Experimental Redneck

by Rough Skeletons

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"Tomorrow never knows which way it's gonna go."

Experimental Redneck was written and recorded in Paul's kitchen and studio garage from January 2008 to March 2009. A minimal amount of hot knives were consumed

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released July 30, 2009

"Rough Skeletons describe their sound as "not giving a fuck but caring so much." The rough-hewn songs collected on Experimental Redneck are deliberately unfocused but filled with passion, proving that Marchildon and Shepherd are Toronto's real Venus in furs."

EYE Weekly 4/5


"The songs range from percolating beats gussied up by rolling surf guitar, a loose L.A. early punk vibe, shaky early 60's rock vocals to ethereal meandering folk spiked with industrial experimentalism and everything in between. It's a spooky, velvety tapestry that's as appealing as bleakness can get."

VUE Weekly


"Singer Songwriter Owen Marchildon and guitarist/sound effects wizard Paul Shepherd has evolved into something more focused and satisfying than what we heard on their maddeningly schizoid, but fun, debut. The duo's second release offers up 11 finely crafted works of wondrous dream pop, re-imagined Loaded era Velvet Underground and Dylan inspired folk. Marchildon is a wonderfully weird storyteller, his most powerful attribute is his passionate versatile voice, conjuring both Lou Reed on the excellent garage rocker "Dreamstate To The Streets" and early 70's lonesome country of "That Beautiful Light". But his constantly shifting falsetto also adds melancholic textures to the LP's many psychedelic folk jaunts, in paticular the haunting, "Taking a Knife".

Soundproof Magazine 4/5




Owen Marchildon: vocals, guitar, harmonica
Paul Shepherd: sounds, vocals, drums

Some songs recorded to tape by Paul Shepherd
Some songs recorded by General Leon Taheny not to tape
Mixed by Paul Shepherd
Produced by Rough Skeletons

All songs written by Owen Marchildon and Paul Shepherd

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Track Name: I Ain't No Smooth Operator
I tripped on your ottoman
nearly cracked my head
then i tried to lye you down on the bed
what's that you landed on?
then i choked on my own spit
i couldn't find the condom
no I couldn't
we went on a date we did
to a bluegrass bar
Tom and Jeff were talking at us like we were
skids like them
the double rum and cokes they did me in
i couldn't find the condom
no I couldn't

No I ain't no smooth operator

My behavior is so temporary
I'm gonna make it good
in time you know I'll get it right
I find the condoms ready
I'll find them
and I'll also have them ready

No I ain't no smooth operator

No I ain't no smooth operator
no I ain't no cool alligator
no I ain't no quick calculator
what i got to give
is my funny funny

No I ain't no smooth operator
Track Name: Dreamstate To The Streets
Well treat your awake state
like your dreamstate
blending the lines
of being awake
and blinking your eyes
to see who's beside you
morning breath sigh
as your blending the two
well treat your awake state
like your dreamstate
blending the lines
of being awake
and light leaks through
sears catalog blinds
morning breath sigh
as your blending the lines

Go on and take your dreamstate to the streets
uh huh huh uh huh huh uh huh huh
walk it
walk it around

Blinking your eyes to see who's beside you
morning breath sigh as your blending the two
and light leaks through sears catalog blinds
morning breath sigh as your blending the lines

Go on and take your dreamstate to the street
uh huh huh uh huh huh uh huh huh
walk it
walk it around
were gonna walk it now

Well treat your awake state
like your dreamstate
blending the lines of being awake
light leaks through sears catalog blinds
morning breath sigh as your blending the lines

Go on and take your dreamstate to the street
uh huh huh uh huh huh uh huh huh
walk it
walk it around
walk it walk it around
walk it
around
Track Name: The Dealer
The dealer always knows which card he's gonna throw me
the dealer always knows which card he's gonna throw me
I try to run and hide but the dealer knows best
I try to run and hide yes
my eyes are on fire
to the people who came before me
to the people who are waiting in line
your waiting in line

Tomorrow never knows which way it's gonna go
tomorrow never know s which way it's going
and you see
I gotta know
can't you see I gotta know
which way
tomorrow's gonna go

A line has been drawn
I believe I'm coming down
a line has been drawn
gone
I must have just missed him
to the people who came before me
to the people who are waiting in line
your waiting in line

Tomorrow never knows which way it's going
tomorrow never knows which way it's gonna go
and you see I gotta know
can't you see I gotta know
which way
tomorrow's gonna go
Track Name: That Beautiful Light
Hey how's it going my friend
I wanna tell you who I am
the sinner in the story
who destroys everything
I just want to start over again
for this time I've learned
clearly I've seen the circle

It's like the rain
that hard rain
it comes and goes
and settles down again

For I feel the hand of God
it placed itself on me
It's trying to direct to me
to the right path
oh, that light
that beautiful light
but the path to redemption
the cleansing of time

It's like the rain
that hard rain
it comes and goes
and settles down again

It comes and goes
and settles down again
Track Name: Takin' A Knife
Look at me I'm alone
what can i get up to
sitting here staring at walls
look at me I'm alone
Into the kitchen I go
at an element so hot
bot form the chunk was broke
there I go sailing away

I used to use a pipe
now I am takin' a knife
it hits me so fast
and economical
takin' a knife

To the splitting lips I guess
time for an apology
hair lip from a rampant knife
where's your face there's too much blood

Where's your face there's too much blood

I used to use a pipe
now I am takin' a knife
it hits me so fast
and economical
takin' a knife

Your face is
such a mess
so next time
take it for yourself
Track Name: All I Wanna Do Is Run
Your walk was just like a song
sidewalk sidewalk follow you follow you
and your skin like milk white clouds
measureless and proud
yeah
your lips used to taste like wine
up against mine
your touch your touch your touch your touch
like a bumblebee
pollinating me

Whenever your around now all i wanna do is run

Your eyes like rain
your eyes like rain
water blue puddle
just like the rain
but your face
what the hell happened to your face?
your lips used to taste like wine
up against mine
your touch your touch your touch your touch
like a bumblebee
pollinating me

pollinate me

Whenever your around now all i wanna do is run

run run

Your face fell off
what a what a wonderful loss
Track Name: Flesh Of My Fear
A dusky wing flaps through the grey twilight
beauties grave green coming into sight
well don't be afraid slough it clear
sloughing off the flesh of my fear
then sleeping strain to my ear
my heart feels flat
my cheeks are tickled with tears
toboggans hit jumps
to slough off the flesh of my fear

well alright
we'll say alright tonight
we'll say alright tonight
we'll alright
we'll alright
we'll say alright tonight

alright

I'm gonna slough it clear
the flesh of my fear

a dusky wing flaps through the grey twilight
beauties grave green coming into sight
toboggans hit jumps to slough off the flesh of my fear
Track Name: Do You Still Dance In The Dark?
Whops a daisy i dropped her
Whops a daisy how's Miss' Cox's head?
Whops a daisy I dropped her
Whops a daisy tad bit slow now
i remember dropping her on her head
Whops a daisy how's Miss' Cox's head
Uh oh tad bit slow now
so comfy now

But do you still dance in the dark?
well do ya?

There you were dancing with Springsteen
young and bold
barely pushing 19
MTV population sees you
you land some movies
then you found all your friends

But do you still dance in the dark?
well do ya?

All eyes are on you now
don't Botox
like Miss Aniston
if you don't get the part
that you wanted
just step back
and dance in the dark
dance in the dark.

So comfy now
Track Name: Baby Dolls
Well when she was just a little girl
she wondered how to make it such a world
and thought about what way to end it
each frigid night she gets a visit
which one of them this time is it?
their sweat and shit and breath comes in buckets
and on the nights she had to herself
she'd look up to the surrounding shelf
baby dolls giving her support by the dozen
and what she liked were their deadening eyes
a silence you'd find only in a fly
to feel nothing is what she wanted

So at a ripe age of only 16
she grabbed her dolls and she split the scene
you could say she was rough around the edges
she found herself an apartment to live
a retail job that just didn't give her much
it really didn't give her much of what she wanted
so to the wanted adds
ladies for hire
red hot ladies the ones on fire
a place to feel nothing much at all
and as she stared into the night
through her window
the neon light
deadening eyes discover
baby dolls

so she heard about this place called baby dolls
a place to to stand up and be reborn and be tall
a place where no one owes you nothing
they hired her on the spot
not a dripping
not a drop
of what was to come

Baby doll

She gets free food fingers and fries
fish and chips she swallows and sighs
"I love the grill at baby dolls"
watch your health babe
watch the grill babe
make sure you always know how to work that pole
baby doll
Track Name: The T.V.'s On
Well just not today
I can't tell you I can't tell you
the sickness we share
try to not tell ya
try to not tell ya
yes I can be seen through the hatred
your secret
the one where your body melts
crust it crisps
try to not tell ya
try to not tell ya

Yes I can be seen through your hatred
your secret
the one where your body melts
anchor lifters of divided
have fallen cold now I'm drenched in doubt
and i wanna destroy ya but the T.V.'s on
the T.V.'s on
while the brawniest breed
the T.V.'s on
the T.V.'s always on

the T.V.'s on

I will be seen in your dreams
in your nightmares my crust will crisp
your crust will crisp over my eyes
sleeping lids project a screening
the one where your body melts
sleeping lids project a screening
the one where your body melts

So come on and say
come on and say today that it's over
So come on and say
come on and say today that it's over
and i wanna destroy ya
but the T.V.'s on
the T.V.'s on
while the brawniest breed
the T.V.'s on
the T.V.'s always on

the T.V.'s on
Track Name: Focus On Your Breath
What ya gonna do when you can't breath
you can
the buoy floats atop
that's all you see
it's all you see

Just focus on your breath it really means a lot
really means a lot
it really means a lot in the end
in a place where there's never wind
focus on your breath and try to swim
it really really really means a lot in the end

What you gonna do
when you can't breath
you can
you've gone all numb from head to toe
oh no!

Just focus on your breath it really means a lot
really means a lot
it really means a lot in the end
in a place where there's never wind
focus on your breath and try to swim
it really really really means a lot in the end

Just go towards the light