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LUCKY'S TUNE

by REID PALEY

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    "A voice to turn good girls bad...Maybe crazy but damn exciting."
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1.
LAZARUS IN BROOKLYN (Reid Paley) I’m still here in Brooklyn East River keep on callin' to me Cos everything’s been said You’ll love me when I’m dead You’ll say that I’m too blind to see You never see the one that gets you You never get the one that you see How many time I’m wrong You know it won’t be long You know that that be fine with me [Sensitive Instrumental Interlude] All my life She calling out to me I know I’ll never know if it’s true If I had another chance I’d do it just the same Just wouldn’t do it With you I must’ve left my heart in Pittsburgh You tell me baby how could it be You know I never win Just take it on the chin Why settle for a fantasy And I’m still here in Brooklyn East River keep on callin' to me Cos everything’s been said You’ll love me when I’m dead You’ll say that I’m too blind to see You’ll say that I’m too blind to see Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
2.
Take It Away 02:06
TAKE IT AWAY (Reid Paley) You pass that monkey’s paw to me Then turn around and go Away Say walk on water like a man Like anybody can Away You keep your heart attack You know I’m never coming back Just take your broken heart away I got a tattoo on my soul say nevermore That’s why I gotta go Away Tear my guts out I’m a razor I’m a priest I gotta go Away You keep your heart attack You know I’m never coming back Just take your broken heart away I’m howling at the moon Tequila heartbeat and a noose Away Don’t talk about me I been washed in blood and booze I gotta go Away You keep your heart attack You know I’m never coming back Just take your broken heart away Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
3.
IF I KNEW THEN (WHAT I KNOW NOW) (Reid Paley) You say I’m faking it Pretending I don’t know There’s things that time will not allow Who was the one that took your hand And walked you through the woods I could’ve showed you what from how If I knew then what I know now You say I drink too much I’m smirking in the rain But who’s not in the here and now And who tried not to break your heart When life was almost good I could’ve showed you what from how If I knew then what I know now If you’d acknowledged that This crap goes on and on You might’ve caught me unawares If life is short Then some things go on far too long So let me hear it once again Tell me one more time It’s not right It’s not fair Sometimes I drink it in And sometimes I just drink But when I take my final bow I could have done it better But I done the best I could I would’ve done it anyhow If I knew then what I know now If I knew then what I know now Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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My Angel 02:58
MY ANGEL (Reid Paley) I’m still locked down here Still doing penance for my angel Pretty one I’m still bleeding here Tender incisions for my angel Pretty one You’re my angel And I live to feel your breath You’re my angel So much closer than the rest You’re my angel You’re an orphan you’re the chosen you’re my stone Bound and gagged down here I’m half in heaven for my angel Pretty one Black and blue down here Flung in the dark pit for my angel Pretty one You’re my angel And I live to feel your breath You’re my angel So much closer than the rest You’re my angel You’re an orphan you’re the chosen you’re my stone I’m still locked down here Still doing penance for my angel Pretty one I’m still bleeding here Tender incisions for my angel Pretty one I’m still locked down here Still doing penance for my angel Pretty one Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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VENUS OF AVENUE A (Reid Paley) I can’t believe I ever wanted you What did I do to qualify for you All the beauty you could offer anyone Will end up in the ground And you think there’s something left to say to you And you think there’s something left to say to you All the beauty you could offer anyone Will end up in the ground No I can’t believe I ever wanted you I can’t believe I ever wanted you All the beauty you could offer anyone Will end up in the ground I’ll miss your kind devotion But time goes by so quick It’s only an emotion Such a clever trick Will you let me please apologize to you Will you let me please apologize to you Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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Time For You 04:27
TIME FOR YOU (Reid Paley) I was born with a bullet in my head But I’ll find the time for you I’ll be fucked down and dirty til I’m dead But I’ll find the time for you Count the ways that you are lovely Count the ways that I can win I was born with a monkey on my back But I’ll find the time for you I’ve been gored in the brains and now I’m back And I’ll find the time for you Count the ways that you are lovely Count the ways that I can win I was born with a poison in my heart But I’ll find the time for you (Some other kind of ugliness I never really finished this part) But I’ll find the time for you I was born with a monkey on my back But I’ll find the time for you I’ve been gored in the brains and now I’m back And I’ll find the time for you Time for you Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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MY BOYISH HEART (Reid Paley) She had blue eyes And pretty yellow hair We drank til quarter after three She was a rebel She wore no underwear She asked what mental illness meant to me You think you’re toying with my boyish heart I understand your urge to stoop so low I’d rather that you try a working part Sometimes it’s best to stick to what you know She had black hair And pretty yellow eyes I found her drowning in vermouth There were blood stains And pretty yellow lies They sounded so much prettier than the truth You think you’re toying with my boyish heart I understand your urge to stoop so low I’d rather that you try a working part Sometimes it’s best to stick to what you know [Spirited Instrumental Bridge] You think you’re toying with my boyish heart I understand your urge to stoop so low I’d rather that you try a working part Sometimes it’s best to stick to what you know What do you know Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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SABATINI’S LAMENT (Reid Paley) Hit me I’m dreaming and say I’m too rough Tell me I don’t understand The mystery’s why I don’t feel like a schmuck Walking round holding your hand Try not to hear the things I say Don’t let your heart get in the way Maybe I’m stupid or maybe I’m late Maybe I’ll live like a monk I thought it was something I saw in your eyes Maybe I’m too fucking drunk Try not to hear the things I say Don’t let your heart get in the way If you don’t pay attention you’re gonna get cut With timing like that we’re both shit outta luck If you look at me that way we’re pretty much fucked And we’ll never be happy again (Here comes The Happy Part) Sometimes I know me at least well enough To question this aching I feel I know I’m not smart but I’ve never been one For making a big fucking deal Try not to hear the things they say Don’t let your heart get in the way If you don’t pay attention you’re gonna get cut With timing like that we’re both shit outta luck If you look at me that way we’re pretty much fucked And we’ll never be happy again Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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GUARDIAN OF YR HEART (Reid Paley) You’re the only one for me You’re so sweet you make me glow inside You’re the only one for me You’re so pretty it’s just tearing me apart When I say Please remember If I stay Please remember I can’t be the guardian of your heart You’re my only special one You’re the only one I like to touch You’re my only special one You’re the one that makes me feel the way I do When I say Please remember what I told you before If I stay Please remember I can’t be the guardian of your heart You’re the only one for me You’re so sweet you make me glow inside You’re the only one for me You’re so pretty it’s just tearing me apart When I say Please remember what I told you the last time If I stay Please remember I can’t be the guardian of your heart Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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Surprise 03:02
SURPRISE (Reid Paley) Open up your eyes I got a surprise for you I’ll sing you lullabies I got a surprise for you Open up your heart I got a surprise for you Here’s your favorite part I got a surprise for you There you go It won’t be long now There you go Look what’s in my hand I got a surprise for you Don’t try to understand I got a surprise for you Come on up the stairs I got a surprise for you Try not to be scared I got a surprise for you There you go It won’t be long now There you go [Bridge of Mirthless Laughter] Open up your heart I got a surprise for you Here’s your favorite part I got a surprise for you Open up your eyes I got a surprise for you I’ll sing you lullabies I got a surprise for you There you go It won’t be long now There you go Open up your eyes I got a surprise for you Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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THE LONG HAUL (Reid Paley) Sometimes I wake up in the day And all my fears have gone away There’s got to be some sense here But it’s not between the lines You say you like the looks of me But that’s because you’re blind I will probably keep thinking Til I drink away my mind And I don’t know if I’m gonna come again Sometimes I try to get some sleep But there’s some things that just don’t keep Can’t never be a villain Cos I don’t know how to play Won’t never be no hero Cos my feet are made of clay Who really gives a fuck How this thing turns out anyway And I don’t know if I’m gonna come again Someday I will go away And all my friends will come and play I’ve ground my teeth to powder Trying to keep myself in check From the day I started teething You’ve been breathing down my neck I’ve fucked it and I’ve fucked up And I’ll die a fucking wreck And I don’t know if I’m gonna come again Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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ANOTHER PERSONAL TRAGEDY (Reid Paley) Some guys they ain’t got no heart They could kill you if they tried And they walk the earth like holy holy whores I’d like to take this ugly city And stick it in their eyes Before we end up like some dinosaur Me I’ll never be a good man Me I’m never going home And if you think that’s funny If you think that’s funny And I ain’t seen you since I don’t know when And if you think that’s funny If you think that’s funny I ain’t never gonna drink with you again Some guys they ain’t got no guts And it eats ‘em up inside And guys like us they make our lives a hell You said that we’d outlive ‘em And then you went and died And left me here to fight ‘em by myself Me I’ll never be a good man Me I’m never going home And if you think that’s funny If you think that’s funny And I ain’t seen you since I don’t know when And if you think that’s funny If you think that’s funny I ain’t never gonna drink with you again Sometimes you convince yourself That the years are just a trance And that you maybe might have find a way Then you try and trust an actress When she’s acting out romance And find yourself with no more hand to play Me I’ll never be a good man Me I’m never going home And if you think that’s funny If you think that’s funny And I ain’t seen you since I don’t know when And if you think that’s funny If you think that’s funny I ain’t never gonna drink with you again I ain’t never gonna drink with you again Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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THE BEST OF ALL (Reid Paley) You think I’m sad you must be mistaken Come try to look me in the eye You’d save my soul but souls are for breaking Don’t light a candle when I die You’d think by now You’d know that I’d Do anything for you That’s because Your next request will be The best of all You look so soft and warm when you’re sleeping All painted red all dressed in white Your silken silhouette when you’re seething Some risen angel in the night You’d think by now You’d know that I’d Do anything for you That’s because Your next request will be The best of all I’m only here to catch What you have in store for me I wouldn’t miss it For the world You’d think by now You’d know that I’d Do anything for you That’s because Your next request will be The best of all Your next request will be The best of all Lyrics Appear by Permission The Monkey’s Paw (BMI) All Rights Reserved

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All Songs Written by Reid Paley

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released September 7, 1999

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REID PALEY - Vocal, Electric Archtop Guitar

Recorded & Mixed by Dave Schiffman
Assisted by David Bryant
at House of Blues Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Howie Weinberg
with Peter Lubin
at Masterdisk, New York, NY
Photography by Butch Belair

Reid Paley plays a 1955 Gretsch Archtop Guitar
through a 1965 Fender Super Reverb Amplifier

Produced by Frank Black


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