Ribcage

by Allen Hunt

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released 03 March 2012

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Allen Hunt Nashville, Tennessee

Allen Hunt is a guitarist and songwriter originally from Tampa, Florida. He plays a traditional brand of American acoustic music.

After graduating Auburn University in 2009 he took off to travel the country and volunteer in Maryland, Louisiana, Vermont, New Hampshire, Virginia and New York. His songs are inspired by the universal themes of home, family, love and the road.
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Track Name: Casserole
Hungry at the backyard firework show
You were running through the kitchen with a casserole
Said you know I'm bound to find the bar
While your singing to a girl up North someplace
Like you couldn't give a damn for the songs of ours

Hope that you'll remember how you sang to me
Most of this was never really mine to keep
So I did my best to put your memory in the past
Yeah but soon as I was home for good
The family tried to win you back

My mama told me that you found another guy
And my brother told me you were looking good when you stopped by
Bad news, bad news, you're all they ever talk about

Half an hour's drive past Razor Strap
Said you'd never seen the Chesapeake Bay freeze like that
Lately I've been kind of frozen too
And everybody's thinking I should get some rest
But there's just nobody here makes a bed like you do

My mama told me that you found another guy
And my brother told me you were looking good when you stopped by
Bad news, bad news, you're all they ever talk about

And I don't know what to do
About the mess you left for me
I guess I should find a broom
Can't you move on just let it be?

So go on honey tell the truth
Must've known it'd get back to me didn't you?
Go on honey tell the truth
Must've known it'd get back to me didn't you?
Go on honey tell the truth
Must've known it'd get back to me didn't you?
Go on honey tell the truth
Must've known, must've known, must've known
Bad news, bad news, you're all they ever talk about
Track Name: Boxes I've Kept
And from the steps of that house out by the beach
We watched our friends dancing slow
I was nineteen
Most of them looked to me like I was so grown
To tell the truth
You know I never felt invincible
But I was not scared
We had no reason to slow down, we never did

Is it not supposed to be the younger ones
That live to bury our parents after life?
You say the good die young
I can't find much comfort in those words tonight

The neighbors said they could see flames above the trees
We were trapped inside fast asleep
And I would have thrown you
But I figured I could break your fall below
When it came down
I was unconscious they would find me that way
And I did not dream
I just slept for three days to my physician's disbelief

Is it not supposed to be the younger ones
That live to bury our parents after life?
You say the good die young
I can't find much comfort in those words tonight

Boxes I've kept with pictures postcards
Right there underneath my bed
It don't make sense
I would give most things up to make that choice again
And without your touch
Most nights I wait beneath that window staring up
Cause the world moved on
Now it drags me with its ropes behind

Is it not supposed to be the younger ones
That live to bury our parents after life?
You say the good die young
I can't find much comfort in those words tonight
Track Name: Orbie
Out of town girls hold their noses
Please roll up your car windows
But low tide that just smells like home you say
Orange, grapefruit, tangerine
The fruit we find our shade beneath
Let me break your skin on my teeth today
And when the Florida sun goes down
Get dressed up we're going out

The old spot that I had in mind
It got shut down but God knows why
Go find your barbecue someplace else now
And oops there goes the taxi fare
If you're still happy then I don't care
It would take more than spare ribs to knock me down
And since I have a good excuse
How do you feel about take-out Chinese food?

You said you've got this new apartment
Only it's way too small to share
But this town is so big tonight
You think I'd like it there

So you want the same thing as I do
But things that good just plain aren't true
I've played this game and I know the rules by now
Plus if my granddad taught me anything
I'm sure the best things don't come cheap, no
It's work to sow and work to reap in the cold ground
He said grandson word to the wise
The best you can do is compromise

And so about your new apartment
Hell if it's way too small to share
You see I don't mind
Being close to you so I won't care

There was a time the Tampa skyline
It was enough to get me stoned
But I don't recognize her anymore
Just take me home
No I don't recognize this town no more
Please take me home
Track Name: No Cake
It doesn't matter if the only thing I play is the blues
If the best part of my days used to be on the phone up late with you
Cause it's over I'm too proud to call
I gave you up to chase a dream
And now I dream about you all the time

Sometimes I wake up in the dark I think I'm out of my mind
I'm doing good on my own
It's just a man gets lonely once in awhile
Still I knew there'd be a price to pay
Cause you can't write a song with a woman in the way

They say you can't have no cake
If you're gonna eat it too
Sometimes you have to settle for the beer
So I try to wait, I try and slow it down
I think I'm bound to disappear
The truck has got fuel, the road is my food
And the cake never tasted so fine
I wish I could make sense out of slowing down
Cause it's the smart move right now
But what if I die next year?

I hope I die with more candles than I know what to do with
I know relationships can't be perfect
Hope I can learn to be okay at them
But tonight I'm only twenty-five
And if you can't have it all suppose you have to decide

They say you can't have no cake
If you're gonna eat it too
Sometimes you have to settle for the beer
So I try to wait, I try and slow it down
I think I'm bound to disappear
The truck has got fuel, the road is my food
And the cake never tasted so fine
I wish I could make sense out of slowing down
Cause it's the smart move right now
But what if I die next year?

Home can't contain this jones I have
So I wont be changed i won't be looking back

They say you can't have no cake
If you're gonna eat it too
Sometimes you have to settle for the beer
So I try to wait, I try and slow it down
I think I'm bound to disappear
The truck has got fuel, the road is my food
And the cake never tasted so fine
I wish I could make sense out of slowing down
Cause it's the smart move right now
But what if I die next year?
Track Name: Little Rain
Heads up boys here comes the home stretch drive
But it's not the roads I recognize
You can see it in the way they smile
From those cabins as we pass them by

So to the dance floor now the band sounds tight
Too much whiskey hell it feels alright
We'll sing a slow song about a Friday night
And here's to hoping that come Sunday we're still high
Weather's kicking up and wonder if we ought to be inside

The crowd is still here, it looks like it's growing now
And all of the girls around us, they came out to throw it down
So I don't care what those clouds do
A little rain won't stop no Mississippi night from coming through

So wake up man that top bunk ain't so bad
It's the perfect size for me in fact
pancakes, eggs and bacon who cooked that?
And can I make a plate, child you don't have to ask
I step outside to put the shades on but the skies have just gone black

The crowd is still here, it looks like it's growing now
And all of the girls around us, they came out to throw it down
So I don't care what those clouds do
A little rain won't stop no Mississippi night from coming through

Doubt if I could even tell you boys what time it is
I'm soaked to the bone and I'm thinking I could get used to this
It's gonna be a long drive back home to the sunshine

But the crowd is still here, it looks like it's growing now
The fine ass girl beside me, she came out to throw it down
So I don't care what those clouds do
A little rain won't stop no Mississippi night from coming through
Track Name: Suzie Come On
Sixteen months of phone calls
They say good love don't come free
And I got what I was looking for
But she did not get to me
And I slept through my alarm clock
When her sisters came to town
I'd been working on that drunk all night
And they could not pull me down
I still can't piece together what went wrong
(Somebody pinch me)

Well Suzie come on (come on)
Suzie come on (come on)
Suzie come on down we gonna go for a ride
Just come on (come on)
Suzie come on (come on)
Suzie come on down well I'm good to drive

So things went back to normal
She was naked in the streets
The neighbors called the ambulance
But they sent for the police
Now this was not the first time
She had seen handcuffs before
Somebody must have snapped that picture
As they shut the door
I could not keep from laughing to myself
(Man I was on the ground)

Well Suzie come on (come on)
Suzie come on (come on)
Suzie come on down we gonna go for a ride
Just come on (come on)
Suzie come on (come on)
Suzie come on down well I'm good to drive
Yeah I'm good to drive

Now way out on the crosstown
I was in between the lanes
My truck smelled like tobacco
I was digging for some change
And I could not pay the toll
So I just barreled through the gate
That sheriff told me
Son you gone and made your last mistake
The bastards only gave me one phone call
(I think I'll call her now)

Well Suzie come on (come on)
Suzie come on (come on)
Suzie come on down we gonna go for a ride
Just come on (come on)
Suzie come on (come on)
Suzie come on down well I'm good to drive
Track Name: Been to Virginia
Well I never met her folks but I've been to Virginia
And I've made first impressions before she said
Forget your manners and come over here baby
I'll swear on my folks that I'm not keeping score

It was just a few miles from her house to the freeway
You never had to let up or slow down
When caffeine was still cheap in the country
I lost the only reason I was hanging around

A kind of on the surface girl
Just like a book from Amazon
She puts it on display before the title page
While the truth is difficult to come by now days

I won't answer the door when my friends set me up
Cause blind dates are just a real bad excuse they'll say
Mind your manners keep your hands to yourself boy
You start to wonder what she's thinking of you

I'd rather sleep on a bottle of bourbon
Try and forget about the freckles on her pale face
I made a bad deal and I'm sorry
I lost the only reason I was planning to stay

A kind of on the surface girl
Just like a book from Amazon
She puts it on display before the title page
While the truth is difficult to come by now days

For all the signs I should have seen
For heaven's sake come back to me
A good thing don't take much to complicate
While the truth is hard enough to come by now days
Track Name: In the Windshield
The heart can beat stronger as it's tested
But too much too soon will push hearts too far
To the point that good love breaks down
And when did we become so serious?
It seems it should be something more laid back
Is there still time to have fun?
Do we really need to move this fast?

We used to burn like the kitchen stove, under control
But these gaps between semesters together
Have mixed up our principles
So what happened to honesty?
Your friends all wear engagement rings and now
You have planned a future that I want no part of
Help me slow down

Cause I can't feel the break underneath my feet
Fasten yourself up for this crash, this crash
From the passenger's seat you take back the steering wheel
And put us both in the windshield

Do do do, do do do do
They found me on the side of the road
So I'm told

I should have spoken up weeks ago I know, I know
But unlike some TV show
Thirty minutes with commercial breaks
There's no rehearsal for this conversation I'm afraid
That I would rather be the bad guy right now
Than to waste more of your precious time
On something I know can't anywhere I confess to the crime

I can't feel the break underneath my feet
Fasten yourself up for this crash, this crash
From the passenger's seat you take back the steering wheel
And put us both in the windshield

Do do do, do do do do
They found me on the side of the road
So I'm told

And honestly I wish that I was of the mind
To exchange all of this self doubt and take the ride

But I can't feel the break underneath my feet
Fasten yourself up for this crash, this crash
From the passenger's seat you take back the steering wheel
And put us both in the windshield

Do do do, do do do do
They found me on the side of the road
So I'm told
Track Name: Your Steel Boots
Hard work and sunshine on that gulf campaign
A man would keep a fool's heart to complain
You say that trust it takes a good stretch on the map
You made it once, but you ain't going back

Lovesick mama, that's what you had to be
Burning your paychecks on Frenchmen street
And from on countertops you danced to country songs
You sang to those we both agreed upon

Oh I showed up in town
With that red bag on the ground
In some fit to see the road again
And since the work was through I did

But it still hurt leaving on New Orleans
Even though New Orleans was never home to me
And it's too bad cause I won't get to see you
When you trade in your steel boots for something beautiful

We moved between them, the tourists and the trains
The locals and the street kids picking banjos in the rain
Just two temporary saints trying to soften such hard times
Our intentions never selfless, but selfish hearts can be disguised

When I showed up in town
I had no plans to put down
Just some fit to see the road again
Because the work was though I did

But it still hurt leaving on New Orleans
Even though New Orleans was never home to me
And it's too bad cause I won't get to see you
When you trade in your steel boots for something beautiful

The sun set baby, on that gulf campaign
The van was packed to leave before it came
But like New Orleans and her impromptu parades
Some jazz hearts will march forward unafraid
And like New Orleans we are bound for better days
And our jazz hearts will go forward unafraid
Track Name: Cash for Gold
Well you took the job on Christmas and took off the year was new
Took your time and the gold watch your grandmother left for you
Several months of freedom chasing dreams across the South
But the novelty wears off sure as the debit card runs out

And you met someone in Tuscaloosa changed the way you sound
God knows who else you have been with running around
Frankly I'd be willing to accept the ways you cheat
If the Pawn and Diamond Source uptown could send you back to me

So melt it down, melt it down to the future
Melt it down and leave the road behind
Melt it down if they're paying cash for gold
You melt it down
Take that money, and buy yourself a way back home

You have some reservations got to be another way
You loved her and you worry about what your dad will say
It might hold some answers after all she lived a great depression too
But the answers won't come easy you can't speak with that heirloom

So melt it down, melt it down to the future
Melt it down and leave the road behind
Melt it down if they're paying cash for gold
You melt it down
Take that money, and buy yourself a way back home

It takes forgiveness to sleep sound, you can't just buy a thing like that
So do what you have to do, it's time that you came back.
Track Name: June, July
When summer takes hold of the flag on this pole
I start dreaming in red, white and blue
On top of the roof the weekend my excuse
To get gone and it's all I can do
Robina the forecast
Had called for a storm to go through
But there ain't a cloud in the sky so for now
It's just nice to sit up here with you.

The music is loud from the band playing down
At the bar on the end of our street
And we can climb off of the house and get lost
In a crowd full of strangers to meet
But you've seen a dance floor
It just looked like my bedroom to me
The song I don't know but it feels just like home
Now I'll try not to step on your feet

But slow, make time crawl
Just for this spoonful of June and July
Now don't rush the fall
Day's coming soon when you say goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Now over Lake Martin the sky's going dark
At the end of this good Saturday
Exchanging our secrets that new sunburn leaving
The teeth of your smile in it's place
The past love that burned you
Don't think of it as your mistakes
The past is to learn from where love is concerned
And the past love to show us the way

Now I don't want to go completely girl
But graduation doesn't make it easy girl
Sometimes I'm thinking it's hard for you to see

So although I'm leaving don't mistake the reason
I've chosen to spare you a call
To chase you felt strange when goodbye from this range
Is goodbye just the same after all
The long term would break us
I'd prefer instead to withdraw
Robina since time gave us June and July
We should work on ourselves in the Fall

But slow, make time crawl
Just for this spoonful of June and July
Now don't rush the fall
Day's coming soon when you say goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Track Name: Execution Man
Bathed in electricity
This scar inside it's your secret to keep
Oh please don't, don't let my mama see
And hurry with that switch cause I am, I'm waiting

It's the chair for me tomorrow cause the ways I've done you wrong
I spoke with the execution man, he says it don't take long
Now I'm down here in my cell block knowing prayers can't save my soul
I'm taking off these boots cause I won't need them when I go

One selfish crime alone put me in here with all these thieves
I thought to stitch the hole inside with your sweet company
And a fine patchwork it seemed at first a good thing was begun
In truth we had just to stand back while those seams came undone

I could be out there on the Bay just drinking with my friends
I could be out there throwing out my voice singing for them
And if you are a victim of the stories that I've told
Well I doubt it's going to matter after sixteen thousand volts

I don't expect forgiveness or a witness to my stand
I don't expect a pardon there can't be no second chance
And if somehow I could go back in time to put things right
It'd be fair to say that I'd just make those same misjudgments twice

And I would dive into the water
Before learning how to swim
I would climb to catch the sunset
In a tree of broken limbs
I'd fall short of expectations once again

Well I've never been to gamble though I have friends in the trade
And when the odds stack up against me I still try to play
But asking for your hand was not a card I had to show
It's the chair for me tomorrow cause I never told you so
Yes, the chair for me tomorrow cause I never told you so
Track Name: In the Windshield (2.0)
The heart can beat stronger as it's tested
But too much too soon will push hearts too far
To the point that good love breaks down
And when did we become so serious?
It seems it should be something more laid back
Is there still time to have fun?
Do we really need to move this fast?

We used to burn like the kitchen stove, under control
But these gaps between semesters together
Have mixed up our principles
So what happened to honesty?
Your friends all wear engagement rings and now
You have planned a future that I want no part of
Help me slow down

Cause I can't feel the break underneath my feet
Fasten yourself up for this crash, this crash
From the passenger's seat you take back the steering wheel
And put us both in the windshield

Do do do, do do do do
They found me on the side of the road
So I'm told

I should have spoken up weeks ago I know, I know
But unlike some TV show
Thirty minutes with commercial breaks
There's no rehearsal for this conversation I'm afraid
That I would rather be the bad guy right now
Than to waste more of your precious time
On something I know can't anywhere I confess to the crime

I can't feel the break underneath my feet
Fasten yourself up for this crash, this crash
From the passenger's seat you take back the steering wheel
And put us both in the windshield

Do do do, do do do do
They found me on the side of the road
So I'm told

And honestly I wish that I was of the mind
To exchange all of this self doubt and take the ride

But I can't feel the break underneath my feet
Fasten yourself up for this crash, this crash
From the passenger's seat you take back the steering wheel
And put us both in the windshield

Do do do, do do do do
They found me on the side of the road
So I'm told