Four Letter Words

by Buffalo Gospel

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released October 20, 2009

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Buffalo Gospel Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Buffalo Gospel's music has been praised as being “minimalist and masterful,” “musically arresting,” and “Milwaukee’s Best Kept Secret.”

Their first EP, “Four Letter Words”, was written and released in the snow-covered part of 2009 and was soon followed by “The Good Land” in 2010. The band is hard at work on a new full-length album with a planned release this summer.
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Track Name: Four Letter Words
Twelve sunflowers
Sad and sour
Dried and dead upon the floor
The blinds have been drawn
All your shit’s in the lawn
Don’t you come ‘round here no more
Good as you been
Spent my fortune
As sad as it might seem
Now I’m wiped out
Wanderin’ about
This ain’t all you said it’d be

Go on and get now, I ain’t buying
I can’t stand the things you do
But I would not be lying
Love’s just one of the four letter words
That I would like to do to you

I been doing some thinking
I been doing some drinking
We know what happens then
It would be all right
Just for one night
To make mistakes all over again

Go on and get now, I ain’t buying
I can’t stand the things you do
But I would not be lying
Love’s just one of the four letter words
That I would like to do to you

Where are the days that you promised
Said a fueled up boy to his lady love
She said son I must be honest
You ain’t the man, you ain’t the man I’m dreaming of

Twelve sunflowers
Sad and sour
Dried and dead upon the floor
The blinds have been drawn
All your shit’s in the lawn
Don’t you come ‘round here no more

Go on and get now, I ain’t buying
I can’t stand the things you do
But I would not be lying
Love’s just one of the four letter words
That I would like to do to you
Track Name: I Need a Miracle
Oh my darling
You stole my fire again
Never sorry
You hold my heart in your hands
Four in the morning
And the streets are covered in fall
Without any warning
You break loose and rattle the walls

Why do you love me?
Why do you want me so much?
So much for easy
So much for leaving a crutch

How long can I wait
Wait for the trumpets to call
Stare out at the grey
As the snowfall covers it all

Everyone packed
Just upped and disappeared
Magnificent act
It’s just what I had feared

Why do you love me?
Why do you want me so much?
So much for easy
So much for leaving a crutch
I need a miracle and the days that just passed me by
And I’ll always have your streets to get me high

Battered and cold
I still have to come home
I’m growing old
I still face you alone

It doesn’t matter
It may be hard to believe
Windows are shattered
I know that I’ll never leave

Why do you love me?
Why do you want me so much?
So much for easy
So much for leaving a crutch
I need a miracle and the days that just passed me by
I’ll always have your streets to get me high
Track Name: Tree of Good and Evil
That slow freight’s running
Like a back country line
I’m running out of reasons
Like we’re running out of time
Went to see my Beulah
With her whisper and her bells
And her cold black fields
Right outside of life itself

Oh Sweet Beulah
Where’s that love you lost
Oh Sweet Beulah
In that cold December frost

I went to see my Beulah
Lord, what did I see?
Branches wrapped like ribbons
On that good and evil tree

Knots up in her belly
And her feet beneath the ground
I listened to her sing
I listened to her sound

Oh Sweet Beulah
Where’s that love you lost
Oh Sweet Beulah
In that cold December frost

I been to Lincoln
Lord, I love that town
But I ain’t never seen it
Lay the good and evil down

Dead but not forgotten
As the city walks on by
They can’t hear the sound
Of the good and evil cry

Oh Sweet Beulah
Where’s that love you lost
Oh Sweet Beulah
In that cold December frost
Oh my Beulah
Lay your sweet black eyes on me
Oh my Beulah
And the good and evil tree
Track Name: I'm the Ghost
I woke up one Sunday morning
To a bang and a cold, cold head
Hands they felt like hammers
And my legs stuck to the bed
Tried to stand and use my words
But nothing could be said
Was right then that I realized
That I was stone cold dead
I’m the ghost of an orphan
I’m the ghost of a man
I’m the ghost of a streetcar
And the ghost of a van
I’m the ghost of a boardroom
Full of cheats and drunks
I’m the ghost of an artist
And an elephant’s trunk

Well I stayed right there inside my bed
Feeling sorry for myself
I never knew that dying
Could be so bad for my health
But then all of a sudden
Well it occurred to me
That there may be an upside
To being what I be

I’m the ghost of an orphan
I’m the ghost of a man
I’m the ghost of a raincoat
And a newspaper stand
I’m the ghost of a trashcan
Full of food and dust
I’m the ghost of nickel
Cause in God I trust

To be a ghost, it ain’t that bad
On that you can rely
But I sure miss the alcohol
Cigarettes and apple pie
At least I get to see all
Those who did not say goodbye
If there’s one thing that we all share
It’s we’re all gonna die

I’m the ghost of an orphan
I’m the ghost of a man
I’m the ghost of a ladder
I’m the ghost of the land
I’m the ghost of a deep hole
I’m the ghost of the sea
I’m the ghost of my father
And I’m the ghost of me

I’m the ghost of an orphan
I’m the ghost of a man
I’m the ghost of a ladder
I’m the ghost of the land
I’m the ghost of a deep hole
I’m the ghost of the sea
I’m the ghost of my daddy
And I’m the ghost of me
Track Name: Goodnight Moon
Goodnight moon
I’d love to stick around
And watch you fill the streets from town to town
I would like to ask before I go
How to turn tonight to tomorrow
It’s that time again
My old friend
Goodnight moon
Oh Goodnight
Goodnight moon
Oh Goodnight
Goodnight moon

Goodnight moon
I’d love to stick around
Bitter lover baggage on the ground
Free my hands from what they’ve come to be
And say goodnight to Baltimore for me

It’s that time again
My old friend
Goodnight moon
Oh Goodnight
Goodnight moon
Oh Goodnight
Goodnight moon

Goodnight moon
And don’t forget my name
Just like rye you help me feel no pain
I would like to ask before I go
Help me turn tonight to tomorrow

It’s that time again
My old friend
Goodnight moon
Oh Goodnight
Goodnight moon
Oh Goodnight
Goodnight moon

Goodnight moon
I’d love to stick around
And tear this motherfucker to the ground
Take me, put a smile upon my face
I’m still too young to have to act my age
Track Name: Oh Be Joyful
Sweet singers of old country lands
I can hear them clap their hands
Old lovers are home with their men
And I’m beside you once again
One last city, one more Dixie town
One last hammer coming down
Long has it been since I could be found
Long has my heart been rambling round

Oh be joyful
When we say goodnight
And sing my name
In your southern lullaby
Please don’t you ask me
Where I been
Oh be joyful once again

Say goodbye to sugar rhymes
Do not waste your precious time
And before it strikes me blind
I’d like to leave this war behind

Some will watch the lines all break
Some will watch them twist and quake
I will trade my gun for rake
And live to love another day

Oh be joyful
When we say goodnight
And sing my name
In your southern lullaby
Please don’t you ask me
Where I been
Oh be joyful once again

When I grow to be too old
All my stories have been told
When my blood runs thin and cold
When I’ve got to go

Come to me oh gentle death
When I live with nothing left
Let me feel that sweet black breath
Let me be your gentle guest

Oh be joyful
When we say goodnight
And sing my name
In your southern lullaby
Please don’t you ask me
Where I been
Oh be joyful once again