Fritz Hatchery

by Rusty Razors

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about

Fritz Hatchery was a family business that my (Patrick's) grandparents and great-grandparents owned and operated in southeast Iowa up until the late 1970s. My grandparents continued to live on the property for many years, and I spent much of my childhood there. By the time I came along, the hatchery was long gone, but the old barn and corn fields remained. It was a great place to climb trees, shoot BB guns, play baseball, and find all kinds of boyhood mischief. With this album I pay tribute to the old home.

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released June 14, 2015

Christian McAdams - mandolin
Nick Kukowski - banjo, vocals
Patrick Davis - vocals, guitar
Phil King - bass
Travis Curry - fiddle

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Matt Parmenter at Ice Cream Factory Studio
Produced by Rusty Razors and Matt Parmenter
Music and words written by Rusty Razors, except for I Know You Rider (traditional), Cluck Old Hen (traditional) and Payne County Line (Brett Morgan)
Cover painting by Nicolette Malewski. Art direction by Debbie Ceron and Patrick Davis

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Rusty Razors Austin, Texas

Rusty Razors is a new band with an old soul. Based in Austin, Tx, the
current lineup came together in early 2015 and quickly started
working on a new album, "Fritz Hatchery". The band worked
with Matt Parmenter at Ice Cream Factory Studio on the new
album. The instrumentation and songwriting on "Fritz Hatchery"
move in a decidedly more bluegrass direction when compared to
previous releases.
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Track Name: When I'm A Hobo
Will you still love me when I'm a hobo?
Baby I've got this feeling and I've gotta go
You know there ain't a damn thing I don't love about you
Honey this is something I gotta do

Gotta learn to blow this harp before I leave
Out there on the road it's how I'll earn my keep
Just gimme a couple of days and I'll be playing it right
Til the tips fill up my bucket every night.

Starting to feel alright with being alone
Is that a sign my soul has died or that I've grown?
Before I leave there's one I've got to know
Will you still love me when I'm a hobo?

Will you be waiting for me when I come back to town?
Or will there be another man you've found
The Appalachian Trail is calling out my name
I know if I leave things will never be the same

Starting to feel alright with being alone
Is that a sign my soul has died or that I've grown?
Before I leave there's one I've got to know
Will you still love me when I'm a hobo?

Will you still love me
If I leave this place
Will you still love me
All I'll think about is your pretty face

Grown a little tired of being alone
I think it's time for me to head back home
You'll be in my arms before too long
And I'll be done singing this hobo song
Track Name: Florida
Met a wonderful gal who thinks I'm great
The only problem is she lives another state
With a beautiful smile and long red hair
Will I see her again? I don't know when or where
I first thought she was out of my league
A girl like that'll never go for me
Started to talk and to my surprise
I saw the look of love in her eyes

She's got me wondering, she's got me yearning
Every evening I'm tossing and turning
I'm wondering, now I'm yearning
Wondering if I'll ever see her again

It was Friday night we were hanging out
All the wrong words came out of my mouth
She gave me a hug and said goodnight
Maybe a second chance tomorrow night
Saturday night rolled around
Her and I were drinking 'em down
Made a little plan to sneak away
That night was great but now I've got to say

She's got me wondering, she's got me yearning
Every evening I'm tossing and turning
I'm wondering, now I'm yearning
Wondering if I'll ever see her again

Went back home with her on my mind
A girl like that is so hard to find
Now we're on the phone almost every day
And I know all the right words to say
1,140 miles away
I think I can make it in a couple of days
I'll find a way to get over there
And see the girl with the long red hair

She's got me wondering, she's got me yearning
Every evening I'm tossing and turning
I'm wondering, now I'm yearning
Wondering if I'll ever see her again
Track Name: Cluck Old Hen
Had a little hen that had a wooden leg
Best damn hen that ever laid an egg
Laid more eggs than any other on the farm
One more drink won't do me any harm

Cluck old hen cluck and sing
Ain't laid an egg since way last spring
Cluck old hen cluck and squall
Ain't laid an egg since way last fall

My old hen's a good old hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men
Sometimes nine sometimes ten
That's enough for the railroad men

Cluck old hen cluck and sing
Ain't laid an egg since way last spring
Cluck old hen cluck and squall
Ain't laid an egg since way last fall

My old hen she won't do
She lays eggs and taters too
Sometimes one sometimes two
That don't feed the railroad crew

Cluck old hen cluck and sing
Ain't laid an egg since way last spring
Cluck old hen cluck and squall
Ain't laid an egg since way last fall

Fritz won't eat that bird no more
He'll just sell it at the grocery store
Of that hen he's had his fill
But it still helps him pay the bills

Cluck old hen cluck and sing
Ain't laid an egg since way last spring
Cluck old hen cluck and squall
Ain't laid an egg since way last fall
Track Name: Payne County Line
A rain that won't stop falling a sun that will not shine
I'm standing on the border of the Payne County Line
There's a sheriff coming now to gun me down
He's sure to shoot me cold if there's no one else around
It seems I stole his sweetheart if only for a night
It's out the bedroom window into the morning light
Riding for two weeks now without a bite to eat
No whiskey for a drink and not a place to sleep

Tied a dead bunch of roses from the ceiling on a string
When it's all said and done now it don't mean a thing
Til this wind whistles by with a solid golden ring

That's how I found myself out on the road again
No woman I can talk to no one to call a friend
A rain that won't stop falling a sun that will not shine
I'm standing on the border of the Payne County Line

Tied a dead bunch of roses from the ceiling on a string
When it's all said and done now it don't mean a thing
Til this wind whistles by with a solid golden ring

A rain that won't stop falling a sun that will not shine
I'm standing on the border of the Payne County Line
Track Name: Can't Catch Me
I'm an outlaw on the run because I had a little fun
Sheriff's got me in his sights been on this trail for a many night
Send chase as fast as you can or even hire the meanest man
Put a hound dog on my track you know they'll soon be headed back
If this trail should come to an end I will shoot down the sheriff's men

No no no you can't catch me

I can ride all night to Dallas, that's half way to the Pedernales
Where there's a camp of outlaw men, they steal and murder but they call me friend
Among the caves and canyons our numbers make us strong
I'll cut down that crooked sheriff while singing an outlaw song
About our rough and rowdy ways while I dance all night on that sheriff's grave

No no no you can't catch me

The outlaws drink and carry on and I step out to use the john
I feel a pistol in my back it seems that sheriff followed my track
A take a deep breath and fear it may be my last when from the darkness there comes a shotgun blast
Who is this man that saved my life? It was the father of the sheriff's wife

No no no you can't catch me
Track Name: Villisca
The train from Kansas City pulled into town
The brakes let out a shriek as it slowed down
Blackie rose to his feet and said "this is my stop"
The town didn't know they would bleed the last drop

As night crept in on this little town
They waited til no one was around
Peered in the window saw a family of six
By the rooster's crow this murderer had his fix

If he comes to your town
He brings a vengeance
He brings a madness
He brings a fury
He brings a pain

At 7 AM they were absent for chores
The neighbor knocked and pounded on the door
But motionless in their bed's they lie
Life taken from them never again to rise
Track Name: The Return
Instrumental
Track Name: Touch The Sun
Remember the day that we first met
We hadn't had that spark just yet
It was soon to come now I'll never forget
The feeling I was feeling was so strong
In two weeks time I asked you out
You said yes despite my doubts
I took you out for a night on the town
And the feeling we were feeling was so strong

That night we had a world of fun
We were up to see the rising sun
I wish I could tell everyone
But you told me to keep my mouth shut

Exchanging glances all through the day
Why do we have to hide it anyway?
I know this will be over soon
Because a secret's not a secret for too long

Now our life is a world of fun
I feel like I can touch the sun
I wish I could tell everyone
But you told me to keep my mouth shut

Went on the mountain for a jamboree
I asked you to marry me
Now you are my wife to be
And this feeling we're feeling is so strong

Now our life is a world of fun
I feel like I can touch the sun
Now I'm gonna tell everyone
I can't hardly keep my mouth shut
Track Name: I Know You Rider
I know you rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
Gonna miss your baby from rolling in your arms
Laid down last night I could not take my rest
My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west

A light will shine on my back door some day
March winds will blow all of my troubles away
Wish I was a headlight on a northbound train
I'd shine my light through the cool Colorado rain

I know you rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
Gonna miss your baby from rolling in your arms
Track Name: Bat City Blues
My baby done left me for a pedicab driver
That's OK she wore mom jeans and I never really liked her
My scooter and my bicycle are both broken down
And the bus takes two hours just to get across town

But there's no place I'd rather be
Here it's not cold it's paradise to me
I'd rather be down and out in Austin
So glad that I'm down and out in Austin

My favorite food truck packed up and drove away
No longer can I sit and eat breakfast tacos all day
Spent my last dollar on a pearl snap from a second hand store
Went into debt eating queso at the restaurante next door

But there's no place I'd rather be
Here it's not cold it's paradise to me
I'd rather be down and out in Austin
So glad that I'm down and out in Austin

Took a walk with my dog to Auditorium Shores
The police said I couldn't have him off the leash anymore
So we jumped into the river that everyone calls a lake
Hijacked a kayak watched the bats and got baked

But there's no place I'd rather be
Here it's not cold it's paradise to me
I'd rather be down and out in Austin
So glad that I'm down and out in Austin
Track Name: Bones
It's the place where many babies took their first breath
Where we've joined in laughter but also have wept
It's the place where you and I once did call home
Now I ask of you return my bones

Return my bones to this ground oh lord
Return my bones to this ground
I know that when I die I will have live satisfied
If you return my bones to this ground

Climb the buckeye tree oh I can see
All the way across town I never wanna come down
Go down to the creek and catch a couple of frogs
Or go running through the field like a pack of wild dogs

Return my bones to this ground oh lord
Return my bones to this ground
I know that when I die I will have live satisfied
If you return my bones to this ground

Sometimes at night I dream of homemade ice cream
Friends and family gathered 'round on the outskirts of town
Smell the lilac bush on a breezy summer day
This I will remember forever and always

Return my bones to this ground oh lord
Return my bones to this ground
I know that when I die I will have live satisfied
If you return my bones to this ground