A Dusty Bible Leads to A Dirty Life

by The Halcyon Brothers

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1.
Seeing is believing when I’m staring at your ceiling Your sleeping on my shoulder, how did we get this far? Motion is my power. The moments become hours The reason I am so drunk is because I can’t go on I want to stop the sickness, but I’m living with a weakness If you would give the first kiss, I think we’d be all right Reel me in just to feed me to the fishes That sweetie pie lovey dove And then the shove Baby don’t tease me Baby don’t touch me I’ve had it up to here with all of your control Love is like a dirty bag of shake It looks so fine, but it ain’t that great Load ‘em up and ready I don’t want to go My house is at the track and I’m feeling low Chasing every morning looking for the rent Man, when I think of all the bread that I have spent Want to change your heart, make your wings fall apart Take you down to Earth and tell you what you’re worth Baby don’t tease me Baby don’t touch me I’ve had it up to here with all of your control The moments become hours as I’m standing in the shower Trying to regain the wisdom I had when I was young Monster in my heart from the way you play your games Start to fall apart with the mention of your name Walk into the water bathing in my sorrow Thinking my Egyptian daughter has no soul Wishing for forgiveness, want to get my lips kissed Can’t understand why she had to go Baby don’t tease me Baby don’t touch me I’ve had it up to here with all of your control Baby don’t tease me Baby don’t touch me I’ve had it up to here with all of your control Baby don’t tease me Baby don’t touch me I’ve had it up to here with all of your control
2.
Slap 01:19
Slap Slap in the face Such a disgrace Better pack ice But I won’t think twice ‘Bout shooting my mouth off When I get pissed off Why do ask? You can kiss my ass I’m not player Or a new flavor Not out to break rules I’m just a fool But I might get wise If you look in my eyes Look in my eyes I said Look in my eyes Slap Slap in the face Such a disgrace Look what I made When I played the part Of a broken heart With an empty bed And a swollen head Red Red from the blood Red from the pain Red from the thought That you’ve gone away Now hear what I say Hear what I say Hear what I say I said Hear what I say
3.
Drive the satin blimp out past crystal vaults Paint them ash and crimson Endanger endurance Plaster your heart Pierce and cut this addict And as the pain is easing Creep to former flank When satin blimps take flight We need not dismiss Abrupt cuts of hope and desire And what’s awaited of this crowning race When satin blimps take flight We need not dismiss Abrupt cuts of hope and desire And what’s awaited of this crowning race And those that vision to kiss the star And those that work divine satin blimps In their stations hemorrhaging Drape every last one in sable When satin blimps take flight We need not dismiss Abrupt cuts of hope and desire And what’s awaited of this crowning race When satin blimps take flight We need not dismiss Abrupt cuts of hope and desire And what’s awaited of this crowning race Where deeds are green And clever cobalt Drive the satin blimp out past crystal vaults Paint them ash and crimson When satin blimps take flight We need not dismiss Abrupt cuts of hope and desire And what’s awaited of this crowning race And what’s awaited of this crowning race We need not dismiss Abrupt cuts of hope and desire And what’s awaited of this crowning race Drape every last one in sable
4.
Steven hoisted oceans with the notion there’d be scars He even scored a potion from the barber to the stars Despite the big commotion that would come from local barbs Who penned about his exploits as they sang and danced with whores As they sang and danced with whores As they sang and danced with whores Then penned about he’s exploits As they sang and danced with whores Now Randy drives a used car as he pulls in to the lot He used to be an H-Back for the Boston Patriots But, now he is a runner for some lawyer down the block The chancellor a high school pal, they both like classic rock Yes, they both like classic rock Yes, they both like classic rock The chancellor a high school pal They both like classic rock When Jeremy got home from school, he had to mow the lawn But first he had some grass inside he thought would ease his skull Now who’s to say the price of gin is getting out of line Oh wait, that was my cousin Jim who works at getting high He works at getting high Yes, he works at getting high Oh wait, that was my cousin Jim He works at getting high He’s got a second venture that he’s started on the side It came to him while sleeping just past noon and into night A thought that was so crazy, he thought it was worth a shot He’s scored a brand new job selling crank and x to cops Selling crank and x to cops Selling crank and x to cops He’s scored a brand new job Selling crank and x to cops
5.
I Know 02:20
I know, I know you don’t go out much But what the fuck I know you think love is a double dare But that’s my luck I know you wanna run away I know you’re waiting for the day I know you want to hold my hand And place a foot on dry land But there’s gonna be a time and a place for us There’s gonna be a time and place for us There’s gonna be a little wish And a little bit of hope There’s gonna be a time for you to cope I know, I know you think it’s never gonna Be all right I know you can’t believe the words I say But hang on tight I know the way that you feel I know that all your thoughts are real I know it’s gonna be okay Because were gonna find away And there’s gonna be a time and a place for us There’s gonna be a time and place for us There’s gonna be a little wish And a little bit of hope There’s gonna be a time for you to cope I know, I know you want to be the sweetest Turtledove I know with me you’ll finally find a way To fall in love I know you’re hearing all my words I know there not the same you’ve heard I know that deep inside my heart That now’s the time for us to start And there’s gonna be a time and a place for us There’s gonna be a time and place for us There’s gonna be a little wish And a little bit of hope There’s gonna be a time for you to cope And there’s gonna be a time and a place for us There’s gonna be a time and place for us There’s gonna be a little wish And a little bit of hope There’s gonna be a time for you to cope
6.
Give me lots of money A house upon a hill Send me pretty women And threaten me and still Yeah, I’ll come out to your house I’ll attempt to fix your sink I’ll do a mediocre job And as I’m leaving You will think If you’re needing something You know that I’ll be gone I will not answer if you call If you’re waiting for me Then you’ll be waiting long I can’t be counted on at all My eye is on the pork The pork is in the pan If something needs a doing Well you know I’m not your man If you’re counting on me You know I’ll let you down You can’t be counting on me Cuz you know I’m just a clown If you’re needing something You know that I’ll be gone I will not answer if you call If you’re waiting for me Then you’ll be waiting long I can’t be counted on at all Give me lots of money A house upon a hill Send me pretty women And threaten me and still Yeah, I’ll come out to your house I’ll attempt to fix your sink I’ll do a mediocre job And as I’m leaving You will think If you’re needing something You know that I’ll be gone I will not answer if you call If you’re waiting for me Then you’ll be waiting long I can’t be counted on at all Let’s end this song
7.
On the Radio 04:34
The mahogany got the best of me Just like the Vaseline It’s soft when it tears at sheets Oh, did you meet? Compatibility Happy anniversary Burned in effigy Firehose and the English Beat Oh, so bittersweet Where did it go? I don’t know Last I heard it was somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio A fraternity In the gallery Karen, Anne and Geraldine Three Goths and an athlete It was quite a feat With no apologies And so easily Swallowed like a jelly bean Who’s in the catbird’s seat? They go back to wheat Where is that song? All nightlong I was glad it was somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio So relentlessly No not jokingly This feels like Aberdeen What’s wrong with a No-Wave beat? The forecast is bleak Not reluctantly Very publicly 32 is 16 Scatter troops and then retreat Maybe move to Crete Or to Idaho Westward roam Maybe I will find it somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio Somewhere on the radio
8.
I Don't Care 02:11
When the whistle blows And you have to go home I don’t care And when the day is long And you have to move on I don’t care And if you’re feeling right And want to stay the night I don’t care And if you’re feeling low And it’s time to go I don’t care And if you make a plea And they disagree I don’t care And if you start anew You ain’t got a clue I don’t care And when you hit the road And then a new zip code I don’t care And when you make a dash And you’re out like a flash I don’t care Yet unfortunately It appears to be That I care I Care What you think about me
9.
There’s really nothing like fake gray fur And on a red head it makes me purr A cigarette is lit with a match Have another, straight down the hatch Look around, and all that I see Is single people trying to meet If I stare into her eyes Maybe she will realize I’m not the one to make it come true I’m the one to make her blue Look around, and all that I see Are ten new suckers waiting to bleed Don’t they know they won’t find a thing Sucking down whiskey, tonic and gin Sucking down whiskey, tonic and gin Sucking down whiskey, tonic and gin The rings on her fingers that break through my flesh I hear the bells ringing, we sink to new depths The rings on her fingers that break through my flesh I hear the bells ringing, we sink to new depths The rings on her fingers that break through my flesh I hear the bells ringing, we sink to new depths The rings on her fingers that break through my flesh I hear the bells ringing, we sink to new depths The rings on her fingers that break through my flesh I hear the bells ringing, we sink to new depths The rings on her fingers that break through my flesh I hear the bells ringing, we sink to new depths The rings on her fingers that break through my flesh I hear the bells ringing, we sink to new depths The rings Break through my flesh
10.
What We Are 02:10
I see a seven-year-old With a crest on the manifold Who gives a shit About running these tricks I’ve got an old foe waiting at Atterly’s Can’t get a seat unless you know old Joe She says something so simple Can’t wait to get out of my chair Have nothing left but a swollen scar So you’ll always find me At the corner bar Slowly smoking Talking cars Why can’t you see What we are?
11.
I was born on the bayou Swinging candy from a stone You were swimming in the water I was waiting all alone You can’t tell me nothing that I’ll ever understand These words are frustrating when I’m reaching out my hand And I know you don’t want anyone to know What are you doing now? You’re fooling me I can’t believe you’re waiting to see You know it’s wrong Can’t wait too long Swim back to me I’m waiting here You know it’s true You know my dear You can’t tell me nothing that I’ll ever understand These words are frustrating when I’m reaching out my hand Please swim to me I’m reaching out Don’t hold the keys Just touch my mouth I beg forgiveness Every day You’re thinking this I think - no way You can’t resist All that I see I’m waiting here So swim to me Just swim back to me
12.
Sleeping Sleeping on the futon Sleeping Sleeping on the futon I’m always sleeping on the futon Cuz I can’t get me a real job And I’m finding out in this life That I’m descended to go nowhere So, I’m sleeping Sleeping on the futon Sleeping Sleeping on the futon I’m getting nothing out of life I’m getting nothing out of this And if I finally get a break It’ll be something that I miss And so, I’m sleeping Sleeping on the futon Sleeping Sleeping on the futon I’m always sleeping on the futon Cuz I can’t get me a real job And I’m finding out in this life That I’m descended to go nowhere So, I’m sleeping Sleeping on the futon Sleeping Sleeping on the futon Sleeping Sleeping on the futon Sleeping Sleeping on the futon
13.
I got a bad letter from Norway My crony Contessa was on her way The snow was descending from August to May Revoking a fable, I heard yesterday I got an evil message from southern Spain My comrade Roberto arriving by plane The sky was near evening and it started to rain Recalling a story, I thought was insane Qualis vita, finis ita Qualis vita, finis ita I got a nasty note from Martinique Highly encrypted, it was doublespeak The day was depleting, and there was the Greek Recalling the tall tale of a Jesus freak I got a vile dispatch from the Quaker state Simple instructions to assassinate The clouds were darkening, no room for debate Reviewing a legend just a little too late Qualis vita, finis ita Qualis vita, finis ita I got a bad letter from Norway My crony Contessa was on her way The snow was descending from August to May Revoking a fable, I heard yesterday Qualis vita, finis ita Qualis vita, finis ita Qualis vita, finis ita Qualis vita, finis ita
14.
She sings in the nighttime She sings with the dust She’s not before winter She’s not before love She sings alabaster She sings all alone She sings for her supper She sings for her soul I can’t believe Nobody can see In her eyes She walks in the nighttime She walks with the dust She never prepares She travels by trust She don’t know her nickname She don’t it but She walks in the nighttime She walks with the dust And she hopes, and she hopes, and she hopes And she prays And she hopes, and she hopes, and she hopes And she prays She always knows what to say

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In 2002, both Björ6n Oranj and Bosky Rumbluffer were residing in beautiful, Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota. They had previously collaborated on SQUID1969. Björ6n had a big book of lyrics and Bosky had an arsenal of instruments and an abundance of talent.

A Dusty Bible Leads to a Dirty Life is the bittersweet introduction to the The Halcyon Brothers. With the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou? providing an ear-worm, and inspiration from Cheap Trick power pop, Guided By Voices, Frank Black, Meat Puppets, hypothetical industrial jug bands, Cohenesque cloak and dagger, Time-Life Country, drinking songs for suburbia, Dylan, depression, nicotine, a 1950’s Gibson acoustic along with a $13 organ; The Halcyon Brothers stepped into Green Door Studio.

What resulted? They decorated the weight of the world in a charming and medicated disguise. The sound embraces with a clinched smile, and then stumbles and occasionally falls only to somehow prop itself back up for another round. The naked and soaked emotions reveal a need for rather than a dispersion of serenity.

Bosky played all the instruments, more or less, and Björ6n provided the lyrics while the two split the vocals. Yasmine Kiss makes a special appearance on What We Are.

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released November 7, 2019

Bosky Rumbluffer: Just About All Instrumentation & Vocals
Björ6n Oranj: Lyrics / Vocals / Beats

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Halcyon is a poetic name for a Kingfisher. It is said that the floating nest of the Halcyon brings calm to the cruel sea. The Halcyon Brothers decorate the weight of the world in a charming and medicated disguise. The sound embraces with a clinched smile, and then stumbles and occasionally falls only to somehow prop itself back up for another round. ... more

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