Black Ram

by Lucas Paine

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With banjos, voice, and drums, Lucas' Black Ram pairs the simplicity and soaring desperation of Appalachian Mountain songs with post-rock textural sensibilities and dark searching lyricism - at times soft and intimate, then crashing with punk energy. Mostly original, partially borrowed from poets and traditional tunes, the songs on Black Ram intend to subvert and explode the violence and madness in gender normative characters from old song traditions.

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released 17 August 2015

Lucas Paine - songs, banjo, percussion, bows, and guitar.
Jim E. James - guitar on tracks 2 and 5, banjo on track 7.
Adam Casey - drum kit on tracks 2, 4, and 5, hurdy gurdy on track 1.

tracking, mixing, co-production - Adam Casey at True Vine Studios in Melbourne, VIC.
mastering - Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering in Melbourne, VIC.


Credits:

All music and lyrics written by Lucas Paine unless noted below:

Black Ram Shuffle - music inspired by "Bright Sunny South" (Trad). Half of the lyrics come from Dylan Thomas' "Altarwise by owl-light", the other half written by Lucas Paine.

Elk River Blues - Traditional fiddle tune, lyrics and arrangement by Lucas Paine.

Hunting for Anne - An e. e. cummings poem entitled "so you're hunting for anne well i'm looking for will", music written by Lucas Paine.

Wings of Rusty Knives - Song title is from the essay by Federico Garcia Lorca entitled "Play and Theory of the Duende." Lyrics and music by Lucas Paine.

Raleigh & Spencer - Traditional song, arrangement by Lucas Paine and Jim E.

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Lucas Paine Melbourne, Australia

Lucas was born in old mountain country North Carolina and raised in Alaska - you can hear these places in his songs.

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Track Name: Black Ram Shuffle
First there was the lamb on knocking knees
and three dead seasons that came to me
horn down skull foot and the skull of bees
I am a secret and i'll never leave

Dip me breast deep in descended bone
and the black ram shuffle in the year of old
alone among the kids and mutton fold
I was a secret and I never told

Atlas eater with a jaw for blues
and penny eyed man of wounds
bones unbuttoned in a halfway swoon
leave me out to dry in the skin at noon

Old cock from nowhere and the heaven's egg
hatched in the wind on one broken leg
hard times and hunger was all she said
with capricorn and cancer i share my bed

You by the cavern under the stairs
rung bone and blade all tangled and snares
metaphor midnight in feather nettled hair
I was a trigger tripping on your stares

Black tongued and tipsy from the broken bottle
pin legged and pickled on death's black rattle
hunger and speed and the white bear throttle
I fucked adam and god it was awful
Track Name: To The Woods
Molly done left me
molly done gone
molly done left me
to the woods i'll fly

dark trees surround me
dark trees so high
dark trees surround me
to the woods i'll fly

with summer i'll quit you
with summer i am gone
with summer i'll quit you
for all winter's long

you troubled me so long boy
troubled me so long
when summer is gone boy
sing a lonesome song

you've troubled me so long boy
worn myself thin
when summer is gone boy
i'll be back again

when you find me i'll be gone girl
when you find me i'll be gone
bones in the trees girl
my spirit with the dawn

bones in the trees girl
skin off my knees
bones in the trees girl
begging darling please

bones in the trees girl
fingers in the wind
bones in the trees girl
i'll be back again
Track Name: Elk River Blues
As i was going o'er Arkansas
passed my family home, saw my ma and pa
waving one hand, moven me on
wavin one hand, son where you been gone?

Where have you been these five years past?
not one letter nor a passing fact
hard days have come, hard days will pass
and though we trust son, our luck's been bad

And while you wandered, found friends, made new
played your games as young men do
your family's suffered upon hard times
and your presence here, brings no sunshine

Take one step forward, not welcome now
keep a move on, we'll kill no fatted cow
waven' one hand moven' me on
waven' one hand lord where'd i go wrong
Track Name: Hunting For Anne
So you're hunting for anne well i'm looking for will
did you look for him own by the old swimming hole
i'd be worse than a fool to have never looked there
and you couldn't well miss will's carroty hair

It seems like i just heard your annabel screech
have you hunted her round by the rasberry patch
i have hunted her low and i've hunted her high
and that pretty pink pinafore'd knock out your eye

Well maybe she's up to some tricks with my bill
as long as there's haymows you never can tell
as long as theres ladies my annie is one
and she wouldn't be seen with the likes of your son

And who but your daughter i'm asking yes who
but that sly little bitch could have showed billy how
your bastard boy must have learned what he knows
from his slut of a mother i rather suppose

Will's dad never gave me one cent in his life
but he fell for a whore when he married his wife
and here is a riddle for you red says
it ain't his daughter her father lays

Black hell upon you and all filthy men
come annabel darling come annie come ann
she's coming right now in the raspberry patch
and twas me that she asked would it hurt very much

And twas me that looked up at my willy and you
in the newmown hay and he telling you no
then look you down through that old swimming hole
there'll be slime in his eyes and a stone in his soul.
Track Name: Wings of Rusty Knives
I can feel your wings of rusty knives
sweep the ground up ahead in the night
there are no dead but the very dead
and the quick and the light in the head

Clear a path for which to initiate
a way to clear the heart ache
but we see only this tall and well built house
these barred windows looking out
a tired fence made of bones
its a hard luck winning it's a hard hard stone

I can feel your wings of rusty knives
sweep the ground up ahead in the night
feed us your fingers and earthly lights
hungry children and starry nights
dirty snow capped and newly wed
and the quick and the slow and the silent dead

I can feel your wings of rusty knives
sweep the ground up ahead in the dirty night
there are no dead but the nearly dead
and the quick and the slow and the dearly led
Track Name: Sung One Down
Once i sung one growing, now i sing one down
all the ways of knowing seem so far away now
with a heart and a hope and an understanding none could own
i used to sing one growing, now i sing one down

Machines ate my heart so i carved one out of stone
its bigger than in used to be, but very very cold
blood goes in and comes out black,
its hard and heavy like a heart attack,
I used to have a beating heart, now i have a stone

Lions took my fingers and turned them all to leaves
sand falls on through my hands like flour in a sieve
can't hold nothing down like a king with a problem ain't got no crown
once i held mine down, now they're leaves dead brown

Spirits have gone away and left this house alone
the corridor is empty the walls bleached dry bones
a body don't exist without an eye to reflect from
and the soul divided always flies and leaves you well alone

The soul divided always flies and leaves you well alone
Track Name: Raleigh & Spencer
Raleigh and Spencer are burning down
there ain't no liquor in this town
I'll pawn my shoes for a bottle of booze
I drink that and lay right down and die

I've been all around this whole wide world
I've been down to Memphis, Tennessee
I played them cards with the king and the queen
I rolled them dice with Jesse James

I can eat more chicken than a pretty girl can fry
I tell some low down lies
I can tell more lies than the stars in the skies
I'll never get to heaven when I die

Raleigh and Spencer are burning down
there ain't no liquor in this town
I'll pawn my shoes for a bottle of booze
drink that and lay down and die

You can stomp on the flowers that grow round my grave
But they'll rise up and bloom back again

You can stomp on the flowers that grow round my grave
But they'll rise up and bloom back again