American Blues

by The Star Killers

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released 30 March 2013

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The Star Killers Memphis, Tennessee

-On New Years Eve of 2009, Matthew met Julien.
-They started making bad music together.
-That stopped happening....eventually.
-David (Creech) joined in January of 2011.
-"The Star Killers" was named and formed.
-Their first show was at the Abbey on March 24, 2011.
-A friend of ours became a guitarist.
-Austin Howell later replaced him.
-THE REST IS NOT REALLY RELEVANT HISTORY.
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Track Name: Dallas
I don't fight fair in fist fights, I prefer to drink alone.
My heart is stuck in Memphis, but Dallas is my home.
I have run-ins with the law, I have scars I can't explain.
I've been from here to Houston, southbound on the interstate.
I don't fight fair in fist fights when I'm fighting over you,
so tell me what to do.
I entertain this notion of fighting to the death, in a bar beside the train tracks so cold I can see my breath.
But, I'm only shadowboxing myself inside my head,
trading blows behind my eyelids 'till I ain't got nothin' left.
But, I don't fight fair in fist fights when I'm fightin' over you,
so tell me what to do.
Track Name: Love Song Blues
Put me in a bed of roses, it'll end my suffering,
cause there's ghosts inside this city and they love to hear me scream.
I've got a baby to take care of!
And she's feelin' pretty weak!
Stay the hell away from me, I need somethin' to help me sleep!
It gets cold this side of springtime, I can feel it in my bones.
It's the way you make me shiver with your dulcet vocal tones.
I've got poison in my veins!
And you're the one to blame!
Stay the hell away from me and I won't have to feel that pain!
A lot of folks'll tell you I just wanna make her mine, but I'm the one who won't cause she just wants to waste her time.
I've got patience on my side,
but it's a long hard ride!
Stay the hell away from me and I won't have to see that side!
I call this one my lovesong blues.
Don't feel like it's directed at you.
I need some distance, Lord I need some peace.
Love will never help me slay this beast.
Track Name: Cancer Is My Best Friend
Cancer is my bestest friend, we do arts and crafts and we play pretend.
Chemicals are there for me through and through, they bring me flowers and they make me Campbell's soup.
Cancer is my bestest friend, we do arts and crafts and we play pretend.
And I can't say that for anyone else.
My stomach's in my head and my head's in my heart and my heart's in my throat and my guts are all falling apart.
As clean as a doctor's office smelling of bleach, my insides are sick as sick can be. x2
And I can't say that for anyone else.
Track Name: Typical Tuesday
I was made to chase the dark.
You were made to harbor light.
I never fail to bring you harm.
Oh, my never-failing light.

I just want to follow you.
Lead me out where they had parked.
But stay the night and make me new
When we get lost inside the dark.
Inside the dark.

Pull me down beside the street,
All my color rushing out.
I'm sorry that I brought your feet.
Along the path I lost mine down;
Where I lost mine down.

I was made to chase the dark.
You were made to harbor light.
I never fail to bring you harm.
Oh, my never-failing light.
Track Name: Pardoner's Tale
The hallways,
are crawling with roaches and,
each day,
as darkness approaches,
more snakes,
crawl from your mouth to my ears.
Even,
statues were built with their,
flaws. if these walls could open their,
jaws,
they'd choke with disgust when you,
spoke.
All,
the priests,
were on their knees.
I,
met faith,
and it robbed me clean. (make me clean)

TEACHER!
What have you taught, but to
LIE!
on your back?
Track Name: Lynchpin
I was the earth and you were the sun.
You spun like a compass
Around all that I've done.
How I have failed, but I tried my best.
If only I could touch the hem of your dress.

You were a pivot and I was a lynchpin.
You don't want to stay but you like how we bend.
You don't know me now but you know who I've been,
And if you could stay you could love me again.

Because life is a game of interpreting scars.
The bruises on my face and the lines lines on your arms.
I haven't forgotten you need carrying, too;
I'm the heaviest burden that ever you knew.
Track Name: Vampiretown
Turn me into a plastic cup.
Take me down, say "Never enough."
I want you to come make me numb.
And pour me into a plastic.

You're my bottle, I'm this shelf.
You're my ticket straight to hell.
I will keep you in my pocket.
You're the one thing I won't sell.
Will you take me home?

I want you to walk around with me.
Break my knuckles, rot my teeth.
Pull me out from all my seams/
I want you to walk around with me.

You're my bottle, I'm this shelf.
You're my ticket straight to hell.
I will keep you in my pocket.
You're the one thing I won't sell.
Will you take me home?
Track Name: Shakedown (The Bootscoot Breakdown)
The devil's got a hold on me,
tie my wrists and bind my feet together.
Oh, God, you tie me like a fetter but I hope the medicine makes me better for you.
God I know you try your best but there's a war inside my chest and I'm losing.
The devil's got a hold on me tie my wrists and bind my feet together.
But ain't no devil got a hold on me!
Track Name: Call It Quits
Baby won't you quit this,
haunting of my living room?
It takes all of my head not to get,
stuck in your-------------------> American blues. <----------------(\/)(;,,,,;)(\/)

Baby won't you call it quits?
Or I'll hang on like a Summer tick,
and I will bleed you dry,
I'm a loving parasite.
Baby won't you call it quits?

Baby won't you quit this,
ghosting and leave me be?
'cause my sockets,
are like faucets,
I'm smoking 'till my insides bleed.

Baby won't you call it quits?
Or I'll hang on like a Summer tick,
and I will bleed you dry,
I'm a loving parasite.
Baby won't you call it quits?
Track Name: Vertical Cities
We built ourselves
Up to the sky.
They cut us down
When we were in our prime.

We built ourselves
Up to the sky.
They cut us down
When were in our prime.
And we stood for as long
As we could, for as long
As we could.

Stop! Stop!
You can't do this!
Stop! Stop!
You can't do this!

We stood as long as we could and then you cut us down.
Track Name: Thank You Mr. Durden
Cover me in kisses,
Bury me in lye.
There's strange fruit hanging
From the forest in my hand

Cartographer of myelin,
I tread around my thoughts
And chase event-horizons.
I'm as good as lost.

When I get back home
From the void outside your room.
Kiss me on the forehead
Bring me back now.

I'm so afraid
That there's no one here with me.
Track Name: The Lion, The Leopard, and The Wolf
He lit a match and held it to my lips, lighting a pleasure in the form of a woman who was everything that I had ever dreamed of and more.

He said, "Your lungs are a sugar coated basin of lust and smoke, and a storm is coming like you've never seen it..."

"Do you think that God can carry you?"

"Life is suffering, death is brief, so smother all your grief."
He tempts me...
"Faith is taxing, love exhausts, so put up stands across with all the pictures you'll ever need to never feel alone."

"...do you think that God can carry you?"

The devil himself says I won't get in,
there's no way in Hell I'm going to Heaven.

But I want to be the cattle that obeys the master's prod,
telling God of the devil, and the devil of God.
It vexes me completely, it seems so odd,
that I should fear the devil when the devil fears my God.
Track Name: Ent
With a crooked trunk, striving to grow, flung from Heaven
to the wood below.

My crooked branches hands, hands of thorns bear no fruit.
Black vines and vultures with saw-toothed mouths following me to the valley, you said you'd be there, but you're not, so where are you now?
Did you know I'd forfeit my body when you bled to win the crown for me?

So hurl me down.
I only speak when you pull of my leaves,
tied to the ground, bleeding and screaming; I'm roots from a seed.
Ropes growing down out of my feet, to this prison I'm bound.
My savior! My savior!
"Depart from me!"

I know I've built this anchor and tied it to my neck,
there are boards over my eyes,
and there's no light in the cracks.
I don't know my own name, in You I am new.

"Depart from me I never knew you!"
Track Name: Epilogue
I haven't forgotten the spots around our soul reaching in to make us whole. I know about Your wondrous love, but I'm still cursin', I'm still lyin', smoking, drinking, trying to be good.
Even though I stole my Mother's car and got a tattoo, can I be good enough for You?

And God says:
"No, my child. You never will be. You'll never be good, you'll never be clean, you'll never be worth a thing. That's why you have me."