CREEPERWEED

by Bloodkin

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about

"In 1995 we made CREEPERWEED, which wound up being one of my favorite recording experiences. I knew two things going in: One, I wanted to make a record that was more spontaneous and less 'polished'...something a little closer to the band's original heart. Two, I wanted the record to be made entirely with 'acoustic' instruments. I use the quotes because some of the acoustic instruments were variously equipped with electronic pickups and plugged into amplifiers, or otherwise affected during the recording process. But I wanted the flavor of those basic instruments: acoustic guitars, dobro, acoustic bass, drums, harmonica, fiddle.
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"We went into Doug Stanley's house on Pulaski Street in Athens, and started recording some stuff on his 8-track machine, reel to reel...It was a big old house that Doug was in the middle of remodeling, so the walls were splashed with half-finished paint jobs, and bats flew in and out the glassless rear windows. Somehow it was a great place to be; we were all having a good time. After we got the first few rhythm tracks down, Todd told me, 'Man, this is my favorite recorded drum sound I've ever gotten!' That was when Eric and I pretty much decided, fuck the demos, this is the real record we're making here!
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"There's just some spirit, or whatever you'd call it, that rattles around on CREEPERWEED. It was a high water mark of some sort..."
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-Daniel Hutchens, from THE BLOODKIN STORY

credits

released September 19, 1996

All songs written by Daniel Hutchens
except "Reverend Jacob Nighttrain" and "Mercy Train to Bogart"
written by Daniel Hutchens, Eric Carter and Chris Barrineau.
All songs published by Wet Trombone Music BMI.

Daniel Hutchens--vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Eric Carter--dobro
Chris Barrineau--acoustic bass
Todd Nance--drums, percussion

Dave Blackmon--fiddle on "Rotgut"
Mike Gibson--acoustic guitar on "Mercy Train to Bogart"
John Keane--backing vocal on "Rotgut", pedal steel on "Drive Home September"
Charlie Pruet--additional percussion on "Mercy Train to Bogart"

All tracks recorded by Doug Stanley at his house on Pulaski St. in Athens, GA.
Except "Rotgut" and "Drive Home September"
recorded by John Keane at Keane Music Ltd. in Athens, GA.
And "Mercy Train to Bogart" recorded straight to DAT by Zach Hubbert
at the old Panic practice space in downtown Athens, GA.
Mixed by John Keane.
Mastered by Chris Griffin at Griffin Mastering in Atlanta.

Band photos by Jackie Jasper.
Cover photos and design by Michael Lachowski for Candy.

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Track Name: Black Jacket
BLACK JACKET

I need a girl who knows how to wear a black jacket
wear it with grace and style
I need a girl who wants to ride on the ferris wheel
who knows the carnival behind the carnival

(chorus)
let's cut it right down to the bone
if I burn the witch and roll the stone for you
do you think you might do that too
are you coming through


and when the colored lights start flashing loud
I want to look right at a face I know
I want to say, Hey did you see that one baby
are you ready to go home

(chorus)


yes I need a girl who knows how to wear a black jacket
walking down the wedding aisle
I need a girl who wants to ride on the ferris wheel
who knows the carnival behind the carnival

she wears a black jacket
Track Name: Reverend Jacob Nighttrain
REVEREND JACOB NIGHTTRAIN

you've got to be called to do this
got to believe in what you sell
seven nights a week I preach here on the street corner
right in the middle of Hell
in the middle of Hell

you were washing down this river of neon
liquor and perfume
you were smothering indeed in the vanity and greed
then you heard me talking to you
heard me talking to you

(chorus)
you better stop you better listen
not many do what I do
you better stop you better listen
I've got a bargain for you
yes I do


I am the Reverend Jacob Nighttrain
my tongue tastes nothing but the truth
if you cross my palm and you mean me no harm
you just might taste some too
might taste some too

I know I look damaged and dirty
I know I don't look like much
but I could make you shine in five minutes' time
for a donation to my church
little donation to my church

(chorus)


it's right around the corner to the whorehouse
where she knows my Christian name
she take my pulse when I stumble and fall
she sponge away my shame
sponge away my shame

see we're both standing south of Heaven
we're both standing on the same ground
I'm just making a friendly proposal
the best one you'll get in this town
best one you'll get in this town

(chorus)
Track Name: Rotgut
ROTGUT

Roadhouse, Half Moon, 40 Watt blues
here's my favorite place to lose
been spilling all that good sugar down my shoes
I'm going nowhere I got nothing to do

(chorus)
I live in a rotgut midnight town my home
what a rotgut midnight town I call it home
I live in a rotgut midnight town my home
what a rotgut midnight town I call it home


there's two kinds of vampires in this town, honey
one drains blood and one drains money
do you cast no reflections are you sleeping underground
bartender sure keeps you coming around

(chorus)


yeah you're sitting on the fence I guess you'd better decide
girl down the road she taught you how to lie
you've been ringing doorbells, nobody's home
you're always in love you're always alone
you're like that silver limousine with the tinted glass
bar in the back seat nowhere fast
hey you never did learn the words to that old gospel song
you sure sang it loud, you sure got it wrong

(chorus)
Track Name: Birthmark
BIRTHMARK

superstition you're crossing your fingers
you're divining where water will flow
so I read your naked ghost story
what's on your last page I've gotta know

(chorus)
you're my birthmark
you're my birthmark baby
put it on me
with the evil eye
you're my birthmark
you're my birthmark baby
what a criminal
never told a lie


overexposure I'm raining I'm flooding
learning to love it I'm learning to die
it's the little things you do, the little things that get me
when you shrug your shoulders and float on by

(chorus)


voodoo can't touch us
we're too fuckin' mean
they sell locks of our hair
down in New Orleans
we having visions
we learning control
breaking bones in the graveyard
coming with soul


so I'm speaking your shady sign language
we're hard of hearing, we're too old or we're too young
let's do it backwards let's pray and betray
that ain't no big deal it's just a slip of the tongue

(chorus)
Track Name: Drive Home September
DRIVE HOME SEPTEMBER

that high haunted feeling
when you're driving home alone
on a deep September midnight
with the gospel radio on

and there ain't no wind or rain outside
but there's lightning in the sky
and you think somewhere inside yourself
there might been one girl one time

there might have been a girl one time
back there a year or two
you could have loved your lifetime
but you let her slide on through

and now her face is fogging up
in the mirror of your mind
her smile is dim and dusty
and her eyes are rusted blind

rusted like a padlock
on an old forgotten door
that ain't been touched in ages
now the key don't turn no more

now the key won't turn
and so you're driving home alone
on a deep September midnight
with the gospel radio on
Track Name: Signed on the Dotted Line
SIGNED ON THE DOTTED LINE

you used to carve out them statues that could sing
you used to take them photographs that made a sinner's eyeballs sting
but now you work so hard you don't do anything

they say that everything is born to pass away
so I guess that's what we're doing here today
could have sworn that we had something left to say

(chorus)
you done signed on the dotted line
dime a dozen's what they're paying for your kind
so you're taking the money for the time


there was a time I was the kid who came to call
in my eyes I guess you really knew it all
but now you're pulling down your paintings from the wall

hey when you wake up in the morning how's it feel
does your head ache when you think about the deal
that you made and now there's no way to conceal

(chorus)
Track Name: I Asked for Water
I ASKED FOR WATER

I asked for water
you were the one
who knew me better than I knew myself
you showed me the sun
I asked for water
you drained me dry
you walked off and left me alone
but you left me alive

(chorus)
and oh you let it sting
like a busted banjo string
I thank you for everything
and oh you let it burn
like a candle melts down
I wanta thank you for letting me learn


you were a fever dream
in the heat of the day
you rose from the sidewalk
then shimmered then faded away
and you were a nightmare
my full moon migraine
so I sat back and smiled
and I sang out so sweetly the pain

(chorus)

and I wish you all the best of everything


I asked for water
you were the one
who knew me better than I knew myself
you showed me the sun
I asked for water
you bleached my bones
you were the only one who loved me enough
to leave me alone

(chorus)

and I wish you all the best of everything
Track Name: All Dolled Up
ALL DOLLED UP

well, you're all dolled up
because the past is gone
and your friends can't tell you
whose side they're on
and your lover is living in a foreign town
but you're never gonna die and you never come down

(chorus)
subscription got canceled out today
the job don't pay the record don't play
but you say to yourself, I'm gonna make it alright
'cause I'm all dolled up tonight


you're all dolled up
black jacket and veil
white powder and perfume
like you just can't fail
and you float like a ghost through the bars downtown
but you're never gonna die and you never come down

(chorus)


you're all dolled up
fashionable mean
mind like a mirror
that's just been cleaned
and you know it can't last but it does somehow
and you're never gonna die and you never come down

(chorus)
Track Name: You Better Pray
YOU BETTER PRAY

it's hard to survive in a world grown so cold
hard getting harder every day
don't you worry about what this world thinks about you
pray my God you better pray

(chorus)
do you think that you know wrong from right
do you think that by yourself you can survive
when everything you've trusted like water flows away
pray my God you better pray


you work the whole day through to earn your daily bread
every night you go hungry just the same
then you wake up in the morning alone and so ashamed
pray my God you better pray

(chorus)