The Spirt And The Spine

by Rob Jungklas

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1.
Black Snake Moan Lying on a pallet In this sinkhole of a city In a shack of corrugated tin All liquored up and sweating, baby I am sideways in my skin I am positively poisonous I am absolutely stoned Let me tell you about The black snake moan This is where I live, baby The underbelly of the two-backed beast This where you live too, baby And once you get a taste There ain’t no peace You can be a black hearted sinner Or a blue eyed saint Either way, when your cover is blown You’ll be down in the basement Doing the black snake moan This ain’t the first time you have heard it, baby You have heard it in a dream And in this dream, you were straddling something And in this dream, you were pushing hard up against something And after a while, you didn’t feel nothing but the rhythm And it felt so good It made you want to scream I don’t feel nothing but muscles and nerves I can’t see nothing but shadowy forms I ain’t thought about nothing but the hour of my death Since the day that I was born I am crying out for a drug to get me higher A woman to get me off I am crying out for Jesus to take me home But every sound I make sounds like The black snake moan Every sound I make sounds like The black snake moan
2.
Automatic 04:18
Automatic God and the devil in the cocktail hour Mixed teeth and tail Mixed thorn and flower Mixed hell and heaven Will and won’t A body that dies and a soul that don’t There ain’t no justice in this world That’s all you need to know The lion-hearted man receives the same divine consideration As the carrion crow Hate is automatic It’s the nature of the beast It’s automatic It’s the squeaky wheel that get’s the grease It’s automatic It’s written in the stars Hate is automatic It’s love that’s hard I will take this needle I will take this dye And all this dark momentum form the death of love Over my heart I will draw a dagger And three drops of blood Hate is automatic It’s the nature of the beast It’s automatic It’s the squeaky wheel that get’s the grease It’s automatic It’s written in the stars Hate is automatic It’s love that’s hard Now that the sky is crying Will you annoint these angel wings? Release me from this stumbling faith This crippling doubt This never ending pain I have been thirsty for so long Why don’t you let it rain? Let it rain What’s it gonna be Hope or the absence of hope? What’s it gonna be Light or the absence of light? What’s it gonna be The ditch or the honeysuckle in the ditch? What’s it gonna be Bondage or the blood red wine? Hate is automatic It’s the nature of the beast It’s automatic It’s the squeaky wheel that get’s the grease It’s automatic It’s written in the stars Hate is automatic It’s love that’s hard Hate is automatic It’s poison in the blood Hate is automatic We’re all creatures of the mud Hate is the black dog always chained up in the yard Hate is automatic It’s love that’s hard And faith is no protection It’s just a place to hide No man can stand against the rising of the tide Hate is automatic when you’re trembling in the dark Hate is automatic It’s love that’s hard
3.
Crawl 03:59
Crawl Don’t take me over, you’re not master Don’t take me over, I’ll never be your slave Don’t take me over, I will surrender But I will not be saved I am a sinner, there is no river I am a sinner, there is no rising tide I am a sinner, come to me slowly Across the great divide Don’t make this a prayer just because I call I’m stripping it down to the skin and all This flesh and bone Is going home Let me crawl Let me crawl Let me crawl There was beauty all in her body There was beauty all in her long black hair There was beauty all in the way she moved But she’s not there Don’t make this a prayer just because I call I’m stripping it down to the skin and all This flesh and bone Is going home Let me crawl Let me crawl Let me crawl Crawl I want to feel it Crawl Don’t ever heal it Crawl This jagged edge is mine All mine Halleluah! I am a dead man Halleluah! I am a wounded soul Halleluah! this is my heaven This is my hole Don’t make it a prayer just because I call I’m stripping it down to the skin and all This flesh and bone Is going home Let me crawl Let me crawl Let me crawl
4.
Spit 04:36
Spit The world began in darkness I brought along the day And in an idle moment I made myself a creature from the clay Then I went on about my business How can I make you understand? You don’t amount to much I just gathered up some dust And I spit into my hands It’s my spit that made you rise and walk My spit makes you stagger and bleed My spit makes you deny my name My spit makes you believe It’s my spit I wish you every blessing I mean you every harm I fill your head with visions of Johanna Then I keep you on the farm I am the fount of every blessing The source of every ill I am the crowing cock I am the sweet honey in the rock I am the poison in the bitter pill It’s my spit that makes the black dog howl My spit makes the copperhead strike My spit punishes the wicked And the innocent alike It’s my spit My spit I wounded you with Paradise I blinded you with second sight I keep you dwelling in the darkness I keep you reaching for the light And still You worship me I am the seeds of your destruction I am the breath of life I made you love your brother I made you love your brother’s wife I sold you down the river Betrayed you to the enemy It’s my spit that made Golgotha It’s my spit that made Gethsemane It’s my spit that makes you holy It’s my spit that makes you vile My spit makes sure the spirit and the flesh Will never reconcile It’s my spit that makes you rise and walk My spit makes you stagger and bleed My spit makes you deny my name My spit makes you believe You were mine to drown the first time This time you will burn From dust you were created And to dust you will return My spit
5.
Say Damn 04:01
Say Damn I wear a crooked crown of spiritual fire The loyal opposition in the angel choir My nerves are tuned to a fever pitch All four wheels in the rhythm ditch Down in the rhythm ditch Hanging on the cross between two thieves One of them hollered, “Master, I believe” I said, “I was born to suffer I was born to bleed I chose you You didn’t choose me Now do you see the light? Allright” Baby, I’m gonna take your hand Baby, I’m gonna be your man Kiss you on the mouth ‘til the sugar ran And your eyes roll back Make your baby say Damn I can bear a might witness in this veil of tears I lived among you for thirty-three years I loved a woman She made me sing She made me tremble She shook that thing Now do you see the light? Allright Baby, I’m gonna take your hand Baby, I’m gonna be your man Kiss you on the mouth ‘til the sugar ran And your eyes roll back Make your baby say Damn Yeah, right There’s something you got to understand Yeah, right I am a God and you’re nothing but a man But there’s something that you can do I never will again Say Damn Make your baby say Damn Say Damn Make your baby say Damn I breathed in sex I breathed in fire The terrible beauty of desire I’m a natural born man I ain’t no saint They say the end is near But I know it ain’t Now do you see the light? Allright Baby, I’m gonna take your hand Baby, I’m gonna be your man Kiss you on the mouth ‘til the sugar ran And your eyes roll back Make your baby say Damn
6.
Bring The Night I have made peace with my connection The Holy Ghost syringe Ain’t nobody in this world Can convince me of my sins Bring the night Bring the night Bring the night down Anoint me with your love again I will sell my blood for money I will bring confusion to the enemy I will pawn my body if I have to But I will give my love away for free Bring the night Bring the night Bring the night down Anoint me with your love again Anoint me with you love again Don’t look away Don’t walk away Don’t turn away from me Bring the night Bring the night Bring the night down Anoint me with your love again Anoint me with your love again
7.
Rise Dead Man Lazarus came with a pale complexion Lazarus came with an empty pale When Lazarus came he was table rasa But a soul brother done changed his fate A soul brother done changed his fate When Lazarus came he was cold in the coffin Man in a black suit led the way Lazarus came with a bad transmission But they fixed it and he drove away But they fixed it and he drove away Rise dead man Rise dead man and follow after me Rise dead man Rise dead man and follow after me Lazarus was gone for thirty-six hours Was he in heaven or was he in hell? Lazarus knows God’s little secret Yeah, he knows but he won’t tell Yeah, he knows but the won’t tell Rise dead man Rise dead man and follow after me Rise dead man Rise dead man and follow after me Death ain’t got no cold dominion Death ain’t got no hold on me Death is old and Death is weak now Death ain’t got no stingaree Death ain’t got no stingaree Jesus had a line on the inside information Jesus knew that his time was nigh He said, “Boys, I must be going But here’s a little something to remember me by Here’s a little something to remember me by” Rise dead man Rise dead man and follow after me Rise dead man Rise dead man and follow after me
8.
Again 05:20
Again What song is this on last breath radio? More felt than heard and gone too soon Through the broken slats in the summer house I coordinate the crescent moon I could be the fire in your belly I could be the bottle in your hand I could be the proof that there’s an inch between a monster and a man Again Again The secret underneath the skin Again The whisper in the blood The body covers and conceals The spirit rises and reveals I choose the deepest water I choose the flickering candle flame Swimming out into the sacred undertow I could swear I hear my name Again Again The secret underneath the skin Again The whisper in the blood The body covers and conceals The spirit rises and reveals Again Again Break the dam and let the water in Let the river carry me down I am mud with legs Flesh, teach me how to swim I am more than mud with legs I know that I am so much more than mud with legs Spirit Teach me how to drown Where the solid meets the liquid form Where the object meets the eye Where the bullet meets the bone Where the earth meets the sky When the beheld meets the beholder Where the cries of supplication meet the listening ear Where the human voice and the twelve notes of the scale Meet the music of the spheres Again Again Again The secret underneath the skin Again The whisper in the blood The body covered and concealed The spirit risen and revealed Again Again What song is this on last breath radio Again
9.
Serpent On The Fuselage Chinese girl with a Walkman on Her bra shows through her blouse Her eyes say, somebody, hurt me please The taste of copper is in her mouth That guy’s got something wrong with him He’s walking, but his legs ain’t working right He’s walking like Coltrane played the saxophone Yeah, he’s beautiful Like a dying bird is beautiful Like a wounded soul is beautiful There’s a leather jacket on a nail There’s a woman in a white corsage A couple standing by an old Corsair There’s a serpent’s tail on the fuselage I think of my father as this handsome ghost Hovering over his boyhood home in Saginaw Looking down on the women that he loved I wish I could see the things that he saw There’s a leather jacket on a nail There’s a woman in a white corsage A couple standing by an old Corsair There’s a serpent’s tail on the fuselage Why do the good ones have to die? I don’t care about the rest God in his infinite wisdom I guess Thank you, Mata Hari for destroying my faith Thank you, Delilah for betraying me Thank you, Salome for cutting off my head like that Thank you, Mary for some small comfort There’s a leather jacket on a nail There’s a woman in a white corsage A couple standing by an old Corsair There’s a serpent’s tail on the fuselage There’s a serpent’s tail on the fuselage There’s a skeleton dancing on the fuselage
10.
Glory 03:44
Glory I have a broken wing, a broken wing, broken wing I have a broken wing, broken wing, broken wing I have a radiant heart, radiant heart, radiant heart I have a radiant heart, a radiant heart Glory I see it clear I am profane I see it clear I am divine I see it clear, the great divide Between the spirit and the spine And we all dance around the fire With this one last deep desire To consecrate, to coalesce The spirit and the flesh Glory This world will never break my heart The rocks and the water will never wear my edges down I will linger when I kiss your lips I will rise up singing when the trumpet sounds I am a man, and so I am I am a man, and so I must I am a man, and some day soon I will return to dust I am a god, and I will reunite and realign I am a god, and I will make it whole this time Make it whole, make it whole, make it whole this time Glory And all we have is just this night, is just this night, is just this night And all we have is just this night And all we know is in the dark, there is a light, there is a light And all we know is in the dark There is a light

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released November 12, 2013

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Rob Jungklas Memphis, Tennessee

It seems that Jung Klas a man of extremes who have emotions and soul torments rush through blood and nerves as music. Sometimes he sounds like a lost soul or like a wounded animal that wants to shake his skin. Away from him

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