The Ballad of Tin Erik

by King Buu

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1.
Right soon as we moved away, My mother held my sister they were shrouded in fear, Watched bullets soon to pass, Caught my papa, caught my uncle they never woulda last, Well, my youth there gone today, All the times that I was lovin’ seemed to die that day, They’ll stay lodged in my memories, But any kinda decent livin’ seemed away from here, Well, my fear come tearin’ in, As I gazed down the barrel of my own demise, Well the bodies start to fall from the sky it seemed, They grew in piles and piles right outside my being I’ve got tears comin’ down in waves, My heart beat harder and harder like it never did, Well, loaded in my lungs decayed, As the bullets went rippin’ through the folks that day, Well, Come smilin’ from his steed, The baddie took a spit and cackled while a starin’ at me, Well, took to fallin’ to my knees, As he stood-a takin’ hits from a ciggy see, Well, the gang a fellas followed behind, As they took on a pilagin’ and settin’ flames, Ooh, licked blood from the folks that lay, Kickin’ dirt to the eyes a the widows they made, Well, my pa was a decent man, But a sense a bein’ good went and died that day, I kept tryin’ to find a way, To get my mother and my sister to another place, Well, that baddie cocked his gun, He laid it straight to my temple, cronies havin’ fun, I Shut down now I’m waitin’ to die, I felt the ooze a warm blood gettin’ to my eyes, Well, Billy, Oh, Billy the Kid, yeah, Right to me, Billy, Oh, Billy the Kid, yeah, Once for me…
2.
You're Dead! 02:50
Well you’re shootin’ around and you’re squabbling abound and you’re dead now, You kept life at ease you tried to keep the peace, but you’re dead now, Threw your morals away with nothin’ left to say, cause you’re dead now, There’s nothin’ you got left but a bullet in your chest, cause you’re dead now... You tried to leave your home go off on your own, but you’re dead now, Packed a bag and some beers hopped a train to the pier, but you’re dead now, Took it miles alone to be away from it all, but you’re dead now, Grabbed the world by its head, you’re upside down instead, cause you’re dead now…
3.
When you were my babe, Well I never loved you, Far away were the dreams I have for you today, I can say, I can say I’m enchanted by the way, That you stand in the storm watchin’ clouds and life decay, Hey Mulch Anne, Hey Mulch Anne, Why-Oh-Why-Why-Oh-Why Hey Mulch Anne, Hey Mulch Anne, I-Oh-I-Oh-I-Love You… Times here again, my babe, For our ghosts to fly away, You might say, you might say, there’s trouble every day, But I say, Oh I’d say, you’re wrong in every way My babe, hold ya here today, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Hey Mulch Anne, Hey Mulch Anne, Why-Oh-Why-Why-Oh-Why Hey Mulch Anne, Hey Mulch Anne, I-Oh-I-Oh-I-Love You…
4.
A woman went and gave me love, she said she’d like to share my blood, She said that life was feelin’ fine, she went and tried to score herself a dime, She said the man went wild and rough, so I trade a bullet for that dime, She said that now she’s feelin’ wild, so we smoked ourselves and drowned our time, Then took a free ride, out of town yeah, I’m shakin’ again, I took a free ride, out of town yeah, I spaced I said, Well lock my body away from here, Drown my emotions in a keg of beer, Knocked my boogie and spun my wheels, I’m feelin’ drained and drained and then oh my lord, well, Last night as I was takin’ the piss, I caught a glimpse a my new miss, She said that life was feelin’ fine, she had a box a pills and jar of wine, She said I wanna try to give you love, but I shared another woman’s blood, I said tonight I’m gettin’ wild, as I took a swig and sprayed outta child, Then took a free ride, out of town yeah, I’m shakin’ again, I took a free ride, out of town yeah, I spaced I said, Well lock my body away from here, Drown my emotions in a keg of beer, Knocked my boogie and spun my wheels, I’m feelin’ drained and drained and then oh my lord well, Train to ride, Train to Ride, My babe I took a train to ride, I took a train to ride, train to ride, My babe I took a train to ride, I took a train to ride, train to ride, My babe I took a train to ride…
5.
Empty Horses 03:14
One went missin,’ while another went strange, One took two bullets makin’ holes in his brain, See the fog come spreadin’ in waves, To the riders that sprung up from their graves, I’ll get on, Empty Horses ridin’ through my head, Empty Horses draggin’ me instead Empty Horses on the murder mile, Empty Horses drag me on for a while, I’ll get on, Warn them preachers ghosts here out on the plains, Warn the townsfolk they ain’t goin’ insane, See the fog come spreadin’ in waves, To the rides that sprung up from their graves, I’ll get on, Empty Horses ridin’ through my head, Empty Horses draggin’ me instead, Empty Horses on the murder mile, Empty Horses drag me on for a while, I’ll get on…
6.
Intermission 01:22
Erik, Tin Erik, The bad guy’s come today, To wash all good that was away, Erik, Tin Erik, A hero to us all, One our folks can surely call, Erik, Our Tin Erik, The battles just begun, The hero hasn’t won, Erik, our love Tin Erik, The sky grew black today, Darkness starts to come our way…
7.
Put me down, put me down, they say, All the free folk that would walk their way, Laugh it up, Laugh for miles from here, Crash like thunder through their deadened ears, Scream for me, Scream your feral cries, Let the blood go drainin’ through your eyes, Stare at thee, Stare at thee and pray, The fellas lookin’ down at you don’t say we’re, Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (yeah) Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (hahaha) Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (oh, yeah) Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (hahaha) Meanwhile, our hero Tin Erik spotted the three from atop a mountain pass. His blood boiling and vengeance fuming through his veins he decided to make a decision that could otherwise be surmised as out of character, unnatural even given his perceived kind demeanor. He fired a whole round a’ bullets that faded to smoke and when the leader of the pack turned, he smiled at him and said we’re… Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (yeah) Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (hahaha) Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (Oh, yeah) Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (hahaha) Lock me out, lock me out of mind, Set aggression off on me this time, Stare at me, stare off blank and dead, Let the memories rush through your head, See a face, see a smile of mine, Catch the future rushin’ to your mind, Brother darkness, brother darkness hear, The chants we whisper makin’ you appear, we’re, Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (yeah) Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (hahaha) Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (Oh, yeah) Three here called the Sisters of Darkmere (hahaha)
8.
Chop Top 02:49
Hear the bell of my boots in the air, Catch a smell of them ladies so fair, Eyes grow wide as my smile goes grim, Pickens healthy even though they be slim, Runnin’ down that peak my murderin’ way, Try so hard but doll you can’t get away, Junior revin’ up his saw ‘gainst your wood, Hackin,’ slashin’ like a good boy he should, Runnin’ down that peak my murderin’ way, Choppin’ tops a children all night and day, I’ll get on, See your wagon broken down on the road, Snag your weakest boy I’ll lighten the load, Makin’ garb outta the skin that they wear, Tan them hides their ain’t a part that we spare, Runnin’ down that peak my murderin’ way, Try so hard but doll you can’t get away, Junior revin’ up his saw ‘gainst your wood, Hackin,’ slashin’ like a good boy he should, Runnin’ down that peak my murderin’ way, Choppin’ tops a children all night and day, I’ll get on, WOOOOO-HOOOOO Hey doggie, he out to get ya! He been hidin’ and hidin’ but now he out slashin’ to form. I hope he lay it on their thick, dice ya up real fine. I hate it when Pa leaves that chili too chunky. You hear me Junior, you hear me boy?! Runnin’ down that peak my murderin’ way, Try so hard but doll you can’t get away, Junior revin’ up his saw ‘gainst your wood, Hackin,’ slashin’ like a good boy he should, Runnin’ down that peak my murderin’ way, Choppin’ tops a children all night and day, I’ll get on,
9.
All feelin’ in my legs seemed to dissipate so suddenly against that grain, Oh, clung tightly to a dream I had of enemies and evil cloggin’ up my brain, I’ve seen darkness in travels before but it was nothin’ quite as ugly as the face you wore, You laughed deeply and swore to me that the evil you’d inflict was somethin’ grand to see, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m darker than your blackest sin, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m darker than your blackest sin, I’m God… See empty in your eyes as the final battle started it was my surprise that, Your face starin’ back at me was a younger version of the man I used to be, Well, you smiled and battle cried as you dug your wooden dagger right between my eyes, Blood bursted and sprayed the skies as my deepest, darkest thoughts led to my demise, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m darker than your blackest sin, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m dark, dark, dark again, I’m darker than your blackest sin, I’m God…
10.
Murder Me 03:44
All bare witness the hero here dies, See such beauty with rose-colored eyes, Stir my potion, it’s cooking for you, You the lucky, the proud and the few, Watch it boil as clouds shroud the sky, Pray my darlings as Tin Erik dies, Murder me, or I’ll kill again, Murder me, fore I commit my greatest sin, Murder me, or I’ll kill again, Murder me, fore I commit my greatest sin, Gather virgins all cloaked in your white, Standing purely in blackest of nights, Stain your garments with cuts to your veins, Bleed their gently you’ll soon feel no pain, All the riches I’ve promised to you, Scatter gently on my chosen few, Murder me, or I’ll kill again, Murder me, fore I commit my greatest sin, Murder me, or I’ll kill again, Murder me, fore I commit my greatest sin, Drenched in darkness the forest decays, Fire will spring from the ground where you lay, Trapped by evil I sharpen my sword, Plunge it through you all hail our dark lord…
11.
Dust Settles 04:57
All I’ve loved and all I’ve lost, All the memories that I’ve forgot, In days I’ve watched lovely faces change, In nights I’ve clung to dreams so strange, Times have come and times have passed, Times seemed good that couldn’t last, Images of loneliness in place, Images that fade to empty space, Dust settles on me today, Dust settles on me today, Like a blanket where I lay, Dust settles on me today, All I’ve shared and all I’ve gained, All the callousness and all my pain, Blood that once flowed through my veins, Blood that cakes my clothes in stains, Sun will set I’m all alone, Sun dips down I’m on my own, Happiness inside of me decays, Happiness replaced by black and grays, Dust settles on me today, Dust settles on me today, Like a blanket where I lay, Dust settles on me today, Slipping off I close my eyes, Slipping off to let my spirit rise, Staring down at once was me, Staring off as far as I can see, Breaking down my physicality, Breaking down the one I used to be, Letting go of life to pass away, Letting go with nothing left to say, Dust settles on me today, Dust settles on me today, Like a blanket where I lay, Dust settles on me today,
12.
Erik, you’re Tin Erik, You tried to save the day, But evil went and won today, Erik, oh Tin Erik, You answered every call, You wanted to help us all, Erik, our man Tin Erik, A story we’ve written, And King Buu still can’t win, Erik, I love Tin Erik, That’s all that we wrote, So here’s the final note…

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"The Ballad of Tin Erik" is a country-inspired, alternative-psych concept album. It tells the story of Tin Erik, a bass-playing tin robot from the future, sent to the past to battle himself through a variety of genres; most notably country, funk, and good 'ol rock'n roll. It was recorded in a few short days at the Akron Recording Company in Akron, OH.

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released September 13, 2019

Erik Whitaker Marsh - Bass Guitar, Cowbell
Cameron Milani - Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lap Steel, Piano, Organ, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Wesley Who - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Mike Madgar - Lead Vocals, Theremin

Engineered by Benny Lava and Nate Butcher.
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Nate Butcher.
Produced by King Buu.
Artwork by Kevin Joseph Coleman.
Special thanks: Mario Cart and the Black Jacket Lounge.

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Four relatively well-behaved young men living in Cleveland, Ohio who occasionally play music together.

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