Kudzu

by Red River Hymn

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1.
The city's on fire You can tell by the smell The whistle blower's blowin' It's all going to hell The kids are in the corner Tearing wings off of flies The rest of the population got their hands in the sky Singing, "hallelujah, god let it rain" The priest rose and said, "it's the end of the road And you should know by now which way you should go" When the levee breaks, it's everyone for their own So it goes.. And I can't believe it, not one bit If it wanted me dead it would of done it So if you pull the trigger just to pay my debt Then be damn sure you can live with it And if you go into the light tonight Then it's just a crisis of faith What now, What now Do I owe you somehow I know it might be late But I finally found my place Nestled underneath a neon star And to cure your mental ache Take two and waste away I guess I never knew how we got this far
2.
In the night it comes in waves I haven't slept for days The paralysis attacks And my bones They start to shake Am I asleep or awake? The shadow steadily forms Lying in my bed at night I feel it coming I tell myself to realize That it is nothing But I can't move, I can't speak These basic things I try to wake, but it's creeping up on me And the sound A drone hovering above me The roaring hum is haunting me I can't make out what I see And the eyes Does it have teeth? Why did it pick me? The pressure prevents me to breath Morning light, come save my life
3.
I'm punching out mirrors As I reflect on myself A cheap prizefighter The arbiter's ringing the bell And in the brief of the silence As the glass hits the floor It's harmony's ruin A siren song I can't ignore And then the ring grows static As the blood begins to pour And then the crowd begins to whisper "What's he hurting himself for?" I'm punching out pictures As I obsess of someone else A caped crusader Too busy with me to help herself And in the blink of an instant A broken jaw and dried up beer This cheap prizefighter Bows down, drunk in fear And then the ring grows static As the blood begins to pour And then the crowd begins to whisper "What's he hurting himself for?"
4.
My eyes begin to shut Mimic the path of the sun The last words from my breath were "What a savage I've become" If the prophecy you expect Is bound to be the truth Keep it to yourself and I'll keep mine from you And the Architect Claims to construct the stars Gets no resepct From the midtown bars Doesn't add up to anything The words are like a leech Drains the blood from thought Cross out the eyes as we compromise Investments that can't be bought And the Architect Claims he came from Mars Deserves no respect From the East Nashville bars Doesn't add up to anything If the conversations dead Well hell, then I'm dead too Fill me up with kerosene and see what you can prove You can't kill what's been extinguished So I suggest you make this quick Add me to your taxidermy collection Your talking head to contradict Doesn't add up to anything
5.
I'm sorry, it's the truth When I lived with you I pulled the pages out and left on the floor to burn Spread in the ashes overs somebody else's grave I sat quitely and waited for my turn All you ever wanted Was blood stains and promenades Still dancing around that city while i drive away And there ain't gonna be no one to fill you When you're on your last drop I'll keep counting all my blessings until the wheels stop I drew the line Everybody else was tripping on the pine Sat down and stared into the empty cup But I guess i'll be find now that i got you off my mind See all the pieces that I'll never pick back up
6.
Vermin 03:26
I'll sleep on it tonight It's such a strange point of view Maybe the words will pull me through I think it's a lie It's such a tall statue I'll look but the glare it burns my eyes Why don't I just grin and nod my head If they know what's best for me Shouldn't I believe them? All the time I wasted to find myself There's only definite's, the in-between don't sell I was seeking peace After a residency on a bed of steel You pried it out of my wired mouth Fed it to me like it was my last meal
7.
No silverware for the table All we got is some dirty plastic cutlery Bags swallow the floors lined with fast food labels You just never seem too keen on recovery Underneath your breath I bet you hate me too All that we repress It's gonna break out soon Rats scurry the walls biting through the cables You're on your knees searching for a lost amphetamine I'd call you out if I felt able But you know my past and the obvious hypocrisy
8.
I wrote this song on broken strings In between some blurred out dreams But you know, It's half the fun Coffee cup stains and cigarette ash Making up for the time I spent Loaded, and cut from the team So darlin', darlin' dance with me Make me feel alive I've been holding out my hands Trying to feel if someone's there It's a sanctuary for the contemplating kind Lock myself up again for days Making sure the feeling fades From a regretful Sunday morn' I'll take the blame for all my shit Instead of running away like I did A coward, nobody's saint So darlin', darlin' dance with me Make me feel alive I've been holding out my hands Trying to feel if someone's there It's a sanctuary for the contemplating kind So darlin', darlin' dance with me Please make up your mind Are you the least bit aware How long I've been standing here? I spoke to God and he said "All the souvenirs have been bought"
9.
Kudzu 05:15
Ten days of rain Ten days of peace Ten days of knowing she's fast asleep Dreaming of nothing Nothing to do with me I'm still awake in the morning Counting all them sheep Look how the Kudzu has grown Wrapped around my mind, an abandoned home Green vines all plastered on the stone Oh my, look how the Kudzu has grown She wrote me a letter That I'll never receive What a fine way to grieve The only welcome Are those who are called I'll be in the bar talking to the wall Look how the Kudzu has grown Wrapped around my mind, an abandoned home Green vines all plastered on the stone Oh my, look how the Kudzu has grown I know it's alright As long as I don't go outside But the sunshines Through the blinds Makes me want to open my eyes and see the light Look how the Kudzu has grown Wrapped around my mind, an abandoned home Green vines all plastered on the stone Oh my, look how the Kudzu has grown
10.
Good Nature 04:33
Please don't talk me up Don't talk me up I've had enough of your good nature Please, please don't call Please don't call One more drink and I'm bound to fall You might think there's a light to me But I swear the darkness is going to swallow you Don't touch it's contagious baby And I couldn't bury you Spent all this time just to find I could never come home to you

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released September 27, 2017

Patton Hughes - Vocals, Guitar
Joe Shotts - Guitar
Josh Moody- Drums, Keys
Jackson Moody- Bass

All songs written by: Patton Hughes

Kudzu was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN
Engineered and Mixed by: Billy Bennett
Mastered by: Andrija Tokic

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