Play To Remember

by Tad Dreis

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1.
Driving to Georgetown I was drinking cold coffee And eating donut crumbs nervously off my lap Driving to Georgetown there were cows on the road in Virginia I pushed in my cigarette lighter and slowed down I honked my horn and parted the Jersey sea My cigarette lighter popped out on my knee I screamed and swerved and hit a cow Knocked it down and kept driving Oh I can’t see why you’d want me But I’ll believe eventually Driving to Georgetown I was listening to a mixtape you made me On auto reverse for four hours And the drunken conversation and incriminating remarks Recorded between the songs kept me company Driving to Georgetown I could barely maintain my conversation with you Over the music But I was determined – and highly caffeinated It was a good conversation You weren’t there Oh I can’t see why you’d want me But I’ll believe eventually Driving to Georgetown I thought of you with every biker couple I passed Necking on the highway Driving to Georgetown I was naked for the entire state of South Carolina And I thought of you Driving to Georgetown – I didn’t know why I didn’t have your number Driving to Georgetown I decided If you wanted me, I’d let you Oh I can’t see why you’d want me But I’ll believe ‘cause it’s all I need
2.
Running after you exhausts me I wish you would just turn around With every step I take, I lose more ground 'Cause you're running at the speed of sound Any other time I listen My friends they have so much to say But when you come around, they run away So I'm running after you today Wherever you are going to I'll be right behind And if I'm meant to take a hint I hope that you won't mind 'Cause running after you've forgotten Is never quite the same, you see And if it's the same to you, I'd rather be Running after you than free I'd rather be running after you than free
3.
05:37
I like a pair of tight jeans early in the morning Walking or biking their way to work It relieves me of the need to drink black coffee At six a.m. that’s a perque And give me a smile with that beer at 7:30 p.m. I need your kindness more than this Pabst ‘Cause something’s been weighing me down But you make me feel so light Just be your sexy self, that’s all I ask ‘Cause all this wasted time, all this doubt There’s nothing sexy, nothing sexy about it All these days when the sun seemed clouded There’s nothing sexy, nothing sexy about it I see a glamorous face in the impulse aisle At the grocery store I love to check out And it doesn’t bother me that I’ll never know her There’s simple joy in a magazine pout And when I’m driving home with my produce and my cans I’ll remember the words printed beside “Ten Guaranteed Ways To Satisfy Your Man!” And I’ll wonder if there’s anything I haven’t tried ‘Cause all this wasted time, all this doubt There’s nothing sexy, nothing sexy about it All these days when the sun seemed clouded There’s nothing sexy, nothing sexy about it You’ve got a certain look, I pretend not to notice With your arms above your head I just walk on by and put away my groceries Then I lie down on the bed “And where have you been? I would like to know,” you say I reply “It’s been a long day” But I’m not tired, no I’m just now waking up Just keep on looking at me that way ‘Cause all this wasted time, all this doubt There’s nothing sexy, nothing sexy about it All these days when the sun seemed clouded There’s nothing sexy, nothing sexy about it And all the senseless things that I’ve shouted There’s nothing sexy, nothing sexy about it And all the emptiness in a room this crowded There’s nothing sexy, nothing sexy about it
4.
I’m doing your dishes while you’re not at home Doing your dishes while you’re not at home I used too much soap Now I’m cleaning up foam I’m cleaning your closet and looking for a mop Cleaning your closet and looking for a mop I’m browsing through the bubbles Gonna clean up every drop De la la la I’m picking up papers and managing my mess Picking up papers and managing my mess I’m wiping up a spill that stained your dress I’m taking out the trash while you’re pulling up Taking out the trash while you’re pulling up You hold in your hand a used coffee cup De la la la
5.
She goes off to work in offices I drive her there She is inside daytimes sometimes tired But she cares too much To call when she escapes It’s always late when I see her offstage She is taking care of going places Like she should I’m just trying on the clothes she leaves me Wish I could Just be myself in one of these plays She says she misses me when she’s onstage She is leaving Sunday for a while I’ll be fine I’ll write and she’ll answer When I call her every time We’re sad, but we can almost kiss We have gotten lucky with postage
6.
03:41
Are you cool with it I got to know Are you cool with it ‘Cause if so If so, we’ve got to go Are you cool with it Tell me now Are you cool with it ‘Cause I’m about I’m about to lose all doubt And you’re going to hear them shout Yeah I’m about to lose all doubt So are you cool with it Are you down Are you cool with it Will you frown Will your frown leave this town To paint another clown Will your frown lose this town Or are you cool with it There’s another answer, understand There’s another answer But are you cool with it ‘Cause after all If you’re cool with it We’re standing tall If you’re cool, we’re standing tall If you’re not, it’s time to fall ‘Cause we’ll never fool them all So are you cool with it?
7.
Bobby’s in the bathroom with his apricot scrub I’m in my bedroom just debating what to dub You give it away if you can Give it away if you can Bobby’s with a woman, got his radio low Sounds like it’s Schumann, guess it’s time for me to go And give it away if I can Give it away if I can Then I’m out on the block Driving and I’m looking for a place to stand Where my patron will walk And let me give it away if I can Give it away if I can Jimmy’s is a sandwich shop I like to stand by Every nickel out of there it’s got a greasy shine I stow ‘em away in a can Stow ‘em away in a can Jimmy’s crowd is generous and just a little drunk I give ‘em what they want and sell my tapes out of my trunk I give ‘em whatever I can Give ‘em whatever I can Then I’m out on the block Driving and I’m looking for a place to stand Where my patron will walk And let me give it away if I can Give it away if I can Andy’s is a pub that has these really big TVs Any way you’re facing you can watch a game or three I get ‘em away if I can Yeah I draw ‘em away if I can Andy’s is the kind of place I don’t go to myself I never feel appreciated by their clientele But I give it away if I can Give it away if I can Then I’m out on the block Driving and I’m looking for a place to stand Where my patron will walk And let me give it away if I can Give it away if I can
8.
I was sitting on the front porch, playing a song Listening to the chainsaws and singing along Saw animals acting crazy like there was something wrong But I didn’t see nothing to be afraid of Deer doing pirhouettes all around my car Doves behaving more promiscuously than they usually are A squirrel tried to hide inside my guitar That’s when I forgot the song I was singing I set my instrument down and looked him in the eye Said “I don’t like rodents, mister, so you’d better fly” And he did, and I didn’t notice the ashes falling from the sky I felt so triumphant Yeah, with a smile on my face I took a deep breath Choked on black smoke and stumbled to the left Which was a good thing ‘cause on the right, rumbling for my death Was a bulldozer which crushed my guitar There’s something in the air Something singing “Fare thee well” There’s something you should know Something singing low out there Now, running from this behemoth intent on my destruction I began to change my opinion of construction Granted I don’t own my house or the land it’s on But headed for the trees and noticing they were all gone It occured to me that now I had no place to hide So as a last resort I spun around and headed back inside Dozer hot on my heels, afraid for my hide I was dismayed to find that my house was also gone And in its place stood a Best Buy store With construction beginning on two or three more Bloodthirsty bulldozer rushed past me with a roar To attack the original, ‘cause it had already folded It was now that I realized what I’d previously missed Strumming my guitar in bucolic bliss I thought, “The End Times will surely look like this And they’ll be sponsored by Caterpillar.” There’s something in the air Something singing “Fare thee well” There’s something you should know Something singing low out there
9.
Who could have predicted The spell we’re going through now I packed up all my winter clothes But I need them in this house The stars may be shining Through the pouring rain Yeah years ago I made a wish for love Now with shaking hands I’m praying Fix this bad connection Don’t leave us in the cold Or else my darling will be gone When the heat comes back on She’s the kind of person who waits Until the curtains close She even reads the credit lines At the end of blurry videos But lately when I hold her She pulls away too soon This house is getting colder That’s why I’m praying to the moon Fix this bad connection Don’t leave us in the cold Or else my darling will be gone When the heat comes back on The sun shines through the windows And we can’t feel our toes But I’d trade conversation for insulation Or any sensation in my nose Silence can be slippery It’s worse than walking on black ice You step on it, you stumble You curse, and then you’ve fallen twice But still you know it’s not your fault Ah but does it matter now Get back outside and pour some salt And together make this vow To fix this bad connection You’re gonna need someone to hold Or else my darling we’ll be gone When the heat comes back on
10.
I wouldn’t say that I drank too much last night Because I quite enjoyed it Up until the point when I couldn’t sing anymore That’s the reason I avoid it But that’s okay because I was alone There was no one there to shame me And what I muttered in the microphone Was nothing more than a game we play to remember Play to remember A game we play When we say goodbye Goodnight I didn’t notice when I went outside If there was someone in the bushes I didn’t think of it ‘til my back was turned Drunk and open to their pushes Oh I grabbed the things I needed then And I sang though I couldn’t If there had been a tape rolling It would have been a show I wouldn’t play to remember Play to remember A game I play When I say I’m not afraid I’m not, I’m not afraid And when I got to bed at last that night The room was spinning I leaned a while on the bathroom wall ‘Til I was sure who was winning And when I slept, I dreamt of love Of kisses from Iceland When I recall what I was dreaming of I was engaged as a stagehand in a play to remember Play to remember A play so pale It was a veil Over everything
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about

I recorded this record at home in between months of touring in 2004 and 2005. Acoustic sounds meet crunchy electro drum machine beats meet real live band songs. Lyrically, the record covers ground ranging from roadtrips to roadkill, freezing winters of love and melted soap on the kitchen floor of said love, de la la la. Enjoy!

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released April 1, 2005

Written, performed, and produced by Tad Dreis.

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