American Refugee

by Faithless Town

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released 16 October 2012
Faithless Town:

Gene Owens
Matthew Smith
Padrick Handley
Larry Copeland

With guest performances by :
Brent Sandel
Henry De Souza
James Hall
Kristine Handley
and
Dan Dixon

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Dan Dixon
in a warehouse, by a Mexican restaurant, on the Westside of Atlanta.
Except “Key Bump”, which with the exception of the bass, was recorded by Sean McPherson at East Atlanta Recording

Mastered by Glenn Schick
at Glenn Schick Mastering
All songs by Gene Owens
P 2012 Gene Owens Music ASCAP
Except San Andreas Fault by Matthew Smith and Michael Luther
and Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen
Package art and design by El Jefe Design

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Faithless Town Atlanta, Georgia

Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Faithless Town combine singer/songwriter sensibilities with a commitment to genuine, roots rock. Whether you call it alternative rock, Americana or good ole’ rock n’ roll, it’s clear that Faithless Town make music that recalls the best from the American songbook. ... more

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Track Name: Ghosts Of My Hometown
I was born in the valley where the three rivers meet
The Ohio, Monongahela, and the Allegheny
And along those river banks sit the faithless factories
My father’s ghost haunts those halls with every breath I breathe
I saw what they took from him and I swear…
They won’t do that to me

I was born in the shadow of the penitentiary
Where the poor work and toil believing they are free
And the sweet bells of mercy float on the evening breeze
Winter comes early and the still waters freeze
The gothic cathedral stands with an eye…
That never blinks

Chorus:
The ghosts of my hometown
Follow me around
From the West back to the East
Into the arms of the South
Like a shiver I can’t shake
Or a high and lonesome sound
The ghosts of my hometown

I remember the South Side under a blanket of snow
Standing in the cold tossing rocks at your window
You’d climb down from your room and the city would come alive
We’d take the 10th Street Bridge to Oakland, strung out like Christmas lights
But now those days are gone and I’m left haunted…
By how you died

Repeat Chorus

I was born in the valley where the three rivers meet
And just like those rivers I’m always trying to leave
And the spirit of the Iroquois and Shawnee haunt these hills
Like the echo of my father’s voice in abandoned steel mills
And the ghost of the girl I loved who took too many…
Designer pills

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Rings Of Saturn
Janey I've been wondering
Why the light seems to fade
Janey I've been wondering
Why everyone I love goes away
Janey I've been wondering
Why you always cried
Janey I've been wondering
Why you had to say goodbye

Chrous:

Did you ever see the lights around you?
Did you ever get the timing right?
Did you ever know how much I loved you or how I cried?
Did you ever see the rings of Saturn
Or fly through the Milky Way
And are you ever coming
Back to stay?

Janey I've been wondering
Why this life seems so cruel
Janey I've been wondering
Why my heart is a useless tool
Janey I've been wondering
Why angles have to die
Janey I've been wondering
Why you had to say goodbye

Repeat Chorus

Did you ever want it?
Did you ever need?
Did you ever want it...
The love inside of me

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Key Bump
I see the crowd you’re running with
They don’t know just where it is
They’re just kinda’ crawling in their skin

All these cocaine scavengers
Circle the bar like gaunt vultures
Looking for the guy with the powder

Chorus:

It’s just another key-bump in a bathroom stall
It’s just another night of feeling nothing at all
It’s just another key-bump in a bathroom stall
And I ain’t missing you
And I ain’t missing you
And I ain’t missing you
At all

Every night starts the same way
A shot and a beer to ease the pain
Then it’s on to heavier things

All these dark and sketchy bars
Tattooed strangers with scarred hearts
Getting numb in classic cars

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Stolen Car
We started off all broken and battered
We’re gonna’ end up all reborn and beautiful
We were covered up in scars,
Our wings were clipped like bugs in jars
Honey I feel you in my soul
So don’t let it go
Don’t let it go

This town is a trap
We need to get out
Before it brings us to our knees
I know a place we can go
We can drink and talk, take it nice and slow
I know I place we can be free
So don’t let it bleed
Don’t make me bleed

Chorus:

I know that I’m damaged
I’ve seen many hard seasons
I don’t remember how I got this far
All I know is I’m
Loving you for all the right reasons
We got tonight,
We’ve got this stolen car

Mary I got us this fast car
Let’s drive until we hit the coast
The streets are alive tonight
They’re paved in gold
And bathed in the city’s light
They’ll take us wherever we wanna’ go
So Mary lets go
Heaven’s waiting down the road

Repeat Chorus

Blow away these walls that keep us in
Wash away this life of vulgar sin
That we’re in
You have my heart
Now take my hand
We’re off tonight to the Promised Land

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Sarah Says...
Sarah says
She’ll forget all of this
The doctors are gonna’ wash her mind

An electro-shock
Straight to the brain
Take away the pain, it just might

She’s afraid of the outside world
So she hides behind her door
So afraid that she’ll wake to find
A wasted life
It’s such a bore

Chorus:

Sarah says she’ll forget all of this
Sarah says she’ll forget all of this

So she takes her pills
One at a time
With a vodka-Sprite to wash them down

One of these days she’s
Gonna’ make a change
She’s gonna’ throw the whole bottle down

She’s afraid of the outside world
So she hides behind her door
It’s something that no one sees
It’s her own disease and she’s breaking

Repeat Chorus

She’ll forget my name
She’ll forget who I was
She’ll forget everything
Of our love
Our love…

She’s afraid of the outside world
So she hides behind her door
So afraid that she’ll wake to find
A wasted life
It’s such a bore

Repeat Chorus

Sarah’s eyes
Open real wide
To a stark, new day
Track Name: San Andreas Fault
California's fallin' in the ocean
California's slippin' in the sea
Since it took a fall it's not worth its weight in salt
And it's all San Andreas Fault

They really got it made in Nevada
They really got it made over there
No need to run and hide when it is high tide
Sittin' pretty on the other side

Chorus:

Sand on our shores is what we used to have
Now it's in our living rooms since we've been blown off the map
We'll go swimmin' in our kitchens and fishin' in our halls
And it's all San Andreas Fault

We're the laughing stock of the country
Yeah, we're the laughing stock of the world
The North has grabbed their guns since we seceded from the Union
Oh, Hawaii here we come

We've been spendin' all our time and money
Gettin' everything ready for the crowd
Well bring the kids we'll show you how that Disneyland is Sea World now
An earthquake can't keep a good town down

Chorus
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Chorus
Track Name: Rosalita Falls
Tonight she packs her bags for
Tomorrow she’ll walk the paths
That’ll take her across the border
To somewhere less sad

She crosses at the levee
Past the stone and wire
She reaches a darkened desert
With hope for a better life

The border patrol haunts her steps
As search lights streak the sky
She struggles hard to catch her breath
As coyote cry

Rosalita falls down
Rosalita falls down

She comes upon a city
Looking for some work
But all the doors shut on her
Without papers she has no worth

She thinks of her home and all she’s lost
The family she’s left behind
She takes a job in a garment shop
Working nine to nine

Rosalita falls down
Rosalita falls down
Rosalita cries without a sound
Rosalita falls down

Now she has a quota
She works till her fingers bleed
She’s a faceless seamstress
Unheard and unseen

The foreman’s steps pound in her brain
She’s chained now to his will
He strikes her down with a single blow and her blood spills

Repeat chorus