Thank You, Mr. Devil!

by Davey Halfbeard

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Thank you, Mr. Devil. I see that you've picked me. I'll make a deal with you if you make a deal with me, although I think it's you who loses there.

Recorded in between and during a couple mental breakdowns in the winter months of December 2016 - January 2017 on cassette recorders, namely the Panasonic RX-CT830 and the EIKI 3269A in a few different states of mind and wellness around the great state of Maine.

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released February 5, 2017

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Davey Halfbeard Orono, Maine

I've seen a thing or two. Hell maybe nine or ten things more. I know what trouble sounds like and it's knocking at your door.

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Track Name: Thank You, Mr. Devil!
I’ve got nothing left but all these lies I haven’t told
And bridges I have burned left me in the cold
And I can’t find my back home
Yeah I can’t find my back home

Things aren’t so great and my asthma’s getting worse
And that thing inside my head feels like it’s about to burst
Hold onto your hats it’s about to blow
Yeah hold on, it’s about to blow

And maybe some day
On that great “One Day”
I’ll know just what it feels like to be okay

Thank you Mr. Devil I see that you’ve picked me
I’ll make a deal with you if you’ll make a deal with me
Although I think it’s you who loses there
Yeah I think it’s you who loses there

These bees inside my chest and the red inside my veins
Buzz like static airwaves it’s driving me insane
But what can I do to make it stop?
Yeah what else can I do to make it stop?

And maybe some day
On that great “One Day”
I’ll know just what it feels like to be okay

If I had a time machine and I had a couple of weeks
I’d run a million trials and I’d stop these feelings
If I only knew just where to start
If I only knew just where to start
Track Name: Dumb Luck
I don’t know where I stand but it’s clear I’m gonna fall
And it’s even more apparent that I don’t care at all
It’s all in my head, at least that’s what I’ll tell myself
Is it really all that bad hanging from the shelf?
My head is filled with things I’m not sure about
Where can I go when all my dumb luck runs out
It’s a long way down I’m already halfway there
And I feel a breeze rolling in the rising air
Could it really be much worse living in my head?
I don’t think it’s much different than waking up half dead
How did I get here I was so sure I figured it out
Is there anywhere I can go when all of my dumb luck runs out
How did I get here I was so sure I figured it out
Is there anywhere I can go when my dumb luck runs out
Track Name: Junk Rat Blues
I’m gettin’ out of town
I’m gettin’ way out of town
I’m gettin’ out of town
I’m gettin’ way out of town
I’m gettin’ out of here
Before the smoke clears
And the place burns down
I’ll crawl down low
I’ll crawl way down low
I’ll crawl down low
I’ll crawl way down low
I’ll try not to choke
On the heavy smoke
From the ember glow
I’d climb that wire
I’d climb right up that wire
I’d climb that wire
I’d climb right up that wire
I’d climb that fence
‘Cause it’s common sense
To run from a fire
I’m gettin’ out of town
I’m gettin’ way out of town
I’m gettin’ out of town
I’m gettin’ way out of town
I’m gettin’ out of here
Before the smoke clears
And the place burns down
Track Name: Stars Over Maine
We will rise up through the smoke and through the haze
We will wake up ever ready to seize the day
But like a moth to the flame we will fly to our own doom
And like cosmic bodies we’ll return with the phases of the shining moon
While the pendulum clock in the corner swings on and on and forever on
We know time will scatter us all no matter who we are
So brace yourself
Track Name: Waste Away
I can feel your arms shaking
And I hear your heart breaking
I’ve no place left to call my home

So I’ll drive all night long
Take a turn or two that’s wrong
In the morning I’ll still be all alone

Without you or your smile or the time
To waste away however we may find
To waste away however we may find

Maybe you misheard
Or your heart’s too full for words
Dry your eyes I’m not worth the tears

I’ll stay that tannin stain
And maybe someday I will wain
And you’ll see that this was all just veneer
‘Cause I’m giving up

Don’t get too caught up
In those summer tunes we thought up
They’re no good for you these days

And I think someday you’ll see
As hard as it may be
It’s best if we just go our separate ways
‘Cause I’m moving on
Track Name: Uncrossed
You ask who I am and I think I’m me
But I’ve been doubting myself these last few weeks
I’m not sure anymore

It’s up in the air and I can’t catch it
I buried that hope with an old hatchet
It’s been gone for so long
It’s been gone for so long

There’s nothing left in this town for me
But a broken branch from the willow tree
I am tied down inside

The older I get the more I feel at home
When I’m on the road and I’m free to roam
I get lost and uncrossed
I get lost and uncrossed
Track Name: Tennessee
I’ll follow the path until it comes to your door
I’ll follow the path until it comes to your door
But I don’t know if you’d even want to see me
Or if I hold any kind of meaning
In your mind
I’ll follow the path until it comes to your door
I’ll follow the path until it comes to your door
But I don’t know if you’d even want to see me
Or if I hold any kind of meaning
In your mind
Track Name: Acting On Impulse
Set fire to every piece of piece of clothing you own
Go and cut the cords to every rotary phone
Go set yourself free
Smash all your TVs
Drop a cherry bomb in the old abandoned sink
Don’t give yourself any time to overthink
Cause your thoughts will hold you back
Let your impulses react
Lose control of your mind for a day or two this week
Let go and don’t filter out anything you speak
You’ll be amazed what happens next
You’ll gain a little bit of self respect
Or you can bottle it up wait till your head explodes
Fall in line with all of these cryptic social codes
Blend in with the crowd
Well your silence screams so loud
Track Name: On The Hunt
Wolves came out from their cozy den that winter night
Emerged without warning to the cold ground so white
The little pups looked up at the sky so bright
Howled loudly in the shroud of moonlight
And it went
Whoaaaaah-hooooo-woah-ohhhhh-ohhhh
It went
Whoaaaaah-hooooo-woah-ohhhhh-ohhhh
They followed the tracks of a snowshoe hare
Traced them closely 'til they came upon its lair
Ripped them to shreds it was a bloody affair
The dying creatures shrieked into the cold air
And it went
Whoaaaaah-hooooo-woah-ohhhhh-ohhhh
It went
Whoaaaaah-hooooo-woah-ohhhhh-ohhhh
A hunter woke up way before the rising sun
Grabbed his flannel jacket and a 30/30 gun
Caught with the wolves leaving as they were all done
He shot one dead for sport and then another just for fun
And he went
Whoaaaaah-hooooo-woah-hooooo-hooo
He went
Whoaaaaah-hooooo-woah-hooooo-hooo
Whoaaaaah-hooooo-woah-hooooo-hooo
Track Name: Delusions
I wish I was an optimist, I wish I had better thoughts
I wish I had good ideas, I wish I could connect the dots
If I had some money I’d buy a little honesty
For me and myself and all the people in my life
But for now it seems getting by
Selling broken promises and selling cheap lies
Lying hurts but the truth hurts so much worse
I could take a crystal ball and spin it in reverse
I could be an actor, I could go real far
I could wind up famous, I could be the next big star
But tonight, I’m just selling lies
Staring in the mirror into my bright eyes
And I sang
This is the worst day of my life
Swear I was passed out in the doorway
I went out in the rain and I hated everything
Track Name: Growing Doubt
Put me in the cold dark ground
Lift me up then lower me down
Put me in the cold dark ground
And please don’t take my roots out
Put me in the cold dark ground
Before the Springtime rolls around
Put me in the cold dark ground
And watch as I start to sprout
Water me, don’t give me sun
And we’ve only just begun
Water me, don’t give me sun
You’re gonna be overrun
Water me, don’t give me sun
Don’t show me to anyone
Water me, don’t give me sun
I’ll take it all before we’re done
Put me in the cold dark ground
Lift me up then lower me down
Put me in the cold dark ground
And please don’t take my roots out
Put me in the cold dark ground
Lift me up then lower me down
Put me in the cold dark ground
And please don’t take my roots out