Bad Day At Growler's Rock

by The Wattingers

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Danielle Miller Having witnessed the rise of this superb band since virtually the start, I'm still amazed at how much more they keep giving. One of the best live bands that I've ever experienced, and they aren't too shabby on recording either. XXX Favorite track: Dirty Kisses.
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Me and my boys took a trip to Southern Kentucky To take the liver of a man who drank the wine Made by the Farrell family. Claggy Bartlett was his name, he was a sheriff in Paducah city He was as long as he was wide, he was the widest longpig you ever did see Now moonshine sets your liver rotten hard But not so Farrell wine, Bartlett’s liver turned to paté. With an exquisite bouquet, impossible to define His liver ran through our fingers Down into the pails we brought And when we brought him back we sold him packed From our family butchers stall Well we did that trip to Old Kentucky My boys and I we took the liver Of the man who was the sheriff in Paducah City The Polks and the Farrells are distant cousins of mine Separated back, along in time The Polks and the Wattingers gone down the butcher’s line The Farrells have their ‘druthers in the moonshine wine
3.
Dead Man’s Hat What goes up when the rain comes down? A dead man’s hat. Stackalee was a bad man Shot Jethro three times dead Whose soul escaped his body Into the hat upon his head Chorus: What goes up when the rain comes down? A dead man’s hat. Cattle are all spooked Crying baby in your arms Dog bolts out the yard Rats all leave the farm What goes up when the rain comes down? A dead man’s hat. Dead eyed black heart Jethro Been dead a long time gone The evil in his hat Lingers on and on Chorus The evil hat could not be worn Though many a brave soul tried Everything it touched Shrivelled up and died. Chorus
4.
Evil Driving Rain Evil rain’s a falling from clouds of bible black And burning bolts of lightning spit and hiss and crack The storm’s bringing sorrow, the storm’s bringing pain The storm’s a bringing madness, with evil driving rain Chorus: Evil driving rain boys, Evil driving rain, Evil driving rain boys, Evil driving rain, Rolling thunder hides the wailing mournful cries, Clouds swirling dark, like blood from a bursting heart Broken body, broken soul! Broken body broken soul! Tortured and all withered, when the cruel wind blows Shapes shifting in the swamp below Haloed in a luminous glow Can’t name the fear that chills your blood Of the shuffling forms sliding through the mud All hope seeps away into the seething bubbling mire Sparks the dead alive, unholy Elmo’s Fire Brings water and the dead to the fires of Hell All is well, all is well Brings water and the dead to the fires of Hell, All is well all is well
5.
Riley 03:50
Old Riley walked the water On a long hot summer day Old Riley walked the water On a long hot summer day Old Riley's gone like a turkey through the corn Hey, Rattler, yay Old Riley’s gone like a turkey through the corn Yay Rattler yay He walked the water Riley’s gone He walked the water Old Rattler come when I blow my horn Rattler come when I blow my horn Old Rattler's got him a marrow bone Old Rattler's got him a marrow bone Yay Rattler, yay Old Rattler's got him a marrow bone Hey Rattler yay He walked the water Riley’s gone He walked the water Old Riley took a walk on a long hot summer’s day Old Riley took a walk on a long hot summer’s day Old Riley's gone like a turkey through the corn Hey Rattler yay Old Riley’s gone like a turkey through the corn Hey Rattler yay He walked the water He walked the water He’s gone Riley’s gone
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55 Gallon Drum Oh happy glorious sunny day! The sun is shining just for me I found him hanging in the tree I cut him bits one two and three To fit in my sack and take him back To my 55 gallon drum My next stop is the barber’ shop Where many razored hands Let severed heads drop To the floor, no use to the body anymore A sackfull of heads then swept away Into the sack bought in today To take away to my 55 gallon drum Oh rapturous glorious sunny day! Frabjous joy! Callooh calay! The sun it shines, shines just for me My drum’s full to the brim Blood to the brim,to the lid To the brim, oh happy day! Oh happy day callooh callay!
7.
Long Road Too Far The road is long The road is long 10.000 miles Lord hear our song Oh hear us Lord Hear my song And the sun beat down Oh the sun beat down The sun beat down And the trail is hard Yes the trail is hard 10.000 miles We took a long walk We took a long walk 10.000 miles Hot summer’s day Oh hear us Lord Hear my song And I froze to death Oh the sun beat down The sun beat down Oh hear us Lord The road’s too long 10.000 miles
8.
Bad Day at Growler’s Rock It’s a bad day for Captain Jack at Growler’s Rock It’s a bad day for Captain Jack at Growler’s Rock It’s a bad day for Captain Jack at Growler’s Rock We found him in the ‘groves in the water at Growler’s Creek We found him in the ‘groves in the water at Growler’s Creek He’d fallen from the ship, so weak he could hardly speak Said my airship burst and dropped right out of the sky, My crew’s all dead hanging up in trees nearby Now spare my life and I’ll make it your worthwhile. Chorus: It’s a bad day… Please O Lord he cried, spare my life I’m Captain Jack and I don’t want to die Spare my life and I’ll tell you why I’m a wealthy and important man said he I’m a wealthy and important man said he I’ll see you right if you’d let me be. Chorus: It’s a bad day… I’ll give you money and gold and fancy clothes said he I’ll give you money and gold and fancy clothes said he If you spare my life and set me free What care I for your money and gold? said I What care I for your fancy clothes? said I Where I come from I’m bound to take your life. Chorus: It’s a bad day…
9.
Aaron Jacobson Had A Twin Aaron Jacobson had a twin That lived deep inside of him Attached from within by an umbilical thread It slipped put at night whilst Aaron slept in his bed A glimpse of him was such a blessed thing A touch could bring wealth more than acquired by a king The Church of Ezekial canonised him Elusive, nocturnal almost never seen Now Cain was Jacobson’s friend and one night He resolved to get hold of the twin parasite For money and wealth and good luck he did seek So he hid in the grass till Aaron was asleep It was dark and the crickets chirp drowned out the sound Of the creeping out creature as it dropped to the ground Cain he upped and he grabbed it, it gave out a squeal It pulled hard on the chord like a flash it disappeared For treasures unheard of Cain would not let go Unsurprising Aaron awoke from the incursion below At that point neither Aaron nor Cain were aware Of the third twin inside, of gristle, teeth and hair It bit down thrice twice twice, and thrice and twice again On the impudent fist of that greedy man Cain Whose hand was left severed in Jacobson’s ass As he whimpered and scampered through the blood splattered grass
10.
Gospel Tent 04:34
Gospel Tent (Zen Guerilla cover) See the black train a roarin’ down See the black train a roarin’ down See the high wire as it bend and bows See the high wire as it bend and bows See the gap tooth of a one-eyed clown See the gap tooth of a one-eyed clown See the gap tooth of a one-eyed clown See the gap tooth of a one-eyed clown See the sweet girl try to hold home yeah See the sweet girl try to hold home yeah See the sweet girl in the hurricane See the sweet girl in the hurricane See the hard route that the river ran See the hard route that the river ran See the high ground that the river ran See the high ground that the river ran See the Luau with their heads held high See the Luau with their head held high See the high brow of a one-eyed man See the high brow of a one-eyed man Nothing’s fine I’m going out of my mind With the roaring tracks That take me back To when the gap-toothed clown Said ’Burn this circus down yeah!’ See the high wire as it bend and bows See the high wire as it bend and bows See the gap tooth of a one-eyed clown See the gap tooth of a one-eyed clown
11.
Dirty Kisses 05:08
Dirty Kisses 10 miles down from Lazy Town is a shack up in the woods And when the sun goes down Out comes a floating girl all beautiful and dead With black spider hair flowing from her ghostly head She rides on the breeze down to Lazy Town To find a living lover for when the sun’s gone down. Well its ten miles down to the dead girl’s shack Ten miles out, I ain’t ever coming back. Dirty kisses in the evening, dirty kisses all through the night, Dirty kisses in the morning, it’s so wrong but it feels so right. She found me lying in the filth and mud She pulled me up out of the gore and the mud Took me in her arms and swept me up high We drifted to the shack under a blood moon sky Ten miles back to Lazy town, I know I’ll never leave or see the sun go down Ten miles back to the dead girl’s shack Ten miles out, I ain’t ever coming back Dirty kisses in the evening, dirty kisses all through the night Dirty kisses in the morning, it’s so wrong but it feels so right.

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The third release from The Wattingers, (the second CD)

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released February 16, 2018

Thanks to : Natasha Crystal Berry, for upright bass and Matthew Victor Rogers for Uke and backing vocals on track 8, Bad Day At Growler's Rock

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