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The Branches Always Creaking

by Chilliard

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1.
as i bathe in the blood red winter sun i feel no warmth upon my face this was always within me i feel the itch but my life has just begun the black writhes the bracnhes always creaking inside my head i see the shadows crawling up the trunk i feel the snow crunch beneath my boots i feel a tickle in my throat the branches always creaking as i bathe in the blood red winter sun i feel the snow crucnh beneath my boots i see myself hanging from the tree the branches always creaking
2.
Tomorrow 04:30
i don't know where i'll be tomorrow if i'll have you in my arms again or if the sun will set on my heart, tomorrow you pulled away from the shore in the boat we built for each other and left me stranded on the dock you left me alone to drown in the dark you pulled away from the shore in the boat we built for each other there's still shades of this trail we blazed together i walk alone now it's all overgrown i don't know if i'll be here tomorrow if i'll see another sunset again or if the sun will set on my corpse, tomorrow you pulled away from the shore in the boat we built for each other watching the fireflies being with you too bad wishes don't come true you pulled away you pulled away you pulled away you pulled away you pulled away you pulled away i don't know where i'll be tomorrow if i'll have you in my arms again or if the sun will set on my heart, tomorrow you pulled away from the shore in the boat we built for each other
3.
went out of the house one night right after we had a fight she never left alone but i had work to go when i saw our bedroom window with the lights off it felt like a stab in the gut where was my love? where could she be? the law wouldn't help and sleep wouldn't come so i went around looking all night just as dawn broke, with tears down my face i found her body curled up in the grass with the snails she looked so at peace but i couldn't help but think someone did this to her but at the end of the day maybe it's better this way because i can still hold my love in my arms and in my heart
4.
when i hear the rain coming down on this tin metal roof it brings me joy, it brings me peace cause i'll be leaving this cold cell in the morning, headed out of town and the sun will set red on my shallow grave because i'm seeing through rose colored glasses again well i've robbed my share of trains, and i've killed more than men who'd see me harmed i've defiled filthy virgins but i don't claim to be a bad man always troubled is what i'd say maybe a little obssessed with sunglassses and murder ballads and the sun will set red on my shallow grave because i'm seeing through rose colored glasses again but i'm heading to another place, where everything is green and the sun sets red like you're seeing through rose colored glasses they call this punishment for my crimes but really, the judge is only doing me a favor and the sun will set red on my shallow grave because i'm seeing through rose colored glasses again collar beneath my ear it's only 5 minutes away 13 knots around my neck this is the first and last time on the end of the hang mans noose
5.
Home 02:33
do you remember the song i wrote the morning we got evicted? with all the uncertainty you said it to me home was wherever we were together home was within each other my home was you and now i don't know what to do i'm trying to find hope in you like i did back then i remember how happy it made you when i mentioned you in a song so here's a whole album and our old room has become nothing but a prison cell i'm a passing shell this isn't my home it's where i come to sleep alone it's like i've been house shopping with Leonard Cohen Death of a Ladies Man is like walking in heaven that blonde girl was with me i was sipping amoretto she was drinking whiskey she sucked my dick and then bit me
6.
i will linger
7.
i'm super attractive, incredibly humble very talented, the fucking man you're in my way away away you're in my way you're in my way away away you're in my way hipster mother fucker, red hair to my shoulders stupid dirty hippie why don't you get a job? get a job get a job rumours on the street, he lives for sunglasses and not completely buttoned flannel shirts you're in my way away away you're in my way you're in my way away away you're in my way hipster mother fucker, red hair to my shoulders i lead a commune where they call me god call me god call me god hipster mother fucker, red hair to my shoulders my brain is like mush just go away go away
8.
Dead Song 02:24
i met a girl and quickly she became my whole wide world all i wanted was to be loved i never needed anything but her we had christmas together and i loved her so i protected you with all my might then one night we had a fight and she never ever came home again now there's a void that's the same person as you but it's not the same person i knew i try and try and try but i don't know what to do i can't stop from feeling blue she is dead and gone but her corpse still walks around maybe some day i'll join my love i'll be in the ground
9.
you make me feel so at peace on this snowy night with my candles burning and the shining lights bright with you by my side, each and every night you made me feel so at peace on each snowy night with my candles burning and my crying eyes bright you're no longer by my side each and every night
10.
steel wool splinters oh yeah gray clouds above oh yeah bugs in the wax bugs in the wax the sun is black oh i'm here again oh yeah standing out at midnight my eyes adjust and i can see a blackened sky and cloudy it's really pretty moody the sun is black oh i'm here again oh yeah i will eat the sun steel wool splinters oh yeah black clouds above oh yeah moth in the trap moth in the trap the sun is black oh i'm here again oh yeah

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Dedicated to John Hilliard [1956-2018]

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released September 4, 2020

All songs written by: Cody Hilliard

Album artwork by: Juha Vuorma

Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar by: Cody Hilliard
Session bass (songs 1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10), drums (songs 2, 4,5, 7, 8, 10), synth (songs 1, 4, 5, 8), slide guitar (songs 1, 2, 4, 7), electric guitar (song 1), etc by: Trevor Humphreys

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Think of the crackling audio as snow whispering against your window, or a roaring fire.

Buffalo, Ny

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