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Recorded live in studio at Rhythm Section Studio.

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released September 13, 2013

Engineered and Mastered by Joel Greenberg w/ Rhythm Section Studio.
Lyrics and Music by Ben Knight.

Vocals, acoustic guitar: Ben Knight
Electric guitar, vocals: Jeremy Smart
Upright bass, vocals: Elia Burkhart

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Ben Knight and The Welldiggers Cincinnati, Ohio

Ben Knight was born in the coal fields of Webster County, KY.

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Track Name: Iceman's Lament
The call came in from out of state
it said Ol' Jimmy Brown's been talking shit
and he wasn't scared of us boys from Dallas
no he wasn't scared and he didn't intend to pay up
It's calls like this on days like this that
turn my stomach, oh they turn my stomach
reminds me what it takes
to keep this business running
reminds me what it takes
to keep your head and keep your fingers
I called the boys and we loaded up
somberly I started the truck
wondering why these kids wanna fuck with us
why these kids think they're so tough
tell them you wanna live like a gambler does
you better be ready for the bookie's thugs

They all follow me around....
I've got their gold teeth and pocket watches
pictures of their sons and daughters
high school rings and business cards
in a cigar box buried in my yard, next to my money and my dog

Caught Ol' Jimmy Brown downtown
with a high yella hooker, she sure was a looker
she was looking just like we was
trying to get Jimmy to pay what was hers
he was broke, half a handle of Jack
we just knocked him out and put him in the back

When my son gets old enough
we're gonna take that box and we'll open it up
show what happens to those who don't pay up
show him why Daddy always drank to much
tell him not to do as I have done
cause you can't fight those ghosts with your gun

They all follow me around....
I've got their gold teeth and pocket watches
pictures of their sons and daughters
high school rings and business cards
in a cigar box buried in my yard, next to my money and my dog

And I will sleep tonight, I will sleep tonight,
I will sleep tonight, I will sleep tonight,
I will sleep tonight, I will sleep tonight,
I will sleep tonight, I will sleep tonight.
Track Name: Robbers
I told you once and told you twice
don't you say my name while we're inside
Just keep that mask over your mouth
these liquor stores have cameras now
I'll give you a gun when you learn to shoot
remember how you cried when we got tattoos
just hold that sack open wide
don't you look at her, not in her eyes

Make like the wind, kick up some dust
no matter how this ends, they'll remember us

Pass me that bottle underneath the seat
I wanna wash down some of this robbery
There's a hairpin curve up ahead
don't you slow down, put her in the red

Make like the wind, kick up some dust
no matter how this ends, they'll remember us

Mama always said we wouldn't be no good
I guess we turned that around like she said we would
if you make it out with all that loot
won't you go see mama in your brand new suit.

Make like the wind, kick up some dust
no matter how this ends, they'll remember us
Make like the wind, kick up some dust
no matter how this ends, they'll remember us
Track Name: Down South
We took a trip just for our health
We took a vacation away from ourselves
They read your cards down in New Orleans
It was in the stars that it was not to be
You took that train back to Ohio
Left me on Frenchman Street, with no place to go
I think we both admit it was a clever grift
But that soothsayer sure made you split

You left me down south, down and out
But I'm gonna turn it around
Cause you can't keep a good man down

I need a glass of port, strong and sweet
Just like my baby, hell just like me
And a bourbon straight, I'll drink 'em both
Sit back and remember our Kentucky home

You left me down south, down and out
But I'm gonna turn it around
Cause you can't keep a good man down

There ain't much that I still need from you
There's just one thing I'll ask you to do
Go and see my mama or call her on the phone
Tell her it might be some time before I get home

You left me down south, down and out
But I'm gonna turn it around
Cause you can't keep a good man down
Track Name: War at Home
Let's go to war in our home
let's fight it out and see who's wrong
You talk and I'll watch tv
I'll pour a drink and you can watch me

With tears in your eyes
and lipstick on your teeth
Talkin to your mama on the phone
asking if you can come stay the week

Oh for years, oh for weeks
fortune has found me in this slow, quiet war
Nothing to show for it, too old to grow from it
and you know about as well as I do

Let's go to war in our home
let's fight it out and see who's wrong
You talk and I'll watch tv
I'll pour a drink and you can watch me

With tears in your eyes
and lipstick on your teeth
Talkin to your mama on the phone
asking if you can come stay the week

Oh for years, oh for weeks
fortune has found me in this slow, quiet war
Nothing to show for it, too old to grow from it
and you know about as well as I do

I'm not a quitter x4
And I won't quit you
Track Name: Dancin' in the Kitchen
Let's just stand here in the kitchen and dance
you know the song will never end, the sun will never rise
don't go thinking about tomorrow 'cause we've only got tonight
tell the band to drop the tempo because we're taking it slow

Oh now shake it, baby, shake it
shake me to my bones
fake it, baby, fake it, these romances don't last long
but tonight, we got it right, got the moonlight and the wine
if we're dead before the dawn, my dear, what a lovely way to die
Sway, oh baby, sway with me

oh now shake it baby, shake it
shake me to my bones
fake it, baby, fake it, these romances don't last long
but tonight, we got it right, the bottle's never dry
You're feet, they know the steps, just put your heart before your head
And stay, oh baby, sway with me
Track Name: 100 Years
Late at night, she was headed home
A head on collision on a dark country road
It's a hundred years of isolation, a hundred years of bad luck
Little Rip Van Winkle was just seven years old when she woke up

I am 100 years old, I am 100 years old
I am 100 years old, I am 100 years old.

Her father said that I was free to go
But Little Rip Van Winkle is the only love I've known
And I brush her hair and I wash her skin
She gets angry, she cries this i not who i am

I am 100 years old, I am 100 years old
I am 100 years old, I am 100 years old.

Late at night I walk to the field
Toss some salt over my shoulder for that busted rear view mirror
For these hundred years of isolation, hundred years of bad luck
Little Rip Van Winkle was just seven years old when she woke up

I am 100 years old, I am 100 years old
I am 100 years old, I am 100 years old.
I am 100 years old, I am 100 years old
I am 100 years old, I am 100 years old.
Track Name: Mistaken Identity Blues
Well you're such a classy lady
Studied art history, studied in Spain
With oh so many pretty people, you sold such pretty little lies
You move with the hips and you lost your Kentucky accent
but it was no accident

Oh but wait, don't that feel like faking?
Oh wait, don't it sound just like a joke we made?

I remember not so long ago when you and I would drink and walk the railroad tracks
But I guess I straightened up too, I got a job driving nails and a lover who never fails to love me back.
Got a house and a car and a dog in the yard
Got a kid on the way and a five year anniversary, tomorrow.
We're driving up to Chicago

Oh but wait, don't that feel like faking?
Oh wait, don't it sound just like a joke we made?

Well I wake and I go to work, and i kiss my girl and lie to her and I lie to myself
and it takes all I got, it takes a lot of coffee to get me out of this house
This is what I do now, this is who I am,
I outta be a thankful man, a thankful man

Oh but wait, don't seal the deal.
Oh stop the car, this feels too real.
Don't it feel like faking?
Don't it seem like a case of mistaken identity blues?

Well I wake and I go to work, and i kiss my girl and lie to her and I lie to myself
and it takes all I got, it takes a lot of coffee to get me out of this house
This is what I do now, this is who I am,
I outta be a thankful man, a thankful man


Oh but wait, don't seal the deal.
Oh stop the car, this feels too real.
Don't it feel like faking?
Don't it seem like a case of mistaken identity blues?
Track Name: The Sickness
Ever since I was a young boy I have always been ill
Never knew just what to do with all this time to kill
Except get high, I wanna feel alright

If there's just one thing I know for sure
It's that I've the sickness and you've got the cure


They took me to the doctor, babe, and gave me all these little pills
You and mary jane is all that's ever made me feel alright
Ah, you get me high

If there's just one thing I know for sure
It's that I've the sickness and you've got the cure


They took me to the preacher, babe, he said he'd save my soul
I do my best, but I confess, I gotta play this rock and roll
It gets me high, wanna feel alright

If there's just one thing I know for sure
It's that I've the sickness and you've got the cure


I got the sickness, babe, and you got the cure
I got sick, I got sick
(crazy, delirious, panting and wailing)
I got the sickness, babe, and you got the cure

If there's just one thing I know for sure
It's that I've the sickness and you've got the cure
Track Name: Hammerdropper
How'd you find yourself here,
In this dusky little bar?
A pretty woman like yourself,
your man must not be too far.
Darlin, tell me why you drink like you do?
It seems so bizarre,
that someone like you
should have to wish on a fallen star.
What can I do for you?

You take the reins and I'll get my fill
I'll be your muscle, momma
I'll be your hammerdropper
I've got the means if you've got the will
I've got the disease, I hope you've got those pills

Let's have another round,
'cause darlin it's on me.
and we can load up the jukebox
and both sing out of key.
What can I do for you

You take the reins and I'll get my fill
I'll be your muscle, momma
I'll be your hammerdropper
I've got the means if you've got the will
I've got the disease, I hope you've got those pills

Why do you draw away from me?
I didn't mean you no harm.
You know I never stopped to think,
about those bruises on your arms.
Oh my darlin my dear,
I know just what he's done
this ain't up for consideration
oh no it's time for my gun.

You take the reins and I'll get my fill
I'll be your muscle, momma
I'll be your hammerdropper
I've got the means if you've got the will
I've got the disease, I hope you've got those pills
Track Name: The Drifter
I have traveled so far and so long
Trying to get back to my riverbottom home
To the love of my family and my wife
To the pool where the river took her life
Away, took her away

Some nights I wander into town
Play some cards and do my best to drown
If I can, I'll walk back to my boat
Cut the ties and let the river float me down
Float me down, float me down