Hell to Pay

by Anthony Leon & The Chain

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released April 20, 2013

Anthony Leon - acoustic guitars, vocals
Daniel Jaramillo - drums, vocals
Benito Rose Plaza - electric guitars, keys, vocals
David Badstubner - bass
Freddy Lopez - harmonica
Bill Palmer - electric guitars, lap steel

Produced by Bill Palmer with The Chain
@ Frogville Studios, Santa Fe, NM
Photography by Samantha Waidler
Art Layout by Anthony Leon

All songs written by Anthony Leon and arranged by The Chain
Except “I Saw the Light” written by Hank Williams

Special Thanks to Ann Thomas, Sally Ann Hiltz, and “Dynamite” Dave Copher, Frogville Studios, Lucchese Boots, Silvercoin Tequilla, Cowboy Up Energy Drink, Hutton Broadcasting, Tiny's Restaurant, A&M Talent House, The Hat Smith, Eave's Movie Ranch, and everyone else that helped make it happen…

Copyright 2013 Anthony Leon and The Chain

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Anthony Leon & The Chain Santa Fe, New Mexico

ALTC is a ″Two Steppin′ Head Bangin′″ Alternative Country Rock band. Based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, ALTC is described by fans as Rockin′ Honky Tonk with a touch of indie pop. The Chain are a vigorous and talented group of musicians who lace rock and roll with twang; poetry with angst. this four piece turns their passion to sweat when they hit the stage, dripping infectious 'good time' energy. ... more

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Track Name: Road to Ruin
I’m on the Road to Ruin
Been here all my life
Lots of bad things I was doing
To escape all the struggle and strife

But now that I see what’s become of me

I’m on the Road to Ruin
Can’t find my way home
Raised up in the Appalachian
Wondered down a long dirt road

Now girl if you remember me well I hope fondly

I’m on the Road to Ruin
Think I’ll sit for awhile
Ain’t no place I’m really go-ing
Just looking for my smile

And if it you see give it back to me
Track Name: Alcohol & Drugs
Now I was just a baby when I took my first shot of whiskey
And I was just a young man when I touched my first woman
And now there are three things in this world I can’t lie without
Whiskey and women and a shadow of a doubt.

And Alcohol & Drugs have kept me alive
When life was empty and I felt like I could die
And baby you know how much I love you
but nothing makes me forget the way Alcohol & Drugs do

Now I had a good ma and I had a good pa
They taught me how to stand they taught me how to fall
They taught me that love grows early in the spring
But after it grows cold love can’t do a thing

And Alcohol & Drugs have kept me alive
When life was empty and I felt like I could die
And baby you know how much I love you
but nothing makes me forget the way Alcohol & Drugs do

Now I’ve been alone and I’ve been in company
But I’ve never owned a single part of me
And I think Jesus is cool a real hero of mine
Causes He loves the sinner he turned the water to wine
Track Name: Wildfire
Wildfire burning out of control
Started in my heart and spread to my soul
Wildfire, wildfire, wildfire…
There’s a hot wind blowing through the path
I’m running to you ain’t looking back
Wildfire, wildfire, wildfire, I’m with you now…

And we could just let the whole thing burn
Right to the ground no we’ll never learn

Wildfire, wildfire, wildfire, wildfire

A Red moon rises and a red sun set
Now I know you babe how could I forget
Wildfire, wildfire, wildfire…
Smoke rising up from the mountain top
I’m loving you ain’t gonna stop
Wildfire, wildfire, wildfire, I’m with you now…

And we could just let the whole thing burn
Right down to the ground so we’ll never learn
Wildfire, wildfire, wildfire, wildfire
Wildfire, wildfire, wildfire, wildfire

Let it burn, Wildfire, Let it burn, I hope I never learn
Let it burn, Wildfire, Let it burn, I hope I never learn
Track Name: Down in Lonely
Way down south New Mexico
Where the cactus bloom and the dogwoods grow
And the sky goes on forever
That’s where I mainly spent my time
With a few good friends and a bottle of wine
Just trying to get you off my mind

Well you see I came out here ten years ago
To seek my fortune in fame my fortune in gold
And I lived with a six gun by my side just trying to stay alive
Drowning whiskey down in lonely wasting my time

Black haired woman what you do to me
Gonna take my soul, won’t you set it free
Into the sky forever
You know I ain’t no good for you
With a price on my head and just a ballad or two
About the love we shared together

Will you see I left her there about ten years ago
One night when a fight broke out in our home
She pulled a gun on me and cried your better off dead than alive
Drowning whiskey down in lonely all of the time

And you know I would like to apologize
But we know it would be another lie
And I know there’s a man you see in me
But that’s a man I could never be
Drowning whiskey down in lonely ain’t no good for me
Drowning whiskey down in lonely get use to me

Way down south New Mexico
where the cactus bloom and the dogwoods grow
And the sky goes on forever
Track Name: The Devil's at Reds
Now Evangeline was a pretty little thing
She got married before she finished school
And her Mario worked hard on the graveyard
Everyone told him he was a fool

Oh some girls you just can’t love
Some girls just can’t do right
Some girls you just can’t love
Oh the Devil’s at Reds tonight

Now on one Friday night Evangeline in a dress so tight
And Mario secretly called into work
If she ain’t doing me right I’ll put up a fight
I lay her pretty face in the dirt

Oh some girls you just can’t love
Some girls just can’t do right
Some girls you just can’t love
Oh the Devil’s at Reds tonight

Now when Mario walked in with 10 pounds of sin
Tucked safely beneath his belt
And there was Evangeline with a man so lean
Oh how he must have felt

Oh some girls you just can’t love
Some girls just can’t do right
Some girls you just can’t love
Oh the Devil’s at Reds tonight

Now when Mario pulled his gun, He shot everyone
and he saw Evangeline on the floor
Now the devil said son you can’t undo what you’ve done
Then he smiled and he walked out the door

Oh some girls you just can’t love
Some girls just can’t do right
Some girls you just can’t love
Oh the Devil’s at Reds tonight
Track Name: How the west was won
Now there are laws in this town
About where a man can hang around
And what he can and can not do with his gun
But around here son it’s one for one
And if you don’t want to end up gone
You do exactly what needs done
Now there ain’t nothing in this desert town
Just a little place a like to hang around
And a girl that I know
She makes her gold from secrets told
And pouring drinks and laughing at jokes
and telling us where to find the pay load

And this is how the west was won
With blood, a girl, higher ground, and a gun

Now me and the boys are quick to around
We know our ins and we know our outs
And we waited five miles south of town
With a horse’s roar we were four
And they were at least ten or more
But the dynamite we had would even the score

And this is how the west was won
With blood, a girl, higher ground, and a gun

Now from the time I heard the first blast
to the time I heard the last
it felt like eternity had past
Wasn’t much standing but me
And now me and the boys were just a band of three
But we were 50 gold richer a piece

And this is how the west was won
With blood, a girl, higher ground, and a gun
Track Name: The Sinner
Oh lord won’t you wait for me
I’ve pack bags I’m off to Tennessee
There’s a girl that I used to know
She has my baby and there I must go

It’s a long journey home
When you don’t know your way
God don’t leave me on my own
With nothing but hell to pay

I’ve made my way with a six gun
I’ve made my way with an ace
But how could a boy ever win
Against lovers and lace
Now I hear you calling me
and it’s time to go
Would you tell my children
That I love them so

It’s a long journey home
When you don’t know your way
God don’t leave me on my own
On my judgment day

On the banks of a river now I stand
Across the way with outstretched hands
A man stands and calls to me
Come my child to eternity

It’s a long journey home
When you don’t know your way
Lord don’t leave me on my own
With nothing but hell to pay
God don’t leave me on my own
On my judgment day
Track Name: Death & Taxes
Well I’ve spent most of my life trying to figure out what’s right and where to cast the blame
Looking for the reasons why I fight so hard inside between my heart and my brain
Coming up with the same old conclusions, life ain’t but an illusion, money ain’t no thing
And there’s nothing I could ever own that I won’t have give to up on some dark day.

Take me home to where I belong to where momma’s laid down low.
And tell the man, I did the best I can so go on leave me to die there alone.

Something I can never understand does a good man have nothing cause he gives it all away
Or is a good man just a good man because he ain’t never had a dime to his name
Will I shake my fist at the philanthropist they give their money to those kind
I ain’t no communist but Jesus said you have to die to live or else your living to die

Take me home to where I belong to where momma’s laid down low.
And tell the man, I did the best I can so go on leave me to die there alone.

When I was a boy I had a girl that gave me love like I’ve never known
But she fell for a boy with a little more and that’s when I left my Virginia home
Now life has been train of pain with a few stops at the station for a good time
But soon that old whistle blows, and it’s time to move it on down the line.

Take me home to where I belong to where momma’s laid down low.
And tell the man, I did the best I can so go on leave me to die there alone.
And tell the man, I did the best I can so go on leave me to die there alone.
Track Name: Aim to Please
Hold me only or I’ll run
Baby I got a gun
Walk away slowly now run
Baby I got a gun

And I aim to please right down to my knees
You can’t build a home when love’s your enemy
So let it all go come along with me
Cause baby I aim to please

Westwards towards the sun
Baby I got a gun
Take my hand girl now come
Baby I got a gun

And I aim to please right down to my knees
You can’t build a home when love’s your enemy
So let it all go come along with me
Cause baby I aim to please

Hold me only or I’ll run
Track Name: I saw the light
I wondered so aimless life filled with sin
I wouldn’t let my sweet savior in
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
Praise the Lord, I Saw the Light

I Saw the Light, I Saw the Light
No more darkness no more night
Now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord, I Saw the Light

I was a blind man to wander alone
Worries and fears I claimed for my own
Then like a blind man God gave back my sight
Praise the Lord, I Saw the Light

I Saw the Light, I Saw the Light
No more darkness no more night
Now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord, I Saw the Light

I Saw the Light, I Saw the Light
No more darkness no more night
Now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord, I Saw the Light