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Tim McBride & The Divide

by Tim McBride

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1.
I put on a mask and robbed a bank With the money I bought you a ring We found a little place to rent on the south of town And I laid low until the spring When the flowers began to bloom and show Signs of life like they had before I took an entry-level government job And I kept my eyes to the floor You knew I held some darkness You never asked what it was or why Just kept that feeling buried deep in your gut So that I didn’t have to lie We scraped by through six summers and falls But when they raised the rent Two weeks before Christmas came And a month after your mom’s accident And then the drugstore test read long pink line Well I knew I’d have to make my stand Because I know what I am and what I am not I’m taking one last shot with these crooked hands And I’m telling you now because I want you to know In case this doesn’t go as it should I’m the same man I was all of those years ago Who risked it all to give you all that I could
2.
Crawling the walls of my hotel room On the corner of Misison and 9th I’ve got a two channel TV and a tan clock radio To tune me in to the world outside The mattress sags in the middle The dirty curtain drags on the floor Depending on you aint something I’m used to And I don’t know if I was built for I called down to the front desk twice Just to make sure this line still works Then I go back to staring at this silent piece of plastic And trying to push back my nerves Just around ten to midnight I feel the ringer scream I let it rattle the desk a second time to test My little relaxed routine You said that everything was ready to go Words I was waiting to hear I grabbed my bag and a basic disguise And I took one last look in the mirror I’d been pacing this room in a panic so long The desperation dampens the air I taught a hotel clerk a little lesson about pressing His nose in other men’s affairs Now I’m on the highway it’s 3:30Am I’m doing excessive speed Lord I got a half-melted plastic Jesus on the dash Of my ’94 Accord I got a pawn shop purchased semi-automatic pistol Underneath my seat Wrappers of a dozen gas station speed pills Crunch a rhythm out under my feet Bad dreams in the back seat barking directions Every time I check the rear-view mirror Shaky hand reaching for the radio dial But static is all we get around here Ninety miles outside of Sacramento Gas light glowing in the dawn I took the second exit doing seventy-five And I almost tried the guard rail on Gotta find some fuel so I can make the rendezvous The boys will be waiting on me I slide into a Shell station on fumes And put a couple wrinkled twenties down on three Things around here are moving slower than I can I spilled a little gas on my sleeve I try to put the pump down in his resting place And he looks just as tired as me I’m way too tense to be sitting in this traffic As I bounce back onto the road Ive got an empty trunk and a gym bag riding shotgun That’ll be searched when the car gets towed I pull up to the pickup twenty seven minutes late Straight faces all around You put your rep on the line just to vouch for mine And I don’t want to let you down As I get my instructions and a few brief introductions I feel like I’m talking a lot I might have missed my cues and when this shit hits the news I will wish I had not
3.
It was a fool proof plan it was set it stone Why did you bring him along? Nobody would get hurt we’d all go home Why did you bring him along? You told me no need to worry Why did you bring him along? Things sure did get off track in a hurry Why did you bring him along? A simple little job two nights tops Why did you bring him along? Things would have went different if he could have just stopped Why did you bring him along? He never learned to shut his big mouth and pay attention Why did you bring him along? Now there’s something between us that don’t mention Why did you bring him along? He never should have been there in the first place Why did you bring him along? Now I’m never gonna forget the look on his face Because you had to bring him along Nobody is gonna know his side of the story Why did you bring him along? What happens in the quarry stays in the quarry Sometimes things just go wrong
4.
Dark waters have talked cement into your socks Drowning all those adrift in their bay The weight of their voice chewing over your choice You’ve been trying to walk this feeling away But the bridges you burned Have been waiting their turn To feed you their ashes with a broken spoon And you’ll taste every one With your tarnished silver tongue Under the spell of that old yellow moon Judgments you made Have come around like the blade Of a sword much too heavy to wield Crashing down without care Cutting through all the airs You put on as your pious shield Surrender yourself To the tale you will tell Of all that you gained by risking the fall Find yourself surrounded By the ghost you discounted And ease your way into the hall
5.
Timing never was a friend of mine Either coming or going just a little behind I figured someday I would fall in line But I managed to stay out of step Got to the party it was out of breath Empty bottles and stale talk were al that was left There was confetti in the couch dying an unseen death But at least I could say I was there I was there when the bottom fell away And we danced to the decay On the chance we’d change someday When the bottom fell away I always wanted to feel good here Never found the footing between freedom and fear Every time I looked up and my train appeared I stood still on the platform and wept A bent shadow as a right hand man Held me up and back with the same two hands One foot on the gas and a foot in the sand I was nowhere but I knew I was there I was there when the bottom fell way And we danced to the decay On the chance we’d change someday When the bottom fell away All we could do was stay Down here so long It didn’t feel wrong Digging in for another day When the bottom fell away
6.
You were on the outside looking in Then on the inside looking down You tried to swim upstream And you let the dream just drown You were waiting on your “million dollar idea” You wound up with a million little dollar thoughts Tried to run with your bullshit hoping that you wouldn’t get caught Now everything you do Just starting to feel a little bit out of tune Come on darling don’t you worry If you slow down there’s no hurry You’re gonna find what it is I know you’re looking for Come on darling don’t you worry If you slow down there’s no hurry You came in through the broken window But you’re leaving through the door There was a time that you talked so tough Until you were walked on by the town You felt the shift like a rip In your thousand dollar wedding gown Now you’re back to the drawing board But all you’ve got’s a blank Miles of open road to go but an empty tank You were waiting for some kind of sign To let you know you aint been left behind And each new skin you slide through Kills a little bit of the truth inside of you Come on darling don’t you worry If you slow down there’s no hurry You’re gonna find what it is I know you’re looking for Come on darling don’t you worry If you slow down there’s no hurry You came in through the broken window But you’re leaving through the door
7.
You put a Chevrolet onto a highway Lit with love and never looked back Cylinders pound as hard as your heart As the sky dropped a curtain of black And when the romantic hopes and the inside jokes All turned to lofi break up songs You tried to hold your head high and pretend you were right When everything was clearly going wrong You were fueled on despair dying more than your jet black hair North bound with the pedal down Diving into trouble in a dried up town Good times gone and darkness coming around Goodbye East Bay bloodlines, hello Northwest nights You never felt so lost and lonesome Run over by the rolling dice You wanted so back to know real love And to understand what it could mean That you threw yourself head over heels Onto the gears of it’s machine And when mercy finally hit a kill switch There was not much left to save Just a couple of damaged kids that managed To somehow turn out okay You were fueled on despair dying more than your jet black hair West bound with the pedal down Diving into trouble in a dried up town Good times gone and darkness coming around Goodbye Steel City skylines, hello Northwest nights You never felt so lost and lonesome Run over by the rolling dice Seven years down turned eleven years now Your dreams of love never died You packed up the crown of the bad end of town And soberly swallowed your pride Awoke to the sound of an old friend you found A voice you let troubled times hide And with no one around you dug your heart from the ground And you were open to the ride Goodbye lonely nights under grey skylines No more living like you’re just waiting to die You were feeling broken So long you don’t remember The last time you laid your love out on the line Goodbye lonely nights under grey skylines Hello love of your life
8.
Are you ever gonna feel like you belong With your sour notes through your sweetest song Afraid somebody’s shining a spotlight on All you dreamt you were due in the dark Are you ever gonna let the sweet breeze in The windows you closed unbolted again And let the uneasy feeling float off in the wind And realize that you’ve come for far The day is here the time is now You’ve got to find a little light through the fog somehow Pick your battles choose your spot You’ve only got one life to live Give it all you’ve got You’re eight hundred miles away again From something resembling settling in With your frenzied mind and too few friends You lie that you like it that way Will you ever be good enough for yourself Instead of tied up trying to please everyone else Chipping away at your chance your heart and your health You dream it will be different someday The day is here the time is now You’ve got to find a little light through the fog somehow Pick your battles choose your spot You’ve only got one life to live Give it all you’ve got When you’re feeling mean and in-between Last year’s model and an empty bottle Starting over don’t come with a guarantee But sitting still when you know that it’s over Is sad when you’re just one step closer To settling for something less than your life could be (don’t settle!) The day is here the time is now You’ve got to find a little light Through the fog somehow Pick your battles choose your spot You’ve only got one life to live Give it all you’ve got
9.
I painted your name on an underpass And prayed that the love I found would last But the dust kicked up from the years that blew past Obscured that gesture now When I’m passing through sometimes I can just about make out the lines Of a love that was once worth the crime I let slip away somehow These graffiti that outlived our love in every way Frozen in time unknowing eyes admiring The lie on display I carved your initials on an old wood rail At the lookout point on the top of the trail The knife worked well but the love it would fail And these cuts are all that remain And when I’m walking by sometimes I run a finger through the groove and remember why A young love bound to lose would try To prove it wouldn’t wash away with the rain These graffiti that outlived our love in every way Frozen in time unknowing eyes admiring The lie on display I’m sure somewhere “forever” rings true These carved hearts belong to a spark that grew Bread crumbs on a trail that leads to a love that lives But for the failed we hope time will forgive These graffiti that outlived our love in every way Frozen in time unknowing eyes admiring The lie on display
10.
Seven dark clouds just rolled in About to steal the sun A breath of daylight all that’s left And the longing has begun It’s the highway calling me It just won’t let me sleep Restless spirits on the wind Singing their sad song to me It sounds like a tired daydream Dancing in the rain Two steps from a trip on the track And the kiss of a coming train You’ve been headed down So long now How will you ever rise? I have my doubts Your torn coat will hold the wild wind out Blowing all the blessing from your eyes I’m so tired of you trying so hard To act like you never try The grey moon bouncing off the silver spoon That lights the path of a life of a life passed by I found my way through your hollow eyes And I found a place to rest In the trenches of the night where “I got it right” It’s where I loved you the best You’ve been headed down So long now How will you ever rise? I have my doubts Your torn coat will hold the wild wind out Blowing all the blessing from your eyes All arms no heart All arms no heart All arms no heart And all your charms are buried in yesterday’s backyard You’ve been headed down So long now How will you ever rise? I have my doubts Your torn coat will hold the wild wind out Blowing all the blessing from your eyes
11.
Good Friend 04:11
You were a good friend to me At a time when I could have been better You were aching to believe in all I could be When I was up to my teeth in the weather And wherever you are tonight Know I couldn’t have made it through Were it not for you holding the door Open just to let in the truth People slide in an out of your life And I know I’ve been falling behind The days and months and mountains of time That untether the ties that bind You were a good friend to me At a time I was going so wrong I cold dial you up and tune in to a light That shone through an ominous song And along the way I failed To thank you for who I became You threw a line unplanned to a drowning man Who could only dream of doing the same I was angry and I was sad And there were times I didn’t give all I had I know frankly I fell for the ad There were good rhymes I lived that went bad You were a good friend to me At a time I barely held it together You talked me to shore after I tossed the oars Hellbent on drifting forever Now a clever clown crying in a car Dreaming about all the words I could use On once lent ears long disappeared To let you know I’ve been thinking of you People slide in an out of your life And I know I’ve been falling behind The days and months and mountains of time That untether the ties that bind You were a good friend to me
12.
Will you still be in love? When the house lights come up On every sticky step you’ll have to take Holding your empty cup Will you still feel the same? In the harsh light of the last home bound train When the filters fall away On wilted flowers and a broken chain I will stand Through the storm Born of our best laid plans With my one demand If you take me at all take me as I am Will you still want to stay? When parts of the old paint have peeled away To reveal what we couldn’t hide No matter what we tried to say Will you still pursue? That which surrendered to you Now that the walls have been scaled And unveiled a different view I will stand Through the storm Born of our best laid plans With my one demand If you take me at all take me as I am Will You Still? (I will)

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Tim McBride- Guitar, Vocals
John Carlson - Bass
Ryan Serviss - Drums

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released August 10, 2018

All Songs by Tim McBride
Recorded and Mixed by Don Farwell at Earwig Studios Seattle, WA
Mastered By Levi Sietz at Black Belt Mastering
Photography: Sydney Kile Davidson

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Tim McBride Olympia, Washington

NW Power Pop RootsPunkBlues
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