BOBTOWN

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1.
Take Me Down 03:23
TAKE ME DOWN Take me down to the river where the work can be done My poor soul to deliver, by your hand I am gone Take me down to the river, ‘tis your shame and heavy load That shall lay with you ever, that shall burn in your soul Take me down to the river where the water waits for me Will you shake? Will you quiver? Beg for God’s own mercy? Take me down to the river…did we not fall from grace? Throw my bones in the water leave my ghost in their place Ahh ahh Take me down to the river as you yield to the dark It’s as cold, unforgiving as the bullet in my heart Take me down to the water do not pray for my soul It is thee who has fallen, who has made his own hole It is thee who has fallen, who has made his own hole It is thee who has fallen, who will reap…what…he sows
2.
My Soul 02:22
MY SOUL Do you have a minute for me, Lord? Do you have a minute for me, Lord? Do you have a minute for me, Lord? I need to know my soul You said all sins would be forgiven, Lord You said all sins would be forgiven, Lord You said all sins would be forgiven, Lord You need to know my soul My soul, my soul, won't you carry it a little Lift it to the heavens and let it shine My soul, my soul, won't you bury it a little In forgiveness by and by I know the world is hurtin' ain't it, Lord I know the world is hurtin' ain't it, Lord I know the world is hurtin' ain't it, Lord We need to know our soul Our soul, our soul, won't you carry it a little Lift it to the heavens and let it shine Our soul, our soul, won't you bury it a little In forgiveness by and by (soul) - windows shut now (soul) - cannot see (soul) - the savior we are supposed to be Do you have a minute for me, Lord Do you have a minute for me, Lord Do you have a minute for me, Lord I need to know my soul My soul, my soul, won't you carry it a little Lift it to the heavens and let it shine My soul, my soul, won't you bury it a little In forgiveness by and by
3.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN The valley’s green in the shadow of the mountain, the valley’s where I’m gonna go I’ll lay me down, sink into the tall grass, let the earth cover up my bones I’ve walked for miles to sleep among the clover, so many years, so many days I’m gonna rest my weary soul here, let the world hold me for a change The sun is going down on me now, shining on to a new day I’m gonna stay here, in the valley, and let this world be on its way This life goes on when happiness is over, the joy of youth, it flies away And when they my lonely tombstone my memory will soon start to fade The valley’s green in the shadow of the mountain, the valley’s where I’ll call my home I’ll lay me down, sink into the tall grass, let the earth cover up my bones The sun is going down on me now, shining on to a new day I’m gonna stay here, in the valley, and let this world be on its way Oh, my mountain… Oh, my Jesus Oh, my mountain…Oh, my Jesus
4.
BOOMERS’ BLUES Hey, hey, the rain won’t stop, been waitin for days to get the crop Cold, forlorn we weather the storm - now it’s time to go home Hey, hey, to see his face, to feel his warmth and sweet embrace Cold, forlorn we weather the storm - now it’s time to go home Hey, hey, the pain won’t stop, my shoulders are tired, my spirit shot We labor and chore, hobbled and sore - now it’s time to go home Hey, hey, to see his face, to feel his warmth and sweet embrace Labored the chore, hobbled and sore - now it’s time to go home Went a long time now we (went a long time now) Gonna bring me home to see my reward (went a long time now) Heaven gonna hear my plea (went a long time now) Gonna bring me home to meet my Lord Hey, hey, to see the light, to never have another dog in the fight My trial’s run, my day is done - now I want to go home Went a long time now we (went a long time now) Gonna bring me home to see my reward (went a long time now) Heaven gonna hear my plea (went a long time now) Gonna bring me home to meet my Lord Hey, hey, the rain won’t stop, been waitin for days to get the crop Cold, forlorn we weather the storm - now it’s time to go home The time has come, been growing near, the end of all my troubles here Cold, forlorn we weather the storm, now it’s time to go home
5.
SHORT LIFE OF TROUBLE (Traditional) Short life of trouble A few more words to part Short life of trouble, dear girl For a boy with a broken heart You know what you promised not more than a week ago You promised that you'd marry me standing in your mama's door But now you broke your promise Go marry whom you may Oh, this old world, so big and so wide I'll ramble back some day Short life of trouble A few more words to part Short life of trouble, dear girl For a boy with a broken heart Sitting on my bedside thinking the whole day through I'd give all this world and half my life Just to be married to you And I hear a train a-coming it's blowing a station blow I'd rather be dead and in my grave Than to see my darlin' go Short life of trouble A few more words to part Short life of trouble, dear girl For a boy with a broken heart My right foot's on the platform My left foot's on the train They'll carry me down to old Asheville town Just to wear that ball and chain I see my casket coming And it's all lined in black They'll take me to that little graveyard To never bring me back Short life of trouble A few more words to part Short life of trouble, dear girl For a boy with a broken heart
6.
Black Dog 02:51
BLACK DOG Late at night (late at night) in the dark (in the dark) Black dog (black dog) Comin' for ya (comin' for ya) Late at night (late at night) In the dark (in the dark) Black dog (black dog) Comin' for ya (comin' for ya) Ooooh, Ooooh In the sunshine with the sweet wine, days flow so easily Simple beauty, bliss and truly time to be free…time to be free Late at night (late at night) in the dark (in the dark) Black dog (black dog) Comin' for ya (comin' for ya) Late at night (late at night) In the dark (in the dark) Black dog (black dog) Comin' for ya (comin' for ya) But slowly, fading, slipping into twilight Shadows snaking welcome the night…welcome the night At the edge of darkness, sits your only king Man's best friend, they say, but he's not listening... He doesn't do trick, he cannot be tamed His joy is your sorrow, he carries no shame, carries no shame Ooooh, Ooooh
7.
Little Bit of Living (Before I Die) (Little bit of living, before I die) Went to sea at sixteen all I seen is New Orleans Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die Went back home and I find washed away in the flood of twenty-nine Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die Little bit of fun, little bit of pain, little bit of sun, little bit of rain Wouldn’t want to do it all again Little bit of living, before I die Got a job with a traveling show met a girl in Ohio Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die Settled down, had a son eight years gone and away she run Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die Little bit of fun, little bit of pain, little bit of sun, little bit of rain Wouldn’t want to do it all again Little bit of living, before I die Went out west to find some gold - don’t believe every dream you’re told Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die I was broke couldn’t make bail, Counting days in the county jail Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die Little bit of fun, little bit of pain, little bit of sun, little bit of rain Wouldn’t want to do it all again Little bit of living, before I die Rode those restless rails until, I found heaven in the Texas hills Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die At fifty-three, they buried me underneath that cottonwood tree Little bit of laugh, little bit of cry - little bit of living, before I die Little bit of fun, little bit of pain, little bit of sun, little bit of rain Think I’d do it all again Little bit of living, before I die
8.
WE WILL BURY YOU We will bury you in all your finery Casket rolling by in blackened pageantry We will bury you singing songs of praise Symphonic elegy recounting all your days We will bury you beside our kings and queens the common give you thanks for living out their dreams We will bury you with flowers piled high and twenty-one brass guns pointed at the sky Sleep upon rusted laurels, sleep upon gilded fame Sleep upon a thousand winters while the stones forget your name We will bury you in our hallowed ground Blazing cornets…reverberation sound We will bury you under gleaming spires Deliver you to God’s invisible empire Sleep upon rusted laurels, sleep upon gilded fame Sleep upon a thousand winters while the stones forget your name
9.
DON’T WAKE IT UP Some things are better unsaid some pain to hold inside your head It’s sweeter sleepin’ with the dead never to be free Take advice from those who know there’s only one escape from woe Be quiet, silent questions so you will someday see This is why sleeping dogs lie Don’t push your luck… Don’t wake it up No, no Don’t wake it up It all happened one night Stirred up such a fright They witnessed the end with hearts broken, deeds unspoken vowing to pretend Borrow trouble and you may open wounds of yesterday Step closer and yes someone will pay but we will finally see This is why sleeping dogs lie Don’t push your luck… Don’t wake it up No, no Don’t wake it up
10.
HELL AND GONE For all the years you’ve taken and all of the times I tried Gonna break free of these chains and hop the fastest train And you will be the one to cry I’m gonna ride from city to city and I’ll blow in like a hurricane With my eyes rimmed in black and silk on my back Ain’t nowhere gonna be the same Ain’t gonna write you a letter - Ain’t gonna come back home You’re gonna see me never - No matter where I roam When you hear that whistle blowin Lord, I’ll be hell and gone, hell and gone And I’ll smoke all the tea in China, and I’ll drink all the whiskey stills dry Leave a trail of broken hearts and that’s just for a start, and you won’t need to wonder why All the men folk will shake and quiver and the women will weep and moan Holy rollers beggin’ please, prayin down on their knees For the woman with the heart of stone Ain’t gonna write you a letter – you’re gonna see me never… By the time they see me comin’, Lord, I’ll be hell and gone Hell and gone
11.
When Shall I Go? All the fields are sewn and plowed, all the thanks were said out loud Oh Lord, when shall I go? In the morning when I rise…in the evening when I lie down? Oh Lord, when shall I go? When shall I go, Lord… when shall I go? Unto the bright sunshine? In the morning when I rise…in the evening when I lie down? Oh Lord, when shall I go? When shall I go, Lord…when shall I go? Unto the bright sunshine? In the morning when I rise…in the evening when I lie down? Oh Lord, when shall I go? Oh Lord, oh Lord, Oh Lord, oh Lord, Oh Lord, oh Lord - Tell me…when shall I go? Tell me…when shall I go?

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Our eponymous debut album which was released August 2010 and enjoyed a feature on NPR's "All Songs Considered".

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released August 1, 2010

CREDITS:
KAREN DAHLSTROM: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
KATHERINE ETZEL: Vocals, Accordion, Spoons, Percussion
FRED STESNEY: Bass Guitar, Vocals
JEN MCDEARMAN: Vocals, Percussion
GARY KEENAN: Acoustic Guitar; Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Charlie Shaw: drums on track 10
Paul Petit: organ on track 4
Shaky Dave Pollack: harmonica on track 10


ALBUM DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY & LOGO: Maria Eugenia Marcial
BAND PHOTO: Ric Firmino
"BLACK DOG" ILLUSTRATION: Mark Welsh (www.elsh.com.au)

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