The Woods Are Burning

by Thatcher Road

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"The woods are burning boys. Can't you understand? There's a big blaze going on all around" - Willy Loman from 'Death of a Salesman'

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releases March 5, 2018

Words, Music, Performance by Brian McGrath.
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Brian McGrath.
©2017 Brian McGrath

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Title: "Pine trees, snow covered mountains in background, "Burned area, Glacier National Park," Montana. (vertical orientation), 1933 - 1942" (public domain)
Photographer: Ansel Adams
NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-79-AA-E03

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Thatcher Road Chicago, Illinois

Thatcher Road is an American Indie Folk project founded in 2017 by Chicago singer/songwriter
Brian McGrath.

The big man with the big voice tells tales of broken characters, desolate landscapes, and fleeting redemption all along the road connecting Chicago and the Northwoods.

Thatcher Road's new ep "The Woods Are Burning" will be available in February. Live shows to follow.
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Track Name: Billy Caldwell
I walked into a den of wolves
Never thought I'd see the light of day
Feeling for me, bleeding for me
Silence 'fore the sins

One by one, I feel within
Alive with burning rage
You get right to the borderline
Watch it fade away

Billy Caldwell
In the dark, of the black, in the old coal night
I saw you once in the Indian lights

Shhh...they can hear you
Of course you'd break!
What'd I tell you once?
"The feeling just can't stay"

Drink it down, fill it up
A belly-full for the pain!
See I had it once, I let it slip
Won't happen again

Billy Caldwell
In the dark, of the black, in the old coal night
I saw you once, den of wolves, in the Indian lights
Track Name: Robinson Woods
Old dead weather lost and gone, she says
"Whether you're right, you're gonna be wrong"
I'm not coming back, I ain't moving on, she says
"Man keep singing the same tired song"

Oh let me be, Lord let me be!
Oh won't you cut me down and set me free?
Or I'll set the woods on fire

We make our beds
How we love to lie, she says
"The last thing to go is pride"
Clean the blood, wipe your brow, she says
"Yeah there's nothing we can do about it now"

Oh, let me be, Lord let me be!
Oh won't you cut me down or set me free?
Or I'll set the woods on fire

Piece by piece
Life wears you down, she says
"Rust to dust, buried in the ground"
Them big ideas gone up in smoke, she says
"Ain't life sad, ain't life a fuckin' joke!"

On fire!
We set the woods on fire

Oh let me be, Lord, let me be!
Won't you cut me down and set me free?
Track Name: McGrath, Alaska
I went alone to face the weather
The rain kept comin', all the people hide
Twelve hit the ground when the bells were ringing
Look around then wonder why?

Oh, this harsh land will take the light right from your eyes
But I never live, I never die

On a Sunday night they caught me stealing
Across the river at the old town post
And in the morning they roped me down
Carried me away and they hung me high

Oh! How that last moment just drifted on forever
It was a long time coming
A long time coming

I dreamt I lost you among the hemlock pines
And for three nights I searched far and wide
And I found your body in mangled sin
Along the banks of the Kuskokwim

And though this dream was just a dream
It felt much more than real
I never woke, I never feel
I never woke, I never feel
Track Name: Rustbelt Highway Vagabonds
We were young and dumb and on the run
Like rustbelt highway vagabonds
Them drunken nights never set us free
Always less than you think and more than you need

Well I'm sometimes sunshine, sometimes shade
Sometimes a sea storm pulling you beneath my waves
But that ain't me, that ain't me, that ain't me no more
I walk that straight and narrow right to your door... Sometimes

Want the house, the kids, want the van in the driveway
All them toys on the floor in the middle of the hallway
Two bottles of red when the kids go sleep
It numbs my mind, but hell it hurts to think

Oh sometimes sunshine, sometimes shade
Sometimes a sea storm pulling you beneath my waves
But that ain't me, that ain't me, that ain't me no more
I walk that straight and narrow right to your door... Sometimes

Well folks they move and times must change
But still this life of ours is defined by pain
And like some raven flying with a broken wing
We fall back to Earth while hero gets hanged

Well I'm sometimes sunshine, sometimes shade
Sometimes a sea storm pulling you beneath my waves
But that ain't me, that ain't me, that ain't me no more
I walk that straight and narrow right to your door... Sometimes
Track Name: Second Wind
I've been low for a long, long time
But they don't know I lost my mind
Booze and smokes gonna set me free
Not what I want, just what I need

I just can't catch my second wind
No, I just can't catch my second wind

These things I've done, the life I lead
The folks I know just watch me bleed
What I love most, oh gets ripped away
Now she's a ghost and I'm to blame

I just can't catch my second wind
No, I just can't catch my second wind

I've been low for a long, long time
But they don't know I've lost my mind