Another Ghost to Sleep

by Hugh Trimble

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Recorded in New York, NY, Arlington, VA, and at Gypsy Cab Studios, Keedysville, MD.
Engineer: Jordan Miller
Album design by Uriah Theriault and Kaz Sasahara, feat. art by Hugh Trimble

©Hugh Trimble 2014

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released December 6, 2014

All songs written and performed by Hugh Trimble
Feat. additional percussion and guitar by Jordan Miller, and strings by Sam Swan.

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Hugh Trimble Chicago, Illinois

Songwriter, Hugh Trimble, moves with the organic story-telling of traditional American Folk. His genres wander through americana, celtic, indie rock and blues, and his stages range from subway platforms and streets corners to bars and clubs.

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Track Name: Bethesda
Don't you call my love
That lonely living light that lit you up
Because we both of us
Stole a little fight from daddy's touch
Oh but you've had enough
Of keeping words like gone and last and must
I just hope while you hold the gun
That the bullet answer's lost before she comes

Oh Bethesda we've come to let you go
We won't forget your city scripture no

So when you climb your day
And you show your subtle sex up on that stage
Will we hear you say
See I'm your wave show me where to break

Oh Bethesda we've come to let you go
Get up dress for your pretty picture show
Track Name: My Favorite Game
Don't you think that it's time dear
That you showed us what you're holding
Yes I think it's a fine fine thing
That you know just what you said
I keep saying I'll find love at your top
You lovely mountain
And the moment I climb up
I just fall back in your bed
It's my favorite game

I have a dream that you're water
And you wash my body clean
Then I'm your baby
And I show you how I sing
I think your mother and father
Made love in the summer rain
Because my love and their daughter
Is a little bit of everything
We lost to time

I'm not going anywhere without you
Come wind come rain come fire come the end
I'm not going anywhere

Too long on the East Coast
Too many promises been broken
Whenever you leave
you must know how you are missed
We follow your lead girl
It don't matter where you're going
Yes, Rochelle was a peach
But let's just leave her out of this
And get your birthday wish

I'm not going anywhere without you
Come wind come rain come fire come the end
I'm not going anywhere
Track Name: Hir
I met a man
Or a woman or a man
Moon bathing in Brooklyn
I watched them dance
They shook the land
they showed their hands
And I took them
And they asked me my plans
I said Ma'am I mean man
I just keep moving
They said it's not that you can't
Because you can
Oh my friend you just wouldn't

She he he she shakes my bones

Tell me where you want me

Then they found me
I was underground
Living off people's kindness
They said that sound
That ocean pound
Oh boy you play like it's all behind us
I changed my path
I changed my name
I changed my faith
I changed my haircut
I made some cash
I caught a train
And I played with the best of them
When the time came to cheat
I found I didn't need their forgiveness

She he he she shakes my bones

Tell me where you want me
Track Name: Halo
I came alone and I caught my Lord
In a game of souls in the hole of a debtor's home
Cold as stone but I made damn sure
That the pain was gone and the dogs left the dead alone
I woke at dawn to the sounds of war
With a gun to load and an open torn letter from
The only son that my own mother bore
It said you know the poem now it's time that you gave us song

I saw a child in the ash and the stone
She danced for God she danced for nothing more
I stopped a while and I watched the show
She took my hand and she healed my broken bones
Before the fires had reached the road
We quit the town and gone for higher ground
She took my life she returned my soul
To the fountain side where I died and I was found

I'm not going to dead end
I'll knock on the Devil's own door

There's a soldier's song that we teach the young
Saying hold your own and take back what they stole
Now they've grown and the war's begun
The Order comes but there's no one left to go

I'm not going to dead end
I'll knock on the Devil's own door
Track Name: Midnight Ghost
He hopped a line out of Salt Lake City
Dodging bulls clear to Sacramento
He'd left behind a six-string beauty
And couple of songs he had never meant to share
He hitched and he walked on to San Francisco
Singing and talking for tips at truck stops
He listened for God on the CB radios
And when he slept he dreamed he was following a grey mare

Where I'm going
Mister hell if I know
I got no home I can call my own
Don't want no load
Midas like your fool's gold
But I'd sell my soul just to ride that Midnight Ghost

When he reached the Pacific he walked into the waves
His banjo and boots keeping watch as he tumbled
As the salt of his skin the brine of the pulling deep
He laughed until the twilight bruised the west

He hung his clothes to dry and he lay down naked
The sand giving way under his backlog of stories
As his salt lashes fell to meet
He could have sworn he saw a shadow horse galloping down the coast

When he was sure he was dreaming he opened his eyes
He saw that horse steaming like a California sunrise
He rose up to meet what was just over the horizon
A train whistle blowed and he knowed it was the Midnight Ghost

Where I'm going
Mister hell if I know
I got no home I can call my own
Don't want no load
Midas like your fool's god
But I'd sell my soul just to ride that Midnight Ghost

He woke again to the noon sun shining
With a summersault songs he jumped up and climbed
That bluff that he'd learned by the light of the moon
from a whole night of chasing a galloping train to the end of everything

The first sight of the tracks made his Pilgrim heart beat
Like the rolling drums of steel on steel rattling wheels
Coming and going's no different he says
Because I never go back I just keep coming again

Where I'm going
Mister hell if I know
I got no home I can call my own
Don't want no load
Midas like your fool's god
But I'd sell my soul just to ride that Midnight Ghost
Track Name: Another Ghost to Sleep
I'm going away from here
July is going time of year
I'm going to Chicago
I'll drink a cup of your tears
But I'm going away from here

Did you miss the dream of me
While you kissed another ghost to sleep
You can't whistle for me
So just come back to me
When you miss the dream of me

You better hurry find your calling
Heaven don't wait for no one
You are young you are loved and you are free
Don't you worry don't be sorry
Everything's changing always
But you are young you are loved and you are free

I could sing for you
I could buy a wedding ring for you
Love is all I ask
It's all you have to do
And I will sing for you

But you better hurry find your calling
Heaven don't wait for no one
You are young you are loved and you are free
Don't you worry don't be sorry
Everything's changing always
You are young you are loved and you are free

Lord how the year's gone by
Like water in these hands of mine
Could you ask your father
How he learns to die
My how the years go by

We better hurry find the calling
Heaven don't wait for no one
We are young we are loved and we are free
Don't you worry don't be sorry
Everything's changing always
But you are young you are loved and you are free

Don't you worry don't be sorry
Everything's changing always
You are young you are loved and you are free.
Track Name: Our Fault
You walked off the stage like you're walking the plank
Drink my vinegar praise and you stutter your thanks
You study my face you know it but you don't know my name
But I don't blame you because love and war man it's all been the same

Is there nothing you hate but that shadow you cast
I say I want you naked but you turn your back
You say give me a second kid 'cause I'm not sure you want what I have
And I'd it at that but something tells me you're not coming back

Did you know we'd call you God?
There's blood on our fists
Don't you tell us this wasn't our fault

Now you're purple eyed tough with your spit and your scruff
You say you'll fuck them all up if they ever touched you
But I see through all that because you and I we've met before
It was that freak summer storm it took us all so far from the shore

There was salt on your feet and there was sand in my teeth
You were laughing at me as you walked on the sea
You said see everything's easy when you're the son of the Lord
I said I believed you I never said I didn't want anything more

Did you know they call you God?
There are holes in your wrists
Don't you tell them this wasn't their fault

The wine was too sweet but we bought it for cheap
From the girl down the street yeah the one on TV
And we got drunk and dreamed we were dreaming that we were being born
I woke up screaming but you said I think I've had that dream before

You stop your preaching and just listen to me
You ain't no Jesus you're just making a scene
And there's nothing to see here except that trick you pull when you disappear in the morning
You said you can call me anything but you can't call me boring

Do you know I call you God?
But I've stolen a kiss
Don't tell me this wasn't my fault

So we'll call you God
But there's something we missed
Don't you tell us this wasn't our fault
Track Name: Something to Lose
I went to Boston on a whim
I fell for you and I bust my chin
I was bleeding out and cold enough to die
I thought I'd lost you to him
I took my guitar to Providence
I wrote a song and found I could not lie

So I went down to New York City
Where you grow up fast and you grow up pretty
And I traded that song for whiskey and some weed
I was face down in Central Park
With a greasy dog who would not bark
He said boy in this town a bite's all you really need

Tell me how long
How long I got to be without you
Long I got to sing this lonely tune
Tell me how come
It ain't be been falling asleep without you
I got nothing to keep but something to lose

That Bethesda Fountain she know my name
And that bottle of bourbon knows my pain
And the bed I found knows how to get me off
The less I got the more I gain
The more I talk the less I'm game
It's the oldest joke but the punchline I forgot

I was trying to sleep on an uptown 6
With old Saint Paul and a bag of tricks
I didn't know it then but it was his birthday night
If I had blinked I would have missed
That weeping angel's goodbye kiss
But I caught the deed and I cried till morning light

Just singing how long
How long I got to be without you
Long I got to sing this lonely tune
Tell me how come
It ain't be been falling asleep without you
I got nothing to keep but something to lose

I woke up on a bus to Philly
I was chewing my cud because I was out of whiskey
I found that I'd lost my voice but I had my nerve
But then I fell is step with a girl named Billy
She bust my chops and she slapped me silly
I asked her why she said what else do you deserve

I know Chicago is where you is
But I picture you in Los Angeles
Slipping on stars and landing on your feet
February came old and thin but I was listening to dixie strings
And a Louisiana mama singing sweet

That winter was like a wet cat spitting
I was sweeping the streets with a mind for sinning
Busted flat but keeping my own time
I came across a downtown nancy
He took me home and he dressed me fancy
Then he spun me around saying sing it one more time

I was singing how long
How long I got to be without you
Long I got to sing this lonely tune
Tell me how come
It ain't be been falling asleep without you
I got nothing to keep but something to lose

Then I was soaking up them Austin colors
And I sat down at a bar called Mothers
Sure enough that tender looked like mine
The more I sat the more lost I felt
Hell I even missed my father's help
I tried calling home but the phone just ate my dimes

You called me up on Saint Valentine's
Said you'd had a child that it was mine
Then you laughed and said just kidding I got a tattoo
I didn't know what else to do
So I got drunk and I got one too
In the sober dusk I knew I couldn't change my mind

Tell me how long
How long I got to be without you
Long I got to sing this lonely tune
Tell me how come
It ain't be been falling asleep without you
I got nothing to keep but something to lose
Tell me how long
How long I got to keep this up
Long I got to be out on the move
Tell me how come
How come this song ain't wrapping up
I got nothing to have but something to lose

The night before judgment day
I think I'll throw my bottles away
And give what coins I have to the poor
But I know it'll never be enough
So I just want to tell you before I'm dust
You were always just what I've been looking for
Track Name: Kansas City Star
Oh my love where have you gone
The summer's lost and I'm alone once again with the Fall
Oh my love no I can't afford to call

Oh my friend what have we done
You can't pretend that you're in love with everyone of us
Oh my love no I can't afford the cost

It's why I break your heart
I'll never be the man from the Kansas City Star
You know by now that your daddy drove a stolen car
It's why I break your heart

So I think that I'll just go
And if we ever had a home perhaps it's where I'll be
Oh my love no I can't afford to leave

It's why I break your heart
I'll never be the man from the Kansas City Star
You know by now that your daddy drove a stolen car
It's why I break your hearts