Long Cool Journey

by the Vinyl Skyway

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1.
Words flowing from this pen So here we go again Time tribulation tales True love fails I got my hooks in you What are we gonna do? I know you feel it too This is through She don't worry anymore the sign is on your door and she knows when your sun and when your moon they will collide Worries worries all the time Hunted on the line and she goes "weather's fine, just take your time and let your groove go" She stole a line from a movie She stole those lines all her life She's all lookin' pretty That girl once was my wife She don't worry anymore the sign is on your door and she knows when your sun and when your moon they will collide Worries worries all the time Hunted on the line and she goes "weather's fine, just take your time and let your love flow"
2.
04:23
I've gone away, sold my guitars and moved for you Took a job in the city Walked past the bars and gave my soul to you I tried for you girl I died for you girl Happy little boy with his wind up toy Busy as you want him to be I could be who you want me to be if you cared I tried for you girl I died for you girl Take me back to Boston Somewhere down Old Route 9 Fake it when you tell me you love me I don't really want the truth I cried for you girl I died for you girl oh yeah, I've gone away
3.
everybody wants to say goodbye watch em while they wail their heads and cry everybody wants to say hello the say they love you but your life's been so so-so it's been a long cool journey blind tooth fairy piggy bank pristine bleeding the porch light dirty on the prairie you were 17 you, i'll miss you take us back for a sunrise stop by for a quick line with the girls who can make time and the boys who are blue it's been a long while since I seen you smile would you take this time to be true? it's been a long cool journey mine since 30 piggy bank pristine bleeding the porch lights dirty on the prairie you were 17 you - I'll miss you everybody wants to say goodbye everybody wants to say goodbye everybody wants to say goodbye everybody wants to say goodbye I'll miss you
4.
04:13
We lost you you're just a ghost above my fireplace resting in an urn and now it's my turn another day, another night without your light Travel King you left your drugs downstairs in the dirty files with last year's taxes no, you can't pay for them til dawn and friends I once considered soldiers look at me with one eye slanted now we know it's true the city doesn't want you and we don't really care... no. This is what you wanted so leave it if you dare just go - pack your bags take the next train out it's time We watched you was it fiction? was it propaganda televised? my plans have been revised you love the bright lights and you like to be bitter and I will feign the thought of you the city doesn't want you no more pack your bags take the next train out it's time to go. So put away your broken soldiers See if you can mend those fences your life is gonna change...
5.
Well it's a habit you do what you're told to do First Communion and pictures that belong to you they say you got no right to complain but you're lucky more than bright low and behold, low and behold you saw those city lights well they told you you could want for nothing more then you lost faith You left the church in 84 you took a ride to that strange place lost in a bustling town low and behold, low and behold ya found your way around picture the world in a moment fleeting from yesterday dig out the faded photographs are you laughing? are you crying? sentimental? you're just dyin… while you're feeling bad well baby try to let it go can't conceal it that pain has got you on the floor when therapy won't suit you the radio will bring you through low and behold i'll find my way to you low and behold low abd behold we still got more to do
6.
I remember you you're the girl I walked on down the aisle won't you please excuse my absence but i have lost your smile a child upon a swing a wedding ring lost inside a wish once love was patient and kind we lost our minds and now it's time to quit when we were younger could see the forest through the trees of our lives now we are old I would never do it over again for all that we have not it was indian summer all the leaves had fallen to the ground a pearl white dress a tender frame a brilliant smile a soul a mile wide a debutante dreamer innocent demeanor for the friends don't worry baby - I will not forget when we were younger see the forest through the trees of these lies now we are not I would never give it back give it back these hands we must hold it comes down to you you know they'll always pay the price but you know it's true they will be loved they will be loved forever so bring it back bring it back where's the girl who wore that blue eyed smile i see it in the children's eyes i long for those times how did this die? I won't regret the sadness and the debt I can't repay you when push comes to shove there will be love and i'll be the same man the forest through the trees of our lives I would never give it back give it back these hands we must hold
7.
Watertown's Dry - I can feel it in my shoulders Yeah the wind blew us in Two brothers filled with sin Waiting there to die Carver Road - another load for us to carry The early morning lies The cigarettes and flies and Watertown's Dry Bus 72, I pull down your string right around School Street And I will try to be discreet on the early morning bicycle rides Watertown's Dry I showed it to my cousin And my southern friend he'll be there til the end and Watertown's Dry Bus 72, I pull down your string right around School Street And I will try to be discreet on those back morning bicycle rides Let us not forget the streets that made us wet the things that made you cry I miss you - so long and now I'll say goodnight ... Watertown's Dry
8.
04:01
Sally knows, she leads my silence Sally sways, a raging fire There she goes, walks on into the night ebbs and flows my ship steers rightly treasure trove so out of sightly there she blows there she blows Gettin' over you (reel around the fountain) Gettin' older too (how soon is now) Fever's cold cold cold Got the mid-winter blues Feeling whiter (girlfriend in a coma) feeling brighter (big mouth stikes again) Yeah but I'll go and meet you tonight in the city doll I know we can come around and make it right When she knows it's time to face me Please don't go or I'll go crazy off she goes off she goes Feeling whiter Feeling brighter Fever's cold cold cold got the mid-winter blues
9.
04:23
I'm a survivor of a Wasteland caught within Too scared to fight so I slump my shoulders and just give in Blind to the whims of your frequency babe Blind to the hymns my family sang Blind to temptation.. High on the smoke from a corporate bulletin So lost am I that I cannot cope without the gin And time will show it on the feet of my crow Time will tell it to my children I know and I must face it Tonight you're asleep in my bed and I'm out of my head again Deny we're already there so wipe off your tears Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow we just might make it Admire all the houses on the shores of Lake Michigan The rich compile this radius north from Evanston Yeah I'd buy a house on the lake if I could I could do better yeah you know that I should But my mind's gone crazy tonight you're asleep in my head And I can't get out of my bed again Deny that we're already dead So wipe of your tear tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow we just might make it I'm just a hero from a fable of yesteryear So lost am I that I do not notice my lonely fans And time will show it on my feeble frame Time will tell you that I lost this game but I can take it and tomorrow, we just might make it
10.
All ups and downs ups and downs run from the thieves hide from the clowns girls bright-eyed blue this once was you all ups and downs, ups and downs all ups and downs ups and downs hide from your dreams and run from your towns girl bright-eyed blue this was for you all ups and downs ups and downs i get home in a worry six feet under ground watch me drink a whiskey bottle I turn into a rodeo clown all ups and downs ups and downs run from the thieves and hide from the clowns girl bright eyed blue this was for you all ups and downs ups and downs
11.
I've come across this land and raise my arms to you the false starts and sweethearts just grains of sand and i am proud of you for you have found your queen but why does time tease with tears once sublime you reached for mine and brother I am grateful today we surround you with our hearts with all the love you give and all the love you find wisdom grace and strength to ease good lover's minds bridge we've sung a thousand songs we've shared a million goodbyes we swore a hundred moons Could write all the wrongs your hearts and your hands, your face, this place may bright skies protect you and keep you from a fall and all the love you give and all the love you find cherish her embrace to ease good lovers minds all the love you give all the love you find wisdom grace and strength all your life

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Long Cool Journey was recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham, MA from July 2017 through February 2018. Additional vocal and guitar parts were done in band members home studios including Electric Andyland and the Secret Soundlab.

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released August 2, 2018

Kristin Cifelli - harmony vocals
Michael Hayes - songs, guitars vocals
Marc Hickox - bass
Dave Lieb - piano and keyboards
Andy Plaisted - drums
Andy Santospago - songs, lead guitars, vocals
David Westner - upright bass, piano, brushes
Ian Maksin - cello
Jim McNulty - vocals
Paul Kolderie - mixing engineer on She Don't Worry, Old Route 9 and Everybody Wants to Say Goodbye
David Westner - mixing engineer (Wasteland, Watertown's Dry, Ups and Downs, Travel King, Lo and Behold)
Bil Bowen - mastering engineer
Michael Casey - photography
Dan Klempa - videography

Special Note: Indian Summer was recorded by Michael Hayes at his home studio; all other songs were recorded by David Wester at Woolly Mammoth Sound.

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The Vinyl Skyway is
a pop/rock band whose Boston-based formation occurred in 2003. The group is led by singer/songwriters Andy Santospago and Michael Hayes, two artists whose prolific catalog of songs are a reminder that rock n roll is not dead. The band released their fourth full-length album "Long Cool Journey" in 2018. The ensemble is currently at work on new material for a 2020 release. ... more

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