Brothers' Keepers

by Holy Moly

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released 03 December 2013

Holy Moly
Brothers’ Keepers
1 The Pace
2 John Wayne
3 Cocaine
4 Forge On
5 The Ballad of Norman Collins
6 Time Travelin’
7 The Good Fight
8 Linger On
9 All That I’m Not
10 The Cardinal and the Mockingbird
11 I Love You
12 Gilbert
13 Lost My Mind

All songs by Holy Moly

Holy Moly is:
Joe Bill Rose: Vocals & Guitar
Danny Weaver: Guitar
Joseph Carpenter: Drums & Percussion
Jeremy Hull: Upright Bass
Ben Roi Herring: Pedal Steel, Keys, Backup Vocals

Strings on Cocaine:
Arrangement by Phil Carpenter
Violins & Viola by Mark Landson
Cello by Lizzy White

Trumpet on John Wayne and Linger On: Phil Carpenter
Trombone on Linger On: Blaze Loeffelholz
Accordion on Linger On: Dan Cavanagh

All artwork by Troll (www.saltydogtexas.com)

Webmaster: Amy McGehee

Recorded at Spaceway Studios (Fort Worth, TX)
www.spacewayproductions.com

Produced by Will Hunt & Holy Moly
Engineered by Will Hunt
Mixed by Chad Copelin at Blackwatch Studios (Norman, OK)
Mastered by Dale Becker at Bernie Becker Mastering (Pasadena, CA)

www.holymolytexas.com
holymolytexas@yahoo.com
©℗2013 Whoopass Records
Whoopass Records is a division of Grasshopper Cowpunk LLC

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Track Name: The Pace
Time for us to rise
Like the morning sun burning your eyes
Don't look away
It's time to start again but not to begin
It's merely a change to the chain of events

Wash all the clouds of regret and remorse from my face
Wash all the dirt and the thorns from my feet
Take a step
First one's a test
Second's a guess
And the third sets the pace

Time is going on with or without you
So you better be gone while the day is still new
Life is like a wave
You wade past the wake, washed clean of mistakes
Lord knows I've had a few

Wash all the clouds of regret and remorse from my face
Wash all the dirt and the thorns from my feet
Take a step
First one's a test
The second's a guess
And the third sets the pace

Pace yourself on the stars in the sky
Your saving grace is that you don't even need to know why
Just one foot in front of the other
One foot in front of another
For a happy life

The first one's a test
And the second's a guess
The first is a test
And the second's a guess
And the third sets the pace
Track Name: John Wayne
Hello...I'm here...at last
To tell you a story about my almost glorious past
As a kid I wanted respect while my dad did cocaine
TV raised me to grow up expecting the same

But I watched old westerns and wanted to be John Wayne
To do this I knew this would be life learning pain

At fifteen I tried to break from from the chains of despair
For fifteen long years my life held my life up in the air
I did what I did 'cause I did it when I didn't care
But tragic was magic and I learned from life unaware

But I watched all those westerns and thought that I was John Wayne
Truth is I knew I was more like Doc Holliday

Hello...I'm here...at last
I've learned from mistakes what it takes to get past my past
As as man I do what I can do to stay on the path
Once there was some madness then some sadness now some happiness lasts

I still love old westerns and I quit playing cards but I deal
You don't know my name it isn't John Wayne

It's Joe Bill
Track Name: Cocaine
I've seen the light leave my father's eyes
And he dies as he sighs at long goodbyes
He blames his pain on everything but shame
And he dies as he cries and still survives
Who will he ever blame?
Cocaine

An apathetic shrug we blame it on the drugs
But why care it's not you so it seems fair
Just close your eyes and kiss the pain goodbye
Surprise, I lied. The pain survived.
Who will you ever blame?
... ... ..Cocaine

Indifference is the word and we are all absurd
But not you you're cool just pass on through
I see the light leaving all of your eyes
You die as you sigh at long goodbyes
Who will we ever blame?
... ... ..Cocaine

Who will we ever blame?
Will we ever learn from shame?
There's one thing that will never change.
Cocaine
Track Name: Forge On
I must forge on
I will forge on
I must go on
Without you by me

I used to resent you and I don't know why
I've never even met you or seen you smile
You left me when I was two, I fended for myself
There ain't no need to worry about someone else

I must forge on
I will forge on
I must go on
Without you by me

Would you recognize me in a crowded room?
I bet I changed a whole damn lot since I was two
I bet you had a good reason to leave me far behind
I hope you understand I'm not on your side

I must forge on
I will forge on
I must go on
Without you by me

I must forge on
I will forge on
I must go on
Without you by me

I must forge on
I will go on
I must forge on
Track Name: The Ballad of Norman Collins
The history of the skin
This sailor’s story of blood begins
In the year nineteen one and one
Born in a gambling desert town
N’ere an ocean to be found
He sailed the seas before the war begun

He sailed the seas of memories
Life weathered by a salty breeze
And in the skin the story would be told
He grabbed the ink and the colors flew
With red and white but mostly blue
In a sailor’s flesh a legend would be told
In a sailor’s flesh a legend would unfold

Sailors stewed, hookers screwed, while Norman Collins learned tattoo

He earned the name of Sailor Jerry
When he learned truth wasn't buried
And in his pride he’d find is only wealth
He drilled the truth into the flesh
That's where he earned our true respect
He said with pride my work speaks for itself
He said with pride my work speaks for itself

Sailors stewed, hookers screwed, while Norman Collins learned tattoo

He never wanted any fame
But he was famous just the same
Even though he never called for it
If he were alive today
We'd hear that sailor legend say
“How’d I get myself into this shit?”
“How’d I get myself into this shit...”

Sailors stewed, hookers screwed, while Norman Collins learned tattoo
Track Name: Time Travelin'
Every now and then I go time travelin'
Every now and then I forget where I've been
Every now and then my life begins to win
Well I drink and then I go time travelin'

I said to myself, "Self, let's blow this joint"
I won't remember how I got there and that is half the point
The point is when I get there, that's when fun begins
Well I drink and then I go time travelin'

BOOM BOOM BOOM
Out got the lights
I got my buddy into another fight

Every now and then when I've had a day
I open up another beer and wash the pain away
First I have a drink or ten and then I leave my skin
Well I drink and then I go time travelin'

BOOM BOOM BOOM
Out got the lights
BOOM BOOM BOOM
Is it day or night?
BOOM BOOM BOOM
Don't know where I've been
Well I drink and then I'm drunk time travelin'

BOOM BOOM BOOM
Out got the lights
BOOM BOOM BOOM
Is it day or night?
BOOM BOOM BOOM
Don't know where I've been
Well I drink and then I'm drunk time travelin'

BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
Track Name: The Good Fight
Listen up
It begins
I live the story never ends
Hold your breath, you decide
Am I dead or alive?
Time to start to play your part
Now you decide

Look at me and you'll find
Tragedy of some kind
Don't you fret, I'm not dead yet, man I'll be fine
'cause I don't walk
I don't run
I draw the line

My heart is calloused, kinda rough
Kinda dirty, but full of love
I insist that I exist and I never give up
Stop your tryin' to try
Stop your dyin' to die and shed your blood

You see the light, you've got the good fight
Always doin' what's right
Keep holding on
'til you'er dead and gone
Keep fightin' the good fight.

You knock me down
I'll get back up
You've fallen down?
I'll help you up
You want my scars first came my blood
You like your life that's not enough
Stop just likin' your life, you've gotta love

Well my heart is like a rock
Well the outside the inside's not
Here I sit pumpin' blood
And I fight as hard as I love
Stop just tryin' to try
Stop your lyin' to lie
Stop your dyin' to die and shed your blood

You see the light, ya got the good fight
Always doin' what's right
Keep holding on
'til you'er dead and gone
Keep fightin' the good fight.

Keep holding on
'til you'er dead and gone
Keep fightin'
Keep fightin'
Keep fightin'
The good fight
Track Name: Linger On
On my daughter's birthday I woke up with a smile
It's a hard thing to imagine but my smile measured a mile
My beautiful wife, so full of life, was about to give me a child
And that's one of those moments I chose to linger on for a while

'cause life will learn you a lesson
It teaches you every day
You can't have the good times without all the bad times
A lesson I learned in one day
And on the happiest day of my life
I looked at my beautiful wife
Said, "Sorry my dear, bad times are here
But it's not the last time we'll smile."
And I'll linger on that for a while

On my daughters's birthday it ended in rivers of tears
It's a hard thing to imagine but our sorrow would last for some years
At the end of the day I really couldn't say if I'd ever be happy again
But look at us now, we made it somehow and my wife is still my best friend
And I'll linger on that 'til the end

'cause life will learn you a lesson
It teaches you every day
You can't have the good times without all the bad times
A lesson I learned in one day
And on the happiest day of my life
I looked at my beautiful wife
Said, "Sorry my dear, bad times are here
But it's not the last time we'll smile."
And I'll linger on that for a while

Linger on that for a while
Linger on that
Track Name: All That I'm Not
I wake up each morning get dressed I get going for you
Work at my day job hard 'til the night comes for you
Quit all my shootin' for you
Became highfalutin' for you
Sometimes I do things for me
But mostly I wanna do for you

Reigned in my anger, my happiness lingers for you
Refrainin' from fightin', more thunder, less lightning for you
Well I quit all my shootin' for you
Became highfalutin' for you
Sometimes I do things for me
But mostly I wanna do for you

I've been a rambler crusin' through life
Just worried my story would end up a lie
Now I have you and my story is true
You're the prettiest woman in every room
All that I'm not
All that I'm not
All that I'm not is for you

Took my foot from the floorboard I moved out of cardboard for you
Quit doin' cocaine, man drugs are so lame for you
Well I quit all my shootin' for you
Became highfalutin' for you
Sometimes I do things for me
Mostly I wanna do for you

I've been a rambler crusin' through life
Just worried my story would end up a lie
Now I have you and my story is true
You're the prettiest woman in every room
All that I'm not
All that I'm not
All that I'm not is for you

All that I'm not
All that I'm not is for you
Track Name: The Cardinal and the Mockingbird
The Cardinal and the Mockingbird found a maple tree
The Cardinal asked the Mockingbird, "Can we live here neighborly?"
The Mockingbird mocked the Cardinal: "Let's hear your battle cry
You'll bleed red bird, 'cause it's your turn, and you're gonna die."

The Cardinal and the Mockingbird fought for limb and leaf
They fought their fight both day and night neglecting their families
But then one night during their fight they stopped and looked around
The tree was bare only blood was there no families were found

The Cardinal and the Mockingbird torn and all alone
Too weak to fly they both would die in the Hell that they made home
They made their nest a bloody nest and the rest was history
The day The Cardinal and the Mockingbird fought for maple tree
Track Name: I Love You
I love you and that is true
To win your love I'll do what I have to
I'm crazy as hell, head over heels for you
I love you for saying "I do"

I will try, try, try for all my life
To make you proud to call yourself my wife
I'd turn any grey sky that you have to blue
And I love you for saying "I do"

And I love you for wearing my mother's ring
I love you so much I've got to sing
I'll love you for the rest of your life with eyes that blue
And I love you for saying "I do"

You're courageous and smart, your heart is sweet as a tart
I was wrapped around your finger from the very start
I'd pine for you forever if you let me even win with grey
I love you more and more each day

And I love you for wearing my mother's ring
I love you so much I've got to sing
I'll love you for the rest of your life with eyes that blue
And I love you for saying "I do"

I'll turn any grey sky that you have to blue
And I love you for saying "I do"
Track Name: Gilbert
She's a mess
She's just like her mom I guess
She's Edie-Faye