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by Billy Simons

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released November 21, 2009

all songs written by Billy Simons copyright 2009

produced by David Stillman and Billy Simons
recorded by David Stillman and Keller Glass at
the academy | recording studio, suffield, CT

mixed by Steve Addabbo at shelter island sound, new york, NY

mastered by Chris Athens at sterling sound, new york, NY

Billy Simons vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
David Stillman electric guitars, piano, organ, bass (tracks 2, 3, 8)
Graham Maby bass (tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Dan Matchett drums and percussion
Richie Cannata saxophone
Scott Hiestand pedal steel guitar
Pam Autuori additional vocals
Steve Addabbo tambourine

photography Mike Falco

management Jared Shahid (billysimonsMGMT@gmail.com)

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Track Name: Alive
I find lately I can't help but think about
What's on my mind and under my nose
It's like summertime it comes around again
Sunshine stripping off them clothes

In these times, maybe baby I just want to be
Outside, day or night whenever
It's right to live a life a life so lovely
All my, all my friends together

But I can't tell you what's gonna happen
Or what you oughta do
Cause this can't last forever
And you ain't no fool

Oh no, there you go again needing reasons
Oh no, let it go and just live your life
Oh no, there you go again breathe out no no breath in
So long as you do well you know you're alive

So hold high every glass of everything you drink tonight
and toast to your friends
It's like nothing else can really satisfy just right
when this party ends

BUt I can't tell you what's gonna happen
I wouldn't have a clue
Just look at your reflection
You'll know what to do

Oh no, there you go again needing reasons
Oh no, let it go and just live your life
Oh no, there you go again breathe out no no breath in
So long as you do well you know you're alive

No pepper for my rhymes you know the summer is the season
For pleasing this sensation patience is free and
Why would you wanna mess with that
Like asking for a heart attack
Or begging to back to occupation from vacation
No changing the station the party is raging
A formal declaration of you total emancipation
Oh why now, don't try now it's salt if you look back
and laughing at harder days we played relax and baby kick back
the knicknacks you're collecting, allocating and disecting
Ain't collecting anything I'll give you something worth perfecting
Like singing and dancing and laughing and playing
And bringing the words to all that I'm saying
Lately I'm praying that this summer's staying

Oh no, there you go again needing reasons
Oh no, let it go and just live your life
Oh no, there you go again breathe out no no breath in
So long as you do well you know you're alive
Track Name: Hello, My Name Is Arthur
Why hello, my name is Arthur I grew up on the street where you live
I’m the kid from all your classes with the greasy hair and glasses
The one nobody wanted to play with
And I never had to many friends
And I, I play first chair clarinet

All my memories from the playground always waiting for a beatdown
You really packed a lot in the punch
You know I always found it funny how you said it was for money
But you knew my mama packed all my lunch

And for years now
I’ve been planning my revenge
It’s time to tell you how
This is happening

I knew you’d be surprised
I can see it in your eyes
I, I’m sleeping with your wife

Well hello, my name is Arthur I’m a partner at the firm where she works
She has been my secretary from the very first day that she transferred
And she once told me that you just can’t communicate
And she’s not lying when she says she’s working late

And two weeks ago
You weren’t around then
I came over
We used your bed

I knew you’d be surprised
I can see it in your eyes
I, I’m sleeping with your wife

I worked so hard back then so you and your whole clan
Could copy all my homework and quickly turn it in
You taught me well back then ‘bout the proper ways to cheat
And now you know why all of your children they all look like me

I knew you’d be surprised
I can see it in your eyes
I, I’m sleeping with your wife
Track Name: Borrowing Arrows
I’m ripping out the stitches from my body
And tearing wounds that I hope will never heal
And writing down the way to tell this story
Of how the war was fought
And how the scars feel

I’m counting down the hours til tomorrow
And thinking up a way to let you know
That you might feel a sting before surrender
And then you’ll understand you’re losing all control


Cause I’m borrowing arrows from my enemies
Standing right in front of me
On this lonely shore
And I’m borrowing arrows from my enemies
Firing almost endlessly
On this holy war

And running won’t protect you from this army
Oh and hiding seems to always slow you down
You’re covering your tracks while setting fire to your past
You think you won’t get burned
You think you won’t be found

Cause I’m borrowing arrows from my enemies
Standing right in front of me
On this lonely shore
And I’m borrowing arrows from my enemies
Firing almost endlessly
On this holy war

Put your hands up put your shield down put your hands up
Put your hands up put your shield down, put your hands, put your hands

Cause I’m borrowing arrows from my enemies
Standing right in front of me
On this lonely shore
And I’m borrowing arrows from my enemies
Firing almost endlessly
On this holy war
Track Name: Mix & Match America
We live in a crazy new nation and we're afraid of limitations
So we changing the station with any mention of abrasion
The occasion is rare to see a show with rehearsals
Where the characters are wearing shirts that don't promote commercials
For buying a burger, a beer, and a coffee
The man and his plan, oh tell me where does he get off of me
He's making me a promise he can never deliver
And almost every time I'm feeling fine I cannot help but shiver, going

Oo-oo, getting it all back together now
Oo-oo, getting it all back together now
Oo-oo, getting it all back together now
Oo-oo, getting it all back together now

Well little Tommy on the block he is only 13
But he's believing every word that he's been reading in a magazine
Diminishing while finishing his supersized Pepsi
Got vitamins, no saccharine, that means that it's healthy

Don't point your finger at me
Don't point your finger at me, no
You see the whole human is fine with second to last place
Breaking your neck just enough to save face
Tooth for a tooth, you got an eye for an eye
So we can blindly chew with our gums, the burgers and fries

Oo-oo, getting it all back together now
Oo-oo, I said we're getting it all back together now
Oo-oo, I said we're getting it all back together now
Oo-oo, getting it all back together now

I don't want to tell y'all what to do
That would make my demonstration rude
I don't mean to lean on you and preach
I'm just trying to make you reach a little farther

But now we're mixing and matching, quickly fixing and patching, catching America
Barely American
Mixing and matching, quickly fixing and patching, catching America
Barely American
Mixing and matching, quickly fixing and patching, catching America
Barely American
Track Name: Two Ships
Somewhere out there in the darkness
Two ships on the sea
Underneath Orion
Waiting patiently
Passing by at midnight
Could mean anything
The path along this journey
Changes every day

And one moment of hesitation
Could change their destination

Because it's raining outside don't make this a sign from God
Cause your knuckles are white that don't mean that it's right to hang on
Because you gave her your love that don't mean that it's all that you've got
I just wish you could see
This is more than being lonely

And maybe one takes it for granted
And one is sure it's fate
Both know the answers
Always come to late

But these winds and this weather
Have brought these two together

Because it's raining outside don't make this a sign from God
Cause your knuckles are white that don't mean that it's right to hang on
Because you gave her your love that don't mean that it's all that you've got
I just wish you could see
This is more than being lonely
Track Name: Mother Goose
Jack had something special that he wanted to show Jill
It's getting late, but this can't wait
I say it's up on Blueberry Hill
But Jill was the type to go with older boys in town
So Jack got fresh and Jill got pissed
And she broke that sucker's crown

What's the moral of the story
What's the moral of the story
What's the moral of the story
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Rub a dub, a rubber ducky, sitting in a tub
With the butcher and the bakerman and then there's on I can't think of
Now maybe they were trying just to keep expenses down
But that is not the story they've been spreading through the town

What's the moral of the story
What's the moral of the story
What's the moral of the story
Mm mm mm

Mr. and Mrs. Dumpty they've got a son I think you've met
They went and named him Humpty so you never could forget
Well just like that poor reindeer all the children called him names
Kids can be so cruel when you don't look and act the same
Now I don't mean to make a joke where one deserves respect
But look and see, the story never says he was an egg

What's the moral of the story
What's the moral of the story
What's the moral of the story
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If you need explanations
For what you read in the paper every day
Just a mental vacation
Mother Goose is just a page away
Track Name: Backseat
Revving it up, start your engines
You hear her call your name out in the dark
Got the key in your ignition
Sliding across the leather, moving faster
Still in park

Shifting in to high gear and taking this to red

Get in the backseat of my car
I'm gonna show you what you are
Taking the corners a little harder every time
I'm gonna show you what to do
Unbuckle me and let me loose
Breaking the limits as we both slip into drive

And testing limitations
And throwing her in neutral cause I know it's her first ride
And burning lubrication
Contracting on the out, expanding on the inside

Get in the backseat of my car
I'm gonna show you what you are
Taking the corners a little harder every time
I'm gonna show you what to do
Unbuckle me and let me loose
Breaking the limits as we both slip into drive

Trembling to a standstill
You hear her purring underneath the hood
And tapping the accelerator
Slowly, barely nudging as the carburetor floods

Get in the backseat of my car
I'm gonna show you what you are
Taking the corners a little harder every time
I'm gonna show you what to do
Unbuckle me and let me loose
Breaking the limits as we both slip into drive
Track Name: Biography
Collections of time and pages from paperback lives
That turn in the blink of an eye
And you don't have time to decide

The moments we try to capture on kodachrome slides
The photographs holding those times
That bookend the chapters we live
And those that we write

We all try to write the biography
That we'd like to read and believe
Is real life and not just some fantasy
Sci-fi yeah you watch on tv

And all you let go for reasons you can't understand
You trade in the young for the old
And nothing quite goes like you'd planned

Oh collections of words we modify into a verse
And masquerade lives that we curse
You tell yourself "sure this ain't great,
but it could be worse"

We all try to write the biography
That we'd like to read and believe
Is real life and not just some fantasy
Sci-fi yeah you watch on tv

But you know what it's like when your mind goes on strike
And life may as well pass you by
And routines form circles that turn into hurdles
That turn into zeroes you're leaving behind

We all try to write the biography
That we'd like to read and believe
Is real life and not just some fantasy
Sci-fi yeah you watch on tv
We all try to write the biography
That we'd like to know as our own
And rewrite the pages of history
Or we might go out unknown
Track Name: Get Along
Well maybe you said them things that people told me you were saying
Been sneaking them lines between the times that we were troublemaking
And maybe I crossed the line too many times especially lately
But who would’ve known that we’d have grown apart so wide? Maybe I did

Now all of them sticks and all them stones that you’ve been throwing at me
They're making it hard to walk a friendly line each time I’m ready
So sit for a moment, listen careful while I say this to you
We could just walk away today or there is something we could do

Yeah maybe we could try to get along
Maybe we could try to get along
Maybe we could try to get along

Remember the days that we would play round in the summertime
I’d go to your house on some days some days you would go to mine
Who could forget the days that turned to night and back to morning
Where did they go, how could we know without a single warning…how?

All of them greens in all the trees I should’ve have realized
The way that they change when the fall come should have been my advice
Well people grow cold the older they get when they lose their color
I lost the summer to the winter I can’t lose another friend

So maybe we can try to get along
Maybe we could try to get along
Maybe we could try to get along

Maybe it's not too late
I still think we have time
And lord knows I've got faith
If you need trust well you've got mine oh mine

So maybe we could try to get along
Track Name: Good Enough
At 17 he packed his bags and never left a note for dad
A word was hardly mentioned of his plans
And some will say it's just his way
Of handling a fall from grace
But I still think he left it all to chance

And guided by a waning moon he disappeared behind tattoos
While telephone connections disengaged
The walk of life continued on
A fair but uphill marathon
We made facts for questions that remained

Well this is what we've got oh
is it good enough to be a part of us
If you live long enough then you will learn
To love the life you're living
Is it good enough
Oh are you strong enough to
Love what you could otherwise ignore
Cause that's what hearts are for

And in between the bars he tended
A son becomes a husband to a wife
And black and whites from photobooths
They tell less and less about the truth
The stories never changed throughout my life

Well this is what we've got oh
is it good enough to be a part of us
If you live long enough then you will learn
To love the life you're living
Is it good enough
Oh are you strong enough to
Love what you could otherwise ignore
Cause that's what hearts are for

And you can tell a man a lot of things
And see what consequence it brings
And though he sings a song of happy days
A son who often felt denied
Raises his son by his side
And though there's things I'd like to say
I still don't know how this all plays out

Well this is what we've got oh
is it good enough to be a part of us
If you live long enough then you will learn
To love the life you're living
Is it good enough
Oh are you strong enough to
Love what you could otherwise ignore
Cause that's what hearts are for