DRIVING IN THE DARK

by Dogtooth & Nail

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Driving In the Dark is DOGTOOTH & NAIL's first album. We greatly appreciate any donations. Thank you for your support.

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released November 21, 2015

Recorded and Mastered by John Damiani at Molehill Recording

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Dogtooth & Nail Portland, Oregon

Two punks playing folky, bluesy political tunes about environmentalism, feminism, anti-capitalism and creating change.
Often touring, based out of Portland, OR. Contact us:
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Track Name: Seeds of Resilience
A small diamond of light forms
On the cold floor
I watch it dance across your body
And if I close my eyes
I can almost imagine that I was no longer paralyzed

They ask why we don't leave
But who's listening?

Woke up with bones in my bed
I don't know where I'm going to store all of them
Chasing shadows through the night
When I return laying next to you doesn't quite feel right

Places I go when you're asleep
Only exist when I dive into my memory
My spine is so sick of being twisted all the time but the
Knifes in your back or it's in mine

My arms use to reach further than they could stretch
I'd stay much longer than I'd like to admit
You told me behind shaky eyes
That if I'd been stronger you would've tried

This room is overflowing with shame
Let it flood carry me through the window so I can breathe again
I know I'll be leaving you behind
Tread through the waters on your own cause this body is mine

My arms use to reach further than they could stretch
I'd stay much longer than I'd like to admit
You stepped all over me to build your confidence
While saying I was the only one who could save you from yourself

When I left you tried to pull me back in
Like a force of nature that kept spinning
Obstructing my view of the light
Haunting my movements but I continue to fight
Resist the feeling to submit and hide
My power radiates from what I've grown inside
Care for myself starting at the core
I'm rooted deep in the ground now so
Let it pour

My arms only reach out for those that can
Grow without destroying what I've planted
We're all seeds trying to exist your
History's one of resilience
(x2)

They ask why we don't leave
But who's listening?
Track Name: Shakin' In Your Bones
Have you ever been wandering
Day or night
Cause the streetlight won’t keep you safe and
Neither will the sunlight

And I’m always wondering
Why the same ol’ story never seems to change
You’re trying to scream out of your skin
But when you do you know that you are going
To get the blame

{CHORUS}
So take what you’ve been told and throw it
Right out the window
We’ll have you shakin’ in your bones
Cause the truth can be so damn cold

And yeah you heard it right, I made a misogynist cry
In a Portland motel with no working stove
We all smoked enough to make the rain come inside
And you said you were starving 

So I gave you my last can
You couldn’t wait to complain and said
Make it woman…
But instead, I gave you a slice of my mind

{CHORUS}

I pushed you down into the depths of your mind
The years of conditioning making you blind
When we should be teaching how not to harm
Not just how to hide

My dear friend
I’m so thankful I saw you that night
You brought me the strength to give him a hell of a fight

{CHORUS}

I’d like to dedicate this to all of my friends
To those who don’t identify with opposite ends
To those becoming who they know they were meant to be
This isn’t just about people who look like me

{CHORUS}
Track Name: Ruins
Open up old wounds
That I stitched together myself
Open up old wounds
And slide along the pavement

I’m returning back to the river
With my hair long and tied
Gonna take my knife and 
let it all fall
Downstream
Cause my ghosts keep following me

That’s why I’m...

{CHORUS}
Dreaming of the road
Cause this house can’t hold me no more
I’ve been drowning in my own smoke
But there’s nowhere that I belong

Domesticated dog
Tied to a pole
With this life she’s been living
She’s trying to die before she gets old

Never been to New Orleans
She wants to howl
And play in the streets
Never been to Northern California
Where she heard at night the sky cries
And the ocean sleeps

Well these
Cities will soon be ruins
Their colors ripped down and burned
For everyone to see
Pushing out
To pull them in
Praising names that a year ago
They wouldn’t dare to speak

That’s why I’m...
{CHORUS}

Fill a jar with my tears
And spread it over Oklahoma’s vast countryside
Let my body mix with her soil
Cause I’d lay here for days if it would save more than my life
And whether you
Leave by choice or force
You’re never coming back home
Cause they’ve taken your roots
And painted them gold
Selling them for fifteen dollars but they can’t
Sell your soul I’m…

{CHORUS}

Fill up old tombs
That you dug for yourself
Close up old rooms
Where you danced until your eyes turned red

And it’s hard to break the habit of sleeping on one side of the bed
It’s hard to break the habit of smoking cigarettes but imma keep
Fighting like hell for the living while honoring the dead
Listening
To where I’m guided to lay this weary head
I’m…

{CHORUS} x2
Track Name: Wild Warriors
You help me to stay humble
When I'm barely hanging on
So tired of the killing I see
The misery envelopes me
But then you come along

{CHORUS}
{Honor our wild warriors
They share their lives and they deserve respect
Or we'll fight back
Grace us with your step I'll
Follow you but I won't trap
And if they do we'll fight back
I know I have to let you go}

Feel the soil beneath my feet
Escaping from concrete
Where I lost my whole self
To monotony

It sure as hell makes sense to me
Why people lose their minds you see
With all disconnection from reality
And I wish that we all could step outside

{CHORUS}

What are we going to do
When the bees all disappear
What are we going to do
For the ones who live at the poles of the earth
What are we going to do
When they cut down all the old growth
What are we going to do when they
Have no homes

What are we going to do then? (x6)

{CHORUS} (x2)
Track Name: Broken Table Legs
In the dark
In the rain
You can only make out the outline of my face

In holes
In caves
We dig out dens to try and keep ourselves safe

And these days I only cut deep when it's
Blending blood and ink

A graveyard's growing in my ribcage so I'll
Visit it on saturdays
I'll honor it and bring it flowers as the
Seasons change
I can no longer swallow my words with a shot of
Whiskey to chase it down
They keep scratching up my throat reminding me I promised
I wouldn't let you drown

In the homes
We cultivate
And give our limbs to replace broken table legs

In the way
He says
"I don't need for this space to be safe"

But you can move without worrying about wandering eyes
Telling you to get back in line

Embers float from the fire and we'll
Eat them in the air
Tangled tales take time to unravel
And the smoke lingers in my hair
I have no breath left to speak with you
When your backs already turned
To build this up not tear us down
You've got to listen and learn

In the scars
Our bodies save
We heal but the memories remain

And in my bones
I know we can
Create something better than what we've been given
Track Name: Where I'm Going
fill my pockets up with problems
Carry that weight on my hips
Bare my teeth so you can see
That I’m serious
The dogs are calling me
Out to play
And mess up my clothes
And I know… I know…

THAT THERE ARE STILL PLACES WHERE TREES TOWER OVER BUILDINGS
THERE ARE STILL PLACES WHERE TREES TOWER OVER BUILDINGS
That’s where I’m going

Heavy heavy heart you wear yourself
Around my neck please don’t
Tighten up I’m already
Running out of breath

Well there’s something thick in the air
And it sure doesn’t settle well
In my chest
These lead lungs may make it hard
As I tell you I’m so TIRED OF
Dancing around in the same damn circle

BUT THERE ARE STILL PLACES WHERE TREES TOWER OVER BUILDINGS
THERE ARE STILL PLACES WHERE TREES TOWER OVER BUILDINGS
That’s where I’ll be free

My grandma told me
Her life was like getting use to a new pair of shoes
Uncomfortable at first you gotta
Take the pain and you’ll
Walk away stronger than you use to

Well I’ve worn these soles to the bone
Leaving pieces of myself all along
Exposing the insides that you like to keep close to you and
All along even if I’m all alone those pieces I lost make me aware of these darker truths

BUT THERE ARE STILL PLACES WHERE TREES TOWER OVER BUILDINGS
THERE ARE STILL PLACES WHERE TREES TOWER OVER BUILDINGS
That’s what I’m PROTECTING

I don’t benefit from lying to you
And I won’t apologize if I’m speaking in shades of blue
You were too afraid to dig up roots so you left on a gray day
Saying
Sorry for the hurricane

But star crossed kneecaps may touch but just graze the skin
Tripping trying to tip toe around conversations we should’ve been in
A long time ago I would sacrifice my own arm just for that one smile
But if we keep wasting away, letting them win there won't.. be…

There won’t be…
TREES THAT TOWER OVER BUILDINGS
THERE WON'T BE
TREES THAT TOWER OVER BUILDINGS
(x2)

SO MEET ME WHERE I'M GOING.