Ghost Town Parade

by The Famous

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released September 15, 2015

The Famous are:
Laurence Scott – vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Victor Barclay ¬– electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, accordion, dobro, backing vocals
Chris Fruhauf – drums, percussion, backing vocals
GD Hensley – electric bass, upright bass, backing vocals

Special Guests:
Charlie Wilson - trombone on A Long Time Coming and Another Time
Dan Gordon - trombone on Another Time
Carolyn Walter - clarinet on Another Time
Luke Kirley - tuba on Another Time
Scott Amendola - drums, percussion, and staircase on A Long Time Coming
Chad Manning - mandolin and fiddle on I’ll Be True
Joe Goldmark – pedal steel on I Tried My Best and 50 Miles To Firebaugh

Produced by Victor Barclay and Charlie Wilson

Basic tracks recorded by Oz Fritz at New, Improved Recording except A Long Time Coming and Calling recorded by Charlie Wilson at Sonic Zen Records
Overdubs recorded by Charlie Wilson at Sonic Zen Records
Mixed by Oz Fritz at Prairie Sun, except A Long Time Coming mixed by Charlie Wilson at Sonic Zen Records
Mastered by Piper Payne at Michael Romanowski Mastering

All songs written by Barclay and Scott (BMI); and lyrics by Scott – Except Track 11 Martin Gore (EMI)

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Evoking images of desert plains and ghost towns, the music of The Famous is like swallowing hard liquor -- a raw, scorching blast of rocket-fueled, post-punk guitar and country twang -- the blasphemous marriage of indie-styled rock & roll and cowboy laments. ... more

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Track Name: Machines
MACHINES

When I saw you the other night, it felt like a job
But, it’s alright. Machines, working on machines

You’re the best thing I’ve ever had, but you’re broke
And, you’re bleeding me and that’s just too bad

Machines, working on machines

And no one seems to know the King’s English anymore
So choose your words carefully

Goodnight, my dear. Sleep tight, my dear
Tomorrow, I will be with you
Goodnight, my dear. Sleep tight, my dear
After tonight, you won’t wake up
Track Name: Another Time
ANOTHER TIME

Another place, another time
From the depths of hell, I’ll climb
Higher and higher, to get away
From you one day

To a place where laughter is never filled with sorrow
And the best comes today, not tomorrow
I’ll find a way, to get away
From you one day

Why can’t you just leave me alone
Not if I beg, not if I moan
I’ve had all I can take and pray
To be free from you one day
Track Name: California Night
CALIFORNIA NIGHT

It’s a story that you’re used to, when you know
The time has come to leave
And all the things that escape us are bound to be free

If I told you that I missed you
Would it be so hard, to believe
It’s the darkness that surrounds us to where you cannot see

In this California night

In the moonlight tonight
It’s been ages since I’ve felt this way
All alone in the darkness, no end in sight

In this California night

All these tales of misfortune
Are just another means to deceive
While the casualties around us await a final plea

The sorrow is consuming
And still, we never grieve
It’s the darkness that surrounds us to where you cannot see
Track Name: I Tried My Best
I TRIED MY BEST (BUT MY BEST WOULDN’T DO)

I just wouldn’t be me unless I tried everything
I’ve been around the block a time or two
I gave you my word, swallowed my pride
Now I get taken for a ride

I’ve been loyal to a fault
Being loyal to you
I tried my best, but my best wouldn’t do

You just wouldn’t be you, unless you wrecked everything
It’s the only time you have the follow-through
With wide open eyes, I bought all your lies
Now comes the biggest surprise

I pushed your rock up that hill
To watch it roll down on you
I tried my best, but my best wouldn’t do
Track Name: Style Over Substance
STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE

Style over substance, it’s the bread and butter
Put all your stuff away we can’t have clutter
How did we all get as busy as we are?
Strangers all near, family so far

Used to be the bigger man, now I’m much thinner
We used to make plans now we just make dinner
And I’m bored of everything but you

I’m tired of questioning all the bad things in the world
I want to get back to how things were
I want to return to how it all was in those days

Take me back to those days
Track Name: A Long Time Coming
A LONG TIME COMING

I’ve tried to tell you, so many ways now
You never ever stopped to hear me when I call
It’s been a coming, a long time coming
And it will summon everything along

You never listened, you never cared
You stopped believing and now you’re unprepared
It’s been a coming, a long time coming
And it will summon everything

I can’t find the way to get it through
There’s just nothing left for me to do

Bring me the head of your leader
No, I didn’t like him either
Your loyalties will be rewarded
When the judgments are recorded
Until that day, we’ll be united
And the wrongs will yet be righted
It’s been a coming, a long time coming
And it will summon everything along

You never listened, you never cared
You stopped believing and now you’re unprepared
And everything will fall

Can’t you hear me
When I call
Track Name: Fingers Crossed
FINGERS CROSSED

I have lived and I have lost
But I keep my fingers crossed
Once again, this will end peacefully

You have cursed and you have cried
Still you keep it all inside
But the world is so much simpler than you think

First you hid and then you strayed
While too much got away
But the light, is slowly following

We will wallow, we will shout
While so much is still in doubt
As the time, is floating fast away

But it’s coming back around
And while the memories get you down
It won’t be long until you see
That in time, this too shall pass
Track Name: I'll Be True
I’LL BE TRUE

No matter where I’m going I’ll be true
To know which way you’re going
It depends on where you’ve been
And the good lord knows
I’m coming home to live my life again

I’m mighty fine I’m over with you
I don’t think much about you anymore
And I don’t care where you’ve been
And the good lord knows
I’m coming home to live my life again

You’re just playing with people
When your heart is full of sin
And all the dreams you’ve had aren’t coming true

I don’t think much about you anymore
And I don’t care where you’ve been
And the good lord knows
I’m coming home to live my life again
Track Name: 50 Miles To Firebaugh
50 MILES TO FIREBAUGH

Well I’m just 50 miles to Firebaugh
And I’ve got another hour to go
I’ve been driving all night, but I’m feeling alright
Because I’m just about to drop my load
I’m 50 miles to Firebaugh
And I’m going to get her filled up soon
Shooting down the 5 into overdrive
And I’m cruising by the light of the moon

I pulled over the Grapevine with the sun in my eyes
Jamming on the old Jake Brake
And the CHP was gunning for me
On the downside of Pyramid Lake

I was thinking about the Iron Skillet
When I missed the split at 99
But the Maricopa Highway got me back on track
Now everything is just fine


I’m passing through Lost Hills
And popping little white pills
Because I’ve got to make it through the night
And Kettleman City never looked so pretty
With the lights twinkling off to the right
I hope they play this song on Kings Radio
But they probably won’t because it’s new
So Hank and Buck blasting through my truck
Is just going to have to do

A whiff of Harris Ranch is going to make you blanch
But that won’t stop me from dropping in
Because when you’ve got to go, man you’ve got to go
And a little prime rib is no sin

Lord have Mercey Hot Springs, because it’s just the right thing
To rest these old tired bones
I need to find me a Little Panoche Road
So I can make my way back home
Track Name: Calling
CALLING


Someday soon you’re going figure all out
And, you probably should
You found out before it was all said and done
That life just seemed to lose its fun
But, you knew that it would

When another act, the same old crap
Going to shake her ass, going to make you clap
The way that you should

Because those pretty young things
Don’t know too much about nothing
But they sure do look good

This is a calling
Lord help me, I’m falling down
On the job again

Stop the complaining
It’s always raining down on the summer’s end
I’m falling down, on the job again