REVIVAL

by REID PALEY

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    -- Seattle Weekly

    "Four Stars"
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    "The bastard child of Sinatra and Lemmy."
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All Songs Written by Reid Paley

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released July 4, 2000

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REID PALEY - Vocal, Electric Archtop Guitar
ROBERT LEE OLIVER - Bass
JAMES MURRAY - Trap Kit
Eric Drew Feldman - Accordion, Organ (6), Ghostly Calliope (10)
Jim Duffy - Electric Piano (10)

Recorded & Mixed by Nicolas Vernhes
at Rare Book Room, Brooklyn, NY
Photography by Butch Belair

Produced by Eric Drew Feldman


©2000 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: The Anesthetist's Song
THE ANESTHETIST’S SONG (Reid Paley)

I’m not scared of the sunshine
But I’m so used to the rain
It only make a mess
To get it off my chest
I’ll take a little something for the pain

[Suave Yet Incisive Instrumental Bit]

Don’t take me to the place
Where they’re shining their lovelight
They only make me insane
It only make a mess
To get it off my chest
I’ll take a little something for the pain

Don’t bore me with details
It’s just too much of a strain
Just give me a reason
When you come
Come right out of my brain

I can understand why you ask me these questions
But I’m too high to explain
Forget about the rest
Cos baby you’re the best
I’ll take a little something for the pain



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Track Name: Lucky's Tune
LUCKY’S TUNE (Reid Paley)

Candy from a baby
Never tastes like it should
Now I’m thinking maybe
I just don’t know what’s good

Ain’t so rough
Give me one chance
I’ll fuck it up

Tell me that I’m crazy
Come on call me a prick
Wake me up in dreamland
With my head on a stick

Ain’t so rough
Give me one chance
I’ll fuck it up

I’ll take it standing
Cos you know it doesn’t matter anyway
Cos he who doesn’t run away
Will live to fuck it up
Another day

[Lurching Instrumental followed by
Reprise of Insightful Bridge]

Smack me like you mean it
Two times a dare
Take me to your leader baby
Show me you care

Ain’t so rough
Give me one chance
I’ll fuck it up
Just look don’t touch
Give me one chance
I’ll fuck it up



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Track Name: Never Drink Alone
NEVER DRINK ALONE (Reid Paley)


I’ve seen everything that I’ve wanted to see
I’ve read it in books and I’ve watched my TV
I can’t help it if you won’t listen to me
Cos I’ve said all I have to say
And it’s starting to get in the way

I’ve said everything that I’ve wanted to say
I’ve had it I’ve done it I did every day
I’ve shut out the world but it won’t go away
And I’ve seen all I wanted to see
And it’s starting to creep up on me

And I never drink alone
I’ve always got you with me
I never drink alone in a dark room
Even though I’m far from home
No I never drink alone

I’ve been everyone that I wanted to be
The wrong times were right times and nothing came free
I don’t need your forgiveness or your sympathy
And I’ve said all I have to say

And I never drink alone
I’ve always got you with me
I never drink alone in a dark room
Even though I’m far from home
No I never drink alone



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Track Name: What You Deserve
WHAT YOU DESERVE (Reid Paley)

I’m not the kind of man to live in moderation
I’m well aware it ain’t for free
Don’t let that teardrop well up in your eye
How can it be?
It’s not as if it’s anybody good
It’s only me

You used to think that you were such a pretty baby
Now you reminisce in misery
You used to think that it would never end
How can it be?
It’s not as if it’s anybody good
It’s only me

You might not even have to wait too long
Someday you will get what you deserve
Don’t come here crying about right or wrong
Someday you will get what you deserve

You used to be the one that everybody looked at
Now you’re living in the used-to-be
Don’t try to tell me that you were my friend
How can it be?
It’s not as if it’s anybody good
It’s only me

Pour me another drink and pass the ammunition
Stroke me with your sweet sincerity
Don’t let that teardrop well up in your eye
How can it be?
It’s not as if it’s anybody good
It’s only me

You might not even have to wait too long
Someday you will get what you deserve
Don’t come here crying about right or wrong
Someday you will get what you deserve

You might not even have to wait too long
Someday you will get what you deserve
Don’t come here crying about right or wrong
Someday you will get what you deserve



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Track Name: Sal's Last Round
SAL’S LAST ROUND (Reid Paley)

Ain’t no good reason things keep happening this way
I know what’s lost and what I’ve found
And yet I’ll turn my back
Like I was born just yesterday
Next thing I know I’m going down

Don’t push my drink away
I don’t need a helping hand to show me the way
I don’t want another chance
Don’t need another play
Not again not again not again

Don’t say it’s better standing in the light of day
I think I know my way around
Those happy endings
End up happening away
Next thing I know I’m going down

Don’t push my drink away
I don’t need a helping hand to show me the way
I don’t want another chance
Don’t need another play
Not again not again not again

Everybody’s got their reasons
Tell me happiness is free
How it’s not a kind of treason
Cos it’s all the same to me

And when it’s over I’ll have no more songs to play
And I’ll be buried in the ground
But I won’t be gone cos
I won’t really go away
Next thing I know I’m going down

Don’t push my drink away
I don’t need a helping hand to show me the way
I don’t want another chance
Don’t need another play
Not again not again not again



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Track Name: This Fucking Town
THIS FUCKING TOWN (Reid Paley)

You smiled at me back in November
We seemed to exhibit no fear
Came back from the phone
I was walking you home
I was almost completely sincere

We weren’t dressed up for the weather
Our torment could not be denied
You asked me to stay
I would not go away
You eventually took me inside

Sometimes you just can’t be bothered
To notice the shit coming down
And though you will say
You are going away
You’ll keep me hangin' around
And I’m still here in this fucking town

And now I got time to remember
The heat of her breath in my ear
I tried not to think
While she poured me a drink
I was told I could not interfere

And here it’s another September
And I’m drinking my lunch on the train
At long last I see
It was lucky for me
I was almost completely insane

Sometimes you just can’t be bothered
To notice the shit coming down
And though you will say
You are going away
You’ll keep me hangin' around
And I’m still here in this fucking town

And though you will say
You are going away
I’ll still be hangin' around
I’m still here in this fucking town



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Track Name: The Passion Of Harry M (Crucified)
THE PASSION OF HARRY M (CRUCIFIED)
(Reid Paley)

You just take a look around
And you’re lying on the ground
Ask me one more time I’ll tell you why
You all acting like it’s true
I know what I’d be to you
Just another clown to crucify

Don’t tell me how much you need me
Open up that window
You can fly
You all acting like it’s true
I know what I’d be to you
Just another clown to crucify

[Spirited Instrumental]

I would not want you to miss me
Don’t disregard your mental health
Sometimes I think I might just open up my heart
And let you take it all upon yourself

Well I think I’m almost through
Hearing what I mean to you
Push me one more time and you’ll know why
You all acting like it’s true
I know what I’d be to you
Just another clown to crucify

Don’t tell me how much you need me
Open up that window I can fly
You all acting like it’s true
I know what I’d be to you
Just another clown to crucify



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Track Name: A Song For You (Fuck You)
A SONG FOR YOU (FUCK YOU)
(Reid Paley)

Might as well have a drink
Raise it high to you
Time you’re recognized
For all the things you do

After all that we’ve been through
I even wrote this song for you
Fuck you

Deal yourself in twice
Where the credit is due
I don’t need you pal
You know you beg to lose

After all that we’ve been through
I even wrote this song for you
Fuck you

Gotta get back up
Got to get it today
I don’t need you pal
You gonna fade away

After all that we’ve been through
I even wrote this song for you
Fuck you



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Track Name: A Bang And A Whimper
A BANG AND A WHIMPER (Reid Paley)

You said I was a drunk the day you left me
You said you could not take it anymore
Said you had nothing left to give
I didn’t want to live
Just drink and watch the TV on the floor

This universe they say has been expanding
I’d like to have you here that final day
You know it ain’t no violent crime
It ain’t the end of time
Whole world gonna end soon anyway

And now I see there’s one last way to prove
My depth of love for you
And I got that feelin’ comin’ strong
If you will stay here one more time
I will put you from my mind
Don’t change that dress that you got on
Just a bang and a whimper
And you’re gone

He looked like Pat and talked like Jimmy Swaggart
It’s got to be the truth, it’s on TV
And there was nothing left to do
Cos he already knew
The way this whole damn world will cease to be

I never understood these matters
But now I understand them well
I got my rifle back today
I see there’s just one way
To save us from a world that’s gone to hell

And now I see there’s one last way to prove
My depth of love for you
And I got that feelin’ comin’ strong
And you won’t catch me sleepin’ sound
Til I put you in the ground
Don’t change that dress that you got on
Just a bang and a whimper
And you’re gone

Just one bang and a whimper
And you’re gone



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Track Name: Dreamland
DREAMLAND (Reid Paley)

Dream me the dream I’m dreaming
Dream me a dream come true
Dream me a dream in dreamland
And I’ll know your love is new

Wake up my world I’m waiting
Waiting for dreams so true
Dream me a dream in dreamland
And I’ll dream my dream of you

Show me your dreams and heartache
Different as night and day
Dream me the dream I’m dreaming
And I’ll dream my life away

Take out my heart it’s beating
Beating all black and blue
Dream me a dream in dreamland
And I’ll know your love is new

Wake up my world I’m waiting
Waiting for dreams so true
Dream me a dream in dreamland
And I’ll dream my dream of you



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