Claws

by The Ragshakers

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Master Harker A nice slice of Americana-infused anti-folk! Favorite track: Blues Bug.
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released October 25, 2014

The Ragshakers are...!

Alex "Moonie" Minneker on the:
vocals, guitar, upright bass, harmonica, tambourine

Chan "the Chansaw" Benicki on the:
vocals, saw, guitar, ukulele, washboard, jaw harp

Recorded at The Blue House in Portland, OR
Mastered by Alex Minneker
Art by Chan Benicki

Thank Zeus for the Portland thunder and giving us a great storm to chase.

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Track Name: Blues Bug
it's an epidemic it's a crisis
it's the worst thing to happen since happiness
it'll color ever word that you dare to mutter
leave you broke down like an engine sputtering in the gutter
it's the blues bug!
...it'll bring you down

it'll bore a dark hole
like a boll weevil in your soul
it feeds off of bitterness
and slowly takes control
it'll make you think that you aren't worth a cent
and when you're on the brink, you can not prevent
that mean old blues bug!
...he'll leave ya down in the ditch!

I'll eat the hottest peppers
that grow on the planet
and burn out every part of me
that ain't made of granite
that blues bug...
I'm gonna burn him out!

well I was fearing that old blues bug was gonna do me in
so I went to the doctor to pick up a prescription
he told me I could drown it out with whiskey and then gin
I said, "don't worry mama, I won't let him win!"
that mean old blues bug...
won't drag me into sin!

but what he don't tell you
is when the liquor stops flowing
he'll raise right back up
with his red eyes a-glowing
and the only way to stop it
is to love someone new
but if you can't find someone new
someone old will do
that mean old blues bug...
worse than any old bird flu

they say you can't catch it from a kiss
but if it's the last one before parting
I promise you this:
you'll get fever
cold sweat
you'll shiver
but you won't soon forget
that mean old blues bug...
he's not through with you yet!

if you so happen to make it out alive
you'll swear that you'll never catch it again
but soon some pretty boy
will come walking through the door
and the blues bug will be waiting to
take you down once more
that mean old blues bug...
can't never be cured.
Track Name: Trigger
There are devils in the alley ways
Waiting for something fresh
And the priests can't pray they'll get in the way
Of indulging in sins of the flesh
They say keep quiet, no dirty words
But the dirt is all that is left

This place is a trigger
And it shot your daughter down

And the laws are laid by business men
Whose business is taking lives
"Don't struggle now you'll make it worse
You're a juggler juggling knives"
They say be still and we won't kill
But their kingdom is made up of lies

This place is a trigger
And it shot your children down

Horror: the lies you tell us to help us sleep.

Oh beautiful for spacious skies
And crimson waves of blood
Placing productivity
Over humanity and love

I never learned how to survive in a world like this.
Why am I here?
I'm like a ghost, in between heaven and hell
wondering if it's okay that I'm suffering.
That is my fate.
Safety comes only from blankets,
I think, sometimes,
but blankets are not thick enough
or strong enough
to let the storm carry me away.

There was something here,
there was something here,
we grieve for what's not here.
Track Name: Pumpkin Carving
pumpkin carving the kids are starving out in the street
give them candy that would be dandy though it might be too sweet
give them liquor it kills em quicker and their maker they might meet
now would that be a trick or would that be a treat?

the police station has been abandoned for the new year
and all the people go on like before just living in fear
church was empty there was nobody there
my heart was heavy the walls were stripped bare
the cross hung crooked on a length of wire
somebody had set it on fire

when appeared John the Baptist with the head of a ram
who turned into a vagrant with a gasoline can
I ran screaming, "make straight the road!"
the rams head caught fire and it did explode
these strange forebodings don't sit with me well
twas on a night quite like this when an angel first fell
straight down from heaven and into hell...
Track Name: When I'm a Ghost (The Tambourine Song)
WHEN I DIE I WONT BE
MUCH OF ANYTHING
ILL BE FLOATING IN THE WIND

BUT I WONT BE MUCH OF ANYTHING

ILL BE A SPECTER

BUT I WONT HAVE A GENDER

ILL BE FLOATING IN THE SOUNDS

BUT I WONT BE MUCH OF ANYTHING

I’LL JUST PLAY THE TAMBOURINE
I’LL JUST PLAY THE TAMBOURINE

I’LL JUST PLAY THE TAMBOURINE

I’LL JUST PLAY THE TAMBOURINE

WHEN I'M A GHOST I WON'T BE

INHABITING A BODY
I'LL BE HAUNTING EVERY HOUSE
BUT I WONT BE MUCH OF ANYTHING


I'LL BE A LOST SOUL
BUT HONEY I'LL PLAY NO ROLE
LORD KNOWS THAT I'LL BE FEELING FREE
NO I WON'T BE MUCH OF ANYTHING

I’LL JUST PLAY THE TAMBOURINE
I’LL JUST PLAY THE TAMBOURINE

I’LL JUST PLAY THE TAMBOURINE
I’LL JUST PLAY THE TAMBOURINE
Track Name: The Sun is Gonna Burn
they arrived at the scene...
the splinter split his spleen
the murder weapon left
caught inside the cleft

the detective was still green
the weapon went unseen
the widow now bereft
they said it was a theft

the sun is gonna burn
the sun is gonna burn
you're gonna learn
the sun is gonna burn

the doctor's dosing diesel
to a wildly winking weasel
a make-shift tourniquet
for a pygmy marmoset

an x-ray of a stingray
a blueprint for a bluejay
if you're vexed by this vet...
well you ain't seen nothing yet

the sun is gonna burn
the sun is gonna burn
you're gonna learn
the sun is gonna burn

you said to walk it off
just turn my head and cough
i've been running all around
dragging my head against the ground!

you say I'm looking well
but I really feel like hell
you say I'm looking fine
but there's spiders in my spine!

the sun is gonna burn
the sun is gonna burn
you're gonna learn
the sun is gonna burn

the fire burns down to cinders
and then to hot-white ash
love is like flash-paper
burns up in a flash

I asked you for water
you gave me something hotter
but it burns good and clean
burns like gasoline!

the sun is gonna burn
the sun is gonna burn
you're gonna learn
you're gonna learn
you're gonna learn...
the sun is gonna burn!
Track Name: Claws
These days they come like a drum
Guilt eats at my crackling lungs
I’m losing teeth like pennies on the street

These blankets feel like needles
And my bedroom keeps changing shape
I’m smoking in the bathroom

I was planting flowers in the weeds
I’ve been collecting the constant rain
But the birds took all of their seeds
Maybe you’ll find the claws in my brain

I’m having visions of
Constellations in my arms
These words sound like fire

I’m having a dream
Where all the mountains are split by a stream
And I’m climbing through the water

I was planting flowers in the weeds
I’ve been collecting the constant rain
But the birds took all of my seeds
Maybe you’ll find the claws in my brain

These days they come like a drum
And I don’t know where I’m from
Track Name: The Sorrow, the River, and the Rails
it's all gone pear-shaped
every plan has back-fired
you can hit the hatch but you can't escape
keep working and never retire
just one drop of poison helps the medicine go down
can you tell a smile from a frown
when the world's turned upside down

went down to the courthouse
down to the county jail
if anyone crossed me they didn't live to tell the tale
I was trying to make it home
but I lost the scent on the trail...
now I follow the sorrow the river or the rails

the last time I saw my mother
she said, "What have they done?
to the handsome face of my darling youngest son?"
I said, "I may be a monster mama, but I feel alright!"
as I covered up my claws and tried to hide from the light

she said, "If they come lookin', I won't defend you."
"For I once had a son, but that couldn't have been you."
she takes a long drag and then she exhales
and says, "go follow the sorrow, the river or the rails"

I met old Hannah walking down the tracks
said, "Can you still remember the way to get back?"
she said, "Just keep on walking long enough you'll end up back where you came from. But you can't outrun the rising sun and you can't outrun...
the things you've done

I went down to hell and checked into a cheap hotel
walked up to the counter and I rang the bell
they said, "there's no place for you here except this bed of nails."
so I'll follow the sorrow the river or the rails

I seen the end-a-comin' but I wasn't gonna talk
all my friends must have seen me with my eye on the clock
I figured if I couldn't fight I'd sit back and relax
she'll be coming around the mountain with a blood battle axe!

went down to the station but the train wasn't even running
the foundations crumbling everybody hang on to something!
when there's nowhere to turn and all else fails...
you can follow the sorrow the river or the rails
Track Name: Living Dead
River swimming with pink swollen eyes
Waves come through like seagull cries
I knew you when you were feeling bad
I've been hurt and I've been mad

Lighter callus on my thumb
Broken heart and nowhere to run
I knew you when you were feeling bad
Breathing like I never had

The sun will rise like the living dead
I've grown flowers all in my head
I've got flowers in my head

Ankles aching like a tired boat
I'm filled with water, I can't float
I knew you when you were feeling bad
Look at all the dreams I had

Well sometimes thorns don't prick my skin
Berries bleed like sinners grin
I knew you when you were feeling bad
I lost everything that I had

The sun will rise like the living dead
I've grown flowers all in my head
I've got flowers in my head

Ate a cactus in my sleep
Reaching where the mind won't keep
I knew you where you were feeling bad
When it's gone I'll be feeling sad

The sun will rise like the living dead
I've grown flowers all in my head
I've got flowers in my head