Tried & True

by Cranston Dean

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released 14 March 2014

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Track Name: Bar's About To Close
I've been walking the straight and steady
Teary eyes, bloody fingers, sweaty clothes
Down the winding road

Sun went down and the wind blew heavy
If it blew harder I think I'd lose control
But I don't know

I'm going till the sun comes up and I'm staying till the bar's about to close

I took a drive by my alma mater
Where I fell in love with the gas mans daughter
Oh, the Jersey Coast

Days are long and the nights grow hotter
I can't live on bread and water
No, but beer and toast

I'm going till the sun goes up and I'm staying till the bar's about to close

I take this path for just where it gets me
I'll ride the bus till where it lets me go
High or low

I'm going till the sun comes up and I'm staying till the bar's about to close
Track Name: Understand
I've been walking all around and it's getting hard to see
I know we're all the same but you don't look like me
Until the walls come down and we're shining sea to sea
Do you sweat it, you in it, you get it, you dig it?

Shake my hand, shake my hand, I don't want to be understood I wanna understand

I've been through this dusty town and I've peeled back the centuries
We've got so far to go towards liberty
We can't stop progress now or we'll pay the penalty
Do you sweat it, you in it, you get it, you dig it?

Shake my hand, shake my hand, I don't want to be understood I wanna understand

I didn't get my cap and gown and I don't blame economy
I won't die with a frown if I die in poverty
I'd spread it all around if I ever won the lottery
Do you want it, I got it, come get it, you dig it?

Shake my hand, shake my hand, I don't want to be understood I wanna understand
Track Name: Come Back Home
She won't answer the doorbell, she won't pick up the phone
Baby come back here, come back home
Color me sorry, then throw me a bone
Baby come back here, come back home

First you were there, then you were gone
Everything's fine, then everything's wrong
If the angels up above me worked like telephones they'd tell her to reach me
But they don't

I dream and I see you, I wake up alone
Come back here, Come back home
I sing the blues, I cry and I moan
Come back here, come back home

First you were there, then you were gone
Everything's fine, then everything's wrong
If the angels up above me worked like telephones they'd tell her to reach me
But they don't

I sing the blues, I cry and I moan
Come back here, come back home
Track Name: Purple, Pink, and Blue
Don't know what has hit me no I don't know what to do
Until the day she quits me I'm gonna keep on coming through
I'll be loyal like a dog, honest, straight & true
For the girl who paints her face all purple, pink, and blue

If she really got to know me
she might find it to be true
I may have been a little lonely
But that was long before the girl who paints her face
Purple, Pink, and Blue

I don't know how it started I can't say and nor can she
a twist of sweet attraction'd come on over me
Now I'm sure to come around like the morning dew
for the girl who paints her face all purple, pink, and blue

If she really got to know me
she might find it to be true
I may have been a little lonely
But that was long before the girl who paints her face
Purple, Pink, and Blue

As soon as it had started it was over, said and done
The treaty was all charted, I had lost and she had won
But I would give my fair share, to start over anew
with the girl who paints her face all purple, pink, and blue
Track Name: White Lies
Baby I'm just skin and bones, I'm thin you know
my belt don't have no room for notches
I had my nose to the ground, like a hound
I could find out all the foxes

I don't know 'bout girls like that
But there's nothing much to know
when your looking straight at her
and she's smiling back

If white lies pour out of my black lungs
and bounce and bound of my tongue
don't hate me baby I'm just young

Don't despise me when the morning comes
and you reach your hand and see I've gone
I rose up early with the sun

So baby throw your sticks and stones, all the words you own
don't hold the weight to grieve me

All the things that you have seen, you saw them in a magazine
or on the T.V.

I don't know 'bout girls like that
But there's nothing much to know
when your looking straight at her
and she's smiling back

If white lies pour out of my black lungs
and bounce and bound of my tongue
don't hate me baby I'm just young

Don't despise me when the morning comes
and you reach your hand and see I've gone
I rose up early with the sun
Track Name: Mic Check
I woke up this morning my long lost lover on my mind
I woke up this morning my long lost lover on my mind
She's the last thought and night time, damn right the first one in the morning light

I can hear my baby crying I can hear her tears and moans
I can hear my baby crying I can hear her tears and moans
I remember december when they told her that her daddy's gotta go

She didn't cry when she left me in fact I think she kinda smiled
She didn't cry when she left me in fact I think she kinda smiled
If my dear, cried a tear, it was a tear of a crocodile

Now I'm feeling kinda pointless like a train up off the track
Now I'm feeling kinda pointless like a train up off the track
That girl steps over me like a cigarette but in a sidewalk crack
(lordie that's a fact)

Whatever you once meant babe, now you mean nothing at all
Whatever you once meant babe, now you mean nothing at all
One day you'll close your eyes to see, I'm not a loser I'm just stuck inside the fall
Track Name: Works In Reverse
My old friend a blank white page, you leave me feeling twice my age
Past the bastions caste in ashes of anglo-saxsons with crooked passions
And meager rations all the rage

Mother, mother melody, you gave me sight when I could not see
Forever philharmonic, supersonic, hooked on phonics
You gave me sight made me believe

One who cast away my love, I couldn’t thank you enough
you set in motion, a fatal potion, when overdosed causes comatosin’
Drink it once never twice the same
Track Name: Almost
I almost flicked my ash in my glass of whiskey, almost
I almost flicked my ash in my glass of whiskey, almost
How much time can I pass being drunk of my ass, almost?

I almost got the girl, almost got the girl, almost
I almost got the girl, almost got the girl, almost
I hit all her notes, buttered her toast, almost

I almost went to church, almost went to church, almost
I almost went to church, almost went to church, almost
Almost counts for nothing, nothing that was something, almost

I almost flicked my ash in my glass of whiskey, almost
I almost flicked my ash in my glass of whiskey, almost
How much time can I pass being drunk of my ass, almost?
Track Name: The Good Life
My elders, my dog, and my car are all aging
This town is changing in the blink of an eye
The things I used to know are rearranging themselves
And I don’t know why

I wish I still went to church and believed it
Because the people there are struggling by
But Sunday morning makes the whole week easier
By looking up at the sky

It’s the good life full of hard times
Part-times and full endeavors
You can make it if you just try and if you're clever
It’s the good life full of hard times
Sunshine and stormy weather
You can make it if you just try or if you’re

I walk to the harbor just for the bar now
I don’t go there to sit on the rocks
I used to watch the ships roll in and count the men
coming on to the docks

I confess depression led me to drinking
I started thinking on what I’ve got
I’m not sad bout what I have and if I died today
I’d say I died with a lot

It’s the good life full of hard times
Part-times and full endeavors
You can make it if you just try and if you're clever
It’s the good life full of hard times
Sunshine and stormy weather
You can make it if you just try or if you're
Track Name: Honey Hair
She’s like walking on quicksand
A left jab and a right hand punch
Bet all you have then you’re shit out of luck

Blue eyes, sun tan
The way she moved it was much too much
Hot on the eyes and cold to the touch
You give all you have and then it’s just never enough

Here I am fumbling around for a cigarette
Thinking that she’s not innocent, but heaven sent her
Honey-Hair dancing around in her underwear
Painted the town with I don’t care, he’s not here
Oh Honey Hair

Friday, drinking
She won’t say what she’s thinking
She don’t smoke pot but she still takes a puff

Pretty lady
Her father made a career of The Navy and now
She don’t no love she only knows lust


Here I am fumbling around for a cigarette
Thinking that she’s not innocent, but heaven sent her
Honey-Hair dancing around in her underwear
Painted the town with I don’t care, he’s not here
Oh Honey Hair
Track Name: Alexandria
I was driving like I was on the run
Straight through the night till the morning sun
When I got to where I ended up I fell on my knees

I sat down and I penned a song
Wasn’t good but didn’t take to long
When I finished up I sang it for the falling leaves

Alexandria
Didn’t know what I wanted till I found ya
Wanna keep my arms around ya
till the late, late morning, early afternoon

Alexandria
You think I don’t understand ya
You think you burden me with your tails so tried & true
So tried & true

Home didn’t feel like a home no more
So I came knocking upon your door
I didn’t know what I was looking for
But I’m sure it’s found

You love was pure right from the root
My faith was weak it needed proof
To tell the truth it was all a lie
Till you came around

Alexandria
Didn’t know what I wanted till I found ya
Wanna keep my arms around ya
till the late, late morning, early afternoon

Alexandria
You think I don’t understand ya
You think you burden me with your tails so tried & true
So tried & true

I walked right on out that door
I’m sitting here now I’m wanting more
I tried to do up the score
I couldn’t do the math

It happened quick and it ended fast
If I’d only had an hourglass
I’d make the most of the moments that I knew would never last (with)

Alexandria
Didn’t know what I wanted till I found ya
Wanna keep my arms around ya
till the late, late morning, early afternoon

Alexandria

You think I don’t understand ya
You think you burden me with your tails so tried & true
So tried & true