The Violent Bear It Away

by The Izzys

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released September 15, 2007

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Track Name: The Madman Sleeps
Madman John, spinning lies
Steals the quarters from a dead man's eyes
Drive 'em down, buckle and burn
The world's on fire, chokes as it turns
What comes surely and slowly creeps?
Stick your courage to the score that he keeps
And try and catch the sun while the Madman sleeps

Strange ships don't suffer fools
Not for glory, not for jewels
Make a noise louder than sound
Hide your fears in the cold, cold ground
Death comes surely and slowly creeps
Stick your courage to the score that he keeps
And try to catch the sun while the Madman sleeps

Half lit turned tricks
Where the sacred and profane mix
Tight skirt, loose grin
He laid her down and told her sin
Old secrets dark and deep
See how bitterly she weeps
Try and catch the sun while the Madman sleeps
Track Name: Drinking Who Hit John
When reality hits clear and hard between the eyes
You need something what would sympathize
Let the blue noses drink coffee and tea
It'd be a pity for their gums to bleed
Drinking who hit john
Til the night turns into the dawn

Big Jim's at the bar with a head full of rain
Mad as hell, bearing the mark of Cain
If you laugh at his dress or high heels he'll put you down
Are you beginning to dig the sound?
Of drinking who hit John
Til the night turns into the dawn

See that joker there with his clothes so fine?
He'll do well laying in a box of pine
If you wanna roll, man, he's your mark
Let the thieving start
Drinking who hit John
Til the night turns into the dawn
Track Name: I'm A Rounder
Forget your rings and fancy things and everyone you know
You took a shine to all that's fine but now the lights are low

You're out of sorts, regret your choice, but can't rewrite my name
Like no one else I'm fear itself cause I'm a rounder, babe

An all around no account, I'll grift and steal and take
So take to me like lunacy cause I'm a rounder, babe

We drank the moon and danced til noon, but what's ahead can't wait
So take to me like lunacy, cause I'm a rounder, babe
Track Name: Dead Man
Tell no tales, blind my eyes
Save yourself go run and hide
From evil men who walk in stride
With what lurks in their hearts and minds
'Neath bleeding sun and silver sky
I saw a murder right and tight
Dead Man

See the trees divide the sky
Birds of the air drop in mid-flight
Thread of sound the coolies cry
Tearing a hole into the night
Loose that mortal coil that binds
Jump right through that needle's eye
Dead Man

Rise up dead man
Help me drive my row
Track Name: Slow Drag
Gonna draw the line at being told lies, left stone blind and standing
You ain't got the best of me
Sticking round was always your short suit and how you took a powder
We're gonna make a reckoning

It takes a real cool hand to drop what's hot risking a fool's exit
Was it just quick thrills and gin?
Don't leave things unsaid, don't put to rest dreams hanging in my mind
Can't we try just once again?

Ain't no kicks, ain't no fun, ain't no sunshine to keep me warm

All the times we had, good and bad
Oh so sad, it's a slow drag
It's a slow drag
Track Name: Call My Name
As sure as you're born
You'll get caught slipping around
Consider yourself warned
Consider yourself found
You're always so-so disarming
You can't do wrong and get by
It shouldn't be too alarming
Don't you wanna abide?
Don't you wanna get by?

Those boys that cling to your action
Do they keep you satisfied?
Hey! Do you get a reaction
To words worn smooth from practiced tries?
I'll be the one that you run to
As sure as sparks do fly
Yeah we'll be made in the shade too
Don't you wanna abide?
Don't you wanna get high?

Don't curse my name you just gotta call it
Don't fight the truth you just gotta find it
If you wanna hit me, hit me til you drop it
Don't curse my name you just gotta call it
Track Name: The Violent Bear It Away
Take these things that matter
Put them where they're safe
You cannot imagine
How the violent bear it away

Seven shiny racers
Chasing down the lane
All the while unaware
Oo, the violent bear it away

Ain't it hard, hard to find
Security?
Piece of mind?

Careful what you wish for
When you're caught up in the fray
And beg for crazy notions
Notions that do betray
Oh, the violent bear it away
Track Name: Gone (Like Fighting Fire)
Hard times seem so long
Though they only glance upon our lives
Try hard as you may
You will not escape the ties that bind

How long must we wait here?
How long must we dance upon this line?
Even the strong sometimes cry: "Enough, enough"

Even men with hearts of ardor
Draw their lot and go no farther
Gone, gone, gone
Gone like wild desire
Gone, gone, gone
Gone like fighting fire