Whippoorwill - EP

by Whippoorwill

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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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Track Name: Sunrise on the Day You Die
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
Track Name: Disco Clothes
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
Track Name: Don't You Tell Me
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
Track Name: Run
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
Track Name: The Devil
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