To Have Something Hot

by Erik Cameron and the Flat Sevens

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1.
Don't look now, there's a hole in the roof And the moon's gonna fall right in We'll take a rocket ship to a distant world And that's where we'll begin again ah cause Three cheers, heave ho Don't you wanna leave it behind I'd give a whole lotta things in this great big world To have it all off my mind Don't tell tell me, I know what you heard You can't break the speed of light But we'll get the CIAs and the PhDs To build that ship up right It'll have a hyperdrive and keep us all alive Despite our best intents And when we're farming up some purple grass They'll all wonder where we went Three cheers, heave ho Cause it's a one way mission, bro I'd give a whole lotta things in this great big world To be the one to go Naturally, my frers and amies Will try to tell me what to do I'll stamp my feet and wail and weep And try to make them come with too Three cheers, heave ho Don't you wanna leave it behind I'd give a whole lotta things in this great big world Just to have it all off my mind
2.
Xerxes 05:28
There's food and there's drugs And gambling on nothing And all the sleep in the world Ten cigarettes I ought to take them for granted When nothing gives pleasure then you're done I drew a line on the bank and said no farther! but the water continued to rise I cursed and I cried I whipped the water But the water only got in my eyes I must have been born yesterday To think I really could have had it that way I watch the same four trees Light up every morning They've been here longer than me 'Cause they will abide Where I'd dig in And be what they need to be I must have been born yesterday (who do you think you are?) To think I really could have had it that way (who do you think you are?) I drew a line on the bank and said no farther! but the water continued to rise I cursed and I cried I whipped the water But the water only got in my eyes I must have been born yesterday (who do you think you are?) To think I really could have had it that way (who do you think you are?) I must have been born yesterday Naked, wet behind the ears and saying, who do you think you are? I must have been born yesterday To think I really could have had it that way
3.
Sunrise Drunken sunrise How I miss you so When my ah-feelings Need some ah-heeeealing You're the first to know I take a bottle of beer out to my favorite spot on the beach Nobody there will bother me man cause I'll be out of reach On my island On the ocean Even if it's just a lake Sunrise Drunken sunrise How I miss you so I take my favorite girl out to 57th street Around 4AM the seating can't be beat It's a great spot To have something hot Or just go to sleep I don't know how the hell people can drive by and not want to stop Hit the vendors, get a pop, and sit out in the hot Sunny sunrise Drunken sunrise And then it's time for bed Or maybe just one nightcap... But then it's time for bed
4.
Lunger 05:03
Doctor it looks bad, you're as pale as a sheet And trying hard to put me in a bed You want to bargain with it; it wants me dead I just want to stay on my feet If it's consumption It'll never stop I'll fight the fever 'til I drop Doctor I protest I am very much alive Dead men don't cough this loud It'd be a sensible gurney if only I wasn't So stuck up, stubborn and proud I was never good At doing what I'm told I'll fight the fever til I'm cold I'm still here... Doctor I forbid you to say another word Or stick me with your pins anymore Just keep your hands disinfected, keep your stethoscope connected And kindly show me the door No use for needles No use for beds I'll fight the fever 'til I'm dead I'm still here...
5.
Baker's Pen 05:47
Even back then, Baker he stood Six foot and three inches cruel With his varsity jacket and chiseled chin Poster boy for boarding school He took the meekest boy Looked him right in the eyes And broke him like Piggy in the Lord of the Flies He said you never bet Against the house And if you're not cheating, you're not trying anyhow But then I had rent and needed a job Baker, he had them by the pound I kept up his favor until one day I did not And I woke up gagged and bound He put a razor wire Around an acre pen That's where he'd put you, put you if you weren't his friend So I wore the stripes I kept the wheelbarrow filled Cause we were inmates in the prison we helped to build Justice in the pen was a curious thing Because by Baker's decree All complaints were sedition against your comrade convicts They'd string you from the gantry for all to see On the outside, it happened that Baker's favorite son Was stealing our money from the Fed We said you want to keep your head? He belongs in here with us So the warden made Junior up a bed Behind the razor wire Around an acre pen But a partner at Baker, Baker, Baker and Friends Picked up the phone And made a call The anointed one was led from his cell and down the hall That's why you never bet Against the house If you're not cheating you're not trying anyhow
6.
When I need action, that's the way The spirits bang on my ribcage And say let me out Please, just for a day I can hold you, and then our hearts Will fog up the skin and the sweaters between them But that's as far As they're gonna get tonight Because as close as we can stray When I look in your eyes A speck of dust remains in the way I want so bad to hear with your ears And show you what I see but there's no way So I'll send you words Telegrams of the tongue It's all so chaste, for our bodies To conduct an affair on our behalf How can we be sealed in When it sure feels like there's a draft But as close as we can stray When I look in your eyes A speck of dust remains in the way You can give me your ring Maybe never leave Even in the temptingest of times But it only takes a pinch to remind us both Your pain is not my pain, I'm afraid So I don't want to bring to bring you down Or to convince you you're alone But somehow I miss you Even though you're right here at home As close as we can stray When I look in your eyes A speck of dust remains in the way
7.
It really messes with my ride When I'm always Looking side to side And saying There's something about that street that's good Tip of the tongue, can't place it, but I should I can't shake the feeling that I should have taken that turn Faster, the tollway, the old neighborhood I give up / I give in... The wisdom says laugh When you're lost In the garden of forking paths But it's tough Loves you've never known might make you whole again But here they pass as strangers in the street, and then There's always some face I swear I know Tip of the tongue, can't place it, though I can't shake the feeling that it was there in some place That I was, and we were friends It's so bad I can't decide Where to go In my brand new ride And so I just drive in circles around the park And wake up to a flashlight and a cop After dark I can't shake the feeling that I've been here before I started to remember, but then I shut the door I give up / I give in...
8.
[instrumental]
9.
Demon Star 04:08
Ever since the first day The demon shows up with his questionnaire Are you scared? Well maybe you should be Are you lost And searching for the light? I can feel him coming like I got bad bones But then the shadow passes me by Are you scared? Next time you will be You'll be lost And searching for the light He'll be there With a helping hand and basket Full of bread But he's spoiling for a fight Well I gave that demon a piece of my mind And all I got back was his Cheshire grin He said are you scared? Next time you will be I'll be there Devouring the light There'll be prayers Magic incantations You can try But nothing sets you right
10.
My uncle tricked the family, 'cause they were so unkind They made it to his wake around suppertime He sat up in the coffin and asked what's to eat Well they never saw it coming and it can't be beat Got a friend on the throne to take off a load Better hit the lights 'cause it's a public commode He can choose between the light switch and the toilet seat He'll never see it coming, and it can't be beat If you don't like smoking but you got a friend Take his cigarette, shove an explosive in the end That'll show him smoking gives you a heart attack And you can do it all again if he ever goes back If he keeps on making trouble, then you tap his phone Gather up some secrets and when he's all alone Tell him that you know things and he's going down And if you were him, well you wouldn't play around All of this might not go down so well He'll probably come calling, he'll be mad as hell You got to be ready, if it's a lawsuit or a gun Just make sure yours is bigger, whichever one He says man, why you always gotta be the guy Escalating things when there's no reason why That's when you take him with your hands and feet And say 'cause I'm the escalator, and I can't be beat
11.
Twin Sister 03:33
Our mother always liked to say We were born with a battle cry I won, but she had me by the leg And the nurses declared it a tie we don't always get along but she'll tell me when I've got it wrong my sister i saw the angels at seventeen by nineteen i heard their voice and people don't have much room for a man who thinks angels make him rejoice But we're thick as thieves And you know we wear it on our sleeves My sister She remembers the night that daddy died Out on Route 41 In a blaze of steel and bourbon breath All because the Braves won We got rid of the Braves and eating meat And red things the color of blood And I found places without myself Where his car only stalled in the mud But I can't slip away too deep 'Cause she's the company I keep My sister We don't see eye to eye On much besides what's right My sister
12.
Things can feel like There's no up and there's no down But you once were A lightning rod in the ground Remember who you were then Don't you want to feel that way again? Every victory filled your sails Every wound as raw as rusty nails Things seem different That I would not deny But I believe Love can take you back in time I know all about how All your past and future selves You dreamed they all were friends Don't you want to feel that way again? Don't you want to feel that way again? Don't you want to feel that way again? Fool yourself But you've always known There's ravenous beasts Animals living in your bones Remember when you were them Don't you want to feel that way again? Every victory filled your sails Every wound as raw as rusty nails I know all about how All your past and future selves You dreamed they all were friends Don't you want to feel that way again?

about

Written and recorded between 2/1/15 to 5/1/15, at homes and practice spaces around Chicago. (No professional studios were harmed in the making of this album.) These songs, along with two others, began life as an impulsive FAWM project: fawm.org FAWM is wonderful, and if you write songs, you should do it. Meeting the schedule did not permit attachment, self-doubt, backing off of personal material, or any other form of autodestruction.

Facts: Joshua, John, Ben and Steven provided outstanding singing, playing, and overall humanity to this project. Julie Key was my second set of ears, and is someone I want very much to impress. Andrew Neher invited Steven and I to play at Louder House in the first week of February, and I don't know what this album would have come out like without that show---"Animal Spirits" materialized the next day, more or less in one piece, full of energy and Extravision-esque rhythm guitar. So that one is for Louder House, with thanks to Andrew, Ryan, Mitar, Vivian, Michael, and everyone else who helped make that show happen. Yet more unadulterated fact: If FAWMers aren't careful, they're going to ruin the Internet's reputation for hostility; to all of you that listened to early mixes and left support and feedback, thank you so much. I'm looking forward to being a better listener in '16. Finally, thanks are due to my dog, Bessie, who not only puts up with me, but made her serendipitous turn on percussion exactly as it appears on the album, with no punching in.

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released May 3, 2015

The Flat Sevens are EC (guitars, bass, keys, drums, etc.) along with:
Joshua Jones, backing vox on 1, 2 and 9; lead guitar on 10
John Saller, backing vox on 2 and 9; harmonicas on 5, 9 and 10
Ben Saller, lead guitar on 4
Steven Gilpin, backing vox on 5 and 12; guitar loops on 12; percussion on 5
Bessie, long black dog percussion on 9

Track 1 samples the NASA recordings "Mercury 7: Liftoff" and "Quindar: Sound #1", which they have kindly made available to the public despite years of budgetary abuse at the hands of the American people, who frankly won't appreciate them until all of the corn left in the universe is growing in space. soundcloud.com/nasa

Written/produced/recorded by EC. All songs © 2015.

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Erik Cameron Chicago, Illinois

Music, words, whiskey and dog. Guitar parts and pickles and print. Brackish beer. Born on Cinco de Mayo.

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