Ballad for the End Times

by Apocalypse Five and Dime

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This first full-length by Brooklyn's brass-punk-folk band has blazing fiddle, fast beats, booming sousaphone, a tight horn section, strong melody and layers of vocal harmony.

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released July 1, 2011

Michele Lee - Vocals, Ukulele, Percussion
Phil Andrews - Banjo, Vocals
Rebecca Heinegg - Percussion, Vocals
Heather Cole - Fiddle
Naomi P - Saxophone
Adam Katzman - Sousaphone
Joe Keady - Trombone

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Oscar Owens (Gangstagrass) at Rench Audio in Brooklyn
Lyrics and music by Phil Andrews (except My Love by J. Timberlake, Timbaland, T.I., N. Hills)
Album art and design by Robyn Hasty

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Apocalypse Five and Dime New York

Since 2009, Brooklyn's premier roots/bluegrass/punk/stomp six-piece. Squeezing dance grooves and heartbreak out of a banjo, ukulele, bass drum, tuba, fiddle, saxophone and four voices.

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Track Name: Mississippi Ghost Rag
soft like a cat you cross my path
wearing that coat of white
without a beat and i’m on my feet
i’m ready to face the night

i wander down to the water looking for you
no one has seen you tonight, won’t you wait up for me?
ghost ships are swaying in the river they’re talking to me
go home while you can

i can’t forget the last time i saw you
the air was so hot that night
you appeared six feet off the pier
wearing a crown of light

if you knew how my heart was aching for you
you would come back to stay, won’t you say you love me?
what could i do? your eyes were so blue
the last time i saw you alive

it was this very day i saw you last
the same day every year
i’ve had enough, you know life can be tough
and death is always near

the water’s cold on my chest as i swim out for you
i’m gonna see you tonight, if you wait up for me
my body’s swaying in the river, it’s getting colder
i’m going home with you
Track Name: Tomorrow
this little town it cannot hold us anymore and i say
take me far away
this place don’t need us and i know you feel the same so
take me far away
you want to find out what’s beyond the highway?
take me far away
i want to go someplace where no one knows my name
take me far away

tomorrow
we will be gone
and i know
we will go on

you keep your cops your schools and all your boring jobs
take me far away
keep your gossip and your drama and your skins
take me far away
i want to find out what’s beyond the highway
take me far away
i’m gonna ride this current down to new orleans
take me far away

so gone
i’m gone
so gone
i’m gone
Track Name: Addicted to You
i’m addicted to you
i’m addicted the way you make me feel
i’m addicted to the crazy little things that you do
i’m addicted to you

i’m addicted to your face
i’m addicted to your hands on my hips
i’m addicted to that naughty little curl in your lips
i’m addicted to you

i’m addicted to your swing
i’m addicted to the way you shake that thing
i’m addicted and it makes me want to sing
i’m addicted to you

i’m addicted to your game
i’m addicted to the way you call my name
i’m addicted and it hurts me all the same
i’m addicted to you

i am never coming down
i will never quit you
i am never coming down
i’m so high on you

i’m addicted to you
i’m addicted the way you make me feel
i’m addicted to the way it seems so real
i’m addicted to you
Track Name: Love Life
one million miles you found me
ten thousand times you’re wound tight
one hundred days without you
is ten more times than i can take

one hundred lives around me
ten thousand skies above me
but when your eyes are on me
it’s so much more than i can take

do you live right? do you love life?

so you want to know about me
but you live with your eyes closed
i want to love the whole world
but it’s much more than i can take

do you live right? do you love life?

so you want to know about me
but you live with your eyes closed
i want to love the whole world
but it’s much more than i can take
Track Name: Broken Chair Waltz
like a broken chair / like your empty stare / like my pictures of you
like the flower that’s started to flower because it thinks that it’s June
like the cup with the hole in the bottom that nobody ever will use
like everything you ever told me that turned out not to be true

oh, how are you?
i am fine, is it true?

like a flick’ring light / like a rusty bike / like a string that won’t tune
like the socks that you left when you left me that i still find in my room
like that night it was dark, you remember, when storm clouds had
covered the moon
Like the buzz in the back of my head that says nothing again will be true

oh, how are you?
i am fine, is it true?

have you come to stay, my love?
what have you come to say, my love?
have you come to stay, my love?
what have you come to say, my love?
Track Name: Fire it Burns
the fire it burns, it burns
the world it turns, it turns
a heart it learns, it learns
your love it yearns, it yearns

come and walk with me
underneath the sea
and we will be together free
forever free

the tree it falls, it falls
the bird it calls, it calls
together we fall, we fall
our love it calls, it calls

chorus

the grass it grows, it grows
the wind it blows, it blows
the pain it shows, it shows
our love it grows, it grows

chorus
Track Name: Dance Floor
if you want me / baby let me know
just nod your head / and maybe we’ll just go
we got the beat / to keep us on our toes
and i don’t care / if everybody knows
and it’ll be alright while we’re on this dance floor

what would you say / if i kissed you right now
why don’t you stay / where i can feel you yeah
is this the day i feel your fingers in my hair
and it’s ok if you touch me right now
and it’ll be alright while we’re on this dance floor

i lost my lovely baby don’t know where he could be
where is my lovely baby don’t know where they could be
i lost my lovely darling don’t know where they could be
where is my long lost baby don’t know where they could be
and now i’m / all alone on the dance floor / why won’t you save me?
Track Name: Surface of the Sand
you know you can do it all alone
there’s a suit and a tie on the tube who tells you so
make sure to spend your unemployment well
cause there are billions and billion of barrels left to sell

what will the girls in the pageant say
what will they work for when they win
have you been a good citizen today
or will i have to turn you in?

the surface of the sand can get oh so cold but
dig a little deeper and the heat is not so old
how much can the desert absorb this week?
because we’re cutting off all our fingers to plug the leak

chorus

my god, where the hell have you been?
Track Name: Brokenhearted
if you found my head inside a shopping cart
would you take me for a ride or would you call the cops on me?
i don’t know why i think all of these morbid thoughts
when i think about your face i feel like i got shot in the

heart / won’t you break my heart? won’t you break my heart?
won’t you break my heart in two / my heart
won’t you break my heart? won’t you break my heart?
won’t you break my heart?

would you even notice if i died today
do you think that love is true or should i spell it out for you
B – R – O – K – E – N hearted
that is what i’m gonna be if we don’t get it started right

now / ana would you start? ana would you start?
ana would you start to notice me? ana would you start?
ana would you start? ana would you start?

won’t you break my heart? / won’t you break my heart?
won’t you break my heart? won’t you break my heart in two / my heart
(B – R – O – K – E – N hearted)
won’t you break my heart? won’t you break my heart?
won’t you break my heart in two right now
(that is what i’m gonna be if we don’t get this started now)
Track Name: Do it Again
lying here / i can hear you breathe
your face is wet / just like me
you turn around and say baby this ain’t right
and you know i can’t stay the whole night
i say to you / i know you can’t stay
but baby please don’t make me wait
i touch your face / and pull you in tight
nothing else to say but baby let’s do it

again ‘gain ‘gain
do it all the time
again ‘gain ‘gain
til we get it right
again ‘gain ‘gain
do it on the sly
again ‘gain ‘gain
do it every night
sometimes i wonder if i could make you mine
don’t think about it, it’ll be alright

i don’t know what’s wrong with me
i just want to be with you
touch me one more time before we
go this might just be the last time
maybe oh someday you’ll change your
mind before we die there’s just one
time we go around let’s do it right
but for now let’s do it again

chorus
Track Name: Only Yours
this time this time / i’ve gone and blown it up / i’ve blown it up
it’s mine it’s mine / it’s all my fault again / again this time
i don’t know why / but i keep spinning round / i’m spinning round
i try i try / but once again you cry / again you cry

when will you see that i am only yours / and we were meant to be

this time this time / you’ve gone and blown it up / you’ve shown me up
it’s not a crime / why can’t you love yourself / like i know you should
i don’t know why / but we keep spinning round / we’re spinning round
i felt so high / but now i’m coming down / i’m coming down so hard

and i watch you sleep at night / i wish someday it will be alright
then you wake and it’s not true / how can someone be so blue
someday i’ll take the trouble from your eyes / but now it’s there and
i don’t know why
there’s not much that i can do / but this one thing i’ll say to you

when will you see that i am only yours / and we were meant to be
Track Name: Let Me Go
take me down to the river / and let me go
wrap my body tight / so it won’t ever show
don’t tell me how it feels / i don’t want to know
take me down to the river / and lay me low

take me down to the river / and send me home
the current will be strong / there’s no need to row
don’t tell anyone at all / no they don’t need to know
when the moon comes out tonight / that water’s gonna glow

we’ve got no more time / this will end tonight
a love so incomplete / no time to make it right
maybe off downstream / love will rise again
for a boy so innocent / and looking for a fight

chorus

i wanted this so long
why won’t you show me how?
how could it be so wrong?
how could you leave me now?

i don’t want you waiting for me

just let me go
Track Name: Category Four Lullaby
our home is underwater
alone, our only daughter
you’re gone and nothing matters
alone under the water

a stone that’s sinking faster
we go because we have to
you’re gone and nothing matters
alone under the water

a long way down
there’s no way out
a long way down
there’s no way out

a stone that’s sinking faster
we go because we have to
you’re gone and nothing matters
all alone under the water

chorus

where have you gone my love?
where will we go from here?
Track Name: You
you make it hard to breathe
and you wake me from my dreams
and you make me fall apart
but you make me feel so good

you make my heart attack
and you make my jaw go slack
and you make it hard to stand up straight
but it feels so good

and you never wanted me to stay
and you always sent me away
and you well you never loved me true

but you
oh, you