Kissing The Gunner's Daughter

by Go Long Mule

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1.
The Three Wives Rosie-oh, I know You only pick the pockets of the ones you love You married me six feet deep In a dress made of cotton with a mouth to feed When left alone, my skin and bones Spent a hundred dollars on a way back home Chorus: With a ring upon my left hand You called me crazy so I called you again But you knew right away Yeah you knew right away I'm just not ready Caroline, friend of mine She's turning all the water into turpentine She calls my name from a cardboard stage She keeps my letters in an old bird cage She says "Please, marry me and I will leave a family lyin' at your feet" Chorus Weeping Jane, from Aberdeen Hides a rusty knife inside her walking cane She bent low, before the snow To carry out a dress that she had burried below Beat the breeze and married me She carved both our names into a willow tree Chorus
2.
Ghosts 02:37
Ghosts I'll give you a dollar so the devil can ride Hold another twenty for the preacher to hide I'm just trying to keep my shoes from Sticking to the jail room floor I wish I had a brother - the other one died Burried by my sister on the fifth of July In a pinetop box we had Sittin on the barroom floor Chorus: Oh but I let the ghosts lay where they lie And if I get back 'fore to long They won't have to lie alone I was running with an Illinois diplomat Tryin' to find the fucker who had taken my hat Tryin' to keep myself from Sleepin' with the girl next door I'll drink from the barrel with a Tennesse gun Hide all my secrets in the Mississippi mud Get back baby 'fore that sun goes down Chorus I might have just one lover for the rest of my life Try to keep her pretty, try to keep her right But all the little words that I try to say Just go wrong I was breakin' in to find myself a place to begin I was caught in the corner with my sisters best friend Sleepin in the city On a bench by the city walls I'll give you a dollar so the devil can ride Hold another twenty for the preacher to hide I'm just trying to keep my shoes from Sticking to the jail room floor Chorus: I might have just one lover for the rest of my life Try to keep her pretty, try to keep her right But all the little words that I try to say Just go wrong
3.
Dimestore Watch I would trade a million for a dimestore watch Or spend another night in the cold Just to hold your hand Like a junkyard man Just to watch you crawl On your skinny legs, my doll I saw you ride a pony while the barn burned down I saw you sleeping out in the rain WOuld it be the same If you know my name Would you let me crawl On your skinny legs, my doll Chorus: If you hold up your hands Leave me stranded in the end I won't apologize For all of the wrongs I righted If you could please say a prayer Not to God, but someone who careds Then I'll apologize For all of the wrongs I righted If I called you softly could I call you mine Or would I stand alone without trying Oh to hold your hand Like a junkyard man Oh to watch you crawl On your skinny legs, my doll
4.
Sailor 02:48
Sailor Sing another song for the sailor man She said, she cried And wake me up baby when the water starts to rise Could you sing about the old days And the time that you spent With a penny in your pocket and a red hat on your head Is there another way to get out of here He said, he cried It'd be a whole lot better if I never had to lie So he sang about the old days And the time that he spent With a dollar in his pocket and a top-hat on his head If I had just a minute to concentrate I would not try To sing another song about the tear stuck in your eye No I'd just sing about the old days And the time that we spent With my hand in your back pocket and the ribbon in your hair With another day waiting for a new day to begin
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Scarlett 04:07
Scarlet Scarlet has lost herself forty-six times And makes all the cherry trees dry By turning her head to the sky What would make her trade Her water for honey Or peel all the bandages back From the old dog by the railroad tracks The black smoke that introduced Jesse Dominguez To all of the things he'd forget Came from her Lucky Strike cigarette She asked him if he'd trade His water for honey And as they both walked out the door His water spilled out on th floor Chorus: Oh Undertaker, don't take them to early Please give it a litte more time Have another drink of that burgundy wine You'll find this gets easier After the roses have died Jesse Dominguez collapsed in the moonlight After trying to steal his first kiss From the ruby on Scarlet's red lips She wondered if he'd traded His water for honey And then she fell back in the knight That broke bird don't know how to fly Chorus
7.
Laugh 03:50
Laugh I was born with the sun in my eyes And I never saw clear, but they tell me that I Probably laughed just a little too hard For a man who can't see what he can not afford Oh I laugh just a little too hard And they called me Billy the Kid And the covered my eyes and behind them I hid But I lauged just a little too much As I'd try to imagine all the things I would touch Oh I laugh just a little too much I remember the first song I sang The song of a hunter in love with his prey And laughed just a little too long No I could not remember on word to that song And I laugh just a little too long And I loved for the first time one night When her lips finally touched mine I'm pretty sure I Probably lauged just a little to loud Wondering if mine were the first that she'd found Oh I laugh just a little too loud
8.
Rattlesnakes (free) 03:39
Rattlesnakes Cold beds and warm days A bit of whiskey for the old ways They don't matter anymore The truth is out - you saw me around Falling flat on the hallowed ground But it don't matter anymore Chorus: 'Cause I have be tearing down these walls of stone And I may have rattlesnakes for bones But I don't spend any time thinkin' 'bout the past Or I'd dream all my dreams about you Hold on to loose ends Keep the bible in the back kid You won't read it anymore
9.
Casey 03:35
Casey Casey, we were all wrong We were timid 'cause we had the time We were thinkin' 'bout which hills to climb And we all sang your song The one you wrote by the riverside 'Bout fillin' bottles with fireflies Chorus: Was it off the top of my head The top of my head has grown cold And we all know what we've done Casey, we were all wrong No we didn't mean to leave you there Pulling flowers from your greying hair So we all song your song It was easy cause the words all rhymed The we freed all the fireflies Chorus
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To the Devil While Crying Pull me off of the ground Where they left me covered in blood And please hold me while I say That I was never a part of the game I just needed the job and the pay For sweet Daisy May Chorus: And if I could get back before the gun's sound I would pick up the rifle I dropped on the ground I would be back home, in a bed of my own And I'd give you my soul for a while Don't leave, don't call me a coward And please be patient - my last breath is stuck Deep in my lungs No more mornings and no more suprises No kisses, goodbyes, or goodnights Could you please close my eyes Chorus Please take my picture down off of the wall Daisy I promise I'll hear when you call Call out my name Chorus
12.
Backward Home So you're sleeping under eyes that made you Save a smile for this weary traveler No I would never want to leave this backwards home again But the winters here seem so much longer Than the time I spent with Avery's daughter Thinking all her love was there, lord, but never mine No I'm not one for the taken, no I'm just here to find another Then I'll fly away I would never want to leave this backwards home again I know my uniform is torn and tattered And your petticoat is worn and weathered I know that all your love is vain and I don't mind 'Cause I'm not one for the taken, no I'm just here to find another Then I'll fly away I would never want to leave this backwards home again

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released September 5, 2011

Ryan Anderson: Vocals, Guitar, Lap Steel, Glockenspiel, Piano, Mandolin
Steve Leaf: Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Lap Steel
Isaac Lyons: Keys, Piano, Accordion
Mark Zoller: Drums, Percussion
Adam Mormolstein: Vocals, Bass, Percussion
Kristen Holtschlag: Vocals, Viola, Mandolin

Produced by Go Long Mule

All songs written by Ryan Anderson
Arranged by Go Long Mule

Recorded by Adam Mormolstein
Mixed by Alex Hug
Mastered by Colin Sipos at Clava Studios

Album design by Jacob Little at Vocai Studios
Photos by Bernard "Bernie" Anderson

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