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Surreal McCoys Original Lyrics

Ten Dollar Hooker in a Five Dollar Town

She’s a ten dollar hooker
in a five dollar town
Nobody buys what she’s selling
When the streetlights gleam down

She shines like a diamond
But in this town made of coal
Nobody sees how she sparkles
From the depths of her soul

I’m a loneliness junkie
On a mission each day:
To escape from this place
Without running away

I’m alone in my window
While she’s alone on the street
Two lost souls in a lost town
Never destined to meet

      Ten dollar hooker
      Five dollar town
      It’s hard to stay up
      When they’re all pulling you down

      Ten dollar hooker
      Why can’t you see?
      The only one buying…
      Is me

She’s out in the open
But not out on display
It’s like she’s selling starvation
At a Vegas buffet

She’s getting no offers
But remains undeterred
As she sings me sweet love songs
Without saying a word

      Ten dollar hooker
      Five dollar town
      It’s hard to stay up
      When they’re all pulling you down

      Ten dollar hooker
      Why can’t you see?
      The only one buying…
      Is me

This town’s as hard on my liver
As it is on my heart
I’ve been stopped my whole life
Now I’m ready to start

Gonna get up from this window
Gonna run down those stairs
Gonna say "hey ten dollar hooker,
I’ve got twenties to spare"

      Ten dollar hooker
      Let’s leave this five dollar town
      Think how we’ll soar
      With no one pulling us down

      Ten dollar hooker
      I hope you can see
      The best things worth buying…
      Are free

Now she’s out of the streetlights
And we’re out of that town
The book noone would read
Is the book that I can’t put down

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The Bottle and The Gun

There’s a darkness deep in every man
That we struggle to keep hid
I was a sober and a peaceful man
When I got wind of what you did

But my temperance and tranquility
Turned dark with the setting sun
And I went looking for answers
In the bottle and the gun

Now I got a pistol full of love letters
And they’re all addressed to you
Revenge ain’t proper justice
But it’s gonna have to do

I hopped into my pickup
And headed South on Sixty-one
There was no one riding with me
But the bottle and the gun

      If it’d been one or the other
      I might’ve been alright
      But I thought of you as I mixed the two
      On a hot and moonless night

      As I held onto them tighter
      I knew what had to be done
      My path to retribution
      Was the bottle and the gun

When I found you in your parlor
I didn’t listen to your cries
This is just one of those situations
Where someone’s gonna have to die

I never had a second thought
As I ended what you’d begun
Because our fates had both been sealed
By the bottle and the gun

      If it’d been one or the other
      I might’ve been alright
      But I thought of you as I mixed the two
      On a hot and moonless night

      As I held onto them tighter
      Not believing what I’d done
      I entrusted my salvation to
      The bottle and the gun

I had two steps on the Sheriff
When I hopped that Norfolk Southern
With Jack Daniels in my left hand
A Smith & Wesson in the other

The Sheriff caught me at the border
And said "No longer will you run"
I said nobody is to blame sir
But the bottle and the gun

      If it’d been one or the other
      I might’ve been alright
      Wish I could undo mixing the two
      On that hot and moonless night

      Now I’m stuck here in this jail cell
      Mamas tell your sons
      They’ll never find redemption
      In the bottle and the gun

Wish I could walk a hundred highways
To escape what all went down
But every road I tracked would just lead me back
To the darkest edge of town

I wanna be freed from this prison
And put an end to what’s been done
So I pray for one last communion
With the bottle and the gun…
So I pray for one last communion
With the bottle and the gun

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The Velvet Rope of Your Heart

How bad do you want to be good?
Feels like we’ve been here before
How good does it feel to be bad?
Feels like I’m fighting a war

When you filled this part and broke free girl
You built this broken heart cathedral
But that’s not where I worship anymore…

Down, baby’s gotta go down
You’re not the mayor of my heart’s town
Won’t have my soul to kick around
Baby not anymore…

Up, baby’s gotta get up
I’m sick from drinking from your cup
Too much is never enough
Til baby’s sprawled on the floor…

Stuck in line
for too long in the dark
I just get stopped
every time that I start…
You let me in just enough to keep
From falling apart

I just could never ever work my past
The velvet rope of your heart

It’s one thing to learn the lesson
Must you miss the pain?
It’s one thing to fear the sun
But must you love the rain

Can’t substitute love for addiction
Can’t feed you truth when you’re starving for fiction
That’s just not part of my program anymore…

Down, baby’s gotta go down
You’re not the mayor of my heart’s town
Won’t have my soul to kick around
Baby not anymore…

Up, baby’s gotta get up
I’m sick from drinking from your cup
Too much is never enough
Til baby’s sprawled on the floor…

Stuck in line
for too long in the dark
I just get stopped
every time that I start…
You let me in just enough to keep
From falling apart

I just could never ever work my way past
The velvet rope of your heart

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House of Many Doors

I confused passion with caring
And violence with love
I mistook dark temptation
for the voice of God above

I stopped one heart from beating
and it unleashed a million tears
Now I pay for my transgressions
With the blood of passing years

   Through the window of my future
   My only view’s the past
   In this House of Many Doors
   Feel like I closed my last

   House of Many Doors
   House of Many Doors 

   So sorrow is my ceiling     
   As I walk these endless floors
   There’s no way of escaping
   The House of Many Doors 

Everyone around me
Sings the same familiar song
Not a single person in here
Has done anything wrong 

The doors are always closing here
And don’t leave room for doubt
I never let nobody in
Now no one’s gonna let me out 

   Through the window of my future
   My only view’s the past
   In this House of Many Doors
   Feel like I closed my last 

   House of Many Doors
   House of Many Doors 

   So sorrow is my ceiling     
   As I walk these endless floors
   There’s no way of escaping
   The House of Many Doors 

The colors of my memory
Have all been dulled to gray
Only relief I get is when I sleep
And try to dream this world away

In this mansion made of concrete
There is nothing but dejection
But in a soul that’s lined with mirrors
You can’t escape reflection

   Through the window of my future
   My only view’s the past
   In this House of Many Doors
   Feel like I closed my last

   House of Many Doors
   House of Many Doors

   So sorrow is my ceiling     
   As I walk these endless floors
   There’s no way of escaping
   The House of Many Doors

So I bide my time away
Waiting for that call…
When the House of Many Doors
Becomes a palace without walls

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Apportioning Blame

We’re just apportioning blame
Pretend we’re better on the outside
Stale love but fresh pain
And it’s been bringing me down, down, down. 

We’re just extinguishing flames
But we still smolder on the inside
Together only in name
How did we get this far down?

Baby it’s a long way
It’s a long, long, long way
Baby it’s a long way
It’s a long way down. 

Babe we took the wrong way
Somehow lost our own way
Babe we took the wrong way
Took the wrong way round… every time.

And time’s the cruelest currency
And it ain’t making change.
We go up to the window
and we make the best exchange.
We’ve been shuffling the deck
But the cards aren’t rearranged.
Sometimes I feel like the weakest link
In my own chain. 

We’re just determining fault
When it’s been over for a long time.
Unlock old secrets from the vault
It’s just bringing us down, down, down. 

Too late to take it all back
We’ve courted darkness for too long now.
Indifference is the new black
Better than being so down. 

Cuz babe it’s been a long way
Been a long, long, long way
Babe it’s been a long way

It’s a long way down.

Babe we took the wrong way
Somehow lost our own way
Babe we took the wrong way
Took the wrong way round… from the start. 

It’s too late for saving
And too soon for death.
If this was supposed to be so easy
Then why am I out of breath?
I’ve heard things have to fade away
So we can measure what is left.

Sometimes taking what you’re given
Feels like theft.

Cuz babe it’s been a long way
Been a long, long, long way
Babe it’s been a long way
It’s a long way down.

Babe we took the wrong way
Somehow lost our own way
Babe we took the wrong way
Took the wrong way round.

How did we get this far down? 

   Babe its been a long time comin’ now,
   But I still hate to see it end.

   If for a minute I could change the way
   It all went down,
   Then I would start it all over again.
   But since there ain’t no way we can ever go back,
   Ain’t no point in asking why.

   Ain’t nothing left to say to each other now,
   So it’s just time to say goodbye.

   Baby goodbye.

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Chasing Down Forever
(Postcard from a Drunk in the Vatican)

Down on my knees
And it’s not for nothing
I’ve been trying so hard
To Believe in something
That won’t fade away
I’d hate for someone
To see me this way 

Been drunk too long
On my own indifference
I came into this place
For a new deliverance
That may never come
I’m wondering just
What I’m running from 

   It’s hard to find any meaning
   In the depths of my own free-fall
   My soul’s in need of some kind of cleaning
   A long-time listener’s first-time call

      I feel like I’m faking
      Strung out too long
      It’s not my own heart
      I’ve been breaking
      I can’t take all the weight
      Of my own mistakes 

      I’m still shaking
      Been up all night long
      Like you, I’m so alone and forsaken
      Wish I could awaken
      Don’t think I could be that strong 

Slam on the brakes
To avert disaster
If morality’s what
You should feel good after
I just feel lost
Too little thrill
At too high a cost

One too many times
And no one’s believing
Feel like I’m transmitting
But no one’s receiving
Not anymore
I’m wondering just
What I came here for 

   So enthralled with my misbehavior
   Living like somebody else
   I’m searching for some kind of a savior
   For someone so messianic I can’t save myself

      I feel like I’m faking
      Strung out too long
      It’s not my own heart
      I’ve been breaking
      I can’t take all the weight
      Of my own mistakes

      I’m still shaking
      Been up all night long
      Like you, I’m so alone and forsaken
      Wish I could awaken
      Don’t think I could be that strong

And I hate to be one of those sinners
Who only prays when the darkness descends
Like an inmate who’s served his last dinner
We’re all dying to find out how this book’s gonna end

      I feel like I’m faking
      Strung out too long
      It’s not my own heart
      I’ve been breaking
      I can’t take all the weight
      Of my own mistakes

      I’m still shaking
      Been up all night long
      Like you, I’m so alone and forsaken
      Wish I could awaken
      Don’t think I could be that strong

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Strong to Quite Strong

Time will catch you baby, if you let it
Your appetite will fade, unless you whet it
Electrify your life, come here and get it
Said you want me to set you free, well don’t forget it

   You can keep drifting along
   Pretending its alright
   But I’m the thing that wakes you up
   In the middle of the night

   Your life is like a couch
   Just waiting to ignite
   If you really want excitement
   Then you better hold on tight…

   Hold on tight
   Well alright
   Alright

You tell me that your life’s become synthetic
And you’re on a quest for something more authentic
Let me introduce a new aesthetic
Now its time to limber up for calisthenics

   So if you want rescued in the night
   This is your chance to ride along
   Cuz if you wanna find your freedom
   First you gotta get real gone

   We’ll go so deep into the dark
   We’ll come out the other side of dawn
   Cuz what you’re drink’s too diluted
   So here’s a shot of something strong…

   To quite strong
   Well c’mon
   C’mon 

(Third verse, same as the first)

Time will catch you baby, if you let it
Your appetite will fade, unless you whet it
Electrify your life, come here and get it
Said you want me to set you free, well don’t forget it

   You can keep drifting along
   Pretending its alright
   But I’m the thing that wakes you up
   In the middle of the night

   Your like is like a spark
   Just waiting to ignite
   If you really want excitement
   Then you better hold on tight…

   Hold on tight
   Well alright
   Alright!

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Words to that Effect

If I heard it in a song
The words I wanna tell you
But I would get it wrong

If I tried to write it down
I just don’t have a sense
Of how to tell you how I’m feeling

My thoughts are too intense
To try to make it to the page

   Cuz I want
   And I need
   And I… love

   Or words to that effect
   Love letter to follow
   As soon as I connect
   The thoughts that float around my mind

   Words to that effect
   Not easy to swallow
   As soon as I collect
   The words I hate to leave behind

   Cuz I want
   And I need
   And I… love

I couldn’t have been more wrong
Before I ever found you
I tried to put it in a song
Before I learned your name

I heard it in my head
It’s subject to revision
I’ll underline in red
The parts I want to emphasize

   Cuz I want
   And I need
   And I… love

   Or words to that effect
   Love letter to follow
   As soon as I connect
   The thoughts that float around my mind

   Cuz I want
   And I need
   And I… love

   Or words to that effect
   Love letter to follow
   As soon as I connect
   The thoughts that float around my mind

   Words to that effect
   Not easy to swallow
   As soon as I collect
   The words I hate to leave behind

   Cuz I want
   And I need
   And I… love

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Reclaimed By the River

I Pulling out of town
Heard you were leaving
Still not believing
You could drift away

Someone should sit down
And make arrangements
But just what that meant
No one could bear to say

You told me not to
Lose sense of tomorrow
It’s okay to borrow
Against a better day

But that assumes
Tomorrow’s gonna be there
We don’t always take care
To take stock in today

   When I heard about
   the water overflowing
   Never thought it could wash away
   What might have been

   Til they told me you’d been
   Reclaimed by the river
   Just never figured
   I’d never see you
   Never see you
   Again

They say the flowing
Water can redeem you
Soothe, heal, and clean you
But I don’t feel that way

You said to never give up
On the good fight
Why choose black or white
With so many shades of gray?

   When I heard about
   the water overflowing
   Never thought it could wash away
   What might have been

   Til they told me you’d been
   Reclaimed by the river
   Just never figured
   I’d never see you
   Never see you
   Again

   It was an honor just to float
   A while here with you
   I sing those songs you taught me
   Every single day

   Some things must end so long
   Before they’re finished
   But can’t be diminished
   Traces wash away
   Wash away
   But still remain

   So sing us sweet songs
   Of the liberation
   Serenade us as we journey
   To the water’s edge

   We’ll be on the river bank
   If you should need us
   Come down and meet us
   We can sing our songs
   Sing our songs
   And dream

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Rosie Rose

She lies asleep so peaceful
Angelic and alone
I watch her chest lift up and down
With every beat I grow

Brown locks curve ’round her cheek
Lashes curl out and smile
Grabs you unexpectedly
Takes your breath; turns the dial

   So keep our hearts a-beatin’
   Rosie Rose
   Keep us dancing every night
   Until we go to sleep
   You make it all make sense
   Why we dove in way too deep
   Keep our hearts a-beatin’
   Rosie Rose

She don’t trust in her dream catcher
So she rents our king-size bed
Little ‘lectrode hands reach out for us
Peace of pillow ‘neath her head

Someday we’ll look behind us
At this early patch of thorns
See a bloom shoot from the darkness
Like the day Rosie Rose was born

   So keep our hearts a-beatin’
   Rosie Rose
   Keep us dancing every night
   Until we go to sleep
   You make it all make sense
   Why we dove in way too deep
   Keep our hearts a-beatin’
   Rosie Rose

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Is This a Private Fight (Or Can We All Join In?)

   Is This a Private Fight
   Or Can We All Join In?
   A jab and a cross
   And a hook to the chin

   A friendly old brawl
   Ain’t an occasion of sin
   Is This a Private Fight
   Or Can We All Join In?

Well me and my brothers
Will tip just a few
Bushmills and Jameson, Middleton, too
The laughter will flow
With the water of life
’til one of us insults
Another guy’s wife

   Is This a Private Fight
   Or Can We All Join In?
   A jab and a cross
   And a hook to the chin

   A friendly old brawl
   Ain’t an occasion of sin
   Is This a Private Fight
   Or Can We All Join In?

We’ll fight over Colleens
And Maureens and Megs
And Kellys and Kathleens
And Marys and Pegs
Fionas and Siobahns
And Mollys, of course
We’ll even throw hands
If she looks like a horse

   Is This a Private Fight
   Or Can We All Join In?
   A jab and a cross
   And a hook to the chin

   A friendly old brawl
   Ain’t an occasion of sin
   Is This a Private Fight
   Or Can We All Join In?

Now, you know we’re all really proud Americans
In fact, some of us aren’t even of Irish descent at all
(But we wanna be!)
But we’re no strangers to the bottle
And we’ve never been known to back down from a tussle
We just wanted to write a true Irish folk song
To pay tribute to our friends in the Pogues, Flogging Molly,
The Dropkick Murphys, and who else… the Waterboys
Anybody else?
(The Corrs)
The Corrs, those are fighting words!

   Is This a Private Fight
   Or Can We All Join In?
   A jab and a cross
   And a hook to the chin

   A friendly old brawl
   Ain’t an occasion of sin
   Is This a Private Fight
   Or Can We All Join In?

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Eddie Was a Towel Man

Fat Eddie worked at The Rock
Handing out the towels
And never punched a clock
Did they have to pay him?
We may never know
Eddie kept his mouth shut
And just enjoyed the show

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie
Did you ever find?
Whatever you were looking for
When you stood behind?

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie
Were you self-aware?
The boy parade, you had it made
And you just had to stare

   Did you ever find?
   Did you lose your mind?
   Oh Eddie’s longing gaze
   Was it just a phase?

Eddie wanted you
And Eddie wanted me
And Eddie always dreamed
Of being brought down to his knees

Eddie folded towels
And handed out the trunks
I never heard where Eddie went
I bet he’s eyeing junk

   Did you ever find?
   Did you lose your mind?
   Oh Eddie’s longing gaze
   Was it just a phase?

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie
Eddie was a towel man
Eddie, Eddie, Eddie
Eddie was a towel man
Eddie, Eddie, Eddie
Eddie was a towel man
Eddie was a towel folding man

   Did you ever find?
   Did you lose your mind?
   Oh Eddie’s longing gaze
   Was it just a phase?

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie
Eddie was a towel man
Eddie, Eddie, Eddie
Eddie was a towel man
Eddie, Eddie, Eddie
Eddie was a towel man
Eddie was a towel folding man

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Brown Demon

My dehydration
I can feel it in my bones
Need a glass of something special
When I start to drink alone

Jameson and Guinness
Seem to move my day along
They keep my hands preoccupied
They keep my liver strong

   How ’bout another nip?
   No money for a tip
   Just a little sip

Six doubles later
And my day is moving fast
As I stare down at the bottom
Of the ice cubes in my glass

I have to have another
Before I have to hit the door
Cuz my tab has been extended
To allow another pour

   How ’bout another nip?
   No money for a tip
   Just a little sip

Barkeep gives me credit
And lays out another round
I like on the rocks, you know
I like it nice and brown

Keep the tab wide open
Keep the demon in my glass
I’ll deal with her tomorrow
Cuz tonight I’m getting trashed

I’m out of money a
And the sun is nearly set
When or if I make it home tonight
Is not a solid bet

You know that you can’t blame me
When I drink after it’s dark
My love of the brown demon’s
Gonna tear my life apart

My dehydration
I can feel it in my bones
Need a glass of something special
When I start to drink alone

Jameson and Guinness
Seem to move my day along
They keep my hands preoccupied
They keep my liver strong

   How ’bout another nip?
   No money for a tip
   Just a little sip

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Ready, Amy, Fire

"Now here’s a song about another one of the women in Gator’s life…"
Amy (Talk to the Hand Job)

You made Gator shed a tear
The pictures on your MySpace page
Said instant fun, just add beer
But you ran off with a guy half my age

Ready… Amy… fire!
Fire a shot straight through my heart
You knew that I made plans for you
But tonight we are apart

Even Elvis wrote to you
I was jealous of that bear
I wanted you to be in my crew
But you ran off to fuck-knows-where

Ready… Amy… fire!
Fire a shot straight through my heart
You knew that I made plans for you
But tonight we are apart

I hadn’t even made it to first base
When you threw it in my face

(guitar solo)

You made six grown men sob
When you went so far away
You gave me a talk-to-the-hand job
When I came out here to play

Ready… Amy… fire!
Fire a shot straight through my heart
You knew that I made plans for you
But tonight we are apart

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All Bodies Rise!

All bodies rise!
Snap into position.
Life goes by too fast
to pretend you’re not on a mission.
It’s time to band together,
This is fusion more than fission.
All bodies rise!
Put the key in the ignition!

One, two, three four.

All bodies rise!
Life comes at you faster.
Channel all your anger,
Redirect disaster.
Keep your hands upon the throttle
til the servant is the master.
All bodies Rise!
It’s time to peel off all the plaster!

Eins, zwei, drei, vier.

   All bodies rise!
   Don’t cede control.
   Feel the power rise up
   From the furnace of your soul.
   All bodies rise!
   The movement’s gaining traction.
   Wake up from your sleep,
   This is a punk rock call to action!

Hey-ho-let’s-go!

All bodies rise!
Enlist in the Resistance
Strive for something higher
Than a button-down existence
Don’t be imprisoned by your fears
Seize power through persistence
All bodies rise!
Converge and howl across the distance!

All bodies rise!
Uniting to divide
Destroy til you create and
Let subversion be your guide
Rage according to your needs
Don’t let the urgency subside
All bodies Rise!
Bring down the system from inside!

One, two, three, four.

   All bodies rise!
   Don’t cede control.
   Feel the power rise up
   From the furnace of your soul.
   All bodies rise!
   The movement’s gaining traction.
   Wake up from your sleep,
   This is a punk rock call to action!