All The Things You Lose

by Dead Soldiers

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released March 2, 2013

Engineered and mixed by Scott Bomar
Assistant engineer Justin Hess
Recorded at Electraphonic Studios Memphis, TN
Mastered by Kevin Nix

Artwork by Derek Nobbs
check out his other works at www.dereknobbs.com

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Dead Soldiers is an American Roots Rock Band from Memphis, Tennessee. They steal liberally from Blues, Rock and Roll, and Soul, and they guarantee that heads will roll. These Heart-Breakin, Shack-Shakin, Shot-Takin Music Makers are coming to your joint soon, so tell your primary physician to go ahead and order that new liver you've been looking at as an early birthday present to yourself. ... more

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Track Name: A Matter of Blood
No one can remember how it started or when
Was it a broken heart or a broken word that came between old friends
Was it an insult or a trifle, or something much much worse
All that I know is that for everyone after, we all must live with this curse

It's a matter of honor when push comes to shove
It's cold blood revenge, it's a matter of blood

It's a matter of blood
It's a matter of...

It's a river of blood that makes the world go 'round.
It makes the world go 'round.

Ain't all men just beggars of truth
And ain't all men just dreamers of war
And isn't dying for something so much more romantic than whatever you've been living for
And ain't all men just natural born sinners
Don't the good book tell?
So, let's praise the lord and pass the ammunition
and ride the bible straight to hell.

It's a matter of honor when push comes to shove
It's cold blood revenge, it's a matter of blood

It's a matter of blood
It's a matter of...

It's a river of blood that makes the world go 'round.
It makes the world go 'round.
Track Name: Wicked River
Well, I said goodbye to Chicago, I intend to save some souls
But, the river changed all that, I couldn't even save my own
I don't trouble the water but the water troubles me.

I don't ever wanna see the Mississippi again

The river towns ain't nothing more but killers, sinners, thieves and whores
And I aim to see some holy water washing off their shores
Down to the Delta, that seething, muddy hell
Where the world goes underwater and the rising river swells

I don't ever wanna see the Mississippi again
Never wanna see the muddy water again
Always thought the river would be on my side
Never wanna see the wicked river again

Well, I went down to the river banks looking for some kind of sign
It was all that I could do not to swim to the other side
It's coursing through my veins. It's calling me to try
This is all I've got to live for. This is how I'm gonna die

Never gonna see the Mississippi again
Never gonna see the muddy water again
Always thought the river would be on my side
Never gonna see the wicked river again

As I lay down at the base of the river the water washed over my face
Into my lungs, washing away all of my pain and disgrace

The waste of this city is crawling all over
My tongue's spitting out it's fowl taste
Let the currents carry me down through the delta
and spirit me away from this place
Track Name: Church
Who goes to church when the sun goes down?
Raises up a bottle a prays to the sound
Smokin and dancin 'round the fire all night
Drinking rot-gut whiskey in the neon light

He shakes and he shivers and speaks in tongues
Drinkin gasoline and spittin fire out from his lungs

Who's always a stranger but familiarized the word
about a fallen angel who told you bout a church
100 miles an hour down a 2 lane road
and the light just steps aside and out the back door

He heals the sick with the laying on of hands
to the devil's music and a rock n roll band

Well, he don;t give a damn if the sun never comes up
He knows, like ashes back to ashes, we all return to dust
Now he's smokin and dancin 'round the fire all night
Drinkin rot-got whiskey in the neon light
Track Name: Tennessee Quickstep
I was awakened quite rudely in the night
and with a burning pain I jumped out of my tent
And now I'm dancing with death in the moonlight
Now I'm doing the Tennessee quickstep

And now I'm dancing to my grave (x4)
Doing the Tennessee quickstep

Our reinforcements are so far from the fight
The air is hot, mosquitoes choke the night
I always thought it'd be a bullet take my life
But, now I'm doing the Tennessee Quickstep

And now I'm dancing to my grave (x4)
Doing the Tennessee quickstep

And now I'm dancing in my grave (x4)
Doing the Tennessee quickstep
Track Name: Willow Tree
I'd like to live in a willow tree, a willow tree, a willow tree
and if I lived in a willow tree, would you come and live there with me?
We park my truck in a hollow log
get a look-a-like cat and a part time dog
Let's go live in a willow tree. Me with you and you with me
Let's get as cozy as cozy can be. Me and you in a willow tree

And if Lived in a willow tree, would you come and live there with me?
Track Name: Somebody's Darlin'
We wore different colors, but red was the one
that tied us together by the barrels of our guns
And when they opened bar, I just froze in a my shoes
Just a dead Sunday soldiers with some dancin to do.

There goes somebody's darlin (x4)
When you died was there time for one last memory?
Of a childhood dream? Of a long-lost romance?
Of being back home in Tennessee?

The battle was ragin' all around where I stood
Still as a statue, scared like a kid
When a man fell before me from the opposing side
Just begging for what cause his mouth was so dry

There goes somebody's darlin (x4)
When you died nothing changed no one lost no one won
and all that you get is a medal for your widow
and a lie for your kin

There goes somebody's darlin (x4)
When you died was there time for one last memory?
Of a childhood dream? Of a long-lost romance?
Of being back home in Tennessee?
Track Name: Don't Let the Fever Take Me
A gray sky in the cold falling like ashes
Like autumn in winter. Like the aching to my bones
If I could fly up like an ember, or wood smoke from the fire
I'd try to ride this last cold sunset on home

Don't let the fever take me in the night

They were burning tar in the corners of the city when I left
and through the smoke I could've swore I saw Calvin Etson Step
Just skin and bones he looked so at home
Maybe, just maybe, it was death

Don't let the fever take me in the night

But that yellow bastard followed me here and he caught me all alone
Now Jack is whispering into my ear telling me to give up on my hope
I, I don't want to die. I don't want to die here by myself
I don't want to die. So, Don't let the fever take me in the night

I, I don't want to die. I don't want to die here by myself
I don't want to die. So, Don't let the fever take me in the night
Track Name: People Like You
There's only two kinds of people in this world
People like you, and people like me
People that want everything and people that just wanna be free
Ain't it a shame to think never the two shall ever meet
Y'all just keep on buying all that shit.
We'll just keep on sleeping in the streets

There's all kinds of people in this world
People like you, and people like me
People that want everything, people that want to be free
People that want every-goddamn-thing for free

You spend half of your life working at a job that you hate
Just to make a couple dimes and find someone to fill the empty space
Your heart is a landfill for all the time that you waste
and all the things you lose

Now, I've had about all that I can stand from this world
People like you bringing me down
Everyone wants everything and you say there ain't enough to go around
Ain't it a shame to think. So many of us out here on the brink
Saving change to buy ourselves a drink and we can't even buy ourselves a drink

You spend half of your life working at a job that you hate
Just to make a couple dimes and find someone to fill the empty space
Your heart is a landfill for all the time that you waste
and all the things you lose
Track Name: Martyr's Park
The train was roaring loud and the sun was backing down
and around the world to end another day
Your eyes were rollin 'round and your tongue was sticking out
The river's edge was whispering sweet goodbyes

In an old and yellow Polaroid, she is smiling still.
But in the tall grass down by the riverside she's got flowers growing out of her skull
Flowers growing up around her bones
Her pale lips won't tell no more lies
cause she's got flowers growing out of her eyes

Just a scared girl in fishnet stockings standing underneath the streetlight
She played a lonesome saxophone that echoed through the night
She was someone's daughter once but now she's all alone
Just another girl that tried and failed to make this world her home

In an old and yellow Polaroid, she is smiling still.
But in the tall grass down by the river's edge she's got flowers growing out of her skull
Flowers growing up around her bones
Her pale lips won't tell no more lies
cause she's got flowers growing out of her eyes
Track Name: It All Goes Black
There ain't no man in that sky.
Dollar to a dime your momma's gonna call me a liar
There's a couple of things she don't know
She thinks the black book of lies' gonna tell her where she's gonna go
There ain't no light, there ain't no horns
You've been headed for the grave since the moment that you were born

Cause when you die it all goes black
It don't matter if it's murder or if you have a heart attack
When you die, it all goes black
You're gonna live until you don't. You're gonna rot, and that's a fact

There ain't no truth to what you see
I ain't never seen no divine light shining down on me
Be it gun or be it knife
I ain't never seen an angel step in and save no man's life
So whether your chasing jesus or chasing cash
Whether you live your life under a steeple or at the bottom of a glass

When you die it all goes black
It don't matter if it's murder or if you have a heart attack
When you die the lights go out
Whether you have a noose around your neck or there's a gun in your mouth

Cause when you die it all goes black
It don't matter if it's murder or if you have a heart attack
When you die, it all goes black
You're gonna live until you don't. You're gonna rot, and that's a fact
Track Name: One More Last Goodbye
I'm just a drunken silhouette dancin with my shadow
Singing to myself, sweet and low, under my breath
I don't feel all that alone. My head is spinning now
and it's summertime, I don't have to go home
I'll just fall down wasted by the river. I find comfort in it's size
While the moon and far off trains sing me lullabies

I've been scratching out the days that I've been locked up in this place
I know that I could let myself out any time I want
She's just a bird with a broken wing but man, you should hear her sing
I song so sad and sweet it'll make you cry
What's another broken heart? What's one more last goodbye?
If you fall and miss the ground then baby, you might fly

You won't believe how hard it can be
to leave Memphis, Tennessee behind

I'm just a drunken silhouette dancin with my shadow
Singing to myself, sweet and low, under my breath
I don't feel all that alone. My head is spinning now
and it's summertime, the whole city feels just like home
All the songs in the old streets, I can feel them in my feet
You know this town has a reputation for killing dreams

You won't believe how hard it can be
to leave Memphis, Tennessee behind

I'm just a drunken silhouette dancin with my shadow