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Homeward Bound

by LOST DOG street band

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Nicolai Knutson
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Nicolai Knutson I hated country before I heard Lost Dog Street Band! Now I would say that this is probably one of my all time favorite albums and one of my favorite bands! Favorite track: Carry On.
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Guillerms They do it again. Amazing work. The lost dog string band hit home with every song they play. Keep it going! Favorite track: Carry On.
Paul Andrews
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Paul Andrews I love this band with every inch of my heart.
Ben's emotionally fueled lyrics always pluck at the heart strings especially with Ashley mae's beautifull fiddle accompaniment.

Please come a play in England guys it would be awesome to see you live. You could play the Maverick festival in Suffolk next summer?!

Love ya xxx
Katie Habits
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Katie Habits This whole album is really solid. Glad I finally downloaded it. Favorite track: Carry On.
Sarah Weschler
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Sarah Weschler I love this stuff because it is America Favorite track: Carry On.
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Carry On 03:40
I wish i was dead or drunk or deceived like so many good friends of mine ‘Cause time it does kill the last of my will to see through my reckless eyes If you should go yours and I should go mine we’ll meet in heaven or hell We never cared for much in between of the world we desperately dwell Chorus: oooo, How I loved you in the dawn oooo, but our souls they drift apart oooo, we must carry on again oooo , carry on my dearest friend The moon shines on the porch of the train as i bid New Orleans goodbye, it reminds me again of the man that I am and the thought brings tears to my eyes, The miles between your heart and mine don’t lessen the love we share, So if I should fail or die or prevail my fate is yours to bear (Chorus) I’m weary and tired I’ve nearly expired as the bottle’s killed in the end, your face comes to mind and I smile and sigh as I ride on again (Chorus)
If I had one wish oh, I would sleeping tight. Rest my weary eyelids and drift off in the night. But I’m still contemplating and in comes the morning light. I choke on my breath as clouds go rolling by In my dreams oh, your face it is quite clear I held you so close were did you disappear? Yonder comes my baby she’s prayin’ for a smile she sees the hurt i’m in and the devil in my eyes she knows i’m dreading but hoping for a sign a long lost friend would save me from my nightmares tonight I kept on walking and refused every ride Said i’m searching for a ghost have you seen him pass by? Somewhere I’m pickin’ daisies oh I’m laughin’ like a child far from misfortune and a worn out tortured mind maybe someday I’ll see you on a lonely drunken train ride you could pick a melody and I’ll just close my eyes Life is hell and God can’t put you through it twice Dreams are in between but I ain’t sleepin’ tonight
Dirty Dog 05:10
Pretty darlin’ I’m going down now you’ve said you don’t want me around I chased a freight train bound out of mind out of town to find my peace in old southern sounds I dreamt you face by the fire side, I screamed your name in the moonlight baby please let me come home I can’t make it on my own like a dirty dog like a dirty ooohhhooohhoho I stumbled toward Decatur to go to town for one last round and I shot poor Louis for the gold he found I ain’t got my .44 no more and the warden says I’m done for and darlin I might never see you again I’m workin’ a shank and counting the days ‘til that warden turns his back after spittin’ in my face babe I’m comin home I can’t make it on my own like a dirty dog like a dirty ooohhhooohhohooo I snuck my way back to Baton Rouge to grab some cash to come home to you and blew the safe at the county bank I was stuffin’ bills in my coat pocket runnin’ home through swamp and thicket Found my way to our front door I was peekin’ through the shades to find your face and there’s another man layin’ where I used to lay only two shots rang loud I dug two holes in the ground like a dirty dog like a dirty ooohhhooohhohooo I dreamt your face your face by the fireside I screamed your name in the moonlight Babe please let me come home I can’t make it on my own like a dirty dog like a dirty ooohhhooohhohooo
Intro/Outro: I had a dream the other night under an open sky there was everything I’d spent my whole life to find so I set down my hat and tried to admire but I was awoken by gunfire, lord I was awoken by gunfire Have you felt the sweetest sorrow, the pain in laughter, heaven or hell? lord I know I may die tomorrow my bodies borrowed so I don’t care Hearin’ the howls of a pack of coyotes high on a mountain cold and alone I pray your name oh so gently i love you dearly i hope you know I’ve fought back tears I’ve been mean and angry took life for granted for too many years but I know now and i’m sore and sorry I’s blind and ornery now I see clear (outro)
Lover hear me cryin’ Oh, I’m stumblin’ through the darkness can’t find my way home I’m pickin’ through the ashes and my head it aches and my thoughts are all clouded in blue (Chorus) Lord, I’m a fool x4 if I should fall from grace would you want me babe even if I was ruined? Oh, could you find a way for my soul to save even if it might ruin you too? I’m haunted by the bottle and the taste of death on my breath callin’ So, I fought with my reflection now there’s broken mirrors and blood and tears all around -Chorus- I’ve never known the reason but you found my heart and fell in love with who I am -Chorus- Lover hear me cryin’ oh, I’m stumblin’ through the darkness can’t find my way home
Oh dear brother I believe it’s time for leavin’ we’ve both been healin’ from wounds that won’t stop bleeding sometimes it’s hard to remember to keep breathing when all you feel are bad feelings Oh dear brother Adios when I need a fix I’ll be pushin’ with your ghost you thought you were bad but you know I’m the worst and I live with the ghost Oh dear brother what have you done we were once as close as a bullet and a gun there’s a time for growing and you know we had our fun you just had all you could stand dear friend Oh dear brother I’m cryin’ and pleadin’ everyday it gets harder to believe the lord does take and the lord he’s been greedy don’t he know how much you need me (first verse)
The Way I Am 03:42
I’ve got a short fuse lord my cannon’s loose and I hate myself everyday that’s dealt that I couldn’t comfort you I wish I could promise this was my last time But i’m a bitter man and i don’t understand why in the hell I’m cryin’ It was a cold December and I still see her in my head (Chorus) Don’t ever say I didn’t love you everyway that I knew how I’ll drag you down it’s just the way I am I’ll cut you down anyway I can I was a dirty kid on a corner drinkin’ a box of wine I was young and dumb and getting spun, lord for the hundredth time I was a glutton for pain I was a runaway train So I rolled a dice for a better life and stepped out in the rain Thought that I would walk forever, I will walk forever -Chorus- It was a cold December and I will walk forever -Chorus-
Grace was Jack’s darlin’ lovin sweety the thought of her could still paralyze him now and a cold wind brought him back again back to where it all began Started with a drink somewhere in Georgia three weeks later married in Montana They hid behind the shadow of their rifles Burnin’ bright and fast in the wind Now and then you’d read about ‘em in the papers another sheriff gunned down in durango You’d read they’d been caught and broke out of Yuma with veins to thick and blood to thin With every kill their love grew stronger Every dollar bill they felt fonder ‘Til the night Grace mistaked the weight of her gun Jack found her corpse with the mornin’ sun It’s been thirty years since Jack picked up a weapon His pistol lay down in Graces casket and he goes by Tom And he lives in his sorrow about the life that could have been He sits and stares out his lonesome desert mansion Paid in gold from the heist that killed his darlin’ And he buys his time awaiting hell Where he’ll find Grace with his loaded gun Where he’ll find Grace with his loaded gun
I ain’t got no money, baby I got you No fancy cars or diamond ring or tap dancin’ shoes I once was a rollin’ stone tumblin through the dark now I’m in love with a lady down a bright shining road I ain’t no whiskey, baby I got you just a fiddle and a bow and an old six string bad attitudes we’ll be there by morning if all goes well we’ll be snug in a boxcar on the highway again I ain’t got no water, baby I got you when I’m rich and famous I’ll buy you the ocean blue I don’t ever want to hear that there ain’t anyhow ‘cause the world is my sailboat and I’m swingin’ from the bow I ain’t got no sunshine, baby I got you you were a candle in the darkness you was green and I was blue I would light up the world just to make you my girl and we’ll dance in the ashes as the skyscrapers burn
Some take to drink, others take to smoke some take bullets some take to rope some men are born with fire in their eyes and they’ll dig their own graves lord and they won’t complain when they die Some learn to charm, others never will some take to needles, some take to pills some men are born with weakness in their eyes and they’ll kill who they can lord and they won’t understand when they die some change their minds, others change the world some die with nickels, some die with pearls some men are born without a soul to tell and they scream when they can lord and they’ll spew their hate in the bowels of hell
When I went down to Georgia I was on the fence about whether I was coming home and I know now better than before i don’t know lord what I’m looking for It was red red rocking chair sittin’ on the porch pickin’ as the bottle runs dry and I go there for the free beer but I don’t know lord what I’m doing here There’s a train waiting as I walk the tracks freddie a callin’ to me so I climbed on a bottle in my hand why I left lord I’ll never understand I caught that ride back to Tennessee in the dark the wind and the rain I caught that ride to the depths of the wind goes to show you just can’t win Oh, my Caroline I never should have left and you should have never stayed with me gal and I know now there’s two ways to be live in love or die in misery (first verse)


this album is lost dogs third and longest album to date. Recorded in Nashville fall 2014, this album drags you through the misery of tragedy and solace in loneliness. it speaks for itself.


released January 1, 2015

Thank you to everyone who funded this album. We couldn’t have done it without you. Cheers!

Album credits:

Benjamin Tod- Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Fretless Bass

Ashley Mae, Fiddle, Vocals

Ben Walters- Upright Bass on ‘Awoken By Gunfire’

Shannon Jae Ridout- Banjo and vocals on ‘Dirty Dog’

“Mandolin” Mike Slusser- Mandolin on ‘Carry On’

Ivan Doerschuk- Drums on ‘Fall From Grace’ and ‘Sleeping Tight’

“Smokin” Brett Resnick- Pedal steel on ‘Fall From Grace’, ‘Sleeping Tight’ and ‘Grace’s Casket’

Dirty Dog Recorded by Justin Dye
all other tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, TN in the Fall of 2014

All songs Copyrighted by Benjamin Tod Flippo Except ‘When I Went Down to Georgia’ Written by Nicholas Ridout


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Benjamin Tod from Tennessee. Ashley Mae from South Dakota.


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