The Gospel Flats

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released April 5, 2014

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The Gospel Flats Berkeley, California

Country/Folk Duo The Gospel Flats is the union of prolific bay area songwriters Graham Patzner (Whiskerman) and Chelsea Coleman. Their vocals blend seamlessly and travel to powerful heights of soul and gospel while still staying rooted to the old down-home country twang. Their music grabs from the traditional melting pot and creates a refreshing medicine for these torrential, yet auspicious times. ... more

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Track Name: Valley Blues
If at last I am to lose
I will play the valley blues
while I mourn the mercy kill
from the valley to the hill
you stand up and I'll sit down
I am lost and you are found

What is it you want from me
must it be the blues
is it late and are you tired
come sit down by the fire
send your woes back down to dust
play the blues from dawn till dusk
Track Name: Apple Core
I’m gonna call the doctor, you’ve gone crazy
i can see it in your eyes that there’s no savin' you
you’re slated to fulfill the writing on the wall and girl there’s no debating

I’m gonna call the officer you’re going to that cell
I can see it in your grin you’re going straight on down to hell
see you’ve got this gene that says you’re gonna lie and cheat and steal

and are you sorry for what you’ve done
or are you gonna run
and are you sorry for what you’ve done
for all the years and years of pain you caused someone

I’m gonna call your mama no she won’t believe her ears
she bore herself a daughter who lived up to her greatest fears
oh you’re the one to blame for her tears

I’m gonna pray to God
and he’s gonna tell his son
and they’re both gonna look down upon you
and blanket you with the grace of God

but I’m gonna place a mark
there above your heart
shaped like a serpent coiling up around a bitter green apple core

and are you sorry for what you’ve done
or are you gonna run
and are you sorry for what you’ve done
for all the years and years of pain you caused someone

and are you ready for the rocks to fly through your windows and night
are you ready for the sun to rise on your cold and lonely lonely life
are you sorry about the ones you loved 'neath the dull orange glow of the pale moonlight

are you sorry for the songs you write or the ones you keep in the back of your mind
Track Name: Old Sweet Virginia
Old sweet virginia made her body moan from the stars
raised all by herself, a bed not made her own
I've no idea what keeps her tied in all those chains
One more day, we'll reach those stars for sure

I love you so much it hurts, truly, I made it so
when will you wrap your ragged love inside of mine
Treat me as if I had no idea what happened in your past
One more day, we'll reach those tears for sure

So let it be satisfied
one good cry
sweep your eyes
come and be satisfied
one more time
sweet Virginia, cry
Track Name: N Judah
We take the N Judah down to the ocean side
shiver in the cold waves crashing straight up to our thighs
we build a fire up and we wrap ourselves up tight
and from a blanket by the sea we saw the light

and from the first time that I saw you
until the last time in my youth
I couldn’t keep my heart from beating
or my fair skin from blushing truth

and I remember what you said about looking down instead of out
getting lost in sand castles of introspective doubt
so I let go of your hand and I held my head up high
and like a forest through the trees I saw the sky

and from the first time that I loved you
through the years that sweet love grew
I wished that I could be your mother
and give the love she held from you

and of all the things I learned from you and all I threw away
I never spoke more brutal truth or known no greater strength
and we stumbled through the dark, my love, we knew no other way
but we couldn’t shed the weight of having known the blinding day
the blinding day

where are you going love, that tunnel’s dark, I wouldn’t if I were you
where are you running to, this time I cannot follow you
where are you running from and what more could I have done
to keep you safe here in these arms
safe and loved and warm
saved here in these arms you once ran to

and from the first time that I lost you
‘til the last dark night we muddled through
I knew that I could not be for you
the great white light you walked into
Track Name: The Mighty Jordan
There’s a fault line between us and I don’t know if I can cross
There’s a land slide divide and I might get lost
You’ve held this whole world together long as you could but I know soon
It’s gonna rattle apart for good

and you’d push and pull it all back together if you could
and you row and row upstream as the mighty Jordan flows

There’s a fault line in your front yard, it’s where I buried my secrets and scars
and I’m still hoping that they might all be lost
cause you’ve held this whole world in tact for this scared little girl but I know you
You’re not long for this world

So I’d push and pull you all back together if I could
and you row and row upstream as the mighty Jordan flows

There’s a fault line between us, and it’s called death
And when you start talking like that I just go deaf
cause you keep this whole world a spinning like a wooden top but I know
when the big one hits the dreidel drops

and I’d push and pull you all back together if I could
and I’d row with you across the mighty Jordan but you know
You can only go alone
you can only cross alone
Track Name: 40
with the right to
be alive
is the notion of
more time
if you need help
turn around
and you're back to
blue skies

the trip of your life is done in love
lives in every nature
hiding in towers don't give you strength
of 40 hearts in danger
if you need some help
got a heart full of raging fire

is it cold on your mountain
did the rainbow
sink your age
in my house
I'm thick with longing
for the past love
we have shared

the sound of the drum is piling up
it takes me in with thunder
naked burning coronation
lining up to see
if I need some sleep
I'll get around to it in a while

and I'm running
through the rain
oh brother
i can't stay
any longer
Track Name: Alive and Well
Caught in the death of our misuse
drinking the glass of dry abuse
blood in the wine, hunger for truth
flooding the fields where the ashes flew
where made was I for this tomb

When I was young, I read your book
and in the words there, I mistook
an offer of an author's love
all my sins for all his blood
For made was I for this love

Alive and well, I shall be healed
suffered long for the answer
the answer came,
I am now and shall become
death to be renewed in the light of love

The cross that hangs above my door
the tremor that brought him to the floor
the light shed on the open sore
that bleeds for me forever more
For made was I for this war

Alive and well, I shall be healed
suffered long for the answer
the answer came,
I am now and shall become
death to be renewed in the light of love

Alive and well, I shall be healed
suffered long for the answer
the answer came,
I am now and shall become
death to be renewed in the light of love
death to be renewed in the light of love
death to be renewed in the light of love
Track Name: Harbin
I'll bring you healing from Harbin
majesty from highway one
I'll bring you all that I can carry in these lungs
and fill your room with a song

I'll bring the strength that worked the soil
riches from these fertile lands I've roamed
I'll bring you everything these sore muscles can hold
and fill your cup 'til it overflows

I'll bring you tenderness
but I won't let you rest for long

'Cause I'll bring you wild fires from west Texas
If the light dancing in your eyes ain't strong enough
Oh I'll bring you courage in the coals beneath my tongue
and if you're brave enough you can hear it in this song
If you're brave enough you can hear it in these songs
Track Name: Lonestar
Everlasting everlonging love of mine
i wandered so long for
nothing but the right
I was wrong about the plunge
I was raised to stay afloat
in my heart, we're all crying
see the love that we let go

racing forever
racing forever down that long narrow line
racing to the last reach of time
racing forever back down
to my knees

you take a walk under stars and rain
you feel it, it dreams you
and whispers of your name
while the old world is dying
you'll grow to be a stream
and here drink your life
and ride it to the sea

racing forever
racing forever down that long narrow line
racing to the last reach of time
racing forever back down
to my knees

here calls the bell
my lonestar
here cries more light
my lonestar

you wonder what happened to your love
when all it wants is wonder in your cup
the youth you thought lost
could never come apart
from the vows in your heart
a-latching to the light on the road

racing forever
racing forever down that long narrow line
racing to the last reach of time
racing forever back down
racing forever back down
racing forever back down
to my knees
Track Name: All That I Want
What happened to you
is what happened to me
you're going out of style
you couldn't even see

you come from your life
straight into mine
you're lowering your knife
but I'm already stabbed

All that I want
All that I want,
to be alone with you tonight

you're closing the door
on the ghost and the flood
start asking for more
you'll get your way in time

if your way is mine
then mine is yours
I'm sleeping like a babe
and I know you don't need to go

All that I want
All that I want,
to be alone with you tonight

All that I want
All that I want,
to be alone with you tonight

All I want is to be in the arms of my true love
At last I am alone with you