Jack Rabbit Jones

by Haunt the House

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released 30 May 2014

Will Houlihan-guitar, harmonica, vocals
Bessie Bessin-accordion,vocals
Allysen Callery-Vocals
Ryan Smith-Vocals
Meg Bayley-Vocals
David Henry Passafiume-percussion
Amato Zinno-upright bass
Stephen Lloyd Law-mandolin

Recorded and engineered by Ben Knox Miller and Jeffrey Prystowsky
at the Columbus Theatre
Mastered at Machines with Magnets by Seth Manchester and Keith Souza
all songs by Haunt the House ©2013

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Haunt the House Westerly, Rhode Island

Haunt the House, (Will Houlihan) falls somewhere between a bedroom whispered heart broken prayer and a brilliant repentant cry in the dark. He consistently writes songs that are simple and personal.

"Spooky, powerful, and affecting." -RedlineRoots
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Track Name: Mosquito Coast
tell my love that i will miss her most
you can't embrace an old departed ghost
you can find my boots on the mosquito coast
where the old white mare is at the hitching post

tell my boys not to drink no gin
you can't leave the tavern if you never go in
and jesus christ will tell you it's a sin
if in excess, alcohol there is within

tell my body not to leave my soul
i'll grow up but i'll never grow old
i'm so tired of doing what i'm told
breaking my back for another mans gold
Track Name: Little Bird
distant lives and distant lovers
she was once his little bird
he went over waterfalls in barrels he was that absurd
he was to prove his love he was
he was

he and she they wrote those letters
back and forth for years and years
he was always tied in fetters
she was wandering from here to there
from here to there
from here to there

distant lives and distant lovers
you were once my little bird
i went over waterfalls in barrels i was that absurd
i was to prove my love i was
i was

you and i we wrote those letters
back and forth for years and years
i was always tied in fetters
you were wandering from here to there
from here to there
from here to there
Track Name: Black Butte
he's coming home
wild flowers in hand
after a long day of work
drawing oil from sand

down in the valley
under sun
he did toil
drilling a hole
for the blackest of oil

oh what do i hear
oh what do i see
in the arms of my woman
but it isn't me

o come my prairie please come home
come back to where you once were from
come back home

i'm breaking my back
many troubles I've seen
but i'll rest my body
in pity creek ravine

o come my prairie please come home
come back to where you once were from
come back home

up on the ledge
with a quivering hand
he surveys the place
where his body will land


o come my prairie please come home
come back to where you once were from

o come my prairie please come home
come back to where you once were from
Track Name: Jealous Vow
prairie i have waited for you
every night and day
but your time was better spent
in the arms of another man

you were cutting off my fingertips
to better ease the pain
of the creeping death of poison
in my meals we couldn't spare

it was cyanide and cigarettes
it was gasoline and gin
and every time i locked you out
you burned a hole right in
again

darling don't you worry
all your doves with razored claws
i have trapped them with my bloodied hands
and laid them in the wall
where as well my lover
you may rest
alongside rabbit jones
and they'll never find your bodies
til your dust and dirty bones
dirty bones

with the smell up to the ceiling
by then i will be long gone
i will cut my face into a curve
a crimson ruddied bow
and i will have my vengeance on your soul
no man will ever know
Track Name: Pity Creek Ravine
oh my life flashed hollywooden reels
as a light was burnin at my heels
and the wind was dancin round it feels
just like a wheel

as i fell down through the great ravine
i was tortured by the rushing winds
as an angel dropped her lovely hands
of gold and silver

now instead of dashing on a stone
and in place of desperately alone
and instead of grinding crushing bone
i was redeemed

now instead of dashing on a stone
and in place of desperately alone
and instead of grinding crushing bone
i was redeemed
Track Name: Ease Your Troubled Mind
well you wouldn't let me love you
you were always unsatisfied
oh but darlin please believe me how i tried

the smoke that billows from your window
it was just a telling sign
that the heart within is choked and nearly died

but i want to ease your troubled mind
i want to ease your troubled mind
come back to me
and you will find
that i will ease your troubled mind

it seems like you are wandering
it seems like you're out of touch
and it feels like you don't love me very much

when the storms of life are raging
and the trials have commenced
and it feels like you have run straight out of luck

i want to ease your troubled mind
i want to ease your troubled mind
come back to me
and you will find
that i will ease your troubled mind
Track Name: Emerson
i was buried in emerson on the kitchen floor
and my knees had just given way
as i took from his brain and the freedom of men
he was putting me back in my place
and you called to the kids with a fire in your heart
that the dinner was ready and hot
so i looked up to god with a wink and a nod
singing destitute we are not
singing destitute we are not

and i feel it in my bones we're gonna get us out of here
yes i feel it in my bones we're gonna get us out of here

there are wolves in the thickets there are thieves in our beds
and our prayers float up to the stars
we've got love for the master and love for the dead
cuz love can heal our scars
yes love can heal our scars
yes love can heal our scars

and i feel it in my bones we're gonna get us out of here
o i feel it in my bones we're gonna get us out of here

theres a hawk in the jail house perched on the desk
of the warden with keys in her claws
she can see every move she can smell every breath
every word that escapes from your jaws
and she'll set you up right
by her golden eye's light
if you make the attempt to break free
and she'll taunt all you boys for the plans you employ
sayin don't make a fool out of me
no you won't make a fool out of me

and i feel it in my bones we're gonna get us out of here
yes i feel it in my bones we're gonna get us out of here
Track Name: Burial Waltz
meet me by the river where the cattle go to die
we will baptize all the elders with a golden fishing wire
and we'll open black umbrellas when the holy spirit flies
and the rock and rollin thunder's gonna split the humid skies
the rock and rollin thunder's gonna split the humid skies

mary stares at joseph as he takes her by the arm and says
there will come a day when no hurt will touch your heart
as they dance around his grave with the celebrating crowd
he ascends as marys tears burn like oil to the ground
ascends as marys tears burn like oil to the ground

never have we ever seen a man to be so bold as we
witness josephs deeds and his heart of polished gold and as
evening turned to night and his body grew more cold
his spirit and his soul swiftly welcomed to the fold
his spirit and his soul swiftly welcomed to the fold
Track Name: You've Disappeared
i wait up in my rocking chair
i wait for you to get here
the baby he sleeps as i breathe his hair
but you've disappeared into thin air

oh dear is it over
you are a bitch I'm a soldier
oh dear is it almost done
i take up my rest in the mountains

people they ask they say what is wrong
i can't react i just sing these songs
i was just fine til you came along
my gun it sits in the kitchen

oh dear is it over
you are a witch i'm your lover
oh dear is it almost done
i take up my rest in the mountains
Track Name: Mandolin
i wish i was a green river
i wish i was a green river
i'd cradle you forever
if a river i could be

i wish i was a cigarette
i wish i was a cigarette
and if i was a cigarette
id burn my heart away

i wish i were the bluest sea
i wish i were the bluest sea
i'd only take good care of the
if the ocean i could be

i wish i was the universe
i wish i was the universe
and if i was the universe
i'd swirl around your bed

i wish i was a mandolin
i wish i was a mandolin
i'd teach the angels to sing
if i was a mandolin

i wish i was that apple tree
that gave me shade and once fed me
and if i was that apple tree
i'd do the same for thee
Track Name: Knife of Love
well i'm packing up my suitcases
in the house that i built up with cards
and I'm taking deep breaths as the tears they wet my eyes

well the twisters in my head again
and I'm doubting all my lifelong friends
and I'm headed for that strange and empty land
that is harvested by wild and wicked hands
by wicked hands

well you threw out all our babys clothes
if you're gonna go you're gonna go
and the boy that is not here is now a man
for my seed it had not fallen in the sand
not in the sand

i gave my town over to my god
why i gave a damn i don't know why
but I'm falling towards a sun that burns my eyes
and ill dream about you dear until i die
and you wept as you went on your way


well you know the first step's the hardest part
and you know the ground is black and it is dark
the odds are all against us as we walk
you know i'm bound to take you right back home
and god is trying to teach us how to sing and how to talk

so lies have been told out of love
and the chimney is choked up with smoke
and i promise girl not to cut you anymore
cuz i'm a knife, a knife of love

please look at me
i am not who i seem to be
why don't you understand it's for the better dear
that all these things in life are just like lead my dear
they hold you down they hold you down
they hold you down

so lies have been told out of love
and the chimney is choked up with smoke
and i promise girl not to cut you anymore
cuz i'm a knife, a knife of love
i'm a knife a knife of love
Track Name: Carousel
oh prairie won't you come and make me whole
oh prairie won't you come and make me whole
cuz i got a little love in me but it's leaving through the holes
of the walls within my heart and i watch it as it goes
and i'm losing all my fortitude
and i have misplaced my soul oh
prairie won't' you come and make me whole

oh jackie i'm the one that keeps you down
oh jackie i'm the one that keeps you down
i'm a darkness in a world of light and i spin you round and round
til your eyes are like a carousel and you can't tell up or down
til your dyin in the desert as you wear my heavy crown oh
jackie i'm the one that keeps you down

oh angels won't you come and carry me
oh angels won't you come and carry me
to a world that's beyond suffering where every one is free
and the bonds that i have chosen will be stripped away from me
and all the vice and painful things i will no longer see oh
angels won't you come and set me free
oh angels won t you come and set me free
Track Name: Arrow
well if heaven could envelope
all the saints out on the road
and the evil hearts are vanquished
and the lambs don't become goats
and if every time you'd turn to me
you'd be returning home
i would hold you close and then i'd whisper low

and i'd say baby you're the kindest of them all
but you shouldn't keep your heart behind a wall
and if i had the power
i'd strip the scars right from your soul
and i'd show you that i love you so you'd know

there's a carriage in the parking lot
sailing with the wind
and she knows her van will get it
if she doesn't catch the thing
but the vision of disaster so strangely turns to fun
as she falls in love with a thing that she can't have

and she says baby you're the sweetest of the boys
but you keep yourself distracted with that noise
and if i had the power
i'd give you back your voice
and i'd pull you up from drowning in the void

yes and baby girl i need you you're different from the rest
how i miss your hand resting on my chest
but if i could do it differently i wouldn't change a thing
it's your heart along with mine that makes me sing

and it sings baby you're the love i'm looking for
but I'm sorry that i had to use the door
and here's hoping things will change so i can lie with you
once more
and you know your arrow struck me at the core

well you know i'm sentimental
you know that this is right
and i can't forget the things we said that night
and if you're ever looking back girl
with a longing teary eye
it's a good bet babe that if you are so am i