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Why You Gotta Be That Way

from Song of the Weak​!​!​! by Chandler Travis

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Chandler home demo, July, 2011 – hoping to get the Casuals or the Catbirds or somebody to do this little cranky rocker (any takers out there?); if not, it may become a Three-O song for a bit, as we sort of need another baritone guitar song anyway (sort of)… should be easy to get a much better version soon from someone, at which point this demo will go poof! (You’ve been warned… or is it re-assured?) The lyric is based on a song my nephew Jeffrey Williams was working on while he was visiting a few weeks ago for his cool Brooklyn band, Cathy, that included a line something like “You never let me wear my wig on TV”… guess I was feeling a little suggestible…


I try to reach you at work, u don’t return my calls
Why you gotta be that wa-ay?
You threw my old comic books out in the hall

We try to have a conversation but we don’t get far
You forgot to put the gas in the getaway car

Tried to look the other way and I tried to make amends
But you tore me a new one in front of my friends

I confessed to some ambivalence on makin’ u my spouse
Right around the time you set fire to the house

I’ve always been an optimist over all
But when I copied down your number in the bathroom stall
I should’ve known we were headed for a fall

I remember when I thought you were the bomb
But I had to kinda wonder when u smothered my old mom

I know the course of true love never runs smooth
But I probably should’ve held out for feet instead of hooves

You think I really like being disemboweled?
And then u clean up all the blood with my nice embroidered towels


from Song of the Weak​!​!​!, track released August 2, 2011


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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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