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As part of a pair of releases in 2007, the self-titled Two Gallants follows The Scenery of Farewell EP and marks the duo's third full-length. Well known for their impassioned live sets and lengthy tour schedules, the recording may be the best translation of the duo's distinctive alchemy yet. Recorded at San Francisco's legendary Hyde Street studio and produced by Alex Newport, Two Gallants builds on the foundation laid by 2004's The Throes and 2006's What the Toll Tells. Adam's raw melodies and razor sharp vocals deliver haunting, dirgy poetics amidst Tyson's synergistic drumming style and striking harmonies, further defining Two Gallants' sound.

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released September 25, 2007

2007 Saddle Creek

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Track Name: The Deader
so now let me tell you about this girl of mine
heart like all men’s dreams in the days of 49
i turn hollow no me more swallow this fast only she breaks
but distance keeps her miles or meters what difference does it make
‘cause here they come again to reposes my dreams
child don’t play yourself things are never what they seem
a bridge a river a pale moon sliver city shines so bright
but to my despair i wake up where they sleep out every night
the girl i love is oh so far away
and i wonder can she hear me as i go through my day
oh now the bleating sea she laps upon my door
i’ll round a thousand horns just to drown upon her shore
blood red roses go down moses oh billowing sails
those so weak-willed guts all sea-filled throw them o’er the rails
boys tighten up the jib and sing a hearty song
we been driftin’ driftin’ for far too long
i take no care me i’m so bare-breasted on the bow
scabbed and weathered skin of leather who’s the deader now
the girl i love is oh so oh so far away
i wonder can she hear me as i go through my day
its so long lady angel i guess i’ll say goodbye
but i do believe i’m aging right before your eyes
wash up on her coast not a nickel to my name
sold my sold my sold my gold watch and chain
enough to hire a band of lyres to march me on my way
through hills and valleys sugar ditch alleys up to her hingeless gate
the girl i love is oh so oh so far i away
i wonder can she hear me as i go through my day
its so long lady angel i guess i’ll say goodbye
but i do believe i’m aging right before your eyes
cock crow in the morning heard it loud and clear
i ask her for to marry she answer with a tear
boy you have my heart and i know you always will
but that ain’t enough to hold me cause love don’t pay the bills
i turned away in shame for all my days in vain
guess i’ll just drag on no one loves you till you’re gone
let the river be my guide let the desert be my bride
till my heart turns to steel till I no longer feel
that the girl i love is oh so oh so far away
i wonder can she hear me as i go through my day
its so long lady angel i guess i’ll say goodbye
but i do believe i’m aging right before your eyes
Track Name: Miss Meri
i went down an empty lane searching for a song
came back an empty man my whiskers they hung long
well i guess i am your native son despite my queer disguise
but i keep all i can call my own in the bags beneath my eyes
oh miss meri don’t despair we got ways to numb your pain
same old story: blood sweat glory
i just hope all your trials weren’t in vain
to all my so-called country men who bless this stolen ground
is jesus gonna pick you up when your hunger way you down
mama come and save me nothing’s sacred anymore
what good was living for
i been wondering just who misplaced my soul
there’s pockets in my holes
way out on the open plains men pave beneath the sun
the great suburban dawn if you build it they will come
oh miss Meri don’t despair we got ways to numb your pain
same old fable: three legged table
i just hope all your trials weren’t in vain
Track Name: The Hand That Held Me Down
oh the razor in your apple the affection of your glove
the prison of your company the snake oil of your love
the leash by which you drag me the heights that hurl your scorn
the trumpets play the livelong day but they blow so forlorn
did you hold the hand that held me down
did you laugh at my expense
when there’s rust upon your ragged crown
who will stand at your defense
when i unveiled my weakness on your rodeo of tears
you stood there so vacantly your fingers in your ears
and you left by the morning with all that’s left to steal
but every time you say farewell there’s breadcrumbs at your heals
did you kiss the hand that held me down
was your kindness just pretense
when there’s no one left for you to clown
who will stand at your defense
but its ashes lord its ashes why must we all fall down
you take your place among the saints make not a single sound
and on the hills that held our childhood the flowers they grow still
you lay beneath them pushing weeds and i guess you always will
could you be the hand that held me down
when i was sick with common sense
now your statuettes are all torn down
now your innocence is spent
and ever since your epitaph was splattered on my wall
no one comes to call they can’t stand the stench
but i still sing your praises every time the curtain calls
the burden on me falls
yes i alone stand at your defense
Track Name: Trembling of the Rose
why must it come to this you disown me with a kiss
another number on your list guess that’s me
but oh no what have i done another fool blind by the sun
now which way shall run aimlessly
but look out now i can’t see straight
just woke up and its getting late
and i’m as full of hate as i used to be
but in the hour of my demise
i’ll recall your empty eyes
you know i died the day you set me free
what good is livin’ for when there’s no knock on the door
no shelter from the war against me
but if you comfort me till dawn i’ll sing your lonesome song
pack my things and i’ll get gone vagrantly
with your high heels and your mace
you tell me i’m out of place
rip my eyes out of my face with ease
and if i had one inch of pride
you took that too when you said goodbye
you know i died the day you set me free
well i dreamt of you last night and i woke to curse my life
good god i’m sick of sight can’t you see
but i must remain composed ‘neath the trembling of the rose
but you left me so exposed faithlessly
but who knows what is right or wrong
i’ll paint your death and carry on
no i don’t belong that’s plane to see
i guess i’ll take your stress in stride
the hill is steep the water’s wide
you know i died the day you set me free
Track Name: Reflections of the Marionette
call the dogs and sound the horns
the city key of where i’s born
has been stolen by someone i thought i knew

she blew in with some angel dust
from southern state where love is lust
and i hope she’s gone by the time this song is through

but out among the passers by she wets her lips sweats her eyes
baits her tongue with pity for her prey
she transcends the avenue with a smile for me a wink for you
i guess i’ll take my place in yesterday




but darling i cant wait for you to leave this town
you just got here too late and no one wants you ‘round
with one foot on my back the other on the rail
i don’t want to see you fall i just want to see you fail

well the night is sweet the night’s divine
it stains your teeth with blood red wine
and leaves you lying in your enemy’s arms

and while you mumble down the hall
something ‘bout a skin made wall
you find you’re just a sucker for her charms

‘cause the vanity that cakes her face
sucks you into death’s embrace
you feel your sense of self just fade away

see you’re just a one man show
and once you’re done its time to go
hear some restless footsteps down the way

the youth protests the failing light
with his shirt sleeves rolled in the humid night
he wonders where it was that he went wrong

and in denial while he ascends
to her lofty room where all dreams end
he watches while his footsteps lead him on

but his turn comes the next in line
the well worn steps he slowly climbs
to find her lying meat-hooks on display

and in the streets the sirens sing
what word they tell what news they bring
the puppet in his cuffs of string obeys
Track Name: Ribbons 'Round My Tongue
oh lady fair your stranglin’ hair raps round my tongue
i try to speak but my thoughts grow weak for all the yarns you’ve spun
i heard them say that evil may walk in beauty’s shoes
and if ever i could love myself then i’ll stop loving you
were you out the other night flirting with all my friends
i heard you told a joke or two with my name at the end
hurry home i sit in stone tell me it just ain’t true
but if ever i could love myself then i’ll stop loving you
when you’re gone i’ll carry on t’was never meant to last
and i’d much prefer to sit alone and drink about the past
or so i say some how some way till i believe its true
that if ever i could love myself then i’ll stop loving you
this illness lord it chills me so the shadows closing in
but it feels quite nice to your chest of ice so i’ll let the darkness win
and at dawn i wakes with the bloody shakes to begin each day anew
and if ever i could love myself than i’ll stop loving you
Track Name: Despite What You've Been Told
well i guess by the blood stain of your lips
and the wander of your fingertips
i should prove true to my ruthlessness and stay here
well i’m just a kid of ill-repute
but the skin i wear’s my only suit
and you you’re just a substitute for the one that i hold dear
you know you could be anyone
god forgive my tasteless tongue
i never should have been set free
i claw my eyes i skin my face
beg somehow to be replaced
that’s how we deal with boys like me
well i guess for this world so sick with loss
and those who dream despite the cost
i should climb down off my rugged cross
and lay with you
but you know by now its half past late
and i only came here for escape
you you’re just my next mistake
like me to you
you know you could be anyone
god forgive your unborn sons
i hope they don’t end up like me
i drag my mind through streets of shame
hate myself forgive the game
that’s how we deal with boys like me
but despite what you’ve been told
i once had a soul
left somewhere behind
a former friend of mine
and i hate to speak so free
but you mean nothing to me
so if the street lights they shine bright
i’ll get home tonight
i guess by the dim light in your eyes
and that to you all things come to you as a surprise
i should set the steel-trap of your thighs
and dive right in
but to you i’m just a confused child
insecure or in denial
go raise your robes and have your trial
i’ll let you win
you know i could be anyone
god forgive what i should’ve done
my thoughts enough to guilty be
yes i guess i made this bed
but i’ll take the sidewalk instead
that’s how we deal with boys like me
but despite what you’ve been told
i once had a soul
left somewhere behind
a former friend of mine
and i hate to sound so true
but i mean nothing to you
so if the street lights they shine bright
i’ll get home tonight
Track Name: Fly Low Carrion Crow
fly low you carrion crow
and seize my body for the debt i owe
drop me high unto the depths below
for the things i’ve dreamed no one else should know
its just me and you and our ribcage brains
we polish the brass and we dust the panes
and lay down fallow like slaveless chains
they call us sick as though they’re all so sane
fly low you carrion crow
and seize my body for it lives no more
and drop me high unto the depths below
for the things i’ve seen no one else should know
old crone in your zip-lock shawl
were you once the fairest among them all
now you’re down so low there’s no more depth to fall
but the gifts of youth will soon betray us all
fly low you carrion crow
and seize my body for to free my soul
and drop me high unto the depths below
for the things i’ve done no one else should know
what speak you of a love so bold
no song could sing no word could hold
well i’ll tell you now of an end foretold
and a life long wait for death’s parole
fly low you carrion crow
and take me back to something that i once did know
its not for you that my tale’s been told
for i don’t tell nobody what they should know
Track Name: My Baby's Gone
my baby breaks by the sea
floats her arms around me
where they pretend to be free
she don’t mean nothin’ to me
this broken opera just screams
what don’t get said in my dreams
don’t need no shoulders to lean
still i feel far too clean
my baby’s beauty explodes
my wounded conscience unloads
i go where cold winds don’t blow
i go where no body goes
but now my wave breaks down on me
whole world seems out to sound me
i’ll drown no one to show me
can’t swim i lost my floaties
my baby’s gone