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Bonfire On West Beach

by The White Papers

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Hopeless 02:18
Slow down The faces withdraw And now we’re long gone From where we were standing Oh, those sorts... They won’t stay in these here streets long It’s just that we’re too strong To continue avoiding ourselves So if they turn the blade on me You’d have to expect wrong For me to stay out here this long But it’s where we’ve perfected all of our hell To date...
Don’t know nothing about the where I’ll go And I don’t know a thing about the ice Or the snow I don’t know nothing about the where I’ll hide Gonna find out something with the devil way goes Never seen your face but you know what to do That’s a stain but it’s covered in gold Blessed all the way with a slow man’s tide Through the darkest alleyways that we know I got to move myself out west of town You see it’s just the slowest trip the cables tow Out past the oak, they’ve got ten miles of beach And every bleeding red hand is already gone Half the way to San Antone If I ever make it out to where the west wind blows Well that’s a stain that we’ll cover in gold Tell it to the man we’ll return what we borrowed Every sermon will unroll and make it so I bet my only horse on everything And now it’s broke through the gates and run away Johnnie, come on This rain will fall in sheets And we’ll all get drenched in that way Where you just let it go Let it go Let it go
Off the sands, the souls are bleak But I would never think to speak Of half the things I used to say I wouldn’t crawl back down to appreciate Beyond the hills, the souls are bent It’s safer when you don’t repent Bottle up the sins of righteous men And everybody will atone For someone in limbo It was hallowed and bright in fading light The bulls went blank with such a fright Spilling onto the planks in enormous ranks As if anybody had the strength to bring them in Like this * the bridge was swept away And it barely divided up our faith It swells up to rise up past every tide Past the shoulders of men Drinking smoking sleeping in the inns If it’s cold tonight I’m gonna have to stay and try When everybody believes the same Well won’t you go and hide I been long below the decks Crawled over the side And rattled floorboards from beneath Well with my rusty knife Oh, what to tell you... Of all the things I thought I’d seen My eyes can never take from me Church bells are going to ring And they’ve all come to sing over broken glass The wind will sting So dance me twice across your eyes We’ll come to rest between your thighs I know we’re wanting to breathe There is no relief From what they brought back in Into the shallows to die, though...
Every door was open Nothing was stolen But you’ve gone all in Houstonbroken You could barely hear the thunder It left us all to wonder If you think this is hopeless Every shadow is smoking This here has happened for a while I don’t even know what to say anymore It’s on my shoulders somehow You’ve got to get yourself out With this kind of thing, you watch what you say Get scuffed up by the stand Watch the stage Wash off If it ever trickles down, you’ll see That every heavy brow on The Isle Is your best friend Carried out on a stretcher Under the eyes of the lecherous As they bloom From the depths of the pit Say I don’t believe this undertow Tow, tow, tow...
She says we’re rarest when we’ve got someone They’ve been hunting you some places For days now, boy I don’t know if you’re gonna have to tell ’em lies I just have to make sure you tell me Well I’ve been out before But stopped short of anything That I could never reverse, to be sure So I’m never gonna have to tell ’em lies Well I just wish you had something to say Hey girl don’t you notice? And if we have to wade through it all... I’ll be certain to dismiss this all quick You’ll be sure Well they’re never gonna have to ask you why I don’t wanna think no awful things Now girl don’t you notice Hey boy don’t you notice And now boy don’t you know? No no no I wouldn’t walk away
I wait til I’m alone And I’m slow to go back in But you can’t run off to Spain If you don’t know how to swim My saddle’s full of salt And though my chest will rise and fall I had another swig But I couldn’t drink it all Going into the sun I‘ll lower my head into the shade The trees have been exposed Since the dunes have blown away We’ll ride out to that oak And then we’ll shelter on the sound Until the water drags us out And well, that’s sooner than later Ghost is full of splinters Feel it leak into the tent A thousand raining days And the ground is gonna thin Tie it all up with boasts And then we’ll rub so it won’t scar Oh, your eyes are so plain It’s so hard to explain, girl! Kneel into the water If you think you’re gonna fall Babe the coast is gonna bleed And here we’re three feet from the shore The gulf is boiling over And them gusts is growing wild This is just how we’re gonna be found And, well… That’s sooner than later Sooner than later
The Sands 03:14
Oleander come to bloom But don’t break the skin It won’t close again You can’t imagine It’s just like when we return so warm All swollen from the outrage They’ve come to inhabit Low lights will start in scores Until the edge of the water’s lost From our vantage And if the burning should hold them forth Well the Gulf has got a thousand ways That aren’t so tragic Every husk will drift unturned Loathsome tide, drag them out again It feels so drastic But wicked things have become They’re chasing us from the West End Badmen, it’s savage! So just remind me what I said In case I have to take it back someday Out of habit Because we’re only lonely outside When you hide yourself Because your old life just no longer had it And we’re lonely outside When the inside’s gone black And it stems from the awe Of low-lying damage But we’re just lonely outside So our insides can stoke the flames And they’ve gone and slipped away Oh, badmen, gone and swept away Badmen gone and swept away Gone and swept away


released September 14, 2012

Lance Scott Walker — voice, beats, guitars, drums, bass, drones
Brandon Davis — guitars (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Oren Bloedow — bass (3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11)
Jeanann Dara — viola (2, 4, 8)
Ed Pastorini — piano (2, 8, 11)
Task — synthesizers (4, 6, 7)
Jeffery McLaughlin — synthesizers (5, 10)
Walker B Ross — guitar (7)
Clinton de Vries — synthesizers (7)
Joan Hiller — voice (6)
Richard San Luis — guitar (10)
Peter Spagnuolo — banjo (5)
Always — voice (5)

Recorded in Brooklyn and Queens, NY, Galveston and Houston, TX, and Teller County, Colorado by Lance Scott Walker, Oren Bloedow, Brandon Davis, Jeffery McLaughlin, Clinton de Vries, Matt LeMay and Task (August 2011—August 2012)

Mixed by Ivan Evangelista at Hoss Pie Records, Austin, TX

Mastered by Matthew Agoglia at Masterdisk, NYC

Art direction by Lance Scott Walker

Cover photographs by Jennifer Charles


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