Backwoods Hellride

by Iron Range Outlaw Brigade

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In the digitilized age of smoothness and perfection, the boys in IROB set out in the opposite direction. Recorded over a few days, on a Tascam 4 track, writing songs on the spot, rarely doing second takes, we wanted to capture the raw intensity of spur of the moment creativity. We hope you can appreciate the lo-fi, high energy of this album.

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released October 5, 2012

Recorded by Glen Mattson
Mixed by Glen and Rich Mattson
Mastered by Rich Mattson at Sparta Sound

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Iron Range Outlaw Brigade Minnesota

Shit kicking, dirty, punk-rock country from the Northwoods of Minnesota! "We're more bitter than a shot of Wild Turkey 101!"

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Track Name: Backwoods Hellride
Little white pills and switch blade knives (drive it like you stole it)
shot blast and thin white lines (drive it like you stole it)
Full throttle open wide, kicking up dirt on a backwoods Hellride

Grain Belt beer and Jim Beam rye (drive it like you stole it)
Four on the floor, over drive (drive it like you stole it)
Devil's at the wheel with his demons at his side, kicking up dirt on a backwoods Hellride

Gun runners go double time (drive it like you stole it)
lsd my brains is fried (drive it like you stole it)
grinding gears let the dust fly, kicking up dirt on a backwoods Hellride
Track Name: Corn Bread Stuffin'
Mama's cooking up corn bread stuffin'
she does it so naturally
Mama's cooking up corn bread stuffin'
to feed our dysfunctional family

Daddy always loved his brandy, Mama drank choke cherry wine
Mama had two black eyes, because Daddy had to keep her in line

Chorus

My older sister, she's a meth head, to pay the bills she strips part time
my younger brother, he ain't no snitch, and we're all proud of him for doing his time

Chorus
Track Name: Evel Knievel
Flying on two wheels over thirteen Cadillacs
drunk on Wild Turkey and landing with a crash.
A real American hero in red, white, and blue
he's gonna jump the Grand Canyon before he is through

EVEL KNIEVEL!!!!

Straight outta Butte up in the Montana mountains
jumping his Harley over the Caesar Palace fountains
a hustling huckster, down right nasty and naughty,
broke every bone is god damn body

EVEL KNIEVEL!!! That motorcycle daredevil

A real American hero in red, white, and blue
gonna jump that Grand Canyon, before he is through,
a hustling huckster, down right nasty and naughty
he broke every bone in his FUCKING body!!!

EVEL KNIEVEL!!!!
Track Name: Went Down to the Bar
I went down to the bar and I ordered a shot.
strutted on over to old juke box
I wanna see the girl in the skin tight jeans
dance the night away and come home with me.
Hey pretty baby let me buy you a round
let's get a little wild and rock this town.

Chorus
Well I like my gals a little on the dirty side
living life, wild and free
I don't need me, no big city girls, when them hometown girls are good enough for me

I went down to the bar and I ordered a shot,
saw my old buddy Bob and we started to talk
he says he likes his girls on the heavy side
only because of how hard they tried
you know I smiled and I had to agree,
if she's good to go and then shes fine by me

chorus

I went down to the bar and I ordered a shot
saw my old girlfriend and we started to talk
what the hell have you been doing these days
staying outta trouble in my usual way
she ordered me up a Jim Beam rye
she said, Kirk, take me home and give me ride

Chorus
Track Name: Lake Street
Life can sure get lonely on this dirty part of town
brothers down stairs in the kitchen, my hollow floor does pound
ten cent job in a ten dollar world won't get a feller too far
too paranoid to even leave this dump, besides I don't have a car.

Chorus:
Shits getting weird on Lake Street, there's trouble all around
Shits getting weird on Lake Street, man shit's going down
Shit's getting weird on Lake Street, there's colored folks all around
Shit's getting weird on Lake Street, man it's a sea of brown

Folks dont come a calling, when you're living in a place so mean
Lord, god knows Im tired baby, gotta get outta of this scene
looks like a fellers got to back some heat if he even wants to hit the street,
maybe he's just tired of staying at home. getting tired of beating his meat
Track Name: Blood on the Saddle
Belching fire on a motorcycle ride
barreling into town on a full moon night
the Biker was a whiskey, card playing man,
always had a gun in his hand.

The Gambler was a no good bastard thief,
had a pair of aces always up his sleeve
quick with his wit, faster with his gun
dealt in that Biker playing five card stud.

There was blood on the saddle, blood on the ground!
Another man dead and another man gone!!!

Last two standing at closing time,
steaks were higher than a Georgia pine
tensions so thick, you could cut them with a knife,
the Biker felt cheated and the Gambler knew why

The Biker flipped that table, up in the air,
money, cards, and chips flew every where
the Biker drew fast, but not fast enough.
the Gambler shot him twice, before he shot once

There was blood on the saddle, blood on the ground
another man dead and another man gone!
Track Name: Jerry Fell in Love (with a Tractor)
Way out in the boon docks where the pavement turns to dirt
Jerry was a growing up without too much effort
one day he took a short cut, while walking home from school,
came upon a tractor with a quarter tank of fuel
just a strong young man and a broken down machine
but Jerry had the weakness for the smell of gasoline

Chorus:
Jerry fell in love with a tractor
he fell head, over heels
Jerry fell in love with a tractor
even though it had no wheels

Started huffin and puffin on that old gas tank
until his eyes glazed over and his mind went blank
dinner's on the table and his mamma she's awaiting
while he's out in that field just hallucinating

Jerry fell in love with a tractor
he fell hard and he fell fast
Jerry fell in love with a tractor
with a quarter tank of gas

Now everyday after school, he's huffing on that gas
sucking on that tank until it knocks him on his ass
some boys are kissing girls but Jerry's lips are sealed
on a broken down old tractor abandoned in the field

Jerry fell in love with a tractor
he fell down in the dirt
Jerry fell in love with a tractor
and he drooled all over his shirt
Jerry fell in love with a tractor
it was love at first smell
Jerry fell in love with a tractor
and now he's down to one brain cell
Track Name: Redneck Truckers
Redneck Truckers, driving all across this land
Redneck Truckers, doing the best they can
We got pregnant Beth, and One-Eyed Bill, Three Fingered Hank, and Meth Mouth Jill, and a Two Legged Dog all looking for a thrill!!!

I got a patch over one eye and thats ok
I'm One-Eyed Bill is what folks say.
I got a flannel vest, trucker hat, aviators and a belly full of fat
six pack of beer and camel straights,
take them little white pills to stay awake
got a run to make, got to be on time, got kids to feed and thats the reason why

Chorus

Now Pregnant Beth is mostly straight.
she quit her drinking back in '98
she quit the junk when she had Little Lyle, but she likes to relapse every once in a while.
She's got six kids and twins on the way,
Uncle Sam's helping out when it comes pay day
make a run, got to be on time, grandma's watching the kids and that's the reason why.

Chorus

I'd tell you the story of them other guys,
but I'm running late and falling far behind.
Believe me, their story is one to tell about record runs from the brink of Hell
Outrunning bears out on the county line, getting jack-knifed with a trailer full of shine, got a run to make, got to be on time, got kids to feed and that's the reason why!

Chorus
Track Name: Runnin' Shine
Hauling a load of precious cargo
fast as this old Ford will go,
killed the sheriff of Fargo
when he tried to block the road

You see I haven't got much time
boss is on my tail
gunning for that county line, Running Moonshine

I shook Al Capone
this aint my first rodeo
my tommy gun's ready to go,
white knuckling down back roads

You see I haven't got much time,
I'm wanted dead or alive
gunning for that county line, Running Moonshine

I got a wife and kids at home
if I die please let them know
if I'm an outlaw its only for
prohibition made it so

You see I haven't got much time
my rear view mirror is flashing lights
gunning for that county line, Running Moonshine
Track Name: She Broke My Heart (So I broke her jaw)
Chorus

She broke my heart, so I broke her jaw
now's she got me on the run from Johnny Law
If our paths should cross again, I'll put a bullet in her head

I wasn't good enough for my girl
I drank too much and was always raising hell
she no longer cares for me you see
I wasn't ready for her to leave

Chorus

Well, her cheating ways were no surprise
even drunk I could see through her lies
she fell in love with my best friend
I swung my bat and cracked her upside the head

I went down town, alone last night, to kill the pain that you are no longer in love with me

Chorus x 2
Track Name: This Old of Mine
Running in circles and going no where fast
running full throttle and now I'm low on gas
If you see me falling, you wont have to pick me up
I ain't no good and I'm always down on my luck

Now I'm doing just fine in this old world of mine
I was told long ago, that'd I never make it in this life
I don't need you telling me to open up my eyes
Hey, I'm doing fine in this old world of mine

Spending all my time and money down at the bar
well over the legal limit and driving around in my car
the older I get, the worse those hang overs seem to be
and I'll do it all again and its quite alright with me
Track Name: Iroquois
Don't bring that crazy Iroquois around here
he drinks my whiskey and steals my beer
he hits on my wife, when I'm not here.
Iroquois!!!! Iroquois
Track Name: Harry Triggers' Rag
1-2-3-4!!!!
Track Name: Hobo Picnic
Four o'clock, stop the bus
out on the street and jam
you bring the bread and butter, I'll bring the spam

Hobo Picnic, living off government cheese
Hobo Picnic, poor folks do what we please
Hobo Picnic, can't afford the rent
Hobo Picnic, sleeping downtown in a tent

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Hobo Picnic, puking up blood red wine
Hobo Picnic, we all have a good time
Hobo Picnic, swimming in raw sewage
Hobo Picnic, bring the kids

Hobo Picnic, occupy Duluth
Hobo Picnic mic check you loose
Hobo Picnic, everyone doing all right
Hobo Picnic, its time to start a fight

Get a job

Chorus

Hobo Picnic, somebody called the cops
Hobo Picnic, we're pulling out all the stops
Hobo Picnic, that Indian bitch getting mean
Hobo Picnic, we ain't getting outta here clean

Chorus