Hope, Fear, Youth

by Brothers Lazaroff

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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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Track Name: Battle Hymn
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
Track Name: Dance While You Can
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
Track Name: Row Of Trees
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
Track Name: Time's Quickly Fleeting
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
Track Name: Tonight
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.
Track Name: Clumsy And Aching
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
Track Name: All The Things I Need
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
Track Name: Union Of The Soul
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
Track Name: No Water In The Well
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
Track Name: Pure Delight
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
Track Name: Cluck Ole Hen
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