A Losing Match

by Count This Penny

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1.
Half Hearted 02:11
There’s a half-hearted look in your eyes You’ve stumbled on a loneliness I’ve tried but I don’t know why I can’t bring you light or lift you up No matter how I’m holding you I feel you giving up You can’t seem to look me in the eyes Now we move in different ways There’s no glide in your step The weight of something hangs on you Some burden tied to the posts of the bed When you lay your body next to mine Do you dream of another? The second hand sweeps the time Into hours I know nothing of You can’t seem to look me in the eyes There’s a world that you’ve been longing for A world that you’ve been drinking with A world that I know nothing of That’s the lie that I’ve been sleeping with A world that I know nothing of
2.
I could say the sweetest things to you While my bed goes up in flames But instead I'm drinking Singing sweetheart tunes With any boy who knows my name And the streets sing out in stereo While you bleed your knuckles clean I'm burning letters writing home Trying to split this shoebox scene So I keep country songs on my radio A last ditch shot at keeping sane I can't even keep a cup of coffee hot Cold bitter blood runs through my veins And I could say the sweetest things I could say And the streets sing out in stereo While you bleed your knuckles clean I'm burning letters writing home Trying to split this shoebox scene
3.
Horses 03:34
The last few months of the year have been hard your hands dried from the salt That note don’t give a damn for you idle now to a fault There’s a hangman’s curve coming down the road I can feel you pulling from home I won’t break my back to hold you back or love you less when I’m alone Kept your daddy’s flask clean and tucked away Another Sunday kindles sundown in your veins You’re running out the family line with the bars you claim The horses come in pairs The horses come in pairs against the reins There’s a trick with your flame and the scars you left your burns itch more than most Sweating through sheets on frozen days I spent years running down your ghost I ain’t waiting on the days to change a drink can’t change a thing On auto-pilot in deafening silence no fight tightens up the reins Kept your daddy’s flask clean and tucked away Another Sunday kindles sundown in your veins You’re running out the family line with the bars you claim The horses come in pairs The horses come in pairs against the reins The horses come in pairs against the reins No you can’t set it down No you can’t set it down No you can’t set it down No you can’t set it down No you can’t
4.
Baby, I can’t hardly sleep All this drinking keeps getting the best of me Wake up, I can’t hardly speak Darlin I think I might tell you everything I can’t pray, can’t come clean I’m less than lonely on my knees I’ve been holding back I’ve been holding back Don’t want to hurt you with the truth But it ain’t love unless I do I’ve been holding back I’ve been holding back I’ve been bare knuckle boxing in a losing match Baby, I can’t hardly speak Darlin I think I might tell you everything
5.
Words and music by Redd Stewart and PeeWee King, additional verse by Leonard Cohen I was dancing with my darling To the Tennessee Waltz When an old friend I happened to see I introduced him to my loved one And while they were dancing My friend stole my sweetheart from me I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz When I think of how much I have lost Yes I lost my loving darling The night they were playing The beautiful Tennessee Waltz Now she goes dancing with the darkness To the Tennessee Waltz And I feel like I’m falling apart It’s stronger than drink And it’s deeper than sorrow This darkness she left in my heart I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz When I think of how much I have lost Yes I lost my loving darling The night they were playing The beautiful Tennessee Waltz
6.
Baby, You 02:46
Everything I touch falls apart So I loosened my grip on your heart I was true to you as I could be Now I don't know what's left of me Baby, you Baby, you Well I guess you always knew All the ways you could undo me When you push me away from you Don't call my name when I keep moving Baby, you Baby, you Baby, you
7.
Buckets 03:08
I’ve learned trouble comes like rain I can pull the shade and wait for the clouds to break Or I can boot up in the mud and fight for my name Knowing that it’s heartache either way See I fell in love pulling punches I never had the stomach for a fight Now I’m counting breaths and bloody knuckles To ease the ache of what’s left behind I could smell smoke before I saw flames She set the whole thing ablaze Now I’m upside down and filled with hate Top off my buckets with the weight It’s been a year since I’ve known her desire The first and fifteenth paycheck for hire I’ve seen the teeth of one too many liars To linger in a frying pan, scared of the fire I could smell smoke before I saw flames She set the whole thing ablaze Now I’m upside down and filled with hate Top off my buckets with the weight I could smell smoke before I saw flames She set the whole thing ablaze Now I’m upside down and filled with hate Top off my buckets with the weight
8.
Get Your Gun 05:08
Get your gun Sign the papers I won't run from fools or traitors Get your gun Break my heart Brand new start Get your gun Cast your stones Even being lonely beats being alone Get your gun Break my heart Brand new start And I've wasted so much time I've wasted so much time You saw me coming from miles away Swung for my heart just like swinging a blade You made me wonder if I was the one I was always the one Get your gun Walk right in Wolves are sheep in the end And I've wasted so much time I've wasted so much time You took the promises out of my mouth You were a poison I couldn't spit out You made me wonder if I was the one I was always the one You saw me coming from miles away Swung for my heart just like swinging a blade You made me wonder if I was the one I was always the one
9.
Better Past 03:14
When you pound your chest leave the rest for me When you skin your knees I will drag you to your feet Hold me in your heart I can fall asleep in your arms When you clear your throat to shout above the cars I will close my eyes to the pain that you can cause Hold me in your heart I can fall asleep in your arms But it’s not pretty It’s not warm It won’t steer you north to safety in a raging storm It’s ragged And it’s cold It’s three cracked ribs from a punch you took a week ago No we can’t outrun the shadows that we cast Only fools fight for a better past Now the nights are short and the threads in us are worn Rest can wait cause I’m shaken at the core Hold me in your heart I can fall asleep in your arms But it’s not pretty It’s not warm It won’t steer you north to safety in a raging storm It’s ragged And it’s cold It’s three cracked ribs from a punch you took a week ago No we can’t outrun the shadows that we cast Only fools fight for a better past
10.
You said I was tough Yeah you really talked me up I was a fool To listen to you No Wildwood Flower No Acony Bell Could weather a winter Could shake off a dry spell Do me a favor Don’t mention my name I’m down in the dogwood Got the run of this place I got some bad blood Keeps me awake I’m back above water But I’m still afraid I may wait on salvation But I’ll never believe There’s always a reason Or mansion for me You said I was tough Yeah you really talked me up I was a fool To listen to you
11.
Lucky 04:30
I know I’m lucky, I’ve hardly known heartache But I’ve given up on giving more than I can take No I couldn’t steer the wheel with my foot on the brake But I’ll be damned to know a lifetime Of living out your mistakes I know you’re lucky, you’ve hardly known heartache You can stop a man dead in his tracks, keep him wide awake for days Lord knows I’ve fought sleep and dark dreams spinning on your games Yet I’m longing for those long late nights I kissed your face And my heart will burn and burn and burn Do me a favor, don’t mention my name Do me a favor, don’t mention my name When I’m back above water, I’ll have the run of this place When I’m back above water, I’ll have the run of this place I know we’re lucky, we’d hardly known heartache Oh sure we’d heard about the plight of man and all his earthly pain But the world feels small when the walls are falling and you’re pulling up your stakes And I’m longing for those long late nights I lost my way And my heart will burn and burn and burn Do me a favor, don’t mention my name Do me a favor, don’t mention my name When I’m back above water, I’ll have the run of this place When I’m back above water, I’ll have the run of this place If I’m being honest, to care less for you is more than you deserve If I’m still being honest, my heart will burn and burn and burn and burn
12.
200 Waltzes 03:54
(for katie ray) I drink my whiskey with God’s clean air Make hospital corners with a carpenter’s square I’ll draw you a map to the coast on the back of your hand Haul ass cross the desert like any hot-blooded man No I won’t sing softly where you are concerned Won’t make excuses for the lessons I’ve learned I’ll drop you a line when I’m headed back West I know y’all love Jesus, but y’all he loves me best No I can’t tell memories from dreams Can’t tell the land from the sea You can’t tell me from a dove in the loving arms of the Lord Just look at the places I’ve been Shake hands with the man I fell in love with No you can’t tell me from a dove in the loving arms of the Lord Just one tin of tallow, an old looking glass A good pair of boots and an eye on the past You can two-step to Austin in the bright Texas sun I’ve danced two hundred waltzes but you were always the one No I can’t tell memories from dreams Can’t tell the land from the sea You can’t tell me from a dove in the loving arms of the Lord No I can’t tell memories from dreams Or Galveston from Galilee No you can’t tell me from a dove in the loving arms of the Lord

credits

released April 6, 2018

These songs were recorded mostly live at Wild Chorus in Knoxville during a cold, rainy week in March 2017. We sang and played guitar. Matt Nelson played bass. Garrit Tillman played drums. Josh Oliver played guitar, banjo, piano, and organ. Jessica Watson played banjo and sang. Elena Moon Park played violin. John Ray played guitar. Scott Minor engineered and mixed the record. Aaron L. Russell / Fistful of Tigers designed the cover and took photographs.
Everyone who had a role in the process showed love and patience for which we’ll be forever grateful.

Thank you for listening to these songs. It’s an honor to be able to present them to you here, with the help of musicians we admire so much.

Love,
Allen and Amanda

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"Graceful country-pop with gorgeous vocals and Appalachian roots."
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