The Wynntown Marshals

by The Wynntown Marshals

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1.
Well I’m just sitting here putting things in boxes ‘Cos you told me that I couldn’t stay I wish that we could box up all these memories And open them together another day My darling there’s this light that shines inside you Shining like this hotel’s chandelier And though my heart still burns for you, it’s cold here without you Winter sure showed up early this year Outside there’s this couple fighting in the car park She’s just speaking her mind while he tries to find the keys And then the engine it won’t start so they just sit there in the dark Wondering how they’re still together after all these years They’re still sitting here together after all these years After all these years we struggle on together After all these years we tried to make it alone We’re still sitting here together after all these years After all these years we struggle on together After all these years we tried to make it alone We’re still sitting here together after all these years We’re still sitting here together after all these years We’re still sitting here together after all these years
2.
Got up today, legs they felt heavy Thought about taking back some of the things I’d said Maybe I just need an explanation Maybe I should just head on back to bed Cos sometimes heartache is just a chance you have to take You’ve been leaving footprints on the rug We can all find better peace of mind We can always use a different drug We go to lunch in expensive restaurants You know I don’t like overpriced food Later on have another bottle Are you sure the last one did us any good? About 4 o clock I took the call You said she served her time in the Wrens At least we had a chance to say goodbye now A chance to say goodbye with all of your friends Cos sometimes heartache is just a chance you have to take You’ve been leaving footprints on the rug We can all find a better peace of mind We can always use a different drug And the drugs they help you out Do they give you all the answers? We will find each other somehow We will find each other there And sometimes heartache is just a chance you have to take You’ve been leaving footprints on the rug We can all find a better peace of mind We can always use a different drug
3.
03:33
Old Xmas trees and rubbish bags litter the street The frost it crackles under your feet You can feel your heart in time to a different beat And the guy at the corner bar his expression signals defeat Your name, your name, your name is etched in my heart This vision I see each day when it starts Your hazy reflection hangs in every mirror And your old coat still sits on the back of my chair My heart was heavy that day The train left the station and took you away My hope it was tied to the line This is no silent movie, didn’t get there on time
4.
05:00
Well the tires just crossed the rumble strip for the fifteenth time It’s just as well they’re there ‘cos you’ve been asleep for miles Almost killed us yesterday while we were reading in the back Just keep your eyes on the horizon and watch out for speed traps I don’t want to be blindsided again Do you think that’s any way yeah to treat a friend? I don’t want to be blindsided again Do you think that’s any way yeah to treat a friend? Tuesday in the airport we were going through hell You stopped me in my tracks in turmoil by the baggage carousel Driving home I talked, you listened you owed me that much ‘cos it’s been so long Didn’t want to stop ‘cos I knew when I pulled over you’d be gone I don’t want to be blindsided again Do you think that’s any way yeah to treat a friend? I don’t want to be blindsided again Do you think that’s any way yeah to treat a friend? And you’ve always been a little more than that Some call this recklessness but I’d be there in two seconds flat And you’ve always seen a little more than me So while I’m blindsided please watch over me Sometimes heading home just seems like the safest thing to do There’s something in the air & the people there Can spur you on when you feel through The purple tinged horizon stirs the heart and relieves the fear And this broken ride on the blinded side has kept my thoughts & feelings clear I don’t want to be blindsided again Do you think that’s any way yeah to treat a friend? Please don’t let me be blindsided again Do you think that’s any way yeah to treat a friend?
5.
06:40
The perfect storm came in the summertime August 3rd 1829, swore they’d never seen that kind of rain You could hear the sound of thunder and the ground began to shake All those rivers in spate, 60 acres became a lake Everybody in the north east was taken by surprise Some folks said that the lightning looked like liquid fire in the sky Two whole days, non stop rain Two whole days, non stop rain Foot by foot the mighty lakes and angry rivers rose Well they wiped out farms and toppled trees from Inverness to Montrose Boats were forced out of the sea And there were drowning animals as far as the eye could see The people ran for cover from the catastrophic floods There was talk of divine retribution and the vengeance of the lord Even the minister lost and acre of his land yesterday And the five arch Telford granite bridge has been all but swept away Everybody in the north east was taken by surprise Some folks said that the lightning looked like liquid fire in the sky Two whole days, non stop rain Two whole days, non stop rain The innkeeper’s name was Cruickshank and he did the best he could He took his ancient float on down the burn to salvage some of his wood He got swept away but before he was lost he jumped onto a tree Stranded in the rising black, how he held on is still a mystery to me All attempts at rescue failed as the darkness it came down His shouts for help were all that were heard by the people of the town In the morning the tree was gone, his body washed up downstream His pocket watch was found fully wound it had stopped at 11.15 Everybody in the north east was taken by surprise Some folks said that the lightning looked like liquid fire in the sky Two whole days, non stop rain Two whole days, non stop rain Two whole days, non stop rain Two whole days, non stop rain
6.
I listen to the rain outside The world’s asleep now but I’m alive Sometimes you’ve got to take what you can get True to life outside it’s pouring down So many freaks buzzing round this town Make me feel normal, remind me not to give up yet I should’ve guessed You’d take my heart and leave the rest Give it back another time We can leave this all behind Back roads we travel all the time With aching backs and weary minds I know somehow they all led us here So like the summer rain you came and then were gone Like a star you burst and then you shone Someone help me get away from here I should’ve guessed You’d take my heart and leave the rest Give it back another time We can leave this all behind Write me back another day If you’ve got something left to say Raindrops falling in the dark I should’ve guessed right from the start If you’ve got the time of day Tell me that you’re doing OK baby Been around for a week or two Your conversation’s overdue baby, yeah Finding ways to pass the time How come days off are never fine? The morning too short, the evening’s getting too long now So as another night draws to an end I try to sleep but I only pretend Lying here the raindrops are the only sound I should’ve guessed You’d take my heart and leave the rest Give it back another time We can leave this all behind Write me back another day If you’ve got something left to say Raindrops falling in the dark I should’ve guessed right from the start
7.
Fire ‘em up boys and have no fear Squadron Leader says the coast is clear Just a routine patrol Been here countless times before Said that the last time we did this run Got bounced by some 110’s came out of the sun I thank this parachute on my back ‘Cos my best friend he didn’t come back The powers that be say it’s worth the cost It’s in these skies the war will be won or lost Don’t understand how we got this far Finished basic training at the end of March These last few months have been a blur Sleep depravation a new kind of war I swing my harness up on through the door Your picture’s next to my heart and my will’s on the cockpit floor Now it’s every man for himself Superstition is bad for your health The powers that be say it’s worth the cost It’s in these skies the war will be won or lost Keep an eye out over your shoulder That’s what the guys in the mess say to do They must be doing something right ‘cos they’re still here drinking Still here drinking… Up in the burning blue Better keep your wits around you When the tracers are flying and people are dying Hell, you’ve got a job to do The powers that be say it’s worth the cost It’s in these skies the war will be won or lost

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Review: The Wynntown Marshals - "The Wynntown Marshals"

Source: Crooked Rain
Date: 15th May 2008
Written by: Duke Dali

Rising phoenix-like from the ashes of The Sundowns, the Marshals retain Keith Benzie on guitar and vocals, Keith Jones (Fife's answer to John Bonham) on drums and BVs, Simon Ritson on bass duties, with the addition of Iain Barbour on guitar and Iain Sloan on pedal steel, guitar and BVs.

As evidenced on this mini-album (six songs), there is no radical departure from the sound of The Sundowns. Essentially, that means that (for your money) you get a high-class slice of homegrown Americana that begs to be heard.

From the opening guitar strums and Benzie's plaintive vocals on "After All These Years", the band are in full control, slipping into a song that sounds as if it's been around forever to be played on jukeboxes in honky-tonks for beer-sozzled Romeos bewildered by the lack of romance in their lives.

Barbour's solo in this is a joy, and he continues to delight in the following song "Different Drug" - another wearied tale of ennui.

More follows in the same vein, but the centre-piece and highlight of the disc is the epic "11:15" - a re-telling of 'The Muckle Spate' of 1829, when the north-east of Scotland suffered the greatest flood in recent history.

Very much in the vein in which Drive-By Truckers eulogise Alabama's past, The Marshals take a piece of history and marry it to an exhilarating ride.

Apocalyptic in its telling ("the lightning looked like fire in the skies...", "foot by foot the mighty lakes and angry rivers rose...", "there were drowning animals as far as the eye could see..."), it also tells the individual tale of Charles Cruickshank - an inn-keeper killed by the deluge - whose watch stopped at the time of his death (11:15).

Around this, the band play furiously, whipping up a veritable storm as the song progresses through its six minutes of Homeric rhetoric. A showstopper when played live, I'm sure!

"I Should've Guessed" closes the show - another romp through familiar Americana territory. Mention should also be made of Leigh Benzie, who adds vocals to several of the songs, complementing those of her brother Keith.

credits

released February 1, 2008

The Wynntown Marshals:

Keith Benzie: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Keith Jones: Drums, Backing Vocals
Simon Ritson: Bass Guitar, Mandolin
Iain Barbour: Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel

with:
Iain Sloan: Pedal Steel on 5 & 7, 12-string on 7, Backing Vocals on 2
Leigh Benzie: Backing Vocals

Produced by Graham Deas at the Substation (Rosyth, Fife)

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The Wynntown Marshals Edinburgh, UK

Formed in Edinburgh in 2007, The Marshals tip their hat to The Jayhawks, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams & Neil Young.

Their sound can loosely be described as ‘country rock' with powerpop hooks, but they love layered guitars, catchy choruses and have an unabashed belief in the power of rock music as a storytelling medium.

The new album "The Long Haul" is out now!
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