After Dark

by Messerly & Ewing

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This bonus CD was released with Darkness Drops Again and was recorded over two days when Messerly and Ewing found themselves with some left over studio time. The disc features acoustic fan favorites spanning the history of the band and a few new songs that didn’t quite make the album. Only 50 copies of this disc where pressed (winnings from 97Xposure). It's available on line here for the first time!

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released June 3, 2004

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Messerly & Ewing Cincinnati, Ohio

When Mark Messerly and Brian Ewing went on hiatus, it wasn’t even official. Cincy band Wussy kept Messerly busy and Ewing had a similar schedule with Catalog Cowboys. But somehow they still found time to do acoustic gigs. In 2009, the pair resolved to celebrate their 15th year together by adding Sean Rhiney and Bill Donabedian as their backing band and turn up the volume. ... more

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Track Name: Redemption Street
Well I wonder were she goes
Is she reaping, what she sews
Well I wonder what she finds
Loving arms or piece of mind

Well I wonder what she finds
Loving arms or piece of mind

Will I wonder what she sees
What she wants is what she needs
Well I wonder when love dies
If the heart’s the last to cry

Well I wonder when love dies
If the heart’s the last to cry

Well I wonder where I’ll be
When my savior comes courting me
Well I wonder where I’ll go
Harps on high, or down below

Well I wonder where I’ll go
Harps on high, or down below

Well I wonder if well meet
Pearly gates, Redemption Street
Well I wonder what she’ll say
Live and love another day

Well I wonder what she’ll say
Live and love another day
Live and love another day
Track Name: Cannon Ball
Can you believe in anything?
Can you believe in anyone
I wanna say, I wanna stay, Bye Bye

When love is gone forever long
From summers glow ‘til the winters gone
I cannot see for the life of me Bye Bye
I miss you too, Bye Bye

The wind blows and then it goes
Know one knows what no knows
I wanna say it’s all OK Bye Bye
It’s a cannonball Bye Bye
Track Name: Lethal Injection
I don’t like hangings, it doesn’t always work
And if it doesn’t work, looks like it really hurts
I don’t like the gas chamber, what if you hold your breath, and try to linger
And if you take that breath, do you feel it in your lungs
Or is it over, is it just done
I don’t like the electric chair, sometimes they have to hit you over and over
3 or 4 times, it doesn’t seems fair
Why don’t they turn it up, or don’t they care

And if I have to go, in that direction I want lethal injection

man to man to man to man
Woman to woman, back to man see
I’m a man, I am poor, did I do it? Who knows for sure
I am black, Is that a fact?
I am white. But white trash right.
I am stupid, uneducated
I kill for money, you kill for the state
With your fine detection, you know I want lethal injection

It’s time. Hope my story brings lots of money
What will my last words be, hope they’re funny
Don’t want to say, something stupid
Like my flies open, or I am innocent

CHORUS X2
Track Name: All I Am
Is there anything you need
Is there anything you want from me
is there anything I can do to set you free

Time always seems
to be gone before you share a moments piece
hold on tight till you release

Chorus:
Take all I am
I’m nothing without you anyway
take all I am
I’m nothing without you,
nothing without you

Is there anything I can give you
That you have not already taken away
Is there anything that you would like to say

Love can be so deep
that where it ends it’s hard to tell
Hard to gather water from the deepest well
Chorus:

Bridge:
You tell yourself that it’s all gonna be alright
comes down to the end you give up the fight
All you hear is the sound of a tollin’ bell
at least you now where all the pieces fell
Track Name: Devil Moon
Devil Moon, shine on me
Devil moon will never let you be
Devil moon it start to shine
For light of day comes hard to find
Before the sun becomes a memory

Devil Moon, shine on me
Devil moon lights up your misery
Devil moon will mark your days
Cast a shadow on your grave
Devil moon will never let you be

Shine on, devil moon

Devil Moon, shine on me
Thin line between what and what will be
Devil moon is on the rise
One look you can’t close your eyes
Devil moon is dark but you can see

Shine on, devil moon

Devil Moon, shines on you
Devil moon starts every night new
A quite mind’s the price you pay
Full moon draws and empty gaze
Devil moon will have you for it’s through

Shine on devil moon

Devil moon shines on you
If it has you one thing you can do
Never risk a skyward glance
Never dare to take that chance
Never dare to cross the devil moon

Shine on devil moon
Track Name: Sorrow Town
In 1979 a D.C. 10 went down in our town
And everybody saw the engine fall or so they said
It made our desks shake like a small earthquake
The siren sounds throughout our town
They made us put our heads down

CHORUS
And everybody’s going down
And everybody’s going down
To the sorrow town….

We sneak through the tree but can’t get close enough to see
We ride our bikes to the lights but the cops are thick as thieves
Steve found a bone but it’s raccoon plus he’s an idiot
They hauled it all away to this day people say there’s loot

CHORUS

Family members come
To stare out at the fields
Disaster freaks detectors beep
At the sadness buried deep
At the sadness buried deep

CHORUS
Track Name: Written in Stone
They play awfully lose with freedom, in the land of the free
I could say they had it comin', till they came after me
Too many people fly their flag, on Independence Day
They take it down on the 5th, fold it up and pack it away
They will never understand, they will never understand

They play awfully lose with the facts, give it just the right spin
Some how we’re always right, some how we always win
Keep em’ scared and in the dark, patriotic unity
But all this talk about the homeland sounds like motherland to me

This is my country, god knows I love her strong
But I just can not stand by, with my back against the wall
When I think you’ve got it wrong

They play awfully lose with justice, seems they robbed her blind
The old girl was not afraid, as they were sneaking up behind
For a county built on dreams, and the promise of a better life
We’ve found far too many ways, to take away your rights

They play awfully lose with truth, but man that’s nothing new
Telling a lie a thousand times, in the end will make it true
Why must we always face the darkness, before we see the light?
Why can we never stand together, unless we’re taking up the fight?

This is my country, god knows I love her strong
But I just can not stand by, with my back agents the wall
When I think you’ve got it wrong

Speak loud of what you stand for, and scream at what you’re against
It doesn’t matter what side you’re on,
As long as your feet are on the ground, and you’re not sitting on the fence

I say America, love it or change it, make it your own
The words that you should live by, should not be, written in stone
Track Name: Going to the City
I’m going to the city
Going to stay
Going to the city for the rest of my days
Gonna make some money
Gonna make new friends
Gonna learn to love, love again

CHORUS

It’s a long way home
It’s a long way home
It’s a long way home

Going to the city
Gonna ride the train
Everything old is new again
Gonna sell my car
Never going home
In a city of millions
I’ll never be alone

CHORUS

Nothing good happens these days
Gotta learn to live, live again
Going to the city
Gonna die alone
In a Potter’s field they’ll rest my bones

CHORUS
Track Name: Rev. Jack
Reverend Jack has now got the cancer
Stands on the altar searching for the answers
Services last 3 or 4 hours these days

The immortal soul of Reverend Jack
Is leaving us and it’s not coming back
He’s starting to pack for the next life

Reverend Jack has got the cancer now

R.J. come to us from a mission
South of Costa Rica converting the heathens
He said he missed most the rainy season

Reverend Jack was never a Catholic
The most beautiful women to him were Hispanic
He came to us with no hint of a scandal

Reverend Jack has got the cancer now

Some lessons learned you never forget
The taste of a homemade cigarette
When a congregation starts to slip

R.J. says that personal demons
And the ones in the bible are the very same thing
You can try but can’t drink either away

Reverend Jack has got the cancer today
Reverend Jack has got the cancer now