Cripples, Bastards, & Broken Things

by The Two Thieves

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Dedicated to Jim Bull.
There will be more smokes and coffee soon.

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released December 31, 2014

All songs written and performed by The Two Thieves, except "Two Thieves" which was written by The Compulsive Gamblers, performed by The Two Thieves.

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The Two Thieves Bowling Green, Kentucky

Kyle and Jacob.
Making music people can't explain or categorize since June of 2014.

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Track Name: Apricity
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Learning To Fly On Cold Lake
I lived by the words you penned
Back when we were high school friends
It's a bent stalk with driftwood seams
Turn callused hands from broken dreams

It took four years to calm down
Quiet mouth and tied hands, we drown
Like Fitz under Parisian sky
We'll quit, drop pens, the sun dries

Our words are all dead from water in our head
Fade from broken homes and left the kids alone
Now we're moving on breaking backs for pawns
Learning to fly, it's late
Searching for hearts on Cold Lake

I'll keep my cast to the right
We can make it through the night
As the switchblades sink
Into the waters of the Ohio
I'll keep my cast to the right
We can make it through the night
As the switchblades sink
Into the waters of the Ohio
I'll keep my cast to the right
We can make it through the night
As the switchblades sink
Into the waters of the Ohio
Track Name: The Rosary Noose
Everybody gets a little under the weather
When they learn the secrets of their lover
And the flaws and the fakes and the course of the river
Carries you away like a leaf in the wake of summer
Burn and we burn and we burn like fires under
Learn, we learn, we learn from missing ventures
Burn and we burn and we burn like fires under
Learn, we learn, we learn from missing ventures

We all die under rose red skies
Like the rosary beads
Around your neck
The power of the fall just frightens
Like the frayed noose slips
Around your neck
We still cling to our lovers
That let go in the winter
But they're still gone

Everybody lies just a little bit better
When they find no one cares like their mother
Their hands slip to the palms of solemn brothers
Taking you away like a flake in the dead of winter
Burn and we burn and we burn like fires under
Learn, we learn, we learn from missing ventures
Burn and we burn and we burn like fires under
Learn, we learn, we learn from missing ventures

We all die under rose red skies
Like the rosary beads
Around your neck
The power of the fall just frightens
Like the frayed noose slips
Around your neck
We still cling to our lovers
That let go in the winter
But they're still gone

I bet you lied
When you said
That we'd have
A better life

I swear you lied
When you said
That we'd have
A better life

I know you lied
When you said
That we'd have
A better life
Track Name: Lights and Stones
You've got lights in your eyes
And a stone for a heart
I paid the price to trade
Was left, broke from the start
Pretty little girls
Will break all your bones
Behind perfect smiles
Their hearts made of stone
You've got lights in your eyes
Like a meadow lark
You sing like a dove
You're so young at heart
I'm another liar
Like you worn out souls
Maybe I'm the worst
But you're a whole new low

Take me down
To the riverside
Let me drown
Like I know I should
Burn me now
A martyr's crucifix
Let me drown
In the river tonight

Take me down to the river when the flood waters rise
Take your hand from her lap, fix the pieces inside
Mend the shatters like a ghost in the night when she feels scared
It's too bad I could never say anything right

Take me down
To the riverside
Let me drown
Like I know I should
Burn me now
A martyr's crucifix
Let me drown
In the river tonight
Track Name: Jim
Six feet isn't too far down
But it separates us now
No more Marlboro Special Blends
No more secrets or stories you could spin

I've got another angel watching over me
I wish I could have seen you one last time
One last coffee
One more cigarette
One final laugh
I'll see you some day
When we can catch up again

Six feet isn't too far down
But it separates us now
No more Marlboro Special Blends
No more secrets or stories you could spin

Make the most of the time you've got
You never know when it will be up
Like your children in the morning
Or your dog when you get home
I'm smoking and drinking coffee all alone
I'm smoking and drinking coffee all alone
I'm smoking and drinking coffee all alone
I'm smoking and drinking coffee all alone
Track Name: Angels
Broken like your past
Nothing seems to last
The killer's cold mask
You just seem to crack
When you go home
To wait for dawn
No one really dies
Do static hearts cry?
Did you even try?
A bird that cannot fly
When you get home
Just wait for dawn
Broken from the fall
No one cares at all
The steel roses call
Give in to the fall
When you went home
To pray for dawn

Found her broke down by the trail in the rain
She said, "take me away from the pain"
Everyone knew the tales that you can spin
Dying to know just how I can win

Momma broke down and caught her a train
Brother shot up, he relapsed again
You know we all die without making a sound
Battered, not broke, our feet on the ground
When we must go, will the angels all sing?
A chorus for you, but none for me

When her wings fail
Will you turn tail
Run to the wilds
Hide behind smiles
When your brain fails
Will you derail
Fall from the ship
With busted lip

Momma broke down and caught her a train
Brother shot up, he relapsed again
You know we all die without making a sound
Battered, not broke, our feet on the ground
When we must go, will the angels all sing?
A chorus for you, but none for me

Found her broke down by the trail in the rain
She said, "take me away from the pain"
Everyone knew the tales that you can spin
Dying to know just how I can win
Track Name: Two Thieves (The Compulsive Gamblers cover)
One was from the east, the other from the west
And I don't claim to know either one of them's the best
But I know an angle man when I see one
Your humor's just as black as the bruises on your arms
What you lacked in skills you made up for with your charms
You said it was just some new infection

Chorus:
But if the two of you had met
Both your mothers would have wept
Two peas in a pod or just two thieves
On the nod

You stole your education while the students were asleep
You laughed at history up in blankets and sank it in the deep
You said what's saved was worth perfection
You were my ambassador to a world that didn't care
Bad luck on your side mirrored shades and dirty hair
When I look all I see is my own reflection

Chorus

Well they twitched and they winked
You would show me we are thick as thieves
Would you empty out my wallet and my ashtray as you leave
Did you forget that I was your only friend
Two months on the road and I don't know how to say good bye
Maybe I should bury all those memories of you
But I don't ever want to see them die

Chorus
Track Name: Receivers
I'm singing to songs from your speakers
As it comes through the receiver of my
Telephone
I can hear your girlfriend just laughing
As you toy with the receiver of the
Telephone
And the noise of your brother listening
In with the kitchen receiver of your
Telephone
We were talking about the lack of
Love, we've never been a receiver on our
Telephone

Cigarettes and second hand friends
Who share stories that never end
They just keep repeating
Retelling tales of better days
Memories return to fade away
They just keep receding
As days turn to weeks and weeks into months

It's been twenty one months since we last met
Two coffees and king-sized cigarettes
We're still the same, just getting older
Oh is that so, no one even cares now

I'm singing to songs from your speakers
As it comes through the receiver of my
Telephone
I can hear your girlfriend just laughing
As you toy with the receiver of the
Telephone
And the noise of your brother listening
In with the kitchen receiver of your
Telephone
We were talking about the lack of
Love, we've never been a receiver on our
Telephone
Track Name: Adios (You Don't Even Know What That Means)
(Instrumental)