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Whiskerman

by Whiskerman

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released 12 September 2011
Recorded at The Creamery in Oakland CA by Greg Ashley.
All songs composed by Graham Patzner.
Performed by Whiskerman: Graham Patzner, Lewis Patzner, Nick Cobbett and William Lawrence
Additional musicians: Anthony Ant, Maddy Streicek, Kurt Patzner, Anton Patzner, Carla Picchi, Rosemary Steffi, Colleen Johnson and Jacob Hansen-Joseph

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Track Name: Ram's Head
Ram’s Head

I was born by the road to ram’s head
A path I played on and traced the wood
Forty rings inside the birch
Line my ruin in time for birth

I carried on like so many reeds
And the buzzard broke me
To a worried seed
When I call to be set free
The ram is running away from me

I’ll die
I’ll die
Die before I make my way back home
I’ll wait
I’ll wait
Wait all night for the seat on the ram’s throne

Now I see how I lay my bed
Scattered bark for a crossing dread
When the oak is shook
And the apple’s red
I’ll be ready
For the Ram’s head
Track Name: Blind Saint
Blind Saint

Won’t you let me understand you?
Won’t you let me in your glow?
I got no more than just this piece
Of a weary broken soul
I’m a-wanderin’
Like a blind saint

I pissed on all my fortunes
But it wasn’t for a cause
I threw myself into the dark
Just to see how far I’d dive
I’m a-wanderin’
Like a blind saint

Ever since I met you
I’ve been on your lonely trail
And now I’m lookin’ back on love
And I’m seein’ where I failed
I’m a-wanderin’
Like a blind saint

Lookin’ at the skyline
As it’s dimmin’ overhead
You know I want to be near you
But all them want me dead
I’m a-wanderin’
Like a blind saint
Track Name: Devil Bird
Devil Bird

Foamin’ at the mouth
The fox in the hallway
Fixes his hat
And chomps on a bar maid
You know he’s a crook
And he’ll steal your tongue
Take your lunch money
And run

Sally the minx
You taught me better
Locked me in the bathroom
Feelin’ my feathers
Brought the whole house down
With that growl
But good luck
Spending the night on her lap

So I’m foolish
I won’t ever let you go
My Devil Bird

At the top of the stairs
There’s a bald eagle
Flapping away
Feelin’ fat in his head
A pirouette
And he’s good as dead
I come by and hit his arm
Take his lunch money
And run

So I’m foolish
I won’t ever let you go
My Devil Bird
Track Name: Charlie June
Charlie June

Charlie June, there’s your dirty spoon
Lying on the kitchen floor
You wear your mind, wear your mind away
‘til you kiss the golden shore

I have seen the spell that has stricken you
Walking out along the trail
The forest burns to become the face
Of the man you sent away

See that waste?
He devours
Throw him into the vine
God Damn you. God damn you
Love
Only Love
Can be born

Charlie June, I will stay with you
Because I have no other choice
Even when that old rustling wind
Come on out to clear my voice

I won’t be lost here
I’m going back to the other world
I won’t be locked in
I’m going back to the other world
Track Name: The Greatest Flood
The Greatest Flood

I swear I’m going to find the pearl
I’ve been searching all my life
I’m just a little bag of bones
Just a little bag of bones
Nothing more

I’m going to cross the devil’s track
And make a name for his step
What a man ought to know
What a man ain’t seen just yet

Go out alone but it’s all right
Someday I’m going to find
The greatest flood
Far behind

Love in my boot
I keep dragging along
Running out from the dues
That been dead and gone

Today’s my bird
Tomorrow my perch
Kick me out to the sun
Hanging out ‘til it hurt

Go out alone but it’s all right
Someday I’m going to find
The greatest flood
Far behind

I swear I’m going to find the pearl
I’ve been searching all my life
I’m just a little bag of bones
Just a little bag of bones
Nothing more
Track Name: Fair Mind, Maker, Weeper, Babe
Fair Mind, Maker, Weeper, Babe

Lazy peasant walking through the valley
Diggin’ up the dark grass
Pining for the grace of a
Lonely water running through a dry spring
What’s it going to make him?
If it don’t kill him?
Fair mind, maker, weeper, babe
There’s a fountain full of my love
The brighter the taste
Make a man out of fate

Old man river wake me from my slumber
I’ve been waitin’, ever changin’
Young daughter swan asleep by the reeds
Guardin’ the true light that beckon beneath
Fair mind, maker, weeper, babe
There’s a fountain full of my love
The brighter the taste
Make a man out of fate

Beckonin’ the cage of a fast heart
Beckonin’ the fall wracked with pain
And the new silent man Combs his mane

Fair mind, maker, weeper, babe
There’s a fountain full of my love
The brighter the taste
Make a man out of fate
Track Name: Brother Jim
Brother Jim
The road is lying ahead, ahead
There’s my companion laying out his bed
Oh my brother don’t you shout
Fear them angels crawlin’ about

They used to talk to me
Like I was their child
Tracked me down the valley
When I ain’t known I died
Meteors are waltzin’
And rubbin’ their cheeks
And the kiss in the darkness
Keeps on pickin’ at my leaves

I said take
I said take

Everything from me

Take me to the river
Wrap me in your blood
Teach me of the wanderin’ light
Skin me to the candle
Lightin’ up the sun
That damn near burned my soul

Somewhere my house is burning up in flames
Reaping up the morning and digging in the day
Scared eyes don’t know how to swiftly move on
And the shape in the nightlight
Kept me cooped up ‘til dawn

Brother Jim, your eyes are soft
With your fine suit on can’t you let me know how?
Brother Jim, we took a vow
But you know we’re the kind
That are ready to fall

And I said take
Take everything from me

Take me to the river
Wrap me in your blood
Teach me of the wanderin’ light
Skin me to the candle
Lightin’ up the sun
That damn near burned my soul
Track Name: The Diamond and the Hill
The Diamond and the Hill

Woggle woggle
Slip up
Woggle woggle
Sing
Hobble Hobble
Drink up
Hobble to my king

I woke up way to sick today
I am in the weeds today
Now the summer fire is
Caught between the diamond and the hill
I’ll chase the embers out

I’d love to be the one for you
And sing your name
The keys are in the crucible
And I have thrown my wake

Sit beside the wall
My heaviness and all
No time for light here
Caught between the diamond and the hill
I’ll seek if I wake up

Now I’ve gone half asleep
And I can’t see a damn thing
In the dance of the hogs
I am king and I have gold

Sit beside the sea
My lonely dream and me
But look at how I shine here
Caught between the diamond and the hill
I’ll wait to make my move
Track Name: Whiskerman
Whiskerman

Watch my sight when I fall from the tree
It’s the sight of the child I threw in the creek
The salmons bite there faithfully
If I don’t get close I’d never see
Land over land and down

Winter came to spread out her plate
She came to be held and she came to be laid
Now supper’s ready and I won’t give in
Where the crosses burn she’s dressed to begin
Throwing down the nails
All I said is I’d be here waiting

Wait for the Whiskerman
He’s a friend of mine
Let’s prepare a mighty fire
Make it red as hell

Red moon pacing over the sun
I sit a quiet new year with a rebel’s gun
But my army’s ready to fail and run
You twist the dice for war
And I see it twist to none
But every time I’ll cry

Because I threw the moth into the broken bulb
And I cracked the hillside to find the soul
How far to sundown I feel I’m getting old
You better start walking there’s a shower of gold
And the steel won’t crack the whip
The fast and running fist
I see you

Wait for the Whiskerman
He’s a friend of mine
Let’s prepare a mighty fire
Make it red as hell

Wake up your mama
The rug’s getting wetter
The flood’s going to get here
The sooner the better
The world is a vulture
Shaking her feathers
And all I see is the end
No, sayeth I am free.

Wait for the Whiskerman
He’s a friend of mine
Let’s prepare a mighty fire
Make it red as hell