Whiskerman

by Whiskerman

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1.
Ram's Head 03:37
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
2.
Blind Saint 03:25
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
3.
Devil Bird 04:28
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
4.
Charlie June 06:17
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Brother Jim 05:52
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
8.
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
9.
Whiskerman 06:20
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

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released September 12, 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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Whiskerman Oakland, California

"When they're revved up, Whiskerman sounds like a gospel and soul band that can make you feel like raising your hands in the air in praise of its talent. In their quieter songs, there's a storytelling vibe with intricate melodies."

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