American Drag

by The American Drag

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American Drag's debut release in 2005.

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released February 14, 2005

Band:

Will Evankovich
Monroe Grisman
Joseph Shaughnessy
Jason Thwaites
Ethan Turner

All Lyrics by Will Evankovich

THROWING FABLES (Evankovich, Thwaites)
SALESMAN (Evankovich, Grisman, Shaughnessy, Thwaites and Turner)
GET YOUR MONIES WORTH (Evankovich, Thwaites)
DRIVE (Evankovich, Grisman)
HOLDING ON (Evankovich)
AWAKE (Evankovich)
SPINNING (Evankovich, Thwaites)
TONGUE TIED (Evankovich, Grisman)
GREED (Evankovich, Shaughnessy, Thwaites)
17 BARS (Evankovich)
POST RUNAROUND LETDOWN (Evankovich, Thwaites)

Produced by American Drag & Chris Manning

Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering

Mixed by Chris Manning at Owl Mountain Studio, Inverness, CA.

Recorded at Owl Mountain, Inverness CA; Contact High Studio, Pacifica, CA.; and Studio Vincenzo, Santa Rosa, CA.

Addition Recording: Prairie Sun Recording, Cotati, CA

Engineered by: Chris Manning, Ethan Turner and Will Evankovich

Additional Engineering by Kent Matcke, Adam Donkin and Timin Murray

Additional Performances
Steve Winter Bass on tracks 1,3,8, & 11
Jason Sherbundy Hammond Organ on track 5, and Rhodes on track 9
Amber Swan Morris and April Ryan Grisman "The Ryan Sista's" backing vocals on tracks 3 and 11
David Abbruzzese: Loop provisions on track 3

Art Direction and Design
CONCEPCION_DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION
www.patrickconcepcion.com

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Jessie Colin Young, Chris Webb, Raz Kennedy Vocal Productions, Nils Erickson, Brenna Ramirez, Django Bayless, Joaquin Spengemann & Dan Settle for the seeds, Shannon, April, Miles, Aliya, Isik, Luciana, Dyer and the rest of our families, friends & all who have and continue to support us in our musical adventures!

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A gang of unapologetic rockers, The American Drag is a kicking live band from the San Francisco Bay Area with songs to match. The band drops classic rock attitude on a modern sound, electrifying audiences with tried and true song craft and fearless performances since forming the group in 2004. ... more

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Track Name: Throwing Fables
Good morning your city is weeping

You’ve lost all your angels in the sky

Still humble still Hungry still breathing

And by the grace of our souls we try


I wanted to change

I needed to learn

I wanted it the same

I needed to learn

I wanted change

Wanted the change


Your priests in your head are so worried

Your white collar still trying to fly

But your stressed out, your payments, the bleeding

Grazing your heart and your mind


Give me something to learn

Cause I want it to change yes

Give me something to learn

No I want it the same

Give me something to learn yes

No I want it to change

Yes you give me something to learn

Yes I want it to change

Want it the same

Want it to change
Track Name: Salesman
Check your smile at St. Peters Gate
Sell him dirt from an empty grave
Damn all the dollars that make you the man
It doesn’t mean shit at end of the plan
Damn all the leeches they are part of the scam
They put it in your back and say to you…

Feed Me
The Love and Greed
I need
I need…

Name your price we can talk some more
Some good advice from a costly whore
Damn all the profits that make you a man
It’s all just a castle made out of sand
Damn your sons and daughters they are part of the scam
They’ll pay you a fortune for the truth

Feed me
The Love & Greed
I need
I Breath
Track Name: Get your monies worth
Get your money so you’re paid for bigger stones you’d like to throw
Rake the coals and make the grade for a bigger life you want to show
How do you expect to make it working for your machine?
It breaks your back and drinks your name at the grip of someone else’s dream

Its alright your river is changing
It’s alright your river is wasted
Cause it’s alright your river is changing
“ “ river’s wasted

You’re bringing back the good times
You’re bringing back the good times
You’re bringing back the good times
You’re bringing back the good times

The screams they bark the endless screams are too and fro
Make your mark and stake your claim like martyrs in a one man show
How do you expect to break the habits that you love the most?
And even if you lose your head well you still got it yah you got it

Its alright your river is changing
It’s alright your river is wasted
Cause it’s alright your river is changing
“ “ river’s wasted

You’re bringing back the good times
You’re bringing back the good times
You’re bringing back the good times
You’re bringing back the good times

You’ve got to let it shine
Track Name: Drive
I will be on left side of the fence
In your world of right side perfect sin
If I could be you for just a moment
I could see that you would not reach me

Well don't drive me to the meadow by the dam
Don't tell me things that you don't understand
Two faced, I am lusting for it
Good side, back seat what do you want me to be
Am I free?

Show me all those lies that you live
So I have a new identity
You're falling down an endless flight of stairs
In your perfect world you will not bleed

Well don't drive me to the meadow by the damn
Don't tell me things that you don't understand
Two faced, I am lusting for it
Good side, back seat what do you want me to be
Am I free?
Track Name: Holding On
Danni’s got it awful hard
paper roses and slow cars
from here to Inverness to bed
a thousand candles lit today
plays the record her mother bought
misses her an awful lot
can’t remember what she looks like now

Cole, he gave his heart too soon
silver trophies and the moon
to a small town pageant queen
love ain’t always what it seems
works his ass off for the man
she wears a rock that’s made of sand
so he can be the hero once again

Well I’m holding on
Gotta keep holding on
Well I’m holding on
Fight that bit of something that went wrong

They are headed for the bitter end
lawyers got the best of them
my brother was a bargain chip
for those who are going to pay for it
well love is greed when love is lost
kids are caught up in the cost
they don’t know who the hell to love right now

I can tell you
and you’d love to hear that everything is going to be all right
we can change things overnight
well I will live for that day
we long for the way
to calm this sea
Track Name: Awake
It won’t end; you see the past haunts me like an old friend
It seems like time passes by but the music always starts at ten
Just when you think the impossible just couldn’t get you again
Well your wrong my friend

I’m awake
Cause I can see through the trees
I’m awake
Cold water on my face
I’m awake
Your bed will always break

The phone it rings, it’s your people who seem to want things
Like your life, love, apologies only for the economy of friends
Well do people need people or do they need a means to an end
Well your wrong my friend

I’m awake
Cause I can see through the trees
I’m awake
Cold water on my face
I’m awake
Your bed will always break

Time never knew time to keep me down
Got to keep my head up, my feet on the ground
Why do you wanna see me drown?

I’m awake
Cause I can see through the trees
I’m awake
Cold water on my face
I’m awake
There’s nothing more that I can take
I’m awake, I’m awake, I’m awake

The bed will always break….
Track Name: Spinning
Standing alone while Rome burns, laugh and light up a smoke,
When you can’t find your soul, you’ll spin right out of control
Baby’s always got reasons, why her heart isn’t gold
When it finally takes its toll, you’ll spin right out of control

Wait here cause I’m leaving, and it’s a long ride over your seasons
When you think it takes its toll you’ll spin right out of control

Walking alone while the world turns, laugh at the knife at your throat
When you think you have lost your soul, you’ll spin right out of control

Wake up cause I’m leaving, and it’s a long ride over your seasons
When you think it takes its toll, you’ll spin right out of control
You’ll spin right out of control

You’ll spin right out of control
You’ll spin right out of control
You’ll spin right out of control
You’ll spin right out of control
Track Name: Tongue Tied
Strait pike fishing on this parade were all ashamed of mistakes we’ve made
A loaded suitcase no family plans your out the door in seconds flat
You’re just like me you get so mean like our father before us it’s in the genes
Well you blind your site staring at the sun you can’t share your vision with anyone

Well you don’t ask for much, don’t ask for much
Well you don’t ask for much don’t ask for much

You scratch the surface just to get ahead you made your house and you made your bed
Well you’re fighting wars no one else can see and playing chicken with the enemy
Did I thank you today and tell you things I want to say
The pride’s gonna kill you mixing with the greed you gotta give a little back to the family

And you don’t ask for much, don’t ask for much
And you don’t ask for much, don’t ask for much

And you don’t ask for much, don’t ask for much
And I can’t believe it
And you don’t ask for much, you don’t ask for much
When I’m on the inside
And you don’t ask for much, you don’t ask for much
And you don’t ask….
Track Name: Greed
Lying in the back of the office
Living it up under siege
Now you’re wising up but you’re paying your dues
And it don’t make a difference what you say or do

You see the world belongs to you
But it’s someone else’s bread
Why don’t you give it up instead?

You’re drowning in the shallow water
What I’d give to give you what some of us have
It’s over, It’s over, It’s over………

Breaking your back for the honor
Living it up for the greed
and what I’ve got I will share it with you
It don’t make a difference what you say or do

You see the world belongs to you
But it’s someone else’s bread
Why don’t you give it up instead?

You’re drowning in the shallow water
What I’d give to give you what some of us have
It’s over, It’s over, It’s over………

Breaking your back for the honor
Living it up under siege
Now you’re wising up but you’re paying your dues
And it don’t make a difference what you say or do

You see the world belongs to you
But it’s someone else’s bread
Why don’t you give it up instead?

You’re drowning in the shallow water
What I’d give to give you what some of us have
What I’d give to give you what some of us...

It’s over, It’s over, It’s over………
Track Name: 17 Bars
Here on the inside, nothing ever happens
There are no decisions, to grace by your own
Time has no meaning; counts cracks on the ceiling or just stare

You don’t eat when you don’t sleep
you cant laugh in the concrete
you cant fight it with a broken hand
you cant live with the promises
you don’t eat when you don’t sleep
your trapped here now you gotta leave
or just stare….until its all done

Some have their missions, and cold sweat ambitions
they’d walk right through fire, for the days gold
and some have religion to help them not to listen to the wares
don’t listen

You don’t eat when you don’t sleep
you cant laugh in the concrete
you cant fight it with a broken hand
you cant live with the promises
you don’t eat when you don’t breath
your trapped here now you gotta leave
or just stare….until its all done

Couldn’t you kill for a cool one?
Couldn’t you cry when the walls kill your edge?
And now that the crime is so distant, I’ve learned one thing’s clear
Freedom is the only help for me

You don’t eat when you don’t sleep
you cant laugh in the concrete
you cant fight it with a broken hand
you can not live with the promises
You don’t eat when you don’t sleep
you cant laugh in the concrete
you cant fight it with a broken hand
you can not live with the promises
you don’t eat when you don’t breath
your trapped here now you gotta leave
or just, just stare….until its all done
Track Name: Post Runaround Letdown
Fear in your eyes, the car is a swerving
You turn off the headlights, your crashing and burning
Cuz it’s a pay off when you lose your teeth on the curb of this great city
It’s a big job staying on your feet when your nose is getting dirty
You lie to me and I lie to you just to make it happen to make it through everyday
And it goes like……

You’ve done it all to get it off your chest
Now I will die like the rest
Because the real thing don’t come for free
The real thing don’t come for free
The real thing don’t come for free yah
And it goes like this...

Take what you like, I’m burning in heaven
Cuz you kill me just to kill yourself, well you find a bridge and jump right off cuz I’m gonna live another day

You’ve done it all to get it off your chest
Now I will die like the rest
Because the real thing don’t come for free
The real thing don’t come for free
The real thing don’t come for free yah
And it goes like this