PA Dirt

by Guests of Guests

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released 25 December 2013

Bobby Valentine: Vocals/guitar
Jolie Valentine: Double bass
Chris McCune: Percussion
Recorded by Nate Campisi at Mr. Smalls Studios in Pittsburgh

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Guests of Guests Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jolie and Bobby Valentine. Sometimes Chris McCune.

January 29th. Thunderbird Cafe, Pittsburgh
February 1st. Wheel Mill, Pittsburgh

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Track Name: PA Dirt
Wake the children, there's a storm
Brewing in the mountains I can hear the warning horns
But they're belting out a song so sweet
I think I might just sing along

You see those rivers. They're on the rise
They're creeping up the rocks
But I'm feeling like a child
And I'm running down the muddy banks.
I'm going to throw myself in.

My chest rises and falls with the lines of these mountains.
My heart beats the way these rivers collide.
Of all the things in life you know you just can't count on,
Bury me in Pennsylvania dirt when I die.

If I die tonight, don't bury me
In some fancy coffin with the fine mahogany,
Just roll me in the dirt
Let the soil soak up my skin.

The sky's torn open like a pinata
Spilling all out with hell and high water.
If this is Armageddon tell him
Come and get me.
Track Name: Showdown
All my life I've been waiting for a showdown.
Break my spine, find the ice that's forming there
When all of my dreams have been scalped and left for leaving
Take my hand lead me to the place you go to die

How these roads they choose to wind and
All those answers you can't find

All my life the chop block's arms are open
And grinning wide see the shine of the axe raised high
You can look your whole life, but this world was meant for leaping
So bide your time, but you can't stop the sickle's reaping

How those roads they choose to wind and
All those answers you can't find.

When that road looks at you and feels like a blade's run you through.
There's only one more thing you can do, when that road looks at you.
Track Name: Meteors
I won't tell you I'm not trouble I won't tell you I'm any good.
But my hands are strong and my back's as hard as cherry wood.
Now I know I don't look right in a place so dignified
But give me a chance won't you see me in my own light

I let my arrow loose heading straight for your heart
But once that thing is loose it's up to the wind and the stars
So don't listen to your conscience or that friend with the upturned nose.
She's just jealous that me friends ain't interested in her.

And that meteor shower you said they were stars too small to use for wishing.
Well I'm wishing girl, and I'm going to wish for you too.

I've had my share of condemnation but the judgement wasn't theirs to cast.
I just kept my mouth shut because the first stone is no one's to cast.
So don't listen to your mama, or that friend with the rosary
Follow your heart girl I think you might follow me.

And that meteor shower you said they were stars too small to use for wishing.
Well I'm wishing girl, and I'm going to wish for you too.

So don't try to argue this undeniable truth. These arms were built to hold you.
Track Name: Take It
She asked me how I take it I said usually hard.
She said, I meant your coffee, I said I meant every word.
Fluorescent lights are humming on a song of their own.
I'd love to sing along but right now I've got to find a new home.

But I remember night we'd wage a thumb war
The way wolves would if they had thumbs to play with
And I remember nights you talked so sweet
Now everything I've got is a box out on the street.

She asked me how I take it I said strong and black
If you have some whiskey you can throw in some of that.
I tried to say I love you but it jammed in my throat
Like a bullet in the chamber I'm still waiting on the backfire to blow.

I could tell you that I'm sorry.
I could tell you I walked on the moon.
I know there's nothing I could say or do
To make our love come true.

She asked me how I take it and I said like a hostage.
If nobody moves then nobody gets hurt.
If love is your privilege, what be your ransom?
I raised my white flag but I've got nothing left to trade.

But I remember nights we'd wage a thumb war
The way wolves would if they had thumbs to play with
And I remember nights you talked so sweet.
Now all I've got left are these old memories.
Track Name: American Dream
I hit the road but this here load is dragging me down.
Yeah my nose is damn near scraping of the ground.
But I'm heading out west, taller tree tops, cleaner water, bigger sky.
Pioneering's in my blood baby I'm taming any frontier I can find.

I'm carving out my piece of the American Dream
Like a big old apple pie with a side of ice cream.
I'm carving out my piece of the American Dream.
And I'm trading it in for a new television screen.

Back to my bag you see this tattered thing is heavier than hell.
Full of all the lies I've told and all the ones I'm saving up to tell.
After all my I's are blinded and all my T's have timbered to the ground,
I'm going to call my conscience up and tell him, man have I got a story to tell.

I'm carving out my piece of the American Dream
Like a big old apple pie with a side of ice cream.
I'm carving out my piece of the American Dream.
And I'm trading it in for a new television screen.

I'm carving out my piece of the American Dream.
Like a big old apple pie with a side of ice cream.
But what a shame when finally I see
That a hungry crowd got there before me.

So I'm carving out a piece of the American Dream
It's just not as big as I'd hoped it would be.
Track Name: June 2nd
It's way too hot for the second day of June
And I'm way too drunk for the early afternoon
Now come here girl and let me whisper in your ear
You're looking way to good to be sitting way over there.

Now I can't tell you the pretty things
But I can tell you the truth
I can't sing like the radio,
But I can sing you my blues.

So come on now and try to break me like a horse
Maybe jerk the wheel and change my crooked course
But I'm going to go and break my own damn heart
It's not where you end honey it's how you start

Now I can't tell you the pretty things
But I can tell you the truth
I can't sing like the radio,
But I can sing you my blues.

So if you tell me you won't turn me away
I'll tell you I'll never stray.
If you can say it without looking away
I could tell you any goddamn thing.
Track Name: Fast Song
I know you like those fast songs girl but tonight my arms can't move that way.
I've been swinging a sledge above my head since the sun came up this morning.
I thought I was John Henry, but nobody's telling my story.
No one to write my life in line, no one to remember me.

Now put those shoes on, I know they aren't new, but I love to watch you move them.
I've got a twenty tucked into my wallet for an emergency.
And baby, I think it's one of these.
Please come out and dance with me.

With your hand up on my shoulder I could turn my cheek against the harshest wind.
Your whisper in my ear sounds out like a tidal wave crashing
Against all of my problems, against all of my fears.
Against all of my bullshit, against all these years.

The light in your eyes might keep me from going blind.

The sun will come out tomorrow, but I'd rather dance by the light of the moon.
It's not our last night on Earth but baby I think this will do.
So let's not say nothing at all.
Sway with me baby to that old rock and roll.

The light in your eyes might keep me from going blind.
Darkness surrounds us, but it won't get us tonight.
Track Name: Wandering Kind
She had a heart like a strip mine.
She had a laugh like a howl.
She had eyes that shined like a
Suicide's blood on the bathroom tile.

I picked her up in Savanah
She hitched a ride up the coast
Said I love the conversation man,
Lately all I've had to talk to has been ghosts.

These roads moving under my feet
They won't remember me
And there's no exit I can find
Because I'm just the wandering kind

We hit the city like a cheap shot
I had some business downtown
She said you don't got to love me
But you really shouldn't leave me alone right now.

I got back to that hotel room
Found a night signed by a ghost
Said I could've loved you buddy but
The roads are calling and I got to go.

These roads moving under my feet
They won't remember me
And there's no exit I can find
Because I'm just the wandering kind

Now that road keeps flying
Under my shoes
My eyes on the horizon but
My mind is on a woman I almost knew.

I got my heart in the rearview
I got my foot to the floor
I had a taste of loving and
You better believe me I want some more of it

These roads moving under my feet
They won't remember me
And there's no exit I can find
Because I'm just the wandering kind