Stalk That Myth

by Bowery Boy Blue

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Recorded at Steve Albini’s recording studio, Electrical Audio, in August of 2007. Stalk That Myth features a talented cast of characters, including Jason Toth (Edith Frost, Manishevitz, The Zincs) on drums and Marika Hughes on Cello.
"Sometimes you hear music that is so heartbreakingly beautiful that you can't help being drawn to it. That is definitely the case with NYC's Bowery Boy Blue. Their CD, Stalk That Myth, plays like a lo-fi Americana orchestra. Touching vocals delivered in a way that you can't get out of your head, layered instrumentation... it's all there. Take a listen to "Come Closer, Sisters" and hear for yourself."
- IA: Instrumental Analysis (May 27, 2008)

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released June 9, 2008

Zeb Gould - Guitars, bass, Banjo, Wurlitzer, Vocals
Jason Toth - Drums
Megan Gould - Violin, Banjo, Hammer Dulicmer, Keys, Vocals
Geoff Gould - Banjo, Dobro
Sam Crawford - Piano, Wurlitzer, Trumpet, Slide
Michael Trepagnier - Bass
Marika Hughes - Cello
Mark Lekas - Cello
All String arrangements by Megan Gould

Engineered and tracked by Sam Crawford at Electrical Audio in Chicago Illinois. Additional Overdubs and Mixing done at Looking Glass Studios, NYC.
Mastered by Dave McNair at Unity Mastering, NYC.

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Track Name: Great Dead Town
You were singing of a devil death in this great dead town tonight.
You were singing of a devil death in this great dead town tonight.
Got a devil death on your mind, a devil death on your mind.
Devil death on your mind, in this great dead town tonight.

You were singing of a great red sun falling in the great red sky.
You were singing of a great red sun in this great dead town tonight.
Got a red sun in your eyes, a red sun in your eyes.
A red sun in your eyes, in this great dead town tonight.

I was singing of a white hot love, and you were wondering why.
I was singing of a white hot love in this great dead town tonight.
Got a bright love in your eyes, a bright love in your eyes. Got a bright love in your eyes, in this great dead town tonight.
Track Name: Come Closer, Sisters
And I always liked the way you said the word 'buried' with a 'u' and not an 'a' - like "you're 'buried' in the ground."
But the hawks sing it, sing it like they speak it, like it's parted. And the hawks sing it, sing it like they speak it, like it's parted. Parted down the middle. Parted like a heart.

And I always caught the words that you spit from your city.
Words like to live, words like 'forgive', but some words just try to kill me. And here they come - Flying from the great mouth of Zeus. And here they come - Lookin' like the blackest cloud. Killin' the sun - Look at them now.

And I always thought the great wooden gods had no problem with me, but that's not true. And it's always been said, but I just didn't want to see. Come look at your brother with a burden in his eyes like a backbone. With a 'u' and not an 'a', like he's "buried in the ground."
Come closer, sisters. Come and look at them now.
Come closer, sisters. Come and look at them now.
Come closer, sisters. Come and look at them.
Track Name: Eye For Love
I got a great big eye for love.
It sees into the underground.
It sees into the afterkiss.
It sees into this great dead town.
It might have seen a ghost sometimes.
It might have seen a blood red moon.
It might have seen a photograph of something that I thought was you.
But I can't really draw too well, and I can't really sing a song. I can only watch the sun, and blind myself to what goes on.
I got a great big eye for love.
It sees into the underground.
It sees into the afterkiss.
It sees into this great dead town.

I got a great big heart that bleeds.
It pours into your eyes and ears.
It paints itself across the sky, but it won't let me leave this room.
It might have even skipped a beat.
It might have even left my chest.
It might have been stained one time.
Some say there's nothing left.
But I can't really draw too well, and I can't really sing a song. I can only watch the sun, and blind myself to what goes on.
I got a great big heart that bleeds.
It pours into your eyes and ears.
It paints itself across the sky, but it won't let me leave this room.
Track Name: Ghost of the Blues
Greys on the passing by look like the forlorn moon. And you want to sing along. Along with the ghost of the blues.
Along with the ghost of the blues. Along with the ghost of the blues. You want to spread your weary hands and sing with the ghost of the blues.

The gold from the dying day falls from the east to the west bleeding all the ghosts away like the red from your lover's dress. Red from your lover's dress. Red from your lover's dress. The golden light from the dyin' day fades like your lovers dress.

The black of the rolling hills rolls over every man. Only the ghost of the blues can make it back out again. Make it back out again. Make it back out again. Only the dream of the ghost of the blues can make it back out again.
Track Name: They Sleep Standing, Like Cranes
The furies round us ring. They sleep standing like cranes.
With a song in your ear. Like a fire they sing.

You've gotta witness the fall to be in love with the sin. Get caught in the crime, it's not the dream that you dreamt. You plead with the gods, but they know it's a whim, they know it's a lie.

After all that you've seen. After all that you've been.
To be caught in a lie. You're at their mercy again.

You've gotta witness the fall to be in love with the sin. Get caught in the crime, it's not the dream that you dreamt. You plead with the gods, but they know it's a whim, they know it's a lie.

The furies round us ring. They sleep standing like cranes.
Track Name: Big Blinding Star
You want your big star back, but I won't give it to you. I kind of like the darkness in your eyes.
And you want some golden light to shine on your golden face. I don't think my silver lights will do.

Big blinding star shining in your eyes, how many white hot nights can you fly that far?

I want a native son, but you seem to hesitate. An angel in the flesh might come for you.
And I don't have a thing to give, not like in the golden age. I don't have a thing to give to you.

Big blinding star shining in your eyes, how many white hot nights can you fly that far?

You want your big star back, but I won't give it to you. I kind of like the darkness in your eyes.
And you want some golden light to shine on your golden face. I don't think my silver lights will do.
Track Name: Ah, What a Cruel Change
You can hear those voices singin' like angels, ringin' in the rafters. And it's a beautiful thing. Bet you never thought that they could hurt you.
You should of seen your face. You looked like Osiris. You should of seen your face. Like you were resurrected by Isis.

Ah, what a cruel change
Ah, what a cruel change
Ah, what a cruel change
came over you

You been all over this town searching for all the parts of yourself that you left around here.
But you won't get no help. No, not from me and not from the people who care about you.
You should've been lookin' forward, and not to the sky.
You should've been lookin' right in front of your eyes.

You were such an idealist. Always had so much faith in the idols we hide from ourselves. But don't think those idols can't see you, cause, guess what, they do and they're gonna leave you now.
You shoulda held your breath, but you had to be like Orestes.
You shoulda held your breath. Oh but look what's happened now to Elektra.
Track Name: Take Heart, Sisters
Nature's thankless son, warring for the great town, set your steel-horse down. Come to the kingdom.
Sing of light and fire like you were set among them.
Sing into our ears like a great bird.
Sing of light and fire.
Sing of light and fire.
Sing of light and fire like a great bird.

King of stones and stars can you stand to hear them place yourself in the sun and rest a while.
Set your wooden heart ablaze in all the darkness. It's easy to see the light with your heart on fire.
King of stones and stars
King of stones and stars
King of stones and stars
with your heart on fire.

Come sisters, take heart.
Come sisters, take heart.
Come sisters, take heart.
He is singing.
Come sisters, take heart.
Come sisters, take heart.
Come sisters, take heart.
He is weakening.
Track Name: Dead Great Town
You were singing of a devil death in this great dead town tonight.
You were singing of a devil death in this great dead town tonight.
Got a devil death on your mind, a devil death on your mind.
Devil death on your mind, in this great dead town tonight.

You were singing of a great red sun falling in the great red sky.
You were singing of a great red sun in this great dead town tonight.
Got a red sun in your eyes, a red sun in your eyes.
A red sun in your eyes, in this great dead town tonight.

I was singing of a white hot love, and you were wondering why.
I was singing of a white hot love in this great dead town tonight.
Got a bright love in your eyes, a bright love in your eyes. Got a bright love in your eyes, in this great dead town tonight.