Give 'Em More Rope

by Ghoultown

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GIVE ‘EM MORE ROPE blends cowpunk, western psychobilly, and rock, delivering it all with a sinister spaghetti western flair. Complete with driving vocals, punk-twang guitars
and mariachi-style trumpets, the music is a unique mix which could be compared to an uncharted mix of Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and Reverend Horton Heat. GIVE 'EM MORE ROPE has been hailed as the best of Ghoultown's older albums. The album includes several of Ghoultown's most popular songs such as "Fistful of Demons," "Return of the Living Dead," "Dirty Sanchez," and "Carry the Coffin."

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released April 26, 2002

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Ghoultown Dallas, Texas

For more than 15 years, Ghoultown has delivered their unique brand of spaghetti-western infused rock across the musical badlands. Described as an “uncharted crossroads between Johnny Cash and Rob Zombie,” the Texas-based band defies conventional classification with a list of catchy, horror-influenced songs and a distinctive, dark western image to match. ... more

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Track Name: Fistful of Demons
fistful of demons

I was born without a face
on some forgotten halloween
in 13 rusty mason jars my mother buried me
in some old shack behind the woods
where no one ever goes
but a soul don't rest in the devil's arms
cuz no one really knows

chorus:
I got a fistful of demons
I got some boots made of lead
the grave may cool my rotting bones
but it won't cure my head

I was horribly disfigured
a monster from a whore
the minute I saw life she up and slammed the door
cut me up in little pieces
thought I'd go away
but now I'm back you better believe
cuz hell has come to pay

in the dirty crawlspace underneath the house
you opened up your legs to squirt that demon out
the dog was lapping madly at the blood stain on the floor
dead and buried I was gone but now I'm back for more

I've got the frown of a satyr
the witnesses they say
a little boy who died down there but never went away
but you and I know better
now don't we mother dear?
how can a kid be frownin when he smiles from ear to ear?
Track Name: Dia de Los Muertos
dia de los muertos

way down south past a ghost town or two
where the crack of leather carries a tune
I met a girl and we danced in the moonlight
before the sunrise she was my bride

as marauders and bandits we rode through streets
laid to waste the corpse of our dreams
we haunted the cities and drank our delight
wherever we pleased we lay for the night

the summer moon destined to die
bonfires
bonfires burnin bright

chorus:
dia de los muertos

the autumn moon it came with a moan
parades of colors danced with the bones
her face grew pale where it was once gold
inside my madness she was so cold

I turned and rolled my eyes to the white
straight through the heart with a bowie knife
one second separates man and a beast
possession is so strong and I am so weak

the autumn moon rose in the sky
bonfires
bonfires burnin bright

is she dead or is it me?
Track Name: Return of the Living Dead
return of the living dead

when there's no more room down there in hell anymore
old man lucifer's gonna laugh and slam the door
leavin us to walk the earth when we die
make this place a living hell for those left alive

it don't make no difference either way
what do you think we're gonna save
it don't take no death to end your life
when you're born into the grave

chorus:
return of the living dead

I stalk the dark and narrow path and that's for sure
between the legs of someone's ill-begotten whore
singin all my songs on this broken guitar
funeral procession from bar-room to bar

it don't make no difference either way
what do you think we're gonna save
it don't take no death to end your life
when you're born into the grave

it don't make no difference either way
what do you think we're gonna save
it don't take no death to end your life
when you're born into the grave
Track Name: Wicked Man
wicked man

shadows are long - sun fallin down
it must be an evil that’s brewin all around
thoughts on the bullet - eyes holdin still
seconds are hours tickin to the kill

chorus:
you’re a wicked man
I shot the hell you down
you’re a wicked man
your blood is on the ground
you’re a wicked man
feel the powder burn
you’re a wicked man
but I’m the devil’s son

could you hear the sound - of the trigger’s toll
lead speedin thru the air just like a howlin dog
hear the widow’s song - gospel good as dead
by me there you lie a scarlet riverbed

smoke is finally clear - everyone’s a mess
now they start to realize just who I really am
silent - lonesome moan
you thought you were the man but you were f**kin wrong

I’m the devil’s son…
Track Name: Dirty Sanchez
dirty sanchez

better hide your women cuz he’s ridin into town
his hair is dark and his skin is saddle brown
he takes to a lady like a tiger by the tail
he commands the badlands and he kicks the dusty trail

he packs a 45 it’s long and lean and mean
he’s got the spit of snuff streamin from his teeth
you bet your bottom dollar he’s your backdoor man
they call him dirty sanchez if he knocks
don’t let him in

chorus:
dirty sanchez

one day in monterrey he met a butcher’s wife
she loved chorizo all loaded with spice
sanchez nodded once and he slipped into the back
like good ol’ lizzy borden gave her 40 f**kin whacks

baby baby it’s your lucky day
he’ll work you over like an artist works with clay

his father was a painter his mother was a whore
he had an eye for art but he’s rotten to the core
some say a twisted picasso, a don juan he ain’t
but he always leaves his mark on his lover’s face

zorro used his sword for doing better deeds
he freed the poor people by carving out his z’s
not dirty sanchez
Track Name: Hang Me High
hang me high

it was cold late november
the witching hour near
the wind howled through the gallows tree
no one shed a tear

I felt the rope around my neck
a man the world forgot
I knew right then what I had to do
so I said goodbye to god

I slept in transylvania
walked with the undead
rode the night with jesse james
reveled in my sins

I hung with no signs of life
yet I still I lived
to hell with dyin with regrets
the grave it don't forgive

chorus:
look to the west
cross my heart and die
remember who I am oh lord
when they hang me high
hang me high

there’s only one chance in this life
to do or die is all
a thousand ways I might go
one’s just as good as them all

I dredged up my heartbeat
stole one more breath
cut the rope around my throat
now I cheated death
Track Name: Wait Until Dark
wait until dark

two bat wings
a raven's tongue
seven eyes of newt
three dead flies
a dirty skull
and one old leather boot
throw it in a boiling pot
and what have you got?

chorus:
wait until dark

four rat tails
a reptile heart
a salted pair of lips
five old bones
a spider leg
you can't f**kin miss
bless it with a witch's hex
and what happens next?

your name's on the lips of my coven
we whisper things you desire
bathing our skin in the moonlight
in fame, fortune and fire
it's painful my love if you want it
like cats sing from the heat
be careful what it is that you wish for
it might not be what you dreamed
Track Name: Man With No Name
man with no name

it was in alexandria that I took my first life
he had it out for me from the beginning
so I carried a knife
it was long and shiny like a silvery tooth
they say only dead men still tell the truth

chorus:
trade your pistol for a coffin
and crows will dig your grave
they say I shot a man for nothin
and for you I'll do the same
cuz I'm the man with no name

I was in dallas texas when I bought my first gun
around the time I left home and went on the run
they were hot on my heels by the time I turned twenty-five
I remember singin 'back in black' when I broke through that line

now I travel the western worlds when the desert sun is high
with a belly full of iron and a double-barrel full of fire and ice
the trail of my cigarette marks the places I've been
I'm a man without a home the whisper of the wind
Track Name: Bloodshot
bloodshot

been drinkin all night my eyes are bloodshot
been losin my mind my head is sore
nothin else to do when you've done it all and lived to tell

been drinkin myself a sea of gold
shot after shot but it never grows old
join me if you wanna throw your liver right into the fire

chorus:
bloodshot
(you can’t get the blood so don’t even try)
bloodshot
(shot)

been diggin in the earth my hands are raw
I been makin love to another girl
tryin like hell to find myself an escape

I been playin guitar my fingers hurt
I've been smokin cigars now my lungs are burned
nasty habits keep the demons inside me down

been spending my time like dollars in g-strings
been burnin my bridges just to feel the heat
cross me once and I'll piss right on your grave

I'm a killer and all my blood runs cold
from texas down to mexico
gimme one more drink the sunrise is so far away
Track Name: Draggin' Your Bones
draggin' your bones

I sleep with one eye open
don't let no witchcraft bring me down
I move with the wind
keep my ear to the ground
confess my sins
from hell I will turn
pull my shades at night
and shield myself from the sun
shield myself from the sun yeah

chorus:
I can feel it comin
draggin your bones around

I swore through my whiskey
that I would never be so blind
then you came for me
draggin all your skulls behind
like a vampire
you drank my blood
I know I'm doomed
I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your eyes yeah

what haunted things lurk behind your eyes
you try to bleed me,
drain me, suck me dry

I sleep with one eye open
watch like a hound from hell
dead to the world outside
this time I cannot fail
there ain't no rest for me
with you on the creep
stay away
and let me rest in peace
rest in peace yeah
Track Name: Whipping Post
whipping post

in a shadow-black corner of the world
in a town far and remote
I gave my soul for a promise
now I'm damned to walk alone

her eyes were the work of an angel
her heart was the devil’s design
and our blood ran together

even angels can lie
back where I started this life

chorus:
on the whipping post

in a faded word of a whisper
like a ghost by a lonely grave
she left me for the promise of another
now the blood is stained

her face was the work of an angel
her love was the devil’s design
and she fades forever

even devils can die
back where I started this life
Track Name: Carry the Coffin
carry the coffin

been out on the road so long that I begin to see
traces of the drifters that came before me
dogs without a home no chain no leash
bones of their masters in their starvin teeth

I’m a lost soul a travelin man
I play guitar in the devil’s band
I smoke and I drink what can I say
bury my sins in the old fashioned way

chorus:
and I’ll carry the coffin
all the way

I’m haunted by ghosts that don’t let me go
like those come from pages of lovecraft and poe
my heart it cries for those that I’ve known
but I keep on movin the road is my home

I’m a lost soul a travelin man
I play guitar in the devil’s band
I smoke and I drink what can I say?
bury my sins the old fashioned way

the backs of my brothers I cover when I stand
don't trust a vamp she'll f*** you if she can
but I keep on movin it's the only way I know
up with the fire and on with the show

I’m a lost soul a travelin man
I play guitar in the devil’s band
I smoke and I drink what can I say?
bury my sins the old fashioned way