Elephant Painting

by Antony & the Tramps

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Recorded in Chicago and Northern Wisconsin.

All songs written by Antony Ablan.

Kedgrick Pullums, Jr. wrote, arranged, and directed strings for “Just a Boy”

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released June 1, 2010

Recorded and mixed by Neil Strauch. Assisted by Ben Kauffman. Jon Jables Bottrell assisted engineering on Gypsy Crow #1.

Mastering by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, Chicago.

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Debut Antony & the Tramps album due out July 17th, 2012! Visit antonyandthetramps.com

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Track Name: Gypsy Crow #2
She’s got me feeling
Like a horn with no blow
Like a book with no meaning
Like ice-cream for crow

I tried to read her
Her smoke lined sage
I wet my finger
But I can’t turn her page

Rose-maiden meanings
Cuttlefish bones
Silent and seething
This lonely soul

Well I’ve never felt so heavy before
I’ve never swam so far from the shore

She’s got me feeling
Like I’m stuck back stage
I hear all the cheering
Her love’s all the rage

I’ve weathered her treason
through blind-eyed light
Her crow flies so freely
The darker the night

Well I’ve never felt so heavy before
I’ve never swam so far from the shore
Track Name: Song for Sweet Thing
Baby I’ve got a feeling that I don’t understand
So my words get caught up like rainwater in a can
Hold on
Baby please

‘cause some times those feelings are hard to express
But when I finally show you them you’ll sleep the deepest rest
Hold on
Baby please, hold on

Those long curves have long been on my mind
And that moon-shadowed whisperin’ just lights me up on fire
Hold on
Oh baby please

You’re a strong kind of woman and it makes me so proud
You stand up to my hardness, you ain’t nobody’s child
Hold on
Baby please, hold on

Well sometimes I’m happy
And sometimes I’m sad
But I’m sure gonna love you
Like nobody ever has
Hold on
Baby please hold on
Track Name: Elephant Painting
You’ve never seen such a circus as this
All gimmicks and tricks no talent
Piss in the snow and call it gold
For all they know its a show

You give up your love for that sorry dog
He’s drooled for a scrap for so long now
I’ll tell you one time but never again
You feed him a crumb and the dog will be dead

Elephant painting
No I can’t take it
Elephant painting
No i won’t take it

The story of man is written in walls
Built up like kindling for fire and war
Its the same old story that he never learns
Beyond a man’s needs is a fire for sure




(c) Antony Ablan 2010
Track Name: American Man
Hey boys you wanna be like me, now?
Freedom ain’t free you got to steal like a thief
Ain’t ever been a man to finish last
Free my soul? Got no time for that.
Some devil got to shovel coal
never been a good man

Fear’s your friend, that’s the same as a fact now
God, hate, guns, pills and not fitting in, well
A scared mind is like a lump of clay
Make it what you want then toss it away
some devil got to shovel coal
Ain’t ever been a good man

American Man
American Man


Well, you’re gonna need something sweet by your side
A real honey dripper that don’t mind lies
Get yourself somethin’ll know her place
And feed you lies, like cheese in a rat race
Twisted sister got to feed my bones
Ain’t ever been good man

American Man
American Man

Hey little boy why you hanging your head down?
Awe, here’s a little secret that’ll turn you around
If you keep enough hate inside
All the pain you feel will get swallowed by pride
If you keep enough hate inside
All the pain you’ll feel
Track Name: Just a Boy
Just a Boy

I got my reasons
I got my doubts
I’ve got no sense in leaving

You’ve been so good
But I’m just a boy
No matter what I had you believing

I’ve been worrying for so long
I’ve been worrying for so long

I’ve never known
A heart like yours
I’ve been used to the bleeding

You opened your arms
Closed your eyes
You gave me all you believe in

Chorus

I got no reason
I got no pride
I’ve got no one to hold me tonight




(c) Antony Ablan 2010
Track Name: Gypsy Crow #1
Gypsy Crow

She’s got me feeling
Like a horn with no blow
Like a book with no meaning
Like ice-cream for crow

I tried to read her
Her smoke lined sage
I wet my finger
But I can’t turn her page

Rose-maiden meanings
Cuttlefish bones
Silent and seething
This lonely soul

Well I’ve never felt so heavy before
I’ve never swam so far from the shore

She’s got me feeling
Like I’m stuck back stage
I hear all the cheering
Her love’s all the rage

I’ve weathered her treason
through blind-eyed light
Her crow flies so freely
The darker the night

Chorus

I did time on my knees
For various crimes
Forgave the raging moon
For stealing my pride

Reflected on oceans
Of measure and rhyme
She’s taken so freely
What I thought was mine

Chorus

(c) Antony Ablan 2010