The Zags

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1.
02:00
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#
2.
(free) 02:49
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
3.
02:25
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
4.
01:32
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
[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
8.
03:17
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
9.
03:15
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
10.
01:39
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
11.
03:45
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
12.
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

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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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