Blackgrass Express

by The Phantom Sensation

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    "By the end of Blackgrass Express, the debut album by the Fort Worth-by-way-of-Burleson husband-and-wife folk outfit Phantom Sensation, you can tell their songwriting has been affected as much by movies as it has by punk. Each song unfolds with a beginning, middle, and end, a sequence of scenes in a larger narrative about a woman coming to terms with her own quest for revenge, stuck on a train peopled by souls damned from their own vengeance."
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Set in the American South, this concept album takes place in an unknown future. Originally imagined as a stage play, the album is condensed into ten songs that follow unsuspecting passengers imprisoned upon a ghost train. With each song, we learn more of these passengers, all victimized by their own vengeful spirits.

All music written by The Phantom Sensation

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released July 29, 2016

Recorded at Cloudland-Studio
1310 West Allen Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76110
2016

Produced and Engineered by
Britt Robisheaux

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The Phantom Sensation Fort Worth, Texas

TPS is a five piece folk project from Burleson, TX. Crossing genres of country, rock, and folk/ punk, creating a unique sound we call 'Blackgrass'. From genuine love songs to the southern gothic murder ballad, there's a little somethin' for the sinner and the saint in us all.... ... more

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Track Name: Firewalkin'
The band in black, we where our heartache on our sleeve
A house of horrors for all the world to see
When we’re feeling into deep, we can keep our souls from burning
By the skin of our teeth

So get that old tyme religion in yer life
Go out moon dancing ‘neath the beat red colored sky
When yer feeling like a sheep, just a cog in the machine
Boy, ya best get to believin,

Now we’re stomp, stomp, stompin out the fire
Hoping daylight will come soon
We’re goin out firewalkin
‘Neath a blood red moon
Track Name: Devil on Board
Devil on board! -Engineering the machine
Breathe the blackest steam I’ve ever seen
Covering the sky in ash and turning the lakes into tar pits
Where the green grass don’t grow, the sun hasn’t shown
Upon the gears of the slums below
Blood is dripping on a clockwork pentagram

Better run and hide, ya know
This train ain’t slowing -
Down, Let us go down
Down with the train that took me down
Way down

Brass and iron, skull and bones
Broken compass, no direction home
Those rails are red hot, the Devil’s makin good time

Better stab ‘em through the heart
Ya know, that Devil won’t stay-
Down, Let us go down
Down with the train that took me down
Way down

In my desperation I dare not cry outloud
I carved my name in the trunk of a tree
And on that carving block, Is my life story
It was a rolling stone, Now it’s a train that can’t slow down
Track Name: Hair of the Dog
The wicked rest easy way up at the top
The higher they are, The harder they drop
Tighten the noose, Throw stones in the bed
Til the chickens come home to nest
The man with one hand holds the key,
The all seein’ eye saying, “Everyone must sacrifice,
For the greater good,” he said, Godamn his soul
Hell is the only home he’s ever known.

The hair of the dog that bit me, The yellow eyes of a stray cat
Whiskey on a Sunday morning, The band is all in black
Singing a song that bares a warning, Hold tight to that cross
Sleight of faith could be healthy but grace is long gone

Covering up the wound with the hair of a rabid dog
I was howling at the moon ‘fore too long

So, they built their mighty city
atop the skulls and the bones of the town folk
They were thinking they could get to heaven,
They were going the wrong direction
A revelation they said, Closer to God they said
But they weren’t closer to nothing
Except from falling from the heights of their egos
Warding off the non-believers with the hair of the dog
Don’t they know, They’re playing God

They took the blue from the sky, You dried out the Earth
There’s a blood stain growing on your shirt

I’m going down with this city, I’m taking all of you with me
You scoundrels that defy God’s word
Until those gears stop turning, I’m breaking off the hands of the clock
Until you fall, fall, fall far from the top
Until you fall, fall, fall far from the top

It’s a cold day in Hell, My bones are chilled
And runnin won’t do no good
There’s a black house where the Church once stood
Track Name: Madness
I've been runnin,
Runnin from the madman
Runnin from the madman inside myslef
I've been slippin,
slippin into madness
Madness that runs deep in my bones

I've been walkin
Walkin to the cross roads
To the cross roads to save my soul
I met a girl there
Her name was Lucy
I met a girl, she slit my throat

I'm so cold an alone
I'm so cold and alone
Madness, like a dog without a bone
Madness, a long way from home

I've been runnin
Runnin from the madman
From the madman inside myself
I've been slippin
Sippin into madness
Madness that runs deep in my bones

I'm so cold an alone
I'm so cold and alone
Madness, creepin' like a spider on a web
Madness, You'll know madness yet!
Track Name: Hollow
His eyes were hollow like a dead man
He's seen better days
Days of wonder and of glory
But that turned into a different story
When his shallow heart, it burnt up from the inside out

He was hollow like a dead man
That means open season
For an evil so strong
It'll turn your heart into a deep, dark hole

Hollow!

So are you listening?
No, I mean, are you really hearing what I'm saying
I'm sayin freedom, true freedom
Is just beyond the walls of our mental prisons
But that's just human nature, To want what you can't have
And to fix what ain't broke

Hollow!

Shallow!
How could we be so shallow
Pourin gasoline into the flame
The Devil no where around to blame
You can't beat God at his own game
Track Name: No Tomorrow
Livin' life like a freight train
Pickin' up speed
Any where but here has what I need
What's a man without a home
Nowhere to hide his bones
He said, "Any love but yours is what I'm looking for,
I'm not looking forward

There's no tomorrow for me
No tomorrow for me

Livin' life like a freight train
Ya wanna lay your head down on those tracks
Hoping you'll wake up some where so far away
You can't look back

That iron horse won't do you no good
Another day wishin' you were dead
Maybe, someday, you won't need to pretend

No tomorrow for me
No tomorrow for me
Track Name: Another Body for the Fire
Fire's burnin'
Fire's burnin'
Flames still licking my feet

Smoke is risin'
Smoke is risin'
Devil's hot on my trail

Blood is boilin'
Blood is boilin'
Too scared to run, Too scared to hide
Can't just die here like a dog on the ground

Night is fallin'
Night is fallin'
Sun is sinkin!
There's a tombstone out there with my name on it

Another nail in the coffin,
Another body for the fire
The sun goes down on one hundred fresh graves

Earth is screamin'
Earth is screamin'
When God steps on your ant hill is it your fate to die
What's the use in tryin'

Ain't a woman alive who's seen the things I've seen
Willing to stay blind
Pretend its all okay when, really, it ain't at all

In this world of illusion
Only the truth will shne through
Burning like a fire in the night!
Track Name: Band in Black
The band in black, we where our heartache on our sleeve
A house of horrors for all the world to see
When we’re feeling into deep, we can keep our souls from burning
By the skin of our teeth

So get that old tyme religion in yer life
Go out moon dancing ‘neath the beat red colored sky
When yer feeling like a sheep, just a cog in the machine
Boy, ya best get to believin!

So are you scared yet?
No, you've never been a God fearin' man
You're not dead just yet
How could death be any worse

You took the last train out of town
It was the last time the sun went down
It was the eve of the apocalypse
The hands of the clock stopped tickin'

You were a mother with a child
You left a shadow on the wall
Caught underneath the rubble
o, the hair of the dog

You're out swimmin' in the fire
Dancin' in the flood
Tryin' to chase off the scent of the devil you were
Nowhere to go when that pendulum come 'round
Watch your head the axe is comin' down!

Now we’re stomp, stomp, stompin out the fire
Hoping daylight will come soon
We’re goin out firewalkin
‘Neath a blood red moon
Track Name: Red Gallows
Was a man, died alone
No one to look out for him
So, tonight, he's sleeping with the tad poles
He's hangin' from the gallows

Red gallows,
Was justice truly served
Did he get what he really deserved
Now there's blood in the street and no one to clean it up

Red Gallows
Red Gallows

Was a woman, talked to God
Never could see eye to eye
So, tonight, she's singing in the shadows
She's dancing from the gallows

Red gallows,
Was justice truly served
Did he get what he really deserved
Guess, you could say you struck a nerve
Now there's blood in the street and no one to clean it up

Red Gallows
Red Gallows
Track Name: One After 665
I've always been bad at goodbye
I couldn't lie to your face,
Couldn't look my mama in the eye

I'm going back to pick up the slack
Hell, I'm never on time
God, show me a sign

Took the one after 665

That railway stole my pain away
It's rough on your soul, but it's better than the road
Let us go down with the train that caused me so much pain
Beat the Devil at his own game!

Something happened,
The world changed
And the light flooded the dark
You stood up to those nightmares in your head
Face the truth, you might be dead
But you might be alive!

The fire rose,
The fire rose

You stood up to those nightmares in your head
Face the truth, you might be dead
But you might be alive!

The fire rose,
The fire rose

And then black smoke.