Kudzu

by Red River Hymn

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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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Track Name: Crisis of Faith
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
Track Name: Sleep Paralysis
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
Track Name: Cheap Prizefighter
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?"
Track Name: The Architect
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
Track Name: When I Lived With You
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
Track Name: Vermin
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
Track Name: Plastic Cutlery
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
Track Name: Broken Strings
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"
Track Name: Kudzu
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
Track Name: Good Nature
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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