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A Hollow Triumph After All

by Radiator King

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1.
After All 02:31
Barbed wire and black molasses My palms sweat at the sight of it all The low down docks of New Orleans Where they almost trampled my soul Walking alone down 5th Street Just $5 that I saved I tore off my old raincoat and I left behind my name Edith can you see me now Shaking in the cold Well I’ve gone to meet my brothers where the Southern meets the Yellow Dog I watched a Harlem sunset through the cracks in my attic door I still hear the dogs bark in the hall where you marked my height on the wall Don’t give up on me father I’m just out here making sense of it all Is there anyone here that can tell me where the Southern meets the Yellow Dog Is there anyone here that can tell me where the Southern meets the Yellow Dog
2.
Fate speaks to you in an all familiar tone in a dialect that’s neither proper or well known The soft fibers of fear touch against your fingertips and you smile at all the reasons why Lady luck winks at you but you just look away She’s foreign, untamed, exotic and unkind There’s a hole that she’s been digging and you caught a glimpse of it It’s true you will be buried there someday I know, I know there’s no sticking to the guns you pawned a long time ago Haunted by the song of hope the dance of everlong Our heroes and our villains walk a blurry line There’s no anger now But I see how the dust from a hundred years always settles on the brim of time I know, I know there’s no sticking to the guns you pawned a long time ago Most of what I learned wading in their sea of guilt is to doubt that I could ever really swim But the hardest part of all is to deny their lifeline When the current’s pulling you out with the tide I know, I know there’s no sticking to the guns you pawned a long time ago I know there’s no sticking to the guns that you pawned long ago
3.
Ghost Dance 03:48
The moon passed between the sun Three riders rode like they’ve always done a vision descended down from the sky They came to see the Wood Cutter speak in the Nevada town of Smith Valley His words shattered upon the canyon walls Come meet your sons out on the rim of the world Torn from my home out on the plains when blood rained down from foreign blades Son, let me grasp your hand Children cried out on the range when fever hit, smallpox came We wept when the agents pushed us all to Hell We were born much the same but somewhere along the way you were shown a world that couldn’t live without you I threw some grass into the air to see which way to face my mare Out somewhere, I heard the mission bells toll I must admit I see no shame in a violent road that violence paved Grandpa, I pray that you can understand I can still see them all dancing under the stars We are dancing Out on the rim of the world Medicine man began to dance scattered dust up in the air Behold a madness that shook the earth Clouds of gun smoke filled the air My brethren scattered everywhere to rest their heads, out beyond the ravine I can still see them all dancing under the stars We are dancing out on the rim of the world
4.
No one was there to receive me kicking at heaven’s backdoor So i made my way back to the front lines of the war On my way back down to the rubble All around me vultures sang I got this dog named Tex that hasn’t left my side in days I came to a camp by a clearing Where men of sickness sang a song from the books of the late Iron Age the rain in Bruges kept falling the cranes of Ghent were swinging round the Flying Circus scattered all the village to the ground the sparrow flies blind the sparrow flies blind It’s Christmas time I’ll walk the mile out to the borderline No man’s land is a place we can all stand on Andy knew this girl from Edinburgh the poor boy fell for her like a stone She waved her scarf in the air the day his London bus left home I was hanging down round the pulpit the day his Dear John letter came Andy walked off into the end of the night in the rain the sparrow flies blind the sparrow flies blind It’s Christmas time I’ll walk the mile out to the borderline No man’s land is a place we can all stand on Candles lined the trenches as far as the eye could see The air was dry and the mist was slow to leave Captain Holt come quickly our men have joined the enemy Kicking a bully beef tin all around no man’s land What side are you on? Boys what side are you on? It’s Christmas time I’ll walk the mile out to the borderline No man’s land is a place we can all stand on It’s Christmas time Say a prayer for me Ma, but don’t you cry No man’s land is a place we can all stand on
5.
They came for me on a Saturday Brahms played on the radio I spent the night in my old man’s coat so I could look proud when I go If you see my old friend Charlie tell him that I said hello The bastard still has my fishing rod and I still expect it back by Fall Kicking rocks down the avenue It’s time now we better roll If you miss the last train out of here I’ll say a word for you as I go Maybe I’ll catch you down the line Maybe on the coast of L.A. It ain’t so hard to walk alone Nobody’s ever really with you anyways All the folks that I came across on this winding and crooked road I thank you for your generosity maybe this place ain’t so cold I’ll come back to you some New Year’s Eve when I pay all those debts I owe This winter’s been cold, I been feeling old and work’s been kinda slow They came for me on a Saturday Brahms played on the radio I spent the night in my old man’s coat so I could look proud when I go
6.
Driving West through Jackson when the doubt it takes control On either side of the great divide there’s no place left for you to go Lights flickered through the landscapes like scenes of a picture show You think to yourself in a truckstop bar I’ve been here long ago You see her by the doorway and she whispers stay a while but singing the blues and paying dues is all that you know now Deliver me from this wreckage was I ever in control I heard the call in a basement once and I never made it home Signs and indications led me here all alone As I face the open road I know there’s nothing that I’m owed You walk with your friend the stranger to the corner liquor store He understands your heartache he’s been through it all before You sit down on the guardrail take a swig and begin to sway It sure is nice to lose yourself in Memphis on a rainy day
7.
Basking in the glory, taking in the heat Didn’t realize how hungry I was, till I started eat Now that that I finally got me some pie They’re gonna be coming after me It’s a hustle on the concrete, slinging their crumbs They got us all wrapped up, under their avenue meltdown kicks Hey man but ain’t that the deal to find the prison of your choice Back on the road I felt safe as a sheep, till I passed me a sheriff who tipped his handsome cowboy hat at me Well it didn’t take me more than a minute to know that I’d better leave Ms. Benny held me tightly, in her thick loving arms cost me my last $50 but you know that I’d rather starve than spend another night alone in the backseat of my car Wouldn’t you know, I found god there in the twilight of my life Knelt before the altar at the ripe age of 25 Pleaded with the big man upstairs to forget about the last 5 to 9 Yea you know, they’ll catch up with you too
8.
Someday 02:28
The sun’ll shine in my backdoor someday and I won’t be blue always In the long hours of night my lamp will burn bright The sun’ll shine in my backdoor someday I’ll keep on singing his songs I’ll keep on singing his songs When everything goes wrong Long after you’ve gone I’ll keep on singing his songs The sun’ll shine in my backdoor someday and I won’t be blue always In the long hours of night my lamp will burn bright The sun’ll shine in my backdoor someday Soon I’ll take the outbound train Yea soon I’ll take the outbound train Mary don’t you cry when to the end of the night I ride Soon I’ll take the outbound train The sun’ll shine in my backdoor someday and I won’t be blue always In the long hours of night my lamp will burn bright The sun’ll shine in my back door someday
9.
I threw out the roses at the last great Last great American medicine show The day broke It was 103 And the sky escaped in a dull and faded color gold I stuffed an old mail bag and hung it from a tree Spit on my palms and I beat it ‘til my knuckles started to bleed What did you come here for? It’s too late for me now I got no answers for you boy Go out and find your own damn battle to wage Angeline where’d you go? I hummed a melody that you sang to me Way back when in the missionary fields of Mexico Laid my head down on a cold wet bed And the sky came down Don’t worry baby, I’m too mean to die I screamed, Angeline where’d you go?
10.
Underdog 02:22
Took my chances on a broken underdog Took my chances on a broken underdog The results are still not in It was great to run with him Took my chances on a broken underdog Say you lost it all along the way Say you lost it all along the way What is there to save? Can’t take it with you anyway Don’t be sad in what you lost along the way You held me then like you never would again You held me then like you never would again Underneath the old oak tree A day made for you and me You held me then like you never would again Closed the door to my lonesome rented room Closed the door to my lonesome rented room Strummed on my guitar And smiled for a while Closed the door to my lonesome rented room
11.
Take this note read it when I’m gone It’s 6am and the shadows dance on my shelter wall I walked cross town to the corner where we used to hang After all these years your record still stands on Red’s Bar pinball machine Life it has it’s seasons and Autumn breaks my heart I was hoping you could help me bend the rules this time What’s done is done and I can’t say that I’m proud of the days I was cruel not even the bottle can fix that now No matter how hard I grasp no one ever stays Matty split, I lost Ma’s house and Tony since passed away What if this time it was different and I could walk a straight line Time to time I tell myself I’ll give it a try My life’s been a wreck in the years you wrote me off Your spirit dances in the streets where we used to walk There’s no one left for me to blame for the promises I broke My throat’s cut up the trigger’s been stuck and I haven’t slept in days Love it has it’s season And Autumn breaks my heart I was hoping you could help me bend the rules this time
12.
Sammy's Song 03:02
Well you came like a thief with your fleet through the sea Set out to conquer me Like a siren you sang and to you I came Lost in the spell of a dream Well we drank wine and laughed by a pool in Youngstown You told me that things wouldn't ever change So I sold my red car and I pawned my guitar For a house with a garden by the bay Now you just piss and moan and the garden won’t grow Once a month you throw dishes at me So I stay at work late at the damn job I hate Just to keep from the wrath that awaits Well I’ve had enough of your dog’s whinny bark You won’t see little Sammy no more

credits

released April 28, 2017

All songs written by Adam Silvestri ©2017

Adam Silvestri: vocals, guitar, harmonica
Shaul Eshet: piano, organ, vibraphone, synth
Brian Viglione: drums, percussion
Jordan Scannella: electric bass, upright bass
Adam Brisbin: lead guitar
Peter Hess: bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, horn arrangements
Tim Vaughn: trombone
Justin Mullens: trumpet, french horn
Franz Nicolay: accordion

Produced by Jesse Cannon
Assistant producers: Shaul Eshet and Adam Silvestri
Engineered by Jesse Cannon at Vibromonk Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Tracks 2,3,4,5,7,12 mixed by Tom Gardner at Rift Studios
Tracks 1,8,9,10,11 mixed by Jesse Cannon at Cannon Found Soundation

Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

Album art and design: Sophie Cooke and Diogo Montes

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Radiator King Brooklyn, New York

Adam Silvestri, known professionally as Radiator King, is an American punk/blues singer-songwriter and guitarist from Boston, Massachusetts.

Established officially in 2011, Radiator King has released three studio albums, Launching Day, Document Untold, and A Hollow Triumph After All.
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