The Old Ways (the 20th Century)

from Honor the Father by The Restoration

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Narrator: Roman Bright, 1941 - 1953

You’re a dream—
I’ll say it again; you’re a dream.
I’m the man who gave you that little ring.
When we wed I gave you my name
And promised to always know what’s best for you
In sickness and in pain.

I was taught to follow the old ways.
Honey, I want to follow the old ways.
We’re gonna follow the old ways.

My father was a good man—
With an iron hand.
He was good. He was good. He was good. He was good.
I was bad.
I learned to honor the Father and suffer like the Son.
Eat his body, drink his blood, we are the Chosen Ones.

We’re the last good family, I tell you, and we’re gonna be the last ones.

Keep it clean—
I’ll say it again; Keep it clean.
When you bleed, I say it’s a sin
When it comes, you will stay in the hut (for seven days and nights) and
When it comes, a curse on everything you touch.
When I lay with you
Let nothing block my seed.
And when the babies come, we’ll burn the lambs to make you clean.

My children, these are the last days
Because the wicked ignored the old ways.
This is the only way that we can be together when it’s all over.

The twentieth century is gonna—
It’s gonna be the last one.

credits

from Honor the Father, released November 9, 2012
Music & Lyrics by Daniel Machado

Recorded live by:
Aleks Amer — guitar
Adam Corbett — accordion
Lauren Garner — violin
Sharon Gnanashekar — piano
Daniel Machado — vocals for Roman Bright, banjo

Overdubs by:
Aleks Amer — stomps, bottle
Adam Corbett — sticks
Daniel Machado — sticks
Stephen Russ — floor tom
Joshua Williams — sticks

Produced by Stephen Russ, Daniel Machado
Engineered & mixed by Collin Derrick
Mastered by Tim Hall

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