The Good Land

by Buffalo Gospel

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released January 12, 2010

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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: Sundays Never Smile Anymore
Sundays with the drink and the hounds and the whores
Señoritas and their long black hair in the doors
Dirty bar room floors and open pours
Sundays never smile anymore
Between the bums and dead end kids
I can hear ‘em all laugh at the lives they live
I can hear ‘em all laugh at what they been
Doctors, lawyers, bankers, bums in the end

Twenty dollars on the windowsill
Bet it all that we get our fill
We can ride on out tonight
Old Cadillac Coupe Deville
Bet your sweet ass I will
We can ride on out tonight

I remember what my dear old momma said
You’re gonna live ‘round here ‘till your dead
You’d better get that through your head
Oh momma how could I forget

She’d say it with an angel’s kiss
But angels would never live like this
We can ride on out tonight
There are some that I’m gonna miss
But it ain’t much of a list
We can rid on out tonight

Well I live in a no good town
She gets worse when the sun goes down
I can hear her dirty magic sounds
She drops her bombs upon the ground

Bombs in her clothes, bombs in her prose
Bombs in the basements down below
Bombs in the Sunday picture show
Sundays never smile anymore

No money and my hands are sore
Aw honey that’s what roads are for
We can ride on out tonight
I heard it said many times before
Sundays never smile anymore
We can ride on out tonight
Track Name: The Southern (The Good Land Suite)
Don’t let your heart
Don’t let your heart
Don’t let your heart
Be troubled when I lay my boots to rest
When I lay them to rest
For I’ve walked these old boots ragged and half to death
Don’t let your heart
Don’t let your heart
Don’t let your heart
Be troubled when I lay my guns to rest
When I lay them to rest
For they’ve cried like thunder when they shaken on down the best

What good is a horse without a rider?
And a gun without a hand?
What good is man without a woman?
And a woman without a man?

South sun shines
South sun shines
South sun shines so bright
On my baby in the morning
In the morning sun
All I need are my boots, my baby and gun

The good land comes
The good land goes
The good land turns to bad
With a little change of clothes
And some neon lights
I never seen nothin’ so sad in all my life

What good is a horse without a rider?
And a gun without a hand?
What good is man without a woman?
And a woman without a man?
Never known what I was after
Spent my whole life ramblin’ round
Well the good lord’s gonna hold me
As the good land’s commin’ down

What good is a horse without a rider?
And a gun without a hand?
What good is man without a woman?
And a woman without a man?
Never known what I was after
Spent my whole life ramblin’ round
Well the good lord’s gonna hold me
As the good land’s commin’ down
Well the good lord’s gonna hold me
As the good land’s commin’ down
Track Name: Rock Island
Kill em all slowly, kill em all soft
Kill em all lonely, kill em all lost
I dream a promise, and I long for the day
Kill em all slowly, kill em all brave
Saddled in sadness, saddled in sin
Rattled by roses, rattled by gin
I have grown weary of the morning sun
Smolderin’ madness, smolderin’ gun

Oh Rock Island
Carry me something
Oh Rock Island
Take care of me good
Have mercy on a man
And his late life crimes
Oh Rock Island
Only friend of mine

They say wild is the reason, rage is the style
Won’t you stay a little longer, just a little while
I love these crooked evenings with you and your wine
Oh Rock Island, only friend of mine

To be your sweetheart, to be your man
Take all my money, take all my land
I dream of lightning and streets of gold
Kill em all slowly, kill em all cold

Oh Rock Island
Carry me something
Oh Rock Island
Take care of me good
Have mercy on a man
And his late life crimes
Oh Rock Island
Only friend of mine
Oh Rock Island
Only friend of mine
Track Name: North Mountain Bride
I was born to some north mountain lovers
I was born to the dirt and the pine
I will take me a north mountain lover
And she will be my north mountain bride
There was a time I was stuck in the bramble
I was alone with myself on my side
Just wakin’ up was a hell of a gamble
That’s when I saw my north mountain bride

North mountain bride
North mountain bride
North mountain bride
North mountain bride

Hills were painted with sun and flowers
I could smell Texas if I only tried
I could see cities and walls and towers
All that I want is my north mountain bride

Where I been and where I’m going
Don’t mean a thing if she ain’t by my side
All that I know’s if I’m gone then I’m going
And I will be there with my north mountain bride

North mountain bride
North mountain bride
North mountain bride
North mountain bride

Someday my boy will say to the others
Someday not too far down the line
I was born to a north mountain lover
And I was born to his north mountain bride

North mountain bride
North mountain bride
North mountain bride
North mountain bride
Track Name: The Cat, the Stranger and Me
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye my friend
I whisper to the door
The snow has covered everything
You don’t need me anymore
I’ll keep the time that we have shared
Fresh upon my mind
Please be gentle, please be fair
When you’re leavin’ me behind

The cat will cry
When you say goodbye
Please be gentle, please be fair
When you’re leavin’ me behind
When you’re leavin’ me behind
When you’re leavin’ me behind
Track Name: Abigail
I love you my sweet Abigail
I hope this finds you well
I’ve not a second I can spare
So my story I will tell
Oh Joseph when I read the words
In letters that you send
I pray that in this world or next
I’ll see your face again

We left Danville for Caroline
And on to St. Louis
We stopped a while to dry our bones
That’s where they got to me

You’d never know your son I say
He’s grown up tall and right
He’s got his momma’s golden hair
And all his daddy’s fight

We marched for weeks and months my love
Straight through the driving rain
I’m just as worn as this tattered flag
They’ve tied around my brain

The sun, it shines, upon our home
Our family and our farm
I’d gladly trade it all away
To lie within your arms

I sit beneath this old oak tree
And fear I won’t return
The bullet’s deep inside my chest
As I watch our battle turn

Easy come and easy go
That’s what my father says
I can’t imagine that he’s known
A love quite like this

I long to come back home to you
And hold you in the night
Where willows hold those cobbled streets
And war is far from sight

There’s just one thing I ask of you
That’s keep me in your mind
And I will think of you my dear
When I leave this world behind