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Gut The Van
Release Date 09/02/2001

“One of my best friends and sick piano players, Paul Tillotson, shredded his wurlitzer on Bullet Holes…. I always go back and listen to that. YEAH PAULI!!!!”

– Pete Francis

Lyrics
01. Open Up (Live)

they were looking for me when I came to
they were looking for me when I came back
said hey you you're looking very suspicious
I said relax man get off my back
I I I ain't opposed to seeking justice
but you're going about it all wrong
the man you're looking for does not exist
he's just a figment of the higher man's tongue
and they say open up we're coming inside
you can't run so you may as well hide
we got the place covered from head to toe head to toe
open up we're coming inside
what's it feel like to know you're going to die
on the other side of the row
so they took me down to the gallows and this boy he said to me
why do you smile when the rope's around your neck
I said I tell you boy when I get back
I I I ain't opposed to seeking justice
but you're going about it all wrong
the man you're looking for does not exist
he's just a figment of the higher man's tongue
he’s just a victim of the higher man’s tongue
and they say open up we're coming inside
you can't run so you may as well hide
we got the place covered from head to toe head to toe
open up we're coming inside
what's it feel like to know you're going to die
on the other side of the row
hands above your head que le via bien
Step out of line and we'll fill you with lead
how are we to know that you are not a liar
hey don't you see we have a job to do and our job is the law job is the law
you fit the description of a criminal crosser hey
we believe that he is you and that is your flaw
that is your flaw
and they say open up we're coming inside
you can't run so you may as well hide
we got the place covered from head to toe head to toe
open up we're coming inside
what's it feel like to know you're going to die
on the other side of the row

02. Passerby (Live)

well I'm not crazy like my brother but its the way that I choose
I don’t hang around with a sixpence when I got everything to lose
would you bring my money and take from me all that I was worth
cause I wasn’t worth nothing and I wasn’t yours
oh don't you be a passerby oh won't you sit down and stay a while
cause it's been too long since you been around
sold out man from across the way he thought he heard what he heard you say
hey now man your watch it shines for the bid of a second yields him forty times
oh don't you be a passerby oh won't you sit down and stay a while
cause it's been too long since you been around
don’t wanna be a
woman little child
hey woman hey woman little child
hey woman hey woman
oh don’t ya be a passerby
oh don’t ya leave me alone

03. Cut It Ya Match It (Live)

'Cause ya cut it, ya match it Ya cut it, ya match it You do the final cut, yeah

Ya cut it, ya match it Ya cut it, ya match it You do the final cut, yeah

Ya cut it, ya match it Ya cut it, ya match it You do the final cut, yeah

Ya cut it, ya match it Ya cut it, ya match it I do the final cut, yeah

'Cause it's a manifest destiny like a genocide recipe Telling Lords, that wrestle me to be my own race Challenge your God, another drink of your chalice Don't underestimate the fate of a preordained mass

Where are my boots and where the hell is my balance? The hell you did come down from your planet To see us all reach for the cocking of a gun Oh, come if you're gonna get some

'Cause forty seconds later and the cocking of a gun A boy avoids confusion and his special agent scum Two officers pushed a boy down on his back Searched through his pockets, found a vile of crack, yeah

This boy untainted It's a typical mythical world we live in Untaint me, un-slay me, un-lay me Going to the river 'cause I think I'm damn ready

There is a river where a riverbed should be There is a river, yeah Braddigan

There is a river where a riverbed should be There is a river where a riverbed should be There is a river where a riverbed should be There is a river where a riverbed should be

I'd like to Jettison your medicine back to where you came from You keep your Bell and Edison away from my grandson Stand son on your own bone Don't forget the home that you came from Don't let them say your name wrong

Just like Larry, I take it to the hoop I do one false move in one fell swoop And then I, then I pass it to the trigger man Bow down to the sound if you still can

'Cause there's plenty of catcalls and plenty of misfalls And I can attest to the rest of the pastfalls Never have I ever made a match with sickness Look both ways and dispatch with a quickness

Gimmie some roy, gimmie some speed Gather all around to the word and read On, 'til you get to the parts that's righteous It's an unbearable likeness

There is a river where a riverbed should be There is a river where a ri-ooh There is a river where a riverbed should be There is a river where a riverbed should be

My name is Chetro, Chetro, and I do know, do know That I got to get some money to get the van towed His name is Braddigan, and I'm back again I wanna be that three with a tight plan

His name is Pete, repeat, Pete's got the goods Spanking on my bass like I know I should Lost in the draw for the freak and groove Relax and relapse and let's synapse this move

There is a river where a riverbed should be There is a river where a riverbed should be There is a river where a riverbed should be There is a river where a riverbed should be

04. Lightning (Live)

we hear the dealers with the words that ride the tails of their cigarette smoke
sliding through the tunnels of our ears
those greasy marionettes of real bone and blood
stand on the corner of Washington Square
well our vision was stinging and our eyes were blurring
elevator's got you rising so high seventeen floors you want so much more
there's lightning on the ceiling coming from the corner of her eye
somewhere horses flee from thunder
somewhere the bones of a cat are buried under a garden ya
well there's a radio on broken songs empty digression
it won't be long wont be long til you and me are gone from here
and there’s lightning on the ceiling coming from the corner of her eye
we hear the dealers with the words that ride the tails of their cigarette smoke
sliding through the tunnels of our ears
those greasy marionettes of real bone and blood
stand on the corner of Washington Square
well our vision was stinging and our eyes were blurring

05. Out Loud (Live)

would you be the wind to blow me home
would you be a dream on the wings of a poem
and if you were walking through a crowd
well you know I'd be proud
if you'd call my name out loud
do you suppose that I would come running
do you suppose I'd come at all
I suppose I would
and if we were walking down a dead end street
would you be the one to let our eyes meet
or would you just keep on walking down to the turn around
cause you know I'd be proud
if you'd call my name out loud
do you suppose that I would come running
do you suppose I'd come at all
I suppose I would
and if I was gone from the land we know
would be the dawn and let your beauty still show
and if you were walking and heard the cold night coming
would you call my name cause you know I'd come running
if you'd call my name out loud
you know I would
I’d come running
if you’d call my name out loud

06. Even (Live)

come now to the edge of the road you can see them all crowding around
soon they'll come in and come up here
let them find an effigy but they'll never find me
head man I live to see you rolled away
they'll never ever ever find me
headman walking right in front of me don't you look in I'm not here you see
dead man told me where I am to hide said he's waiting there where it's all even
even
you can feel them coming up through your heels
and outside misconstrued the search continues
the hidden afraid are never betrayed by the already found and taken away
oh and in a different place
the hands that hold your face are only trying only trying to keep you warm
they'll never ever ever find me
headman walking right in front of me don't you look in I'm not here you see
dead man told me where I am to hide said he's waiting there where it's all even
even
even like me
walk on will we walk on with our heads to the wall
let them find that they'll never find us all
cause they wanted a life less hidden
they wanted a life but I'll never give them part of me
part of me
I will save my right so hard to the ground
til we all lay down til we lay ourselves down
you can feel them
you can feel them coming

07. Prince of Spades (Live)

coming back coming home
the queen of love enters the room silence ensues
to the king what have you done to my life
did you take me for a fool or for a wife I
and the king is in his court counting all his diamonds one by one they do fall
says the queen our pride the prince of spades is coming home
be nice if you could find some time alone
after all he's in line for the throne
and the king is in his court counting all his diamonds
one by one they do fall oh they do fall
so now just get up off your ass leave all your treasures behind
your son is coming home with you to spend time
show him how a good king should be and don't ever forget the day
that you turned your back on him and me
still I stay

08. Flying Horses (Live)

the river of doubt gave birth to a beautiful stone
and in my hands I held it and I knew I was on my own
so I picked it up and I held it to the sky
and in my reflection I knew I was all alone
then I saw this girl with the most beautiful hair
she had it wrapped around her for clothes she did not wear
I asked her for a lock and she complied
after leaving gorgeous footsteps in the sand as if she didn't care
well she was the prettiest girl I ever saw
the stone lay still without a flaw
the feelings I had defied the law as I came to I went to
and I took a look a look down the road
to see a badger and a one eyed toad
they didn't say a word they just looked at me
with that wise old look of the old
then I went to down to town to my favorite merry-go-round
to the place where magic horses fly and you seldom see a frown
but then I stole a ring from the flying horses
and I can't begin to explain how
I stole a ring from the flying horses
and it's all rusty now it’s all rusty
you see cause that stone fell through my pocket
and that lock of hair flew away with the wind
if you chance to meet upon either
well you know where they've been
but don't pick them up or try to find me
they're much happier to be on their own
beauty like that knows no home
and then if you take a look a look down the road
you'll see a badger and a one eyed toad
they won't say a word they'll just look at you
with that wise look of the old
but then I stole a ring from the flying horses
and I can't begin to explain how
I stole a ring from the flying horses
and it's all rusty now it’s all rusty

09. 5 / 4 Here We Go (Live)

here we go leave it on the back burner take it to the dry town

I got the mean time slippin' down the slide some uptight right wing, political homicide, do what you want, take what you will, take it in like a southpaw, flip it on the grill bourgeoise, protocol bottoms up boys this is the last call happy hour doesn't last too long you know it never does so I sit here on a bar stool looking at the sky got a buck and a quarter and a bucket full or rye don't step out of line you'll get time in the brig don't yield to the mighty you got your own dirt to dig

here we go leave it on the back burner take it to the dry town

me and my flea bag friends we ran to have our own feast of Crispan Murphy was there with number 22 they were got caught in the middle of a coup, you will lose me if I don't lose you lose me if I don't lose you

we haven't chosen anyone of you to condemn so make your decision and chose you side or let us begin

steeped in knowledge I'll step from the board down to the speak easy with my double-edged sword you know the deal you got to spin the wheel I heard the heavens are full of sevens but as matter of fact you know that cat suicide jack he don't play like that truth is he don't really play at all

here we go leave it on the back burner take it to the dry town

10. Bullet Holes (Live)

Black birds with bullet holes, bullet holes Scattered across the sky I wonder These steep hills Unto the great light My fingers collapse around my pen Like soldier tryin' to hold up the flag I'm callin' out, once again In this letter to you my friend In this letter to you my friend In this letter to you my friend

And don't tell me you been comin' up easy Stop, drop, you're life is greasy You used to say that you would come around Oh baby, but you're never here

You have been Up above so high so high so high And lived, in the dirt You have felt Some love And you Have been hurt

Well I've gone to shorten my road With a fistful of matches, but nothin' to strike (nothin' to strike) And as we walk along the cove And know that this is right You may think I'm crazy You may think I'm foolish But I'm coming through the lightning Comin' back to you

Don't tell me you been comin' up easy Stop, drop, you're life is greasy You used to say that you would come around Oh baby, but you're never here

You have been Up above so high so high so high And lived, in the dirt You have felt Some love And you Have been hurt

Oh my my my my my my my I'm comin' through Oh my my my my my my my I'm feelin' fine Oh my my my my my my my Oh my my my oh my

You have been Up above so high so high so high And lived, in the dirt You have felt Some love And you Have been hurt

Oh you have been you have been Up above up above And you've lived and you've lived in the dirt in the dirt Oh you have been you have been Some love some love Oh you have been you have been hurt You have been up above

11. Bats in the Belfry (Live)

old man river said you can go your own way

if you just leave him alone doesn’t matter do not deliver all your things today we are going home oh mama we now so hungry I got bats in the belfry I'm in the kitchen boiling society I'm in the open catching all the leaves we all see what we want old man river said you can go your own way

if you just leave him alone doesn’t matter do not deliver all your things today we are going home oh mama we now so hungry I got bats in the belfry I'm in the kitchen boiling society I'm in the open catching all the leaves we all see what we want I have a crazy idiosyncrasy it's affinity to serendipity and in this eternal epiphany no hypocrisy or duplicity oh mama we now so hungry

I got bats in the belfry I'm in the kitchen boiling society

12. The General (Live)

there was a decorated general with a heart of gold

that likened him to all the stories he told of past battles won and lost and legends of old a seasoned veteran in his own time on the battlefield he gained respectful fame

with many metals of bravery and stripes to his name he grew a beard as soon as he could to cover the scars on his face and always urged his men on but on the eve of a great battle with the infantry in dream the old general tossed in his sleep and wrestled with its meaning he awoke from the night just to tell what he had seen and walked slowly out of his tent all the men held tall with their chests in the air

with courage in their blood and a fire in their stare it was a grey morning and they all wondered how they would fare til the old general told them to go home I have seen the others and I have discovered that this fight is not worth fighting I have seen their mothers and I will no other to follow me where I'm going take a shower shine your shoes you got no time to lose you are young men you must be living go now you are forgiven but the men stood fast with their guns on their shoulders

not knowing what to do with the contradicting orders the general said he would do his own duty bout would not extend it not further the men could go as they pleased not a man moved their eyes glazed straight ahead

til one by one they stepped back and not a word was said and the old general was left with his own words echoing in his head he then prepared to fight I have seen the others and I have discovered that this fight is not worth fighting I have seen their mothers and I will no other to follow me where I'm going take a shower shine your shoes you got no time to lose you are young men you must be living go now you are forgiven ya got to be got to got be to got to be hey

13. Elias (Live)

na jesu achwanekwa ta esu fa da da he ta esu fa da da he fa da da he na jesu achwanekwa ta esu fa da da he ta esu fa da da he fa da da he kasiwa i kasiwa i ma ka simba ere ndakasimba kanamakasimbaow ndakasimba ndakasimba ndakasimba kanamakasimbaow

you raise your head you beat the sun but your boys they lie so close to you do you dare get up and wake the two oh Elias I see you there at work in the day time

do you think you could answer all the questions in the world in just one word I think you could if you die will I get word that you’re gone or will I hear it in passing conversation or will I stop short and fall to the ground distance is short when your hand carries what your eye found hold my hand just one more time to see if you're really gonna meet me Honest and Manuel well they're at school now given the chance that their father's never seen to see what's beyond Section 17 and in ten years when you look back at your boys well you know they've grown way taller than the tallest sugar cane in the field

if you die will I get word that you’re gone or will I hear it in passing conversation or will I stop short and fall to the ground distance is short when your hand carries what your eye found hold my hand just one more time to see if you're really gonna meet me and I see your wife she stands stooped over by the fire outside and I see your boys and when they look up you know I think they got their mother's eyes

cause she looks so proud she looks so happy she looks so proud she looks so happy ya if you die will I get word that you’re gone or will I hear it in passing conversation or will I stop short and fall to the ground distance is short when your hand carries what your eye found

hold my hand just one more time to see if you're really gonna meet me

14. Cover This (Live)

Wounded, you can take me there I was wounded, you can take me there 'Cause there was a crime that I was left But will you go on without me? Think I'll just walk myself to sleep

'Cause I ain't workin' for your father But I might as well be I ain't lookin' for confusion But it tends to follow me "You can come into my house", she said If you do it quietly But I said, "There ain't no chance at that"

'Cause I am listenin' to what you got Put up your hands if you want me to stop And I turn around, but I think you're crazy If you think this happens a lot Oh, do you like this? Do you need someone to cover you Just to show you what you missed?

Wounded, and I will go if you go first But I, ain't gonna wait around Tell me how much is your dime worth? We got, ten minutes to get there We got, ten minutes to go Throw this one in for the money 'Cause the next one's for the next show

I ain't workin' for your father But I might as well be I ain't lookin' for confusion But it tends to follow me "Oh you can come into my house", she said If you do it quietly But I said, "There ain't no chance at that"

'Cause I am listenin' to what you got Put up your hands if you want me to stop Well I turn around, but I think you're crazy If you think this happens a lot Oh, do you like this? Do you need someone to cover you Just to show you what you missed?

So hey, where you goin'? Do you need somebody, somewhere To help you get on by? 'Cause I think, you know who I am And I'm gonna make this, as fast as I can Some people call me the pusher man I promise it won't take long no no no no Just close your eyes and get in the van

I am listenin' to what you got Put up your hands if you want me to stop And I turn around, but I think you're crazy If you think this happens a lot Oh, do you like this? Do you need someone to cover you Just to show you want you missed?

'Cause I am listenin' to what you got Put up your hands if you want me to stop And I turn around, but I think you're crazy If you think this happens a lot Oh, do you like this? Do you need someone to cover you Just to show you want you missed? I'm a come around yeah

15. Steeples (Live)

I heard a story about a boy who was swept off the deck
the sweeping tide swept the sea over his neck
but it did not end there the boy began to swim
and dared to the sea that dared to invade him
did you ever want to know me
and did you ever feel like I could
it's a silent steeple that carries us down
it's a silent steeple
but the sea would not so much as reply
so the boy yelled to the ships that were fated to die
red sky at night sailors take delight
red sky in the morning sailors take warning
did you ever want to know me
and did you ever feel like I could
it's a silent steeple that carries us down
it's a silent steeple
sail on take it back sail on take it back sail on take it back
and we were going with the wind in our hair
and we didn't want to look back
cause if we did well we would not care
and if we all were to die now well it wouldn't be that bad
cause the boy in the waves said he'd give us everything
everything he had
to go on and trace that scar like we did ten years before
did you ever want to know me
and did you ever feel like I could
it's a silent steeple that carries us down
it's a silent steeple
sail on take it back sail on take it back sail on take it back

16. Two Coins (Live)

I stick loneliness your lips and the two coins of your eyes into my pockets ya well the train skates into Port Henry a late sunday sometimes when I'm riding high feeling fine

you know there's something troubling me troubling my mind so I reach into my pocket for some small change I reach into my pocket for some small change ya I want bones like iron blood like mercury so I can tell you when I'm rising and when I'm sinking

I’m sinking in

I reach into my pocket for some small change

I reach into my pocket for some small change ya we're gonna take it to the people ya hey let's drink from the cup share some luck go ahead and laugh cause it don't cost much

no no it don’t don’t cost much I stick loneliness your lips and the two coins of your eyes into my pockets

17. Bang Bang (Live)

she woke me up with the bang bang looking over crossed eyed
had a big hunch that the world was a big lie
when I got up all the blood to my head
I got so dizzy fell back into my bed
I went over to the wayside looking for the high tide
what will I find will I find will I find find
all I saw was a man that had a hat that had a pompom
he’s been there for years can someone tell me how long
wake up to tell me wake up to show me what I could not find
wake up to tell me wake up to show me what I could not
ya see this woman woke me up at a quarter to three
and I didn't know it then but she put a spell on me
she said I had to go down to where the cliffs meet the sea
and meet and old man to present my plea
so I headed way down to that big pier to wait and confront my big fear
I wheeled around behind to my blind side
to find an old man with a lime and a kind eye
said mister mister with your beard so long
won't you be a saint tell me just where I'm going
he pointed to a conch shell and then to the lime and said this is all I really need to get by
wake up to tell me wake up to show me what I could not find
hey hey mister man I know ya don't know who ya think I think I am
but I can safely say that I should of been sleeping
been sleeping been sleeping been sleeping the day away
hey hey I said excuse me have you got the time
he shrugged his shoulders said get a spine
coconut hit me on the head jonesing for a fig
I got booked last night I need another fix dig
yeah just then I see a twinkle twinkle in the old man's eye
and a wave tossed bottle is thrown to the sky
I caught it on the rebound and landed with a soft sound
I took out the message and put the bottle down
inside was the antidote to the spell
I read it to the man 'cause he couldn't read so well
said don't worry about a thing ya know your path is true
just ease your mind have a banana or two
well goodness goodness whoa is me
the man nearly flipped to learn he was free
but just before we left he started kicking it
I picked up the bottle and star sixed it
kick kick shuffle shuffle back to the beach
with a tune on my lips and my quest in reach
that woman come to see you with her song so sweet
say damn let the poor sucker sleep let him sleep
wake up to tell me wake up to show me what I could not find

18. Railway (Live)

ya ya I think I heard you oh Lord I think I heard you
so all of a sudden I'm facing a raging river that passed me by
do I turn around, do I turn my eye to the sun in the apex of the high noon
I'm on a flatbed yellow pick up underneath a half moon
so cut me some slack jack and jump in the back
if you can't handle the candle they you can't handle the wax
you're just going to get sacked it's as simple as that
but before I know it I'm going down this itty bitty river
in a boat a little bigger than a bath tub
my bones begin to shiver cause I'm aching to deliver
this water that I must give her can I get some
ya ya I think I heard you oh Lord I think I heard you ya
down by the railway station people move in a new direction
take a ticket from who you can drive that train
she was a black-tie bomb shell out of Bombay
she was easy on the eyes so I had nothing to say
said take your water to the leprechaun man you got til the bell rings three
do you understand
a little piece of me wants to go I don't know
turn around what do I do I don't know
ding dong ding that's the bell
and I know you know I know I don't know you very well
but if I did I would groove and hit the ground running
but I don't and I won't so you got another thing coming
he kicked up the river with a flick of his wrist
I popped him in the kisser cause I couldn't resist
I said to my side kick I'm up to my high wick
and now I'm getting a little homesick
so before I know it I'm going down this itty bitty river
in a boat a little bigger than a bath tub
my bones begin to shiver cause I'm aching to deliver
this water that I must giver her can I get some
ya ya I think I heard you ya ya I think I heard you
oh Lord I think I heard you
down by the railway station people move in a new direction
take a ticket from who you can and then drive that train
drive it drive it
I said now drive it drive it
you got to drive your train
ride it ride it
I said now ride it ride
you got to ride your train ya ya ride it

19. Questioned Apocalypse (Live)

I went over to the drug store
to check my head against the bright light
but she caught me from behind
and though I did not know and though I did not care
I could not tell that I was blind to think my world a bubble
and to think that my brother's was too
and that she had come to shatter all that I knew
so I straightened up my back and I cried do what you must do
take me now before I change my mind
take me now before I lose my mind
so I headed to the deep deep forest
to catch my earnings but my earnings were all up
and my brother looked up at the sky he go
why have you poisoned my brother's cup
and I cried don't you worry boy cause the woman who came for me
will surely show you your bliss
for she holds the answers to all your fears
she questions the apocalypse
take me now before I change my mind
take me now before I lose my mind

20. Water Stop (Live)

when you dove drunk with sleep in your eyes
you stole what was left of the sky
I remember how you freed your hair
hung your head in a forgotten stare
and I thought and I thought
when will the water stop will it pour all day
when will the water stop I know that you can say
turning to fall out of our lives
spinning pictures blue screams and red kisses
you sank into yourself and I got lost somewhere in between
and I thought and I thought
when will the water stop will it pour all day
when will the water stop I know that you can say
well she’s washed up on his shore
there's no time to get into his life
she’s washed up on his shore
there's no time to get into his life
no no no no ya
no no no no no no ya
when you dove drunk with sleep in your eyes
you stole what was left of the sky
I remember how you freed your hair
hung your head in a forgotten stare
and I thought and I thought
when will the water stop will it pour all day
when will the water stop I know that you can say
no no no no ya
no no no no no no ya

21. Carry You (Live)

green river flows like grass melting
later it will run black down it's track into an ocean.
she stands on the bridge dim light on her back
well someday I will carry you
I will carry you
I wanna float higher above waves of electric wires
and stare down onto the street I see a drunk with kiln glazed eyes
telling me about the girl I should meet someday
I will carry you

22. Mission (Live)

let it be known to all your misbelieving
what you've been seeing that we will not stand no
will not be mistaken
we will go there leave this weakness
you can’t take this from me
oh ya we will go there leave this weakness
cause ya know I have been waiting
low we are not so we on a mission
to be so well oh well the way I see
damn this damn that there'll be no talk of turning back
damn this damn that there'll be no talk
that we will fly sometimes
that we will find our own way
that we will fly sometimes
that we will find our own
low we are not so we on a mission
to be so well oh well the way I see
that we are not so we are not given
we are not sold on what we have seen
we’re gone we’re gone
good-bye we ain't never coming back no
we're gone we're gone
the list is long we are many strong the ceilings are coming down
low we are not so we on a mission

23. Time Served (Live)

hold up the firing line hold up the fire
walk away counting backwards from nine
hold up the firing line hold steady on the trigger's time
walk away counting backwards from nine
holding his breath so to start his own dying
time time served to the ones that left you here
no people here only names soon to be put to numbers so its one in the same
it's anyone's game as long as the fire flickers
the throat stickers they place their bet the trouble is that no one's added it up quite yet
cause when they do when they do when they do when they do
it'll be a riot and the wire is down
hold up for the fury to sound hold up your head from the ground
or they'll keep you on it
your time time served to the ones who left you here
from tower to wall to guard to guard to wall
ever ready for the fire to fall
the confinees haven't seen the sun since the lifers let go of their irrelevant innocence
but long before a single round was shot word spread from block to block to cell block
they're going to take him and make an example of him for the escapees to fear
the incoming of the incoming of the gun oncoming another year
you either die on the inside or trying to get out the choice is yours the choice is here
time served to the ones who left you here