The Dark Countenance II: Demos + B​-​Sides

by Matt Spainhour

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These are Demos and B-Sides from an Album that never came to be. Most of the songs were fleshed out and ready to be mixed/mastered when a power-outage fried a hard drive and fired all the songs into the Dark Abyss of Frustration and Technical Difficulty. Here stand the remnants and ruins - testaments to what might have been, or what will be?

The incredible Artwork is by Christo, and these are all for you buddy. I hope you are warm and hopeful. Hardly a day goes by that I don't wish I was near you. Hold tight.

(More artifacts rest at darkcountenance.blogspot.com - scour them if you dare.)

credits

released September 3, 2008

All songs written and performed by Matt Spainhour 2008
Produced by Matt Spainhour

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Track Name: Hightide (you were right) (demo)
i'll speak for myself
i don't feel like letting go
and i'm staring at the past
like i lost myself somewhere behind

i see redemption here
still i lie awake on nights like these
when the wine just leaves me numb
and the bread can't seem to fill me up

you were right. you were right.
its cold and winter is coming in
don't lie. baby, don't lie.
because i'm tired and we've been there before

when i was a boy
my heart was strong and tied to you
now my heart is drunk
and in bed with some forbidden fruit

this silence grows in me
and i can't seem to make a sound
we were lost at sea
until someone put the anchor down

you were right. you were right.
we're alone and the tide is coming in
don't lie baby, don't lie.
because i'm tired and we've been there before

you were right. you were right.
we're alone and the tide is coming in
don't lie baby, don't lie
because i'm tired
and i just want to call you my home
Track Name: Twenty-Second and Constitution (In this temple, as in the hearts of men) or, Can You Keep A Good Man Down?
I spend my nights in the shadow of Lincoln,
reading his words and it sets me thinking

Can you keep a good man down with a bullet in his head?
Honey, if that's the way it goes, we're as good as dead.

I walk to the stairs where Martin once stood,
with a fire in his belly and a sharp word.

Thinking can you keep a good man down with a bullet in his head?
Honey, if that's the way it goes, we're as good as dead.

Abraham Lincoln had a Sovereign, had a son.
I see the pain in his eyes and I'm not the only one.
Martin all of my dreams are coming undone.
Jesus, save me from it all.

Jesus Christ, you've got to hold me together
Let my fears take flight light as a feather.

Can you keep a good man down with a bullet in his head?
Jesus, if that's the way it goes, we're as good as dead.
Track Name: Black Tie Affair
Beautiful girl, you left me like a child,
tired for you, and thinking of your eyes

If I ever get out of here you know
I'll pick you up slow
and take you with me

Somewhere in the hills, there's a light that leaves you blind
And paints the world until you begin to change your mind

If I ever get out of here you know
I'll turn myself around
If I ever get out of here you know
I'll turn myself around

(enter harmonica binge)

If I ever get out of here you know
I'll pick you up slow and take you with me
If I ever get out of here you know
I'm never coming back

Beautiful girl, you left me like a child,
tired for you, and thinking of your eyes
Track Name: I've got a pair of white pants
I've got a p