Harrison Colby and the Zenith Mountain Band

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released May 11, 2012

all songs written by Harrison Colby
all string arrangements by Jessika Blanks

recorded in Milwaukee, WI and Sound of Music studios in Richmond, VA

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Track Name: Greed
I took all I could get
a little more than I need
I’m just an ordinary man
Overcome by greed
I ain’t the type to keep it all locked up underneath
Unlike you I air my dirty laundry out on the street

I’d never make it as a doctor
I’ll never make it as a writer
I’ll just take my place behind the counter
Grab a fistful of money take off carefree

Steal a red colored car
Fill it up with gas
Whistlin’ while I pump
Grinnin’ at the past
This sure ain’t a life but it’s sure enough for me
Runnin’ from stateline to stateline
And governed by greed

I’d never make it as a scientist
I’d never make it as a typist
Just take my place behind the counter
Grab two fistfuls of money and take off carefree

I got a gun
That I bought in Mexico
I always keep it loaded
But I’ve never shot a soul
All it takes is just one look down that barrel hole
And they gladly show me where they keep the safe

I’d never make it as a doctor
I’ll never make it as a writer
I’d never make it as a scientist
I’d never make it as a typist
You know I’ll never be a govenor
I’ll never become a lawyer
I’ll just walk in through the foyer
Grab a fistful of money and take off carefree
And in the end plead guilty and get off scott free
Track Name: Color Picture
I only wish I could tell ya
Something to make you feel better
Midnight walks by the stream
Were just from last night’s dream
It’s true

I only wish I could describe to you
The true shade of that sky’s blue
Because this color picture
Truly stays with ya
It was never that pretty a view

More hazy gray
Than pretty summertime
But there’s no telling you
You’ve done made up your mind

There ain’t no way to drive
Because there ain’t no highway
Because there ain’t no such place
As a place that nice
As your paradise

Do those mountains move ya
Their white peaks move through ya
Seen from all across the land
But they were painted by hand
It’s true

Is that valley your perfect green
I ain’t poking holes in your dreams
This color picture
Truly stays with ya
It was never that pretty a view

More brown than green
I don’t mean to be mean
But there’s no telling you
You believe what you see
Track Name: Little Red Rivers
Little Red Rivers
Don’t it make you just shiver
Like when the cold wind blows
In the middle of December
He’s out on the steps
His clothes red with blood
Little Red Rivers
What have you done?

Tell me now, brother
Can I lend you a hand
You spent last night face down in the midnight sand
Been on the down and the out
Since you’ve heard that little siren sigh
It’s like a mountain that you’re climbin
And you’ll soon be findin’
There ain’t nothing on the other side

Tell me now, brother
Where have you been
At the bottom of the bottle
Ain’t seen you since
Been on the down and the out
Since you heard that little siren moan
She’s the love of your life
Your candle in the night
But you ain’t the one she chose

Tell me little sister
Is there something wrong
That bed ain’t your coffin
That you lay in so often
Don’t it feel like the same old song?
I know it’s hard to stay away
When you hear the songs Red Rivers plays
You’re just feeding him the lines like a wounded dove
A little cocaine addicted metropolitan love

Little Red Rivers
He make you just shiver
When the cold wind blows
In the middle of December
That boy’s out on the steps
His clothes drenched wit blood
Little Red Rivers
What have you done?
Track Name: Sorry Excuse
Sorry excuse for a man
Drinkin and stealin what he can
He's got them big black boots
You know he's never comin back again

Hard as some people try
It's really hard to stay gone
One too many steps
You gonna end up where you left
But that black boot man
I ain't seen him since
I heard he held up a bank and got a girl pregnant

Sorry excuse for a girl
Fell in love with the whole wide world
Heard if you slip her a ring
You get to slip one between

Hard as she tried
She couldn't make him fall in love
At least not the way she wanted
But I swear to god above
She was the prettiest girl in town
Built like a house
But try to get her to talk
She was quiet as a church mouse

Sorry excuse for a world
Funny to think how it was built in seven days
And it took almost seven billion years to make it look this way

Hard as it tries to turn it self back around
It can't resist it's nature just to burn itself to the ground
Some people try to make the world a better place
But an ugly face prettied up is still just an ugly face
Track Name: Medicine
Ricochet Tommy's got a hand grenade belt
Neighbor's say that heathen boy's going to hell
Head full of medicine ain't no sin
When you comin' down man?
I don't know when...

Coffin's being drug by a bright red hearse
Mama pulls a tissue from her bright red purse
Head full of medicine helps her forget
That her only son was her only regret

Sister's tucked into her little blue bed
As thoughts drift in and out of her pretty little head
A head full of medicine helps her to sleep
I pray the lord her soul to keep
Track Name: Barrels of Wine
Closer than ever
Farther than horizons
Softer than leather
Wetter than Leviathan
We should’ve known better
It was a hard thing to grasp
We were just caught in the weather
We both wanted nothing more than to last

Come pay us a visit
In our small country home
Now’s about the time
It’s past midnight
And your lover’s cup is long since dry
But just appease me
There’s still barrels of wine for drinkin
So don’t you go thinking about leavin

The longer the vine
The brigher your light seems to shine
We're growing warmer with more wine
It seems to strengthen the bind
It seems like forever
And it feels like it too
You look the same as ever
But you’ve changed all your rules

We’ll pay you a visit
In your small country home
Now’s about the time
It’s past midnight
We’ve got a quite a long way many hours to drive
But I’ll appease ya
There’s still barrels of wine for drinking
It’s getting harder to tell just what you’re thinking
And it’s about time for me to be leaving
Track Name: Daisy
You will be my eyes and ears
As I drift into the tall dark pine
Close your eyes and pray
I'll never stumble
I came of age into the strangest of times

Daisy, you and I
We're asking why
The sun never shines anymore
We'll hang our heads and weep
While she's sound asleep
And my blood boils red down to my core

I stare into the face of a hound of hell
He's just a wretch with a mother like me
But if I fault or waiver I'll be six feet under
I'll be brave but afraid I'll be pleased

Daddy, I've tried to see
A silver lining
But the kettle still looks black to me
They may have gagged your mouth
But I'm shouting out
But what I want won't be just what we need

Mother, I'd love to sit
And talk for a spell
The spell that's done called itself disease
I may have failed but I sure have tried
To pry you from the cold depths of sleep