Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

by Old Sledge

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The name of this record "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down" says a lot about where this band was at the time when we decided to make this record. Tired of being an under dog we decided we needed to show the world what this band could really do. Winter was coming on strong in the mountains of Floyd County, Virginia and we were broke, could barely pay our rent let alone hire a professional studio to record a full length album. So we decided to take matters into our own hands. We bought some recording equipment on a credit card and setup a studio in a double-wide trailer on the farm. We called up Jake Hopping and Ben Townsend and sold them on our dream. They showed up for a week and this record was born. This music represents the condensation of a year’s worth of the toil, angst and joy of being in a band. Born to Lose… Maybe. Live to Win…Indeed and Always. We hope you love it as much as we have.

This album is dedicated to Porter Guzmán, our beloved mascot and best friend, who was with us every step of the way. Gigs, tour truck, stages, hotel rooms, festivals. The jingle of his collar and the rattle of his barks just might be heard throughout this album.

credits

released 01 April 2011

Chance McCoy: Fiddle & Vocals. Guitar Trk. 3
Sabra Guzmán: Guitar, Vocals & Uke. Bass Trk. 3
Ben Townsend: Banjo
Jake Hopping: Bass. Banjo Trks 3 & 7

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Track Name: Danville Girl
When I went down to Danville
I got stuck on a Danville girl
You bet your life she’s out of sight
Well, she wears those Danville curls

She wears the hair on the back of her head
Like the high-toned people do
The very next train that leaves this town
Gonna bid that girl adieu

I don’t know why I love that girl
For she never cared for me
But still my mind is on that girl
Wherever she may be

Look up, look down that lonesome road
Hang down your head and cry
The best of friends must part some time
So why can’t you and I

It’s 40 miles through the rock
And it’s 60 through the sand
I’ll tell you the story of
Many a poor-married man

‘Cause I went down to Danville
I got stuck on a Danville girl
You bet your life she’s out of sight
Well, she wears those Danville curls
Track Name: Deep Elum Blues
If you go down to Deep Ellum
Put your money in your shoe
For the women in Deep Ellum got them Deep Ellum Blues

Oh, Sweet Mama
Daddy’s got them Deep Ellum Blues
Oh, Sweet Mama
Daddy’s got them Deep Elum Blues

Yea once I had a girlfriend
She meant the world to me
She went down to Deep Ellum, now she ain’t what she used to be

Oh, Sweet Mama
Daddy’s got them Deep Ellum Blues
Oh, Sweet Mama
Daddy’s got them Deep Elum Blues

Once I knew a Preacher
Preached the bible through and through
He went down to Deep Ellum and now he’s preachin’ days are through

Oh, Sweet Mama
Daddy’s got them Deep Ellum Blues
Oh, Sweet Mama
Daddy’s got them Deep Elum Blues

If you go down to Deep Ellum
Put your money in your pants
For the women in Deep Ellum they don’t give this boy a chance
Track Name: Boat's Up the River
Oh, I’ll go down to the river
Bring my rockin’ chair
If the blues overtake me
I’ll rock away from there

‘Cause this boat’s up the river
But they won’t come down
I believe to my soul Lord I’m waterbound

If the river was whiskey
Lord and I was a duck
You know I’d dive to the bottom
And I’d never come up

‘Cause this boat’s up the river
But they won’t come down
I believe to my soul Lord I’m waterbound

Oh, I’ll go down to the river
And I’ll sit right down
If the blues overtake me
Jump in that river and drown

‘Cause this boat’s up the river
But they won’t come down
I believe to my soul, Lord I’m waterbound
I believe to my soul, Lord I’m waterbound
I believe to my soul, Lord I’m waterbound
Track Name: Undone in Sorrow
Over yonder in that graveyard
Where the wildflowers grow
Oh there they lay my own true lover
She’s gone from me forever more

Fairer than the sweetest flower
Restless as the wildest wind
Born with a love deep as the ocean
This was the girl that I did leave

I left her there back in those mountains
To see the world, riches to gain
Oh when I returned no earthly treasures
Could ease this heart so full of pain

There so high up on that mountain
‘Neath that little mound of clay
Oh, the girl that I returned to marry
So still among the flowers she lay

I’ll go away and I’ll wander
I’ll lay aside my earthly gains
And I’ll not end the man with riches
Undone in sorrow I’ll remain

Over yonder in that graveyard
Where the wildflowers grow
Oh there they lay my own true lover
She’s gone from me forever more
Track Name: Johnson Gals
See that girl dressed so fine
Ain’t got Jesus on her mind
Ain’t got Jesus…Ain’t got Jesus on her mind

Wanna go to heaven, yes I do
Wanna go to heaven with the Johnson crew
Wanna go to heaven…Wanna go to heaven with the Johnson crew

Hey little girl, can’t you see
Ain’t get to heaven with a fool like me
Ain’t get to heaven…Ain’t get to heaven with a fool like me
Track Name: St James Infirmary
Well, I went down to Old Joe’s barroom
On the corner by the square
They were serving drinks as usual
And this motley crowd was there

Well, on my left stood Joe McKennedy
And his eyes were bloodshot red
And he told me this sad, sad story
These were the words he said

Well, I went down to St James Infirmary
I saw my baby there
She was laying on a long, white table
So cold, so fine, so fair

Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
You can search this wide world over
Never find a sweet man like me

When I die, Lord bury me
In my high top Stetson hat
Put gold coins over my eyelid
So the boys’ll know I died standing pat

I want six crapshootin’ pallbearers
Six chorus girls sing me a song
Put a jazz band behind my hearse wagon
So we raise hell as we roll along

Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
You can search this wide world over
Never find a sweet man like me

Well, now you’ve heard my story
Have another round of booze
And when they ask you what’s the matter
Tell them that I got the St James Blues

Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
You can search this wide world over
Never find a sweet man like me

Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
You can search this wide world over
Never find a sweet man like me
Never find a sweet man like me
Never find a sweet man like me
Track Name: Ain't No Ash Will Burn
I have seen snow that fell in May
And I have seen rain on a cloudless day
Some things are always bound to change
Oh, there ain’t no ash will burn

‘Cause love is a precious thing I’m told
Burns just like West Virginia coal
But when the fire burns out it’s cold
Oh, there ain’t no ash will burn

You say this life is not your lot
Well I can’t be something that I’m not
We can’t stoke a fire that we ain’t got
Oh, the ain’t no ash will burn

‘Cause love is a precious thing I’m told
Burns just like West Virginia coal
But when the fire burns out it’s cold
Oh, there ain’t no ash will burn

In every life there comes a time
When there are no more tears to cry
We must leave something there behind
Oh, there ain’t no ash will burn

‘Cause love is a precious thing I’m told
Burns just like West Virginia coal
But when the fire burns out it’s cold
Oh, there ain’t no ash will burn
Track Name: Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
I’ve been all around this whole wide world
I’ve been to sunny Tennessee
And any old place I hang my hat
It seems like home to me

Don’t let your deal go down, little girl
Don’t let your deal go down
Don’t let your deal go down, little girl
‘Til your last gold dollar is gone

Yea, who’s gonna shoe your pretty little feet
Yea, who’s gonna glove your hand
Who’s gonna kiss your red ruby lips
When I’m in a foreign land

Don’t let your deal go down, little girl
Don’t let your deal go down
Don’t let your deal go down, little girl
‘Til your last gold dollar is gone

Well, Poppa’s gonna shoe my pretty little feet
And Momma’s glove my hand
And sister’s gonna kiss my red ruby lips
When you’re in a foreign land

Don’t let your deal go down, little girl
Don’t let your deal go down
Don’t let your deal go down, little girl
‘Til your last gold dollar is gone

Don’t let your deal go down, little girl
Don’t let your deal go down
Don’t let your deal go down, little girl
‘Til your last gold dollar is gone
Track Name: I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
I'm confessin' that I love you, tell me that you love me, too
I'm confessin' I need you, honest I do, I need you every moment
In your eyes I read such strange things, still your lips deny they're true
Will your answer really change things, making me blue

I'm afraid some day you'll leave me, saying "Can't we still be friends?"
In the end you know you'll grieve me, all in life on you depends

I’m a guessing that you love me, dreaming dreams of you in vain
I'm confessing I love you, over again
Track Name: What is a Home Without Love?
Sad and alone in a mansion
No loving heart to caress
Sad, a man sat and lonely
No loving wife’s lips to kiss
She married him for a position
No love in her heart had she
Sad and alone in his fine home
He looked all around him and said

What is a home without a baby
Just to love and to tease and adore
What is a home without a sweetheart
To kiss you each night at the door
What is a home without sunshine
To spread its bright rays from above
You can have wealth and its pleasures
But what is a home without love

Walking out about one evening
He passed by a cottage so neat
And he stopped and he looked in the window
And he saw there a picture so sweet
A husband, a wife and a baby
Just a huggin’ and teasin’ too
He stepped aside his head to hide
And from his lips came these words

What is a home without a baby
Just to love and to tease and adore
What is a home without a sweetheart
To kiss you each night at the door
What is a home without sunshine
To spread its bright rays from above
You can have wealth and its pleasures
But what is a home without love