Vital Signs

by The Revivalists

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Vital Signs is The Revivalists debut L.P.!

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released March 13, 2010

Recorded at The Music Shed, New Orleans, LA
Produced by Chris Finney and Ben Lorio
Mixed by Ben Lorio and Chris Finney
Additional Mixing on Hurricane Winslow by Ben Mumphrey
Mastered By Bruce Barielle

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Track Name: Not Turn Away
All I can see are blurs of red and yellow through the raindrops on my windshield nothing is clear to me but it seems nobody’s moving is it an accident or just me nowhere to go I hope that you will follow me ‘cause it’s you that I’ve been missing I hope that you were listening when I said that you could be the only one and what did I say to make you doubt me and after that night when you began to come around what could I have done to make you stay not turn away the windshield wipers screech me back to consciousness it seems that it’s stopped raining the sky has cleared up the southern stars are shining the thought of you has got me blinded the radio plays a story of redemption drowns out the leaking tire’s hissing I hope that you were listening when I said that you could be the only one what did I say to make you doubt me and after that night when you began to come around what could I have done to make you stay not turn away I want to be the light the light in your eyes every smile and I want to be the one who loves you I got a feeling inside you know it makes me feel like dying ‘cause you know I’m always thinking of you I remember a time looking down that long road it was you and me and mystery we’d go for a ride drink a toast to happy endings but now the bottle’s dry and empty now that you’re gone never to return again everything we had was history hope that you are listening when I say I have found my only one and nothing I could say would make her doubt me and every night the sun descends into the ground and she’s the only one I want to stay and not turn away.
Track Name: Shot Of Tears
I saw my baby-o late last night camp said he took a shot of my tears oh no I couldn’t believe I had a shipwrecked life ‘cause I never left that pier and so now I’m getting high just like I’m dolomite maybe even Sally DeBeers we’re taking shots to the brain we fill ourselves with that love man it’s all enough for the fame but it’s never enough no it’s never enough she’s a cabbage patch baby born under the sun she came into this world at one hell of a time the middle east was under fire from the B.Y.O.B’s that’s the bullshit years of Bush for all you righty tighties she broke all the rules and never paid for one ‘til that fateful day when she brandished a gun stole herself a guitar and then a whole damn band pilfered a bottle of Jack cooked up in a frying pan but it’s never enough no it’s never enough ‘cause she’s the queen of my world and I swear so check your Vital Signs when your heart fails you well the band woke up in the morning realized what had been done they’d all been kidnapped now with nowhere to run Benny was a drummer she knew from way back when he played drums for her once and then he dove right in them pink silky panties with a couple of runs he left early in the morning swore he’d be back for more fun but the clock it never lie even to this voodoo child and the next time that she saw him she put that gun to his eye never enough no it’s never enough cause she’s the queen of my world and I swear so check your vital signs when your heart fails you we’re out of control I saw my baby out late last night Camp said he took a shot of my tears but it’s never enough no it’s never enough ‘cause she’s the queen of my world and I swear she’s bound to fall.
Track Name: Catching Fireflies
My baby told me you gotta get better if you ever wanna win and I know that she’s not getting any better man she just sin I still love her but I know I was once there wearing them shoes I’m still hurting ‘cause the woman I love’s giving me the blues sitting here sober but I wonder what shape she’ll find me in I need her under my skin like a junkie needs heroin and I’m never going back to Snake n’ Jakes the amount of money I spent I could’ve bought the place not to mention that they know my face now it’s hell getting out the place so I’m walking the streets tonight I’m catching some fireflies some would say that I’m living a lie but no more today no more tonight you could say that I’m under the gun nine million miles away from the sun I’ve hesitated much too long but I’m still having fun hope you’re having fun belly up in an ambulance I spent Sunday making doctor friends I could’ve used a pair of depends I hope that made you laugh ‘cause you know I’m a gentlemen heaven found me living didn’t find me dead got a permanent ash mark on my forehead but it still couldn’t save me from lying in bed staring at your clothes in the closet while I was out of my head so I’m walking the streets tonight I’m catching some fireflies some would say that I’m living a lie but no more today no more tonight you could say that I’m under the gun nine million miles away from the sun I’ve hesitated much too long but I’m still having fun hope you’re having fun I’m a peaceful man today ain’t got no more weekend wars to wage so give me one more shot babe
Track Name: Soul's Too Loud
It was a story told long ago about a sweet love that lay below so people come gather round and listen to this broken sound from the underground it’s creeping up from your underground deep into the living rooms where it can be found cells work together so vast and small we are the keepers the kingdom the answer and call it’s all you need she walks alone sometimes at night moving to the rhythm of a losing fight she takes a drag thinks he’s the same can’t believe she’s caught up in his greedy game you can’t just act like she don’t exist world won’t revolve around the solipsist the pieces all sum up to a whole in a crowded fishbowl with sex drugs love and lies there is no easy road her soul’s too loud our soul’s too loud forever is right now mother nature is all our sound we’re watching this go down it was a story told long ago about a sweet love that lay below so people come and gather around listen to this broken sound from the underground it’s creeping up from the underground deep into your living rooms where it can be found we’ll stop on by anytime that you like just put us in your stereo turn it up to nine she got that tremolo soul on and on she goes she’ll travel round the world so nobody have to know it’s all inside her glow on and on she goes you can feel her in the night she’s someone everybody knows her soul’s to loud our soul’s too loud forever is right now mother nature is all our sound we’re watching this go down
Track Name: Purple Heart
Well the soul don’t want to shine on me no more went from a shot of patron to a broken home now I’m labeled as a whore I pay my debts in full while I’m shied away from the sun cause I never wanted anybody else so I lay in what I’ve done now I feel that I’ve been doing you wrong you’ve been doing me right and I think it’s about time I’ve been a fool for way to long so now I wear these battle scars each and every night and I hope they’ll mend up right my purple heart can’t seem to mend these broken promises I’ve sure never been no angel I ain’t no preachers son so I make my bed by the river side and I lay in what I’ve done she sure never saw it coming yeah I know I could’ve lied but I’d rather lay in this river bed than to see her cry at night now I feel that I’ve been doing you wrong you’ve been doing me right and I think it’s about time I’ve been a fool for way to long now I wear these battle scars each and every night and I hope they’ll mend up right my purple heart can’t seem to mend these broken promises so pretty mama tell me how you feel when you’re stuck in the back of that Coupe de Ville you’re such a bomb senorita with a body to kill you’ve taken all my money now give me the thrill
Track Name: Straw Man
You think you’re pretty bright ‘cause mama called you son that don’t mean nothing you got your bloody knuckles from breaking bricks with all your muscle it don’t mean nothing wasting so much energy searching for an enemy to ease the doubt and keep your hand you can’t knock it down like a strawman change my gear shift into drive stay awake while I’m alive with good humor and a shoddy plan I can set afire to my strawman hey you know things could always be easier hey but though we all complain even so watch out for meteors, meat-eaters, and other forms of wild game sold a millions diamonds but never gave up one that don’t mean nothing you got your bloody nose from breaking bricks with all the girls it don’t mean nothing hey little Scotty why you on the loose you got your head and your shoulders and a good excuse excuse the dues freezing your plan you can knock it down like a strawman hey you know things could always be easier hey but though we all complain even so watch out for meteors, meat-eaters, and other forms of wild game if only this if only that change the one thing holding me back and I can make it like it’s not I’ll be so free sitting on top the world it flies it does not wait for you to accept your own fate come to in all your foolish pride hear in lies truth you may despise the skies don’t care much who you are they’ll strike you down with a meteor wasting so much energy searching for an enemy to ease the doubt and keep my hand I can’t knock it down like a strawman
Track Name: Ride The Earth
Melting in my living room I can’t beat the heat these women in my neighborhood are burning up the street tank tops shorts and flip flops so much love to spare imagine her in waist high grass with a flower in her hair come away you won’t find a better day the city’s burning up my brain you’ve been dying since your birth come on ride the earth time passes days grow shorter the kids are back in school I’ll keep you safe and warm as summer winds turn cool long sleeves trees with red leaves look like they’re on fire I’ll lay you down in a mountain bed so I can take you higher come away you won’t find a better day the city’s burning up my brain you’ve been dying since your birth so come on ride the earth we believe there’s time to spare we’ll be fine come what may European woman with the storm cloud eyes is your beauty a reality or a natural disguise we’re sleeping here at the summit ‘cause we got no place to go so lay your love upon me under eight inches of snow come away we won’t find a better day the city’s burning up my brain you’ve been dying since your birth so come on ride the earth
Track Name: Appreciate Me I
Caught up in a whirlwind now and I could leave her but I wouldn’t know how so I’ll just settle for a peaceful smile and I’ll never move on been through so much today and you’ll never stop this electricity from flowing out your model body directly into mine you just don’t appreciate me
Track Name: Appreciate Me II
Welcome to the party grab everything you can stock up so high that none can try to burglarize your clan see the road ahead unfurl just like an infinite gray snake diluting and polluting the only road we’re bound to take and I feel like I’m gone I wanna sleep with the devil wake up next to god indulge in moderation but travel safely through that fog I’m getting back in touch with the physical world it’s a finely rough place to be gonna engage myself into the spiritual world I’m gonna do that chemically and I feel like I’m gone so feel it tonight I hope you don’t get caught up in it let go I got a newfound love for this rebel road a little grit a little gravel pack a heavy load do your rebel dance to the loony moon break your back to the rhythm in the midnight gloom coincidence I think so ‘cause you’ll reap what you sow when your tall can gets low you’ve had too much to think now you’re drowning in the drink at the bottom of the barrel in the bathroom sink come one come all ride the merry go round cash in your tickets get lost in the sound your best friends the cotton bros. are now on the scene sleeping with the golden girls and their blue velvet sheen you can be the hero of the underworld so gone with white ponies and elephants to garnish your lawn relax in your state let the vibe take you away believe there’s another world on the other side that waits feel it tonight I hope you don’t get caught up in it let go let go
Track Name: Don't Get Caught Up
Welcome to the party grab everything you can stock up so high that none can try to burglarize your clan see the road ahead unfurl just like an infinite gray snake diluting and polluting the only road we’re bound to take and I feel like I’m gone I wanna sleep with the devil wake up next to god indulge in moderation but travel safely through that fog I’m getting back in touch with the physical world it’s a finely rough place to be gonna engage myself into the spiritual world I’m gonna do that chemically and I feel like I’m gone so feel it tonight I hope you don’t get caught up in it let go I got a newfound love for this rebel road a little grit a little gravel pack a heavy load do your rebel dance to the loony moon break your back to the rhythm in the midnight gloom coincidence I think so ‘cause you’ll reap what you sow when your tall can gets low you’ve had too much to think now you’re drowning in the drink at the bottom of the barrel in the bathroom sink come one come all ride the merry go round cash in your tickets get lost in the sound your best friends the cotton bros. are now on the scene sleeping with the golden girls and their blue velvet sheen you can be the hero of the underworld so gone with white ponies and elephants to garnish your lawn relax in your state let the vibe take you away believe there’s another world on the other side that waits feel it tonight I hope you don’t get caught up in it let go let go
Track Name: Two Ton Wrecking Ball
Your bloodshot eyes are so beautiful they warm my heart just like the night before now I can’t hide these weathered tears they’ve stained my skin after all these years we’ve changed out sides so many times that I can’t tell just where to draw the line yeah I know I’ve been acting funny lately Chelsea and if this is criminal then I’m a prisoner I’m not a bank inside you can’t just rob my heart when there’s love involved you’re like a two ton wrecking ball you smash my atmosphere mud up any thought once clear it’s not a wasted cause you can check my faith I loved you once isn’t that the very same thing we’ve tried for years we’ve shown our tears we’ve grown up quite well with this life time shattered yeah I know I’ve been acting funny lately Chelsea if this is criminal then I’m a prisoner I’m not a bank inside you can’t just rob my heart when there’s love involved you’re like a two ton wrecking ball you smash my atmosphere mud up any thought once clear now la la la I’m rescued by the flame in your eyes and it’s been a long time since we’ve cast our shadows on the moon and I realize that I was always there for you and you were there for me too but I know it’s time for me to go here’s a shot for you and I’m gone
Track Name: Hurricane Winslow
You gave up to your limit and then you broke and I don’t blame you now I rely on a much simpler living I’m much more plain these days it’s true I had to let my feelings go just for the moment I always had plans to come back home to you but if my key don’t fit the keyhole and I’m left in this world to make it my home alone I really really want you to know I love you more than hurricane winds blow no I’ll never forget you and the craziest thing that you’ll never know is just how much I miss you seven years ago two souls collided and they began to grow and it feels like yesterday when I dropped you off in front of your home had to ask you for a kiss ‘cause I knew you were a lady you had your hand up on my knee I had your lips on my mind and I think I kissed your cheek and darling that’s just fine ‘cause we had time we had time and we still got time to celebrate set this straight this was never our fate ‘cause I love you more than hurricane winds blow no I’ll never forget you and the craziest thing that you’ll never know is just how much I miss you