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Moving In This House

by Chris Black & the Holy Ghost

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Instrumental / Improvised
Down There 04:58
Down there, ain’t nobody gonna love you. Down there, ain’t nobody gonna hug you. Down there, the Devil’s kisses, they taste just like MUD. Down there, it’s all just burning and boiling and blisters and blood. Down there, you’ll think you saw JESUS out of the corner of your eye, but down there turns out is where all these sons of bitches went when they died. Down there, the sky doesn’t fall but it tilts to the side, and down there, they’ll eat you alive bite by bite by bite BITE BITE BITE. In hell he lifted up his eyes… Down there, everything’s just motor oil and broken glass. Down there, the little guy keeps right on getting fucked in the ass. Down there, ain’t nobody gonna never ever just get along. Down there, it’s a lot like up here but it just goes on and on and on and on and on.
In My Tree 06:27
Killing time in my tree, feeling good, feeling happy. Watching birds watching me in my tree. Well hello pretty girl. What’s wrong? Aren’t you happy? Come along, join me in my tree. I got branches, I got leaves, I got grubs, baby, if you’re hungry. I got everything a body needs in my tree. Climb inside, follow me. Close your eyes if you’re sleepy. Lovingkindness lasts forever in my tree. Killing time in my tree. Feeling good. Feeling happy. Bless the Lord that led you to me, in my tree.
Scary Song 03:34
Instrumental and completely improvised.
What I See 04:01
These are the lyrics, but I've never used them: What I see, God's in heaven, and angels fly in squads of seven, and what I know is Jesus loves me, sure as hell's below i got the great sky above me. All right.
Instrumental music for a mobster's funeral.
Bud White 06:41


Chris Black & the Holy Ghost sounded like Screaming Jay Hawkins dragging Igor Stravinsky backwards through a burning bush, in a war zone.

The Holy Ghost was a nine-to-eleven-piece improvisational catastrophe, featuring a rotating line-up of members of the Golden Arm Trio, Blue Noise Band, Grupo Fantasma and other Austin luminaries, and luminaries-to-be.

This record was recorded live at the Empanada Parlor and the Drought House Pub in Austin, Texas, in the early days of the new century.


released January 1, 2002

Chris Black: voice, piano, guitar; Tom Benton: contrabass; Jeremy Bruch: drums; David Lobel: saxophones; Wayne Myers: bass trombone; Laura Phelan: vibraphone; Graham Reynolds: drums, piano; Adam Sultan: guitar; Adrian Quesada: guitar; June Rhee: violin; Ames Asbell: viola. Recorded by Chris Black and Adam Holzband. Words and Music by Chris Black.




Chris Black Raleigh, North Carolina

Chris Black is a multi-instrumental composer and performer living in Wake County, North Carolina. He has been a member of such groups as Shoulders (Austin, TX), Les Wampas (Paris, FR), Golden Arm Trio (Austin, TX), The Wedding's Off (L.A., CA), and the Taraf de Tucson (Tucson, AZ). He is the founder of the alt-classical, D.I.Y. chamber music concert series ChamberLab. ... more

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