Deadwood

by Le Chat Noir

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Deadwood, released through Bath-based label Patchogue Records, was the hotly-anticipated second album from Le Chat Noir. It saw the band developing the visceral garage rock of their debut album and taking it to a new level, with tracks exhibiting a new maturity and confidence whilst still staying true to the stripped-down aesthetic which has earned them a cult following.

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released September 1, 2007

All music and lyrics copyright 2007 Le Chat Noir.

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Track Name: Silver City Burns
As the city burned behind us we rode on
Not looking back
Yeah, the desert stretched before us as the smoke
Turned the blue sky black

I heard a voice whisper to me
Said it's time to set these sinners free
So burn their wicked souls
C'mon now, burn

As the city burned behind us we rode on
Out on the barren plains
And now the skeletons of buildings twist and fall
Into the charred remains

I heard a voice whisper to me
Said I've gotta set this city free
It's time these sinners burned
C'mon now, burn

As the city burned behind us we rode on
Away from home and into the unknown
As the city burned behind us we rode on
Away from home and into the unknown

Come on now, burn!
Track Name: The Bone Collector
So let me introduce myself
In case you don't know who I am
I know all of your secrets, dear
I'm not an ordinary man
I've watched your fragile frame
Through your window pane
I don't mean you no harm
I just wanna know your name

All the lies you've told to me
And all the truths you've been afraid to speak
They don't mean shit you see
Now you belong to me
I love you
Oh honey, honey, what's your name?
I love you baby
So come on, won't you say your name?

Well, let me introduce myself
The bone collector is my name
I'm the parasite under your skin
The poison running through your veins
I've been inside your head
Tasted all your fears
I know what makes you tick
Seen you cry so many tears

All the lies you've told to me
And all the truths you're trying not to speak
They don't mean shit you see
Now you belong to me
I love you
Oh honey, honey, what's your name?
I love you baby
So come on, won't you say your name?

I know what's been going on
So honey, come along
I know you think you're strong
But all the weak die young

Today is judgement day
So tell me, what's your name?
Today is judgement day
Your sins are on display
Today is judgement day
So tell me, what's your name?
Today is judgement day
My love, there's no escape
Track Name: Wedding Dress
I hear you slamming the door
I hear you walk down the hall
Where did you go today?
You're dripping blood on the floor
Your dirty look says it all
Your eyes burn with hate

Oh, it comes, it comes
Rising inside of you
It comes, it's coming

Well, your wedding dress is white as snow
But your broken heart's blacker than coal, yeah
I can't believe you killed him on your wedding day

I hear a knock at the door
You take your gun from the drawer
The sheriff's come for you
You pass a note that you've scrawled
And I ask you what it's for
As you run out of the room

They've come, they're coming
Fixing their sights on you
They've come, they're coming

Now your wedding dress is stained with red
And there's body in your wedding bed, yeah
I can't believe you killed him on your wedding day

You found out that he cheated and you cut his heart out
You found out that he cheated and you cut his heart out
You found out that he cheated and you cut his heart out
You found out that he cheated and you cut his heart out
Track Name: Green Eyed Josephine
I overheard a tragic tale of love and jealousy
About a girl known in these parts as Green Eyed Josephine
She loved a local gamblin' man, his name was Johnny Black
She gave away her heart to him, but he gave nothing back

He said 'I can't take anymore, you're always so uptight'
She begged him 'please just stay for one more night'

Oh green,
Green Eyed Josephine
Oh green, oh green,
Green Eyed Josephine

When morning came he said she couldn't see him any more
He told her he'd been called up, it was time to go to war
She begged him on her knees, he said 'we're marching North today'
He held her in a cold embrace, then turned to walk away
And said 'Girl, I never loved you, but you sure helped pass the time
It's been fun, now it's time to say goodbye'

Oh green,
Green Eyed Josephine
Oh green, oh green,
Green Eyed Josephine

She waited on the main parade to watch him leave her life
He marched past in his uniform, but wouldn't catch her eye
Around his wrist was tied a handkerchief she recognised
Belonging to another girl she'd seen by Johnny's side

She said 'the bastard's treated me wrong, now it's time to make amends'
She drew her gun and aimed it at his head

Oh green,
Green Eyed Josephine
Oh green, oh green,
Green Eyed Josephine
Track Name: Down By The River
Down by the river, the animals slowly died
Came here for water, but God made the river dry

And as I stare out at the piles of bones
I think of the story that you once told
Of how we're controlled by the things we fear
I scream at the sky but nobody hears

Down by the river, evil men came to pray
Dreaming of water washin' their sins away

And as I stare out at the piles of bones
I think of the story that you once told
Of how we're controlled by the things we fear
I scream at the sky but nobody hears

Down by the river, crows circlin' overhead
Beg for salvation, but they know what lies ahead

And as I stare out at the piles of bones
I think of the story that you once told
Of how we're controlled by the things we fear
I scream at the sky but nobody hears
Nobody hears

Out in the desert, graves where the nameless lie
Came seeking shelter but died under clear blue sky
Track Name: The Scarlet Mistress
She rode in quietly in the night as the snow fell on the town
The moonlight shining on her crimson hooded gown
Nobody stirred, the air was still, yeah, nothing made a sound
But when the sunrise comes they'll know she's in town

She's stolen many lovers, led the purest ones astray
And now she's coming back to steal a man on Christmas day
Her path is is paved with hearts of men she broke along the way
So keep your husbands safe indoors tonight, it's time to pray

She rode into the churchyard as the snow fell all around
The women quietly lay in wait, she started to dismount
They ambushed her, made sure that she was tightly gagged and bound
She froze to death, alone under the stars, on holy ground
Track Name: Pull The Trigger
Well, there's three of us in this here bed
You and me and the devil in my my head
And three's a crowd, or so it's said
Gonna pull the trigger on the count of ten
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8... 9...

He tells me all your secrets
The things I've never seen
Yeah, can't you see what you've done to me?
Now it's time...

So what am I supposed to do?
You tell me life's a bitch, but so are you
The devil's showed a path that's true
The time has come to pay my dues
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8... 9...

He talks about your lovers
The lies and the deceit
And can't you see what you've done to me?
Now it's time...

Gonna pull the trigger on the count of ten
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8... 9... 10!

I took you to the basement
Put a bullet in my head
'I love you honey' were the last words
I said
Track Name: Dead Man's Hand
At the Deadwood Casino there's some trouble brewing
You're looking uptight, lady luck's not with you tonight
I think you're losing the fight

The game has been rigged, but you keep on playing
We crowd in to see what your next move's going to be
You should've listened to me

You gambled with the devil and your life was the stake
He dealt a pair of aces and a pair of eights
Boy if there's one thing that I don't understand
You should've folded when you got the dead man's hand
You got the dead man's hand
You got the dead man's hand

You've run out of credit, but you still ain't quitting
You ask for a loan, but you're out there on your own
Yeah, sinking like a stone

You throw down the cards, and I see you running
You try to escape, but you can't get out of this place
They're gonna make you pay

You gambled with the devil and your life was the stake
He dealt a pair of aces and a pair of eights
Boy if there's one thing that I don't understand
You should've folded when you got the dead man's hand
You got the dead man's hand
You got the dead man's hand

You gambled with the devil and your life was the stake
He dealt a pair of aces and a pair of eights
Boy if there's one thing that I don't understand
You never should've played on with the dead man's hand
You got the dead man's hand
You got the dead man's hand

1,2,3,4, bang, bang, bang
Track Name: Teenage Suicide
She's standing up on the roof
As people in the street
Begin to notice and stare
They're pointing fingers at her
She shuts her pretty eyes
And steps out into the air

The people shake their heads
And then they just walk on by
Just another teenage suicide
And nobody gives a damn

The body's taken away
The crowd begins to leave
And things are normal again
And now the moment has passed
The street's the way it was
Just like any other day

The preacher shakes his head
And washes the blood away
Just another hellbound today
And nobody gives a damn
Track Name: No One Left To Blame
When I first met you, girl
You seemed so full of life
Yeah, I saw fire in your eyes
But honey, something's wrong today
The flames have died and gone away
And I see darkness deep inside

Well honey, this mess you made ain't my idea of fun
Time slows when you're staring down the barrel of a gun
Oh girl, you wanted drama, well, I think the stage is set
They walk me to the gallows with a sign around my neck

Says it's a sin to lie
And stealing is a crime
I took the fall for you
No, don't forget
You gotta make the change
You better mend your ways
Cos honey, now there's no one left to blame

You said you were in debt
And you began to cry
I can't believe that was a lie
I pawned my best guitar and saw
You go straight to the liquor store
I just can't see the funny side

Well honey, this mess you made ain't my idea of fun
Time slows when you're staring down the barrel of a gun
Oh girl, you wanted drama, well, I think the stage is set
They walk me to the gallows with a sign around my neck

Says it's a sin to lie
And stealing is a crime
I took the fall for you
No, don't forget
You gotta make the change
You better mend your ways
Cos honey, now there's no one left to blame
Track Name: The Ghost Of Johnny Black
You look over your shoulder
As you're running in the fading light
And everyone is searching for you
'Cos you killed a man here tonight
Your eyes are wide with terror
As you open up your mouth and scream
The devil that you're running from
Is me

I am the ghost of Johnny Black

Your hands are gripped together
As you ask the lord to save your soul
But it's too late for praying now
'Cos Heaven ain't where you're gonna go
Well, girl, to err is human
But to punish sinners is divine
You're gonna pay for your crime
Tonight

I am the ghost of Johnny Black
Track Name: The Fields Where Nothing Grows
The morning fog is rising
Over the battlefield
The desert sands are stained black
With the blood of the men we killed

So come on, tell me, where's your saviour god now?
Why weren't the good men saved?
So come on, tell me, where's your saviour god now?
What happened to your faith?

They marched for miles with heavy hearts
Across the barren lands
The blessing of the preacher on their heads
They came to fight
In the name of god
And died alone
In the fields
Where nothing grows

In the fields where nothing grows

And now the sun is shining
We stand here all alone
Amongst the piles of bodies
And ruins that we once called home

So come on, tell me, where's your saviour god now?
Is this part of his plan?
So come on, tell me, where's your saviour god now?
I just can't understand

And baby, when the fall comes
I'll be Adam to your Eve
We'll wander through the wastelands hand in hand
We'll live and die
In the absence of god
And fall side by side
In the fields
Where nothing grows

In the fields where nothing grows

So come on, honey, where's your saviour god now?
Come on, come on
So come on, honey, where's your saviour god now?
Come on, come on
Track Name: I Can See The Light
A hurricane's howling through my head
Tearing up the trees and leaving desert plains behind
Yeah, stormclouds are brewing in my mind

I can see we're at the end of the line
Girl, you're playing for time
You've got blood on your hands
And I don't know if it's yours or if it's mine

I can see the light, I can see the light
I can see the light, I can see the light
It shines so brightly as the walls close in on me

And as the seconds tick past
Every breath seems like the last
But honey, I'm not afraid
All stories come to a close
That's just the way that it goes
The light is fading as we play this final scene

I can see we're actors playing a part
We were doomed from the start
Hung down from the ceiling
The wires moving to an unheard melody

I can see the light, I can see the light
I can see the light, I can see the light
It shines as we act out this tragedy

And as the seconds tick past
Every breath seems like the last
But honey, I'm not afraid
All stories come to a close
That's just the way that it goes
The curtain falls and it's time for us to leave

This world wasn't meant for you or me