Songs From the Bottom of an Empty Glass

by Vagabondage

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Produced by: Jim Fourniadis
Recorded at The Dark Room, San Francisco

Album Cover Photo: Steve Doll
(www.flickr.com/photos/3rdeyepro/sets/)
Album Cover Design: John Flaw

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released November 11, 2010

John Flaw - vocals, guitar, ukulele
Emchy - vocals, accordion

guest musicians:
Ed Ivey - tuba, upright bass
Jim Fourniadis - banjotar, piano

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Vagabondage San Francisco, California

Vagabondage is a Bay Area, California based folk-punk band that was born over nachos and wine on a tiny stage in an empty theater in San Francisco’s Mission District. With flasks held high, they play songs of heartbreak, hope, and doom, and have been getting people up on their feet to yell, drink, and sing along to their original songs since 2008. ... more

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Track Name: Raise Your Glass
Raise your glass of ale tonight
Raise it to fluorescent lights
‘Cause soon enough this night will end
And we will find the street again

You were such a gorgeous mess
Guys tried to light your cigarettes
The flames would dance around your dress
As you drink your whiskey singing

(chorus)
Raise your glass of ale tonight
Raise it to fluorescent lights
‘Cause soon enough this night will end
And we will find the street again

You were always what I need
But you could not control your speed
I reach for your hand but it’s never there
I still have that lock of hair

(chorus)

I thought that we would just be friends
And stick together ‘til the end
But you and I aren't what we need
And now we sing on broken feet

(chorus)

Summer flies and winter falls
Soon we'll be trapped inside these walls
So drink to freedom and drink to friends
‘Cause soon enough this night will end
Track Name: Can't Stay Good
We groan like old buildings
every time we’ve got some grief
Our voices crack like wood
and nails become our teeth
It don't matter that we're lovers
It don't matter that we're friends
It can't stay good forever in the end

We're more like Cain and Abel
than old Adam and Eve
You burn me in your passion
Then turn around and leave
It don't matter that we're brothers
It don't matter that we've sinned
It can't stay good forever in the end

Got sixty silver dollars
janglin’ in my jeans
But no amount of money's
gonna buy you back to me
It don't matter that I owe you
fifties, fives or tens
It can't stay good forever in the end

If I could take you by the hand
and lead you through my head
I'd show you all the things
I never knew I should have said
It don't matter that it's over
It don't matter when
It can't stay good forever in the end.
Track Name: See You in Hell
When the Devil drew the world with her feathered fountain pen
She took her thumb and smudged the ink around the hearts of decent men
She said "you've got nothing to lose, so live it up and tear it down..."
"...and if you choose to do it right, well then I'll see you underground."

(chorus)
See you in Hell, boy, I'll...
See you in Hell
See you in Hell, boy, I'll...
See you in Hell...

All the hills and mountains count the hours to 2012
When science shakes religion's hand and the icecaps finally melt
Down there in her dungeon with her bony arms out wide
She'll beckon you in with a grin, then she'll shuffle you inside

(chorus)
Track Name: Second Heart
In every man there's a second heart
A second heart that yearns on its own
In every woman, a second heart
A second heart that beats on its own...

In every man there's a second mind
A second mind that thinks on its own
In every woman, a second mind
A second mind that dreams on its own...

In every man there's a second soul
A second soul that sins on its own
In every woman, a second soul
A second soul with sins of her own...

In every man there's a second heart...
In every woman, a second heart...
Track Name: Old Lady Devil
Lord I love my rock & roll
Old lady devil gonna eat my soul
Been to the bottom of the bottle
Old lady devil gonna eat, gonna eat my soul

Lord I lied and I stole
Old lady devil gonna eat my soul
Lived my life by the pistol
Old lady devil gonna eat, gonna eat my soul

Lord I hope I never grow old
Old lady devil gonna eat my soul
I ride all night, no end in sight
Old lady devil gonna eat, gonna eat my soul

Lord I left my best girl cold
Old lady devil gonna eat my soul
She had flashing eyes, wouldn't let me roam
Old lady devil gonna eat, gonna eat my soul

That lonesome grave is her final home
Old lady devil gonna eat my soul
Won't see her in Heaven, but down below
Old lady devil gonna eat, gonna eat my soul

Her life in my hands, it took it's toll
Old lady devil gonna eat my soul
My whiskey, my pistol, still on that road
Old lady devil gonna eat, gonna eat my soul
Track Name: Lowdown Friends
I've never seen a thing as lonely as your face
The stars shake our eyes, there's no time for this and no place
Heartache's rolling fast, a train upon its tracks
We all know these are the words that we can never take back

We're lost (lost, lost) with our lowdown friends
We're lost (lost, lost) in Chicago again

The wine is always right on these crazy, train-wreck nights
The smokes are always gone and no one's got a light
The show is now long past, there's wine spilled in my car
You always drive too fast, and you always go too far

We're lost (lost, lost) with our lowdown friends
We're lost (lost, lost) in the Rust Belt again

Tonight I'm driving home, it's 3 or 4 am
I want to call you now and pick you up again
We're many miles gone, held separate by state lines
I steer the car your way for more whiskey, land-locked crimes

We're lost (lost, lost) with our lowdown friends
We're lost (lost, lost) in Chicago again
We're lost (lost, lost) with our lowdown friends
We're lost (lost, lost) in the Rust Belt again
Track Name: Dead House
When I ran to your dead house, I ran too far
When I ran to your dead house, I ran too far
I didn't know where to go...
I wished upon a star

When you drove out late last night, you drove too fast
When you drove out late last night, you drove too fast
You went until you'd never stop...
Drove right into my past

When I went to your dead house, I went too far
When I ran to your dead house, I ran too far
You told me once I'd never leave...
Our love leaves nasty scars
Track Name: Glasses
When I put on my glasses
I see monkeys swinging on telephone poles
When I put on my glasses
Crocodiles crawl out of sewer grate holes
When I put on my glasses
I can see deep into the throat of a goat
When I put on my glasses
I look like that woman from Murder She Wrote

But when I take off my glasses...
My eyes will be nothing but two gaping holes