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Missouri Woods (LP)

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    JIM YOUNGER'S SPIRIT
    Dark psychedelic country-folk from France
    Missouri Woods is our first album, totally self-produced.
    The nine songs were recorded and mixed in a French studio, and mastered in the USA (near Boston), by New Alliance East.

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    Self-produced album, with cover-art by Polar Younger, only 200 copies were released...
    You can find all you need to make your own beautiful CD with the bonus items on this site! All the cover artwork and lyrics are available.

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The project

The project is born from Polar's long-time fascination for American history, especially the Civil war and the American Indians.
It found its keystone when she first met (in literary terms) one of the Younger brothers, Jim. His personality struck her, and she decided to build something around his character.

He was a well-born man from Missouri, his father was for the Union, but was killed by Jay-hawkers during the Civil war, while he was carrying US post mail. His elder brother (and most famous), Cole, was in Quantrill guerrilla, and after the war he was a member of the Frank and Jesse James gang. So Jim first went in guerrilla (he was very young), but after that traveled a lot (California, Texas...), trying to settle somewhere. But the past caught him up and he was part of the last James-Younger robbery. The James brothers escaped, but he was caught, with his two brothers, and they were jailed for twenty-some years in Minnesota. He was heavily wounded. The younger brother, Robert, died from tuberculosis in jail. Cole and Jim founded the first prison newspaper in the US. They were freed after 20 years, but Jim never recovered from that time spent in prison and committed suicide not so long after being freed. By the time he was jailed, he read a lot of books, and was interested in socialist and feminist ideas. He left a very odd (considering the mentalities at that time) letter when he killed himself.

As an historian, Polar dug a lot of information to "feed" her lyrics and the whole project. She read a lot of books in French and English about Civil war and the Younger brothers, and read all the judiciary and jail reports about Jim Younger (thanks to mighty Internet!). As she was working on it, she broadened the mind landscape of the project, and added some American Indian features, to show a complementary part of American history.

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released January 9, 2014

Members
Polar Younger: vocals, saxophone
Diego Lopez: guitar, bass guitar, drum machine
Kino Frontera: guitar, vocals, drum machine

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Track Name: Here I Go
HERE I GO

The country was so pleasant
And sweet to my heart
There were farms, fields and horses
And a fresh cut-grass smell

Then the Jayhawkers
They killed my father
My sisters were jailed
And my brother chased

When I was a boy
They killed my father
My sisters were jailed
And my brother chased
Track Name: Lee's Summit Graves
LEE'S SUMMIT GRAVES

The graves in Lee's Summit
They tell a strange story
The spirit of Jim Younger
Is in the air

His brother, he used to tell
There was no halfway place with him
(x2)

The wind, it's blowing out
The life and death of this man
His gloomy spirits
Tortured him 'til the end

His brother, he used to tell
There was no halfway place with him
(x2)
Away up and away down, away up and away down
No halfway place with him
(x2)

He could have died on the wooden sidewalks
Badly wounded he was jailed
For twenty years locked in a cell
He chose to die by his own hand

His brother, he used to tell
There was no halfway place with him
(x2)
Away up and away down, away up and away down
No halfway place with him
(x2)

He did not die on the wooden sidewalks
Nor miserable under a cold steady rain
He shot himself in a hotel room
Away down away down away down
No halfway place with him (ad lib)
Track Name: Comanche Girl
COMANCHE GIRL

Little Comanche girl
Your fate is not of those one could dream
Your mother was took in Mexico
The tribe needed slaves
Now you work hard from dusk 'til dawn
Your fate is not of those one could dream

Comanche girl
Your fate is not of those one could dream
Comanche girl
Your fate is not of those one could dream
Comanche girl
Your fate...

Young Comanche woman
You went in a raid with the warriors
Then you saw the wide ocean
And the seabirds spoke to you
You understood and weren't surprised
They made you see the mightiest visions
And vivid dreams are in your mind
You sit quiet among the Big Men

Comanche woman
Your fate is going to change
Comanche woman
Your fate is going to change
Comanche woman
Your fate...

Comanche spirit
Your fate is one of those one could dream
Comanche spirit
Your fate is one of those one could dream
Comanche spirit
Your fate...
Track Name: Cosmic
COSMIC

Blissful California and its pleasures are far behind me
I had no choice but to stand by my brother
I turned into a robber now...

Melting into the transient atmosphere of this house and its filthy talk
Half naked women walk around,
Their flesh of no use to me


Some flickering lights in the corners,
Vague shadows go back and forth
While bodies are getting along with dirty noises and sighs.

The piano played old tunes I tried to forget
I went out to see the stars, but they were too cold
And I couldn't remember your face, Cora Lee.


But I don't trust that ruthless man
I must keep an eye on him...
Track Name: Missouri Woods
MISSOURI WOODS

I decided to give the doctor the bullet as a keepsake
I wish I had one myself when I was riding the Missouri woods

We all needed one during the civil war
When we rode the country like bewildered dogs

I went to the school of war when I was only sixteen
I fought I killed I robbed I was a murderer an outlaw
And yet I remember the smell of home
I wish I could be there again
Down in my Missouri woods again

Behind my horse there's a trail of blood
And under my brain a bullet lodged
How long may I live with a shattered mouth?
How long may I live with a shattered mouth?


I won't raise the Younger howl again
I won't raise the Younger howl again
I won't raise the Younger howl again
Down in my Missouri woods again
Down in my Missouri woods again
I won't raise the Younger howl again
Down in my Missouri woods again
Down in my Missouri woods again
Track Name: Horses
HORSES

In my dreams I ride along / some boulders haunted by spooks
Men who never found their way / on these lost and dry mountains

Hunters, rangers, dead Indians (x4)

In my dreams I see / fierce riders mounting black horses
Singing loud their death songs / they pray their gods for glory
In my dreams my fellows will / be singing my bravery
I'll forever haunt the lost and dry mountains

Hunters, rangers, dead Indians (x4)

(chorus)

Hunters, rangers, dead Indians (x4)

My fire weakens / it's time to wake up, follow the trail and find
A place to die / among the ghosts of those brave men

Hunters, rangers, dead Indians (x4)

Hunters, rangers, dead Indians
Hunters... dead Indians
Hunters, rangers, dead Indians
Hunters... dead Indians

My fire weakens / I see black horses (x4)
Track Name: October 19th
OCTOBER 19TH

He is given civilian clothes
And he goes out of the prison walls
But the past isn't dead to him
He'll never get back from jail

He's a tombstone salesman now
Doing paperwork
Yet crooks and jailbirds knock at his door
And fast women also

I spend evenings at my room
What am I to do?
(x2)

So many years were wasted in vain
The present is dead to me
As God, love and feeling
I spend evenings at my room
Thinking 'bout the electric streetcar
I'm withdrawing from the world
I let my spirit go away
The struggle is over, is over...
Track Name: The Raven And The White Owl
THE RAVEN AND THE WHITE OWL

The dragonflies were twirling 'round near the river
When the raven and the white owl appeared
The moon was full and high

What happened to your people? Said the white owl
What happened to yours? Said the raven

All the tribes were on the warpath
And the wise owl and the wise raven couldn't help
But watch in sorrow slaughter and despair.
Elders did not understand
the dreams the white owl and the black raven sent to them
They watched in sorrow slaughter and despair.

What happened to your people? Said the white owl
What happened to yours? Said the raven

The old wisdom is gone
In a haze of whiskey
The old wisdom is gone
In the clatter of guns
Is gone...

What happened to your people? Said the white owl
What happened to yours? Said the raven