Our Medicine Will Do You In

by Hectic Hobo

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released 01 August 2014

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Track Name: Our Medicine Band (intro)
Welcome, you’ve come from so far
To see us play our guitars,
Our medicine will do you in,
But at least it comes from the heart

Our friends, our lovers, our kin,
Leave behind your salvation ‘n your sins,
Step to the stage One by one as we play
And swallow our love potion in

We all dance on the same wooden floor
We all suffer the same, and what’s more,
We’ll share the same dirt in the end, while the earth
Spins on and on forever more

At the door check your pride and your skin,
On the coat rack hang up where you’ve been
The love of your life is your life, so tonight
Share this dance with us,
Ready, begin!
Track Name: Drive Me To Drinkin'
I went down to the races to see what I could see
I brought a week of earnings and a flask
You went down to the races, well John, what did you see?
An '87 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

I laid my money down and then I had a look around
She turned and spilled her drink all over me
To make it up she took my cup and led me to her pickup truck
When we were done (she'd had her fun)
My car had lost and hers had won
My money gone and she said, "John,
I'll make it up. You'll see."

Will she drive me to drinking? Yes she will!
Will she spend all my money? She just might.
Will she drive me to drinking? Yes she will!
But my girl will drive me home again at the end of the night.

Not a week had passed and I was right back at the track
Put my money on the same car as before
I overheard a writer say it had a different driver
It came in first and my head burst
I filled my glass and then my purse
I ran to shake the driver's hand
And thank him for the score

After the victory lap the driver stopped the car,
Pulled over and then opened up the door
Took that helmet off and I'd never felt such a shock
It was the very girl who spilled my drink the week before

She smiled and said "Hop in, my man
Can you name my car?" I can
An '87 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Will she drive me to drinking? Yes she will!
Will she spend all my money? She just might.
Will she drive me to drinking? Yes she will!
But my girl will drive me home again at the end of the night.
Track Name: Framed By The Lord
I was raised in southern Texas, child
I was brought up to be kind
But I got mad when my friend's dad
Belt-whipped my behind
I ran into my bedroom, Lord
I fell onto my knees
I prayed to the god I loved so much
To set my mind at ease

I lived in Surfer's Paradise
In the Southern Hemisphere
My visa was good for three months
But I stayed most of the year
I went down to the airport, man
They scanned my passport there
They said "Son, you're done, you've had your fun."
Then they banned me for a year

Good God, I was framed by the Lord I love so much
Framed by the Lord I love
He stripped me of my paradise and took away my drug
He picked apart my curfew, man, he spilled out all my beans
I was framed by the Lord I love so much for tryin' to be me
Track Name: Good Ann, Rise and Shine
Good Ann, rise and shine
Pull your hair back, you'll look just fine

I know you don't remember last night
Well you and me we had a hell of a time

We crossed the valley in my Cutlass Supreme
We crossed our hearts we'd marry this coming spring
This coming spring, HEY!

Pretty Ann, why don't you have a seat
Rest your weary legs, I'll bring you a drink

I know you're confused, you say your headache stings
You say that you can't remember a damn thing
Well that really hurts!

Because last night I made you my queen
We left the Irish Bar on State and 15th
We barely made a scene, HEY!

Good Ann, I saw you at the bar
I asked you if you'd come to my car.

You shook your head no, so sad but still
I brought you a greyhound with a crushed up white pill
Well it really worked!

We crossed the valley in my Cutlass Supreme
We crossed our hearts we'd marry this coming spring
This coming spring, HEY!

Ro ... your boat down stream
Hyp ... hypnotize me while
Nol ... my angels sing, my voices scream

Rohypnol, You make lovin' easy

We crossed the valley in my Cutlass Supreme
We crossed our hearts we'd marry this coming spring
This coming spring.
Track Name: Scarecrow Jones
Someone better call the doctor
Daddy's finally off his rocker
They found him roaming naked in the street

Oh no boys, here comes the Sheriff
To collect his whiskey tariff
Pay him that he leaves our moonshine be.

Grandma’s in the bathtub yeah
She's cookin' up a batch
She's got a group of Boy Scouts come at noon

People are suspicious here
But no one dares to ask
She cooks her shit up with a silver spoon

Bless the hands that prepared this mess
Bless the man who would not confess
To the sins that keep his head above a drowning world
Kick the shards of a fallen sky
Damned if you do, damned if I die
And you leave my body at the bottom of the ocean floor

Oooh
Kiss the kids goodbye
Oooh
Because the world ends tonight

Here comes the mayor, dressed in black
Pinstripe suit and Cadillac
Comin' by to make his daily rounds
Mama brings them to the room
There they spend the afternoon
Close your eyes, don't listen to the sound
Track Name: Hole In My Coffin
You gotta heal the pain
And don’t come ‘round unless you’ve somethin’ to say

There’s a hole in my coffin
There’s a hole in my bed
And every time I lay down
The rain falls on my head

And there’s no rest for the weary
There’s no sleep for the dead
The Rattlesnake he shakes his tired head

There’s a run in my stocking
There’s a burn on my dress
I’m wearing black at the mass
That celebrates my death

And there’s no wardrobe for corpses
Yeah, man, fashion is dead
The rattlesnake he shakes and I turn red

Gotta live strong
You gotta heal the pain
And don’t come ‘round unless you’ve somethin’ to say
Track Name: Prison Prayer
I seen your picture, oh girl
Man, where did you get all those curls?
I spend most the time in my cell,
The food here’s no good, but ah well.

And Teri, have you found someone
to keep you warm at night?
I’d do it myself but I can’t
Cuz I’m on the inside.

There’s no pencils here—they’re too sharp
So they’ve got me writing in marker.
I got beat up by Willie Chavez,
He said “Next time I see you you’re dead.”

And Teri, I’m scared as hell
and I hope that our baby’s alright.
I’d help you, ya know, but I can’t
Cuz I’m on the inside.

Thanks for your letter, Jason.
Tell me, what kind of trouble are you in?
I’d visit but our baby’s ill
And I can’t afford to buy pills.

But please think of me
when you close your eyes at night
And picture me here waiting for you
on the outside.

Hey oh, take me home.

I know what I feel but I can’t put it down and I
miss you my family, I miss my home town

I know what I did and I know it was wrong
And I can’t escape but I’ll send you this song

And Teri have you found someone
to keep you warm at night?
Oh God get me outta here soon,
If I can’t bust outta here soon
I’m gonna die.

Please God get me home to my girl
Before I die.
Track Name: Last Train
Last Train
I hear those chains rattling on just like the tune of a sad sad song.
The hammer hits the stone just like the beat of a lonely drum.
I’ve got these shackles on so I’ll just labor on till Kingdom come.
I’ll labor on until I’m dead and gone.


I hear my bones rattling on, it’s my self-composed requiem.
I’ll do the dead man’s dance, I’ll spit and kick to my last breath.
Take my blood and my sweat, just take my last regret.
Take your pound of flesh, but try to leave me some.

Chorus
The tally tolled, the auction sold one and all familiar souls.
The trial’s done, canary’s sung, and you and I have all been hung.
You weary ones lay down your load, your rest is short, long is the road,
And heavy weigh the chain upon your soul.

The Hammer drops my back’s what breaks,
My soul is rocked when these stones won’t shake.
The Requiem Mass plays through the day, and my old bones dance away.
My spirit slips those chains to take a rest in the shade.
You’ll see my bones dancin’ on to that last train.
Track Name: Belly of the Beast
Got a suit made of ethanol
Swim in oceans of alcohol
Shake a leg, shake a modern film
Break an egg, take a yellow pill
Clean your house, paint your parliament
Grow a meal, where's your money spent
And just when you expect it least
You find yourself
In the belly of the beast

Light a match, light a rag and watch it glow
Toss the bottle and it explodes
When all the tanks and all the guns are on one side
You do what you can, baby, to survive
Paint your house, clean your parliament
Grow a meal when you money's spent
And just when you expect it least
You find yourself
In the belly of the beast

Lizard lips and desert tits in silent space
Show the liars who run this place
A sock-eyed fish, a corporate kiss, a damned-up Snake
Keep the salmon from their home lake
Cast a vote, cast a secret glance
Cast a spell and blow up the dams
And just when you expect it least
You find yourself
In the belly of the beast

Parasol and a worn out dress
Too much rouge and a sagging breast
Wash our widows in turpentine
It's good enough for the boys workin' in the mine
Cast a vote, cast a secret glance
Cast a spell and pull up your pants
And just when you expect it least
You find yourself
You are the beast
Track Name: Cedar and Sage
My partner laid dying in the cedar and sage,
He said, “I wouldn’t live too long now anyhow at my age,
Don’t cry for my soul, though I wait now at the gates.”
I buried my friend in the cedar and sage.

I’ve spent long lonely nights on this high desert plain.
My companions, the coyotes, their sadness is plain.
I’ve been adrift with the wind, now I’ll lay here where I land
In the cedar and sage.

I laid my grave in the cedar and sage.
I don’t want to die but who knows at my age.
Don’t look for my tombstone, my memorial’s just these:
The cedar and sage.

But my time’s not yet come on this high desert stage.
The ambush got my friend but made one grave mistake.
Thought they’d kill me now they lay face down in the sage,
And the cedar stands watch as the devil’s own page
Sees them swiftly down to the fires that rage.

I laid my grave in the cedar and sage.
I don’t want to die but who knows with my ways.
Don’t look for my tombstone, my memorial’s just these:
The cedar and sage.
Track Name: Richie Sambora
So Jon be good to Richie
You've been friends for such a long time
Surely you see how hard it can be
To stand in your shade while you shine

He sang "I'll be there for you" in Atlanta
And he meant every word that he sang
He co-wrote your songs
For thirty years long
Hopin' you'd feel the same way

So bring him back
Cuz that boy, his whole life he gave you all that he had

Now brothers will brawl, hell, they'll rumble
They'll fight tooth and nail, blood and bone
But it's a long way from New Jersey to L.A.
And they'll still welcome each other home

So bring him back
Cuz that boy, his whole life he gave you all that he had

So Jon be good to Richie
You've been friends for such a long time
Surely you see how hard it can be
To stand in your shade while you shine
Track Name: Kosovo
Kosovo--there isn't anywhere I wouldn't go
Except, that is, for Kosovo

I sent my baby there with a kiss
And wouldn't you know it, I haven't heard from him since
He could be out there wandering the streets
Or worse yet, buying beautiful women their drinks

He could've crossed the border with a Croat
I wouldn't in the least be too surprised about that
And the thought isn't so absurd
He's being served dinner by some voluptuous Serb

And you're right, I might be jaded
Balkan states are overrated
Leave the Mediterranean
Come home darlin'

And you're right, I might be jaded
Balkan states are overrated
All the women in Croatia
Keep on calling
Track Name: Our Medicine Band (reprise)
Welcome, you’ve come from so far
To see us play our guitars,
Our medicine will do you in,
But at least it comes from the heart

Our friends, our lovers, our kin,
Leave behind your salvation ‘n your sins,
Step to the stage One by one as we play
And swallow our love potion in

We all dance on the same wooden floor
We all suffer the same, and what’s more,
We’ll share the same dirt in the end, while the earth
Spins on and on forever more

At the door check your pride and your skin,
On the coat rack hang up where you’ve been
The love of your life is your life, so tonight
Share this dance with us,
Ready, begin!