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To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
- Thomas Aquinas


released February 24, 2015

Featuring special guests Russell Mofsky, Ali Culotta & Beatriz Monteavaro.
Recorded and mixed at Dan Hosker Studios by Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra
Artwork by Gregory McLaughlin.




Shark Valley Sisters Florida

In the 1990's/2000's, Rob Elba and Fausto Figueredo played in the South Florida bands Holy Terrors and Load respectively. In 2013 they joined together to form Shark Valley Sisters. In 2016 guitarist Dano Ceritelli and bass player Will Trev joined the band. ... more

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Track Name: Way Down In The Hole (Tom Waits cover)
by Tom Waits

When you walk through the garden
You gotta watch your back
Well I beg your pardon
Walk the straight and narrow track
If you walk with Jesus
He's gonna save your soul
You gotta keep the devil
Way down in the hole

He's got the fire and the fury
At his command
Well you don't have to worry
If you hold on to Jesus hand
We'll all be safe from Satan
When the thunder rolls
Just gotta help me keep the devil
Way down in the hole

All the angels sing about Jesus' mighty sword
And they'll shield you with their wings
And keep you close to the lord
Don't pay heed to temptation
For his hands are so cold
You gotta help me keep the devil
Way down in the hole
Track Name: Opening (Sister's Lament)
When I was a girl of five
I first felt the hand of god
Walking in the light of grace
'till the light burned my grace away

Now I'm old, and I'm dead inside
There's no place for that little girl left to hide
Track Name: Special Place
Well I was just ten years old
When I was sent to live among the doves
White shoes with dirty seams
Was how I caught his eye, it seems
He had a strange smile but a friendly face
He said, “I’m going to take you to a special place.”

Well there were days when I couldn’t tell
Just where the hand would fall
Sometimes I’d close my eyes
And swear I’d hear the angels’ call
It filled me up with thoughts of power and grace
Grace for the nights spent in his special place

Don’t you wish, don’t you wish
Don’t you wish, don’t you wish
Don’t you wish, don’t you wish, don’t you wish
You could die?

Now, when I sleep at night
I keep one eye aimed at the sky
Sixteen and so it seems
The devil lives inside my dreams
His is a touch I know I can’t erase
I keep it hidden in my special place
Track Name: Wait Forever
I thought that I was grace before the storm
So I will wear my uniform
And disappear completely

I thought that I could blend into the walls
So I will walk these sacred halls
Until he calls me to his side

I will wait, I will wait
I will wait for him, somehow
I will wait, I will wait
I will wait forever, now

This is what they meant when they said
Take the vow until he needs me
This is where I’ve made my bed
Now I won’t bite the hand that bleeds me
I will wait…
Track Name: The Grift
Ten thousand years, we've waited for him
Ten thousand stories we've passed down for him
Left at the altar by the one we adored
The passion, the glory, the grift of the lord

By sacred arrangement I traded my years
For false obligations, and debts in arrears
Always one step behind under his guilded sword
The power, the glory, the grift of the lord

Never again will I drink from his cup
Never again will I fall for his bluff
The gift is a con, and the grace is corrupt

Ten thousand hustlers would bow before him
Ten thousand shots of redemption for them
Sold at a price I could never afford
Bilked and bamboozled by the grift of the lord
The passion, the glory, the grift of the lord
Left double-crossed by the grift of the lord
Track Name: Vera Inside/Inside Vera/Final Prayer
Take the Chalice from the shelf
Then place the veil upon its face
Precious blood now flowing through its veins
Preserver of the Human Race

Place the ring onto its hand
Then set the crown of thorns in place
Divine pricks received in suffering
Foretastes its life of endless grace

Selfless Handmaid, Bride of Christ
I’m pinned beneath his weight
Blinded by eternal light
My eyes, my eyes, can’t see the glory
Black inside now 30 years
I vowed my soul to him
Gift of life I’ve never lived
A blessed and never-ending story

Lord, I can feel your blood
Rushing through my empty heart
Now, my faith abandons me
My fall from grace keeps us apart

If I die before I break
I’ll pray one final wish for me
Kiss the girl that I once was
Let her blameless soul be free
Track Name: Castles (Epilogue)
Faith begets power, then
Power trumps wisdom
When wisdom breeds tension
Which morphs into fear, until
Fear becomes might, which
Bleeds into corruption
Then man builds a fortress
Like ants building castles

From the outside of a stronghold, looking in
You can see the faithful soldiers hit their marks, then disappear
I have waited my whole life to be delivered to his castle
Now I know I have been left behind