Trials & Tribulations

by Unfortunate Gentlemen

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    A memento of times gone by, this limited run CD contains all 13 tracks from our past with custom artwork.

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released December 13, 2013

All music by Unfortunate Gentlemen
Lyrics by A. Van Duser*
*Except "Steady Hand" Lyrics by A. Callejas

Produced by Unfortunate Gentlemen and Doug Williams. Mixed by Doug Williams at Electromagnetic Radiation Recorders.

Mastered by Brent Lambert; Kitchen Mastering; Carrboro, NC

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Track Name: Steady Hand
and i vow
i will
steady execute thy will
and bring down
those who speak ill of it

i pray
for strength
to enforce your justice
my hand, to grip
the throats of the decadent

and i pray
for a keen eye
to find evil where I seek it
and resolve
to obliterate all who harbor it

(lord grant thy enforcer)

a strong grip
a steady hand
and a keen eye
and resolve
to do thy bidding
and enforce your will

reward my steady path
kiss my hands and bless them
for my strong sense of morality
let me grip onto life eternally

and know
that I am
keen of company
bare witness
with your all-seeing eye
and resolve
to do my bidding
live to enforce your will

a strong grip
a steady hand
and a keen eye
and resolve
to do my bidding
and enforce your will
Track Name: Hero
in black of night,
i hear screaming
wakes me up in fright
from my fitful dreaming

on swiftest feet i race to get through
these moonlit streets so i can
get to you
you, you, you

but don't you ever fear
cause i am always near
to keep the wicked away
and i save your soul today

i
i'm your hero
i'm
your hero

in darkest night you are silent sleeping
never knowing what is outside your window silent creeping

but my eyes can see beyond the light
see the shadows that want to take your life tonight

but don't you ever fear
(i won't let you disappear)
cause i am always here

but if i should falter, if i should stray
(to keep that wicked hand from your neck)
your beautiful eyes
would not see the light
of another new day

i'm your hero
i'm your hero
Track Name: Afraid to be Loved
summer child
don't shine your eye on me
(no)

summer child
don't shine your eye on me
it's cold where i'm from and you might just
melt me down

so child
don't you burn me up
let me stay here ice cold

cause it's cold where i come from
what you want me from me babe

it's easy when you're made of stone
it's quiet when you're all alone
but summer rain, and summer storms
they follow behind you
tear up my home

i said
summer child
don't shine your eye on me
(no)

summer child
don't shine your light on me
it's cold where i'm from
and you might just
melt me down

it's cold where i come from
and it's what i'm made from
ice can't last in the sun

it's cold where i come from
and i'm the coldest one
and ice don't last in the sun

oh sunshine
don't shine on me
cause i'm cold
let me be

oh sunshine
don't shine on me
no, no, no

cause it's cold
where i'm from
and i'm the coldest one
ice don't last in the sun

yea it's cold
where i'm from
and i'm the coldest one
you know ice it can't last in the sun

it's cold
where i'm from
and i'm the coldest one
ice can't last in the sun

it's cold
where i'm from
and i'm the coldest one
ice don't last in the sun
Track Name: Coming Down That Road
woke up last last night
i couldn't find someone who had a light
she said, "come on down and i'll save your soul"
i said, "i ain't got nothing left to be sold"
she said, "don't worry i'll get it for ya
don't you worry i'll get it for ya
(i'll give it to ya)"

so i put my boots back on
put my coat on four coats strong
walked down to the middle of town
started askin where she could be found
they said, "no..."
everybody said, "no...
don't go down that road"

that's what they told me, said "no...
don't go down that road"
(but she said)
"don't go down that road!"

(and she said)
"put your clothes on now,
you got to go before my boy comes round"
i said, "i'm gonna stay until i have my way"
she said, "if you stay we're both gonna pay"
i said, "no
don't go down that road"

and i said, "i know...
i know, i know
oh girl i know...
i know, i can see him!
coming down that road

yea i can see him
i see him
coming down that road

he's coming down that road
Track Name: House of Snakes
i live
in a house of snakes
crawling round on the floor
and in the beds i make

when i wake up in the morning
they're crawling all around my toes
they slither up on my shoulders
and whisper in my ear all my woes
all my woes

i live
in a den of thieves
they surround me, all around me
like autumn leaves

when i'm up all night
i'm so full of dread
cause i know they linger
with their dirty fingers
to steal the thoughts from my head

i live
in a house of love
got it stacked up in the basement
got it stacked up to the roof up above

all the way up to the roof up above

when i wake up in the morning
it's fillin up my heart
i got so much love
got so much love
got so much love
it's tearing me apart
it's tearing me apart

i live
in a house of snakes
i live
in a den of thieves
i live
in a house of love

a house of love
a house of love
a house of love
love
love
Track Name: Better Off
maybe they'll bury me
in a cadillac
with a purple robe
draped cross my back

maybe i'll wear a golden crown
the hands of kings gonna lower me down

free
free
free from your jealousy

maybe they'll bury me
in a paper sack
without a thread
to cover my back

toss me down in a hole
and write, 'here lies another ragged soul'

free
free
free from your sympathy

maybe i'll meet the devil
maybe he'll shake my hand
throw me down, down, down
into the pit of the damned

maybe i'll talk to God
at the pearly gates
all the angels'll shake the heavens
rejoicing for my fate

maybe they'll throw me in an unmarked grave
or the grandest tomb that ever man's hands made

(but i'll be)

free
free
from your jealousy

free
free
from sympathy

free
free
from everything