Burn The Ships

by Blacktop Mojo

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This album was recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, TN, FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, and Audioworx Studios in Palestine, TX.

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released March 10, 2017

Matt James- Vocals
Nathan Gillis - Drums
Ryan Kiefer- Lead Guitar/ Rhythm Guitar
Kenneth Irwin - Rhythm Guitar/ Lead Guitar
Matt Curtis- Bass

Philip Mosley- Electric Guitar, Keys, Acoustic Guitar, 12 String, Banjo, Mandolin, Strings, Auxillary Percussion

Producer: Philip Mosley
Co-Producer: Jimmy Johnson
Engineer: Steve Melton
Session Engineers: Zachary Pancoast (Sound Emporium), John Gifford III and Spencer Coats (FAME)
Mixing Engineer: Austin Deptula (Rosewood Studios)
Album Art by Chase Gregory

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Seamlessly blending melody with adrenaline fueled, heavy rock and roll, Blacktop Mojo draws in everyone from old metal heads to people whose radio dials have never left top 40 stations. With soaring, gritty vocals and impeccably blended heavy guitar set around a raucous southern stomp, Blacktop Mojo’s live shows are sure to leave fans’ screaming at the top of their lungs with metal horns held high ... more

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Track Name: Where The Wind Blows
Magnetic stare,
Electric eyes,
They pull me away,
She said I've got you hypnotized,
So come with me.

Anywhere you wanna go,
Anywhere the wind blows,
Always high and never low,
In the middle of the sunshine,
Or washed in the starlight,
Anyplace or anytime

Mind blowing lips,
Narcotic hips,
I finally see,
The Eight-fold path,
Enlightenment,
The Stairway of Dreams

Anywhere you wanna go,
Anywhere the wind blows,
Always high and never low,
In the middle of the sunshine,
Or washed in the starlight,
Anyplace or anytime

Anywhere you wanna go,
Anywhere the wind blows,
Always high and never low,
In the middle of the sunshine,
Or washed in the starlight,
Anyplace or anytime
Track Name: End Of Days
Has it all been an empty gesture?
Has it all been a waste of time?
The world's spinning into certain disaster,
We never figured out the meaning of life

Don't wait to say what's on your mind.
Don't take it with you, leave it behind.

There's a fire in the sky
There's chaos in the air tonight
Stay with me don't run away,
Let's sit back and watch the End Of Days,
Sit back and watch the End Of Days

Tomorrow there will be an empty skyline
Where all our monuments used to be,
Piles of steel and worthless plastic,
all we built swallowed up by the sea.

Your gold and your fame won't save you now
Say your goodbyes, it's all coming down

There's a fire in the sky
There's chaos in the air tonight
Stay with me don't run away,
Let's sit back and watch the End Of Days,
Sit back and watch the End Of Days
Track Name: Burn The Ships
Can you hear Valhalla call?
Will you dine there tonight?
Take this fleet that we sailed here upon,
And set it all alight.

Burn the ships and watch them all sink down,
There's no voyage home, there's no turning around,
So as you look into your enemies' eyes,
Know that you've one choice left:
Fight or die.

Feel the frenzy in your bones
As the charge draws near
Blood and steel are all we know
The time for glory is here.

Burn the ships and watch them all sink down,
There's no voyage home, there's no turning around,
So as you look into your enemies' eyes,
Know that you've one choice left:
Fight or die.
Track Name: Prodigal
Don't call me the prodigal son,
Because I ain't coming back.
I'll make it on my own.
Let me walk my own path.
Don't worry about me,
I've got everything I need.

I want to see the world through my own eyes,
Climb a mountain to see the sky,
Across the stars on the other side

One of these days I won't be around,
I'll rip my roots up from the ground,
With wings of feathers, string and wax,
I'll fly toward the sun,
Until the melt from my back.

Don't tell me there's nothing left to find,
Nothing more than this.
I'll stumble and I'll fall,
But I'll find the strength to carry on.

One of these days I won't be around,
I'll rip my roots up from the ground,
With wings of feathers, string and wax,
I'll fly toward the sun,
Until the melt from my back.
Track Name: Shadows On The Wall
Staring at the wall in front of you,
Watching shadows fall from view.
This is all we know
This is all we know
This is all we know to be true.

How do I describe the color of the sky when you've never been outside?
The picture you see is so small, it's not the world at all.
I wish I could tear you away from The Wall.

Conviction blinds us all until we ask why.
That questions lead to falls is a lie.
This is all we know
This is all we know
This is all we know to be true.

How do I describe the color of the sky when you've never been outside?
The picture you see is so small, it's not the world at all.
I wish I could tear you away from The Wall.

I can't see through the glare in my eyes,
Why did you have to drag me outside?
How can I go back to darkness now,
And tell my brothers what I have found?
How can I go back to darkness now?

How do I describe the color of the sky when you've never been outside?
The picture you see is so small, it's not the world at all.
I wish I could tear you away from The Wall.
Track Name: Sweat
Another day, another dollar, will it ever end?
Breaking my back burning up in the sun again.
I'd never complain, but I swear
If sweat were money, I'd be a millionaire.

I wake up, grab my hammer, and I'm out the door.
Cup of coffee, punch the clock and I'm back for more.
I feel the heat already, but I ain't scared.
If sweat were money, I'd be a millionaire.

Another night on the road all alone,
Boss Man been keeping me way too long,
I left my baby at home and it ain't fair.
If sweat were money, I'd be a millionaire.

I'll keep going,
The whistle is blowing,
There's no stopping now.

Break my hands,
Break My bones,
Take my body,
But I'll keep my soul
There ain't no quitting,
'Til the job gets done
Cause I make my living
On sweat and blood

Break my hands,
Break My bones,
Take my body,
But I'll keep my soul
There ain't no quitting,
'Til the job gets done
Cause I make my living
On sweat and blood
Track Name: Pyromaniac
You must be out of your mind,
I never treat you right.
I'm in a combustible state,
I wish you would turn away,

But you watch me burn out.
I lit the flame myself,
Don't breathe in the smoke you fool,
Don't want to watch you choke too.

I try to keep you from the flames,
But you always come back,
I guess you like to watch things burn,
Pyromaniac

I'm a powder keg of lies,
Stand back before I ignite,
Taste the sulfur in my kiss,
You can do so much better than this,

But you watch me burn out.
I lit the flame myself,
Don't breathe in the smoke you fool,
Don't want to watch you choke too.

I try to keep you from the flames,
But you always come back,
I guess you like to watch things burn,
Pyromaniac
Oh I guess you like to watch things burn.

But you watch me burn out.
I lit the flame myself,
Don't breathe in the smoke you fool,
Don't want to watch you choke too.

I try to keep you from the flames,
But you always come back,
I guess you like to watch things burn,
Pyromaniac
Track Name: 8000 Lines
Cold walls and bars form a cage in my mind,
8000 Lines scratched keep track of the time,
I can't recall the warmth of the light,
Or the colors and smell from the air outside,
I tilt my head back and scream down the hall,
But there's nobody there who will hear me at all
I throw my fist against the bricks until there's blood on the walls,
And pray for the day they all tremble and fall.

And I count each breath,
Incarcerated in my head,
And my time counts down,
Warden won't you please let me out.

How long will I let this sentence drag on?
I wish I could have back these days that have gone.
If I could escape from my room full of black
Would the world out there even welcome me back?
I tilt my head back and scream down the hall,
But there's nobody there who will hear me at all
I throw my fist against the bricks until there's blood on the walls,
And pray for the day they all tremble and fall.

And I count each breath,
Incarcerated in my head,
And my time counts down,
Warden won't you please let me out.
Track Name: Dog On A Leash
Twisted up like a cigarette,
I let you smoke me down,
When the flame hit the filter,
You threw me to the ground,
When I reach out for water,
You let the well run dry,
I swear I saw you crack a smile,
As I shriveled up and died.

I won't be your dog on a leash,
I'm not here for your sweet release,
I won't be there every time you call,
No more.
I've bled all that can bleed

You speak the words I wanna hear
Sweet nothings full of lies,
I could never stay away,
I'm a junkie for your time.
Your hungry eyes upon me,
Like a monster in the night,
Are you gonna feed me before you eat me alive

I won't be your dog on a leash,
I'm not here for your sweet release,
I won't be there every time you call,
No more.
I've bled all that can bleed
Track Name: Chains
Look me in the eyes,
As you put me in these chains,
You have got no right,
You ought to be ashamed.

We don't need you mind pollution,
Hysteria or mass confusion,
If you keep up with this persecution,
We will bring the revolution

You can put bars around my body,
Shackle me inside,
Lock me up forever but you'll never cage my mind.
Take me to the hangman in the middle of the night,
Watch me choke out my last breath,
My spirit will never die.

When all we want is peace,
You send us off to war,
All the while you sleep
In your houses made of gold.

We won't take this persecution
We will bring the revolution.

You can put bars around my body,
Shackle me inside,
Lock me up forever but you'll never cage my mind.
Take me to the hangman in the middle of the night,
Watch me choke out my last breath,
My spirit will never die.
Track Name: Dream On
Every time when I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by, like dusk to dawn
Isn't that the way
Everybody's got the dues in life to pay

I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it's everybody sin
You got to lose to know how to win

Half my life
Is books, written pages
Live and learn from fools and
From sages
You know it's true, oh
All these feelings come back to you

Sing with me, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream until your dreams come true
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream until your dreams come true
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Track Name: Underneath
I'd trade this cloud for a hurricane,
With enough water to wash away.
A flood to drown the ground that's falling out from under me.

Laced with all of my regrets,
I cling to everything I've got left,
There's a feeling I have within.
Your tendencies have become my sins.

Reaching toward the sky for rain,
Black and white and shades of grey,
I know the pain it comes in waves,
And then you crumble underneath the weight.

Holding on to all that's wrong,
A calloused soul turned from sand to stone,
Directions etched into the wall,
To a place we never left at all.

Reaching toward the sky for rain,
Black and white and shades of grey,
I know the pain it comes in waves,
And then you crumble underneath the weight.
And then you crumble underneath the weight.