Tar & Flowers

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I spent a good year writing and trying out these songs on different crowds. What you hear has been culled from many failures and few successes. If something seems out of place, it probably is. But, I couldn't imagine it any other way.

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released May 8, 2012

Taylor Hungerford - Vocals/Guitars
Craig Amromin - Drums
Nick Ronzio - Bass

Engineered by Craig Amromin & Nick Ronzio
Mixed by Craig Amromin

Recorded at Reel Sound Studios, Chatsworth, CA

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Track Name: Sunday Night At The Train Yard
Sunday night at the train-yard
I heard the whistle moan.
I said, "Can you show me porter,
Which is the best way home?

He pointed down the road
Into the dark of night
Saying, "Most don't go this way,
But it'll get you there alright."

And so I pounded the gravel
With my worn out shoes
Watching as the tracks turned
To strands of darkened rogue.

And as I looked at the moon,
I felt a cold wind on my face
And saw no rhyme or reason
For me to be in this place.

When I turned around
I saw the devil stand before me.
He said, "Now, what's your hurry?
If you stay I'll treat you comfortably."

And he gave me a bottle
As clear as the rivers' flow
Saying, "Man can have anything,
If he chooses to be bold."

And so we sat and drank there.
All the stars turned to a sea,
And I began get lonesome
Thinking of my sweet honey.

I said, "Please, Mr. Devil,
If you let me go
I will give you a big train car
Faster than the Angels bold."

So he turned to look at me,
A field of fire in his eyes,
Saying, "That's alright, son -
You helped me make it through the night."

And as he turned to leave,
I said, "You wanna go my way?"
He said, "Not this time around,
I'll see you another day."
Track Name: Black Is The Color
Black is the color of the miner's hands
When he digs so deep for that ore.
Black is all he sees when he stands
Looking down at his open sores.

Black was the color of my honey's ring
Before it came out of the ground.
Black is in the grooves of her dress' seams,
It's in her eyes when she doesn't speak a sound.

Black is the color of my fear of death,
It's in all the ink on my shelf.
It's in all the magazines and the printing press -
It's the color of death itself.

Black is the color of the henchman's horse
When he rides to deliver his news:
That everyone must wear black, of course,
From the Christians to the Gentiles to the Jews.

Black is now in everything -
Even "nothing" we think of as black.
Black will be the color of my wings
When my body turns to ash.
Track Name: December 2nd, 1881
What can you tell me
That I don't already know?
You say you have answers
Yet you have nothing to show.

I can't believe he's gone.
You can see right through me
When I tell you I missed him so long.

You said you were happy
Riding high and free.
But you still had a conscience -
As so happens eventually.

What made us traitors
When we were just trying to be men?
Now they call us beasts and murderers, not friends.

I hope I'm buried properly
Among the Christians and the Jews.
Whatever I was thought of in this world
I hardly ever knew.

Now you tell me it's our time
To run and hide.
Just as every dog has its day, so I will have mine.

When you get to heaven,
Tell them this for me:
That every man's right in his own eyes
And it was no different for me.
Track Name: The Dream of Jesse James
Jesse James was a southern man
Who had the world at his command.
He traveled in northern dreams
Of little boys on wooden wings.

But when they finally woke
And found he was not there,
They frowned on average folk
And cursed life for being unfair.

Jesse James robbed a big train
And found a life of wealth and fame.
He could have had all the girls
From every part of the world.

But when he took a wife
And they set down with a son,
He said, "I could have made a better life,
If I had known what to call one."

As Jesse grew into old age,
He would lie still for many days
Thinking of all the times he had,
Dreaming of his boy as a charming lad.

But the dream Jesse had
Turned out to be a lie,
When Ford shot him in the back
And he fell down and died.

So if you're having big dreams
Of killing men and stealing things,
Take it from a man who's tried:
All your luck will soon run dry.
Track Name: Tecumseh Valley
The name she gave was Caroline
The daughter of a miner
And her ways were free and it seemed to me
The sunshine walked beside her

She come from Spencer 'coss the hill
She said her Pa had sent her
'Cause the coal was low and soon the snow
Would tuwn the skies to winter

Well she said she'd come to look for work
She was not seeking favors
For a dime a day and a place to stay
She'd turn those hands to labor

The times were hard Lord the jobs were few
All through Tecumseh Valley
But she asked around and a job she found
Tending bar for Gypsy Sally

She saved enough to get back home
When spring replaced the winter
But her dreams were denied her Pa had died
The word came down from Spencer

She turned to whorin' out on the streets
With all the lust inside her
It was many a man returned again
To lay himself beside her

Well they found her down beneath the stairs
That led to Gypsy Sally's
In her hand when she died
Was a note that cried
Fare thee well Tecumseh Valley

The name she gave was Caroline
The daughter of a miner
And her ways were free and it seemed to me
The sunshine walked beside her
Track Name: Opium
When she was standing there
With her eyes and long flowing hair,
I could have bowed my head and cried:
For she was the world and the world was mine.

Opium has clouded my mind.
And though I don't want to die,
She never treats me unkind.

As I spun her around
She didn't make a sound,
Just a long, hard wheeze.
She couldn't tell me nothing I wouldn't believe.

Opium has clouded my mind.
And though I don't want to die,
She never treats me unkind.

When all my things were sold
And the world turned purple and gold,
I thought, "This is the song heaven sings,"
As I watched her fingers wear all my rings.

Opium has clouded my mind.
And though I don't want to die,
She never treats me unkind.

And one day she came to me
Saying, "This can no longer be."
I had exhausted all my charms.
I said, "One more night won't do us no harm."

Opium has clouded my mind.
And though I don't want to die,
She never treats me unkind.
Track Name: Carmelita
I hear Mariachi static on my radio
And the tubes they glow in the dark
And I'm there with her in Ensenada
And I'm here in Echo Park

Carmelita hold me tighter
I think I'm sinking down
And I'm all strung out on heroin
On the outskirts of town

Well, I'm sittin' here playing solitaire
With my pearl-handled deck
The county won't give me no more methadone
And they cut off your welfare check

Carmelita hold me tighter
I think I'm sinking down
And I'm all strung out on heroin
On the outskirts of town

Well, I pawned my Smith Corona
And I went to meet my man
He hangs out down on Alvarado Street
By the Pioneer chicken stand

Carmelita hold me tighter
I think I'm sinking down
And I'm all strung out on heroin
On the outskirts of town

Carmelita hold me tighter
I think I'm sinking down
And I'm all strung out on heroin
On the outskirts of town