To the Wolves

by My Gay Banjo

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1.
Last night I dreamed of the floods Water as far as the eye could see And you drifting by on a mattress Waving hi with your red lipstick on You always did love the weather Until the one that took your whole house down Nana says “the storm it took it” About everything she’s loved and lost and Can’t seem to find anymore Since water came walking through the door Insurance man won’t pay for most Saying that’s what you get for living by the coast (chorus) We didn’t know, we didn’t know is what we’ll say We thought there was time, still left, time to face the day How many tried to tell us? How many storms across the TV screen? I’ll light a candle for us Pray we’ve finally taken all we, all we, all we need Half my family works the pipeline The other half’s still shipping coal No man can see past his shadow Making money off the guts of the earth When I call you a thief, you call me a liar The day ends with more fuel to feed the fire Every night I’m praying for you When the boats too small, the walls too high Mercy seems just about run dry Even if were all a hurricane away From taking shelter in our neighbors back yard Sayin' “can you spare me one, can you help me out?” (music break) We didn’t know, we didn’t know is what we’ll say We thought there was time still left, time to face the day Burning up Drying out Under the same sun Left to figure it out
2.
Hurricane Your Lifeline No capo VERSE - G - Em - Em - G The creek is a soil tea, Brewed by the sun drunk by the trees In the field the soil is free Underground it’s just like me BRIDGE - D - C Lay your dead hands on me and try to make me sleep Sick your dogs on me but we're generations deep CHORUS - G - D - F - C And I will bleed Like the syrup from a tree Like oil from a pipeline underneath the stream And I will fight Like a forest full of trees Hurricane your lifeline, bring you to your knees VERSE - G - Em - Em - G Here they come the birds the bees Bringing round the ol' stampede We'll run too, and we will scream We'll build just what we need BRIDGE - D - C Lay your dead hands on me and try to make me sleep Sick your dogs on me but we're generations deep CHORUS - G - D - F - C You will run Like an ice sheet in the sun, You will fade, like a nightmare into day And if you rise Like a phoenix in the sky You will dream of the voices of the creek that's floating by INSTRUMENTAL VERSE - G - Em - Em - G CHORUS - G - D - F - C And I will bleed Like the syrup from a tree Like oil from a pipeline underneath the stream And I will fight Like a forest full of trees Hurricane your lifeline, bring you to your knees OUTRO - G - Em - Em - G
3.
VERSE You rip the future From pages of the past Trip our tongues On your broken glass We can’t afford to swallow your truth no more A wind is building Its bigger than you A wall is nothing We can’t tear through The bigger we get The harder you will fall CHORUS Break the damns Race the sea Tumble the stones Inside of me Strip me down Know me to the bone To the wolves Tumble me home VERSE Around the world There’s men like you Violent, tyrant, men like you You’ll build a dam, you’ll kill a man to save your company But freedom is A taste of sweet A lovers face A chord so deep You can break me down, but you can’t take that from me BRIDGE (single chords of chorus) Portrait of a wolf Who has found her pack Run the river down There’s no turning back The December moon We’re together now Like a river down There’s no stopping… uuuuuuuuuuuussss CHORUS
4.
What Will You Sow Chords: Verses: Am - G - F - Em / Am - G - F - C - B/D Chorus: Am - C - G - G Lyrics: Verse: You were in the kitchen Shirtless and singing I couldn't help but listen (To your) prayers and laughter You woke up this morning (To a) new danger sworn in The sky cracked open (Raining) prayers and laughter (You were) standing in the water (Like a) seed dropped in the garden Cracking open What comes after Chorus: What will we build? What will we hold? The moon is silver Your words are gold Sing a seed - the future Will unfold When we’re not undoing What will we sow? Verse: I dream of my daughter's Daughter's daughter She slips into the waters To feel her power She's singing in the kitchen With lovers and fighters and healers and witches Cracking open All their power (We were) standing in the water (Like a) seed dropped in the garden Cracking open What comes after Chorus: What will we build? What will we hold? The moon is silver Your words are gold Sing a seed - the future Will unfold When you're not undoing What will you sow? When you're not undoing What will you sow?
5.
Go on, I will follow you down Leave a trail of glitter all over town Pick the lock, break the key What we want we can make for free Go on, I will listen to you Sing along so I can listen to you All our troubles, the hard things Start to fade when you Start to sing (chorus) You taught me a good song makes you think, makes you feel and makes you move I don't know how to write one for you It's a language you gave to me And now it's the only gift I can give to you To you Go on, tell me one more time, you said I'm getting older and no one tells me anymore, you said You're magic, we all know it, Anyone that meets you, they know it Go on, you will make it through this, I said You been through worse and you will make it through this, I said But all the magic, the machines Couldn't keep you here with me (chorus) You used to give us your blessing Like a God that lived closer to home I can still hear the sound of you Laughing on the phone I would pray to you Even when you were alive Alive in me Alive in things I miss you, I miss you, I miss you Even when I know you're alive everywhere (even downtown voices carry)
6.
Bombs Away 03:25
Bombs Away capo 3rd C - Am - G - Dm bullet spray in the club today i'm so fay when i kiss my baby sparks the crazy and your body hates it you wanna break me you wanna take me bullet spray in the club today bullets take in my blood today Am - C - G i've been all night in the bathroom laying in my fear and my own blood now you're back in the war room turning your back on our fight F - C - G all my life i need back rooms lit up bright by the stage lights get my life on the dance floor fall in love on the drag night F - C - G oh oh oh C - Am - G - Dm bombs away in the world today i'm so fay you think you can do it in my name Am - C - G i've been all night in the bathroom laying in my fear and my own blood now you're back in the war room turning your back on our fight F - C - G all my life i need back rooms lit up bright by the stage lights get my life on the dance floor fall in love on the drag night F - C - G oh oh oh C - Am - G - Dm bullet spray in the club today i'm so fay when i kiss my baby sparks the crazy and your body hates it you wanna break me you wanna take me bullet spray in the club today
7.
Southern Cross Dm F - Intro Dm C G F // Dm C G G I’m looking for someone I can come home to Looking for someone Dark hair and tattoo, a face I swore I knew Nothing left to do Gm F C F // Gm F C C I don’t know all there is to know about you, I just know I want to You turn on the light in a darkened room You take my breath, to see you F C // F C Oh-oh Oh-oh Dm C G F // Dm C G G Go west, I’ll wait for you Go east, I’ll look for you When it’s all too much for you I’ll be the Southern Cross for you I’ll be the light the light that guides you home home Dm C G F // Dm C G G On the other side of the earth, there’s a cluster of stars They call the Southern Cross I headed south, I hitched a ride And the stranger driving, he offered his thoughts: Gm F C F // Gm F C C You’re not a loner You’re just missing something Do you know what it is? I looked out the window And down the road I just hoped, one day, I’d know F C // F C Oh-oh Oh-oh Dm C G F // Dm C G G Go west, I’ll wait for you Go east, I’ll look for you When it’s all too much for you I’ll be the Southern Cross for you I’ll be the light the light that guides you home home
8.
Muscle for the Money 2nd fret capo (G, Am, F, Open) Crimes been down for over 30 years But that’s not what the cops are doing here Bloomberg said the City’s a luxury commodity Bet your bottom dollar they’re trying to make it be So the cops are running my town, my town, my town The cops are running my town it’s a goddamn tragedy They killed a man for selling cigarettes They arrest a man for playing his guitar They arrested Jojo off the corner for collecting cans They arrest the kids for just being kids Cuz the cops are running our town, its our town, our town The cops are running our town see em everywhere we go (musical break) spoken: on the street, on the beat, in the station, on the train, they’re on the bridge, on the block, getting inside your brain (bridge) D, A, C, G Climate scientists say there’s no turning back and Cities are kind of like that cause Once we lose them we can’t get them back and Once the people leave, the people leave (G, Am, F, Open) You came here from the burbs now the burbs follow you in Its 7-11, Pizza Hut, IHOP You grew up watching TV of New York City all your life You tell me now, it’s the only place you could ever be So the cops are running your town, its your town, your town The cops are running your town trying to make you feel alright Her baby wears a Brooklyn onesie, she reps Crown Heights There’s Starbucks on the corner and suits getting off the train at night The New York Times celebrates every Brooklyn brownstone Sold for a million bucks to a couple from out of town And the cops are running their town, its their town, their town The cops are running their town just a muscle for the money I pass by a bus stop there’s an ad behind the glass It says “Welcome to New York, the City’s been waiting for you” It’s signed by Taylor Swift, hash tag such and so Apparently we’ve been waiting, we just didn’t know Now the cops are running this town, it’s her town, its their town The cops are running this town, til they can’t afford to live here anymore.
9.
Somedays, I am butch (oh oh) Somedays, I am femme I don’t care what they say Whether we were born this way, we choose exactly who we are I don’t care what they say I will love you every day When you’re butch and femme Somedays, I won’t get out of bed (woah oh) Rivers are drying, people are dying, prisons are trying to make money off of you I don’t care what they say, whether we were born this we, we choose exactly who we are I don’t care what they say, I will love you everyday, when you’re falling apart (Instrumental solo) Somedays, I am angry and loud (oh oh) Give me a picket line, a protest song, and a great big crowd I don’t care what they say, whether we were born this way, we choose exactly who we are I don’t care what they say, I will love you everyday, when your pen, your bullhorn, your microphone, your soil, your heart, your seeds are in your hand When your pen, your bullhorn, your microphone, your soil, your heart, your seeds are in your hand!
10.
I’ll block the bridge you say You take the highway We’ll shut the whole shit down Coast to coast, town by town We do it for him And we do it for ourselves too Her sign says: “the systems not broken It’s been this way since the beginning” They’ll do whatever they can To protect the guilty from the innocent We know which side we’re on We know our history has been long – Continues on – (music) Youth are rising like a song Mexico to Hong Kong In Ferguson wisdom speaks: Any justice must come from the streets Oh, we dream at night When oh, we lift our hands, and join the fight Last night we took the FDR People got outta their cars Honked their horns, said “Amen” So relieved to see it wasn’t just them Who felt a change must come We’ve lived under the system’s gun For too long – Long – Now it’s on. I’ll meet you in the streets

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released July 20, 2017

Owen Taylor - vocals, banjo, guitar, bass; Julia Steele Allen - vocals, guitar, ukulele; Yosi Perlstein - drums, fiddle, piano, percussion; Elana Redfield - pedal steel on #1; Todd Chandler - stand up bass on #2.
All Songs by My Gay Banjo (Julia Steele Allen and Owen Taylor).
Recorded, engineered, and mastered by Vira Byramji at Saltlands Studio, Brooklyn NY.
Album art by Ellie Wolfe Taylor. Design by Sara Taylor.

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My Gay Banjo is Owen Taylor and Julia Steele Allen on guitar, banjo and vocals. Singing homespun gay-themed duets and occasional queered-up mash-ups, My Gay Banjo plays songs for you and your kind.

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