Pretty Bones

by Muddy Ruckus

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1.
Well I don't know what I've got to offer anymore Take apart my heart, tell you don't know what I'm looking for Up into my brain where there's nothing left for me Wasted all my time on this impossible dream All these faces are staring back at me It's so hard to get along in this world of variety The stars aren't aligning with the gypsy Carolina You're going through hell, at best it's just bad timing But there aint no way to make things right We fight and we fight and we always lose sight The moon aint glowing, I got to keep going I'm going through hell with you tonight So stomp your feet and sip your wine C'mon breathe in deep, c'mon you've got to burn like the sunshine I know it's all been done before, I know it's all been sung Might as well raise some hell and have ourselves a little fun I can see your silhouette as you walk away from me This poetry I have for you, inside it's killing me I'm a long way from home and the rustling trees The ember in your eyes is burning all my fallen leaves But there aint no way to make things right We fight and we fight and we always loose sight The moon aint glowing, I got to keep going I'm going through hell with you tonight My thoughts are as shady as a tree under the ground Got my ticket outta here, yea I'm no where to be found I aint changing my style, aint letting go of my way I'm better than I was before if I was born yesterday Time lays a mask upon the worlds pretty face Layered with the attributes of feeling so outta place Digging from the ground I sing a song up to the night It's so beautiful to be alive, I don't know how to make it right And I don't know how to make things right We fight and we fight and we always loose sight The moon aint glowing, I've got to keep going I'm going through hell with you tonight And there aint no way to make things right We fight and we fight and we always loose sight The moon aint glowing, I've got to keep going I'm going through hell with you tonight I'm going through hell with you tonight I'm going through hell with you tonight *** All Lyrics by Muddy Ruckus, 2016
2.
Hold On 04:31
Burnin rubber on the tracks Up to no good's where it's at You're face down in the ditch you choose to dig Tryin hard to change your tune Cause no one wants to play with you You would cry but now your heart just aint that big It's a damn tragedy It's a vibrant memory Stick to the end, you'll get there just the same Cause it grew up nice and tall Kicked the door and punched the wall of the ceiling fell that never would remain Hold on, baby hold on, hold on baby hold on La da da da da da da, hold on, baby hold on All these images and things That we were taught to be Ridiculous rules to obey And to filter every move and put a label on our souls As if your life has just been waiting for this day And really it's a joke The way we feel around each other Like a shovel for the bullshit all damn day All my life, all my life Every day and every night In the end I'm gonna burn into the grave Hold on, baby hold on, hold on baby hold on La da da da da da da, hold on, baby hold on Hold on, baby hold on, hold on baby hold on La da da da da da da, hold on, baby hold on Like a vine, we climb the wall Built from our debris All's been saved but now must fall For something stirs beneath Twist and curl and clamber up The pyre shrouded by wings of Dried out law and truth we've never known All my life it's been chasing me Cheating and a gambling Pushing every one of you away But when the flowers all die Flip em round and let em dry Skeleton of old still remains You were built so you could handle All the lies and all the scandals But the truth that you uncovered in the shade It was written, it was done It was cast out in the sun Of the ceiling fell that never could remain Hold on, baby hold on, hold on baby hold on La da da da da da da, hold on, baby hold on Hold on, baby hold on, hold on baby hold on La da da da da da da, hold on, baby hold on ***************** All lyrics by Muddy Ruckus, 2016
3.
Die For You 04:32
The storm is raging on a dead end street The jumper cable moon won't let us sleep On the back porch, it's three a.m. Candle light warms my hands. Kicking dust, cobble stones, falling like rain And the ghost in the rearview mirror brings nothing but pain Wandering minds settling down, wondering my eyes moving around Catch myself once again *If i'm lucky and the morning let me in Aint no lover in the world with a hole in their hand That won't die for you, because it feels good to them Gonna crumble on down to you, poke through your skin In your bloodstream, swim with you So if I were you, I'd turn the outside in If I'm lucky and the morning let me in Aint no lover in the world with a hole in their hand That won't die for you. ** These siren claws cut deep and they moan like a motor Etched a scar on the back of your heart on a dead end street. Your injuries, lick em down, stomp your feet come tumbling around Catch myself once again ** Try to understand, try to understand at all With a foot in your mouth and a fist through the wall Had a lovers quarrel on a dusty road On the railroad, take me down to Mexico Gonna jump in the river, gonna run through the woods This lowdown living never did me no good They'll be playing all the blues on the radio lines Just another old song to help waste your time. The back beat on the street gets balled up in your heart And the southern breeze cleans out your dreams And turns teardrops into art. You smell the storm coming in, that weather vane turns in your head Liighting bolts sleep in your bed. * ** * ** * ** Lyrics and music by Muddy Ruckus, 2016
4.
The Stone 05:00
They build the wind and the rain, branded in curse That froze times blood in stone Incasted in Cain, safe guard by our queen bee The Truth can be crippling and cold But let us be grateful, for without the faithful That's punished for insurrecting the Gods Of fire and doom, curses hide the sweet truth Forbidden fruit within the vines Trying to find my home feels like drawing blood from a stone Trying to overcome, what can never be undone Oh don't ever say never They build those castles on high, granted we'll all die one day But I would not worry, my poor self to sleep I don't want to move on, I don't want to be strong, just let me be I look forward not to live through memoris Resistance defined by the dawning of pride Scarred your resentment in stone Resigned from salvation, we kindle foundation And watch over ramparts through the vines Trying to find my home feels like drawing blood from a stone Trying to overcome, what can never be undone Oh don't ever say never, don't ever say never, don't ever say never But let us be grateful, for without the faithful That's punished for insurrecting the Gods Of fire and doom, curses hide the sweet truth Forbidden fruit within the vines *** All lyrics by Muddy Ruckus, 2016
5.
The Roof 03:35
I put myself up against the wall got no one to tell me that I'm doing wrong I gotta keep a steady eye on the hands of a severed man my thoughts turned black and the sky was grey the day I walked out of this place down and out without a care in the world or roof over my head Roof over my head roof over my head down and out without a care in the world or roof over my head let it crumble down to the ground the sky will shelter me from the sound down and out without a care in the world or roof over my head Up this pretty little ladder I will climb and when I get down I'm gonna take my time the moon is high but I can't rely on her light alone the road is narrow and the day is long a bitter sweet heart from a singing my song down and out without a care in the world or roof over my head Roof over my head roof over my head down and out without a care in the world or roof over my head let it crumble down to the ground the sky will shelter me from the sound down and out without a care in the world or roof over my head Just like a stumbler turn me out a burning ember in the sound It was lost and never found salvations buried in the sound *** All lyrics by Muddy Ruckus, 2016
6.
Farfetched 04:09
I've been broken, I've been lost,i've been stolen from my thoughts And the magic sits inside sleeping eyes that open wide Through the thicket of my mind, burning bridges, broken lines And the shadows of the past meet the ghost of ever last Through the ravished moon light the end of the road I'll embrace the burning sun as my soul grows old Gonna chase down my hopeless and burn madly till I die Mama captivates the crowd with intentions oh so loud That she wants to be so good to the ones she never could And you do the best you can though you can't please every man And you fall into the spell thinking life on earth is hell And the forests in your mind getting cut down all the time And the seeds grow under ground where the devil can be found But I forgave him and moved on to burn madly till I die I'm gonna chase the farfetched lines, the unbearable designs And the irritating wrath of the impossible path I know it seems absurd but I can't hear any words When you tell me that can't be the one I know I am And the blue birds in the sky asking you to come and fly I am free and I have chose to leave the shadows of the ghost Chase down my hopeless and burn madly till I die I've been broken, I've been lost,i've been stolen from my thoughts And the magic sits inside sleeping eyes that open wide Through the thicket of my mind, burning bridges, broken lines And the shadows of the past meet the ghost of ever last Through the ravished moon light the end of the road I'll embrace the burning sun as my soul grows old Gonna chase down my hopeless and burn madly till I die And the blue birds in the sky asking you to come and fly I am free and I have chose to leave the shadows of the ghost Chase down my hopeless and burn madly till I die
7.
Well I almost lost my soul just about a year ago fucked me up real bad it was the lowdown of my lows and I let my negativity cultivate inside my head smoked so much on the wheel I'm surprised that aint dead But I'm not gonna let it go down this ol way I'm gonna board my soul on a plane and fly to Spain And when I get back pretty mama, i'm gonna have some news for you I'm a better man than you think I am and this giving up aint no use Well you say your stupid for fucking up and your apology is your follow up well congratulations and good for you did it make you feel better to cheapen the blues I don't mean to be cold, cant help to agree your nothing but a low down philistine and I'm looking in the mirror through blind sight as you stand behind me with dry eyes But I'm not gonna let it go down this ol way I'm gonna board my soul on a plane and fly to Spain And when I get back pretty mama, i'm gonna have some news for you I'm a better man than you think I am and this giving up aint no use Goodness knows at the end of the day What you do when your alone and how you hide your shame And goodness knows when your asleep and your awake How hard you tried to close your eyes for goodness sake Well it is what it is when you hurt yourself but when you hurt another creature thats something else you might be taller than your papa and stronger than your brother but no one is scared of you yea that big tuff attitude that you have will be squashed like a roach by the heavenly hand I got no more time to be angry at you and all those fucked up things you continue to do But I'm not gonna let it go down this ol way I'm gonna board my soul on a plane and fly to Spain And when I get back pretty mama, i'm gonna have some news for you I'm a better man than you think I am and this giving up aint no use Goodness knows at the end of the day What you do when your alone and how you hide your shame And goodness knows when your asleep and your awake How hard you tried to close your eyes for goodness sake
8.
Pretty Bones 04:04
Well I been broke down on the road Without you by my side I've been choking on the blues And those feelings just aint right When the morning comes around And those windows shed a light It's the same thing everyday I just want you by my side Well my engine's running rough And my wheels shedding skin Locked myself out of your heart No spare key to let me in When the night comes trickling down And those spirits bustle in It's the same thing every night I want you to come back in Come back in Pretty mama Come back in to my life Come back in pretty mama Come back in deep inside Deep inside the house of love I can't live here all alone Come back in pretty mama And rest your pretty bones Well you're tough as a leather bull And wild as the night But my soul is incomplete When those lonesome times arise They may say with wise words Its the best time to analyze But my thoughts are trickling back From my worried mind And I will walk this ancient land and I'll maybe I'll find you till the day I turn to dust I always burn for you It's a curse, it's the worst All the love I have for you Till you come back pretty mama All these blues are coming true Yea come back in Pretty mama Come back in to my life Come back in pretty mama Come back in deep inside Deep inside the house of love I can't live here all alone Come back in pretty mama And rest your pretty bones
9.
Hard Stuff 05:15
Living off crossed fingers and diving off hope Tipping off of the curses, that fall from my mouth But I know it aint good to be this way These demons I've yet to push away There's not a chance in hell that I could leave this place Without changing direction, on my back it stays But I know it aint good to be this way These demons I've yet to push away Push away those demons but they fly back in me And my wings are burning like a broke down engine Had an angel sinner, getting drunk because I miss her Time to move on to the hard stuff Give me that old good fight, I'm gonna dance all night Put a rhythm to it, raise the dead right through it Had an angel sinner, now I'm drunk because I miss her Time to move on to the hard stuff Throw me out into the water, watch me swim out to sea You said you need to get rid of some things Why don't you start with me I know it aint good to be this way these demons I've yet to push away Push away those demons but they fly back in me And my wings are burning like a broke down engine Had an angel sinner, getting drunk because I miss her Time to move on to the hard stuff Give me that old good fight, I'm gonna dance all night Put a rhythm to it, raise the dead right through it Had an angel sinner, now I'm drunk because I miss her Time to move on to the hard stuff Gimme that moonshine let me dance in the old time Gimme that moonshine let me burn in the sunlight Gimme that moonshine let me dance in the old time Gimme that moonshine let me burn in the sunlight Push away those demons but they fly back in me And my wings are burning like a broke down engine Had an angel sinner, getting drunk because I miss her Time to move on to the hard stuff Give me that old good fight, I'm gonna dance all night Put a rhythm to it, raise the dead right through it Had an angel sinner, now I'm drunk because I miss her It's hard to move on to the hard stuff
10.
The Wind 04:05
If it wasn't for the wind i'd be expired Not that i'm alive by any means Drifting dogs don't lay dead as a doornail in the clay But if it wasn't for the wind i'd probably stay Oh my itchy feet are rambling once again Time it travels far on troubles wing We learn to understand vacant numbers in our plans Faded map and tattered feather And I don't know what's going on my friend I hardly know myself outside this window that I'm in It takes a lot of courage, some I wish I never had Times hanging heavy like a curse But without your ghost haunting me I swear it would be worse There's an echo in my mind, silent footsteps fall behind But if it wasn't for the sound, I'd be lost And I don't know if you can see my friend Down the road you can barely tell, just what may be coming I can hear it pounding like an aching in my head Like a freight train rolling on down the tracks Howling where the hells my friend Times traveling heavy on my mind And the magnets in your hair are getting tangled in the line And the river won't give no matter how the wind blows Sometimes it's best to leave it all alone I gotta get myself outside of town I can't wait another day, i'm gonna tear my insides out There's a howlin wind a callin and an aching in my bones But when I pass by your river I shall weep *** All lyrics by Muddy Ruckus, 2016.
11.
Last Call 03:30
All down but nine With a heartbreak hotel At sea with the world Is going to hell But the need to survive steal into the night And the desperation makes you lose your mind Last call, last call To the angels above Oh what a fool i've become It's a low mans drone Heard through out the land It's a devils wing cast it's shape on the man Foolish living and obscure circumstance The stranger knows this will never last Last call, last call To the angels above Oh what a fool i've become On the night of the the bliss Stole away with a kiss And your purity burns In the clench of your fist This ghost now weeps for a reckless fools told A story that a desperate man wrote all alone Last call, last call to the angels above Oh what a fool I've become And oh what a fool Oh what a fool Stuck again like glue Got you bouncing off my blues And oh what a fool Oh what a fool Rolling down the tracks Got you stuck again like glue Oh what a fool, oh what a fool Rolling down the tracks, burning rubber without you All down but nine With heartbreak hotel At sea with the world Is going to hell But the need to survive steal into the night And desperation makes you lose your mind Last call, last call To the angels above Oh what a fool i've become

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"Pretty Bones" by Muddy Ruckus, 2016.

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released June 25, 2016

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

Recorded and produced by Anthony Gatti at Bulkhead Studio, Scarborough, ME
Mastered by Jack Murray in Portland, ME

All music and lyrics written by Ryan Flaherty, 2016.
Cover photos by Jason Elon Goodman
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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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