Ruins

by Stan Simon

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released May 26, 2016

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Stan Simon Toronto, Ontario

Formed in Toronto in 2012, Stan Simon & The Hotel Bible are recognized for their haunting songwriting and gritty lyrics combining elements of American folk with country western, indie and blues.

"Ruins" their sophomore album which received positive reviews from outlets such as Noisey (Vice) and Chart Attack, will be released at The Horseshoe Tavern on May 26th.
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Track Name: The Desert Line
Driving to the border sign
With blood dripping on the floor
Robbed a bar on the desert line
And was shot running out the door

I am lost
In a wasteland, so lost.
In my head, I drown.

I walked in like a wanted man
I struck the bartender with a bottle in my hand
I grabbed the cash like a maniac
In my car I found a bullet in my back
Plant a rose the day I die
Lay it on The Desert Line

Strangled by the burning sun
Sirens are blaring hard
They’ll hang me for what I’ve done
And the highway is my graveyard

I am lost
In a wasteland, so lost.
In my head, I drown.

I walked in like a wanted man
I struck the bartender with a bottle in my hand
I grabbed the cash like a maniac
In my car I found a bullet in my back
Plant a rose the day I die
Lay it on The Desert Line.
Track Name: The Forgotten Train
Shatter these chains
Upon the forgotten train
Collide into the endless night

Windows are smashed by leafless trees
Rain enters the train as wind stirs the sea.
Smoke is rising, the crow’s fly through
The bridge is cracking but I’m going somewhere new.

Travel in the bloom
of the melting yellow moon
As the engine howls and screams.

Shatter these chains
Upon the forgotten train
Collide into the endless night
From a past now slain
Upon the forgotten train
And ride chasing the raging tide

Broken voices are calling me
From deserted towns where shadows flee
Through the forest the train the moves fast
Leaving all I known on rusted tracks

Travel in the bloom
of the melting yellow moon
As the engine howls and screams.

Shatter these chains
Upon the forgotten train
Collide into the endless night
From a past now slain
Upon the forgotten train
And ride chasing the raging tide
Track Name: Dark Rider
Creeping like a spider
A shadow no one hears
Driving, my dark rider
Whispers in my ear
Nothing is real

Headlights on the road
Highway a concrete spine
Stranger, an evil groan
Lives inside my mind
Nothing is real

Dark Rider
Dark Rider
I will drive all night long
Burning, Clawing out of my head

Grinning in the seat
Killer in a bolo tie
Liar, who’s truest nature
Is red hands and yellow eyes.
Nothing is real
Track Name: The Marquee
Rock and roll has met its end
While the jukebox plays songs by ghosts golden days
A lonely bar in a broken town
I’m breaking down
Wondering where you are
Down the street or somewhere far

The marquee says you and me
Are leaving town tonight on a highway to the sea
There is no show, no crowd to clap
I’m waiting in the alley for you to come back

From my table stands the stage
Where I played drunken nights to empty rooms and their lights
Another drink the bartender pours
I’m staring at the door
Wondering where you are
Down the street or somewhere far
Track Name: Ten Thousand Dollar Man
Red beard and a scar on my face
Made choices that I can’t replace
Wrongly charged killing a senators son
He was drunk on the bottle, drove full throttle
Crashed my car and the state put the blame on me
Running to be free
Cold sweat drips down my back
They’ll hunt me like a rabid pack
Lock me up and my innocence too
The dead will follow a desperado
Read the sign that says: WANTED!

Ten Thousand Dollar Man
Wanted for his crimes, sentenced to hang
Currently on the lam
Have you seen this man?

I’ll leave this town behind
Creep into the valley of night
Find some bar; try to drink myself to sleep.
I hear someone shouting, someone knocking,
Oh, god I got to get the hell out of here
Before the end comes near
The dead will follow a desperado
Read the sign that says: WANTED!

Ten Thousand Dollar Man
Wanted for his crimes, sentenced to hang
Currently on the lam
Have you seen this man?

Fortune never favored me
I’ll stop and see my family
Before I go where I will never be found
My tears are flowing, I best be going
I am the ten thousand dollar man
Track Name: Burning Heart
Love will crack your bones
Grip your heart, turn it to stone
Time, a smoky lane
That we walk to love again

Into the dust I fall
Crashing down like a cannonball
Down on the cold ground
I say out loud

Oh my burning heart
Breaks down, falls apart
Rising to reclaim
Like the smoke that once was flame

Death has sung its song
Howling through the night long
Bloom the dawn of youth
Falling leaves wither to truth
Track Name: Ragged Moon
Ragged moon, like a mirror you reflect into me
Your light
I am lost in the forest of my psyche
All night

Broken chains surround me in the rain
Wind through the trees whisper to me
Old and torn, the secrets I’ve worn
Fall upon my eyes, every day, every night.

Ragged moon, like a mirror you reflect into me
Your light
I am lost in the forest of my psyche
All night

Burn it down, let ashes fall around
Move throughout time in the woods of your mind
I have gone mad in this avalanche
Of fear that won’t let me go
Track Name: When We're Old
The lighthouse, you came with me
To feel the breeze and touch the sea
And from your eyes to the words I hold
When you said you want to watch me grow old.

I am breathless on the cove
Your face a song the Gods composed
In a fading sky, one day we will die
I will listen until the blue leaves our eyes.

When we’re old and by the fire
Together once again
A history of tender years
Held in wrinkled hands
And the sun will ignite
And the moon will cool the night
When our grave is a crashing wave
We’ll leave behind new life.

We set sail on a crowd of stars
A ship made from wooden guitars
A vessel we ride through the rising tide
With the ghosts of the seas silent years.
Oh, my heart was slow to learn
But every turn assures my fate
The lighthouse shines, a thick white line
As I marvel at the change in your face.

My one, my only one
A time when we’re old
Track Name: When The Night Crept Into My Eyes
Some say time repairs our fractures
Renews our hope, corrects the frame
I was broken, I was damaged
When the night crept into my eyes

So I wrote, heard sounds of beauty
Searched the land, toned my despair
I am the shepherd of my darkness
Plucked the strings trembling in my mind

When the night crept into my eyes
I felt my lungs fill with breath
When the night crept into my eyes
I was sheltered in the abyss
That I’m falling through

Oh my heart is like a mountain
All the years fall from its side
Into the ocean, the endless fountain
Sweeps the night in the shrinking tide