the mother
i was lying when i said I didn't care for the others
i was also lying
like lying down

never felt older and i've never been nowhere
that i like so little as the place we hold up in
in the summer
and then in fall

lord i know my rights
and now my ride's outside
like she said she'd be
you just wait and see
it was mostly me
you'll be free finally
you just wait and see

it was mostly me
Track Name: All The Glass
while your mama's taking swigs your daddy digs his grave
and i'm trying to find a way out of this place so i'll die sane

it's a damn fine shame
i let you get away

while your mama's sleeping deep in the early afternoon
your daddy's trying not to think of the things that he should do

like sweep up all the glass
or mow the goddamn grass

while your mama's burning up we pass the bottle around
because we can't afford to put her in the ground

it's a damn fine shame
we let her slip away
Track Name: Let's Be Fair
you say the sad bastard act is getting old
i say no one asked you to buy but it's getting sold
and there ain't nothing you can do
'cause the shit i sell is true
and all the money that i make goes up in smoke
or down my throat
just not to you

well this world wants you alive when it gets its chance
to teach you one or ten things about romance
but all the blood i spilled was mine
and you're welcome to take your time
but surprise surprise i just ain't in the mood to dance
or hold your hand
or even stand

and it's hard to fall from grace if you've never been there
and it's tough money to make but babe i ain't scared
let's be fair

so we'll keep this fire lit till it goes out
and you'll swallow every bit of that liquid down
and i can taste in on your breath
you say i only write of death
but surprise surprise i write about your problems too
just not for you
lord knows for who

and it's hard to recall your face since you haven't been here
and it's tough to feel to safe but babe i ain't scared
let's be fair
Track Name: 40
your face is a roadmap of all the misery
it's ever weathered and i'm the same way too
i'm the same way too

your eyes are like to beady pools of brine
i could stare at them for hours but i
just don't have the time

and who would claim you as their own
and who would take you to their home

downtime gets bearable with wine
just helps to take my mind off things
i don't really think it's a crime

my bones are crumbling from inside
it isn't that i tried so hard
my hopes were never that high

and why did i say i'd pick you up
i'll try but it's gonna take some luck

your face is a combination of things i hate
stuck together with masking tape
and a mind to not leave things alone

now i shall retire by the fireside
sleep is thrust on my from the drugs i tried
said i'd call you back well i guess i lied
and now i can't see straight
and i've never been happier
Track Name: River Deep
god forgive god
he's a rat running up my leg
there's something in the wind i can't help but smell

if my woman was a real thing
she'd have left some years ago
there's a lighter in my desk but nothing to smoke

slaughtered my self loathing
now i want that madness back
i love that i'm alone so it ain't courage that i lack
it's just the facts

drowning in wisconsin
the lonely ash in the river deep
there's something in the wind as the brothers weep

maybe if i stayed there
i'd have gone the same damn way
but still i wake a squint at another day

butchered all i had here
now i want my money back
i love that i'm alone so it ain't regrets that i have
it's just the facts
Track Name: Stands To Reason
i think it stands to reason
the word love should be in quotes
and if i had to think of just one damn thing you should know
it's that even though it was my call my life's just gotten worse
i wouldn't change a single thing at all

a bleeding heart a sheep a weep some warn shoes
she calls me sweetheart i decide to order two

i think it stands to reason
the word love should be in quotes
and if i had to think of just one damn thing you should know
it's that even though it was my call my life's just gotten worse
i wouldn't change a single thing at all