Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words

BandRockAmericana

Famous Last Words' exuberant improvisations and solid rock and roll blend elements of rock, folk, psychedelia, country, blues, jazz, and funk. FLW gigs as both a full band electric trio and acoustic guitar/bass duo.

Biography

"We Rock. And We're Deeply Sensitive."

Famous Last Words create ragged, transcendent Americana rock that has them plugging in and blazing out crunching jams many say are reminiscent of great power trios and jambands - or stripping down to bare bones acoustic roots that bring to mind Emmylou Harris and Bob Dylan.

Their 2004 self-titled debut album received an All Music Guide 4 Stars, a CD Baby Editor’s Pick, was featured on NBC TV and in Relix Magazine and was voted by the staff at KyndMusic as a Top 10 Bands to Watch in ‘06. Their subsequent 2005 Underground Acoustic CD resulted in their being invited to play the 2006 Awareness Benefit in Charlotte, NC.

In addition their song "Banish" is the top-downloaded song off the Voices in the Wilderness Benefit CD on iTunes and they are currently recording a full-length electric studio album for release in Winter 2006.

Having toured extensively up and down the West Coast, Famous Last Words is poised to take their "soulful anthems, lush grooves, daring guitar solos and beautifully blended harmonies" to audiences across the country.

Lyrics

Lullaby

Written By: J. Zittrain

So
You find yourself another world
Hold it in your hands
Or it unfurls
Time
You played and smiled on the beach
Laughing with Your mom
Just out of reach
Then
She left you with a lullaby

In this place your spirit's free
But if your fall don't follow me

Now the time has come to live again
Castles in the air return to sand
Take
Your bucket and your buried gold
Walk across the waves
Into your soul
So
I'll leave you with this lullaby

Faith in the Dark

Written By: K. Burkart, J. Zittrain

The night is long
And the road is steep
You can't turn back
You're in too deep
Suddenly everything
Moves too slow
Sheets of rain
Like a curtain closed

Lightning strikes
It's too close to call
It rips right through
This majestic Squall
Suddenly everything
Moves too fast
It's on your watch
Only seconds passed

(chorus)
Maybe the end is the place to start
When you got no light
You Gotta move in the dark

The horse's sweat
Soaks your skin
Mix it with the rain
Drink it in
Suddenly everything
Moves just right
Believe in the dark
It's your second sight (repeat)
And it moves just right
And the curtain closed
And the seconds passed
And it moves just right (repeat)

(repeat chorus)

It's All Over, Again

Written By: J. Zittrain

There you stand on your tightrope wire
Flames below, fire getting higher
You look at me with your tiger eyes
Fantasize, tantalize
I don't know how
We can stop now
It'll carry us away
We don't mean to
But our lean-to
Is underneath a wave

(chorus)
When your cup starts running over
You got to learn to say when
But I guess it's all over again

Think about a ship in stormy weather
Think about a rock and then a feather
My hope in your mouth is dry as leather
We can't spend another night together
I don't know why
Stars won't leave the sky
To carry us away
You can't make me
You won't break me
This time I'm here to say

(repeat chorus)
I guess it's all over again
I guess it's all over
Again

Sloe Hank

Written By: Jeff Zittrain

I'm sitting on this stool with a drink inside my hand
Hopin' when I'm not that I'll still know how to stand
And there's a woman dancing by the record machine
Her jeans are stitched on tight
The falcon's spinning out of sight
There's labels torn off bottles bright
Her colors fade into the light
of the whole revolving scene

They say that when you're gone there ain't nothing left to see
But I don't buy a thing to just give it back for free
And there's times to take the handles of your life
Silence it just seems a waste
Lovers they don't leave a trace
The footprints and the tears embrace on me

(chorus)
So I'll offer up my hand
And mail my unemployment form
With a Hank Williams Stamp
And when the colors run
The big old sun
Will bleach our dark souls clean
Until then we just pay the band
Write our names upon the sand
And I'll get up and try to stand
This whole revolving scene

I'm sitting on this stool with a drink inside my hand
Hopin' when I'm not that I'll still know how to stand
And there's a girl dancing by the juke machine
Say can you see by morning's light
And proudly hail all things despite
The center's moved from left to right
And cannot hold the twilight's last gleam

(Repeat chorus)
So I'll offer up my hand
And mail my unemployment form
With a Hank Williams stamp
And when the colors run
The big old sun
Will bleach our dark souls clean
Until then we just pay the band
Write our names upon the sand
And I'll get up and try to stand
This whole revolving scene

Banish

Written By: Jeff Zittrain

And I dreamed we lost our way
And the people couldn't see
'Cause their eyes were closed by the fear that rose
From a great catastrophe

And the fear was spread by leaders
With an agenda and a plan
We were easy marks and they took our hearts
We played right into their hands

And I dreamed the tv stations
And the print and radio
Had all lost their voice and their right of choice
And were hijacked in the show

And the shows were all for war
And the lies were piled deep
I'm not satisfied if the ones who died
Can't revive us from our sleep

In the shadow of the bomb
In the shadow of the end
They will waste our lives and control the skies
And they'll steal this land again

And I dreamed that all the people
Were just monsters underneath
Lift the face and show there’s a skull below
It grins life and death for each

But I know that isn't true
When I'm looking back at you
And my eyes meet yours and our mortal cores
Hold the meanings that are true

And the meanings that are true
Will destroy the lies and hate
We will banish those that we never chose
And from this dream awake

Discography

Famous Last Words, 2004 (independent release)
Underground Acoustic, 2005 (Round 3 Records)

Set List

When Famous Last Words take the stage, they dig deep into a catalog of originals, unique covers that range from Bob Dylan to Lucinda Williams to Johnny Cash and masterful interpretations of roots classics. A recent setlist was:

Set 1
Bank Robber
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Restless > Long Black Veil
Maggie's Song > Percussion Jam >Maggie's Song
Sitting at the Bar
The Most
Sloe Hank
Matter of Time > Percussion Jam > Matter of Time > Santana Jam

Set 2
Playing Heaven
Ripple
It's All Over Again
Folsom Prison Blues
We're All the Way
Bid You Goodnight