Who Sang Painted Face? Tigers on Trains

Tigers on Trains Grandfather cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2009-8-28
Some other versions of "Painted Face"

I flew out to see the valley get filled in
Plane of pavement where a gaping mouth had been
Who am I to label anything a sin?
I just watched and I am watching it again
Light up when you turn into a pine tree
Settle there is nothing but to be free
Too late to be worried for your safety
So long to the soldier you could not be

There is no ghostly honor
To keep me facing straight
There is no balance for my dead weight
I saw the merchant lying flattened in a ditch
Crying curses in an ever-falling pitch
Now I'm the conscience of the man pulling the switch
Though I see both sides - I cannot tell which is which

Go down to where Helios is weeping
Your knife took his love while she was sleeping
Too late to be asking for forgiveness
Your shame is a never-ending sickness
I pulled the poison flowers from my Grandfather's grave
And ground them into paint for my face
I felt Atlantic justice pulling my muscles down
To cut me into something unsound


CD 1
  • 1 The Grammarian
  • 2 Sea Weed
  • 3 Ship Shape
  • 4 Muhammad
  • 5 False Teeth
  • 6 Silk Road
  • 7 Reverend William Buckland
  • 8 Painted Face
  • 9 Just Be Glad That No One Saw You
  • 10 A Year in the Garden Shed

  • Release information
    label: Simple Stereo
    country(area): United States
    format: CD