BABY, THEY TOLD US WE WOULD RISE AGAIN

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    “My new definition of underground: singer-guitarist Daniel Hutchens and guitarist Eric Carter, friends since they met in elementary school...and, for the past 23 years, the sturdy, stubborn axis of the Athens, Georgia band Bloodkin...on BABY, THEY TOLD US WE WOULD RISE AGAIN, Bloodkin are at a hot peak in their odyssey, opening with the hypnotic hell of “The Viper,” a catalog of addictions checked off by Hutchens in a belly-to-the-bar drawl against a seventies-Neil Young tornado of banjo, dirty guitars and prairie-chapel organ. The spike and clash of Carter and Eric Martinez’s guitars in “Wait Forever” suggest Keith Richards and Ron Wood--armed with Civil War bayonets.”
    -DAVID FRICKE in ROLLING STONE

    “Slept on for 20-plus years, these roiling Southern rawkers plunge you into a guitar-moaning maelstrom rife with sagas about snorting coke and putting a gun in your mouth and living to ham-fist another round of margaritas.”
    -CHARLES AARON in SPIN

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“Bloodkin’s 20-year history has been a roller coaster of the good, the bad and the ugly. There have been personal demons to tame, real tragedy to endure, and a very uphill battle to keep their creative relationship intact. But through it all, their music remains a genuine article of southern gothic narrative wrapped in the cloak of powerful and raw guitar-driven rock & roll music. With 9 albums of material to their credit Bloodkin is an undeniably important, although generally under-recognized, part of the contemporary southern musical landscape.”
-JAMBASE

“Easily the most under-appreciated rock n roll band of the last 15 years, Athens GA’s Bloodkin is finally getting some much-deserved attention with this soulful, demon-expelling record [Baby...]. I should let you in on a little secret--all of their albums are this good.”
-STEVE LABATE in PASTE MAGAZINE

“As if the legacy of Faulkner or even the Beats were alive on vinyl rather than in ink.” -STEPHEN M. DEUSNER in PITCHFORK

Featuring liner notes by Patterson Hood of DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS.

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released February 3, 2009

Produced by David Barbe.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA
on scattered dates October 2007 through May 2008.
Mastered by Jeff Capurso.

Liner notes by Patterson Hood.

All songs written by Daniel Hutchens
except "A Place to Crash", "Little Margarita" and "Wait Forever"
written by Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter
and "My Name is Alice" written by Eric Carter.
All songs published by Wet Trombone Music BMI.

Daniel Hutchens--vocal, guitar, harmonica, backing vocal on "My Name is Alice"
Eric Carter--guitar, backing vocal, lead vocal on "My Name is Alice"
David Nickel--bass
Aaron Phillips--drums
David Barbe--percussion, keyboard, backing vocal
Eric Martinez--guitar

Mike Cooley--banjo on "The Viper"
Orenda Fink--trumpets on "The Viper"
Jess Franklin--keyboards on "The Viper", "Easter Eggs" and "Heavy With Child".
Todd Nance--shaker on "The Viper"
William Tonks--dobro on "Easter Eggs" and "Rhododendron", guitar on "Heavy With Child"

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Track Name: The Viper
THE VIPER

you wake up your smile is strange
crooked with sugar coated pain
your tongue is stained with the name
the purple blood of the Viper

you fall out of bed and down your stairs
your kitchen is ice blue sharp and bare
one bowl of scorpions and scarlet hair
that's your breakfast with the Viper

so you click your big screen TV on
but your pretty panorama's gone
just one scene throbbing on and on
those green cruel eyes of the Viper

so you put a shotgun in your mouth
but you can't pull that trigger now
your hands are dealing for the house
now you're working for the Viper

and you smoke a pipe and you snort a line
that sultan's stash he left behind
you've been an addict all your life
now you're higher than the Viper

you walk out into your backyard
the lawn's all tragic black and charred
burned flat and hard, your calling card
from your visit with the Viper

so you climb into your SUV
you drive downtown to pay your fee
your spine still twists with ecstacy
now you've mated with the Viper

your life's one sugar coated failure
but what a tale you have to tell
your brain's still crashing with the bells
from your wedding with the Viper

now your soul is old and grey
how many lifetimes will you pay
raw meat is all you crave today
you're hungry as the Viper
Track Name: Easter Eggs
EASTER EGGS

baby, they told us we would rise again
as I recall they never filled us in about when
a thousand years from now you'll still be my old friend
when you come dragging in
I'll just say, Baby how you been

since God got up and the Devil got down
we got lost and we got found
we raised Hell all over town


we were strolling hand in hand
down Confederate Street in the acid rain
when you told me, Time's a bunch of boxcars
circling around us like a model train
you always had a little taste
of something to murder my pain
when you come dragging in
I'll just say, Baby how you been

since God got up and the Devil got down
you got high and I got grounded
we hid Easter Eggs all over town


first love feels like the last love in the world
in our hometown sewage ditch I found my punk rock pearl
if you never need a boyfriend again, I could always be your girl
when you come dragging in
I'll just say, Baby how you been

since God got up and the Devil got down
we got lost and we got found
we raised Hell all over town
when God got up and the Devil got down
you got high and I got grounded
we hid Easter Eggs all over town

when God got up and the Devil got down
Track Name: Ghost Runner
GHOST RUNNER

I got a ghost runner standing on first base
in this vacant lot in July
grass growing past our ankles
and the sun's in the middle of the sky
we got all summer to play this way
all summer to make it real
and little kids like us just make the rules up
and my ghost runner's trying to steal
little kids like us just make the rules up
and my ghost runner's trying to steal

now my ghost runner's standing on second base
and it must be a hundred in the shade
me and my buddy we don't mind sweating it out
we got a cooler full of Gatorade
and we're out of school all summer
and I'm swinging at his lazy curve
it's a single out past the pawpaw trees
and my ghost runner's rounding third
it's a single out past the pawpaw trees
and my ghost runner's rounding third

yeah my ghost runner's trying to score and now
the sun's already going down
pretty soon me and my buddy we'll both be
moving on out of this town
ghost outfielder hits the ghost cutoff man
ghost cutoff man wheels and throws
we got all summer to play this way
and my ghost runner's safe at home
hey we got all summer to play this way
and my ghost runner's safe at home

we got all summer to play this way
and my ghost runner's safe at home
we got all summer to play this way
and my ghost runner's safe at home
safe at home
Track Name: Rhododendron
RHODODENDRON

life's a mystery
but it's fragrant as an apple tree
swelling her blossoms in July
in the Ohio River Valley
the sky's distorting with the heat
a kiln-slicked glaze of baby blue
and there's always hard work to be done
in the Ohio River Valley

she grew up in Silverton
drew well water for her family
laid silverware by the breakfast plates
and reckoned she was happy
on a little farm not far from here
where the hillsides and the valley
were tangled thick with summer's blazing
fireworks bouquets

(chorus)
of wild Rhododendron
wild Rhododendron
wild Rhododendron wildflower
wild Rhododendron
wild Rhododendron
wild Rhododendron wild
and her daddy was a bus driver
and her mama was a teacher
and they worked backbreaking hard
to raise their children
with a touch of Old Testament iron
and a whiff of wild Rhododendron


life's a mystery
but it's tempting as an apple tree
cooling a November windowsill
in the Ohio River Valley
the skies are low and concrete grey
the countryside's bare and brambly
but there's always hard work to be done
in the Ohio River Valley

she grew up in Silverton
drew well water for her family
laid silverware by the breakfast plates
and reckoned she was happy
on a little farm not far from here
where the hillsides and the valley
will soon be drifted deep with snow
while seeds wait down below

to bring springtime's Rhododendron
(chorus)


life's a mystery
but it's beautiful as she is
God's own little wildflower
my wild Rhododendron

(for Frankie)
Track Name: My Name Is Alice
MY NAME IS ALICE

my name is Alice
but you can call me what you want
maybe you'll remember
but you probably won't

I'm down at the bottom
of my favorite wishing well
yeah this used to be heaven
now it's turned into hell

my name is Alice
at least that's what I think
and as long as I'm down here
I might as well take a drink
take a drink


they say that these things will kill you
then again maybe they won't
but if you've never tried them
I suggest that you don't

my name is Alice
that's what it says on my cold stone
and I hope and I pray
that you don't die alone
die alone


my name is Alice
but you can call me what you want
maybe you'll remember
but you probably won't
Track Name: Heavy With Child
HEAVY WITH CHILD

we're so happy we're living forever
we're so happy we never said never
I'm so happy I found you here
I'd been waiting a thousand years
I'm so happy we're going downtown
I'm so happy you're a killer little clown
I'm so happy there's a party tonight
I'm so happy we're crashing it right
I'm so happy we're living the dream
where every single night is Halloween
where every single night is Halloween

here we go now it's October
here we go we're starting over


I'm so happy I'm your boyfriend
I'm so happy you're sneaking me in
I'm so happy there's pigs in the sky
blood in your hair, skulls in your eyes
I'm so happy the end is near
I'm so happy my mind's so clear
I'm so happy Hell's just a school
I'm so happy the Devil's so cool
I'm so happy that nothing's obscene
I'm so happy that Jesus is queen
I'm so happy your hymnal's on fire
I'm so happy I'm joining the choir
I'm so happy we're living the dream
where every single night is Halloween
where every single night is Halloween

here we go now it's October
here we go we're starting over


I'm so happy your heart is wild
I'm so happy you're heavy with child
I'm so happy you're drinking white rum
I'm so happy you told me how come
I'm so happy this bar just rocks
I'm so happy the bathroom door locks
I'm so happy you're my sister in sin
my blacked out angel, my best friend
I'm so happy you're a real blonde
I'm so happy you're climbing on
I'm so happy I'm ready to preach
I'm so happy I'm peeling your peach
I'm so happy you're wearing that mask
I'm so happy I won't even ask
I'm so happy we're living the dream
where every single night is Halloween
where every single night is Halloween

here we go now it's October
here we go we're starting over
Track Name: A Place to Crash
A PLACE TO CRASH

hell and high water and hard times
never faded our design
we stuck like speed freaks to our childhood deal
we got snake rash on the road
we got viperish, we got cold
but inside we never lost that feel

after hours in all the clubs
we were just a-getting up on one
we never needed much sleep, we had a license to steal
were they enemies, were they friends
they mixed the drinks and told us, Come on in
they never looked us in the eye, but we never lost that feel

and it felt like a place to crash for the night
a bedtime story about the morning light
a place to crash for the night
a bedtime story about the morning light


we puked our guts out on the stage
a thousand nights then didn't get paid
we were stupid or inspired or a little of each
we were just country boys speaking in tongues
God's and the Devil's own songs we sung
some people didn't like to hear it but we came to preach

and we were never no dress up rehearsal
no choreography no Budweiser commercial
we weren't kidding, we were wrecking our health for real
how we made it this far in one piece or so
it's kinda Spinal Tap to believe I know
I think what saved us was
we never lost that feel

it still feels like a place to crash for the night
a bedtime story about the morning light
it still feels like a place to crash for the night
a bedtime story about the morning light

it still feels like a place to crash
Track Name: Little Margarita
LITTLE MARGARITA

everything you heard about me is true
my Little Margarita
but I'm so in love with you
my Little Margarita
I am the bastard son of Neal Cassady
you're splashing salt and cactus juice all over me
you're my Little Margarita

oh baby when you look at me like that
you're my Little Margarita
you snake around like a sneaky little cat
my Little Margarita
you rattle my bones around like ice in a silver shaker
you frost me down until I'm ready to meet my maker
you're my Little Margarita

now this old world's in such a mess
my Little Margarita
I didn't fix it up much I guess
for you Margarita
but I got a few good licks in, doing what I do
and the very best thing I ever did was loving you
you're my Little Margarita

now I can't stay with you much longer
my Little Margarita
but every day you're getting stronger
my Little Margarita
and don't forget you got my blood inside your veins
you'll never be alone in this world, you'll never be a stranger
and I am the bastard son of Neal Cassady
walking the tracks down in Mexico, well, you can write a book about me
you're my Little Margarita
my Little Margarita
my Little Margarita
my Little Margarita, hey

(for Amberly)
Track Name: Wait Forever
WAIT FOREVER

singing to my pillow
I woke up out of tune
some might say it's sinful
last night I had a dream about you
you're my most expensive habit
and there ain't no kind of cure
I've been in and out of rehab
you're always there to pick me up
when I walk out the door

this ain't my life I'm living
and this ain't my blood I drink
it's a crack in my reflection
maybe these ain't my thoughts I think
no no no
my mouth full of contradiction
snake sliding through my grass
I been warned about the thunderstorm
and the flood that's gonna come to pass
come to pass

but even if I have to wait forever that's okay
even if I leave this world tomorrow, I want you today
I want you today


well, I hear that tribal pounding
wicked sweet and strong
it's wrecking my loudspeaker
when I turn your power on
but I turn it on
in my mind I see a dancefloor
and it's filled with whores and thieves
and they all dance just the way you do
but they all sing just like me
ain't that a shame

and even if I have to wait forever that's okay
even if I leave this town tomorrow, I want you today
I want you today
Track Name: Summer in Georgia
SUMMER IN GEORGIA

let's take a roadtrip, it's been a while
let's see some wrong turns we've never seen
let's pack up the baby and pack up the beagles
these are golden days for traveling when Georgia is green

(chorus)
sweetheart it's Summer in Georgia
the days hot and slow as jalapeno honey
days that just swamp down the hands of time
and every long minute I'm glad that you're mine
sweetheart it's Summer in Georgia


we could drive up to Helen or maybe out to Comer
we could stop in for sweet tea at Café Saving Grace
buy a basket of peaches at a roadside concession
but I'm confessing no peach blossom's pretty as your face

(chorus)


let's roll down the windows
get the Braves on the radio
let our minds flutter off
in that butterfly sky
I know out there somewhere
there's a world full of sorrow
but today I'm still smiling
and I bet you know why

sweetheart it's Summer in Georgia...

(for Kristy)