Field Recordings

by Slum Boys

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Slum Boys debut album "Field Recordings" is an explorative journey through the back roads of the American musical tradition, featuring a hot mix of Blues, Jazz, Rock'N'Roll, Folk, Gospel, Creole, and Roots music.

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released July 13, 2016

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Track Name: To My Home
To My Home

I was young when I left home
But I been out a-ramblin’ ‘round
And I never wrote a letter to my home
To my home, Lord, to my home
And I never wrote a letter to my home

Used to tell Ma sometimes
When I was riding blind
Gonna make me a home out in the wind
In the wind, Lord in the wind
Make me a home out in the wind

I don’t like it in the wind
Wanna go back home again
But I can’t go home thisaway
Thisaway, Lord Lord Lord
And I can’t go home thisaway

To My Home

I was young when I left home
And I been out rambling ‘round
And I never wrote a letter to my home
To my home, Lord Lord Lord
And I never wrote a letter to my home
Track Name: Singing Sands
Singing Sands

Across the singing sands
In the iron lands
We were drinking by the sea
We danced and raved
Cradled by the waves
Till the tide washed over me

Down by skinners pond
I stumbled along
And began to feel a breeze
My head started to spin
In a ghostly wind
And I fell to my knees

The was no sound or motion
Everything went to black
I was suddenly awoken
By a hand upon my back

I started to speak
My breathe it reeked
Of last nights wine
I turned around
Not a soul to be found
So i moved it down the line

Eternity
Looking down on me
As i gazed up into the sky
The sound of the spheres
Rolling ‘round my ears
As i keep walking by
Track Name: Devil Red Blues
Devil Red Blues

Let me tell you about a pretty girl, she broke my heart today
Let me tell you about a pretty girl, she broke my heart today
If you see a red haired woman, you're better off running away

She’s crazy like a hoot owl, she’ll tempt you like a garden snake
She’s crazy like a hoot owl, she’ll tempt you like a garden snake
She’ll grab you by the throat pull your teeth out and beat you till you break

It’s dangerous to love her, I seen her bite the head off of a dove
It’s dangerous to love her, I seen her bite the head off of a dove
She takes her vodka with her whiskey, and carries a gun when she’s making love

She’s something so unnatural, she comes right from the pits of hell
She’s something so unnatural, she comes right from the pits of hell
At first I thought she was an angel, turns out I didn’t know all to well

She put my back to the cold wall, held my tongue, hissed in my ear
In that moment she had me, held me for a thousands years
She put my back to the cold wall, held my tongue, hissed in my ear
In that moment she had me, lord she held me for a thousands years

Now, Red is the Devils color, your hair whips around like Satan’s flames
Now, Red is the Devils color, your hair whips around like Satan’s flames
But your sinning’s why I love you, no, nothing in heaven can rock me quite the same
Track Name: Listen
Listen

Be quiet now for a minute, honey, don’t say a single word let me talk to you
I gotta tell you something, I gotta be heard, this is what I gotta do
‘Cause there’s someones blood on the ground
and pretty soon I’m gonna have to leave town
So, let me ask you one time, woman
Just Listen

They’ll ask you questions, say bad things about me, it’s all lies
No tell them nothing, say you don’t where I’d be, it’s all a surprise
Then run home and lock the windows and doors
And don’t let no one in no more
When the phone rings, it’ll be me calling you asking one more time
Just Listen

Give the baby three kisses for me, tell junior I love him, then go grab my gun
Pack up your bags, get in the car, and then ride with the sun
You’ll start to see a blue mist in the air
And there won’t be nobody near
You’ll hear no sound but the old coyotes groan
and Just Listen

Now my time is up, well, I love you honey, but I gotta go
I won’t be coming back no more, so here’s the truth, here’s what you gotta know
When the gun smoke has cleared
Walk out onto that foggy pier
You’ll hear no sound but my voice echo in the ghostly wind, it’ll moan the truth, don’t think
Just Listen
Track Name: Gumbo Joe
Gumbo Joe

Whaddya you know, Gumbo joe
Do-si-do’s, to and fro
Whaddya you know
Its Gumbo joe
Whad’ya you know,
It’s Gumbo Joe, Talks real low
Cuts the snow, counts his dough

Well, I seen him in El Paso
Down in the swamps of Louisianna
Seen him out in Reno
And over in Atlanta

Gumbo joe
Whaddya know

Plays his cane, talks urbane
Drinks his pain, rots his brain
Who’s to blame?
Plays his game
Who’s to blame?
Takes the next train, don’t take names
Takes him aim, shoots with shame

He’s been painting Mississippi
Wanted down in Baton Rouge
He’s pimpin’ down in New Orleans
That boy’s got nothing to lose

Traps catfish in the bayou’s and he sells em’ for a buck
Spends his nights in the saloons, and he plays his Cajun luck
His father was a con-man, he was always on a lamb
Born in fire and ashes, now that boy’s one hell of a man

No code of honor to fool him, no bloodline to uphold
Nobody there can school him, no pathways lined with gold
Just police dogs a-drooling, just one more bridge is burned
A lonesome shadow looming, just one more wrong turn

I been around
I been up and down
The streets before
Threw the dice
Gave up my life
Kicked down the door

In they came
They called out my name
Today is the day
My hand it drew
It came right on cue
They blew me away
Track Name: Barefoot Valley
Barefoot Valley

Your rain it carves out my mountainsides and
Makes green the trees that we walk beside and
Washes the trail that we left behind for
all souls of those who have come before

Your pain hides under the scattered clouds where
Shadows they cover the scars in your stair
But they pass swiftly just like a bad dream
We keep on walking down by the stream

Down among the leaves i see your hollow face
Searching for a feeling that you can’t replace

Chorus:
But in the Barefoot Valley your river runs clear
The fairy’s on the water and honey’s in your ear
Starlight by the forest in the light of the pine
Weeping of a willow and the pulse of the vine

Everyone is feeling fine

The maze of people twists through the meadow
Talking and weeping in the small borough
They’re picking cattails and braiding their hair
They’re sipping water and running bare

The council fires are burning tonight
All the ladies dancing into the midnight
The spirits floating above the tree’s
Making sweet music for you and me

The bohemian shanty's by the old flower mill
The waterwheel’s is rolling and it’s turning still

Chorus

And I’m so glad that your feeling fine, today
Track Name: Blueberry Hill
Blueberry Hill

I found my thrill
On Blueberry Hill
On Blueberry Hill,
When I found you

The moon stood still
On top of Blueberry Hill
And lingered till
All my dreams came true

The wind in the willow played
Love's sweet melody
But all of those plans we made
They were never meant to be

Though we're apart, you're part of me still
For you were my thrill on Blueberry Hill

Though we're apart, you're part of me still
For you were my thrill on Blueberry Hill
Track Name: Goodnight, Sleep Well
Goodnight, Sleep Well

My eyes turn to dust, and our feet don’t touch the ground
And we’re a million miles from home
Our clothes are all wet, covered in mud and sweat
But it’s love that is aching through our bones

Chorus:
I said “Goodnight, Sleep Well
Now that midnight has rung it’s bells,
If you see me in your dreams
Babe, I promise I won’t tell”

Well, there’s honey in your eyes, babe, you’re in for a surprise
I got a trick or two left up my sleeve
In the moonlights old dance, oh, that livid silver trance
we’ll lay ‘neath the bird songs of the tree’s

Chorus

I been down and out all day, with few words to say
Now I think a strong drink might ease my mind
Let me drink up your smile, oh, baby, smile at me for a while
and I’ll leave my old sack of sorrows behind

Chorus

Now the cat’s on his prowl, and the lights are fading out
Baby, shake yourself on over to me
My girls got 23 rings, and everyone of them sings
All together in an old harmony

Chorus
Track Name: Thief River Falls
Thief River Falls

In the Thief River falls on a warm summers night
Suzy Price was walking home when she saw the flash of a light
Well, she looked onto the bridge and saw Billy’s body fall
She locked eyes with the Shadow who shot her dead against the wall

The papers came out the next morning, the headlines were splattered with blood
People screaming, and crying, and moaning, like any proud American should
The police they proclaimed it was Billy, The old drunk finally gone lost his mind
Shot Suzy for fun, blew his brains out with the gun, but they just got it all wrong one more time

Chorus:
Oh the Thief River Falls, the Thief River Falls
She turned in the night, and she saw it all
Oh the Thief River Falls, the Thief River Falls
It’s just one more shot dead in the Thief River Falls

Now the Shadow sits up in his zeitgeist, looking over his kingdoms below
He’s got the whole world doing his bidding, with nothing but money to show
And he leans back in his armchair, as a grin crosses over his face
Then he chuckles the sounds of power which rule the human race

Oh the Thief River Falls, the Thief River Falls
She turned in the night, and she saw it all
Oh the Thief River Falls, the Thief River Falls
It’s just one more shot dead in the Thief River Falls

Oh the Thief River Falls, the Thief River Falls
She turned in the night, and she saw it all
Oh the Thief River Falls, the Thief River Falls
No one will ever get out of the Thief River Falls
Track Name: Rollin' On
Rollin’ On

I been working all my best, Momma, but I can’t afford to eat
I’m in dire need of rest, Momma, and I can’t get no sleep
Got an achin’ in my chest, Momma, and I can’t hardly breathe
I been lonesome, I been crying, Momma, and I can’t move my feet

Well, I been counting up my sins, Daddy, and I can’t find no church
My voice is getting thin, Daddy, calling out from my high perch
Someones got me pinned, Daddy, and they won’t give up the search
I’m all washed up and wasted, Daddy, and I can’t get much worse

Tell me I ain’t alone, Brother, Tell me I got a friend
The world’s skin and bone, Brother, and we all need a friend
I’m lost and I’m stoned, Brother, don’t you understand?
When I’m lying in your gutter, Brother, won’t you lend a hand
When I’m lying in your gutter, Brother, won’t you lend a hand

Take me to the river, Sister, let me float along
When the sun is just a sliver, Sister, show me the path I’m on
Hold me as I shiver, Sister, Hold me till the break of dawn
And as the day crosses over, Sister, I’ll be Rollin’ On
And as the day crosses over, Sister, I’ll be Rollin’ On
And as the day crosses over, Sister, I’ll be Rollin’ On
Track Name: In The Twilight
In The Twilight

He had the Soul of a soldier for hire
but his pay was never so good
all day he sat on the corner, with nothing to do
his heart was cursed by desire
and in that havana square she stood
the sun grew a little warmer, shed its golden rays on you

My mind went all a blank,
and there was no rum to be had
as she crossed over, with a beckoning hand
She offered me a drink
when i needed it so bad
She said take me while I'm loaded, or don’t you understand?

Chorus:
She worked her way under my skin, that woman
I was livin’ under the golden light of sin
Swallowed me whole, and scattered my soul
She will follow me down, to the end

In those days,
she called me sweet daddy
drinking in the twilight, (making love) in the suffocating heat
In that carribean way
I wallowed in her flesh for day
We kept our heads above water, just enough to breathe

Chorus

One summer night, I felt a pain in my head
six hours later, she wasn't in my bed
I’ve been working on the streets waiting for our eyes to cross
everything now that i once had is lost

its been five long years
she ain’t called me at all
must’ve gone of with some rich sailor, in the lap of luxury
But i’ve drank away the tears
and my old wounds have turned to scars
now everything just seems the same to me