Backward Crooked From the Sunset

by Chandler Travis Three-O

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released May 25, 2018

All songs written by Chandler Travis, published by Farfy / BMI

The Chandler Travis Three-O:
Fred Boak: vocals
John Clark: string bass
Berke McKelvey: clarinets, saxophones, keyboards, & woodwind arrangements
Chandler Travis: guitars, electric bass (12), percussion, and vocals

special guests:
Dinty Child: accordion, 2
Jerome Deupree: drums, 3, 6, & 10; percussion, 4
Cliff Spencer: keyboard, 3
Matt Joseph: trumpet, 6
John Wolf: trombone, 6
Sam Wood: drums & voc, 5

Recorded and mixed by Ducky Carlisle at Ice Station Zebra
Except 2 & 6, recorded by Chris Blood at Trout Towers Casino; and 12, recorded and mixed by Chandler Travis

Overdubs recorded by Chandler Travis

Mastered by Jon Evans at Brick Hill, Orleans, MA

Special thanks to Berke McKelvey, who worked extra, did great arrangements, put up with my constant meddling, and never sleeps; Gip Hoppe for his loan of a drum machine; Noisy Scheniman, for good advice; John Yingling, for being a fabulous fellow; and Felicia's in Stoneham: please re-open, and make me the happiest man in the world!

Art direction- David Greenberger

Pedicure by Smush

Digital rights head honcho – Meow Music / Belinda Rawlins <3
Invaluable website elvery – The Valet (aka Fred Boak)

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THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC is a 9-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, keys, drums, accordion, and valet. George Carlin and NRBQ are among their longtime supporters; others include Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Of Montreal, Ween, and yer mother. ... more

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Track Name: Backward Crooked From the Sunset
Lost as lost can be and dragging through the fallen autumn leaves
Battered broke and sore -how can you take another second more
Getting' out right now 'cause you've just gotta get away somehow
And it's cloudy on the flats but just like that

You're walking backward crooked from the sunset
Walking backward crooked from the sunset
Walking backward crooked from the sunset
In the rain

No one else is watching -maybe no one else on earth is left to
Watch you moan and groan about your crummy little cares and worries
Life goes on, it always has -it doesn't care what you've been doing
Miracles still find you all the same

You're walking backward crooked from the sunset
Walking backward crooked from the sunset
Walking backward crooked from the sunset
In the rain
Track Name: Disappointment
I'm so sick of dying / It's taking so long
And I ain't got all day
My eyes sting from crying / Who knows where I went wrong
Along the way
And the part that really breaks my heart
If there's a second round,
I'll still be lost, not found

So say that's your first verse / Where do you go?
And it better be good
It can't get that much worse / But you want it to flow
(Knock on wood)
Something uplifting for the middle eight
If we even get that far
I doubt we'll raise the bar.

Skaters and acrobats / Cotton candy
Leggy dancers and guys in spats / Whatever's handy
You know- you've been here before
All our money's on the screen

Please go on without me / I'm sure you'll all be fine
Give it some time
This isn't much about me / The lies were quite sublime
Especially that last one
We really shouldn't get our hopes up
The scent of disappointment
Is all that's heaven sent
Track Name: All the Little Things
It's all the little things
It's all the little things

Everything about her's so enticing
She's the kind of cake that doesn't need the icing
Every little way she's fine is fine by me

Every little move's a symphony
Everywhere she walks she's all I see
Every little way she's made is made for me

It's all the little things she's doin'
That's all- I hit the floor so hard I'm out

Everything she says I find surprising
Opens up her mouth and out comes lightning
Doesn't even have to try to get to me

It's all the little things she's doin'
That's all- I hit the floor so hard I'm out

Everything she does just knocks me out
I haven't got a clue what do to do about it
Every little way she's made is made for me.

It's all the little things
It's all the little things
Track Name: More Than This Night
You've got more than you'll ever keep
You can't wake up without losing sleep
You'll lose time, heart, faith, and command
Look it over -it's a losing hand

And all the blessings you thought you'd been given
It turns out they're wanted back
You see that now?
The precious things in life -the very living
All this color fades to black
And moves on somehow

You keep thinking love's gonna last
Like the rest, it's over too fast
When you hold me, hold on tight
We'll be lucky to get more than this night

Maybe focus on what you've got now
Got to keep up your spirit somehow
Got this day here -a day is so long
And there's always the chance that I'm wrong

You wanna lose what's here right now in front of you
Because you know you will?
Give up this gift?
When the sun has set, the coolness of the nightime brings the brilliance of the stars
And up we lift...
Track Name: Settling For Less
I'm settling for less
Settling for less
When you've got pretty good, who needs the best? I'm
Settling for less

The Navy's always telling me
To be all the man that I can be
While I'm not saying that goal is dumb
I'm just fine with being just some

I don't mean that I live to flop
But from what I hear it's lonely at the top
Number one's pretty good, I know
But there's so many other nice numbers -and I'm

Settling for less
Settling for less
I figure I'll aim a little lower than the rest - I'm
Settling for less

Being the boss might sound sweet
But they're always trying to knock you off the cat bird seat
And one way to make it so you don't fall far
Is not to get your heart set on a star

When you're in school, kids, act nonchalant
When they tell you that you can be anything you want
An astronaut billionaire covered in bling
In school they'll tell you any damn thing -and that's why I'm

Settling for less
Settling for less
When there's no chance in hell you'll ever get the best you better
Settlle for less

The other night I'm down drinking at the store
When in walks a girl I've never seen before
Blond hair, blue eyes, a figure like Venus
The kind of girl that makes you glad to have a penis.

She sits herself down on the stool next to mine
And pretty soon we're having a pretty good time
But she seems like the kind of girl who'll break my heart
Figure why the hell should I even start?

Do I really need this kind of intrigue?
She's smart, she's pretty, and she's out of my league
Never seen nothing like her in my whole damn life
But would I tell the wife? I guess I'll keep-

Settling for less
Settling for less
Couldn't care less if I pass the test, I'd rather
Settle for less

Settling for less
Settling for less
When there's no chance in hell you'll ever get the best you better
Settle for less
Track Name: Salad Days
I said girl when you speak to me, tell me the truth
Or what is the use of us talking?
And she thought for a moment, and said,

“Boy, are you sure that your love will endure?
If I've been impure, will you love me?”
And I, leaping right in, said, “yeah!
Yeah. Sure, yeah.”

She said, “before you knew me, I drank like a fish,
And many musicians did know me.
You're hardly the first, no.
First there was Martin, and then there was Paul.
I loved 'em all, dark or pallid,
Way back in my salad days”

I said, “on second thought, I don't know if I ought
To pry through your private possesions.
We all make mistakes;
Why only last paragraph, just for a laugh,
I said I'd always forgive you!
Tell me no more of your salad days...
Sure, yeah;
Yeah, sure;
No.”
Track Name: The Revelation
Hey you -you in the sky
You who's invisible, you who can fly
The Great Wad -Supergod
Who pops in my head once I'm starting to nod

Give me the revelation just for fun
Give me the revelation so we can be as one

Dialtone- hang up the phone
Hardly surprising that nobody's home
Why do I call when I don't believe at all?
Well maybe a little when I start to fall

Give me the revelation- break your string
Give me the revelation- show me anything

Give me the revelation while I give none
Give me the revelation -make me come undone

Give me the revelation or let me burn
Give me the revelation for nothing in return
Track Name: Mayor of Drunktown
Apparently I over-stepped my bounds last night
That's why I'm apologizing to everyone in sight
By and large my friends were pretty understanding
They don't take offence at my glad handing
When I'm

The mayor of drunktown, the mayor of drunktown
Rarely unheard, completely unsound
The mayor of drunktown, the mayor of drunktown
It's possible you might not need me around

I got up; I got down
I got bombed well before the last round
I got shit-faced, I suppose
Where's my clothes?

On my ass; out of cash
I got sick, I got bruises, I got gas
Must've took something at the show;
I don't know

The mayor of drunktown, the mayor of drunktown
Rarely unheard, completely unsound
The mayor of drunktown, the mayor of drunktown
It's possible you might not need me around

It's possible you might not need me around
Track Name: Shut Up
Shut up, shut up, shut up
Stop thinking about everything you're thinking about
You little white lie
No one likes you, or wants to hear from you at all
Shut up, shut up, shut up

Don't think, don't move, don't breathe
Stupid brain anyway
I'm ashamed that you're inside me
Burrowing away
Shut up, shut up, shut up

So ridiculous, and so puny
So ignorant and just plain annoying
What chance do I have with you in charge?
Shut up, shut up, shut up

Shut up, shut up, shut up
Stop thinking about everything you're thinking about
You little white lie
No one likes you, or wants to hear from you at all
Shut up
Track Name: Not in Service
I only talked to her once, and she was so shy,
I couldn't get no information
But I'll never forget what she she told me that night
Oh no
I'll never forget what she told me

She said I'm sorry
The number you have dialed is not in service
Please hang up and try your call again later
Oh yeah
She encouraged me to give it a try

I knew just from the sound of her voice
Something heavy was on her mind
And if I played my cards right, what then?
Oh yeah
I knew I'd have to give it a try

That voice!
So cynical; so cold and yet so warm
And someday we're gonna do the wang dang doodle
All night long
If I'm not reading her wrong

She said I'm sorry
The number you have dialed is not in service
Please hang up and try your call again later
Oh yeah
Please try your call again later

She said I'm sorry
The number you have dialed is not in service
Please hang up and try your call again later
Oh yeah
Please try your call again later

She said I'm sorry
I'm sorry
I'm sorry
I'm sorry
I'm sorry