We Will Be Forgotten

by Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags

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1.
Rock Solid 05:05
Gonna leave this town Still spitting dust Well I like the country fine But it just don’t like us Curve of your ass On the fresh Kentucky grass Like butterflies and apple pies It makes the summer last We’re rock solid Rock solid It don't take much To keep our hearts in touch Singing out of key with Johnny C I love you so damn much Heard the city lights Heard the devil's scream Don't fish in the East River For your Coney Island dreams We're rock solid Rock solid People say you’re cold, and you are You wear the road like an ancient scar You wear the road like an ancient scar Oh the great debates In such modern times Can take an awful while The finer points of Whether dogs can smile Oh you think That they can But you’re not sure About man We can hang down by the Chelsea Play "name the dying star" On the corner where rock and roll got a sex change There we are There we are There we are There we are (we're rock solid) There we are (we're rock solid) There we are (we're rock solid)
2.
Christine, you’re bent just perfect You fit my eyes like a warm sunrise The bonfire winds are blowing The beach is burning with infected dreams They say I’m weird like Christine So smile, Christine Christine you’re such a strange piano All the sacred keys that you play in me So let ‘em drag the river They’ll never find us or know what it means To be weird like Christine So smile, Christine Well I saw you and I shook You’re that girl from that rare book That I read a hundred years ago Summer resins in the air Two more weeks the county fair One more summer then we’re leaving home But we won’t be alone When the rock hits bone So smile, Christine
3.
If you want them back I've got your songs trapped in my attic With an old cape and the ghost Of nearly and almost And a pillow of warm excuses Red autumn leaves, yellow autumn leaves A letter sent in wet cement So many years ago To someone you'll never know Who wanders by and wonders who you were Love is pavement, cracked and hard Long live the road that gets me back to where you are My, I'd like to know I kept some nice days in my closet Beneath the box of homeless keys Yeah, that's you and me On Love Creek that first summer Red autumn leaves, yellow autumn leaves Autumn leaves, she always leaves Her papers on the floor Observations on the war And a note to fix the plumbing tacked to the door Love is pavement, cracked and hard Long live the road that gets me back to where you are
4.
Things I got to do today Things that won't get gone But go ahead and leave a message Things that use to get me off Now just weigh a ton I've been sleeping in the wreckage I got it straight from the top I never know when to stop I'm coming down like rain They say it's crazy That I would know so soon But they've never kissed the moon Eyes like L.A., eyes like L.A. And lips just like Japan Open me like a skeleton key Cyberjets explode I've never seen things this way Deserted hearts, false starts Stockyards in the sun Falling down the I-5 highway I got it straight from the top I never know when to stop I'm crazy as they come They say there's no way that I Could go so soon But they've never kissed the moon Eyes like L.A., eyes like L.A. Lips just like Japan It's gonna take all goddamn day To get these cats into my truck I'm gonna drive all night So I'll be there when you wake up Eyes like L.A., eyes like L.A. Lips just like Japan I'm gonna take all of my hopes Pour 'em right into your cup I wanna be beside you When they can't wake you up Eyes like L.A., eyes like L.A.
5.
The El Cid at sunset, the alley out back Playing the Barn Dance with the great Ronnie Mack Carmelita cries for her man From the Pioneer Chicken Stand And the guitar goes off in your hand like a bomb The strings are on fire and singing along If you tried you couldn't hit a bad note As you're playing the song you just wrote If there ever was a question what you were meant to be Right now you're right where you're supposed to be If God adores angels and summertime fools He's lovin' that naked girl there in the pool Who's so far out of your reach 'Til she's kissing you down on the beach And her mouth tastes like cloves and her hair smells like smoke You get her a drink and she gets all your jokes Your feet tangle out towards the tide 'Til she finally invites you inside If there ever was a question what you were meant to be Right now you're right where you're supposed to be It's that one final crack in the Grand Coulee Dam That raises the water to rail And rolls on, roll on Columbia, roll on forever As you slowly turn into the vacuums you sell Return like a bird to that old wishing well Where skin, knuckles and bone were traded for feathers And you could fly, you would fly To right where you're supposed to be
6.
There are times in your life that fit you just right Melt like Chinese silk over your bones If I could get back somehow, I’d like to do it now Oh I’ve been thinking a lot about Venice these days We all knew Stella was a junkie But she let us crash for free in her garage Suicidal Tendencies blew on the ocean breeze I’ve been thinking a lot about Venice these days I’ve never been better, I've never been worse I don’t need a doctor, I would take a nurse Unpacked my bags, spitshined my shoes Got me this job with the American Blues I want you to know, you’ve been on my mind I'm sending you a Valentine There are people in your life that fit you just right Even if it’s only for a day As we walked through Hollywood I’d never felt so good I’ve been thinking a lot about Venice these days It all starts to unwind And I’m just trying to find A little piece of Venice Looking for a piece of Venice I’ve been thinking a lot about Venice These days
7.
You're gonna turn me, turn me into night 'Cause you know it never stops Call your sister, call the cops Gonna turn me into night It's gonna change you Turn you into who you will be Gonna make a mystery Of why you ever did love me It's gonna make you who you are Gonna turn me, turn me into morning then noon Then you wake me up With the crash of a coffee cup You always woke me up too soon It's gonna change you Turn you into someone to be 'Til all that you recall Is I was thin and tall Do you remember who we were? You're gonna turn me, turn me into night
8.
Everybody knows I'm a loser Reflections in the glass catch my accuser The twin within that never goes to sleep Sews a suit of doubt and failure Nicer than a Siamese tailor Everybody knows about my delusions Everybody's come to one conclusion He's got a brother you should never meet Sit around and fire rockets At everybody's heart-shaped lockets Homeless romantics sweeping the street Answer the question "how do you sleep?" Well I sleep like a warm jet engine Everybody loves a man on fire Everybody wants to pet my tiger He’s wandering the garden as we speak Absent minded match-book writers Huck Finn punks and flyweight fighters Everybody knows I'm a loser Everybody knows Everybody knows
9.
It happens to every generation Chasing down the days like wild dogs What I wouldn't give To feel that way again Makes me sad to see us now And who we thought we'd be back then There's always something taking up our time There's always someone making up our mind No time to take that trip Or write that great stage play Still not clear how I got here From where I was yesterday Took the long slow walk down Ocean Drive Looking for a friend who ain't alive He'd probably look at me And say "man you've changed" I'd look him in the eye but I'd probably lie And say, "No man, I'm still the same." The maudlin streets that Coldly tell the time In the Del Mar hills A summer softly unwinds And naked girls dance in the windows for free Just Rasputin and me Well I saw my ex last Saturday It's hard to think eight years had slippped away I barely recognized her But what really got to me Wasn't how old we'd become But how young we used to be It happens to every generation Young love burning with anticipation A love that will never Tatter, tear or rend If you need to believe that's true Then don't ask me where I've been
10.
After all, how can it be wrong? To want someone who makes you feel like your favorite song Yeah, I knew her – yes, I know her I knew her like the sea washing over me "Where I'm Calling From" – it's a Raymond Carver world You know the one where the boy falls for the girl Yeah, I knew her – yes, I know her I knew her like the sea washing over me In the end it's a solitary game The same girl by a hundred different names Yeah, I knew her – yes, I know her I knew her like the sea Yeah, I knew her – yes, I know her I knew her like the sea washing over me
11.
It's a mighty thing to know It's a mighty thing to offer Up your heart The box is always empty And the lines are always clear And you're here And there And it's impossible Tonight Oh you're gonna be all right It's a mighty thing to witness It's a mighty thing to try Gonna cry Lonely is the offer And taking lends its hand To the man Who wants The impossible Tonight Oh you're gonna be all right It's a mighty thing to say so It's a mighty thing to be That you used to be Tonight Oh you're gonna be all right Oh you're gonna be all right Yeah you're gonna be all right
12.
The best ones fly on past like birds consumed by fire As we sift through the ash of our burned out yesterdays… We will be forgotten, our days gifted to the wind Fighting for days that never come again, we will be forgotten To think we thought we’d always be best friends… we must have forgotten As the older soldiers fall we claim their name and rank But who will recall the men who robbed the Ipswich bank? We will be forgotten, our battles gifted to the wind Fighting that war nobody wins, we will be forgotten Every story finds its end… we will be forgotten Johnny Mercer chasing the moon Up round the bend, oh it all ends too soon Ain't that the way a tune should be played So black it's blue They took the day, we took the night Most got it wrong, we almost got it all right When we were through, the stars and moon were done too So black, so blue
13.
Anna Lee There's one for her and one for me Two for us to be together Anna May Takes a lot to start the day Takes enough to stay forever It won't hurt the first time Oh you gotta stretch your arms out Oh you gotta stretch your mind out Oh you gotta stretch your lines out Oh you gotta stretch your love out Did you see Anna May and Anna Lee Taking off to be together It won't hurt the next time Oh you gotta stretch your arms out Oh you gotta stretch your mind out Oh you gotta stretch your lines out Oh you gotta stretch your love out
14.
Today I saw the record A lonely time to kill The stars of Caledonia Up on Poor Farm Hill Maybe I'll be lucky The signs will draw me back Cold winds of fortune Lead me back there To the whippoorwill And the stones of Poor Farm Hill My father loved the horses My brother loved the track Never would they bet that I'd be coming back But now that rains have pulled the willow down upon the hill when all the leaves are falling it calls me there still To the whippoorwill The stones of Poor Farm Hill
15.
A deeper shade of blue No darker south than the one in you I’ve never touched your skin But I have worn it when mine was thin This is my heart, this is my fist If you're gonna jump the river You gotta wear your love like iron You gotta kill your soul with kerosene You gotta be a radio flyer If you're gonna chase the lonely dream You don’t feel a thing Until you're standing in the fire So you lay down with lions And you wear your love like iron A suitcase for a soul A poor excuse for rock and roll What's a boy to do To follow the sun that followed you This is my heart, this is my fist There's broken pieces of us (everywhere) You gotta wear your love like iron You gotta kill your soul with kerosene You gotta be a radio flyer If you wanna chase the lonely dream You don’t feel a thing Until you're standing in the fire So you lay down with lions And wear your love like iron You gotta wear your love like iron You gotta kill your soul with kerosene You gotta be a radio flyer If you're gonna chase the lonely dream You don’t feel a thing Until you're standing in the fire So you lay down with lions And wear your love like iron Like iron
16.
There’s a dirty road I want to walk An old Cyprus porch where I can hear them talk Charley Patton and Stagger Lee But this is the time for you and me There are still trees I want to shake People who kicked me when I made a mistake I want to cut them, bring 'em to their knees But this is the time for you and me The devil's blood, it likes to roam Ain’t very good at keeping it home I like the taverns and the boulevard lights But not today, girl, not tonight There’s a phoenix I’ve got to fly A restaurant in China that I want to try Where they smoke their duck with the leaves of tea But this is the time for you and me I can’t say I won’t forget How sick I was, desperate, cold and wet How you gave me shelter from the misery And all the faith you had in me There will come a time you’ll sleep right through the night And all your dreams will be cloaked in white And all the troubles I put you through They’ll all be gone girl, and I will too They’ll all be gone girl They’ll all be gone girl (and I will too)
17.
The best ones fly on past like birds consumed by fire as we sift through the ash of our burned out yesterdays… We will be forgotten, our story gifted to the wind All that we love, all we offend it will be forgotten And with one last "remember when," we will be forgotten So carve this in my stone: "A non-compliant dreamer who often drank alone in the dark with his guitar" We will be forgotten, our songs gifted to the wind Fighting with angels on the roof, we will be forgotten Searching for three chords and the truth We will be forgotten
18.
New Machine 03:54
My name is Curtis and I work the ghost machine Changing out the manifolds and cleaning out the screens It might sound crazy but it's beautiful to me 'Cause I see what they don't see I'm building a new machine Make the baby shine like you ain't never seen I'm building a new machine It's gonna make you wanna take me home, Kathleen I got the answers to a hundred shades of blue And I could show you if you really want me to It's all in pieces but it's much more than it seems Oh yeah, they're pieces of a dream I'm building a new machine Make the baby shine like you ain't never seen I'm building a new machine It's gonna make you wanna take me home kathleen Billy Chafee's wife was murdered yesterday I'm building just the thing to make it all okay Take 'em back before it all when they were both nineteen And still working on a dream I'm building a new machine Make the baby shine like you ain't never seen I'm building a new machine It's gonna make you wanna take me home, Kathleen I'm building a new machine Make the baby shine like you ain't never seen I'm building a new machine It's gonna make you wanna take me home, Kathleen
19.
Under hand and over bone Everywhere you look there’s something left beneath a stone Poets drown in lakes and southern fish is always fried Some things we just know inside The way the sunlight hits your dress I see the beauty underneath and everybody must confess We are not as covered up as we would like to be I see you and you know me And this too shall pass After all it’s only love that really lasts Oh, it'll beat you down 'Til what’s lost is found A remembered smile, a forgotten taste A love from long ago you laid so carelessly to waste An old torn piece of paper with big dreams scribbled down Notes from the underground But this too shall pass After all it’s only love that really lasts Oh, it'll beat you down 'Til what’s lost is found The heart floats on The heart floats on It ain’t never where it’s supposed to be It’s off singing in a minor key It’s off drinking with the enemy The heart floats on The heart floats on The heart floats on Love’s hellos and goodbyes And someone’s born when someone dies You can catch it in your lover’s eyes The heart floats on The heart floats on The heart floats on It's an echo from Ruby Ridge It's fallen off the Fremont Bridge Through all the pain you thought you hid The heart floats on The heart floats on The heart floats on It don’t care much for roots It likes a nice old pair of boots You know I caught it in a leisure suit The heart floats on

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released July 23, 2011

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