Legends of The Western Territories

by The Black Fox River Project

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Recorded at Black Dog Recording Studios March-April 2014

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released 09 October 2014

Chris Blackwell- Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Lead and backing vocals

Dave Jenkins- Bass, backing vocals

Lefty- Lap Steel Guitar, Slide guitar, backing vocals

John Pjontek- Drums, percussion, Omnichord, backing vocals

Brad Towle- Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Banjo, Hammond B-3 Organ, Harmonica, Lead and backing vocals

Mixed and Engineered by Carl Blackwood

Mastered by Troy Pohl

Album art by Alan Durand-Foster

All lyrics: Chris Blackwell and Brad Towle

"The Feral Children" : Seth Walker, Chloe and Nathan Towle
All music: The Black Fox River Project

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The Black Fox River Project Wright, New York

The Black Fox River Project is a band out of the Albany NY area featuring the songwriting of Brad Towle and Chris Blackwell.

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Track Name: I Hope I Don't Survive (The Apocalypse)
I want to know
What's gonna happen to the human race
If something or somebody's gonna come along and take our place
Oh lord I want to know, yes I want to know
I'm a thought inside of that rabbit's brain
We stopped and stared at each other that morning after it rained
Oh I want to know, yes I want to know
If the rabbit's going to think about me when I go
It's been 10 long weeks, since I kissed your lips
I hope I don't survive through the Apocalypse
Everybody's got a story about that day
Where they were When they felt the Earth start to shake
Oh I want to know, yes I want to know
Just what they grabbed when they knew they had to get up and go
A leaf can fall right off of a healthy tree
That don't mean that you can just get up and walk away from me
Oh I want to know
Yes I want to know
How you made it seem, so easy just to get up and go
get up and go
get up and go
Track Name: Susan
I breezed in like a tumblin' weed
A carefree, reckless stranger in need
I met a girl with two holes in her nose
two eyes, two ears, ten fingers ten toes
She looked alright, she felt just fine
when I woke she had everything of mine
right then I could hear it in my head
I remember those words that my momma said
If you don't change your ways boy and start settling down
You'll end up like your father 6 feet in the ground
When you ramble around son, you never do know
Just who is your friend and who is your foe
I blew out everything faded to black
licking my wounds but I wasn't lookin back
I met a man who kept on talking to me
telling me about some heavenly scheme
but I keep dream of wealthier days
I though of momma as the buzzards were flying
recited her words as I lay dying
If you don't change your ways boy and start settling down
You'll end up like your father 6 feet in the ground
When you ramble around son, you never do know
Just who is your friend and who is your foe
I'm sorry my momma, but how I was I to know
I'd never have friends I'd only have foes
I'm down here with my father 6 ft. in the ground
regretting my rambling
my rambling round
Track Name: The Ballad of Red Rountree
I guess I love just a little to long
Most of my friends like my wife have passed on
something had to change and you know it's true
it's the only way I can explain it to you
When god told Moses "though shall not steal"
I don't think they understood how good it would make me feel
If they wanted this old man to just be done
why'd they make robbin' banks so much damn fun?
But none of you people know
How far I had to go
To try and get it out of mu mind
Man you should have seen my lovely bride
we loved each other for 50 years and then she died
you can spend your life trying to understand
the inner workings of a lonely man
but none of you people know
how far I had to go
to try and get her out of my mind
I blew out 91 candles
I was alone
I didn't even get a call upon the telephone
There was only one card, written by me
it said
"Hand over the money sincerely Red Rountree"
"Hand over the money sincerely Red Rountree"
"Hand over the money sincerely Red Rountree"
Track Name: Feral Children
Mom and daddy they could not bring us up
We were raised by a pack of wild wolves
they showed us how the land can be our home
and now this land we shall forever roam
And on top of the mountain
is where I sit and howl at the moon
a little brother born one year after me
mom and daddy they left him beneath a tree
one night me and the pack we stumbled home
a little brother and we brought him up as our own
And on top of the mountain
is where we sit and howl at the moon
Mom and daddy they could not bring us up
We were raised by a pack of wild wolves
they showed us how the land can be our home
and now this land we shall forever roam
And on top of the mountain
is where we sit and howl at the moon
We're feral children just a screaming at the moon
We're feral children just a screaming at the moon
Track Name: Red River Gorge
Playing with hearts was never my strong hand
Somebody's bound to lose in the end
but playing with diamonds feels so over my kin
I wouldn't know where to stop or where to begin
Oh but you're showing something I've never seen before
Oh lord help me
oh lord help me
King Kong had his tall buildings and Snow White had her dwarves
I've got all my stories and lord knows you've got yours
A man sailed around the world and there's a city that's lost at sea
Some men out there spend their lives trying to find where it might be
Oh but you're telling stories I've never heard before
oh lord help me
oh lord help me
The ice cut through the land
Behold! the Red River Gorge
A man holds in his hand all the berries that he's foraged
everyday people fly around the world and look down
from the skies above
a man walked on the moon but he dreamed of the woman he loved
Oh and you're making something I've never seen before
oh lord help me
oh lord help me
Track Name: Dear Sir or Madman
I was sitting out on my back stairs
wondering what the world's like over there
well it's not far it's just across my yard
come here quick what do you think my little honey dear?
I think you gotta go
and then you'll know
what's gonna be
you'll see will be
if I'm gonna go
I'd let you know
and what's gonna be we'll see will be
Dear sir or madman just writing to inform you
inform you of vacancies in the mental ward
we'll straighten out your jacket
we'll put the padding on the wall
we'll be here if you decide you're gonna take the fall
If I'm gonna go
let you know
what's gonna be
we'll see will be
if I'm gonna go
at least you'll know
and what's gonna be we'll see will be
and what's gonna be we'll see will be
Track Name: Take Me Down the River
I don't remember that night
right before dawn
words came slow and the booze was all gone
tomorrow I'm going away from here
I miss you I'll miss you my dear
Well I wish I could stay right by your side
long long hair and bloodshot eyes
we'd drink all night to that old song
the one about going back home
take me home
take me down the river to my home town
take me down the river to my home town
I been gone way too long
take me down the river back home
take me home
And tonight I watch the river flow
look downstream towards the city's glow
Well I been gone away too long
I'm dreaming it all back home
I'm dreaming of the nights on that dead end
celebrating anything
singing songs till the night turns on
the ones that we wrote in that home
take me home
take me down the river to my home town
take me down the river to my home town
I been gone way too long
take me down the river back home
take me home
take me home
Track Name: The Beast
Another shot at greatness
another flash in the pan
things around here were going just fine
until they weren't again
He said
"If words weren't meant for joking, then I don't know what they're for."
Around that time she packed her things and she headed out the door
A madman wrote the dictionary
Isaac Newton stuck a pin in his eye
The ancient Greeks couldn't see the color blue
but the women sure gave them a try
He said
"I don't know why she got so mad, I was only doing what I do"
Around that time she hopped a plane
and she headed out to Honalu
It's the last ship a-sailing crossing the river to the east
It's a holy ghost
a father
and a beast
and a beast
O' Henry spent three years in jail and he never said where he'd been
Somebody should have told old Mary Mallon
that getting sick wasn't a sin
He dressed up like Fred Astaire
and he wondered just where she'd gone
Around that time she danced along
to a bar band's ragtime song
Guglielmo Marconi never really knew what to do
he just kept on guessing until the messages came through
Well He dressed up like Superman and he saved a cat from a tree
Around that time, she packed her things
and she knew where she wanted to be
It's the last ship a-sailing crossing the river to the east
It's a holy ghost
a father
and a beast
and a beast
Another shot at greatness
another flash in the pan
sometimes you just get lucky
sometimes there's a master plan
She dressed up like Dorothy Gale
and she walked back through the door
the tin man grabbed his oil can and they made love on the floor
It's the last ship a-sailing crossing the river to the east
It's a holy ghost
a father
and a beast
and a beast
Track Name: County Fair
Be honored by the spirits that haunt you
There's something that they want you to know
one day you're going to learn about the end of the world
through the speakers of your radio
Keep walking past the children that taunt you
let them throw their stones into the air
keep walking past the fences and power lines
on your way to the county fair
county fair
county fair
yeah you'll find me there
It's hard to find somebody to love you
it's hard to find somebody to care
except the Snakeskin Girl and her long red curls
every night at the county fair
county fair
county fair
yeah you'll find me there
you saunter past the book burning pastors
let their flames reach on up to the sky
their shutting down the lights on a Sunday night
and a small child he closes his eyes
they say your life is written in chapters
and St. Peter if you're up in the air
I'm closing the book give me one last look
at the gates of the county fair
Track Name: Island Song
Lord I was a balloon
I left my owner's arm too soon
now I'm so high up above him
now I know I used to love him
But someday I'll be an island
and you'll know where to find me
with all my running days behind me
we'll sing oh my me oh my ee
Lord I was a toy boat
man you should have seen me float
I drifted too far from the shore
I won't get played with anymore
But someday I'll be an island
and you'll know where to find me
with all my running days behind me
we'll sing oh my me oh my ee
I was a castle in the sky
I was a white cloud passing by
I know the day I caught your eye
just like the day you said good bye
But someday I'll be an island
and you'll know where to find me
with all my running days behind me
we'll sing oh my me oh my ee
Track Name: On A Night Like This
On night like this not so woah oh oh
it wasn't long ago
On a night like this it wasn't long ago
I was wondering who's that walking up my road
with a paper bag bottle in her hand
was the lady who I never did understand
she sat down and we raised a little toast
argued over who had seen the most
she walked up to me barn across the way
lit a match on threw it on in the hay
On night like this not so woah oh oh
it wasn't long ago
Well the fire it burned up the darkened sky
she turned to me and this is what she sighed
I 'm so sorry that it had to burn and fall
I guess now we've seen it all
right then lord I fainted to the ground
when I came to she could not be found
she turned her body into ash and smoke
on a night like this it wasn't long ago
Track Name: When Time Slows Down To A Crawl
My love arrived from the place I hide
I bet that you've heard that I had lost my mind
but what do you know, I'm doing just fine
I had to walk away from it all
take time and slow it down to a crawl
I'm sorry for the note that said that I can't stay
for lack of words
I never had much to say
when the road it calls I must obey
I might not come home till the fall
when time slows down to a crawl
Now I'm some kind of man
out on my own I have no home
I'm a rolling stone
Don't worry in no hurry through streets I roam
dodging the casts of their stone
I take my time and slow it down to a crawl
Track Name: How To Draw A Lion
Walking through darkness
walking through cold
walking through something that feels so old
Waiting for water
waiting for the end of night
waiting for something to finally feel right
and I'm standing in the shadows of an endless night
Waiting for answers
I've already picked my side
waiting for the moment when I finally feel alive
born into prison
learning how to draw a lion
praying for the moment when I finally join the pride
and I'm
standing in the shadows of an endless night