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Dispatch — EP
Release Date 05/17/2011

My Favorite memory of this recording by far is when Brad played a steel drum that was made by a guy in Antigua named Vincent Freeland on the song Con Man. Take a close listen in the choruses and you’ll hear it…. So cool Mon!”

– Pete Francis

Lyrics
01. Melon Bend

Saw you in the moss See the birds up above You stood up with a shout And said that it's time

We ran through the old car woods Saw the shadows on car hoods Swinging on the old Telephone lines

Oh, my love I think that I could run forever Make you stay so true And not be lonely ever Now my world come right I will swim the river Until my bones give up

You said when you were born Daddy took you home He whispered to the ground Ever softly

Left the shovel on the stone Left the hill alone Drove like the road Was the only life to know

Oh, my love I think that I could run forever We don't stand a chance We will run the river I swore on your bed I will leave her never Until my bones give up

And the birds they land And I see both of you are there And we are walking We are walking

And as you turn around I see your hands, they look like mine And we are walking We are walking back toward the hill

Oh, my love I think that I could run forever We don't stand a chance So now more than ever Make you stay so true And be lonely never Until your bones give up

Oh, my love I think that I could run forever We don't stand a chance We will run the river Now my world come right I will never leave her Until our bones give up

02. Con Man

He's just another con-man sitting on a hill You see him at the bull fight, closest to the kill He lives up in a tower, sells dreams to the poor No matter how he gets 'em, he always wants some more

He said he was a rocker, said he was lost and never found Said that she should pity him after he forced her to the ground She lost one of two jobs lost her home too Yeah he's just a bad con con and he's getting rich off of you

But the talk's so cheap, we're gonna smoke him out But he rolls so deep, high above the crowd And, he hide his face, up high on a wall But you just wait, one of these days, one of the con-men is gonna fall

Con-boy, soon to be a man He like his toast and butter, he like his jam He gonna make a black out but keep his collar white He gonna bring the books to a boil and tell you it's good and fine

But the talk's so cheap, we're gonna smoke him out But he rolls so deep, high above the crowd And, he hide his face, up high on a wall But you just wait, one of these days, one of the con-men is gonna fall

At night he likes his buildings bright Likes to show affection to his maid And when he sleeps, she goes through his things And finds it all

Cheap, we're gonna smoke him out But he rolls so deep, high above the crowd And, he hide his face, up high on a wall But you just wait, one of these days, one of the con-men is gonna fall

Just another con con man

03. Valentine

It's the fading blue into the black The news is going down into the dirt Crushing the white stones

The sun expires, the wind is zipped-up Hide the fire in a tin cup Freeze the river, cross out the clouds

I bet it was a bumpy ride I bet it was a slip and a slide You were upside down, rolling around Lost in time, our valentine

So let's seal up the leaks Is it really going down? Broken flame, bones to blame, ropes in flames

Kisses from the parade Tying ribbons of rain Paradise, sacrifice, lemon lips A pyramid of apples

I bet it was a bumpy ride I bet it was a slip and a slide You were upside down, rolling around Lost in time, our valentine

Footprints of forever Suitcase in the hall Holding my hands Watching tears fall She's watching them fall

Promise of another It's better to look right now Scared of what we'll see Will he have the same face as me?

I bet it was a bumpy ride I bet it was a slip and a slide You were upside down, rolling around Lost in time, our valentine

04. Beto

Beto where will you go? Beto what will you do? Beto ah don't you know yet, Your time is through?

Peddling with all your guns And all along the way Oh what the people say "Beto the Pure he's near lock your doors get out of here!" get out...

Dona Maria she said to me it's so much more than rice and beans oh that i'm cooking for you it's how i love them true... Bring me your brothers Bring me your mothers Oh the little and the broken too I will not lead them no i just feed them let me be me and you be you...

I see all your lines I see all your light

Up on the hilltop flashing lights up on the hilltop the barrels never lie up on the hiltop i heard it said in a gunshot word that Beto the Pure was dead still i swear i see him walking and talking there i see him walking and talking there

I feel all your lines i see all your light

Beto where did you go? Beto what will you do? Beto ah don't you know yet This time your eyes are new Peddling with all your sons and all along the way all of the people wave "Beto the Pure he's near, Unlock your doors and have no fear!"

Have no fear. Beto la Pura.

05. Broken American

We speak in broken American From the inlands to the shore From the high planes to the Badlands From the mountains to the valley floor

And the streets were not paved with gold Ya, and a man could find a wage But now we don't know where to go To work the livelong day

And now I got to leave this place, oh, oh Back to my sweet land, oh oh Now I've got to leave this place, oh, oh Back to my sweet land

We speak in broken american From the inlands to the shore They tell us how the west was won And what to fight for

And they said they would not send us far Yeah that most of us could stay But we speak in broken american And we got the news today

And now I got to leave this place, oh, oh Back to my sweet land, oh oh Now I've got to leave this place, oh, oh Back to my sweet land

Say bye bye, say bye bye Say bye bye, say bye bye

So I sign up, I lie about my age And soon we're shipping off Soon we're on a plane

You kissed my cheeks And my face was on fire I run away from the little ones Trying not to cry

Say bye bye, say bye bye Oh, oh, oh

06. Turn This Ship Around

Why would I burn the castle down? Why would I drive the car into the ground? Why did I pick you up that night? I should have left you in the morning light

I feel no pain I will raise my head Up to the wrecking ball

I'll follow you into the mirrored cave Turn dust into a body Weld the waves

I feel no pain I will raise my head Up to the wrecking ball

Turn this ship around Turn this ship around Turn this ship around

I feel no pain I will raise my head Up to the wrecking ball