An Attempt at Nonpossession

by C. Willis Carden

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A concept EP built around sounds of a beloved ghost and the most tragic gospel song ever written.

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released May 21, 2009

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Track Name: The Criminal Acquired
when they come to pick me up,
when they come to put me out
honey go and gather my rifle and the bullets
beside my bed

there's a key in the ignition,
and some water in the back
honey go and gather my rifle and the bullets
beside my bed

in the morning i'll be with you,
like the dog that ran away when i was ten
we'll hang our clothes out on the wire the way
our parents did

we'll live inside the cabin that my papaw built,
and we'll wait for it to pass
we'll hang our clothes out on the wire the way
our parents did

we'll name our daughter lisa for your mom,
and i will keep her safe
we'll sit out on the porch and talk about
salvation day

we'll walk our girl into town for school,
buy the prettiest purple dress
we'll sit out on the porch and talk about
salvation day
Track Name: Nearer, My God, To Thee
angels to beckon me,
nearer, my god, to thee
nearer, my god, to thee
nearer to thee

nearer, my god, to thee
nearer to thee
even though it be a cross
that raises me

yet in my dreams i'd be
nearer, my god, to thee
nearer, my god, to thee
nearer to thee

rising on joyful wings,
leaving the sky
sun, moon, and stars forgot
upwards i fly

still all my songs shall be
nearer, my god, to thee
nearer, my god, to thee
nearer to thee
Track Name: Colonel Aureliano Buendia Faces the Firing Squad for the Last Time
said the colonel to the firing squad,
"the story of living is this:
you're born empty-handed, then you die with less
and then you die with less."

said the colonel to the infantry,
"i'm glad you saved a bullet for me
after so much fighting what could i be
but grateful?
thank you gentlemen, i have seen enough."

said the colonel to the infantry,
"you can keep your cigarette
and your blindfold and your shame
I don't need these things."

said the colonel to the infantry,
"i'd rather die standing up straight
than pale and lonesome, tracing shapes
and wishing they were her.
thank you gentlemen, i have seen enough."

said the colonel to the firing squad,
"the story of living is this:
you're born empty-handed and then you die with less
and then you die with less."

said the colonel to the infantry,
"i'm glad you saved a bullet for me
after so much fighting what could i be
but grateful?
thank you gentlemen."
Track Name: I Am Something
oh honey, what would i do
with no place to go?

a bird on a wire;
a visit with friends,
at somebody's wedding

okay, i guess we all do our best

birds on a wire;
a visit with friends,
a month in the country
a trip out west to the desert

in my time, i have done well
but sometimes i didn't
in the morning i'll do it again
what am i? i am something

gotta keep moving
wherever i go, there i am
and a new coat of paint would fix me right up

i am something
Track Name: A Miracle (Gotta Get Me One of Them)
you're gonna need,
you're gonna need a miracle
and i've got to get me one of them

you're gonna need,
you're gonna need a miracle
and i've got to get me one of them

(angels to beckon me
nearer, my god, to thee)
Track Name: Little Sister
little sister, don't do
as i have done
let your words stay sweet
your spirit young

those eyes, those eyes
so shiny and new
don't let what you'll see
ever take that from you

those hands, those hands
so small in mine
they'll grow to hold so much more
in your time

and the trouble you'll find
along the way
but don't hide your eyes
from the light of the day

little sister, these bars
wear marks in my hands
and i wanted to be so much
better a man

now i won't see you grow
but i want you to know
they'll be angels to follow
wherever you go

little sister, don't be
as i have been
cause there's nothing that's worth
what is lost in the end