The Long Fight

by Pike 27

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    The download also includes a PDF with lyrics and liner notes.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    We printed a limited run of CDs with lovely artwork by Julia Robinson.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Long Fight via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    5 remaining

      $12 USD or more 

     

1.
2.
The Sun & The Clouds a broken heart and the lure of drugs praying hands and the lord above beat your head against the wall ‘til the voices quiet somewhere something fell apart somewhere in a life too smart running colors in a black and white silent movie watch the darkness dawn your face something no drug can erase it's a sadness that goes deeper than the two of us ‘cause you bring the clouds underneath the sun you bring the clouds underneath the sun and you got the four chords that make everything seem beautiful Maker's Mark and old Pete Rose who knows just where this will go? we'll talk about our dads ‘til the bottle's empty if I could take these aches from you would I even know what to do? can the pain go somewhere and leave the ground beneath the two of us? watch the darkness dawn your face something no drug can erase it's a sadness that goes deeper than the two of us ‘cause you bring the clouds underneath the sun you bring the clouds underneath the sun and you got the four chords that make everything seem beautiful it's in the moment, it’s in the style you don't have to fall down loud it's in the way of seeing everything that's possible nothing is easy, nothing just comes around come on, let’s go out in the sun
3.
Northern Star sleep comes down the heart of a home dream in aquamarine clouds appear in the strangest gray see the ghost in the machine every day I’m losing ground every day I’m losing ground way past the point of braving all the hell that’s raging am I worth saving? looking for a northern star when your heart is breaking all that’s worth forsaking do you think we’ll make it? looking for a northern star a broken trust an unheard song the feel of the coming harm a photograph transistor radio a shelter for the storm every time you look away every time you look away it’s quiet now no static in the air the sirens have all died down abandon in place leave those things behind buried beneath the ground I’ve got eyes like sparks this time I’ve got eyes like sparks this time
4.
St. Anthony 06:20
St. Anthony I just don’t know what I know anymore conversations so unclear confusion downed like a bitter pill and I get lost reason downed by euphemisms drowning in a sea of rhetoric needles and pins, haystacks and cyclones try to find the lies waiting for an answer gets you nowhere waiting for someone new to follow help me find the way, St. Anthony heaven knows I’m not a savior heaven doesn’t even know my name but you know when men are desperate they’re willing to try anything sometimes I think I tilt at windmills sometimes I feel swept by the tide sometimes I drink myself to sleep car keys and wedding rings all these things we find misleaders, burn and break the ties that bind conspire to keep us blind
5.
Help Me Down 04:11
Help Me Down help me down, help me down, St. Peter I need to make the trip my time has been misjudged I'm quite sure of it a future bright as the sunshine a bold path out of here the truth on the horizon and a black-haired girl so dear I was down in the Bogside watch them marching by bullets and the barricades you don't cross that line help me down, help me down, St. Peter I got a fever cure blessings few and far between the things we must endure found a way, found a way, found a way out with drugs and kerosene found myself at the wrong end of a bad road in between help me down, help me down, St. Peter I've got to make amends broken hearts and apologies a man can start again let me go, let me go where the winds blow let me find my friends let me take nothing for granted let me see how this ends
6.
Strength In What Remains and you find yourself sleeping under starry skies Central Park is home in the evening and you wonder how you managed to escape a thousand nightmares in the making you find the strength in what remains New York feels like an endless fog feels like there’s just no escape from the margins you’re invisible no one here knows you by name no one here knows, no one here knows you wonder if you’ll ever thrive you wonder how you stayed alive you find the truth that eludes you and you know just where you’ve been so you solider on you try to lose the soldier ghosts that haunt you each night in the ether now you know you will survive with the kindness of a simple act you’ll return and start again you’ll return and start again
7.
No Closer To The Truth Monday morning coming down another forty hours of the things that matter least we should’ve known by now we should’ve known by now welcome to the ship of fools whoever gets out first got to promise to bring the rest we should’ve known by now how could we know by now? we’ll burn the candle at both ends and never sleep again here we are, no closer to the truth a pint of promise for my friends let’s try another day here we are, no closer to the truth (and it’s alright) we’ve got dreams long after dark scribble in the margins try to hide away your heart there must be something we can do there must be something we can do it’s alright… Monday morning coming down another forty hours of the things that matter least we should’ve known by now how could we know by now?
8.
What Do You Do At Night? taking off your sacred robes hang them up where no one knows black and white, testify let’s talk about the way we lie you see us at their best and worst delivering the holy ghost confession, ancient lessons let’s talk about the way we love a glass of red civilian clothes Coltrane or dirty soul? I want to know what do you do at night? living in a world of rules is it comfort or is it cruel? inhibition, submission let’s talk about some other thing under cross and under key fear is the thing we feed let it go, what do you know let’s talk the nature of the show a glass of red civilian clothes Psychodots or dirty soul? I want to know what do you do at night? I know this old world is full of hurt from dust to dust, we never leave the dirt heal us now, make us proud let’s talk about the holy sound a glass of red civilian clothes Chrissie Hynde or dirty soul? I want to know what do you do at night?
9.
Already Gone 04:24
Already Gone yeah, I'm ready to check out of this place find a new road like it was yesterday give my regards to the folks at 12th and Main where the bartender's loss is Lucinda's gain I’m already gone I'm gonna call St. Peter and the devil myself can't trust nobody, so it's just as well start the bidding high at three days of rain you can thank me for washing your sins away I’m already gone when I was young, it was so beautiful when I was young, it was so beautiful we took Chicago by the hook and we ran the streets like our name was Al Capone So goodnight my friends, have a drink for me my soul is bleeding and I'm dying to be free going to catch up with my old friends from the Silver Dollar Cafe maybe they will know how we ended up this way I’m already gone when I was young, it was so beautiful when I was young, it was so beautiful we took Chicago by the hook and we ran the streets like our name was Al Capone
10.
$44.23 06:42
$44.23 Maybe a bus trip to Milwaukee find an all-night blues club drink one many longnecks and sleep down at the Y rent a car and just go driving I’ll ride the night in style go past the girls on the main drag with the Rolling Stones up loud I’ve got forty-four dollars and twenty-three cents gambling boats just across the state line though the boat never leaves the shore free drinks at the blackjack table try to turn it into more check into a $30 motel next to the interstate down a pizza with the cheapest whiskey you can take long as I remember I had more feelings than I had plans long as I remember I’ve got better stories like the one in Ashland when I sent myself to hell the first one down makes you sleepy like your sleep it never could the next one shuts your heart and lungs down it’ll shut ‘em down for good it’s what it costs to kill a man in the state of Ohio

about

The Long Fight is Pike 27’s first release since the 2015 comeback EP, Calling Out, and it's first full-length album since 2001's Falling Down Hard.

credits

released November 10, 2017

All songs written and © 2017 by Dave Purcell (BMI). The Long Fight ©℗ 2017 by Pike 27. All rights reserved.

Recorded at Ultrasuede Studio.
Produced by John Hoffman, Gary Shell, and Pike 27.
Engineered by John Hoffman with assistance from Gary Shell, Jerri Queen, and John Curley. Mastered by Dave Davis at QCA.
Artwork by Julia Robinson.

Mike Fair: lead, rhythm, and octave 12-string guitars, piano, banjo, guitar
Dave Killen: drums, backing vox
Dave Purcell: vox, rhythm guitars
Sean Rhiney: bass, backing vox

Special guests:
Beth Harris – vox
Kate Wakefield – vox and cello
Chris Comer – Rhodes, piano, keyboards
John Hoffman & Jerri Queen – gang vocals on “Help Me Down”
Horns on “The Long Fight” and “Help Me Down” played and arranged by Sean Fitzpatrick (trumpet), Dominic Marino (trombone), and Phillip Hilger (saxophone)

Much love and gratitude to: Amy, Jacqui, Jess, Teri, and our friends who keep us going. Special thanks to John Hoffman, Gary Shell, Scott Risner, and Chuck Wiggins.

Visit www.pike27.net for lyrics and additional info

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Pike 27 Cincinnati, Ohio

“Pike 27 plays rock and roll: jangly, smart, sometimes noisy, usually joyful, always passionate. RIYL REM, Alejandro Escovedo, and Elvis Costello in all of their genre-crossing forms.” — CityBeat Midpoint Music Festival guide

contact / help

Contact Pike 27

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Pike 27, you may also like: