Chemical Drippers

by The Hats

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1.
Luva Mine 05:19
When her plane touched down she put that ring right back on her finger But she never thought about you on her own And when she came into your life, you thought it just couldn’t get any better, But I’m not gonna try and tell you, you were warned Wherever you are now, I hope you’ve found another love somehow Because you ain’t got time to lose your mind And if she comes back ‘round, just throw that coat right over your shoulder ‘Cause you’re not gonna cry about it anymore Love of mine, what happened to that la, la, love of mine? (Don’t you cry about that girl anymore) It’s so hard to find. What happened? Those were so much easier times (Don’t you let her run your life anymore) Oh the music sounded better, the chords just went together The words on my tongue just rolled off when I was younger Love of mine, what happened to that la, la, love of mine?
2.
If a 20 is the new dollar, and a dollar is an hour, I’ve made a dime To survive on but I have made my mind up, I don’t need it anyway I’ve used a shaker and a glass to serve some asshole in a tie just to get by And he’s too tied up to find another dime but I don’t want it anyway So what it is I think I’m getting to or what I’m trying to say is just that I Have made my mind up, it’s time to get this show out on the road... Man, like a real rock and roll band And oh if I stick around here I might just die No more faking like I just don’t care No more waiting ‘cause the day is here I’m not a Beatle or a ‘beat,’ I’m just a restless pair of feet under a guy Who’s getting tired of his life, and asking, “Why does every day still end in ‘why’?” And as I said before, the point that I’ve been pouring over ice and hard liquor Is I’ve made my mind up, it’s time to get this show out on the road…
3.
Man, I won’t be staying out late I’m saving money up for a rainy day Oh man, this could be my lucky night ‘Cause there’s a house on fire, and it looks like mine Aw man, how could this happen to me? “Wait, but you have coverage right?” “No I don’t, I wish I did.” “It’s OK, no one does, but wait, do you have a place to stay?” “I don’t know, it’s OK, I’ll be on my feet for weeks.” These things don’t happen to me, only other people These things don’t happen to me, only other people These things don’t happen to me, only other people So I must be other people
4.
Marion 04:16
Marion never cries in her garden, and she only laughs when she’s sad And Marion was tougher than I was She may be sincere as honest fear But there’s no one else to compare to I remember her like she’s here Marion had the mouth of a sailor, but had the life of a reluctant nun, So she let go of my love She may be harder to write of here As if shouting upon deaf ears Were she allowed just the chance to hear, “Hold on, keep running” I would never be the man I’ve become without Marion
5.
There’s a hole inside a mountain Where my spirit goes And should you ever try to find it Send smoke into the sky For you and I… because It’s a dark and stormy love It’ll come to push and shove And though the sturm und drang may call Over, I bet she’ll blow over, bet she will You’re a boat out on the ocean I’m of my spirit on the shore And no amount of serotonin Could put me in the sea That’s you and me In a dream is where my love lies so divine But even Eden has a secret there to hide I’m gonna get it out
6.
Over there, that’s the girl with purple hair She’s the sweetest sip of tea and she looks a bit like me Over here, I’m so full of nervous fear God forbid she overhears that I think she’s beautiful in a sort’ve sad way Whad’ya think, is there a chance that she likes me, Even though my hair is brown and I never wanted tattoos? I wouldn’t know just what to get I never really wear regret Oh I’m rambling again So I’ll just come right out and say it… Hey, could you meet me in the middle? Hey, you wouldn’t have to tell your friends Hey, we’re on the weirder side of normal So, whad’ya say, can I take you out to play? Would you ever hold my hand, or is it just too yesterday? I wouldn’t know just what to say I never really feel this way I’m rambling again So I’ll just come right out and say it… I’ll never know if I am cool enough, cultured enough, or smart enough, or tall enough for you... Hey, could you meet me in the middle? Hey, you wouldn’t have to tell your friends Hey, we’re on the normal side of weirdo
7.
River City 04:25
There’s a post-up truck on the side of the road Blue lights flash in Sin-City fashion The prowler is dressed in black and gold In this dead-end town the scene gets old Up the block there’s barking, from out of the dark A baby’s crying, an engine dies The post-up bust is a sight to behold It’s a dead-end town, so I’ve told and been told, alright Sirens howl and… It’s a once-was, has-been river city The rising star of 1950, And unlike time to an old guitar This rising star’s in the back of the bar Illuminated, empty streets and the far-off sound of programmed beats My heart beat plays to the speed of my shoes, I’m running, I’m running, I’m running River City, I play for you River City, I pray you make it through River City, hey you’ve had it rough, but there’s no place quite as tough As river city, I play for you It’s a concrete jungle, brick mill town Where the heathens will hold you upside down Your change starts falling onto the tracks But you know this train ain’t coming back So your breath picks up when the lights go out Breaking glass, and people shouting Beads of sweat drip down your neck And you’re running, you’re running, you’re running
8.
Did you ever think that it would end like this? Don’t you miss your baby thumbs? Can you believe the times? You’ve realized your country’s made from cracker crumbs But who knew? I think we all kinda did Who knew? I think we all sorta did Goodbye decency, so long Can you believe the things you see and read? You hope it’s just a practice run Do you believe the words your neighbor slurs? You hope he’ll go and suck his gun But who knew? I think we all kinda did Who knew? I think we all sorta did Goodbye decency, so long
9.
Woodsmoke pillars on a sunless sky Wingless pillows under sleepless eyes Bird-sung elegies are pre-dawn poems And it hurts on time The March gets heavy and you’ll go it alone While everybody else is on the same vacation Your voice stays steady ‘til you’re off the phone And you know just why No mother hurts, like no mother hurts If it hurts on time, It’s an invitation To keep your head held high It’s gonna hurt sometimes You know you’ll go on loving but you don’t know how Maybe April rain will bring May flowers You’re cashed out looking for a place to hide And you know just why Why do all things die? They pass away, yesterday to today If it hurts on time It’s an invitation To keep your heart alive It’s gonna hurt sometimes
10.
Oh Brother can’t you see You’re on the winning team? Oh no, they can’t mess with us And yes I know it’s hard To be dealt a losing card, Oh no, take it from me… People make love look so easy, but you know it ain’t so It takes a key to make the wheels go from driveway to road And even then, you see, there’s no guarantee you’ll get home If your love should end I’ll still be your friend Oh bro, repeat after me... “I’m starting over, I’m starting over.” When life takes a great big wrecking ball We’ll build again, because we’re in this together Do you remember me In 1993? Oh no, they couldn’t mess with us Take a breather and pull over, get yourself clean There’s no shame in just admitting that you couldn’t see And don’t forget that when in need, you’ve got a brother in me So if your love should end I’ll still be your friend Oh bro, repeat after me…
11.
Adelaide 06:49
January, twelve below, and frost sets on the mind Of a girl so full of life, should God decide Like weeping willow limbs, her bangs are brushed aside By the window, open, hell-bent on surprise But Adelaide remains within a daze Why? And every morning Mom and Dad wait just outside the bedroom door For their one and only child to start to stir And every morning Mom and Dad watch as their hopes are brushed aside By the minute hand who lands on time for work But Adelaide remains within a daze While months go by as if the months were days Adelaide, oh won’t you come awake? “Who’s waking up? Adelaide? Do you remember how it feels to live and love, Adelaide? Outside the doctor’s office, softly said, the nurses shake their heads, “Well, there must have been some trauma or some pain.” “How could this happen? She was such a lively girl. What can be done? And I know she must be there inside her brain.” “Oh, I know you’re there inside your mind, A year has gone by but baby, take your time Adelaide, I’ll never leave your side.”

credits

released September 20, 2019

All songs written by Patrik Gochez

Produced by The Hats with Josh Kimball

Mixed by The Hats with Josh Kimball / “I’m Starting Over” mixed by Brian Coombes

Recorded by Josh Kimball, Brian Coombes, and The Hats at Rocking Horse Studio in Pittsfield, NH & The Record Co. in Boston, MA

Strings arranged by Joey Pierog, Patrik Gochez, Jeremy Harman, and Jae Cosmos Lee

Mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA

Design & Layout by The Secret Bureau of Art & Design

Cover Artwork by Anya Smolnikova

Photography by The Secret Bureau of Art & Design

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© Patrik Gochez ℗ ReddenSongs LLC (ASCAP)

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