Oh Ruin

by Daniel Pimentel

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released November 11, 2012

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Daniel Pimentel Salt Lake City, Utah

Born and raised in the shadow of Salty Town's powdered blue mountains, Daniel Pimentel combines the classic storytelling of American folk with the sonic bite of modern rock. His strength lies in instinctively honest poeticism, delivered in trademarked fashion with hauntingly desperate vocals, seasoned with a tinge of dark humor and self-critique. ... more

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Track Name: Way Of The Fool
I'll admit that I've lost my way
And I just feel like shit today
But there's no need to worry anymore 'cause I'm okay

I close my eyes and I see your face
Darling you are my cocaine
Circulating through that pulsing organ in my chest

A circuit wired into my brain
Pushing poison through my veins
Vultures are circling like they were smelling death

She wrote me lovely things from afar
And I can't bring myself to cry
She wrote me just to break my heart
And I can't bring myself to cry

I can't find no comfort
No place to rest my head
In the dead of the night
I feel your breath upon my neck

And it burns like holy water
But it's cool like the river bottom
I can't sleep girl
I just gotta take it in

She wrote me lovely things from afar
And I can't bring myself to cry
She wrote me just to break my heart
And I can't bring myself to cry

I lit the river on fire
I pumped it full of kerosene
I pushed the raft into the water
Smuggling matches up my sleeve

And baby I'm coming home
They called me a fool
But it's the only way I know

Narrow is the road
And the river burns wherever I go
Track Name: Under My Bones
Losing my stones
To a chest full of lead
I fall like the thunder
Knocked out of breath

I fear I have lost
All control of my wings
Sprawled in the dirt
Beneath an old sycamore tree

Under my bones
I find my home
Under my bones

Go and tell somebody
Be hasty my friend
Call to my brothers
And get my revenge

Some cold-blooded bastard
Not hardly a man
Has widowed my wife
With a swift move of his hand

Under my bones
I find my home
Under my bones

Lying here restless
From under my bones
I'll plan my escape
And wander these roads

I'll hunt like a blood hound
Beneath the full moon
Visit his dreams
And sing him these ghost town blues
Track Name: The Great & Inglorious
I got holes in both my pockets
No shoes on my feet
I don't know where I'm headed
But I guess I'll see

I know this road
She aims to ruin me
But it's gonna take a little more
To bring me down to my knees

A seed clasped tight in my hand
I know it's small but it's all I have
The last one left of its kind
I assure you it makes up in its power
What it lacks in its size

I saw a tumbleweed refuse to roll
And I heard a story
Where a boy slew a giant with a stone

And I thought to myself
As I made my merry way down the road
I wonder how much we really see
Through this pinhole

A seed clasped tight in my hand
I know it's small but it's all I have
The last one left of its kind
I assure you it makes up in its power
What it lacks in its size

I start to wonder where you ran off to
Then I see you standing next to me
Every time I do

Rethinking everything I thought I knew
And Lord I know it all leads back to you
Track Name: Oh Ruin
Blood red like wine
Stripped away from thirsty vines
Leaving trails
Of scarlet footprints in the snow

Hot coals alight
Kill the cold all through the night
And if we die
Surely God will rest our souls

Deep blue like tunes
Sang underneath the Delta moon
A dusty glass of Heaven Hill to wash it down

And mistress oh muse
You've faded like an old tattoo
Though your voice once was proud
We don't hear it now

Oh ruin
What wayward land you come from
Oh ruin
What wicked wind that brought you here
Oh ruin
What weary watchmen's eyes shut?
Oh ruin
When will you go home?

Pitch black like crows
Perched above a desert road
Grinning vicious at the drifters passing by

Dry spell dust bowl
Planting seeds where nothing grows
And we lie awake at night
'Cause you're always on our minds

Oh ruin
What wayward land you come from
Oh ruin
What wicked wind that brought you here
Oh ruin
What weary watchmen's eyes shut?
Oh ruin
When will you go home?

Only time will tell my love
Only time will tell
Track Name: Damn Scared
Not gonna keep it to myself
Not gonna hold my tongue
Not gonna shine the devil's shoes
Underneath his gun

I saw ten thousand angels
And they're coming after me
I watched the day become like night
In the shadow of their wings

If you're too damn scared to face it
If you're too damns cared to fight
Go on home and I will face this hell
This hell with all its might

Not gonna lay my guitar down
Not gonna rest my feet
Not gonna stop this chaos here
Until my fingers bleed

I saw ten thousand demons
And they're grabbing at my shoes
With smoke spilling from their throats
And it's filling up the room

If you're too damn scared to face it
If you're too damn scared to fight
Go on home and I will face this hell
This hell with all its might
Track Name: Jericho
Like smoke into my lungs
A cloud as black as coal
The very same noise that shook
The walls of Jericho

Your touch is toxic
But not in the literary sense
Your love is dangerous
But it feels so much like home

And just like the prophet before me
I'm waiting here in a den of hungry beasts
Praying Lord they might find something else to eat

On that day when you carry me away
On that day who am I to go while she stays?
On that day when you carry me away
On that day Lord will you save her soul?

A cloud of ashes falling from the sky
The trumpet sounds
And the walls come crumbling down

On that day will you carry me away?
On that day who am I to go anyway?
On that day will you carry me away?
On that day Lord will you save my soul?
Track Name: Blue Collar Blues
My days are numbered but I can't stop
Paying my dues to that old time clock
I got blood on my hands
But I never killed no man

Up in the morning lacing up my boots
The sun is sleeping and the rooster too
And Lord knows I'm trying
Just to get another dollar in my pocket
So I can provide

By the sweat of my brow
By the strain in my lungs
I swing the hammer till the day is done

And oh Jesus you know I'm just a man
But I'm asking that you bless me with the strength
Of a carpenter's hand

Nowhere to rest my weary bones
Until Judgement Day
And no time to ease my strain
Until the Lord takes my soul away

Oh ruin with your wicked face
Won't you leave my children be
I would double all of my pain
If only to make them free

Days of working and whiskey nights
I can hear the buzzer ringing in my ears
As I close my eyes

I know dreams won't last me long
Cause in the morning I'll be digging my grave
At that old steel shop
Track Name: From The Ash Heap
For mom
Track Name: Nihilists Anonymous
Pour a glass for the road
And stumble out of your hole
Tell yourself that you're not afraid
And just laugh it all away

When you hear the sirens
You stop up your ears demanding their silence
But even their voices soon will fade
And you'll laugh it all away

Knee deep in the snow
Surrounded by wolves
Too bold to run and to scared to stay
So you laugh it all away

Close up your eyelids
'Cause you can't stomach this violence
Leaving this world the same way you came
And you laugh it all away

Here's a toast to your health and your happiness
May your friends outlast your enemies
And may they never go away
May your tireless pursuit for pleasure be not in vain
And may your empty medications
Take away the pain

I for one am relieved
That I'm not just some random cluster of cells
Hopelessly wandering earth until death finds me some relief
Eighty-six years later

I bear the fingerprint
Of the one who told me there are greater risks to take
Than just crossing the street without looking both ways
And streets are man-made anyway

My old man once said
Well he never did say much
But when he did say something
It always got me thinking about how he never said much

And now when I see storm clouds in the sky
And they're headed my way
I get a shiver down my spine
But it's not the kind you get when you're afraid

Here's a toast to your health and your happiness
May your friends outlast your enemies
And may they never go away
May your tireless pursuit for pleasure be not in vain
And may your empty meditations
Take away the pain
Track Name: The River
Running away from the hounds of hell
I'm afraid they've caught my trail
And they aim to rip me limb from limb
And swallow up my sins

Oh yeah run to the river
Oh yeah run to the river

I feel their breath upon my back
Gaining on me moving fast
But I hear those rapids up ahead
Soon I will be dead

Oh yeah run to the river
Oh yeah run to the river

It is written they can't swim
When I hit the banks I jump right in
I held my head above the waves
And it carried me away

Oh yeah washed in the river
Oh yeah washed in the river
Track Name: Beast Of The Sea
She will swallow this old ship whole
She will drag us down to the deep unknown
I will lock my eyes with this leviathan
And I will wrestle her to the bottom