O, Annihilator

by Wes Tirey

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1.
My solitude greeted yours As yours greeted mine And we passed under ancient archways And we passed under holy highway signs And we traveled to the mountains And we traveled beyond I know the river must end somewhere But I wish it went on and on forever I came to know your body And you came to know mine And I came to see your halo Though mine would hardly shine And we journeyed to the valley To see the coming of the dawn I know the river must end somewhere But I wish it went on and on forever
2.
You left last month, darling For the land of corn and steel Packed your bags and said goodbye And got behind the wheel I miss you like hell And I miss Ohio, too I’m just sitting here on Sunday With the Blue Ridge Mountain blues I put it on a suit, darling I put on a tie I may not be that handsome But I clean up alright It ain’t a mystery, darling I don’t need a clue I got all dressed up for no one With these Blue Ridge Mountain blues I got a job, darling Where I make a decent pay I’ve been saving what I can To make it back your way We could live together again If you’d so choose For now I’m stuck in Carolina With the Blue Ridge Mountain blues You left some of your things here, darling A dress, a scarf, and some shoes I think if you let me bring ‘em back to ya I’d lose these Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
3.
I got bread and I got wine I got a few things I call mine I leave home every now and then I got a coffee can I put a little money in I save up and go to town To see the storefronts with wedding gowns I tip my hat and nod hello Keep my hands in my pockets, my head hung low I may pawn my watch and chain For a ticket for the train I won’t tell which route I’m on If I go to Sugar Town I’ll shake the sugar down And raise a glass to memories bygone I got flowers in a vase I got bibles in a suitcase I’ve held the rose stem with clenched jaw I’ve drank muddy water and slept in a hollow log I had a buddy, I had a pal I had a home with my good ol’ gal The closets empty, the sheets are bare There’s one picture on the wall and one empty chair I may pawn my watch and chain For a ticket for the train I won’t tell which route I’m on If I got to Sugar Town I’ll shake the sugar down And raise a glass to memories bygone
4.
Old blue shirt and dirty boots Missing a place beside you Coffee cup and bowl of fruit Missing a place beside you A shower and a shave Only does a man so much good I seek a place beside you I ask no favors It’s only rest I’m looking for Only a place beside you Coat on the rack, hat there, too Missing a place beside you Pillows white and covers blue Missing a place beside you A bottle and a deck of cards Only kills so much time I seek a place beside you I want more than letters I want more than photographs I want a place beside you
5.
Cream in my coffee Butter on my bread Boots on my feet Hat on my head Roses on my windowsill Blankets on my bed I can’t sleep And it’s been raining for days So I turn the TV on I hear the babble of presidents The rise and fall of governments It seems like a change is coming And I can’t stop from worrying So you best come home I think about the future I think about the end I think the Buckeye State And my best friend Freight yards and factories Roads I wish to drive again And how the money goes quicker than it comes I get restless So I get lost in the streets I see men begging for their keep It’s gone to shit And I can’t stand it Could you please come home?
6.
Hallelujah! We can rest now The troubled times are over And the good times are here to stay Glory, Glory! We can resume now The darkest hour has passed I finally hit my big payday O, to throw this burden off my back Gonna trade my pickup truck For a brand new Cadillac Praise be! We can laugh now The flowers are bloom Tell your mother to fix up your bouquet Lordy, Lordy! We can dance now The world is ours for the taking It’s gonna be one fine wedding day O, to throw this burden off my back Gonna trade my pickup truck For a brand new Cadillac
7.
What of the horses What of the horses What of the horses O, Annihilator? What of the garden What of the garden What of the garden O, Annihilator? What of the river What of the river What of the river O, Annihilator? What of the baby What of the baby What of the baby O, Annihilator? What of the future What of the future What of the future O, Annihilator?

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Cassettes available at Full Spectrum Records: spectrumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/o-annihilator

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released October 2, 2014

Wes Tirey: Words, Guitar, Singing

Maharadja Sweets: Electric guitar on Blue Ridge Mountain Blues; Electric guitar on Memories Bygone; Electric Guitar & Organ on Come Home (The End is Near Blues); Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Organ, and Back-up Vocals on O, Annihilator

Andrew Weathers: Keys on The River Must End Somewhere; Banjo on Blue Ridge Mountain Blues; Electric Guitar & Electronics on A Place Beside You

Adam Levine: Trumpet on O, Annihilator

Mixed & Mastered by Andrew Weathers

A very special thank you to Maharadja Sweets and Andrew Weathers for their help and guidance, and a very special thank you to Seth Graham for album design

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