The Amazin' Brazen

by RAY BRAZEN

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BC Records 2010

PRODUCED BY RAY BRAZEN

All instruments and arrangements by Ray.

All songs written by Ray except "Armando's Tune" by Armando Nava.

Recorded and mixed at Lee St. South February-May 2010.

THE AMAZIN' BRAZEN WOULD LIKE TO THANK:
Matt Kamm, Sean Moore, Jasper Bleu, Dusty Mondy, Arkie Jay Calkins, Jessica Cross, Ashley Shaw, Alex Goldman, Kasey Donovan, Adam Ibrahim, Sterling Schroeder, Adam & Marc Kozlow, Danilo Krkljus, Brian Stabile, Mariel Olcoz, Kris Gruda, Jeff Ilgenfritz, Josh Rogers, Jason Temple, Brian Esser, Dave Plotkin, Malcolm Tent, William Berger, and Billy Syndrome.

VIP Lounge: R. Stevie Moore, Armando Nava, Larry Kessler, Jim McCarthy and Paul Thornton.

Much love to my parents and to my cat Shadow.

Extra-special thanks to Steve Carter, Ericka "Wildgirl" Dana, Jim Hass, and everyone at Brazen Guitars for making this album possible (www.brazenguitars.com)

And last but definitely not least, a very, very, very special thanks to Mr. Robert Cordova.

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released June 21, 2010

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Track Name: Leesburg is a Lie/Country Club Prison
Leesburg is a lie, nobody asks why
Old folks and rednecks in a big pig sty
Once it was rural, now it's gentrified
Too many retirees, wish they all would die
Every day is Groundhog Day, same things to do
Ask me my plans tomorrow, I'm going to

Wake up check my mail give myself head
Hit the mall come back home wish myself dead
Take a bath take a nap whack off again
Go on the internet bedtime at ten

Leesburg is for fools, same strict set of rules
There ain't no one here who's even slightly cool
Take all the old folks, drown them in the pool
There's no pretty girls here, only worthless tools
Every day is boredom, my anger it fuels
What shall I do tomorrow, watch gallinules?

Wake up check my mail give myself head
Hit the mall come back home wish myself dead
Take a bath take a nap whack off again
Go on the internet bedtime at ten

Country club prison, palm tree lined courtyards
Country club prison, barbed wire lined beaches
This could be heaven but I just can't tell
A paradox into which I fell
This could be heaven but it ain't so swell
A paradise that feels more like hell

Country club prison, palm tree lined courtyards
Country club prison, barbed wire lined beaches
This could be heaven but it just can't last
It's got the sunshine but it's got no class
This could be heaven but that vibe has passed
Must find a way to get out of here fast
Track Name: The Panther's Coming Home
'Tis sacrilege 'tis blasphemy
To think of someone living in this house instead of he
'Tis sacrilege 'tis blasphemy
To think that someone walks this yard who isn't family

You came upon this land when its owners weren't looking
Mowed down the fields and built your houses out of stone
You think you're settled in and you're oh so nice and cozy
Better think again because the panther's coming home

Comin' back to take a stand
Back to reclaim his land
You thoght that you were free
To chop down his favorite tree
You'll see him in your yard one night
He'll sure as hell put up a fight
Kill you to reclaim his nation
From your retirement reservation

'Tis sacrilege 'tis blasphemy
Never saw so many people squatting legally
'Tis sacrilege 'tis blasphemy
On stolen land they've built their great society

You justify this town with laws that man created
But laws of nature must someday have upper hand
You may not see him but he's lurking in the distance
When he shows his face you'll know the panther's in command

Comin' back to take a stand
Back to reclaim his land
You thoght that you were free
To chop down his favorite tree
You'll see him in your yard one night
He'll sure as hell put up a fight
Kill you to reclaim his nation
From your retirement reservation
Track Name: Anxiety Dreams
Anxiety dreams, anxiety nightmares
Anxiety's mean, anxiety don't care
Anxiety dreams, anxiety nightmares
Anxiety's mean, anxiety don't care
I got tossed last night and then I woke up
I got nude last night and then I woke up
I got lost last night and then I woke up
I got screwed last night and then I woke up

Hung out with the Hound last night
I thought that it would be alright
Didn't seem so strange to me
And I wasn't far from NYC
Time and logic held my trust
Cops saw me smoke but didn't bust
But at closing time it all went dark
I forgot just where my car was parked

Adjustment dreams, adjustment nightmares
Adjustment's mean, adjustment don't care
Adjustment dreams, adjustment nightmares
Adjustment's mean, adjustment don't care
I got paid last night and then I woke up
I got stoned last night and then I woke up
I got laid last night and then I woke up
I got home last night and then I woke up

Dreams calmed down for a little while
But soon a new dreamscape was in style
Didn't seem so strange to me
I was just ten miles from NYC
Surrounded by my friends and home
And all night long I was not alone
But I'd never really left my room
I woke up to the same old doom

Anxiety dreams, adjustment nightmares
Anxiety's mean, adjustment don't care
Anxiety dreams, adjustment nightmares
Anxiety's mean, adjustment don't care
I got out last night and then I woke up
I got weed last night and then I woke up
I got about last night and then I woke up
I got freed last night and then I woke up

They say that dreams keep your mind occupied
So that you don't wake up
But when your dreams run out of ideas
It really screws your mind up
Track Name: Twilight Zone Blues
They moved me down here to the Twilight Zone
They moved me to this place for reasons unknown
And I'm feeling crazy as a loon
I wish somebody would explain to me
Why has this situation come to be
But I don't expect an answer soon
I wonder if it's a conspiracy
Could they be dosing me with LSD?
Do they put it in my water supply?
They moved me down here to the Twilight Zone
Somehow this crazy place is now my home
I might never know the reasons why

The morning after I arrived in town
I thought I'd take a little walk around
Just to see whatever I could see
When suddenly I got a great big scare
A flying object hit me from nowhere
An evil mockingbird attacking me
My daddy's birthday was the other day
We celebrated with a big party
On their retirement community
A lady friend about their age was there
And let me tell you mama I could swear
That she was makin' goo goo eyes at me

They moved me down here to the Twilight Zone
They moved me to this place for reasons unknown
And I'm feeling crazy as a loon
I wish somebody would explain to me
Why has this situation come to be
But I don't expect an answer soon
They thought this place was gonna smooth me out
But everyone's about to have their doubts
Because this place has made me crazier still
Is it a blessing or is it a curse?
Is my life better or just getting worse?
Can I leave here of my own free will?
Track Name: Oh! Orlando
I was wandering through the Twilight Zone
Feeling lost and empty and so all alone
I wondered why I'd ever set out to roam
Wanted to turn around and just go home
But then from out of nowhere I heard this sound
Calling to me from deep within this town
I followed to its source just like a bird
A sound like nothing else I'd ever heard

From dense rainforests the sounds of drums
A voice cried out imploring me to come
Then someone offered me a cup of tea
One sip brought on a new found clarity
And in the clearing I looked and glanced
Beautiful locals doing a native dance
They came up to me and I felt a rush when they said
"Come join us now, you look like one of us"

I asked no questions, I just took my place
And we all danced ourselves right into outer space
It wasn't long till I forgot myself
And found that I no longer felt stuck on a shelf
It didn't matter where I was at all
For these folks made me feel like ten feet tall
Could not come down cuz I was eight miles high
And then I understood the reasons why
Track Name: Brazen Prayer
Dear God! Dear Satan!
I know you're both watchin' me whenever I'm masturbatin'
I've got a request, not sure which of you wants to take it
Y'see I'm down on my luck and I want so bad to make it
Y'see there's this girl I met at a party just last week
And I want more out of her than just a peck on the cheek
And I want my new CD to be a hit when it's ready
Then maybe me and this girl can start to go steady

Dear God! Dear Satan!
Plotting Armageddon while we all just lie 'round waitin'
I guess it's safe to say I've served both of you equally
So whichever one takes my cause don't matter much to me
You both have the power to make me a superstar
So I can play big stadiums instead of these crummy bars
My heart and soul are up for grabs, I just wanna get out of here
And take this dull life I've been livin' into another sphere

Dear God! Dear Satan!
I'm goin' to bed now, while you stay up all night debatin'
I guess it's safe to say I've served both of you equally
So whichever one takes my cause don't matter much to me, okay?
Track Name: Run Along
What was that you just said about me?
Are you really trying to arouse me?
Why can't you say it to my face?
Why must you sound so out of place?
Did I hear what you just said correctly?
Why do you have to say it indirectly?
Why can't you say it to my face?
Why must you sound so out of place?

From the stage you sounded cutesy-cute
But when I saw you later you were mute
At first it seemed just like your words had some sting
But now I realize they don't mean a thing
On the air you sounded cutesy-cute
But when I saw you later you were mute
At first it seemed just like your words had some sting
But now I realize they don't mean a thing

And you think I want you?
No no no no no no no no no
Uh-uh I don't want you
No no no no no no no no no
I'd run along if I were you
No no no no no no no no no
No no no no no no no no no

I don't want you for no friend of mine
Don't wanna be with you in the summertime
Blew all your chances, you don't get another
Get out of here and go home to your mother
I don't wanna be your valentine
Don't wanna be with you in the summertime
Blew all your chances, you don't get another
Get out of here and go home to your mother

I think she's calling you
Na na na na na na na na na
I hear her calling you
Na na na na na na na na na
I'd run along if I were you
Na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na

You just don't get it do you?
You just don't get it do you?
You just don't get it do you?
You just don't get it do you?
Track Name: Deer in the Headlights
I thought I'd go out and make the scene
But when I got there, things were obscene
Band that was onstage, they really sucked
Can't believe I wasted five bucks
Feel out of place here, feel like a boze
Stale cigarette smoke sticks to my clothes
Feel alienated, feel like a slob
People here are acting like snobs

What's everybody doin' tonight?
What's everybody drinkin' tonight?
What's everybody smokin' tonight?
Nothin' nothin' nothin' nothin'
Nothin' nothin' nothin' nothin'

Deer in the headlights, deaf dumb and blind
This ain't how I planned to lose my mind
Don't know what to say to anybody here
Can't afford their overpriced beer
They look at me like I'm on some trip
I'm not here out of a need to look hip
Just want to find me something that's real
This here room has no appeal

What's everybody sayin' tonight?
What's everybody playin' tonight?
What's everybody feelin' tonight?
Nothin' nothin' nothin' nothin'
Nothin' nothin' nothin' nothin'
Track Name: Don't Look In My Eyes (Unless You Mean It)
Hey girl you said it's party time
It's been a month and I'm still waitin'
Tryin' to save up my last dime
But all my hope is quickly fadin'
Been waiting here too long, ain't got no time for jokes

If you've got someone else
Don't look to me to be your cheat
I've already had my share
Of bein' used and thrown out in the street
You'd better make your move before I'm almost broke

Won't rent that movie cuz I've already seen it
Don't look in my eyes unless you mean it
That line you're feeding me, well, I can read between it
Don't look in my eyes unless you mean it

Hey girl you said it's party time
It's been two months and i'm still waitin'
Tryin' to save up my last dime
But all my hope is quickly fadin'
I'd rather put my pride before a fall

If you've got someone else
Don't look to me to be your cheat
I've already had my share
Of bein' used and thrown out in the street
If that's where your head's at, it ain't nowhere at all

Won't rent that movie cuz I've already seen it
Don't look in my eyes unless you mean it
That line you're feeding me, well, I can read between it
Don't look in my eyes unless you mean it
Track Name: New Music Women
New music women have such cute noses
They seem to match up just like sunshine and roses
New music women have such cute noses
So many in the crowds when I go to the showses

In hipster record stores new tunes I love to seek
Always get distracted by bohemian girls' beaks
Hearing the new sounds we've bought together would be bliss
All while we share a passionate eskimo kiss

I'd love to make it with Cat Power sometime
Her turned-up nose I would be so proud to call mine
And as for you, my dear Miss Neko Case
You've got such sweet curves in the center of your face

New music women have such cute noses
They seem to match up just like sunshine and roses
New music women have such cute noses
So many in the bands when I go to the showses

New music women have such cute noses
So many I can think of, sweet holy Moses
New music women have such cute noses
Amazing how the two together often goeses