How We Hunger

by Peddle Steal

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1.
Your Faint Heart After I pulled the trigger and watched the bullet leave your head I knew I had made things final the tie between us was dead Picked up your hand, the cold had set in and the darkness was coming down I said a prayer and closed your eyes and collapsed to the ground A faint heart never knows love so if all is fair in love and war you struck first and I struck last, my dear I walked back to the roadside got my shovel and my beer I paused in the moonlight heard your laughter so clear The first time I knew I loved you you reached over and touched my arm by the river and that same old moonlight but that too is dead and gone A faint heart never knows love so if all is fair in love and war you struck first and I struck last, my dear I got back to your body brushed the flies from your face remembered you in that sundress the past lives in its own space When I finished your grave I laid next to you on the ground I saw our future wedding day oh you in a bridal gown Why’d you have to wrong me Why’d I have to love you like I do you struck first and I struck last, my dear He drove towards the skyline Eyes fixed on the road He was off to end this killing and the earth beneath him shuddered
2.
Turn Me Loose I rode up this damn highway With a man from Bunker Hill The law says he’s my husband But he just pays my bills I’m too much for one man And these north woods never stop So goodbye to his loving And hello to the top Turn me loose on these boys Who hammer in the mill ‘Cause lovin’s what I’m selling They’re sure to get their fill Set me free in the country Where men are bored and strong I’ll catch ‘em with my sundress I’ll take ‘em for a song I met him in the city In the summer of my life I trusted like a child His eyes were two dice But winter was cold And the wind would never end He started drinking whiskey I started drinking gin Turn me loose on these boys Who hammer in the mill ‘Cause lovin’s what I’m selling They’re sure to get their fill Set me free in the country Where men are bored and strong I’ll catch ‘em with my sundress I’ll take ‘em for a song
3.
02:30
Neon Nights She’s got her hands Wrapped around her man It’s a neon night in July The band on the stage They echo and sway in time He twirls her ‘round Wipes sweat from his brow Her sundress rises and falls Her glistening skin And calcine lips they call This love we found is hungry And something’s gotta give ‘Cause this living like we’re doing It ain’t no way to live The world outside Might be closing its eyes But this smoky bar is awake This boy and this girl Have the whole damn world to take It’s quarter to one The band is done But the jukebox howls and moans She moves her hips He tilts his head and groans He wants time in his hand Then he’d make a stand But it’s pushing them towards the door The music it fades Like it never was played before This love we found is hungry And something’s gotta give ‘Cause this living like we’re doing It ain’t no way to live He takes her home After they roam The July night in the heat She’s somebody’s wife, But he kisses her twice In the street
4.
04:07
The Machines They turned off the machines today And this place doesn’t make a sound My pocket’s filled with bills to pay And I should leave this town There’s work out in Vancouver But that’s a lifetime away This town it might recover The machines went off today The traffic lights change The sun still shines Can you hear the song Of the grey power lines The north winds roll Out across these idle roads Do you feel the weight Of this final load The parking lot is empty The trucks have disappeared Where I stand there’s nothing The warehouse has been cleared This town will be forsaken Everyone will leave The forest walls will close in What’s to come of my machines The traffic lights change The sun still shines Can you hear the song Of the grey power lines The north winds roll Out across these idle roads Do you feel the weight Of this final load He drove up towards the skyline His eyes fixed on the road He was off to end this killing as the earth beneath him shuddered
5.
Making Meaning Well this love’s forbidden But your fruit is sweet And that first taste I took it Knocked me off my feet You rode into town On the arm of your man Falling in love Was not part of my plan But the sundress you wore It rode up your thighs And when you spoke You spoke with your eyes Our paths they crossed When all here was wrong Then our lips met We knew that was gone This planet’s spinning And time keeps moving They say we’re all dying So where’s the meaning We may be sinning But this town is drowning And if it’s all ending Let’s make some meaning We drove through towns In the cab of my truck You pointed to families Down on their luck We talked of driving That truck out west Head for the plains Put this love to the test You said, “Why does fate Need to be so cruel, And turn a desperate man Into a fool?” “Let’s go to the woods,” You said with a grin. “I need you to wash me Over with sin” This planet’s spinning And time keeps moving They say we’re all dying So where’s the meaning We may be sinning But this town is drowning And if it’s all ending Let’s make some meaning
6.
Darkness For This Deed Daddy always told me I was destined To rule this world Like a loaded gun Now I know He wasn’t foolin’ ‘I’ve done something Can’t be undone I was walking Down these new streets Towards the tracks He was taking a ride Wind from the train Blew my hair He made me laugh And I stepped inside It’s nothing new it’s the same old story Written down for all to read It don’t come with fame or glory You get darkness for this deed There’s only darkness for this deed He taught me to laugh With a wild freedom On those evenings In my time of need I taught him to dance In that smoky dancehall He watched my hips And followed my lead We started out Driving through the forest Along the river Towards the open fields But later on With the sun flooding down Over our bodies My fate was sealed It’s nothing new it’s the same old story Written down for all to read It don’t come with fame or glory You get darkness for this deed There’s only darkness for this deed By the end of the summer I began to show I went to my husband and lied so he would never know It’s nothing new it’s the same old story Written down for all to read It don’t come with fame or glory You get darkness for this deed There’s only darkness for this deed
7.
This Bed We Made You’re pulling on your summer dress I’m feeling like a fucking mess Everything that once made sense It has all gone to shit I watch you smoke a cigarette Sitting on the window set Your eyes search the dark skyline I tell myself everything is fine The radio it softly hums The distant sound of a drum You light another cigarette From your chin you wipe the sweat I’m afraid if I up and leave For years to come I’ll only see You smoking that cigarette And on your brow a string of sweat This bed is not our bed And everything we said It all fell apart in the end Put on your wedding ring Listen as fate sings Listen as she cuts our wings You leave the room walk down the hall Your silhouette it looks small The setting sun now has gone To the dark where we’ve withdrawn I dress inside this room alone I hear you talk on the telephone Your voice is a static wave And I’m its lonely useless slave This bed is not our bed And everything we said It all fell apart in the end Put on your wedding ring Listen as fate sings Listen as she cuts our wings I hear you walk into the room As if it were a cold tomb The country music song that plays It understands these final days You wet your lips as if to speak You lift a hand to my cheek Your green eyes fall to the floor We say no words I’m out the door This bed is not our bed And everything we said It all fell apart in the end Put on your wedding ring Listen as fate sings Listen as she cuts our wings
8.
Nothing to Hide I’m hoping when you read this letter You’ll remember all our midnight rides We thought times they could get no better We thought we had nothing to hide Oh the summer was our only child The country roads our only guide We shared heat we shared miles We thought we had nothing to hide If only July could last forever When I felt young and I felt alive In my life, I’d never known more pleasure With you, I had nothing to hide But the summer came to an end We always knew I was someone’s bride I have sinned, and I must make amends You know we have so much to hide In the morning I’ll leave this dying mess I’ll force this fire inside me to die Let it freeze and forget your sweet caress For soon we’ll have nothing to hide
9.
03:54
10,000 Watts I could not go to bed For to sleep tonight The shadows in my head were strong That dirty lady Who held my heart She was planning to do me wrong I paced up and down My kitchen floor At my reflection I pointed my gun I said to myself, “What’s a man to do When he’s been wounded by the sun?” Oh me Oh my I’ve a head full of lies Hope don’t know my name Oh my Oh me Lord, let me be free My heart is covered in flame I grabbed my coat Pulled on my boots Headed out into the night I looked up at the stars Burning above Shining down on me out of spite So I aimed my gun Up at the heavens Unloaded six loud shots But my bullets missed the man At whom I was aiming I was boilin’ at 10,000 watts Oh me Oh my I’ve a head full of lies Hope don’t know my name Oh my Oh me Lord, let me be free My heart is covered in flame Truck tires squealed Smoke filled my lungs Moonlight lit my way You in your sundress Down by the river How could you go astray Well I could not go to bed For to sleep tonight The shadows in my head were strong Oh that dirty lady Who held my heart She gone and done me wrong
10.
05:53
Undone He turned onto her road One hand on the wheel The other wrapped around his gun He was going to end this journey Going to see her man Daddy, I hope you can forgive me For what it is I’ve done And what I plan on doing With this here loaded gun You see I’m in the nothing I am completely undone I know you have watched me Since you went to the grave For those three years I tried My best to behave But as you know I could not be saved We were planning on leaving Getting out of this town She was carrying my child She was wearing my crown Then she wrote me a letter In the dark I shot her down Daddy after this is over And I walk behind the veil And I’m free of this world And they set the last coffin nail I’m coming to find you Tell you the end of my tale

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How We Hunger is a concept album telling the story of two characters embracing desire in a dying mill town. The love they make is consuming and the price they pay is steep. It's cinema on a country landscape moving from the murder ballad that opens the album to the train rhythms that propel the action forward to the sparseness of the album's final track.

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released July 2, 2012

James Welsch: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Anna Patterson: Vocals
Jess Greer: Electric Guitar
Dave Patterson: Bass Guitar
Charlie Sichterman: Drums

All Song Written By Dave Patterson
Arranged By Peddle Steal

Sound and Mixing Engineer: Abel Adame of Acadia Recording Company

Recorded live in an 18th century barn in West Newfield, Maine

Special thanks to Sarah Braunstein

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Peddle Steal Portland, Maine

Peddle Steal is a Portland based band that arose from the writing and recording of their concept album How We Hunger. The band is immersed in the country tradition of the vinyl era and seeks to make music that is at once acute and entertaining.

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