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Ghost Train Shuffle 6:21

Crazy Man 4:41

Blue Trash 7:10

Layin' Down Lincolns 4:52

Two Left Feet 3:41

Hold Me Still 4:52

Grampa Was A Moonshiner 5:33

Lil' Red Rooster 5:53

Scarecrow Eyes 3:49

Soul Searchin'Blues 3:37

I Believe I'll Dust My Broom 6:02

Young And Stupid 3:33

Shake Your Hips 8:56

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This recording captures the intensity and dynamics of a live Spikes show,
how they build it up, and take it down, depicting exactly how they are live."
Rating: 8

Blues in Britain

"I have always admired the way in which these three
very talented musicians are willing to experiment
and evoke unusual contemporary sounds while keeping
their feet firmly in the past with the music they love."

Bob Tilling - Blues in Britain

 

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Lyrics

 

 

Ghost Train Shuffle

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - guitar (Gibson 125) percussion
Constance - backing vocals - bass
Maurice - backing vocals - drums

Early in the mornin’ waitin’ for that train
Take me back down south again
Whistle blowin’ seems to cry in pain

Feelin’ the rhythm shakin’ the track
Rattle and rollin’ Ghost train bring it on back

Gonna hitch a ride got nothin’ to loose
Sittin’ in a boxcar singin’ the blues
Strummin’ my way down to Baton Rouge

Feelin’ the rhythm shakin’ the track
Rattle and rollin’ Ghost train bring it on back

No aeroplane
No fast lane
No quick electric train’s got a soul

I need to feel that old engine
Go rollin’ over hard railroad steel

Pickin’ up speed on the southern line
Watchin’ those cotton fields go by
Won’t be long ‘til I’m home an’ dry

Feelin’ the rhythm shakin’ the track
Rattle and rollin’ Ghost train bring it on back

Well it’s been so long since I jumped a train
I need to feel that rhythm once again
Whistle blowin’ seems to cry in pain
See smoke rise into the sky
Ride that train one more time’ fore I die

No aeroplane
No fast lane
No quick electric train’s got a soul

I need to feel that old engine
Go rollin’ over hard …

Crazy Man

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - guitar (Hofner)
Constance - backing vocals - bass
Maurice - backing vocals - drums - percussion

My my mind wont slow down and let me sleep
My my mind wont slow down and let me sleep
When I close my eyes I see the way it used to be

My my mind is giving up on me
My my mind is giving up on me
Well I can’t stop thing how my life should be

Feel my blood racing all through my veins
Feel my blood racing all through my veins
Well I feel my heart pound like a runaway train

My my mind wont slow down and let me sleep
My my mind wont slow down and let me sleep
When I close my eyes I see the way it used to be

 

Blue Trash

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - baritone guitar (Lowden) - harmonica
Constance - backing vocals - washboard
Maurice - Udu drum

You can take your trash from a trailer
You can take you trash to the street
You can take all your trash to the big city dump
mmm … but you can't take it out of me

So let me be, who I am
Just a lonely boy from a little town near Birmingham
I got the Blues so bad, but the Blues don't want me
I'm just a lonely boy who I am, let me be

They try and keep you in a little box
Then say they've lost the key
Well no box is strong enough for my imagination
No they can't take that away from me

So let me be, left alone
Just a lonely boy from a southern town that was my home
I got the Blues so bad, but the Blues don't want me
I'm just a lonely boy who I am, let me be

They say 'Boy, you can't play the blues'
Like they're on some kind of throne
Well I ain't tryin' to play nobody else's way
mmm… I just workin' on my own

So let me be, with all my might
Just a lonely boy who moved around all his life
I got the blues……..so bad
And now they've got me
I'm just a lonely boy who I am, so let me be

 

Layin' Down Lincolns

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - baritone guitar (Lowden)
Constance - backing vocals - washboard
Maurice - backing vocals - cajon

 

Take a penny make a wish, lay it on the track
Take a penny make a wish, lay it on the track
When a freight train comes, bring good luck back

If it stays on the line, wishes all come true
If it stays on the line, wishes all come true
But if it falls by the side, devils after you

Layin' down Lincolns, on the railroad line
Layin' down Lincolns, on the railroad line
How you risk your life, just to pass the time

Take a penny make a wish, lay it on the track
Take a penny make a wish, lay it on the track
When a freight train comes, bring good luck back

 

Two Left Feet

Lyrics & Music by The Spikedrivers
Maurice - lead vocals - cymbal
Ben - backing vocals - guitar (Gibson 125)
Constance - backing vocals - bass

 

Well my hair's looking good my clothes are so fine
when I hit the stage I'm gonna make that audience mine
but I can't sing in key and I can't find the beat
going round in circles I got two left feet

Well there ain't no right, there ain't no wrong
there ain't no way to get out of this song
I keep looking for a bridge down a dead end street
going round in circles got two left feet

All of my life you've had me dragging my feet on the ground
Every time I tried to smile you turned it upside down
Now I'm standing up straight and I'm looking at a clear blue sky
I've got a spring in my step and a twinkle in my eye

life on the road with my wheels spinnin' round
got my head in the clouds
with both of my feet just touchin' the ground

my baby left me for a man with a left and right
with my two left feet, how could I put up a fight
now they walk hand in hand down lovers lane
and I feel one-sided and racked with pain

but I got what I got, and I do what I do
found me a special man who makes special shoes
and I learned how to use 'em to get what I get
now i walk over fools with one big step

life on the road with my wheels spinnin' round
got my head in the clouds
with both of my feet just touchin' the ground

well there ain't no right, there ain't no wrong
'cos I do it my way I sing my own song
I can go north, south, east, west anywhere I choose
Going round in circles, I got the two left feet......walking blues

 

Hold Me Still

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - guitar (Martin Backpacker)
Constance - backing vocals - bass
Maurice - backing vocals - udu drum - percussion

I can't sleep, I can't stop my mind
Eyes are open but my thoughts are blind
Night time rolls by slow as it ever will
When the morning comes take me in your arms and
Hold me still, hold me still

Running down every dusty road
Singing the Blues reaching down in my soul
'til I can't feel at all
Well I need my home where your
love comes down like a
Waterfall, waterfall

As I gaze up to the stars
And I wonder where you are
So I'll count them on my own
'til your love, brings me home

Hold me still
still so far from home
Hold me still
still running down the road
Night time rolls by, slow as it ever will
When the morning comes take me in your arms and
Hold me still,
Hold me still,
Hold me still,
still where your love will bring me home

 

 

Grampa Was A Moonshiner

Lyrics by Constance Redgrave - Music by Spikedrivers
Constance - lead vocals - washboard - percussion
Ben - backing vocals - baritone guitar (Lowden) - harmonica
Maurice - drums - percussion

 

Grampa was a moonshiner
Played rub board with the band
And Grandma was an Indian
Ran her house with an iron hand
And all the little babies
Grew up redneck as a snake
The Grapes of Wrath
Was an evil path
Made of get what you can take

Don't get angry, just get gone
Don't get even, get along
Till the good Lord rights the wrong
Dust yourself off and walk on.

They got dusk and they got hungry
And a dirt floor shack for seven
The preacher lost his battle for
That place he called heaven
And all the little babies
Dreamed in angry shades of red
Played the devils tune,
Howling at the moon
Woke up mean as a copperhead.

Don't get angry, just get gone
Don't get even, get along
Till the good Lord rights the wrong
Dust yourself off and walk on.

Grampa was a moonshiner
Till Grandma said he was through
Meet ol' Bob at the door with a shotgun
Weren't much those boys could do
And all the little babies
Rung their momma everyday
Danced their lives in pain
Raised their kids insane
The American way.

Don't get angry, just get gone
Don't get even, get along
Till the good Lord rights the wrong
Dust yourself off and walk on.

 

 

Lil' Red Rooster

Lyrics & Music by Willie Dixon
Ben - lead vocals - guitar (resonator)
Constance - bass
Maurice - Drums - Udu drum - percussion

 

Scarecrow Eyes

Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - guitar (resonator)
Constance - bass
Maurice - Leedy Temple Blocks and cymbals

Instrumental

 

 

Soul Searchin' Blues

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - guitar (Hofner) - harmonica
Constance - backing vocals - bass
Maurice - backing vocals - drums - percussion

It's been a long, long, long time
Since I travelled my way home
When I think 'bout the years gone by
And all those miles out on the road

So I'll walk all my life
Ain't gonna stop lord 'till I die
I'm gonna walk 'till all my shoes
Ain't got no soul
Searchin' blues

Well I tried to settle down
And I worked hard as I ever will
But I gave into the sound
Of my feet when they can't stand still

So I'll walk all my life
Ain't gonna stop lord 'till I die
I'm gonna walk 'till all my shoes
Ain't got no soul
Searchin' blues

It's been a long long long time
And now I stand here alone
The house I see once was mine
But my home everywhere I go

So I'll walk all my life
Ain't gonna stop 'till I die
I'm gonna walk 'till all my shoes
Ain't got no soul
Searchin' blues

I'm gonna walk all my life
Ain't gonna stop lord 'till I die
I'm gonna walk 'till all my shoes
Ain't got no soul
Searchin' blues

 

I Believe I'll Dust My Broom

Music by Robert Johnson
Ben - lead vocals- guitar (Hofner)
Constance - backing vocals, bass
Maurice - drums

 

Young And Stupid

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - guitar (resonator)
Constance -backing vocals, bass
Maurice - drums - percussion

Young and stupid you're so strong
Wanna do right no matter
If it's somebody else's wrong

Young and stupid you know you're the best
But you get so bored
When it turns into a mess

Aint that real, aint that real
Aint it real, aint it real or just the way I feel

Young and stupid you bought the dream
But you wake up in a world that don't seem so clean

Mmmm like a stinking hangover, knocking on my door
I just flip the channel, buy it all once more..

Real, aint that real
Aint it real, aint it real or just the way I feel

Go ask your daddy, ask your daddy's friends
Grab it while you can, before it all comes to an end

Or go cry to mama, but why shed a tear
You've got us scared to death
And now we all live in fear

Young and stupid wins the day
But years from now I wonder
just what they're gonna say

 

Shake Your Hips

Lyrics & Music by James Moore
Ben - lead vocals - guitar (resonator)
Constance - backing vocals, bass
Maurice -backing vocals, drums

 


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