13 Songs Plus

by Austin & Elliott

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Our debut release packed with duo performances. Originally 13 songs, the album accumulated more tracks with each re-pressing, adding up to 21--hence the numerically odd title. Most songs are unavailable elsewhere, while several exist here in alternate versions.

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released January 17, 2015

Christopher Thomas Elliott: voice, guitar
Lisa Austin: voice, guitar

Songs by Christopher Thomas Elliott, except "Flycatcher," by Lisa Austin.

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Austin & Elliott Montague, Massachusetts

Partners in harmonizing crime from Western Mass.

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Track Name: When I Go
When I Go

All the old Egyptians kings
Were buried with their gold.
It worked for them so why not me.
I’ll take you with me when I go.

When I go, when I go,
Why don’t I take you with me when I go.

All the emperors of Rome
Could never walk away.
Me, I’m free to hit the road,
But I work each and every day.

You take it out, you take it out, you take it out, you take it out
On yourself, it’s wrong.
It holds you back, it holds you back,
It holds you back, it holds you back,
I’ll help you hold on.

All the Vikings used to sail
To plunder and to kill.
Every day I check the mail.
You lean on the windowsill.

Why don’t I take you with me when I go
To Egypt, Sweden, and Rome.
Track Name: O Death
O Death

O Death, O Death
Cold, cold hands picking through the burning sand.

I am Death and I excel
At my chosen trade.
Thank you one and all
For digging your own graves.

O Death, O Death,
Cold, cold hands picking through the burning sand.

Saving all your money
Just to give to me.
Making me my weapons,
One more baby on your knee.

O Death, O Death,
Cold, cold hands picking through the burning sand.

I used to labor hard
Seeking souls to trap.
Now your fires burn
And bodies fall in my lap.

O Death, O Death,
Cold, cold hands picking through the burning sand.

Snow-white morning doves
Gather ‘round like children.
You take the olive branch, say, “thank you,”
And you kill them.

I understand you’re wise.
Only fools can dream.
I hope you’re never fools enough
To live in harmony.
Track Name: Rocking the Cradle
Rocking the Cradle


Momma’s gone to work in the stable
Whose hand is rocking the cradle?
Whose heart is singing a lullaby?

Daddy’s cards are on the table
Whose hand is rocking the cradle?
Whose heart is singing a lullaby?

More, more, we cried and cried
More empty inside
Even if you get rich
the more you scratch the more you itch

No one’s home but the crow on the cable
Whose hand is rocking the cradle?
Whose heart is singing a lullaby?

More, more, we cried and cried
More mouths open wide
Wind blows through the veil
A dog learns not to chase its tail

More, more, we cried and cried
More unsatisfied
There’s a hole where you stand
You fill the void any way you can

Whose hand is rocking the cradle?
Whose hand is rocking the cradle?
Whose hand is rocking the cradle?
Track Name: Blackwater Dam
Blackwater Dam

Let me tell the story about a peaceful town.
Playing at the resevoir the mayor’s daughter drowned.
How could this have happened to a child so pure?
In despair, the mayor jumped off the dam for her.

Blackwater Dam

At the funeral of the daughter, they rang a lonesome bell.
At the funeral of the father, they cursed his soul to hell.
From that moment on, things could never be the same.
The water turned to poison and the poison turned to rain.

Blackwater Dam

His widow had a nightmare swimming with their ghosts.
The preacher killed a sparrow just to see it float.
Billy’s sweetheart cried, “Billy, I can‘t swim.”
He said, “Our baby’s better off unborn” and pushed her in.

Blackwater Dam

Brothers turned on sisters, husbands turned on wives,
Day by day the broken hearts jumped off the dam to die.
Until the last remaining child learned the lesson well
And said “now I must do what others do unto themselves.”

As the bodies sank, the water level rose,
Until the levee broke and the bitter waters flowed,
Pouring through the rivers, filling up the sea,
Flooding all the world, and washing over you and me.

Blackwater Dam
Track Name: Snow Globe
Snow Globe

We’re caught in a cycle generations old,
Moving to the city to get away from home,
But you never really can leave the town you’re from.
Looking back, you see the person you’re bound to become.

In my high school pictures, I look a bit confused,
The same expression on my face I had when I met you
Through a friend we hated in the hateful nightclub scene
Where I looked down on everybody looking down on me.

The night of our first date, we braved a foot of snow.
Our first anniversery we bought ourselves a globe,
Shake it up, it settles down.
Shake it up, it settles down.
Shake it up, it settles down.
Snow globe.

The music I would listen to when I was seventeen
I still listen to, but with a hint of irony.
You listen to it with me with a fresh and open mind.
The music of your past I will understand with time.

The night of our first date, we braved a foot of snow.
Our first anniversery we bought ourselves a globe.
Shake it up, it settles down.
Shake it up, it settles down.
Shake it up, it settles down.
Snow globe.
Track Name: All God's Children
All God’s Children

All God’s children are born to live and die
All God’s children are born to live and die
No one knows the reason, but that’s alright

All God’s children are born to live and die
All God’s children are born to live and die
No one knows the reason, but that’s alright

All God’s children suffer their souls
All God’s children suffer in their souls
Father has an answer, but he don’t know

All God’s children dream of judgement day
All God’s children dream of judgement day
But there’s no such thing. You gotta struggle day by day.

All God’s children
All God’s children
All God’s children
It’s alright
Track Name: Starlet With a Needle
Starlet with a Needle

The grave digger’s daughter is digging Daddy a grave
One September morning. Leave burn and blow away.

What goes high comes down harder.
What’s good you throw away.
What you keep inside comes out stronger.
Baby you’ll never change.

Don’t you know it’s only human to kill a beautiful thing.
A starlet with a needle. A girl on a swing.

What goes high comes down harder.
What’s good you throw away.
What you keep inside comes out stronger.
Baby, you’ll never change.

Proud flags are waving. Limousines flash in the sun.
There’s nothing worse than watching the old bury the young.

What goes high comes down harder.
What’s good you throw away.
What you keep inside comes out stronger.
Baby, you’ll never change.

What goes high comes down harder.
What’s good you throw away.
What you keep inside comes out stronger…

Leaves burn and blow away.
Track Name: Hearts of Stone in a City of Glass
Hearts of Stone in a City of Glass

Your heart’s a stone in a city of glass as you lay beside me.
You’d be careful if you cared about the world you’re breaking.
Your heart’s a stone in a city of glass, shattering vows in the shadows.
can you be truly sorry for mistakes you keep on making?

The wind burns stone cold.

Your heart’s a stone in a city of glass. I depart these ruins
Leaving you in crooked streets to face your sad reflection.

Your heart’s a stone in a city of glass. Shattering all we believed in.
How can I return to you treasures you yourself have taken?

The wind burns oh stone-cold
The wind burns oh stone-cold.
Sunlight’s crashing all around.
Track Name: One More Time
One More Time


take one more breath
that’s all you get
take one more drink
before I pour it down the sink
take one more shot
before it’s lost
steal one more kiss
before the sun sinks like a ship

before it fades before my eyes
before it fades before my eyes
before it fades before my eyes
let me believe in it one more time

tell one more lie
it’ll be alright
say one more prayer
before there’s nothing there
take one more chance
that’s all I ask
let me hold your hand
i’ll miss you more than I can stand

before it fades before my eyes
before it fades before my eyes
before it fades before my eyes
let me believe in it one more time
Track Name: How Far Time Flies
How Far Time Flies

You can trace the thread of life
All the way back to the trilobite
Fossilized in a stone
Fossilized in a rock
On a postcard at the gift shop

Bridges go up, bridges go down
Bridges burn to your hometown
When you can cross to the other side
See how far time can flies

In corduroy, a heavy kid
Digs for fossils in a ditch
Sunny days he’s indoors
Learning names of dinosaurs

Bridges go up, bridges go down
Bridges burn to your hometown
When you can cross to the other side
See how far time can flies

Dragonflies encased in amber
Mysteries without an answer
Lovers break up in the rain
Lovers kiss in the breakdown lane

Bridges go up, bridges go down
Bridges burn to your hometown
When you can cross to the other side
See how far time can flies

Lonely arrow in the sky
In the alley on a yellow one-way sign
Lonely arrow in the sky
In the alley on a yellow one-way sign

Trophies climb up on dusty shelves
And history books repeat themselves
A child knows that life’s a dream
But soon forgets on the jet stream

Bridges go up, bridges go down
Bridges burn to your hometown
When you can cross to the other side
See how far time can flies
See how far time can flies