Roadside Flowers

by the Silent Boys

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    'Roadside Flowers', the newest release from The Silent Boys, is yet another batch of great Felt-ish jangle pop songs from this criminally overlooked Virginian band. (Jigsaw Records)
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    This CD comes in a card case with artwork by A Girl Named Leney agirlnamedleney.com

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1.
Watermelon Girl You run right through me just like a river so endlessly You rush right through me just like an ocean so violently I tossed out some seeds that I hoped would take root In the rich and loose soil of your mind. Gentle showers of affection rain down on you You’re my watermelon girl- so summery sweet and colorful You’re my watermelon girl- so summery sweet and rejuvenating You plow right through me just like a tractor so tirelessly You whip right through mejust like the north wind so gustily I’m the ever searching bumblebee that hummed with delight when discovering flowering sprouts in the lush green heart of your secret garden You’re my watermelon girl- so summery sweet and colorful You’re my watermelon girl- so summery sweet and rejuvenating You run right through me just like a river so endlessly you roar right through me just like a freight train so noisily I worked the earth with bare hands until our lives became entwined You soaked up the golden rays of attention and then you ripened on the vine You’re my watermelon girl- so summery sweet and colorful You’re my watermelon girl- so summery sweet and rejuvenating
2.
Toss & Turn 03:08
Toss & Turn My dreams have been ransacked But the thieves left confused and empty-handed The sweet fragrance of opportunity And the pungency of doubts Nesting in my mind Say what you will but you’ll never understand The toss and turn of a thousand fitful nights The toss and turn of a thousand fitful nights There’s no christen the bow beginning There’s no storybook ending The ceaseless nagging Of a heart flapping wildly with desire An echo from my childhood- A scolding voice that warnsI might get hurt I turned a deaf ear and I never recognized The fluttering of angel wings at hand The fluttering wings of guardian angels. There’s no christen the bow beginning There’s no storybook ending You wake up, shake up my heart You wake up break up my heart You wake up, shake up my heart You wake up smash up my heart
3.
Tiko & the Chocolate Tree ‘Whistle’ Walking down the highway with a snake and a dove Teaching us how life can be He wraps his arms around me and all of Creation Even things that sting and bite Sitting in my chocolate tree- Michael Jackson and me, waiting for Jesus to get off work at 5:00 The celebration’s begun and there’s room for everyone, even the animals and all my long lost friends ‘Whistle’ The world ’s full of twisty turns and thickets of thistles And people too prickly to touch His light shines upon the basement of my heart And all the wrongs itchin’ to be righted Sitting in my chocolate tree- Michael Jackson and me, waiting for Jesus to get off work at 5:00 The celebration’s begun and there’s room for everyone, even the animals and all my long lost friends ‘Whistle’ Everything is beautiful in my eyes We are all God’s children Everyone is beautiful in my eyes We are all God’s children
4.
Roadside Flowers She’d be happy with a cola bottle filled with roadside flowers- Queen Anne’s Lace and buttercups and purple morning glories My nimble fingers tip-toeing down her spine I can feel the electricity tingling up and down my own Jump, jump for the joy that’s bubbling up inside If we reach, reach for the stars then maybe we’ll touch the moon If it’s all right with you can I stay here for good? I never thought that I’d find heaven on earth Wild cascades oflight brown hair- she tames into a bun She dips her foot into the lake and stirs it like a teacup Basil, Dill, and, Rosemary - she plucks fresh from her garden You and I swing and sway preparing the night’s meal Jump, jump for the joy that’s bubbling up inside If we reach, reach for the stars then maybe we’ll touch the moon If it’s all right with you can I stay here for good? I never thought that I’d find heaven on earth All her gifts come made by hand wrapped in relevance and meaning Her handwritten letters are seeds of optimism Her beauty runs inside out. She never seems to age a day I’m plunging into new depths of adoration Jump, jump for the joy that’s bubbling up inside If we reach, reach for the stars then maybe we’ll touch the moon If it’s all right with you can I stay here for good? I never thought that I’d find heaven on earth
5.
You’re My Favorite Plaything We’re forever stuck in this emotional swirl, so let’s stir it up over again We’re yanking the drapes right off the rods.Even our breakups are rollicking good fun is what we seek no attachment required because we’re roman candles popping off at night Oh! You’re reeling from the aftershock but don’t throw me under the bus Because I’ve never ever felt this way before No, I’ve never ever felt this way before You’re my favorite plaything You’re my favorite plaything And nothing even comes close! Time will tell us if this is to be but for now let’s turn our bikes upside down again full speed ahead with foresworn regrets. We’re sidestepping land mines of commitment We dare not make. Why spoil the fun when we’re tiger eyes burning bright in the night Oh! I’m enjoying the vertigo, but don’t throw me under the bus Because I’ve never ever felt this way before No, I’ve never ever felt this way before You’re my favorite plaything You’re my favorite plaything And nothing even comes close! We’re the string of notes that pop like firecrackers right out of Charlie Parker’s bebop saxophone
6.
Orion 03:50
Orion Is it folly to take this road? There’s this vision of art deco trains that zoom by Is contentment a state of mind you seek When everything you’ve wanted roars on by? You can’t find love without a stout song To sing out loud from your soul Move along now. There’s nothing to see here There’s this hidden waterfall I could show you- share it all with you! I’m juggling all the brightest stars of Orion And I affix them to my ceiling at bedtime and I wonder You can’t find love without a stout song To sing out loud from your soul Move along now. There’s nothing to see here The summer’s fading fast and it might take some time to reel you in The summer’s fading fast and it might take some time to reel you in I’m wrapped in blankets to break this fever Half forgetting’s not good enough Ten years gone and I’ve been chained to the sky I’m looking down below at the earth and I weep You can’t find love without a stout song To sing out loud from your soul Move along now. There’s nothing to see here The summer’s fading fast and it might take some time to reel you in The summer’s fading fast and it might take some time to reel you in
7.
God's Gift 02:35
God’s Gift You’re God’s gift to women and you make sure that’s well known There’s no room for nuance with your boisterous politics Beer marinated obnoxiousness- you’re all gnashing teeth and snarl I’m showing all the restraint of a hundred and one saints I’m bobbing and weaving. Lord knows I’ve tried To keep myself out of arms reach I’m bending and twisting. Lord knows I’ve tried To dodge every jab that comes my way Will punching you in the mouth make a man of me now? Will punching you in the mouth make a man of me now? I’m on the ropes and covering up. I’m floating away from all thrusts It’s a graceful ballet and you’re running out of breath I’m bobbing and weaving. Lord knows I’ve tried To keep myself out of arms reach I’m bending and twisting. Lord knows I’ve tried To dodge every jab that comes my way Will punching you in the mouth make a man of me now? Will punching you in the mouth make a man of me now? I’m paying for refills and we’re raising our glasses. It’s all in good cheer my good man
8.
Redemption 03:36
Redemption I fell into the sea of dizzy expectations Am I the one for you? I keep my eyes on the horizon I’m sunk without the last laugh Off keel without the last word And I know you see what’s going on I’m lost at sea but not quite a shipwrecked fool I can hear the songs of the sirens beckoning me and leading me astray What if I could find my way home? Would you greet me with a welcoming embrace? I fell into the sea of unwanted self-reflection An icy cold baptism, the cleansing of this troubled soul I’m finished with the seasick lies And all those leaking alibis I hope you see what’s going on I’ve been lost at sea but now I’ve righted this ship I could hear the songs of the sirens Beckoning me, failing to lead me astray The turbulence of humility The white seagulls mean that dry land is ahead There’s no fear in my eyes! There’s no fear in my eyes! There’s no fear in my eyes! There’s no fear in my eyes!

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PENNYBLACK MUSIC:

After rattling out four albums in six years, it’s half a decade before this, the fifth album, is released. Whilst still firmly rooted in the indie-pop traditions of the earlier releases, 'Roadside Flowers' becomes the band’s finest offering thus far, mainly consisting of three-minute pop gems such as ‘Toss and Turn’, that sound like a mid-period Smiths’ track, the excellent album closer ‘Redemption’ and aptly titled 'Watermelon Girl'. There are also a couple of belting longer numbers in the shape of the title track about Dietz’s wife, Carlie, and the groovy lounge-pop of ‘Favorite Plaything’.

credits

released October 17, 2015

Vocals: Wallace Dietz
Rythm Guitar: Wallace Dietz
Lead Guitar: John Suchocki
Bass Guitar: Michael Click
Drums: John Morand

All songs by Wallace Dietz
Track 3 Lyrics: Tiko Pierce

Recorded and Mixed at Sound of Music Studios, Richmond, Va., www.soundofmusicrva.com
Photo: A Girl Named Leney, www.agirlnamedleney.com


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the Silent Boys Richmond, Virginia

The Silent Boys is an indie-pop band that has been silently playing and recording music for the past three decades.

Prior to their debut "Beauty Tips" CD, the Silent Boys released songs on various compilations including: Will There be Time for Tea (Morgan Leah), Seven Summers (Kindercore/Tweenet), and You Thought It Was the End of the World When the Rain Ruined Your Hair (Firestation Tower).
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