The Rhinestone Busboy EP

by Jake McKelvie

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I'm still on the tired side of living I still have the tendency to shout I still shiver every time I touch you I still have a stutter and a foul mouth Never mind the fortune that I've gathered I don't miss the hardware or the store I have turned my five into a thirty And then I turned my thirty to an hour or more
At 2 a.m. after two hours I sign off And no one has come scrape the dead porcupine Off the road by your house, where you just kicked me out 'Cause I flat-out can't kiss you with food in my mouth I flipped my lid for the dead pilot starter Had breadsticks for breakfast, so now I have heartburn I figured I'd find her, 'cause nothing's much finer Than you in your apron and me with my sideburns So I'm waiting for you to come in and pretend you Just could not wait up for me, despite your intent to I thought you were leaving, it's hard to interpret 'Cause the longer you sit there, the prettier the girls get And all that you need is a kitchen to pine in A photo to take and a folder to file it in Now I'm the static while you try to dial in It says there's a wait if you're planning on dining in But now imagine my face when the soda exploded Which, by the way, you were the first one to notice You said my life's a sitcom and this is a spinoff And it's pilot season and I just got botox And you're the shift switcher, I don't want no talk of it I don't live off the land, I just live on top of it It's hard but it's certain, it's quick and it's sordid Commander, come over, come on, it's important You're here then you're gone And I caught you flipping around It's hard when the station is on And you are the talk of the town I'll tell ya, it tears me in two When you choose to dance in my mind like you do But to tell you the truth It never got too much to view
There's trouble here clearly, it's large and it's near me I wish you could hear me, but how can I merely Go call out to someone I once loved so dearly And assume that you're not gonna notice I loved you forever, you're quick and you're clever I promised I'd never love anyone better But now I'll abandon this wretched endeavor And time marches on 'til you find me I'm a brutal believer, you're a tongue-tied late teether There's nobody neater, you're my own fire breather I don't know your name but I don't want to either And how can you tell that I'm swimming I don't know if you're reading A bit too much into the bleeding But it's true, I would gush two times harder If that's what you asked me to do
Are you still walking so softly after all of this time? And whose heart could your heart be if'n your heart isn't mine? And how do you jumble my head up while you are laying so still? It's not that I don't want you hunting, it's just I don't want you to kill Me when I mention this gently, though I'm sure you will when I do I'm just as hungry as ever but I'm still half as empty as you So how do you get me to thinking about what I'm sure is in store? And should I love you a thousand more times, or love you a thousand times more? I'm not sure who you think you look like, I don't know who you feel you are But we are surrounded by canyons and broken remote control cars You say you're not sure if you want me, you say it is too soon to guess But I quit, this is it, you've forgotten that I am the only one left But have you considered the option of me laying flat on my back And crossing the wires on the dimmer so you don't expect my attack I'm sure that you'll laugh when you read this, I'm sure you will sniffle and squirm But I am the only survivor of your vicious twenty month term But where does the time go, Marissa? And what ever took us so long? And which of us settled the science that proved all my theories so wrong? I don't suppose that was you
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You took to me on the edge of the surf You ate too much and your stomach got hurt Then I sweat like a pig and I ruined my shirt You were so strong, I admit it How do I miss you to such a degree? If you know what you're doing then don't concern me If I had to suggest you were caught in the tree And I was below in the cotton When does the corner turn into a round? If your siding's so rigid what use is the sound Of me calling your name when there's no one around I'm just a sucker for comfort And it's time for me to leave To practice my cursive and eat lots of ice cream And buy a new weight set to leave In the box that it comes in and draft my new fantasy team
How could I lose the view of the tattoo on your shoulder? If I knew you were coming I would have asked for the day off I thought that you, much like me, would look fifteen years older But there's no signs of you aging and you don't have a smoker's cough And so I supposed I would take off my clothes in the kitchen Which I thought would be funny to you but it just pissed you off I had presumed that you didn't know what you were missing But now I know for next time you do and so I should just stop I'm the rhinestone busboy and you're my persuader I thought I would have you much sooner than later Yes, I thought you were mine But I was mistaken, now your heart is breakin' and I'm next in line


released December 20, 2016

Recorded by Matt Bacon and Jake McKelvie in July/August 2016

Mastered by Zac Johnson

All songs written and played by JCM


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