Sugar Gas

by Scotty Houston

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1.
02:29
Summer's fall-y days And we're sipping the heat It seems like a dream But I'm back on the green again If and or putt Heat on my flat feet Don't ask me to breathe when I'm standing next to her 'cause my breath's been blown away I can hardly believe it, I took my best shot It was a lucky one Got a hole in one (hole in one) Now I’m up off the bench Feeling strong in the knees And we're birding the bees (hole in one) Blowing smoother than Mangione Like the wind flows through the leaves I can't knock enough wood, ‘cause what she's given me is lifeline heart reprieve I can hardly believe it, took my best shot It was a lucky one Got a hole in one Don't ask me to breathe when I'm sitting next to her 'cause my breath's been blown away I can hardly believe it, took my best shot It was a lucky one Got a hole in one (hole in one) Don't ask me to breathe (hole in one) Don't ask me to breathe (hole in one) Don't ask me to
2.
03:18
Did you walk alone, Or did you call a ride? The sheets are shadows on the bed You didn’t leave a note, but you know I understand This Toffee knows you love the Reds Every time you hurt, you hide (Mersey on your side) Every time you run, you go wide Everton Things have changed a lot since 1989 I know you lost, I know you lost. We all lost. Through the years we cried for justice to be done Our scarves tied tight 'cross Stanley Park Every time it rains, you see storms (I’m right here at your side) Every time you call, I’ll lift you in my arms Everton When you walk through the wind When you walk through the rain When the storm has passed My love for you will remain I’ll sing it at your side For all the hope in your heart Never turn my back Even for a lark
3.
We had a long while to go Driving north from Morro Bay Past the dunes at San Simeon The coarse grasses smelled of salty hay I wondered if you’d heard me Sometimes I can’t tell So lost in the rivers (the rivers) We let it seep in, let it seep in Ol' Diamond was singing 'Sung Blue or was it "touching me, touching you" We basked behind windshield delightsun In circulove amplification I wondered if I’d heard you Sometimes I can’t tell I get lost in the rivers (in the rivers, the rivers) We let it seep in, let it sleep in Over and over through the coves and the clovers the inlets, bell curve of enthral Lost in the rivers, we let it seep in Let it seep in
4.
02:53
Our days hang hours by string Stuck here in this clover road go-round When I feel your cold, hard hand on my back I think back to when we used to gain some ground... And then we lost it Our photographs now faded by the sun Then the rain came and turned everything to junk You said we didn’t need it but I’m sorry that I promised you pure fortune These gods will have their way Vesuvius is glowing from the west Running past graffiti on the Via Consolare I think back to when we used to be our best... And then we lost it Our running lungs are hung up on the ash The heat has turned our flurry thoughts to glass You said we didn’t need it but I’m sorry that I promised you pure fortune Dig it up, dig it up Pure fortune
5.
You checked the locks made sure to stove was off grabbed your tickets to the end of the world And you make me feel it And you make me feel like you do These days are, these days are... We lived the peak Enjoyed our lives down at the beach We made out to Sinatra and we danced ironically to Creep And you made me feel it And you made me feel like you do These days are gone (we heard about it, laughed about it) These days are done (we read about it, how we doubted it) You got Darling Dentyne with you on the mic To play on your fear and solicit your likes Using rhythm and rhyme to bounce off the wall Irony and whine for my booty call So yalla, scoot on over to my site To like my post, haste gets me high While I keep jetting from coast to coast You and I are nothing but toast These days are, these days are... Bomb These days are gone (we heard about it, laughed about it) These days are done (we read about it, how we doubted it)
6.
Hello old friend Remember the days, remember the days My Arrow and I Taking the high road, everyone knows The smell of your head The smack of your landings On the jump from my arms In the stripe of your branding Your weight on my knee The wind on the whisk There were so many times that we spent like this Please don't send me that link about the fucking Rainbow Bridge Yeah ‘cause I know how it’s going to feel when we wake up tomorrow Sunday was good, Monday was fine, Tuesday was fine too But Wednesday was broken Sudden nothing we could do Your last cry Your last run Your last chase Your last lay-in-the-sun The darkness you hid That lay undetected Last one in line but the first one selected Please don't send me that link about that fucking Rainbow Bridge I can’t read that bit where you’re whole and strong again Or the part about reunion that’s both comforting and maudlin Yeah ‘cause I know how it’s going to feel when we wake up tomorrow
7.
The time that we met I cannot forget it You wont let me forget I spelled espresso with an x Genevieve was a monster It had been demon-strated She went out the window Left me her widow Lady Ecks And the time that you said You couldn't sing without a song That left me chewing on it... She followed me home Bugged my daily by telephone She’s so hard to lose when clouds relent to bluest hues Tied up in a tightrope per my dope horrorscope hope We washed up for hours on shores that smelled of English flowers And the time that you said You couldn't sing without this song That left me chewing on it: A lavender sandwich
8.
02:10
Have you ever leaned into the sway? Your feet stay rooted but your limbs blow every way I’m just a tree and this is how I’m gonna bend Feeling all wind the spin the rain rain (sway) rain (sway) Holding out a branch and feeling pull There’s something dangling but it doesn’t feel like wood Creaking like the birds that used to make my sunny day Feeling all wind the spin the rain rain (sway) rain (sway)
9.
She's got the hands of an architect She's gonna clean things up around here She wears the halo Madonna Dropping down the truth direct-to-ear Knocking on the doors of billionaires (knock knock knock) A new wind is going to blow in that’s so strong it’s gonna part your hair She's got the heart of a fighter One-two-three you’re down, it’s TKO She's got the paws of a panther Watch your back you sick pup CEOs (yeah TKO) You think we’re all a bunch of schnooks Now we’re gonna bring you ‘round and un-cook all your crooked-up books (She's got) Hands of an Architect We squandered our chances, now the day’s getting long The clean-up after the party is the work of the strong She's got the eyes of a realtor Poor Roseanne is drowning in her beer Ro can tell you to go home But we all know your home is with us here Time for you to wake up, cuz. It’s real. Got to get to work now ‘cause we’re working on the Green New Deal We’ve waited a long time, so long my heart breaks Spin the the table completely around, stuff the rich full of cake (She's got) Hands of an Architect
10.
01:55
What goes up (keeps going up) What goes up (keeps going up) What goes up (keeps going up) What goes round (keeps going 'round) What goes round (keeps going 'round) What goes round (keeps going 'round) The rules cannot enforce you You're the hammer, not the nail They'll try to punch you down until you fail But you can't fail What goes up (keeps going up) What goes up (keeps going up) What goes up (keeps going up) Turn that frown (upside down) Lift that bail (kick that clown) Whippoorwill don't make a sound Your phone may try to haunt you If hail just one more ride They'll pin you to a map until you die Will your data die?
11.
03:35
If you could wish for anything, what would you wish for: A phone call from a lost friend? Or to settle up a score? Or is right now just perfect for you, have you never lost a thing? Temper me like glass and make me stronger than before Clearer than a cloudy day and muscled like a charlie horse Holding your finger down on the bow, have you never lost the string? Take a little time off If you could wish for anything, what would you wish for: A letter in the mailbox? Or a do-over for waging war? Empty your pockets, give it a rest. Have you never failed the test? I wish that there were no goodbyes, I wish that no one ever died I wish that we could get together, not today, but not not-ever Wish I could dance with you Wish I could dance with you! Take a little time off Take it easy on yourself

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Made at ChezFly 2019/20.

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released February 28, 2020

All songs by Scotty Houston, except for "These Days Are (Bomb)" rap by Lady X.

Recorded with the generous assistance of the following musicians:

Hole in One:
Glen MacArthur, lead guitar

Everton:
Val Esway, vocals

These Days are (Bomb):
Susie Davis, Aislinn Quicksilver Harvey, Lady X, vocals
Guy Capecelatro, groovy guitar

Lavender Sandwich:
Danny Allen, backing vocals and guitar solos
Guy Capecelatro, backing vocals

Sway:
Bernie Jungle, guitar solos

Hands of an Architect:
Berge Thomasian, guitar solos
Exclaimers: Danny Allen, Val Esway, Lady X

What Goes Up:
Guy Capecelatro, vocals

Wish:
Lalalallers: Danny Allen, Guy Capecelatro, Susie Davis, Marc Mowrey, Lady X

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“In the dark times. Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.”

- Bertolt Brecht

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