Messy

by Johnny Crimes

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released July 13, 2014

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Johnny Crimes Redlands, California

Inspired by the energetic guitar solos of stoner rock, the infinitely moving drum beats of Motown, and the intense, driven bass lines of post punk from the 1970s & 80s, Johnny Crimes have rocked the ladies and their gentlemen across Southern California since 2010. ... more

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Track Name: Life in a Crisis
I called out to the ocean
I said, "Baby, drown me please!"
She said, "Boy, my counsel is the only one I keep."
And I said, "I got my problems, my worries, chores..."
She said, "I got my own problems and they don't look anything like yours."

So I called her a bitch and threw a rock in anger at the waves
But she didn't seem to notice and kept right on with her ways of
Splashing and churning out her white sea salt
Like pillow down or spider webs or bitter, vanilla malt

So I called up my brother, I didn't know just what I'd say
But I thought it was important even if a little vague
And I said, "I think I'm going crazy, I don't know my left from right.
I might just leave tomorrow or I might just leave tonight."
But he said, he said to me with pity and a little bit annoyed,

He said, "Go on and talk to Jesus. Go home and see your wife.
Ride off into the sunset but don't be out all night.
Nothing lasts forever, not the good times, not the bad.
I know you're feeling crazy but remember what you have."

He said, "Boy, don't you walk away from this."

He said, "Go on and talk to Jesus. Go home and see your wife.
Ride off into the sunset but don't be out all night.
Nothing lasts forever, not the good times, not the bad.
I know you're feeling crazy but remember what you have."
Track Name: Hospital Bed
Well your sweet-sixteen was a bummer
And your twenty-first wasn't better
It took a whole lotta liquor and drugs to make it tolerable
And the guys that got you off are you Facebook friends but you never talk
They're just pictures scrolling up a screen when your boss ain't looking

And you can't look back, but you do anyway
And the kids seem younger these days
No, you can't look back, but I know you will anyway
And you'll feel so old

Well your life feels like Lou Reed with the same three chords and a monotone voice
But the people that you love best say it's really quite brilliant
And you're holding out for the next big thing
Every day it's a little bit close
But playing the scratchcards dirties up your nails

And the government check feels a long time coming
So you just move on
And that hospital bed doesn't feel real yet
So you go on living
Track Name: Peter Alan Inc.
Alan was a sex offender
They caught him pissing near a school
So he knocked on doors, said, "Keep away."
"I'm bringing down the neighborhood."

All the mothers watch him closely.
All the fathers start to flex.
The city council met for days on end
and the landlord raised his rent.
Now he's living by a railroad
Where the whores are turning tricks
And the desperate souls self-medicate
With an intravenous fix

Peter was a clergy member
Until he knew there was no god
He said, "Hey, man you can keep your book"
"And your crackers ain't no good."
So he bought himself a Harley
With the loudest pipes they sell
He got "666" in English ink and he's riding straight to hell

They met in a dive-bar
Where the ashes coat regrets
And the lost souls find themselves
and lose whatever's left
Alan needs salvation
Pete needs to get off
They say, "What the hell, if you won't tell."
"Besides my money's gone. My drinking money's gone."

Now they're stumbling along the train tracks
With only one thing on their minds
And the working girls can't catch their eye
No matter how they try
Everything can be different.
Everything can be better.
We can make it together.
We can make it together.
Track Name: Of Alexander & Defeat
Alexander's smiling and I wonder what he knows
Pausing just a minute for effect
Just a moment earlier when we were rooting for his rival
Survival of the cause
As we take and give, give and take
As we try to make, try to live through our heroes
Our heroes
Alexander waits his turn
We're all waiting, we all learn the scoreboard
Oh dear lord
Track Name: The Last Great Man of the West
High on top of the mountain
Stood the last great man of the west
He remembers a time before it all
And he thought about his memories and what it means to forget
And what it means to leave some things behind

One left for his mother
One left for his dad
One left for his sister and the one she called her man
And he thought about the trees and rocks and things left in the ground
Maybe they ain’t here no more but it’s nice to see some things where they hung around
Track Name: I'm Trying to Leave You
Be careful what you wish for
It could happen in a minute
Don't tell me that you're sorry
Cos I don't wanna hear it

Wait a goddam minute
I know you got some shit to say
But my pot's boiling over
And your kettle can wait

You take take my heart (I will replace it)
You can break my guitar (I will replace it, too)
You can twist my arm (I will break it first)

I'm trying to leave you
I'm trying to break you down
Deleting your friends and your family
Removing their names from my resume
I'm laughing at all of the irony
I'm getting away

Got a brand-new jacket
Gonna make a new look for me
I'm gonna show it off to strangers
And see if they will agree

You're going down like an anchor
Cut loose from a submarine
Maybe we're both under water
But, baby, I will be free

You can take my heart (I will replace it)
You can break my guitar (I will replace it, too)
You can take my car (cos I was walking away)

I'm trying to leave you
I'm trying to break you down
Deleting your friends and your family
Removing their names from my resume
I'm laughing at all of the irony
I'm getting away