Eli and Zephaniah Vol. 1

by Eli and Zephaniah

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Zephaniah Stringfield - Guitar on tracks 1, 3 and 4. Voice on tracks 1 and 3. Mandolin on track 2
Eli Wirtschafter - Fiddle on tracks 1 and 3. Voice on tracks 2 and 4. Mandolin on track 4.

That She Can't Keep and Bit Of The Blues written by Zephaniah Stringfield.
Sister Mine and Won't Be No Heaven by Eli Wirtschafter.

And of course, more Eli Wirtschafter can be heard soaring through your eardrums at reyeswirtschafter.bandcamp.com

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released February 3, 2012

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Zephaniah Stringfield Taos, New Mexico

Performing with raw intensity and moving dynamism, Zephaniah Stringfield sings stories about his travels from the SF Bay Area to New Mexico and beyond, weaving biblical references and archetypes of traditional folklore with stories of highways, girls and greyhound buses. ... more

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Track Name: That She Can't Keep
I ain't lookin' for someone to take the blame
I don't really care about your face, your age, or your name
And I got a feelin' that you could say the same about me

Ah, but when you've found yourself upon the floor or in your bed
And your troubled thoughts start spinnin' in your merry-go-round head
I just want you to remember that I said
That she still thinks about you

But it's no trouble really, it's just the course of fate
You are halfway across the country, anyway
So you don't have to worry about me knockin' at your door

Well she took herself from you, that much is plain to see
But I have yet to understand why she has chosen me
It just seems like somewhere, way down in the deep
She is wanting something more
Something I can't give her, that's for sure

So we went down to that old worn-out bar
The one where you would go to drift away too far
And you'd end up singin' your little lullaby to the world

And when everything went black and the whole world fell asleep
You would sink that easy down where your sleeve ought to be
And I don't mind you sinkin' down into the deep
But she still thinks about you

And she ain't your common queen
She's not yours to steal
Like some peasant's keep
You are not her king
She does not need anything
No, she got moonbeams
And she is sunbeams
She does not need
What she cannot keep
So take away that
She cannot keep
Track Name: Bit O' The Blues
I have been thinkin’ about wastin’ away
away, away, a-way
And I have been drinkin’ but I can’t seem to taste
today, today, to-day
There’s cigarette upon my breath, biringin’ me closer to my death
But I am a-knowin that death is days
away, away, a-way

So I, I, I
I’ve been livin’ with hope
Fillin’ my pipe with smoke
Thinkin’ of ways to be free
And ways that I can cope
‘Cause life ain’t really that bad
Least not more than I can take
And everybody needs a bit o’ the blues, I say

So I have been waiting for a freight to roll
on by, on by, on by
And I’ll hop on that train and I’ll ne’er look
behind, behind, be-hind
This whiskey’s goin’ to my head and I’m startin’ to think I’d be better off dead
But this way of thinking will soon pass
on by, on by, on by

So I, I, I
I have had cause to wonder aloud
Sittin’ out in the night, just starin’ at the clouds
People tell me I don’t know what’s allowed
But I think I know by now
I just find your laws a little too proud
They don’t leave enough room to be loud
And I choose not to follow anyhow

So I, I, I
I’ve been movin’ around
Just roamin’ from town to town
Lookin’ for a place to stay
Where I can stick my roots in the ground
But you ain’t got me beat
I’m still standin’ on my own two feet
And everybody needs a bit o’ the blues, I say
Track Name: Won't Be No Heaven
I've been on this road, boys
For twenty long years
I ain't had my fill of sunshine, and I ain't had my fill of tears
But if I die tomorrow and be burried in my grave
There won't be a soul for you to save

There won't be no heaven when I die, oh lord
There won't be no heaven when I die
Won't be no heaven when I die, oh lord
No, there won't be no heaven when I die

There won't be no heaven when I die, oh lord
There won't be no heaven when I die
Won't be no heaven when I die, oh lord
No, there won't be no heaven when I die

I've been on this road, boys
For twenty long years
I ain't had my fill of smilin', like I've had my fill of tears
But if I die tomorrow and be burried in my grave
There won't be a soul for you to save

There won't be no heaven when I die, oh lord
There won't be no heaven when I die
Won't be no heaven when I die, oh lord
No, there won't be no heaven when I die