Cordelia Elsewhere

by Drunken Prayer

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"Beware Cordelia Elsewhere. Here Drunken Prayer (Morgan Geer) is exploring pathos with a variety of American sounds. Whistling past the graveyard with garage rock, country, soul, and a power pop vibe that buoys listeners in its murk. Here is the best thing Drunken Prayer has ever done. Emotional work songs for dark days. Songs to sing along to as you dig your own grave."
- American Standard Time

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released April 5, 2019

Mixed by Mitch Easter
Morgan Geer - guitars, vocals
Erich Hubner - bass, vocals
Brian Landrum - drums
Alex McMahon - pedal steel guitar
Greg Williams - drums, percussion
Jason Krekel - fiddle
Christa de Mayo - vocals

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"Morgan Geer is the real thing - a songwriter with a heart as deep as the Marianas Trench and sensitive as the wet hands of a raccoon."

- Rennie Sparks, The Handsome Family

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Track Name: Into the Water
I keep throwing my hands
Throwing my hands down into the water
I keep throwing my hands
Throwing my hands down into the water

I hope the water isn't clean
'Cause I'm not if you know what I mean
Muddy water set me free
Muddy water set me free
I hope the water isn’t clean

I keep throwing my hands
Throwing my hands down into the water

I am a prince with dirty feet
Walking barefoot through the streets
On my way to see the king
On my way to kiss the ring
I am the prince with dirty feet

I keep throwing my hands
Throwing my hands down into the water

Muddy water set me free
'Cause I'm not if you know what I mean
I hope the water isn't clean
I hope the water isn't clean
I am the prince with dirty feet

I keep throwing my hands
Throwing my hands down into the water
Track Name: Cordelia
I knew a girl who thought that once she could fly
She believed it up until the day she tried
Rock and roll could not control her fall they lied
She always remembered to write home

Rubble and dust. The angels do not trust us anymore
She throws her arms around me and says
How I live matters more than what I believe

She believes we're gonna meet forevermore
Somewhere between the barstool and the floor
Here's your hat, what's your hurry, here's the door
In between the barstool and the floor

Rubble and dust. The angels do not trust us anymore
From the dark end of the street she's singing
How I live matters more than what I believe

And the congregation feeds on bread and a rose

At a rest stop somewhere south of Bend
You ask yourself, would you do it again
Let's not, let's not and say we did
Spare the rod and spoil the kid

Rubble and dust. The angels do not trust us anymore
The last thing that she told me, she said
How I live matters more than what I believe
Track Name: Rubble and Dust
I hate what they did to my town so I moved to another town
I hate what they did to my town so I moved to another town

I thought the change would do me good, Cordelia understood
The ghosts were creeping in on me and all my friends
But the house where we grew up is not our home
Cordelia, elsewhere will I roam?

I hate what they did to my town so I moved to another town
I hate what they did to my town so I moved to another town

Goddamn I wanna be free. Cordelia fetch my wings
Black cats are on the trail of this lonesome whippoorwill
But the house where we live is not our home
Cordelia, elsewhere will I roam?

And the interlopers on the corner sing, “I wish this town was more like New Orleans

I hate what they did to my town so I moved to another town
I hate what they did to my town so I moved to another town

This old house ain’t gonna haunt itself. From PDX to the AVL
The old folks bitch and moan do not renovate my home
But this house was meant to flip and fly
Cordelia, it’s time to say goodbye

I hate what they did to my town so I moved to another town
Track Name: Science
Just because it's science doesn't mean that it's not beautiful, alright
Just because it's science doesn't mean that it's not beautiful, alright
Tell me you love me, tell me a lie
You know I love you baby till the day I die
Just because it's science doesn't mean that it's not beautiful, alright

When the sky starts a-falling and the seas come a calling rejoice
When the sky starts a-falling and the seas come a calling rejoice
Fish are gonna fry, bells are gonna ring, another angel’s gonna get a little wing
Just because it's science doesn't mean that it's not terrible

Just because you don't believe, don't mean that it's unbelievable
Just because you don't believe, don't mean that it's unbelievable
Pull down the shades, turn out the lights
Jehovah’s coming down your chimney tonight
Hell for the company, heaven for the climate
It's a long row to hoe, find a mule and get behind it
Just because it's science doesn't mean that it's not beautiful
Track Name: Fifty Foot Locust
There's a fifty foot Honey Locust looking down on me
Looking down on me
Looking down on me
There's a fifty foot Honey Locust looking down on me
Right next to the baby's rocking chair

The devil took a shine to my castle in the sand
Castle in the sand
Castle in the sand
The devil took a shine to my castle in the sand
Right next to the baby's rocking chair

The angels of forevermore are footprints in the snow
Footprints in the snow
Right next to the baby's rocking chair

Little broken Jesus on a freshly mowed down stump
Freshly mowed down stump
Right next to the baby's rocking chair

There's a fifty foot Honey Locust looking down on me
Looking down on me
Looking down on me
There's a fifty foot Honey Locust looking down on me
Right next to the baby's rocking chair

Right next to the baby's rocking chair
Track Name: It Happens All the Time
I used to sing My Country Tis Of Thee
Walking on Fightin Side of Me
I was a puppet on a string
In a world full of string

You better watch what you're looking for
Wrap your hands around a 2x4
Are you ready to go door to door
'Cause it happens all the time

I used to trust that garden would not grow
The wildflower blooms where the hard wind blows
And it's hard for me to understand
The blood on the hands of a working man

You better watch what you're looking for
Wrap your hands around a 2x4
Are you ready to go door to door
'Cause it happens all the time


I don't wanna take my life in my hands
Every time I have to talk to the man
And it happens all the time

It's your job, it's my life
I go to jail, you go home to your wife
And try and kill the rest of the day
While I waste away

You better watch what you're looking for
Wrap your hands around a 2x4
Are you ready to go door to door
It happens all the time
Track Name: Ni Ni Neo
Take a look at yourself in the mirror and stop crying now
Take a look at yourself in the mirror and stop crying now

Your ship has come in
Again and again
The wolves at my door
Come to heel on your floor

Take a look at yourself in the mirror and stop crying now
Take a look at yourself in the mirror and stop crying now

Crocodile tears
Sad bombardier
Pray the rains don’t come down
For real on your crown

It’s hard to decide what to do sometimes
Til your eyes get used to the dark
It’s hard to decide what to do sometimes
Triple stacks blocking out the sun

Take a look at yourself in the mirror and stop crying now
Take a look at yourself in the mirror and stop crying now
Ni Ni Neo
Ni Ni Neo
Ni Ni Neo
Track Name: Four Leaf Clover
I pulled the petals off a four-leaf clover
Luck run out, horseshoe turned over
I told the devil this time it's over
I'm breaking up with you

How could a loving god let that live
How could a loving god let that live
Up against a wall til the damn thing give
I'm breaking up with you

Who's gonna feed the babies when the bears eat mom and dad
Who's gonna give the news to the kids the folks don't taste half bad

I pulled the petals off a four-leaf clover
Luck run out, horseshoe turned over
I told the devil this time it's over
I'm breaking up with you
Track Name: Sparks
The spark is looking for a flame
And the flame is looking for the wildfire
But the wildfire don't need the flame
The flame isn't looking for a spark

You were a daddy's pride and joy / But he really wanted a boy
He was the apple of your eye
He's the devil in disguise

The spark is looking for a flame
And the flame is looking for the wildfire
But the wildfire don't need the flame
The flame isn't looking for a spark

It ain't natural to be here now
Swimming with the sharks
We laughed until we cried
When your daddy up and died

The spark is looking for a flame
And the flame is looking for the wildfire
But the wildfire don't need the flame
The flame isn't looking for a spark

You got one screw loose he says
I hope they don't haul you away
You passed out on valium
In the auditorium

The spark is looking for a flame
And the flame is looking for the wildfire
But the wildfire don't need the flame
The flame isn't looking for a spark
Track Name: Time to Go
You don’t know what someone’s like until you go
You don’t know what someones capable of
Til they’re desperate, high and dry
It’s easy to get sleazy when your backs up against the wall
Now I think it’s time for me to fall

The sun is setting fast on my Blue Ridge home
Nightfall in the Land of Sky is dark indeed
Don’t you know?
As long as I have stayed up I have still to see sunrise
Now I think it’s time for me to shine

But it’s hard to leave when the drinks are free
It’s hard to laugh with you all when the joke’s on me
I thought I had the sense God gave to come in come from the cold
Now I think it’s time for me to go

It’s hard to leave when the drinks are free
It’s hard to laugh with you all when the joke’s on me
I thought I had the sense God gave the common buffalo
Now I think it’s time for me to go