Bottomless Coffee

by Caleb Groh

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This record is dedicated to Amanda Coughlin.

CDS ARE SOLD OUT. MORE ON THE WAY.

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released 20 March 2012

Mixed/Mastered/Co-Produced by Chad Wahlbrink
Recorded in Fort Thomas, KY and Nashville, TN
A big thanks to Pomegranates and Sacred Spirits.

Friends who played on Bottomless Coffee:
Joey Cook, Sam Cowan, Jacob Merritt, Josh Kufeldt, Isaac Karns, Chad Wahlbrink, Curt Kiser, Brett Resnick, Josh Hester, Lilah Rose, Paula Marchesini, and Dan Lyon.
Thanks to Brian Beyke for the telecaster.
Click on individual songs for credits.

I also make animals out of felt and wool.
etsy.com/shop/honeybloodfelt

More songs from Caleb:
happiestlion.bandcamp.com

And some Christmas songs too: carolingcaravan.bandcamp.com

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Caleb Groh Boston, Massachusetts

Caleb Groh (pronounced GROW) howls melodic folk songs about historical and biblical figures in fictional contexts, anthropomorphism, coffee, mythology, and the love of throws as opposed to the throes of love. Caleb won a Boston Music Award for Folk Artist of the Year in 2012. ... more

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Track Name: Bathsheba Blues
Listen Rose, you can't come see me
You can't visit when you like
No more coffee pots, connect the dots, wait for the sun to rise
Now I'm going on to Jackson, I ain't asking for a ride

Got a bedhead in here to fight fear
Sings me soft to quit the shivering
And she's quiet as braille, just brings my mail
And her warbling's medicine
But she cries every night to Tennessee Waltz
Blank stare, chestnut hair

Velvet dancer, what's your answer?
Where's the water, placid lover?
Feeble daughter's got the Father's light

Got a ghost who knows what matters most
Damn fool was a spoken for ghoul
And her bayonet eyes haunt the Camden line,
Watch the kids on the caboose
And every hand which carressed her has gone and passed on
And their secrets are exempt

No Bathsheba bathing in the water yet
No reason for the mortal sins
Hell, I can't abide you in the moonlight
Summer skin, sweet glycerine
Well you whisper in your sleep, "Toledo"
Listen, I'm acqutting you tonight
Track Name: Catastrophic Culprit
Well it ain't worth the time I commit
Catastrophic culprit
Man I just lost a rib in the dust
Can't double-knot the shoes, got the barracuda blues
And I'm back on that Dayton bus

Well it's just bad lust, but it's bigger than the both of us
Shot through like a bullet out the blue
Takes a devil to revel in the dust
Devil lust ain't big enough

I don't dwell upon the deep
Don't shiver in my sleep
I was born to behold you for free
It is crucial to the hollow heart that every star too far call off the long distance fling

But you're true, ain't you
Hear it in the way you speak my name
Doll, why'd you haunt my halls at all?
Was a heart-hex, ghoulish game
Set the clocks back, made it rain

Don't preach it like you found it
Gallivant around it
Hot pyre, canyon fire
You're just a kitchen gnat nitwit
Broken bug get with it
Big spy, fruitfly for hire

Well it's just bad lust, but it's bigger than the both of us
Shot through like a bullet out the blue
Takes a devil to revel in the dust
Devil lust ain't big enough!
Track Name: Narrow Vestibule
Narrow, little vestibule
You are destined to be alone
Well how are you wide enough for a heart aside from your own?

Drought would come and drink with me
Steal my wine when I'm dead asleep
Grafted bough and river trout
Who's thirsty now?
It's me, it's me

Carrow, well you looked so gloom
In the old mudroom like a crow
And you fell at the height of dawn
When the gin was strongest, you broke

Why do you take when the rest receive?
Bartered heart like a mantel piece
Comb my hair when the reverend leaves
When the Deity is down the street

Countess, well you can't amount
You are tantamount to a toad
See, a bride of a billion brutes is a bitter root to behold

All my life I've been acting up
Ten times tough as acacia gum
Broadway brawl on a cargo truck
As the sun sets to Webber's best: "CATS"
Track Name: Fruit Fly Gemini
Cascade of crimson ribbon
I've comissioned you to glow
Steaming like old Engine #9
Nearing Jericho

Nestled night was kind
Blue in the baddest commute

Who you let in is a mountain to me
Whose sweet sacrament fills the space between your teeth
Sleeps in my bed and makes the coffee weak
And offers some to me

Sangria Summer, I repent of ever equinox
Fennel fox, I held you in a cave
Hugged you 'til your brother came

Tandem tapanade,
Bleak in the Burlington fog

Was a camoglauge kid
Cut my teeth on your kin
Where every callous was kempt
Sought to satiate your sin
And every prophecy bent to see you holy
And offered up to me
You alone
Track Name: God of Abram
O God of Abram
Tell me 'bout that ultimatum
Spoke the 7 laws in verbatim

Well I came to commend you
Reprimand, recommend you
Daffodil doll, what ails you?

Howcome Hell don't ring no bells
When your heart ain't well and Heaven ain't vacant?
If you had me or begat me,
Wouldn't graft me into your family
If you want to do right
Honey quit your ritual tonight

Daffodil, dial
Haven't graced my ways in a while
Haven't smiled that Sistene smile
If you hold it then I want to hear it
Tell me 'bout your gifts of the Spirit
Dance with me little Seeress

Was I bet?
Bought?
Was I seldom forgot?
When your hands were still hot
From your friction affliction
Well it's so hard to spite you
When I'm bound and beside you
If you want to keep keen
Honey sell your suffering to me
O God of Abram
Track Name: Caligo
See, Caligo stand between the tombs
Well he laid my mother down when she was loosed
The God of Chaos is a graveyard hoax
Copper painted gold, cheap pedestal
A cobblestone courtyard is someway to spend the afterlife
But girl you're dead set to drift that cold Styx River sometime

Camino Real and her golden locks
They was wavin' to you from Odessa's docks
If that Black Sea's where you want to be
Caught you the best cutter in the Turkish fleet
Poseidon's in a headlock, making waves of his enmity
Come on, Cat, think we can break it from the balcony

Every Odysseus gets retold
You've been twice-revised, Dewey Decimaled
Every Balam gets a little bold
Hell, well you cursed my cattle, you condemned my soul
How could you stand there, waving like I was just a Rose Parade?
Steady as the sunrise, coming in from out of State

You came up laughing out of Raleigh Bay
I bet it'd look good on a resume
Hand of God was giving Holy shade
But when the brute sun came, it gave your body away
Listen to your drummer, audible beating through your buzzing spine
Louder than a bug ballad carried over the Ozark pines
Track Name: Bottomless Coffee
Why'd you make a habit of getting up and stealing away?
People are the place, so you've got to change names
I read a quiver on your lips when you told me you would always stay
Life is a gambler, gonna teach you how to play games

How am I gonna know how it's treating you?
Well how am I gonna know how it's treating you?
And how's the world gonna go on treating you?
I was never anything but good to you
You could come back now, you'd be cleaner than a clergy gown

I am not a part of you anymore, no I am not a part of you anymore
If bottomless coffee's gonna keep you keen, hotel everything
Take me to the Rhine and wash me off
If I was some lead-rimmed killing cup
Fool's gold, heavy as a pyrite scheme
But I wasn't planning anything to be your only one

Finite as a summit in your billowfold blues
Tar-heeled terror, why'd you break your own rules?
And if your justice comes in Heaven, why'd you justify dues?
Take it from your breakers and appreciate low tide too

How am I gonna know how it's treating you?
Well how am I gonna know how it's treating you?
And how's the world gonna go on treating you?
I was never anything but good to you
You could come back, babe, in your Ides of March way

I am not a part of you anymore, no I am not a part of you anymore
If daytime TV cameos your dreams, rerun everything
Take me to the Nile and wash me off if I was some swine in your feeding trough
Mud-mad, squealing in the name of love
Honey, but I never really cared enough to be your only one

I am not a part of you anymore, no I am not a part of you anymore
If everyone's key is gonna set you free
I am not a part of you
Track Name: Saltwater Gallivanter
Was a bedsheed bandit, July heat
I was turning out the lights
When a ghost happened upon me in the middle of the night
She said, "Tell Aubben you saw me, it'll cost you your life"
So I never told Aubben and I'm doing alright

I've been sleeping on an old friend's floor, ain't sleeping right
Well I've been dreaming about your doings out in Telluride
Can't clasp my hands nor be the man to fix your fights
I just tell myself you're full of Hell and I feel alright

I was living in the Thunder, soul sundered
Was a bug-bit Horowitz bangin' out Prelude 5
Saltwater gallivanter, bewitched moon went and took me into your tide
Had a gruyere nightmare, shook me like a banshee cry

Black magic harlot in the bitter dawn
She was boisterous conjuring spirits out on Rue Bourbon
You let the devil out and he's never going back to Hell
I guess that teaches you to dabble in those summoning spells

Valkyrie vision out in San Antone
She was whisperin' sweet, said "How'sa about we move in harmony?"
Well if you took'a my hand to Valhalla, man
That don't make it right
And you can trust, honey, I don't care where you lay at night

Was just a black Buick blunder, Dixie Summer
Every cobwebbed paper-back Kerouac singin' me home
Hard heathen, bad believin'
Cigarillo ash phoenix, must've been the turpentine
Caught you switch flipped, bit-lip, baby but you've been benign
I wasn't messin' around
Track Name: Quick-Tempered Conqueror
Alexander cries under the weight of a conquered world,
Cutting locks from his conquered curls, babe I've never seen him so low
Your sister was a right fool to negate The Great's rule
Now we're locked in a lean-to with a puzzle and a jar of halibut stew

Maybe we were bound to bray in the belly of a whale
Maybe God was come to say, "Jonah got to go obey"

Your jukebox howls, "I'm a karaoke wolf, honey"
And he cries into the night to the tune of Always On My Mind
That cats in the backyard take a call to Jacquard
And they mew while they stitch hems, at their leisure on the Calico fence

Maybe we were right to say things were better in the whale
Maybe God was come to say, "Every flower wilts away"
Track Name: Hapless Dreamer
Daughter of the wind don't make no sense
It's the sea kin I'm interested in
Can't hum moon mantra
Can't outrun Atalanta
But I'm bound to be your haven again

If it looks like blood and tastes like blood,
That's a real bad wine
Oh honey but it lasts the night

Aren't you tired of being a hapless dreamer?
Pitching pennies into pitch black water
See you standing, but I can't defeat you
Something visceral said I ought to spare you
Got to run to where I can't defend you

Daughters of the sea don't do nothin' for me
And her daughters could not care for me
I taste her waters and she took it to the altar
Said, "what sin you been livin' in?"

If you don't want to go, honey don't say no
I will carry your fault
I will wear your heart like an antidote

Aren't you tired of being a hapless dreamer?
Pitching pennies into pitch black water
See you standing, but I can't defeat you
Something visceral said I ought to spare you
Got to run to where I can't defend you
Track Name: Rigid Ravine
What you are to me: a hollow shiver
A ship-wrecked, sad sort of breed
Vacant eyes every other night
A callous current in your river brings me back
And it's tearing my limbs and calling me names again

Chamomile lover, get real
Nothing sweet detiorates in its sleep
Too hard to adhere to the devil fear
Typecast as a hard-luck acrobat, got right and fought back
You can go where you go, quit swinging low

I've seen through your valleys, and I've seen how you flow
There is something of an air in your mountain where you are rocky as a Jupiter storm
Your winds come in colors, just vibrant, empty nicotine
I am howling like a dog from your hilltops
I am your parallel, rigid ravine

Quit feigning fault lines
Don't sympathize with the new night
Bat love, ain't you scared of bad blood?
Too proud to have sought us, too Sauvignon to be modest
Old cicada was a beatnik revelator, sea-sick delegator
Bluer than the undertaker

I've tired of your livin', I'm tired of your provocative air
I give something like a stream of mercy, I believe
But that bull has got his horns in your hair
Who was fist-fought and weary?
I bring you what I salvage of peace
And I bring you what I make from the six string
Swear, but I used to be living for me

Love you never really had to be so hard, now did you? x2
Love you never really had to be so hard, well why the Hell you scowlin' now?
Love you never really had to be so hard, now did you?
You steam, you vapor in my atmosphere

Love, you never really had to go away, now did you? x2
Love, you never really had to go away, well why you gonna take off now?
Love, you never really had to go away, now did you?
Track Name: Smitten
You're smitten, that ain't love
You ain't doing right seeing me at night
And dancing around my fingers

Been harrowed, been pawned
Been singing her song just a little too long
Been swathed up in her slumber

Well it ain't for me to cry about where you lay your head at night
No blood tears for 7 years, no Cayman in decline
No hotel Summer hum, patchouli in the sun
No bat harem nightmare I'm set to succomb

You cavern, you crow
Oh thrice-bought back Adirondack heap of stone
Blue cool and bold as bone

Oh sorrow, black gold
No kitchen smoke, no banister ghost
Gonna charm me home

Swallow high tide, look me in the eye
Ain't scared of no spare love, ain't saying I don't mind
Don't bet on a binge, dont sleep where you swim
No soft devil's gonna level the original sin
Track Name: Hand You Behold
I want to know whose breath is your boat, whose hand you behold, whose bed keeps you warm
I am a rock in the dew of your dawn, but your moon is enough, whose hill is your home?

When Jacob's ladder came, angels all around us, glory in the light they gave, Halle
Peter's in the past, pilfering the parthenon and pawning all things back, Halle

How is there hope where your mouth is a moat
Minaret in the mire, resurrect, roll your stone

Bet I'm the beast in the bowels of Belize
So bereft of my being, couldn't covet a dream

Am I to assume there is no conundrum built to bury and exhume, no way
Eilen is a peach, feel her amaretto lips while you are dancing in my sleep, Halle