The Better Angels of our Nature

by The Band of Rivals

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This is the first album by The Band of Rivals

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released August 16, 2013

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The Band of Rivals Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Five musicians from seemingly unrelated genres of expertise come together to make The Band of Rivals. Since 2012 the quintet has succeeded in blending the rich traditions of American Folk music with more contemporary forms of jazz, rock, and blues. Lyrically their songs tell tales of loss, redemption and are also deeply historical and influenced by classic literature. ... more

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Track Name: Four Long Years
senator sumner
you got your wish
came tumbling down
in the form of a cane
and the boys in the chamber
they're calling for more blood
the folks out in kansas can't get a break
from the rain

won't you ask them unions
bout their flaming heart
bout their flaming heart
oh lord
and ask them rebels
who they tear apart
who they tear apart
for Dixie

from the shores down in Georgia
to the Rio Grande
blood will be spilled to cover this land
and the boys out in the fields
crying her name
all of these things will make it a shame
what a crying shame
Track Name: Ash Filled Soul
and my father's father said
when he was my size
he'd go down to the lake a'sayin
there's no truth only lies
town is gone

well they grow up big and tough
hanging around this town
and the men stood far from equal
one insult would put you down
to the ground

and the smoldering ash
brought my body home
i concluded that
the best are not alone

the cabin's walls a prison
for my shallow soul
they would shield me from the heartache
that would surely take its toll
seal the window, bar the door
my faith is all i'm given
for the lord, he ain't as stubborn
as i thought before

and the smoldering ash
brought my body home
i concluded that
the best are not alone

when the gas main shook the sparks' hand
and welcomed warmth to wood
my home became a matchbox
brighter than it should
i burned
into ash filled, another ash filled soul
Track Name: Other Love
her eyes they beckon me
to the cabin by the sea
we lay there for a while
blessed by her smile
sun backed in the sand
we clasp each others hand
staring to the sun
nowhere left to run

i am only half myself
the other half belongs to you
people always stumble and fall
but in the end what it true

father and the son
united into one
raise them up real strong
let your will be done
teach them right from wrong
before the kingdom comes
your burdens lay at rest
as your heart beats in your chest

i am only half myself
the other half belongs to you
people always stumble and fall
but in the end what it true
Track Name: Psalm V
give your ear
to my words, oh lord
won't you give heed
to my sighing heart
well the night, the night is cold
and the clouds, break overhead
and this night, oh this night
i feel like dying

well the harvest moon
stares through my window
shadows of the bars
paint the floor
all i know is where i'm going
not gonna stay here
for long long long long long

if i die
before i wake
won't you bury me
next to my wife
one long year
to the day
since he took her
he took her from me
in the morning
i plead my case
as i watch the gavel fall
they gonna take
oh lord they gonna take me
to the gallows pole
gallows pole

they're gonna hang me
in the morning
never gonna see the sun
they're gonna hang me
in the morning
not stay here for long