Mile Markers

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Ease the transmission along the Carolina coast,
not too much trouble here for a young man.
Can't say it fits the rhythm
or the beat that I like most --
I always take my time when I can.
Cause the wind blowing in from the ocean
fails in the badlands.
And the boys say - 'stay away'
they only drink alone
that's fine - I can make it on my own.

Freight train in the distance
an empty tank of gas
only losers - stall out on the tracks.
Candles on the dashboard
seats covered in cash
pennies slipping through the cracks --
look out down the highway
see only mile markers looking back at me.
And the boys say - 'stay away'
they only drink alone
that's fine - I can make it on my own.

Pain killers, caffeine drinks
I gotta push on through
with my heart - pounding in my chest.
Watch the horizon, wait for the signal or the sign
in time all roads angle towards the west
'cept for the trail of bones to Jackson
you can trace that all the way
back down to New Orleans.
Where the boys say - 'stay away'
they only drink alone
that's fine - I can make it on my own.

Earthquake in Kansas and there's eleven people dead
outlaws killed for the secret lives they hid.
I can't believe no one remembers
all the fucked up things they said
about short bus pigs feasting on the grid.
The FBI is coming by in the morning
to clean up the scene.
And the boys say - 'stay away'
they only drink alone
that's fine - I can make it on my own.

I found Eden in lonely hotel bar disguise
and a waitress thinkin' somehow she's to blame.
She says that she hears voices
they promise good things when she dies
but she wonders why they don't call her by her name.
Mother of Exiles! you have so much to deliver
strap your children down and drown them in the river.
And the boys say - 'stay away'
they only drink alone
that's fine - I can make it on my own.

A pound of flesh, salt on the wound
A bloody rope strung from tree to tree.
Ceremonies in the dark
where madmen drum the ugly tune --
and the brutal noise brings me to my knees.
When did it become a crime to suggest that what is mine belongs to everyone?
And the boys say - 'stay away'
they only drink alone
but no one makes it on their own.

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from For Everyone, released August 23, 2011

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The Big Bend Pittsburgh

Chet Vincent & The Big Bend is a five-piece rock band based out of the unique cultural oddity that is Pittsburgh. They combine the raw electric energy of heavy blues and modern indie/alt. rock with haunting and sometimes heartwarming songwriting in the spirit of the American folk tradition. ... more

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