Bones

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1.
Beach Town 05:14
floating in the water just thinking about the past thinking how we’d live foreever and what we were doing here would last there was truth inside of all those lies sometimes you rush in and sometimes you run and hide before you know it, your here right now look in the mirror see the years written on your face something wild in those eyes that no time could ever erase remeber days spent in the sun look around, so much has changed since you were young don’t matter how much those pictures fade they send me reeling back to that place somewhere between up and down growning up in a run down beach town the sun sets low across the boardwalk hotel arcade there’s a party at the flophouse and everyone’s underage the boys cruise 1st street in their cars yellin at the punks and the freaks standing outside of the bars the ocean roars on through the streets in some endless summer song got in my first fist fight by the old bike trail near the woods snuck a kiss from Ballentino in the driveway of some fancy neighborhood playing flashlight tag in the streets with my friends felt like the whole damn world was made for us back then just like that time we ran away from the cops left the spraypaint cans but we never got caught we were somewhere between up and down growing up in a run down beach town I know your lonely and your not the only one sometimes it takes all night just to dive into the sun Well we drove all around we were lost and found in some long gone teenage dream Jimmy jokes, Rhonda drove out to Ghost Light Road I tried not to scream And I don’t know who you are but I got some real estate for you in my heart just waiting for those eyes to take me away come on baby I would have given anything just to tell you how I felt back then on one of those soft warm nights hanging out at the Village Inn remember how we used to dance those nights away no tomorrow no yesterday now its hard to feel anything life goes on or so it seems somewhere between up and down growing up in a run don beach town
2.
4-track Love Song two tape decks and a mixer tie’em both together switch the tape and move your lips something out of nothing is the game that we’re playing if you dont understand then you don’t know what I’m saying cop those records when they first come out Bakesale, Icky Mettle and Bee Thousand in the garage where I learned my tricks and I’ve been fuckin with’em ever since this is our song and you can sing along we wrote it in our bedrooms in the 90’s sing along the words are never wrong all we wanted was to show you how it feels first car I owned was a boat tape deck in the front and a whale in the road take your pick the front seat or the backseat is a couch good for bringin friends takin naps and making out driving with a tape in of news songs I’m working on turning vomit into diamonds tear myself apart and throw the tape out it’s always a fight between excitment and my doubt cut my teeth on a Tascam 4 ping pong tracks just so I can have more try to write songs like Jeff Mangum but I’m just me and they always sound dumb this is our song second hand clothes and a coke can bong we wrote it in our bedroom in the 90s sing along the words are never wrong all we wanted was to show you how it feels I found myself on those tapes back then now I’m wondering where I went stumbling around like I don’t know what still my heart just won’t shut up shut up yeah this is our song with the beat up drums and the broken heart we wrote it in our bedrooms in the 90’s sing along the words are never wrong all we wanted was to show you how it feels na na na na na na na na
3.
Keep Dancing 03:16
they came out to fight those good ol’ boys in their boom cars but we had the right to dance all night at the go-go bar we were just kids the world was so wild and big break my skateboard on a skinhead it was survival down on first street, she said Hey! we’re only dancing gonna keep on dancing we’re gonna keep on dancing you didn’t want to go home your mom was drunk and your dad was alone but your sister left you an Unrest record and a little pipe the metalheads with their poison hair stumble out on the boarwalk in their snake-skin pants they beat their fading era out on you they’re just jocks in make-up that don’t know what to do Hey! we’re only dancing we’re gonna keep on dancing we’re gonna keep on dancing guitar! hey little girl with the vapor trail I wish I could be your homeboy ride my bike through the golf course at night just a poor kid living a rich kids life they shut the doors back in 96’ and the music died down on first street we all grew up and we all got lost but I still hear those songs inside of me dancing dancing yeah we’re gonna keep on dancing we’re gonna keep on dancgin we’re gonna keep on dancing
4.
Jasper 03:13
you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen you were born when I was green and soaking into everything a diamond child with lion eyes shining in the crazy sky then you held the sun inside your face and when you smiled the whole world begins to shine like a golden mystery you are the most beuatiful thing I’ve ever seen angels hide inside your hair and play with fire and gasoline while honey bees wax your halp and mother gets some rest clockwork birds will take you to your island in the sea where you chop of all your hair and revolutionize your dreams I’ll hold you close the boy that I found after you changed your name to Jasper you don’t owe me anything you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen you tore down my empire dreams and drug me through the fire clean with brand new eyes I see you float above the wreck love is all I want for you I don’t care with it what you do but there’s nothing in heaven without your quiet blue eyes
5.
Dirt Road 04:12
living on a dirt road not even ten years old those days seemed hughed in gold ride my huffy down to the jiffy store lemonheads and coca cola I climbed to the very top of the old pine tree nothing up there seemed out of reach On our dirt road theres a rusty trampoleen in an overgrown backyard we found a dirty magazine theres a bike race going down I caught a bump and hit the ground I got the wind knocked out of me and theres always a girl just puppy love soft and sweet she knocked that boy right off his feet On our dirt road I heard some friend sof mine making fun of other kids just for the color of their skin I was too young to understand but I never played along I guess I was old enough to know that they were wrong On our dirt road Once they paved the road everything had changed and I learned what a skateboard was
6.
People Like Us the kitchen is on fire there’s money in the sink she said he left now all she wears is pink the boys go off like bottle rockets in the street and there goes Mary Go-round she’s faught or slept with every guy in town the waitress from Chicago’s got a secret tattoo Angel spills out with a laugh while the queen sharpens her tooth and says well this is where they put the people like us the drinks are hard they say we play too much the nights don’t end the mornings feel like youve been hit by a bus but it’s never enough for the people like us Kitty never has any money but she always finds a drink the General is belligerent and drunk off his head yelling orders at some lieutenant thats long since been dead and Chef Rock shotguns a beer while the trash band beats through “96 Tears” some girl’s passed out in the bathroom again the boss is across the street with a Fernet in her hand, she says well this is where they put the people like us the drinks are hard they say we play too much the nights don’t end the mornings feel like youve been hit by a bus but it’s never enough for the people like us she said “I’ll love you forever” until somebody gets hurt somebody got hurt somebody got hurt you know it’s nobody’s fault and there isn’t a cure somebody got hurt somebody got hurt somebody got hurt words get thrown around like apple razor claims and everybody’s guilty but nobody’ss to blame gimme that rag food, man I’m hungry as hell the neon spins around like the devil’s carousel and it’s last call, on your mark, get set, go! everyone’s a philosopher when thier drunk you know the boom-box-bum blasts his songs next door while the broken glass and dreams get swept up off the floor we sing well this is where they put the people like us the drinks are hard they say we play too much the nights don’t end the mornings feel like you’ve been hit by a bus but it’s never enough for the people like us
7.
eft, right, left left left right left, left, right left left left right right left, company dance! i took my liberty last night rode the train to midtown, I left the soldier on the boat it’s getting cold down in Hells Kitchen I stopped at the Stage Door and saw her glowing through the smoke Here name was Mary and we danced all night long at the Stage Door Canteen before the war was won we had a big time! oh this country boy ain’t seen nothing like her name was Mary Manhattan I may not make it out alive will this boat still float in 1945? I sit in my bunk and close my eyes and dream about that night that she kissed me goodbye her name was Mary and we danced all night long at the Stage Door Canteen before the war was won we had a big time! oh this country boy ain’t seen nothing like her name was Mary Manahattan her name was Mary and we danced all night long at the Stage Door Canteen before the war was won we had a big time! oh this country boy ain’t seen nothing like her name was Mary Manahattan momma please, momma please I know we don’t pray at the same church but I’m down on my knees I wanna get married momma please, momma please I know we don’t pray at the same church but I’m down on my knees I only want Mary
8.
Shivering 04:12
back in the day we played roman candle games we were impossibly young it was so terribly fun somehwere down the road you got lost in a hole and started acting strange I didn’t know until it was too late now another ones gone another friend bought the farm to young it was never enough it’s always never enough could have been me what used to be fun now your strung out shivering in the sun looking for a fix your not fooling anyone I saw you at the bar you were laughing like an old car I really miss that sound I miss you hanging around while the music played you looked twice your age you blame your girl and your job but I’m pretty sure that it’s the chalk now another ones gone another friend bought the farm to young it was never enough it’s always never enough it could have been me what used to be fun now your strung out shivering in the sun looking for a fix your not fooling anyone did you ever ask yourself what you really wanted? it’s so much easier then you think don’t put it on the shelf we’re just getting started I don’t wanna see you like this please now another ones gone another friend bought the farm to young it was never enough it’s always never enough could have been me what used to be fun now your strung out shivering in the sun looking for a fix your not fooling anyone
9.
Out Here 03:36
the rain beats down on the windshield out of town the horizon unfolds kiss the roof and save my soul got some friends down the way some I’ve known a long time some I just met today the lightning opens up the sky with a crack well I don’t know where I’m going but I’m never looking back we had our fun we lost and won no I’m not done no I’m not done I called your bluff and you bit my tongue now I’m on the run way out here “she’s an indie rocker and nothings gonna stop her” I told her I didn’t know what my life would be like put my money on a game that could never be won where the paychecks always bounce and the work’s never done so I balanced my heart on a telephone wire the road doesn’t lie my eyes just keep getting tired we drove all night until the moon was in the street and my door is always open in you wanna come with me we had our fun we lost and won no I’m not done no I’m not done I called your bluff and you bit my tongue now I’m on the run way out here running in on fumes to the Alabama station way past E stopped at the pump St. Christopher started to laugh well we try every night just to bottle some light that our hearts know isn’t gone I just wanna feel something real baby I wanna know where I belong we had our fun we lost and won no I’m not done no I’m not done I called your bluff and you bit my tongue now I’m on the run way out here
10.
three cups of coffee “is that all?” asked the waiter we eyeball the menu like a two week old paper the smoke from your cigarette dances out of control a payphone cat, there’s pie in the glass my jackets full of holes cigarettes and coffee old greasey spoon 24 hours a wayward home for the goons I promised you the world but all I got is time and I’m trying to pay it no mind in these weathered booths fit for dutchess and peasant we tore into tomorrow like a sweet sixteen present forever was today and nowhere was everywhere we all had walk on roles in the time of our lives cigarettes and coffee old greasey spoon 24 hours a wayward home for the goons I promised you the world but all I got is time and I’m trying to pay it no mind fell in love with a girl scratched her name on the table well I’d tell her how I felt if only I was able we’re cowards and kings thieves and baffoons we order another round like we got something to prove cigarettes and coffee old greasey spoon 24 hours a wayward home for the goons I promised you the world but all I got is time and I’m trying to pay it no mind

credits

released March 5, 2021

all songs written by Rick Colado

Engineered & Produced by David Barbe at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA

except “Dirt Road”, “4-track Love Song” and “All Night Diner” engineered and produced by Jim Dreffen at the Vacuum Studio Port Orange, FL

basic tracking for “Jasper” and general overdubs recorded at The Green Shed in Jacksonville, FL engineer Rick Colado

Flute on “Shivering” performed and recorded in Berlin, DE by Rob Wuttenburg

mastered by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction

album cover artwork by Fillup Guiry


Special thanks to Brian and Fillup Guiry for helping me find the right words.

Thank you always to my wife, son and family for your endless support, much love.

Thanks to Mark and Alex for being a killer band.

Thanks to Jim Dreffen for inviting me to the Vacuum.

Thanks to all the venues and friends that have helped me keep touring over the past couple years.

Thank you to Einstein A-go-go for starting me on this path.

Special thanks to Eric Bachmann for letting me borrow some words.

Shout out to Rain Dogs in Jacksonville, may your drinks never stop pouring.

Long live Jack Rabbits, Uncle Rob is my soundguy.

Thanks to Cash Carter, Kindercore Vinyl and Science Project Records

Thank you to all my patrons for keeping this boat from sinking:
David Muldoon, Dmitry Timroth, Lucian & Bunny Chibitty, Trevor Neavill, Nick Bragg, Mussa V., Alfredo Duenas, Carlos Casarez, Patrick Moore, John Lackey. Karolina Novozámská, Gordon McBryde, Benjamin Young, Randy Greenback, Cassandra Elliot, Craig Marshall, Brian Jerin,
Becca & Curtis Wucker, Hurley Winkler, Amber Sherrill, Pamela Bernkrant, Kim An Rivers, Stacie Bu Shea, Arthur, Alisa Bernath, Calcitement, Dumunkis Gibson, Pavlina Horvatova, Nina, Adam Bucalo, Ash Teckarp, Nicole Labrecque, Tony Chance, Audrey Keith-Horton, Emeral Cooper
Nathan Antolik, Andrew Paul Williams, Jason Venture, LeeAnn Winkler, Kelly Callahan, Mike Kelly, Roisin Thompson, Mark Henson, Alexandra Gulkin

Thank you to the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida for awarding me the Art Ventures grant in 2020. If it wasn’t for your support I don’t know if this record would have gotten finished the way it did.

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