Once a Giant

by King Cardinal

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King Cardinal's new album, full color CD with original artwork by Emi Knight.

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released June 2, 2015

Produced by Jamie Mitchell
Engineered by Logan Muckler
All songs mixed by John Macy,
Except Standing Down mixed by Logan Muckler
Mastered by Randy LeRoy at Airshow Mastering
Artwork by Emi Knight

King Cardinal is...
Brennan Mackey - Vocals, Guitar
Jamie Mitchell - Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Vocals
Kramer Kelling - Bass, Vocals
Scout Roush - Drums

Additional Musicians:
Texanna Dennie - Vocals (One)
Benjamin Gallagher - Pump Organ (Gasoline), Accordion (Release Me), Organ (One)
Seth Evans - Banjo (Abraham), Keys (Into the Wind)
Scott Conroy - Guitar (Standing Down)
Becca Bisque - Viola (Abraham, Into the Wind, Release Me, Standing Down)

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Track Name: Abraham
Oh Abraham, Where have you gone
You went out through the back door to the setting sun
With a spoon full of oil from a paper bag
It looked just like the medicine and tasted just as bad

you wanted something that's solid gold
But sometimes the brightest things are better left untold

Cause the pretty things come with pain
and you can watch them roll away
or you can wonder round the back roads
til your feet land in their place

Oh Brother John, What have you done
You fought your way through the pain now your body's torn
Once was a giant brought down to his knees
With his index finger raised he tests the strength of the breeze

you wanted something that's solid gold
but the illness of age makes the bright seem dull

Cause the prettiest things decay
and you can watch them roll away
or you can wonder round the back roads
til your feet land in their place
Track Name: Gasoline
Poor old Matthew
Stuck changing lanes
Stuck lighting matches
And playing games

On dirty couches
And dirty sinks
And used up friends
that pour the strongest drinks

Where you going
Who you gonna be
If you want fire
I've got the gasoline

Take a train to Asheville
Find your bible there
It looks just like the last one
'cept you're older here

Find a god divided
He deals in wasted time
He'll take you down to Charleston
Yeah he'll take your mind

Where you going
Who you gonna be
If you want fire
I've got the gasoline

A hand written address
Addressed from home
It says your father's gone
Now you're all alone

Once a sturdy attic
Now run aground
You fumble with the pieces
But you'll make it count

Where you going
Who you gonna be
If you want fire
I've got the gasoline
Track Name: Into the Wind
Gone are the days I breathed
The smoke in the air and the make believe
I turn my lantern down low
While everybody's burns free

Cause only time can break my fall
And wash the tide over us all
Put your weight into the wind
And put your faith in me again

I got this wound from playing knives
Bandaged it up and took another man's life
I'd trade this trouble for a gram
Dammit Mary won't you show me how to be a man

Cause only time can break my fall
And wash the tide over us all
Put your weight into the wind
And put your faith in me again

Isn't anybody gonna show me out
What once was my body lay covered in this shroud
Take what is left of me
Bury it below these trees
Where I can be earthbound
Where I can be earthbound

I put the bottle on the shelf
And I put my hands over my mouth
I may not be a proper gentleman
I don't know where I'm going, but I sure know where I've been

Cause only time can break my fall
And wash the tide over us all
Put your weight into the wind
And put your faith in me again
Track Name: One
Amber swigs in the front yard
Of a church that's closed for the night
You keep me wrapped, You keep me dangling
Oh just for the sight

Sprawled cross sheets, Yeah I scrawl your name
From my bed to the foot of the door
It's unlatched for the breeze to walk through
In hopes that I'll wake next to you

In the dark of a crowded room
I put my hands on your hips
You may not recall but I sure as hell do
I can't get my head over this

Now I sit in the back of empty theaters
Where the light can hide my face
Killing my time as the days unwind
And my body can drift back to place
Track Name: Release Me
Hope, I've fallen from the trees
Wounds open wide
What I found
Was much to fine

Oh, The branches underneath
They break my fall
Now the birds
Don't trill at all

I am not broken yet
Wait till you see what I have made
Me and my bloody fists
We will claim the rest someday

God, I'm good with what you gave
You gave to me
but you ripped
Me to my seams

Oh, It wasn't only me
There something more
And life
Below these boards

I am not broken yet
Wait till you see what I have made
Me and my bloody fists
We will claim the rest someday

Release
Release
Release Me
Track Name: Standing Down
This name stolen out from your mouth
But you know it gets pretty dark in Nebraska
On a plane belligerent but conscious
I am wasted and wasted on

Standing down
Head in place
Take the water
Or take the road
Take it out of me

This book, we started it together
But on a park bench there I let it die
Take a hard look, I am not your woman
You gave me so many, so many reasons why

Standing down
Held in place
Take the water
Or take the road
Take it out of me