Fire To The Fuse

by Heathen Apostles

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    Mather Louth - vocals
    Chopper Franklin - guitar, banjo, mandolin, keyboards
    Thomas Lorioux - bass
    Luis Mascaro - violin
    Stevyn Grey - drums

    Jyrki 69 - backing vocal on Evil Spirits

    Produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin
    Recorded at the Devil’s Doghouse, Echo Park, California

    All songs by Louth/Franklin (Mather Louth Creative/Ratchet Blade Music) except Fist City (Lynn), Bang, Bang (Bono) and Lily of the West (traditional).
    Songs #11, 12 and 13 from the Without A Trace EP (RBR 721).
    Mastered by Geza X for CityLab Productions
    © 2015 Ratchet Blade Records

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released October 31, 2015

Mather Louth - vocals
Chopper Franklin - guitar, banjo, mandolin, keyboards
Thomas Lorioux - bass
Luis Mascaro - violin
Stevyn Grey - drums

Jyrki 69 - backing vocal on Evil Spirits

Produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin
Recorded at the Devil’s Doghouse, Echo Park, California

All songs by Louth/Franklin (Mather Louth Creative/Ratchet Blade Music) except Fist City (Lynn), Bang, Bang (Bono) and Lily of the West (traditional).
Songs #11, 12 and 13 from the Without A Trace EP (RBR 721).
Mastered by Geza X for CityLab Productions
© 2015 Ratchet Blade Records

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Heathen Apostles Los Angeles, California

If there is such a thing in the current fringe roots genre as a supergroup, it would certainly be the Los Angeles-based dark roots and alt-country band Heathen Apostles, whose participating artists include ex-members of Radio Noir (Mather Louth), The Cramps (Chopper Franklin), Kings of Nuthin’ (Thomas Lorioux), and Christian Death (Stevyn Grey) in its ranks. That is one hell of a lineup. ... more

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Track Name: Fool's Gold
Love once tolled its bells
And lured my lips to drink from tainted wells
My tongue learned poison's taste
No kiss removes the trace

Skies once filled with light
And blinded our perception of the night
The stars we were assigned
In haste, found their decline

Oh, oh
All the promises we made were lies we told
Oh, oh
What's to come will never be a band of gold
A band of gold

Green once grew our path
And cut our legs on razor blades of grass
The years trod down in mud
Decayed and drained of blood

Vows once held their own
And bound my breath to chains that sank like stones
"To have, and to hold"
Those words now leave me cold

Oh, oh
All the promises we made were lies we told
Oh, oh
What's to come will never be a band of gold
A band of gold

So long, and ever far away
All traces of the hope once shared
Now left to rot inside a shallow grave
"To have, and to hold"
Those words now leave me cold

Oh, oh
All the promises we made were lies we told
Oh, oh
What's to come will never be a band of gold
A band of gold
Oh, oh
All the promises were broken and untrue
Oh, oh
What's to come will never be borrowed or blue
Borrowed or blue
Track Name: Drowned In Trouble
Days of sifting through the rubble
Oh lord, I've drowned in trouble
An ocean of misfortunes I must keep
Left alone to ever wallow
With tears I could not swallow
I long to trade the bitter for the sweet

Nights of wailing out for Mary
Oh lord, my arms can't carry
The burdens ever gather at my door
Shame for sins I cannot bury
A life in solitary
The years will find me roaming evermore

Days pass by me like an arrow
Oh lord, my hope is narrow
The path before my feet forever bleak
Born to ever die in sorrow
No light found in tomorrow
No answers for the questions that I seek

Nights pass by without a warning
Oh lord, my heart is mourning
The stillness of its silence brings no peace
Tides weigh down on me so heavy
The flood breaks past the levee
Yet never does my pain find its release
Track Name: Yveline
I was born with a cursed streak in me
Stars were crossed, and so sealed my Fate
The tragic flaw in this malady
Took the form of desire in wait

Fortune never smiled in my favor
With regards to the mysteries of love
Was I let off for good behavior?
Were you sent from below or from above?

Yveline
You awaken the murder in me
Yveline
Such a beautiful end to my peace

What a cruel and complete surrender
To be bent to the whims of her will
As I sought ever to content her
She thought only to shoot for the kill

My heart held in savage suspension
When each night, she would flee my side
Still I buried my apprehension
Was it out of love or out of pride?

Yveline
You awaken the murder in me
Yveline
Such a beautiful end to my peace`

How many men must I contend with?
How was I sent this unending curse?

Yveline
You awaken the murder in me
Yveline
Such a beautiful end to my peace`
Track Name: Fist City
A you've been makin' your brags around town
That you've been a lovin' my man
But the man I love, when he picks up trash
He puts it in a garbage can

And that's what a you look like to me
And what I see is a pity
Ya better close your face and stay outta my way
If ya don't wanna go…To Fist City

Chorus:
If ya don't wanna go to fist city
Ya better detour around my town
'Cause I'll grab you by the hair a the head
And I'll lift a you off a the ground

I'm not a sayin' my baby's a saint 'cause he ain't
N' that he won't cat around with a kitty
I'm here to tell ya gal to lay offa my man
If ya don't wanna go to Fist City

Come on and tell me what you told my friends
If you think you're brave enough
And I'll show you what a real woman is
Since you think you're hot stuff

You'll bite off more than you can chew
If you get too cute or witty
You better move your feet if you don't wanna eat
A meal that's called Fist City
Track Name: Evil Spirits
Lost my share of hands taking gambles
When the cards weren't dealt out clean
Shot my luck from the barrel of a gun
Now the shells are scattered at my feet

All the walls came crashing down on me
But the noise wouldn't make a sound in me

Now the air has changed and I'm struggling
to relearn how to breathe
Life is rearranged, body's buried but with no time left to grieve

All the walls came crashing down on me
But the noise wouldn't make a sound in me

I need
I need
I need a reason to breathe
I need a reason to bleed
I need a reason to believe
I need a reason to be

All the walls came crashing down on me
But the noise wouldn't make a sound in me
Track Name: Fire To The Fuse
After the fire is to the fuse
What's left to do but wait?
No truth will hide behind the ruse
Presented as the bait

After the thrill has left the chase
What words would not sound trite?
The passion turned so commonplace
Once held up to the light

Void of fire, void of sight
Void of comfort here tonight
The ashes scatter to the wind
Void of love, void of sound
Void of hope left to be found
The fingers traced on lifeless skin

After the final rites are read
Why leave the cross displayed?
The last confessions left for dead
Once trust had been betrayed

Void of fire, void of sight
Void of comfort here tonight
The ashes scatter to the wind
Void of love, void of sound
Void of hope left to be found
The fingers traced on lifeless skin
When will it begin
And when did it end?
Track Name: Death's Head
Seen a con man dangle from a hangman's hitch
And an altar boy strangled at a fever pitch
Seen a man named Jones with a drowned man's bloat
Caught his lover's bones neath a buzzard's throat

And they say it started once I rolled in

Seen a fistful of dollars cost a man his head
And a wealthy scholar stab his wife in their bed
Saw a star crossed bride lose the blush in her cheek
When her groom had died at the mouth of a creek

And they say it started once I rolled in

What they've all failed to see
There lies a common thread
Stranger in blood is me
Rearing my death's head

Seen a zealot preacher murder in god's name
And a lovelorn teacher smother his old flame
Seen a teenage mother throw her child down a well
Just before her brother shot them both to hell

And they say it started once I rolled in

Seen the dried up lees of a mail order bride
With her pet Maltese poisoned at her side
Seen a schoolgirl bludgeoned with a Louisville bat
I heard her kissing cousin could be traced to that

And they say it started once I rolled in
Track Name: Bang Bang
I was five and he was six
We rode on horses made of sticks
He wore black and I wore white
He would always win the fight

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down.

Seasons came and changed the time
When I grew up, I called him mine
He would always laugh and say
"Remember when we used to play?"

Bang bang, I shot you down
Bang bang, you hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, I used to shoot you down.

Music played, and people sang
Just for me, the church bells rang.

Now he's gone, I don't know why
And till this day, sometimes I cry
He didn't even say goodbye
He didn't take the time to lie.

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down...
Track Name: Measure of Time
There is no shelter
The dogs have run astray
I look for answers
In what I could not say
The distance traveled
To shed this restless skin
I stand before you
With longings held within

We tread the line
No words exchanged
The measure of time
Remains unchanged
We tread the line

Will time remember
The follies of our youth?
I draw the curtain
To hide away the truth

We tread the line
No words exchanged
The measure of time
Remains unchanged
We tread the line

Forgive the ways of my heart
Let us pass through the fire unscathed
If night should swallow all the stars
Let us learn to mark their graves

We tread the line
No words exchanged
The measure of time
Remains unchanged
We tread the line
Track Name: Without A Trace
Where, oh where are those gray eyes like arrows?
Dark hair the shade of raven's wing
Do they now find their sleep 'neath the barrows?
No message does the nightbird bring

I begged and pleaded daily
Implored on bended knee
The one I love so madly
Return him back to me
Midnight winds roll through weeping willows
Constellations doomed to form your face (hallelujah)
Fifteen miles east of Amarillo
Lover lost and gone without a trace

Once we walked hand in hand through the meadows
My feet now wander without aim
Our days of summer now cast in shadows
Never again to bear his name

I begged and pleaded daily
Implored on bended knee
The one I love so madly
Return back to me
Midnight winds roll through weeping willows
Constellations doomed to form your face (hallelujah)
Fifteen miles east of Amarillo
Lover lost and gone without a trace

I begged and pleaded daily
Implored on bended knee
The one I love so madly
Return him back to me!!

Alone….Alone…

Midnight winds roll through weeping willows
Constellations doomed to form your face (hallelujah)
Fifteen miles east of Amarillo
Lover lost and gone without a trace

Million tears cast upon my pillow
Consummation of the fall from grace
Fifteen miles east of Amarillo
Lover lost and gone without a trace

Alone….Alone…Alone…Alone...
Track Name: Before You Go
Before you go and twist the knife, dear
Lay your plastic on my floor
If my life is yours tonight here
Then at least I'd bleed no more

We stumbled ever blindly
Never reaching common ground
The years have not been kindly
There's no hope left to be found

Before you go and sling your arrows
Best to stand and lay your aim
If I am to fall by your bow
Then I'll shoulder no more blame

We crumbled while politely
Tred over the truth inside
Remained just to seem rightly
Now all that was good has died

(chorus 1)

To be found, to be found
We buried our love in the ground

Before you go and wish me dead, dear
Choose the plot where I will lay
I've learned better than to shed tears
O'er a love that's run astray

(chorus 1)
(chorus 2)
Track Name: Lily of the West
When first I come to Louisville, my fortune there to find
There was a maiden there from Lexington was pleasing to my mind
Her rosy cheeks, her ruby lips, like arrows pierced my breast
And the name she bore was Flora, the lily of the west.

I courted lovely Flora some pleasure there to find
But she turned unto another man which so distressed my mind
She robbed me of my liberty, deprived me of my rest
Still I loved my faithless Flora, the lily of the west.

It was down in yonder shady grove, with a man of high degree
Conversin' with my Flora there, seemed so strange to me
The answers that she gave to him sore did my heart address
I was betrayed by Flora, the lily of the west.

I stood up my rival, my dagger in my hand
I seized him by the collar, and boldly made him stand
In an act of desperation I pierced him in the breast
All this for lovely Flora, the lily of the west.

I had to stand my trial, and I had to make my plea
They put me in a criminal box and made a mess of me
Although she’s thrown my life away, deprived me of the rest
Still I love my faithless Flora, the Lily of the west.