West 28th Street

by Brigid Kaelin

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they all think i'm such a good girl all my life i've surely been loyal friend and giving person moral, stand-up citizen i did something bad and i didn't feel as guilty as i probably should have i did something bad today i'm no good at keeping secrets but this one's too big to spill can't believe no one has noticed but my eyes they show but they don't tell that i did something bad and i didn't feel as guilty as i probably should have i did something bad today i did something bad badder than judas and a silver bag i did something bad today i never used to understand how anyone could live with themselves but now i see it's not hard to forgive yourself for doing something bad.
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La la la la la So you’re quitting again Do you want me to act surprised? You announce to the world Get mad when I roll my eyes Aren’t you tired of waiting, aren’t you tired of waiting aren’t you tired of waiting around. La la la la la Is there any point in living, When all you do is bide your time? Say you’re gonna do something, And then you change your mind Aren’t you tired of waiting, aren’t you tired of playing, Aren’t you tired of waiting around. Beware of thoughts that come at night, Turn on a switch and it’s daylight But you’re just waiting for the day to end La la la la la Your complaints are loud, but your actions small What makes you think you deserve it all? There’s nothing free, you’re boring me, you’re boring me I’m tired of waiting, and I’m tired of playing, And I’m tired of staying around Beware of thoughts that come at night, Turn on a switch and it’s daylight, But you’re just waiting for the day to end.
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Watch Out! 02:40
Oh dear boy, she’s got you good You think that you’re on top I’m the one to say, “Watch Out!” Before You can’t stop Watch out! Watch out! She’s nice enough and smart enough And soft on the eyes But manicured talons sink in deep she’s digging for a bigger prize (watch out!) You may think you’re in control (watch out!) I’m gonna tell you something (watch out!) She adores you now you see But it don’t mean a thing if she ain’t got a ring. Went to a good college To get her M.R.S. A minor in psychology So you don’t stand a chance Chorus I want a three-carat diamond with a platinum band A princess-cut solitaire rock So everyone can see that I snagged me a man And how much money he’s got
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Well, hello, it’s been ages since I’ve seen you Tell me, is that your new girlfriend over there? Oh yes, she seems very pretty. It’s too bad about her hair But you know black, it’s really such a slimming color For those breeding hips she’s trying to conceal And all that makeup really does become her And her boobs look practically real But I swear I don’t know what you’re talking about I swear I don’t know you mean I mean it when I say she’s a great catch If you like that sort of thing Hello, dear, so nice to finally meet you That outfit sure does take a lot of ... gall And you must give me the name of your hairdresser ‘Cause your roots barely show at all But I swear I don’t know what you’re talking about I swear I don’t know you mean I mean it when I say he’s a great catch If you like that sort of thing. But I’m so glad that you two hit it off He needed a girl who’s not that tall And one who is so open-minded That she doesn’t mind a guy who’s kinda small But I swear I don’t know what you’re talking about I swear I don’t know you mean I mean it when I say you’re a great catch If you like that sort of thing.
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Betty Jean 03:29
Betty Jean was a rock hard machine She was stronger than a Chevrolet Probably weighed seven hundred pounds But he loved her anyway Rode her everywhere he could She was his livelihood Like Johnny and June, Perry and Roselle, Romeo and Juliet, Will and Ariel, Joe and his Betty Jean. Late one early spring night Betty took off on her own No one saw her leave Old Joe was left alone His soul went on a search But the barstool was his perch chorus No one could save him No one could intervene All that he wanted was His poor old Betty Jean
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Sunday Afternoon (free) 03:36
Laying in bed, wearing nothing but your new tattoo We pretend we can’t here the phone ringing in the next room Close your eyes, play make-believe, and breathe as I draw near Places we should both be, but it’s more fun being here Life could be a playdate, on a Sunday afternoon Catchin’ a smile, watching the sun through the shades I’ll be your June Carter, if you’ll be my one-night stand When we’re in our minds, they’ll never know where we have been Wondering why you’re here today, better off unaware Am I using you or are you using me, I really don’t care. No more bills, just kicks and thrills, and experimentation The only problem you have’s premature emancipation chorus Dangerous liasions only hurt when they’re out loud Fantasies and daydreams keep your hearts safe in the clouds I won’t tell if you won’t dwell on things we shouldn’t do ‘Cause there’s nowhere else I’d rather be on a Sunday Afternoon Life could be a playdate, and I think we’re perfect playmates Catch a smile and watch that sun rise through the shades And I’ll be June Carter and you’ll be my one-night stand We’ll stay in our minds, never say where we have been. When we’re in our minds, they can’t tell where we have been.
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One more last kiss Make it sweet and slow and tender Give me something to remember One more last kiss Just this morning we were laughing Guess it’s time to get my things It’s funny how fast it can happen Goodbyes are as hard as diamond rings. One more last kiss... It’s a sentimental nothing Just a picture in a frame And we’ll close the door softly On what never should have been. We savored every moment Because we knew it couldn’t last And I’m ready to let go But, honey, all I ask One more last kiss Make it sweet and slow and tender Give me something to remember One more last kiss All I ask, is one last kiss.
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I heard a voice a’wailin’ about that old-time religion And i found I couldn’t help but sing along It’s too late to turn back now, you know, I’m gonna need to be forgiven, You crucified me softly with your song Boy, you make me wanna go to church You make me wanna praise the Lord, Throw my hands up and be saved. The way you shake those hips has got me Thinkin’ thoughts no Christian girl should have You make me wanna misbehave. I love the way those blue eyes glisten When you look me up and down It’s like the first time every time we meet. You won’t take me to the alter, but you’ll take me in the yard. Gotta get a little dirity before it’s time to get all clean. Boy, you make me wanna go to church... Now we travel town to town with a guitar and a bible, Though prayin’ is the last thing I expect And our camping gives new meaning to that old time Tent Revival When I get down on my knees and genuflect. Boy, you make me wanna go to church You make me wanna praise the Lord, Throw my hands up and be saved. The way you shake those hips has got me Thinkin’ thoughts no Christian girl should have You make me wanna misbehave. Yeah, forget the Holy Trinity, you and me and sin makes three You make me wanna misbehave. You make me wanna get down on my knees and pray.
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Her curves are better than mine She only answers when you call Easier to pick up, never picks a fight Lets you touch her without alcohol Whatever happened to the way that you look at me? Hold me like that old guitar Play me like a song Run your fingers up and down my neck Make me arch my top like that ‘47 gibson Pick me baby, I can play you back. Seems it’s been years since we rolled on the floor You didn’t even notice I cut my hair We never make music in the kitchen anymore I’m tired of playing solitaire Chorus You ask me what is wrong, and then you show me your new song She’s beautiful, i understand We’ve got our dissonance, but that’s what makes it interesting But let me be your favorite tune.
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On West 28th Street’s, an empty old building I’m told that it used to brew beer for the town I’d like to go see it, but I’d rather see Paris so I end up just sittin’ around. Find a spot on the map, where I’ve never stood before Places like that, well, there used to be more. Can’t get excited about finding that here When West 28th Street’s, all but disappeared. Everyone talks ‘bout those good olden days Then everyone moves on just fine They paved paradise long before I was born So why do I feel so denied? For a spot on the map, where I”ve never stood before Places like that, well, there used to be more And I can’t get excited about finding that here West 28th Street’s all but disappeared But I’ve chosen a path, I’m too stubborn to leave Is that strength or is that just stupidity I don’t know if I can keep keepin’ on, Doing the same thing all over and over and over again. I used to make plans, now all I make are lists And vegetable soup and two or three kids And everything’s pleasant, there ain’t any doubt But I can’t wait to get the hell out For a spot on the map, where I”ve never stood before Daydreams like that, well, I used to have more But West 28th Street seems light years away And Paris, I know that I’ll see you ... someday.

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Produced by Duane Lundy (Ben Sollee, These United States) at Shangri-La Studios in Lexington, Kentucky.

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released September 15, 2008

vocals, accordion, musical saw, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards: brigid kaelin
bass and guitars: justin craig
drums: robby cosenza
cello: peter searcy
guest vocals: shannon lawson

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A "plucky redhead," a "genre-defying vaudeville rocker," and an "amazing multi-instrumentalist," Brigid Kaelin is a full-on entertainer. You've read her blog, heard her on the BBC and on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion," seen her play accordion with Elvis Costello, and laughed and cried at her original alt-country cabaret songs. Maybe it's time to buy her albums? ... more

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