Tales From Silver City

by Le Chat Noir

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Tales From Silver City, Le Chat Noir's debut album, was available in a long since sold-out limited run of 500 on Garage Sale Records, individually signed and numbered with exclusive artwork by New Zealand-based artist Daniel Alexander. The album was recorded between September and October 2006 at The Cat's Cradle, the band's studio deep in the Devonshire countryside.

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released November 1, 2006

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Track Name: Carpe Diem
You're waiting to start living
But life is slipping away
You're planning out the future
But what about today?
Let's hitch a ride and get away from here
We'll live for every moment, not let anyone tell us

What to do or who to be
You gotta seize the day baby
We'll do what we want, be who we wanna be
You gotta seize the day baby

We're headed to the city
We're gonna start anew
And what about our future?
Well, we don't have a clue
Let's hit a bar and have a couple of beers
Live from day to day and not let anyone tell us

What to do or who to be
You gotta seize the day baby
We'll do what we want, be who we wanna be
You gotta seize the day baby
Track Name: Seeing Double
Tonight's the night
I see you on the dancefloor
Girl, you set the room alight
You're so bright
I down another whiskey
Your body twists and turns around
Your lips move but I hear no sound
I think I've lost control
Cos now I'm seeing double

1... 2... 1... 2...

Don't look down, don't look back
Love hits you like a heart attack

Tonight's the night
You see me on the sidewalk
And you ask if I'm alright
And I try
To summon up the words
You say you wish that you could stay
But you shake your head and walk away
I think I've lost control
I'm seeing double

1... 2... 1... 2...

Don't look down, don't look back
Love hits you like a heart attack
Track Name: Is Ignorance A Sin?
I woke up this morning
With an empty bottle of gin
I woke up this morning
And you asked me where I'd been

Now, honey
Is ignorance a sin?
Well, honey
Is ignorance a sin?

Girl, I ain't a devil
But I sure ain't saved yet
Girl I ain't a saint
But I'm drinking to forget

Now, honey
Is ignorance a sin?
Well, honey
Is ignorance a sin?
Track Name: The Streets Of Silver City
Well the barman told me to leave
And never come back to this town
But baby I've got other plans
I'm gonna burn this place right down
Well the lawman took me away
Said he'd kill me if he saw me around
Came back at dawn the next day
Razed that town right to the ground

We're riding bareback with the devil
Through the streets of Silver City

Well the townfolk took to the hills
And the sheriff came after me
I shot him in the back
Down by the old town cemetry
Well babe you told me to leave
You said I'd taken things too far
I didn't see the lynchmob
Hiding out behind the bar

We're riding bareback with the devil
Through the streets of Silver City
Track Name: Mary Lee
Down by the frozen lake outside the town
Met a girl named Mary sitting there on the ground
She caught me trying to take her photograph
And chased me though the woods with a carving knife

Hey Mary, why'd you look so sad?
Hey Mary, why'd you have to be so bad?

Down by the frozen lake outside the town
Saw Mary digging up the hardened ground
I tried to see what she was burying
Didn't see the tripwires that she'd laid for me

Oh Mary, please just set me free
Yeah, I won't tell the sheriff what I've seen
Track Name: Fallen Angel
The clock has just struck midnight
I'm headed into town
You're queueing for the disco
Looks like you're all alone
I follow you into the light
And watch you climb the stairs
And make your way into the bar
Your halo slips a little bit further
As you sit and light a cheap cigar

You're wasting your perfection

You've got the face of an angel
But you're dressed up like a whore
You've fallen far for heaven
You used to be so pure
I follow you and watch you
As you're flirting with the drunkards
Yeah, you know they only want one thing
You're halo slips a little bit further
Oh, if you could see the state you're in

You're wasting your perfection

I follow you into the night
And push you down an alleyway
And hold your face up to the light
You're gonna pay for losing your way, girl
Cos I'm gonna end your sinning tonight
Track Name: Halfway To Hell
There's blood running in the streets
And an empty sky above
And now we're praying for the rain
To cleanse our blackened souls
Well, sister dear
Can it cleanse our blackened souls?
Wanna see the lightning strike
Wanna hear the thunder roll

We were halfway to heaven
But I think we lost the track
And now we're halfway to hell
And I can't see a way back

There's liquor pumping through our veins
And a body in the trunk
And now we're praying to be saved
But God don't give a fuck
Well, sister dear
I guess we're out of luck
Gonna see the lightning strike
These sinners gotta burn

We were halfway to heaven
But I think we lost the track
And now we're halfway to hell
And I can't see a way back
Track Name: Her Wicked Smile
Mary Lee was a killer
Awaiting trial on death row
She murdered 15 men
And buried them under the winter snow
And Henry James was a hangman
Mary caught his eye
She looked so lovely to him
He promised that he wouldn't let her die

She smiled her wicked smile

The hangman came at midnight
And freed her from her cell
They tiptoed past the guards
And headed for the Paradise Motel
She led him to the back room
He followed under her spell
She slit his throat with razor
Whispered that she'd see him in hell
She smiled her wicked smile
Track Name: Devil In Disguise
I see straight through your disguise
I don't believe your alibi
Honey, what have you done?
Take off your mask
Hand over the gun

I don't want to believe what I see
You're standing there in front of me
With murder in your eyes
I thought you were an angel
But you're the devil in disguise
Track Name: Dead Man Walking
I woke up in the gutter this morning
Watched the sun rise overhead
I woke up in the gutter
Hammers pounding in my head
You're looking like you've seen a dead man walking
Was it something I said?

They jumped me in the alley
They beat me black and blue
They left me there for dead
I watched them walk away
And I took revenge today
Read the letter with their orders from you

I woke up in the gutter this morning
With a bounty on my head
I woke up in the gutter
Went and shot those bastards dead
My story's almost over now darling
You're gonna die instead

They jumped me in the alley
They beat me black and blue
They left me there for dead
I watched them walk away
And I took revenge today
Read the letter with their orders from you

Well girl you want me dead
Now you're gonna die instead
Well girl you want me dead
Now you're gonna die instead
Track Name: Need To Know
Sticks and stones can break your bones
But words can break your heart
I'm guessing what you've got to say
Might make mine fall apart
So just lay out your plans for me
And I won't be your enemy
But babe I need to know...

Did we reach the end
Before we'd found the start?

Yeah, babe I need to know...

It's 3AM, you're fast asleep
I'm lying by your side
I'm guessing you don't want to talk
It's too late, you're too tired
But secrets that you hide away
Are gonna be revealed today
Babe I need to know...

Did we reach the end
Before we'd found the start?

Yeah, babe I need to know...

Well, sticks and stones can break your bones
But words can break your heart
I'm guessing what you've got to say
Might make mine fall apart
Babe I need to know
Is this the end?
Track Name: Sam Colt And The Devil
I sold my soul to the Devil
For a guitar and a gun
Got a brand new Telecaster
Got a .357 Magnum

Well honey, I've seen the light
And it don't matter if I kill tonight
Everything's gonna be alright
Sam Colt and the Devil are on our side

I sold my soul to the Devil
And he taught me how to play
Got a bounty on my head
But I ain't gonna die today

Cos honey, I've seen the light
Got my whiskey and my Python and I'm ready to ride
Everything's gonna be alright
Sam Colt and the Devil are on our side

Got a noose around my neck
Got a hangwire overhead
Got a Bible in my pocket
But I'm guessing now that Heaven ain't where I'm headed
Track Name: Old Man McGraw
His roof's the sky that's above him
Don't want four walls to keep him safe
Lost everything he ever had
Now his face is lined and worn
But he's skipping through the puddles
Whilst we shelter from the storm

Old Man McGraw's on his way down
He's blind and penniless
But rich inside
Wanders alone with his memories
Smiling slightlessly at the sky

He fought hard to make a living
He walked some long and lonely trails
He liked to drink and gamble
And screw around in the good old days
Now he's sitting in the gutter
With a grin upon his face

Old Man McGraw's on his way down
He's blind and penniless
But rich inside
Wanders alone with his memories
Smiling slightlessly at the sky
Track Name: On The Run
The basement's rigged with dynamite
It's time to blow this place up, ride into the night
Yeah honey, I don't have no regrets
We're headed for hell, but we sure ain't finished yet

Got a bag full of money and we're on the run
Can you feel your heart hammer like a beating drum

The sirens wail, they're close behind
A couple more miles until we hit the state line
Oh honey, we're running out of time
But danger just makes me feel more alive

Got a bag full of money and we're on the run
Can you feel your heart hammer like a beating drum

Our wagon's rammed with dynamite
We're cornered but they ain't gonna take us alive
Oh Honey, I guess this is goodbye
We're headed for hell but our names will never die
Track Name: High Octane
You're just a simple girl
I'm just a simple man
But when we're on the racetrack
We've got the perfect plan
You push your motor to the limit
200 miles an hour
You feel so high when you're a winner
Yeah like you rule the world

High octane

You're just a simple girl
You blend into the crowd
But when you're on the racetrack
You stand so tall and proud
It makes you feel like you're invincible
When you're behind the wheel
You know that anything could happen
But you ain't got no fear

High octane

Well girl you knew the dangers
You thought you couldn't lose
They rush you to the hospital
I hope that you'll pull through

High octane
Track Name: Escape
Hey girl, don't you know? This life is just a game
That people play to win, but they all lose in the end
So take my hand, let the stars light the way
We'll ride all night til we're far away from here

We'll find a way to escape
We'll find a way to escape

Hey girl, did you think the battle had been won?
When Silver City turned to dust under the midday sun?
The battle's lost and the war has just begun
So come with me, we will run while we still can

We'll find a way to escape
We'll find a way to escape