Innumerable Seeds of Calamity

by The Peculiar Pretzelmen

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The second full length album from Peculiar Pretzelmen. Recorded after years of touring in the early incarnation as a four piece with Riverboat Gambler and Party Paul.

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released June 6, 2010

All songs written and arranged by Kevin Incroyable.

The Peculiar Pretzelmen on this recording are:
Kevin Incroyable, Deacon Marrquin, Jason Riverboat Gambler Gonzalez, Party Paul Pate, and The Douglas Lee

With the talents of:
Zoe Boekbinder, Fil Krohnengold, Will Golden, Al Sgro, and Alex Carpenter

Recorded at The Chalet in Culver City, CA
Produced by Kevin Incroyable, Al Sgro, and Will Golden
Mixed and engineered by Al Sgro and Will Golden
Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurrsen Mastering
Cover art By Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas

Thanks to the Lacey family, the Gonzalez family, the Manning family, Kenneth "Rabbitfoot" Long, Russ Chapa, Shawn "Pink Puppy" Leis, and J Dallas Richmond

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Track Name: Pay The Rope
Ain't no man escape unscathed
when he tangle in the thistle with a slippery snake
the more some give the more some take
sinking to the bottom where they find there place
don't go walking where they can see your face
when the going gets rough you just go without a trace
the more bad gets done the more goods erased
we ain't going to heaven we're just going to waste

your neck will pay the rope in due time
your neck will pay the rope in due time
down at the end of the line, waits your punishments design
your neck will pay the rope in due time


You're a natural cheat, a natural thief
a natural disease tangled up in the sheets.
you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas
drink with the devil you get friends like these
that's no smile he's just showing his teeth
never caught red handed at the scene
strictly stain proof if you know what i mean
even pontius pilate's hands weren't so clean

your neck will pay the rope in due time
your neck will pay the rope in due time
down at the end of the line, waits your punishments design
your neck will pay the rope in due time

You're a barrel full of charm a gold plated whore
whats more your the hook hidden by the lure
all is fair in love and war
but at lying and cheating ain't nobody keeping score
you've got a little black heart though you don't know what its for
fed the lady to the tiger and threw open both doors
burn down bridges til there ain't no more
but when the hangman pulls your number you're gonna settle for sure

your neck will pay the rope in due time
your neck will pay the rope in due time
down at the end of the line, waits your punishments design
your neck will pay the rope in due time
Track Name: Dirty Susan
This whispering worries me the sneaking is terribly
disconcerting you're flirting with fire exerting
your vile vindictive though predictable syllables
drilling your illness corrupt and villainous
with an evil intent an unscrupulous willingness
to congragate clouds of suspicion and doubt

scattering stones when the first shots rang out
nowhere to be found when the first shots rang out.

look what you've learned oh the prizes you've earned
the angels are falling with wings bent and burned
you laughed in the shadows amused by this turn

oblivious to the oncoming darkness and worms.
slow creeping certainty of darkness and worms.

Back in the alleys the rats have all rallied
counting the bones there's no peace in the valley
only the devils have an accurate tally
but they'll never admit to the score just madly

cackle at our unfortunate ways
just madly cackle through our misfortune and fray

Susan oh Susan, your clothes are all ruined,
sullied and soiled from the things you been doing
they'll find you down where the poison is pooling
the rumor is she drowned but they're really not fooling
anybody anyway we're all familiar with her ways
she simply outstayed her welcome billowing volumes
of thick black smoke enough to make old scratch choke
she's gone but not forgotten the crimes so true and rotten

immortalized by hateful lies cruelly claiming your prize
only fangs remain to claim some fame
in the shape of wounds we can all recognize

Look what you learned, the prizes you've earned.
the angels are falling with wings bent and burned
and you laughed in the shadows amused by this turn
oblivious to the oncoming darkness and worms
the slow creeping certainty of darkness and worms.
Track Name: Burn Your House Down
She lives a life of no regret
she's got a tornado inside of her head
stars dot her eyes
and serpents are circling around her bed

her lips drip wet with rubies
and her eyes go on forever
her words are hot as the desert wind
and her heart changes like the weather

but I am not so kind
I am not so kind
I'm gonna burn your house right down

It's there, it's there in her eyes its there,
the 10,000 hot and burning stares
she's the curse I do deserve
and I haven't got a prayer

She ain't afraid of nothing
she's following her heart
she leaves a wake a mile wide
of all the ones she's blown apart

but I
am not so kind
I am not so kind
I'm gonna make you mine...

I'm gonna burn your house right down.
Track Name: Dead Hand
Under the ground
getting all over town
it's 17 paces
and its off to the races
he's got beady rat eyes
and he's prone to long chases
when he seems disappeared
he's most certainly near
the presence conceals it
you no sooner feel it
curious, flirtingly
than a cold pallid certainty
the chill's overpowering
at the icy deflowering

of the

dead hand
dead hand
clawing and gnawing
your temperatures falling
dead hand
dead hand

heave ho down we go
i said heave ho and down we go
into the tunnels
and the black earth below
cold dread tendrils
invading each ventricle
it's on every face
we're all in the wrong place
its the wrongest of times
deeply steeped in the crime
that's slowly unfolding
in the serpentine hold

of the

dead hand
dead hand
clawing and gnawing
your temperature's falling
dead hand its the
dead hand
Track Name: Hammer/Nails
Hammer Hammer nails
hammer hammer nails
go ahead and put me on that cross
go ahead and put me on that cross
cause i'd rather this than just
being lost

you bowled me over like a train
you bowled me over like a train
i swore before to the lord and man and more
that i wouldn't never let this happen again

hammer hammer nails
hammer hammer nails
go ahead and put me on your cross
go ahead and put me on your cross
cause i'd rather this than just
being lost

i've been walking with a bullet in my side
i've been walking with a bullet in my side
doctor said that i should've died
but my hearts still pumping so i guess i'm still alive

hammer hammer nails
hammer hammer nails
go ahead and put me on your cross
go ahead and put me on your cross
cause i'd rather this than just
being lost

That night you let me bleed to death
that night you let me bleed to death
i sat in the corner and i could've sworn
you laughed as i choked on my last breath

hammer hammer nails
hammer hammer nails
go ahead and put me on your cross
go ahead and put me on your cross
cause i'd rather this than just
being lost
Track Name: Money McGillicutty
Money Mcgillicutty
trained in the art of animal husbandry
carried a balpene hammer and a bag of fine cutlery
wore an old rosary was a gift from the nunnery
sight of a cripple always made her go rubbery
never blessed at birth with no semblance of subtlety
ran away from Tennessee at the age of seventeen
swore she was descended from Robert E. Lee


Money Money Money Mcgillicutty
Go and tell everybody
Ain't got looks and she ain't got charm
She never meant nobody no harm
Money Money Money Mcgillicutty

Diamond Jim went in for bootlegging
did a bid down Baltimore on 5 to 10
got out in 7 and probation
Let him out on November 10
First thing he did was bump the stooge that put him in
Went underground with two Costa Ricans
Spend all his time just memorizing
the last books of the bible called Revelations

Money Money ....

Money met Jim at the bottom of a bottle of Gin
Louisiana bar cross from a police station
double crossed by the Costa Ricans
on about a pound and a half of heroin
Money and Jim got drunk as sin
Jim didn't know what kind of trouble he was in
little after midnight the cops busted in
with itchy trigger fingers looking for Diamond Jim

Money Money....

When the cops pulled their guns Jim thought he was done
but Money just laughed at the situation
Threw a bottle cross the bar hit a cop in the head
Two shots went off and the floor went red
Jim pulled money out from under a table
got out the back door as fast as they were able
Hot wired a Buick and headed for Texas
Got married on the way with nobody to bless it

Money Money....

Couple of months and the bottom dropped out
Money got drunk and punched Jim in the mouth
took the keys to the car, set fire to the house
Jim went south, but the cops picked him out
Diamond Jim went on back to jail
Money didn't care enough to throw his bail
so he's rotting there in Joaquina still
And Money she just cries and wails
Money she just cries and wails

Money Money
Money McGillicutty
go and tell everybody
ain't got looks well she ain't got charm
she never meant nobody no harm
Money Money Money McGillicutty
Track Name: Obsidian Blues
Misery is easy
if that's all your after
don't bother looking for me
swinging from the rafters

i came for the dancing
stayed for the disaster
the sadness and sorrow
that followed so closely after

mystery and desire
that's gasoline and fire
and time is a razor
carving us all into liars

You said to me, you had to be free
and that you truly were the wind
and you go where it takes you, even though it may break you
Like it broke me as your lover and then your friend

I can't look you in the eyes
no not anymore
I wasn't playing when I stated
we'd sailed off to war

But our ship wasn't sturdy
and the sea was so strong
we sailed straight for the storm
should've known we couldn't last long

with words like axes and hammers
you sat and you stammered
it's scary to know something is so true
how the hell could i figure, the pain would so linger
and all those words would mean nothing so soon.

every kiss that you kiss
is really just a kiss really just a kiss goodbye
i suppose i should be content that for even one moment
i truly got lost in your eyes

i came for the dancing
stayed for the disaster
and the sadness and sorrow
that followed so closely after

mystery and desire
that's gasoline and fire
and time is a razor
carving us all into liars

but our ship wasn't sturdy
and the sea was so strong
we sailed straight for the storm
should've known we couldn't last long
Track Name: Rio Rojo
Let's go hopping trains lets go dancing in the rain
sending messages that we can not explain
Don't you tell nobody how I feel about you
and don't you dare tell me when your heart decides its through

I don't think I could take the strain
knowing that i'll never hear you say my name that way again
just disappear leave without a trace
then you won't see the tears that go rolling down my face

red river
red river
send liquor down my liver
when you talk that way it gives me the shivers
guess I'll wait here til the end of the winter.

seasons may pass and nothing ever lasts
lets forget where we've been and just step on the gas
i'd follow you through fields of landmines
i'll believe all my own lies if it buys me just a little more time.

Red river red river send liquor down my liver
I'm not one for sharing but I've always been a giver.
When you talk that way it gives me the shivers
I guess I'll wait here til the end of winter.

it won't be long til you forget every word to every song
river keeps roaring no matter who get's drowned
Where will I be, when you forget all about me
Don't worry for me baby, the memories are all I need.

Red river red river send liquor down my liver
I'm not one for sharing but I've always been a giver.
When you talk that way it gives me the shivers
I guess I'll wait here til the end of winter.

Let's go hopping trains, lets go dancing in the rain
Feeling things that we cannot explain
Let's go hopping trains lets go dancing in the rain
Pretending love never caused nobody any pain.
Track Name: Wash The Ground
She was a strange girl a crack in the glass
a little south of central off the beaten path
well known around if not by name
a little past eccentric little more than insane
she don't trapeze when the moon is full
don't step outside when its unseasonably cool
she don't dance around in stocking feet
and when the rain starts to fall she's been heard to repeat

Rain rain come on down
come on down and wash the ground
rain rain come on down
come on down and wash the ground

Met her in fall, but by the time the ice thawed
she was gone with the cold blew out like a squall
gave no notice left only this thrall,
we're just spreading her word like Saints Peter and Paul
walking down the tracks she ain't never coming back
musta been dressed for Jesus to go walking like that
was the stormy season wind kept the trees bent
she walked out of town she sang as she went

rain rain come on down
come on down and wash the ground
rain rain come on down
come on down and wash the ground

last one that saw her was old man Zeke
and you can hear it in his voice every time he speaks
what we carelessly sow we regretfully reap
just because she was your lover don't make her yours to keep
slipped away found some other bed to lay
making her fortune in the usual way
but when the rain clouds gather at the end of the day
in the back of my mind i can still hear her say

rain rain come on down
come on down and wash the ground
rain rain come on down
come on down and wash the ground
Track Name: Back In The Hole
She dreams black dreams when she cries herself to sleep
starving in the garden with only forbidden fruit to eat
where will you turn, when the judgement is returned?
you're damned if you do, and you did ... so baby burn

back in the hole
back in the hole

You don't tell time, time's telling you
don't know how fast its going, but you'll know when its through
we build up our castles, all grand and immense
but only in its ashes will we know what it meant

back in the hole
back in the hole

I bit in your fruit and spit out the seeds
six months in the darkness look what happened to me
the sweeter the poison the surer the kill
there's room at the table and we'll all have our fill

back in the hole
back in the hole