SONG OF THE DAY Palace Music – More Brother Rides


There are moments in this song where Joseph Will Oldham a.k.a Palace Music (a.k.a Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Admiral Wiley Balls, High & Blue, Little Willy Bulgakov, Pushkin Will, Tusitala De Las Olas, Wayne Olephant, Will Oldham) hollers out some real Tim Buckley tones; such is the brilliance of this track! I love how one minute his vocals are projecting with great intensity, whilst the next they fade out with this melodic hoarseness. 

Today’s song appears on Oldham’s third album, Viva Last Blues.  Released in 1995 on Drag City Records, the record possesses a timeless quality and, to this day, still sounds as fresh and inviting as the day it was released!  More Brother Rides is one of my favourite tracks, I love the way he writes! Listen above and check out the lyrics below. 

Mention of the stars reduce us back
They, about them, have time’s things hanging;
We are around near the railroad track
Checking out the thundering
Names you call could have been ours
To call and live among them;
Friends come by and spend some hours
And then back down to working…

At night, things come and half a life
Not so silly walking
All different clothes in the half light
And a halting way of talking
There really was one way to be
Yet this is not it, we think
To be such younger folk as we
Not levelled as we drink

We’re busted up, so ragged down
And kissing and subsisting;
Our eyes glint wild and roll around
And the dog, he whines insisting
He asks that we allow the sex
To make us unrecognizable;
That we allow slow violence
To prove us rebaptizable 

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