Dead Man Dancing

by Ethan Keller

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released September 10, 2016

All music and lyrics by E. Keller
(P) Downtown Underground Music
(C) 2016 Driftless Records

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Track Name: The Jester
I have this silly dream…
I don’t know the script; She sets the scene.
I get butterflies waiting in the wings…

Her double-edged sword is swift and I hone it!
She cuts to the marrow and wants atonement
We come together at a pivotal moment…

In heavy-footed haste I trip upstage!
I just want to bury my face.
I stand and deliver all my lines;
She’s laughing out loud along with the crowd!
After we’re cashed out, Her change is tendered.
She wants to forget me, but I have to remember
She waits up while I juggle my keys…
I wake numb with a bauble next to me!

I CAN’T LET IT GO! – OH MY LORD!
I’ve GOT TO LET YOU KNOW - YOU GET ME SO HIGH
But I CRASH SO HARD!

I fall like a fool, it’s all routine…
I forgot how to dance and I don’t know how to sing!
I smile like I could be your light
You know I won’t time it right…

I’m caught in a trick bag baby…
Sometimes it makes me crazy!
I don’t what you think you see
You don’t know what you do to me…

Arise and reach for Her elixir.
Fantasize where you’re gonna kiss Her…
First taste the sweet; then savor the bitter

Calamity hides in gorgeous disguise.
Tricking my heart and breaking my eyes.
Watch what happens ‘cause I can’t do it twice!

She calls my name once again…
I’m careful to bow, and save my head!
I may be shortsighted by my game is long.
Such a show-off, well the show must go on…
I’m dead serious; She’s joking around.
We work the crowd from the inside out…
I put on a spectacle ‘cause I’m so blind.
Now her outbursts are burned into my mind!

I CAN’T LET IT GO! – OH MY LORD!
I’ve GOT TO LET YOU KNOW - YOU GET ME SO HIGH
But I CRASH SO HARD!

I fall like a fool, it’s all routine…
I forgot how to dance and I don’t know how to sing!
I smile like I could be your light
You know I won’t time it right…

I’m caught in a trick bag baby…
Sometimes it makes me crazy!
I don’t what you think you see
You don’t know what you do to me…
Track Name: Ahead of the Curve, Behind the Times
I know Little Big Man
We ride for sunrise at midnight
Gettin wasted on the straight and narrow
Sky high on the low life
I’ve got seven devils lookin over my left shoulder
and one angel on my right
I’m ahead of the curve and behind the times

Dive through the din into her voice
She sinks her teeth into my sin
A peacekeeping missile into her prison cell
A heat seeker hit cold skin
She tells me ‘Burn slow’
I own the side roads
but I can’t read her signs
Faster she purrs, steeper we climb
Ahead of the curve and behind the times

Ahead of the curve and behind the times
I’m ahead of the game, but I stepped over the line
Baby don’t tell me what your dreams are
I’m still workin on mine…
I’m ahead of the curve and behind the times

The view from the peak is a lonely panorama
in the valley everything’s lookin up
I should go back to burning bridges
Get back to pluckin rhymes
I’ll be at one with the earth when I nap in the dirt
Bury my like a talent to find…
Step on a nerve, don’t smother the shine
Get ahead of the curve and behind the times

I’m ahead of the curve and behind the times
I’m ahead of the game, but I stepped over the line
Baby please tell me what your dreams are
I’ll quit workin on mine

You get your turn
Me? I resign

Ahead of the curve and behind the times
I’m ahead of the curve and behind the times
Ahead of the curve and behind the times
I’m ahead of the curve and behind the times
Track Name: Wild Rose
Wild rose
She spikes my tea
I try to move
But I’m paralyzed

Wild rose
She grows on me
The tighter I grip
The more I bleed

Winding road
Callin my name
Petals cold and dead
Her cycles remain

Why’d you go and leave me alone?
Then try to tell me I was never your own?

Now I’m on the lam from me
A dead man dancing with a wounded knee
And if your love withers on a tree
Help it stay beautiful
Leave it be

At the rodeo
I got knocked down
I ain’t your cowboy
You ain’t my clown

An eagle flies
She sees for miles
Lookin down
On this lonely old town

We smile slow
Entangled in time
Dirty hands and feet
Intertwine

One wolf roams
Howlin for home
His stomach burns
Until you return

Well I’m on the lam from me
A dead man dancing with a wounded knee
And if your love withers on a tree
Help it stay beautiful
Leave it be
Leave it be
Leave it be
Track Name: Camouflage
Turn to face you, fulfill my duty
I open up and you look straight through me
Oh my Lord I pray you renew me
Erase the day I made my debut
Like an old flame burns into me
Again…
‘Cause I held it too closely
There were days when her tears would soak me
But I let it cloak me
You can’t camouflage what’s true…

Life begins on a limb
What else have you got to be afraid of?
Let me die rising to my feet
Not falling into a fading future

Turn to face you, fulfill my duty
I open up and you look straight through me
Oh my Lord I pray you renew me
Erase the day I made my debut
Like an old flame burns into me
Again…
‘Cause I held it too closely
There were days when her tears would soak me
But I let it cloak me
You can’t camouflage what’s true…

Claim defeat and drink it in
Hang up the line, call the fight
Accusations, actions taken
Try and fake them or awaken

You can’t camouflage what’s true...

Face the light with shadows behind me
Eyes wide as the brightness blinds me
Nowhere I can go where you won’t find me
Begging for change paid overdue…
Like a long lost love reminds me
Again…
I should say thank you kindly
Ain’t it strange how events are timely?
I let it define me
You can’t camouflage what’s true...

Turn to face you, fulfill my duty
I open up and you look straight through me
Oh my Lord I pray you renew me
Erase the day I made my debut
Like an old flame burns into me
Again…
‘Cause I held it too closely
There were days when her tears would soak me
But I let it cloak me
You can’t camouflage what’s true…

Withdraw in all the words misconstrued
Extreme sensations won’t be subdued
Hunger so intense hidden from view
Cannot conceal how I feel about you
You can’t camouflage what’s true...
Can’t camouflage what’s true...
Woah
Track Name: You Made Me
The night before last
You became someone else
You confessed your sin
And my head swelled
I lost my voice
There’s nothing to kiss and tell

You had me hold my breath
You made me yell in my cell
You came to get your fill
And I emptied myself
You can't ask me to take it back
You can’t un-ring a bell

(chorus)
You gave me a hot coal to hold
You made me wander with it in the cold
You pick me up, then you put me down
You are my saving grace; now my hands are bound
You made me feel like nothing I said was true
You made me believe you were made for me
Why won’t you believe I was made for you?

The morning after
Your song remains the same
I only wanna love you
In love there is no blame
You’ll be the death of me
I’ll fly towards your flame

(chorus)

Now you’re distant when I’m near
Now I’m guilty of stealin
You just say “have no fear”
But now I got this terrible feelin…

Why won’t you speak? Why can’ I breathe?
Where do I begin? How’s this gonna end?
Why’d I have to say hello?
How was I supposed to know?
How’s this song supposed to go?

(chorus)
Track Name: Call Me Crazy
I should’ve known then to never ever trust you again
But I ain’t free to obey
Yeah, you’re bored
But you don’t have to cut my cord
You’re tied up, now I’m frayed

You sleep through the minutes and I relish every second
Grind the night into day
Yeah, I like your mouth
But your pretty words are worth little now
Carry on in your rave

Don’t say sorry
It won’t faze me

I still love you
Call me crazy

Somewhere out there
Things went hazy
Call me crazy

You can speed ahead without a rearview
You just can’t foresee a reckless spree
Yeah I’m a tool
But you don’t have to be so cruel
And crack my mirror using me

Don’t say sorry
It won’t faze me

I still love you
Call me crazy

Somewhere out there
Things went hazy
Call me crazy
You call me crazy
Call me crazy
Track Name: The Jester (instrumental)
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