Before I Go

by Phil Cohen

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released April 17, 2014

All lyrics by Phil Cohen except "Loaded Gun" by O'Keefe Foster

Guitar riff on "Pumpkin and Pumpernickel" by Brian Pittala

Phil Cohen- vocals, guitars, electric bass, percussion, beatboxing
Matthew Vitti- drums, organ, piano
Emmett Knox- upright bass
Ramsey Khudairi- mandolin, fiddle
Adam Vitti- bass drum and glockenspiel on "Sweet Kings County Flowers"

Mixed and recorded at Mother Brother Studios by Matthew Vitti
www.motherbrotherstudios.com

Mastered by Michael DiCrescenzo

Album artwork by Maddy Barnhard
Additional artwork by Maya Cameron-Gilsey

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Track Name: Love Me True
I let you in right from the start
But then you tore my house apart
You cut me deep and you do it through and through
But when I know, I know. And I know
So baby say you'll love me too

It's that time of day again
Where we can blow off all friends
And make some old sweet lovin' by the sea
I know that you can love me too
Now baby say you'll love me three

Your eyes the heat of summer sun
You lips the barrel of a gun
I hope that you don't pull the trigger soon
I don't blame you if you, if I were you
I know I'd pull the trigger too

Hold me in my weakness
and I'll find a way to pull my weight in gold
I know you need this
And it's safe to say no one's ever told you so
I'll sew my seeds
I'll take my sins and cash 'em in
And sell my soul for custody

I let you in until the end
But you done run away again
You cut me deep and you do it through and through
I know that you can love me sweet
Now baby say you'll love me true
Track Name: Hang Me Like a Star
She's so sweet when she lays it all on me
But she cuts me out and hangs me like a star
Oh oh oh I know that I should never have a go
'Cause all her men won't even be too far
Yeah she cuts me out and hangs me like a star

She's so cold at the end of the bottle when the ember's gold
The fire burns without the air she knows it needs
And I'm not one to wait in line
She's an old time lover and a friend of mine
And I don't need another kiss to know I won't concede

I took it on the slow I put it all away I never want to fall
I was a sleeper car in another dream where she knew I couldn't stay
I am a catacomb now I'm on my own I didn't want it all
But she comes and goes and all I know is how to never
how to never wait

She's so sweet when she lays it all on me
But she'll cut you down when you don't know who you are
And oh oh oh I know the consequence of an overthrow
But it won't be long til she cuts me out and hangs me like a star
Track Name: Untitled
I see my baby going through the motion, an act of her devotion
But I cant hold her like she wants me to
I kiss her at the station in her wayward hesitation
She battened down my sweeter vein
The pain she never meant to put me through
But love is love and blue is blue

In the morning when I'm waking, I can feel my body shaking
The holy ghost is overthrown
The sun goes down and darker days ensue
And no its not enough for me, and offer coming up you see
I like to keep my body free
and only in her loving arms it true

But love is love and blue is blue
And never will they ever help the other one through
If you can't love me hold me while I sleep

I see my baby floating on the ocean, on a western locomotion
Cause I can't hold her like she wants me to
I kissed her at the station in a wave of desperation
And she battened down my sweeter vein
The pain she never meant to put me through
Track Name: Flew the Coop
My pain is shakin' all the leaves down
The trees turn all my dreams brown even when I'm on the swoon
My head is strung up in the rafters
Filled with bullets from the laughter me and my lover grew

Before I go I will not let a tear down
So don't let one down for me now
You will be with me soon
My life has been a game of waitin'
And now I'm anticipatin'
To dance with you like we were never doomed

And there's god and time the revelator
And it makes it hard to hate her
and the morning shakes me new
At night I try to keep the light on
Come the day I keep the fight on
And to burn what doesn't matter when we're through

I'm pretty sure my blood has been a thinnin'
From the bread that I'm not winnin'
And the days I flew the coop
Worry thoughts I've tried to be a mendin'
'Cause the days that Ive been bendin'
Won't fit into my spoon
One day I swear I'll long to have a daughter
And not fill my lungs with water
Or buy another life
The river home is always gettin' longer
And my rope is gettin' stronger
And I never though that I would need a knife
Track Name: Sweet Kings County Flowers
Sweet King County flowers hidden in the beams
On the bridge you'd sleep tonight but never go to seed
Sweet King County flowers pay no others mind
The waters clean more than you've seen
But you'll be back on the other side

Sweet King County flowers go before you stay
I'd plant you in my summer skin
But then I couldn't live any other way
Sweet King County flowers and come the day you're gone
I'll never water the stronger hours
So the days don't seem so long
Track Name: Cut Me Dry
Puttin' on my blue jeans, takin' in the last day
Hoppin' on the good foot, leaving on the last train
I am in the hallway, keep it on a namesake
Open all the windows, the sun's a gun for lazy days

I can't take another bore, I plead to keep my open doors
I would never say that you are not somethings I've seen before
My shirt is clean, my shoes are tied, its not what I meant to say
Grab a drink and run outside, all my friends are on their way

Cut me dry, it doesn't mean that I can't have it all
Even in my head I know that I could never be alone at all

Cut it down we came to say, the sugars sweeter than the pay
Cause even if we had it all we couldn't find a better way
Have a bottle with me now, nothing like it was before
How we are we never stay, leave your body by the door
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Track Name: Pumpkin & Pumpernickel
Pumpkin and pumpernickel for your dining pleasure
Processed chicken noodle soup when you're feeling under the weather
And the things I like to bring you probably never make it better
But I'm going to do it anyway

I'll put the kettle on the fire if it puts a smile on your face
Say that I'm a failure and you say “you know that's not the case”
You know I'd try to save you even though I know its not my place
But I had to do it anyway, you know that there's no other way
it's just that kind of day

Smoke billows from the chimney on the cottage
In the middle of the place that we would stay
I know you got a fever and you can't get out of bed
And so I'd thought I'd write a warm refrain, it goes:

Pumpkin and pumpernickel for your dining pleasure
Processed chicken noodle soup when you're feeling under the weather
And the things I like to bring you probably never make it better
But I'm going to do it anyway
You know that there's no other way
It's just that kind of day
Track Name: Loaded Gun
A record collection with a record player
A Thunderbird and a corner store tailor
A bar downtown that never gets boring
A spot for breakfast on Sunday morning

A fire to sit by in the stormy weather
A few works of art that we bought together
A piano for Keefer when he comes to visit
That Ain't much to as baby now is it?

One more thing love just for fun
I keep a bottle of whiskey and a loaded gun
Just in case we grow tired of this
Build a whole new life with whatever we wish

A two car garage with a basement bar
For smoking my pipe and parkin' our cars
Campaign election for a local mayor
Selling peach pie at the country fair

Two darlin' kids, a son and a daughter
A summer house down by the water
A back yard garden with a croquet set
For a peace of mind we ain't quite found yet

Flat in the city, see the city lights
We make enough money to live the high life
Together so long we don't know what is true
I screw around but so do you

We got our clubs and we got our bars
And I fuck models and you fuck stars
But we stick together every couple of hours
Go skiing together never leaving Trump Tower
Track Name: High Line Resurrection Blues in E Major
If the sheets were clean we would never go
Let me on your better side, you can sip the bottle slow
If the sheets were clean we would never now
Let me on your mother's house
Get the lovers to kiss the thrown

I walk McKibben late and never would you find me doing well
I've been sleeping on a bed of stones
You pretend that you could never tell
My back is never straight and there's no water in the wishing well
Take a dream and burn it clean
Make it seem as though I never fell

I wish I saw you in the morning
Oh and never in the afternoon
But you're much to proud that you bought you life on Eden Street
Cause you're such a bore and you can't hide it with a silver spoon

If it's in the sheets its hard to find a lover in the folds
I've been dippin' through the High Line beams
I doesn't matter what the city holds
And it seems to me you always put my back against the wall
But I am in a darker light, I keep the colors of my night on call

I wish I saw you in the morning
And I pray that you don't leave soon
But that things that have now come and gone
You keep to make your army strong
But you're such a drag and you can't hide it with a silver spoon
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Another night I hang my head and pray the city isn't dead
We're only here for stories we don't need
And I'm not one to call us out, to say that's what we're all about
But I'd lose sleep to say that I didn't see

Bottles buried in the yard from kids that think they're getting hard
By burning books and racing in the streets
The city dolls up in a masquerade
and you won't see til your cards are played
But I will never let them take the best of me

I'm still young, but all my dreams sing to me in a foreign tongue
It's much too late to keep it straight
My better days have all been feigned
The sun goes down and then I'm on the run

Another day I stayed in bed, there's bullets shaking in my head
My soul's another mouth that I can feed
Downtown stalemate promenade
Where the rich are born and the lovers fade
And its not how it always was but now its how its gonna be

Bottles hang like weather vanes
The kids are catching westbound trains
And hang sweet nothings on the wall of days that came undone
Who to call when you can't be saved
When the sky goes out and the lights are paved
And everything you ever sing will never been unsung