Ichor of Nettle

by The Successful Failures

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    Side 1 of this limited Edition 10" Vinyl features all 3 parts of the song "Into the Battle". Parts 2 and 3 are on the Ichor of Nettle digital CD release. Part 1 of this epic trilogy of rock appears only on the vinyl.

    Side 2 of this exclusive record features the single version of the song "Misguiding Light" as well as the live version of "The Shit That Weighs You Down" taken from the Red Bank EP CD.

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Sitting in a room in a plastic chair Smoke from my cigarette looms They’re feeding us warm tortillas and soon They’ll be bringing us back to our rooms I’m a middle aged man with a full time job And a granddaughter soon to arrive With the money I make I will never provide I don’t take enough to get by We left in the morning before the sun rise Three days of darkness and then we arrived On the American side My Coyote left me to die I paid my Coyote a handsome sum He promised to get me inside I quit my job laid it all on the line Now I’m lucky to be half alive Chorus No my own home I don’t even own And those in the barrio know I feel ashamed to be seen sick and lame So I never set foot out these doors Chorus
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Part II My heart fell into the grinder Lost my little girl I can’t find her Down the well into the hollow Down to the world where I can’t follow Death will tie you to his saddle Into the cage or into the battle Now every run must be recorded Mapped measured written and recorded And everyone must be calibrated Trapped treasured inoculated I hear the bones of my ghost rattle Into the cage or into the battle The temperature is rising The road is steep the road is winding All I know is I know no better All dressed up like a kid in cold weather I can’t clear myself from the clatter Into the cage or into the battle My highs are well grounded Can’t seem to fight my way around it The lights have started flashing My nights are everlasting Seems like the crux of the matter Into the cage or into the battle Part III All I know is I need you for a lifetime Into the battle
3.
Misguiding light where will you take me tonight? I’m on my way and the time is right For me to fall into that hole again When I’m at home fixing a plate Writing a letter baking a cake Find me some thinner ice to skate upon I know you’ll find me You’re like my brother Joe The only brother I know Lost track of Joe so many years ago but I know Joe will be there for me When I’m alone crossing the street Making decisions that might lead To indiscretion, duress, and disease I know you’ll find me Misguiding light where will you take me tonight I’m on my way and the time is right For me to fall into that hole again When I’m at home fixing a plate Writing a letter baking a cake Find me some thinner ice to skate upon Taking a test, turning a page Trying to navigate this cage Send me a daydream I can dream upon Meeting the folks in a DC lounge Trying to hold my liquor down Misguiding light I know you have me now
4.
Sam Houston 03:34
The very first rays of dawn Were beginning to leak Across the White House lawn Where the president speaks We stayed up all night long He’s calling all his friends To lay their differences down Come forward just like men And listen to the sound Of a broken heart The sound of a broken heart You can see him in his coonskin cap And his alligator shoes A Southern Democrat But he followed his own rules Because he wanted to live like that Texas is the only land He could ever call his own He took a rebel stand But he had to stand alone He did his part, to the sound of a broken heart Ooh Ooh Ooh love Ooh Ooh Ooh love I’ve been sitting on my hands And drinking from the still Time I took a little chance On my Jacinto Hill I’ll do my part To the sound of a broken heart Chrous
5.
Dear Ol Dad 04:51
Dear Ol Dad I want to live my life In a western town I want to drive all night In a paper crown When the wind picks up And blows the whole thing down I can only hear your voice when you talk loud Dear Ol Dad He’s got the grown up blues Dear Ol Dad He gave his dreams to you I want to live my life In a western town I want to fly all night Through a paper cloud When the sun comes up And burns the whole thing down I can only hear your voice when you talk loud Dear Ol Dad He’s got the grown up blues Dear Ol Dad In his stick-pin suit Dear Ol Dad Can you fill those shoes Dear Ol Dad Always there for you
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I’m on my way I’m on my way out I’m on my way I’m on my way now On natty wings, we learn to get by On natty wings, we take to the sky The stars are in our eyes And the days go by Discount the ways Discount our ways of knowing (finding) Discount the ways Our confidence(s) is growing (binding) Chorus On glossy wires artistically bent He draws himself up to his full extent On natty wings his self assurance perks His stinging quarters menacingly work
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Look at that Tennessee Boy Look at that Galway Girl Dancing together in the middle of it all Might as well tell the sun Not to shine around here Tell the moon just to go and disappear Might as well tell the flames In the fire not to rise Tell the stars not to come out tonight Might as well tell the weeds In the sidewalk not to grow Tell the kids something they don’t already know Tell the planets not to spin The wind to die down Tell the rabbits just to stay in the ground Tell the wagon not to roll To be completely still To sit right there in the middle of the hill If I had a little money down This is exactly what I’d do I’d buy me a guitar and I’d play a little song for you And we’d listen to the banjo howl And the coyote sing Moving up and down like a bow on a fiddle string So look at that Tennessee Boy Look at that Galway Girl Dancing together in the middle of it all
8.
All Rise 03:54
All rise, your honor is here Everybody outside, everybody in here All rise, like the sun in the sky Like a kite on the beach Like the moon and the tide Stand up for yourself in the night Stand up for yourself Sometimes, with the hook and the jab You can do what you want, You can fight where you stand Sometimes, you can’t even explain What it is that you came for, what it is that you came for Stand up for yourself in the night Stand up for yourself
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Pennsylvania you’re the only thing between us The only thing that’s standing in my way Pennsylvania you’re the only thing between us I’ll get through you some day There was a time when you meant something But that was so long ago There was a time when you meant something I loved your mountains wide and low Oh Pennsylvania, it’s time I let you go Pennsylvania you’re the only thing between us My kinfolk live up on the other side Pennsylvania you’re the only thing between us And that’s one hell of ride I won’t be crossing you the long way Ohio don’t mean nothing to me at all I won’t be crossing you the long way Or stopping in your coal mining towns
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I filled my canteen at the water fill station THough I never believed in water filtration I jumped in the pool ‘cause I thought I could swim I followed the rules and avoided the sin When did everybody grow up? Was it while I was sleeping? When did everybody grow up? Was it while I was dreaming? And so I’m in love I can’t deny it It’s only because I never tried it I drove on the highway the lanes were all closed I waited till Friday and then I proposed When did everybody grow up? Was it while I was sleeping? When did everybody grow up? Was it while I was dreaming? When did everybody grow up? Was it while I was receding? When did everybody grow up? Was it while I was underachieving? When did everybody grow up? Was it while I was digressing? When did everybody grow up? Was it while I was second guessing?
11.
All wrapped up in your headphone wires All wrapped up in your crossword games All wrapped up in your headphone wires All wrapped up and I feel no pain I’m leaving on a train Think of all the miles we traveled I’m leaving on a train I hope that we don’t come unraveled All wrapped up in your headphone wires All wrapped up and it seems so strange All wrapped up in your headphone wires Emotional cellophane I’m leaving on a plane I hope it’s not too late to find me I’m leaving on a plane Your headphone wires here to bind me All wrapped up like a dime-store mummy All wrapped up like a bee in his honey All wrapped up in you it’s not funny Everything you do everything you do
12.
Gears will grind, cogs will turn Chimney smokes, the furnace burns Now the moon is shining bright I’m taking baby home tonight The bossman speaks, the whistle blows This place is deep in thought control I can’t stick around and fight I’m taking baby home tonight This river bed is no place to sleep It’s kind of muddy, it’s kind of cheap And no one’s leaving on the light I’m taking baby home tonight The clocks will crow at the break of dawn Rise and shine, the game is on Now the road begins to wind I’m taking baby home tonight The hammer falls, the trap is tripped We got caught up and the label sticks It only happened once or twice I’m taking baby home tonight Every street turns me back Every heartbeat a heart attack I’m not falling on that knife I’m taking baby home tonight Nothing gained, nothing learned No deposit, no return I don’t see an end in sight I’m taking baby home tonight
13.
The shit that weighs you down The shit that weighs you down The shit that makes you frown Turns your smile around The shit that weighs you down The shit that weighs you down The shit that pulls you down Pins you to the ground You want to fly You got to try To give up the shit That weighs you down The shit that weighs you down The shit that weighs you down The shit that breaks Tears your heart out The shit that weighs you down The shit that weighs you down The shit that’s all around Oh it’s all over town Throw it out the window Stick it in a can Throw it in the incinerator Bury it in the sand Throw it in the river Let it sink Bury it in the ground That makes you (echo) That takes you (echo) That breaks you (echo) …. down
14.
No Good Way 03:12
We drove from Boston, Massachusetts Through Connecticut to be With the family in New Jersey For the holiday then we Drove north to New York City Across the G-W-B There’s no good way to get there North through Pennsylvania On the highway with the trees The rain came down in buckets All the way to Saugerties I love you Pennsylvania But New York’s where I should be There’s no good way to get there West through Pennsylvania South to Tennessee To go swinging from the branches Of our soiled family tree Behold the Smoky Mountains As far as I can see There’s no good way to get there South through Philadelphia And to Baltimore okay The moon was sittin’ pretty On the Chesapeake Bay But back to Ol’ Virginny That’s where I want to stay There’s no good way to get there
15.
So I have a low resting heartbeat No that doesn't mean I’ll go And steal your money Joe Please believe me Only love, can set me high or low Only love, can say which way I’ll go I have a low, resting heartbeat The dream, I always dream will never hurt me It seems I’ll always be Way out of your league Heaven help me Chorus No, I’ll never hold a job down really So, that it is a road down which I know I won’t be stearing Chorus
16.
The devil took a liking to me The devil took a liking to me He was waiting at the station Leaning on a limousine The devil took a liking to me The devil took a liking to me He was waiting by the river leaning on a submarine And we fell, into the sea The devil held, onto me Oh yeah, Oh yeah I was the cop who took the money not to see I put the drop of poison in the cup of tea I was off and running, the devil saw me coming Laid out a carpet for me The devil took a liking to me
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Here it is... the new album by The Successful Failures - Ichor of Nettle! This 6th studio effort from the NJ Americana/indie rock band features 15 new songs plus a special bonus track. Why can’t a band from NJ release an album with a title taken from a Robert Frost poem about insects...with a song honoring the great Texan Sam Houston...with songs about headphones, immigrants, Greek gods, Tennessee boys and Galway girls? Why not? If there was any question in the past this new album confirms that this hardworking band is difficult to categorize. No Depression magazine said it best when they wrote that The Successful Failures play “instantly infectious melodies that tread the line between power pop and Americana without wholly committing to either”.

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released October 20, 2017

The Successful Failures are

Ron Bechamps
Mick Chorba
Rob Martin
Pete Smith

All songs written by Mick Chorba c 2017 Dinner Time Music ASCAP
All songs performed and arranged by The Successful Failures
All songs recorded at FDR Studio C in Chesterfield, NJ
All songs mixed by Drew Mazurek in Baltimore, MD
Album mastered by Drew Mazurek in Baltimore, MD

Photography by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Album design by Mike Virok

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The Successful Failures Trenton, New Jersey

"The first thing you should know about The Successful Failures is that any attempt to plug them into one genre or another is very much a fool’s errand. Hailing from Trenton, N.J., the band deftly combines Americana, Pop, Rock, and enough of a dusting of Bluegrass that serves as an appetizer to the main course without overwhelming the entire meal." - July 2020, Rock is the New Roll ... more

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