Bury Me Sweet Ghost

by The Maledictions

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released February 7, 2017

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The Maledictions New York, New York

The Maledictions' sound has been called "Gothic Americana", "Country Noir" and "Nick Cave meets Johhny Cash". "It's all just Folk Music," says band leader, Kevin Orton, "Maybe aggressive Folk but Folk music...I tend to write songs about people who are uninsured". After a solo album, FEMME NOIR (featuring Gordon Gano), Orton formed The Maledictions. Full discography here from albums to singles. ... more

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Track Name: All I've Left Behind
When you wake
You will find
All I've left behind
My long black coat
And my digging spade
Pocketful stones
And a hatful of rain

All I've left behind

Pawned a watchful
Of second chances
For a compromising
Set of circumstances
Buried her halo
On the side of the road
Down deep where
The clover grows

All I've left behind

Shatter your knees
On a storefront prayer
And it all becomes
So midnight clear
The moon's a pearl
From a broken string
Forgotten until
Its lost again

All I've left behind

When you wake
You will find
All I've left behind
My long black coat
And my digging spade
Pocketful stones
And a hatful of rain
Track Name: Don't You Grieve
Red moon rising
Through the pines
Glaring down
Like some evil eye
House so dark
Hills so silent
All is still
But my mind's a riot

Well, the clock keeps tolling like a funeral bell
Babe, you still cast quite a spell
Branches bowed in reverend shame
Holding court o'er the mess we made

But don't you grieve
Don't you grieve
Oh no darling
Don't you grieve

Well, things never fall according to plan
The Fates are blind but they've buys hands
Try and through them off the scent
And they come howling back without repent

Yeah, no repent
No repent
Howling back
Without repent

Well, it sends a chill up and down my spine
How lines get crossed and hands get tied
Holding on to nothing left
Darling, I swear you'll be my death

But don't you grieve
Don't you grieve
Oh no darling
Don't you grieve

Go and play
The child bride
Girl, our trial
Has been tried
Jury's hung
Swinging from the gallows
Beware of the verdict
Lurking in the shadows

But don't you grieve
Don't you grieve
Oh no darling
Don't you grieve
Track Name: Less Than Kind
Dead leaves gossip round my heels as I go from town to town
The women whisper and back they turn, casting judgement down
Just a ghost of a shadow drifting through the corners of wary eyes
And every sorry turn I take, strangers are less than kind

Drag the lake, let loose the hounds but you learn to leave no trace
No hint, no rumor, no scrap of lie; No nightmare out of place
Part the curtains of this ragged coat I've come to call my home
Do you see any shame or pity friend, or something best left alone?

Seasons change, trees bloom and fall but brother, its all the same
No matter where I drag these bones, its in winter's darkest day
Once my silver spurs they shone and the women flowed like wine
And where once all heads did turn, now strangers are less than kind

Surprised to see me after all this time, after raising so much Cain
Who's this heap of rags grinning at your door, bringing all this rain
Just a ghost of a shadow drifting through the corners of wary eyes
And every sorry turn I take, strangers are less than kind

Strangers are less than kind
Track Name: Restless Stranger
Take my hand, restless stranger
And let thunder die
Your madrigal plays at finer things
Than the wicked world outside
Wicked world outside

Cast me down among your senses
And let your starlings go
Dissemble my tin soldier defenses
And all I've ever known
All you'll ever know

Shake off those solitaire wings
And lay your furies down
One blind step and its all a dream
That keeps me coming round
Keeps me coming round

Take my hand, restless stranger
And let your towers fall
Your augery and talisman
Are no good here at all
No good here at all

Shake off those solitaire wings
And lay your furies down
One blind step and its all a dream
That keeps me coming round
Keeps me coming round

Keeps me coming round
Keeps me coming round
Keeps me coming round
Keeps me coming round
Track Name: Sucker's Progress
Dancing the dervish neath a blood stained moon
With a belly full of wrack and a bottle full of ruin
Can't row yourself to heaven with a silver spoon
Swipe some mother's prayer and give the devil his due

You're either on the river or in the hat
Once you sink so low, there's no crawling back
Every game is rigged in between the cracks
Lay your money down, hear the shadows laugh

Cat house Jenny with the far off eyes
Took a lethal dose of that Suicide Rye
Sing about an alley called, Paradise
Another Penny Dreadful for tomorrow's headlines

Lay your winnings down in a field of stone
Whisper her name as the dead willows blow
Hear the Piper whistling through a hollow bone
Out this far, there's only one train home

Dancing the dervish neath a blood stained moon
With a belly full of wrack and a bottle full of ruin
Can't row yourself to heaven with a silver spoon
Swipe some mother's prayer and give the devil his due
Track Name: Blow Wind Blow
Stumbled through the eye of a hangman's noose
Took a walk in a dead man's shoes
Neath the eye of a buzzard sun
Found the bones of an old dead mission

From border town to border town
My six guns made their sacred rounds
Preacher squawked of his higher call
Left his brains on a shit house wall

Blow wind blow
Blow wind blow
Blow wind blow
Blow wind blow
Blow me on,
I won't let go

Wept in a house of ill repute
Paid her off with a golden tooth
Left her sleeping by my side
Blow wind blow and away I ride

Blow wind blow
Blow wind blow
Blow wind blow
Blow wind blow
Blow me on,
I won't let go

Stumbled through the eye of a hangman's noose
Took a walk in a dead man's shoes
Track Name: Tomorrow Is Yesterday
Down at the bottom
Where the sun's gone blind
Dreams take your memories
And leave them behind
Keep your eye on the sparrow
Storm's closing in
All mother's prayers
So soon turn to sin

Say so long to tomorrow
And tears on a Sunday
For tomorrow
Is yesterday

Farewell Mariana
With the sea in her eyes
Walk troubled waters
And the rose never dies
Pocketful of wish bones
And sun parts the clouds
Address all your sorrows
To a room with no house

Say so long to tomorrow
And tears on a Sunday
For tomorrow
Is yesterday

Say so long to tomorrow
And tears on a Sunday
For tomorrow
Is yesterday

For tomorrow
Is yesterday
Track Name: No End, No Grave
Outlawed neath a bloodstained sky
So desert far from where you lie
Held your hand in the pouring rain
Now no needle's going to kill this pain

Who can tell blue from grey
Ain't no sides, once the Piper's paid

So wish upon a distant train
And hold onto tomorrow's rain
There ain't no end and there ain't no grave
For all the love that was laid to waste

Down in the holler in your yellow dress
Smiling silent as the sun that sets
Dark eyes lost, such mystery
Turning all the light on inside of me

My sweet magnolia, burning bright
Candle lost to endless night

So hang your head at the end of this world
It only brings back just a ghost of a girl
There ain't no end and there ain't no grave
For all the love that's never seen its day

So hold on to tomorrow's rain
And wish upon a distant train
There ain't no end and there ain't no grave
For all the love that you couldn't save
Track Name: Shiver
Shot her down and dumped her in the river
For no reason than she gave my heart a shiver
Let the current have its way
Let all the good folk kneel and pray,

"Its all part of God's plan"
Its all part of God's plan

Pretty Polly or Cathy Brown
Don't know why it all went down
What's a man with a gun in his hand
Against a world he don't understand

Its all part of God's plan
Its all part of God's plan

Led sweet Sally through the wood
In nothing but a hangman's hood
Left her swinging from a lover's tree
All the morning birds did sing,

"Its all part of God's plan"
Its all part of God's plan

Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah

Its all part of God's plan
Its all part of God's plan

Ain't no reason, ain't no rhyme
Left that Knoxville girl to die
Gave her my heart, gave her my soul
Tossed her ring in a fresh dug hole

Its all part of God's plan
Its all part of God's plan

Call her Amy, Beth or Kay
Darkness ends the brightest day
All cut down without a care
In a world beyond despair

Its all part of God's plan
Its all part of God's plan

Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah

Shot her down and dumped her in the river
For no reason than she gave my heart a shiver
Track Name: Laura
Laura Laura close your prayers
There's no place left to hide
Winter's stripped the dogwood's bare
And its cold as the grave tonight

Held you neath the bearded oaks
Summer stars did fall
All so suddenly gone to ghost
Pictures turned to the wall

Laura Laura remember well
A dark eyed roving man
Who lay with him and cast aside
The one who knelt at hand

Laura Laura what has become
Of your dark eyed handsome groom
Left you cold and all alone
Barren as the tomb

Laura Laura let fall your gown
Pay the chill no mind
Lay yourself beside me now
For its cold in this grave tonight

Laura
Track Name: Lay Me Down
Lay me down and kick the drum
Somewhere neath a setting sun
The doctor always comes at dawn
Parting curtains foul hands have drawn

Can hear you laughing neath the veil
Somewhere just beyond the pale
Give me something, just a ghost
Who's left now to carry the rose

Guns a blazing, I cut a path
A crooked trail of epitaphs
Left my good book out in the rain
Tear through the pages but its all in vain

Just lay me down
Oh, lay me down
Darling, lay me down
Oh, lay me down

Stakes were raised, axes fell
A stone in the sheets keeps it down the well
The crows have scattered, willow's on fire
Spare me the heavenly choir

And just lay me down
oh, lay me down
Darling, lay me down
Oh, lay me down

Spade cuts the dirt the drifter ploughed
A fistful for a gingham shroud
There in hand and gone the next
So many phantoms laid to rest

Just lay me down
Oh, lay me down
Darling, lay me down
Oh, lay me down

Darling, lay me down
Oh, lay me down
Darling, lay me down
Just lay me down
Track Name: O Bury Me Sweet Ghost
Stumbled through the barbed wire groves
Left them jailhouse strings behind
Seen all my yesterdays turn to stone
Under sepia clouds and rhyme

A spoon in the thistle won't dig you out
When you've fallen six feet down
Now what's done is done
Just open your eyes
O bury me sweet ghost of mine

Nothing cuts like the Queen of Hearts
Running off with the Suicide King
But you can't cheat the Fiddler
Once the drinking starts
Lord, the trouble I've seen

Carved my name in the Heaven Tree
Raising hell for the company
Now what's done is done
Just open your eyes
O bury me sweet ghost of mine

Strangle a prayer and make it kneel
But you're only as good as what you steal

I'm so far from that wisteria breeze
And living off a gooseberry lay
But to see you standing in the memory
Keeps these boots from turning into clay

Hold on to nothing as long as you can
And maybe someday you'll understand
What's done is done
Just open your eyes
O bury me sweet ghost of mine

Bury me sweet ghost of mine
Bury me sweet ghost of mine