Ghost Town Parade

by The Famous

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1.
04:00
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
2.
03:53
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
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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
9.
03:17
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
10.
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
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02:53
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

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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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