Whippoorwill - EP

by Whippoorwill

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Old Brown in a prison, Covered in blood in a Charlestown cell Bound for the gallows Bound for the gallows but not for hell My granddaddy was a wicked man Writes a letter to his family Says, "I'm gonna be hanged but it ain't no sin" Says, "Don't you weep now, Don't weep for me hanging from that limb" My granddaddy was a wicked man I won't feel like I am free Until you stand free with me There is no more perfect sky Than sunrise on the day you die You say you're a prophet, Do you speak for God? "Yes sir, I do" He says, "Do to others As you'd have others do to you" My grandaddy was a wicked man I won't feel like I am free Until you stand free with me There is no more perfect sky Than sunrise on the day you die
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Taking a ride on the night train, just spent all my money Don’t really know where it goes, but don’t you worry honey I stole a bottle of Jack and I put it in my pocket Everyone knows I’ve got style, cause baby I can rock it All the girls are gonna know my name And I’ll be ready when they walk my way Cause I’m wearing my disco clothes Step in the club about midnight, went straight to the dance floor Slipped the DJ a dime, “I bet you know what that’s for This club better keep moving,’ 'til tomorrow morning Or baby you know what I’ll do, and that’s your final warning” All the girls are gonna know my name And I’ll be ready when they walk my way Cause I’m wearing my disco clothes Damn, that girl is a smokeshow, in that tiny red dress Tapping her feet to the time, like a dance floor princess She keeps eyeing me slyly, cause she knows I want it Everyone knows she’s got style, and damn she loves to flaunt it Oh that girl is gonna know my name And I’ll be ready when she comes my way Cause I’m wearing my disco clothes
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Don't you tell me that it's alright If I forget to call, or you forget to write That's not a pattern I want to start Cause if every time that we say goodbye It becomes a little easier for you to keep from crying That's the way you're gonna break my heart "How could I forget you?" That's what you always say Just to make it easier For you to walk away Don't you tell me that I'm a fool For saying I'll propose to you the day I finish school It's been the plan from the very start The war is lost economy is bad And I've been missing things I didn't know I had I can't do it all with a broken heart "How could I forget you?" That's what you always say Just to make it easier For you to walk away
4.
05:02
Take what you have left and run far away There is nothing here, no reason to stay I know it makes you scared inside To leave all we know behind But take my hand and we'll run far away As fast as we can, take my hand and we'll run far away We'll run far away Take all of your prisoners and let them all go We've no right to hold them, you and I both know I know it makes you scared inside To leave all we know behind But take my hand and we'll run far away As fast as we can, take my hand and we'll run far away We'll run far away There's no hope for justice if it can be sold And those who fall behind are left in the cold
5.
06:41
Honey wake up it’s almost daylight Honey Get dressed and grab your gun We’re gonna ride all day till sundown Baby hurry up we’re on the run Don’t let it be the devil that takes me home Don’t let it be the devil that takes me home I got stuck ridin' with some outlaws Somewhere north of the Dixon line Wasn’t my fault, baby, I got framed But if we keep driving we’ll be just fine Don’t let it be the devil that takes me home Don't let it be the devil that takes me home And if that devil comes for me, I won’t go No if that devil comes for me, I won’t go I will grab him by his throat and let him know That he is nothing to a good man with a soul I know a guy makes bootleg whiskey Makes it cheap and he makes it strong I was gonna run it in a black Ford hot rod Coward called the cops and sang a song Don’t let it be the devil that takes me home Don’t let it be the devil that takes me home Cops caught up one night round Richmond Led by a sheriff with an evil eye Pulled his gun but I was too quick and We didn’t have time to watch him die Don’t let it be the devil that takes me home No don’t let it be the devil that takes me home I will meet my fate like an honest man Oh I will meet my fate like an honest man But they say an honest man makes an honest stand So I will make sure that that devil knows my hand I won't let the devil take me I won't let the devil take me I won't let the devil take me I won't let the devil take me home Honey wake up it’s almost daylight Get dressed and grab your gun We’re gonna ride all day till sundown Baby hurry up we’re on the run And if that devil comes for me, then I won’t go If that devil comes for me I won’t go I will grab him by his throat and let him know That he is nothing to a man who has a soul I won't let the devil take me I won't let the devil take me I won't let the devil take me I won't let the devil take me home

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The debut EP from Bay Area rock trio Whippoorwill. Like the eerie call of their avian namesake, Whippoorwill's sound is hauntingly familiar: rock and roll with readily apparent traces of it's folk and blues ancestors. This trio seeks to prove that all you need are crashing drums, blistering guitar and raunchy bass to bring the house down.

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released December 6, 2013

Ian Merrifield (guitar, vocals)
Jon Levine (bass, organ, guitar)
Ben Briggance (drums)


Produced by Jonathan Devoto
Engineered by Michael Chiang and Chris Maier
Mixed and mastered by Michael Chiang and Jonathan Devoto
Recorded at Dirt Room

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Whippoorwill Oakland, California

Like the eerie call of their avian namesake, Whippoorwill's sound is hauntingly familiar: rock and roll with readily apparent traces of it's folk and blues ancestors. This trio seeks to prove that crashing drums, blistering guitar and raunchy bass are all you need to bring the house down. ... more

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