Jeff Linden and the Black Spot Society

by Jeff Linden and the Black Spot Society

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released April 21, 2015

Produced and Mixed by Jeff Linden

Mastered by Dan Siper

All Music and Lyrics written by Jeff Linden

Jeff Linden – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Keys, Harmonica, Drum Programming

The Black Spot Society is:

John Colaiacovo – Drums on tracks 1 + 2
Jack Linden – Mandolin on tracks 1 + 2
Ian Mckinnon – Guitar Solo on track 1
Ian Hunter – Banjo on track 2
Bair Srivastav – Gang Vocals on track 2
Sean Ahern – Gang Vocals on track 2

Artwork Diti Gopalakrishnan

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Track Name: The Stranger's Blues
A girl asked me once / in the throes of love / if there was something such as fate and reason in the world / I said well yes, of course there was

I built my temple high / for her and me and I / but then I saw that all of it meant nothing / and I heard that lone whistle cry

my, how it rolls by

But if there’s one thing / worthwhile knowing in this fight / it’s that the road just / keeps on going through the night / it’s never hopeless / it’s never hopeless

So I left her there / and me and my despair / we went walking through a rundown garden / and came out with story to share

Through ambiguity / it was shown to me / if you’re a doxy or a lion tamer / just live your life, there’s nothing that you have to be

just try to stay alive

But if there’s one thing / worthwhile knowing in this fight / it’s that the road just / keeps on going through the night / it’s never hopeless / it’s never hopeless

Those weather charts they got me nowhere / left me marooned and bound to break / found something special someway somewhere / the worthwhile things are what we make

But if there’s one thing / worthwhile knowing in this fight / it’s that the road just / keeps on going /

But if there’s one thing / worthwhile knowing in this fight / it’s that the road just / keeps on going through the night /

it’s never hopeless / it’s never hopeless

it’s never hopeless / it’s never hopeless
Track Name: Bread & Roses
Tell all your friends there’s a war a coming / between me and this goddamn town /
we’ll share a laugh as the dogs go running / burn them bridges down
Years ago I was full of virtue / years ago I was full of grace /
I could never bring myself to hurt you / now I’m broken by this place

Lately I’m a worthless sinner / lately I don’t give a damn / but they grow fat while I grow thinner / so I’m doing what I can /
Let’s storm the halls of those who give us / bread but leave the roses out / may the angels sing and God forgive us / we take back what we found


So we won’t buy the heartache that they sell / give three cheers and send them all to
hell / today’s the day so sound the warning bell / while I raise a glass to you who
know me well /

God only knows just why you love me / god only knows why you hang around / but as sure as the stars in the sky above me / I won’t let you down
Track Name: Righteous Man
Casting shadows in the morning light / “heaven save me if I roam”
Decay and desolation fill your sight / you slowly realize it’s your home

Your home

Cinderella she is quite a sight / pinned down on Desperation Road
You told her you would be there past midnight / but it wasn’t her who skipped this show

This show/ Blood spilled out on whitest snow

Take my hand / I have to learn to be somehow / a righteous man / but there’s southern girls in party gowns / and I don’t know / how / the rain is still pouring / down

The rain’s still pouring down

Blow a kiss and softly say goodnight / a desperado works alone
But you’re not what you think of yourself boy / you’re just a kid who’s casting stones

Casting stones / until one hits your car window

Take my hand / I have to learn to be somehow / a righteous man / but there’s southern girls in party gowns / and I don’t know / how / the rain is still pouring / down
Track Name: Washington Road
I stand with grace and conviction / in the bricks and shadows of Princeton / and make a promise to myself / I swear on my forefathers’ namesake / that I will outlast all the headaches / and hold on to my health

In the face of deadlines and choices / I hear all the howling voices / pulling me aside / begging me just to listen / and keep up with their grand tradition / of telling me what’s right

My heart it screams out / I miss my hometown / the one I ditched and threw away / on these charts I write out / the best escape route / in hopes I’ll make it back one day / one day

I stand with my triumphs and failures / and dreams about spaceships and sailors / that I’ve had since I was born / and notions about love and romance / that I hold on to on the off-chance / I find someone I adore

‘Cause I’ve been on the brink of destruction / been drunk and unable to function / but ain’t we all / I’m just trying to make a new living / without all the shameful misgivings / and be in for the long haul

My heart it screams out / I miss my hometown / the one I ditched and threw away / on these charts I write out / the best escape route / in hopes I’ll make it back one day / one day

The hardest part / about life, it seems to me / is there’s no destiny / our fates are not / planned out endlessly / there’s nothing meant to be

Each choice we make / the paths we walk and hearts we break / we’ve no one else to blame / it’s all on us / to find people that we trust / and carve a place out of our own and do our best not to fuck it up