To Paul, From Dad 1951

by The Heart Pills

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released August 4, 2011

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Track Name: Pinball City Crime Fighter
well I wonder
and I wonder
and I wonder
all the time

what the hell
I am doing
with my money
and my mind

and I wonder
and I wonder
and I wonder
all the time

where the hell
I put my quarters
fight pinball city
crime


I used to
have a car
but it got
oxidized

I used to
dewy decimal
now I just alpha
batize

and I used to think I’d figure out what’s wrong
If I could make it rhyme for my friends that are all long gone
In ten years I’ll have forgotten this song
I guess you were right all along

I've got a girlfriend she's an angry thing
she took me down to, the bare knuckle boxing ring
She screams profanity at every swing,
he's knocked out! He's bleeding! Ding Ding Ding
Track Name: Sidewalk Josie
Sidewalk Josie sits on the BLVD.
Shuffling Wall Drug souvenir cards.
Dealing hands to the gutter and to Sweet Janey's sister.
I said: Where are your parents?
She showed me a magazine picture.

Anybody hear about Mary's brother?
Supposed to ship back home sometime last spring.
Poor poor Mary and his poor poor mother.
The neighbor girl still wears his promise ring.

Sittin butt naked on a lumpy futton
Record player just skipped through my favorite song.
Ya know I'm so god damned cynically optimistic.
I cut my finger. Won't you please please kiss it.

Talking on her cell phone talkin to her boyfriend
Earbuds in, thinking bout drinking on the weekend
California winter, 60 degrees.
Thank god for fake fur
and thank god, for fake, tanneries.
Track Name: Hacksaw Harry
Hacksaw Harry caught hell and hanging
Clanging pipes and rigging banging
waving water and the full moon waning
he prays to guiltless metal

Morbid Mary didn't bleed in June
Sin's tune sung by the checkered loon
"A cutter" since ten the boys never did swoon
til Hacksaw took her swimming

Hacksaw never pushed her head down
like all the other boys in town
and when Mary's momma was not around
he'd build her castles in the cold ground

And now the sailors are back in town
wanted to pass Morbid Mary around
But this time Hacksaw stood his ground
Cut three of them down

and they wrapped the rope around
and his feet they left the ground...

well I'm twenty years old now

You killed my father
and you shamed my mother
and there is no other
to pull me through
so mark the bad in the good of you
and pray it's gone 'fore I'm through with you,
even God will not know what to do with you
in the state I leave you in
your sin
Track Name: To Paul, From Dad 1951
To Paul From Dad, 1951
He swears this present was the only one
I wasn't about to spoil my son
with comic books,
or a cap gun.

We'd watch the westerns, black and white.
natives dying left and right,
the look on his face gave me a fright
HIS EYES!
delight
delight
delight

Well how could I have known?
How could I have seen?
That mine own child would grow to be
the worst the world has seen?

Well he'd kick a dog,
cut up a frog,
pull the wings off of a fly.
Though just a child
I'd never seen
a tear enter his eye.

I said " ... now son don't you feel sad?"
he says "have you not seen?
the only thing I feel dear dad is
mean
mean
mean
 ..."

Well he'd tell the girls he loved them,
and then he'd break their hearts.
He had a treasure chest he filled with all their body parts.

The town had lost its innocence,
to this spawn of mine.
All had turned to drug or drink in
just a few months time.

The street dance did crumble down;
first in fists, then fire.
Though one last couple waltzed through flame,
Desire
Desire
Desire.

Their hair was crispy and their feet did trip
over bodies on the ground.
Junior wracked his brain on how this love was still around

He strolled around the gore
to this couple of the night,
and challenged the young kids to a
cap
gun
fight.

The young man nodded his head
and both the boys walked down the street.
They pass a hardware store and for a moment,
their eyes meet.

The dancer walks through the screen door first
and grabs a new cap gun,
It was then my son's eyes welled with tears,
it was the only one.

For that afternoon, filled with guilt,
I went to that same store,
and bought the toy he'd always wanted
though ten years late or more.

Well the kid had torn the plastic off
and loaded the paper roll,
pulled the trigger, and didn't stop
'till the screen door bell had tolled

Well Junior toppled through the door
' though his wounds could not be seen,
it was the end,
boy self described, as
mean
mean
mean.

THE END

EPILOGUE:
When dawn arose I'd yet to hear
what'd happened to my son,
on the kitchen table
I laid his gift,
To Paul
From Dad
1961
Track Name: To Paul, From Dad Outro
To Paul From Dad, 1951
He swears this present was the only one
I wasn't about to spoil my son
with comic books,
or a cap gun.

We'd watch the westerns, black and white.
natives dying left and right,
the look on his face gave me a fright
HIS EYES!
delight
delight
delight

Well how could I have known?
How could I have seen?
That mine own child would grow to be
the worst the world has seen?

Well he'd kick a dog,
cut up a frog,
pull the wings off of a fly.
Though just a child
I'd never seen
a tear enter his eye.

I said " ... now son don't you feel sad?"
he says "have you not seen?
the only thing I feel dear dad is
mean
mean
mean
 ..."

Well he'd tell the girls he loved them,
and then he'd break their hearts.
He had a treasure chest he filled with all their body parts.

The town had lost its innocence,
to this spawn of mine.
All had turned to drug or drink in
just a few months time.

The street dance did crumble down;
first in fists, then fire.
Though one last couple waltzed through flame,
Desire
Desire
Desire.

Their hair was crispy and their feet did trip
over bodies on the ground.
Junior wracked his brain on how this love was still around

He strolled around the gore
to this couple of the night,
and challenged the young kids to a
cap
gun
fight.

The young man nodded his head
and both the boys walked down the street.
They pass a hardware store and for a moment,
their eyes meet.

The dancer walks through the screen door first
and grabs a new cap gun,
It was then my son's eyes welled with tears,
it was the only one.

For that afternoon, filled with guilt,
I went to that same store,
and bought the toy he'd always wanted
though ten years late or more.

Well the kid had torn the plastic off
and loaded the paper roll,
pulled the trigger, and didn't stop
'till the screen door bell had tolled

Well Junior toppled through the door
' though his wounds could not be seen,
it was the end,
boy self described, as
mean
mean
mean.

THE END

EPILOGUE:
When dawn arose I'd yet to hear
what'd happened to my son,
on the kitchen table
I laid his gift,
To Paul
From Dad
1961
Track Name: Jane and Dave(Got depraved in the Shade)
Jane and Dave got depraved in the Shade. Wearing that dress her momma made, it didn't take long for her to cave no, Jane and Dave got depraved in the shade. Jane laid Lane in the pouring down rain. He said she tasted like the sweetest sugar cane. La la la dadadada, well I'm so, so, sorry, you never ever came.

She says I need to bite your fingers. I need to touch your brain. I need to comb your hair and I, need to shave your mane. I need to spin in circles a thousand times in vain, and then I will go insane Lane.
Track Name: Heart Pills
Take your heart pills baby when you're feeling blue
take your heart pills baby and I'll take mine too
take your heart pills baby cause it's so damn cold
take your heart pills baby when you feel too old

Take your heart pills baby cause your dad's not well
take your heart pills baby pray he'll never tell!
take your heart pills baby take one or two
take your heart pills baby or you heart will take you

Since you never bleed, and I never cry
baby won't you please be my alibi!
We'll be just like thelma bonnie butch and clyde
there'd be no pony that we couldn't ride
there'd be no money that we couldn't buy
there'd be no day, that we couldn't die, trying