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Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

by Sturgill Simpson

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I've seen Jesus play with flames in a lake of fire that I was standing in Met the devil in Seattle and spent 9 months inside the lions den Met Buddha yet another time and he showed me a glowing light within But I swear that God is there every time I glare in the eyes of my best friend Says my son it's all been done and someday yer gonna wake up old and gray So go and try to have some fun showing warmth to everyone You meet and greet and cheat along the way There's a gateway in our mind that leads somewhere out there beyond this plane Where reptile aliens made of light cut you open and pull out all your pain Tell me how you make illegal something that we all make in our brain Some say you might go crazy but then again it might make you go sane Every time I take a look inside inside that old and fabled book I'm blinded and reminded of the pain caused by some old man in the sky Marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, and DMT they all changed the way I see But love's the only thing that ever saved my life So don't waste your mind on nursery rhymes Or fairy tales of blood and wine It's turtles all the way down the line So to each their own til' we go home To other realms our souls must roam To and through the myth that we all call space and time
Life of Sin 02:26
Lately things have been a little complicated Quality of life has got me down Sex is cheap and talk is overrated And the boys and me still working on the sound A little happiness, a little love was all I wanted Sure as Hell thought I'd found it but I was wrong She left my heart feeling taunted and my memories all haunted But it's her I have to thank for all my songs So every day I'm smoking my brain hazy All I can do to keep from going crazy But the paranoia is slowly creeping in I keep drinking myself silly Only way for this hillbilly And I thank God for this here life of sin Every morning when I rise I look in the mirror and despise the sight of everything and all that I've become The level of my medicating some might find intimidating But that's alright cause' it don't bother me none
Time and time again Lord I keep going through the motions A means to an end but the ends don't seem to meet Walking around living the dream anytime I take the notion Til the truth comes bubbling up so bittersweet Ain't no point getting outta bed if you aint living the dream It's like making a big old pot of coffee when you ain't got no cream I don't need to change my strings The dirt don't hurt the way I sing I don't have to do a Goddamn thing except sit around and wait to die Been waiting on an angel waitress to come and take my order Tell me all about the special today Staring at a puddle of mud in my spoon couldn't be much boarder Hoping them circles don't call back telling me to start today That old man upstairs, he wears a crooked smile Staring down at the chaos he created Said son if you ain't having fun just wait a little while Momma's gonna wash it all away And she thinks Mercy's overrated
Voices 02:47
There's a voice that I can hear sometimes out here on the mountain When it's dark and the sky is pouring acid like a fountain Memories like coal dust stain the window of my eyes So ask them no more questions they can't sell you no more lies I hear voices all around me in society's depression Over and over they all recite their first impression The rivers are all crying but the ocean cannot speak Until her waters crash into uncharted shores so dark and bleak How I wish somebody'd make these voices go away Seems they're always talking but they don't have much to say A picture's worth a 1000 words but a word ain't worth a dime And we all know they'll go on talking til the end of time Don't call it a sign of the times when it's always been this way Voices behind curtains forked tongues that have no name They plot their wicked schemes setting fate for all mankind With evil that can fill God's pretty skies with clouds that burn and blind
I won't be around this old town anymore for a long long time Gonna hit the road and start looking for the end of that long white line I woke up my baby was gone without her I don't need no home Gonna hit the road and start looking for the end of that long white line Went to the bank to get my dough I don't care where I go Gonna' push this rig 'til I push that girl out of my mind If somebody wants to know what's become of this so and so Tell em' I'm somewhere looking for the end of that long white line New York City, Old St. Joe, Albuquerque New Mexico This old rig is humming and rolling and doing fine If somebody wants to know what's become of this so and so Tell em' I'm somewhere looking for the end of that long white line
The Promise 04:17
If you need a friend
 Don't look to a stranger
 You know in the end, I'll always be there
 But when you're in doubt
 And when you're in danger
 Take a look all around, and I'll be there
 I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say 
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be
 But if you wait around a while, I'll make you fall for me 
I promise, I promise you I will
 When your day is through
 And so is your temper
 You know what to do
 I'm gonna always be there
 Sometimes if I shout 
It's not what's intended 
These words just come out
 With no gripe to bear

Through all these Earthly trials of sorrow Through all these days of doubt and sin Through all these eternal nights with no tomorrow Gotta stay on the straight and narrow and find a little light within Gotta walk that road all the way to Heaven Gotta walk that road until the dawn Gotta walk that road all night All you need is a little light And the closer you get the brighter it turns on Don't need no compass no map or chart Don't need no stars shining above Don't need nothing but a little light in my heart Glowing inside me like a blanket of love
Just Let Go 02:32
Woke up today and decided to kill my ego It aint ever done me no good no how Gonna break through and blast off to the Bardo In them flowers of light far away from the here and now Taking a 49 divine day vacation From reality and all else in between Gonna transmigrate to my destination Far beyond time in an eternal dream But am I dreaming or am I dying Either way I don't mind at all It feels so good you just can't help but crying You have to let go so the soul can fall Oh my God it's so beautiful Everything is a part of me It's so hard looking through all the lies made of wool But if you close your eyes it becomes so easy to see
Cleaning out the darkest corners of my mind Taking all my full circles, and making straight lines Been getting to the bottom of the bottom getting to me Holding up the mirror to everything I don't want to see But it ain't all flowers / Sometimes you gotta feel the thorns And when you play with the Devil you know you gonna get the horns V2 Been dancing with demons all my life Every time I find my groove they cut in like a knife Been a sin eater since I was born Tired of feeling weighed down from carrying round all the pain that keeps me torn So I pray when I lay me down to die Grab a glass of wine and a seat to dine and go ahead and eat the whole damn pie


released May 13, 2014

Musicians & Contributors
"Dood" Fraley - Master of Ceremonies
Sturgill Simpson - vocals/acoustic guitar/backing vocals
Laur Joamets - electric & slide guitar
Kevin Black - bass guitar
Miles Miller - drums/percussion/ backing vocals
Mike Webb - keyboards/mellotron
Dave Cobb - classical guitar/percussion

Produced & Engineered by Dave Cobb
Assistant Engineers - Justin Herlocker & John Netti
Mixed by Dave Cobb & Sturgill Simpson
Mastered by Pete Lyman, Infrasonic Mastering
All tracks recorded at LCS in Nashville, TN

Cover Painting - Jason Siler
Cover Design - Keith Brogdon


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