And So Are You

by Baxter and the Basics

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released January 24, 2014

All songs composed by Baxter.
Produced by Wyatt Pless at Chase Park Transduction, Athens GA.
Mastered by Tom Waltz at Waltz Mastering.
Album layout and design by Micah Jones.
"The Watermelon" by Lindsay Davis.

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Baxter and the Basics Athens, Georgia

The Basics:
Courtland Hyatt
Chris Parker
Brian Benzinger
Lemario "Black Ro" Abray

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Track Name: Black Ice
I had a girl who used to treat me nice
But she threw it all away on a big ol’ patch of black ice
A dirty mouth, but her moves were clean
And her sheen’s gone now face down in the gasoline
I had a girl who used to treat me nice
But she threw it all away on a big ol’ patch of black ice
It didn’t help when she pumped the brakes
And she knows a rough ride but that’s more than even she could take

Black ice, black ice
It’s rare to live but it’s not rare to die
Black ice, don’t think twice
Take me away yeah wooooah
You slip, you swerve
It’s rattlin’ all in your nerves

She could touch and lick and she could feel
But now she sits still hands stuck on the steering wheel
Evil’s ugly, baby that is true
But watch out 'cause the dashboard monster is comin’ for you
He’s gonna get you too yeah

Black ice, black ice
It’s rare to live but it’s not rare to die
Black ice, don’t think twice
Take me away yeah wooooah
You slip, you swerve
It’s rattlin’ all in your nerves
Track Name: Babes In The Majors
I’m up alone cause everything shuts down so goddamn early in this town
the sun comes up my cig goes out and one more drink my whiskey is all gone
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Baby said she fell off the horse again
and threw her lover under the bus
now my old band is turning to soldiers
my neighbors keep on turning to dust
some fill in the holes in their shotguns
some of them have nothing to show
but nothing could have prepared me
for the beautiful ache in my soul

close the door put out the light
you know I won’t be coming home tonight
the buzz has crawled into my eyes
the lines and lights just keep on rushing by
Baby said she fell off the horse again
and threw her lover under the bus
now my old band is turning to soldiers
my neighbors keep on turning to dust
some fill in the holes in their shotguns
some of them have nothing to show
but nothing could have prepared me
for the beautiful ache in my soul
Track Name: Speak
Watching you walk away
Wonder what to say
Head down, tongue turned around, get back get back get back to your side of town
Before all natural language fails us,
Can’t we just say what we mean?

Casual happenstances
Carve me at my joints
I don’t want to chalk this up to some dumb hypothetical maxim of conversation
Branches grow and instincts falter
A phrase loquacious stuck

Birds and shit fly everywhere
Disappointment, I don’t care
Scream and shout, we’ll figure it out the next time
Lesson learned, another hat to wear
Hymen, semen, rocking chair
Close the door, no more lest you’re a mortician
In which case it’s gotta sound something like this

I said a-woah woah woah
You’re a hefty ho
Said a woah woah woah
Pillsbury dough

Woah
Track Name: Girl From The Lingerie Store
i play this guitar in a rock n’ roll band
we tour the southeast in this broke down busted up old van
i’m strummin’ all night for my girl back home
but something tells me that there’s some yuppie
fuckin’ her when I leave her alone

she works the night shift at the lingerie store
sometimes I wish that she’d bring her work home with her
but she don’t love me she saves it all for him
she only needs me to seem legit in
front of all her faggot hipster friends

and now she’s livin’ in mansions and benzes
she has a suit now who gives her every goddamn thing she says
so take the money and I’ll take the blame
and get your kicks with that drunken douche who
just forgot your name
Track Name: Very Best Day
Hey hey, what can I say
I wanna make today our very best day
For now, nothing matters except for me and you
We’ll hit the road and all the old spots
We’ll go and we’ll come like tomorrow may not
So get up, let’s live, let’s go before the day is through and so are you

Let’s go down to the water where the dirt is cool
And the grass can grow over our heads
The no taste fish paste traffic jam world
Is lost to the life-laced river bed
The day is beat so I hopped to my feet
And took a last deep pull from the river so sweet
We grinned as we floated and danced with the flies
With beer in our bellies and hell in our eyes
Track Name: Green River
I wanna lay you down in the green river bed
and leave you breathless by the water’s edge
give you back to the night you serve
lock your lips and calm my nerves
with the lamb of god you feel is true
but don’t believe what the good lord told you
but you won’t sleep alone
I’ll linger after you have left your bones

miss, do you need a ride
this ol’ truck driver’s lonely
and I can pay your price
and is there something wrong
if you tell me what’s the matter
I can clear your head

and in the river’s arms
I’ll pose you like the bible
spread upon my knee
and even though you’re scum
I’ll pray that I’m forgiven
and pray you’re doomed to roam

I wanna lay you down in the green river bed
and leave you breathless by the water’s edge
give you back to the night you serve
lock your lips and calm my nerves
with the lamb of god you feel is true
but don’t believe what the good lord told you
but you won’t sleep alone
I’ll linger after you have left your bones
Track Name: Tiger Got To Hunt
My name is James McDonald
That’s M-C-D-O-N-A-L-D
I live at 1918 Ictus Veil Lane
And I’ve got a rat in my brain
On June the 17th
My neighbor stepped and trespassed in my yard
I was calm but I was firm
When I threw him to the dirt, that filthy little worm

No further questions, your honor
I worry for his wife and public health
This vicious man has eyes for violence
Has the defense anything to say for himself?

He’s lucky that I only shoved him
I could’ve chopped his fucking head off
Just how am I supposed to deal
With these bills, this charge, the hate I feel?
I find you guilty of assault
No, please, I swear it’s not my fault!
Six months of house arrest, take his arms
You’d better not cause any more harm

My mind’s a maze and the rat has found the end
Stuck inside this house that I can’t defend
He took my guns but he’ll never take my pride
Let’s see him run his mouth with my fist inside
Track Name: Between Archers and Blood
well her voice was a whisper as she reached out to me
and she told me he went to the lord
she was lovely and helpless and alone in this world
so i told her don’t cry anymore
she surrendered to me in the dead of the night
so as not to be left on her own
and i reasoned that being a scoundrel’s alright
cause it’s better than being alone

through all her sorrow and through all her pain
the lust in my soul was all that remained
and thank god your brother did not die in vain
what have I done
what have I done

now the demons they rape me and pick at my mind
I’m caught between archers and blood
and a flower cries out that justice was served
as slowly it drowns in the mud
but I’ll fix it all with this barrel of steel
and turn myself into a tree
I’ll move into this circle to try and escape
but I know I’ll never be free

through all her sorrow and through all her pain
the lust in my soul was all that remained
and thank god your brother did not die in vain
what have I done
what have I done
Track Name: Two Years
He packed his thoughts up in a brown suitcase made for two
And placed a picture in his pocket
This one time he did not leave the key under the mat
He took the subway in Atlanta, and realized he wasn’t coming back

He grabbed a hotel on his way, whatever way that was
And bought drinks to occupy the time
He spent the night alone, but he wasn’t really
Whenever they asked him he’d say, “Fine, fine, yeah I’m just fine.”

He never wrote and he never called
Until he showed up on her doorstep, one fall
And immediately her feelings came rushing back
For the moment she was happy

But he said, “I am sorry, I’ve made a mistake.
I should never have come back to this place.
Yes, I am sorry, I know I was wrong.
For two years I’ve been gone and it’s been too long.”

Two years made a difference, you’re not the same one I loved.
No, you’re not the same one I loved.
Track Name: The Beating
late on a saturday night
they’re swapping their spit while I’m pumping my fist
there isn’t even a plot
and there isn’t a number that’s sadder than this
and here it comes yeah yeah yeah

I can’t be alone between god and my shame
and the hair on my hands and the seed spilled in vain
i’ll bury my face and i’ll wait for the sun
but it’s no use cause I know what I’ve done

when I take off my sock
and open myself to the night and the weight
it presses down on my soul
but I’ll rub one more cause it isn’t that late
and here it comes yeah yeah yeah

I can’t be alone between god and my shame
and the hair on my hands and the seed spilled in vain
i’ll bury my face and i’ll wait for the sun
but it’s no use cause I know what I’ve done

I can’t be alone between god and my shame
and the hair on my hands and the seed spilled in vain
i’ll bury my face and i’ll never come up
but it’s no use cause I’m not good enough
Track Name: Heaven
I took a trip fishing with my dad in his boat
In the cool of October
Packed up all our things and sailed off into the morn
While my mother watched and waved
We cast out deep in the middle of the pond
Couldn’t snag a single bite
But all around us were dead carp, floating and swollen
With our nets we hauled them in

They ruptured and thanked us for being so kind
We shuddered in the breeze and the water poured in
And brought us down into the pond
The fish were gone

We swam to the shore and looked to the sky
And didn’t see a thing
Except our own reflections, crying,
And wondering why we had ever come at all