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by Thee O'Kellys

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Debut album from Portland based Gothic Western balladeers, JD & Julie O'Kelly. Gothic Western/Americana

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released March 13, 2005

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Track Name: Birds of Death
I was walking like a dead man lost in a dry land
solitary wandering alone across the hot sand
had to keep myself alive when there was no life left inside me
had to dig deep for water when my soul was dry and thirsty

seen the birds of death standing round the water
like an epitaph for some dear departed
seen the birds of death standing round the levee
looking like they want something or maybe have condemned me

but when I reached her and seen her turn to look at me
seen her eyes like blue water, seen the end of these worries
and there in the sand as her touch went through me
she disappeared in the sand as the sun beat down upon me

Now the Birds of Death can't keep me away from you
these Birds of Death can't keep me away from you
the Birds of Death can't keep me away from you
I'd kill the Birds of Death to get to you

I was walking like a dead man crooked in a bad way
past mountains and valleys stumbled along a lost highway
all dressed in black like the Birds of Death I was walking
To find my love and send these birds away

Seen water in the sand vanish seen her in my dreams
as the sickle moon above carved something inside me
the stars at night were like reflections from a cool stream
my throat was dry and I wondered what it could mean

but when I reached her...

Now the Birds of Death can't keep me away from you...
I'd kill the Birds of Death to get to you
Track Name: Dark Suit
I put my dark suit on
and I went walking
on a dirty windy day
met my love by the grave

I had my black boots on
and I watched her crying
goodbye darlin' I have to go
this time there's no denying

she lifted her black veil
I saw her red rimmed eyes and
I wondered if this is how it looks
when an angel thinks she's dying

with her lips like cherries red
she spoke to me
meet me at the station tonight
we'll take the 12:15

at first I did not see her there
she'd slipped away in time
then out from the shadows she stepped
tickets in her hand

she held me fast with her brilliant eyes
say you'll always love me
true love goes beyond the grave
and you will always be with me

we were all alone on our car
as we fell to sleep
I woke to find her hand was cold
and she had ceased to breathe

we were to be married the next day
I had the rings in my vest
but now she'd died and I don't know why
but love must follow death

I put her ring on her cold hand
I put the other on mine
then she and I held hands
me and my bride

I took that straight razor from my boot
and I drew it down my wrist
the blood warmed both our hands
and I gave her one last kiss
Track Name: The Blacksmith's Daughter
where is the water
(running in the well)
where's the blacksmith's daughter
(singing by the well)
where is the water
(running in the well)
I'm dry and I need water
I'll never rest in this hell

where is the water
(running in the well)
where's the ring I bought her
(still hear mission bells)
I see her in my darkness
I hear her in my dreams
you know this house is empty
but that little girl ain't gone
away it seems

where is the water
(running in the well)
I met my true lover
last night at the well
we embraced and she kissed me
I feel my time is nigh
when the bell tolls for me
together again we'll be
on the other side
Track Name: When There's Fire on the Lake
There's a candle on the table
the wind don't blow it out
there's a panther come a-stalking
when all your luck's run out

sometimes my true love
she's a black cat crossing my road
sometimes an angel or a swan
love can save you at sunset
but it can cut you at dawn

there's a candle on the table
my love she's not blown out
the wind now feels cold my dear
but it's blowing from the south

the panther keeps on coming near
to our filthy little town
when she's gone they'll wear a death mask
and a dollar for a crown

I went down to the river
in the woods outside of town
I saw one Pretty Polly after another
come floating on down

there is evil and there's love my dear
and there's this world in between
there are things there in the forest
we have known and we have seen

there's a train that blows its whistle
weeds and thistles come in May
Love will keep us in the garden
when there's Fire on the lake

Yeah, Love will keep us in the garden
when there's Fire on the lake
Track Name: Hell on Earth
bloodless veins
a cold dead heart
you're never coming back
as I knew you

try as you will to reach me
but I'm down here and you're out there
if there's hell on earth
I'm living it

rotting bones leave troubled hearts
I scuttle through this wrecking yard
don't look back
don't ever look back

if ever I might see you there
and feel the coldness in the air
I won't look back
I won't look back

the granite stone
six feet above you
weighs heavy on my troubled soul

try as I will to forgive you
you left me here all goddamn alone
if there's hell on earth
I'm living it