Dead End Days

by Gaptooth Grin

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Recorded live in Lingle Hall at Earlham College on August 1, 2017.

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released August 4, 2017

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Track Name: Babylon
I'm not going back to Babylon
The son of the morning waits for me
You can come by
Any time you like
But I'm not so free

I won't surrender to the neon signs
They take my money
And they take the moon
Hidden behind the red horizon line
I'm sailing soon

Look not behind you at the setting sun
They say she's called the misery by the sea
Her shining lights look better
From the mountainside
Where I can breathe

I'm not going back to Babylon
Where in the streets all night I might abide
We can reach the heavens
Without scraping the sky
We'll get by
I feel alright
Track Name: The Mountains
Why must I wake up like this
In the mountains
You wouldn't want to
See me as I am
Right now

How much time must I be here
In the mountains
You wouldn't want to
See me as I am
Somehow

Heard a yellow throated bird
Singing sweetly
Nothing lovely ever lasts
Long enough to see

Twice the time that you need
Half the time that you want
From me
All the things that you see
Find a home eventually

Why must I go home so soon
From the mountains
You wouldn't want to
See me as I am
Right now

How much time
Must I be gone
From the mountains
You wouldn't want to
See me as I am
Somehow

Heard a river outside
Singing sweetly
Nothing lovely ever lasts
Long enough to see

Twice the time that you need
Half the time that you want
From me
All the things that you see
Find a home eventually
Eventually...
Track Name: Little Red
Little Red's got me rolling to the east
But I know that she was born to a well-known gun
I got starry eyes
But why couldn't I be the one

Her friends have big plans
Big ideas
Big words
And no sense
Polluting the air she breathes
Suffocating her hollow cheeks
Paint themselves with the finest strokes
Cloaked in credit
No trouble for us folks
They've got it all laid down
But I'll settle for high hopes

Little Red's got me rolling to the east
But I know that she doesn't think of me
She's got too much
And love ain't free

I'd like to be her land
She can walk
Over my open hand
The grass isn't always green
But these things are like they seem
Too much time
And nothing spent
Summer came
And winter wept
I've got a made up mind
But I haven't seen her yet

I'm doing fine
Dragging on
I'm taking my time
Driving through the dawn
But still my

Little Red's got me rolling to the east
But I haven't heard a word this week
Well I hope she still remember's me
Track Name: Dead End Days
When the lights go out
She wonders if the bills were paid
He wonders if this is the end of days
Without a cloud
I could use some water
But you know nothing's free

These days
It's just a game of give and take
She said
Come on darling let's escape
He had
No sign of credit to his name
Oh well
So long to dead end days

When the papers come
Addressed to some forgotten man
If you read them I will understand
They're for no one
No one who lives here
He must be somewhere

These days
They find it hard to get away
She said
You know it's only for today
He had
No plans and nothing much to say
Oh well
So long to dead end days

There's always room
For you to stay
Nowhere
She left love in a house
He moved in
Love moved out

When there's no one home
And she's the only soul awake
She shivers and she shakes
Where has he gone
Went off to find some water
And take advantage of

These days
It seems so hard to stay away
She said
You're gonna love me either way
He had
So many other things to say
Oh well
So long to dead end days