Digging Up Ed Sullivan

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1.
One of these days I'm gonna dig up Ed Sullivan tie him down with packing tape in the back seat of an old Honda car We'll ride from the heart of Ohio to the brink of Minnesota catch Midwest lightning bugs in a 10 gallon mason jar One of these days I'm gonna dig up John Rockefeller roll our own cigarettes all night until we can't see our hands eat smokehouse barbecue from a shack in Alabama beat out Tchaikovsky in rusted iron pots and pans One of these days I'm gonna dig up Walt Whitman bury him again and then dig him up one more time haul him out to watch the sun set on the Delta hike up a spiny pecan tree and throw down a line One of these days I'm gonna dig up Tom Jefferson dress him in drag and watch Citizen Kane play hopscotch far and deep in the tallest redwoods Indian leg wrestle him for the last bottle of grain One of these days I'm gonna dig up Ed Sullivan tie him down with packing tape in the back seat of an old Honda car We'll ride from the heart of Ohio to the brink of Minnesota catch Midwest lightning bugs in a 10 gallon mason jar
2.
01:21
I'm in a dark place now I can't find a way out I'm digging and scratching at the walls 'til I bleed out The things that I think, They're no good for me And I'm stitching together a plan and a reason To live for today Find some beauty and pray for a beautiful moment to take me away from this insanity My worst enemy is me Oh my, Oh my enemy is always me Old Friend of mine You do this to me every time I'm suffering the motions over and over I've rolled with the punches I've kept my composure Quiet tricks in the night Voices inside my brain Say you're better off dead man you know you're insane But I keep pushing on like some Idiot Savant Through the same faceless crowds and the same rundown haunts If the party winds down There will be nothing left to give If we're on our way out we better hurry up and live Old Friend of mine You do this to me everytime
3.
she keeps me tied up in a thread spin me around above her bed she holds me in her sacred place knows me by my voice and by my taste she don't know it by now I'm gonna carry her back down poison she puts in my veins make me say the strangest things paint our love all Starry Night trapped between her blue eyes she dances all along the breeze a pretty thing can do just what she please she feeds me crawling on her floor pretty me I'm always back for more she don't know it by now I'm gonna carry her back down poison she puts in my veins make me say the strangest things paint our love on Starry Night trapped inside a blue eyed web
4.
All the pheromone equipped are heading downtown where the city fathers founded the proving grounds flash some skin and show off your steam make court for the Wisemen and the Queens they're all waiting to see if you're more than what you seem like maybe you could turn the stars around Well them new crops is in but there's nothing nothing really there to eat they're all peddlers and pimps, seems to me they're a little too light on their feet something strikes me through the strange they got the quick, but they ain't got deranged and if nothing's at risk then there's nothing there that's ever gonna change but maybe you could turn the stars around and they all sing like - oh mama, we're not gonna wait for you no more oh baby, we got things to do you know that's for... sure sounds funny, but it tastes just like honey to me so give me what you got 'cause it's what I need well the judge got that grease and the jury was hung so no one could tell you be king, you be crook - they're gonna cozy to the way you sell and here I know I must be out of my brain flipped on the till cause we ain't in the right frame will I see you tonight going south on that downtown train? there's still time for you to turn the stars around if you wanted you could tear the whole damn town down to the ground but I'd like to see you turn the stars around all the pretty boys they just say - oh mama, we're not gonna work for you no more oh baby, we got places we gots to be you know that's for... sure sounds funny but it all smells like money to me so give me all you got 'cause it's what I need
5.
you shine you shred my heart to ribbon take all that I've been given in time This night could make my life seem insufficient leaves me the grey tourist in the great divide god played a joke today on me and his revelry scarred when he made that we were beholden from the start yet he made that we should be holding from the start and it seems a bad bad way to break a good man's heart sun rise then set sun rise then set with snow-white veil and skirt of flame in stern rebuke she shouts your name gush from your lips in sobs... sun rise god played a joke today on me and his treacheries scar when he made that we should be holding from the start yet he made that we were beholden from the start and it seems a bad bad way to break a good man's heart
6.
She's not a stripper, she's an exotic dancer Her body's a temple... yeah, and a breeding cancer "It's serendipitous," she whispers serenely You don't acknowledge her pouting but you can't ignore her preening She's always on graveyard making all them ends meet Better living a lie than living out on the street There's a fool for sale wherever money tends to be but the wolves don't smile they just show off their teeth, boys She's the mouthpiece and the lips and at best you're just whatever's left She's the mouthpiece and the lips and you're nothing at all I know a man who falls in love each night when he's not getting love he's getting into a fight So calm, collected, and cruel (cool) just like a vampire on the prowl but you don't stick your neck out for him he only wants you to howl He's the mouthpiece and the lips and at best you're just whatever's left He's the mouthpiece and the lips and you're nothing at all The ubiquitous gaze from the door watches you "God" is on the clock. He's at your 10, your 5, and your 2 but that's just my opinion Of course I'm the mouthpiece and I'm the lips or at best maybe I'm just whatever's left 'cause you're the mouthpiece and you're the lips or you're nothing at all
7.
02:49
High School learned me well it still holds up now with grown people and the work place stole my time left my soul resigned to the work day and the ones who hate my guts are who I admire but what matters most is how you walk through the fire Bar crowds scream absurd to be seen and heard in the worst way And the silent observers watch and internalize all of their pain And the ones who run their mouths are who they admire but what matters most is how you walk through the fire And I'll take my curtain call grinning at it all And the man who stands his ground is who I admire and what matters most is how you walk through the fire
8.
I was walkin' with my eyes, yeah she was talkin' with her eyes, yeah. She's a good lovin' Lady; She needs a good lovin' man She's a good lovin' Lady; needs a good lovin' man If I had just words to say here I could say them mighty clear here but it escapes me in the moment the way you could unmake me in that moment our eyes collide I was walkin', with my eyes yeah she was talkin, with her eyes yeah she's a good lovin' lady, gonna need a good lovin' man she's a good lovin' lady, gonna need a good lovin' man lord, I spend so many nights toss and turn as I lie to sleep one moment I'm just fine then into my head she creeps she's dancin' on the rooftops hangin' out of limousines her dress has silver linings so she sparkles like a queen she's a good lovin' lady, whoa-o-oh I was spendin' all of my time in disguise, yeah she was holdin' oh no she was holdin' on to the prize, yeah she's a good lovin' lady, gonna need a good lovin' man she's a good lovin' lady, gonna need a good lovin' man
9.
It all starts out with the crush Mary's taking shots like a lush her perfume smells like pure bliss It lingers and burns like a first kiss These nights are ours we shouldn't waste them We'd make a beautiful combination John stares a hole through the bar He started out like a star He's got that cocaine nose now These things become so -very- hard to pin down These glory days we can't replace them We'd make a beautiful combination Hank takes a blow to the chin Folks said he never could win He's got his heart on his sleeve It beats only to deceive We're all this bastard generation We'd make a beautiful combination The violence roars and subsides Hank's got the bar on his side At this point neither one sees My Mary smiling at me
10.
03:16
I sit here staring at this room watching the space you once assumed but you left 10 seconds ago I sit here staring at this room letting my anger boil and stew but you left 10 minutes ago And I'm sure you'll come running back to me any moment now, we'll see I was right and you'll admit it and I'm never gonna let you live it down I sit here staring at this room letting my anger boil and stew but you left 10 hours ago I sit here staring at this room watching the space you once consumed but you left 10 days ago And I'm sure you'll come running back to me any moment now, we'll see I was right and you'll admit it and I'm never gonna let you live it down I sit here staring at this room watching the space you once assumed but you left 10 weeks ago I sit here staring at this room letting my anger boil and stew but you left 10 months ago And I'm sure you'll come running back to me any moment now, we'll see I was right and you'll admit it and I'm ... So sure you'll come running back to me any moment now, we'll see I was right and you'll admit it and I'm never gonna let you live it down
11.
05:46
Black is the night, oh, so cold is the dream that should make me arise as I'd much rather sleep No, I'm not wasted So few survive when we're lost in this stream it's the Love we imply it's the Hope we all need No, We're not wasted we're not wasted Mexi would smile and we'd fall to one knee Is this heart of a child such this rare thing indeed? No, He's not wasted Sara held fire in the palm of her hand she could light up the night, she could laugh on command No, She's not wasted she's not wasted Frank, he could fight it but he would never calm that storm There was a hole in his heart from the day he'd been born No, He's not wasted he's not wasted Black is the night, oh, so cold is the dream that should make me arise as I'd much rather sleep No, I'm not wasted

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released April 5, 2016

addamn Anonymous - vocals, rhythm guitar
aTommy Cappel - bass guitar, lead guitar, vocals (track 7)
Adam LaVigne - drums (tracks 4, 8, 9, 10), backup vocals
Mark Becknell - drums (tracks 3, 5, 11)
Jay M. $$ - drums (tracks 2, 6, 7)
Abby Belle - vocals (track 5)
Dusty Bryant - keys, piano (tracks 3, 5, 11)
Stephen Buttree - keys, sax (track 11)
Joseph William Mitchell - cello (track 11)

Artwork by Michael Rendell Hensley
www.facebook.com/michael.r.hensley.9

Digging Up Ed Sullivan track 1 reading by Mark Flanigan www.markflanigan.com

Lyrics by Adam Singer with the exception of Fire (Cappel) and Old Friend (Cappel/Singer). Music by Singer/Cappel with the exception of Fire (Cappel) and Old Friend (Cappel)

All songs lovingly cared for for all eternity at Cappel Recording, Cincinnati OH.
www.cappelrecordingstudio.com

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The Atomic Atoms Cincinnati, Ohio

The Atomic Atoms (Adam Singer and Tommy Cappel) are a stupid band with a stupid name that writes stupid songs.
We don’t play shows. We barely, if ever, promote ourselves. We are so ‘Indy’ we aren’t sure if -we- have even heard of us. It’s sure to go over like a lead zeppelin.
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