The Devil Can Eat My Dust

by The Goat Family

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The Goat Family's third release, The Devil Can Eat My Dust, features some of Rock Ross's best original lyrics with reflection on a possible afterlife in Safe In Hell and the unending nightmare of Rawhead And Bloody Bones. Rock and Thad Povey team up for the anti-war anthem, The Last Hurroo, while Chris Santeramo brings us to the Drunk Tank, for a release from the misery of daily life.

Two cover tunes that have long been part of Goat Family live shows have finally been captured without losing their wildness – Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down with it’s evangelical ferocity, and the show-stopper, Si Tu Boquita Fuera, with it’s tortilla-flinging madness.

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released February 22, 2016

The Goat Family is Cecil B Feeder (percussion, vocals), Dan Janos (guitar, dobro, ukelele, bass, vocals), Thad Povey (tiple, guitar, bass, vocals), Rock Ross (washtub bass, saw, effects, vocals), and Chris Santeramo (accordion, harmonica, vocals).

Special guests on The Devil Can Eat My Dust are Heather Yager (piano), Freddi Price (trumpet), Brian Godchaux (fiddle), Kevin Cunningham (banjo), and Russell Carr (backing vocals).

Artwork is by Chris Santeramo.

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The Goat Family San Francisco, California

With harmonies storming in from the West and rhythms shaking loose from the American songbook, this band packs folk, country, banda, and blues into a wobbly wagon on a cross-country trip bound for butt-shaking happiness.

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Track Name: The Last Hurroo
The Last Hurroo

Oh hear the throbbing hum of drums
The snapping flags in unison
The golden songs of Victory
That feed the stomp of Certainty

Long gone the crackling banners bright
Vanishing with Zeal overnight
Shame trumps Pride so easily
While Pity masks the Savagery

Chorus
Leave the toys and join the boys
With blinding steel in proud revue
All hail the Glorious Truth
The Mighty, Brave, Manhood Debut
Hurroo Hurroo Hurroo!

Hunger and Disease and Fear
Riding Death’s Pale Horse reappear
Oh why do we believe the lies
Of Valor, Honor and Certainty?

Chorus

Our trusting clear-eyed boys so true
With drums and guns - Hurroo! Hurroo!
Before your dancing days are through
Just listen through that drum tattoo

Chorus

They always lead from the rear
Behind the young hearts facing Fear
Behind the war-call buzz of drums
Misleading flags, bleeding guns

Chorus

So, lay down your sword and shield
And study war no more!
Hurroo
Track Name: Drunk Tank
Drunk Tank

He’s got the wife and the house and the car
He’s got the wife and the house and the car
Roll up his sleeves; you can hardly see his scars
Still feels like he ain’t come so very far

He gotta haircut and bought some new shoes
He gotta haircut and bought some new shoes
Filled his belly with the low-hanging fruit
Can’t keep out the cold, gravestone blues

Chorus
Take him down to the drunk tank baby
Save him a seat at the Lowland Games
Give him a drink from the willow spring (‘cause he needsa)
Patch of blue in this sky full of rain

Got the blueprints for a new technology
Got the blueprints for a new technology
Makin’ plans for the life in front of me
Still makin’ sense of everything I left behind me

People mean and stupid, I can’t abide
People mean and stupid, I can’t abide
Sometimes I’m mean and stupid, I can’t hide it
Like when I cut you quick, try and deny it.

Chorus

Bridge
We’ll rope a goat and sip some wine
Plant some seeds in the pale moonshine
Sweat your prayers and pray your songs
A morning glory never lasts too long

Read in the good book about the Pearly Gates
Read in the good book about the Pearly Gates
I don’t know if I can ever change my fate
But I’m hoping they’ll be open just the same (for me)

Chorus
Track Name: Safe In Hell
Safe In Hell

When I was young and dumb and full of cum
I’d do anything with anyone
Anytime, anywhere
I would not listen - I did not care

They all said I’s gonna burn
Forever when it came my turn
I wouldn’t hear what they had to tell, no
I was bound straight for Hell

No, they won’t dare come after me
The hot discomfort will keep me free
From all the champions that have been saved
Who’d have me harping if I’d behaved

No curfew or chance of rain
No one cuts in line for their share of pain
No non-smoking or looking for a light
Just deathless hot time in the old town tonight

Chorus
Damn me, I’m going down
I’m wicked for the underground
Don’t need no clothes, only steamy skin
Don’t matter if we sin again
No gathering fuel and no frostbite
A topless fire dance and the bottomless night
I’m going down that blazing well
Where I’ll finally be safe in hell!

I’m sure no-one would dare follow
But here they coming doing the limbo
They’d all been saved just for me
And sent down to make hell gloomy

It’s cruel to be so enslaved
I feel trapped not just depraved
It was then I noticed the smell
No longer safe, not safe in hell

Chorus
Damn me, I’m down
Sick of wicked under the ground
Got no clothes, just steamy skin
Oh, do we have to sin again?
We are the fuel despite frostbite
An endless fire dance in the bottomless night
I’m still going down that blazing well!!!

Where it’s no longer safe
And it’s no escape
No longer safe - safe in hell!
Damn me!
Track Name: Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Rawhead and Bloody Bones

Floating in the bay or airborne on the breeze
Choking helplessly, expensive with disease
Up there in a tree or way down underneath
Hiding in a jar or kneeling on the floor
Who can it be? Oh who can it be he he?
Oh could it be old Rawhead and Bloody Bones?

Rawhead and Bloody Bones?
No, no, not Rawhead and Bloody Bones!
Old Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Behind the next door!

Is that he in the air? Is that him in the tide?
Sinking in the sand while reaching for my hand?
Will he always be? Will I always see?
Oh please leave me be old Rawhead and Bloody Bones!

Rawhead and Bloody Bones?
No, no, not Rawhead and Bloody Bones!
Old Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Waiting behind that door!

Who was at my birth? Who stays by my side?
Underneath my skin, feeding on my life?
Don’t tell me who it is, don’t ever let me know
I never ever want to see old Rawhead and Bloody Bones!

Rawhead and Bloody Bones?
No, no, not Rawhead and Bloody Bones!
Old Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Peeking out that door!

If I’m patient and dutiful, long suffering and sane
If I’m honest and cheerful can I avoid the pain?
Will I still have to see, will I still have to meet?
Is there no escape from old Rawhead and Bloody Bones?

Rawhead and Bloody Bones?
No, no, not Rawhead and Bloody Bones!
Old Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Opening that door!

If I’m fighting for glory and the seizing the day
Leading the charge and blazing away
What will I find, will I still turn to stone?
Is there no way around old Rawhead and Bloody Bones?

Rawhead and Bloody Bones?
No, no, not Rawhead and Bloody Bones!
Old Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Jumping through that door!

If I’m multilinguistic and very well read
So philanthropic and awesome in bed
Will that release me? Can I find a way?
Get dispensation past old Rawhead and Bloody Bones?

Rawhead and Bloody Bones?
No, no, not Rawhead and Bloody Bones!
Old Rawhead and Bloody Bones
To drag me through that door!

If I’m clean and generous, quiet and meek
Very nice and helpful, so sympathétique
Can I avoid him? May I be excused?
Give me a waiver past old Rawhead and Bloody Bones?

Rawhead and Bloody Bones?
No, no, not Rawhead and Bloody Bones!
Old Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Go away from my door!