No Labor​-​Saving Machine

by Moses Nesh

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oscarlushlistener Can something evoke a beautiful old world feeling if it's so unique that it seems to make a world in and of itself? I don't know, but this record certainly feels that way. Favorite track: The Onion.
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released April 21, 2017

Credits:
Ryan Gregory - Scordatura Viola
Anna Jeter - Vocals
Matt Phillips - Coronet
Isaac Moses Stroupe - Guitar, Vocals, Minstrel Banjo, Finger Cymbals, Chord Organ
Graham Brice Travel - Organ

All tracks written by Isaac Moses Stroupe except:
"Oh Lovin' Babe" by Uncle Dave Macon, arranged by I.M.S.
"If I Call You Mama" Verses by Luke Jordan, Chorus by Mattie May Thomas, Music by I.M.S.
The Intro to "Bear's Choice" is John Fahey's arrangment of Ol' Man River Kern + Hammerstein

Produced by Isaac Moses Stroupe and Graham Brice Travel
Mixed by Graham Brice Travel
Mastered by Adam Straus

Inscribed To: Mom + Dad, Ian + Jessica, Anna + George, Bear + Steve, Julia + Tony, Ryan + Matt, Dylan + Suzanne, Ben Trickey + Marcus Obst, Graham + Adam, Rebecca + Emmett.

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Track Name: Oh Lovin' Babe
The Bible's true and I been reading it babe
Bible's true and I been reading it, you wanna be saved you better start believing it babe
Oh Lovin' Babe. . .

All 'round the mountain I must go now babe
All 'round the mountain I must go, anything happen gonna let you know babe
Oh Lovin' Babe. . .

God made woman for the glory of man now babe
God made woman for the glory of man, man saw the woman more than he could stand babe
Oh Lovin' Babe. . .

The sweetest pleasure in all my roaming babe
Sweetest pleasure in all my roaming, just a little kiss from a pretty strange woman babe
Oh Lovin' Babe. . .

Man gives a woman everything she needs babe
Man gives a woman everything she needs, fall down the winter on his bending knee babe
Oh Lovin' Babe. . .

Eve pulled the apple and she gave it to Adam babe
Eve pulled the apple and gave it to Adam, right then and there old Satan had 'em
Oh Lovin' Babe. . .

Now I done told you everything I know babe
Now I done told you everything I know, if I'm right just let me say so babe
Oh Lovin' Babe. . .
Track Name: Bound To Ride
Well a drop in the morning makes you get up twice as strong
When you get up and roll over and can't feel your fucking arms
Well, you wobble where you're working, cry unto your god
screaming for your mother as you wonder what you've done

Singing: Oh my Lord, this is not
What I came, Here to for
Why can't I love, this girl I've got?

Longest day on this earth I've seen
When Georgia pressed her lips unto me
I'll grab your hand and give it a squeeze

I'm bound to ride, don't you want to go?
I'm bound to ride, don't you want to go?
I'm bound to ride, don't you want to go with me?

When you're peeking in the corner and your momma peeks you back
You better scurry to the graveyard and hug her round the neck
You were taking all her money for to buy your gasoline
Now you're fucking your friends half to death to get another drink

Singing: Oh my Lord, this is not
What I came, Here to for
Why can't I love, this girl I've got?

Longest day on this earth I've seen
When Georgia pressed her lips unto me
I'll grab your hand and give it a squeeze

I'm bound to ride, don't you want to go?
I'm bound to ride, don't you want to go?
I'm bound to ride, don't you want to go with me?

Where all the birds have diamond eyes
And all the world will give you a smile
And all the boys don't ever ask you why
Now doesn't that sound so nice?

Drop in the morning makes me get up twice as strong
When I get up and roll over and, fuck it, I'm alone.
Track Name: If I Call You Mama
If I call you woman and you refuse to come
Hot boiling water swear won't help you none

You keep hollering about your going time
But you ain't got the train fare like I swear I got mine

I swim these blue seas with this mountain on my back
I conquer these lions even turn the panthers back

Talk about your brick house lord you oughta see my frame
Talk about your yellow gal you ain't never seen Crow Jane

She don't use tobacco, Lord I swear she don't dip snuff
She ain't no high yellow woman but I believe she's brown enough

Lord I called for whiskey, had the nerve to bring me gasoline
My home ain't here mama it's down in New Orleans

I swim these blue seas with this mountain on my back
I conquer these lions even turn the panthers back

If I call you mama and you refuse to come
Hot boiling water I swear won't help you none
Track Name: The Onion
When you come from foreign lands it must be hard to bow your head
But let me take you by the hand and learn you some
When the owls refuse to prey and all the cats have slunk away
You better run back where you're from

I can get most any day the light that shines from Jesus' grave
If this wine and these old girls would let me pray
I'll have a little talk with someone dear and I'll tell him what he fears
And I'll cry and melt away

Well I may be hers but you gave an onion
Smash a glass, to my base heart
And you'll pull me up safe from destruction
And I'll toss you in where you belong

I been a whole week drunk, playing horns with awful luck
In the king of Israel's wedding band
I got a wife and a bull dog too, my wife don't love me that bull dog do
But here comes that mighty man

Well I may be hers but you gave an onion
Smash a glass, to my base heart
And you'll pull me up safe from destruction
And I'll toss you in where you belong

He may be yours but I'd like to ruin you
I'll show you around the town I'm from
Apples grow on trees and I gulp with ecstasy
Why can't I grow a pink lady?
Track Name: I'm A Queen
Wake me up if I'm falling down
I'll sit up and ask you what's all so loud?
Drag me to the couch and let me sleep

How'd I get into this place?
I'm alright I got a bad headache
How'd I give and how'd you take?

But in my dreams
You're a shark and I'm a queen
And I've got jewels and finery
And you've got fins and you've got teeth

Twirl and bend and float and sink
We had days that I'll always think of you and your false teeth

Well drag me to the couch and let me sleep
How'd you give me this old headache?
How did you give and how'd I take?

But in my dreams
You're a shark and I'm a queen
And I've got jewels and finery
And you've got fins and you've got false teeth
Track Name: North Carolina Blues
If you're going back to Austin
If you're going to your Mom's
If you're going to North Carolina
You'll be knowing I'll miss you some

When I'm laying in the night time
And I can't go back to sleep
I'll be balled up and I'll be shivering
But that wanting be holding me

Now I've got you and it's something
Just enough to make me stay
Well it ain't much but it's restful
Until the morning comes again

We ain't never been discordant
But I ain't never loved no one
If I ever throw you down -----
Know you done killed me some

After all this there won't be nothing
For you to pity about poor me
I'll have hauled down all your garments
You'll be my favorite enemy

And if you die love, I'll count my blessings
Scratch them up there into the wall
That i didn't have to do it
And now you're gone, now you're gone