Crooked Soul

by Porch Cat

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A whole lot of love and thanks to The Fairweather Family.

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released 14 June 2013

The Fairweather Family
Alex Minneker: Guitar, bass, vocals, "mandolin"
Sarah Anne Wheatley: Fiddle, vocals
Jordan Hamilton: Banjo, harmonica

Queer Experience casts: Chorus
Kaitlin Walsh: Vocals, glockenspiel
Claire Jones, Julia K. Parkey, Jacob Norman Chainsaw-Arm, Aaron Shay: Vocals

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Track Name: Crooked Soul
For the crooked souls, in every which way: the sad, the lonely, the mentally ill, the alcoholics, the racial, sexual, and gender minorities, the addicts, the worried, the scared, the homeless, the anarchists, the radicals, the poets, the brown, the wandering.

Porch Cat and The Fairweather Family

Vocals, rhythm guitar: Porch Cat
Guitar, harmonies: Alex Minneker
Fiddle, harmonies: Sarah Anne Wheatley
Banjo: Jordan Hamilton

Featuring harmonies from members of the 2012 and 2013 Queer Experience cast

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My bones are cold
And I haven’t been feeling like myself
And I’ve been away
I’ve been screaming at night and dreaming all day

And I have found that I am scared
And I’ve been pulling out my hair
A empty spot to fit my crooked soul
Crooked soul
Crooked soul

My sleep is wrecked
But it’s never been normal anyway
And I’ve been down
I’ve been filling my mind with colors and sound

And I have found that I’m a ghost
Grinding my teeth like I’ve done most my life
Trying to smooth out my crooked soul
Crooked soul
Crooked soul

And once again
I’m drinking whiskey from my mug
The things in my head
Keep me at home, keep me in bed

And I have found I’m not alone
And we could call the streets our home
A revolution for the crooked souls
Crooked souls
Crooked souls
Track Name: Man of Few Words
Song for the silenced, the oppressed, the quiet, and the scared.

Porch Cat and The Fairweather Family

Vocals, rhythm guitar: Porch Cat
Guitar, bass, harmonies: Alex Minneker
Fiddle: Sarah Anne Wheatley
Banjo, harmonica: Jordan Hamilton

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I’m quiet ‘til I start singing
And folks don’t trust me ‘cause I’m a man of few words
And I don’t trust the ones who talk too much
Cause the loudest voices always get heard

But you know
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

I don’t trust anyone
I don’t trust anyone
I don’t trust anyone
Do you?

We stand back to back, take ten steps
And your hand, it shakes ‘cause I’ve got a quiet tongue
You’ve lost track of your bullets
Now you’re aiming with an empty gun

But you know
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

I don’t trust anyone
I don’t trust anyone
But me
Track Name: The Lentil Song (Who's Gonna Love Me?)
Porch Cat and The Fairweather Family

Vocals, rhythm guitar, saw, glockenspiel: Porch Cat
Guitar, harmonies: Alex Minneker
Harmonica: Jordan Hamilton

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The more I drink, the more I find
That my words don’t match my mind
And my knuckles have cracked, now
And that last shot’s got me thinking

About that time I meant to catch the bus home
But I caught the one that goes thirty miles south
And my lips are chapped, now
And I’d keep going if I could

Who
Who’s gonna love me when I’m broke?
When I’m broke

I read somewhere that lentils heal the heart
And you know, anything’s a start
But when sand’s all you got inside
It’s hard to fix a drought

It rains too much for the comfort of my head
The roof leaks at the foot of my bed
Well, I’m a desert through and through
At least I’ve got the sun

Who
Who’s gonna love me when I’m broke?
When I’m broke
Track Name: You Are Whole
Song for two of the most beautiful humans I've had the pleasure to meet - Ling and Nathan. Thank you for being wonderful and radical and inspiring. You remind me that even if I feel like I'm not whole, I am, and I can make change happen.

This is for the radical minds, beautiful hearts, and life changers.

Vocals, guitar, saw: Porch Cat
Harmonies: Julia K Parkey, Kaitlin Walsh, Claire Jones

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You burned down the church
Not before it burned you down first
But now you’re building
From the ground

You were told that you’re wrong
Deafened ears couldn’t hear your song
But now you’re singing
A holy sound

Oh, you are whole
Oh, you are whole

You burned down the school
Not before it took away your tools
But now you’re building
With your hands

You were told you’re not right
Blind eyes that could only see white
But now you’re present
Where you stand

Oh, you are whole
Oh, you are whole
Track Name: Want To Be Free (I'm An Asshole Too)
Porch Cat and The Fairweather Family

Vocals, guitar, ukulele, tambourine: Porch Cat
Fiddle: Sarah Anne Wheatley
Guitar: Alex Minneker

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The dishes are piling in my sink
And I don’t have time to think
But I know where I want to be
Where I want to be

And maybe Thoreau was an asshole
Rich and white and ungrateful
But sometimes I wish I could see
All the views he got to see

I want to be
Want to be
Free

I know I complain
Too much and it drives me insane
But someday I’ll get rid of my things
Keep my guitar for the songs I sing

Maybe I’ll find a way
To be homeless but be okay
Cause living in apartments makes me feel trapped
I won’t be gone forever, yeah, I’ll come back

I want to be
Want to be
Free

How do we run?
How do we start?
I know where I want to be
But fear, it breaks my heart

I want to be
Want to be
Free

Want to be
Free
Track Name: Devil Called My Name
A song for all those who were told they were wrong, possessed, a traitor, or even the devil themselves.

Porch Cat and The Fairweather Family

Vocals, rhythm guitar, saw: Porch Cat
Guitar: Alex Minneker
Fiddle: Sarah Anne Wheatley
Banjo: Jordan Hamilton
Chorus: Alex Minneker, Sarah Anne Wheatley, Aaron Shay of The Mongrel Jews, Jacob Norman Chainsaw-Arm

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The devil called my name this morning
The devil called my name last night
The devil called my name and I feel okay
The devil called my name and I’m alright

I talk to ghosts in my head
I talk to the dead
When I get afraid, I kneel down and pray
The devil called my name and I’m alright

There must be a demon inside me
There must be a demon inside
The devil called my name and I feel okay
The devil called my name and I’m alright

I walked to the top of a hill
And I found the bottom of hell
When I have bad dreams, I wake up and scream
The devil called my name and I am well

There must be a demon inside me
There must be a demon inside
The devil called my name and I feel okay
The devil called my name and I’m alright

The devil called my name this morning
The devil called my name last night
The devil called my name and I feel okay
The devil called my name and I’m alright
Track Name: What Jesus Christ Would Do
Porch Cat and The Fairweather Family

Vocals, rhythm guitar: Porch Cat
Guitar, harmonies: Alex Minneker
Fiddle, harmonies: Sarah Anne Wheatley
Banjo: Jordan Hamilton

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If you like to sing, well I’ve got a song for you
And if you love me, then don’t break my heart in two
If you want to live, then there are things you must go through
And if you’re not sure, ask what Jesus Christ would do

Break through your door
Crawl through your window
Sleep on your floor
And then you’ll know
How to live

So if you want to go, there are roads that you can take
When you leave take me with you ‘cause there’s an urge I cannot shake
If we get lost, it’s okay - I’ll be there with you
We’ll drink wine with our crackers, that’s what Jesus Christ would do

Break through your door
Crawl through your window
Sleep on your floor
And then you’ll know
How to live

I want to forget so I can go somewhere new
I want to be forgotten, that’s what Jesus Christ would do