Longneck

by The Scrimshanders

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released January 1, 2000

John Magee - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Tom Baker - guitars, vocals
Jamie Griffith - bass
Joby DeCoster - drums
Tim Obetz - pedal steel guitar

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The Scrimshanders Boston, Massachusetts

The Scrimshanders came out of Jamaica Plain, MA in 1998. John Magee, Tom Baker, Jamie Griffith and Kevin Scollan grabbed a case or two of Buds and a bag of songs one night; the rest is history. Ace pedal steelman Tim Obetz lent a regular hand. Joby DeCoster took over from Scollan on drums in the early going, and "Longneck" was born.

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Track Name: What Goes Around
i feel i'm coming to a new dead end. i think i'm coming round and going back again. if you didn't like me, honey, where would you go? way up north to canada or down to mexico? i didn't like julie, cathy, or christine. and jenny was pretty but she seemed kind of me. i'm calling you up to bring you back; i never had a lover like that. i'm coming on a heart attack. why don't you see that you're what goes around? i'll see you at the lost and found. i'll wait my turn for now (familiar face in the crowd). the lovers of your time: you'll see me, i'll be last in line. i'll wait here; i don't mind. i'm your real life. my momma said my daddy tried it once. she didn't like him 'till he laid down his gun. she called him up to try to bring him back; i never had a lover like that. i'm coming on a heart attack. why don't you see that you're what goes around? i'll see you at the lost and found. i'll wait my turn for now (familiar face in the crowd). the lovers of your time: you'll see me, i'll be last in line. i'll wait here; i don't mind. i'm your real life. what's inside you - i know all of it. why you heart aches - it comes down to this. you'll know i'm back when it feels the same; when i'm done with calling out your name.
Track Name: Losing Streak
a couple of friends and i discussed the way you looked when you left today. you were so beautiful they didn't understand - i let you slip away. a couple of times i lost my way to your house trying to get close to you. i guess i didn't see the signs you put there for me - i feel like a fool. where are you now? have you lost sight of me? happy at home or are you losing sleep? what can allow your little light to shine on me? caught me at the end of a losing streak. a couple of things about you make me feel like i have made a big mistake. the way you look when you're asleep, the way you look when you're wide awake. where are you now? have you lost sight of me? happy at home or are you losing sleep? what can allow your little light to shine on me? caught me at the end of a losing streak. i'd ask but nobody knows where it comes from and why we let go. who stars in your little daydreams? when you fall in love, does he look like me? where are you now? have you lost sight of me? happy at home or are you losing sleep? what can allow your little light to shine on me? caught me at the end of a losing streak.
Track Name: No Angel
all these little feelings come a-knocking at my door. how deep are you breathing? are you sleeping? i'm not sure. babe, i know i'm being kind of like i'm off for more. i should be leaving . . . california or new york. an angel is a girl who brings the sun; whoever calls you angel, you're not one. i loved you 'cause the devil told me to - there's no angel prettier than you. i've got a rocket for to take me from this world. fly up to heaven, find an angel for my girl. an angel is a girl who brings the sun; whoever calls you angel, you're not one. i loved you 'cause the devil told me to - there's no angel prettier than you. i loved you 'till the night you told the truth about your lies; turns out lies suited you. black angel come steal away my night. pretty eyes turn evil in the light.
Track Name: Dealer's Choice
you hold between your fingers the hand you always wanted to hold. every time you play a card you know you'd eventually fold. little squeeze play, little decoy. hold 'em close to your chest. now the odds are flipped around and you wanna try to lick the best. i know you didn't mean to play, with the hearts that were coming your way. but this heart wants to take a chance, on the numbers, and play ... dealer's choice, against the house odds. you got a hold on my cards at large. dealer's choice, better hold them tight. i bet my king wins tonight. time to make the move that you wanted. no more time for regrets. silly boys may hassle you but they just don't know when to call their bets. i know you didn't mean to play, with the hearts that were coming your way. but this heart wants to take a chance, on the numbers, and play ... dealer's choice, against the house odds. you got a hold on my cards at large. dealer's choice, better hold them tight. i bet my king wins tonight. aw, the cards that you're playin makes me think that you're stayin. hey, you know i'll treat you right. i just can't lose tonight.
Track Name: Lie Low
hey now, baby, i love your lies - wrapped up deep, bottled up inside. a city girl come across the plain, come out west, come to clear her name. a michigan boy with a new york dream. come on honey, won't you marry me? i know your daddy says you can't; how the hell's he gonna know where you went? if it seems strange, i'll clear your name. we could lie low. not good enough to say i'm too tough - we could lie low. kalamazoo was a grand old town until the sands of time came and broke it down. a city girl finds a place to hide in a grand old town that won't eat her alive. if it seems strange, i'll clear your name. we could lie low. not good enough to say i'm too tough - we could lie low. i know places you'll like a lot - change people to people they never thought. a city girl with a great big heart, come on, find a new place to start. if it seems strange, i'll clear your name. we could lie low. not good enough to say i'm too tough - we could lie low. this is a place where no one knows your face - we could lie low. every good friend knows how to start again. we could lie low.
Track Name: So Long
after she's gone, i cry one more tear - not for the way she left, but for the wasted year. all my bad luck comes from good ideas. thought i'd found the one; i'm still standing here. i've been stupid once. then i got lucky: i missed out, i lost my chance, now i'm alone. i've been strung along. everybody sings the best sad song they know; i say so long, and then i'm gone. someone said, "son, why you look so sad? you know how it hurts and you should be glad. all your good luck gets wasted on hanging around someone when you should be gone." why you looking? there's nobody here. you're too late; i cried all my tears. you've been so out of touch.
Track Name: Tangled
my one true darling, gone so far and i'm a man of regrets and sorry sighs. i take it all back - this time i mean that. and for my next act, i'll appear inside your life. we are tangled, tangled up in love. try to break free, but you're tangled up. don't ever think that i'm gone - you'll be wrong. from minnesota, to north dakota, through montana and northern idaho. come seattle, my car will rattle, choke and roll dying right up to your door. do you miss me? well come and get me. if you don't, i fill find you where you are. i've got pretty good eyes, and i'm not a bad guy. i need pretty people right here by my side.
Track Name: SXMW
there's a picture of you locked in my bedroom drawer from the last time we met back in 1984. you moved south to indiana with a pile of fake jewels from a man who never loved you half as much as i still do. we used to spend the summer nights up in traverse city. framed against the lake you sure looked pretty. i used to hitchhike from detroit to the western shore - meet you halfway from chicago out on 94. down south in indiana, kentucky blues will get you when you say: "i see you over the border; i wish my life was shorter." i passed up on you like a lie that turns out true. nothing's ever through that means so much. they should make it illegal - like bonnie and clyde - to love on the run, to love like you're gonna die. to be so fucked up by someone you're doomed to a life of mistakes and bad luck you can't lose.
Track Name: Cheap Wine & Nicotine
easy people: they fall in love, get along, and nothing goes wrong. i've been hungry, hard-hearted, lost, running from you now that you're gone. i'm living on cheap wine and nicotine between all the nightmares, these evil dreams. called you up in the middle of a living hell; i don't know why. save me. don't come back. i can't afford to fall in love. this little heart's not strong enough - strong enough to feel the pain. it feels strange, but don't come back - even if you feel so sad. sometimes you're gonna feel like that. hold it back. don't come apart like i do. save me. just don't come back. 1991 - you came to town, i fell in love and followed you 'round. now i get lost on a lonely street where i've got no-one to meet. i'm living on cheap wine and nicotine between all the nightmares - these evil dreams. called you up in the middle of a living hell. i love you but i'm not well. i've been a mess since you've been gone. regular people just move on. don't pick up the phone, don't even start. it's better when we're apart.
Track Name: Hard To Find
if i followed in your footsteps, would you never turn around? if i wrote you little letters, would you have moved to another town? if someone found the things we lost, would you be there to pick them up or not? would you be a friend of mine? i've been running down the year trying to find the reasons for your fear. i could not have been unkind - you were hard to find. amy, i've been feeling better, and i've been thinking long about the time we rode through stormy weather just to see the sun come out. this should be a sign to you of how much i am willing to go through just to make you feel alright. i've been running down the year trying to find the reasons for your fear. i could not have been unkind - you were hard to find.
Track Name: Bleeding Heart
hey there, heaven sent. tell me: where you been? our house was built on love before, and now you can't pay the rent. here i am, the fool, breaking my own rules. i gave my heart too many times to be hurting over you. you promised me much more but it seems like less. your reputation follows you, i guess. i'm not sure i can endure one more emergency. this bleeding heart, be gone - it's killing me. my oldest injury begins again to bleed. familiar feelings, bad ideas - how crazy can i be? gone to hell again; that must be where we've been. our house is going up in flames and I am burning out with it. the doctor says that i could use a rest. my situation failing all the tests. i'm not sure i can endure one more emergency. this bleeding heart be gone - it's killing me.
Track Name: Burned Out
we just sit home and watch tv. we believe everything we read. forget to talk before we sleep. we're too tired for lazy love. a good night kiss is one too much. your tender hands have lost their touch. my gentle heart is getting tough. when you cry, you know that i can see you're getting over me. burned out, the shadow of a shooting star. how'd we get this far? tonight i'll go out with the boys. we'll surround ourselves with noise. you and the girls can plan your lives - talk all night about mr. right. when you cry, you know that i can see you're getting over me. burned out, the shadow of a shooting star. how'd we get this far?