Hope, Fear, Youth

by Brothers Lazaroff

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1.
05:21
Battle Hymn Words and Music by Brothers Lazaroff Have you heard the battle hymn of the republic what a sad way to begin And the rain out side’s been falling ever since the day the roof caved in You know we’ll never be the same it’s time to start all over again I offer up my last emotion in the midst of all of this commotion I’ll just let the chips fall where they may And push on to another day to another day I’m crushed my heart is aching my stomach’s turning end over end My mind can’t make the connection how’d we get fooled again Every time we try to take a step ahead we take two steps back instead Makes you wanna throw in the towel makes you wanna jump and howl I’ll just wipe the blood out of my eyes in dismay But push on to another day to another day The Preacher died on Wednesday in this land of ill repute But don’t tell me it doesn’t matter I won’t raise up the flag and salute No my memory’s not that short I don’t think it’s time to abort this plan The harvest may be lost all the crops gone to spoil but there’s still got to be life left in the soil I know the gray clouds gonna all drift away And we’ll push on to another day to another day
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Dance While You Can Words and Music by Brothers Lazaroff Dance while you can let the scoundrels know you’re there Glide along amongst them wash your clothes and cut your hair Twirl beneath the chandelier as it crashes to the floor Pirouette on pointed toes go right through the door Past the eastern lady cooling herself with a fan Hear her say underneath her breath dance while you can The southern fields are burning for those who had to toil In days so hot you would just melt into the soil Hours spent on bended knees picking away the time Holding onto hope only by grace of the divine But I’ll dowse the fields with ice and bring winter to the plan Tell every soul I come to know dance while you can Dance while you can, dance your whole life long Dance while you can, dance for the weak dance for the strong Dance while you can, to the rhythm of the Song of Songs Dance while you can, and bring everyone along The wedding bell tolls and the congregants all smile Love’s so often born anew if only for a while The reception hall contains the hopes of all who could attend That they’re witnessing the real thing not some game of pretend Bride’s father says to the groom I’ll tell you man to man The only advice I can give dance while you can Dance while you can, dance your whole life long Dance while you can, dance for the weak dance for the strong Dance while you can, to the rhythm of the Song of Songs Dance while you can, and bring everyone along
3.
03:40
Row Of Trees Words and Music by Brothers Lazaroff Thought I saw foot soldiers so pristine and so fine Thought I saw my brothers bringing me sweet cherry wine I didn’t hang my head in shame or fall down on my knees Cause it was just an image through a row of trees The countess and the blacksmith walking the same trail A line of men both young and old some so eager some so frail No confessional thoughts of time not another victim’s plea Cause it is just an image through a row of trees The fence is slowly rotting termites carving up the cracks The safe was busted open guess they’ll wanna gather facts When the land grows cold and hard roots begin to freeze It is just an image through a row of trees Visions defined by conquest so inherently depraved Goals to cultivate unrest no one here shall be saved But when justice seems abandoned with the guilty helped to flee It is just an image through a row of trees
4.
Time’s Quickly Fleeting Words and Music by Brothers Lazaroff Went down to the deep blue cove strapped my boots on tight Looking for the one I love to stay with me tonight Chorus: Time’s quickly fleeting no use to wonder why Close your eyes spread your wings and let your spirit fly If I ventured across the sea would you still be by my side Or would the darkness cover thee and you’d turn your face and hide Chorus Sometimes I see the sun shine bright so glorious and brave Sometimes I feel I’m going down to be buried in my grave Chorus I dream I see the river start up where it’s just a stream I follow it right to its heart way down in New Orleans Chorus Yesterday’s a memory tomorrow’s another test Keep my mind on what I need tryin’ to leave the rest Chorus
5.
04:39
Tonight Words and Music by Brothers Lazaroff We got love in the summertime On a drunken boat I’ll make you mine In my secret life fruits always ripe We’ll feast together right here tonight Tonight, tonight, tonight. Tonight, tonight, tonight. Moonlight and skies ignited stars Is all we’ll see both near and far Huddled in that pale moonlight Lost in the haze of tonight Tonight, tonight, tonight. Tonight, tonight, tonight. Tonight nothing else matters Tonight the morning paper can’t make me cry Tonight there’s no need for idle chatter For tonight it’s only you and I We can set the woods on fire Your paints and powders I don’t require Your natural glow’s more then alright Nothing more I need tonight Tonight, tonight, tonight. Tonight, tonight, tonight. I’m always late but it’s no harm Stay with me here in my arms Here where it is warm and right Keep that diamond in our minds tonight Tonight, tonight, tonight. Tonight, tonight, tonight.
6.
Clumsy and Aching Words and Music by Brothers Lazaroff Come gather at the depot they’re throwing flowers from the train May feel like you've been here before guess what you're here again Moving at slow motion sped up at double time I remember all the faces but can't tell which one is mine Clumsy and Aching always reaching out for grace All departing trains arriving at the same place The stations overflowing numbers flipping on the board 3 am conductor shouts "Last stop is the gulf shore" My spot is at the coffee stand double sugar with some cream A whiff and then a sip and I break free from the scene Clumsy and aching always reaching out for grace All departing trains arriving at the same place The toilets are all clogged from thrown up confessions One day I'll make plunging them to be my true profession Like the shoe shine boy who never gets low down he knows the score Laughs deep from his belly at every joke he's heard before Clumsy and aching always reaching out for grace All departing trains arriving at the same place When the station goes quite the dust and broom collide The air's still thick with all of the vibrations left behind Hanging in the balance while florescent lights just buzz Everyone shall return all will be the way it was Clumsy and aching always reaching out for grace All departing trains arriving at the same place
7.
All The Things I Need Words and Music by Brothers Lazaroff This morning I saw the sky race by Wind blowin’ hard clouds made the clear sky cry And the rain washed up all the dirt Got so wet it almost hurt So I headed hack on home to get dry But my home was bathed with mud Felt just like a refugee from the flood So now where to turn I wish I had something to burn But I keep my heart pure I don’t harbor bad blood Chorus: All the things I need are always with me Something I can lose must be empty Don’t try to catch pictures flyin’ off of the wall And I’ll be there to brace you if you fall I think I’ll strike out for higher ground Build me a home of a structure strong and sound Try to shut all the world no one but me and my girl Stay on the path of glory I don’t want to be sorrow bound Waiting on a day when the dust will settle No more siren screams like steam out of a coal black kettle Back to life’s familiar pace Loving you face to face Savoring every field every flower every petal Chorus
8.
Union Of The Soul Words and Music by Brothers Lazaroff Chorus: Union of the soul so sweet to find Why does it ever go on down the line When there’s nothing left but dreams the world will never know You need a union of the soul When you give up your youthful mind leave all those thoughts behind Feel you’re chasing time trapped down in the mine If it’s dark, damp, and cold seems there’s nowhere to go You need a union of the soul Chorus When the bluebirds joyful call you can’t hear at all You lose your will to stand tall feel so afraid you’ll fall When fending off thoughts of regret is your only goal You need a union of the soul Chorus When the walls are closing in in this world of sin If you’re to try again you’ll need the strength to begin Cause like the farmer knows we reap what we sow We need a union of the soul Chorus
9.
No Water In The Well Words and Music by Jeff Lazaroff Chorus: This place ain’t the same the old man he did tell Dark skies abound no water in the well Chorus Streets cold and lonesome blackened by coal Faces blank with eyes empty, void of a soul I got to move on, no reason to dwell Dark skies abound no water in the well Chorus The mine’s vacant now that the earth has been stripped But the joints are fillin’ up where the whiskey is sipped Medicine Man knows there’s nothing he can sell Dark skies abound no water in the well Chorus
10.
05:35
Words and Music by Brothers Lazaroff Not down a weary highway nor up a twisted oak Not on a May spring day or out on a boat that floats Not in the golden valley where the rivers flow Not hanging in some art gallery where all the well dressed folks go Can't find it anywhere like I do at night When I come home to you you're my pure delight Drove my car real fast thought I'd head out west Wanted to feel the past in the landscape that's been blessed I saw the colored canyon guarded by the desert sun On ancient rocks I was standing but I wanted to run Cause nothing that I saw not even the grandest sight Compares to when I see you you're my pure delight Got all shook up thought the world might end Cause everything's corrupt and I can't contend Numb and overloaded from the mindless vibe Everything’s corroded nothing seems to jibe When I wanna take that flight cause things just ain't right I look to you you're my pure delight My pure delight an oasis of hope The only hand outstretched when I'm dangling from the rope You’re my pure delight My pure delight gets me though, Makes it clear what I should purse. You’re my pure delight
11.
Cluck Ole Hen Words, Music and Arrangement by Brothers Lazaroff My ole hen’s a good ole hen She lays eggs for the railroad men Sometimes one sometimes two That’s enough for me and you Chorus: Cluck ole hen cluck and sing You ain’t laid an egg since late last spring Cluck ole cleck and squall You ain’t laid an egg since late last fall My ole hen’s a good ole hen She lays eggs for the railroad men Sometimes three sometimes four Sometimes it’s a whole lot more Chorus My ole hen’s a good ole hen She lays eggs for the railroad men Sometimes five sometimes six Sometimes you gotta bite down to the sticks Chorus You know me I’m a chicken man I eat as much chicken as one man can Eat it at morning eat it at night Eat it ‘til all my worries take flight Chorus My ole hen’s a good ole hen She lays eggs for the railroad men Sometimes eight sometimes ten That's enough for the railroad men Chorus My ole hen’s a good ole hen She lays eggs for the railroad men Sometimes one sometimes two Now that's enough for me and you Cluck ole hen cluck and sing You ain’t laid an egg since late last spring Cluck ole cluck around the clock Next time you'll cluckle you'll cluckle in the pot

credits

released September 30, 2013

Jeff Lazaroff - acoustic guitar and vocals
David Lazaroff - electric and acoustic guitars, miro-korg (organ), casio pt-10, processed accordion, synths, mini-duece oscillator synth, beat production and vocals
Grover Stewart - drums, tambourine, drum samples and vocals
Teddy Brookins - electric bass and vocals
Mo Egeston - fender rhodes piano
Gary Newcomb - pedal steel, acoustic and electric Guitars, octave 12 string guitar and organ

All Songs By Brothers Lazaroff
Produced by Brothers Lazaroff
Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by Jacob Detering at Red Pill Entertainment in St. Louis, MO
Assistant Engineer: Sam Ohlausen
Mastered By Brad Sarno @ Blue Jade Audio in St. Louis, MO

Source Artwork By Paco Proano
Package Layout, Design and Additional Artwork By J.J. Campbell @ Rural Rooster in Austin, TX

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