Television

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    BEDLAM is our fifth album, and second in collaboration with the brilliant Damon Whittemore of Valvetone, NYC.

    Mastered by multiple GRAMMY winning engineer, Tom Ruff, and performed with everything we've got.

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Written by Austin Hughes
© 2016 Austin Hughes Music, ASCAP

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Television

The image broke in silence as the astronaut appeared
A ghostly postcard wired back to home
Through the walkie-talkie sound
He says “I’m gonna step off now”
We stared as he taught himself to walk around
Were you watching on the television?
Were you watching on the television?
He was bouncing like a child in a desert with no sky
And we wondered what the hell the moon was really like

They called one the champion, the other one the greatest
Ali hammered Frazier on the ropes
Coming out of 14 rounds, punches land but make no sound
The fight was stopped and neither man could stand
Were you watching on the television?
Were you watching on the television?
Now the greatest would reclaim his lost title and his fame
Passed out on the canvas, a broken saint

The Lieutenant tried to answer, his eyes a muddy lake
The pictures told it all in vivid grey
You could tell the blood was red
On the piles of the fortunate dead
In a burning jungle someplace far away
Were you watching on the television?
Were you watching on the television?
All the metal dragonflies breathing flame into night
God took the bodies up through a hole in the sky

After 2 long years of shootings, the police could not explain
Young couples in cars randomly slain
In a note left on the street
He said “to stop me you must kill me”
And blamed it all on the wicked voice of Sam
Were you watching on the television?
Were you watching on the television?
He was carted off alone from his quiet Yonkers home
Asking the policeman, “What took you so long?"
"Oh, what took you so long?"

credits

from Bedlam, released May 10, 2016
Austin Hughes: lead vocals, guitar, piano
Samantha Parton: mandolin, backing vocals
Patty Hughes: bass
Glendon Jones: fiddle
Philippa Thompson: fiddle, viola

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M Shanghai Brooklyn, New York

Since 2002, this Brooklyn collective's roots-based, original songs and joyous performances have created a fiercely loyal word-of-mouth following. They invite you to celebrate the release of their new album, "Bedlam", and to visit them for their monthly first-Saturday performances at The Jalopy Theater www.jalopy.biz ... more

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