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Cormac McCarthy, The First Album

Cormac McCarthy, the First Album

cd5Song samples, if available, are linked in song titles.

These songs are voices with their own stories to tell...

Songs:

Madness in the Family (But, I'm just nervous, that's all)
River Round the Bend
Pick Flamingos
Sleazy Bar
Adrift in the Mountains
Blue Mountains
Romance at Fenway Park
Used Cars
The World is Round
Bad Company
Friend of the Family

Copyright © Cormac McCarthy. All rights reserved.
All songs published by Rakish Tilt Music.

 

Friend of the Family

The air was cold and the Autumn sun
Had burned the leaves a delirious yellow
By a small house, amid the junk cars
Just off the road by the river

He used to hang around the house
Bring presents to the kids
Tell them stories and show them his rifle
He and Bud would hunt together out of season
And put some red meat on the table

Suppertime was a real good thing
Full of boasting and Black Label
But sometimes Billy would sit down first
Right there at the head of the table
And Billy would argue
He said, "Bud you’re a lucky man"
Bud said, "I’m shackled to a wife and kids."
Billy didn’t want to understand
He said, "I’d give my right arm to be a family man!"

Bud’s wife liked Billy like the rest
But got tired of his talk and his bragging
He spent more time at home than her husband did
And did her husband’s share of the drinking.

"Damn it, Billy, you’re drunk again,
Sally, get him some coffee
Bud would never put up with this
If you weren’t a friend of the family."

Bud’s wife took all she could
She gave Billy his walking papers
He just laughed, went to the fridge
To get himself another Schaefer

"Damn it, Billy, you’re drunk again,
Sally, get him some coffee
Bud would never put up with this
If you weren’t a friend of the family."

The more we give, the more you take
And you take when we stop giving
Billy, you are a grown-up man
You make a decent living"

He grabbed a chair, threw in down
Said, "No one talks to me that way!
Ain’t I the one that split your wood
The one who hauled in the hay?
I’ve told your children about the rainbow’s end
I told’em ‘bout the ships in the sea
How could I have ever known
They’d mean that much to me?

He knew and she knew
There was nothing left to say
A friend of the family...
Tomorrow’s another day

So Bud’s wife went to bed
Wishing he weren’t out of town
She heard Billy stumble round the kitchen
She put on her sleeping gown

"Damn it, Billy’s drunk again
I wish he’d drink some coffee
Never put up with this…
A friend of the family"

Billy sat in the warmth of the kitchen
Till all the beer had lost it’s foam
And as the sun warmed the trees
And hurt his eyes
He stood up
And started home
He started for home.

Copyright 1986-2000, Cormac McCarthy. All rights reserved.


Sample: Madness in the Family

Madness in the Family

For nearly five generations,
we've been on American soil
Sold everything from Shoes to Shinola.
We lived with grace through the depression,
gone to the TV from the Victrola.
We've run like a wave from landed gents
to the bottom of the totem pole.

There is madness in the family.
I'm just nervous that's all.

I'm alive and I'm happy to say it
It's probably not my fault
With an inborn taste for the liquor and spirits and the usual result.
And sometimes when I get the shakes,
I tell them that it happened in the war.

There's madness in the family.
I'm just nervous, that's all...

Copyright 1986-2000, Cormac McCarthy. All rights reserved.

Sample: Bad Company mp3

Bad Company

I once loved a woman with all of my heart
And that’s what she took from me
When all the smoke and the dust had cleared
I was in bad company
It’s a woman that’s gonna be the death of me
She’ll kill me for something I just can’t see
She won’t do in a fit of passion
She’ll do it so sensibly, so sensibly
 
What do you need a woman for?
Oh, woe is me
A man unloved all by himself
He’s in very bad company

It’s an art as grand as the Sistine Chapel
To live with the opposite sex
It’s a hell as dark as Dante’s Inferno
To escape from the witch’s hex
Thirteen men will carry me
To my grave beneath the trees
And on that stone write
"It was the last one
That would not set me free, not set me free"

What do you need a woman for?
Well, it’s A through Z
A man unloved all by himself
He’s very bad company

To make it work
Let's make it last
That’s the hardest part
An icicle makes a perfect weapon
It’s as cold as a woman’s heart

I once loved a woman with all my heart
And that’s what she took from me
When all the smoke and dust had cleared
I was bad company, bad company
 

What do you need a woman for?
Oh, woe is me
A man unloved all by himself
He’s very bad company.

Copyright 1986-2000, Cormac McCarthy. All rights reserved.


River Round the Bend

Excerpt

Mill wheels turn and they turn through the night
The river drives the mill silent in the light
From a window you can watch the river flow away
River round the bend and here we stay


Sure there’s time to sit and think
There’s no time to work things out
Somedays I think I’m setting the world on fire
Really, I’m just burning myself out.

Copyright 1986-2000, Cormac McCarthy. All rights reserved.

 


Romance at Fenway Park

Excerpt

I used to live on Bridge Street
By the old folks home
At the time I was a lucky man
I didn’t know I was so alone
I didn’t realize why I
Slept near the phone
Or took the dog for long walks
And hoped that he wanted to go


Things were like that
Before we met
It makes love hard to believe
So hard to forget
It’s no good living
Living with a troubled heart
So let’s toss it aside
And make a brand new start.

Copyright 1986-2000, Cormac McCarthy. All rights reserved.


© All songs published by Rakish Tilt Music.

Liner Notes

There are some real people in these songs, some composites of people I've known and a large part of myself. Most of these people are involved in a struggle of some sort whether it's survival as in ADRIFT IN THE MOUNTAINS. or the broken heart in SLEAZY BAR. This record is about what people do when their hearts are in it, their conflicts and reconciliation's. These songs are voices with their own stories to tell and in writing them I've tried to interfere as little as possible.
- - Cormac McCarthy

"Cormac McCarthy knows how to write a song. He is a storyteller of the first order with a gift for unnervingly precise imagery. Listen to his description of the leaves in FRIEND of the Family. Simple and perfect -- no excess. And at the same time, there is an urgency and passion to the image that brings Van Gogh to mind. McCarthy knows his characters well and cares about them. He understands their desires and frustrations, their small victories. their often defensive forms of humor and their sometimes stubborn refusal to learn from the past as in ROMANCE AT FENWAY PARK in which the long time Red Sox fan sings. "Hope is revived in the ninth inning when the wind is blowing out over the left field wall" You're going to love this record."
Bill Morrissey, Bristol. NH June. 1986

 

Discography

Cormac McCarthy vocals, acoustic guitar.
Edward Gerhard: acoustic, steel body and side guitars.
Grieg Westly, stand up bass.
Harry King, piano.
Jimmy Biggins: saxes.
Russ Eyes: electric bass.
Rick Nelson: drums, electric guitar.
Peter Gallway.
Bobby Keyes, electric guitar.
harmony vocals:
Sammie Haynes,
Grieg Westly,
Rick Watson,
Lee Ann Harriman,
Cormac McCarthy.

Press

"...make sure you have (the first album). I particularly like Madness in the Family, Used Cars, The Blue Mountains , and Friend of the Family because they combine beautiful imagery with some great character depictions."
Dick Pleasants,
The Folk Heritage, WGBH Boston

"...great writing, great guitar playing, great singing -- a triple threat! The Red Sox could use him." Bill Morrissey