All The Great Aviators Agree

by Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags

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1.
Fall Hard 04:33
Now trees are meant for hanging And entertaining restless wind I started to choke when she tightened up that rope And told me where she'd been Now love will keep on killing The way she's been known to do On a cold dark night when you think you're tucked in tight She's probably out there hunting for you You've got to fall hard to get the point I trucked into Montana Three days out of Duluth I met a flat-chested girl in a Flat Head bar Who said she always spoke the truth But liquor makes for liars Well I guess she only lied to me twice Once when she drank all my whiskey The other when she stole my wife You've got to fall hard to get the point Now that old bitch keeps on turning There's only one thing you can do Well everybody's got to fall sometime Winter spring and summer too But the point is don't trust no one Not women, god, horses or men About the only thing to trust is you're going to put your trust In someone you can't trust again You've got to fall hard to get the point
2.
Elijah, change the channel Find my perfect life This sitcom's falling on the sharp edge of a knife At this degree, don't count on me I won't hold out much more Halfway 'tween suicide And the liquor store She said Baby, don't get so heavy Don't get so heavy It's really not that bad No use crying all your life 'Bout the things you never had Her goal was the role To play mother of the earth Gave her fifteen screaming children in one single birth And each had screaming eyes so cold They'd freeze you when they spoke Man, that girl could take a punch But she couldn't take a joke I said... When the monkeys on my back Crawl right into my head Start talking politics and screaming to be fed I put my boots on and keep on walking Straight on down the track I can hear those monkeys singing As they're jumping off my back They sing...
3.
Juanita 03:48
I cracked the Sunday dawn With a Leonard Cohen song As I waltzed the wood floor I had nothing on except Juanita Stranger and darker than the other girls Juanita Top of a missionary world Got medicine for the light In case the future gets too bright A lone mariachi's looking for a fight He cries Juanita Stranger and darker than the other girls Juanita Stranger than love Fighting for the vagrant cause From a barroom in La Paz Now she sells sea shells, guns and monkey paws Oh Juanita...
4.
He held that Mexican blanket to his chest By the old crow bars and the railroad cars down 'round Aberdeen When one man has what the others want, oh things can sure get mean They said, "Give us that there blanket, boy, and you will not get hurt" He said, "Listen to my story, you can even have my shirt Even have my shirt It was two years ago almost to the day That the dark angel of death come and took my girl away She gave me this here blanket right before she died And my favorite picture of her she tucked gently up inside Tucked gently up inside Now you can take everything I own, but I beg you kind sirs please If you're going to take the blanket, leave the picture here with me" And the three men having loved and lost, they all could agree He reached into the blanket and like the rising sun Came three blasts from the barrel of a Smith & Wesson gun A Smith & Wesson gun Now three men lay there dead One man headed west And he held that Mexican blanket to his chest Now what a man will kill for is not always subject To the depth of love he feels for the things that he protects But sometimes just as simple as helping men define The difference between what is theirs And what is mine I held that Mexican blanket to my chest
5.
Now some days are magic, some days are hell Some days they just won't agree I finally came back from three days down on Burnside She changed the locks on me Now don't change the locks You know I still love you Sometimes it's real hard to see It's that dirty old waltz of the wine and the roses Don't change the locks on me I'm always dreaming of Panama moons Sleeping Indian skies I'm always chasing a sad song of summer Probably will 'til I die But don't change the locks You know I'm a river I'll run 'til I drown in the sea It's that dirty old waltz of the wine and the roses Don't change the locks on me No one drinks like a pilot, no one flies like a drunk All the great aviators agree Well I finally came down from three days on the jet stream She changed the locks on me Now don't change the locks I beg you Saint Peter Though heaven is no place for me 'Cause I drank all the wine and I killed all the roses Don't change the locks on me Now don't change the locks 'Cause I really love you Sometimes it's real hard to see It's that dirty old waltz of the wine and the roses Don't change the locks on me
6.
She's Happy 04:04
Now, do we have to go over this One more time again I thought I told you once I loved you too much To ever just be your friend But he seems to make you happy So I won't stand in your way And I haven't seen you smile in a long, long while I really, really hate to say She's happy She's happy She's happy But she's not happy with me You told me silver hearts would tarnish If you wore them on your sleeve I laughed and said that I would kill you If you ever tried to leave But I don't really want to kill you And I probably would if I stayed I haven't seen you smile in a long, long while I really, really hate to say She's happy... It seems you have it all worked out Just how it's supposed to be Well I never set many limits on life Especially on me And I've never been very happy But that wouldn't change if you stayed I haven't seen you smile in a long, long while I really, really hate to say She's happy...
7.
Put all my comic books up for sale Send the money in the mail, if you would Lost all my money in Lorraine I kind of passed out on the train Went to the Vatican today It's a lot like they all say - it's big I left your picture at the gate In case they need another saint She says You know you will always have a home And you'll always have a prayer That you're not scared or all alone I don't want to go picking up your bones No I don't want to go picking up your bones In the heart of Rome... She says it's always summer here Just knocking back the years, but you know Katie's almost off to school Full of dreams, acting cool Your father's working overtime You know he doesn't mind, but I do Dead men don't rush the temple They just barter with their souls She says You know you will always have a home 'Cause it's dangerous on the streets And no one should walk alone I don't want to go picking up your bones No I don't want to go picking up your bones
8.
Come to Bed 03:14
On a sea grove cliff is where I usually see him No thoughts at all but where the night might go Did he have any idea how far away it would take him The night says, "No one knows, no one knows No one ever knows." Found an old stack of records down in the basement Some of those songs, they were good friends of mine Thought I'd really like to try and find a way to play 'em But I don't think it would sound the same this time There are times in the night my skin gets so thin The ink sinks right through to the windowsill And I think that I've finally found a way to say it The night says, "No one will, no one will No one ever will." On those big dreamy nights my skin gets so thin And she says, "Come to bed, come back to bed Baby come to bed."
9.
The Burden 03:48
From the day that I could walk they said "That boy will wind up dead What you gonna do with him, what you gonna do? He just don't seem to get it through his thick old funny head What you gonna do with him, what you gonna do?" Now I don't want to be nobody's burden Most the time I don't want to be anything Much at all Ring that bell, let's all go to hell Keep one full bottle before me Tomorrow is the day I'll change my wicked ways Give me one more night Just one more night I'll pour out the whiskey in the morning People always talking to my sad old Portland rose "What you gonna do with him, what you gonna do? What that boy is thinking only God and Satan know What you gonna do with him, what you gonna do?" (Chorus) One more drunken Christmas in the Douglas county jail "What you gonna do with him, what you gonna do? He'd be bound for nowhere if he wasn't bound to fail What you gonna do with him, what you gonna do?" (Chorus)
10.
It seems to me that we've gone too far This situation has left me at large Trapped by devices that gather and hide Until I find myself soaking in bars But not tonight Now there's something new Drowning in my secret Waterloo I should have known from the very first night With all that fire, there was bound to be a fight But you could handle more than I could ever see Just the same, I did everything to knock off your feet But not tonight Now there's something new Now I've got some falling down to do Playing catch with exploding tell-tale hearts I do my best to blow you apart When it's right it goes down like dynamite White chalk lines, bloody marys, iodine But not tonight Now there's something new Not tonight I'm done hurting you Today's just like the day before I met you No programmed rage designed to try and trap you After all those nights I would gather and hide To plot a course and avenge my pride But not tonight Now there's something new Now I've got some falling down to do (Chorus) I'm done with exploding hearts I'm done tearing you apart I'm done, it's a dying art I'm done
11.
If You Fall 03:28
You wouldn't treat a dog that way Somehow with her, you think it's ok Your heart's decomposing from all of the lies You can tell by the smell and the blue bottle flies You're feeling the power, pushing the pain Know you can make her cry buckets of rain The weight of the world tends to flow to the sea You're going to show her how strong and wrong Bad love can really be So cold even Eskimos won't shake your hand So if you fall in love, yeah if you fall in love Make sure she's the only love You're really thinking of 'Cause you owe her that much If she's the one you love Turn it ten ways, it still won't turn out good When you do what you want and not what you should Remember the girl that lived down by the bay Who found out December has 24 days She's playing love songs you're playing God She's making dinner for Marquis De Sade This Libertine has seen it before You want a lover, an angel, a mother, a whore and more (Chorus)

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The second full-length album from Portland, Oregon, roots-rockers Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags.

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released April 18, 2008

Scotland Barr - lead vocals, guitar
Bryan Daste - pedal steel guitar, vocals
Zach Hinkelman - electric guitar
Chris Hubbard - piano, keyboards, vocals
Nick Kostenborder - drums

Additional music provided by:
Zach Hinkleman - acoustic guitar (4, 10), backup vocals (10)
Bryan Daste - acoustic guitar (1, 6, 7), ebow guitar (7), ukulele (5), bass (1, 6), theremin (4), saxophone (3), percussion (7, 10)
Chris Hubbard - accordion (1, 8, 11), percussion (3, 5)
Nick Kostenborder - percussion (1, 5, 10)

with
Charley Adams - electric guitar (7)
Jon Itkin - acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and percussion (5)
Patrick Munson - electric bass (3, 10), mandolin (3)
Eugene Nucci - electric bass (4, 7, 9)

and
Derek Brown - drums (11)
Ethan Chessin - trombone (4, 7)
Scott Garvey - drums (7)
Tim Huggins - electric bass (11)
Rich Landar - keyboards (11)
Keith McCarthy - upright bass (5)
Matt Moor - trumpet (7, 10)
Rob Stroup - electric guitar (11)
Rachel Taylor Brown - backup vocals (11)


Produced by Bryan Daste, Mont Christopher Hubbard and Scotland Barr
Recorded and mixed by Bryan Daste at The Magic Closet, Portland OR (themagiccloset.net)
Track 11 recorded by Rob Stroup at 8 Ball Studios, Portland OR (additional engineering by Bryan Daste at The Magic Closet)
Mastered by Jeff Lipton, Peerless Mastering
CD artwork designed by Tim Huggins

All songs written by Scotland Barr and published by Monkey Barr Music copyright 2008
with the exception of "Something New" written by Zach Hinkelman and published by Spotted Pig Music (ASCAP) copyright 2008
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Any unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable copyright laws.

In order to preserve fidelity and dynamic range, this CD was mastered quieter than most current commercial releases. For more info, visit www.turnmeup.org

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