Badlands #3

Z.P. Kunkle and I made a record of narratives together. We share a love for the macabre and folk music.

Badlands, A.S. Coomer and Z.P. Kunkle, front cover 1.1
Cover by A.S. Coomer

Badlands #3 is another attempt at writing a novel in song. The story, told simply with a few finger-picked chords, follows the singer as he goes from a mineworker to a murderer on the run, smoking Big Rock Candy Mountains and losing his faith in love and God in between.

Badlands #3 (A.S. Coomer)

I got a job in the badlands working in the mines for a spell
I up & married this redhead, well, she knows how to give me hell
I got this truck & this bad buzz real cheap & it’ll take them both just to carry me on down

Down the road, away from the river where you first laid hands on me
Held me down, pushed me under, nary a light did I see
The sky was blue, the faces were smiling, your mother was singing to me
You cried & so did I, I tried, but I couldn’t believe in you

You & me just dancing under them cigarette trees
Smoking Big Rock Candy Mountains
Wishing we had something to eat
And now we don’t even roll ’em up
We just sit around & have entire conversations without making a sound

I gotta leave these badlands, I gotta get out now
When they find your body, I’ll be well on my way south
I think I took the wrong stuff, now I cannot see
Is this your ghost choking the life out of me?

You can purchase/stream/download the track (as well as the entire Badlands record) on all the usual places: BandcampSpotifyApple Music/iTunesYoutube, etc. The Badlands record was mixed by Cory Gottron at Sub Par Studios & mastered by Tony Taylor at Rock Haus Studios.

Badlands #3 was originally written for the Badlands record, and it’s on there, but it’s also the B-side on The Coomer’s single entitled Run. This is a whole different approach to the song. I’m on the electric guitar. Ethan Coomer is on the drums and is singing backups. Ross Clark-Coomer is on the electric bass.

Nod yer heads.

-A.S. Coomer

Categories: Fiction, Literature, Music, Novel, Short Story, Songwriting, storyTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A.S. Coomer

Writer. Reader. Musician. Friend to cats. Collector of tattoos.

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