Alaska

by Stan Hall

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An album recorded primarily in the style of clawhammer banjo. Special thanks to Jared Pace for recording and producing it.

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released July 27, 2016

Writing credits to The Drinky Heartaches and Alex Whelan of Trochee Trochee on the songs "Ain't No Light"and "Carnegie" respectively. Major credit to Jared Pace, who did everything to get this album recorded and mixed. His other work can be found a www.jaredpace.me

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Track Name: Ain't No Light
Well there aint no light when you’re down this low
Where joy refuses to grow
And there aint no dreams to be had down here
Drowning your life in your beers

And a heart as thick as mine is a heart that breaks twice as long

Well there aint no light when you’re down this low
Where joy refuses to grow
And there aint no dreams to be had down here
Drowning your life in your beers


And If I ever fly away, I never shall return, again

Well there aint no light when you’re down this low
Where joy refuses to grow
And there aint no dreams to be had down here
Drowning your life in your beers

I'll be drowning my life in my beer.
Track Name: Carnegie
Well he sailed his way across the sea and bought his name Carnagie
And his Hall is still standing tall mocking my uncertainty

I left my home just two days ago, Singing Goodbye Arizona
And I’ll be here in New York unless I keep my word


And I’ll fly Away, On The 4th of July
Cause I’ve been at my best, When I’ve been drinking less.

Friends who drink are friends for life, that’s what we vowed Senior Year
But Brooklyn seems a world away from the Alaskan frontier

Remember that time when we were boys and I almost wrecked my grandmas Car
It feels like a lifetime has past between then and this bar.

And I’ll fly Away, On The 4th of July
Yeah I’ll fly Away, On The 4th of July
Cause I’ve been at my best, When I’ve been drinking less.
Track Name: Small
There’s a hole in my veins where the dirt bleeds out
And I hope it never heels up that’s why I pick the scabs
Drains all those memories till I’m dried up

Cause I’m so small
And I’m so weak, In their eyes
I, I’m just a kid without a name

I’m feeling pretty thirsty now I think I’ll jump off the stern
Take a deep breath and hold it in and sink where I deserve
Hemingway would be pretty proud that I joined the ranks

Cause I’m so small
And I’m so weak, In their eyes
I, I’m just a kid without a name

It’s nights like this I want to quit I really got myself into a mess
But Even If I jump ship at the next port I ain’t got no home to run to
Guess it’s just the coward in my blood that makes me want to roam

Cause I’m so small
And I’m so weak, In their eyes
I, I’m just a kid without a name
Track Name: Belong
I want to be where the sun don’t shine on me, beneath your evergreens
But I got this leash that keeps me from from roaming with you
But I’ll be with you soon, darling you know it’s true
We can drink my paycheck away
We’ll have a great time and in the morning I’m sure I’ll pay
But it’ll all be worth it

Juneau you know I need you,
I never cared much for the sun anyway
Juneau you know I need you
We both know that I can’t stay
Cause like a cactus in a storm or like a glacier in the sand
I don’t belong here

Someday in the future I’ll wear a suit and tie, yes I’ll be a big big man
And I’ll tell lots of stories of the times that we shared just to overcompensate
Well some of them’ll be lies and Only you will know, I got an appearance to uphold
But then in my old age I’ll come running back to you just singing this old song

Juneau you know I need you,
I never cared much for the sun anyway
Juneau you know I need you
We both know that I can’t stay
Cause like a cactus in a storm or like a glacier in the sand
I don’t belong here
Track Name: Greasy Coat
I don't drink and I don't smoke and I don't wear no greasy coat

Well I ain't fine and I ain't well and all us sinners are going to hell
Track Name: Saltwater
My hair my hair is my mother’s hair
And these hands these hands look like my fathers,
Still somehow I add up to much less

My knees my knees are weak with work
And my back my back it just ain’t used
To what my forefathers built it for.

Still I wish I could replace
My blood with salty water
Then I’d be clean

My eyes my eyes cant see the light
That Hank Sr said he saw
Worst of all I forgot all the chords

My name my name is my grandfathers,
Which is why my gut is filled with booze
Carrying on an old family tradition

Still I wish I could replace
My blood with salty water
Then I’d be clean
Track Name: Rich
My day is coming up, I got the notches on my bed to prove
And when I hit that dock I’ll have the most money I’ve ever seen
But I’ll blow through those means, cause I know myself and I know my genes

And I’m sure theyy’ll come a day where I don’t count my wealth in meals
Well whiskey won’t touch my tounge, only fine bourbon and scotch for me
And when that days to come, I wonder if I’ll still remember this song

Maybe I’ll find a girl one who treats me like I think I need
And If we end up poor, like all the generations that came before
well I’ll be wealthy my dear, as long as I got you near.

I’ll fly away, in the morning

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