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Hoax Over Sleepytown

by Colton Cerny

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1.
Well the night don't pull her punches on the city's hazy glow Where the pocket change professors sleep with no place else to go And down at old Romero's there's a sweet little whiskey platoon Burning up their weekly wages lord howling' at an hour glass moon Times have changed for the common man got a heavy price on his head He got so much to do in so little time he's almost better off dead Oh but the tables turn so quickly don't you know when your doubts are laid so neatly in a row And the fallen call your name aloud from the backstreets to the burning hills tangled in that weeping line of broken hearts and fever chills Shadows darting from the light rising up slow with the steam As the restless contender steps back into the ring Now big jack he runs the numbers under hand just like before He works the nightshift down on riverside at the chevron corner store But there's a hunger dwelling in the heart of this godsick masquerade thinking back to fading shelters and how he threw it all away Cause it's a tightrope walk to a bitter dawn and a hopeless high to defend Letting chances slip the weeks go by scattered to the wild, wild wind Oh but perhaps we'll meet much further up the road If there's still time to pay the junkman what he's owed Well it's cold here at the bus stop you know it feels just like a dream Where the faceless phantoms congregate in clouds of nicotine And the cafe's glow on golden wings and the prophets hold their own As the waitress brings the special lord they don't feel so far from home But the black ballet keeps raging on to the south side you return Standing fixed to wage the third world war with the madness you have earned 'Till those promises mean nothing once again. They're only used as ammunition in the end And the fallen call your name aloud from the backstreets to the burning hills Tangled in that weeping line of broken hearts and fever chills Wayward children of the night moving softly go unseen As the restless contender steps back into the ring
2.
Well it's 3 AM Them shadows of Montgomery you're walking them again With all the small time provers and plant life movers Out to bleed you on the turn around Lord you better steal away Well sister steal yourself away back to Baton Rouge Don't you tell a soul you're leaving, you 'ain't got time to lose. 'Ain't that a shame? We'll if they catch you on the corner They're gonna put you in the ground Tommy got the word on back You know he found out just this evening at his joint across the tracks This time it's gonna cost him and he knows you double crossed him Heard all about your talking now So pack it up and steal away Well sister steal yourself away back to Baton Rouge I won't say I ever saw you but you're burning up the fuse 'Ain't that a shame? A curse is stained on your name babe Forty days and forty nights you've worn your daddy's chains And the tricks keep turning and still your learning All the do's and don'ts of down and out You got to get on down the road So sister steal yourself away back to Baton Rouge mama Don't you say I didn't warn you now it's time to make your move 'Ain't that a shame? What a shame Ride on Little Sister ride on Get free.
3.
Carry me through the ages Fortify my very soul Walk with me on a stillborn shore Anna Keep me from the bitter cold All my life I've been searching for something Never there to be found A plastic savior and yesterday's love Just simplify the truth and kick you when you're down Way out in No Man's Land Where every dreamer comes around Out here in No Man's Land Where the blood runs to the ground Well nothing here is forgiven And nothing here is unfurled Sundown finds you roaming on The dirty streets of this underworld And all around things are bound for changing Cut and worn by the rain Stumblin' out on this highway we'll cross Where bitter is the end and bitter is the night Way out in No Man's Land There's a poison soaking in Out here in No Man's Land No Position to defend So like a ghost we'll ride so heavy toward the sun Will vagrant winters divide when all is said and done? Way out in No Man's Land Where every dreamer comes around Out there in No man's land Where the blood runs to the ground
4.
4% Pantomime 04:14
The management said they were sorry For the inconvenience you are suffering And Mr. Booking Agent, please have mercy Don't book the jobs so far apart We went up to Griffith Park With a fifth of Johnny Walker red And smashed it on a rock and wept While the old couple looked on into the dark Oh, Baby, tell me if it's poker Oh, Honey honey child, tell me, who's got the joker is it poker? Deuces wild, like an only child I'll see what you got. How much is in the pot You pay the tips and I'll collect the chips It's a full house tonight--everybody in town is a loser Well you know it's true mamma The dealer's been dealing me bad hands From the bottom of the deck without the slightest blush And I don't know whether to call or check But right now I feel like I got a royal flush And my lady didn't show from 'Frisco But we had to go on with the show Everybody got stoned--it was a gas, it was a smash Everybody got wrecked, checked. Oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, Belfast cowboy, lay your cards on the grade Oh, Belfast cowboy, can you call a spade a spade Oh, baby tell me, is it poker You know i just can't understand who the fool is that holds this joker Is it poker
5.
Well the gin house boy has jumped the gun Where them ancient veins of diesel run And jackals call to madmen of a crown overthrown The spirit of the switching yard stitched into their bones Beneath that cold and ragged sky Jockomo walks on with a tombstone in his eye Gonna meet him cross the river back up in the pines A little juke joint out of town where everybody's feelin' fine And I know You're gonna turn me away when your sweet premonitions don't take Born in binding grace with a china doll face You try for every hazard you can shake Night moves on Down on Brunswick and Duvon See 'em gathered at the gate ' round that busted ol' pawn shop radio And the band was swingin' on Like some rusty axe they cut the dawn Well Dime-a-dancin' romancin' Maggie by my side Two charmers in the midnight up to Sugar Hill we ride And back up north they're walking tall Tracing thunder up and down the station wall Movin' separate circles out of time and tune Out of season goes the victor much too soon And as the dirty light Reaches Cannon's Plain The harem girls come softly out of hiding Such a healing game like a needle through a flame In the second line of strangers they escape Night moves on To their masters they have gone Singing' Hail, hail Rock 'n' Roll Deliver me a witness once again Well now the trumpets of new victory sound In the streets they scream and shout it But when the Hoax fell down on Sleepytown Not a word was said Not a word was said about it And Jockomo he's down with the parasite blues Ever since he he lost out on his boulevard muse Oh what a crowd gathered round when they found him in the river So darlin' here I'm standing now Where the lion lays down with the lamb I had just reached the surface when the feeling it died Gunned down like a fool Gone as the night it goes on Down on Brunswick & Duvon See 'em gathered at the gate with that busted ol' pawn shop radio
6.
All the mountain ash is gathered up Where the platforms breed beginnings And the Sunday crowd collects to feed on visions of the vine I see a stranger in the nursery crying out a voice of knives And it's a joyous day for runaways up and down the line oh but what I wouldn't give for just a small change of perception Say the word and I'll come back today Consciousness not fade away Now the fairgrounds are in ruin And the carnival is gone And though the weather is an angry drunk everything will carry on Through the empty rooms of summer legends live by word of mouth Among the cracking bones of sugar cane in the cradle of the south And still that chapel bell he chimes for me Burning flesh off every hour A wilderness of fortune and decay Consciousness not fade away Consciousness not fade away From the western shores come suitors And appraisers smooth as glass They mark their treasures in the wake of youth oh so gently as they pass And will my love be won salvation or will it rot here in the earth Forever muzzled black and blue won't you tell me what its worth Oh and what they wouldn't give just to add to their collection The last to leave has finally gone a stray Consciousness not fade away Consciousness not fade away
7.
Lily 05:54
In bleak and idle arms we dream Pitchin' Q's out back around the ice machine Holdin' on to everything that slows us down But that's the way it goes in this sleepwalking town oh yeah It's gonna be alright tonight - and I said Lily when I look upon you I don't see a stranger no I don't see the gloom a day has brought Just a little fortune left untold And now I can't help but think about it Woman if you told me yes We gonna tear this whole town up in one holy night Yeah we'll make 'em all confess And Lily I'll do my best I'll do my very best Some sleek pretender from the alley way Cut your heart right out and put it on display Conquered in the back room where the organ grinds You look for restitution but you know you'll never find it here Oh baby ain't it clear to you? -and I said Lily I been drifting so long That I don't see the danger no I just want a chance at love so fine To lift you up and call you mine And now I can't help but think about it Woman if you told me yes We gonna tear this whole town up in one holy night Yeah we'll make 'em all confess And Lily I'll do my best I'll do my very best And Lily you are a force of nature scarred well beyond your years Don't you stand alone and wait in vein for the pain to disappear And through it all we get nowhere Steppin' out like death into the autumn air Lonely as the patrons down on Shepard's Row You know them boys they never could let go it's true But Lily I got you tonight -and I said You know I've gone and made up my mind Cause I ain't lookin' for redemption no I've just seen enough to know this time That you're the answer you're the one And now I can't help but think about it Woman if you told me yes We gonna tear this whole town up in one holy night Yeah we'll make 'em all confess And Lily I'll do my best I'll do my very best
8.
Gone To Sea 05:35
I stood before the waterfront With only seven days of missing Left to rain upon my mind Humming cradle songs and spinning questions I feel nothing but the breeze At the altar of my father With the stillness of the water I decided not to answer you at all A sailor man with brackish eyes Walks the moonlight of a pier To a night between the legs of some distraction You know he sees himself as John the Baptist And his profession as the finest plate of gold In the darkness we have scattered Wild eyed and static tattered Leaving home back there on Devastation Hill There are figures in the doorway making time They watch the past slip away From a frozen engine room on a Friday night Gone to sea again my friend Gone to sea to meet their end down there Nothing more to hide And the flowers I remember There all laid out for the dead As you and I walked hand and hand along the shoulder Oh but the ocean, she's a mother She don't dream and she don't hunger and she don't curse the wind or tide for changing And someday soon Bears the same old holy wounds while switchin' sides Chokes himself on back to sleep and calls it even calls it good So i'm gone to sea for good my friend Gone to sea to start again I cannot face you Well I'll be gone long before you wake Somewhere behind the sun

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released July 16, 2013

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Colton Cerny Austin, Texas

Texas born Colton Cerny is heavily influenced by old-time rock and roll. He and his band, The Trespassers, effectively harnesses an electic mish mash of style, delivering a potent cocktail of intensity and rhythm along with engaging lyrics.

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