The Reluctant Graveyard

by Jeremy Messersmith

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released 04 May 2010

Produced by Jeremy Messersmith + Andy Thompson
Mixed by Andy Thompson (www.andywho.com)
Recorded by Andy Thompson + Jeremy Messersmith at The Library (www.thelibraryrecordingstudio.com), Instrument Landing (www.instrument-landing.com), Echo Boys
Additional Engineering: Ross Nelson + Bo Bodnar
Mastered by Ed Brooks
Artwork by Nick Schubert

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Track Name: Lazy Bones
He plays all night then sleeps all day

Waves at the dawn

With a stretch and a yawn

He has to go to work at eight

But he might have a cough

So he's sleeping it off


Lazy bones

Never worked so hard

I hope you never break

Lazy bones

Oh you're working so hard


He sleeps like he's got something to prove

Somewhere to explore

With a wink and a snore

He's at the end of misspent youth

Just a blur in a dream

Too quick to be seen
Track Name: Dillinger Eyes
I found honest work and lord knows I tried

I found honest work and lord knows I tried

Robbed a bank and ran from the fuzz

They asked the teller just who I was

She said “I don't know, but he had John Dillinger's eyes!”


For five long years I was wanted by the FBI

For five long years I was wanted by the FBI

I was shooting pool at the hall

Saw my poster up on the wall

“Ain't that you? You got John Dillinger's eyes!”


I caught one in my chest and two in my thigh

I caught one in my chest and two in my thigh

I saw a man rush to my side

Took a photograph as I died

And all because I was born with John Dillinger's eyes!


That newspaper man won the Pulitzer Prize

That newspaper man won the Pulitzer Prize

He keeps it by his bed on a shelf

But one thing that he'll never tell

Every day he thanks god for John Dillinger's eyes!
Track Name: Organ Donor
I was born in a mortuary

Full of worry

Ice water in my veins

Gave my heart in the school library

Never knew her name


Lost my tongue in the sanctuary

“Heaven spare me!”

Hands raised above my head

Sent my brain to the seminary

Never seen again...


Swing low

Grey bones

I don't know

If I'll ever be whole again


Left my spine in the wedding chapel

Full of people

Feet turning into lead

Lost a leg at the iron foundry

Where they found me dead


Drained my blood at the mortuary

No more worry

Ice water in my veins

Took my bones to the cemetery

Where they still remain


So swing low

Grey bones

I don't know

If I'll ever be whole again
Track Name: Toussaint, Grey, First in Life and Death
Racing up and down the halls

Footsteps echo off the walls

Summertime is here again

I'm not thinking of the friends

I'll leave behind


No one wants to be the last one home


Bell rings out at 3 o'clock

I fly out of the starting block

I may be small but I've got speed

Trail of sparks behind my feet


No one wants to be the last one home


Racing up and down the halls

Footsteps echo off the walls

Summertime is here again

I'm not thinking of the friends

I left behind
Track Name: Violet!
Violet

Streaks of earth matted in her hair

Beaten down, but she won't scare

Blinks her eyes, battered green and blue

Ignorance can leave an awful bruise


So get up!

Get up!

Come on and get up, Violet!


Blade of grass in her aching fist

Sets her jaw, no she won't quit

She'll take the fight to streets and avenues

A little dirt can make a flower bloom
Track Name: Knots
Black sweatband, sticks blur in her hands; she's the drummer

She weaves a beat through Kinks and Deep Purple covers


Can't shake her off

She keeps me tied in knots

I'm tangled from the inside out


Strung out and tired, a funeral-crier; I'm heartsick

So I twist and turn till the ropes start to burn and I'm frantic


All those uptown boys making noise but she just yawns

With a wicked back beat, she flips them off and then she's gone
Track Name: John the Determinist
Polished up and standing in a row

Wind up the gears, watch them go

People made of spring and sparks

Humming with electric hearts


Hoping for a ghost inside the shell

But if it's there it's hidden well

All we are is ticks and tocks

Seconds in a pocket watch


Oh you silly things

I've got you figured out


Walking on a January lake

I feel the ice around me break

One more ripple in the pond

Stretches out until it's calm
Track Name: A Girl, a Boy, and a Graveyard
Lucy takes the long way home

Meets me in a field of stone

She says I don't know how I'm supposed to feel

My body's cold my guts are twisted steel


I feel like I'm some kind of frankenstein

Waiting for a shock to bring me back to life

But I don't want to spend my time

Waiting for lightning to strike


Underneath a concrete sky

Lucy puts her hand in mine

She says life's a game we're meant to lose

But stick by me and I will stick by you


I'm like a princess in a castle high

Waiting for a kiss to bring me back to life

But I don't want to spend my time

Waiting for just another guy
Track Name: Repo Man
Fourteen years I was sober

I worked hard for my pay

Left my tithe at the altar

Closed my eyes when I prayed


But I'm the repo man and nobody weeps for me


The ground is cold in Minnesota

Cotton falling on the town

I share this hill with a willow

But he never makes a sound
Track Name: Deathbed Salesman
I can tell you've got taste

You shouldn't have to settle

You deserve the best

So why not rest in style?

What's that you say? You're feeling fine?

Well, if you want my opinion

In this line of work

It never hurts to plan


This is how it has to end

So love somebody while you can


No, you won't need to pack

You've got a reservation

But you don't have to wait

If you don't want to

And you won't feel a thing

All your friends are there already

Once you're gone

You'll never want to live again
Track Name: Tomorrow
Will I see you again?

Same time tomorrow

Well, I hope so

Let's watch the midnight sky

I won't say goodbye

Until tomorrow


Yesterday is gone

Today is almost over

Come on let's stay up late

We'll turn our today

Into tomorrow


Today is all we've got

A moment here then not

And if tomorrow never comes

I'll be standing with the one I love


It's time to say goodnight

And then you kiss me

Sweetly

Let's watch the morning break

Some things just can't wait until tomorrow