The Criminal Ear (the latest album)

by Voodoo Loons

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PRESS REVIEWS: THE CRIMINAL EAR ALBUM

- "There aren't many who can match the enticingly dark, edgy and wonderfully engaging musical storytelling of Voodoo Loons in their new album The Criminal Ear." - NPR

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- "The Criminal Ear shows how that mix of songwriting and the overall performances and production have been sharpened and refined over the intervening years. It’s not just the diversity that makes The Criminal Ear a thoroughly entertaining start-to-finish listen; the material is also top notch." - CITY BEAT, CINCINNATI

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- "Fans of Frank Black, Lou Barlow and Jeff Tweedy need to buy this record. Now. A remarkable album from a remarkably talented band." – MARK LEFEBVRE, WSCA, PORTSMOUTH, NH

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- 4.5 out of 5 stars - CELTIC ROCK RADIO, GERMANY

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- "The clash of old and new, rock and folk makes the band unique and offers something great for listeners looking for a new sound." -SOUTHBAY MAGAZINE, LOS ANGELES

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released February 25, 2014

All songs by Dennis O'Hagan
McYankee Publishing Group, ASCAP

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Voodoo Loons Cincinnati, Ohio

Based in both Cincinnati, OH and Donegal, Ireland, Voodoo Loons have been cultivating an underground audience since 2006 with their strange and unique blend of punk, psychedelic, and celtic roots music.

"There aren't many who can match the enticingly dark, edgy and wonderfully engaging musical storytelling of Voodoo Loons in their new album The Criminal Ear." - NPR
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Track Name: Loving the Monster
Hello mother, hello dad,
you know I'm so sorry that I've been bad
Broken window, broken hand
Breaking everything or laying plans

When he told you that he loved you
did you believe him, what he told you?

Hello sister, hello friend
I don't know where your pup is or if she'll mend
Don't you cross me, don't you tell
When I say I'm sorry I fake it well

When he told you that he loved you
did you believe him, what he told you?

Hello mother, why so sad?
Please don't worry for me or feel mad
I'm so sorry that I got caught
but when I get out I will pick up where I left off

When he told you that he loved you
did you believe him, what he told you?
When he said those things he told you
did you believe him, what he told you?
Track Name: In A Locket
It's been so long since I've seen you
But it's like you're still around
Need a piece of you with me
In a place where it won't be found

A lock of hair in my pocket
a bag of bones in my car
I keep your face in a locket
that I wear next to my heart
And I know that it's something that I'll have to explain
A piece of you in a locket makes me feel sane... makes me feel sane.

I know someday when they find you
If I'm still around
They'll take your face from my locket
and put it into the ground. Deep in the ground.
And I know that it's something that I'll have to explain
A piece of you in a locket makes me feel sane... makes me feel sane

A lock of hair in my pocket
a bag of bones in my car
I keep your face in a locket
that I wear next to my heart
And I know that it's something that I'll have to explain
A piece of you in a locket makes me feel sane... makes me feel sane.
Track Name: The Winter Trail
I tried the winter trail
I tried, but I failed
Whole world, turned to gray
It wore me down, the shortened days
So dark on the winter trail.
There's no love on the winter trail
No warmth, just cold and pale
No joy or birds to sing
No life to anything, just dark on the winter trail.
I can't stand the cold, I had to go
I can't take the gray, had to get away from the winter trail.
I can't stand the cold, I had to go
I can't take the gray, had to get away from the winter trail.
Last night on the winter trail
Last mile of frozen hell
I can't wait to feel the sun
I can't wait to finally be done with the winter trail.
Track Name: Delicate Flower
Is it in vain? I'm not trying
You’re not here and I’ve not been crying
You have changed and I don't belong here
We’re not the same
What a delicate flower. Such a delicate flower

One more time, just til the morning
I won’t mind, but i won’t implore you
Leave it alone or help it get better?
Will it still grow?
What a delicate flower. Such a delicate flower.

Is it in vain? I'm not trying
You’re not here and I’ve not been crying
You have changed and I don't belong here
We’re not the same
What a delicate flower. Such a delicate flower
Track Name: Nothing Happens In Wexford
Opens her eyes under cloudy skies and brushes off the sleep
Takes a drag on the morning air, and starts it with a drink
Where's the guy who was laying there, or was it just a dream?
Nothing happens in Wexford anyway.
She traveled down from Dublin town, 20 years or more
Aimed to stay just a few short days, but weeks they turned to years
She always said that she'd be dead before 41
Nothing happens in Wexford anymore.
She bides her time at the five and dime, her evenings at the pub
She used to watch the boats come in but now that's lost it's fun.
Now she rests at the Wren's Nest, or at the Sky and the Ground
Nothing happens in Wexford anymore.
Track Name: Jesus Cut His Hair
Jesus cut his hair, got himself a job
Told himself it was only for a while
Preaching and the healing don't pay the bills
Mary and the kids have mouths to fill
But he's no trust fund kid, had to work that's what he did
When he's got enough saved up he'll go back to what he loves
Jesus cut his hair got himself a suit
then a corner office for doing good
There's not much time now for helping folks
Makes wine and loaves now as a joke
Just a thing he used to know, a stupid trick from a late night show
If those folks are hungry now why don't they just go out
and get themselves a job?
Jesus cut his hair, got himself a job
told himself it was only for a while
Years have gone, and some were hell
but he persevered and he's done well
Looking back when he was a kid
Young and dumb, idealistic
All the things he thought he knew
and all the things he said he'd do
When he thought he'd change the world
When he thought he'd change the world.
Track Name: The Restraining Order Song
Just because I said I like you
Just because I walked you home
Even though I hardly knew you
Don’t begrudge my open arms
Now I’m left with such confusion on why you led me on and orchestrated...

Me to give you my attention
and all the things I do for you
and just because you never thank me
and even though I make you blue
I’m overcome with such confusion on why you lead me on and then won’t see me

I’m overcome with such confusion on why you lead me on and then won’t see me

When I'm hiding in your garden
when I’m watching you at night
when I’m sifting through your garbage
for a little piece of you to make me feel alright
I’m overcome with such confusion on how this became such a complicated...