Backward Crooked From the Sunset

by Chandler Travis Three-O

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1.
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
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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
4.
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
5.
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...
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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
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02:33
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.”
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02:47
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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
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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
11.
03:06
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
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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

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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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