TROUBLE I WROUGHT

by Bobtown

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1.
MAMA'S GOT THE BACKBEAT Mama's got the backbeat, praise the Lord Praise the Lord, yeah, praise the Lord Cornbread cooking over firelight ain't nobody gonna need tonight Shoes are wearin’ – not a belt is tight but ain't nobody ‘gonna need tonight Old Mary singin’ a Bible song all her kin folk sing along Mama's got the backbeat, stompin’ on the board praise the Lord, yeah, praise the Lord Mama's got the backbeat, praise the Lord Praise the Lord, yeah, praise the Lord A day pullin’ weeds and our back is tired but ain't nobody gonna kill the fire singing and dancing ‘til the dew is dry and ain't nobody gonna kill that fire we don't have much, yeah, we may be poor but ain't nobody in need of more Someone bring the fire and someone bring the bow someone make the call and someone answer everybody knows who makes the rhythm flow givin' the beat a soul Mama's got the backbeat, praise the Lord Praise the Lord, yeah, praise the Lord
2.
ONE PUBLIC ENEMY High and dry, that's how you left me How you left me, sorry dear High and dry, now we're gonna see One public enemy crystal clear Call me Bonnie, I call you Clyde Taking every corner store ride to ride Making way to glory nationwide Always and forever Partner, partner, you always say Working every heist, hit and getaway Risking every rush, it's the only way And we'll go down together, but... High and dry, that's how you left me How you left me, sorry dear High and dry, now we're gonna see One public enemy crystal clear The time had come, our day of dreams When they would know what loyal means When we would show what justice brings Winners, let's take all But since you left me on my own You made the deal, a pact in stone To take a break all alone I would take the fall Well, who knew what my future told To escape with life and all the gold For you with nothing to behold And me standing tall, cause... High and dry, that's how you left me How you left me, sorry dear High and dry, now we're gonna see One public enemy crystal clear
3.
SKIPPING STONE I’m not gonna read your letter, no I don’t care what it said How can I hear your words when your sleeping in another’s bed? If you don’t want your woman, and if you play around instead Ain’t nobody to blame when this woman done kills you dead I really won’t I won’t stop I will not Give up I want you My heart’s got a rhythm and it flutters like a skipping stone Today’s precious lover is tomorrow’s tasty bourguignon I gave you all my good deeds, and I followed where ‘er you led I gave you everything you needed, now you’re kneading someone else’s bread I let you run off each night cause I didn’t want to be your chain Now you’re gonna get the bullet and I get the midnight train I really won’t I won’t stop I will not Give up I want you My heart’s got a rhythm and it flutters like a skipping stone Today’s precious lover is tomorrow’s tasty bourguignon So if you don’t want your woman, if you play around instead Ain’t nobody to blame when this woman done kills you dead Everybody heed my warning, somebody’s hands will be stained If you’re sneaking out on your woman, while sleeping in the bed she’s made I really won’t I won’t stop I will not Give up I want you
4.
DON'T FEAR THE REAPER (by Donald Roeser of Blue Oyster Cult) All our times have come, here but now they’re gone Seasons don’t fear the reaper Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain (we can be like they are) Come on Baby (don’t fear the reaper) Baby, take my hand (don’t fear the reaper) Baby I’m your man La, la la la la La, la la la la Valentine is done, here but now they’re gone Romeo and Juliet are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet) Men and women everyday (Romeo and Juliet) Men and women everyday (Redefine happiness) Come on Baby (we can be like they are) We’ll be able to fly La la la la la La, la la la la Love of two is one, here but now they’re gone Came the last night out of sadness And it was clear that she couldn’t go on Candles blew and then disappeared Curtains flew and then he appeared (saying Don’t be afraid) She had taken his hand (She had become like they are) And they started to fly (She had become like they are) So come on Baby (don’t fear the reaper) Baby I’m your man La la la la la La, la la la la La, la la la la La, la la la
5.
BURN YOUR BUILDING DOWN House of light...house of sin...gotta know which house you're in If there’s darkness all around - better burn your building down. We go gently into the fold which door opens when our stories are told? Skies to hold me, calm enfold me we're all going home. Gold and silver have no place in a land that’s ruled by Grace. If your building’s weighted down, better burn it to the ground. House of light...house of sin...gotta know which house you're in If there's darkness all around - better burn your building down. Arms wide open, embrace the ride which road you travel fate to decide Skies to hold me, calm enfold me we're all going home Better hope that it's not too late, don't delay till you're at the gate You can cling to your wealth unbound, or, burn your building down House of light...house of sin...gotta know which house you're in is there's darkness all around? Then burn your building down. Dot all your i's and cross your t's He is watching all your good deeds Skies to hold me, calm enfold me we're all going home Better hope that it's not too late, don't delay till you're at the gate if you cling to your wealth unbound...then greed shall make you drown House of light? House of sin? Gotta know which house you're in Is there darkness all around? Better burn your building down.
6.
TROUBLE I WROUGHT I didn't know…I didn't know I didn't know the trouble I wrought I didn't know…I didn't know Now I see the worry I brought I couldn't stay…I couldn't stay I had to leave, the day it had come Threw it away…threw it away Threw it away and then it was gone I gaze at you from far away with love upon my tongue In time I hope forgiveness numbs the haste of one so young so young I couldn't see…I couldn't see I couldn't see bad from the good wanted the free…wanted the free But I'd take it all back if I could I gaze at you from far away words of love upon my tongue I hope some day you'll find a way...forgive the haste of the young so young I didn't know…I didn't know I didn't know the trouble I wrought
7.
Battle Creek 03:56
BATTLE CREEK Up in the morning, 'fore the break of dawn We'll be a-working 'til the day is gone Engines are humming…We make our pay But we never see the light of day Don't lay me down in Battle Creek Don't lay me down in Battle Creek Before the Lord come and take my soul to keep Carry me back to my home I worked the fields, I pulled the plow Ain't no crops a-growing now I left the farm for the factory And now this town'll be the death of me Don't lay me down (lay me down) in Battle Creek Don't lay me down (lay me down) in Battle Creek Before the Lord (Lord) come and take my soul to keep Carry me back to my home These dirty streets are paved with sin Oh, you don't know the shape i'm in An empty bottle, an early grave Not much left of my soul to save I left the fields to make my name I have only myself to blame Before I die, just let me see The sun shining down on me Tell my mother I'm sorry Tell my lover I'm sorry Don't tell my daddy nothin' And please (please), please (please), please Don't lay me down (lay me down) in Battle Creek Don't lay me down (lay me down) in Battle Creek Before the Lord (Lord come and take my soul to keep) Carry me back to my home Carry me back to my home
8.
Magilla Lee 02:36
MAGILLA LEE Magilla Lee, just 23 had loved beyond her years Longing for more, she opened the door to brave eternal fears Dear Magilla Lee, she found the key to fate, and this would mean New meditation, true dedication to face a world unseen With the dream still alive that her turn would arrive She finally heard them say "Everyone knows for whom the bell tolls It tolls for thee, Magilla Lee, It tolls for thee." Ah poor Magilla Lee, would not be free in time and wondered why But soon understood, the plans for good she had two long days to die She had two days to die but her turn would arrive To finally hear them say "Everyone knows for whom the bell tolls It tolls for thee, Magilla Lee, oh everyone, everyone, everyone knows for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee, Magilla Lee, it tolls for thee."
9.
LIVE SLOW, DIE OLD The hands on the clock go tick, tick, tock In stuttering steps into the depths of darkness The rain drip drops on tin rooftops Down to the sea and endlessly repeating Live slow, die old Live slow, die old The sun goes up till it goes down And round and round into the ground in silence Paint chips fall out in the hall Where a picture tilts and all you’ve built is crumbling Live slow, die old Live slow, die old The will to go on leaves us day by day Collapsing under your own gravity Everything we find we must leave behind At the gates of eternity Skin collects in dusty specks On books unread beside the bed unchanging Insect creep beneath your sleep And the stars in the sky ignore your cry for more time. Live slow, die old Live slow, die old The will to go on leaves us day by day Collapsing under your own gravity Everything we find we must leave behind At the gates of eternity
10.
RESURRECTION MARY Quarter after ten at Resurrection Hall couples twirling at the Harvest Dance to welcome the fall She stepped out just to catch a breath of evening air When her fella came to join her they could find her nowhere The bells are ringin' out the searchers turn every stone Resurrection Mary when are you coming home? Years went creeping by and not a hide nor a hair Her fella moved to Piper, got a new lady there Some kids were skipping stones down at the quarry in town when they saw a woman dancing in a soiled ball gown The bells are ringin' out, the townfolk hide and bemoan Resurrection Mary when are you coming home? Well, Billy Martin workin' on his barren well They say that something spooked him & downward he fell They found him lying lifeless in an inch of mud By a ball dress on a skeleton all soaked in blood The bells are ringing out and they’re collecting her bones Resurrection Mary’s finally coming home Resurrection Mary - Comin' home Resurrection Mary - Comin' home Resurrection Mary - Comin' home Resurrection Mary - Comin' home shoo-be-do-wop-wop shoo-be-do-bop-bop No one knows what happened to poor Mary back then An accident? Or did ole Billy do Mary in? Sometimes when the moon is right you still catch the sight Of a soiled dress a-floating through the mist of the night The bells are ringing out and Heaven’s calling you so Resurrection Mary when are you going home? Resurrection Mary when are you going home? Resurrection Mary when are you going… Come on Mary, come on Mary, come on Mary, come on Mary, Mary…time to go home
11.
Coalville 04:27
COALVILLE Long gone the doctor said been dead for days lying in his bed the four walls of a shotgun shack his grave hand clenched into a fist a word seemed perched upon his lips the track of a tear still clear on his face they buried him up in Coalville just an old stone fence to keep his calls at bay Sarah, Sarah I miss you Sarah, Sarah Raven-haired with a flair and a zest for life on a train to meet her man to get the best in life but blood on the tracks, it was the Devil’s day. They say she died with her hand clinched in a fist, a word seemed perched upon her lips, in the barren soil where her body lay And they buried her up in Coalville where a man knelt near her grave Sarah, Sarah I miss you Sarah, Sarah And when the wind blows down from Coalville you can hear him to this day Sarah, Sarah I miss you Sarah, Sarah
12.
FLOOD WATER RISING Flood water rising, Flood water rising Flood water rising, Flood water rising Kings and queens – down in the water Lords and ladies – down in the water Pharaoh’s army – down in the water Amen Fortune tellers – down in the water Shamans, wizards – down in the water Them false prophets – down in the water Amen Flood water rising, Flood water rising Flood water rising, Flood water rising Money lenders – down in the water ‘Vestment bankers – down in the water Herbert Hoover – down in the water Amen Sodom, Gomorrah – down in the water Inland Empire – down in the water New York City – down in the water Amen Here comes Jesus, walking on the water Here comes Jesus, walking on the water Here comes Jesus, walking on the water Here comes Jesus, walking on the water Flood water rising, Flood water rising Flood water rising, Flood water rising, flood water rising, flood water rising Amen

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"Trouble I Wrought" is Bobtown's second release. Their eponymous debut received positive reviews and airplay, both domestically and internationally, and "Trouble I Wrought" draws from the same well, expanding on the band's previous folk-based musical exploration of styles and genres.

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released August 6, 2012

BOBTOWN IS:
ALAN LEE BACKER: Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Baritone Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro
KAREN DAHLSTROM: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
KATHERINE ETZEL: Vocals, Drums, Accordion, Pump Organ, Spoons, Percussion
JEN MCDEARMAN: Vocals, Percussion
FRED STESNEY: Electric and Acoustic Bass Guitar, Vocals

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Joe Ongie: co-producer & piano on track 4
Dave Ciolino-Volano: drums on tracks 1 & 2
Charlie Shaw: drums on track 5
Philippa Thompson: fiddle on tracks 5 & 12; saw on track 9
Mike Nolan: pedal steel guitar on track 11
Dock Oscar (Stern): jaw harp on track 10

ALBUM DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY: Maryanne Latanyshyn
LOGO: Maria Eugenia Marcial
BAND PHOTO: Farzana Razak

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