Bellows To Mend

by Muddy Ruckus

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1.
This life that I live, you know it must be the blues Every time that I try, every time I lose But I’m on my way down to New Orlean’s To get back the power that Restless Ryder stole from me. Anchored by the salt and the murmuring sea Caught up in the delta and the cosmic debris But I’m on my way, down to New Orlean’s And I shall not stop until my Restless Ryder’s free I’m on my way I’m on my way I’m on my way From the headwater line, to the mouth ill exposed We plunder and stir and our passengers foil But I’m on my way and I’ll recklessly land And I’ll take my chance to find my Restless Ryder’s den I’m on my way I’m on my way I’m on my way And if I shall live to see the next day 2,320 odd miles of river I’ll wade I’m on my way, down to New Orlean’s And I’ll find my soul, I am told, in New Orlean’s Gonna find my soul, I am told, in New Orlean’s Just for a day, I’m on my way, Restless Ryder Just for a day, I’m on my way, Restless Ryder Just for a day, I’m on my way, Restless Ryder Just for a day, I’m on my way, Restless Ryder
2.
Got them bellows to mend Got them wind knocked out from days Got them bellows to mend Got them wind knocked out from days Yea the wind turned me over And that thunder keeps on rolling in Tune me down, Tune me down Catch my breath rope in hand Tune me down, tune me down Catch my breath rope in hand Well these old broke down metals Someday’ll be my friend Well I know you by feeling just how to get you home I know you by feeling With both my eyes closed But you ain’t gonna see me Come around this place no more Lightning strike the branches Set fire to the ground Lightning strike the branches Set fire to the ground Yea that thunder keeps a rolling Till everyone goes down everyone goes down everyone goes down everyone goes down everyone goes down everyone goes down
3.
The River 03:42
The River Muddy Ruckus Went down to the river, To dredge my soul I heard you shiver, I lost control I rose from the dead, To see you again I pulled my heart out, put it in your hands I go through Hell, Just to make you see I belong to you, and you belong to me I crawl through the mud, on bended knees I cling to you, Like a dog that begs I do anything, You want me to do I’ll follow you down, I’ll die for you like a fire and ice, it’s plain to see I belong to you, and you belong to me Decorate your body, with a garland gold Tattoo my longing, on a sugar skull Decorate your body, with a garland gold Tattoo my longing, on a sugar skull Went down to the river Went down to the river Went down to the river
4.
Let me turn you on to the everlasting buzz Do me like a drug till your high and all is one Get your final fix until all your cares are gone On the rivers edge I was born into this world Yea my mamma said you could hear the whistle blow Well that train’s a coming but it won’t take you back home Sticks and stones and broken bones and tattered flesh I never found my home On the path of righteousness and nothingness I thought that there was more I was shallow as my grave I would not lay my shovel down and surrender I’m a river child and I flow down stream all day A familiar sound but it’s never quite the same Got them river waters running rampant through my veins You bear witness to the earth and all the travesty unfurled oh don’t you know Thousand lives you live before, an endless cycle close the door and you are trapped Lest you crumble down on broken knees in reverence and infinite surrender Lest you crumble down on broken knees in reverence and infinite surrender Lest you crumble down on broken knees in reverence and infinite surrender Let me turn you on to the everlasting buzz Do me like a drug till your high and all is one Get your final fix until all your cares are gone
5.
Dust off your wings from tattered tales Sink to the deep, and lift up the veil Down this road Down this road It’s a hard way to go Down this road Cast out the lens and black out the noise Ye shalt be sung, entrenched in the void Down this road Down this road It’s a hard way to go Down this road Hard to go round, hard to get through Take yourself down and follow the blue Down this road Down this road It’s a hard way to go Down this road Down this road Down this road It’s a hard way to go Down this road
6.
Along in the sun and the rain Along in the sun and the rain Long, long, long oh long Along in the sun and the rain Hey, boys, I've come a long ways Well, boys, I've come a long ways Oh boys, I've come a long lonesome ways Along in the sun and the rain I've seen a lot of towns I've seen a lot of towns I've seen a lot of towns Along in the sun and the rain I seen a whole lot of things I seen a whole lot of things Yes oh yes, well a whole lot of things Along in the sun and the rain I kissed a whole lot of lips I've kissed a whole lot of lips Lord oh lordy, and a whole lot of lips Along in the sun and the rain I've had a lot of fights I've had a lot of fights I've had a lot of fights, man Along in the sun and the rain I've shook a lot of hands I shook a lot of hands I shook a lot of hands, poor boys Along in the sun and the rain I'm gonna get my job done I'm gonna get my job done I'm gonna get my job done, oh done Along in the sun and the rain
7.
Get Lost 03:15
Let the spirits unwind Let them flood your veins like wine All’s got laid down and time ain’t worth a dime I’m too young to care I’ve got Get Lost on my mind Yea the wind done blow Crow don’t tell me none Just left behind in the land of the burning hush I’m too young to understand I’ve got the old Get Lost I once knew so well Back then I was just an old man Now I’m too young to tell I’m too young to care I’m too young to understand Burn down the bridge Let it shine like a funeral pyre It runs real rough, was led by the broken lines This broke down engine Is always on my mind
8.
Time laid me down by the riverside But my ghost swept up and my vengeance cried Gotta break these bones, gotta skin my pride If you wanna get through to the other side If you wanna get through to the other side Well my heart is beat with time to kill My body aches from loss of will I’m deep in the bowers of the darkest grove Deadly Nightshade up from the floor has grown Deadly Nightshade up from the floor has grown Time laid me down on the railroad tracks Said friend I don’t think you’re ever coming back Better say your prayers, better make it right If you wanna get through to the other side If you wanna get through to the other side God led me down the old dirt road Never thought my friend would be so low Lured me down to the bitches den Said friend you’re never gonna see my face again Friend you’re never gonna see my face again Time laid me down by the riverside But my ghost swept up and my vengeance cried Gotta break these bones, gotta skin my pride If you wanna get through to the other side If you wanna get through to the other side My hands are aching and my feet are sore My bodies lazy and my fibers torn Got a job to do, gonna get it done On bended knees to till the day is done Time laid me down by the riverside But my ghost swept up and my vengeance cried Gotta break these bones, gotta skin my pride If you wanna get through to the other side If you wanna get through to the other side With my skull and bones to my catacombs Whatever drives me down that rabbit hole Got my head in my hands and my eyes in my mouth By the end of the day I’ll be falling down God led me down the old dirt road Never thought my friend would be so low Lured me down to the bitches den Said friend you’re never gonna see my face again Friend you’re never gonna see my face again Balling that jack won’t carry the load But now your’e stuck in the mud and it’s up to your throat Paved that road but you bitched and moaned From the stars in your eyes to the end of the rope Life ain’t paying no heed, no scorn if it don’t make you happy like it did before Price is high in the bitches den, what’s it gonna be when the party ends
9.
Halcyon 04:21
I see you walk down, I see you walking down the line I see you walk down, I see a lock down on my mind My mojo’s struck down and my heels swept out of time *I see you walk down the avenue looking so good, yea you look so fine I see you walk down the avenue looking so good, look so good, you look so fine I said won’t you come by and drop me one more dime* *I sit by the fire, sit by the fire, all cold and strut* I sit by the sweet, gentle stove, but my kitchen door ain’t shut I said won’t you come by, this stoves just warming up Let me take my time, take my time, baby I’ve got time to kill *Way down on the avenue with my jelly roll song and my salty dog named blue I’m looking at you like a shiny gold, like a shiny gold, spend it all on you* I see you walk down, I see you walking down the line I see you walk down, I see a lock down on my mind Oh my Halcyon baby, I got sweet times on my mind
10.
Wanna go to the woods, lay down by the stream Just me and my lover, and the apple tree Wanna lick your wounds and your injuries Wanna drown in the dew with the rambling rivers and the glistening sea Oh the Sweet Unknown has an ancient charm Makes a poor boy fall in reverence to the sun From the earths core and savage tongue Makes a poor feeling resolve into the sun Wanna run with you in an open pasture Roll our bodies down the hill until we crash em Wanna get real high, before the night gets stoned Me and my goddess and the rambling rivers we were bound to roam Oh the Sweet Unknown has an ancient charm Makes a poor boy fall in reverence to the sun From the earths core and savage tongue Makes a poor feeling resolve into the sun Lay our bodies down and rest our bones In the cradle of our weary souls We’re just wanderers in the Sweet Unknown Flowing into the delta I lay down in the catacombs Rest my head on your soft shoulders The aching in my head is old It rolls right through my bones
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Release date: June 1st, 2018

Recorded at The Bulkhead, Scarborough, ME
Produced, engineered and mixed by Anthony Gatti
Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

Muddy Ruckus is
Ryan Flaherty - guitar, vox
Erika Stahl - drums, vox

Featured violin tracks slayed by Daisy Castro the dragon
*Adapted Lyrics* on Halcyon from Michael Groulx
All songs written by Ryan Flaherty
except “Along in the Sun and the Rain” by Woody Guthrie
Album Cover Art by Dan Blakeslee

In loving memory of Ko Powell
“Your soul is the whole world” — Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Deepest thanks to Ian, Teddy, Tony and all those that contributed to the album and got behind the Ruckus throughout the years. Your support means more to us than any words can express. We hope this recording offers you a loving return from the depths of our muddy, beholden hearts.

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Muddy Ruckus Portland, Maine

Muddy Ruckus is a rock duo of “darkly inventive americana” according to the New York Music Daily. Guitarist Ryan Flaherty and drummer Erika Stahl of Portland, Maine play a grungy style of railroad indie punk blues. This stripped-down power-duo blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit, and is known for a full rock band sound. ... more

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