Country Boys Don't Know How To Quit

by The Surviving Kenneallys

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released 10 November 2013

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The Surviving Kenneallys Cambridge, Massachusetts

Joseph Kenneally - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Brighid McHugh Mullane - Fiddle/Vocals
Jesse Wellman - Banjo/Vocals
Ryan Dalley - Guitar/Vocals

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Track Name: The Way I Am
Take a look around, what do you see
do you see all those old time face turning away from me
i've been digging this hole out in the garden
i've been washing away my sins
realizing finally the way things were and the way my soul has been
saving up my strength set my body on fire
if you were up all night thinking about me
it was me who was the liar
don't doubt the way i looked at you so long ago
i got it in my heart to let you know i'm finally through
we've spent so long tangled up in the way i am
i wish there were ways outside these words to understand
i've been spending my whole life long
to get you to come away with me my love

one coffee one whiskey and i'm headed for the door
the walls of this establishment they don't need me anymore
bartender, you've read me with that smile long enough
this seat it ain't my friend and this drink it ain't my love
we've spent so long tangled up in the way i am
i wish there were ways outside these words to understand
i've been wasting my whole life long
to get you to come away with me my love
Track Name: Salvation
i've been staring at rooftops in a small town way out west
the smell of gasoline is making steam out of my breath
and my oil stained hands are weary and my fingernails are black
i've been crawling over wheat fields with winter on my back
and all my lyrics they seem baseless and my lover she's leaving tonight
she said i got to get more salvation in my life
and i told her the road looks long and the end ain't in my sight
well she mumbled something 'bout rooftops and i said call
(she said that she might)

and so i wandered the streets alone
wondering where all the pretty girls has gone
and i shook the locked doors of the public house
and i screamed your name out loud
and the crushing weight of the stars burning out
led me to the conclusion
that you were right, i'd just be looking out for myself
when i should've been coming home
Track Name: Whims
sunset savvy in the summertime blues
i worked all night and i already lost you
to me it's all broken it's all golden
it's all the truth
so sometime let's go sit in the sun
with nothing but our eyes to watch sunderland
face down in the darkness under western skies
western for me, but not anyone else

and it's the streets for me to take us home
we might not remember how we got so gone
try to not wish on the setting moon
we're all so silent, slipping under so soon

save that dreaming for your southbound train
the whims we used to call on all our salvaged names
that we told to older generations that we hoped to be
and all of the foreign lands we wanted to see

'cause i wish i could remember every moment everyday
that we walked to the corner store and vanished in the haze
and i saw you fall off of your bicycle
and oh my childhood dreams
and oh, my childhood dreams
Track Name: Gas And Cain
you said you don't know i think i'm crazy you said i'm hard to read and i might be off in the head well at least we're getting somehwere

and it started with a-

bang on the door shook off the hinges cards thrown down revolvers and liquor and we didn't know what we'd gotten into baby

but it started with a-

i went a little crazy overnight
the screws came loose and the door closed tight
and i decided to be on my merry way
and i don't know where i'm going
but i know i'll be out of the way
i'll be spending all my money on gas and 'caine
it'll be the road and the night sky that will finally
bring me home

i'll be ok i'll be ok yeah just as soon as the band starts to pick up to play the night comes down and the bars fill up to our heads

we'll be falling in love

with the band and the night and the thrill of the playing the fuel in our veins that will keep us going we won't be able to slow down

'cause we'll be falling in love
Track Name: Haven't Been Anywhere Yet
i've been to the ocean and been caught up in the waves
i've sang of the past and countless better days
i've been to the sky and seen life in a dead man's eyes
but i haven't been anywhere yet

well i know there's a storm a'comin' i'll be in the open air
i'll be trying to catch that rain in my hands and some in my hair
i'll be trying to jump those trains and be forgotten in the rain
but i haven't been anywhere yet

show me the way back to the finish line
one that i've never been
and i'll show you the places that i want to go
yeah i'll show you the marks on my map
if you'll tell me a secret and be so kind as to
tell me who i am
'cause i haven't been anywhere yet
Track Name: Hold Me Down
hold me down i'm no place i want to be
cigarettes don't know this place better than me
don't forget your grass stains on our calloused hands
or the burn in the streetlights i couldn't see
my bare feet are soaking up the kentucky blue earth
and the scripture don't know how to save me now
so lay me down easy on the ground in the backyard
is it spring yet is it sunday afternoon

slow me down the lines are blurring in the center
i've been driving all night and i won't forget this winter
my old-fashion mind's been dragging my body along
why you gotta turn up all cold and alone
these nights they've been killing me my fingers don't belong
a tortured soul's been singing all my songs
the asphalt dreams coming up on the early 90s they're breaking down
and i gotta get my mind, gotta get my mind all alone

grow your roots in the cracked pavement streets
country boys don't know how to quit now darling
and i ain't trying to tell you off about nothing
i ain't trying to loose the ground beneath my feet
so don't try to bring that sky down upon you
there's air enough down here to breath
what we really need is a little quiet corner in boston
where we can lay our heads down to sleep

hold me down
Track Name: Talking To Myself
i walked a mile in the devil's shoes
i tore up the pavement with nothing to loose
i robbed every bank from here to toulouse
and i'm coming home to you
if the sheriff sees me then it's back in my cell
but i'd rather take death than go back to that hell
so are you with me or not because the time is now
and the engine's hot and we're running

'cause i have been trying to slow things down
won't you believe me
and i have been talking to myself
more than ever lately

so are you with me or not or should i get back in the car
and keep on heading south

back on the road and i'm back to myself
i got my smith and wesson blessin' done with learning and lessons
and we're headed for the boarder but we haven't got a prayer
with the cops tryin' to chase us there's no way in hell

'cause i have been trying to slow things down
won't you believe me
and i have been talking to myself
more than ever lately

so are you with me or not or should i get back in the car
and keep on heading south
Track Name: Small Improvements
sun in my eyes shoes on my feet
last time i checked you were so hard to see
running my mouth checking the time
don't know what's yours don't know what's mine
floor to the ceiling rise to the heat
steady yourself come over to me
i lost what it was that drove you away
i found a new place and i'm here to stay
i'm here to stay

sell yourself short don't flatter yourself
i came here to talk i didn't come here to help
it is what it is kid call it what you will
i'm just another bastard with an ego to fill
talk about trust or lack thereof
i heard it before man, i heard it enough
so get down to it show me your cards
down to the brass the loved and the lost
the loved and the lost

so why don't we just put the next foot down
small improvements is all we need now
and we were just kids young to a fault
and i'm wringing my hands thinking back the fall
and those scraps of paper at your fingertips
that's just nerves kid and the beauty in all of this
and i can't remember if i done you wrong
but i ain't changing the words to my songs
Track Name: Window Seat
settle down don't sleep watch from the window seat
the city fades behind you shadows into fall
flip through the pages of a childhood story
missing the telephone wondering if i'll make it home

well i've been one walking regret don't be lonely
i got a little left in my flask to get us there
don't be shy in asking in all that i'm worth
the dirt underneath my toes and the sound of my broken bones

and i collapsed my lungs my pen's run dry
and my sorry breath don't suit my eyes
and oh my broken oh my broken bones oh my broken oh my broken
and i've collapsed my lungs my pen's run dry
and my breath to don't suit my sorry eyes
and oh my broken oh my broken bones oh my broken
oh my broken soul
Track Name: Bicycle
i've been holding out for you to really get to know me
before i go and let you down
i've been thinking of the things that i could say to you
if only i knew how
watch me as i ride this bicycle like it's my first time
you can teach me if you really think out loud
the rain that grows inside my soul my ever growing summer cold
wishing the trees would just stop being so proud

all i really know about the winter is that it gets me down
and all those times i carried on thinking i could leave this town
i never meant to hurt you but i did a little bit
do you resent the way that i carried on
and i'm all out of lines for you in all my somber songs
so long lonesome so long

the other side of this city makes my stomach turn
feeling so far out of touch
landlines come crashing down only to make me wonder
how i loved it so much
when you cursed my name through your notebook pages
and stumbled home drunk too late
i never had the courage to let you know i'm broken
or let you know i lost my way

'cause all i really know about this city is that it gets me down
and all those times i carried on thinking i could leave this town
i never meant to hurt you but i did a little bit
do you resent the way that i carried on
and i'm all out of lines for you in all my somber songs
so long lonesome so long
Track Name: Said The Dog To His Brother
Said the dog to his brother
And i dont know you but i need you
And he returned to his solace
By the end of the road
And the brother did not ask
For he knew how it would end
So he sat at home with a glass
And cause he loved the weight in his hands

And i know it came out broken
The wind it never came
But i promise i aint done asking
I aint done playing your game
Why do we breathe so slow
And when did we grow so old
Do you wish for the ground to rise up under and carry you safe and sound

And oh how i never gave up on the land
The silent trees lifted me up with their hands
The rust in my veins that slowed me down
Doesnt know how to be proud

Return to your mother
She didnt want to let you go
Dont be afraid to tell her
Her house is also your home
And dont think twice in believing
Each word you left unsaid
The problem with small towns is all of the people and everything you never did