Whiskey & Starlight

by Vagabondage

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1.
04:30
When the going gets rough and it's too hard not to be tough grab your boots and an old long coat and a friendly bottle for your aching throat When you stumble... When you stumble don't be afraid Breakdown, you know sometimes you've gotta... Breakdown by the side of the road Breakdown and love life from the gutter Breakdown, watching the stars grow old Breakdown, you know sometimes you've gotta Breakdown and sing out loud Breakdown and love life from the gutter Breakdown before the lights go out Before the lights go out... Feeling tired and you're out of work With bloodshot eyes and a mouthful of dirt So find a friend who's as broken as you Put our feet on the road, put some miles in your shoes When you stumble... When you stumble don't be afraid Breakdown, you know sometimes you've gotta... Breakdown by the side of the road Breakdown and love life from the gutter Breakdown, watching the stars grow old Breakdown, you know sometimes you've gotta Breakdown and sing out loud Breakdown and love life from the gutter Breakdown before the lights go out Before the lights go out... Empty heart and an aching head Sad luck dreams in a stranger's bed Memories of your old home town So damn deep that you're bound to drown When you stumble... When you stumble don't be afraid Breakdown, you know sometimes you've gotta... Breakdown by the side of the road Breakdown and love life from the gutter Breakdown, watching the stars grow old Breakdown, you know sometimes you've gotta Breakdown and sing out loud Breakdown and love life from the gutter Breakdown before the lights go out Before the lights go out...
2.
03:07
Sitting by the lakeside, letting my eyes drift into the night That old cicada song like a long lost and forgotten lullaby I could die a happy man underneath the grass and sand and sky If you find my skeleton a-smilin', just leave me where I lie There's a silver light that shines just behind my fragile flesh and skin It binds me to the earth and stars and guides me like a father from within When I'm feeling low I ride my woes up where the air is cold and thin Just to get a better view of everywhere I've gone and haven't been When my final mortal thoughts are smothered by eternal burning fire The last sound that I'd like to hear, the heavy breath of someone I desire There's no sweeter way to go, ain't no better way to bite the wire I can only hope my luck is up when it's my time to expire
3.
03:06
I'm walking to the gallows a wealthy man I'm walking to the gallows a wealthy man Got a thousand broken memories I've done the best I can I'm walking to the gallows a wealthy man Please don't tell my true love what I done Please don't tell my true love what I done Of all the men she's had before I'm the only one Please don't tell my true love what I done If I fly on high or burn below If I fly on high or burn below It doesn't matter anyhow I'll die before I go If I fly on high or burn below I'm walking to the gallows a wealthy man I'm walking to the gallows a wealthy man I'm walking to the gallows a wealthy man...
4.
02:35
The years they sit heavy, the minutes ride fast You can cut through this night like a knife Grey hours of November are hard to remember When weather is the measure of life There's two stars in the night And we're down four bottles of wine Two stars in the night And we're down four bottles of wine You went through the door, walked into the dark You knew not what you would find The thing that you feared was alone in your heart The beating of blood and of time There's two stars in the night And we're down four bottles of wine Two stars in the night And we're down four bottles of wine The rainclouds came, the sadness is grown The lightning and thunder caught fire The greatest love that you found was back home When hearts are confused by desire There's two stars in the night And we're down four bottles of wine Two stars in the night And we're down four bottles of wine There's two stars in the night And we're down four bottles of wine Two stars in the night And we're down four bottles of wine
5.
02:52
Across the sea, across the empty sea A stranger waits for you and me Alone she waits, marking the days as they fade Eternally La la... Last lullaby La la... Last lullaby The end is coming, the wires are humming There ain't nowhere left to run The air is thick now, you're getting sick now The beginning of the end has just begun La la... Last lullaby La la... Last lullaby As above and so below, at least that's how the story goes All will be as it was before There is no sleep here, but don't you fear my dear This world will turn forevermore La la... Last lullaby La la... Last lullaby
6.
It's getting late, I feel sassy Wanna jump out of this car and drink with you It's getting late, I feel sexy Wanna go find a bar and drink with you It's getting late, I feel nasty Wanna open a bottle and get fucked up with you... Cause it's these moments, these summers Together... Cigarettes and road dogs, whiskey and starlight We're lost... and found It's getting late, I'm sad and lonely Drowning my sorrows, looking for you It's getting late, my one and only Hope is lost, what can I do It's getting late, the bottle's empty I'm alone in a bar again, fuck you Cause it's these moments, these summers Together... Cigarettes and road dogs, whiskey and starlight We're lost... and found Sun's going down, my night is started Light up my first one thinking of you Sun's going down, my car's a-rumblin' Hitting the town I'm trouble for two Sun's going down, my arms ain't empty Each drink's a double and she ain't you Cause it's these moments, these summers Together... Cigarettes and road dogs, whiskey and starlight We're lost... and found
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8.
01:49
I went down to Rita's to get myself a drink To sit up in that old French Quarter trying not to think About that girl who left me, way up in old Chi-town About that girl who left me in a gutter way downtown The waitress, she's a sweet one With hair as dark as night She always gets me through my day And makes me feel alright There's no place like Rita's Down on old Royale No place like that old French Quarter I know so well... I went down to Rita's to get myself a drink To sit up in that old French Quarter trying not to think About that girl who left me, way up in old Chi-town About that girl who left me in a gutter way downtown All I know is that old Southern smell thunder on the pavement and broken hearts that dwell On barstool after barstool forever on the years People change but all I see is whiskey through my tears... I went down to Rita's to get myself a drink To sit up in that old French Quarter trying not to think About that girl who left me, way up in old Chi-town About that girl who left me in a gutter way downtown
9.
Once there was a street, a magic street of magic learning Where all the children laughed and cried and sang But then the dark days came and all the magic went away It was replaced with the criminally insane Sesame Street is a dead end street Sesame Street is a dead end street Sesame Street is a dead end street Sesame Street is a dead end street The Cookie Monster eats the little cookie children's heads While Big Bird laughs and smokes his big cigar Elmo's counting track marks while The Count is counting money In the back of his big, black expensive car Sesame Street is a dead end street Sesame Street is a dead end street Sesame Street is a dead end street Sesame Street is a dead end street Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus? Sesame Street is a dead end street Sesame Street is a dead end street Sesame Street is a dead end street Sesame Street is a dead end street Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus? Where is Snuffleupagus?
10.
You broke my head and you tore my clothes So goodbye booze, it's time to go Well we had a good time, but we couldn't agree So you see what booze has done to me So goodbye booze Forevermore My boozing days Will soon be o'er We had a good time But we couldn't agree So you see what booze Has done to me You broke my head and you broke my heart So goodbye booze, it's time we part 'Cause we had a good time, but we couldn't agree So you see what booze has done to me So goodbye booze Forevermore My boozing days Will soon be o'er We had a good time But we couldn't agree So you see what booze Has done to me You whispered low, how sweet the sound Won't you take another ride on my merry-go-round 'Cause we had a good time, but we couldn't agree So you see what booze has done to me So goodbye booze Forevermore My boozing days Will soon be o'er We had a good time But we couldn't agree So you see what booze Has done to me
11.
One of these magicians is bound to get it right Another damned musician in the middle of the night The whores are stumbling out from the darkness of their rooms The whole town's looking up the street to see what he can do He throws the goat, throw the goat Let's get the people swaying Throw the goat, throw the goat Rock out like you're praying Throw the goat, throw the goat No time can be wasted We're watching history make itself Let's strip our souls buck naked The magician lifts his hand, not once, but twice and a third time The tightrope walker's holding fast to the arms of the birdman The crowd is hushed and still again, no one knows what we're needing Except some goddamn magic fast so we don't forget we're living We throw the goat, throw the goat Let's get the people swaying Throw the goat, throw the goat Rock out like we're praying Throw the goat, throw the goat No time can be wasted We're watching history make itself Let's strip our souls buck naked He reaches in his pocket, silver flashes in his hand Smoke curls from his fingers like a shotgun on the lam A smile across his face, as he tips his flask and drinks "A toast!" he yells, "To rock and roll!" and then begins to sing... Throw the goat, throw the goat Let's get the people swaying Throw the goat, throw the goat Rock out like we're praying Throw the goat, throw the goat No time can be wasted We're watching history make itself Let's strip our souls buck naked

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Born at San Francisco's Secret Studios over a bottle of bourbon, Vagabondage began the long process of hewing together the anecdotes, tall tales, and memories that would eventually become Whiskey & Starlight. Full of road trip blues, and gallows heartbreak, this brand new album from Vagabondage is the perfect companion for a late night drive to nowhere.

Recorded and Produced by Sean Malroy at Saturn Studios (Ransom Note Records)

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released October 28, 2011

John Flaw - vocals, guitar
Emchy - vocals, accordion
Hans Winold - upright bass

Sean Malroy - fiddle, mandolin, keyboards
Dustin Smurthwaite - trombone

Cover art: Raven Ebner (corviid.deviantart.com)

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Vagabondage San Francisco, California

Vagabondage is a Bay Area, California based folk-punk band that was born over nachos and wine on a tiny stage in an empty theater in San Francisco’s Mission District. With flasks held high, they play songs of heartbreak, hope, and doom, and have been getting people up on their feet to yell, drink, and sing along to their original songs since 2008. ... more

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