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Track Name: Another Resolution
another fucking year that didn't go my way
I ain't got no love, not a penny to my name
so you can get me drunk or get outta my way
I've got another resolution to break

made a deal with the devil, made a deal with myself
by this time next year I'll be somewhere else
not a stranger in a room singing Auld Lang Syne
in the corner drinking champagne wanting to die

it's midnight and someones gonna have to kiss me
rip the calendar off the wall and let's get crazy
the ball drops like a bomb, and the slate's wiped blank
hey, I found a spare room
let's start the year with a bang
Track Name: The Draft
if you're gonna leave
just go
we'll blame it on the cold
we'll call it the draft
you wanna know the reason
I'm so sad
you're never, never
never coming back

you say you wanna see the world
you're not prepared for all its horrors
you say you wanna fight for love
you say you wanna fight for us
then why are you leaving the homefront?

we could run
across the border
learn a new language
start a new life
we could always
keep the rooms hot
this will be the only thing
I ever, ever ask you to dodge

you say you wanna see the world
you're not prepared for all its horrors
you say you wanna fight for love
you say you wanna fight for us
then why are you leaving the homefront?

I'm sitting all alone
in a small, cold room
the space heaters shaking
my hands are shaking
my life is shaken
I hear the snow crunch
under your tires
as you're leaving
and a bomb is dropping
on me

I fell in love
and this is the fallout
Track Name: To The Moon
you know it's really kind of common
it happens to everyone
but you're only gonna get this once
and I can't seem to catch my breath

if you gotta move towards the light
head to the moon
there's darkness right around the bend
and it comes too soon

when you leave just what will you be
is afterlife just philosophy
still, rather confusing
gone's a shape I can't see

if you gotta move towards the light
head to the moon
there's darkness right around the bend
and it comes too soon

we saw nothing
still we pray
there's something coming

if you gotta move towards the light
head to the moon
there's darkness right around the bend
and it comes too soon
Track Name: What I Need
I'm living just to die
but it's okay
I'm drinking all the wine
I'm slouching towards the finish line
but there's no use in crying
when I get paid overtime
and know that all your love is mine
all your love

I'm sleeping just to dream
and all the clouds
are cake and ice cream
so if I'm out don't wake me
you know life can shake me
and I'm trying my lucid technique
because your love it what I need
what i need

I'm trying not to bleed
even though
my heart is on my sleeve
I might be kind of unstable
but my love is able
and I'm trying to get my act clean
because I love you can't you see
can't you see

can't you see
all your love
is what I need
Track Name: Your Love
the world will never have enough
until it has your love
I will never have enough
until I have your love
your love
Track Name: The Kind of Muse I Need
I'm sorry babe but when you're mad
it really turns me on
it's like you flip a simple switch
and surely I get off
I never dreamed that I'd be bound
by blood red lipstick this long

You're a bitch, Marie
but you're the kind of muse
the kind of muse I need

You make me write the kind of songs
that no one's gonna love
they get dusty on the shelf
filed in "self-help"
does anyone out there
know just exactly what I mean?

You're a bitch, Marie
but you're the kind of muse
the kind of muse I need

I know
that you won't always be around
I'll play you something slow
if you let me go down
I'll play you something slow
please just let me go down

You're a bitch, Marie
but you're the kind of muse
the kind of muse I need

You're a bitch
Track Name: The Spirit
let your love shine down
like a light on me
even when I'm dark
and truly unholy

and if I run too far
and no one can catch me
let the path be rich
and let my soul be free

I will meet you
one day still
and I will be
so very thrilled

chances are I'm wrong
if nothing's truly right
you know this world
was never black and white

the song you wanna sing
is in the perfect key
if it praises love
and not royalty

I will meet you
one day still
and I will be
so very thrilled

oh,
the spirit is true

and if you know it
you gotta show it
and if you feel it
I feel it, too

let your love shine down
like a light on me
Track Name: The Feeling Is Real
where have we been
and where are we going
sometimes we barely feel alive
and that just doesn't feel like living

there's always been
and always a being
if all we ever saw we see
we'll find out seeing ain't believing

we found a bright light
it shines outta sight

the roads are full
of loved ones leaving
we barely get to know our hearts
and then we feel a painful beating

we don't get mad
if we're always even
keep our feet on solid ground
and always hold on to that feeling

we found a bright light
it shines outta sight

the feeling is real
and not without meaning
and we can decide
just which way we're gonna feel it

we found a bright light
it shines outta site

the feeling is real
Track Name: Hallelovelylujah
Hallelovelylujah
from church pews
and bar stools

lift your hands
your pints
your cares
make a toast
or say a prayer
you know
whatever takes you
there

but hold on to that spirit tight
and never let 'em take your life
Track Name: County
you know it's crazy
when you look at me that way
and when you blow a kiss
it's got the power of a train
it flies from your palm
and slaps me on my face
like the thunder calls the rain
and I will never be the same

you made me damn crazy
that's why they had to send my ass away

in every bar
in every town I've ever seen
there's always good women
but none like you, Miss Jean
and even though I gotta
do some time in County
it doesn't matter much to me
as long as you will be my queen

I wanna be a good man
but you make me wanna be so goddamn bad

in twenty three more months
and seventeen long days
I'll finally rest my weary eyes
upon your lovely shape
it's alright you don't visit
it can be a scary place
as I told you in my letters
got your name tattooed upon my face

I'm showing good behavior
maybe you could end the restraining order
Track Name: Lucky Number
Mackenzie's got a real thing for the number three
"it's how most things come," she says to me
and you know I mostly do agree
a man and a woman had a little baby

life can be so plain
life can be such a bummer
you're on the upswing now
if you've got a lucky number

Jonathan prefers imagining
says, "zero is fascinating
you know it's really not a number at all."
but it's how much he makes working at the mall

life can be so plain
life can be such a bummer
you're on the upswing now
if you've got a lucky number

Elizabeth is wearing rings of gold
cause she won at high stakes bingo
says B-28 changed her life
"the only better number was the cash prize"

life can be so plain
life can be such a bummer
you're on the upswing now
if you've got a luck number.
Track Name: Only a Dream
It's been a couple years
I think it's time for me to go
try and make a living
hitting the road

never been so sure
of nothing in my life
never been in love, no
never took a wife

the nights are lonely
that's why the strips are bright
the stages are small
but they always got lights
hot hot lights

don't tell me
it's only a dream
cause I hear the gravel calling
don't tell me
it's only a dream
you ain't never had the feeling
it's not a dream
it's a goddamn calling

can you hold on to my stuff
and if times get rough
you can always sell it
though most of it is bullshit

if I make any money
it's a cause for celebration
I'll send you postcards
from local gas stations

when I see the sunset
I'll think about us
think of what we've been through
think of how we're fucked
man, we're fucked

don't tell me
it's only a dream
cause I hear the gravel calling
don't tell me
it's only a dream
you ain't never had the feeling
it's not a dream
it's a goddamn calling

the greatest of all
tend to be assholes
but "Pablo Picasso
was never called an asshole"
I think Jonathan Richman said that
but I'm an asshole
I think you said that

don't tell me
it's only a dream
cause I hear the gravel calling
don't tell me
it's only a dream
you ain't never had the feeling
it's not a dream
it's a goddamn calling
Track Name: The Minors
I swear my career
started promising
I was the starting pitcher
for my high school baseball team
I had a nasty curve
a fastball you couldn't see
man, those batters were perplexed
no one could ever hit off me

when I'm on the mound
reading signs and striking out
a talent supernatural
you could only dream about

and then I got drafted
by the New York Yankees
they put me on a plane
headed for Spring Training
I gave 'em a good show
amongst the palm trees I threw heat
oh, but they shipped me out man
said I was still developing

when I'm on the mound
reading signs and striking out
a talent supernatural
you could only dream about

now I play in the Minor Leagues
it's all cheap seats

our mascot is a dragon
that looks like he smokes weed
he runs around in purple shoes
through mostly empty seats
I almost hit him once
when his tail got in my cleats
nasty little chunks of foam
man, his fucking nickname is "Puffy"

when I'm on the mound
reading signs and striking out
a talent supernatural
you could only dream about

now I play in the Minor Leagues
it's all cheap seats
Track Name: What Kills You The Most
when you walk into a room
nobody stops
nobody stares
it's what kills you the most
nobody cares

no one invited you
why you hangin' around
no one invited you
why you hangin' around
as if you had a key
girl you're not that damn lucky

your smile might fool a fool
you might meet
one or two
but your eyes ain't sincere
you're not welcome here

no one invited you
why you hangin' around
no one invited you
why you hangin' around
as if you had a key
girl you're not that damn lucky

it's not my fault
if you met some boys
and screwed 'em all
just to find yourself a seat
but that's quite a fee

no one invited you
why you hangin' around
no one invited you
why you hangin' around
as if you had a key
girl you're not that damn lucky
Track Name: No Radio
the back windows busted
as they're leaving Las Vegas
they lost most their money
in a brown leather suitcase
some guy had pills said,
"for a good time take this."
they don't seem to regret it
there's no radio
on this stretch of road
only winds that blow

If they died in the desert tonight
I think they'd be just fine
I think they'd find a piece of mind
just knowing when you're on your way home
you might not be alone
and every star that shines
has shone

they take turns with driving
in the same clothes they slept in
there's still half a pack left
but it's too hot to smoke it
piecing together a crazy night
but they forget
they don't seem to regret it
there's no radio
on this stretch of road
only winds that blow

If they died in the desert tonight
I think they'd be just fine
I think they'd find a piece of mind
just knowing when you're on your way home
you might not be alone
and every star that shines
has shone

they sent postcards home
but they might beat them there
they stopped wearing shoes
and they really don't care
there's something crazy
about that thick desert air
but they don't seem to mind it
there's no radio
on this stretch of road
only winds that blow
Track Name: Strange Look
I saw him from the corner of my eye
and he was laughing
said, "It's all gonna end
it might as well just happen."

such a strange look on his face
he's got the style and the grace
of a nihilist on parade
such a strange look on his face
in a three piece suit
as he tick-tocks towards the grave

I knew he wasn't joking
by the way that he was smoking
taking a long last drag
staring at the cherry burning

such a strange look on his face
he's got the style and the grace
of a nihilist on parade
such a strange look on his face
in a three piece suit
as he tick-tocks towards the grave

oh my God!
he's got a bomb!

I never thought my life
would end like this
no time for a wave
or a goodbye kiss

oh my God!
he's got a bomb!

such a strange look on his face
he's got the style and the grace
of a nihilist on parade
such a strange look on his face
in a three piece suit
as he tick-tocks towards the grave

He's got a steady hand
and it's cradling the button
there's nothing in his eyes
man, absolutely nothing

and oh my life
it flashes right before my eyes
and oh his life
it flashes right before my eyes
Track Name: Lemonade Lips (4th of July)
I just wanna put my cold, wet feet
in the hot sand
feel the sun weighing down on me
with a heavy hand
burn my skin to a crisp
and call it a sun tan
baby, you and me
SPF infinity
ain't it a wonderful thing

all my life it feels like
I'm waiting on the 4th of July
just a little independence
and some firecrackers
lighting up the warm night sky
all my life it feels like
I'm waiting on the 4th of July
with your lemonade lips
and a backyard kiss
and this feeling that I could die
cause I'm alive

I just wanna see grown men
run around a diamond
buy a beer, eat some Cracker Jacks
maybe catch a home run
and on the way home maybe we could
sneak in a fast one
baby, you and me
recline the backseat, fumbling
ain't it a wonderful thing

all my life it feels like
I'm waiting on the 4th of July
just a little independence
and some firecrackers
lighting up the warm night sky
all my life it feels like
I'm waiting on the 4th of July
with your lemonade lips
and a backyard kiss
and this feeling that I could die
cause I'm alive

please tell me there's a place
where I come from when I wake
where it's always Summer Break
please tell me there's a place
a carousel inside my brain
where these memories remain

I just wanna spend
too much money at the state fair
shootin' flat basketballs
while the carnies give dead stares
but I swear I'm gonna
win that gigantic teddy bear
the size of you and me
that we can carry 'round awkwardly
ain't it a wonderful thing

all my life it feels like
I'm waiting on the 4th of July
just a little independence
and some firecrackers
lighting up the warm night sky
all my life it feels like
I'm waiting on the 4th of July
with your lemonade lips
and a backyard kiss
and this feeling that I could die
cause I'm alive
Track Name: Screenplay
I was runnin' down Main
I was runnin' late again
when I ran into a dear old friend
he had a crooked smile
and his hair was on fire
even though the rain would not end
he said, "how you been?"
I said, "John, you're on fire!"
he said, "Yeah, you get used to it.
For what it's worth
the shit doesn't hurt
and I think the chicks really dig it."

hadn't seen him in years
he always was pretty weird

I was runnin' down a dream
in a beat up old truck
when I heard a young damsel scream
I pulled to the shoulder
and I tried to hold her
but her body was peaches and cream
as soon as I touched her
I knew that I loved her
but she cried, "Misogyny!
I don't need your affection
I seek medical attention.
I think somethings really wrong with me!"

I know how to fix it
just show me where to kiss it

I was runnin' from the cops
robbing mom and pop shops
when I saw the piano drop
from at least three stories
it fell in a glory
playing "Chopsticks" nonstop
but under the shadow
of that great piano
was a mime stuck in a box
I yelled, "Watch out!"
and he took some stairs
I didn't know were there
and disappeared

I saved his life I guess
that's what I told the press

I know it's crazy but you gotta believe me
I'm not the type to tell a story

I was runnin' 'round the lake
just trying to get in shape
cuttin' through the fog with my legs
when it occured to me
that I should seriously
finally write my screenplay
I got all these ideas
man, my minds like a wheel
plus I've been told I'm really funny
but then I got distracted
thinkin' 'bout acting
someone alert central casting!
Track Name: The End
they say at the end
you die
well a spoiler alert
sure woulda been nice
I'm just trying
to survive
with a little white lie
just buying some time

if it keeps me alive
that's fine
I'm not naive
I'm just blind
so pass the wine
lose half your mind
so pass the wine

they say at the end
you die
Track Name: Magic, Lace & Makeup
the snow falls on neon signs
illuminating darkness every night
our love was imperfect rhymes
recited all the time
never feeling right

my mind was a balloon ride
your heart was the moon's little dark side
we tried to keep the heat alive
burnin' New York Times
drinkin' blood red wine

I still think of us
when I see lightning
in the middle of Christmas
you're magic, lace and makeup

the glow of flashing traffic lights
leads my walk home I think I might
call you

but I'm just a screaming mime
wounded from almost true crime
we never said a word and if cut like a knife
sometimes when we fucked
it felt like a fight

I still think of us
when I see lightning
in the middle of Christmas
you're magic, lace and makeup
Track Name: Leavers Leave
Tyler lost his soul
on a Greyhound bus passing through Colorado
as a silver haired lady gave him an apple
he's looking forward to all types of trouble

you can't be found
the dreams are square the wheels are round
sometimes you stop to look around
killin' time till you leave town

looking for something but you don't know where
pack a couple bags
pay your fair
looking for something but you don't know where
alright,
well maybe
it's over there

Amy, all of eighteen
a brown haired beauty born on Christmas Eve
threw darts at maps tryin' to hit a city
it can't be cold and it can't be in Missouri

you can't be found
the dreams are square the wheels are round
sometimes you stop to look around
killin' time till you leave town

looking for something but you don't know where
pack a couple bags
pay your fair
looking for something but you don't know where
alright,
well maybe
it's over there

the leavers leave
and the lovers surely miss thee
but there ain't nothing wrong with a bare tree
the leavers leave
and the lovers surely miss thee
but there ain't nothing wrong with a bare tree
it grows back leaves

my name is Ray I'll be your driver today
just cause I'm old and my hairs gone gray
don't mean that I don't need to get away
it takes a while but I know a place
yeah, I know just the place
Track Name: Wild Eyed Rambler
the last I heard she moved to Tokyo
packed her bag, powdered her Roman nose
she's a gambler, she's a holy ghost
rolls the dice to see which way she goes

spend most my time looking for her
the wild eyed rambler

and then I founder her yellow bandanna
blackened on the interstate in Montana
I guess she lost it as she waved goodbye
though never one to get a teary eye

spend most my time looking for her
the wild eyed rambler

she's acting like Carmen Sandiego
leaving clues in bus depots
harassing people in state capitols
oh, what
are you trying to find?

spend most my time looking for her
the wild eyed rambler

she's so lost she never could be found
I'm worried she'll wind up under the ground
but she will never be a missing person
cause I'm a guy that never learns his lesson
Track Name: This is a Robbery
don't take another step
I'll blow you out the door
don't be a hero
or I'll kill this lovely girl
just put your hands up
and lay face down on the floor
I know it's a cruel world

keep doin' as I say
and nobody gets hurt
been at this for so long
I know just how these things'll work
the cops are on their way
but they're already paid
I hustle every day

this is a robbery
I wish things went differently
but every ones gotta eat

the overhead is low
except for pantyhose
how do women do it
they're always gettin' holes
see this gun
I bought it at the dollar store
they've got everything
and more

this is a robbery
I wish things went differently
but every ones gotta eat

I put the money
in a Whole Foods shopping bag
it's pretty easy livin'
though the stress gets kinda bad
that's why I stay up
on the vitamins and grain
wheat grass and free range

this is a robbery
I wish things went differently
but every ones gotta eat
Track Name: Halfway to Idaho
by the time you get this note
I'll be halfway to Idaho
I'll hit the the road and all its tropes
like I shoulda done your face
cracked one across your nose

but you would never die
that's why I'm leaving you

by the time you get this note
the poison will be down your throat
bottled from each heart you broke
if that whiskey tastes so good
then why do you choke?

but you would never die
that's why I'm leaving you

I don't care if you miss me
all I wish for you is pain
if it looks like i'm crying
that's just gasoline and rain
so watch me explode with the fireworks
on lake Coeur d'Alene

by the time you get this note
my hearts so long it's a shadow
the kind that makes you turn and know
with nothing in the air
you can still be followed