Black Bruises, Blue Blazes, Blisters, and Bronchitis

by The Alpacas

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Elroy - Guitars, Vocals. Harmonica and Melodica
Jackie - Vocals and Guitars
Petey - Bass Guitar and Vocals
Jeremy - Drums, Percussion and Vocals

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released September 9, 2009

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Track Name: Shackles
"Shackles"
Out to sea, all painted with rain,
Breaking my back, simple and plain
Your lack of sentiment
Won’t pay our rent

Chorus:
I’m falling fast
I can’t take it anymore
Here I stand
Fisted Hand
To be free
To be free
To be free

Pull 400 today, 400 tomorrow
Let’s make it 800, we shouldn’t have bothered
Hauled nuthin’ this year
But diesel smoke and a frost-bitten ear

Chorus

Tired of fighting burns and birds and sweat and regret
Just to survive to fight in the cold and the wet
Forget rust, rot and the smell
Of this early hell

Chorus

I’m falling fast – the shackles bring me down
I’m falling fast – the shackles drag me down
I’m falling fast – the shackles hold me down
I’m falling fast – the shackles lock me down
Track Name: Air Raid
"Air Raid"
A faint blaring came just now to my ears
Like an air raid siren waiting for years
Just woke up to fall right down the stairs
Swimming in a white light like razor blades

Chorus:
Klaxon blares – It’s coming for us all
This is not just me dreaming
Klaxon blares – It’s been there all along
Never seen until screaming

This is not a test of the emergency broadcast
This is real and happening fast
A circle, a cycle, Coriolis corrected
And now… the siren blast

Chorus

Marching with no beat as the klaxon blares
No peace, no rest, no hope… no fear
Bury me in a nameless grave
Nineteen-eighty dash twenty-twelve

Chorus
Track Name: Smoker
"Smoker"
By you, I mean me, of relative means,
Supplies: a quarter, porter, pork and Boston baked beans
Once lived on Red Bull, vodka, bacon, Luckies, and cocaine
But all a friend can say, I ain’t the same
Classic cliffhanger, the edge of a jagged rut
I was offered a sword to pull myself up

Chorus:
Dance ‘til you’re dead
May your bones never rest
Get out all your lead
First take care of head
So let’s drink ‘til we’re dead
‘Til we’re dry as the dust
Smoke if you must
Unload off your chest

If by you, I mean me, find it hard fast and mean
Like city arteries, clogged and unclean
Open the floodgates, wind-burn off the shame
Strangle-hold steam valve, Full-throttle freight train
Then a moment’s silence for the shattered forgone
For the buried dead who cant sing along

Chorus

To us, this is effortless, we were born here,
More or less
Then this just came to us, happens in the basement,
Happens on the bus
So face two fingers of good taste
When I open up my guitar case
By you, I mean us, know what we want to hear
Will always come from nowhere

Chorus

Smoker! Smoker! You’re a live-wire!
Smoker! Smoker! Spark, smoke, fire!
Smokers eyes the tired fuzz
Smokers brain electric buzz
Track Name: Glue Factory
"Glue Factory"
I’ve got a habit of picking at my nails
Just like my mom she do
Then I lose all my tools to my fleeting coattails
Just like my dad he do
Me I got to get it done just right but
Me don’t need ever get uptight

Chorus:
Cuz never was a man who lived or died
Who ever really had a clue
Never was a man who lived or died
Who knew just what to do
Until the day that elephants flew
And the third of the seventh was the glue
The third of the seventh was the glue

And a really great chorus brings a flavor to the porridge
Knit a grandma gift sweater for you
Brew a stew and stir it with heart
Weave sewing-needle-sharpie-marker art
School lockers are for storage ‘til they serve that warrant
But I open up the boarder still
Roll a number but not with a die
Smoke those trumped up charges to the sky

Chorus

Fall on bended knee and pray
Fall on bended knee and say
Fall on bended knee and pray
Fall on bended knee and say
Down on bended knee I pray
Down on bended knee I say:

Chorus
Chorus

The third of the seventh was the glue!
Track Name: Gin Business
"Gin Business"
You’re a stand-up guy
For a fall-down drunk
I know you honky-talk-it-up
Singing with a tied-on moonlight funk
Cuz we both know line dancing sucks

And I’d call you country punk
And I’d call you country punk
And I’d call you country punk

Never finished that second fifth
But once or twice you almost did
Then we’d wake up on the skids
And “Let’s get back down to gin business!”

And I’d call you Captain Kid
And I’d call you Captain Kid
And I’d call you Captain Kid

Never finished the second fifth
Get back down to gin business

Never tried to keep a score
Of who knew more whores on the port
But “All is fair in love and war”
So we fight just like Conquistadors

And I’d call you Senor Roar
And I’d call you Senor Roar
And I’d call you country punk
And I’d call you Captain Kid
And I’d call you Senor Roar
Maybe I won’t call you - anymore
Track Name: Easy Way Out
"Easy Way Out"
Skipping class now
I called you up and said
Pick me up in your white Pontiac
And take me far away from here

Chorus:
Down in Portsmouth is where I want to be right now
Will you take me there so we can have some fun?

Get on the highway, turn up the music
So we can sing along
I’m flying high now
Nothing can go wrong

Chorus

Get off the highway I think I remember
Which way to go
There’s the signs now
C’mon let’s go

Chorus (Rounds)
Down in Portsmouth is where I want to be
Will you take me there?
We can have some fun

Chorus (Rounds)
Track Name: Union Street
"Union Street"
Walk through the door at Union Street and
You smell the cheap stained carpet floor
Old as the owner with his dirty glasses
And a cold on his shoulder he’s an ex-rock-and-roller
He kicked us out the door there
Old man you have no soul

Chorus:
Old man you have no soul
Down on Union Street
They’re killing rock-and-roll

He said, “Kids you’ve gone too far, you all must leave.”

Ripped jeans on the “kids”
Playing mariachi metal
Headed for the big blue screen
Your scrawny old ears started to bleed
You and your jazz sax tee think me and G.G. ain’t got no money
He said, “Kids you’ve gone too far, you all must leave.”

Chorus

I said, “I’ll see you on T.V.”

He said, “These guitars belong to someone else
And they just haven’t bought them yet,
So grab your maracas pay for your tambourines,
Then drag your asses back out on to Union Street.
Your mariachi metal not welcome here.”
Him say, “It sound too violent.”
I was gonna buy an F-style mandolin
But my money’s not green

Chorus

I said “Why don’t you take tomorrow off, and DIE OF OLD AGE!!!”
Track Name: Sorry
"Sorry"
Sorry for what I did
Sorry for what I caused
Sorry for who I am
Sorry ain’t good enough
And maybe I made you cry
And maybe I was wrong
And maybe I shouldn’t have said bye
Maybe I stayed too long

Maybe I stayed too long
Are you sorry?
Sorry that I’m gone?
Maybe I stayed too long
Are you sorry?
Sorry that I’m gone?

Are you sorry for what you did?
Are you sorry for what you’ve caused?
Are you sorry for who you are?
You know it’s not good enough
You know you made me cry
You know that you are wrong
You know you shouldn’t have said bye
You know you’ve stayed too long

Maybe I stayed too long
Are you sorry?
Sorry that I’m gone?
Maybe I stayed too long
Baby are you sorry that I’m gone?

Sorry for what I did
Sorry for what I caused
Sorry for who I am
Sorry ain’t good enough!
Track Name: Blood In Vain
"Blood In Vain"
You asked me for my forgiveness
I granted it to you
You took it and you ran away
You took it and you ran away

Chorus:
Don’t forget – me
Don’t forget – everything
Do not forget – this:
Your blood runs through my veins
That’s one thing you cannot forget
Your blood runs through my veins
That’s one thing you cannot forget

You stood over your father’s grave
With alcohol on your breath
Oh what a, Oh what a disgrace
Oh what a, Oh what a disgrace

Chorus

Your blood runs through my veins
That’s one thing you cannot forget
Your blood runs through my veins
That’s one thing you cannot forget
Track Name: The Calling
"The Calling"
We can’t deny ourselves of our pasts
We grow old and then we die
We cannot live without the devil by our side
We lost it long ago when time had no name

Chorus:
King of the Dead – Skeleton Head
We hear the devil call our name
His chrome-horned crown will weigh you down
We hear the devil call our name

He whispers softly in our ear
He tells us all the things that we want to hear
He loves our misfortune, for it’s his gain
We lost it long ago when time had no name

Chorus
Chorus

Chorus
Black bruises, blue blazes
We hear the devil call our name
Blisters, and bronchitis
We hear the devil call our name
We hear the devil call our name
We hear the devil call our name
We hear the devil call our name
Track Name: All The Years
"All The Years"
All the years, all the tears
We stood together fighting our fears
Yes, we stood together fighting our fears

Chorus:
But I’m still holding your hand
But I’m still holding your hand
Through all the good times and through all the bad times, my friend
Yeah, through all the good times and through all the bad times, my friend

The years by you have past
We have our separate – our separate lives
But I feel the bond between us will never die
Yes, I feel the bond between us will never die

Chorus
Yes my friend, yes
My friend

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