RAVIN' BEAUTIES

by Bloodkin

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about

We recorded this in the basement of Dave Schools' house in Athens, Georgia. Outside, David Barbe manned the sound truck (rented to us by Jim Hawkins for Electro-Acoustic Systems). This all took place the first 2 weeks of July, 2001. The schedule for each day's recording was approximately 4:00 PM til 4:00 AM. We all had a great time, and the few obstacles thrown our way only served to make us stronger! The snake who crawled in the basement door and took up residence in the back of an amp seemed friendly enough. And the girl living upstairs who didn't want us coming in one day because "she had pneumonia" listened to reason when the mighty Gomer sat down with her and explained life.

These recording sessions wound up documenting some of my old favorites ("Like This", which I wrote while walking the train tracks from North Avenue to downtown Athens back in 1988, and "You're Gonna Die Tomorrow", which I wrote while wandering Broadway in NYC in April 1991), plus some new staples: "Cheap Speed", "Liquor Ain't Love", "Ravin' Beauties", etc. Aside from recording, there were fevered Strat-O-Matic baseball drafts, and Leah's pool, and daytime trips to the bars in Normaltown. This was making a record with friends. A fine way to spend a big chunk of the summer in the dizzy, simmering Athens, GA I've always loved.
-Daniel Hutchens

credits

released June 1, 2002

Produced by David Barbe.
Recorded July, 2001 in the basement of Dave Schools' house in Athens, GA.
Mixed July, 2001 in Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA.
Mastered by Glenn Schick at Glenn Schick Mastering in Atlanta, GA.

All songs written by Daniel Hutchens
except "Cheap Speed", "Ravin' Beauties", "Comeback Kid", and "I've Got Time", written by Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter.
And "Troutman", written by Daniel Hutchens, Eric Carter and Paul "Crumpy" Edwards.
All songs published by Wet Trombone Music BMI.

Daniel Hutchens--vocal, guitar, backing vocal on "Troutman"
Eric Carter--guitar, backing vocal, lead vocal on "Troutman"
Paul "Crumpy" Edwards--bass
Bentley Rhodes--drums, percussion
David Barbe--percussion
Jon O. Cohen--keyboards
Chris Costigan--saxophone on "Cheap Speed"
Orenda Fink--trumpet on "Cheap Speed"
Clay Leverett--backing vocal on "Wide Eyed Kid", "Spilt Champagne", and "Ravin' Beauties"
John Neff--pedal steel on "Calling Back"
William Tonks--dobro on "Calling Back"

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Track Name: New Faces
NEW FACES

well, I'm gonna step aside for new faces
who won't be caught dead in the same places
where we got caught
we got locked into
I'll swallow pride for new faces
who won't be caught dead in the same places
where we got caught
we got locked into

when the seasons change
then spring is green again
my record's made to break
you'll break it if you can


hey yes I'll leave it at this for new faces
with new guitars and time to waste
it's a new day now
and I can't show you how
I'm blowing kisses at new faces
with new guitars and time to waste
it's a new day now
and I can't show you how

when the seasons change
the autumn leaves fall down
and I'm blowing away
I'm blowing right out of town


hey yes I'm playing dead for new faces
who beat my heat in the old races
where I cut teeth
where I drew blood and speed
my skin is shed for new faces
who beat my heat in the old races
where I cut teeth
where I drew blood and speed

when the seasons change
you'll tune the old man out
and that's only natural
and that's your problem now


hey yes I'm gonna step aside
I'm gonna step aside
yes I am
Track Name: Cheap Speed
CHEAP SPEED

bad luck is good luck
trouble is fun
I'm scared straight without you
I don't want to see anyone
did you kick rhythm heaven
blasting ripe hashish perfume
do you disappear forever
do you haunt my room

(chorus)
cheap speed you're my deep soul thrill
pretty prescription with no refills
my mind shuts down and my body
wants to kill


my life is your life
strapped to your bones
I'm always inside you
I'm always alone
and I kick rhythm heaven
anytime I can
I still wanta strip your skin off
I wanta be your man

(chorus)


baby born to kill
Track Name: Wide Eyed Kid
WIDE EYED KID

well, she turns up the music
til them bass strings throb
she kisses you and says,
I'm just doing my job
she glances and she teases
she falls to your bed like rain
then she closes her eyes
so there's no need to explain

(chorus)
we started lying and deceiving
just like all the grownups did
when it gets so hard believing
I always wanta be a wide eyed kid


he's studying a photograph
that washed in from the sea
and on the back a scribbled name
a splash of history
he's running fevers drinking from
a jug that should be dry
you're the one who's in his room tonight
but you can't catch his eye

(chorus)


now you're painting on new makeup
and you're trying on new clothes
I'd rather see you naked
but that's just the way it goes
remember how we used to be
those little boys and girls
how'd we get so turned around
and helpless in this world

(chorus)
Track Name: Spilt Champagne
SPILT CHAMPAGNE

well, it's no use crying over spilt champagne
yes and it's no use crying out in the rain
and it's no good stomping down that grave
and it's no good the way we've both behaved

(chorus)
heaven's such a long long ride
let's head out tonight
heaven's such a soft soft sigh
let's get quiet tonight
and listen to them tires hum


it's a bad dream slashing that sacrifice
yes and it's a bad dream telling that same lie twice
just plain bad news pawning them wedding rings
just plain bad news clipping that bluebird's wings

(chorus)
...and listen to them tires hum
because baby I believe they're singing our song
yeah they're singing our song tonight


yes and it's crazy crying over spilt champagne
my little baby let's fill up the glass again
let's fill it up, yeah
Track Name: Troutman
TROUTMAN

Troutman well he wake up
put on his shoe and go downtown
Troutman fishing for Angel
he take a long look around

Troutman he remember
when everything seemed good
Troutman he sit thinking
things ain't the way they should be

(chorus)
Troutman now he watches
the whole town float downstream
Troutman drown his sorrows
he don't say what it means
Troutman now he watches
the whole town float downstream
Troutman drown his sorrows
he don't say what it means
Troutman drown his sorrows
he don't say what it means


last night Troutman dreaming
about friends he used to know
wondering should he tell them
tomorrow where they go

one year to the next one
they keep rolling on and on
one day Troutman wake up
and everything is gone

(chorus)
Track Name: Liquor Ain't Love
LIQUOR AIN'T LOVE

liquor ain't love
but she's filling in
and liquor won't break my
heart again
liquor don't leave
and liquor don't lie
liquor ain't love
but she's alright
and liquor's right here
with me tonight

liquor ain't pretty
but she's pretty strong
she don't fall to pieces
when things go wrong
liquor don't bitch
and liquor don't preach
liquor ain't pretty
but she's my peach
juicing me up
when my motor overheats

(chorus)
liquor ain't love
she's a one night stand
but she likes me fine
just the way I am


liquor ain't love
but she's tried and true
her hangover hurts me just
an hour or two
she's something so simple
I can hang onto
liquor ain't love
but she'll have to do
the best and worst thing about her is
liquor ain't you

(chorus)


liquor ain't love
but she's good enough
Track Name: Ravin' Beauties
RAVIN' BEAUTIES

we've all been busted
we've all been used
all heard the rain come down
all heard the bad news
and we're all drunk
and we're all inspired
man we're all angels and we're
getting so tired

(chorus)
we're all ravin' beauties
we're all superstars
wasting our free time down here
in churches and bars


man we're all sinners
our words are all true
no we can't prove nothing tonight
and neither can you
a great big black rosary
hanging on the wall
a trophy of easier days
we can't quite recall

(chorus)


we're all ravin' beauties
we're all superstars
we'll all make the big time, big time
we made it this far
wasting our free time down here
in churches and bars
Track Name: Comeback Kid (9 Lives)
COMEBACK KID (9 Lives)

give me some action
give me some news
I'm all burned down
with these ancient blues
time's an illusion
my eyes are playing tricks on me
I'm the comeback kid
I just came back too soon
born premature
beneath the harvest moon
I've spent nine lives
messing with this mystery

give me some snakeskin
give me some dust
give me just one person
I can trust
give me one reason
not to end it all tonight
I'm the comeback kid
I just came back too soon
born premature
beneath the harvest moon
I've spent nine lives
trying to get the rhythm right

I was born in Persia
I was born in Rome
born in Mississippi
but I have no home
I'm a dirt poor drifter
blowing through your town
I'm the comeback kid
I just came back too soon
born premature
beneath the harvest moon
I've spent nine lives
tracking my true love down

so give me a thrill
baby give me a kiss
give me another shot
at something I missed
some mojo I misplaced
back down the line
I'm the comeback kid
I just came back too soon
born premature
beneath the harvest moon
I've spent nine lives
trying to reclaim what's mine

but baby tonight before I go
let's make it you and me
maybe we could catch a show
there's a movie playing downtown
I'm literally dying to see


give me some poetry
before I explode
wish me luck
give me one for the road
I'm tired of waiting
I'm jacked up and ready to ride
I'm the comeback kid
I just came back too soon
born premature
beneath the harvest moon
I've spent nine lives
sliding for the other side
Track Name: I've Got Time
I'VE GOT TIME

hey I'm gonna catch that bus to Nashville
I'm gonna swallow down a hand full
of royal blues and then I'm
gonna hold out for the truth
by the time I get to Nashville
when I step off at the station
I'm gonna pretend like I'm in heaven
I'm gonna hold out for the truth

(chorus)
because I've got time
I've got time
I've got time
because I've got time
I've got time
I've got time


I'm gonna lean against the window
gonna dream about the driver
I'll be floating and reflecting
never hurrying at all
by the time I get to Nashville
when I step off at the station
hey man I'm gonna pretend like I'm in heaven
I'm gonna hold out for the truth

(chorus)


hey when everything stops moving
when everything's a secret
and you're the one who's telling
and you're the one who hears
you're leaving it behind
right on time

(chorus)
Track Name: You're Gonna Die Tomorrow
YOU'RE GONNA DIE TOMORROW

(chorus)
you're gonna die tomorrow
so whatta you wanta do today
you're gonna die tomorrow
so whatta you wanta do today


when you're walking down the sidewalk
shopping in the storefront windows
anything you might be buying
it's nothing but a temporary loan

and you might be missing the main attraction
and you might be missing yourself
looking right through your own reflection
and seeing your features on someone else
hey hey hey

(chorus)


just like grains of sand in a hurricane
all your minutes are blowing away
and there's nothing in your possession
but the decisions you're going to make
hey hey hey

(chorus)


and sometimes don't you get to feeling
like a long lost lonesome ghost
when you look down at your body
don't you wanta take it off just like your dirty clothes
hey hey hey

(chorus)
Track Name: Calling Back
CALLING BACK

I made believe I was sleeping
when you walked into my room
some ocean floor I was sweeping
I didn't want to surface so soon
the only promise worth keeping
is shining as bright as the moon

(chorus)
yes and you're calling back my spirit
you're calling back my spirit
I didn't even know it was gone


and it's true I'm not scared of flying
when you're my big hurricane wind
it's true I'm not scared of dying
when I taste the sweat on your skin
it's true my prayers were all lying
you flashed me my gospel again

(chorus)


and what do I see when you're looking at me
I see a mirror reflecting that moon silvered sea
the gathering storms and driftwood mysteries
all the sunken treasures beneath that green eyed dream
I feel night flowers bloom with a dizzy perfume
I feel the universe breathe through the magnolia trees
I feel cold lightning flash and ghostly orchestras crash
I feel it all the way through when I'm looking at you

(chorus)


I didn't know
I didn't know about it
but it was you all along
it was you
Track Name: Like This
LIKE THIS

Lord have mercy and protect my soul
it's time for the Devil to collect his toll
all summer long I've been taking out loans
I don't want to pay with my flesh and my bones
there's a big storm brewing and it's gonna come soon
I see the clouds roll in and they cover the moon
every night it gets a little bit harder to believe
when I pull another ace out of my shirt sleeve

(chorus)
like this
like this
like this
like this
baby watch me now


when I get hungry I always eat
ain't no meat too bloody no sugar too sweet
I stuff myself til I'm good and sick
then I stick my finger down my throat real quick
tonight I'm feeling like a choir boy gone bad
thinking 'bout the better things I used to have
sometimes it hits me like a big surprise
I'm sinking like a stone but I walk away alive

(chorus)


some nights I dream about a blood red Ford
I sit down behind the wheel and I lock the door
I say my prayers and I gun my gas
I always wake up right before I crash
it's true I gamble just to pay my debts
when nobody's looking I mark the deck
once in a while I get myself handcuffed
but just like Houdini I shake it off

(chorus)