Missing Ghosts

by Anthony Ihrig

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Original album artwork by Tim Lee. High resolution version included in full-album download.

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released December 3, 2011

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All songs written by Anthony Ihrig (BMI)

Anthony Ihrig - banjo, dobro, guitar, percussion, vocals
Dan Christensen-Cowan - bass, vocals
Eric Christopher - fiddle, vocals
Jed Germond - mandolin, pedal steel guitar

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Matthew Zimmerman at Wild Sound Recording Studio in Minneapolis, MN

Produced by Anthony Ihrig and Matthew Zimmerman

Cover art by Tim Lee

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Track Name: Missing Ghosts
I miss the rattle
Moonlit shadows in the dark
Pale white fingers reaching out and
Tearing at my heart

I miss the knocking
From that old closet full of bones
Piled up like an alter
to every lover that I've known

They've all gone away, and I think they've gone to stay

I miss their letters
In that pine box under my bed
Every time I read those words
I could raise the dead

I miss their company
Oh such sweet misery
I thought this time they could not hurt me
This time they could never...

Leave, leave me alone
But now you are here and they've all gone
So why am I missing ghosts?

I miss the wicked one
Who had me wrapped in chains
I miss the kind one
I was so desperate to escape

I miss the cool one
She barely spoke to me
I miss the hot one
Who knew just how to make me scream

I miss the lonely songs
That they used to sing
Dressed up in their long black veils
Calling out my name

I miss the tragedy
Oh such sweet fantasy
I thought this time they could not hurt me
This time they could never

Leave me, leave me alone
But now you're here and they've all gone
You are for real but for how long?
For I fear, you won't hang around
And I'll still be missing ghosts
Track Name: Morning Always Lets Me Down
I dreamed I woke beside you, ten years after high school
You had just moved back to town
We had made amends, once again, we were more than friends
Laying tangled like our clothes upon the ground

And it was finally clear, what I'd been missing all those years
Lay sleeping there between my arms
But when I turned to kiss your face, I found that you had been replaced
By my pillow and the sound of my alarm

Because the morning always lets me down
Yeah the morning always lets me down
The morning always lets me down
Yeah the morning always lets me down

Ten o'clock each night, when all my neighbors dim their lights
That's when I reinvent my master plan
I break out all my lists and maps and old vacation photographs
Try and get my world to spin around again

And with every passing drink, I grow more confident and think
Maybe tomorrow I could really make a change
But when the daylight spills into my house and I'm still passed out on the couch
I know tomorrow will have to wait another day

Because the morning always lets me down
Yeah the morning always lets me down
The morning always lets me down
Yeah the morning always lets me down

I once lived in the light of day
But I lost my heart so I pulled the shade
I'd love to wake now but I’m afraid
The sunrise is just another empty promise waiting to break

Because the morning always lets me down
Yeah the morning always lets me down
The morning always lets me down
Yeah the morning always lets me down

Every night I pray, my dreams might see the light of day, but the morning always lets me down
Track Name: Red Lights on the Radio Tower
Corn fields on either side and
White lines, to the horizon
Nebraska with a broken heart
Now that’s a lonesome state to drive in

And the sky is as black now as my, coffee is cold
It’s two in the morning and I’ve got a long way to go but those

Red light on the radio tower
Flashing slowly for the tired and the lonely
Red lights on the radio tower
Like a long lost city skyline I wonder if I will find my way
back home


Rear view as clear as hindsight
Its just a dark empty road that I’ve left behind me
Lost and alone I reach out for my stereo
Is there anybody else out here tonight

But then through the static I hear a sad old country song
And my homesick heart it just starts beating right along with those

Red light on the radio tower
Flashing slowly for the tired and the lonely
Red lights on the radio tower
Like an old familiar skyline, won’t you help me to find my way
back home
Track Name: Fawn
Fawn, out in the woods alone
Hair of honey brown, like the leaves on the ground
Gone, she never hangs around
Every time that I get near, she high tails out of here

She's had enough of those other bucks
They've gone and left her blue
If she, gave me a chance to change her luck
There is nothing that I wouldn't do

Oh my dear it is true, I am fawning over you


Fawn, winter is coming on
You can see it in the moon, snow will be falling soon
Strong, you could make it on your own
But I reckon it would be, a little easier with me

You act so tough but I'll call your bluff
I know what you've been through
Give me a chance to change your luck
There is nothing I wouldn't do

Oh my dear it is true, I am fawning over you

Yes my dear it is true I am fawning over you
Track Name: Holding Out
Mistakes, I try to learn from mine
But you were one I made time after time
I had faith that you would come around
But you would only come to let me down

I should have known, the writing was written
Across my empty bedroom walls
The telephone, it had stopped ringing
You were not returning my calls

You were holding back, when we were together
Now I've come to see
That you were holding out for something better
When you were holding on to me


You were afraid, of being left alone
So you kept me waiting in vein for so long
I’m ashamed, that I even let you in
When you were just here waiting for him

I should have seen, you look right past me
Every time he came around
I can't believe, that you were just acting
I really wish I would have known

You were holding back, when we were together
Now its plain to see
That you were holding out for something better
When you were holding on to me

You were holding out for something better
When you were holding on to me
Track Name: Blackout
Blackout, lightning strike
The windows are dark in the city tonight
The TV is off and that's so nice
We'll carry on by candlelight

Clap of thunder, blinding light
The walls around us drop out of sight
The rain and the wind are pouring in
The cats are under the couch again

The roads are flooded, there are no streetlights
I guess we won't be going anywhere tonight
So strike up a match and let's burn some wax
We've got a jug of red wine and all night to relax singing

Blackout, lightning strike
The windows are dark in the city tonight
The TV is off and that's so nice
We'll carry on by candlelight

Its just angels bowling up in heaven, so I was told
On lanes of silver with pins of gold
And when they start rolling and knocking them down
The thunder and the lightning crash to the ground

As a child I'd run out with bare feet
To dance on the banks of the river in the streets
Now when the storms roll in they still make me grin
And when the lights go out I feel so, young again, singing

Blackout, lightning strike
The windows are dark in the city tonight
The TV is off and that's so nice
We'll carry on by candlelight

The clocks are now blinking, the power has returned
But let's leave the lights off and watch the candle burn
We can can tell stories of storms that have come and gone
And we can make music and we can sing songs like

Blackout, lightning strike
The windows are dark in the city tonight
The TV is off and that's so nice
We'll carry on by candlelight
Track Name: Back in the Game
So good to see you, thanks for dropping by
For the great conversation and great rest of the night
Blame it on the dim lights or that bottle of wine
But it was just like old times

You always were the one that knew me the best
Those spot lights in your eyes always force me to confess
So I'll tell you now my life has not worked out as planned
But last night you know I didn't give a damn

It doesn't matter, where we have been
I'm sure we both looked better, in our younger skin
And I know we will never, ever feel the same
But we can help each other, get back in the game
We always help each other, get back in the game

I've got the kids on the weekend and two jobs in between
My world looks nothing like the one on my TV
Sometimes I feel like I've let everybody down
But I never feel that way when you're around

I know you have had your share of rotten luck
It's hard to move on with your life when you don't know you're stuck
You finally left him and I know you'll find love again
But know you'll always have a place to stay 'till then

And it doesn't matter, where we have been
I know we both looked better, in our younger skin
And I know it will never, ever be the same
But we can help each other, get back in the game
We always help each other, get back in the game

I know someday we'll have to role the dice again
We're never gonna get lucky if we never ante in
But I'm so glad you laid your hand down, onto mine last night
You know I’ll play again with you babe, anytime

It doesn't matter, where we have been
I'm sure we both looked better, in our younger skin
And I know we will never, ever feel the same
But we can help each other, get back in the game
We always help each other, get back in the game