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Radium Death

by William Elliott Whitmore

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Phil Russick Easily one of the best tracks on the album. I saw him out in Pittsburgh, real cool guy, support his stuff. Favorite track: Go On Home.
jonathan
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jonathan Sometimes the world simply does not make sense, this album reflects some of the difficulties that life can bring. The vocals and songwriting are very powerful but not for everyone. "Life is easy it is living that is hard." (+1 for nighttime crickets!)
Civilizations is good too. Favorite track: Go On Home.
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released March 31, 2015

David Zollo – piano and organ on “Ain’t Gone Yet” and “Don’t Strike Me Down,” harmony vocal on “A Thousand Deaths”

Mike Shulte – drums on “Trouble in Your Heart,” “Ain’t Gone Yet,” and “Don’t Strike Me Down”

Zach Westerdahl – bass on “Ain’t Gone Yet” and “Don’t Strike Me Down”

Pete Biasi – bass on “Trouble in Your Heart”

Brendan Spengler – organ on “Healing to Do”

Stephen “The Kid” Howard – Electric Guitar on “Ain’t Gone Yet” and “Don’t Strike Me Down”

Randy Davis – solo on “Don’t Strike Me Down”

Blake Shaw – stand-up bass on “Can’t Go Back”

Roger Miller – pedal steel on “Can’t Go Back”

Sarah Cram – harmony vocal on “Ain’t Gone Yet”

Jenny Lynn Stacey – harmony vocal on “Ain’t Gone Yet”

Gemma Cohen – harmony vocals on “Don’t Strike Me Down”

Miranda Mallard - harmony vocals on “Don’t Strike Me Down”

Eden West - harmony vocals on “Don’t Strike Me Down”

Recorded by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studies in Iowa

Produced by W.E. Whitmore and Luke Tweedy

Cover art by Tim Wehile and layout by Johnathan Crawford

Mastered by Carl Staff in Chicago

Special thanks to Chloe. Thanks to my family and friends, and thanks to all the fine folks who’ve helped me get through this strange world.

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Track Name: Healing to Do
My soul was achin’
My hands were weak
My heart was breakin’
My mouth could not speak

But times can change
Hopefully we can too
This world is strange
I guess we’ve all got healing to do

I played my cards the best I could
I came by it honestly
Worrying ‘bout the past never did no good
What’s gone is gone, you see

No one can know what
We’ve been through
Goes to show
We’ve all got some healing to do

Now my soul is hangin’ in
My hands are strong
I know I could fall again
But for now I’m holdin on

Times can change
Hopefully I can too
This world is strange
Guess we’ve all got some healing to do
Track Name: Civilizations
Don’t mind me I’m just livin here
Don’t mind me I’m just livin’ here
Tear down the mountains, cut the forest clear
Don’t mind me I’m just livin here

Pay no attention I’m just trying to exist
Pay no attention I’m just trying to exist
I’ve said too much now my name’s on a list
pay no attention to me

I know, I know, I know
Civilizations they come and they go
Sooner or later they crumble and fall
We’re just here in the middle of it all

Don’t mind me I’m bleeding now
Don’t mind me I’m just bleeding now
A hand from above cut out my heart somehow
Don’t mind me I’m just bleeding now

Under the radar hopefully
Under the radar hopefully
I’ll live live live ‘til they bury me
Under the radar hopefully
Track Name: Trouble in Your Heart
Did you ever get rid of that trouble in your heart
Did you ever get rid of that trouble in your heart
Did you find a way, to make it through the day
Did you ever get rid of that trouble in your heart

No matter what you do
Don’t let ‘em get the best of you

It’s so good to see that you’re standing up straight
I know these last few years ain’t been great
You’ll make it through, you always do
It’s so good to see that you’re standing up straight

No matter what you do
Don’t let ‘em get the best of you

Did you ever find what you needed from this world
Did you ever find what you needed from this world
You’ve been through hell, but you’re alive and well
Did you ever find what you needed from this world

No matter what you do
Don’t let ‘em get the best of you
Track Name: A Thousand Deaths
When that thing went down we all knew
It would never be the same again
Do what you can to survive, we all do
Try our best to feel something

My worst nature gets the best of me
I could level cities with ferocity
I could crumble buildings and societies
With exceptional grace and phenomenal ease

I’ve died a thousand times
I’ll die a thousand more
This life can be so unkind
I hope we find what we’re searching for

I could burn up like a nuclear reactor
Glow like radium
Show up like a natural disaster
Disappear like a setting sun

We fall down like autumn leaves
We rise up with a gust of wind
Cry not for the bare limbs of trees
Come spring they’ll be full again

I’ve died a thousand times
I’ll die a thousand more
This life can be so unkind
I hope we find what we’re searching for
Track Name: Go On Home
Big dark cloud hanging low
Follows me everywhere I go
Leaves a shadow on the ground
Can’t recall when it wasn’t so

It’s time to go home

What the hell is going on
I’ve been away for far too long
I forgotten what it’s like to stop
Spent all my time just being gone

It’s time to go home

I’ve been bad I’ve been unkind
Can’t stand myself sometimes
This place had layed me low
I think I’ve lost my mind

It’s time to go home

The whole damn thing’s falling apart
Life is easy, but livin’s hard

It’s time to go home
Track Name: Don't Strike Me Down
Don’t strike me
Don’t strike me down
Destruction and death all around

No judge, no jury
Better move yourself in a hurry
No time to waste
There’s fire coming from above
Get ready to lose what you love
Get ready to lose what you love

Don’t strike me
Don’t strike me down
Destruction and death all around
Don’t strike me down
There’s something going wrong in my town

Face down on the pavement
No one around to save me
No time to react
There’s fire coming from above
Get ready to lose what you love

I can’t believe what’s happenin
My feet are bound my hands are tied
They’ve come to kill me once again
My loved ones have already died

Don’t strike me
Don’t strike me down
Destruction and death all around
Don’t strike me down
There’s something going wrong in my town
Track Name: Can't Go Back
Everything’s quiet, the trees are still
I can’t go back to town, don’t know if I will
Give my regards to the court house judge
Tell ‘em to go straight to hell, and don’t hold no grudge

I hate these walls that lock us in
I want to wander the hills and fields again
Sleep all night under the moonlit sky
Spend some time alone just you and I

Now that it’s June, here’s what we’ll do
We’ll howl at the moon and patch the old canoe
Put it down in the water, let it take us where it may
Head downstream and (just) float away

I don’t have a dollar, I don’t have a dime
Just say you’ll be with me for all time
If you could love me just as I am
This brash and bullheaded man

Out the kitchen window, I’m so pleased to see
Track Name: South Lee County Brew
Our Saturday night bonanzas, are known from here to Kansas
As being the thing to do
We like to pass around that shine, get everybody feelin’ fine
Drinking good old south lee county brew

Put it to your lips and take a little nip
You know your bell is rung when you can’t feel your tongue
And all you did was take a little sip

Tip back the jar, so good so far
We’ll drink ‘til we don’t know what to do
We’ll hoop and we’ll holler, we’ll take another swallow
Of that good old south lee county brew

Another batch will be done soon, we’ll be howlin’ at the moon
What tomorrow brings I haven’t got a clue
All I know is tonight I’ll be feelin alright
With my bottle of south lee county brew

Some folks say that the jar’s half empty
Some folks say that the jar’s half full
Some folks like me don’t give a damn
Long as I get another pull
Track Name: Have Mercy
You’re mistaken if you think I’m gonna let you
Drag me through the mud again
You’re mistaken if you think I’m gonna sit idly by
While you take that knife and stab it in

I don’t expect to see
Anything good come from this misery
I don’t expect nothin’ from you
So please leave me be

I’ve had about all I can stand
Of the sufferin’ cause by your hand

Into every life
A little rain must fall
I feel drenched to the bone
And tired of it all

So do a little dance on my grave
Do a little dance on my grave
Do a little dance on my grave
And hope I got some soul left to save
Track Name: Ain't Gone Yet
When I was young I walked into the woods
Amongst the sycamores and pines I often stood
To contemplate life and death
I’ll be gone someday but I ain’t gone yet

If the weather is willing and the creek don’t rise
I’ll see you again over there on the other side
As sure as that creek flows to the river bed
I’ll be gone someday but I ain’t gone yet

I’ll be gone someday but I ain’t gone yet
Both feet in the grave my lungs out of breath
Six feet in the soul no thoughts in my head
I’ll be gone someday but I ain’t gone yet

You wont see me on Sunday when church bells toll
Never needed any help saving my mortal soul
No need to pray no need to fret
I’ll be gone someday but I ain’t gone yet

I’ll be gone someday but I ain’t gone yet
Both feet in the grave my lungs out of breath
Six feet in the soul no thoughts in my head
I’ll be gone someday but I ain’t gone yet

I’ll be gone someday but I ain’t gone yet