LUCKY'S TUNE

by REID PALEY

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    "A voice to turn good girls bad...Maybe crazy but damn exciting."
    -- The Village Voice

    "Slightly terrifying. Clearly, Reid Paley has every right to be fucked off with the world, and every right to be drunk, and if we had half the brain he does, we'd probably be drunk too..."
    -- San Francisco Weekly

    “For all his simplicity, Reid is like nobody else.”
    -- Seattle Weekly

    "An unholy howl of a voice."
    -- CMJ New Music Monthly

    "Best Of Manhattan"
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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


©1999 Reid Paley | The Monkey's Paw (BMI) | All Rights Reserved

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REID PALEY Brooklyn, New York

"One of America's best - and most underrated - songwriters."
--PopMatters

"A voice to turn good girls bad...Maybe crazy but damn exciting."
--The Village Voice

"The bastard child of Sinatra and Lemmy."
--Random Magazine UK

"What? You want some kind of description of the artist and his music? Just fucking listen to the guy and enjoy his prowess."
-- Frank Black a.k.a. Black Francis
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Track Name: Lazarus In Brooklyn
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



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Track Name: Take It Away
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



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Track Name: If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)
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



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Track Name: My Angel
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




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Track Name: Venus Of Avenue A
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



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Track Name: Time For You
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



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Track Name: My Boyish Heart
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



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Track Name: Sabatini's Lament
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



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Track Name: Guardian Of Yr Heart
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



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Track Name: Surprise
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



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Track Name: The Long Haul
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



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Track Name: Another Personal Tragedy
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



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Track Name: The Best Of All
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



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