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Ghosts (2009)

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Produced by Phantom of the Black Hills

All instruments, programming and sampling by the Phantom and Popeye

All songs by Phantom of the Black Hills

Dedicated to Freedom Fighters Everywhere

Ratchet Blade Records RBR 712

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1. CONFESSIONS OF A BARN BURNER
2. A GREAT DAY TO DIE
3. HAUNTED MEN
4. MEN CALL ME MAD
5. OLIVE OATMAN
6. REB
7. PRISONER FOR LIFE
8. WHERE THE WICKED FLEE
9. BANDIT HEART
10. THEY SHOOT HORSE, DON’T THEY?
11. ROSES ON A GRAVE

Ghosts Lyrics

1. CONFESSIONS OF A BARN BURNER

Grab yer whiskey here’s a page turner
The confessions of a barn burner, oh yeah, that’s right

My pappy did it and so did I
Man we loved to see those embers fly, oh yeah, that’s right

Believe me, don’t deceive me
Cuz I will come, yeah I will come
And see you down…

At my hand the night turned into day
One strike brought color to the hay, oh yeah, that’s right

Believe me, don’t deceive me
Cuz I will come, yeah I will come
And see you down…

2. A GREAT DAY TO DIE

Me and my doll hit a bank, I took the fall
Did seven years, marked the time on the wall
Bust or dust, a way of life for us
Duck your head, here we come again

(CHORUS)
Go on, dig our grave
We’ll dance all the way
My girl by my side
Be a great day to die

Grab a buck, threw the dice, pulled a job
Took a dive, everything went wrong
Sirens wail, singing jail, no we’ll never fail
Duck your head, bustin’ out again

(CHORUS)

Shots flyin’ by
One took her life
A kiss and she sighed
What a great day to die

3. MEN CALL ME MAD

You’ve been lookin’ on a tragedy
I’ve been drinkin’ up the remedy
I sleep in fire to make me thaw
I slay my men with a donkey jaw

Rage lays my plans
Hail my demands

Blood red dreams keepin’ me awake
Twisted yearning do a riot make

(CHORUS)
Men call me mad
Men call me mad

I’ve been livin’ like an alley rat
Cuz I’ve been feelin’ like a roped up cat
It takes more cuz I feel less
I’ve had my fill of arrogance

Rage lays my plans
Hail my demands

Blood red dreams keepin’ me awake
Twisted yearning do a riot make

CHORUS
Play the father, pay the toll
Feel the fire, free the soul

(CHORUS)

4. OLIVE OATMAN

Papa priest poundin’ on his chest
A Mormon sword pointin’ to the West
Olive Oatman never got to choose
This life of fools

Her and her family prayin’ to the moon
Piled in a wagon, rollin’ to their doom
Bones of the past rattlin’ in the back
That’s when mountains roared…

Looked for you near, looked for you far
That’s when I knew there was no God

Olive Oatman had no love learned to live without
Olive Oatman had to bend but she never bowed

Savage captives tied to some belief
Inked face made sure she wouldn’t flee
White man called her back in his name
Couldn’t believe his eyes when she came

Looked for you near, looked for you far
That’s when I knew there was no God

Olive Oatman wanted free but they kept her bound
Olive Oatman learned the way but she had her doubts

Now that the heathens gone, is when the nightmares come
So hard to carry on, sleeps with the lights on

Olive Oatman had no love learned to live without
Olive Oatman had to bend but she never bowed
Olive Oatman wanted free but they kept her bound
Olive Oatman learned the way but she had her doubts

5. REB

Dead as born to kill, born by right to die
By the fire’s light, bound by blood to fight

CHORUS
Hat cocked fore, hammer cocked aft
Make a father proud, make a widow sad
Kick ‘em in the head, boys, kick ’em in the head
Sing ‘em a song and leave ’em for dead
Kick ‘em in the head, kick ’em in the head
Sing ‘em a song and leave ’em for dead (2x)
Sing ‘em a song as they stack their dead

The wolf is at the door, the roar is gettin’ near
As we fix to die, we’ll look ‘em in the eye

(CHORUS)

Sweet blood filled our boots, our tree pulled by the roots
Hanging for a crime, a badge pinned on by pride

(CHORUS)

6. PRISONER FOR LIFE

Daddy’s girl has died today
Magdelena’s come to stay
Bleed to be alive

I beat her if she don’t pray, the soul is silent but I ain’t

Prisoner for life, she’s a prisoner for life

Without the needle he is lost
He’ll be creeping to the cross
Never asking why

He will kneel down to be saved
Or I will help him to his grave

Prisoner for life, he’s a prisoner for life

Put down that blood of Jesus
Receive the serpent’s tongue
Widen your wounds before us
For all that you’ve done wrong

Family has lost his way
The need to feed has gone away
Freed to be denied

Grabbed the book, tried to save face
He’s done before he’s finished grace

Prisoner for life, he’s a prisoner for life

7. I WASN’T BORN TO DIE OLD

Hard livin’, got a tale that burns right off the page
Fire’s rollin’, a cannonball that’s blastin’ off w/ rage

End’s callin’, been as close to dyin’ as you’ll ever get
Devil’s wild, Grab yer cards and make yer final bet

By man’s hand or an odd disease
Save yer potions and yer remedies
Come up cold or get the gold
I wasn’t born to die old

Final days, ridin’ towards a sun that’s burnin’ red
Last call, sky’s cloudin’, time to go all in

Went to swingin’ and I went down hard
Backed it up and I came out scarred
How you go shows if you fold
I wasn’t born to die old

8. WHERE THE WICKED FLEE

I set this fire to be left alone
But the smoke brought them to see what I’d done
I’ve found a love for the She-Devil’s tongue
When I smell blood I come undone

So to be saved, you say I got to believe?
Oh, Lord send me to where the wicked flee

When God’s do lie, wolves turn to foe
In this here land where the bounty hunters roam
I’d give my life just to be free
Now is your chance to come with me

Now you’ll find me hangin’ under a tree
Oh, Lord send me to where the wicked flee

Don’t pray for me, don’t slay for me
Just send me to where the wicked flee

9. BANDIT HEART

Callin’ all, young and old
After the blood, before the gold
Life’s not long, for the cold

Left the past in the mud
Washed the dirt off with blood
Here to Kingdom Come
Need your sanity
It’s not too soon to be free
Or just watch me bleed
It’s all in the call of a bandit heart

Run from the life on your knees
A true look inside is what freedom means
Life is not what it seems

Live your life like a gun
Steal the light from the sun
It’s the way it’s begun
Need your remedy
It’s not too soon to believe
Or get choked out by greed
It’s all in the fall of a bandit heart

10. THEY SHOOT HORSE, DON’T THEY?

(Instrumental)

11. ROSES ON A GRAVE

Raised poor…no father
Comic books…and a bible
Fifteen…alcoholic
Brass balls…and false idols

(CHORUS)
A knockout punch like a half a hundred pills
Two widows black caught divin’ for the will
You can’t place the blame
It’s all just roses on a grave

Stage lights…dark life
Cut a path…by the knife
Heaven sent?…divorce
Repent?…no remorse

Had ‘em rollin’ like a barrel down a hill
Had ‘em reelin’ like a sot before the still
It’s nothin’ but a shame
It’s all just roses on a grave

Denied, vilified, it’s a lie….

(CHORUS)

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