Tales of the Hook

by the Vanishing Hitchhikers

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The "Tales of the Hook" EP is an urban-legends-inspired folk album by The Vanishing Hitchhikers (Melissa & Chris LaMartina).

Growing up, we all heard the same creepy tales of ghosts, graveyards, and maniacs. They were the stories reserved for camp fires and late night car rides... the type of morbid scares that kept us up at night, hiding under the covers. The songs on this album are folk-style musical retellings of those legends. We've done our best to capture the haunting atmosphere of those stories while crafting equally eerie compositions with suggestive lyrics and ghostly melodies.

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released October 26, 2014

Melissa - Vocals & Lyrics
Chris - Guitar, Bass, & Drums

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the Vanishing Hitchhikers Baltimore, Maryland

The Vanishing Hitchhikers are:

Melissa - Vocals & Lyrics
Chris - Guitar, Bass, & Drums

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Track Name: Lovers Lane
Take the long way home
In your father's Ford
Watch the road
Wind over the dashboard
Pass the lonesome oak trees
The wind whistles a chill
With your hand on my knee
I can't sit still

The darkness of the woods
The damp cold air
Turn the engine off
Run your fingers through my hair
Lock the door
Roll up the window
Your body feels so warm
Turn down the radio

Your breath on my neck 
Heats the autumn eve
Don't stop to check 
The rustling of the leaves
A scratching at the window
As footsteps become plain
Our shadows aren't alone
On Lovers' Lane

The darkness at the door
Clawing to get in
Slivers of moonlight
Illuminate a grin
Start the car 
Get back to the main road
Guided by the stars
Turn up the radio
Track Name: Til Death Do We Part
We kissed at sunset. 
Orange skies and a white dress.
Groom and bride. Side by side.

With a toast and a lifted veil,
So begins this tragic tale.
You can seek and I will hide...

Cut the cake and break my heart.
Call my name out in the dark.
Search high and low... Look through and through...

Locked in tight. Sealed with a kiss. 
Hidden in young lovers' bliss.
Search high and low...  Look through and through...

Til death do we...
Til death do we...
Til death do we... part.

Years passed by, yet grief remained...

The knot untied, but passion chained.
Up in the attic... sat a chest...

All along, in the very home...
In that trunk were the bones...
Truth be told. Now I can rest...

Cut the cake and break my heart.
Call my name out in the dark.
Search high and low... I am here with you...

Locked in tight. Sealed with a kiss. 
Hidden in young lovers' bliss.
Search high and low...  I am here with you...
Track Name: Thanks for the Lift
Past midnight, no one's around...
And the raindrops on the car roof were the only sound.
Up ahead, I can barely see...
The figure of a woman drifting toward me.

By the side of the road, another lost soul...
Thumb extended, cold and alone.
Pulled over, opened the door...
Welcomed her in from the downpour...

I just need a ride to the other side of town.
Been walking down this street for what seems like an eternity.
Hitchhiking to the dance was my only chance...
To see the boy who gave his letter jacket to me...

Past 1 AM, she bats her lashes.
Reminiscin' about kissing and forgotten car crashes.
Up ahead, we reach a gate... 
She twirls her hair, I say a prayer, I know it's getting late.

She pecks me on the cheek, and my knees are getting weak...
Disarmed by her charm, my lips can barely speak
She steps out of my car and looks up to the stars...
"Before you get too far, won't you please tell me who you are?" 

I just need a ride to the other side of town.
Been walking down this street for what seems like an eternity.
Hitchhiking to the dance was my only chance...
To see the boy who gave his letter jacket to me...

Past 2 AM, I found her jacket...
Sitting on my car seat, I knew she'd want to have it. 
Turned the corner, headed back around...
Made my way to the old side of town.

When I got back where we were, I saw no signs of her...
So I jumped over the gate, and realized I had entered...
A cemetery garden. Surrounded by the dead.
Her tombstone looked back at me and y'know what it said?

I just need a ride to the other side of town.
Been walking down the street for what seems like an eternity.
Hitchhiking to the dance was my only chance...
To see the boy who gave his letter jacket to me...
Track Name: Handsome Devil
Spin me, sweep me off my feet
Handsome devil keep the beat

They gawk--they stare
You twist and twirl me round
In your arms I'm unaware
Dizzy and spellbound

Pull me close, I feel your heat
Smell of sulphur strangely sweet

You glide with such grace
Turning heads with red hot moves
Yet the band cannot erase
The clacking of your hooves
Track Name: Graveyard Angel
The girls had gone to bed.
The girls had said their prayers.
The girls snuck out the window.
The girls had taken a dare...

By the edge of the forest...
Deep among the dead...
In the thick of the graveyard...
The youngest would rest her head.

The stone arms of angel
held her tight through the night.
When they found her body
Her hair had turned to white... 
Track Name: Mirror, Mirror
Gaze in the mirror
Do you dare?

If you light the flame
Mary comes for...
If you chant her name
Mary comes for...

Eyes glowing red
Nails caked with blood

If you light the flame
Mary comes for...
If you chant her name
Mary comes for you