Secular Jukebox

by Steven Gullett

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released July 5, 2011

Star Heartless Records #1007.
All songs published by Star Heartless Music / ASCAP.
All songs written by Steven Gullett.

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Track Name: Cure For The Common People
SHE WAS LOOKING FOR A CURE FOR THE COMMON PEOPLE
SHE ONLY LOOKED UP FROM HER BOOK
FOR STORIES ABOUT INSANE PRIESTS OR THE WEATHER
AND SHE THOUGHT THAT I WAS OUT TO GET HER

I RODE A BUS WAY DOWNTOWN
SHILLING PORN FOR THE MAN
SHE WAS MAKING BOOKS WAY OUT IN THE VALLEY
AND IT WAS RIDING ON HER BRAIN

WHEN THE MOMENT'S RIPE, I COULD FREEZE IT
AND I'LL HOLD IT IN A SONG
I'LL STEAL IT'S SOUL AND LET IT LINGER
SO IT WILL NEVER HAVE TO LIVE ALONE

TIME OUT HERE'S DIFFERENT...I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT
IT'S FAST AND RELAXED ALL AT ONCE
AND I BARELY EVER HEAR MY PAST
WHEN IT COMES KNOCKIN'
I THINK I LOST IT IN THE SUN

WHEN THE MOMENT'S RIPE, I COULD FREEZE IT
AND I'LL HOLD IT IN A SONG
I'LL STEAL IT'S SOUL AND LET IT LINGER
SO IT WILL NEVER HAVE TO LIVE ALONE
Track Name: Lil' Big City Blues
THE BUILDINGS ARE EVER ONLY SO HIGH
A LOT OF CONCRETE & A LITTLE BIT OF SKY
MY SAND COLORED CITY & DIRTY BACKYARDS
THE CHAIN RESTAURANTS ARE NEVER TOO FAR

THE HOMELESS SLEEPING ON THE LIBRARY BLOCK
5TH ST. BALLCAPS & SEEDY PAWNSHOPS
ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IS A MAJOR EXPENSE
LIVES IN HOCK FOR AFFORDABLE RENT

I THINK WE'RE MORE THAN THE FLYOVER PEOPLE
IF LIKE THE FIRST ONE JUST WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL

LITTLE BIG CITY BLUES
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF GOOD & BAD NEWS
WE'VE GOT A FRESH COAT OF PAINT (THE FRESH COAT OF PAINT IS UP)
BUT WE STILL FEEL MIGHTY USED
LITTLE BIG CITY BLUES

WITH REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS, BLUE & RED COUNTIES
INTERSTATES, CUL-DE-SACS, FARMERS & TOWNIES
DIVIDED BY THE RIVER LIKE IN HISTORY BOOKS
WE ALL SMILE NOW BUT IT'S WORSE THAN IT LOOKS

POOR PEOPLE, RICH PEOPLE, MOSTLY IN BETWEEN
IT'S HARD TO GET OUT & IT MAKES US MEAN
BASEBALL, MALLS, & THE MUSIC SCENE
THE DRUGS, THE DRINKING & THE GETTING CLEAN

YOU HAVE TO GO AWAY TO GET PERSPECTIVE
FUNNY HOW DISTANCE MAKES YOU REFLECTIVE

LITTLE BIG CITY BLUES
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF GOOD & BAD NEWS
WE'VE GOT A FRESH COAT OF PAINT (THE FRESH COAT OF PAINT IS UP)
BUT WE STILL FEEL MIGHTY USED
LITTLE BIG CITY BLUES

WE'VE GOT BRIARS & HIPPIES & FREAKS & GEEKS
THE LOG CABIN BOYS & THE LESBIAN CHIC
ALTERNA-CHICK TATS & THE INDIE ROCK SWOOP
HEAVY METAL BASEMENTS & GARAGE BANDS TOO
ACOUSTIC, PUNK, & COVER BANDS, PLUS THE BLUES
AND OH MY GOD WE'VE EVEN GOT YOU

IF I CAN'T MAKE A LIVING I'LL AT LEAST MAKE ART
IF I CAN'T REACH THE END THEN AT LEAST IT'S A START

LITTLE BIG CITY BLUES
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF GOOD & BAD NEWS
WE'VE GOT A FRESH COAT OF PAINT (THE FRESH COAT OF PAINT IS UP)
BUT WE STILL FEEL MIGHTY USED
LITTLE BIG CITY BLUES
Track Name: Last Ride, Last Drive
You found the package and I had a plan
Meet me at the liquor store 'round 10 a.m.
I'll bring the gun from my parent's closet
It's in a safe but they never lock it
Pack one bag with your favorite clothes
We'll give your Mom a call once we're on the road
I know this guy who can help us fence it
Lucky for us this stuff is expensive

I've been thinking like a desperado and I'm bleeding like an exit sign
We'll be swinging from heaven by the time we arrive
Last ride, last ride
Don't wanna die in an El Dorado and all this sunshine's making me blind
We'll be swinging from heaven by the time we arrive
Last ride, last ride

Living in motels sure is a drag
I guess he only wants to sell it bag by bag
Sorry 'bout the fight, I know you miss home
But you know I gotta help him I can't trust him alone
Stay off the phone, don't chat or text
Please trust me baby we'll get out of this mess
I'll make it all up to you when this is all done
We'll have so much money; we'll have so much fun

I've been thinking like a desperado and I'm bleeding like an exit sign
We'll be swinging from heaven by the time we arrive
Last ride, last ride
Don't wanna die in an El Dorado and all this sunshine's making me blind
We'll be swinging from heaven by the time we arrive
Last ride, last ride

We've got the rest of our lives- Let's take it x2
We've got the rest of our lives- Last ride

You're right I never should've answered the door
3 gunshots and I hit the floor
I didn't even know the bullets went in
'til I got in the car and it started to spin
We made it out alive
But I think you'll have to drive
I'm gonna go lay down in the back
Just head west and never look back
Track Name: Mary Come Back
SHE PUT DOWN ALL HER SPITE
AND FLOATED LIKE A BIRD OF FLIGHT

AND SO THE BARS ARE BACK AGAIN
I CAN FEEL THIS PRISON CLOSING IN

OH PLEASE MARY COME BACK x3
AND I'LL BEHAVE
OH PLEASE MARY COME BACK x3
IT'LL BE OK

SHE GAVE ME BRAND NEW SKIN
AND I GOT HURT TRYING TO BREAK IT IN

AND HOW THE KNOTS ARE TOO TIGHT
SO I'M PREPARED TO LET IN THE LIGHT

OH PLEASE MARY COME BACK x3
AND I'LL BEHAVE
OH PLEASE MARY COME BACK x3
IT'LL BE OK

OUR ANNIVERSARY IS WRITTEN IN THE SKY
THE CLOUDS LOOK SOFTER NOW EVERY TIME I CRY
I FEEL HER HANDS UPON ME EVERY WORD I SAY
I KNOW REGRET WILL HAUNT ME IF I GO ASTRAY

I PUT UP TOO MUCH FIGHT
THEN ACQUIESCED WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT
I'D TRADE MY NIGHTS OF SIN
FOR ONE MORE MINUTE IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN

OH PLEASE MARY COME BACK x3
AND I'LL BEHAVE
OH PLEASE MARY COME BACK x3
IT'LL BE OK
Track Name: Let It Slide
I HOPED IT ALL WOULD BE FORGIVEN
BUT I WAS IN FOR A SURPRISE
IN MY HEART YOU HAVE BEEN LIVIN'
BUT IT WAS NEVER THE RIGHT SIZE

BABY YOU CAN HEAR THE OTHER SIDE
BUT YOU'RE NEVER SATISFIED
EVEN WHEN YOU STARE INTO MY EYES
NO YOU'LL NEVER...
LET IT SLIDE

I HAVE THIS ONE LIFE I'VE BEEN GIVEN
I WANNA TAKE IT FOR A RIDE
ABOUT THAT GLASS HOUSE THAT YOU LIVE IN
MAYBE YOU SHOULD TAKE A STEP OUTSIDE

BABY WE COULD TRY TO COMPROMISE
BUT YOU'RE NEVER SATISFIED
I KNOW WHEN YOU SAY YOU SYMPATHISE
THAT YOU'LL NEVER...
LET IT SLIDE
Track Name: Mobvious
I GET THE WRONG ATTENTION
YOU GET A SMOOTH ASCENSION
YOU LOOK LIKE EVERYBODY
EVERYBODY LOOKS AT ME
YOU ALWAYS BLEND IN
I NEVER FIT IN
I'VE SEEN YOU IN THE CATALOGS,
MALLS AND TV SHOWS

MOBVIOUS
MOBVIOUS

THERE IS A NEW BRAND
THAT'S GOT THE SAME TAN
IT WEARS THE SAME CLOTHES
EVERYBODY SELLS
YOU'RE SUCH A TREND HOPPER
YOU MAKE A GREAT SHOPPER
I'VE SEEN YOU IN THE CATALOGS,
MALLS AND TV SHOWS

MOBVIOUS
MOBVIOUS

I WANNA FOLLOW MAN IT LOOKS SO EASY
I WANNA FOLLOW MAN TELL ME WHERE TO GO
I WANNA FOLLOW MAN IT LOOKS SO EASY
BUT MY CALENDAR'S STUCK
YOUR SOUL IS CORRUPT
THEY SAY THAT COOL'S ON SALE
BUT I SAY IT'S NOT

SWIMMING UPSTREAM IS ALL I'VE EVER KNOWN

MOBVIOUS
MOBVIOUS
Track Name: I'm Gonna Go To Hell
I'M GONNA GO TO HELL
AND I'LL SEE YOU THERE
WE'LL BURN IN THE FIRE
CAUSE WE DIDN'T CARE

IT ISN'T HARD TO SELL
WHAT CAN'T BE BOUGHT
THEY FOUND RELIGION
WHERE I DID NOT

NO ANGELS, NO CHIOR
REGRET IS FOR HEAVEN SET ME ON FIRE, NOW...

I'M GONNA GO TO HELL

PUT ME UNDER YOUR SPELL
AS IT GETS NEAR
WHEN I EXPIRE
I WANNA GO WITHOUT FEAR

NO ANGELS, NO CHIOR
REGRET IS FOR HEAVEN SET ME ON FIRE, NOW
THE DEVIL, THE LIARS
I'M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SEND ME UP HIGHER, OH NO...

I'M GONNA GO TO HELL

PICK ME UP WHERE I FELL
TRY TO DUST ME OFF
BY THE TIME YOU FIND OUT
YOU LOST THE NEED TO TALK
Track Name: Headin' Home
AN EASY DECISION
I DON'T THINK TWICE
EVERYTHING ELSE HERE'S
A ROLL OF THE DICE - I'M HEADED HOME

YOU SAY THAT YOU'LL WAIT UP
'TIL I GET BACK TO YOU
I'LL WAKE YOU WHEN I GET IN
YOU KNOW THAT IT'S TRUE - I'M HEADED HOME

AND I WON'T GO BACK 'TIL THEY GIVE ME WHAT I'M OWED
I MAY NEVER GO BACK IF THAT'S THE WAY IT GOES

I'M HEADED HOME - OH BABY I'M HEADED HOME
I'M HEADED HOME - OH BABY I'M HEADED HOME, I'M HEADED HOME...

THE PLACE WHERE I GREW UP
IT'S ALL BUT GONE
THE ECHO'S STILL RINGING
BUT IT'S NOT THAT STRONG - I'M HEADED HOME

AND I WON'T GO BACK 'TIL THEY GIVE ME WHAT I'M OWED
I MAY NEVER GO BACK IF THAT'S THE WAY IT GOES

ALL I EVER WANTED WAS TO RUN AWAY WITH YOU
AND AVOID ALL OF THOSE OTHER THINGS THEY ALL (ASK) WANT US TO DO
ALL I EVER WANTED WAS TO RUN AWAY WITH YOU
CAUSE HOME AIN'T WHERE YOU'RE BORN
IT'S WHERE THE FEEL THE MOST LIKE YOU

IT'S A TARGET I'VE REACHED LIKE AN EVEREST PEAK
IT'S CHURCH IN THE MORNING WHEN I KNOW I'VE BEEN WEAK
IT'S A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE THAT DON'T KNOW YOUR MISTAKES
AND WE ALL BETTER FIND IT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

I'M HEADED HOME- OH BABY I'M HEADED HOME
I'M HEADED HOME- OH BABY I'M HEADED HOME, I'M HEADED HOME...
Track Name: Lucy
LUCY'S LIVING IN A LOFT ABOVE A BAR
WITH A GUY SHE USED TO RUN FROM
WHEN SHE WORKED DOWN THE STREET
AT A PLACE I USED TO CRASH AT
WHEN SHE'D GIVE ME SOME FOR FREE

NOW I KNOW IT'S NEVER GONNA CHANGE
I GUESS THAT'S WHY OUR PLANS THEY ARE LONG RANGE
FROM NOW ON I'M GONNA TAKE THE LONG WAY AROUND
WITH LUCY AND HER CHEMICALS INBOUND

SHE'S HIDING BEHIND A DOOR DOUBLE LOCKED
CLAIMING THAT SHE WILL NOT COME OUT
UNTIL YOU FIND HER WHAT SHE LOST
AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT SHE'S ON ABOUT
BUT YOU TELL HER THAT YOU'LL TRY

NOW I KNOW IT'S NEVER GONNA CHANGE
I GUESS THAT'S WHY OUR PLANS THEY ARE LONG RANGE
FROM NOW ON I'M GONNA TAKE THE LONG WAY AROUND
WITH LUCY AND HER CHEMICALS INBOUND

SHE SAID I'M A CADAVER
AND I'LL MAKE YOU A BELIEVER
I SWEAR I NEVER SAW HER TAKE
THE PHONE FROM THE RECIEVER
SHE SAID I'M A CADAVER
AND I'LL MAKE YOU A BELIEVER
SO I GOTTA MAKE SURE
THAT SHE'S HERE BEFORE I LEAVE HER

NOW I KNOW IT'S ALLL THE SAME REFRAIN
I GUESS THAT'S WHY OUR PLANS THEY ARE INSANE
FROM NOW ON I'M GONNA MAKE SURE I'M NOT AROUND
WHEN LUCY AND HER EPISODES HIT TOWN
Track Name: Amnesiacs & Archivists
I CAUGHT THE MORNING IT WAS COLD AND GREY
I SPEND A LOT OF TIME WAITING FOR SUN
AROUND THE CORNER IS WHERE I'M GONNA STAY
I'VE DONE MY TIME STARING DOWN A COMPLICATION

I DON'T THINK SO
THERE'S TO MUCH WEIGHT IN THE PAST
I DON'T THINK SO
NOW I'M LOOKING FOR THINGS THAT WON'T LAST

ARMAGEDDON IS COMING OUR WAY
OR SO I HEARD ON THE TELEVISION
IN SYNDICATION OR A LATE NIGHT MOVIE
IT LOST A LITTLE SOMETHING WHEN I SAW THE RERUNS

I DON'T THINK SO
THERE'S TO MUCH WEIGHT IN THE PAST
I DON'T THINK SO
NOW I'M LOOKING FOR THINGS THAT WON'T LAST

AS SOON AS IT IS OVER, INSTANTLY IT'S SPUN
HALF ARE MOVING FORWARD AND HALF WILL FIND IT HARD TO MOVE ON
WHILE YOU'RE LOOKING BACKWARDS THEY'LL BE HAVING FUN
AMNESIACS STARE IN THE BLACK THAT ARCHIVISTS WILL PAY THE TAXES ON

A PAGE TUNER IN A LIFE NOIR
STUCK IN CONSTANT NEW REVISIONS
I ELEVATORED WITH A BLINDFOLD ON
NOW EVERYTHING'S SHINY ONCE THE REINS ARE GONE, GONE GONE

I DON'T THINK SO
THERE'S TO MUCH WEIGHT IN THE PAST
I DON'T THINK SO
NOW I'M LOOKING FOR THINGS THAT WON'T LAST

AS SOON AS IT IS OVER, INSTANTLY IT'S SPUN
HALF ARE MOVING FORWARD AND HALF WILL FIND IT HARD TO MOVE ON
WHILE YOU'RE LOOKING BACKWARDS THEY'LL BE HAVING FUN
AMNESIACS STARE IN THE BLACK THAT ARCHIVISTS WILL PAY THE TAXES ON
Track Name: Letting Go
AS WE SLIP OUT OF THE FIRE
WILL OUR FRIENDS BE THERE TO GLOAT
I ADMIT THAT WE'RE ALL LIARS
STILL WE SAY ?I'M LETTING GO'
ONCE AGAIN I'M LETTING GO

IF WE CAN WE ALL CONSPIRE
TO BURN BRIDGES MADE OF GOLD
WE LEFT NOTHING TO ADMIRE
AND FROM THE ASHES I'M LETTING GO
ONCE AGAIN I'M LETTING GO

FROM THE RUINS WE'LL KEEP PLAYIN'
IT SEEMS THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO PROVE
I'M SICK OF TAXES WE KEEP PAYIN'
SO I SAY GOD ?NOW IT'S YOUR MOVE'

THOUGH HE TRIED HE COULD NOT BUY HER
ENDS UP SHE'S ALREADY SOLD
BUT HE WAS A FREQUENT FLYER
SO SHE RENTS HIM THEN LETS HIM GO
ONCE AGAIN SHE'S LETTING GO
Track Name: Serendipity
IT'S AUTOMATIC AND SO CONFIDENTIAL
A THIN SLICE OF PARADISE
IT'S ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON
YOU NEVER SEE THE SAME THING TWICE

AND I'LL BE HERE WAITING FOR YOU
SERENDIPITY

I DEFENSE OF THE FIVE SENSES
A TELEPATHIC APPETITE
ROLL OF THE DICE AND SWING FOR THE FENCES
YOU'LL KNOW WHEN YOU GET IT RIGHT

AND I'LL BE HERE WAITING FOR YOU
SERENDIPITY

I SEE THE CRACKS

AND I'LL BE HERE WAITING FOR YOU
SERENDIPITY

IT'S AUTOMATIC AND SO CONFIDENTIAL
A THIN SLICE OF PARADISE
ROLL OF THE DICE AND SWING FOR THE FENCES
YOU'LL KNOW WHEN YOU GET IT RIGHT

AND I'LL BE HERE WAITING FOR YOU
SERENDIPITY
Track Name: Halfway Home
SO YOU BOLTED FROM THE INTERSTATE
AND ALL YOU OWED YOUR PAST MISTAKES
AND LANDED WHERE THE COPS DON'T KNOW YOUR NAME

BUT YOUR INFAMY'S NOT QUIET LONG
AS TRIED TO PLAY YOUR FAVORITE SONGS
AND LIED ABOUT THE BANDS YOU USED TO KNOW

STILL SOMEHOW THEY SEEM TO CATCH ON QUICK
TO YOUR BULLSHIT AND YOUR BARROOM TRICKS
AND THE MEDICATION RUNS OUT LIKE BEFORE

YOUR NEW PRESCRIPTION'S GREYHOUND FARE
SO YOU BORROW MONEY FROM SOME GIRLS DOWNSTAIRS
AND HOPE YOU NEVER SEE THEIR FACE AGAIN

AND IF YOU MAKE IT HALFWAY HOME THEN AT LEAST YOU'D WHERE HOME WAS
IF I SEE YOU PLAYING IN A STOREFRONT AND GIVING ME A GLANCE
I'LL THROW YOU A DOLLAR IF I THINK YOU'VE GOT A CHANCE
AND IF YOU MAKE IT HALFWAY HOME THEN AT LEAST YOU'D KNOW WHERE HOME WAS

YOU'RE WORKING ON A GOOD BUZZ COULD YOU PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE...

FOR 15 YEARS YOU DRAGGED ALONG
THE HAIR GOT GRAY AS THE TOOTH GOT LONG
AND YOU'VE MORE DROUGHT & EMPTIES ON THE WAY

SO YOU FOOL YOURSELF A BRAND NEW STATE
IS ALL IT'S EVER GONNA TAKE
TO START ANEW AND MAKE UP ANOTHER NAME

THROUGH THE JAIL CELLS & THE PARKING LOTS
GAS STATION FOOD AND DOUBLE SHOTS
CHASING COFFEE WITH BEER TO KEEP THINGS STRANGE

WELCOME TO YOUR PURGATORY
SIT DOWN AND SPIN ME ONE MORE STORY
BUT AFTER THIS LAST DRINK I'VE GOTTA ROLL

AND IF I MAKE IT HALFWAY HOME THEN AT LEAST I'D KNOW WHERE HOME WAS
IF YOU SEE ME PLAYING IN A STOREFRONT AND GIVING YOU A GLANCE
PLEASE THROW ME A DOLLAR IF YOU THINK I'VE GOT A CHANCE
AND IF I MAKE IT HALFWAY HOME THEN I'D LEAST I'D KNOW WHERE HOME WAS

I'M WORKING ON A GOOD BUZZ COULD YOU PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE...