100 Miles of Wreckage

by The Black Lillies

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The follow up to The Black Lillies' 2009 debut (Whiskey Angel).


"The Lillies are all about the song, whether it’s deep country, grassy, folkie or spare. The harmony vocals of Cruz Contreras and Trisha Gene Brady merge like butter and flour into a silky roux. The rhythm section and Billy Contreras’s fiddle give it motion and flavor without weighing things down."
-- Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots (Nashville)


"Steel guitar punctuates the occasional sad lyric with extra heart-punching melancholy, and the beats grab the barn burners by the nose and drag them out to the dance floor for a kicky little two-step. Male-female vocals intertwine beautifully, and everything blends together like a dream featuring Hank Williams and Dolly Parton doing duets."
-- Paul Constant, The Stranger (Seattle)

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released April 4, 2011

Produced by Cruz Contreras
Executive Producer: Chyna Brackeen

Recorded by Scott Minor at Riverdale School House in East Knox County, Tennessee on July 16th and 17th 2010. Scott was assisted by Nick Corrigan. “The Arrow,” “Same Mistakes,” and “Tall Trees” were recorded at Elkgang Studios in Knoxville, TN by Scott Minor, in February and March of 2010.

Mixed by Scott Minor at Elkgang Studios in North Knoxville
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Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk in NYC
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Artwork and design by Jessica Meyer and 2313 Creative. Album design by Chris McAdoo, Courtney Hendricks and Brett Johnson of 2313 Creative.
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All songs written by Cruz Contreras. Copyright 2010 Black Lilly Music (BMI)


The Black Lillies are:
Cruz Contreras - vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano
Trisha Gene Brady - vocals, guitar, ukelele, percussion
Tom Pryor - background vocals, pedal steel, electric guitar, dobro
Robert Richards - bass
Jamie Cook - background vocals, drums

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Track Name: Two Hearts Down
If I had a bottle
I’d surely drink it on down
No more pain, goodbye shame
Then I’d head into town

I’d walk all along the fine people
Smile say “how do you do?”
They wouldn’t know and I wouldn’t show
The truth that I’m telling you

Chorus

Cause I’ll not drink from the bottle
And I’ll not walk through the town
Four cold walls and a window
One shot two hearts down

Verse 2

Once I was a young man
Hair and eyes a glow
I met a girl, the prettiest curls
I had to make her my own

She was promised to another
And I knew her heart was true
I couldn’t stand the sight of his hand
For I loved her two

(Chorus)

Verse 3

I took my father’s rifle
And I waited quite until
One cold shot through love’s embrace
Left them quiet and still

(Chorus) (2x)

One shot two hearts down (2x)
Track Name: The Arrow
There lies the arrow, there lies the heart
There lie the lovers, love torn apart, (love torn apart)

One heart bleeding, one heart so cold
One hand pleading, no hand to hold, (no hand to hold)

Young lovers, young lovers, hold on, (hold on)
Young lovers, young lovers, hold on, to one another, (to one another)

There lie the bodies, gone are the souls
Flown from the wreckage, wandering alone

And time, precious time
Will not bring back, (will not bring back)

Young lovers, young lovers, hold on, (hold on)
Young lovers, young lovers, hold on, to one another, (to one another)

There stand the walls, fallen memories
Only a ghost, haunting
Once there was beauty, once there was trust
Once there was laughter, heard from above

(Young lovers, young lovers, hold on, (hold on)
Young lovers, young lovers, hold on, to one another, (to one another)

There lies the arrow, there lies the heart
There lie the lovers, love torn apart, love torn apart
Track Name: Same Mistakes
If you could see tomorrow what difference would it make?
Would it be so easy to make the same mistakes?
If you could see the faces of all those you love?
Standing in the doorway, holding back the flood.

What would you say? Would it be the truth?
Could there be forgiveness for all you put them through.

Don’t walk away. Reach out and say…

I know I’ve hurt you, I know I’ve let you down.
When you needed me I was not around
And I’m sorry for my selfish ways
Please forgive the same mistakes

If you had just one moment to let it all be known
Would you stand silent and deny your own
Could you feel the longing, the pleading of an eye
Or would you be cold hearted, too dead inside to cry

Don’t walk away, reach out and say…

I know I’ve hurt you, I know I’ve let you down.
When you needed me I was not around
And I’m sorry for my selfish ways
Please forgive the same mistakes

Is it too late to reach out, stretch an open hand?
However did it come to this? I don’t understand.

Don’t walk away, reach out and say…

I know I’ve hurt you, I know I’ve let you down.
When you needed me I was not around
And I’m sorry for my selfish ways
Please forgive the same mistakes
Track Name: Three in the Mornin'
Bonnie said, “Son, it’s time to go home.
It’s three in the mornin’ and I’m closin’ the doors
You seem like a good man and I’m sorry you’re low,
But it’s three in the mornin’, and it’s time to go.”

Thank you dear Bonnie for treatin’ me so kind
It’s been a good night everybody’s feelin’ fine
I walked out the door and I breathed the cold night air
It’s three in the mornin’ and nobody cares.

One more mile and I’ll be home
I’ll hang my hat and I’ll rest these weary bones
Goodbye sorrows, I’m leavin’ you this morn
It’s three in the mornin’ and I’m goin’ home.

Well the thoughts that cross a mind, they ain’t hardly fair
Sorrows and heartaches bound to take their share
Hold on just a while, there’s a sweet release
It’s three in the mornin’ and I’m beggin’ please

One more mile and I’ll be home
I’ll hang my hat and I’ll rest these weary bones
Goodbye sorrows, I’m leavin’ you this morn
It’s three in the mornin’ and I’m goin’ home.

Well the road was windin’ and the trees were flyin’ past
Tears were fallin’ as I felt the crash
Goodbye mean ol’ world, this will be my last
It’s three in the mornin’ and I’m fadin’ fast

One more mile and I’ll be home
I’ll hang my hat and I’ll rest these weary bones
Goodbye sorrows, I’m leavin’ you this morn
It’s three in the mornin’ and I’m goin’ home.

It’s three in the mornin’ and I’m goin’ home
Track Name: Nobody's Business
Good morning momma, tell me where you been
Good morning momma, tell me where you been
You know the sun is shinin’ and you just come a creepin’ in

Good mornin’ darlin’, tell me where’d you stay last night
Good mornin’ darlin’, tell me where’d you stay last night
I saw you runnin’ underneath the moonlight

Ain’t nobody’s business, but mine and my own
Ain’t nobody’s business, but mine and my own
I can see it in your eyes, you ain’t been alone

You better double down daddy, cause one thing is for sure
You better double down daddy, cause one thing is for sure
I’m a free wheelin’ momma and you better not ask for more

You been good to me woman, give me all your love
You been good to me woman, give me all your love
But you know there’s a difference from what will be and what was

Good mornin’ darlin’, you know the sun is shinin’ bright
Good morning darlin’, you know that sun is shinin’ bright
Come home to your daddy you know that I’ll treat you right

Come home to your momma, you know that I’ll treat you right

Come home to your baby, you know that I’ll treat you right.
Track Name: Shepherd's Song
I left my home in the year of ‘21
Blamed for the killin’, a crime I had not done
I’ll live no more in Texas but the hills of Tennessee
Goodbye wife and children, never more to see

On the banks of the river a shepherd’s wages paid
Shelter food and clothing, honest work each day
At night I hear their voices sayin’ “where have you gone?
Pa we’re cold and hungry, don’t let us be alone.”

But I cannot go back, I’ll not return
There’s a hangman waiting, a sheriff’s warrant served
And if I was a freeman in the state that I was born
I’d go home to Texas never more to roam

In the seventh season the fates came to me
Sayin’ “your love has remarried and you must let her be.
The children they are taken care though never you will see.”
Damn the man who cursed that land, never I’ll be free

But I cannot go back, I’ll not return
There’s a hangman waiting, a sheriff’s warrant served
And if I was a freeman in the state that I was born
I’d go home to Texas never more to roam

Sunshine stirrin’, youth but a memory
A letter came to my door though I could not read
Said “the man who done the killin’, he has now confessed.
Truth came from a death bed, your case is now dismissed.”

But I cannot go back, I’ll not return
There’s no one waiting, memories unearned
And if I was a young man in the state that I was born
I’d go home to Texas never more to roam

I’d go home to Texas never more to roam
Track Name: Peach Pickin'
Well I’m headed down the line and I don’t know where
I’ll be happy long as I get there
I got that sweet sweet woman, always on my mind
Well she’s as sweet as a peach and I think its peach pickin’ time

She’s got a smile from here to over yon
Pretty little toes she got from her mom
She’s my sweet sweet woman, always on my mind
Well she’s as sweet as a peach and I think its peach pickin’ time

She’s got a wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk
Last time I saw her, my heart bout stopped
She’s my sweet sweet woman, always on my mind
Well she’s as sweet as a peach and I think its peach pickin’ time

Well an apple a day keeps the doctor away
I don’t care about what they say
I got that sweet sweet woman, always on my mind
Well she’s as sweet as a peach and I think its peach pickin’ time

Some sweet day when I return
She’ll say hey and I’ll marry her
She’s my sweet sweet woman, always on my mind
Well she’s as sweet as a peach and I think it’s peach pickin’ time (3x)
Track Name: Soul of Man
Where does the soul of man go?
When we reach the end of the road
Will there be light or darkness and fright
Nobody really knows

When will it be the end?
The messenger’s day to send
Will there be doom or blood on the moon?
Nobody knows my friend, nobody knows my friend

So sing tonight and drink your fill
A few more hours of life to kill
Hold the one you love easy on your mind
Maybe it’s for real this time, maybe its for real this time

Oh dear mom and dad
Please don’t be so sad
Sunday school and the golden rule
Things haven’t turned out that bad, no things haven’t turned out that bad

So sing tonight and drink your fill
A few more hours of life to kill
Hold the one you love easy on your mind
Maybe it’s for real this time, maybe its for real this time

“What is the meaning?” you say.
“Will we all just float way?”
Don’t push your way through, lend a hand to soothe
We’ll find it together someday, we’ll find it together someday

So sing tonight and drink your fill
A few more hours of life to kill
Hold the one you love easy on your mind
Maybe it’s for real this time, maybe its for real this time

So sing tonight and drink your fill
A few more hours of life to kill
Hold the one you love easy on your mind
Maybe it’s for real this time, maybe its for real this time
Track Name: Tall Trees
Tall trees waltzing across the ground
One fell, the others gathered round
Melody and harmony stop and stare
Teardrops falling, no one hears

I can’t remember yesterday
And I don’t hear the reasons that you gave
One thing rings true in my mind
The one thing that I love, I must find (2x)

Goodbye darling, know I tried
Strangers holding onto life
Where will you be when I return?
Sleep now, dream now, there’s more to learn (3x)

There’s a road which I’ve travelled
There’s a road that I’ve run
There’s one hundred miles of wreckage
Lord forgive me, what I’ve done

I’ve known Jesus and Mother Mary
I’ve known the Father and the Ghost
And I’ll see them all in glory
Through the ages with the heavenly host

There’s a road which I’ve travelled
There’s a road that I’ve run
There’s one hundred miles of wreckage
Lord forgive me, what I’ve done

Shadows marching towards the stage
Hoping, searching, for the latest rage
Dark eyes calling, cloud the son
Doorways closing, its time to run

One thing rings true in my mind
The one thing I love, I must find(4x)
Track Name: Ain't My Fault
No it ain’t my fault, if you walk away
No it ain’t my fault, if you curse my name
I told you honey, “love’s a game”
Now someone’s lyin’, someone’s cryin’, and somebody just got played

Tell me why it’s a cryin’ shame
Why a man and a woman can’t get along
See the sunshine through the rain

Well my momma told me and my daddy too
“Son, love’s a game you play”
Now someone’s lyin’, someone’s cryin’, and somebody just got played.

Now the rain is fallin’, like your tears I know
No there’s no use bawlin’, cause you should know
A little bird told me, “hey love’s a game”
Now someone’s lyin’, someone’s cryin’, and somebody just got played.

Tell me why it’s a cryin’ shame
Why a man and a woman can’t get along
See the sunshine through the rain

Now someone’s lyin’, someone’s cryin’, and somebody just got played. (2x)
Track Name: Go to Sleep
Go to sleep now, you must be out of your mind
It’s only you and the walls now, it happens everytime
But it feels so right, no one else around,
Just the same old song, spinning round and round

Go to sleep now, rest your weary head
You know that somebody loves you, now they’re crying instead
And a little man, looked you in the eye
And you held his hand, then you said goodbye

Go to sleep now, lay your burdens low
Go to sleep now, so everyone will know,
That it’s a fine line to see, from where you are and you want to be
Turn your lamp down low, and go to sleep now

Standing, with two feet on the ground
Dancing, dancing round and round
And there’s a light inside your heart, bursting out
And a brand new melody, sing and shout

Go to sleep now, lay your burdens low
Go to sleep now, so everyone will know,
That it’s a fine line to see, from where you are and you want to be
Turn your lamp down low, and go to sleep now