The Life You Save

by Whiteside's Daughter

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INSTRUMENTAL: (When James was five, he was molested by his minister father and a group of deacons In what he thought was a private baptism ceremony.)
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(To add to the confusion and horror, he was terrorized by his father’s sermons about hell, the rapture, the tribulation. ) "The Beast is here! Ready to take his people down! You may be one! So wise up and look around!" Daddy says these wicked days are numbered. Daddy says the Snake is in the marketplace. Daddy says this world has hit the bottom. Daddy says prepare for Armageddon. And Daddy he screams, screams so loud: "Don't take the mark!" "The Beast is here! Ready to place his hand on you! So turn around! Repent and give the Lord his due!" Daddy says his baby boy is evil. Daddy says his baby boy was born that way. Daddy says the goats are separated. Daddy says the molten lake is ready. And Daddy he screams, screams so loud: "Don't take the mark!"
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(James's father, Bro. Joe, moves every four years or so to con a new congregation.) It's high time to pack it up and hit another town. And it's a crime how easily I fleece another clown. I gotta go. The gospel and the money here's run dry. I'm Brother Joe. I always make a killing before I fly. Hey hey, the Pentecostal with the hand of gold. Hey hey, the Pentecostal with the big tent show. Yeah. People can I get a witness! I'm making it my business. A con man, I always check the weather before I leave. Sleight-of-hand, I got another spirit up my sleeve. Hey Sunshine, I make a cripple walk and blind men see. So drop a dime and see if I can really set you free.
(At fifteen, James realizes he is gay. In high school he falls in with John, an ex-Baptist atheist who plays guitar for a garage death metal band, Village Witch.) Religion sucks, I said. Have you felt the cold rattlesnake skin?
Religion sucks, I said He said, boy, you ain't givin' Givin' sucks, I said He said, boy, you ain't livin' 'Til you felt the cold rattlesnake skin The big welcome-to-son The god carnival My own fear confuses My own Six Flags over Jesus
INSTRUMENTAL: (James is swayed by John's rebellion, but he has confused feelings about his attraction to John and his father's condemnation.)
(Bro. Joe often delivers fiery tirades against sexual abomination. Once he realizes his son is gay, the congregation performs an exorcism to expel the gay demon from his soul.) Father, see me, beat me, shove me, love me . . .
I spent my young life being a fool Afraid of the devil and his demons too Forget what they tell you in Sunday school Go get some Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath is cool
John's Saga: Well he heard when he was young This town is run by Brother Joe He heard it high, he heard it low Because his father told him so His mother said now go to bed Sleep well 'cause the world is so But in his dreams or so it seems He heard the voice of rock n roll He sees the poor folks sleeping by the light pole (I don't think so . . . no Brother Joe) He sees the black hearts putting on the white robes (I don't think so . . . not in rock n roll) He sees the white robes handing out the blindfolds The men in blindfolds talking 'bout the soul In high school he was called a fool They say you can't compete with Brother Joe So have a beer now don't you fear Sit back and enjoy the status quo He sees the black suits preying on the old He sees the old lady praying 'bout her soul He sees the gold flow straight to Brother Joe He sees those never straying from the fold He doesn't have a clue how to do it But he knows he hates the man So join the revolution, we'll hatch a plan His mother prays please give him faith Return dear child we're growing old But Ma you gotta deal with what is real You don't need faith with rock n roll The promised land or so we've been told No one knows just where we're supposed to go The blue men say trust in Brother Joe The secret comes when you give away your soul All my friends can't you see it They're beating us down In the heart, in the bed, in the innermost domain We won't be back here Brother Joe
(James writes a suicide note in his bedroom.) And daddy says his baby boy is evil And daddy says his baby boy was born that way And daddy your baby boy is leaving He'll be cold by Christmas day
INSTRUMENTAL: (James resolves to kill himself on Christmas Eve.)
(James lights charcoal in a metal washtub in the hatchback of his car. as he begins to lose consciousness, the car catches fire, and he has visions of hell . . . ) In the Chevy on the sacred site The clock is watching Drop the match in, what am I waiting for? I'm tired of living, I think it's time to go It's a blessing when we last retire Gonna see you on the other side, go to sleep now All around me filling up my lungs, start the fire Something wrong here, think my throat's on fire Like I'm falling, I'm on the other side Falling fast and I'm scared inside Now I'm in the lake with the fire beside Going up in flames Paramedics pull me from the fire, flesh is burning The guitar man, tell him he is wrong, won't believe you People listen from the other side People listen, the body leaves alive


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released June 7, 2019

Produced by Whiteside's Daughter

Stephen Poff: vocals
Brian Hughley: drums, exclamations
Steve Deaton: guitars, bass, keys, vocals

Special Guests
Molly Brasfield: upright church piano (tracks 1, 7, 14)
Ana Deaton: youth choir (tracks 10, 12)
Ray Gressett: teenage metal shred (track 10)
Clinton Kirby: guitars of the apocalypse (tracks 2, 6)
& yawps of the damned (track 6)
Steve Thomas: Synthesizer of Pentecost (track 10)

Cover Photography: Luke Austin Daugherty

All songs by S. Deaton (BMI)
Track 2: S. Deaton (BMI), W.R. Edgar (ASCAP)
Track 6: C. Clark (BMI), S. Deaton (BMI),
C. Kirby (BMI), S. Thomas (ASCAP)
Track 7: Traditional, arr. S. Deaton (BMI)
Track 8: S. Deaton (BMI), S. Poff (ASCAP)
Track 12: F. Gruber, J, Mohr, arr. S. Deaton (BMI)
Track 13: S. Deaton (BMI), S. Poff (ASCAP)


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Whiteside's Daughter Jackson, Mississippi

Southern Gothic prog-rock band Whiteside's Daughter's debut is a concept album about James, the gay son of an Alabama Pentecostal preacher, who in high school rebels and falls in with John, his ex-Baptist atheist classmate and guitarist for a high school death metal band called Village Witch. ... more

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