Separation Anxiety

by Mutts

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released 02 August 2012

Mike Maimone - Wurlitzer Piano, B3 Organ, Piano, Vocals, Percussion, Lyrics, Album Art
Bob Buckstaff - Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Guitar on 7 & 9, Juno-D, Percussion, Group Vocals
Chris Pagnani - Drums, Percussion, Group Vocals
Jon Alvin - Recording, Mixing, Group Vocals

Recorded and mixed over 8 days at The Chrome Attic in Crystal Lake, IL
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering

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Track Name: So Many, So Many
So many drains goin down in the Earth
So many drains flowin down in the Earth
All of these drains goin down in the Earth
Tell me Good Mama, does it hurt?

So many birds flyin' up in the sky
So many birds tryin' up in the sky
SO many birds flyin' across the sky
I wonder where the music goes to die

So many keys hangin' off of my ring
So many keys janglin' off of my ring
All of these keys hangin' off of my ring
I gotta find a lock for these things

So many stars hung up on the sky
So many stars brung up on the sky
So many stars hung up on the sky
I wonder where they go when they die

So many bands drivin' 'round in their vans
So many bands ridin' 'round in their vans
So many bands drivin' 'round in their vans
Filling up their plans with some fans

So many lost hung up on alone
So many lost, together alone
Everyone's lost, hung up on alone
Tell me why you can't go home

So many bells ringin' into my ears
All of these bells ringin' into my ears
So many bells ringin' into my ears
it's the alarm goin' off on my career

So many wells goin down in the Earth
All of these wells dug deep in the Earth
So many wells goin down in the Earth
Tell me Good Mama, does it hurt?
Track Name: Washington (Still) Owns People
Well, is this what you wanted?
Your teeth are diamond studded
You always smilin' at me,
when I ain't got any teeth.
Convince yourself that it's workin'
Hang up a new set of curtains
So it remains unseen
that your windows ain't clean
Honey so sweet when it's stolen
Consider us the Killer Bees
We're comin' for whoever's holdin
If you got it, you gotta forget it
So this is free and equal, huh?
And you're origi-not-a-sequel, huh?
Sharp tongue, silver spoon
Damn, your mouth got lotsa room.
Well is this what you wanted?
Your soles are diamond studded
and I ain't got any feet.
Stop walking on me.
Track Name: Half Mile
Woke up today, I woke up awake
Turns out the end of the world wasn't another fake
I've slept through an apocalypse or two in my time
But this one was for me, it wasn't for you
it's mine

Half a mile from Memphis, twice as far from piece of mind
branches fumble leaves in tired Tennessee sunshine
I'm mulling over last night's sin;
she stitched lion on my pillow
now I'm a mouse again

I was hailing a cab, she was hailing a cab
but all these neon lights make my girl look so drab
We got helium kisses, we can rise above
the Windy Pissers using their lips for love
for why?

Half a mile from Memphis, twice as far from piece of mind
branches fumble leaves in tired Tennessee sunshine
I'm mulling over last night's sin;
she stitched lion on my pillow
now I'm a mouse again

Detach yourself, drop your fuckin' phone
together we're all just together alone
I got your status right here in my hand
it says, "everything worth doing isn't planned."

Half a mile from Memphis, twice as far from piece of mind
branches fumble leaves in tired Tennessee sunshine
I'm mulling over last night's sin;
she stitched lion on my pillow
now I'm a mouse again
Track Name: Now Now Now
Hitch a ride on the Delaware
give it time, see if I care
eat the fruit of a tree that done you right
let the rots suck the surface bare
NOW NOW NOW NOW
I need it now, I need it now now now now now now now now
rurururururururururururuff
Four stars and a golden gate
fickle fingers manipulate
guess you think you can keep the rats locked out
I see 'em starting to populate
NOW NOW NOW NOW
Track Name: Uninvited
He calls to invite us, sits down right beside us
"All God's children," he'll say
"are wheat in the thicket, righteous among wicked,
and gathered on harvest day."

His apt congregation, from chalkboard invitation
"All drifters welcome ashore!"
The fruit of my seed has been declared a weed
and I am invited no more.

Aren't we delighted to be the Uninvited?!
Expelled to the Church of the Truth
His prison of preaching, the primer he's been teaching
he would be uninvited, he should be uninvited, too

Aren't we delighted - we, the Uninvited!
Love, unconditional, true
The righteous, the honest - come lay your sins upon us
and you'll be uninvited, too
Track Name: God, Country, Grave
Her tongue told of scrambled eggs and cigarettes,
not her notebook full of I-just-haven’t-yet’s.
She greets me in the morning with her Listerine kisses.
Her Game Genie daddy grants her endless wishes.
Jesus took a shower down Venice Beach,
washing off the salt from the waves.
Her Daddy’s in the church underneath a flag.
You know what they say, “God, Country, Grave.”

Skyscrapers cover up the harvest moon.
Feeling like a seed cast on stone.
A night so cold it was itchin’;
it ain’t just the roots that won’t leave her alone.
No it’s not the girl, and it’s not the war
it ain’t the general, or his orders
it’s not the getting lost, or the cost or the fate –
it’s the thought you hate.

I would take it all back, but it’s no good.
I would take it all back, if I could.
Track Name: Five of a Kind
This river is a line between us and them
This river is a line between us and them
This river is a line between us and them
God made it to divide, who can argue with Him?

He put you on a side with your only friends
He put you on a side so that you could make friends
He put you on a side and them gon' be your friends
But the river will wind, and the river will bend

CUT THE STRINGS ON YOUR MARIONETTE
and step aside if you ain't gonna bet
Jacks are wild, and we ain't in a rush
you know that Five of a Kind will always beat a straight flush

The Devil is alive and he looks like Hell
The Devil is alive and he looks like Hell
The Devil is alive and he looks like Hell
But you know what they say - oh well, oh well, oh well

He put you on a side with your only friends
He put you on a side so that you could make friends
He put you on a side and them gon' be your friends
But the river will wind, and the river will bend

CUT THE STRINGS ON YOUR MARIONETTE
and step aside if you ain't gonna bet
Jacks are wild, and we ain't in a rush
you know that Five of a Kind will always beat a straight flush

Stop steppin' on my side
I got my side you got your side
Stay steppin' on your side
You got your side I got my side
I'm steppin' on tall pines
You're steppin' on apple orchards
I'm steppin' on tall pines
I got my side you got your side now...
Track Name: Apathetic Stars
She swears it's alright
that you're Always on the Go
Me, I can see you're tired
of letting her down
dragging her feelings in tow
so you're getting on a bus
I know you feel you must;
Love is much easier to say than show
And you've always had your doubts
on taking the easy way out
so there you go, to let her know

Those stars in the sky, if we weren't here they'd shine

We blacken the sky
with our incandescent moan
to see
so everyone gets by
adrift in a crowd
a billion stars, each on their own
so I'm getting on a plane
when the ground and sky's the same
the sight was much easier to take
when I had someone to hold
We've always had our doubts
on taking the easy way out
so once we know...

Those stars in the sky, if we weren't here they'd shine

Those stars in the sky, if we weren't here they'd shine
And they wouldn't miss us, so how important could we be?
All things with life must die, but love's more than alive
guess you found your way to outlast apathy
When all those stars burn out, you'll still be about
and traveling through the heavens you will find
Like stars in the sky, because you're here I will shine
because you're here I will shine
Track Name: Tire Swing Blues
Would you come get me
if I met you half way?
Oh would you get me
if I met you half way?
Or leave me hanging
without a word to say?

I see you moving,
where do you go these days?
Everyone's moving,
nobody MOVES these days.
So tired of chasing you around
even my puppy knows when to stay.

This separation, it's got me
locked up tight.
Anticipation
I fear that you just might,
might leave me hanging -
don't leave me hangin' on for life.
Track Name: Separation Anxiety
I climbed out to see
on my sycamore tree
now I sit alone and sway
on a hot, sticky day
I'd be excited to say
that I feel a breeze comin' my way
But despite the heat
I'm frozen out on my seat
while the branches bend down like a whim
As I look at the ground
it's so far from me now -
but real soon it'll be on my chin!

I got my candy apple and my Separation Anxiety
I'm gonna drive West 'til I leave all the stress behind me
I got my candy apple and my Separation Anxiety
I'm gonna drive West 'til there's nobody left who can find me

I look back at the trunk
and who would've thunk?
but you were sittin' there smilin' at me
'cause it was you to begin
who got me out on this limb
tellin' me of some sweet, sweet fruit
well I wouldn't have bet
no I never would've guessed
when we were holding hands in safety
It's a shame I've been duped
by the promise of fruit
and now I've lost hold of the truth!