Devil Gets Her Way

by The Swearengens

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Named one of "Seattle's Best Country Albums of 2012" by Seattle Weekly

“This Seattle country troupe drops their debut release with a lot of honky-tonkin’ twang and whiskey-swilling grit…keeps Seattle’s alt-country scene alive and drinking heavily.” - Seattle Weekly’s Reverb

“This saloon-stomping Seattle sextet…is quintessential alt-country, with all the cognitive dissonance of an upbeat dance tune set to paeans of alcoholism, prescription drugs, domestic homicide and the devil.” - City Arts Magazine


released June 30, 2012

Recorded by Steven Burnett, Fredd Luongo, and Corey Knafelz
Drums & Bass tracked at Gravelvoice by Scott Colburn
Mixed by Johnny Sangster at Avast, Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI
Cover art by Liz Moody, Design by Christi Williford



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The Swearengens Seattle, Washington

From epic road songs to tear-stained tales of heartache, from Texas-style rockers to dark-humored murder ballads, The Swearengens cover a lot of musical and emotional territory in their twisted attempt at reviving the glory days alt-country of Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, Dwight Yoakam, Uncle Tupelo, and Steve Earle. ... more

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Track Name: For Awhile
Said mama, I write country songs, but I didn't have a band
Figure I could start one and make myself a stand
Against all the injustice that happens in the world
Instead I sit here drinking, thinking about some girl

For awhile, I could stand the late night talk shows
I admit, it gave me some relief
For awhile, I stopped looking out my windows
Yes, I admit, I thought you'd never leave me

Well, all them boys in Texas, they don't have a clue
When they find they're messin' with a girl the likes of you
Then they all come runnin' down to the local well
Where all they got's their whiskey and stories that they tell

For awhile, I could stand the sight of bourbon
I admit, it gave me some relief
For awhile, I said it wasn't hurting
Yes, I admit, I thought you'd never leave me
Track Name: If I Remain
Dirty old train on New York track
In my headphones Paint It Black
Looking out my window as the station pulls away
Would it make a difference now if I go or stay

Will you still know my name if I return again
Will you still know my name if I remain

Rolling through the midwest on my own
Learning everyday to be alone
Seeing your face in every sign along the way
Wonder if you'll be there down the line to this day
Track Name: Bloody Gloves
Got some vodka and I got some Xanax
And a starry night out here in this field
As I bury all the pain and the panic I feel
This time I have dumped you and it's for real

Got some Vicodin and a flask of whiskey
And a darkened room where I can lay my head
I'm filled with dreams where you can never hurt me again
Almost like you've been murdered and now you're dead

Cause I'm certain that I can live without you
And I'm certain that I don't need your love
Yes, the only thing that I'm not completely certain of
Is where I left that pair of bloody gloves

Got your Adderall and a cup of coffee
To clear my mind and get me through the day
The sun it shines on where I hid your body away
Think I'll go lay some flowers on your grave
Track Name: Out of the Rain
I seen the sunrise over Cascade Pass
Stood on a frozen river smooth as glass
I seen the oceans crash on Shi Shi Beach
Following your footsteps, but you're out of reach

Yes, I climbed a mountain just to see your bright eyes shine
Still I just can't seem to make you mine

I seen red sandstone tower high above
Almost had me believin' in god's love
I seen black canyons carved as deep as hell
Stood there at the edge like a wishing well

Yes, I seen god's angels slip and fall from grace
Like the tears a fallin' from your face

Travelled to find you as far as Tokyo
To Roman-walled cathedrals to Jackson Hole
I seen the faces of those I thought I knew
Their eyes rise to meet me and they look right through

Yes, I seem to be laughing, but in disguise it's pain
Won't you let me in out of the rain
Track Name: Devil Gets Her Way
There she is, standing by the back of the bar
Way she looks at you, you know you ain't gettin' too far
When a storm like that is coming for you
Better turn quick that's what you should do
Grab the Good Book, start reading a page
Before she rattle your bones and rattle your cage
Cause the devil's gonna get her way

Cause tonight she ain't got that ring on her hand
Been so long since she's been with another man
Her husband's cheatin' heart has set her on fire
When passion and pain get mixed with desire
Ain't no time to talk about acting your age
Before she rattle your bones and rattle your cage
Cause the devil's gonna get her way

When a storm like that is coming for you
You better think fast that's what you should do
Put your hands together, boy, and you better pray
Before she rattle your bones and rattle your cage
Cause the devil's gonna get her way
Track Name: Eyes of an Angel
I remember the hour, the minute, the second I met you
Knew you were trouble from the way that you asked for a light
You walked up to me, said Mister, how 'bout I bet you
You'll be dancing with me before the end of the night

Tell me now, who could forget falling for the eyes of an angel
Holding her close as she's pulling you out on the floor
In the heat of the night, falling in the arms of a stranger
Dragged out by the waves to the sands of a distant shore

Felt so lonesome waving goodbye on the tarmac
Pines swayed in the wind, whispering tiny farewells
The birds in the sky were singing babe won't you come back
Even the rainclouds had fallen under your spell