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Down The Narrow

by Mark Bates

Songs about longing, loving, and falling short . Americana with a little kick musically and lyrically.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Clean Through
4:04 $0.99
2. The Promised Land
4:21 $0.99
3. A Drunkard's Holiday
4:15 $0.99
4. Forbidden Love
3:03 $0.99
5. Daisy
3:51 $0.99
6. Shotgun with the Devil
6:08 $0.99
7. Flyin' Shoes ( By Townes Van Zandt)
4:19 $0.99
8. The Show is Over
3:41 $0.99
9. My Way Back Home
3:36 $0.99
10. Go On
4:00 $0.99
11. Death Sucks
3:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
I wrote these songs as I was going through a period of isolation. The stories that started coming out were not autobiographical but all of them dealt with the issues that I was dealing with: Death, dirty love, discouragement, disillusionment, and failure. Realizing how sad all those things are, I tried to add a sharp, dark sense of humor to a few of the songs. For example, " A Drunkard's Holiday" is about how an abusive alcoholic spends his Christmas, but people seem to smile every-time I play the song. ( Not funny subject matter, but the imagery lightens the mood a bit). I wanted to make a record that dealt with intense stories, but I also wanted the listener to feel the urge to sing along during the choruses. I think the humor and pretty melodies make the character's burdens a little more bearable. Recording these songs in the studio was a joy, but preparing this album has taken a piece out of me. ( I think that's appropriate, as records should be extremely personal things for the artist) My part is done, and I hope my work is enough to make you satisfied for an hour or so. Thanks for your time, and I hope you enjoy my album. - Mark Bates



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