Blackhawk Waltz

by Old Arrows

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released December 9, 2011

Chris Woodhead -Acoustic and Electric Guitar, vocals
Dennis Prendergast- Electric Bass Guitar
Scott Slomeana- Drumkit, background vocals

Lap Steel on "Runaways" and "What Kept You..." by Brad Hinton

Engineered by Mike Bardzik at Noisy Little Critter
Mastered by Kevin Prendergast at Dog Jaw
Art & Design by Dan Gneiding / Grayhood.com

All songs written by Chris Woodhead (1.21 Gigawatts Music ASCAP)

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Track Name: Risin' Tide
Well I tried to cross that river, but the water just went up
It's gettin' harder for a man these days to keep himself afloat
When I was young down by those banks I went to ease my troubled mind
But now I'm old and just get caught up in the tide

Well that bridge it crumbled down
My boat burned and ran aground
I got legs but cannot walk across, arms but no oars to row
Friends ain't no sense in askin' why when those hard luck days is nigh
'Cause I still get caught up in that risin' tide

In the tide
In the tide
I still get caught up in that risin' tide
Yes I struggle day and night
Yeah I struggle to get right
but I still get caught up in that risin' tide

Well its shameful and its sad
A broken down and burdened man
Can't depend upon his brethren to lend a helping hand
On the streets they pass him by, and they turn away their eye
from the man whose caught up in that risin' tide

In the tide
In the tide
We still get caught up in that risin' tide
Well we swim with all our might
Though our load may not be light
but we still get caught up in that risin' tide
Track Name: Violet Gray
I can't recall another day
that has made me want to run to the hills and away like today
But the only thing that keeps me around this dead end town is you
Violet Gray

I walk the side streets
and all the things I never got to say 
they meet me there
Violet Gray

Girl do you still remember the way
I would call out to you from the darkened street up to 
your lighted window pane when it was getting late?
And you would call me crazy
Said your old man he hates me, he says you're makin' a mistake
But you came down anyway, to me
Violet Gray

And every night we 
stared straight into the beating heart of fate 
and swore we'd never change
Violet Gray

Oh darlin', I know you can't make your heart
not feel the way it used to do
Violet, I learnt all of those songs you used to choose
on the juke box at the bar, I play 'em on that old guitar
You know the one- it bears your name
                                 
I never tried to control you
no matter how I wished you'd stay
You were reachin' for the sky
and I had one foot in the grave
Still the only thing that keeps me from layin' down in that cold, cold ground, is you
Violet Gray

I know I might be
A fool whose meant to
Wait hopelessly in vain
to see you again
Violet Gray
Track Name: Earthquake Weather
We're gonna ride straight through the night
Yeah, all we had has been spent and gone 
On hospital bills, those cheap hotels, a flat black six shooter, and documents to change your name
Those boys ain't no friends of mine, just let 'em talk how they talk
We're gonna leave it far behind
and won't stop until we see the light

So just stay low beneath the wires
This cold cuts straight to the bone 
We're hid up in the hills, hands to the flame
Where once we were brave and strong 
- yeah we were rock salt and nails - 
Now there ain't much left at all, just earthquake weather days
And second chances that we didn't take 
I know its hard to make yourself believe in anything at all

But we ain't gonna let nobody know
And we won't waste our time on goodbyes, or apologies, or retracing old lines 
That won't change
There's gotta be someplace that we can call our own
Where they don't see things as black or white
Where all the mistakes we've made are just shades of grey
Track Name: Runaways
It was summer time, so I took a shot 
You were 17,  and made my heart stop
The only other way was to never know

You hid your alcohol in a secret spot,
I was such a wreck, couldn't keep a job
We would run away from all we'd ever known

And I took bullets for you
And walked so many miles, girl
To be at the church on your wedding day
And I push back the tears, late at night, tryin' to sleep
When I think of you lovin' that other man

I drank from a glass of poison for you
Nearly lost my sight

I can't lose you

I took the needle on, and lost every bout
You were stealin' from the man
Felt you had the right
Those were reckless days, and I felt so low

But my thirst was still runnin' strong, for your lovin' cup
When that kid who rode the rails, came and picked you up
One thing I couldn't shake
The way he looked at you

And I took bullets for you
And walked so many miles, girl 
To be at the church on your wedding day
And I push back the tears, late at night, tryin' to sleep
When I think of you lovin' that other man

Mistakes of the past are poison
And I aint done much right

But I did with you
Track Name: Empty Canvas
Have we been here before?
We have been here before, I know
I've seen those twisted branches
The scavengers are circling

But all that I've done
is just carry on
We ain't got no home no more
And we've come so far to turn back now

We walk along
Calloused and dry
No memory left of what came before
Our boots are worn, and our hearts have been tried

It began years before
It will be years before we're done
Your sons are shifting in the trenches
with prayer all encircling

Roll out those big guns
And turn this tired soil
This doesn't look like home no more
And they've gone to far, can't turn back now

We walk along
Calloused and dry
No memory left of what came before
Our boots are worn, and our hearts have been tried
Mark where we've been account for where we die
And let this desert's empty canvas
Swallow us on this stark black night

If where we've been counts for more
Than where we die
Then let this desert's empty canvas
Swallow us on this stark black night
Track Name: Mustang
Little Jon was on the wrong side of feeling good when they found him sitting under that streetlight
He took some money from his mothers nightstand drawer just for the sake of starting another fight.
But when he climbs into Charlie's beat up Mustang Ford on the passenger side
He knows everything is gonna be alright
you can see him smilin' across the cab

Lets take it outside. 
Broken the rules all of our lives, why stop tonight?
I think I see the bright lights at the end of abandoned back roads in my mind
I've been out alone walking for miles
Come swing down, and let me ride

You and I were in the back seat
You never knew it but I always was a white hot torch for you, babe
I tried to put out the flame, but I couldn't
It was just too much to contain

And I felt it burn all night long in the Echo Park bar when some old punk tried to touch your leg
I threw one big right before i thought twice
His boys was chasin' us through the rain
Let it wash the blood off of my hands

Lets take it outside
broken the rules all of our lives, why stop tonight? 
I think I see the bright lights at the end of abandoned back roads in my mind 
I've been out alone walking for miles
Come swing down, and let me ride
Track Name: What Kept You All Night?
Don't hide from me, and don't lie to me 
Tell me where have you been, boy, what's kept you all night? 
With your friends, drunk and singin', and staggering the streets? 
Oh where have you been, boy, what's kept you all night?

In the arms of another, who don't know you like I do, 
with no good enough love for to keep you all night? 
Or when the factory working girl walked home in the low moonlight, was her arm linked in your arm? 
What kept you all night?

What reason could there be for you to run away from me? 
You said we'd get married on a cliff by the sea
But your heart's not here, and your thoughts aren't with me
Is runnin' on your mind? 
Please lay it out on the line for me now, baby

Now I'll be honest and plain, girl, I wasn't playin' no games
When work let out, I went to buy you that diamond ring 
Well, I took all I'd earned from slavin'  'cross town, 
I walked thirteen blocks and i laid my money down

With that ring in my pocket and my heart filled with pride
I was on my way to you, when two men followed close behind 
I tried to defend, though it would mean my life 
They took that ring girl
And I took their knife
Track Name: Shallow Grave
Well I dug a shallow grave today for a man i found lyin' 'long the way
Rigid body and a halo made of blood 
Cast his thoughts into the dust and, yea, his soul for now to roam 
Yea, his soul for now to roam

As I stared long at his face I didn't recognize the shape or its grey eyes 
No significant identifying marks, no tattoos, or incriminating scars
No incriminating scars

For where was he bound, to greet his kin in some far western town in Colorado? 
Or to a woman's arms just a few miles down the road? 
Did she hear that fatal shot as it rang through the night so cold? 
It rang through the night so cold

Some say there is a man 
With a coal black heart
A fevered hand upon cruel iron 
His pale horse, with breath of fire 
They warn don't go out on the road alone at night
For he still rides

In my dreams I saw a storm, and a black hawk waltz upon the wind it brought
And I ain't been sleeping right since that last shovel full of dirt returned his fragile flesh unto the waking earth 
Unto the waking earth

Some say there is a man 
With a coal black heart 
A fevered hand upon cruel iron 
His pale horse, with breath of fire 
They warn don't go out on the road alone at night,
For he still rides