Fuel the Lights

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released June 28, 2016

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Devil Met Contention Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Devil Met Contention combines country, folk and blues into a distinctive sound that brings to mind Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash. The group was hailed as "a haunting slab of dusty Americana" by the Milwaukee Record.

Devil Met Contention is perfect if you feel like dancing, socializing or drowning your sorrows with a bottle of whiskey.
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Track Name: Before the Horse
Before the Horse

Dead leaves on the ground
Your hands on my skin
Leave the Lights on
Come right in…

It doesn’t really matter
No, I don’t really care
Noise from the front room
It isn’t really there

Some things just happen,
They change the course.
Love seems so foolish
The carts Before the Horse

I’m tired but patient
Lost but it’s alright
Dark out on this back porch,
Can I stay here the night?

Forgot it’s not over
Don’t cling to the past
Breathe up salvation
If it could ever last

Some things just happen,
They change the course.
Love seems so foolish
The carts Before the Horse

How’d I get this lonely?
Could I blame you?
That sounds too easy
To ever be called true…

Some things just happen,
They change the course.
Love seems so foolish
The carts Before the Horse
Track Name: Used to Be
Used to Be

Started from a prophecy of she
Mama told daddy, gonna have me
Two more kids like the dust and the wind arrived every three
In the strange north woods
Every season that we could stayed wild and free
Life’s not a line you’re gonna find
Driving or dreaming…

Sure I’d miss the old time comfort of the Michigan line
Taking haste with the travel over dirt and gravel to
The southwest sky
Under beating heart sun memorize each one
Remember me by
He and his wife work in young hearted country
It’s so hard sometimes…

Now I miss you more and more
Nothing like it was before
Or how, It Used to Be
Now I miss you more and more
Nothing like it was before
Or how, It Used to Be

Last I heard, they’d struggled and stirred
In the Midwest heartland
Graveyards afar, hearts with scars, mines buried in the sand
Love comes and goes, it’s like the white of the snow
Till the springtime cries
Each set of lives tighten up your fists, and wets your eyes…

Now I miss you more and more
Nothing like it was before
Or how, It Used to Be
Now I miss you more and more
Nothing like it was before
Or how, It Used to Be
Track Name: Burn that Bridge
Burn that Bridge

Run home, tell your Pa
The moons is high, hop the wall
Through the pass, its clear as glass
Cross the light
Up, down, the river drowned
Plenty kin from all around
Look live and hold steady
Fuel the lights

Gonna burn that bridge when I cross it...
Gonna burn that bridge when I cross it...
Gonna burn that bridge when I cross it...
Gonna start that fire and I’ll watch it all
Burn down…

Weak and old to the boat
Patch the holes so we will float
Don’t leave the kids it’s time to go
It’s come to this
Cutting pines they’re filling up
In the waves, in each sup
Smell of sentence, smoke and fear
You take a dram of luck

Gonna burn that bridge when I cross it...
Gonna burn that bridge when I cross it...
Gonna burn that bridge when I cross it...
Gonna start that fire and I’ll watch it all
Burn down…

That silver lining, high above
Dropping rain, its hitting rough
Down the line, don't look back
Tomorrow almost here
To and fro, in a moat
Trapped abandon, a cold wet coat
Crack a smile, hands grasp
Wait a while

Gonna burn that bridge when I cross it...
Gonna burn that bridge when I cross it...
Gonna burn that bridge when I cross it...
Gonna start that fire and I’ll watch it All
Burn down…
Burn down…
Burn down…
Track Name: Ferguson
Ferguson

In Ferguson Missouri
Shot down in the street
Laid Mike Brown down, surely
He’ll never get to his feet

Twelve shots rang out and chasing
To halt, or maim, or kill
Black luck in Missouri
At the seams it doesn’t spill

Suspicion found two walkers
They matched convenience crime
Pursue if need pursuing
Down hell and Earth’s fine line

Brought to the grand jury
Each side they spoke, each side they sought
A Justice blind, A Justice truthful
The law is fair they thought

Lines blur time ensuing
The day the verdict dropped
Tears fall no conviction
Away Wilson did walk

Now Fergusons in ash and flame
Newscasters they flock
To fan the fire of one man’s name
Until the next ones shot

The next ones shot…
Track Name: Die Easy
Die Easy

Away my outstretched fingers
Hush now, hush now, be still, be true
Upon my lips do linger
A name a name, all but gone

I could die easy…
I could die easy…
I could die easy,
In that bed

Rags and rich, we’ve paid our due
Two hearts beating like raging drums
At last at last this sleep is though
Sometimes kisses they don’t come true

I could die easy…
I could die easy…
I could die easy,
In that bed

Never felt much stranger
The room, the room it’s nearly dawn
Wax and wane, this time stands still
But to forget it’s never so simple

I could die easy…
I could die easy…
I could die easy,
In that bed
Track Name: Dark on the Horizon
Dark on the Horizon

Where have you been in such a while?
Seems like so much time has passed
One thing I learned in this life days come,
But they never seem to last

Wherever you are I hope you’re warm
Got shelter from the wind and the storm
Things that look darkest on the Horizon,
There always brighter in the morning

Play that song again before you go
It’s late but I know there is time
Play that song again before you go
It’s late but I know there is time

I’m plagued with vague uncertainty
The words they always manage to interrupt
I can’t tell if it’s too late for me to cry
Is it too soon to give it up?!

Its quiet now, the night it stopped
Lights burn bronze and low
They packed up all of their instruments
But that wasn’t the end of the show

Play that song again before you go
It’s late but I know there is time
Play that song again before you go
It’s late but I know there is time
Track Name: Thunder & Lightning
Thunder & Lightning

Thunder and lighting, don’t say a word
It’s better to be quiet, than seen or heard
I know it’s been, it’s been quite a while
But the nights getting light, and I like your smile

I heard your man he’s got a real big fast car
Money and a face even meaner than his scars
If you don’t mind, my hands ain’t clean
I could take you home, you just what I need

I’ve got this job and it suits me fine
But that switchblade kiss goodnight
Ain’t exactly what I’m buying
Bout’ a year ago, I blew straight through this town
Too dumb young and quick to leave you safe or sound

I’ve got big plans, I’m gonna get our future straight
I know you might not like it and its getting so late
I found this guy he says, “Son I think I could put you up,
When the riding gets tough, things are going to get a little bit rough.”

People say things like this they, never work out
Life it spit me up, life it shot me out
Looking up, at that great big blue sky
Last words on my lips, thunder and lightning in my
In my eye…
Track Name: Holy Ranger
Holy Ranger

May the wind be at your back as you stay on track
Gone too soon under swamp sick moon
Cryin’ rivers for miles, with no choice but to smile
So you load up light through the fog you make your flight

What did you dream when the sun went down?
Great lake cold, north wind bound
Up from Indiana, now you’re walking from Tennessee
Over river flowing where the water meets the sea

I bet its country for miles beyond trail and trial
No! The Earth it roars, the rain it’s always pouring down
Don’t you go walking through town I heard its ravaged and drowned
Where lighting strikes, not once, but twice

What did you dream when the sun went down?
Great lake cold, north wind bound
Up from Indiana, now you’re walking from Tennessee
Down at the bottom of the ocean that’s where you’ll be finding me

Why the shakedown? I thought that we were friends
Life’s some unreliable maze with no foreseeable end
My brains a-bleeding don’t think I’m ever going to understand
Whys everything gotta turn out this way?!
Whys everything gotta turn out this way?!

Whys everything gotta turn out this way?