Backs To The Wall

by Gillen & Turk

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you took Johnny Walker red instead of a flashlight on your walk down memory lane and now you wonder why the pain is all that's left for your efforts and why nothing can dull the shame of the stain that you left on her white sheets and the memory of your walk down her street going anyplace in the world but home these nameless streets they don't seem to lead anyplace but back trying to get out of town you can't keep your feet so you go back or you go down the streets don't have names in this place for a reason and their numbers don't add up to anything worth repeating so you turned the car and you left town thinking you'd be gone for good and you would have been if the nightmares would have remained on those nameless streets but they followed when you tried to leave these nameless streets they don't seem to lead anyplace but back trying to get out of town you can't keep your feet so you go back or you go down how far are you willing to go these days? (BRIDGE) you used to go all the way but it's a long way down memory lane and there's no one left to take you back SOLO on CHORUS Now johnny walker's left you for dead and you're stuck down memory lane with only the nightmares that you carried around and there is no help to be found in this place the phones are all dead and there's led in the paint and you've taken all that you can take these nameless streets they don't seem to lead anyplace but back trying to get out of town you can't keep your feet so you go back or you go down trying to get out of town
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Black Hills 03:26
In these hills there is a power you will never understand you can carve your politicians faces in the land but the earth is too strong to be stained by mortal man Black Hills I went down to the rez and saw our country's greatest shame the cardboard shacks and broken glass of my people stripped of home and name but the heart of these great warriors nothing you can do will change Black Hills at wounded knee I felt the force of thousands of brave souls martyrs with no statues to them anonymous this hill they hold biding their time in silence until their drums again will roll Black Hills it is in the darkness of their eyes that men get lost the quest for gold can not out weigh the quest for truth without a cost protect us oh Great Spirit help us seek the shining star
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Fall Down 03:26
Malcolm said the chickens would come to roost and now there's proof the farce election hit home with the dust in New York City they heard the echoes ringing in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan but they're accustomed to the din whereas we've lived in sin we all fall down we always hit the ground some hit running some just hit but we all fall down I grabbed my gun and hit the street 'cause there's no glamour in retreat false honor calls the sleeping as prayer calls the righteous the bombs arrived before the ink had dried on any paper paving the way for endless war a one-way road we all fall down we always hit the ground some hit running some just hit but we all fall down how far will we go before admitting our mistakes? when the ashes of our brothers make it hard to see our wake the road we've paved leads us away from fixing what we've broken and now that path's not safe because of the beast that we've awoken
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Peace Rant 04:26
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Satchmo 04:15
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Killing Machine (free) 04:54
They decorated me ceremoniously, the governor was there and 3 generals too I got my medals, I was on TV, but now what am I supposed to do? ‘cause there is no job for a killing machine back here in civilization the army said they’d train me and give me a skill, then they gave me a gun and sent me to kill and now I’m home, but there is no home for a newly retired killing machine and nobody wants to hear my story now the war is over and they want to forget but how can I forget the people I killed and the friends I’ve lost? So I walked into my bar unceremoniously, I was a regular here not so long ago But now to some I’m a bit of a celebrity and to the rest I’m just a jar-head, a G.I. Joe I buy a couple rounds but it ain’t the same, I’ll never again be one of the guys So I sit at home and watch TV and try to forget what I know I can’t There’s no escape, and no reprieve For a newly unemployed killing machine and nobody wants to hear my story now the war is over and they want to forget but how can I forget the people I killed and the friends I’ve lost? They arrested me ceremoniously, they read me my rights like a reading at a mass I’ll get 3 square meals and an orange jumpsuit, but at least I will no longer be out on my ass I’ll make dog-tags and license plates- the irony, I’ll take orders again like I did before They say I can take classes and learn a trade, I’ll lift weightss and drink cool aid But there’s no honor to be had in this place For a newly incarcerated killing machine and nobody wants to hear my story now the war is over and they want to forget but how can I forget the people I killed and the friends I’ve lost? Killing machine I guess I’ll always be a killing machine I don’t want to be a killing machine
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Three 02:13
Three Oftentimes the voice of truth is silence through the clamour and hussle for power and glory a stillness arises unremarked by the masses struggling to survive but the truth is not a luxury it will be known in time if no one listens it will bite if the bite is ignored infection occurs amputation ensues by doctor or guilotine poison is removed or death takes all winners losers the evil and the righteous truth is ultimate authority a gram weighs a gram a mile is a mile one plus one equals two no matter how many television sets say three
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over there is the chair where we sat in the coffee shop that night we met the hill that we walked up and the way back down are our neighborhood now we fell in love all around this town so it's wonderful living here now some couples have a song which they call their song this town is our song there's the bookstore where I bought you that book songs of innocence for the darkness you took away from my eyes to be banished for good and now again I see light we fell in love all around this town so it's wonderful living here now some couples have a song which they call their song this town is our song of course I don't know if it will last forever but then again I must admit I never dreamed that this town could look so beautiful as it does since we fell in love here we fell in love all around this town so it's wonderful living here now some couples have a song which they call their song this town is our song and now some of our neighbors are people who stared as I ran my fingers through your hair in front of the theatre where we saw Casablanca let them stare we fell in love all around this town so it's wonderful living here now some couples have a song which they call their song this town is our song
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released April 1, 2008

Recorded by Fred Gillen Jr at Woody's House, Croton -on- Hudson, NY
Produced by Gillen & Turk
Mastered by Carl Saff, Chicago, IL
Cover Design by Jeffry Braun

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Fred Gillen Jr Peekskill, New York

NYFA grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released 9 full-length albums, and 5 ep’s, has toured all over the U.S. and Europe solo, and Nepal and India with Greenheart. His songs have been on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ, and his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. ... more

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