Strip The Lanterns

by Alec Gross

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"Strip The Lanterns" is an 11-track LP released in 2011. Written by Alec Gross and produced by Greg Barbone, Alec Gross, and Will Hensley, the album was recorded at Mission Sound in New York City 2010.

"Strip The Lanterns" realizes singer-songwriter Alec Gross' visions of a new Americana-- a musical soundscape that moves beyond the typical acoustic guitars and plaintive vocals, and is augmented by unexpected blasts of raw, Stax-era R&B-- to paint visual, even cinematic scenes of a somewhere USA that is at once familiar, but ultimately troubled.

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released August 2, 2011

All songs written by Alec Gross
Produced by Greg Barbone, Alec Gross, and Will Hensley
Recorded at Mission Sounds, NYC
Mixed by Ryan Hewitt
Mastered by Alex Saltz at APS Mastering

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Alec Gross New York, New York

Alec Gross is an NYC-based singer-songwriter who performs his dark & heavy brand of original folk, alt. country, & soul throughout the US and Europe. This “Cinematic Americana” sound frames his stories of madness, love, sickness, redemption, the planting and the harvest. ... more

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Track Name: If You Don't Mind (Baby Go Ahead)
If you don’t mind
Stitching my jeans one leg at a time
If you don’t mind, baby go ahead
If you don’t mind
Taking me home with a head full of wine
If you don’t mind baby go ahead

Play to my doubts
What are you laughing about?
What are you laughing about, baby go ahead

If you can’t see
How a simple little trip can bring a man to his knees
If you can’t see baby go ahead
If you can’t see
How an easy mistake can ruin every belief
If you can’t see baby go ahead

Play to my doubts
What are you laughing about
What are you laughing about, baby go ahead
And take me out
Go on and spin me around
Go on and spin me around, yeah, baby go ahead

All this talk and no play
We scream every word we say
Until it hurts our throats
It really hurts my throat, this time

I’m at a loss
Spinning my nickels whatever the cost
I’m at a loss over what’s been said
I’m at a loss
Turned head over heel like a coin in a toss
I’m at a loss over what’s been said

If you don’t mind
Stitching my jeans one leg at a time
If you don’t mind, baby go ahead
Track Name: Burning Grounds
A crippled crow cries a dying song
There’s a burned-out patch of earth where the crime got done
And a low grey sky don’t forgive the sun
When that crippled crow cries it’s dying song

See the man try to stand with his back all torn
See the broken branch from the night we stormed
When we cut him down I heard that bugle horn
When the man tried to stand with his back all torn

Silently we all scream
No nothing makes a sound
It’s black & white up on the screen
All the color’s been drained-out
If anything means anything
This should mean something

Damn the trees, damn the silent ground
Damn the people’s eyes that just look around
Damn the tongues that never make a sound
Damn us all to the burning grounds
Track Name: Looking Glass Lies
Boredom hangs like fruit in a tree
Wait for white rabbits to rescue me
One makes you larger and one makes you small
As long as I don’t have to stay the same is all

Oh, Alice, say it aint true
The looking glass lies to you

The queen of hearts eats her duchess tarts
And I just want to go to bed
Cheshire cat never takes a nap
I wish that it was off with his head

I’m positive this is how we live
Our minds can get away from us
But the caterpillar with his smoke ring filler
Never does too much

Oh Alice say it aint true
The looking glass lies to you
Oh Alice say it aint true
This aint no wonderland without you
Track Name: Strip The Lanterns
My hero he’s a killer
A breaker of men
A wounder with words he’s done it again and again

My hero tips his hat
And leaves us with a wink
He talks in a circle but he growls when he sings

And all my attempts don’t add up to anything
Strip the lanterns
Strip the lanterns
Strip the lanterns from the streets

My hero sees the world
Through his powder blue eyes
He sees into my heart but he doesn’t seem surprised

My hero sits alone
At the back of the bar
Hank Williams on the jukebox as he cuts a cheap cigar

What do you have to trade?
Is it just a soul that can never be saved?
Should the devil call my name
How will I answer?
How will I answer ?
How will I answer when the deal gets made?

My hero’s burned the cotton
He’s salted all the land
He points out the direction with the back of his hand

My hero’s drained the delta
He’s poisoned all the wells
He’s foreclosed on all our futures and he bids a fond farewell