Dancin' with Your Demons

by Art Vandalay

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released April 24, 2009

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Art Vandalay St Paul, Minnesota

Art Vandalay delivers a rich sound that sways and swaggers with an understated bravado. Not only does the core trio lay down their rootsy groove, but adding to the magic is local guitarist Colin Monette whose reverb soaked guitars and Chris Horgan’s sea-shanty accordion brings a whole new flavor to Art Vandalay’s distinctive sound that the Duluth News-Tribune calls "impossibly catch." ... more

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Track Name: I Been Down
Well the stones they’ve all been thrown
Bridges burned to the ground
I’d a forgot everything if I hadn’t written it down
Had my love stripped away left me for dead
Tied an anchor, tied the chains around my leg threw me to the depths

Searchin’ for someone or something put the blood back in my veins
Draw a circle draw a line on the map
Somethin’ to show me the way
To a life where the rain falls in time
The flood washes me away

And I been down
Down to my last thread
Dancin’ with the demons in my head
Dragged across your riverbed
I been down, I been down
I been down

Stared death straight in the eye
Lover gone for good
Watched her sink to the great below
The greatest unknown
Spiraled down to avoid the void
Oh the tides they just rise
Knowin’ damn well we all gotta sign on to
The great compromise

And I been down
Down to my last thread
Dancin’ with the demons in my head
Dragged across your riverbed
I been down, I been down
I been down

Tried to straighten out the silver lines
Pave a path for my feet
‘Cause the one I’m on is leading me crooked and blind
Swear I’ll make it to redemption
If I make it to the other side
But somehow I got caught between heaven
And the light


And I been down
Down to my last thread
Dancin’ with the demons in my head
Dragged across your riverbed
I been down, I been down
I been down
Track Name: Slow Painful Death
These days it’s been so hard
To drag a smile across my face
The last time I felt the sunshine
Was in your embrace
The smell of your hair and the green of your eyes
Lingers on my mind
I’ve tried nearly everything
To wear out my blues
But I’m half a man without you

The summer turned cold
The night we said goodbye
The stars…….
They came undone
Now I’m sittin’ here all alone
Drinkin’ to my demise
Makin’ friends with solitude
But I just get drunker by the hour

Give me a slow and painful death
Suffering would feel much better than this
You stole my heartbeat, the day you left
So Lord won’t you give me a
Slow painful death

Tie me down
Across the railroad tracks
I’ll dream of the hour the train rolls by
And splits my body in three
Frees me of a life
Without you
There’s one more favor
I plea

Give me a slow, painful death
Suffering would feel so much better than this
Tear my heart
Right out of my chest
And give me a slow painful death
Track Name: Speck in the City
Steppin’ out into the sun, thickens my skin
Smell the air it’s cold as blood
Buildings they stare down like a barrel of a gun
Millions marching to the dead beat of a drum

And the concrete it’s crawlin’ under my feet
Movin’ walkways carryin’ me away

Just a speck in the city
Just a speck in the city
Getting’ high feelin’ heavy
Just a speck in the city

City buses screamin’ down the street
Filled with faces and people I’ll never meet
Days they tick by and faces grow long
Static and white fills your head

Now your standing on the corner waiting for you light to change
Red to green, it somehow feels the same

Just a speck in the city
Just a speck in the city
Getting’ high feelin’ heavy
Just a speck in the city

So easy to disappear without a trace
When you hide behind your smile of decadence
And grace

Just a speck in the city
Just a speck in the city
Getting’ high feelin’ heavy
Just a speck in the city
Track Name: Tarot Cards
Well, the tarot cards are tellin’ lies tonight
And the crystal ball, is fillin’ up with fog
Somebody stopped building the bridge
I’m tryin’ to cross
I keep on drivin’
Tryin’ to get lost

When I’m on my last dyin’ breath
Don’t wanna be livin’ with regrets
Cause mine keep pilin’ up like poker bets
And I’m prayin’ I’m prayin’
For my chips to fall

Don’t worry about the road ahead
It ain’t worth your mind
Cast your light into the shadow
To see what you might find
Before the road
Leaves you behind


The tarot cards keep shuffling the deck
Fortunes, unfortunately comin’ up blank
Swear, I swear, everything’ll
Be okay, okay
Well alright


Don’t worry about the road ahead
It ain’t worth your mind
Cast your light into the shadow
To see what you might find
Before the road
Leaves you behind
Track Name: Way It Goes
She sways like a palm tree through my mind
Oh, through my mind
Speaks with a voice like an ocean breeze
Puts my mind to rest, puts my mind to rest

Walks in a rhythm with the crashing tide
It’s takin’ me under
yeah it’s takin’ me under

When she’s gone
Satellites crash into the ground
When she’s gone
World spins round and round
But I know
It’s just the way it goes
It’s just the way it goes sometimes
Just the way it goes

Wanna wake up and see her smile
See her smile
Oh, feel her smile

‘Cause she helps me stumble through my ragged days
Dance the night away
Oh dance the night away

When she’s gone
Satellites crash into the ground
When she’s gone
World spins round and round
But I know
It’s just the way it goes
It’s just the way it goes sometimes
Just the way it goes

Bridge:
Idle hands lead to idle thoughts
Lovers dream and thieves get caught,
But I know, I know, I know,
It’s just the way it goes

It’s just the way it goes sometimes
Just the way it goes
Track Name: If You Love Me
Baby if you love me
You can buy me a Rockmount
The kind with the diamond shaped pearls like your eyes
We could ride off in the sunset
When the days breaks in half
Like a couple of lovers who came in last

I’d hang you from my arm
And stitch you to my sleeve
Knowin’ I could love you more than anything

Baby if you love me
Baby if you love me
Baby if you love me you’d buy me a Rockmount

Maybe if you love me
You could buy me a Rockmount
The kind with the roses sewn across the chest
But I can see you’re tumblin’ and driftin’
Like a shaky decision
You’re eyes they’re drifting to the left

I know our love it may be lost, but it surely can be found
Between the snaps and seams

Baby if you love me
Baby if you love me
Baby if you love me you’d buy me a Rockmount

Baby if you hate me
You could buy me a Rockmount
The kind with the silver threads like your clouds
You could bury me with a smile under the dirt
If you send me to heaven in a Cadallac of a shirt

If you money can’t buy you love
It’ll get you what you need
To take my love from me

Baby if you love me
Baby if you love me
Baby if you love me you’d buy me a Rockmount