Everything Goes Viral But My Band

by The Rough & Tumble

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The cruise we booked in May won’t set sail til better tides, Seems everything goes viral but my band. Until these folks get better, I guess we’re all just stuck inside. How did we plan to celebrate in quarantine times. I must admit that lock down sounds romantic in my mind, Throw away the keys and pour the wine. But if we get much closer, then we’d have to sanitize. Why’d we go and fall in love in quarantine times? There’s nothing that I’d rather do Than be locked away with you, Picnicking on rations here inside. You know if we can make it through These 14 days of solitude Forever and eternity gonna be just fine. We’ve heard about the plagues and the locusts in the skies, From China, Italy, and Palestine. If I were a religious soul, I’d say the end is nigh— How do we keep believing in these quarantine times. There’s nothing that I’d rather do Then be locked away with you, Reading poetry by candlelight. You know if we can make it through These 14 days with gratitude Forever and eternity will be just fine. Romeo and Juliet would not have had to die If the message that was sent would have arrived. But the messenger was held up deep within the quarantine— Why’d they go and fall in love? There’s nothing that I’d rather do Than be locked away with you, Scraping our last bowls of beans and rice. I’ll tell you what we’re gonna do— Gonna bunker down and make it through, Cause Forever and eternity has been just fine. Forever with you and me will be just fine.
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Only Cujo 00:23
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I can't sit here wondering where you came from You can't wonder how I've been From root to rise, as clear as Oklahoma skies I know everyone's a good dog under these three pines I don't know what happens when we move on I can hardly make up reasons why we're here I don't need to seek out signs or the hallowed by and by To know everyone's a good dog under these three pines Chasing a dream or chasing a rabbit I don't care what it is I'm just happy to have it. I've been chasing mountains from the Prairie. I've been humming songs that I don't know. When I catch the quiet of the noise you left behind, I know everyone's a good dog under these three pines. Everybody's a good dog. Everybody's a good, good dog.
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When all this is over, I'm gonna buy you a drink, Gonna laugh til the stars in our eyes turn blue. And our knees are gonna touch accidentally-- Wipe the rings from the bar while I roll my eyes at you. When all this is over. When all this is over, gonna take a long walk. Just you and me on some Philly streets. We won't mind that the line that we're in is too long-- And I'll nudge you in the side to try and get our eyes to meet. When all this is over. I'll worry less about the rent, I won't remind you what you said the last time-- Before it was over. And we'll spend more time with friends, And I'll be more grateful than I was Some of the time. When it's over. When all this is over, gonna move between the lines, Be a dot on the map that is never still. Gonna hop all the fences and get lost in all the crowds, Gonna make this a promise, and with perspective lose my vow. When all this is over. I'll worry less about the rent, I won't remind you what you said the last time-- Before it was over. And we'll spend more time with friends, And I'll be more grateful than I was Most of the time. At least from time to time. When it's over.
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I'm never good at telling lies, I'm as certain of what's next As I am the color of your eyes. And in the morning with goodbye's, I can't promise I'll stay safe, But I can say that I will try. No one's asking for a brave face, A stiff upper lip, and don't-you-cry's. Cause these are hard times On top of hard times. Nobody's scared when everything is all right. When I'm coming down on the bottom line-- It's just you and me, And, kid, I'm gonna try. Didn't I see you all alone? In the middle of a stage After your friends had all gone home. You didn't shake a single note, Oh, but even if you did, You're never one to let it show. No one's asking for a brave face, And you're not standing on your own. Cause these are hard times On top of hard times. Don't go faking brave when everything ain't all right. When you're coming down to the bottom line-- It's still you and me. Oh, kid, you gotta try. You gotta try. The air is thinning all around. But, kid, you know the drill-- Just don't look down. Cause these are hard times On top of hard times. Life ain't a game, but we're playing it all right. When we're coming round on the bottom line-- It's just you and me. Kid, we gotta try.
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You. 02:51
If you're scared, I am scared, too, But it wasn't you brave face that drew me to you. So if you're going, I'm coming, too-- No, it's not for Fate's numbers or stars lining true; It's you. If you're home, I am home, too, There's not a house that I've lived in that was home before you. So if you're moving, I'm leaving, too-- It's a pile of bricks to a heart that is true For you. I've known you my whole life and never before-- Like the smell of leaves of the ground. Wild in sight and quiet in sound, Make me move with the wind and change with the light. Your heart was broken in two And the sound of its breaking shook dust from the moon. My heart followed the tune. My favorite part is where it was bruised. I think we did good. I think we did pretty good.
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I remember when these fields were green-- Teeming full, like I dream. All I'd imagined I had in my hands, Feed the heart, feed a friend from the land. Now I'm Waitin' on rain, Waitin' on rain. Waitin' on rain, waitin' on rain. The Lord told Noah go and build and ark Out there are burning sand. Lips must've been dry, throat must've been parched, Must've been pretty hard to give a damn, while he's Waitin' on rain, waitin' on rain. Waitin' on rain, Waitin' on rain. Crystal river and hills of green, Crops unwither-- tall as trees. Again I gotta believe I'm gonna see--- Waitin' on rain, Waitin' on rain. Waitin' on rain, Waitin' on rain. Waitin' on rain, Waitin' on rain. Waitin' on rain, Waitin' on rain.
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Oh, Brother 02:44
Who said don't move an inch Who said don't rock the boat I got a good plan for a short fuse on a long day And if we get it right More likely if we don't I'd rather sink and swim than hurry up and wait Oh, my, me, oh brother we're up to our muddy knees again I got a hatching plan You got a faint idea We got a box and a backyard bigger than the ocean gonna set sail We'll double back again When the sun gets pale Let's startle out the stars with a howl and a long tail Oh, my, me, oh brother we're up to our muddy knees again Who's gonna sit this one out? (Not me, not me!) Who's gonna stay and forget about it? (Not me, not!) When I've got a friend and a dog and a big ol' world to look around... We gotta run! Oh, we gotta run. Let's pack the dirt back down On our coyote run Cuz we got five more minutes 'till the lights turn out. Oh, my, me, oh brother we're up to Oh, my, me, oh brother we're up to Oh, my, me, oh brother we're up to our muddy knees again
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All Along 02:52
All Along written by The Rough & Tumble Is there really any difference between a teardrop and a prism and a dragonfly's wings that you caught for an instant They're all cool and iridescent Tricks of light and time Turns the story incandescent for a little while I can't see you going While I'm lost at home? Ooooo When I snap a picture it's just a gasp of a glimmer The impression of an image I can hardly stand to shutter The refraction of the morning light Moving up my spine I caught you there around the center How can I see you going While I'm seeing you at home? Oooooo Have you been here all along? Someone said that happy tears are the other side of grief but I was so brokenhearted that I wouldn't have believed it If I didn't see that prism turning right in front of me I can let you go on And keep you here with me Oooooo Have you been here all along? Have you been here all along?
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Mother's sick but not yet dying, She got the war of the wild in her blood. Burnt this town out for all her trying, The intersection of her heart. Maybe if I dress my best, And ask forgiveness for the rest. Mother's sick but not yet dying, It don't look good, but it's a start. I was fed on honeysuckle, Prairie grasses for my bed. I wasn't full, I wasn't starving. She taught me work, she taught me rest. Didn't my muscles glint with sun? Believed I was the only one. I said goodbye to Mother then-- Now I got nowhere to lay my head. Can I take it back? Can I turn back home? When I've stolen all I covet, Dug my heels to rise above. When I've upended all I own, Can I make it right where I belong? I took the berries from the brambles, Shook the almonds from the trees. If they aren't ready, I'm still able-- Mother said, but can't stop me. I tell coyote how and when He can howl at my command. I took the berries from the brambles And the flowers from the honeybees. Can I take it back? Can I turn back home? When I've stolen all I covet, Dug my heels to rise above. When I've upended all I own, Can I make it right where I belong? Mother's sick but not yet dying, She sent the War of the Wild to my blood. I hit the dirt for all my crying And gave her back her blessed mud. Can I make it right where I belong? Can I make it right where I belong?
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Label the Liar written by The Rough & Tumble Copyright 2020 Penny Jar Publishing Label the liar. I got water in one hand, In the other a lighter. Label the liar. Who said the thread Didn’t start with a fire? Patron Saint or Patient Zero, I can’t decide if you’re villain or hero. Who got your eyes, who got your smile When all I got was your long night? Label the liar. I got seconds in one hand, In the other an hour. Label the liar. I got silence on one side, But the other side’s louder. Maybe I can’t resist a comeback story. Or maybe I stopped resisting someone coming back for me. I don’t want wild, it don’t make me free— One of us is leaving, it won’t be me. Label the liar. I got water in one hand And a brain on fire. Label the liar. Isn’t it time We both got tired. Who said that 28 was the going rate these days? (I don’t wanna die, anymore). Label the liar.
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If I can imagine sprinklers as rain, The big waft of oxygen it smells just the same. Then I can imagine anywhere I’ve been. I can start from the start or work back again. I can be dream and you can be tame. We can breathe out the wrong words for all our right names. If I can imagine how young I will be. They don’t make big silver screens for small time dreams. I’m moving forward as fast as I am. Once I step out, I can’t step back again. I can be big time and you can be brave. We can breathe out the wrong words for all our right names. I think that we are right on track. Right on time. You know that I will have your back. And you’ll have mine. If I can imagine all night for a day, And now for forever an even trade, If all the world’s out there just out of frame, Then I can imagine that this part stays the same. We can be dreamy or we can be tame. And we’ll yell out the wrong words for all our right names.
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If I'd only thought of it, If I didn't talk too soon. If my foot had met my tongue on it. If I'd only read the room. My eyes are on the ceiling now, And on the floorboards, too. Seems I can see 'bout everything-- Except that I can't look at you. Then your smile stretched wide as a sunlit sky And your teeth shown bright as the snow is white And you threw your head back, And I know why-- I made you laugh. I made you laugh. Like a bird in song, There was nothing wrong, And I wish that sound could last. I made you laugh. If I'd only thought of it, If I didn't talk too soon, I'd have missed on everything-- Oh, I'd have missed you.
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Go-To Friend 02:35
You like cosmos, wine and shots Home decorating and garden plots If life tests you with a roarshack You see a funny little party in every ink blot You're my go-to friend yodel-ay-ee-oo You're my go-to friend yodel-ay-ee-oo And whatever trouble you're getting in You're my go-to friend yodel-ay-ee-oo Glad you didn't call 911 That night you wished you lost your phone You lost your mind but wasn't it fun To sing happy birthday to everyone I know you know or have a hunch I'm your to-go friend in all the bunch If you're down or in a crunch Let's call the whole thing off and let's do lunch
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The Front Porch They took off the barn door No hinge left not torn When they're done here you wouldn't know the place anymore They're shaving the hillside You can see out for miles I don't have the heart to bring her on by Cause all she's working at is crying I guess you can only take so much goodbye-ing Just leave us the front porch For a few long days more We're not putting up a fight-what for? Leave us the front porch Leave us for poor We can't lay down what that warehouse money paid for Can't you leave us the front porch? They took off the front porch Guess we've been sold To mind your business and do as we're told Can't you leave us the front porch.

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The world is contagious, and hopefully so are these songs. We were on lockdown in California, and all we had was a cassette tape recorder, a roll of toilet paper, and some song commissions to pay for canned beans.

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released March 20, 2020

All songs written by The Rough & Tumble (Mallory Graham & Scott Tyler).
All songs performed and recorded by The Rough & Tumble (with the occasional contribution from Mud Puddle & Magpie Mae, usually unplanned and without permission).

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The Rough & Tumble are a dumpster-folk/thriftstore Americana band consisting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. Their new album, We're Only Family If You Say So, is out now!

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