Small Town Talk

by Kevin Long

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Debut full-length studio album.

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released July 9, 2011

Recorded in March/April 2011. Engineered and Mixed by Kory Kruckenberg. Mastered By Ed Brooks.

Kevin Long wrote/sang all the songs and played guitar, harmonica, glockenspiel.

Curran Long played all the bass, some guitar, piano, and sang harmony.

Riley Long played all the drums and percussion

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Track Name: Hometown Remedy
hometown remedy


a river runs right through the center of town
a train runs through the center of town
all of my friends are just hanging around doing nothing

i thought about escaping down the yellow line
at least a half a thousand times
but with this habit of mine i cant save a dime for nothing

so i wait for the sun and the rain to burn me up and wash me away
for the song in my heart to be forgotten like a long lost art

that’ll never quit come out right

someone's always talking about where and about who
people that you thought you knew
some of those girls even said "i do" already
some of my boys went a little too hard and didn’t make it out alive
you know some they drown and some they thrive

but i just wait for the sun and the rain to burn me up and wash me away

for the song in my heart to be forgotten like a long lost art
that’ll never quite come out right

anywhere you want to go i'd take you if i only could
we'd leave this all behind for sunnier days
rewrite all our memories and take back all our broken years
redeemed, relieved from always running way
Track Name: Until I Heard the Sound
until i heard the sound



down on pine street theres a sign that only leads you in the wrong way
'cause 15th is the high road, it could spare your soul from broadway
but you won't walk it until you know

well i know of a place where we can go forget it all
in 20 minute intervals, a bar bathroom stall
is awaiting so lets use it until its gone
we'll abuse it until its dawn

we'll be saved, for a moment we'll have freedom
floating high on a cloud to the good lord's kingdom
until we hear the sound
of someone sayin everything that goes up must come down

the sun is rising now but we don't wanna hit the floor
and i know just where we can go, we only have to buzz the door of my old friend and
we'll be feelin fine again
we got money left to burn and time to throw away
who cares about tommorow? we're livin in the day
but now the night has already come and gone
now the night has already given itself up to dawn

but i was saved, for a moment it was freedom
floating high on a cloud to the good lord's kingdom
until i heard the sound
of someone sayin everything that goes up must come down
Track Name: Make the Scene
could you blame for wanting to run and hide
when something inside me is telling me i should believe in myself but i don’t know why i should
i could tell you but you’d never know what i mean
about one night sober and three days clean
cause you're out trying to make the scene again

but i couldnt be more tired
of livin’ this bad dream
storyline for a movie that involves my life being swallowed
by the disease thats been murdering me for years

but i’ll do whatever it takes
to break away from the chase
but my shadow’s never far behind

i couldn’t blame you for wanting to run away
from your own reflection every day
cause i know sometimes it just goes that way i guess
when the current is just too strong to fight
so you drown yourself in it every night
to feed your shadow’s appetite for death


but i couldnt be more tired
of livin’ this bad dream
storyline for a movie that involves my life being swallowed
by the disease thats been murdering me for years

i'll do whatever it takes

i couldn't tell you the things i'd seen
from the hills to downtown and in between
everyone's just tryin to make the scene i guess
Track Name: Dance
dance


she asked me if i'd be inclined to join her on the floor
but i can't dance without that dust and i don't do it anymore

but i think i might be alright if we could get out of this place
i've got a room around the block i'll pull your hair and kiss your face

and we can dance, and dance, and dance
we can dance all night

the junkies down on the strip tonight are holding out their cups
dreaming back on better days before they fell on tougher luck
but i think i might be alright, if i just get out of this town
or if an angel would come to save me from the rain before i drown

and we can dance, and dance , and dance
we can dance all night

but i gotta say that if rains another day i'll go insane.

what's much left to do when all the nights blur into days
the more you lose yourself the less it seems to matter anyways
Track Name: In the Nick of Time
in the nick of time

yesterday
isn’t half as far away
as the things i long to say
but can’t find the words

when all was lost
i’d forget at any cost
all the nights i turned and tossed
seem so absurd

and not say i haven’t accomplished much
but i wonder where i’d be
if i could have just been free from this all along

and not that i like playing obvious
when i put these things to rhyme
but to write between the lines takes too much time

i was almost gone
i was slipping away
i was laying down
in a shallow grave
but in the nick of time
by some kind of grace
i was finally found
i was finally saved
in the nick of time
Track Name: Tonight
tonight

the moon out my window tonight
fights with the glow of the tired city lights
and all i can hear is the sound of the train that runs right through the center of town
the hallway is sweating the stink of dishes piled high up in my kitchen sink
and i've only got myself to blame
but drinking alone is just never the same.

so if i knock on your window would you come and walk downtown with me tonight?
and promise you'll stay at my side, cause i've never been hungrier in my whole life.

we can walk past that same old cafe, wave at friends smoking outside the bars on the way
and i'll try and be good company, you've known me forever the drinks are on me.
but i hope you won't be alarmed if as we walk down the sidewalk i reach for your arm.
remembering that feeling sublime, i think i nearly forgot its been such a long time.

and if i go choosing my words right, would you come crash up at my place tonight?
i promise you i'll stay in line but if you want it you got it, and i wouldn't mind.
Track Name: Small Town Talk
the small town talk around the block has been 'bout how winter hit us harder than it had in recent years
the spring's sun glow might melt the snow but what we find beneath will serve to just confirm our greatest fears

that underneath the soft white lies the same sidewalks running circles towards ambitions grey and old
that underneath our caps and scarves the same hearts still tired of saying that we mean it when we don't

and oh i don't baby
i don't wanna lose you
anymore than i have to
what i tried to keep from crumbling down just withered away
now there ain't no getting used to, i just forget all i want to
and i never find the words that i can't wait to say to you

so i'm signing the time away

spring has sprung now whats become of good intentions turned up empty like so many times before
the birds will sing, the bells they ring but i don't even bring myself to see what lies beyond the door

just pine for the times when i would find
my only comfort wrapped inside the arms of certain innocence
but now that it's gone i only wanna completely disappear from this disasterous present tense
it don't make sense
baby i don't wanna lose you
anymore than i have to
what i tried to keep from crumbling down just withered away
now there ain't no getting used to, i just forget all i want to
and i never find the words that i can't wait to say to you

so i'm signing the time away
Track Name: Green to Grey
green to grey


watching you choke, baby
on the words you had prepared
i've seen your insides, baby
i know exactly why your scared,

so why ya scared?

autumn's fallen upon us, baby
leaves once so green are grey
and soon the cold will touch us, baby
we'll fade to nothing and fall away
fall away

shame on you to think this came with silver lining
shame on me to be so cruel and undermining
shame on you to think that you could never leave it
shame on me for being the one who made you believe it
Track Name: Tic Tac Toe
it's been said
she's got a head full of mystery, silence and shame
thats the one thing that we've got in common
the way were the same
the way that we burn

fallin' out, calling me out on my misery
violence and blame
losing my voice
got no choice but to forfeit your game cause you play out of turn

so now i'm just walking your plank
your hangman keeps drawing i can't fill the blanks
X's and O's
tic tac toe
but you filled all the rows
and done sank my last battleship
emptied my tank

black and white
come back to life always haunting your daydreams at will
recall the names
all the memorys unchain
'till your waters would never be still
black and blue
ain't it easy for you to dismiss what i thought that i knew
i'm out of mind so why should you subscribe to these slurred sermons i always spew

i concede my defeath
with my knees on the ground
waiving my white flag around
but you won't back down
oh, please

cause i've been losing my place in the ranks
cashing bad checks at the local blood blanks
i've been shooting off shots in the dark but i can't hit your mark cause my hands always shake and my gun is full of blanks
Track Name: Going for the Gold
i just heard from a friend back home that your playing out with somebody new
whats that to do with anything? it ain't gonna make me blue.

cause i always got that underhanded upper hand with you, its just what i do, i always got something to prove

i called you up on the phone last night and you said i didn't sound the same
well, i'm still an addict it's just that my new drug of choice is fame

why else would i be living in california? escaping the northwest rain? and could you really blame me for wanting to make myself a name?

i was going backwards and i knew i had a ways to go
but now i never take it slow, i'm going for the gold
i'm always running faster and i don't hesitate you know,
to step on people's toes to get myself sold

now i'm fast on the rise and you were thinking that i might be sharing the wealth, but i got a complex to feed and a product to move from the shelf
and what good would it do if i humored you? i don't think about anyone else cause if you really want it, you gotta just look out for yourself

the record finally came out today and if you don't like it thats okay
cause what do you know about giving yourself away?
only to have them say
"nice noise, you gotta pretty good sound boy, but if i had my choice you might have somebody else's voice"

well when I set sail,
I knew i'd likely fail
but i fought em tooth and nail just to put this postcard in the mail:

"XO from the sold out shows, we've been having a real good time, and the crowds sing every line to all of the songs. All my thoughts have been sold and bought, and I find such little shame in forgetting people's names and moving along"
Track Name: To Taste of You Again
sore eyes fall on the moonlight glow of your skin and i'm floating in
cold heart melting as you start to let me begin to soak you in

to taste of you again

sunlight tears through the night sky to shine on the earth making way for the birth of new skin forming and beginning to heal over holes in a broken soul

to taste of you again