The Carnivaleros

Lost In the Graveyard | lyrics and credits


Lost In the Graveyard

Old boats and Cottonwood trees
Smack in the Middle of kansas
Tiny tales and juju bees
Flint hills and contact dances

Kerosene stoves cane fishin' poles
post rock and prairie grasses
sun bearin' down from that western sky
air as thick as molasses

Sometimes I'm lost in this graveyard
I can feel the bones a rattlin'
Sometimes I'm lost in this graveyard
But I ain't gonna lay down, no
I ain't gonna lay down...

Cattle crossing on highway 4
Salt thrown over my shoulder
My ex-wife says she still loves me so
This is what I told her

Sometimes I'm lost in this graveyard
I can feel the bones a rattlin'
Sometimes I'm lost in this graveyard
But I ain't gonna lay down, no
I ain't gonna lay down...

Trailer Parks that twisters fell
Listening to Grandmother's tales
Yard balls and swimmin' holes
Cicadas crawl from their shells

Nights a hummin' with the insect sounds
And sepia toned Methodist senses
Musky nights, wound up tight
Legs wrapped around my lenses

Sometimes I'm lost in this graveyard
I can feel the bones a rattlin'
Sometimes I'm lost in this graveyard
But I ain't gonna lay down, no
I ain't gonna lay down...

©2005 Gary Mackender, ASCAP

gary mackender: accordion, drums, vibes, vocals
mitzi cowell: guitar, banjo, background vocals
chris giambelluca: bass

2. Gina Lollobrigida

©2005 Gary Mackender, ASCAP

gary mackender: accordion
chris giambelluca: bass
mitzi cowell: guitar
marx loeb: drums
The Gina Singers: Emma Correa Barrett, Tess Correa Barrett, Isaiah Bice, Sirach Bice, Sara Boice, Chloe Cox, Brittany Dinius, Rachel Lifton, Erik Revay, Rebekah Waller

3. One More Name

Country crafts and several yellow smiling faces
Greeted me this morning
Gingham ducks, and a macrame lamp
I pulled back the covers

Who's out there I thought to myself
in this land of enchantment
I'll grab my clothes make a run for the door
Before I'm stuck in this encampment

What did I have to drink last night
Or was it two days past?
My memory must be stuck on the wall
Cause there's one more name on my cast

Well I jumped out of bed and started to dash
Footsteps comin' out the bathroom door
I rammed my cast right into the wall
Doll collection crashed to the floor

She said "Henry, where you goin' so fast
I got Folgers in the pot."
Since that's not my name I ran out the door
Said "No thanks but thanks a lot"

What did I have to drink last night
Or was it two days past?
My memory must be stuck on the wall
Cause there's one more name on my cast
Cause there's one more name on my cast

©2005 Gary Mackender, ASCAP

gary mackender: accordion, vocals
chris giambelluca: bass
mitzi cowell: guitar, second vocal
marx loeb: drums
carla brownlee: saxophone

4. Misery and Hope

©2005 Gary Mackender, ASCAP

gary mackender: accordion, mandolin
catherine zavala: acoustic guitar
Tony Rosano: sousaphone

5. Fools and Angels

©2005 Mitzi Cowell

gary mackender: accordion
mitzi cowell: guitar
chris giambelluca: bass
marx loeb: drums
carla brownlee: saxophone

6. Carnival Ride

Out on the dusty fairgrounds
The midway starts to form
Diesel trucks have unloaded
Cotton candy and sno cones
I've felt my way through the trailer of mirrors
Gave my money to the barker outside
But I couldn't wait to find the banners of awe
And see the freaks that they keep inside

I first saw the man who could pop out his eyes
'Round 1965
He was standing next to the lady with a beard
Lobster Boy on the other side
We paid our dime so they would give us a thrill
'Cause they were different than you and me
But anymore I think that I could give 'em a run
Things ain't never just what they seem

This is my Carnival ride to the rest of my life
To the rest of my life
This is my ride

My mother, she got off a while back
And left my Father behind
And I've got bumps and bruises 40 years ago
You couldn't a told me I would find
Then my Daddy just decided it was time for him
To go and see my mama again
Now their both awaitin' patiently
For my Carnival ride to end

After hours on the midway
Drank and gambled more than once or twice
I've seen the other side of Heaven
And I'm tellin' ya it ain't so nice
I think I got a few years left
Before I see the end of the show
With my friends and family around me
Y'know I've struck the Mother Lode

This is my Carnival ride to the rest of my life
To the rest of my life
This is my ride

©2005 Gary Mackender, ASCAP

gary mackender: accordion, drums, vocals
mitzi cowell: guitar
chris giambelluca: bass
catherine zavala: mandolin

7. Bazaar 54/Bus Stop

©2005 Gary Mackender, ASCAP
©1966 Graham Gouldman

gary mackender: accordion
mitzi cowell: guitar
chris giambelluca: bass
marx loeb: drums
carla brownlee: saxophone

8. Hang 'em High Tango Redux

©2003 Gary Mackender, ASCAP

gary mackender: accordion, vocals
mitzi cowell: guitar, vocals
chris giambelluca: bass
marx loeb: drums, percussion

9. Skinned Knees & Fishhooks

©2005 Gary Mackender, ASCAP

gary mackender: accordion
mitzi cowell: guitar
chris giambelluca: bass
marx loeb: drums
carla brownlee: saxophone

10. El Choclo/Over the Rainbow

©Villoldo/Arlen

gary mackender: accordion
mitzi cowell: guitar
chris giambelluca: bass
marx loeb: drums, percussion, crash box
carla brownlee: saxophone

11. He Was Here

He was here just a moment ago
I told him I love him
If he heard it well I don't know
Yet I told him I'll miss him

And I spoke to him yesterday
He told me, he forgave me
And all the things that I wanted to say
They're still Inside me, always inside me

And the years go on by, the lights are getting darker
And the young man I once was is miles away
And if there's one thing I know, it's to grab every moment
It's cliche' but they really slip away

All the lines that he drew for me
I stepped over, I did not want them
Yet I use them subconsciously
Cause he's inside me, always inside me

And the tears go on by, the lights are getting darker
And the pain is pushed aside less easily
And if there's one thing I know, it's to grab every moment
It's a shame but they really slip away

©2004 Gary Mackender, ASCAP

gary mackender: accordion, mandolin, vocals
catherine zavala: mandowrinch, vocals

12. Spook Waltz (Gesture Pie)

©2005 Gary Mackender, lyrics, ASCAP,

gary mackender: accordion
mitzi cowell: guitar
chris giambelluca: bass
marx loeb: drums, percussion
carla brownlee: saxophone

Lost In the Graveyard


This CD is dedicated to the memory of my Father, Charles Duane Mackender. RIP 1925-2004.

Produced by Gary Mackender
Engineered by Chris Schultz and Mike Prado
Mixed by Craig Schumacher, WaveLab studio
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering


"The Carnivaleros occupy that ghostly twilight niche manned by lurking gatherings of really good musicians who keep a tight lock on neighborhood familiarity and loose professionality by capturing a Saturday Night vibe and keeping it firmly stoked."
Mark S Tucker, FAME, 2007

"Lost in the Graveyard is as good as it is crazy."
Dave Howell, rambles.net, 2007