Man Mountain

by Great Went

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released August 22, 2004

Graham Sparkman: Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Percussion
Cedric Sparkman: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Saxophone
Kent Colwell: Lead Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Jake Mincey: Guitar (track 7)
Dru Baird: Bass (tracks 1, 4, 8)
Owen Slone: Drums (tracks 2, 5, 7)

Produced by Kent Colwell

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 by Graham Sparkman
Tracks 2, 5 by Cedric Sparkman
Track 7 music by Jake Mincey, lyrics by Cedric Sparkman
Track 9 by Silas Bowling, arranged by Cedric Sparkman

Artwork by Cedric Sparkman

Recorded at Y.E.S. lab in Yerkes, Kentucky between December 2002 and July 2004

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Track Name: Silent Saint
Sitting in this frozen box of ice at the north pole
To them it was just an experiment, I never knew it would cost my soul
To the military, I was their very best, with information I could not share
Now they're trying to crack my code and it's more than I can bear

I'm a silent saint
I'm a saint
I'm a silent saint
I'm a saint

Now I've sailed the seven seas, except for Bengal
And I've danced with a Russian queen at a Tel Aviv ball
The arctic cold is moving in, my consciousness is fading fast
And if they don't come for me soon, this Leslie County boy won't last

Still I'm a silent saint
I'm a saint
I'm a silent saint
I'm a saint

Kentucky rolls over the bluegrass, fades into my mind
The mandolins play louder and I think I'm going blind
Oh, Hyden's ringing in my ears and the last words my father said,
He said the mines are a slow suicide, oh and now the coal mine is dead

The helicopter flies me back to my kith and kin
And I know my Ruth will be waiting with open arms to welcome me in

Oh but I'm a silent saint
I'm a saint
I'm a silent saint
I'm a silent saint
Track Name: It's Not Necessarily Good To Be Back Home
Unlock the door, take off my shoes
Don't embrace me baby, just fill a glass of ice and booze
Think I care what happened at school today?
You don't teach them nothin', not what they need to know anyway

Things don't look different but they sure have changed
They didn't break me but I'm not the same
Our love is night where once the bright sun shone
It's not necessarily good to be back home

Distant and resigned my mind is fine
If I could just get past that one moment in time
Even my own family has lost all care
They see me as a drunk with fading mind and thinning hair

But in my heart is love from God above
This pride in countrymen they know not of
Certain things money just cannot buy
These emerald mountains and sapphire plated skies

Can't stay here this way, gotta talk on the mic
It's thirty miles to Hazard - a good long healthy hike
I put my shoes back on, button up my coat
Gonna tell the people there to get out and vote vote vote

Vote
Vote
Vote for Calvin Akers

And then perhaps they'll want to vote for me
God willing they'll all come and vote for me
People of the bluegrass come and vote for me
You know I'm the man for the job
Track Name: Take Me For A Ride
Well I just got back the other day
From shores abroad so far away
Things aren't as they seem
Feels like I'm in a dream
So much for this war-torn man
Who grips the glass in the palm of his hand
As the bourbon melts away
Where did I go astray

Take me for a ride
In the back of your car
Parade me around like a big, big star
Take me for a ride
Make 'em go away
I'll put on a smile so I can finish the day

Well I jumped from my bed in the middle of the night
Grabbed my gun and flipped on the light
Sweat was drippin' down
But there was no one around
Flashes of blood and flashes of light
Blinding snow and blinding fright
The grass is always greener on the other side
And I should thank my god that I'm alive

Take me for a ride
In the back of your car
Parade me around like a big, big star
Take me for a ride
Make 'em go away
I'll put on a smile so I can finish the day

Well I guess things really aren't all so bad
Some people see me walking and they seem so sad
But I know inside that I am blessed
And his amazing grace can handle the rest
If it weren't for my wife and my best friend Clay
I think I'd walk on into my grave
Singin' lay them burdens down, boy
Lay them burdens down

Take me for a ride
In the back of your car
Parade me around like a big, big star
Take me for a ride
Make 'em go away
I'll put on a smile so I can finish the day
Track Name: Aqua Vitae
I fell asleep beside a mountain stream
I slipped off into a dream
Of something that was so serene
Aqua Vitae

It entered into my veins
It entered in through my brains
This little liquid I have come to name
Aqua Vitae

Aqua Vitae wash over me
Aqua Vitae wash over me

When I awoke I looked around
But there was no Aqua to be found
Except for this vial at my feet
An organic concoction that can't be beat
I ran straight home just as fast as I could
Tried tellin' everybody in my neighborhood
Just two drops and you will find
Aqua Vitae will blow your mind

Aqua Vitae wash over me
Aqua Vitae wash over me

Aqua Vitae wash over me
Aqua Vitae wash over me

No one responded to my offer
The phone never rang, nobody even bothered
My small supply had run out
And I had to do something to appease my doubt
I planned a hike back to the stream
But when I arrived things weren't as they seemed
The creek bed had dried up on all sides
And I started to think it was all a lie

Just then I tripped over my shoelace
I fell back into the space
The space of a former place
Aqua Vitae
I started to sink down
In the magic stream that I again had found
And I'm not gonna share with anyone around
My Aqua Vitae

Aqua Vitae wash over me
Aqua Vitae wash over me
Track Name: Man Mountain
When I was a young boy I walked down these same roads
Barefoot, Kickin' up loose dirt
These hollers, hills, and valleys were my home
Runnin' past the general store, rollin' down the railroad tracks
Jumpin' on the coal cars and never once looking back
Chewin' on teaberry, goin' to the fishin' hole
Suckin' on horehound, didn't give a thought to growing old
Never give up my father told me, stand upright and be strong
Let your beliefs not be swayed, don't sell your soul for a song

The leaves they may be blown from the big sandy to the bluegrass
But my heart will always be here, though my body yet will pass

I'm a man, man mountain, a man, man mountain
A mountain man, a mountain man
I'm a man, man mountain, a man, man mountain
A mountain man, a mountain man

So I set out to see the cities, the world would yield beneath my feet
I've seen enough and now I'm back home, my heart intact, my body beat
They shot me down like Gunga Din, but no one came to bring me drink
Still I held to my father's words when left dying on the brink
You may call me crazy, you may say that I'm a lush
But hear you my sharpened tongue and thy lips I'll surely hush
You can keep your concrete jungles, save for yourself your orange skies
I'll never again leave old Kentucky, here I was born and here I'll die

The leaves they may be blown from the big sandy to the bluegrass
But my heart will always be here, though my body yet will pass

I'm a man, man mountain, a man, man mountain
A mountain man, a mountain man
I'm a man, man mountain, a man, man mountain
A mountain man, a mountain man
Track Name: Digging Holes
Here I am safe
Here I am free
From the clutches of war
And conspiracy
Here I can laugh
At the bears above
They understand structure
But they know not love
Know not love

I am free
From atomic energy
And I can sleep sound
In the holes that I have dug in the ground
Let them find me
Sleeping peacefully
Tomorrow I'll be gone
On my train beneath the dawn
Beneath the dawn
Beneath the dawn

My men are building
Railroads of steel
Far beneath the ice
And the American will to survive
We stand for justice
And the American way
In this frozen cocoon
A safe place to stay
A safe place to stay

And we are free
From atomic energy
And we can sleep sound
In the holes that we have dug in the ground
Oh let them find me
Sleeping peacefully
Tomorrow I'll be gone
On my train beneath the dawn
Beneath the dawn
Beneath the dawn

We educate the young
And protect the old
We are as one
We will not fall
Will not fall

And I am free
From atomic energy
And I can sleep sound
In the holes that we have dug in the ground
Oh let them find me
Sleeping peacefully
Tomorrow I'll be gone
On my train beneath the dawn
Beneath the dawn

Come and find me
Track Name: Vaya con Dios
I'm flying above my thoughts and dreams
All of my plans and schemes
Down below the ground is racing fast
Back through my past
And all I have done
Comes right up the front
You my love hold on
For soon I fear I may be gone

Love, the time has come to say goodbye
Go with God now, baby please don't cry

Feel my flesh is fading fast
I don't know where
I've been cast
It's better like this my love
Now I can rest above
Where I am wanted and well spoken to
Just keep your head up high
Don't tell no lies
And be proud of where you're from

Love, the time has come to say goodbye
Go with God now, baby please don't cry

“Yo vaya con dios”
Track Name: Grey Man Mission
Alone at the shortwave radio, distressed over what I'd heard
Castro's talking to Russia again, over missiles they both had concurred
My trembling hands reach for the glass of Maker's Kentucky straight
And with a sigh I flipped off the power switch, in my heart I knew it was too late

And the blood was all around, but the knife was nowhere found
Though the carnival plays on, the man in grey was already gone
And that man was me
That man was me

Walking down this mountain road, I wish my feet could fly
I am the grey messenger on a mission, I am the lonely spy
Floating clown heads blur my view, shrieking cotton-fatted mouths
I have reached the carnival of lost and for me there's two ways out

And the blood was all around, but the knife was nowhere found
Though the carnival plays on, the man in grey was already gone
And that man was me
That man was me

Tattoo man a moment of your time
Hear the words I say
The missiles they move upon us
And we all must get away

Have you gone mad? Or have you merely gone astray?

I warn you my friend you put us all in danger if you decide to stay
And if I can't convince you of that, then I'll let my knife have it's way

And the blood was all around, but the knife was nowhere found
Though the carnival plays on, the man in grey was already gone
Though the blood was all around, though the knife was nowhere found
Though the carnival plays on, the man in grey was already gone
And that man was me
That man was me
Track Name: Eulogy To A Man Mountain
As I look to the east and I face to the west,
I think of the people that I loved the best

As young mothers know when their babies cry,
It's old men know when old men die

I gotta roll

I ain't got time, I ain't got time, I ain't got time
I gotta go
Oh, I gotta roll
I gotta go
I gotta roll

I ain't got time to say goodbye
I ain't got time to laugh or cry
I gotta go
I gotta go

Well i ain't got time, i ain't got time, i ain't got time
I gotta go
I gotta roll
I gotta roll
I gotta go
I gotta roll