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Mayhemingways - Skipland - Front Cover

Skip Land 2018

1.Skip Land (Instrumental)

2.Frances the Youngest Truck Driver
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Frances the youngest long haul truck driver
They wore their mesh back where ever they go
Francis the youngest long haul truck driver
Having adventures out there on the road

They made Winnipeg as the sun it was rising
They pushed through the two lanes of north Ontari-o
The waitress greeted them and she was a smiling
Said your cute but how you reach the pedals I don’t know

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In the Crows Nest Pass the snow it was falling
In flakes that were big as loaves of fresh bread
They threw on their tire chains and up they kept climbing
Till they reached that high summit and downward they sped

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They met bud the spud in Quebec’s eastern townships
Pulled into a truck stop at St. Louis du Ha! Ha!
They asked bud how he drove through Canada so fast
He said if you don’t like my driving call 1-800 kiss my

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They went to Saint John, New Brunswick to see uncle Peter
He was scraping the shingles on the side of the garage
They went to Bay Shore beach and looked to Partridge Island
Saw the Celtic cross winking through the summer fog
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3.Troubles in the Basement
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Throw your troubles in the basment
We’re partyin’ in the kitchen
Gonna stay up here all night
When we wake up in the morning
And we see the situation
We’ll just have another one
And then everything will be right

It’s that point in the evening when everything’s unholy
Sense and reason don’t exist it just a thirsty rush
Someone’s yelling in the living room someone’s spill out in the hallway
If you man doesn’t show up soon I’ll call this night a bust

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Friends are in from out of town I hardly ever seem em
Can’t hardly see em now but we’re getting on alright
They got some pretty fancy shows and if this guy keeps on talking
I’m gonna show em how small town Ontario gets tight

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Though we thought we threw them way down
Way down in the cellar our trouble come creeping darkly from their lair
the ones that we can’t deal with we take out on each other
soon one of us will be the next thing rolling down the stairs

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4.Bad Old Days
I never seem to understand in time
Whats going on outside of my mind
All the pointless things we did
Just a recipe for being broke as shit

I wish I could spend countless hours
Wasting away with all of the pail flowers
Who really has time for that
The thing itself or the aftermath

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You can always go back to the bad old days
Its yellow fingers and its eyes all glazed
If you look back and don’t see no bad old days
You still must be living in ‘em

Wonder where are some of those people now
The youthful kings have they held their power
Or are they on the quick decline
Still holding on to the wrong line

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Turn your head and look behind
Who’s waiting patiently for your decline

I tell myself I can always check out
Backsliders wine and ashtray mouth
Dirty clothes and darkened eyes
And always running out of time

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5.The Baby
The infant can only lie on its back
Its limbs move in slow motion this way and that
You put ‘em on its stomach he can’t lift his head up off the mat
The infant can only lie on its back

The baby can only crawl on the floor
He tries to stand up but his legs will give out soon for sure
The old dog in the corner is trying to ignore
The baby can only crawl on the floor

The toddler is always running towards the trucks
He thinks that its funny when the grown up they sprint to catch up
The looks on their big red faces they really cut him up
The toddler is always running towards the trucks

The toddler likes the water to run in his bath
But lately he’s figured out how to work the taps
If no one was watching he’d likely get burned pretty bad
The toddler likes the water to run in his bath

The baby can only crawl on the floor

6.Haybales

They’ve got the hay bales tarped around the base of the trees
And there’s no warmth left in this cold country
Getting plastic on the windows to keep out the draft
In this railroad apartment on Union ave.

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Sitting at work watching the leaves turn yellow and blow away
If I wasn’t so yellow I’d probably do the same
It’s warm in here and I get a meal at the end of my shift
Who wants to go out looking for something when the weather is like this

Smell the dust burn off the baseboard heaters
from the few months that we don’t need them
the frost has finally killed off the garden
don’t think I’ll be her next year so I didn’t plant garlic

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cross your fingers and look online
try to find decent used snow tires in time
gotta clean the chimney at my moms house
getting up on the roof really freaks me out

every fall when I grew up there’d be the sound of geese
landing on the pond at dusk
now all I hear’s the sound of constant cars and trucks
it’d be cheesy to say I want to be like those geese and fly away down south
but it’d be true what you gonna do I guess I’m just cheesy myself

the Halloween section at the thrift store
where I find all my favorite scores
don’t have a scraper now I’m out of luck
cleaning the windshield with the lid from a take out coffee cup

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they got the hay bales tarped around the base of the trees
and there’s no warmth left in this cold country

7.Better Of You
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What’s got the better of you
What did it make you do
Did you accomplish just what you wanted too
What’s got the better of you

What’s taken part of you away
And has it gone to stay
To come back maybe an endeavor
But it’s better late than never
Whats taken part of you away

You seem a little worse for it
After that big train wreck
You loose your footing on the path
And your bound to break your neck
Seem a little worse for it

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What will folk remember when your dead
Something’s are better left unsaid
How quickly things can get perverse
And they go from bad to worse
Somethings are better left unsaid

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8.Hillbilly Heroin
Sometimes life’s got a jagged edge
You need a way to soften it
May not be the body that aches
Intangibles that you can’t shake
You need to find a soothing balm
To turn the storm to a sea of calm

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You had a good run it’s too bad Jen
You end up on that hillbilly heroin

Jenny said she’s got some pain
Found a doctor to complain
Sold them on the tale of woe
Got herself a note to the store

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Jenny didn’t; have the charmed life
Family wadn’t quite right
Handed down through the generations
On the pills from the whole situation

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Sometimes life’s got a jagged edge
You need away to soften it
May not be the body that aches
Intangibles that you can’t shake
You need to find a soothing balm
To turn the storm to a sea of calm

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If it helps you out
It ain’t no sin but you trade more than money
For that hillbilly heroin

9.14th of January (Instrumental)

10.Into the Ground
I got this old tube amp that I found
I turn it up that’s how I like it to sound
It’s burning through the power tubes
It gets to hot to pick up

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I know that one day its gonna break down
Cause I’m running it into the ground
It’s only got so many trips left around the sun

I got this rusting out gasoline van
Been tryin’ to drive it as long as I can
It’s hard getting started
And it’s shakin’ like it didn’t before

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I’ve got this body that I was given
Been pushing it as far as I can
I’m not talking about
Athletic marathons

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