Bent Penny's East End Of The House

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1.
It was just past midnight when the car pulled up Her life was hanging like a paper cup In the wind. He didn’t smile as he opened the door, She hopped right in never knowing the score It’s a long, long way to the promised land It’s just one short slap from the devil’s hand It’s a long dark tunnel that never stops You can hear yourself scream but there’s no way back There’s a light left on, there’s a key in the door She won’t be coming home like she did before He took to a place no child should go He’s out there now on some empty road It’s a long, long way to the promised land It’s just one short slap from the devil’s hand It’s a long dark tunnel that never stops You can hear yourself scream but there’s no way back And the wind blows cold, with song deep inside. If you haven’t got the fare please don’t take that ride.
2.
There’s a stranger in my house,creeping quiet as a mouse. She only comes out after dark. And when I ask her what’s she’s doing She says it’s no-one’s business but her own Doesn’t she know me? Did she know me before? Is she trying to hurt me? Settle up some unknown score? Don’t tell lies. Don’t you run and hide The world’s just waiting for you. You have to live before you die She hides behind her makeup She says she’s not what she could be She doesn’t know the world is waiting For all the things she is to me.
3.
I can hear the rain dripping, the wind’s in the trees The room fills with smoke and vague memories Of a place in the country, such a long time ago I was moving so fast with nowhere to go. It was in a big room the east end of the house The wheat fields were silent just the moon rolling out You were lying beside me you were shedding your skin just little by little you were easing me in And we were together, with nothing to lose so you made me an offer too good to refuse. I just can’t remember who it was spoke first Your magic was strong... or was it a curse. Now the rain keeps falling pull my chair close to the fire I’m warming my bones in the flames of desire It’s a long road, I walk such a thin line, as I gather up the pieces of all that you left behind. If I touch you will I catch you is that what you had in mind? I don’t want burn the memories you left lying around But they’re keeping me warm as my life’s burning down
4.
I see her every morning as the sun comes up. I see her coming from a long way off I know it’s her from the way she walks. She wears a little red cap pulled down tight on her head And when she leaves me alone I remember every word that she said Girl, girl, girl ....you got the world on a string Are you in control or is it reeling you in? I know you got a man and a little black dog too But do they love you the way that I do Am I imagining it, just something you said. It’s been playing on my mind. I can’t get it out of my head. Girl, girl, girl ....you got the world on a string Are you in control or is it reeling you in? Each and every morning I watch you walk away Carrying the feeling of a thousand yesterdays Each and every morning you bring me the news. Like sugar in my coffee you take away my blues. Girl, girl, girl… You got the world on a string Are you in control or is it reeling you in?
5.
Out on the lake, the frogs are calling There’s a ring round the moon, and frosting round the stars I can hear voices I can hear them talking Lost, lonely souls they are searching for home Out on the ocean the seabirds are crying The moon builds a pathway, that might lead to morning But I can hear voices, I can hear them calling Taking me away, they're taking me away. God bless the slow ones that make the rest so fast And god bless the children who were never built to last And god bless the refugees who never found a home And look down upon the pilgrim As he travels down that long and lonely road. There’s moaning in the ether, there’s rumbling in the sky Choirs of angels come to us say let the past go by Sing to me a song Let the water turn to wine Let the seagrass sway upon the tide as we search for the divine.
6.
There’s a black snake moving through the forest in my head It’s looking for something. I’m just not sure what it is. But I’ll know it when I find it. It’ll come to me real slow I know how much you wanted it. And you’ll be the first to know. I know you’re curious, I guess I am too. There are all those little things, only known to me and you You’ve got a hunting party out. You got a will to survive But not too many come here and make it out alive. I’m coming from another place….I’m coming from another time I know you’re looking out for me…. But you’ll only see me, just before I arrive I’m coming from another place….I’m coming from another time There’s a long road with dust trails... But there’s something that just ain’t right You can come here in the daytime...you can come here if you like. You can come here in the daytime…But don’t get caught out here at night.
7.
There's heavy traffic on the way out of town Every one I meet is slowing me down I got a deal on my mind, but I’m thinking of you Phones on speed dial but I’m not getting through Now you said you’d meet me down on Chancey Street I made a promise I killed someone to keep But it doesn’t matter what I would say I get the feeling you won’t be there anyway. Baby you got the money, yeah you got the speed you got everything, a man like me needs But I got trouble Long as my right arm A car just went past and it’s turning around. Now the sun’s disappearing and the streetlights come on I’m stranded out here in a bad part of town The lights flicker and the skies getting dim The way that I loved you must be some kind of sin Baby you got the money And you got the speed You had everything that a man like me needs But I got trouble As long as might right arm I hear the voice saying ..get out of the car
8.
Two Faces 05:24
Don’t go near the water no don’t go near the water In the dark he is waiting, a serpent’s tongue investigating feel excitement escalating, jaws close in around the prey Sunlight reflects upon an open sea there’s something lurking in the deep He was the jester, he was the clown. watched them lay their money down, Children bought and children sold no chance for them of growing old Who was it handed him the keys placed that child upon his knee I can feel the weight of infamy was it you or was it me? Don’t go near the water no don’t go near the water mummy the fishes look so bright Don’t go near the water no don’t go near the water or you won’t come back alive. Oh they were all so eager I’d roll them like a cigarette Gary said he liked the blonde ones I just said I’d take the rest But any time I think what happened I’d told a truth, they thought in jest come along bring me your children the flavour of innocence is best. No don’t go near the water no don’t go near the water, mummy the fishes look so bright No don’t go near the water Or you won’t come back alive.
9.
Winter time, the leaves are turning The weather bites, it’s growing cold I push my hands deep, into my pockets And I can’t help the feeling, that I’m growing old Oh the circles slowing turning Find your way upon a wheel Yes the bridge is slowly burning Now we’re running out of time that we can steal And I watch my memories fading, Youth so fleeting, now I see Then I watch the mirror cracking All around the leaves are falling from the trees. Oh the circles slowly turning Find me lashed upon this wheel Here I watch these bridges burning We’re running out of time that we can steal.
10.
My Baby 02:35
Well people will talk and they make a lot of fuss Say the world is ending but what’s it mean to us If it all comes crashing down.... I know where i want to be Just sitting right here.... next to my baby Grey skies above.... A deluge is on its way It’s gonna ran so hard.... It will sweep us all away But if the world is ending.... I know where I want to be Just sitting right here.... next to my baby Yeah she holds me.... Yeah she scolds me Keeps me riding on a rail I’ll keep doing.... what I’m doing Don’t matter how hard it rains There’s smoke on the horizon... They say a fire is on its way The preachers says the time is coming... Where every sinner has to pay But if the world is burning down ….I know where I want to be It’s sitting right here, next to my baby If the world is ending ….I know where I want to be Just sitting right here next to my baby

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released November 14, 2013

Mark Bannerman - Words, Photos...
Ken Stephenson - Music, Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Recording...

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Lee Davidson - Drums on 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Shaun O'Brien - Backing Vocals on 1, 7, 10
Jo Kelly Stephenson - Backing Vocals on 6, 8
Amelia Stephenson - Backing Vocals on 1
Aria Stone - Tenor Saxophone on 9

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