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I used to be king I used to be tops I used to run things I couldn't be stopped I used to have friends I used to have fame But times are different And nothing's the same I used to crash parties I used to crash cars I used to break banks I used to break hearts I used to have love I had the one I had it all But now, that's all gone. And in one corner of the Earth Can I re-establish my worth And it's the same old story I'm trapped here in Purgatory In between the hells and skies And although I lost it all The best part of taking a fall Is now I have a chance to rise And I will rise again
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Bella 03:50
Bella had me before she hit the stage, three, mid-day A steady bassline shook my bones Most of the time I strayed away from their eyes It's between their thighs where I look But not this time, I felt so bold She took the stage, walked my way Singles seemed to add up by the hour I seemed to exchange my pain by paying for my shame At the time, I didn't mind. She played her role. Oh, beautiful, but trouble - she's a temporary fix for lonely souls Usually I don't need this But my heart just craves bliss But this attention is getting expensive, all this attention is getting expensive Bella, I can't stay long - a few more bills, one more song Then I'll go drive back home alone Beautiful, but trouble - she's a temporary fix for lonely souls Tuesday afternoon - a passion put to strangers A graceful dance through danger Making just ends meet sometimes means tragedy for pretty girls like Bella Baby you're my Cinderella lady on a pole Usually I don't need this But my heart just craves bliss But this attention is getting expensive, all this attention is getting expensive Bella, I can't stay long - a few more bills, one more song Then I'll go drive back home alone Bella, I think I love you - my Cinderella lady on the pole
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Meet Me On the Way (free) 03:16
Hey, baby it seems lately you're in a different state of mind Maybe you've thought that maybe I've got one more chance this time? But I've changed and I've felt so strange that I won't put blame on my head this time around. And now it seems clear that you've stashed your fear, but underneath I feel alive, too. Step out to the light - I don't want you back for just one night So baby, are you coming home with me tonight? I don't need you like I used to but I still want you anyway. Step out to the light - I don't want you back for just one night So baby, are you coming home? I said baby, please pick up that phone. Baby, are you coming home tonight?
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Sweet Clarity Sue (free) 04:20
Everyone has their secrets Come let me tell you mine.... I am so blind Must be out of my mind Clouds are surrounding you. And the things you can't touch That you need so much Are all coming into view And O Sweet Clarity Sue Why can't I have you All I see is the truth. But I want Clarity O Sweet Clarity Sue I want you there for me; it's true Must be something easier. We are both wrong I've known it all along And if there's blame, I'll have half What if just for tonight Two wrongs could make a right Then I'm tellin you, you would see that Is that the best you can do Oh my Clarity Sue Should I tell you the truth Or something easier Is that the best you can do Oh my Clarity Sue Should I tell you the truth Or something easier I'm tryin to bring it down Stuck up on higher ground Don't try and stop me now 'Cause I can't find something easier
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Cul-De-Sac (free) 04:36
Brother of Mercy, keep your hands to yourself The snow compresses and the wind swirls 'round My light will beckon but will not ignite the needy lamps of my neighbor Cul-De-Sac Pulling me right, turning me round Chances seem to surround me I know that there's truth to be found Move of the shell - chances abound Buffeted they are. Tossed and thrown - lost to some. I am assured I've found my rock The wind and sea reign o'er me. I see confusion, collusion, disharmony, regret, calamity, impiety, democracy and yet I keep on driving up to the east until there ain't no road no more. Still dark - streetlamps burn - so hot and fierce I can't see the moon People will see that it's all inside The world awakes in the light of a new dawn.
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Whisky (free) 03:06
Well I'm bored, I'm floored, I'm shakin' in my drawers and I'm feeling like a little kid When your highs, your lows - the powder on your nose looks worse than it ever did. Sit back, relax - put some creases in your slacks. Get off of the defensive 'cause I'm not on the attack And let me entertain you if I can. I pulled my pistols out at noon, stumbled into the saloon Saying "What's the strongest thing that you got?" Can't you see I'm far from fine? I don't need no beer or wine. I just took a bullet now I'm gonna take a shot Of whiskey. Gimme something for this heartache. Leave that bottle to wash it down. I'm two sips right from the sidewalk But I won't easily go down.
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Eddie Brady (free) 04:26
Moon’s set, sunrise The snow takes on a blueish glow All around is quiet, ‘cept the wind whippin the window Keep tight, sit out Watch the world open up The dark reign ends, to you the cold light beckons. This is how it once was, down at Ed Brady’s Singin ‘bout love and drinks and again And when the dawn comes, grab your old lady Tomorrow we’ll do it again. Drive down Main Street The plows come, turn out so slow Head east, back to the homestead Turn back, park straight Next to the old river talking Moon on the left, fire on right Oh, it's calling you home When was it like this? Time passes so fast, Seems like soon I will know What it feels like to see the gang Back in old Buffalo
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Temptation (free) 03:51
You say it's a blessing, but you lie right to my face Don't be sure that it's not mercy - mercy? Leave it at my door. You said that, I did this - let's just call this what it is Sometimes sorry's not the hardest part Quit crying on my shoulder Too bad it's almost... Overzealous, smells of lavender and pride But I don't mind, it's about that time that we make our way up in the night Lay me back and it's the sound - backseat romance, you go down Searching, waiting playing run around Quit crying on my shoulder Too bad it's almost over I lead myself into temptation once again I may be sick but I'm alive I lead myself into temptation once again I may be sick but I'm alive and it feels so right
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We're gonna be big stars, you and me We'll shine brighter than Hepburn and James Dean So let's go to California and move this dream along Go on ahead without me, I swear I won't be long, at all But oh, my friend, the news ain't good I think I missed my plane to Hollywood I'd drive out to you if I could but I ain't got the engine in this hood It ain't the way we hoped it'd be, but life just grabbed ahold of me There's still hope for you and me - hold on? Hold on.. A tiny east coast suburb with a pretty little lake...who'd have thought it would be so hard to escape? But these dreams are growing dimmer 'cause these days I hardly sleep Ain't it funny how much money wound up mattering to me? Watching our homemade movies, shot through a blurry lens Now that the film is in focus, I just want to talk to my friend But oh, my friend, the news ain't good I think I missed my plane to Hollywood I'd drive out to you if I could but I ain't got the engine in this hood It ain't the way we hoped it'd be, but life just grabbed ahold of me There's still hope for you and me - hold on? I'm sorry that you couldn't hold on And I wasn't there to help you hold on. Hold on.. I can't find the words to say that I am sorry everyday.
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Park Street Interlude (free) 05:40
Wrapped up another day And now the night's unfolding As we make our way past people and scaffolding Don't need to save my life But it would be nice To have a hand for holding And if you believe You've got a hand for me I could use the company These games have gone on long enough I have played you well But you have played me tough I've got nowhere to be You've got no alibi I Don't want to sound trite, but If The twilight strikes you right I Was hoping that we might... Prolong the night? I've become aware That the smell of anticipation Has overwhelmed the air In front of Park Street Station So stand down Eyes up We've talked enough If you're content With my intent We can abandon this pretense Stand down...
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Well I face slander in the morning and libel at night Baby, you're the only one to treat me right And I think (and you can quote me on this) we've got a good thing goin Like an Argonaut I would search for your fleece It's a long day's journey from France all the way to Greece Land, ho, baby! We've got a good thing goin Well, I'm a green chile and you're a red tomato Put us together, sell us to some tourists in Laredo Yee-haw, baby! We've got a good thing goin Life makes everything ugly but it's hard to stay afraid I've got you and you've got me - it's true. We've got it made. I catch your eye, I catch your look - those cutie pie glances coming up over that book. Well, cover me, baby - we've got a good thing goin Well some like the bark and others like the tree I see that dogging in the car, he's woofing back at me Bow-wow, baby - we've got a good thing goin Life makes everything ugly but it's hard to stay afraid I've got you and you've got me - it's true. We've got it made. Piece of cake and slice of baby Girl, you're the rhubarb of my eye Mmm, sweetie-pie. We've got a good thing goin.
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Recorded at Gordon's Shed Studios by Justin Steuer and Matt Bilz
Mastered by Jeff Lipton, asst. by Maria Rice and Peerless Mastering

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released June 21, 2008

Drums & Vocals - Johnny Malone
Keys, Bass Keys, Vocals, Hammond - Jarret Izzo
Guitar & Vocals - Mick Greenwood

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The Self-Proclaimed Rockstars Boston, Massachusetts

The Self-Proclaimed Rockstars were a radio-friendly rock trio that sang about "love and drinks" and had more fun than anyone else in any given room on any given night.

Johnny, Jarret and Mick released their first record June 21, 2008.
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