The Zags

by The Zags

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released March 2, 2015

Rachel Broach - keys
Stanton Hall - bass
David Ricardo - guitar
Pete Schreiner - drums & percussion

Recorded in David's basement, Portland, Oregon.
Engineered by Pete Schreiner & David Ricardo.
Mixed by David Ricardo & The Zags.
Mastered by Carl Saff, Chicago, Illinois.
Graphic design by Pete Schreiner. Thrift store painting artist unknown.

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Track Name: Play It Loud
Through the door, 'cross the floor in a pair of ankle boots
On the bus, she can't hear much, 'cept the song she's listening to
Riding down the street, moving to a rock 'n' roll beat
Feeling the euphoria, the chorus of Victoria
She's floating on a cloud, she's gonna
Stay up now
Don't wait up now

At the show, a guy she knows is buried in his phone
No idea what's happening here, yeah he might as well stay home
There just to be seen, living in some rock 'n' roll dream
Once he felt the magic, too, but sun has set at Waterloo
Now he doesn't even seem to notice
So she takes him by the wrist and grabs the phone out of his fist
Come on, man, wake up! They're gonna
Play it loud
Paint the sound
So put it down
Let's shake it now

Ten o'clock. Time to rock. Got my gain turned up to eight.
Gonna swim, yeah, dive right into the sound. Oh I can't wait!
Riding on the waves, rock 'n' roll music saves
Play it loose or play it tight, just keep on rocking through the night
Play it 'til we can't get any higher
No exception to the rule, play it hot or play it cool
When the lights go up we're gonna
Play it loud
Slay the crowd
So shake it now
We'll take a bow

G# - D# - F# - C#
G# - D# - F# - C#
E - B - A - E - B - A
G - D - G - D
E - C# - E - C#

G# - D# - F# - C#
G# - D# - F# - C#
E - B - A - E - B - A
G - D - G - D
E - C# - E - C# - E - C# - E - C#

G# - D# - F# - C#
G# - D# - F# - C#
E - B - A - E - B - A
G - D - G - D
E - C# - E - C# - E - C# - E - C#
Track Name: Still Life
Another day, the same way
Nothing's going on
The pattern's static, moves are automatic
Listen to my favorite songs
When I go to sleep, and I'm counting up the sheep
I can see there's nothing wrong

It's a still life, and it's still life
It's a still life, and it's still life

A simple scene, in between
The high times and the low
Seen it before, but the colors offer more
Every glance at the tableau
Oh, I thought I'd been framed, living every day the same
I was wrong, but now I know

It's a still life, and it's still life
It's a still life, and it's still life

A - Bm - G - A
D - A - G
A - Bm - G - A
D - A - E
G - D - G - D - F - C - D

C - G - D
C - G - D
C - G - D
C - G - Bb - C - G
Track Name: Frozen Toes
Tracking through the snow
No feeling in my frozen toes
How did it slip through my icy grip meant to keep it close?

(Close could be closer still if he would only use his will
To hold to his chest what he loves best - but now, up on the hill…)

There! I see The Beast
It haunts my nights and days
It beckons with its eyes
It won’t just go away

The cold’s driven me so low
No feeling in my frozen toes
And now I fall wrapped in her shawl, still carries the smell of rose

(Roses bloom in June, canyons keep in tune
But his discord has him pointing toward the thing up on the hill…)

I rise and chase The Beast
I’d rather face my fate
It’s backing up, oh please
Don’t make me have to wait

When you are your own foe
And you’re trippin’ on your frozen toes
Look the lie straight in the eye
The Yeses shall break the Nos
Track Name: Small Bags
All the good drugs come in small bags
I seen a few on the floor when I was goin’ to see the Zags

Where they goin’ to, mama, where they can stay so high for days?

Colombian friends and the CNN, they know crime pays

I like your stories but no nostalgia
I wake up on the floor, but where would I be without ya?

Where ya takin’ me, mama, where we can live outside of praise?

If rock n roll could save my soul, she’d say this one is already gone
Track Name: Not Your Meant-To-Be
The story you told yourself was not what came to be
I should have known you'd see differently from me
When I thought about the lies you tell, it opened up my eyes as well to see
I'm not your meant-to-be

When we were out your eyes stayed locked all night on mine
That heady rush left me a bit less disinclined
To go further than I thought I should, you know my heart's not made of wood, but see
I'm not your meant-to-be

I was your confidante
(She didn't know how much you wanted more)
And when you thought of me, you got the wrong idea
(And you ignored the love she had before)

You don't even know you
How then can you know me
Stop living in your world of make-believe

The story you told yourself was not what came to be
I should have known you'd see differently from me
When I thought about the lies you tell, it opened up my eyes as well to see
I'm not your meant-to-be

No, no, never, I'm not your meant-to-be
No, no, never, I'm not your meant-to-be
No, no, never, I'm not your meant-to-be
No, no, never, I'm not your meant-to-be
Track Name: Messin' Around
Don't plan on comin' down
Yeah, we're just messin' around
Some other time, some other day, some other way

I'll wear a paper crown
And you can take a bow
The sun is low and we're aglow

All done with waiting, now we'll lose all track of time
No tabulating, but still everything will work out fine

Don't plan on comin' down
Yeah, we're just messin' around
Some other time, some other day, some other way

We're going underground
The sun is sinking down
The clock is slow or… I don't know

All done with waiting, now we'll lose all track of time
No tabulating, but still everything will work out fine

Don't plan on comin' down
Yeah, we're just messin' around

Don't plan on comin' down
Yeah, we're just messin' around
Some other time, some other day
Don't plan on comin' down
Yeah, we're just messin' around
Some other time, some other day
Track Name: Make Me A Fool
[She said]
If I want you, then where’s my follow-through?
If I need you, then why don’t I pursue?
I’d kind of love to, but I argue with myself

[He said]
Well you know I’m right here hoping that you’ll pounce
But you’re too cool, you won’t give an ounce
Your announcement is oh so overdue

[She said]
I’m one of those girls who rolls alone
Keep my heart, my head, my bed all to myself

[He said]
But oh, you fire my mind
You look so fine
You make me such a fool

[She said]
If I got you, how could I live a day without the pleasure of my own company?
Would I have to talk back when you speak to me?

[He said]
Why, tell me why you must roll alone
Keep your heart, your head, your bed all to yourself?

[She said]
But oh, you fire my mind
You look so fine
You make me such a fool

[She said]
Yeah I want you...but I don’t need you…I really don’t need you

[He said]
Oh yeah I want you…I don’t believe that’s true…OK, you don’t need me

[They said]
Alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely
Alone’s not a life that’s empty
But tonight it’s fine if we drink some wine
For a pairing that’s temporary
Only temporary
Track Name: Waves
Plastic bottle washed up on the shoal
No way to say how old
Echoes of the things they bought and sold

Pounding all the pebbles into sand
The waves have hands
Pounding all the pebbles into sand
The waves

Plastic bags still wash up on the shore
No way to know what they were for
Echoes of the timelessness before

Pounding all the pebbles into sand
The waves have hands
Pounding all the pebbles into sand
The waves
Track Name: Get Smart
She won't be people's amusement, no.
She's so determined to find have she wants
And she's not done. She'll make her own fun
Don't you dare make her bored

I didn't know we had problems, see
I thought her silence just sang of contentment
I was so wrong. She held back for so long
Had some surprises for me

Turns out I'm not the sun that lights my baby's world
Just a moon held tight in her orbit that she'd let go
To drift into space

She's started putting her records on
And no more cheerfully tagging along with me
Every night just to be polite
Oh yeah, her patience is gone

Turns out I'm not the flame that heats my baby's heart
Just a flickering bulb that she could
Just unscrew. Replace with something new
Yeah, I'd better get smart

She had, she had, she had enough of being adored
She knew, she knew, she knew she wanted something more
She gave, she gave, she gave me one last chance to please
I'll try, I'll try to change, but I know I
Can't give her everything she needs
Track Name: Shovel
One more chance and I don’t want to send it down
some dead ending of yesterday
I’ll break new ground ‘cause I never learned to shovel shit
and I hope I don’t change

‘Cause I never ever think about what’ll happen
in the morning or a lifetime
If I did all I get is just circle think
That’s tautologies and lies

Am i ever gonna understand my life?
Would I wanna?

One more night and another veil of second sense
horizontal and sub divine
Through the might and the dark and the light again
leave it level behind
Track Name: Grey Eyes
Grey eyes, I think your mirror only shows you black and white
Looking through a binary world, and it's hiding paradise

All the pressure and the fighting turned my head into a diamond
And the hardness of the stone
Turns the sunlight inside out and burns the color to the marrow of my
Bones

Midnight found me waiting just to light up double blue
No reaction, just a reflection in a facet of the truth

All the pressure and the fighting turned my head into a diamond
And the hardness of the stone
Turns the sunlight inside out and burns the color to the marrow of my
Bones

Morning is never certain, ashen palindrome daze
Obsession, crushed, surrenders to forever carbon haze

All the pressure and the fighting turned my head into a diamond
And the hardness of the stone
Turns the sunlight inside out and burns the color to the marrow of my
Bones
Track Name: Secret Staircase
The other day I walked through the woods to a secret staircase
A crumbling pile of stone where love grew its way
Undetected by time, through the weeds and the moss
A place we kept to ourselves, and where I come to feel my loss

Once I was so proud to be your one and only loving guy
Even now my aching heart just hammers as I try
To drag you back to the days when your attention was mine
But when we left our secret staircase, I blew it oh so many times

Remember the words you spoke on the stairs:
“Boy, you’re so intense, you’ve got me scared”

So you took out a paper to keep me away
Baby you misunderstand me, there’s no need for restraint

Now I’m sitting alone in the woods on a secret staircase
In tears but I know you’ll someday see it my way
Oh I’m sorry, can’t let up, won’t say goodbye