Like A Lion

by Tom McBride

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released August 1, 2009

All songs by Tom McBride; all arrangements by Tom McBride & the Whig Party; produced by Tom McBride and Devin Ocampo; Recorded at The Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn, NY by Josh Clark; Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA & Treehouse Studios in Washington DC by Devin Ocampo. Mixed by Devin Ocampo at Treehouse Studios, Mastered by Chad Clark at Silver Sonya. Design Art by Owen Shifflett

All songs owned and published by Tom McBride Music LLC (c) 2009 (ASCAP).

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Track Name: Flying Pete
He carries on his way
Never asks what end he serves too
“I’m not here to stay.
I’m only paying for what my worth is.”
Oh, to explode
What do you expect
Nothing’s going quite as smoothly
Paying all his respects
Pete can take down all the lonely
Oh to explode
Far below
Aims to the needle
taking smiles and breaths away
climbing high through the sky you can here him say
It’s gonna be fast
It’s gonna get dirty
It’s gonna be wild
It’s gonna be fine

Dreamed of wings as a child
Falling down was like spinning in circles
Never cared for goodbyes
New he’d land, forever the virgo

Oh, to explode
Far below
Aims to the needle
Taking smiles and breaths away
climbing high through the sky you can here him say:

It’s gonna be fast
It’s gonna get dirty
It’s gonna be wild
I’ts gonna be fine

Aims to the needle
Taking smiles and breaths away
climbing high through the sky you can here him say:

It’s gonna be fast
You’re gonna get dirty
It’s gonna be wild
It’s gonna be fine
Track Name: Underwater Stone
wait always wait
one by one by one
keep always keep
so you never have to take
kept love like an underwater stone
worn down from ages
drown down below
in places the waves stopped a seed still grows
don’t wait for the big hand
take some time with a little hand
don’t wait for the big hand
take some time with a little hand
don’t wait for right
love quiet lonely love
shared silently alone
take always take
more then you’ll ever know
kept love like an underwater stone
worn down from ages
drown down below
in places where waves stopped a seed still grows
don’t wait for the big hand
take some time with a little hand
don’t wait for the big hand
take some time with a little hand
Track Name: Cheap Thrill
She sits tight with her ticking age
got you 14 karats for that mountin’ rage.
Tall heels and a long black dress
If the zipper gets stuck then you’re out of luck
Chow down with three chop-sticks
a glass of wine with your bag of tricks
dropping coins into homeless cups
said a Japanese prayers for the Japanese slut.

Take two and you’ll be ok
I got a ride from the Bronx with a motorcade.
Four-til on the windowsill
with a glass of stale port and a cheap thrill.
I need it now.

Stare down through the cracked-up glass
at the cartoon man with the cartoon glance.
As morning rises, you’re up with the heads
you got up to be first, you’ll get up to be last.
Cabbed home in a corkscrewed van
with a tattooed gal from the Hippodrome.
She sat tight with a tucked in stash
and a smirk on your face and a full mustache.

Take two and you’ll be ok,
I got a ride from the Bronx with a motorcade.
Four-til on the windowsill with a glass
Of stale port, and a cheap thrill.
I need it now.

Drove down to the border-line
where the Mexican men feed the Methadone line.
Held a gun to the face of a man
sells rocks on the street with a golden tan.
Flew out as the bullet just missed
nearly left your son just like Oliver Twist.
Pulled hard with the right hand thumb
good thing I got two, I’ll use the other one

Cabbed home in a corkscrewed van
with a tattooed gal from the Hippodrome.
She sat tight with a tucked in stash
and smirk on your face and a full mustache.
Take two, and you’ll be ok,
I got a ride from the Bronx with a motorcade.
Four-til on the windowsill with a glass
Of stale port and a cheap thrill.
I need it now.
Track Name: Cutting Up LA
There’s a shiver in the night
Girls are shaking to their bones
Still leaving on their lights
When she hears that subtle knock at home
He works the city after dawn
That’s when he likes to get it on

Are coeds unaware?
He’s bleaching all his teeth
There’s some pomade in his hair
His creeping down your street

In Hollywood they always stare
No one noticed his collection of fine hair

He’s cutting up LA
While they're wide awake
She’s not so glad she came
It’s the super-models brush with fame
He’s cutting up LA

Its on the 5 o’clock news
They found the slashers yellow boots
While he was walking out the door
He spilled turpentine on his hard-wood floor
I know its awfully unfair to say
But his morning guests
Don’t have much to say

He’s cutting up LA
While they're wide awake
She’s not so glad she came
It’s the super-models brush with fame
He’s cutting up LA
Track Name: Fisheries & Swine
citizens and democrats
that voted for the Riot Acts
noticed that the fish had grown quite tired

middle seats, flying overseas
pretty soon, we'll catch some z’s
times are tough on fisheries & swine

there’s 2 billion more on the way
there’s little left in Shanghai Bay
its getting tighter day-by-day

hungry mouths and rising seas
livestock wars for tainted meats
sunday prayers for warm food and red wine

humpback whales and sharks that bleed
disapperared with them factories
times are tough on fisheries & swine

there’s 2 billion more on the way
there’s little left in Shanghai Bay
its getting tighter day-by-day
Track Name: Dear James
everyone wants to say what’s on their mind
barking along with no thought
Hello, that’s you,
now go get a clue

you’re given two ears and one mouth that’s a fact
Consider the math and don’t ever talk back
to your mum, don’t be dumb

dear James, the laughs on me
dear James, I poured one for two
dear James, no need to explain
dear James

Scars will heal over the lesson will get learned
if you never fall down, you’ll forever get burned
its not cruel to lose,
nah don’t be a fool

hit first and hard don’t ever turn back
look ‘em square in the eye & give em that smirk
that you learned when you were two

dear James, the laughs on me
dear James, I poured one for two
dear James, no need to explain
dear James

all these bromides now fueling the sound
while I keep my head locked and set to the ground
maybe ill laugh just a little bit louder
and keep them waiting for more
do what I say, not what I do
sending signs from me to you

everyone wonders whose eye you begot
never could tell you its your mother who thought
that you’d scream, now don’t be obscene

if everything inside of you is dripping with rage
remember my fate and resist all the urges to stew
don’t be a fool

dear James, the laughs on me
dear James, I poured one for two
dear James, no need to explain
dear James
Track Name: Natchez (Southern Odyssey)
Highway rides a mile wide from Tennessee down 65
pushing cars past highway laws that turn on dusty lanes
wondered down to Mississippi
loitered with your sister Missi
met her at The Boot around the field, now on the run
hold it down, hold it down now

Sycophants in pleated pants driving tiny cars out of bourbon bars
their swinging wives are sending signs etched out on bathroom stalls
little girls in little plaid are licking lips and tilting back
you’re fine but please mind your manners now
Hold it down, hold it down now

Banquet halls in Baton Rouge
where diamonds shine like white balloons
debutantes endless rants are bleeding from my ‘lobes
Cadillacs in tow, southern drawls move slow
tugging at the boots worn on the feet of northern souls
Hold it down, hold it down now
Track Name: Everybody Plays Their Role
the spoon man, well he plays the spoons
and the flutist he plays the flute
the conductor strikes up the band
the audience is now giving them a hand
the girl sits quietly alone
and everybody plays their role

now the lover seduces the girl
and the night watchman delivers his pearls
as the priest now stands and delivers the rites
the audience yawns making plans for the night
and the man quietly waits for the throne
and everybody plays their role

as the solider acts out another truth
the lawyers dips his pen while bending the rules
the lovers fall asleep now hand-in-hand
a man they make fierce will he stand
cause it’s a long way down
and the dog quietly waits for his bone
and everybody plays their role

as the man-child stares down the well
as the sunlight dims, southbound goes his trail
the sound of an orchestra
the curtain draws near
so it goes, so it goes from here
the ditch digger fills up the hole
and everybody plays their role
Track Name: Like A Lion
I’m real hungry now
like a lion in the thunder and the rain.
I’m committed to the prowl
with a scar on my head and blood on the trail.
I’ve got a flame on my back.
I’ve been coddled by them thieves.
Had my hand out for hours
like a begger on the street.
If you give me your time
maybe i’ll quench some of the thirst.
If you give me your wine
maybe I’ll fall down first

Are they warning signs
through the lights and crowds?
All these heads standing around.
Anyone fooling you?
Are we falling back
like strangers in night
strolling downtown?

I’m real anxious now
like a lion on the Serengeti plain.
So your free and your proud?
Sand runs through your hands,
your tied to the chain.
So you crawled in the back room,
flattered all them thieves.
Had your hand out for hours
like a begger on the street.

If they give you some time
maybe you’ll quench some of the thirst.
If they give you a while
maybe you’ll fall down first.

Are these warning signs
that shine through lights and crowds?
All these heads standing around.
Anyone fooling you?
Are we falling back
like strangers at night
strolling downtown?
Been lost in dreams before,
swam through the deepest seas,
throw me a life-line.
While the rich stand tall
there’s another man walking back
whose a stranger
and still out of luck.