Blue Water

by Flatfoot

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Recorded at Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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released 13 November 2012

Dan Amori - drums, percussion
David Baldwin - piano, organ, trumpet
Aaron Bales - vocals, guitar, accordion
Tom Green - guitar, lap steel
Thomas McCartan - vocals, bass, guitar, piano on "Blue Water", organ on "Blue Water" and "When I Get There"

with:
Jason Bales - banjo, vocals on "Buffalo Creek"

Everyone cool is on the chorus of Blue Water.

Recorded by Jim Roll with Keith Kinnear and Greg Macintosh. Additional recording by David Baldwin, Jason Bales and Jeremy Whitwam.

Mixed by Jim Roll and Flatfoot.

Mastered by Jeremy Whitwam

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Flatfoot Michigan

"lately, live Flatfoot has been all about out-rocking the competition knees and elbows flailing wildly and somebody (it doesnt seem to matter who) howling a campfire tale gone wrong into the microphone." Cale Sauter, Lansing City Pulse.

Flatfoot is Dan Amori, Aaron Bales, Tom Green and Thomas McCartan. We love the twangy soul and the rock 'n roll.
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Track Name: Dirt Shirt
Damn my eyes, what do I see?
Damn my eyes, how can this be?
For the last time I saw something like this
There was terror and then there was bliss

I tried to hide out in a grove of trees
I covered myself up with fall down leaves
But they knew the spot because we all had been there
Together, the same time last year

So I must shake the dirt from off of my shirt
And deal with their island life blood lust
This moment will be hung in halls with marble walls

Damn this life for lying to me
For letting me think it was all down to me
But the will of a million is stronger than one
You can't cleave up the moon and the sun

Without the furies and fates of all your mistakes
Following you wherever you may go
And the glory and power of your finest hour
Slips out memory's window
Track Name: When I Get There
I remember the night you said you'd rather be dead
Than spend another lonely night amidst this urban blight

But right before you blew back south
What were those last words from out your mouth?
Follow me if you dare
They seemed to come from nowhere

And I just hope that when I get there the door ain't locked
Because the odds are we weren't sober

Yesterday I bought a ticket for a train that leaves today
But for the life of me I can't recall where it was you'd be this fall

Because right before you blew back south
I had a spliff hanging from my mouth
You might have said to beware
Of thoughts that come from anywhere

And I just hope that when I get there the hammer ain't cocked
Because the odds are we weren't sober

But, oh, I'm coming anyway
But, oh, I'm coming someday

And I just hope that when I get there the door ain't locked
Because the odds are we weren't sober
Track Name: Hyenas
Well a pack of hyenas descended on the city last night
Came up through the subway and headed to the noise and the light
Coming out into the rain
Never be here again
Hummin' and a runnin' and a strummin' and feeling no pain

Now the crowd descended and gathered 'round the prodigal son
Two should've been there standing, but there stood only one
Going down for the win
Never be here again
Wrap him up in purple robes and gather him in

Hyenas!
Hyenas!
Hyenas!
On the train

Well a pack of hyenas departed just as quick as they came
City swallowed up there footprints and the wind
Blew away their good name
But Hold Fast my son!
Your echo lingers on
Now point your noses west and walk before they make you run

Hyenas!
Hyenas!
Hyenas!
On the train
Track Name: Married
I had a dream that we were married
Sun was shining and the world was fine
And we put down the load we carried
With forgiveness so divine

Woke up ten thousand miles away
From you
Across the ocean
With ten years of regrets
And what I should have done

All these years I've been away
In battle
I stayed strong and true
Now with the victory over darkness
Oh Manowar I come for you!

I had a dream that we were married
Sun was shining and the world was fine
And we put down the load we carried
With forgiveness so divine
Track Name: Seven Hills
I remember when I almost had you
But just as I reached out to grab you
You lit out again
Just like Antioch and Ayers Rock
And on the day of the shock of the fall

You were so quick
To dub us all dumb and thick
But I think you should know
I recognize you in the eyes of everyone
you've tried to disguise

So I won't mind
If you politely decline
To admit what time has done
To admit what time has done

Even though it weren't mine alone
I remember my bone white throne
And all the years
I chased you around the Palisades, the Everglades
And the Seven Hills of Rome

So I won't mind
If you politely decline
To admit what time has done
To admit what time has done
Track Name: Buffalo Creek
Coal mining town, West Virginia
Workers come but never leave
Now our trailer town lies broken and defeated
Oh God give us reprieve

I never dreamed of leaving, but when I came of age
Took a job in the mine and never looked back
Worked two years in the shaft before the trouble started
Already I feel my lungs turn black

Carried my pistol so long
Had the mark of it on my hip
Carried that gun all the time
When God sent the flood to old Buffalo Creek
That pistol wasn't worth a dime

Some blamed the mining company, but we know better
Satan just had work for idol hands
Man's folly was soaked by the evening rain
As ten millions gallons poured through the damn

A wall of water fifty feet high rushed through the valley
I saw my Mama swept away
Now we live in this makeshift trailer village
Me and my neighbors wish we died that day.

The gun couldn't serve me then
But it will serve me know
Mama, your boy's coming home
Track Name: Valley of the Shadow
The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want
But what I need was taken away
Snatched from my grasp into another man's arms
Now I'm trying to find my way

Now I'm haunted by your brown eyes and sunshine smile
That eases the tremors and shakes
I work like a dog trying to make things right
Trying to find my way

Yea though I walk through
The Valley of the Shadow of Death
I will fear no evil!

When you were with me you could never be alone
Never in our sweet home
Now that you're gone do you miss me at all?
Are you trying to find your way?

Yea though I walk through
The Valley of the Shadow of Death
I will fear no evil!

I dreamed that I saw you, lost in a fog
Traveling further away
I screamed 'til my lungs bled, calling your name
Trying to find my way
Still trying to find my way
I'm desperate, to find my way
Track Name: Kathleen II
The streets are much wider than what I was used to
The gutters alone are big enough
On my last night you said I'd know just what to do
But if the choice had been mine
The Emerald would have been just fine

And I know that you told me to never say goodbye
But I was too young to know that look in your eye
And it's a fact that you didn't even try
To hold me a second longer

Now it's streets and cars
Hemmed in by trash heaps
And no loving arms to hold me while I sleep
Oh lord, tell me you don't weep
For you must know your soul is mine to keep

I look out my window some nights and I try to think
Just what this life was like
Before I was born, before the roots were all torn
But the choice wasn't mine
So to the wind I did resign

And I know you told me that love never dies
But that's the worst kind of the heart's true lies
And looking back you didn't even try
To hold me a second longer

And I know that I'm clipped and terse
It's just that this room feels like a hearse
Oh lord, try as I did
I couldn't make the end times reverse
Track Name: The Rock of Gibraltar
Oh darlin’ I hear my heart running
When my love she starts to sing
Walk through the dunes by the moonlight
Kneel down and give you my ring

Darlin’ you sing so shy and tender
The sound of it makes my heart falter
But darlin’ the first thing to draw me near to you
Is you’re strong like the Rock of Gibraltar

When darlin’ the starlings are calling
Recall what I said in my vow
If I were this galleon’s captain
I’d put you up there on the prow

Darlin’ the sea so wild and free
The sight of it will make a man’s heart falter
But darlin’ your memory brings peace to my soul
When I look on that Rock of Gibraltar

Now darlin’ as I look on this ocean
I think about the places I’ve been
From Portsmouth around to Almansa
And pray God to Norse Wife again

Darlin’ your touch, so sweet and tender
The thought of it makes my heart falter
For darlin’ the best thing I’ll have in this life
Is our love like the Rock of Gibraltar
Track Name: Genevieve
We slept outside the embassy
In Houston last night
Genevieve's going to have to leave
If this don't turn out right

She promised me that she would be
Back here by three
But I ain't seen hide nor hair
Of my sweet Genevieve

Oh Genevieve, I wear it on my sleeve
Oh Genevieve, I wear it on my sleeve

I believe there will be reprieve
For me and Genevieve
Though the powers that be won't listen to me
Genevieve is sweet

Oh Genevieve, I wear it on my sleeve
Oh Genevieve, I wear it on my sleeve

Oh Genevieve, I wear it on my sleeve
Oh Genevieve, I wear it on my sleeve

We slept outside the embassy
In Houston last night
Genevieve's going to have to leave
If this don't turn out right
Track Name: Sparks
Few could know and few could say
What really happened there on that day
Came upon an incredible scene
Things took on the air of a dream

Man in black on the top of the bridge
Standing there, toes hanging over the edge
His hands were open, arms spread out wide
Face was tilted up towards the sky

And the sparks flew out
Arc-sodium lights
As he cast foot out
Into the night
And with a flash so bright
The sparks flew out
He looked so sure
No shadow of a doubt

Well I couldn't move
I was standing there frozen
Was he in control?
Did he choose or was he chosen?
And the sparks flew out
Track Name: Li River Burial
Limestone mountains in the fog
Roadside tombs and the stench of progress
Playing cards littered in the road
Thin line of blood in the dust on the pavement
Fifteen horses pull our boat of bamboo
Down the river to the city at dawn

Nine horses watch the man go home
To the city in love with a factory girl
He died while he was working on the road
To help his village connect to the outside world
Now Jingle Bells playing in our hotel lobby
As they put the man's body in the hill

12/25 in the PRC
12/25 in the PRC
Died trying to set the good people free
12/25 in the PRC

Colorful umbrellas in a line
Funeral procession snakes down the hillside
Shouts and the steady whine of pipes
Trash can cymbals clang to chase away the spirits
Mourners roll a stone over the dead man's tomb
As we celebrate the birthday of the Lord

12/25 in the PRC
12/25 in the PRC
World keps turning on in front of me
12/25 in the PRC
Track Name: Archangel Boogie
Well I'm driving through Nebraska
Listening to Nebraska
Ghosts in the cornfield going to keep me company
Let out in the early morn
Laying on the truck horn like
Gabriel at the gate, going to meet his destiny

LA's calling and I'm feeling fine
Got the merch girl waiting at the end of the line

Made it 'cross the state line
Running low on sunshine
Takes ten hours to get from side to side
Rhythm of the truck wheels
Rolling hills and cornfields
Thunderstorms the only light that's coming from the sky

Lightning gives me visions of how things could be
I'd be Charlie Starkweather, you sit on my knee
Leather straps across my chest, baby's sitting on my knee

Static on the cell phone
Searching for a payphone
Next gas station in 95 miles
Radio is jammed up
Truck bed crammed up
Darkness separates me from my baby girl's smile

Feeling sad and lonely and I don't know why
Lightning lighting up the Nebraska sky

Made it through the big storm
Driving in the early morn
Mountains in the West beckons unto me
Dirty air and sea breeze
Rock 'n roll and palm trees
LA and the Whiskey beckons unto me

You hear my horn sounding, loud and free
Gabriel's at the gate, come to meet your destiny
Track Name: Blue Water
There's a place I've been and I'm going back again
Because everyone's better when you know them
But it's so hard when you look at the cards
And you see the backyards of your past go to shit

Now everyone's leaving because there's nothing to believe in
It's like a knife in the side of our undying pride

But I know someday we'll all make our way
Back to the place where blue water still reigns

Her lot is something that just comes with the age, I guess
God, won't you watch my blue water while I'm gone

So hold tight and hold strong for it won't be long
Until these crystal cities are all sunk and gone
And we'll all be amid a flood of refugees
Seeking the seas where blue water still reigns