The American Leagues

by LA Font

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1.
Fine Lines 02:30
There are fine lines to cross We must cross them too You raise Your hands To the sun If just To be A human being You raise Your voice To the ocean There are fine lines to cross We must cross them too All that’s meant to be I guess it’s going to happen Where does that leave me? It’s such a fucking joke You kissed Me right Out your door If just To be A little girl You let Me slip Into the ocean My God, I got so lost You didn’t find me too You didn’t find me too You didn’t find me Shay, the original Be true To me I’ve worked so hard To be beautiful Be true To me There are fine lines to cross We must cross them too Cross them too Cross them too
2.
We started loving in the hockey rink We were cheering on Sid Crosby The way he glid we could both agree: He’s a kid we’d like to meet We lost our faith in the American Leagues Too many dopers batting fourth it seemed If we wanted dopers we could easily Step outside our homes The kid’s in trouble so he skates so low He skates so low, so low, so low They want to fight him He’ll fight them back He’ll match them blow, for blow, for blow, for blow Jimmy Carter is such a freaky thing Dumb as a duckling though they crowned him king I thought they learned, but apparently The lesson didn’t stick Kemosabe was an Indian chief Al Capone was a Mafia thief Cassius Clay was a bumblebee That flew like a butterfly The kid’s in trouble so he skates so low He skates so low, so low, so low They want to fight him He’ll fight them back He’ll match them blow, for blow, for blow, for blow The kid’s in trouble so he skates so low He skates so low, so low, so low They’re gunning for him He’s gunning right back He’ll match them blow, for blow, for blow, for blow
3.
Stay Dry 02:36
I’d really like some liquid But I’ve got to stay dry I’ve got to prove my conviction Every night I’d really like to see you In some other life And this time my friend, I’d treat you right I’d be there for you Silent and kind (Like Jon) It might be time to rumble But we better stay wise If push comes to shove It must be justified I do believe you're butter Because you taste so fine Grab hold of me We’re splitting Overtime With no pain With no tears With no red lights In our ears With no shells From the sky No earthquakes In the… We might be better off in unison Because calling shots for two my friends Ain’t calling shots at all You’re quickly turning into My closest friend It worries me you see the end But do not blink at all I’d really like some liquid But I’ve got to stay dry I’ve got to prove my conviction Every night I’d really like to see you In some other life And this time my friend, I’d treat you right I’d be there for you Silent and kind
4.
White Man 02:12
Don’t let your face Get twisted in The city sun Grow your hair long In the front To keep The stares Away Don’t kill yourself For some shitty job Get your life back Before it’s gone Because nothing Happens When you die Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh They’ll tell you many things Those that ride on subway trains They’ll tell you that white man was put on Earth By a ship that then just flew away And all the truths Cut like knives And leave this city Sliced and diced A maze Without a true pathway Maybe I don’t want to play 'Cause all dead ends, they look the same And nothing Happens When you die Open Sesame Don’t close Your heart on me Engine Pull me down the line Take me to the end Once more Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh They’ll tell you many things Those that ride on subway trains They tell you that it’s 14-karat gold And truthfully, it’s really hard to say Truthfully, it’s really hard to say
5.
Rescued them you have The lone wolf boys Put meat on their bones Shared your home They tried to pay you back But what could they pay? From shadows in the dark: A strange family Outside a wooden home No one walks alone They tried to keep you straight, But how could they? The way you hid your face They found that strange All the time They found it strange All the time Two plus two ain’t two Yeah, I know But don’t add it up Let there be too much ‘Cause every time it gets that good It’s got to change Every time It’s got to change Every time Carolina, You’ve been searching for the boy That makes the part of Carolina All inclined to Act a child Without a mirror They can’t see just How peculiar Jesus made them: Such sharp faces Distant gazes Nearly ageless Restitution, You’re so keen on Restitution Then get it child If it makes you smile You’ve got to get it child You’ve got to
6.
All I ever wanted Was a nice raincoat And a clock tower On the hour would stroke All I ever wanted Was a goldfish bowl With something inside it For when I came home And one chance At an audience One chance To prove To people I’m not acquainted with Who judged me, yeah, a bit too soon There were Four, five, six, Seven of them Dressed to the hilt Like Princeton gentlemen What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? All I ever wanted Was a big black gun And the chance to fire When that time come All I ever saw Was a bright, red flame Everything appeared just that way At my one chance At an audience One chance To prove To people I’m not acquainted with They judged me, yeah, a bit too soon There were eight, nine, ten, Eleven of them Dressed to be killed Like Princeton gentlemen What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do? What was I to do?
7.
Ransom 03:03
I'm too tied up to go Decide the ransom on your own My hand's only inches away I know why In time they'll tell lies Wait beside the door Take them by surprise This operation's blown They stopped me just outside your home Stand still they'll leave you alone I know why In time they'll tell lies Wait beside the door Take them by surprise It's after nine my money's down It's after nine my money's down And I'll be bailing out I'm too tied up to run You told them everything we've done I thought that you knew how to wait I know why In time they'll tell lies Wait beside the door Take them by surprise Everyone I know Takes me by surprise
8.
What she wants is commitment from me but it’s not what I want, I want variety She’s all right She’s OK She’s in the bathtub sailing away Though how could she place The weight of the world On an honest man? What she wants is a family, with evening tea on the balcony It’s nice It sounds good I could make a coffee table out of some wood Though how could she place The weight of the world On an honest man? Punch yourself twice If you thought I knew the plan She’s all right She’s OK We’re gonna quit cocaine today Though how could she place The weight of the world On an honest man? Punch yourself twice If you thought that I knew the plan
9.
It was in the news They stood in lines to see your face And you said nothing No, instead you turned away Though when they left that day They went home happy They bought cars to keep up chase You went on laughing As you sped on bullet trains They sadly stood and waved, They waved They waved To know you're late like the devil, yeah yeah yeah You’re on time You’re taking care of business, yeah, yeah, yeah And that’s fine But don’t you think I’d try a little harder if I could keep what I find? Don’t you think I’d smile wider if this face was mine? Oh but you’re late like the devil, yeah yeah yeah You’re on time You’re taking care of business, yeah yeah yeah And that’s fine But don’t you think I’d try a little harder if I could keep what I find? Don’t you think I’d smile wider if this face was mine?
10.
Tuck me in tightly Don’t you let them in, you know Last night I had the strangest dream We all tried jumping off the balcony Good gods be with us Bad gods begone, you know Last night I felt the strangest thing I felt the living slip right out of me I felt the living slip right out of me (woo!) And I don’t think you realize What it meant to me To be alone When I woke up that morning With the phone Ringing in a flurry And the sun's Bright, white warning With the foam Coming out the corners And the crust All around the borders 'Cause now I’m spitting off the balcony And I'm counting six, before it hits the street Now I'm spitting off the balcony And I'm counting six, before I hit the street
11.
Metal Box 03:14
There’s a metal box In my breast pocket And as I walk Something inside the box Rattles Rattles Rattles And as I walk I wonder what is rattling Then I trip And tripping realize 'Twas no box Just my heart In my chest In my chest

credits

released October 9, 2010

Danny Bobbe: Vocals, guitar
Jon Perry: Guitar, vocals
Greg Katz: Bass, vocals
Harlow Rodriguez: Drums

Songs by Bobbe except "Metal Box," co-written with Jacob Elias, and "Ransom," by Perry

Tracking engineer: Jon O'Brien
Mix engineer: Nick Tipp
Mastering engineer: Mark Chalecki

Album design: Traci Larson
Photography: Danny Bobbe

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