Come Hell or High Water

by The Castor Troys

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released August 30, 2015

Aaron Walsh - Vocals
Chris Ledroit - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Matthew Bowker - Bass/Backing Vocals
Nick Fowler - Drums

Stef Ledroit - Piano/Organ

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The Castor Troys Hamilton, Ontario

Driving rock / punk rock 4-piece out of Hamilton, ON. Peddlers of true stories and truer fiction.

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Track Name: Come Hell or High Water
Believe in dreams, they’ll bloom and unfold - or so I’m told
Could it be this garden path was oversold?
Been floored, been sent reeling. Seen through the glass ceiling so now I’ll show
You make your own breaks. Impossible takes a little longer, you know

This time is yours
Don’t pass it by
We’ll get there
Come hell or high water

Understand little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape
Won’t deviate from the plan while it’s taking shape
Needs must when the Devil drives. I’ll reap what this world provides and never let go
I’m a cluster of matches, an obsessed man who is awash in the glow

This time is yours
Don’t pass it by
We’ll get there
Come hell or high water

Yeah batten down and drink it up
This money in my cup will only get me so far
The Holy Diver. The sole survivor
Come hell or high water

This time is yours
Don’t pass it by
We’ll get there
Come hell or high water

Understand little thieves are hanged, great ones escape, bite, kick and scrape
The Holy Diver. The sole survivor
Come hell or high water
Track Name: Wolves Below
WOLVES BELOW
Winter of 1959
Up Brantford way, out in the pines
For the CPT, with a real cold night ahead of me
Way up a pole repairing frost-broken lines (and I)

I thought I heard something out there
A sense of dread was in the air
Aimed the lamp on my hat
Couldn’t see too far – they ain’t built for that
Then time stood still, found myself locked in their stare (there’s)

- Chorus -
Wolves below in the dead of night
Unnerving choice of fight or flight
One deep breath as these problems compound
We’ll find out how it goes when I get to the ground

Hours go by, my body’s weak
These arms can’t hold, my ankles creak
A useless search of my vest
My spurs, a wrench, a hammer at best
Should I run for it and pay the bite, so to speak? (So I)

I called it in to Toronto (because)
My wife and daughter have to know
I love them both so much
Leave out the teeth and eyes, and such
The ones waiting hungrily
Just wanna get home

- Chorus -

With no way to hang on for another minute more
Just had to convince myself I got to – gotta get down and go

Well, I looked at them and they looked at me
My truck a mile away, easily
So I dropped down and ran for my life although
Slowed down by my gear and the swamp and snow
Found my stride, found my way
Didn’t look back, kept them at bay
Slammed the door and exhaled

- Chorus repeat x2, outro -
Track Name: We Do Believe
WE DO BELIEVE (IN SMALL TOWN JUSTICE)

Cara was lovesick and blind
Her man, Angel, preyed upon her kind
He brought her nothing but hardship and strife
Then beat her within an inch of her life

This is the what, the where, the when, the how
Our plan on which we’ll carry through
We do believe in small town justice
We are coming for you

Angel beat the rap and that’s how it goes
The guy’s connected and everyone knows
Cara don’t fret – we’ll tell you why
Angel will need those wings to fly

This is the what, the where, the when, the how
Our plan on which we’ll carry through
We do believe in small town justice
We are coming for you

We don’t entrust those who won’t condemn
We don’t accept due process of a system
That fails its people. No more restraint
Everyone has their breaking point
We’ll take him up on mountain high
Dead to rights. We wave good-bye
If getting her back on her feet means taking ground from yours
You’ll never harm a soul again. This is what our vengeance ensures

We do believe in the price you’ll pay (Comin’ for you) (Angel’s gonna fly)
We do believe in the price you’ll pay (Comin’ for you) (Angel’s gonna fly)
A life is saved as you’re thrown away (Comin’ for you) (Angel’s gonna fly)
We do believe in the price you’ll pay

This is the what, the where, the when, the how
Our plan on which we’ll carry through
We do believe in small town justice
We are coming for you
Track Name: Broken Black Heart
BROKEN BLACK HEART
Take my lungs when I need no air
Hatred and lies, they’ve spilled their share
These eyes have wandered straight from the start
God bless the soul who gets my broken black heart

I know the depths that can be spanned
Like the back of my own red hand
Grab what you can, but leave one part
God bless the soul who gets my broken black heart

Broken black heart
Ooooooo, broken black heart

I’ve heard enough to turn a deaf ear
Silence is loud in my final year
Not much to say, but this I’ll impart
God bless the soul who gets my broken black heart

Broken black heart
Ooooooo, broken black heart

Solo

Broken black heart
Ooooooo, broken black heart
Track Name: The Chase (Run Jenny, Run)
THE CHASE (RUN JENNY, RUN)
A red sun at dawn meant trouble later on
Some wisdom from a coked-out bookie she’d known
Jenny and her crew, three gutter punks who
Knew just when to raid the cash-and-loan
James had brought her down, a stray from out of town
Smokey eyes and a cigarette
Wouldn’t be her first, she’s willing and so versed
In thieving what she needs and how to get

Far away / Far away / Far away / So far away

(They) came in through the back, a strong and loud attack
Bones took point while James pistol-whipped clerks
(Neil) revved the car outside – a signal that implied
Two minutes was up and their plan had worked
As Jenny raced along, she set her eyes upon
A patron make a move for his piece
The boys put him down with six or seven rounds
Show me a hero, I’ll write you a tragedy

The chase is on again
Runs out of scratch and then so it begins
Another town with another plan
When simple means meet severe ends

They made their getaway in complete disarray
But the guys argued over the split
Jenny’s eyes wide in the dimming summer light
She knew she’d have to act and quick
She jammed a knife into Neil, he took his hands off the wheel
The car wrecked in the worst way
With bag of cash in-hand, she stumbled to each man
And a red sun set as she aimed

The chase is on again
Runs out of scratch and then so it begins
Another town with another plan
When simple means meet severe ends

She shot James / shot Bones / shot Neil / shot ‘em all down

The chase is on again
Runs out of scratch and then so it begins
Another town with another plan
When simple means meet severe ends

Run Jenny, run (Far away)
Track Name: Highway
HIGHWAY

Gone out racing
To escape my
Fears and all the
Commitments I’ve made

Blacktop opens
Eardrums ringing
The horses running
All the voices start to fade

The feel
Of the wheel
The appeal
Of speeds that are surreal
No fear
Changing gears
And the tail lights turn to lines
The binds unwind I find myself
Chasin’ down the sun in a high speed getaway

Hit the highway and I’ll burn it
Hit the highway and I’ll burn it
Hit the highway and I’ll burn it
You’ll never catch me tonight

Abstentiously I’m steering clear of the real world
It’s all transparent as a blur out my window
Track Name: Out Here
OUT HERE
Diamonds are forever they say
Though they’re never quite Heather, are they?
Needed to heal, we needed to know
We’re each worthwhile, desired, and so (I)

Found you in the same situation
Two lives for resuscitation
Thought I had fallen hard before
Who knew rock bottom had a trap door?

Out here on our own again

Yeah, I wear my heart on my sleeve
Still too close to the vest for you to see
I should feel remorse for this, yet
You are only as sick as your secrets

Did you get what you needed?
So I’ve been superseded?
Lookin’ for answers I found a dime
Heads-up ‘cause it’s only a matter of time

Out here on our own again
Out here on our own again
Taken by the wind again
Out here on our own again

I don’t feel time will heal all wounds and toughen skin
Been stripped down, stripped right down to the bones and flaws within
Held on to the hand you assured was there and then
I’m cut free - Feel the breeze and just get taken by the wind
Track Name: Off the Rails
OFF THE RAILS

My life off the rails again
Nothing left to show
Nothing left to show for it

It’s over, over
Pack my things and step right out the door
Over, over
Speak of you no more

My heart in transit
A mile a minute, faster I dare say
Left in front of right and walk away

Only myself to confide in
Time for me to get
Time for me to get rolling on

It’s over, over
Pack my things and step right out the door
Over, over
Speak of you no more

My heart in transit
A mile a minute, faster I dare say
Left in front of right and walk away

Once bitten, twice shy is how it goes
Second guessing as I might
Third parties were always right
Forth and back in love, within its throws

Nailed to the cross again
Pales in comparison
Failed communication
Hearing all these tales of infidelity
Veiled by my naivety
Full speed ahead, flying off the rails

My heart in transit
A mile a minute, faster I dare say
Left in front of right, I’m going

Off the rails
Off the rails
Off the rails
Full steam ahead and flying off the…
Track Name: High Stakes
HIGH STAKES

Suit up and get
Ready for the siege with the onset
Of our time to go out and earn acclaim

This is it -showdown
Can’t stop thinking of my hometown
All set to kick some ass and take some names

You and I are heading out to war
Heads down, guns high as we run ashore
Movin’ in and ahead with no brakes
We live our lives and thrive with high stakes

Too young to die
Eyes of fire and I’ll tell you why
God damn, I swear it is all that we know

Not afraid, not concerned
About my crew and our lesson learned
At the end of the day we’ll say we’re heroes

You and I are heading out to war
Heads down, guns high as we run ashore
Nerves of steel and resolve are what it takes
We live our lives and thrive with high stakes

You and I are heading out to war
Heads down, guns high as we run ashore
Movin’ in and ahead with no brakes
We live our lives and thrive with high stakes
Track Name: Kingston
KINGSTON

I am cold
And I am scared
The front gates are opening
And I’m not prepared

Goodbye my girl
Goodbye my son
I’ve been given twenty years
But I’ll serve none

It’s the end (it’s the end, it’s the end)
Of the world I’ve known

Please move on
Your new life begun ‘cause
Sayin’ goodbye now is the better option
Than knowing the man
That I’ll become

It’s the end (it’s the end, it’s the end)
Of the world I’ve known x3

It’s the end of the world I’ve
Track Name: Dog Days of Winter
DOG DAYS OF WINTER

At only five days old this world tried to stop him
That boy survived though the odds were slim
“He’ll never walk let alone lace ‘em up”
Even then he soldiered on but
They all said he’d never make it there

Dog days
Dog days
Dog days of winter
Lead him home

By twelve years old there was no doubt about it
That kid could skate and was lionhearted
Undersized and diabetic yet
Hardwired to deal with it
They all said he’d never make it there

- chorus -

Driven to prove them all wrong
Played his way to Junior A
Surpassed all he set upon
A fearless winger through his college days
But found himself sitting through every draft round and unclaimed

Father said “If you’re good enough
They’ll find you eventually”
A former pro then signed him to
A long-shot two-way deal
Hating to lose more than wanting to win until finally he got the call

Home – he’d made it home

- chorus, outro -