Volume 2

by Brother Ox

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    Our newest release, recorded in 2016, released on CD in January 2017. 6 new songs, again written, performed, recorded/mixed/mastered by us and us only. Artwork by our good friend Jon McIntire. Comes in a digipack case. Physical copies are VERY limited so act now.

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We proudly present our second offering. Again, this one was written, recorded, performed, produced, mixed, mastered, etc. by us entirely so you are getting a very true representation of our music. If there is enough interest or demand, we may press a very limited number of physical CDs. Enjoy!

Artwork by Jon and Mel McIntire for Retrospect Designs.
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released August 23, 2016

Recorded and Produced by Brother Ox at Blackwake Studio.
www.brotherox.bandcamp.com
brotheroxband@gmail.com

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Brother Ox Shady Grove, Pennsylvania

Brother Ox was a band with an idea behind it. Labor, societal pressure, anguish of the common man: listen to the first album, you hear these themes. This was a good thing.

But it was also an excuse to hide.

Volume 2 is full of characters you know in your personal experience, and some you haven't met yet. It's the same for us. Is it rock or something worse? Are we traitors? To what cause? None.
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Track Name: Cave People
CAVE PEOPLE

There's no air down here
But up top, well it's so small
Kinda crowded and all
Billions of souls believe in the goal and cry more
But what the fuck do they want for?
Just stop pretending you ain't stranded here and dying

I, I know
I know you can't leave it alone

And all you half ass talking heads
You say it's worse than its ever been
It's the same, you just reframed it
What do they pay you for talking that shit?
And I'm nobody's one
I'm not here for your idea of fun
Well you can find me at the bottom where
All the honest people follow, god damn ya

I, I know
I know you can't leave it alone

And you think, well maybe there was a time
When it was or will be better
But I sense this is what we've all been a part of
Self righteous, pseudo divine love
Hey man I heard your speech, and I know you ain't in control
But ya sold it like they always want it sold

Fuck it, just get what you want

No revelation, this is how its always been done
If you find that you crave for blood
Drain it from the weakest one
If you feel you are broken
Know that you must never show it
If you're searching for answers
Words will never grant them
Track Name: Tomb Roads
TOMB ROADS

Deep under stone, I saw a man put low by his own empire
Proud of himself, and his song cries "I must go higher"
All of his life, he knew to win, well everyone else must lose
Desire she craves, and it's fate, no matter the vice you choose

Got what you wanted but still have no answers
Searching out there for yourself or whatever
Well you gotta know, hey you're wasting your time
Before it was treasure, it lived in the soil

At summer's end, I shook my head and honey, you went your way
Well you always said you know what you're worth, and that life would pay
The words from your mouth kinda sound like they owe you everything
I say you're shallow as hell, but god damn, ya sure got a lovely face

Got what you wanted but still have no answers
Searching out there for yourself or whatever
Well you gotta know, hey you're wasting your time
Before it was treasure, it lived in the soil

Well maybe I've been too cruel
And ya know, well I played that fool
Hey, ya wanna eat, you gotta break some legs
Cause you always learn, you learn in the hardest way

Got what you wanted but still have no answers
Searching out there for yourself or whatever
Well you gotta know, hey you're wasting your time
Before it was treasure, it lived in the soil
Track Name: Drink My Thirsty Devils
DRINK MY THIRSTY DEVILS

Drag a boulder uphill with a
Rope that's tied to my heels
Counting all the wolves along the way
Tired eyes, desert dry
Cracked hands clutch at sky
Gotta make it up before the rain

Though your fist can't mend or soothe
Smash it against my wound
Take my poison every night
And drift away

Slim hand with jagged knife
Thin slice of hollow life
And every drop was savored by the blade
The bellows ache inside my chest
With venom I cannot resist
And haunted visions of a missing face
The shadow's grip, the phantom strong
I drink my thirsty devils gone
Just can't ever put em in the grave

Though your fist can't mend or soothe
Smash it against my wound
Take my poison every night
And drift away
Track Name: End Run
END RUN

This road is a part of me
And it knows my name
I see what its done to me
You and I ain't the same

Every streetlight that slow passes over
With them dark spaces looming much longer
Broken lines that divine where it's safe
Squint your eyes, you can't make em straight

Take my stride in some viper hide boots
Test my grip on these fibrous roots
Grind my teeth on the bones in my dreams
Ain't no rest in the house of thieves

This road is a part of me
And it knows my name
I see what its done to me
You and I ain't the same

Dim light, searching for threats in this meek light
Past life shows that the world was all trauma
See her saunter inside with that sweet eye
Mama, I've never been such a goner

And the move that she makes, like a quake with no fault
Like she's made for a fall
And I'm caught between this bliss and a hard night
She won't understand at all

This road is a part of me
And it knows my name
I see what its done to me
You and I ain't the same

I'd search for my soul
But there's nobody home
I'm a thousand miles away
Track Name: Wilfy Brimstone
WILFY BRIMSTONE

Cold pull on the teeth till it hurts
Back stiff, eyes drift right to her
But I don't ever mean anything by it
Sitting here in my chair, guess I'll hide in my beer
Big ole mouth on some ugly cuss
Try you out, boy I show how it's done

And I take all the blame
When you ain't breaking my back
Wanna bust me some other way

Down the street by the old iron line
See you walking away all the time
You said you never meant anything by it
Sitting here in my chair, got no price on my head
Best to go if ya never wanna stay
I was you, guess I'd feel all the same

And I take all the blame
When you ain't breaking my back
Wanna bust me some other way

Guess I'll take all the blame
When you ain't breaking my back
Wanna fuck me some other way

Swear to christ no one looks me in the eye
Out or in, see you straddling that line
Got my strength, but not a lot of hope
All my sense left me so long ago
I swear I really can't start again

Dug a hole, guess it's twenty miles deep
On my shoulders, the varmints, they weep
But they don't ever mean anything by it
Sitting here in my chair, guess I'm dying down here
Couldn't think of a better way to go
Wasn't anybody you'd wanna know

And I take all the blame
When you ain't breaking my back
Wanna bust me some other way

Guess I'll take all the blame
When you ain't breaking my back
Wanna fuck me some other way
Track Name: As I Leave You
AS I LEAVE YOU

Please forgive my self indulgence
When I ask you ladies and gentlemen to consider
In your own private way how best to
Fuck yourself
Sometimes I jest

Every now and then I get a taste of true remorse
And I remember how others suffer so much more
Nah forget it man, here's our song

When I was a boy, I felt paranoid
Everybody always wanna fuck with me
And as a young lad, never knew where to stand
Right or left, you all sound like the man
When I came of age and got myself laid
All my problems never seemed to go away
Now that I'm grown and left on my own
Ain't nobody really caring where I'm from

It's a waste of time, I say
Oh and by the way
Fuck your opinion
I don't want inside your game

How do I quantify for you non believers
How the church of non Jesus
Came to a non thesis
From a non religion
For a non people, non grieving
I ask myself why I'm just now leaving

Spent time under earth
Fifteen years or more
I kept it all to myself
But I've got one thing left

These words I give you:
Stay with the moment or die to what matters