Hopeful & Hopeless

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This EP was made with love by Reb Fountain & The Bandits. It was the last recorded project of our dear brother Sam Prebble of Bond St Bridge. Sam and Reb had played many of these songs together. It was recorded by Rohan Evans at The Wine Cellar. Featuring Bandits Dylan Storey, Sam Prebble, Dave Khan, Brendan Turner & Cole Goodley with Reb Fountain.

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released June 30, 2017

All songs written by Reb Fountain
All songs performed by Reb Fountain & The Bandits
Recorded at The Wine Cellar
Engineered by Rohan Evans
Mastered by Simon Gooding
Printed on Vinyl thanks to Arcade Recordings
Sam Prebble Violin & Banjo
Dylan Storey Electric Guitar
Dave Khan Acoustic Guitar & Accordian
Brendan Turner Double Bass
Cole Goodley Drums
Reb Fountain Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

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reb fountain Auckland, New Zealand

Reb sailed into Lyttelton Harbour carrying generations of migrant stories imbued in her bones. She has spent forever travelling, performing, studying, recording & working as a musician & songwriter who’s not afraid to get her $20 ex-army boots muddy as hell walkin’ to the next town for a show. Bent on carving her own line, Reb is one minstrel you don’t want to miss. ... more

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Track Name: The Truth About Us
The Truth About Us © R L Fountain 2017

I could say babe I gave it away
All my possessions don’t matter anyway
As long as there’s us keeps the bank man at bay / darkness/trouble away
But I would be lying if I said I didn’t want more

The truth about us is we’re a dying breed
You’re a lily white pond that’s surrounded by weeds
You poison us off but you don’t kill the seed so we grow
Like yellow gorse in the pure white snow
You just hope we die off

Just on my block there’s ten single mums
The kids run the street while they’re sucking their thumbs
There’s a gang house on the corner school on the other we grow
They wanna shift us to build high rise homes
So they cant see us die off

My neighbour Montana she has three kids
The father of her children he ran off and hid
They’re just kids having kids my kids dad’s just the same as they grow
Hides his money so IRD don’t know
Hopes the truth will die off – it won’t

I could say babe I gave it away
All my possessions don’t matter anyway
As long as there’s us keeps the bank man at trouble at bay
But I would be lying if I said I didn’t want for more

Lost all my money in a bad house deal
Lost the dreams too that we thought were for real
If I gave it away would it still hurt to feel how we grow
No one cares if the seeds not sown
We try not to die off

Came here with nothin’ thought I’d build something
Something to believe in is better than nothing
Now that I’ve lost all of my will to grow
I’ve planted a seed you know watch it grow
All of the seeds you sow they will grow
All of the seeds you know will refuse to die off

I could say babe I gave it away
All my possessions don’t matter anyway
As long as there’s us keeps the darkness at bay
I would be lying
Yes I would be lying
I would be lying if I didn’t say
The truth about us
Track Name: Hopeful & Hopeless
Hopeful & Hopless © R L Fountain 2017

There’s so much doubt out here in the wasteland
Like we’re sinners come undone
Ain’t no water to chastise me, no shade under Christ’s apple tree
I’m weary with the toil

Didn’t mean to say don’t love me
I’m used to pushin’ time away
Been out here carvin’ my own line for so long
It’s hard to stop the goddamned race

Hopeful and hopeless
I’m hopeful and hopeless
All you guys better open your eyes get us out of this goddamned mess
And fight for the hopeful and hopeless

I’m the one who gets the best meat
The fat of the lamb
Blessed be the sacrificial beasts
They’re killing their own selves

Each time I get close to the mark
I’m reminded of how far I’ve been torn apart
Strewn like a desert seed and grown like a cactus weed
I’m living on a prayer, for the



Hopeful and hopeless
Hopeful and hopeless
All you guys better open your eyes get us out of this goddamned mess
And fight for the hopeful and hopeless

When you say that it’s over your words kiss death upon my mouth
Kiss the cheeks kiss the lips of the ones that I love and pass it round
Always knew this was hell but there’s no one up there looking down

I’m still here even if you don’t see me
Just a waverin’ in the wind
All you’ve been you will breath again
So hurry home to me
All you’ve been you will breath again
So hurry home to me, to the

Hopeful and hopeless
I’m hopeful and hopeless
All you guys better open your eyes get us out of this goddamned mess
And fight for the hopeful and hopeless
All you guys better open your eyes get us out of this goddamned mess
And fight for the hopeful and hopeless
Track Name: Gold
Gold © R L Fountain 2017

Little girl loves you like a new pair of shoes
You look good in the window cause there’s nothing to loose
She says she loves you cause you don’t love her back
Too big for your boots it’s just a matter of fact

He rides the ocean at the helm of the ship
Lawn chairs at the ready yeah you’re fully quipped
Be careful baby that you don’t walk the plank
My last heart-leaded lover took the plunge (and then he sank)

Oh that ain’t gold
Oh that ain’t gold

Sold my soul you bought the lot for a dime
So worthless baby I ain’t even got time
It’s just desire flip a coin and it’s greed
Dig through hell to heaven going down is what I need

Oh that ain’t gold x 2

Keep me searchin’ for a heart of gold
I feel your beat and you know I’m sold
Keep me searchin’ for a heart of gold
Feel your beat and you know I’m sold and then no

That ain’t gold, that ain’t gold
No that ain’t gold, that ain’t gold
Sitting there in the firelight I remember dancin’ in your limelight
Had my own start fall for you, loan star shining through
The sloths at the one stop pick up shop
Smokin’ coal tar to the very last drop
Don’t you remember
That night in December when you hustled your way into my heart
Bare back riders we were
You followed my every curve
I followed your music your women your words
You framed my sight my sound
I tattooed your breath on my heart
There was nobody but you
I knew you felt the same way too
Two fucked up kids out on the road
Two fucked up kids out on the road
Starving for fame love and devotion
Candy and coke a cacophony of emotion
We were baptized in the ocean of desire
For something, something bigger than us
Bigger than all you mother fuckers
We were gold diggers
We were gold diggers
We were gold diggers

Oh that ain’t gold that ain’t gold
No that ain’t gold that ain’t gold
Oh that ain’t gold that ain’t gold
No that aint gold that ain’t gold
Track Name: Dance with Death Alive
Dance With Death Alive © R L Fountain 2017

Papa never listened to his old records he just looked at the grooves
I used to think he was listening to the rings
Strange how we hold on to who we are and what we do
When some of us don’t want to remember these things
When no one was lookin’ I lost it, lost the meaning of my life
This is the only one left, the only imprint that I get to remind me I’m still alive

I grew up on cowboy songs folk tunes and hymns of the lord
I used to think a song was made to help you feel
Strange how a song made for moneys’ just a cog in the wheel feels kinda dirty like it’s got no meaning left to sing
When no one was lookin’ we lost it, we lost the meaning of my life
This is the only one left, the only imprint that we get to remind us we’re still alive

Papa I think I found it lying at the foot of my ghost
That dollar bill so I can pay the man to bring your body home
When my record’s playing won’t you dance with death alive

The older the old growth gets the more rings around it’s neck
But rings ain’t a noose for a tree
I used to think if I bet all my years upon what’s left I might just get somewhere before I leave
I wasn’t lookin’ I lost it, lost the meaning of my life
This is the only one left, the only imprint that I get to remind me I’m still alive

Papa I think I found it lying at the foot of my ghost
That dollar bill so I can pay the man to bring your body home

And we go down to the bottom of this empty hole
We dance around tryin’ to catch our breath trying to make ourselves feel whole
So won’t you dance with me baby one more time
Twirl me little darling wont you say you’re mine,
Look me in the eyes like I’m the only one
Show me how you smile when you were free to run
Kiss me like you mean it like your hearts on fire
Hold me real close so I can feel your desire
Forget forever that we loose sight in the myre

Oh when my record’s playing won’t you dance with death alive
When my record’s playing won’t you dance with death alive
When my record’s playing won’t you dance with death alive
Track Name: Crazy Horse & Violence
Crazy Horse & Violence © R L Fountain 2017
Crazy Horse and Violence were destined to be lovers
Middle East and promised peace bore the perfect covers
Illegitimate his father cried when he discovered
That he bore a child of war

Born in Indiana Crazy hunted on the weekends
Father said to son you ain’t my boy if you’re a weaklin’
Jesus said to Mary don’t talk back till I’m done speakin’
At 19 Crazy joined the force

Wherever you will go
I will follow
Blood brothers made a pact
Beg steal or borrow
If we loose today, maybe tomorrow
Will you choose to engage or fire away

Now Violence is immortal and Crazy faces death
Even though they’re courtin’ some times he wonders who he’s with
SO they traded hearts in that desert park cause there’s nothin’ left to live for
Time goes by when you’re sinking

Crazy’s diggin’ ditches for the stolen ad forgotten
Best to keep em’ covered up in case the spoils are rotten
Violence seduced Crazy but he paid for what he’s gotten
Their children march off to war

Wherever you will go
I will follow
Blood brothers made a pact
Beg steal or borrow
If we loose today, maybe tomorrow
Will you choose to engage or fire away

Fire away . . . .
The sun is setting on the courtyard down below
Everyone is watching every dance step that you show
I’m sure that is my target yeah I’ve got him in my sights
One more step one pirouette draws the curtain on the light
The light the light the firelight waltzes in my face
Someone shouts to take him out and blow them all away
There behind the windscreen two boys like you and me
Violence tares my heart out and suddenly I see
It’s just another fucked up dream upon the TV screen so fire away

Noor-Eldeen & Saeed and the children who were nameless
Caught on tape the escapades made the trigger happy famous
Purple hearts and lucky stars awarded to the shameless
All my Heroes killed Cowboys
All my Heroes kill Cowboys

Wherever you will go
I will follow
Blood brothers made a pact
Beg steal or borrow
If we loose today, maybe tomorrow
Will you choose to engage or fire away

Wherever you will go
I will follow
Blood brothers made a pact
Beg steal or borrow
If we loose today, maybe tomorrow
Will you choose to engage or fire away