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by Johnny Crimes

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released 09 November 2013

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Johnny Crimes Redlands, California

Johnny Crimes are a quartet from Southern California playing shows in the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire. Inspired by the energetic guitar solos of 1960s surf rock, the infinitely moving drum beats of Motown, and the intense, driven bass lines of post punk from the 1970s & 80s, Johnny Crimes have rocked the ladies and their gentlemen across Southern California since 2010. ... more

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Track Name: When Birds Return to Dixie
Wait
Listen to me darling
Crinkle up the laugh lines in your eyes
Maybe we could speak if you knew me
Celebrate our fires not yet expired

Maybe spring is our time of new beginnings
Summer's heat might burn the fires of lust
But autumn comes and birds return to Dixie
While civil wars are lost before you're gone

This must be the loneliest love
This must be the slow death that I've been dreaming of

Wait
Listen to me darling
Just another moment of your time
Maybe you could tell me your mathematics
Help me understand your space and time

This must be the loneliest love
This must be the slow death that I've been dreaming of
Track Name: She's Living the Good Life or Whatever
You could fall for a while before you'd ever hit the floor
Seeking retribution for your past
She has moved on
And she's living on the farm
She's living the good life or whatever
Dieter designer, your art is beautiful
I'll chase your phantoms if ghosts can sate my lust
She was gone
She was lost
She was stray and you got caught
She was lost
She was gone forever
And it's all over now
And we're a little bit wiser
It's all over now
We are not safe...
Track Name: Life in a Crisis
I called out to the ocean
I said, "Baby, drown me please!"
She said, "Boy, my counsel is the only one I keep."
And I said, "I got my problems, my worries, chores..."
She said, "I got my own problems and they don't look anything like yours."

So I called her a bitch and threw a rock in anger at the waves
But she didn't seem to notice and kept right on with her ways of
Splashing and churning out her white sea salt
Like pillow down or spider webs or bitter, vanilla malt

So I called up my brother, I didn't know just what I'd say
But I thought it was important even if a little vague
And I said, "I think I'm going crazy, I don't know my left from right.
I might just leave tomorrow or I might just leave tonight."
But he said, he said to me with pity and a little bit annoyed,

He said, "Go on and talk to Jesus. Go home and see your wife.
Ride off into the sunset but don't be out all night.
Nothing lasts forever, not the good times, not the bad.
I know you're feeling crazy but remember what you have."

He said, "Boy, don't you walk away from this."

He said, "Go on and talk to Jesus. Go home and see your wife.
Ride off into the sunset but don't be out all night.
Nothing lasts forever, not the good times, not the bad.
I know you're feeling crazy but remember what you have."
Track Name: I'm Trying to Leave You
Be careful what you wish for
It could happen in a minute
Don't tell me that you're sorry
Cos I don't wanna hear it

Wait a goddam minute
I know you got some shit to say
But my pot's boiling over
And your kettle can wait

You take take my heart (I will replace it)
You can break my guitar (I will replace it, too)
You can twist my arm (I will break it first)

I'm trying to leave you
I'm trying to break you down
Deleting your friends and your family
Removing their names from my resume
I'm laughing at all of the irony
I'm getting away

Got a brand-new jacket
Gonna make a new look for me
I'm gonna show it off to strangers
And see if they will agree

You're going down like an anchor
Cut loose from a submarine
Maybe we're both under water
But, baby, I will be free

You can take my heart (I will replace it)
You can break my guitar (I will replace it, too)
You can take my car (cos I was walking away)

I'm trying to leave you
I'm trying to break you down
Deleting your friends and your family
Removing their names from my resume
I'm laughing at all of the irony
I'm getting away
Track Name: Of Alexander & Defeat
Alexander's smiling and I wonder what he knows
Pausing just a minute for effect
Just a moment earlier when we were rooting for his rival
Survival of the cause
As we take and give, give and take
As we try to make, try to live through our heroes
Our heroes
Alexander waits his turn
We're all waiting, we all learn the scoreboard
Oh dear lord
Track Name: Peter Alan Inc.
Alan was a sex offender
They caught him pissing near a school
So he knocked on doors, said, "Keep away."
"I'm bringing down the neighborhood."

All the mothers watch him closely.
All the fathers start to flex.
The city council met for days on end
and the landlord raised his rent.
Now he's living by a railroad
Where the whores are turning tricks
And the desperate souls self-medicate
With an intravenous fix

Peter was a clergy member
Until he knew there was no god
He said, "Hey, man you can keep your book"
"And your crackers ain't no good."
So he bought himself a Harley
With the loudest pipes they sell
He got "666" in English ink and he's riding straight to hell

They met in a dive-bar
Where the ashes coat regrets
And the lost souls find themselves
and lose whatever's left
Alan needs salvation
Pete needs to get off
They say, "What the hell, if you won't tell."
"Besides my money's gone. My drinking money's gone."

Now they're stumbling along the train tracks
With only one thing on their minds
And the working girls can't catch their eye
No matter how they try
Everything can be different.
Everything can be better.
We can make it together.
We can make it together.
Track Name: Glyxxin 2
I walk the tightrope slowly
You turned me off
Your threat is closing tightly
To drop your bombs

Inside of tight-looped circles
Your puke is raining on the crowd
We tried to tell you softly
But now your voice is so loud

Your life is for their radio
Turn out the lights and let it go
Track Name: Empty Nest & All The Best
Tell the children that I love them
Ask them if they know my name
Believe me when I tell you that I rue the day
All these years I've been your lover
Tell me what that means to you
Knowing I don't see you like I did before

Please believe me this is killing me
You're hurting me like Black Dalia
Everything we are we scream and shout
We're falling out
I will remember you

I woke up and knew the morning came to an unpleasant end
After spending all night drinking to your ghost
Up and down my brother's hallways
Pacing like I'm solving crimes
Knowing no forgiveness
And hating what I've lost
Track Name: Anthem
Who do you think you are?
I wasn’t finished with you yet
And now I’m faded with the cousins
Your sister's on a jet

And soon I’ll fall asleep
But I know I’ll wake up soon
I will be staring through the curtains
Seeing shadows from the moon

When morning comes we rise
There will be puddles on my pillow
Nervous laughter over coffee
Sunlight filtered through the willows

Driving down the road
Motor cops are blocking traffic
Some of us are silent; some make small talk
None of us know how this happened

I will sing a song
I will sing a song
I will sing an anthem to your name
Track Name: End punctuation. End grammar.
Waiting for you and I'm tired
Send me away; I don't wanna go
But I can take hints and my eyelids are touching already

I can see lights but I don't feel like I'm driving
What did I do? Won't you tell me?
Don't send me away! I was just getting my bearings

I don't know where I am going
Please don't you cry. Just tell me why I'm so freezing
I don't know where I am going