American Experiment

by Trick Shooter Social Club

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released December 6, 2018

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Trick Shooter Social Club Chicago, Illinois

The Trick Shooter Social Club is a place tucked just behind the beat. It’s a belief in the power of story and the sublime hip sway of a well placed middle eight. It’s cat gut, and pick guards and nods across the stage when it's time to go to the bridge. It’s acoustic, electric and reverent to its heroes. It’s artists, gypsies, showmen and shaman trying to get it right. It’s an invitation–to join. ... more

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Track Name: Boxcar Racer
He bought me a box car racer
And walked out the door --
What he was chasing --
Got lost --
Along the way --

I left ‘em in February
With only what I could carry
A bad man’s last -
Bad mistake.

You can abuse me baby
You can reuse me maybe
We’ll head down south --
And catch a break.

I’ll be your sanctuary
The fear of the fall don’t scare me -
We’ll rise from the fire
And fuck with Fate --

You always split your aces
Said you would show me
All the places we…
Could run away

The savior was wearing glitter
The dust of a thousand sinners
Through my skin
And in my veins

I was left blind but breathing
I found the belly of the -
Beast in me --
Along the way

I roll like a box car racer
Out of control and what I’m chasin’
Got lost
Along the way

Chorus
And so it comes around again --
(bam de bam guitar part)
And we come undone again --
(bam de bam guitar part)
And we fuck it up again --
(bam de bam guitar part)
We end up living it again --
(bam de bam guitar part)
Track Name: If I Could
The hero in the forest, and the water in the oil --
The bullet in the barrel and the blood in the soil --
The magic in the mercy, and the drunk in the choir
Saving all the rubble from the fortress in the fire --
If… I… could

Baby’s broken open and she’s seeing for the first time –
Her veil’s falling open and she’s bathing in the bright light --
Blinded by her shadow, and it’s getting hard to see her --
I’d tell her that I love her, and I’d tell her I believe her --
If… I… could

The third shift’s shattered, and they’re looking for a payback --
Marching in the streets prophesizing what they’ll take back --
New found rage in a lost generation --
There’s color in the cracks of a broken-hearted nation --
If I could…

Moon-dripped drama on a midnight rough-ride --
He came out swinging like hero in a gun fight --
He falls out of focus, but he’s always a believer --
I’d wet a thousand towels just to try and break his fever --
If… I… could

Chorus
If I hold on…
If I hold on…
If I hold on…
If I hold on…
Track Name: Duck and Run
V1
Oh Mary, fierce and angry --
It’s time to duck and run.
This is an obligation --
(To) kick off your boots and run.

Oh sinner, savior, soldier --
Reluctant warrior –
At night the bells are ringing
I ain’t no chosen one


Black stars -- night light blazing --
Somewhere past Sugar Hill
White linen, set my table
Wash down my bitter pill

Soul seeker
Less than worthy --
Fall down that poison well
That beating I keep meeting
Left up upon my shelf --

V2
Storm clouds –
An anxious sunset
When all was said and done
Depression --
Indecision --
Less places left to run

You sparkle, savage, solo
Stop when the moment starts --
I see you – I can’t free you --
Can’t find the missing parts

Chorus
I’ll carry the stone
If you wanna

I’ll carry the stone
If you wanna

I’ll carry the stone
If you wanna

I’ll carry the stone
If you wanna
Track Name: Twisting In The Wind
Verse
Tonight I’m holding steady
White knuckled, borderline
I ain’t as rough and ready…
As I am less sacred this time

Oh faker, lover, seeker
Oh Icaraus in flight
I ain’t my brother’s keeper
At least I ain’t tonight --

Verse
No band-aid-broken-promise
No candy-coated lies
I’m getting drunk and honest
Just passed the county line

Flame, flicker, finger, Camel
I’m chasing full moon light
Had more than I can handle
Set free one starry night

Chorus
All alone --
And twisting in the wind --
I felt alive –
Baby I felt alive …

Verse
Her highness hotel hell hole
Filled with the walking dead
Chasing that frozen moment
That’s stuck inside their heads

Come to me little savior
Come to me second chance
Come to me sweet redemption
Cut through my broken glass

Chorus
All alone --
And twisting in the wind --
I felt alive –
Baby I felt alive …

Bridge
And it don’t matter where you run
And it don’t matter what was said and done
‘Cause we’re under a big hard sun
And if feel like you’re the only one…
Track Name: Carry Me Home
Verse 1
Play that record once again
I have a dollar left to spend
Resolutions, around here abound
I’d call it hope, but it ain’t that kind of crowd

Whiskey, tango, alpha-dog
I showed the broad side of my jaw
Hero Romeo…
A fraud with a chance…
We could sway, even if we couldn’t dance

Chorus
Carry me home once again
Strip me naked of my sin
There’s more to my story
Then meets the eye
I’ll find my way
If you could just leave on a light

Verse 2
Hold a mirror to my face
Make me understand my place
Make me worthy
Make me again
Make me whole
Give me shelter from the wind

Chorus
Carry me home once again
Strip me naked of my sin
There’s more to my story
Then meets the eye
I’ll find my way
If you could just leave on a light


Verse 3
All that’s left of me is love
I come here empty and undone
A soul surrenders
In the dark of night
And an angel sits on top a neon light

Chorus
Carry me home once again
Strip me naked of my sin
There’s more to my story
Then meets the eye
I’ll find my way
If you could just leave on a light

Outro
On a porch in Rosewood
The cigarettes taste so good
Carry me home

Stripped away and naked
Vulnerable and aching
Carry me home

Bottle rocket red glare
Streetlights flooding the air
Carry me home

Hold me tight and save me
With everything you gave me
Carry me home
Track Name: Until I Die
Verse
Broken dreams and broken glass
Second guess and second chance
Not quite who I thought I’d used to be

Faded and unfinished fool
Waiting for the fire to cool
Setting fire to what I used to need

Sample letters, shards of life
Sparklers crack across the neon light
Velvet Under-ground-control
Angels always fade, where do they go?
Nobody knows…

Chorus
All the way
I’ll give my heart away
Everyday
Give my heart away
All away
I’ll give my heart away
Until I die
Baby until I die

Chorus
All the way
I’ll give my heart away
Everyday
Give my heart away
All away
I’ll give my heart away
Until I die
Baby until I die

V2
Darkness on the edge of town
Sucker punches raining down
The carnival is gone and Winter’s here

Caught between my teeth and bone
Left my house to find a home
Promise I’ll survive another year

Walking through the streets at night
The vampires cross to dodge the neon lights
Self-aware and self-control
Our poets fade away, where do they go?
Nobody knows…
Track Name: Whiskey On My Grave
She gonna let it fly
Complications melt away --

Shotguns in her eyes
Gonna be some hell to pay --

Put some butter on that biscuit
Shake some whiskey on my grave

Danger in her smile
Secrets screamin’ in her veins –

Yeah it’s been a while
Since she pulled back on the reins –

Put some butter on that biscuit
Shake some whiskey on my grave

She flags down her ride
An Eldorado in the rain --

And she climbs inside
Killin’ Tanqueray and pain --

Put some butter on that biscuit
Shake some whiskey on my grave
Track Name: The Promise
Silk and lace
My saving grace
I lost a lie
And found a place
Know that I am nothing
Without you –

Fill your lungs
And pump your blood
And God and sex
And holy guns
I ain’t going nowhere
Without you –

Feel the pain
And feel the sun
And hold on tight
And have your run
And I will be the one
You run into --

Lose your soul
And dig your holes
And fuck things up beyond control
I promise
I’ll be Waiting here for you --

So pull apart
And break my heart
And strip me of my
Useful parts
Everything I am --
I give to you

Feel your way
And fake your brave
And hold on tight
Between the waves
And in the Rye
I’ll be there catching you –

Feed your soul
And fill your holes
With blood and faith
And skin and bones
This I will forever
Promise you --

Find your truth
And find your light
You are my truth
You are my life
I’ll kill or die
To try and get you through.
Track Name: Hotel Nowhere
Reggie’s counting his days
Tired of doin’ his time
He’s popping off like roman candle
On the Fourth of July

He’s got his gun in the air
And he’s shooting out lights
A hazy wave of the bad behavior --
Tanqueray and the wine

Whoo-whoo

Another a soldier in chains
Another fortunate son
Another jumpsuit
Jarhead hero
When all is said and done

Another kick to the curb
Another kick to the head
Another night in Hotel No-where
When all is done and said…

Chorus
Hotel Nowhere to run
Hotel Nowhere to hide
Hotel Nowhere to go
Tonight
Track Name: Time To Get Out
Verse
I don’t care about your ivory tower
I don’t buy into your healing powers
I am fire and I am wildflowers
And I’m exactly what you need

Verse 2
I don’t need to be nobody else
On the tracks and walking by myself
It’s a fact I come from somewhere else
I came here to let it bleed

Chorus
It’s time to get out
It’s time to get out
It’s time to get out
It’s time to get out

Verse 3
I don’t need to be your second son
I don’t claim to be your only one
Ain’t afraid to let it come undone
Just stand and watch me bleed

Verse 4
Ain’t no way you get a piece of me
Now I pray the lord my soul to keep
I am lost but I am almost free
And I’m here to let it bleed

Chorus
It’s time to get out
It’s time to get out
It’s time to get out
It’s time to get out

Verse 5
Forty days, forty-seven years
Forty nights, and I’m out of here
Came to fight, ‘cause I’m outta fear
You can stand and watch me bleed

Verse 6
Ain’t no way you’ll lay your hands on me
And no wine to come and cover me
I’m exposed and I am shivering
And that’s exactly what I need

Verse 7
Ain’t no way I can - run from me
Broke my back down on Bleeker Street
Taking back - what they - took from me
And I’m here to let it bleed

Verse 8
Jesus said that I’m an only son
I can save damn near anyone
There’s a place you can always run
But you have to let it bleed
Track Name: American Experiment
Verse 1
The rockets are Glaring
The speakers are blaring
We’re marching tonight

We’re anxious and angry
Don’t try to save me
Cause God’s on our side

And momma’s so tired
Too dope sick and wired --
To get out alive

Two uniformed rednecks
Pulled over a Buick
On Jefferson Drive

V2
Slower and dumber
Lower and numb-er
Distraction and lies

Forget your brother
Attack one another
And show off your prize

The guns have been blazing
We’re broken and fading
And crossing the line

Just under the surface
(the) American circus
Is coming alive

V3
Give me your money
Your tired and hungry
Your beautiful lies --

The lonely and wasted
The uneducated
The deeper divide

V4
Anointed and wealthy --
The sexy and healthy
Are drawing a line.

And parents in Clinton
Are sending their children
To march in a line

Chorus
An American Experiment
Brown and red and blue and white
Any truth can seem self-evident –
By the dawn’s blinding light.
Track Name: Rolling Blue Light
Forgive me father for I think I have sinned
My cold hands are calloused, there’s rain in the wind
Begging your pardon -- Cause I’m sliding again
The shelter, the storm -- Honey please let me in

Promise turns poison and dreams turn to lies
What caught me off guard was nobody’s surprise
A flake of your life blows away in a night
A baptism fire of rolling blue lights

Soul sister mercy, in a pair soft eyes
A warm place to lie down, and loosen the binds
Hold me, and dare me to get through the night
And sift through the rubble of rolling blue light

Lost in the tempest, and buried in lights --
Cut like a rattlesnake, cold as a knife
Crowned with the thorns of a thousand goodbyes
The scales fell away from my reticent eyes.

Let’s gather together, we’re back here again
Stung from the memory, burned from the wind
Our thirstyboots tattered the souls have worn thin
I’ll know what to say, if I see you again


Chorus
We’ll make a holiday
Hallelujah
We’ll heal and celebrate
Hallelujah
Our shimmering mistakes
Hallelujah
The sacred mess we’ve made
Hallelujah…