Blues Like Sandpaper | Rocksteady Like Dirt

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BLUES LIKE SANDPAPER | ROCKSTEADY LIKE DIRT
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This album was recorded in a marathon session in March 2013 at the Steady Rock Easy-Groove Factory in LA with the brilliant production and musical accompaniment of Joseph Quinones and Sammy Kay. Essentially we camped out in the studio, chilled with Sammy & The Delirians and worked really hard to make a good record in 10 days.

Mastered by King Django at Version City Studio in New Brunswick, NJ.

Crowd funded through Big Tunes with the support of our friends, family, and fans.

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released 13 May 2014

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Curtis Irie: Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Harmonica

Morgan Smith: Drums, Vocals

Joe Quinones: Bass, Vocals, Trumpet, Trombone, Sax, Percussion, Production

Sammy Kay: Vocals, Bottles, Drunk Girl, Production

Anthony Medina: Organ

Esteban "Junior" Flores: Piano

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Track Name: Soul Vending
Eat when we're hungry drink when we're dry
If this whiskey don't kill us we live 'til we die

Eat when we're hungry drink when we're dry
If this whiskey don't kill us we live 'til we die
Walk over water sink like a stone
You live without love then you die all alone

Run for cover cause we're coming for you
Business men if your monkey suit
We got blues like sandpaper
Rocksteady like dirt

And we gonna
Shake you down
Shake you down
And we gonna
Take you down alright

And out in the street
They're vending soul out the speakers and moving to the beat
Here's hoping somebody can find a way outta here

There's people out there
Singing tunes you can here up in the stratosphere
Singing if only I can make it through the night
Keep that candle burning bright

Keep the lantern bright
Keep food upon the table
Shape it well tonight
As well as you are able

Shake you down
Shake you down
Take you down
Take you down

Eat when we're hungry drink when we're dry
If this whiskey don't kill us we live 'til we die
Walk over water sink like a stone
You live without love then you die all alone
Track Name: Who
Do you remember
Our time together
I do my best to forget

Your sweet words, they fall out of the sky
Make puddles with my pain
I forgot you

I don't see your smile
I won't remember the truth
I can't recall your expression
When you said we're through

I don't hear you calling out
My name like you used to
Who
I forgot you cause I had to

Built up these walls of stone
Burnt the bridges by which we used to rome
Now I am left to regret

Our love was weak
Oh I believed it was strong
Your photograph and memory fade
So I can move on

I forgot you cause I had to

I don't see your smile
I won't remember the truth
I can't recall your expression
When you said we're through

I don't hear you calling out
My name like you used to
Who
I forgot you cause I had to

Stuck in this misery
Cursed by your memory
Stuck in this misery
So fucking lonely
Track Name: Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a lady convinced she's invisible
She was told a tale retold it 'til she grew old
She practice whispering and standing in place
She ties her shoes together tends to fall flat on her face

Backyard arguments, lonely nights, a distant lover
These are just a few things she come to discover
These days are hazy, the afternoon grey
Smokey evening yellow and subsistence blasé

Now she can fly, soar drunk and insane
No she don't mind, no it keeps down the pain

We meet in private ever quietly commiserate
Eyes implore for more her red dress fall to the floor
We talk awkwardly once in a while
I can swear one time I even seen her smile

Now there she goes
Her books are filled with empty pages, silver screens
And several stages
Don't worry it's all in her brain

Portrait of a lady convinced she's invisible
Told a fairy tale retold it till she grew old
She argues with the clock ignores him for days
He'll come creeping from behind, show you the error in your ways
Track Name: Machines (Here I Am)
Here I am
Wherever you are
Take a ticket there's the train
Keep me in your heart

No don't worry
I'll always be around
These machines
Keep on breaking down

Let these words
Hold you tight
Stay here with me
At least 'till morning light

No don't worry
We'll always be found
These machines
Keep on breaking down

Here I am
Wherever you are
Please stay here with me
And keep me in your hear

No don't worry
We'll always be around
These machines
Keep on breaking down

They keep on breaking
You keep on breaking...
Track Name: Oregon Blues
Cynical mind can't leave you behind
You entertain my misery
Between Scylla and Charybdis I lie
My body floating all across the sea
You know I can't concentrate
With them sirens hollering at me

Donate my time to whiskey and wine
Reside in my house of cards
Joker's laughing at me and I can't blame him
Cause he saw me sleeping in the park
Oregon wind a blowing
In my boat without a sail to embark

Oh prudence I left you
Oh what am I to do
No place to hang my hat
I sit and cry and sing I'm blue
I come down here all the time
Swear I used to know just why
Track Name: Good On Paper
I'm gonna find my way
This day will lead us back home
Scaffolding in this building
The roots that grow under the tree that you don't see

Confirmation was lost in the mail
Let the rudies outta jail
If you stand far enough away
Then everything looks great

Corner ads of war and hate
In the newspaper today

It only looks good on paper
They tell me it's only human nature
What's the proper nomenclature
Our information cooked with MSG

Inherently corrupt
This mountain will erupt

I'm gonna find my way
This day will lead us back home
Scaffolding in this building
The roots that grow under the tree that you don't see

I'm headed toward the Delta
Tallahatchie County Mississippi

At the gates of our fate laugh and watch the future explode

For all you know you know nothing
Track Name: There Goes the Neighborhood
Don't look now they're on your street
There goes the neighborhood another dead beat
Grab my gun and phone police
Shoot first ask questions later that's our policy

It's the color of your skin
The clothes you're wearing
The stench of hope protruding
In the air you breath in

It's your choice of melody
F# to C
Consider me your enemy
And love your TV

Wage a war
Don't come knocking down my door
Your crass reply
I'm not the problem now am I?
Track Name: What's a Matter
You say you're feeling under the whether
Though last night it seemed, oh so clever
And now you're wondering why the lights they're so bright
You're feeling so blue
So darling, what's a matter with you?

You say you're the queen of the hour
Like your drink, the night, it just went sour
I know you love having fun but you're sleeping in the gutter
Pick yourself up, go home, and recover
Oh darling, what's a matter with you?

So you say you're feeling under the whether
But last night, oh it seemed, oh so clever
Now your wondering why
The lights are so bright
You're feeling so blue
Darling tell me, what's a matter with you?
Track Name: Smoke Signals
It's over and done
We lost the war and they won
Now I'm sending up smoke signals
Hoping Someone will respond

Over and done
We lost the war and they won
Now I'm sending up smoke signals
Hoping Someone will respond

Oh this palace is in shambles
Communications are scrambled
Peasants hardly talk
While the clergy they ramble

Dark days
Poetic Shades of grey
Anomalies defy the reason
Excuses become easier to say

Suburban sprawl
Made this all into a ghetto
Bald headed western way
Ripped out the roots
While digging out our graves

Mayday
All systems overload
Scuttled your own ship
And like a good captain
You're going down with it

Blame it all on the man
He cursed me with adversity
So I'll be tendering my resignation
Is that all you can stand today?

It's over and done
We lost the war and they won
Now I'm sending up smoke signals
Hoping Someone will respond

Over and done
We lost the war and they won
Now I'm sending up smoke signals
Track Name: Hours
I can listen to you for hours
Lying in a bed of flowers
I can talk to you for hours

Distance hates connection
And all of my cliches
Display my affection

Listen to you for hours
Sing along in the shower
I can lay with you for hours

Time so short
Days seem long
And they are ours

I can listen to you for hours
Lying in a bed of flowers
I can stay with you for hours

Distance hates connection
And all of my cliches
Could not display my affection

I could listen to you for hours
Sing along in the shower
I can lay with you for hours
I can stay with you for hours

Time so short
Days seem long