the Mother Lode

by Katy Stephan

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Inspired by San Francisco's Comstock Saloon and its mother's milk, Four Roses bourbon.
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lyrics

high in the crow's nest
I translate messages from mermaids
while down in the galley
the saints stoke st. anthony's fire

they dream in black and white
and drink their woes away
while sweat streams through the night
for to labor is to pray

four roses for the captain
four roses for the crew
you won't forget the night you hit the
heavy black-blue
of the mother lode

henry got his
for a blind horse and a bottle of whiskey
but squandered it all and wound up
with a slug through the head

six million tons of ore
made senators, merchants, and whores
and still from every one-horse town
they stream in through the doors

four roses for the captain
four roses for the crew
you won't forget the night you hit the
heavy black-blue
of the mother lode

we'll drink to the silvery moon
we'll drink til they dredge up the dawn
we'll drink til the legend's made true:
he died with his boots on

four roses for the captain
four roses for the crew
you won't forget the night you hit the
heavy black-blue
of the mother lode
of the comstock load
of the mother lode

credits

released September 2, 2015
Katy Stephan, piano and vocals
Adam Theis, trombone and tuba
recorded and mixed by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Sound

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