Vicious Waltz

by Bryan Dunn

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Darling, if you have to cry Just look into the camera eye We don't want to miss it Stay in focus, stay in frame We'll make sure they know your name But those people can be vicious And it's all who you know Just fall back onto the mat We have people who do that They've all signed a waiver Such a body, such a face You could be our saving grace The commission, the retainer And it's all who you know Someday, baby, you'll break their hearts But this is how everybody starts For now, just play along The singer, not the song And we all know the television's wrong Don't I know you? What was that, Evangeline? Why, whatever do you mean? It's all taken care of Just relax and have a drink We're not paying you to think And there's nothing to be scared of 'Cause it's all who you know Someday, baby, you'll break their hearts But this is how everybody starts For now, just play along The singer, not the song And we all know the television's wrong Don't I know you? Don't I know you? Darling, we need you to cry Please don't think to question why We're not trying to type you We made you into what you are A candy coated superstar But there's a thousand others like you And it's all who they know Someday, baby, they'll break your heart But this is how everybody starts For now, just play along The singer, not the song And we all know the television's wrong
Ordinary 03:34
The only crime That I call mine Is punk rock played in 3/4 time It's a vicious waltz that holds a candle to you But it was fun You and your gun My golden throat and silver tongue And the radio Will never know Another It was wonderful But you're so ordinary now A subtle fraud The wink and nod You just want someone to applaud And when you say love, you mean penetration A little wine And I was fine But when I looked I lost your mind Your sweet nothings and your idle threats of violence They all sound the same And you're so ordinary now I could have sold you as a brand new Jesus Christ Made a killing from the shoddy merchandise I want a Jesus with a Kung Fu Grip You've got it made With me betrayed But I'm still first in your parade When I turned around, no one followed after It's almost gone The right and wrong You sit and sing your murder songs You kill what you love so you can sing about it Do you love me now? You're so ordinary now
The neighborhood girls, they're young and they're pretty In a little dive bar to the east of the city And she whispers to me, "I think it's a pity Sometimes 'Cause nothing rings true in the noise and the laughter And those boys in the corner just reek of disaster" She slips out the door and I follow after To go And I know someday soon I'll find that tune It comes and it goes But she always knows My Emily Rose Now I've sung the songs of the saints and the sinners And the losers who tell you that we are all winners While scraping the bread off the floor for their dinners Tonight 'Cause nobody's perfect and nobody's sane They dream about money or power or fame But I only smile when she whispers my name In the morning And she just shines so bright In the cold, dead night She practically glows My love only grows For Emily Rose And I was in love once I guess I was I was a father, a brother A husband, a lover But when I'm with her it's just me The way it should be And I just wait so long For that one good song Speeds up and it slows With its uneven prose For Emily Rose
Ten Dollar Ring (free) 06:35
I came back to town for the wedding The last of the Stephenson brides The talk died down to a whisper when they let me inside I saw you there at the table You smiled and you waved your right hand Then they called for a toast and they all raised their glasses again. And there's a ten dollar ring on your finger There's a five dollar ring in my hand There's a ten dollar ring on your finger And that five dollar ring went back in my pocket again. I had to laugh when I saw you In that suit that you borrowed from John The pants are too short and the sleeves are a litte too long I had to smile but I tell you That I only wanted to cry As I sat at that table with somebody else at my side There's a ten dollar ring on my finger 'Cause you never asked for my hand There's a ten dollar ring on my finger 'Cause I never thought that I'd ever see you again No need to impress Just a second hand dress And something that's borrowed or blue It'd be all right If you didn't wear white As long as I'm there next to you I left right after the wedding And I didn't say anything Then I went to the river and I threw in that five dollar ring I looked for you the whole damn evening So much that I wanted to say But whenever I need you, baby, you just run away There's a ten dollar ring on my finger And you didn't even shake my hand There's a five dollar ring in the river And believe me, my darling, you'll never see me again
Here's your uniform now, son Here's your boots and here's your gun Here's your bonus and the form for next of kin Soldiers always pine For the sweethearts left behind Will I live to see my darling one again? Aura Lee, my Aura Lee She's seventeen years young But the boys from Baltimore Go off marching to the war With the ghost of Abe Lincoln From the shores of Tripoli To Japan and Germany Well, they send the faithful forward to the foe Ours is not to question why Ours is but to do and die And to leave behind an American widow Clementine, my Clementine I'll be home before too long We'll be waving old glory While we're marching to the sea With the ghost of Abe Lincoln They steal and lie with a patriot's cry My country, right or wrong But the price of the truth Is the flower of their youth And they sing that drinking song Well, they talk about the lord And his terrible swift sword All the boys are singing Glory Hallelu And they watch the morning sun Waiting for the hell to come Before the battle I was thinking most of you Mother dear, my mother dear God knows and loves his sons Will they say that we were brave When we're lying in the grave With the ghost of Abe Lincoln
It's 3 AM in southern California And I don't think I'll get much sleep tonight 'Cause there's a girl in the corner there With pink flowers in her hair And she smiles at me as she turns out the light Every time this happens I remember The dress you wore, gossamer and white And that timid smile for me I put my hand there on your knee And I laid you down on a warm September night I stole all these memories To turn them into art I think of you, South Dakota And the boy who broke your heart I spent 4 long years in New York City I told myself I had something to prove But the way I left that town Dead of night, the pedal down Was I running from myself or just from you? But I still keep a photograph Hidden up my sleeve A picture of you, South Dakota And the boy I used to be And everyone who knows me Has never even met me 'Cause I never mention you No, I never mention you Amy Now I'm somewhere on the road in Oklahoma I think I'll be there in Norman soon But every song tonight And every song I write They've always been my letters home to you And maybe you will hear them Someday on your radio A song of you, South Dakota And a boy you used to know
Hollow 06:44
You are in violet You have been drinking in the noise A little something for the boys And I am silent I do not stand out in a crowd I could never be that loud And I can't promise you tomorrow But I can offer you tonight So say hello And then tell me something I don't know It leaves us hollow You move in closer You come and whisper in my ear It's not that far from here And I am so sure That this is now and nothing more It's not what it was before 'Cause you can't give me my forgiveness But you can give me something else Tell me it's all right Everything's all right I swear I'll believe you now I am leaving Dressed for morning, dressed for night No candied hearts, no candlelight You are still sleeping Near all those pictures in their frames I will never know those names And I can't say I didn't want this I just needed something else
Two Shots 03:08
She's a bubble headed blonde with a beautiful body And a knack for looking good on print Sunglasses on and a pocket full of party Takes direction, but never the hint And this world revolves around her like some anorexic sun But I'll make a million dollars Two shots and I'm done Bang bang, baby Bang bang, baby, baby Bang bang, baby Bang I've been watching her all evening from the end of the bar I've seen her picture in a magazine I'm not really certain but I think she's a star And those look like expensive jeans But, hey, she's only human and we all need someone And that's what I'm going to tell her Two shots and I'm done Yes, I know you're pretty And, yes, I know you're rich But did the money change you Or were you always such a bitch? I'm the only one who loves her and who understands The kind of burden that she has to bear I thought that she would see me in the crowd of fans Because of something in the way I stare But she didn't seem to notice so I bought myself a gun And soon we'll be together Two shots and I'm done
Silver Line 04:31
I put you on a train Silver line 12:05 I feel sick and dirty I feel naked and alive Stepping in and out of the light In the eye of someone's satellite But I will love you no matter where you sleep tonight I am staring At the TV At the phone You don't have to say anything Just call me When you get home Breathe in once and turn away Cause I don't know what it is I could say But I will love you no matter where you wake today Baby, is there someone on your mind? Baby, it could be different this time And I will love you no matter if I call you mine I stepped on a train Silver line 12:05 I don't know how to find you But I know I have to try Stepping in and out of the light In the eye of someone's satellite But I will love you no matter where I sleep tonight Baby, is there someone on your mind? Baby, it could be different this time
Hailey Goodnight (free) 04:33
I found a picture of your mother in a little Austin bar I wonder if she'll mention me to you Her favorite red sweater, and the shape of a heart Everything she'll tell you is true But I never told her goodbye 'Cause I always thought there'd be time I can't make it right So turn out the light and Hailey, good night I didn't leave a number, but I dropped her a line I told her I'd be safe with a friend I talked to her brother a couple of times But I never heard from her again But in my dreams I can trace Every line I drew on her face I can't make it right So turn out the light and Hailey, good night And every time I see a rattle Girly pink or baby blue Well, I miss you The little girl I never knew I finally saw your picture from a mutual friend You've got your mother's old smile I was there at the beginning, now I've seen the end Girl, you're a beautiful child And as I walk down the line You're never far from my mind I can't make it right So turn out the light and Hailey, good night


released March 21, 2009

Bryan Dunn - vocals, guitars, words, music

The Convenients
Misty Boyce - keyboards & melodica
Jeremy Goldsmith - guitars
Emily Helming - electric bass & vocals
Andy Mac - vocals & piano
Drew McKeon - drums, percussion, & guitars
Jim McNamara - upright bass
Jennie Muoio - vocals
Su Walenta - percussion

John Atzberger - mandolin & banjo
David Cerequas - electric bass, vocals & harrassment
Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen - trombone
Lara Ewen - vocals on Ten Dollar Ring
David Luther - saxophone
Nick Ogawa - cello

Chorus on Hollow - Craig Chesler, Jesse Glendon, Mandi LeBlanc, Kelli Rae Powell, EH, DC & BD

Produced by Bryan Dunn & David Cerequas

Recorded at Cove City Sound Studios (engineered by Dan Hetzel and Jim Annunziato) & The Gallery Recording Studio (engineered by Brian Forbes)

Mastered by Richard Morris at Scott Hull Mastering

Photography & Design by Emily Rawlings

All songs copyright 2008, Born Too Late Music, BM


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