Hayton is Real

by Geoff Hayton

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released April 8, 2013

Geoff Hayton- things that aren't drums
Kyle Tupper- drums
recorded by Rob Zolner and Geoff Hayton

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Track Name: No Reason to be Nice to Me
Looks like you’ve got a title to go with your address
Are you glad to hear my voice? Well, honey, let me guess
There’s not a lot for you to gain
A sorry chapter hiding in our history
No reason to be nice to me
If I were you I’d treat me like nobody

Ought to keep it to myself but I’ll tell you what I know
Guys that lie like I can lie are fine with living low
And if you shot me in my sleep
It’s better than what I earned, ask Courtney
No reason to be nice to me
If I were you I’d treat me like nobody

Now that memory’s a bruise hidden under a lab coat
It’s unpleasant and I shouldn’t press against it so I won’t
But Jesus Christ I’ve got to know
I’m dying here of curiosity
No reason to be nice to me
If I were you I’d treat me like nobody
Track Name: Liquor License
My throat doesn’t make any sounds I want to hear anymore
And this show’s over soon as I step outside of the car
Without a liquor license it just doesn’t work at all
I owe you so and I know it, I know it
God knows I know it

Put that camera down darling, you’re fucking the whole thing up
God knows why I care but I do, so let them think that I look like I used to
Without a liquor license it just doesn't work at all
And every band needs to know it, I know it
God knows I know it

Come to the coffeehouse and strum any chords, all of the chords
It’s tolerant and positive, there’s beer and there’s wine
And that’s why we can smile the whole time
Without a liquor license it just doesn't work at all
Let every friend tell you different, but they know it
Everybody knows it
Track Name: Long Suffering
Come on kid, you can move right in
Stack your boxes on the laundry bin
I don’t need to know what you’re bringing
That’s fine

Park your car in the next spot down
Mine’s the Mini that you’ve seen around
Go outside and smoke your white teeth brown
That’s fine

She didn’t do it to be nice
She didn’t expect to hear wedding bells ring
She did it to be long suffering

Keep your whisky anywhere you please
There’s no need to hide it from me
Start at noon and be a mess by three
That’s fine

I didn’t ask you for the truth
I’ve been looking everywhere for damaged goods like you

You deserve better than you’ve had
Ain’t your fault that it ended bad
Sign me up and I’ll be so glad you’re mine

She didn’t do it to be nice
She didn’t expect to hear wedding bells ring
She did it to be long suffering

She wasn’t hoping he’d be right
She didn’t ask him for anything
She did it to be long suffering
Track Name: I Will Not Honor This Place With My Death
I’ve gotten fired, I’ve been evicted
It was everything I predicted
I’ll summon apologies with all that I have left
But I will not honor this place with my death

Left sneaker tracks across your beaches
Let Jameson write my speeches
It won’t be a Joshua tree that scatters my last breath
I will not honor this place with my death

But you can, dear, since you love it here
Wave goodbye as I disappear

I’ll crash the car in Indiana
Roll off a cliff in Pennsylvania
Treat mediocrity as though it were Macbeth
But I will not honor this place with my death
Track Name: Ice Wine
Canopy of the clouds above filling up my car with love
Rain snuck in through a ceiling leak, we didn’t fight at all this week
Unhealthy ice wine
All the best things are mine

Mending fences with the sun, don’t be long inside its yard
Caught me I was dead to rights, dodging wives and fishermen
Unhealthy ice wine
All the best things are mine

Here’s the last thing on the list, only frozen bottles left
Shoes I’ll never wear again, don’t know why we brought them back
Unhealthy ice wine
All the best things are mine
Track Name: I Like Your Shop
Well I know you’ve never seen me before
And I’ve never stepped through your storefront door
But hear me, champions of the dispossessed poor,
I’m no cause for alarm

And I know that I probably don’t belong
And my coat and my pants and my belt’s all wrong
And I don’t keep eye contact for long
No, not anymore

But oh, honey, if you only knew
I don’t mean to cause any harm to you
This ain’t a stake out for the boys in blue
Honest, I promise, I like your shop
I just want a book, I’m not a cop

Seventeen, eighteen, nineteen’s one thing
They’re all revolution even when they’re dreaming
But me with my notebook, and me with my pen,
What the hell is he writing?

He’s checking out the flag with the black and red fist
So hurry, cover up the mailing list
And hide the tattoos across your wrist
So he can’t identify you

But oh, honey, if you only knew
You’re a hundred miles off bout my worldview
And I don’t like the government any more than you do
Honest, I promise, I like your shop
I just want a book, I’m not a cop, no, honest, I’m not

It's gonna be like I was never here
In ten minutes flat I'll disappear
And you can go back to breaking fixed gears
Honest, I promise, I like your shop
I just want a book, I'm not a cop

Bakunin in hand I start down the street
And I can hear them calling the emergency meeting
Did he hear anything worth repeating?
Track Name: Soft Sand
You got out of the way to be out of the way
And stomped your boots into the soft, soft sand
How could I not be impressed?
I’m gonna rip you off, I guess
And stomp my boots into the soft, soft sand
And let the key fall from my hand

This water’s new, but I’m gonna guess
That the principle’s the same to swim
And though I don’t love you the best
I’m gonna rip you off I guess
And stand here stuck inside the soft, soft sand
Maybe quit the band

But now the water’s rising, and so your stroll is over
I want to see what you do next
Now the water’s coming in, so your stroll is over
I want to see what you do next
Cause I don’t know what to do next

But listen up, just stop for once
Something powerful is coming to me
It might apply but maybe not
You’re tripping barefoot when you walk
You might be stuck inside the soft, soft sand
But you’re stuck there like a man
Track Name: Lucrative
Last of a long line
What do we do now
We won’t ever be cash positive

And I’m starting to notice
It’s shaky ground
Where they burn the weeds to plant the grass

And honey, I get it, it isn’t hard to understand
I’ve got to take a longview of the blueprint plan

So your attention please, my friend
Just let me explain something
It’s nice to have you out and all
But this here is a business
If only I were lucrative
Think of all the damns they’d give
Until then I’m a loud spot on the wall

You can have the wine
You won’t miss control
Which you never had and didn’t notice

You can block the exit
Strumming on the fire escape
You get to wait for your surprise

You could have just said it
It wasn’t hard to understand
And I hope this decoration
Makes em spend and spend

Your attention please, my friend
Just let me explain something
You keep us laughing at the bar
But this here is a business
If only I were lucrative
Think of all the damns they’d give
Till then I’m a loud spot on the wall
Track Name: Wouldn't Want Me Now
I could tailor my work shirts to fit me
I could post perfect pictures and how
I could earn jumbles of letters to follow my name
But you still wouldn’t want me now

If I drove a Lexus to convention
If I picked up every reference you put down
If I knew every inch of the Enterprise, my darling
You still wouldn’t want me now

Not now that your friends have told you the truth
Of the company I kept in the nights of my youth

And it’s great that I’m gonna teach something
And I’ll turn all the problem kids around
You’ll applaud when you hear that they couldn’t do without me
But we both know you wouldn’t want me now

Though I’ve dropped off the face of the Earth, dear
There’s a chance that you’ll see me around
And if that comes to pass, just nod and keep walking
Cause we both know you wouldn’t want me now