Gatherer

by Salesman

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Gatherer is the fuzzy backporch record we made to thank our Kickstarter backers.

Recording this gave us the chance to get friends together in the living room to sing and play. It comes from that tradition. So we call it Gatherer.

Contact: salesmansalesman@gmail.com

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released 14 February 2011

All songs written by Devin James Fry except "Ramblin Man," written by Hank Williams, Sr.

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Track Name: Loving Dead
Hey loving dead, I hereby light this fire to reach you
Hey loving dead, I'm smeared red, I'm here to receive you
Sing, sing, you restless ancestral machine, you
Sing, sing, we burn birchbark to feed you

Hey loving dead, keep my head steady and my knife sharp
Hey loving dead, keep me dead set, keep me dead set, keep me dead set,
Oh sing! Sing, you ancient restless broken heart
Oh sing! Sing
This living thing is on the march
Track Name: 7x7
I believe the dead have to cling to a narrow road
That's thinner than a chalk line
But they climb like wine up my throat.

I believe the dead have to hide
By a narrow code, for some time hidden,
But they're all around us too, I'm told.

For 7 times 7 days
Seven times seven days
You'll be a shade
For seven times seven days

I believe the dead don't get cold, they get warmer
Like cattle in the corner of a freight train car
That never leaves the railyard

For 7 times 7 days
Seven times seven days
You'll be a shade
For seven times seven days
Track Name: Groom Lake (When They Landed + Took Me In)
I'm getting in my long black Cadillac
Tryin to get from this nowhere to Groom Lake, Nevada
Gimme ringin ears, give me black coffee
I'm gonna prove that UFO

Last night I seen that strange green light
Flyin over top of my house in the pale moonlight
And I cant account for the next several hours

But oh how I sang like a violin
When they landed + took me in
When they landed + took me in

I held out hope that I'd find you in my telescope
I heard your hum, and I followed
But you never let me get up close
But this time I been inside
I'm gonna prove you UFO

And oh how I sang like a violin
When they landed + took me in
When they landed + took me in
Track Name: Red Jug Wine Lover
Lets drive out west just like when you still loved me
lets drive out west just like we did that year
you were my red jug wine lover
let's drive out west just like we did that summer

Lets drive out west just like we did that summer
Lets drive out west for decoration day
youll be my red jug wine lover

let's drive out west just like we did that summer
let's drive out west under assumed names
you'll be my red jug wine lover

let's drive out west just like when you still loved me
Just like when you still loved me that year
you'll be my red jug wine lover
Track Name: Ramblin Man (Hank Williams cover)
I can settle down and be doin' just fine
Til I hear that train rollin' down the line
Then I hurry straight home and pack
And if I didn't go, I believe I'd blow my stack
I love you baby, but you gotta understand
When the Lord made me
He made a Ramblin' Man.

Some folks might say that I'm no good
That I wouldn't settle down if I could
But when that open road starts to callin' me
There's somethin' over the hill that I gotta see
Sometimes it's hard but you gotta understand
When the Lord made me, He made a Ramblin' Man.

I love to see the towns passin' by
And to ride these rails beneath God's blue sky
Let me travel this land from the mountains to the sea
'Cause that's the life I believe that He meant for me
And when I'm gone and at my grave you stand,
Just say God called home your Ramblin' Man.
Track Name: Skull
new mexico is an ashtray
2,3,
4,5,6,7,8 miles down
there's things in the airspace
that you'll see
but the KDZA DJ will laugh you down

it's pecans and oilfields,
5th wheels,
sunscreen, meth deals, and 285 to roswell
football and mule deer
i was born here
in the percent of the population
arrested last year

she left me
i'm half drunk
i never felt so tired
but i feel better
so much better
since i hooked them horns
to the front of my car

i found you skull
off the side of the road
you look like you should
on the hood
of my eldorado

new mexico is an ashtray
2,3,
4,5,6,7,8 miles down
there's things in the airspace
that you'll see
but the KDZA DJ will laugh you down

she left me
i'm half drunk
i never felt so tired
but i feel better
so much better
since i hooked them horns
to the front of my car

i found you skull
off the side of the road
you look like you should
on the hood
of my eldorado
Track Name: Dream, 7 July 2007
day glo

summer's on, i made a bad pawn
my lucky wheel for a bandsaw,
peaceful nights for mad ones,
peace of mind for dreams where i'm
unarmed + fighting with mad dogs
that always take my hand off,
but choke themselves to death on
the fact i'm hardly there.

day glo

summer's on, i'm young + able
they say “let's see what he's made of,
he don't look too stable...
in fact he's hardly there.”

when that's true, I'll be the first to say so
I'm peaking, but you're all in Day-Glo
Track Name: Super 8 (My Love Is Safe)
My love is safe on Super 8

Eat the apple, eat the core
Someday I won't be here no more.
Spit the seed. You may want
To remember me.

Turns out I don't need the pearls
Of this hopeless golden spinning world
I'll take the thorns
Hit record, hit record

My love is safe on Super 8

Know what I heard on Coast-To-Coast AM,
2 AM? A man with a machine
To restart your cold heart.

Turns out I don't need the pearls
Of this hopeless golden spinning world
I'll take the thorns
Hit record, hit record

My love is safe on Super 8
Track Name: Blackpearl
There's things I am wondering about you:
Who else tiptoes around you?
How hard do you bite?

How hard do you bite?
When will I see you next?
Do you like red jug wine as much as I like red jug wine?

Is there a card of the tarot you draw most often?
Do you know how hard it can be to love someone that don't love you?

My black pearl?

Has there been some mistake?
What did you whisper in my ear
When the band took a break
From "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine?"

I'll cut you in half
I'll make you disappear
I'll walk you through a wall
I'll charm you out of a basket

Is there a card of the tarot you draw most often?
Do you know how hard it is to love someone that don't love you?

My black pearl?
Track Name: 2nd Time
Then you're on the street one early June
Hair all hard with housepaint and such red paint, too.

You've got to try not to be scared that 2nd time

No one's gonna ruin your plans
Unless you first let them ruin your plans
No one's gonna fuck you around
Unless you first let them fuck you around

You've got to try not to be scared that 2nd time