Penny Sweets

by Red Rattles

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"Penny Sweets" was recorded over 2 sessions in the summer of 2010; the first in an Earlysville, VA basement, and the second in a bedroom in a farmhouse in Scottsville, VA.
All sounds by Luke Nutting and Davey Jacobs, Red Rattles.
"Rainboots" features Elvis the Rooster.
All recordings done on one Shure SM58 microphone.

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released March 17, 2011

Luke Nutting - guitar, vocals, etc.
Davey Jacobs - drums
Elvis the Rooster - crow
Produced and mixed by Luke Nutting.
Mastered by Abel Okugawa.
All songs by Red Rattles.

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Red Rattles Charlottesville

Red Rattles is a Charlottesville, VA garage-soul duo, with Luke on guitar and vocals and Davey Jacobs on drums. They met working at a bakery and started playing, in Luke's basement, the most visceral, didactic testimonial blues they could conjure, and it came quick and easy. ... more

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Track Name: We Got the Spirit
We got the spirit
We’re gonna bring it home.

Come on, brothers and sisters
We hear you out there.
Track Name: It's a Shame
It’s a shame getting used to a good thing baby
It’s a shame getting used to a real good thing
The ones that you love, and the warmth that they bring
It’s a shame getting used to a good thing

And I miss you so bad when you’re not around
But I can’t put you down. I should, but I can’t put you down.

Your ways been leaving stains on my heart, babe
Your ways been leaving stains on my soul, girl
The night that we met, I felt it start
Your ways been leaving stains on my heart

It’s a shame, it’s a shame, baby
It’s a shame, it’s a real shame, baby.


I love you, but I don’t need you.
I don’t get lonely, but I miss you all the time.
Come back baby (baby, come back).
Track Name: Sure Thing
Don’t mind waiting on a sure thing baby
I don’t mind waiting on a sure thing

Someday you’re gonna fill my bowl
Someday you’re gonna fill my cup
Someday I’ll be able to say, “Baby, I’ve had enough.”

Someday before we get too old
All my sweats gonna turn to gold
We’ll get a nice place on the outskirts of town and start our fold.

But who’s gonna stick, and who’s gonna slip, from the master plan
You think I got another girl, well, baby, I know you got another man.
I shot my baby down.

So here I sit on lonely row
Staring at a big black hole
It ain’t so bad you know
When the state picks the day that you’re gonna go.
Track Name: Rainboots
I got prisitine rainboots on my feet
And I’m ready.
I got dirty puddles in the street
And I’m ready.
Oh, Lord.

I got busted knuckles on my fists.
I got broken teeth behind my lips.

Don’t you hear me lord?
Can’t you see me Lord?

I got a brand new prayer that should do the trick.
Life’s been hard, it’s time I deal with it.

Thank you, Lord.
Track Name: Break
Your hair down, ready for bed
Your sheets stained, gold and red

Drift in the breezes, grant yourself nothing but time
I pray you keep the good sense, to let true love break your whole life

The last time, I said goodbye
I hung up, when you started to cry

I know, I was not kind, in all the things I, did to you
But I always felt it too.

Drift in the breezes, grant yourself nothing but time
I pray you keep the good sense, to let true love break your whole life
I’ll change with the seasons, grant myself nothing but time
And learn all the reasons, to let true love break my whole life.

The steel rails, that line the road
I know, they won’t hold.
Track Name: Of Love (All the Best Things are Easy)
All the best things are easy
All the best things are easy
Cause I never ever see them through
Just like you.

The good fire singes
All my feeble hinges
When I see you, sweet girl
I get those twinges
Of love. Of love.

My happiness
Is a thin string of moments
When my spirits swell
With those graceful hints
Of love. Of love.

I could’ve told you sooner.
I could’ve told you the first time we met.

Misty eyes see so clear
Through the dirty years
My chest is all wet
With all your tears
Of love. Of love.

I was waiting in the backroom expecting company, but not you.

Quiet things are so pretty
Quiet things are so pretty
I can’t help but make a big sound
Or I’ll feel like I’m just hanging around

All the best things are easy
All the best things are easy
Cause I never ever see them through
Just like you
There’s always more to do
That’s how I met you.
Track Name: Take Me Home
Just lay your baggage on the tarmac, my dear
Those broken suitcases bring you to tears
When you gonna realize you can just leave it all here
And take me home, girl, take me home.

There’s no point in saying sorry, ain’t no point in blame
Even stupid junkies know time don’t work on shame
I know how we got here, but not why we came
So take me home, girl, take me home.

Oh, I might be shallow, but all I want is Jesus
To think that I’m a real cool dude
I sure hope he likes the desperate ways I’m living
And my secret tattoo

I went around the corner, said I’d be right back
But now I’m fastened to these low-down tracks
With steel cuffs and steel chains and I keep taking smacks
So take me home, girl, take me home.

Oh, I need so bad what I know you’re keeping
Deep inside your anxious heart
I know full well everything ends
You know not everything gets a chance to start.

Take me, baby.
Track Name: Molly Monroe
Heartbroken and lonely on a Friday night
Went looking for solace under those neon lights
Half-way under, nearly fell off my chair
When I saw those pink thigh-highs and that big purple hair.

She was leaning on a thug by the back bathroom door
She caught me looking so I looked at the floor
Next thing I knew I felt hot breath on my neck
And she said “Hi, I’m Molly Monroe.”

She caught a real soft landing for a runaway
The kind of thing people tend to share
Let loose those secrets you can’t cut away
I’m sure your Daddy cares.

She paid my tab and dragged me outside
Wanted my keys, said she was good to drive
Who am I to tell such a fine thing no
Oh, Miss Molly Monroe.

She parked by the river and opened up her purse
Handed it to me and said, “boy, do your worst”
Stayed up all night just watching that river roll
Oh, Miss Molly Monroe

I’ve had good, baby, and I’ve had bad
Miss Molly was the best, she left me so glad
Who am I to tell such a fine thing no
Oh, Miss Molly Monroe
Track Name: Lids of Your Eyes
Restless murmurs I heard on the porch
Were coming from the inside
I’d escaped by a cigarette close company
And waded back in my mind

The lids of your eyes
Were like drapes in the sun
I could look at the rest of my days.
Baby, you don’t fade.

Humid grievances rose in the air
The heavens were open, light hung like your hair
And the streeets were all wet.

You said, take what you need
Take what you need.
We leave when we leave
We got where we go
And I know, you know.

Can’t count all the times I pushed right through
Reluctant to be here at all
But there’s always surviving to do
And you hold my gaze as I fall.

The lids of you eyes were like drapes in the sun.
The one true love I know I’ve seen.
Know you’re here with me.