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released March 24, 2017

All songs written, arranged, recorded. mixed and produced by Richard Wayne Thompson - Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Singing Saw, Melodica, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer 200, Hammond Organ, Arp, Moog and Korg Synthesizers, Violin, Cello, Tubular Orchestra Bells, Marimba, Electric Bass, Bowed Cymbals, Drums and Percussion.
SUFFERING, PLAYING HANDS;
Thomas Butler- Guitars (live) Backing Vocals and Lyrics
KT Ramsey- Vocals and Flutes
James Hummel- Trombone, Cornet, Flutes, Backing Vocals, Artwork
Leslie Jankowski- Violin and Trumpet
Sven Kahns- Lap Steel and Style
William Jankowski- Marimba and Percussion
Brian Travis- Backing Vocals and Electric Bass
Jason Gerdeman- Backing Vocals on "The Next Day In Leon"
All music and lyrics are protected by copyright laws via Kvltvre Klvb Records.

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Track Name: Lights Out
Lights out
It's over now
Let me sleep inside this grave
No more tears
No more pain
Let me sleep inside this grave
Used all along
This spark is gone
It's time we put this fire out
No more tears
No more pain
It's time we put this fire out
Track Name: The Trees
We gather here today my friends in the hills of Tennessee
We lay to rest a daughter and child and bury a wife to be
In dark and light her shadow is cast dead between the trees
May her ghost still linger on and be freed amongst the beast
There was a time before the war when she'd give her life for you
The truth of which you don't deserve yet find it to be true
We lay to rest a mother and child and bury a wife to be
In dark and light her shadow is cast dead between the trees

(chorus instrumental)

She looked at you through clear green eyes she saw as you were
She loved you still, her love was true, the truth you knew for sure
Now she's in the ground and we're gathered here to lay that love to rest
No stone to mark the place she lays, no cross above her head
Her body was found between two trees on a hillside by the lake
Strangled dead her arms outstretched and a shroud upon her face
It seems as though she suffered here a tragedy laid to waste
No cross to mark her tragic death just the trees that watch this place

(chorus instrumental)

I'm sorry to say the burden is mine, the truth it haunts my sleep
Drunk and mean I did this dark deed in the hills of Tennessee
It's a crime that no one can forgive and I don't deserve reprieve
I'd rather be carried by six than judged by twelve so I'll die in these same trees.
We lay to rest a mother and child and bury a wife to be
We remember a life lost too soon to man with a taste for whiskey
A simple life lived in these woods in the hills of Tennessee
She died as such in dark and light a shadow in the trees

(Chorus)

Our lives were short
Our luck the same
We hung like ash
Then fell like rain
Our love burnt fast
Bad moon to blame
And it collapsed
Beneath the strain
Track Name: These Hands
(Her)
Sundown hits the edge of town
On our way out we won't be found
Who knew these hands could hold such malice?
These hands they suffer and they prey

(Him)
I'll follow wherever you go
From hill tops high to deserts low
Who knew this heart could hold such malice?
This heart it suffers and it preys

(Her)
Broken down in a dusty town
We sing and dance our dear hearts out
Who knew these hands could hold such malice?
These hands they suffer and they prey

(Him)
I'll dance with you until sun up
Then come morning I'll be gone
Who knew this heart could hold such malice
This heart it suffers and it preys

(Both)
Who knew these hands could hold such malice?
These hands they suffer and they prey
These hands have handled snakes
These hands broken chains
These hands they suffer and they shake
Track Name: Outside of Leon
Three days gone in Leon
Three days she's gone, I wait here alone
Three days gone I think I might die
I know why you left, babe, I know it was time
We came to this place to get a job done
It's glory and gold, It's money and guns
Three days gone now time to move on
South towards the coast, that's life on the run
Three days gone in Leon
Babe, won't you change your mind
Won't you come back home

(Her)
I ain't coming home
I'm going for the gold
Boy, don't wait like a fool
You'll die like a fool

(Him)
The sunsets on Leon she's leaving alone
(Her)
The sunsets on Leon I'm leaving alone
(Him)
I'll be here waiting, babe, please come back home
(Her)
I'll leave you waiting just dirt, dust and bone
Track Name: The Next Day in Leon
HEY!
Track Name: The Hangman
Here I stand shackled and chained
Before the judge and El Paso DA
A jury of twelve of my peers
Are gathered here to determine my fate

Here I stand before God and man
I own my guilt the only way that I can

If I did these horrid things they claim
Then most surely I deserve to pay
For the two lives lost that day
The prosecutor says he wants me hanged

Time to go, just 13 steps
The hangman's noose slips around my neck

My heart hangs heavy with remorse
And if I may please address the court
I was not myself that wretched day
I was the hand of jealousy and rage

Here I a stand before God and man
I own my guilt the only way that I can

I admit my guilt and I accept the blame
There is no mercy, only the grave
Only God can judge me I suppose
If there's a Hell below we're both gonna go

Time to go, Just 13 steps
The hangman's noose slips around my neck

Here I sit shackled and chained
Before the Judge and El PAso DA
A jury of twelve of my peers
Have gathered here and determined I'll hang

Here I stand before God and man
I own my guilt the only way that I can

(Chorus x3)
Here I stand before God and man
I own my guilt the only way that I can
Time to go, just 13 steps
The hangman's noose slips around my neck
The floor gives, the people gasp
The ghosts cry we're free at last
Track Name: Turn the Lights Out
I'll turn the lights out
Lock up the house
You do what you're gonna do
You know that I'm through with you
I should just let you die
I shouldn't waste a tear
If you're in so much pain
Then sleep inside that grave

(chorus instrumental)

I'll just leave you be
If that's what you want from me
But you know I still love you
And you know that I pray for you
And babe if you decide
Please come say goodbye
Come see me one last time
Babe, won't you change your mind?

(chorus x4)
The rain put the fire out

I'll turn the lights out
Lock up the house
The rain put the fire out
One less thing to worry about
We're gathered here today
Around his fresh dug grave
Just a preacher to mourn the loss
And me left to carry the weight
An empty bottle and a shotgun shell
Were all you left when you died that day

(chorus x4)
The rain put the fire out
Track Name: A Siren Song
Can you sing that song for me?
It reminds me of the ocean
When I watched your silhouette
That lonely staircase in the sea

If you follow me to the island
I'll be sure to turn the lights on
I'll be waiting all through winter
Will you sing that song for me?

Can you sing that song to me?
Your voice calls like an angel
I fell into your water
A Siren song she sings

If you follow me to the island
I'll be sure to turn the lights on
I'll be waiting all through winter
Will you sing that song for me?

(Chorus x4)
Will you sing that song to me?
A siren song she sings
Track Name: The Payoff
Out from the trees
Out from the sand
Out from the sea
And into the sun
We claim our place in the sun

Out from the trees
That taunt and scream
He returns

Out of the desert
Up from the grave
She returns

Out from the sea
Where the Sirens sing
He returns

Out from the shadows
And into the sun
We return