Open Mics for Closed Wallets

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released August 26, 2014

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Track Name: Shipwrecked
It’s been too long since
I’ve been at this
And now my tolerance is
All too inadequate
And darlin’ you just won’t quit
Like an unsinkable ship
And your cargo’s loaded
But you don’t notice it
We’re going, full steam ahead
I think we’re going to crash up ahead
‘Cause you know the turns get tight, and our rudder’s not right
And this ship - it don’t stop on no dimes
So call me a dimwit
Say my melon’s pitless
Criticize my logic
Feel free to pick my nicks
We’re going, full steam ahead
I think we’re going to crash up ahead
‘Cause you know the turns get tight, and you know our rudder’s stuck right
And this bitch - she don’t stop on no dimes
We’re going, full steam ahead
I think we’re going to crash up ahead
‘Cause you know the turns get tight, and our rudder’s not right
And this ship - she don’t stop on no dimes
Track Name: I'm Totally from Mars
How about instead, of preparing your defense
You cop up to these ends, despite good intentions?
How about instead, of blaming’yer predecessed
You say that it’s your head, and you meant what’cha said?
Don't you think it’d be nice
To put those lies of yours on ice
Yeah don’t’cha think it’d be nice
How about instead, of explaining your offense
You give us an excuse, for most of what’cha do?
How about instead, of proclaiming indifference
You admit that’cha fed, your feelings of hatred?
Don't you think it’d be nice
To put those lies of yours on ice
Yeah don’t’cha think it’d be nice
Don't you think it’d be nice
To put all those lies of yours on ice
Yeah don’t’cha think it’d be nice
Not tryin’ to be mean
It’s just the way it’s got to be, honey
Don't you think it’d be nice
To put all those lies of yours on ice
Yeah don’t’cha think it’d be nice
Track Name: The Fixers Red
On your way out, I hope that you hum this tune
And when you wake up, I hope you’re still humming too
‘Cause then, you’ll know what you need to do
Just find me, Just find me
When you go to work, I hope you’ll spread the word
And when your day’s done, please don’t fight the urge
To run through, the streets all absurd
To find me, To find me
You know, I've got this band, we call ourselves, The Fixers Red
And sure now, it’s just my hands, but I've got, The Fixers Red
When I’m at home, you know I’m playin’ guitar
When I go out, I do the same at some bar
No matter where, a pen and paper ain’t far
So I can find me, So I can find me
You know, I've got this band, we call ourselves, The Fixers Red
And sure now, it’s just one man, know I've got, The Fixers Red
And sure it’s hard, to keep pushin’ on, payin’ bills, ain’t often fun
Sometimes think, I’m scraping bottom, but’cha know the show, it must go on
Now you know, I've got this band, we call ourselves, The Fixers Red
And sure now, it’s just my hands, but I've got big plans, for The Fixers Red
Track Name: Open Mics for Closed Wallets
I was given a name, before I had a chance to make one
I was given a place, before I had a chance to find one
But that’s alright, I’ve been doing just fine
I just keep trudgin’ along, I just keep trudgin’ alone
I was given a date, before I had a chance to miss one
I was given a slate, and I took my first chance to soil one
But that’s alright, I’ve been doing just fine
I just keep trudgin’ along, I just keep trudgin’ alone
But that’s alright, I’ve been doing just fine

Thank you for your thoughts,
And all the applause
But what I really want,
Is your money
No it doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth
No it doesn’t all have to be so silky sweet
Thanks for pulling me aside
To offer me advise
But what I’d really like
Is your money
No it doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth
No it doesn’t all have to be so silky sweet
Thank you for ending
Your conversations when I sing
But’cha know what’cha can bring
Yeah your money
No it doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth
No it doesn’t all have to be so silky sweet
Track Name: Every Day
It’s hard! To get along, when all you do is hold your tongue, it’s getting’ on
Honey! Ya’ know I’m catchin’ on, learnin’ to have fun, throwin’ out, all the hum drum

Misfired! Like a bad gun, just a spoiled son, not -- not the only one
Expired! You’re last month’s milk, not exactly smooth as silk, take a look -- at what cha’ built

Just how many ways can I sing this song, before movin’ on?
Let’s see how many ways can I sing this song, before movin’ on?
Just how many ways can I write this song, before movin’ on?
Let’s see how many ways can I write this song, before movin’ on?
Before movin’ on, before movin’ on --- yeah!
Track Name: Our Best Days
Darlin’ it wouldn’t be, complete honesty, if I were to tell you that I’m the one for you
Cause you know our mistakes, are so countless in number they, stack way up to, and outweigh the good we do
And you know, I’ve always been a bit "off"
And I know, you’ve always just shrugged that off

Please forgive my sighs, but I feel they’re justified, after all the time, I’ve spent backing you
You know my tendencies, are just like appendices, always at the end and too obtuse to use
And you know, I’ve always thought I was the top
And I know, you’ve always just shrugged that off

Please tell me our best days are not behind us, just say that the good times haven’t run out for us
‘Cause it’s no secret, I need something to hope for

Would you think less of me, if I admit dependency, despite all the trials we’ve seen each other through?
Ya’ know your standards changed, since I disclosed the range, of the mental gymnastics that I do all for you
And you know, I never wait for the other shoe to drop
And I know, you’ve never just shrugged that off

Please tell me our best days are not behind us, just say that the good times haven’t run out for us
‘Cause it’s no secret, I need something to hope for

‘Cause I just got used to
Being free to do what we want to
And frankly I’m afraid
That all that, is just gonna fade fade fade
Track Name: To: Time
Skip forward just a moment, I wanna get on that ride, let me get on that ride
Speed up for a moment, I’d like to go for a drive, let me go for a drive

You don’t seem to realize, that your pace is something upon which we rely
It’s like you’re trying to ditch us, for a being with more patience

Look at me for a moment, show me what’s in those eyes, let me see your eyes
Pause -- for me a moment, let me be surprised, let me be surprised

You don’t seem to realize, that your pace is something upon which we rely
It’s like you’re trying to ditch us, for a being with more endurance

Slow down for a moment, let me catch my breath, let me catch my breath
Calm down for a moment, let us catch our breath, just let us catch our breath

You don’t seem to realize, that your pace is something upon which we rely
It’s like you’re trying to ditch us, for a being with more endurance

Let’s just be friends
Please let us be friends friends friends-friends
Friends friends friends-friends
Friends friends friends-friends
Friends friends --- yeah
Track Name: Colors
Blue is the color of the sky, cause the nitrogen inside,
Reflects it more than the other guys,
And that’s why the sky is blue!
Green is the color of the trees, turning sun into energies,
Using the chlorophyll in their leaves,
Those photosynthesizing showoffs!
Yellow is the color of our sun, which fuses hydrogen,
And in the process spews heat, light, and radiation
And that’s a good thing!
And now, for no reason, count with me!
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
Count with me!
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
Count with me!
So many colors out there to see,
So many colors in the sky and under the sea
Blue is the color of the sky, cause the nitrogen inside,
Reflects it more than the other guys,
And that’s why the sky is blue!
Green is the color of the trees, turning sun into energies,
Using the chlorophyll in their leaves,
Those photosynthesizing showoffs!
Yellow is the color of our sun, which fuses hydrogen,
And in the process spews heat, light, and radiation
And that’s a good thing!
And now, for no reason, count with me!
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
Count with me!
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
Count with me!
So many colors out there to see,
So many colors in the sky and under the sea
Blue is the color of the sky, cause the nitrogen inside,
Reflects it more than the other guys,
And that’s why the sky is blue!
Green is the color of the trees, turning sun into energies,
Using the chlorophyll in their leaves,
Those photosynthesizing showoffs!
Yellow is the color of our sun, which fuses hydrogen,
And in the process spews heat, light, and radiation
And that’s a good thing!
And now, for no reason, count with me!
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
Count with me!
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
Count with me!
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
One two three four five six seven eight
Count with me!
Track Name: Not Gonna Fly
It was fifteen years ago, and you were with my good friend
You looked ready to go, and I was happy to pretend
That you were mine, and things were fine, and we’d be together in the end

Seems like everyone I know, would rather just know me past tense
They’re always happy to show, but never to sit and listen
But when we’re tryin’, ideas go flyin’, collide in inspiration

But no I don’t, think it’ll fly, it’s lookin’ like a lead balloon
But no I don’t, think it’ll fly, it’s lookin’ like a lead balloon

At your place people come and go, but their stay’s length it depends
On the count of interests they boast, and how they prioritize them
It’s like they’re blind, can’t see the signs, pointing them all to your bed

But no I don’t, think it’ll fly, it’s lookin’ like a lead balloon
But no I don’t, think it’ll fly, it’s lookin’ like a lead balloon

But maybe I’m the one who’s blind
Maybe I’m just wastin’ time
But maybe I’m the one who’s blind
Maybe I’m just wastin’ time

But no I don’t, think it’ll fly, it’s lookin’ like a lead balloon
But no I don’t, think it’ll fly, it’s lookin’ like a lead balloon
Track Name: High School Sweethearts
Darlin’ we met when we were, so so very young
And I know that my love for you, certainly has only grown
But I must be wearing thin, with all my habits and my sins
And though our wavelengths seem the same, sometimes we’re out of phase

Love when I told you I wanted, us to go our separate ways
I found myself blindly following, advice from those who had no weight
But clearly that’s just no excuse, fit to overcome the truth
And though my prayers ask for a sign, I fear that I just might be blind

I take you for granted, sometimes, our defaults are happy and that’s made me blind
To all the time that came before, I was lucky enough to be at your door

Darlin’ I hope you find this, long after I’ve passed
In a time where I’m sorely missed, and all you have is this last
Little piece of what remains, from the catacombs of my brain
Little wisps I can’t express, though you know I’ve done my best

I take you for granted, sometimes, our defaults are happy and that’s made me blind
To all the time that came before, I was lucky enough to be at your door