Flannel Animal

by Flannel Animal

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Recorded sporadically over a 2 year span by George Thimmesch, David Mahnke, and Ian Sallmann at George's home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. What started out as a 6 song EP grew into this full-length record accomplished through countless hours of dedication to a sound that melds our three musical backgrounds and styles. We hope you will enjoy listening to these songs we have created. There are plenty more on the way. :)
You can also find us at flannelanimalband.com/fr_home.cfm

credits

released 30 December 2010
George Thimmesch - vocal, harmonica, electric and acoustic rhythm guitar.

David Mahnke - electric and acoustic lead guitar.

Adam Urban - drums.

For the recording - Ian Sallmann - drums, backing vocal, percussion, bass guitar, guitar, keyboard

Additional musicians: Nick Tovarek - bass guitar on Don't Cry It's Only Thunder, She Walked Away, Fog On Water, and Pretty Eyes; Hannah Kirk - high harmony vocal on The One Love; Sam Thimmesch - gang vocal on Down To The River

Mixed by Ian Sallmann and George Thimmesch at the Thimmesch Home, Lake Geneva, WI

Mastered by Ian Sallmann and George Thimmesch at the Thimmesch Home, Lake Geneva, WI

All songs written by George Thimmesch (℗©2010 Badger Street Music. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.) or David Mahnke (℗©2010 Big Laguna Songs. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.) or co-written by George Thimmesch and David Mahnke (℗©2010 Flannel Animal Music. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.)

Album Cover Design by: Tina Moss

George uses Fender Guitars and Strings, Martin Guitars and Strings, and a Vox AC30 amp.
Dave uses Ibanez Guitars, Yahama Guitars, Elixer Strings, and about a half dozen different amps.
Adam plays Gretsch drums and Mapex snares, Zildgian and Paiste cymbals, DW hardware and pedals, and Ahead sticks.
Ian uses whatever he can get his hands on.


Special thanks to Sara, Rachel, "Lisa", Hannah, Sam, and Tina.

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Track Name: The One Love
You and me, meant to be – Can’t deny what’s inside.

The struggle from within, you have everything, that I need.

Baby it burns me to the core. (2X)

Baby I wanna be in your world. (3X)
(Guitar)

Day and night, I wanted you –

I prayed for it to be, but the pain crept inside.

It wasn’t meant to be, you and me.

But when we first met, I knew right then, I knew right then-

I had found the one – the one love. (2X)

Baby you’re the one, the one love. (3X)
(Guitar)

You and me.(2X) Baby can’t you see? (Bridge)
You and me.(2X) I found the one.

Now that you’re gone, I’m all alone.

Maybe one day, I’ll see you again.

Until that day, you’re my one love. (3X)

I dream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2X)
She’s my one love . . . . . . . . . . (2X)
Ooh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2X)
Track Name: She Walked Away
I did my best I passed the test

I fought for every dime

But now we’re apart you broke my heart

And I’ve got nothing but time

She walked away She walked away She walked away
(Guitar)

So, now my heart is broke since we last spoke

I’ve got no rhythm or rhyme

My back’s against the wall I broke the law

Six shots ‘n’ I’m doing time

She’s gone away She’s gone away She’s gone away
(Guitar)

Well, I’m hanging tough but it’s been rough

Stuck in cell block nine

And it’s just not fair they’re giving me the chair

It’s the end of all my crying

I’m going away I’m going away I’m going away
(Guitar)
Track Name: Don't Cry It's Only Thunder
I’m not rich nor am I poor

The water keeps coming more and more

But her river is so pure

And it quenches my thirst

We held together in the midst of chaos

No act of God could separate us

Don’t cry it’s only thunder

These acts of God just make us wonder

Don’t cry it’s only thunder

Baby don’t cry don’t go under (Guitar)

Here it comes once again

From the heavens around the bend

Lord almighty what have we done

To deserve this high river’s run

Into the surge washes our dreams

Swallowed by darkness and muffled screams
(Chorus) (Guitar)
The more I live the less I know

But in your arms I can grow

Bound together on this river’s flow

So hold on tight don’t let me go

Unto the heavens I look for relief

From golden angels to bring us peace

(Chorus) (Guitar)
Track Name: Fog On Water
What is the matter with me?

So out of sorts inside

Am I too blind to see?

The lasting peace denied

Like fog on water it creeps up on me (Chorus)

Just fog on water on little cat feet

Fog on water it gets the best of me

Fog on water throws me to my knees (Guitar) Am F G E Am

I feel a shadow of change in me

Flowing in waves beneath my skin

Is this the way it’s supposed to be?

At an end before I begin (Chorus) (Guitar)

They say every dog has his day

But the dream’s deferred suspended in time

Elusive is the day to find a way

To play these songs to write these rhymes
(Chorus) (Guitar)
Track Name: Let It Rain
I dream of a place So calm and gentle

Where the light Kills the darkness

And the gentle river Puts me to sleep

It’s a perfect place For us all

(Chorus) (Echo)

Let it rain Let it rain

Wash this dirt away Wash it away

My body cries My body cries

So let it rain Let it rain

My body cries My body cries

So, let it rain Let it rain
(repeat last two lines 2X)
(Guitar)

We need a little rain To make us grow

Let the rain fall Let it fall

My body cries Ooh, my body cries

Wash it away Away
(Chorus) (Guitar)
Can somebody tell me Am I the only one

With the world on my back Am I the only one

I feel so afraid Fenced in fear

I wanna break free To throw it in the wind

(Chorus) (Guitar)
Track Name: Pretty Eyes
Hey you with those pretty eyes (Chorus)

Hey you with that pretty smile (2X)


Oh, I wanted her but she didn’t want me

Oh, how I miss that smile

And, she know it’s true

All I want is to love you – All I want is to be with you

Hold you and kiss you

Every day and every night – Every day and every night

All I want is to love you – All I want is to be with you

Shelter you and comfort you

Every day and every night – Every day and every night

Every day and every night


Hey you with those pretty eyes (Chorus)

Hey you with that pretty smile (2X)

(Guitar Solo)

I need your touch so I can feel your love

I need your touch so I can hold you tight

I need your touch so I can taste your lips

I need your touch so you can trust in me

Hey you with those pretty eyes (Chorus)

Hey you with that pretty smile (2X)
Track Name: I Love This Country
I run a press at the factory, just like my father before me

Family and work take all my time

Just south of the Mason Dixon line

But the jobs are shipping overseas

I wonder what’ll happen to me

But I ain’t dumb I’m going to college

I’ll try something new, go get some knowledge

‘Cause I love this country, yea, I love this country

I drive a truck for my livin’, that I get lonely is a given

I’ve driven through all of our states

Each one’s a beauty, make no mistake

To fill up my rig now costs a grand

I’ve seen it crush many a good man

But the highways need me for haulin’

The life blood of this land is callin’

‘Cause I love this country, yea, I love this country
(Guitar)
I run a farm in the Midwest

Three kids and a wife I do my best

I raise my crops in the dirt

Wear leather boots and a flannel shirt

Now all the city folk want my land

Take all I’ve done with my bare hands

All those lawyers well I sure can smell ‘em

But they can kiss my ass I ain’t sellin’

‘Cause I love this country, yea, I love this country

(Guitar)
Track Name: Down To The River
Ooh! My mama told me when I was young

Don’t go to the river I pray my son

If you go to the river I swear my son

It’ll suck you in with all its fun (Guitar)

So, down to the river is where we go

Yeah, down to the river ‘cause we all know

That, down to the river is the place to go

So, down to the river, yeah, let’s all go (Guitar)

Come down to the river all the girls say

Come down to the river and let’s all play

Come down to the river all the boys say

Come down to the river let’s play all day (Guitar)

Well now, I went to the river with my girl

Yeah, I went to the river to have a whirl

Oh, we went to the river in my GTO

Yeah, we went to the river and the rest you know “Guitar”
Track Name: Summer Love Gone
Evening air smells like rain

Heavy on every side

No breeze to blow away the pain

Summer love is gone, goodbye

The darkness hangs its heavy hand

Close and cold against my eyes

The ground gives me no place to stand

Summer love is gone, goodbye

Summer love is gone (Refrain)

Summer love is gone

Summer love is gone

Summer love is gone

(Guitar)




Air hangs thick all around

Fireflies flicker on the sky

My heart is in the lost and found

‘Cause summer love is gone, goodbye

The crickets sing for love

Like me a lonesome cry

Clouds have dimmed the stars above

‘Cause summer love is gone, goodbye

(Refrain) (Guitar)

In the distance I hear a whippoorwill

It’s song a sad memory in my mind

Each note still brings a bitter chill

Of a summer love gone, goodbye (Repeat 1X)

(Refrain) (Guitar)
Track Name: In Her Gentle Blue Wave
I am drifting away – I see everything is okay

Your waves are calm to me

Floating away now I see

In your gentle blue wave (repeat 1X) (Guitar)


It’s a safe place to be

A place with no tears

When the world becomes too much

I long for your Columbian touch

In your gentle blue wave (repeat 1X) (Guitar)


Your heart will always rest with me

Soft, warm, and free

So, please don’t go away

No, please don’t go away

In your gentle blue wave (repeat 4X)(Guitar)
Track Name: Let It Rain (Reprise)
I dream of a place So calm and gentle

Where the light Kills the darkness

And the gentle river Puts me to sleep

It’s a perfect place For us all

(Chorus) (Echo)

Let it rain Let it rain

Wash this dirt away Wash it away

My body cries My body cries

So let it rain Let it rain

My body cries My body cries

So, let it rain Let it rain
(repeat last two lines 2X)
(Guitar)

We need a little rain To make us grow

Let the rain fall Let it fall

My body cries Ooh, my body cries

Wash it away Away
(Chorus) (Guitar)
Can somebody tell me Am I the only one

With the world on my back Am I the only one

I feel so afraid Fenced in fear

I wanna break free To throw it in the wind
Track Name: Patton's Butchers
In 1941 I was 24 years old

Got drafted in the army; so, I did as I was told

And they sent me down to Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Then they shipped me up to Pine Camp, New York

I ended up bunkmate with a German spy

But with my help he got grabbed by the MP’s. (F G Am)

Next was Fort Worth, Texas where it was hot as hell

I needed a three day pass to go and marry my gal

And I finally got permission from old Sgt. Zack Keen.

Then it was Needles, California with daily drills in the heat

Getting us ready for Hitler’s Nazis

And I made Sergeant before we left the States.

Well, I ran the radio for Headquarters’ Company

Served with men like Sonrick, Warwick, and Ed Galuli

It was brave men like these who I learned to rely.



Patton’s butchers is what we were called (Chorus)

Through France to Belgium and the Battle of the Bulge

From Normandy to St. Low then south to St. Nazair

Nothing could stop us by land, sea, or air

The Fourth Armored Division was our name

But our blood his guts earned us our fame

Yea, our blood his guts earned us our fame (F G Am)


We landed at Normandy once the shellin’ was all done

But we couldn’t go inland because the German’s long range guns

So Patton welded blades on the tanks to cut through the hedgerows.

One time we got ambushed by snipers we couldn’t see

But Tank Commander Red went and shot one from a tree

He gave me the Mauser but many a hero died that day.

Once there was a valley with both sides flanked by hidden guns

So Colonel Abrams sent down three empty tanks on a run

I radioed their positions to B17’s to bomb them from the sky.

(F G Am)

Then Ike asked Patton to hurry and get to Bastogne

The 101st Airborne were there with no supplies and all alone

Fueling tanks on the run we reached them in 2 ½ days.

But the sky was foggy and our planes couldn’t drop supplies

All we could do was share our rations and look ‘em in the eyes.

Then Patton ordered a prayer the sky cleared and I saw grown men cry.


Patton’s butchers is what we were called (Chorus)

Through France to Belgium and the Battle of the Bulge

From Normandy to St. Low then south to St. Nazair

Nothing could stop us by land, sea, or air

The Fourth Armored Division was our name

But our blood his guts earned us our fame (repeat 1X)

Yea, our blood his guts earned us our fame

Our blood his guts earned us our fame

Our blood his guts earned us our fame (F G Am)

(Am C) repeat to fade