Pilgrimage

by Penny Dreadful

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released January 31, 2017

Penny Dreadful are:

Iannis Kalifatidis: lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, banjo
Nikos Panagiotou: drums, percussion, chains
Dionysis Teliopoulos: electric & resonator guitars
Panos Bobolas: bass guitar

With the Fellowship of the Sacred Heart:

Flora Ioannidi: backing vocals, lead vocals on Haven of Grace
Elina Ragoussi: backing vocals, lead vocals on Love Walks on a Wire
Loukia Soupouli: backing vocals
Flora Noutsou: backing vocals
Costis Zouliatis: Fender Rhodes
John Hardy: pedal steel guitar
Dimitris Pantelias: baritone & tenor sax

© 2017 All songs by Penny Dreadful
Lyrics by Iannis Kalifatidis

Recorded, mixed and produced by Costas C. aka Digital Alkemist
at Shakti Sound Studio, July to November 2016

Assistant Engineer: Simon Nikolaides

Executive Producer: Iannis Kalifatidis

Mastered by Yiannis Christodoulatos at Sweet Spot Studios

Artwork by Petros Voulgaris

Lenin’s Modem 002

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Penny Dreadful Athens, Greece

Penny Dreadful formed in March 2010 in Athens, Greece. Influenced by the Australian and American alternative scene, as well as Americana and Country music, Penny Dreadful’s sound is sometimes electric and wild while other times it is eerie, dark and dreamy. ... more

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Track Name: Road to Oblivion
Road to Oblivion

Took the long road to nowhere like a doll on a string
To the land where the wild poppies grow
With the yoke on my shoulders, in a boat with no wheel
Swept away to a world not my own

Like a wretched band of pilgrims at a gate with no door
Heading out for a place to call home
Sowed my grain on the waters, came to harvest the sea
Like the wind through the roots of a tree

All the way down the freeway to the edge of the world
Down to the edge of the world

Took the long road to nowhere, torn apart from my soil
With my bare hands I nourished the ground
And the plods of my footsteps down the long muddy road
As I come to the end of my rope

Howling out to the desert, like a wolf in the night
With no word echoing back at the rocks
Down the road to oblivion, on a free one-way ride
To the land where the bright sunsets go
Track Name: Eager Volunteers
Eager Volunteers

I roam the streets, an outcast in my land
An alien man in my own town
Among a throng of eager volunteers
Who cast more shadow on the light

Weak-minded pawns, their armor made of coins,
The winner gets to skip the line
Who said this path leads upward to the sky
While one is falling straight to die?

No beam of sun nor sparkle in your eyes
I’m gonna set that train afire
You held me chained behind those prison bars
I rose my eyes over the wire

Speeding along across the shiny graves
With eyes wide shut you walk in line
Riding a train at headlong speed to hell
And still you dwell in dreams of a life divine

Boasting about fat wages and success
You claim to hold the key to some gold mine
How do you think your sickness shall be paid?
What good is faith if you trust in a lie?
Track Name: Haven of Grace
Haven of Grace

Did you see the children crying?
I can still hear them weep and demand for the sun to return
Do the children lay a-sleeping?
Yes, I’ve put them to bed, now they’re dreaming up high in the clouds
Have you seen the children kneeling?
Yes, they’re down on their knees, with a gun pointed right at their heads
Did you see the children resting?
Yes, they’re resting in peace somewhere safe in the realm of the night

Did you see the children playing?
They were riding the merry-go-round when a strike hit the ground
Did you see the children digging?
Yes, they’re digging a grave on the sand where they once used to play
Did you hear the children singing?
They were moaning in pain under ruins in the sweat of exile
Did you see the children dreaming?
Yes, they dreamt of a rose blooming right on the dust and the stones

In the skies
Haven of grace in the skies
In the skies
Wipe out their trace in the skies
Track Name: Death Blow
Death Blow

Among the winds
She’s gliding to the East
Above the mountains and the sea
A pioneer of peace

She bears the gift of gentle death
Hell is the final act of love
And purifies the filthy streets
With rivers flowing of gore and blood

Death blow, death blow
You strike from heaven
bringing hell from the above

We turn our eyes
From whence with heavy roar she soars
We stand beneath the trembling sky
With horror in our souls

Led by the mortal hand of God
She’s sucking out our brains
Shooting rockets from the sky
There ain’t no shelter from this rain

Tonight I’m yours...
Track Name: Naughty Games
Naughty Games

Sweet smell of desire
Dark power of control
Get down on your knees
I’m gonna teach you how to plead for some kind of deal

Strike down with your whip
Make those lashes sting
Twist my weary bones
and tie me up with chains and beat me hard till I sing

How humbly I crawl
At the soft squeeze of your heels
I just love to sin
There’s no one that can treat a man so mean as a queen

Strike hard with your blade
Lick slowly my wounds
I beg for relief
Oh Mistress, whip me till I bleed the hell outta me

Treat me good
Treat me fine
Just do it for fun, oh Mistress, please
Go get your whip and teach me right

Naught, naught, naughty boy

Great Mistress of Lust
Black Angel of Pain
My body is a cage
I’m gonna scream just hard enough to show you I’m sane

Dig deep with your nails
Deep into my skin
Bruise me with your teeth
And always keep an eye on me to see what I see
Track Name: Love Walks on a Wire
Love Walks on a Wire

I had a bet with the devil
Love ain’t but a gambler
Three hearts on a slot machine

You came disguised as an angel
Dropped your golden armor
Ripped my heart and burned my skin

You plucked my strings like a goddess
Wrapped your chords around me
Took me to the Promised Land

Your fingers weave like a spider
Crawling like a cobra
Naked on a river bank

Pick me up, take me high
Love walks on a wire
Open your arms out wide
Let’s drift through the sky
I’m gonna hold you tight
Stand straight on the wire
Come set my soul aflight

Under the high moon of summer
Through the desert city
Gambling with the dice of love

Two lovers walk on a tightrope
A player and a singer
Fifty feet above the ground

You’re like a world full of secrets
Deeper than the ocean
Welling up behind your bangs

Why don’t you pull back the curtains
Share with me your mysteries
Stand against the tides of hell
Track Name: Graveyard Muley
Graveyard Muley

When the dust hit the corn with the might of a plague
And the storm came a-blowing down the fields
Tossed away from my home, like an old wicked ghost
Ι’ve been wandering with no place to go

Like a shadow on the move, with a-nothing left to lose
And the heat gnawing greedy at my skin
On the wide open plains, where the sun’s setting low
But I still wonder which way to go

Digging holes, drawing figures in the dust
Blaze a trail among the shadows of my ghosts
There ain’t no line of rust and there is no soul to trust
And I know it’s a long way to go

I was taught that my land is the blessed ark of God
But it yielded to the blazing heart of hell
He ain’t comin’ back no more for to carry me home
And I still wonder which way to go

But ain’t nobody gonna blow Muley Graves off his home
Ain’t nobody kick the wretched off from this land
Not the mighty hand of God nor the devil’s filthy claws
But I still got a long way to go
Track Name: Desert Shore
Desert Shore

The pathway to the desert shore steps downward from the hills
A boat awaits to carry me back home
And as I wave the last goodbye and turn my face to go
Yet with the long-sought answer still untold
Was I the captain of my soul, the master of my fate
When I sailed forth to reach uncharted trails?

It’s a long way to go
There ain’t no time to fall
And perish like the dust before the storm

Through towering walls the years roll by, unbroken in their flow
Where do I find the strength to carry on?
And drifting like a wounded whale I sink down to the floor
With scars from all the battles I’ve fought before
With withered hands I grab the oars and row back to the dock
And tell my sorrows to the desert shore

It’s a long way to go
There ain’t no time to fall
And perish like the dust before the storm

It’s a long way to go
There ain’t no time to fall
Until my wings lay broken
All powerless to unfold
And perish like the dust before the storm
Track Name: Comes a Time
Comes a Time

Comes a time, comes a dreary time
When you’re on your own again
Takes a time, it takes quite a time
Getting on your feet again

First she holds you in her arms
And she whispers words of love
First she blows you to the skies
Then she casts you to the ground

Spent a time, spent a long, long time
Learning how to fly again
Till her eyes, till her mellow eyes
Made me drunk on life again

Lifts you up and drags you down
That mysterious thing called love
First she blows you to the skies
Then she casts you to the ground
Track Name: River of Sin
River of Sin

A black space yawns under my skin
Its claws I can feel deep within
My heart’s growing cold, it’s all covered with mold
And no love can bring me release

Oh, my soul – it ain’t gonna shine
No matter how hard I may try
No glory-bound train, but sorrow and pain
So, my soul – it ain’t gonna shine

There’s still something, as long as it hurts
There is hope if it painfully burns
So let those walls climb up high, let them hide the blue sky
Let them veil the black river of sin

The sky brooding quietly on my grief
My walls I have built high and thick
No light’s coming in, and no light’s going out
My wounds keep on feeding the clouds

Been down in the valley to pray
To wash all my troubles away
For my soul’s adrift on the billows of sin
Been down in the valley to pray

(Shaken and tossed by the fires of sorrow
Broken and plagued with no strength from within
Nurture your soul with the love of sweet Jesus
You don’t have to cross the black river of sin)

Got down on my knees
I couldn’t hear nobody pray
Oh, my wretched soul ain’t gonna shine

I’ve been trying to ride that train
Lord, that glory-bound train
I’ve got wings but I cannot fly away

Is it dark and I can’t see?
Oh, he ain’t waiting there for me
I still have to cross the river all alone

Cast my burden on the Lord
Is this there where I belong?
But my soul, but my soul ain’t gonna shine