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All Songs Written by Reid Paley

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released 30 October 2007

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REID PALEY - Vocal, Electric Archtop Guitar
ERIC EBLE - Czechoslovakian Upright Bass
JAMES MURRAY - Trap Kit

Eric Eble - Upright Bass (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9) Daria Grace - Bass (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 10)

Recorded & Mixed by Michael Caiati
at Coyote Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Asst: Melissa Murray, Cem Akkan, Misha Müller
Mastered by Doug Henderson
Photography by Butch Belair

Produced by Reid Paley


©2007 Reid Paley | The Monkey's Paw (BMI) | All Rights Reserved

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Track Name: See You Again
SEE YOU AGAIN (Reid Paley)

Come on in
And we’ll have it out
This one last time
I’ll see you again
When the sun begin to shine

Close your eyes
And remember when
You looked so fine
I’ll see you again
When the sun begin to shine

You say that you had my back
I don’t know when
You won’t get another chance
To pull that stuff again

And I know
That I nailed it up
I took my time
I’ll see you again
When the sun begin to shine

[Spirited Instrumental]

You say that you had my back
I don’t know when
You won’t get another chance
To pull that stuff again

So step right up
Baby I don’t care
What’s yours and mine
I’ll see you again
When the sun begin to shine
I’ll see you again
When the sun begin to shine




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Track Name: Yr Polish Uncle
YR POLISH UNCLE (Reid Paley)

Just try for once shut your mouth
You’ll piss yourself a story
About the spastic monkey
And the whore
All the things I hear and say
They just don’t go away
And I won’t be coming back here
Anymore

And I swear on the back
Of my forty-third abortion
I see yr devil
Peering round the door
But I won’t be scared or sad
About all the things I’ve had
And I won’t be coming back here
Anymore

I don’t know why but
One thing for sure
It’s comin’ down
One thing for certain
One thing for sure
I’ll be around
I’ll be around

And I swear on the back
Of my mother’s shattered eyeball
He beat me with his stump
All bent and sore
They will beat you black and blue
They’ll beat you til they’re through
And I won’t be coming back here
Anymore

[Reprise of Suavely Insightful Bridge]

I am not the one you think I am
I’m not Your Polish Uncle
I’m underneath your table
On the floor
But I won’t be scared or sad
About all the things I’ve had
And I won’t be coming back here
Anymore



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Track Name: Take What You Want
TAKE WHAT YOU WANT (Reid Paley)

You know if you need me
You find a way
There’s trouble tomorrow
Let’s kill yesterday
Gonna lay my body down
Take what you want from me

And if you’re looking
For shooting stars
Come get my pistol
Shoot me to Mars
Gonna lay my body down
Take what you want from me

I’m on my way now
Might find a friend
Who might lead me
Home again
Might find a savior
Might wanna say
You’re right
I’m wrong
Not yet but it won’t be long
Come drag my broken bones
Away

You know if you want me
You ought to know
Down by the river
That’s where I go
Gonna lay my body down
Take what you want from me
Gonna lay my body down
Take what you want from me

Take what you want from me



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Track Name: Everything Is Going Wrong (& That's Alright)
EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG (& THAT’S ALRIGHT)
(Reid Paley)

There’s people gonna tell you
That your life can go to hell
But how you gonna get there
When you got no soul to sell
No matter how you play it
There’s always room for more
Until you get knocked down dead back on the floor

Now I can almost tell the difference
Between day and night
Cos everything is going wrong
And that’s all right

I’m looking for the bright side
But there ain’t so much to see
I can’t get on that wagon
Cos there ain’t no room for me
Need another blowout
Got to have a little fun
And all they got to sell you
Is a mattress and a gun

It’s almost like the difference
Between day and night
Cos everything is going wrong
And that’s all right

It doesn’t take a genius
To see that money talks
It doesn’t take a genius
To watch the way you walk
It doesn’t take a genius
To wrap up in a flag
It doesn’t take a genius
To pretend you’re god in drag
It doesn’t take a genius
To see the bad guy smile
It doesn’t take a genius
Get ugly for awhile
It doesn’t take a genius
To tell you what is true
It only take one night to suck the life right outta you

And now if you’ll excuse me
I’m stepping into the light
Cos everything is going wrong
And that’s all right



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Track Name: The Dark Sky
THE DARK SKY (Reid Paley)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one
You’ve heard it all before
Just another holy joe
Streets are lined with suckers
Buying snake oil from a whore
And there’s no place left to go

Don’t be afraid of the dark sky
I’ll hold your hand
When it comes down

Here come the morning sun
It’s all yours and mine
Let’s get up front and watch the show
Here come that judas cow
Watch ‘em get in line
It’s the only thing they know

Don’t be afraid of the dark sky
I’ll hold your hand
When it comes down

Everyone go home now
There’s nothing left to see

Try to remember how the years
Turn into years
And no one really cares what’s true
And when the caterwauling’s filling up your ears
There’s only one thing left to do

Don’t be afraid of the dark sky
I’ll hold your hand
When it comes down



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Track Name: Better Days
BETTER DAYS (Reid Paley)

I’ve seen sunset in the morning
I’ve seen skies go black and blue
Some people say
These things they happen every day
And I think it might be happening to you

Another night another city
Put something by to see you through
Some people say
These things they happen every day
And I think it might be happening to you

There’ll be a better day
But it ain’t happened yet
It get so hot inside your soul
You take the time you’d take
On your last cigarette
Because it might be time to go

Hangover sunrise Sunday morning
Half-dead on Bedford Avenue
Some people say
These things they happen every day
And I think it might be happening to you

Sometimes a smile is something secret
Some things are lies
Some things are true
Some people say
These things they happen every day
And I think it might be happening to you

There’ll be a better day
But it ain’t happened yet
It get so hot inside your soul
You take the time you’d take
On your last cigarette
Because it might be time to go



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Track Name: Roses Red & Violets Black & Blue
ROSES RED AND VIOLETS BLACK & BLUE (Reid Paley)

I can see the way you’re lookin’ at me
Roses red and violets black & blue
It’s not as if I can’t
Believe the words dear
I just can’t believe
Those words from you

I’ve seen it climb out of the fire
Back in that fryin’ pan
I’m not confused by why you do it
I’m just wonderin’ how you can

I can tell that you’ve been thinking of me
I have no doubt that you believe it’s true
It’s not as if I can’t
Believe the words dear
I just can’t believe
Those words from you

[Skeptically Philosophical Instrumental Verse]

I’ve seen it climb out of the fire
Back in that fryin’ pan
I’m not confused by why you do it
I’m just wonderin’ how you can

I can see the way you’re lookin’ at me
Roses red and violets black & blue
It’s not as if I can’t
Believe the words dear
I just can’t believe
Those words from you



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Track Name: Someday I'll Be Okay
SOMEDAY I’LL BE OKAY (Reid Paley)

Never really knew how
Not to look into the sun
Thought I was beginning
Didn’t know that I was done
And she said
I can see you’re gonna be a lot of fun
Someday you’ll be okay

Once upon a time you thought
That it would never end
Remember when you said that
You were my best friend
I know I may be crazy
But there’s no need to pretend
Someday I’ll be okay

She caught me in a barroom
Said she was built to please
Said boy I’m gonna have you
She was walking on her knees
And then she said
Won’t you tell somebody please
Someday I’ll be okay

[Optimistic Instrumental Verse]

Just take your chance no second try
No time to waste or just a
Waste of time

Well I could be the stranger
I could be the missing link
There’s nothing making sense here
It’s getting hard to think
I think I need to get out
And get myself a drink
Someday I’ll be okay

So take my hand babe
We’ll see what we can see
I don’t know what you’re doing
Hanging round with me
They wait to see me break down
But as far as I can see
Someday I’ll be okay



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Track Name: The Sinner's Hand
THE SINNER’S HAND (Reid Paley)

I can’t tell you the truth
It’d break your heart
I’d just make you angry and blue
And I never known
What was good for me
How can I be good to you

Don’t wanna go
With your head hung low
Come take a sinner’s hand
If you weather the storm
You might save your neck
Remember your heart if you can

Don’t listen to me
I can’t set you free
I don’t even know what I know
And I never knowed
What I’d have to be
To get to the end of the road

Don’t wanna go
With your head hung low
Come take a sinner’s hand
If you weather the storm
You might save your neck
Remember your heart if you can

Keep on telling me lies
But don’t raise your eyes
There might not be nothing to say
They’ll be feeling us there
Like a phantom limb
And then we’ll be going away

Don’t wanna go
With your head hung low
Come take a sinner’s hand
If you weather the storm
You might save your neck
Remember your heart if you can




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Track Name: Stay Awhile
STAY AWHILE (Reid Paley)

Don’t look at me
I’m not the leader here
Find your own way just don’t find mine
It’s not like I know
What to do

You’re on your own
I’m not a volunteer
Just an accident of space and time
Hey I’m doin fine
Just like you

Gimme a fucking god damn drink
I don’t wanna take the time to think
Gimme a fucking god damn drink
Stay awhile

You’re free to go
I wouldn’t keep you here
I just get a little quiet sometime
No attention left to pay

If it’s all the same
I wouldn’t know you there
I’m still living at the scene of the crime
Might be nothing left to say

Gimme a fucking god damn drink
I don’t wanna take the time to think
Gimme a fucking god damn drink
Stay awhile



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