Sugar Skull

by Sleepy Driver

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Craigory Bacon Sugar Skull is quite the feat; Sleepy Driver have managed to incorporate all the best elements of their past work while moving forward to fashion an album that occupies its own creative space. Recommended for fans of Country, Americana, Rock and Roll, a Good Tune, or just those looking for a good CD to play on repeat while driving the back-roads. Favorite track: Sugar Skull.
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1.
Unpromise 03:16
Like the sad sweet song of the whippoorwill I feel it coming on like a winter chill It’s what you can’t unpromise It’s what you can’t unsay It’s what you can’t take back And what you cannot change And all the dear departed who have gone before And all the broken-hearted wearing out that floor From what you can’t unpromise And what you can’t unsay And what you can’t take back And what you cannot change And like a dog-eared novel, you’re my favourite tale I’m going to set my feet down on that homeward trail I’m going to make that promise I’m going to take that vow I’m going to change my ways and get you back somehow
2.
Finer Things 01:50
If I had your love, I’d be taking my time I’d learn each word, I’d learn each line I would sing the songs that would make you sing We’d sing about love and the finer things We’d sing about love and the finer things And if I held your hand, we’d go side-by-side Spending our days by the river side We would find the shade of an old oak tree And dream about love and the finer things We’d dream about love and the finer things For all the road you’ve left behind you There are highways up ahead For all the days I spend without you There are nights lying in your bed And if I held your hand, we’d go side-by-side Spending our days by the river side We would find the shade of a sycamore tree And dream about love and the finer things We’d dream about love and the finer things
3.
How do you wait for something, something that’s never coming? Hide out by the window or lie down by the door? And how do you stop from falling? How do you start from stalling? Picking up the pieces that are scattered on the floor Because it all comes down, all comes down To how you hit the ground And what’s that sound, what’s that sound? It must be the last heart that’s breaking Must be the last heart that’s breaking And how do you keep from going Out of your mind not knowing Whether it’s the last time or the start of something more? And how do you stop from falling? How do you walk from crawling? Steady up and stand tall, and learn to live again? Because it all comes down, all comes down To how you hit the ground And what’s that sound, what’s that sound? It must be the last heart that’s breaking Must be the last heart that’s breaking
4.
Sugar Skull 03:38
Spend my money on a roll of thunder Spend my money on a Coupe de Ville Spend my money on a tattooed honey Decorated with a sugar skull Decorated with a sugar skull Spend my time with a Mona Lisa Spend my time with a China Doll Spend my time with a Sweet Maria Decorated with a sugar skull Decorated with a sugar skull Left my baby like a roll of thunder Left my baby in a mobile home Left my baby in a hacienda Decorated with a sugar skull Decorated with a sugar skull
5.
Let’s dance a little longer, sing a little stronger Laugh a little louder, till it’s time to go home Let’s dream like we were younger, so full of fire and hunger With every world to conquer, till it’s time to go home Before we go home, before we go home Let’s reach a little higher, let’s burn a little brighter Let’s kiss a little sweeter, and hold hands with every finger Let every moment linger, till it’s time to go home Before we go home, before we go home Let’s reach a little higher, let’s burn a little brighter Let’s sing a little stronger, let’s dance a little longer Let’s live the life we’re living, and give thanks for what we’re given And savour every feeling, till it’s time to go home
6.
Baby, don’t lie: does your body miss me? Dream of all my kisses at night Yeah, what do you dream when the cold night grips you? Feel it coming on like a fire Oh, but I’m going to burn you alive Until you’re hotter than the heat of the sun Yeah with all my kisses, I’m going to burn you alive What do you need when you feel so alone? Honey, are you fit to be tied? Feel me strike like a flint to a stone Sparking you up in the night Oh, but I’m going to burn you alive Until you’re hotter than the heat of the sun Yeah with all my kisses, I’m going to burn you alive
7.
Of all the roads that I have traveled, how did I get here? Living underneath the shadows of my every fear And say what you want, my darling, we’ve made our own beds Still nothing can stop this fire burning in my head. I wanted to believe, I wanted to belong I wanted to know just which side I’m on I wanted to believe, I wanted to belong I wanted to know just which side I’m on An eye for an eye, my darling, a tooth for a tooth Of all the things that I could hope for, how did I get you? You take what you want, my darling. You pull me apart. Still nothing can stop this fire, burning in my heart. I wanted to believe, I wanted to belong I wanted to know just which side I’m on I wanted to believe, I wanted to belong I wanted to know just which side I’m on
8.
Radio Dial 02:52
Back to the way in, back to my white heart Crack like a pistol back to the start I caught the signal and I tuned the station They draw a straight line back to the start On the radio dial I know the note bends, I know the breakdown They're just like old friends from oh so long ago Forgotten voices, they find their way in They draw a straight line back to the start On the radio dial Dial in, dial in
9.
Lucia 05:39
Late one cooling winter afternoon Something caught a glimmer of the moon Lock your doors and step back from the shades Lock your doors and step back from the shades ‘Cause everyone's convinced that there's a devil in this town And no one's slept a wink ever since the children found Lucia at the bottom of the well She was such a pretty little thing A pretty bird who never got to sing A diamond that will never get to shine A diamond that will never get to shine ‘Cause everyone's convinced that there's a devil in this town And no one's slept a wink ever since the children found Lucia at the bottom of the well
10.
Rubies, diamonds and pearls And all of the wealth of the world It don't mean a thing if your heart doesn't sing From the love of a beautiful girl Those rubies, diamonds and pearls My woman, her eyes how they shine Bright as the stars in the sky So tender a kiss, the taste of her lips Is sweet as the fruit of the vine My woman, her eyes how they shine And holding her hand I'm stronger than I'll ever be Her arm on my arm, it feels like we're living the dream Rubies, diamonds and pearls And all of the wealth of the world It don't mean a thing if your heart doesn't sing From the love of a beautiful girl Those rubies, diamonds and pearls

about

Since their debut “Steady Now” (2009) and follow-up “In A Low Dark Light” (2012), the award-winning band has enjoyed airplay and chart success in Canada, the US, and Europe for their blend of traditional flavours and college rock influences. After “Ignatius” (2014), a collection built upon a folky acoustic core, Sleepy Driver decided to return to their rock roots. In the basement of singer-songwriter Peter Hicks’ home, the band arranged Hicks’ compositions as a unit and, with the tape rolling, crafted the solid foundation of “Sugar Skull.”

“You can hear the excitement in the performances,” says Hicks. “There is an energy that only comes from playing together.”

The resulting ten songs capture the unique cross-section of styles familiar to fans: the horn-infused “Unpromise” to the rollicking title track, to the reflective ballad “Before We Go Home.” It’s an album guaranteed to please the faithful and convert new listeners.

credits

released October 20, 2017

All songs by Peter Hicks
Arranged and performed by Sleepy Driver
Produced and recorded by Ethan Young-Lai and Peter Hicks
Mastered by J. LaPointe, Archive Mastering, Mineville, NS

Sleepy Driver is:
Barry Hughes: drums, background vocals
Dave Palmer: pedal steel, dobro
Ethan Young-Lai: guitars, synth, cowbell
John Heinstein: piano, organ, synth
Mike Hatheway: bass
Peter Hicks: guitars, vocals, keys, bass

Guests:
Juanita Bourque: background vocals on Unpromise, The Last Heart, Before We Go Home, Believe / Belong, Burn You Alive and Finer Things
Karl Gans: drums on Lucia and Radio Dial
TC Richards: saxophone on Unpromise
Adam Johnson: trumpet on Unpromise
Tina Gaudreau: background vocals on Burn You Alive

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"... melancholic acoustics meets college rock meets boots-clad roots meets Exile On Main St. - You are never bored in Sleepy Driver's company." - Johan Kronquist (Rootsy - Sweden)

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