Marc Miner – “Smile When You're Wasted”

released: October 23, 2020
(c) & (p) 2020 Between Music

tracklist:
01. Warm Welcome
02. Border Town Bar
03. Easy Street
04. Everything But Modest
05. Whiskey & Weed
06. Sweet Codeine
07. Empty Bottle Blues
08. Strip You Down
09. Nothing Good ‘Bout The Way I Live
10. Over
11. Last Words

music: Marc Miner
lyrics: Marc Miner, except track #7: Justyna Paniec & Marc Miner

(c) 2020 Between Music (AKM/AUME)
except #5: (c) 2019 Between Music

musicians:
Marc Miner – vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica (on track #3)
Martin L.A. Dickinson – drums, background-vocals (on track #5 & #9)
Marcus McMill – bass, background-vocals (except #6 & #7)
Mike Eggard – electric guitar, background-vocals (on track #5, #9)
Dominik Kostal – background-vocals (except #6 & #7), acoustic guitar (on track #5), piano (on track #6), percussion (on track #4), organ (on track #8)
Steve Burdette – Hammond B3 organ (on track #1, #9-11)
Pat Lyons – pedal steel (on track #4 & #7), electric guitar (on track #4), banjo (on track #10)
John Grill – electric guitar (on track #5)
Jimi Dolezal – electric guitar (on track #5)
Jesse Keith – background-vocals (on track #1)

Due to the 2020 corona virus pandemic this record was recorded at several places somewhere between Los Angeles, USA and Vienna, Austria in home-recording-studios by the great guys who contributed their best music performances and recording skills to make this album come to life. Except track #1: lead-vocals, drums, bass and electric guitar recorded by Stefan Wasner at SW Studios (Stockerau, Austria) and track #5 recorded by Dominik Kostal at Werkstatt Studios (Wien, Austria)

All tracks mixed and mastered by Dominik Kostal.

I’m homeward bound, through this one-horse town
After running around tryin’ to hide my frown
You crossed my way on a cold dark day
You just said “Hey, don’t you wanna stay?”

Oh, what a warm welcome, one hell of a smile
Yeah, it’s been such a damn long time
I hope you’ve been doing oh quite fine
You got the hottest welcome smile I’ve seen in a while

Been away for too long, livin’ on my own
Guess I was wrong leavin’ you alone
But oh, my dear, no don’t you fear
For tonight I’m here and I won’t disappear

Chorus

You know they’re tellin’ ya:
True lovers are never apart
Maybe in distance but never in heart
Well, I might promise I’m gonna stay
But I guess it won’t be long and I’ll be up and away
You should know by now

Chorus

You got the hottest smile I’ve seen in a while

Yeah, we’re southbound on the highway to the little border town bar
Tryin’ a honky tonk livin’ but not sure if we ever get this far
So, whatever the pay we spend it right away
‘cause we can’t tell if we ever gonna make this day
But we keep rolling down the highway to the next little border town bar

We’re a little bit late but the show will be fun tonight
We’ll be smokin’, and a-drinkin’ and a-sniffin’ everything in our sight
With a little bit of twang, we all get to bang
So, we never can tell if we gonna go or hang
Still, tomorrow we’ll be rolling to the next little border town bar

We gonna burn this place down
Level it to the ground
Break it down with our sound
Let’s raise hell in this god-forsaken town (woah)
Raise hell, y’all    

The next day we’re still wasted but the bus is ready to go
We try to keep it in lane, so we drive that old vessel quite slow
If the engine will explode, you’ll find us by the road
With a smile and a thumb out asking to be towed
Get on rolling down the highway to a next little border town bar

Chorus

Now, we’re rolling down the highway to the next little border town bar
Man, we’re rolling down the highway to the next little border town bar
Yeah, we’re rolling down the highway to the next little border town bar

I’m hardly working all day
But still I’m so fuckin’ tired
If it were my way, I’d earn my god-damn pay
Just by getting fired

No, I won’t be lying
I got no special skills
I won’t be denying, I was never trying
To pay my bills

Now that the whole world got shot down
I get my ass up and paint the town
I’m back on my feet from life’s defeat
Yeah, I live on easy street

I take a walk on easy street
And get my thrills on easy street
I go back home on easy street
Yeah, I get high on easy street

No, I ain’t got no concern
Someone’s gonna pay my debts
Yeah, it’s my turn, I get what I earn
And I got no regrets

And while you’re full of fear
I just feel like wow
As long as I got beer, I won’t shed a tear
I live in the now

Chorus 

I get high on easy street
I get high on easy street
I get high on easy street 

I spike my coffee every morning
And I hide those little bottles
Cause when everyone’s damn boring
Someone needs to be a role model

So, I’ve never been polite
No matter how hard I try
Every time I get over a fight
Someone else starts to cry

So, let’s be honest
I’m everything but modest

So, I fix me a strong one
And I take what belongs to me
Then I down a tall one
And get dirty and mean
When I smoke a fat one
I get slowly unholy
Yeah, let’s be honest
I’m everything but modest

I take a hand full of pills
Just to make it through the day
Somehow, they give me magic skills
To push my troubles away

I strike a pose when I need to
Though I like to act naturally
But every time I try to be true
I owe the world an apology

So, let’s be honest
I’m everything but modest 

Chorus

Yeah, let’s be honest
I’m everything but modest

Whiskey & Weed
Got the devil in me
I swore of my ol’ creed
For the promise to be free

Before I’ve done my time I lived an easy way of life
Drove 60 miles to Mary-Jane to through pebbles at her windows
To take her to some strangers where we could feel alive
And drink with Jack at that little barn out therein the meadows
We stomped our feet when Hank III was blastin’ out the radio
And by and by we all got stoned till the moon got low
We had a ball, yeah even though things got out of control
But that’s the way we celebrated ol’ rock n roll

Whiskey & Weed
Got the devil in me
I swore of my ol’ creed
For the promise to be free
Here’s to Whiskey & Weed
They got the devil in me
Here’s to Whiskey & Weed
Here’s to Whiskey & Weed

By the end of summer we had to say farewell
And since that time I staggerd ‘round driven by the beast
Got my ass in trouble, went all my way through hell
But also had my highs and laughs at the devil’s feast
Many times I told that evil spirit to dig a ditch
I tried to run, I tried to fight that ol’ son of a bitch
And I must admit I had a ball till I lost control
But that’s the way I celebrate that ol’ rock n roll

Chorus

Chorus

So, I watch the stars slowly passing by
They look so pretty on sweet codeine
All I can think of is your last kiss goodbye
It tasted so well on sweet codeine

I’m a sucker for your sweetened purple lips
Put your tongue down my raspy throat
Girl, give me more of these magic trips
Let me float away in a boat
I hope for the winds to bring me home

Hold me my girl ‘cause I can’t stand on my own
It’s all because of you sweet codeine
Thought I’m better off, when I stay all alone
You proved me wrong sweet codeine

Chorus

I’m driftin’ into the unknown
Thanks to you sweet codeine
Thanks, sweet codeine

Remember how we laughed
We laughed until we cried
Remember how we danced
Until the morning light
We didn’t care the next day
We just kept going on

Remember how we drank
We drank until we fell
We cared for nothing
We were under a spell
We took all our worries
And laid them into grave

We used to have the empty bottle blues
And celebrated the everyday abuse
Of every god-damn booze
Yeah, that’s the way we kept our heads out of the noose

We were a bunch of people
Partyin’ all night long
We had a lot of fun
Singin’ good old songs
We didn’t mind the headache
Someday it will be gone

Chorus

Out of the blurred neon light I spotted you
Your skeleton tattoo and your pretty face too
I know, you know how to act and girl you do
I wanna crush you out of your date and start something new

I found the rarest of treasures at the darkest place
And in a minute, I might fall from grace
But I have to dare and try ‘cause I got no time to die
Sittin’ here alone till I’m dust and bone

So, listen closely what I say
I try my best so don’t push me away

Yeah, I promise I can take you on one hell of a ride
On your mind or if you want on the countryside
And if that’s not a damn-hot pick-up line
Then we should have one more glass of wine
And I’ll listen tryna strip you down to your soul
And I’ll listen tryna strip you down to your soul

I’d take you on a trip in my pick-up truck
Driving dusty back roads till we get stuck
And the moment we’ll notice we ain’t got a buck
Girl we won’t be struck that we’re running out of luck

Cause we’ll be breaking the law just to get through
And we’ll never get busted cause we know what we do
Our lives will be much better, and if not, it won’t matter
Cause girl you turn me on, I wanna love you till dawn 

Yeah, we’d lie and hold so closely
I can imagine you taste so lovely

Chorus 

Yeah, I’ll listen tryna strip you down to your soul

Got no Cadillac, no old-time Buick
I got a name, but not much to it
Since my girlfriend has sent me to hell
I sleep in a dirty shabby old motel

My poor lovin’ mum cries every time we meet
Givin’ me money to get back on my feet
While my old man won’t greet me on the street
He’s done with my mistakes on repeat

Cause I’m a loser, a heavy drug abuser
I’m a scum who always come undone
I lost grasp of wrong and right
Yeah, I got to struggle and fight
No way I’ll be alright

There’s nothing good ‘bout the way I live
There’s nothing good ‘bout the way I live
There’s nothing good ‘bout the way I live
There’s nothing good ‘bout the way I live

Fading flowers on my window sill
Like me they’re screaming for the needed re-fill
Man, I gotta get outta here
Just to get my heavy head clear

Though I know I’ll end up with a drink
I’ll mingle and won’t sleep a wink
If I’m lucky, I’ll throw up in a sink
Hell, now that I’m here there’s no reason to re-think

Cause I’m a loser, a heavy drug abuser
I’m a scum who always come undone
I lost grasp of wrong and right
Yeah, I got to struggle and fight
No way I’ll be alright

Chorus

Still got liquor in my jar
So, I won’t leave this bar
Even though you tell me that I should go

Though this place is hell-ward bound
I just love hanging ‘round
And to banter with you the whole night through

I’ll wait till your shift is over
I’m sure I still won’t be sober
Then I’ll ask you to come home with me
And you’ll just say: “Let it be”

Girl, you know how to flirt
Keepin’ men ‘tween love and hurt
Your words are killing me, but it’s alright

Cause I’ll wait till the night is over
I’m gonna prove to you I ain’t no soaker
Then I’ll ask you: “How do you do?”
And you’ll just say: “Screw you”

One day I’ll be a big rock star
And get my liquor in my own damn bar
No one will know who the fuck you are
Oh, how bizarre

I’m not good in goodbyes
But hey, I’ll try my best
It ain’t much of a big surprise
Even I’ll have to rest in peace

But no, don’t you worry
I don’t plan to go too soon
I’m not in a hurry
At least not while this tune will last

So, whenever it’s time for my final breath
Don’t hope for much wisdom in my death

Cause…
Last words ain’t my style
Cause all that really counts
Is a good-bye with a smile
When you walk the last mile
So, when it’s time to go
I just want you to know
That I got no regrets
And no need for last words

You see, words are no good
Can even do some harm
Before I get misunderstood
I’d rather take you in my arm, my girl

As long as I’m around
I’ll enjoy every moment here
Living free and unbound
Every day, week and year of life

So, whenever it’s time for my final breath
Don’t hope for much wisdom in my death

Cause…
Chorus

Alright, thank you!
See ya next time!

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