We Will Be Forgotten

by Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags

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released July 23, 2011

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Track Name: Rock Solid
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)
Track Name: Smile Christine
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
Track Name: Love Is Pavement
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
Track Name: Eyes like L.A.
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.
Track Name: Right Where You're Supposed to Be
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
Track Name: Venice These Days
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
Track Name: Turn Me into Night
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
Track Name: Everybody Knows
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
Track Name: Rasputin & Me
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
Track Name: Washing over Me
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
Track Name: You're Gonna Be All Right
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
Track Name: We Will Be Forgotten, part 1
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
Track Name: Stretch Your Arms Out
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
Track Name: Stones of Poor Farm Hill
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
Track Name: Love like Iron
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
Track Name: Devil's Blood
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)
Track Name: We Will Be Forgotten, part 2
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
Track Name: New Machine
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
Track Name: Heart Floats On
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