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Ghost Stories

The Dream Syndicate

Release Date: 1988
Album Notes:

The final studio album from The Dream Syndicate.

Featuring Steve Wynn, Paul B. Cutler, Mark Walton and Dennis Duck. Helping was Chris Cacavas, Robert Lloyd, Johnette Napolitano and others.

Reissued on CD in 1998 for the first time(with a bonus live track) and in 2004 with amazing new sound and eight extra tracks recorded in two KCRW sessions in 1987 and 1988.

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1The Side I'll Never Show

Lyrics

Doctor, can't you see that I'm trying
the explanation just hasn't been found
doctor, no one knows when I'm frying
I slam the door when the feeling comes round and
every cloud has a silver lining
every down has an answer I know
but in my heart there's no light shining
just emptyness and faded glow
raining down on the side I'll never show

Doctor, it's the hardest season
I said wait for the down and let go
doctor, without the slightest reason
I've become a man that I don't want to know and
every cloud has a silver lining
every down has an answer I know
but in my heart there's no light shining
just emptyness and faded glow
raining down on the side I'll never show

yeah every cloud has a silver lining
every down has an answer I know
but in my heart there's no light shining
just emptyness and faded glow
raining down on the side I'll never show

Doctor, I believe that I heard
calling down from beyond the flood
doctor, in my heart there was murder
there wasn't no body and there wasn't no glood and
every cloud has a silver lining
every down has an answer I know
but in my heart there's no light shining
that's a side I'll never show
that's a side that I never, never, never, never show

Ghost Stories
2My Old Haunts

Lyrics

These streets are paved with stories
of faded hopes and glories
no sleepless nights, no worries
hey baby what's your hurry
I'd like to get to know you
I've got some things to show you
let's take a walk to my old haunts

these dreams are best forgotten
passed on from ripe to rotten
bewildered and besotten
soaked up in balls of cotton
oh do not ask what is it
lets go and make our visit
let's take a walk to my old haunts

what do you do when your credit's shot
skip town until it's not
what do you do when you've passed your best
put a sherry on top and bury it to rest

these eyes are never focused
on all the dream that choke us
no tricks no hocus pocus
cleared out by wasps and locusts
we're on the road to ruin
there's nothing better doing
let's take a walk to my old haunts
walk

what do you do when your credit's shot
skip town until it's not
what do you do when you've passed your best
put a sherry on top and bury it to rest

these dreams are best forgotten
passed on from ripe to rotten
bewildered and besotten
soaked up in balls of cotton
oh do not ask what is it
lets go and make our visit
let's take a walk to my old haunts (3X)

Ghost Stories
3Loving The Sinner, Hating The Sin

Lyrics

Talking aloud in a motel room
but no one is listening
the bed is unmade and the curtains are drawn
and the wind is whistling
under cover the lover is waiting
but I can't turn away
I've been loving the sinner
and hating the sin
loving the sinner yeah

I know there's somewhere a man waits for her
in misery
and I can try all I want to
find the will
but there aint no sympathy, no
under cover the lover is crying
but I can't question why
I've been loving the sinner
and hating the sin
loving the sinner and hating the sin
hold me back until the trouble begins
loving the sinner and hating the sin

I know somewhere a man waits for her
wonder where she can be
and I tried so hard to find the will
but there ain't no sympathy, no
under cover the lover is laughing
just got me where she wants me now
I've been loving the sinner
and hating the sin
loving the sinner and hating the sin
hold me back until the trouble begins
I tried so hard and I don't want it to end
I tried so hard and I cant' let it go
I tried so hard and I cant' let it go
I can't let it go, I can't let it go
I tried so hard and I cant' let it go oh no

Ghost Stories
4Whatever You Please

Lyrics

Would you like to see something I wrote ten years ago
would you like to go and meet a friend
that I used to know
oh let me take a walk where I used to live
there's no much else that I wanna give
that's all right, we can do whatever you please

would you like to take convictions
over a cheap bottle of wine
you could tell me yours, not come up with mine
there's nothing you can do that I wouldn't allow
you could try to hurt me
but you wouldn't know how
that's all right we can do whatever you please

well I used to care, that was a long time ago
it used to bother me, it does not bother me anymore
oh, you're so strong and you believe
you can hold me close until you wanna leave
I don't mind we can do whatever you please
I don't mind we can do whatever you please
oh that's allright we can do whatever you please

Ghost Stories
5Weathered And Torn

Lyrics

Ch.:
Weathered and torn
weathered and torn
hey baby, I'm on the floor
my my, ripped and worn
it's down to me, I'm weathered and torn

she was a stranger, that didn't matter
I didn't need her, but I had to have her
send for a doctor, hit the press on the phone
she's gone, I'm weathered and torn

Ch.: weathered and torn...

I tried to phone her, the numbers been changed
and I tried to find her, I was so strange
will somebody please throw me a bone
cause I'm in the doghouse now
I'm weathered and torn

Ch.: weathered and torn...

oh I tried to phone her, the numbers been changed
and I tried to find her, I was so strange
will somebody please throw me a bone
cause I'm in the doghouse now
I'm weathered and torn

Ch.: weathered and torn...

Ghost Stories
6See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Lyrics

There's just one kind favor I'll ask of you (3X)
you see that my grave is kept clean

there's two white horses following me (3X)
and they're waiting on my dying ground

did you ever hear that coughing sound (3)
means another poor boy is underground

and did you ever hear that churchbell toll (3X)
means another poor boy is dead and gone

when my heart stop beating, my hands turn cold (3X)
turn cold, cold, cold
my heart stop beating, my hands turn cold (3X)
now I believe what the bible told

There's just one last favor I'll ask of you (3X)
you see that my grave is kept clean (repeat x times)

Ghost Stories
7I Have Faith

Lyrics

Look at you, look at me
the look on every face I see
when we cease to believe
that love is all we need
lied to, cried to, I know you tried to
get terrified and ripped up inside
help me, help you, I'm here to tell you
don't give up it'll be all right

a promise is easy to make
a heart is so easy to break
but I have faith
after all we are all so very small
and the time that we have here
should not be spent in fear
it just get harder and you don't get smarter
everyday you just slid apart
it feels all right then it must be wrong
you're so afraid of the end
that you never start
a choice isn't easy to make
a heart is so easy to break
yeah but I have faith

I've been fooled, misused before
and not even known it
I've been scarred, I've been beaten down and never shown it
lied to, cried to, I know you tried to
get terrified and ripped up inside
help me, help you, I'm here to tell you
don't give up it'll be all right
a promise is easy to make
a heart is so easy to break
but I have faith

Ghost Stories
8Someplace Better Than This

Lyrics

Tonight we define the sentence of time
gracefully part from the rest
you wear the things you wore in your dreams
the way they'll remember you best

no regrets, no remorse
no need to put up a fight
it's the last thing we'll do
so make sure that we're doing it right
last exit please, the greatest of ease
seal it with a kiss
cause tonight, tonight we'll follow the light
to someplace better than this

look at the way the others have gone
dying and crawling alone
you swore you'd never end up like them
finding that you might be wrong

no regrets, no remorse
no need to put up a fight
it's the last thing we'll do
so make sure that we're doing it right
last exit please, the greatest of ease
seal it with a kiss
cause tonight, tonight we'll follow the light
to someplace better than this

Ghost Stories
9Black

Lyrics

Close the curtains, pull the shades down low
turn around and slam the door when you go
cause I don't want you to see me
no I don't want you to see me
ain't been in movie and I'm searching for gold
I need a cover that will shelter my soul
cause I don't want you to see me
no I don't want you to see me
when I lie, when I lie
find the pieces that I lack
dressed in black

so you can stare in to the redheaded skies
lives there someone who desires to rise
cause I don't want you to see me
no I don't want you to see me
when I lie, when I lie
find the colors that I lack
dressed in black

and now it's so hard to be
trapped down in the night
I wanna lie everything back in southern light
(guitar)

and I don't want you to see me
no I don't want you to see me
when I lie, when I lie
find the pages that I lack

I don't want you to see me (4X)
I don't, don't, don't, don't, don't, don't (2X)
I don't want you to see me no no
I don't want you to see me like this

Ghost Stories
10When The Curtain Falls

Lyrics

Skipped ahead to the end of the book
took a chance and took a look
sometimes we can sometimes worry
sometimes an answer isn't necessary
I'll see you when the curtain falls

in this town nothing is laid to rest
nothing wasted, nothing's second guessed
sometimes a fool rises
sometimes a good man falls
sometimes we don't pay attention at all
I'll see you when the curtain falls (2X)

there's a bad moon on the rise tonight
might be time to set the story right
we can crawl and we can creep
we make excuses till they let ourselves to speak
I'll see you when the curtain falls (4X)
(guitar)

and the audience has rushed the stage
but no one there to meet their rage
passed out drunk on cheap delights
to bored to scream and to tired to fight
I'll see you when the curtain falls (3X)

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  • CMJ

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  • AllMusic.COM

    Opening with the self-referential "The Side I'll Never Show," and produced by Neil Young and Crazy Horse vet Elliot Mazer, Wynn and Co. mine the dark and rusty terrain of folk and blues-rock that they ultimately made work to their advantage on this very straight-ahead rock album. Wynn 's vocal style and forthright lyrics never really connected with the masses at the time, but years later, it's clear he was making music for the ages. -- Denise Sullivan

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