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released March 18, 2014

Produced by Fife & Drom
Music by Mark Marshall and Abby Ahmad
Lyrics by Abby Ahmad
Detour Music, 2013. (ASCAP)

Engineered by Mark Marshall & Scott Kettner
Mixed and Mastered by Teddy Kumpel

Recorded at The Soapbox, The Haive, Anjouland Studios (Brooklyn, NY) and Candyland (NYC)

Art Direction and Design : Tyler Morgan
Photography: Shervin Lainez
Hair/makeup : Lindsay Jones

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Fife & Drom New York, New York

Fife & Drom is the collaborative endeavor of NYC-based musicians Abby Ahmad and Mark Marshall. Original songs inspired by the works of blues pioneers Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Son House and beyond.

Their music aims to revisit the cultural impact of these revolutionary sounds with a statement that is visceral and true to form.

Something old, new, borrowed...something Blues.
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Track Name: Wicked Tongue
Well, you know I love you, baby
But I loathe that wicked tongue
Yeah, you know I love you, baby
But I loathe that wicked tongue
See, that cruel mouth gonna haunt you
When your baby's on the run

You see that wicked tongue, child
Is the rebel in this rift
You see that wicked tongue, child
Is the rebel in this rift
And now I'm airing out the laundry
For every neighbors' nose to sniff

Every time I try to please you
You go and start a fight
Every time I try to please you
You go and start a fight
Baby, how can I believe you
When your bark feels like a bite?

Well, you know I love you, baby
But I loathe that wicked tongue
Yeah, you know I love you, baby
But I loathe that wicked tongue
So, won’t you get down on your knees, boy
Won’t you get down on your knees, boy
Won’t you get down on your knees, boy
And let that foul mouth have some fun
Track Name: Barnburner
When you’re all taxed out
When your heart aches
When your call’s maxed out
When your start breaks

Cut to the middle of the chase
Where deepest doubts do lay
Then take a flame to your fiddle
C’mon, spark your own light
Find a way

When you’re all cracked up
When your worth shakes
When that wall comes up
When the earth quakes

Cut to the middle of the chase
Where toil and troubles weigh
Then take a flame to your fiddle
C’mon, spark your own light
Find a way

When your sun won’t shine
When the woe wakes
When you’re walking blind
When the toll takes

Cut to the middle of the chase
Where all them shadows play
Then take a flame to your fiddle
C’mon, spark your own light
Find a way
Track Name: Ghosts
There is a cold breeze
Sweeping from behind
You feel a tight squeeze
Creeping up your spine
Do you believe?
Or are you out your mind?
You beg, you plead
And then you’re best to just resign
Cause when you go astray
Ghosts gonna make you pay

Your past is itchin', twitchin'
Rising from the grave
Leaving you wishin'
That you would have just behaved
See, all your colors
They got lost behind the shade
And now your hitched
Between a bullet and a blade
Cause when you go astray
Ghosts gonna make you pay

You can't run away
Got to face today
Time has shown us
What you're made of
There's been foul play
Now there's hell to pay
Time to make the predator
The prey

We’re gonna make you pay
Gonna make you pay

Ghosts….
Track Name: 90 Years
Starlight shining ever bright
Take me now
I've earned my right
For 90 years
I've lived through night
And 5 years mourned
My true love's plight

I wish I may,
How I wish I might
Never greet the morning light
Never greet the morning light

Gonna lay me down
Underground
Gonna lay me down
To get found

Gonna lay me down
Underground
Gonna lay me down
If I wanna be found

For, now I lay me down to sleep
I have not left one tear to weep
But I have time I cannot keep
And think in rhymes I cannot speak

Breath is faint
My pulse is weak
Take me on,
Into the deep
Take me on,
Into the deep

Gonna lay me down
Underground
Gonna lay me down
To get found

Gonna lay me down
Underground
Gonna lay me down
To get found

Gonna lay me down
Gonna lay me down
Gonna lay me down

I’m fast asleep...
Track Name: Little Orphan Frannie
When I was just the age of four
Police they knocked upon my door
Told me that I couldn't stay

Tucked my past deep within
Hurried fast to start again
Packed my things and flew away

Landed in a new home
Free from the danger zone
Too young to understand the blow

As I grew, friends would ask me
All about my history
Why had I been taken away?

I'd learned to handle
The terms of the scandal
And this is what I'd always say:

Daddy liked to hop scotch
Beat me with his gold watch
And momma was a tic tac ho
No!
Momma was a tic tac ho

Bless my adolescent soul
The damage starts to take its toll
I began to feel the heat

Couldn’t shake the memory
Of all the harm been done to me
Visions set upon repeat

Like, Daddy with the back-swing
My blood for the offering
And Momma was a tic tac ho
Oh!

Ripe age of nineteen
Scene was an in-between
Summer when it turns to fall

It was down on Main Street
I was hit by a cold streak
Made the hairs on my neck stand tall

As my eyes panned
I caught the ghost of a man
Filled me with a sense of woe

The shadow approached me
I was shivering, weak-kneed
Facing this familiar foe

“Little Orphan Frannie!
The resemblance is uncanny!
It's been 15 years or so...”

Took one look upon his head
And I shot that fucker dead

I don't care if the whole world knows
Don't care if the whole world knows
Set me out those orange clothes
I don't care if the whole world knows
Don’t care if the whole world knows
Track Name: Who You Think You're Foolin'?
Who do you think you're fooling?
Gave the punch without the line
So rabid for the ruling
Got the talk but not the time

What do you think you're proving?
This ain't once upon a time
These truths you've been abusing
Think you'd better walk the line

What is the purpose?
Where is the heart?
What is your will?
Who could deserve this
Backslide to a cause gone ill?

Where do you think you're moving?
No ascension to define
The leverage you are losing
Talking trash
And walking blind

Once with a purpose
Twice for the kill
Who could deserve this?
Climbing backwards,
Uphill
They’ll try to unearth us
Just for the thrill

All this mad injustice
It is waking up the dead
They'll try to clock a counter
To the conscience in your head
Go on, try
Battle cry
Cannot lift a lie made out of lead

Once with a purpose
Twice for the kill
Who should deserve this?
Climbing backwards
Uphill
Your "wisdom" is worthless
An empty space to fill
Now, who's gonna swallow
That bitter pill?
Track Name: Please, Please, Please
Found my blue
But lost the muse
She warned me,
"Life is what you choose"

Well, truth can soothe
And truth can bruise
Saw the light
Then blew the fuse

Take this part of me
From the heart of me
Please, please, please

Beauty
Far as eye can see
A wealth of possibility
Oh, but misery and jealousy
Burn and yearn for sweet release

Take this part of me
From the heart of me
Won't you please, please, please?

I've tried and tried
To ease ease ease
I lie and I cry
And I tease tease tease
I find the need
To please please please
I'm on my knees
C'mon set me free

Oh, please...

Found my blue
But lost the muse
She warned me,
"Life is what you choose