by The Coal Men

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Skeletons is a 7-song E.P. offering brand-new material from the band. Right on the heels of the release of their album Escalator, it features guests: Jimbo Mathus (mandolin, harmonica, guitar), Ericson Holt (organ & Wurlitzer), and Eamon McCloughlin (strings).

Produced and engineered by Dave Coleman, Skeletons is a roots rock/power pop album with heart, guts, and energy. The band tracked all the songs live in one day, and vocals were recorded in their southernmost home of Key West, FL.

While on tour with the Tri-State Coalition, Jimbo added some of his Mississippi Catfish harmonica and mandolin to "Half the Price," a booking bar room shuffle that rebukes the predatory bar fly. Boogie Woogie piano master, Ericson Holt, gave tasteful keyboard work to "Heartfelt" and "So Easy" (wry post-exit relationship songs).

"Dog Won't Hunt" features Coleman on an amped up acoustic through a fuzzed out Vox amplifier. Eamon McCloughlin adds gorgeous strings to the groove heavy song about devotion to marriage.

All seven songs feature the powerful rhythm section of Dave Ray on a 1968 Slingerland drum set and Paul Slivka with his vintage Gibson Les Paul recording bass (oh so many switches).


released October 8, 2013

(p) (c) 2013 - Vaskaleedez Records |
All songs written by Dave Coleman, Four Minor Music (SESAC)

1. Dog Won't Hunt - D.C.
2. Heartfelt - D.C. & Dave Ray, Raydar Music (SESAC)
3. Half the Price - D.C.
4. Homesick - D.C. & D.R.
5. Never Been Good - D.C. & Will Holland, Don't Mess w/ Holland (ASCAP)
6. So Easy - D.C. & D.R.
7. Cough Drop - D.C.

The Coal Men:
Dave Coleman - vocals, standard, baritone, acoustic, pedal steel guitar, farfiza
Dave Ray - drums, vocals
Paul Slivka - bass guitar

Jimbo Mathus - high acoustic guitar 1, mandolin. harmonica 3
Eamon McLoughlin - violin, viola 1
Ericson Holt - organ 2, Wurlitzer 6

Produced by Dave Coleman
Tracking recorded by Dave Coleman at Howard's Apartment, East Nashville, TN
Overdubs recorded at The Hog's Breath band houses, Key West, FL
Mixed by Lij Shaw at the Toy Box, East Nashville, TN
Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master, Nashville, TN


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Track Name: Dog Won't Hunt
You can’t slip away
You can’t steal away
You can’t shy away
You can’t take back your love

Can’t run & hide
Can’t hide & seek
You can’t seek another lover
You can’t take back your love

Well you shouldn’t pretend
You’re just a little girl
And that I could save you
From a very very scary world

Can’t say you don’t
We can’t say we won’t
After you say you’re in
You can’t take back your love
(It’s gonna wreck me if you do)

That dog won’t hunt
This bluebird will sing
Two things I know
And you can’t take back your love
(No you can’t)
Track Name: Heartfelt
I know it’s getting late & we’ve all made mistakes
All the same it’s a familiar voice
You meant to erase it cause honey let’s face it
My number was never your first choice

But since we’re on the phone how you gettin’ along
Must be busy cause you were never there
Me I’ve been fine not been biding my time
I been busy working on home repairs

I know your heartfelt
But it’s best after all
I guess you meant to call someone else
I suggest you call someone else

But enough about me is your cat in a tree
Or is your whole world up in fire
Is your car in a ditch or are you feeling an itch
Either way I’m not a taker or a buyer

Well I’ve spoken my peace dial two to repeat
Nostalgia is a waste like no other
Goodbye and good luck from this number you called up
& by the way give my best to your dear mother
Track Name: Half the Price
Well I pick up what ya putting down
You thinking ya thinking you and I could fool around
I got news for you
I got no attraction to you

A drink or two will set you right
You’re going home alone to night
And it’s news to you
Honesty is occasionally rude

You ain’t worth half the price you gonna cost to me
I’m no mathematician but a dollar ain’t a cent you see
(I’m no mathematician but an apple ain’t an orange you see)
My baby and my money both back in Tennessee
Girl you ain’t worth half the price you gonna cost to me
Ain’t worth it baby
Track Name: Homesick
I drive a car, I fly a plane
I walk for miles, but I’m driving you insane
Write you a letter next day air
Call me anytime if you need to know I’m there

I’m homesick, not sick of my home
Let it stick, I hate when you’re alone
I hate when you’re alone

I don’t think we’ve hit a wall
Skies are clear best that I recall
Every time I go away
It’s not forever honey just a few days

I’m homesick, not sick of my home
Let it stick, I hate when you’re alone
I hate when you’re alone
I hate when you’re alone

Sometimes you cry
Sometimes I cry

I’m always with you wherever I go
You’re always with me wherever you go
To say I love you is the only way home
To say I love you is the only way home

Homesick, not sick of my home
Let it stick, I hate when you’re alone
I hate when you’re alone
I hate when you’re alone
I hate when you’re alone
Track Name: Never Been Good
Early morning mama makes coffee set for two
I slept like a newborn child honey how ‘bout you
You ask me what I’m thinking
Girl you looking blue

I may not be the company
The company you need
Would you forgive me, please
I’ve never been good at being alone

Late night movie baby cold is creeping in
You’re staring at the ceiling fan I’m sleeping in the den
That black and white sure showed you
A love I’d never give

Oh you should know
It’s not you of course it’s me
Tell yourself what you need to believe
Of course it’s me it’s always me

Well so long see you sweet heart hope that you’ll forget
All those things I never did and all those things I did
I’ll probably write you letters, one’s you’ll never get
Track Name: So Easy
It use to be so easy
Thinking about love
Never run for cover
Never fell from above

You throw me down in pieces
Find something shiny and new
What may be your intentions
The world spins around you

We have one thing in common
That your never gonna see
We both think of you too much
And forget about me

Whenever you want distance
I wait patient for you
And then your world it falls apart
You wanna start something new

I put your pieces together
And you heal by my hand
But soon you start to crumble
And I cannot understand
Track Name: Cough Drop
I’ve got my limitations
Can’t say that I won’t
Meditate on your expectations
Ones carved in stone

Bring’em with you on the elevator
And when you hear that bell
Glide down the escalator
Check out of the hotel

It’s a four block walk to
The corner and the bus stop
Where I’ll be waiting for you
On the bench with a cough drop

Cause we might lose our voices
Is it coffee or tea
Sweet Jesus so many choices
Talk’em over with me

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