The Spirit of God and Madness

by Viper Central

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Gold Mine 04:27
I was looking for a gold mine I found a diamond here I was looking for a gold mine I found a diamond here It ain't pretty but give it time, just another year I opened up my suitcase, I found a war machine I opened up my suitcase, I found a war machine Not a soul had taken aim and the gun was clean I went down to Nashville the other side of the tracks They were singing at the opry but it wasn't gonna take me back And the other side was killing time at the laundromat I was looking for a lifeboat, I found a sinking ship I was looking for a lifeboat, I found a sinking ship The swimming wasn't easy but the jacket fit I went down to Memphis looking for the reigning king Found a crooked pathway to a chief who would not sing And the angels took the melody for the reckoning oh - oh - oh It's so rock n'roll oh - oh - oh it's so rock n'roll
I'll be the rain and you be the sand You be the music and I'll be the band Just take this dance and you'll understand I'll be losing my mind over you I'll be the undertow, you'll be the tide You be the drawbridge opening wide I'll be the tongue and you be the cry I'll be losing my mind over you If I only had this night and one song I'd have this whole world singing along You will have only made this mistake this kiss this kiss... i'll be talking to Elvis, I'll be spinning in the moonlight trying to tell you, tell you what your love is like And there's a case of confections where you know the rush is waiting I'll be trying to sell you, sell you all its sweetness I'll be losing my mind over you You be the iceflow and I'll be the sea Don't trouble your mind just melt into me You be the sugar and I'll be the tea I'll be losing my mind over you I'll be the miser and you be the dime You be the poet and I'll be the rhyme I will be yours and you will be mind I'll be losing my mind over you
One hundred years from now What will rise from this land I close my eyes and lie on my bed, see the buffalo wandering 'cross the prairie Took a trip down the Missouri River, looking for a fugitive from fortune The only way out was a vision, took my chances on St. Peter's mission Oh the mission... A cold wind took the fire out of me but a strong wind blew and sparked the ash A fast train took my peace of mind but I shook the devil off of my back Oh, does it show? Can you imagine what I know Oh, does it show? Can you imagine what I know Keep still, you said, don't laugh I beg you I am a prophet Remember an anointed ghost, you prayed and waited for my answer But now death is all around me, I wrestle with it night and day The Spirit of God and madness only make my destiny more certain, more certain Oh, does it show? Can you imagine what I know Oh, does it show? Can you imagine what I know They said, "you're gonna hang You foolish, wicked, dreaming man" A prophetic cry, a lamb with a gun How could you see this battle won
Say Say 04:42
Say Say Say say Say sad man Say sad man take your living in your own hands Say say Say say Say you can't speak Say you don't have the words only the groans you need Say say Say say Say say Say you don't mind Say you don't mind living on your own time I see the rising water And it won't let me be I think I'm going under You gonna follow me? Downtown On the main line Catch the train high and dry to the good times Good times Soul train Take it back Take it back and carry on with a strong back Take it back Take it back Mist eyed Songs unheard Take your time, Sunshine I won't say a word After the rain, won't keep my head down no more Won't keep my head down no more After the rain Talk now into my ear Tell me the story of how you got here
Smoking in the sunshine We never made the bigtime It's all right, gonna be all right We had a band to kill time While we waited for the chilly wind to blow Oh don't you know We worked forty years, now we're ninety-nine cents short There ain't no records playing, No time to sit around and get uptight, Gotta do it right Cut a rug or swing your partner Jump n' Jive and jig or you can cut a shine, you'll be doing fine The band's gonna keep on playing ease your troubled mind You may be ninety-nine cents short or on the dole But you still gotta have that rhythm in your soul We're gonna raise a holler, take the back roads, spend a dollar Leave your dying crops behind now we're ninety-nine cents short You might not have a dime but there's a place for all of mine in this dance hall, ain't none too small We got accordian and banjo, clarinet and fiddles and trombones, even sousaphone It won't be long till the music shakes your bones We'll do a Turkey in the Straw and Arkansas, Crooked Stovepipe, Seven-step, French Minuet, Big John, Maple Sugar, Butterfly, Red River Jig oh the dust will fly You can leave your dying crops behind find you on the dance floor ninety-nine cents short Smoking in the sunshine, we never made the bigtime, It's alright Gonna be alright We had a band to kill time while we waited for the chilly winds to blow Oh don't you know We worked forty years now we're ninety-nine cents short
Ned Kelly 03:15
Cherry Red 03:50
Ask her now and she will tell you How she left her emerald Isle For the distant Thompson Valley And the journey over many miles On a misty Sunday morning Standing on a Newry pier Young and strong and independant Only in her sixteenth year Took a job in Springfield city There I met my carpenter Settled on the Mississippi Opened up a grocery store I was there in Fort Garry When the overlanders promised Gold Saw the sparkled of adventure in your eyes And all was told No I won't be left behind with all the others I promise you this, we'll make it to the other side I only wonder what it's like to take your hand Under the stars on the Rocky Mountain side They said the path through the Rocky Mountains Was no place for a woman then Much less for her three young children But there was no leaving them Ten hours a day, two miles an hour Took the good part of a year To walk the high pass of the Rockies Ride the Thompson River (chorus) And chasing a dream of some gold dust, was all just a way of bringing you to us Snow fell on the Fort at Kamloops, as the raft arrived that night Secwepemc women caught Rosanna, born safe on the Valley side (chorus)
Devil's Reel 01:18
Music is a whiskey drink, take you to the ground Fiddle is a box of sin, carries the Devil's sound Devil's string will lead you to where what's lost is found Still got the old tunes Tuned in the Devil's key Gonna play like hell till I break the spell Between the world and me I came to fiddle and dance, didn't come to marry Tying knots in the Devil's tail, even on a Sunday Take me as a guest tonight, no longer will I tarry Went up north to get away, hear the ocean blue Shut out the cold dark night, find the gospel true Flames flickered round the walls and smoke filled up the flue Still got the old tunes Preacher come and take his time, say what should be done Put the fiddle away and be afraid, go down with the setting sun Then he drives away on down the road with the devil riding shotgun
The Mission 03:58
I went down to the mission And I brought everything that I had The last time I saw the rest of me Was when I walked down that road feeling bad Do you remember in the Summer When I walked to the end of the road I took my only dollar And I paid for the last freak show You walked me back And you said that your heart was was well What it was like to watch the sunset From your room at the Empress Hotel Chelsea and Margaret were still at the pulpit But they didn't have much more to say The radio blasted the truth so well crafted But things rarely works out that way On the steps of the church Where the only thing that works Is for sale and the price is high You talked of the hope That kept you off of the dope Sang the songs that made you cry And you walked me back And you said that your heart was well What it was like to watch the sunset From your room at the Empress Hotel The sidewalks were drunken prayers And the air was so hot with pain But old friend I am heartened When I sing those old songs again And you walked me home And you said that your heart was well What it was like to watch the sunrise From your window at the Empress Hotel
Bear Claw 01:00
Luxury Liner 03:07


This album takes a few steps away from Viper Central's bluegrass beginnings and delves into Country, Western Swing, and modern Canadian Folk traditions, all
contributing to their ever-evolving style. Still featuring their stringband lineup of Kathleen Nisbet, Steve Charles, Tim Tweedale, Mark Vaughan and Patrick Metzger with additional instrumentation from a roster of special guests including John Raham, Andrew Millar, John Reischman, CR Avery, Miles Black, Tyson Naylor, Bonnie Northgraves, Ellen Marple, and Chris Suen. The songs reflect Canadian landscape and experiences and the result is entirely natural, effortless and delightfully original.


released March 1, 2017

Kathleen Nisbet - Vocals and Fiddle
Steve Charles - Vocals,Guitar, Banjo
Tim Tweedale - Vocals, Steel Guitars
Patrick Metzger - Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Mark Vaughan - Mandolin and Tenor Guitar

Chris Suen - Vocals and Banjo
Andrew Millar - Drums on 1,2,5
John Raham - Drums on 3,4,6,7
Miles Black - Piano on 1
John Reischman - Mandolin on 8
Tyson Naylor - Organ
Bonnie Northgraves - Trumpet
Ellen Marple - Trombone
C.R. Avery - Harmonica
Vickie Yang - Horn arrangements


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Viper Central Vancouver, British Columbia

Viper Central is an acoustic stringband based in Vancouver. With roots in bluegrass and old time traditions, they have carved a niche for themselves with their original tunes and arrangements.

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