Mighty Social Lion

by The J. Arthur Keenes Band

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shwally years and years after it's release, this album still contains many layers yet noticed. i think each song paints me and my own feelings in so many ways. i've listened to it in full everyday on the way to school, on the way to work, while i was on the street and had an ipod classic to keep sane, just everywhere. i bought the cd and have played that version in a boombox at my friend's over and over. Favorite track: The Doors.
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Tavlor Brilliantly creative lyrics wrapped in a unique and wonderful sound. There's nothing quite like it.
The opening to Old Dusty always makes me laugh. Favorite track: Old Dusty.
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generaljelly I've listened to almost every one of J. Arthur Keene's albums, but I continuously return to this one. It has such great lyrics, instrumentals, and lots of nostalgia. When I listen to this album I feel so warm and happy. I'm so glad I found your work when I was young. Favorite track: Mr. Radiator.
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1.
Plea Bargain 03:55
It's startling how many fall your drink is short but your order's tall and stumbling across the hall if I ask you please don't let me stall please say yes, yes oh yes oh now please say yes, yes oh yes oh now please say yes, yes oh yes oh now please say yes, yes oh yes oh yes I'm on the right side, but I'm taking it wrong I'm on the right track, but I'm taking too long I'm on a treadmill, that old marathon I keep my head up, but it comes crawling in I keep my eyes shut, but I see everythin' I think I missed out, and I don't know where to begin I never thought I'd feel so proud to wring excuses out like tow-ow-owls and say the saddest things out loud only to hear how dumb they sound but you have ways to bring me down (you've got bells and you've got hounds) or turn my sorry life around and get my story off the ground you've already got it in the bag don't lose the lot, for some old rag it's nobody's fault, it's just a drag to open the vault, and raise the flag
2.
Trails 04:58
I'm up on things, but you're up on me and I've broken both my legs set aside for eternity on a nest of lonely eggs the summer leads into dark alleys like the mouth of something big A gypsy curse and a pox on thee for the mess that you have made an excercise in cacophony 'til we barely knew you played and history isn't company but it keeps you in your place a loving home where your time is free at the bottom of a lake But there are trails and I'm trailing after you those memories you never knew left on some trailing afternoon when voices trailed off too soon but oh, I know - that you're not sane and I'm too slow - to ever gain any ground - at the rate I'm going now, or the speed of sound fell back dead on my horse's head in another human race the steering wheel at the foot of bed isn't keeping up the chase no ones body hears what you said when you're drifting out to space and someone's light isn't turning red 'til it hits him in the face But there are trails and I'm trailing after you those memories you never knew only just slightly still in view left something old for something new but oh, I know - that you're not sane and I'm too slow - to ever gain any ground - at the rate I'm going now, or the speed of sound
3.
Congratulations (free) 02:14
congratulations I'm really happy for you you've turned a beautiful hue congratulations this is just what you needed after all that you've been, put through congratulations I'm really happy for you all of your dreams have come true you've had such patience I've got another side but it's not worth my time congratulations I've tried, oh god I've tried but I'm far past my prime so congratulations I'm really happy for you this is just what you needed I give up, I've conceded this is just what you needed after all that you've been, put through
4.
my dirty socks are getting filthy walked through the rain I'm feeling guilty my feet stink, around the clock was it something I said collapsed my bunk bed and crushed my poor head flat like a cardboard box it's always something walked through my pain I feel it coming it's too big for me to block okay, this time your reasons rhyme not gone awry send back my spine there's just one line to now describe I'm feeling fine- ly ground, I fly into the dust but I'm always somewhere I have to trust that I can't always breathe this air that life will only be unfair that I'll be folded flat and square like a cardboard box
5.
if there's something here worth keeping it's not something that I've found can I take you off this landslide and set you back down on the ground but if you're done little bo peeping I guess I'll just be on my way but if there's something here worth keeping you just have to say if there's something here worth holding it must have burned out long ago can I light up from your candle and let the room fill up with smoke but if your only joy is weeping there's not much farther you can go but if there's something here worth keeping I hope you'll let me know before I have to go before I get too low you left out the part where I just lose I don't have the choice if can choose I heard a lonely voice I hope that this is just the booze you left out the worst of all the news I fell through the cracks in my own ruse I had lonely thought hoping that this won't leave a bruise is there something here worth keeping
6.
Mr. Radiator 05:06
mister radiator you can't be s-serious oh mister radiator you can't be for real mister radiator you can't be s-serious oh mister radiator just what is the deal and mister radiator you've been going on off all night oh mister radiator don't you know how lazy I can be? oh mister radiator you've been going hot and cold all my life oh mister radiator you can't be for real mister agitator you've got me f-furious oh mister tantalizer get right out of here mister tranquilizer we used to be the best of friends but mister tranquilizer I think I'll steer clear and mister radiator you've been going on off all night oh mister radiator don't you know how lazy I can be? oh mister radiator you've been going hot and cold all my life oh mister radiator you can't be for real extra, extra, read all about it mister big decision is beginning to doubt it he got drunk on evening, he screamed and he shouted that his wild ambitions had finally sprouted he was ranting, raving, all his visions were swarming and he felt that something deep within him was forming he kept happy thoughts and he ignored every warning like he'd found his reason to wake up in the morning first he felt sorry, then he felt sad and illusion after illusion turned up short or turned out bad where is the glory that seemed so within my grasp where is the glory...has it just passed? and mister radiator you've been going on off all night oh mister radiator don't you know how miserable I can get? oh mister radiator you've been going hot and cold all my life oh mister radiator you can't be for real
7.
Old Dusty 04:44
riding into town you see the faces, and every one's a frown and it just makes you want to say oh, I hope that you all drown we've walked for far too long too many paces to sing a happy song 'cause I'm stuck here picking at my sores oh and what was it all for? you give me dirty looks and you talk about me behind my back this ain't one for the books but it's not bad listen to the sounds the aching traffic, the footsteps on the ground I think my headache grew a leg something just cracked me like an egg oh and take a look around these people aren't your friends everyone can hear you but no one's listening anymore it's just they've heard it all before you give me dirty looks and you talk about me behind my back this ain't one for the books but it's not bad solo you give me dirty looks and you talk about me behind my back this ain't one for the books but it's not bad
8.
Dumb Jokes 03:51
dumb jokes let's not consider other's feelings I can't see farther than my ceiling and my dumb jokes reach farther out than that cruel jokes my thin protective coat is peeling I never get away with stealing and my cruel jokes always boomerang on me such a sick hoax let's just forget this ever conspired or fared the weather I only ever laughed a bit such a slick coax who would have ever thought that you'd fall for something so flat it's really more your fault than mine sad jokes I tried so hard to make it worth while I tried so hard to make the first mile but my sad jokes are too sad for me to see they're too sad for me to see
9.
I'm still under construction come back in a couple of years they're still pouring the foundation and grinding over my fears It goes a little like this I'm under maintenance I don't know when I'll be done they're tearing down my headaches one by one It's a real production but things are moving along they're stripping out all the wiring cause something must have been wrong well I told all of the workers to not hold back in the least there's nothing here very useful well nothing that isn't deceased it goes a little like that they're smoothing everything flat letting in a little sun they're tearing down excuses one by one they're clearing out the cobwebs one by one
10.
The Doors 06:20
if I waste my life, can I have yours? I'll sweep the deck and mend the sores when the light goes out I'll lock the doors on my own was it sixty two or twenty five? when I lost the keys to my beehive and the last time I saw you alive was so long ago I can't quite recall the date light, turnin' around on me as far as my eyes can see all that's left to be is someone who can't quite try to leave or soak up what's left to breathe as far as my chest can heave as far as I know standing still here is all part of the weave so I've fallen onto my knees and begged for a life of ease all I want is a quiet death from a terminal disease as long as my brain will freeze and wake up beneath the trees and I can always count on something to drift in with the breeze one last atrophy, and I'm done, and I'm gone one last irony, and I'm done, and I'm gone one last symphony, and I'm done, and I'm gone one last sympathy, and I'm done, and I'm gone it was on TV and on the run then it settled softly on the sun but it wasn't fooling anyone so I said it's okay it was never meant to speak the truth

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released August 10, 2013

All songs written, recorded and performed by Daniel McLay.
Backing vocals on track 6 by Crayona.
Claps on tracks 2 & 3 by The McLay Family Clappers.

Artwork by Camila Walls Castillo



*Cowardly Lion adapted from original illustration by W. W. Denslow.

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