Phantom Train

by The Marshall Pass

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The Marshall Pass' Phantom Train is a melancholy remembrance of a lost friend and bandmate. This singular focus wouldn't make for the best introduction to most groups/artists, but Duncan Arsenault and Craig Rawding impart so much passion-filtered talent on this project that it's a must-hear.

As cathartic as this set of songs must have been for The Marshall Pass to create and record, Phantom Train is no simple exhaling of sorrows. It's a work of great artistry and soul, as informed by loss as it is song-craft. The dark color palette used for the portrait never bleeds to a flat gray.

Phantom Train recalls the lush textures of early Sun Kil Moon and the bluesy vocals of the Allman Brothers. Pass' sound is a warm mix of folk, rock and blues with an authentic twang that would make one think these guys hail from central Georgia, rather than Massachusetts. Everything about the EP sounds organic and unforced. via www.farcethemusic.com

This album is also available digitally on ITUNES and other online retailers. CDs available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/themarshallpass

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released 04 December 2012

Duncan Arsenault: guitar, banjo, piano, bass, percussion
Craig Rawding: vocals, harmonica

All Songs Written By The Marshall Pass
Recorded at Hadwen Road Studio
Produced by Duncan Arsenault
Mastered by Paul Dagnello
Design and Photography by Duncan Arsenault

Dedicated to our dear friend Scott Ricciuti www.scottricciuti.com

www.themarshallpass.com

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The Marshall Pass Worcester, Massachusetts

The Marshall Pass is from Worcester, a small city in central Massachusetts. Craig Rawding is the singer and Duncan Arsenault is the instrumentalist. They write these songs and record them in Duncan's home studio. They hope that you listen to them.

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Track Name: Abilene
When your blood red sky is the same as mine
I will finally rest in peace, Abilene
We could fly from the mountain high
and we could swim to the bottom of the sea
Oh how crazy I must seem
clinging to your washed out dream, Abilene

I’ve been chained and bound
In this lone pine ghost town
Been a long sundown
since I’ve seen you, Abilene
I’m at the end of my rope and you don’t care
left me hangin’, swingin’ in the air Abilene
There’s nothing left to keep you wild but the miles
between you and me
And if I ever see your face again
I will show you how your story ends, Abilene
Track Name: Blue and Gray
Stone cold breeze was blowing through the canyon
drew her out the door
Down in the valley everybody’s buried in the Civil War
And between the blue and gray
she’d forgotten what she wanted to say

She had a reason and I hope she finds her color someday
She had a reason but it changes every season
She had a reason but it changes every season
She had a reason and I hope she finds her color someday
Between the blue and gray

The walls are getting smaller
disappearing stone by stone
Her shadow’s getting taller
anyone can she that she has grown

And between the blue and gray
she’d forgotten what she wanted to say
She had a reason and I hope she finds her colors someday
She had a reason but it changes every season
She had a reason but it changes every season
She had a reason and I hope she finds her color someday
Between the blue and gray
She had a reason but it changes every season
She had a reason and I hope she finds her color someday

Go find your peace somewhere
Track Name: Boot Hill Bound
Never had trouble finding trouble
‘cause trouble always wants to be found
I found him in a bar in Arizona
but you can find his type in every town

And I hear that sound
the hammers pound
I’m Boot Hill bound

A mean-tempered drunk he had it coming
everybody hated him around
and if not for the long arm of his brother
he would have been a long time in the ground

And I hear that sound
hammers pound
I’m Boot Hill bound

Town folks said to fly away now
like a murder of crows into the night
Sheriff be a-comin’ with a vengeance
looking for an eye for an eye

Two black horses in the moonlight
seen ‘em ridin’ side by side
Sheriff and the Devil and the hellfire
burnin’ every run down place to hide

And I hear that sound
the hammers pound
I’m Boot Hill bound
Track Name: California Blue
Went to bed with my baby
woke up with California blue
Went to bed with my baby
woke up with California blue
‘cause she’s got a gig in ‘Frisco
showcase in Los Angeles too

Well she sings like the devil
they really ought to love her over there
Well she sings like the devil
they really ought to love her over there
I hope she finds the angels
and comes back with her tail still in the air

Fell asleep on the airplane
woke up when I touched down in LA
Fell asleep on the airplane
woke up when I touched down in LA
‘cause the label signed my baby
tracking backing vocals today
California blue
Track Name: Default Line
I just called to say that the system is collapsing
I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore
The ceiling is cracked and the floor’s in need of waxing
I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore

Tell Mr. Wells
Tell Mr. Fargo
Let ‘em sound the bells
I’ll be in Key Largo
I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore

I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore
The race has been run
I don’t know who won
but I know I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore

I just called to say that the horses’ legs are broken
I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore

Tell Mr. Wells
Tell Mr. Fargo
Another dream to sell
they can sell it for a bargain
I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore
I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore

Tell Mr. Wells
Tell Mr. Fargo
keep that pound of flesh
they can suck it to the marrow
I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore
I’m not payin’ the mortgage anymore
Track Name: Stranded In Perdition
Nobody knows the trouble I have found
Just how deep a hole
I’ve dug into the ground
I’ve walked through the brambles
never on the path
Living in the shambles
suffering the wrath
now I’m stranded in perdition
and I’m sure to be found
When I’m out of ammunition
they will gun me down

You don’t get rewarded
for being your own man
Although I can’t afford it
I’ve bitten all the hands
that ever tried to feed me
or shield me from the cold
Right now I’m starving
for a woman’s hand to hold
‘cause I’m stranded in perdition
and I’m sure to be found
When I’m out of ammunition
they will gun me down

Nobody knows the trouble I have found
all the bad decisions
that led me to this town
I made my choices
long as fate allowed
But I hear their horses
the baying of the hounds
and I’m stranded in perdition
and I’m sure to be found
When I’m out of ammunition
they will gun me down
Track Name: Redemption Hill
At Heaven’s gate
forty lashes late
Sheriff couldn’t wait
to spit on my grave
My riders came
across the dusty plains
but the bullets paid couldn’t break my chains

I’ll offer up my gun
If it be your will
It’s how the west was won on Redemption Hill

I’m an unarmed man
At your command
Have I strayed too long to hear Gabriel’s song?
Justice has been served
I guess that was your plan
And though I don’t deserve
to shake Saint Peter’s hand…

Before your will is done
a moment if you will?
To watch the setting sun on Redemption Hill

Would you take me still?
Or would you give me hell?
Or leave me where I fell, on Redemption Hill
On Redemption Hill