THE BEAUTIFUL VICIOUS CYCLE OF LIFE (available on vinyl, cd & digital)

by Daniel Hutchens

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released April 22, 2016

Produced by Dave Schools.
Engineered and mixed by David Barbe
at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA.
Mastered by Joe Lambert
at JLM Sound, Brooklyn, NY.
Cover illustration by Brian Steely.
Design by Susan Archie.
This project made possible by
Havin' A Ball Productions, Houston, TX.
All songs written by Daniel Hutchens.
Published by Wet Trombone Music BMI.

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Longtime BLOODKIN frontman Daniel Hutchens has released his third solo album.

THE BEAUTIFUL VICIOUS CYCLE OF LIFE is available now.

11 new Hutchens songs. Produced by Widespread Panic's Dave Schools and engineered by David Barbe.

The first new Daniel Hutchens solo record in 10 years!
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Track Name: Jack Nicholson Grin
JACK NICHOLSON GRIN

he slid into the Soul Shack
flashin his high voltage
Jack Nicholson grin
I said, Man what you doin here
Man it’s been a hundred years
Man it’s good to see you again
he said, I love you so much
I’ll always keep in touch
my mysterious ways
I’ll keep singing
I’ll keep that bell ringing
even from beyond the grave

a few years later me and Mina
slid on into Tipitina’s
patted the Professor’s head
then I saw him at the bar
my beloved long lost rockstar
I said, How you doin Mr. Walking Dead
he said, I love you so much
I’ll always keep in touch
my mysterious ways
I’ll keep singing
I’ll keep that bell ringing
even from beyond the grave

because we’re spirits son
we’ll never come undone
we’re spirits son


now me and Mina these days
we’re raising two babies
Mina says they look like me
to me they look like rockstar twins
when they both start flashing them
Jack Nicholson grins
I said, I love you so much
I’ll always keep in touch
my mysterious ways
I’ll keep singing
I’ll keep that bell ringing
even from beyond the grave

because we’re spirits son
we’ll never come undone
we’re spirits son...
Track Name: American Country Ghosts
AMERICAN COUNTRY GHOSTS

the ghost of Mr. Johnny Cash
dumped out my cocaine
at least my Mama told me he did
she’s 90 years old, she’s seeing ghosts again
I shouldn’t have brought that shit in her house
but I was hurting so bad
watching Mama coming to an end


(chorus)
American Country Ghosts
I can’t see ‘em but my Mama can
she tells me what they say about me
and how I wrecked my life again
hey, tell me something I don’t already know
American Country Ghosts
now if you can


Patsy Cline says my Mama’s a saint
and I should show her more respect
like apple pie and the 4th of July
them shiny medals I could never quite hang around my neck
Hank Williams says my wife and kids they miss me
but then he drinks my whiskey
and he rips up my alimony check

(chorus)

(bridge)
Mama says they wanta talk to me
I’d rather hear their sad old songs
Mama says they’re pissed off at me
they say I’ve been the outlaw all along


Waylon Jennings says I’ll go to hell
if I don’t change my evil ways
Waylon Jennings ought to know mighty well
I hear he had his share of evil days
I don’t know why these ghosts give a damn anyway
but I’m staying here til Mama leaves
so I’ll listen to what they say

(chorus)


American Country Ghosts
I can’t see ‘em but my Mama can...
Track Name: The Beautiful Vicious Cycle of Life
THE BEAUTIFUL VICIOUS CYCLE OF LIFE

I need a brand new motorcycle
to drive my troubles away
I’m heading out to the west coast
gonna park it like Otis by the Frisco Bay
I had to put my Mama in a home
sometimes things just work out that way
I need to let my heart go riding
breaking ‘crost the USA

(chorus)
It's the beautiful vicious
cycle of life alright
it’s the beautiful vicious
cycle of life alright


I see a shadow on the lavender moon
so when the sun comes up I'm gonna ride
I know a bordello on the way out of town
I can tunnel in for supplies
my motor revvin up between my legs
She’s a-begging me to fly
I gotta get her 'fore she gets me back
before I get good and ready to die

(chorus)


I'm always dreaming bout a motorcycle
I'm always dreaming bout a motorcycle
I’m always dreaming


I need a brand new motorcycle
a brand new girl to chase
her tires already humming on the highway in my head
I'm already seeing flashes of her face
Hey tougher than a black leather jacket
That's how I want to sing
A new song a new girl a new motorcycle mantra
That's how I'm gonna write my ending

(chorus)
Track Name: Pretty Girls in Summer Dresses
PRETTY GIRLS IN SUMMER DRESSES

I was painting July in my back yard
a canvas I’d been dreaming hard
but no masterpiece was coming true
my brush strokes wilted with the heat
that summer I felt so defeated
just one burst of color pulled me through

(chorus)
pretty girls in summer dresses
pretty girls in summer dresses
pretty girls in burgundy and blue
pretty girls in summer dresses
pretty girls in summer dresses
none of them were half as pretty as you


for some reason historically
summers have been hard on me
I lost some friends I found out life can be cruel
I sweated out my poison I found my power
one to another like the bee to the flower
for a night or two them girls they kept my spirits cool

(chorus)


in Memphis one June I was burning
as I remember I was looking for the King
the King of what is a nut I still ain’t cracked
but the thing that finally made me smile
was a girl in white walking down the aisle
we tied the knot at Graceland we never looked back

now you’re splashing in the backyard wading pool
you’re keeping cool and you’re nobody’s fool
you’re Daddy’s girl that much I can see
you’re five years old and I wonder about
all the love in front of you stretching out
all the dresses you’ll wear, tearing up some heart like me
and setting him free

(chorus)
Track Name: Wings and a Walking Cane
WINGS AND A WALKING CANE

a broken fifth of Tito’s
and blood stains by the dumpster
everyone’s an artist in this bar
‘til they’re a monster
I don’t remember last night
that don’t mean I’m not to blame

(chorus)
I got wings and a walking cane
wings and a walking cane

this downtown congregation
we’re all poets can’t you tell
last night I punched the jukebox
trying to act like somebody else
that shot of transformation
that lover with no name

(chorus)
I got wings and a walking cane
wings and a walking cane
bad and good tightrope my blood
they tie my daisy chain
my wings and my walking cane

now they got sound check in the barroom
a broken record riff
that band is about to catch on fire
just take a little whiff
smells like the beautiful vicious cycle of life
if you ain’t revving it up you’re stiff


this sad song I’ve been working on
it don’t make me a martyr
teardrops on my notebook
man, I better work just a little bit harder
just because I write it down
that don’t mean I’m not to blame

(chorus)
Track Name: Touch Up Time
TOUCH UP TIME

paint’s a little chipped around my heart
it’s time to get my spring cleaning started
it’s touch up time
it’s touch up time
just a little polish and elbow grease
and a girl like you that’s all I ever needed
it’s touch up time
it’s touch up time

(chorus)
who’d have ever thought
who’d have ever guessed
I’d paint myself in a corner like this
another fine mess
and it’s touch up time


I smell that coffee burning down the stove
last night what a long sinful road I drove
it’s touch up time
it’s touch up time
so let’s get working and put it behind us
bury that trash so it won’t remind us
it’s touch up time
it’s touch up time

(chorus)

(bridge)
driving over here I glimpsed a little fear
like a rearview mirror, like a flashback
but baby you squeegeed my windshield clean
every last devil bug splat


red dirt weeds all around this yard
time to plant seeds get a garden started
it’s touch up time
it’s touch up time

(chorus)
Track Name: Tearing Up the Tiles
TEARING UP THE TILES

I'm under pressure to name a suspect
I'm bleeding from the palms
I'm looking for a hidden map
inside these hollow psalms
just like in that story
by Edgar Allan Poe
you can tell me I'm just hearing things
but I know what I know

(chorus)
I was Tearing up the tiles
tryin’ to find the heart beneath the floor
when she walked in and grinned
she said, I got what you're looking for


Last night I was dreaming
I was hiding out from the law
in a big farmhouse outside of town
drawing aliens on the walls
then I got a letter from my baby
she wrote it like Edgar Allan Poe
she wrote, They say love is righteous
But I know what I know

(chorus)


(bridge)
I don’t know, maybe I still believe in God
but God ain’t too big to spank
we ain't what God had in mind
and you can take that to the bank


so I'm raging thru His many mansions
ripping up all the floors
I got a new girl and a cask of Amontillado
I’ll never ask for nothing more
evermore

(chorus)
Track Name: One Bird Shy
ONE BIRD SHY

the prettiest girl in Austin
she’s rooting for the Redskins
the Yellow Rose of Texas
lost a petal in the wind
she’s cashing in her silver
her spurs that jangle jingle
she’s moving to New Orleans
to spread her wings again

some folks love the Cowboys
some love to make a big noise
some folks love the two step
some love to make up new steps
she’s trading in her silver
her spurs that jangle jingle
she’s moving to New Orleans
to walk a trail that winds and lingers

(chorus)
Texas is too big and proud
like oil rigs all pounding loud
for some shy hearts lost in the crowd
more quietly inspired
and Texas let a songbird fly
to cool blue Louisiana skies
I don’t know if them Texas boys are gonna miss her
still they’re one bird shy
still they’re one bird shy


Texas makes her dance too fast
she knew she wouldn’t last too long
out there in that desert
where she sweats out all her dreams
Texas makes her tremble so
with tequila shots and guitar heroes
it all kinda sounds the same to her
all steroid pumped fortissimo

(chorus)
Track Name: Spend It All
SPEND IT ALL

there’s a girl I used to live with
right now her name escapes me
but sometimes her shadow flickers
across my wall
she quit town like a carnival
she blew free with the leaves in the Fall
the last thing she ever said to me was

(chorus)
spend it all before it rains
spend it all don’t be ashamed
you know it’s all a dream inside a dream
spend it all just raise your glass
spend it all it moves so fast
the last thing she said to me
was, Spend it all


there’s a bar I used to close down every night
reading Baudelaire by the jukebox light
he was like a drunken older brother to me
with The Flowers Of Evil in my head
I'd stumble on down the alley to bed
and falling asleep I could hear him repeating

(chorus)


spend it all in just one place
spend it all on a pretty face


now it’s revelations in bus stations
gospel blues in greasy spoons
it’s the mystery of travel
that keeps me strong
it’s scribbling songs at 5 AM
in another shitty little Holiday Inn
and telling myself, I’ve still got a ways to fall
then I'm gonna

(chorus)
Track Name: Epitaph Town
EPITAPH TOWN

when I was 21
I called my Mom on the phone
she said you’re way too young
to know so many people already gone

now what’s done is done
I stayed at the party too long
I smell something sickly sweet
burn a candle at the bar for me

(chorus)
here in Epitaph Town
stony angels hear the sound
of pretty last words we chisel on down


now it’s late late summertime
muscadines on the vine
burning leaves ain’t far behind
old friends flutter through my mind

and yes it makes me sad
when I think of those friends I had
but then it makes me laugh
I feel like Buster Keaton in the aftermath

(chorus)


(bridge)
but you could catch the bouquet
baby while the clock winds down
if you want a little go-away soiree
hey you came to the right town


Magnolia she’s kinda cute
she’s got trouble right down
to her bleached blonde roots
she’s tending bar tonight
she’ll be gone by the morning light

(chorus)

pretty last words in Epitaph Town
Track Name: All Golden Traces
ALL GOLDEN TRACES

this house used to be such a mess
sloppy with true love’s excess
wine stains on her wedding dress
she’s cleaned up and gone

and all golden traces
all golden traces
of love linger on

you can’t help remember when
she was a wild thing spilling your gin
she was your best friend
you wrote her a song

and all golden traces
all golden traces
in a dark room shine on


see the rowboat roped to the pier
see the waves crash against the shore and disappear
did you ever think you’d be the last one here


seems like the hardest thing
is you remember happy things
her kisses lingering
like that red wine

and all golden traces
all golden traces
she left behind

yes and all golden traces
all golden traces
still shiver your spine

yes and all golden traces
all golden traces
all golden traces
in a dark room still shine