Grand Karmic Circus

by The Mercury Saints

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released February 14, 2015

The Mercury Saints:
Doug Banks (drums, ukulele, backup vocals)
Tyler Duckworth (rhythm guitar, harmonica, steel guitar, lead vocals)
Jason Fincher (bass guitar)
John Pinkston (lead guitar, keys, backup vocals)

Additional Instrumentation:
C.J. Mask (Hammond organ on "Misty")

Production:
Recorded & engineered by Banks / Duckworth
Produced by Banks / Duckworth
Mastered at Title Song • Creative Audio by C. Jason Mask

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Track Name: My One and Only True Love
Standing so close I can feel your breath
But you keep me at a distance
You say it's just my imagination, but this silence weighs a ton
The innocence of lust, my one and only true love

My particles, they separate
If I move, I'll turn to dust
Bid farewell to my life for another one; this is all I have become
And you're all I'm thinking of, my one and only true love

And the years, they stagnate softly
And you cry yourself to sleep
And your hateful words bounce off me, they don't affect me
I'm in too deep

I don't know what I did wrong
In many ways, I'm the same person
I'm a constant source of irritation; I get by, but it's been rough
You don't love me enough, my one and only true love

It's all been done to death
So I don't bring it up
You say it's just my imagination, but this silence weighs a ton
And you're already done, my one and only true love
Track Name: Games That Mortals Play
Moving out's not laced with tears
It's pretty much just having to move
Divided up our DVDs
While watching What I Like About You

It's not so much the dignified thing
I know I'll have to look back on someday
But is it ever when we're playing
The games that mortals play?

You say you want the TV set
But you've got no room for me
Pleasant dreams keeping warm at night
By the light from NBC

You want to live in a box, I can't stop you
It just doesn't quite feel like fate
What a shock to find we weren't immune
To the games that mortals play

Who knew the biggest thing
That ever happened to me would be
Just a simple matter where you split up some bills
And walk away forever?

Now it's over, you cut your hair
You probably bought some new clothes
You look like a new person, so you must be
I thought it'd be harder, but so it goes

If I'd have known some tattoos could save you
I'd have bought them so that you'd stay
I could have loved you the rest of my life
But that's just a game that mortals play
Is it love or the rest of our lives
Which is the game we foolish mortals play?
Track Name: Love Song
I don't know a thing about you
Just see you sitting on a bus
Precious jewel cased in a plastic seat
I think you and me should be an us

4,000 empty seats, I sit down next to you
Still you can't tell I'm trying to flirt
Maybe it's because I'm not dressed for the occasion
In my worn-out Droopy shirt

But it turns out you're the kind of girl who likes that
And I'm the kind of guy who likes you

I ask you out to lunch, and you say yes
And in that moment, I'm glad to be me
Lunch turns into 7 hours
Seems we can't get enough of each other's company

You talk about your favorite kinds of ice
And that's when I fall hard for you
Before you said it, I didn't know
That's a thing normal people do

Then I realize they don't
And that's why you're the girl for me

I still remember every time I held your hand or kissed your lips
But that goes away
Because memory is just the breath I hold inside
It needs refilling every day

I don't want to stop breathing
But your smell's still in my nose
And that's just another memory
But doesn't it serve to show

That my future is your past
Until you come home again
Track Name: L.A. Girl
She was a one-horse, dimestore runaway
She had a one-track mind to see L.A.
I should've known she'd break my heart someday
But I followed her

She sees herself just the way she'd wannabe
Little did I realize she did the same to me
You know, I look back now, and it's plain to see
But I didn't

She's just an L.A. Girl
Saddled with a hayseed pearl
And I don't fit her Barbie Dreamlife
In her Barbie Dreamworld

She keeps her eyes on the prize, and it's paradise
She's got that one-track mind, so she don't think twice
But there's no hard work; it's just a roll of the dice
And that works for her

She can't afford all the trendiest restaurants
And it's all my fault 'cause I ain't got a lot
So she spends all her time with dilettantes
And I'm stuck watching it

I'm watching my L.A. Girl
Saddled with a hayseed pearl
And I don't fit her Barbie Dreamlife
In her Barbie Dreamworld

I used to wish she'd crawl on back someday
Now I wish I'd never given my life away
There's just no competing with L.A.
Not for an L.A. girl

Oh yeah, she's just an L.A. Girl
Saddled with a hayseed pearl
And I don't fit her Barbie Dreamlife
In her Barbie Dreamworld
Track Name: Misty
Where do you go when you hide from me?
Are there clouds there in the sky? Because you know I'd like that
But you don't let me in, and you never come out
And now I'm alone, it makes me kind of misty

Nobody knows the way back home every time
So I thought I could help you light the way
But my light was from a cigarette, and the smoke got in my eyes
So I got a little bit misty

My heart's on my sleeve every day now
And I can't breathe—it's a crime—you call to take my life away one more piece at a time
Fate falls like a candle and burns up everything that makes me want to cry
But I know you don't deserve it, so I just get misty

I drove past what used to be a restaurant you worked at before I even met you
And it wasn't the same branch, but it still made me sad
Time heals all wounds they say, but time will kill us all
Then I fall to my knees, pray I won't always be misty
Track Name: Drinking Every Day
I'm drinking my allotment every day
If there was a ration on, I'd probably go to jail, I'd say
Because they'd tell me I had to stop, and I'd tell them there is no way
No, I get by just by drinking every day

I used up my tomorrows yesterday
Spent them all on you, and then you left, and now I'm not okay
I need to find a reason, I need to find a way
But the time flies when I'm drinking every day

I'm sorry I wasn't a perfect man
I'm sorry things didn't go according to plan
I'm sorry you don't love me now, but the drink, it don't let me down
I'm sorry alcohol's a better companion

I wish I'd found a way to make you stay
Then again, I tried my best, but it turned out I had no say
Because you're a selfish person; you always get your way
But there's just one "I" in drinkng every day

There's something strange about feeling this way
You're the predator, I'm the prey; I get killed, and you get away
It's insult added to injury; it's more than a little depraved
But I don't mind when I'm drinking every day

I'm sorry I wasn't a perfect man
I'm sorry things didn't go according to plan
I'm sorry you don't have a soul, but I'm happy to record it in rock 'n' roll
I'm sorry if my love fell out of fashion

I'm sorry I wasn't a perfect man
I'm sorry things didn't go according to plan
You weren't so hot yourself, you know; you took my whole life, and then you let me go
I'm sorry Chivas has got more compassion

It's regal, you know!
Track Name: Malady Murphy
All your lies, all the lies you left on me
Like a stench I just can’t wash clean
Think they smell it? Think they know I can’t believe
In the person standing right in front of me?

Yourself, you hid—you told me so
But what you did, I’ll never know
And it makes the lie you are so much more complete
Malady Murphy

Who are you? The cliché’s starting to make sense
And who am I if I can fall for a myth?
You’re a figment of your own imagination
And I’m a fool for feeling so placated

But if nothing was true, then you broke my word too
And for that, I don’t think I can ever forgive you
But it makes the lie you made us so much more complete
Malady Murphy

You are your father’s daughter, and I hope that makes you glad
I know daddy’d be so proud of the girl that he wished he’d never had

So you can try and run, you can say you’ve changed
You can tell folks that’s not your given name
But you know you’ll always have just one name to me
Malady Murphy
Track Name: Saffron Eyes
She was a girl with saffron eyes
Full to the brim with hope and lies
Might've hid my light under her bushel for awhile
But if you'd seen that girl, you'd have probably done the same

Living gets hard, then living's reversed
Unless you're living your life like your living's rehearsed
She drained me bone-dry, but she was empty first
That girl ain't got nothing left but pain

All my seasons come to change
Barren fruit that never meant too much to me anyway
But I realize, I realize what it takes
It just takes the next girl to take my breath away

She was a girl with a rabid smile
Just another stop on a ragged-ass mile
Could've been better, but at least she had style
Would've been nice if she'd had any class

I'm floating on by like everything's fine
Not much of a life, but at least it was mine
Have you ever felt like a stranger to time
When it hurts too bad to remember your past?

All my signals have gone dead
I'm trying to forget every word she ever said
Hate to love what's in my head
But it won't take more than the next girl I take to my bed

She was a nice distraction then
Just like every other place I've been
I'd do things differently if I had her to do again
Like I'd be gone before she woke up the next morning

All my sorrows in a sack
Pile them high upon my back
I'll live longer if my heart never gets attacked
But it won't take more than the next girl, the next girl, the next girl, the next girl, the next girl, the next girl, the next girl, the next girl, and all the ones after that
Track Name: Between Here and Hell
The blister on my left palm
Is from opening my beer
And the blister on my right one
Will never appear

'Cause I see myself in every girl between here and hell
And I hope you can see it too
But on the off-chance you missed it—I'm sorry, couldn't resist it
Sent some photos to you

The trials and tribulations
Of the man I wanted to be
Are all just indications
Of my trite naivety

But it's just as well, just another death knell between here and hell
And, in truth, it's not so bad
It's not irony if it's expected to be; this life's just got the one joke in store for me
It's kinda sad

So now I'm moving forward
My life is just Plan B
And the world's a little poorer
Another good man's now deceased

Now I'm someone else, someone stumbled and fell between here and hell
But at least I see the relief leaves me free
It's so tiresome to be the decent one in this soul-sucking life where all the decency's done
Lucky me
Track Name: Set It on Fire
Call me Baby Love just a little while longer
I know we're finished, but it'll help me get to sleep tonight
You were my best friend in a way I thought that they were only lying
Now you're just the person who fucked up my life

We lived in our own world to the detriment of others
Population: you and me
I saw that TV show with the opening theme song we always danced to
But somehow it's not as funny as it used to be

It's all the shit we had, I threw it out on the front lawn
I set it on fire, I gave some of it to a homeless woman
And even if society tells me that love is all you need, I think I'd rather just let it bleed
I'll benefit from some friends, but I'll never fall in love again

Let's go bowling for our anniversary
Being with you was always so much fun
Everyone loves you, but they leave the room, and you talk shit about them
Wouldn't they be shocked to find it was me who was the nice one

Never apologize to me when you're wrong
Don't take care of me when I'm down with the flu
Remember how you never respected my wishes, not even one time?
That was fun; you are great; I definitely miss you

It's all the shit we had, I threw it out on the front lawn
I set it on fire, I gave some of it to a homeless woman
And even if society tells me that love is all you need, I think I'd rather just let it bleed
You didn't quite do me in, but I'll never fall in love again

Call me monkey like you used to... for some reason
You liked to talk about, um, something and how you were small
Honestly, I've forgotten most everything there is to know about you
I'm not trying to be hurtful—I've really drawn a blank here—thank you, thank you, thank you, alcohol

It's all the shit we had, I threw it out on the front lawn
I smashed it to pieces, I gave some of it to a homeless woman
And even if society tells me that love is all you need, I know I'd rather just let it bleed
You didn't quite do me in; I'll just never fall in love again
I'll benefit from some friends, but I'll never fall in love again
And when I finally feel spent—oh, yeah—I'll never fall in love again
Track Name: Whatevs
Well, I've had you on my mind for quite a while
It's actually been years if I start rolling back the miles
But I'm not writing any heartbreak songs today
'Cause I just don't care anymore

It made me sad to think of you like this
But now I think my wasted time is what life really is
Well, I got no reasons why, and I don't know, and I don't care
I don't want to see your face in places—you're not really there
I'm moving on

You know, memory's a funny thing to me
It takes us back to where we're happy no longer to be
But now my hindsight's 20/20 like the past is on attack
And it's plain to see, really you never loved me back
And that hurt me when I found it out
But, like I say, I just don't care today
Track Name: Now You're His
So many years and so many lies
But hurt is a beast with so many eyes
It finds me again and again
I've been true, and I've been tried
But I'm not built to run and hide
Unlike you and your so-called friend

How can you live with what you did to me
When I'm stuck living with this misery?

All my stories begin with “we”
But we's you and him now, and I'm just me
When it's over, was it ever real?
Worst of all, I feel forgotten
So no we, no me, and if not, then
I've got nothing left for you to steal

You said I'm crazy, I've got trust issues
Of course you were lying, but, baby, now I do
Is it still closure if the wounds open the same
Or if it is just what it is?
My eyes are open too, and I see who's to blame
Now I'm out, now he's in, now I know where you begin and end, now you're his

All this time, I thought I loved you
Hard to do and hate you too
Suspended in between, both disintegrate
So I lived numb, but I still dealt
And I learned I just loved how I felt
So all that's left for you now is the hate

You could've saved me if you'd told me about
Your cheatin' heart, but now I've figured it out
Is it still closure if the wounds open the same
Or if it is just what it is?
My eyes are open too, and I see who's to blame
Now I'm out, now he's in, now I know where you begin and end, now you're his
Track Name: Hanging Tree
At the very best, I'm dead
At the worst, I'm just gonna have to live with it
Cut me down from this hanging tree
I'm at the end of my rope

If I made love to another woman
In what used to be our bed
Do you think I'd ever get to sleep at night
Or would I set that motherfucker ablaze just to ease my weary head?

So that's my story that never happened
Written down for all the world to hear
Let this be the only record, and after this
You don't exist, my dear

To quote the poet Elliott:
You're just somebody that I used to know
Just like God knew Lucifer
Before He sent His angel down below

Let all my sins be remembered
Let knowing you be the penalty I bear
Let all the suffering I create in your wake be freebies
I've paid more than double what's fair

There's no eternal sunshine for this spotted mind
There's no shelter from the storm
It's just like they say with butterflies:
Chaos comes in the prettiest of forms

But, oh, I've learned my lesson
I've learned all pain, it comes from happiness
So I'll stop trying to find joy
I'm sure existence must have some other purpose

And if I lose my reason
If I should fall for love with someone new
I want you to know you played an important role in that
I'll be looking for a girl exactly... the opposite of you

So I take a life I loved
Stick it on that hanging tree
If I'm lucky, it'll strangle
Quickly

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