Everybody Wins

by Cobalt & the Hired Guns

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released June 12, 2012

Produced by Sean O'Keefe and Cobalt & the Hired Guns
Recorded and Mixed By Sean O'Keefe @ Waterdog Studios
Mastered by Dominick Maita @ Airshow Mastering

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Cobalt & the Hired Guns Chicago, Illinois

A dynamo three to ten-piece from Chi sings Punky Americana w/ horns. Think The Hold Steady, the E Street Band, Fratellis, Frightened Rabbit, and “Wilco on Xanax covering The Clash.” A wise blogger once said, “Cobalt & the Hired Guns are a great live band and, for lack of a better word, their shows are simply fun. It is nice to a see a band that actually enjoys themselves on stage." (BKLYN Rocks) ... more

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Track Name: Like You Like Me Like Me
I like you. You know it.
But you make those same eyes at boys that you don’t like

And when you say you like me is it like you like me like me
Or is it like you like me like a friend
Yeah when you say you like me is it like you like me like me
Or is it like you like me like a friend

I’m ready. I’m ready. I’m ready and I want to dance.
I’m ready. I’m ready. You serve me up a second glance.
I’m ready so hold steady to this wall you’ve got me pinned against.

And when you say you like me is it like you like me like me
Or is it like you like me like a friend?
‘Cause you’ve got this crushing crush for crushing bodies touching tongues
Ditch your crutches and you cuff me to the bed

Confess it. Confess it, you barely even know my name.
Confess it. Impressive, you kiss me like a sinning saint.

And when you say you like me is it like you like me like me
Or is it like you like me like a friend
Yeah when you say you like me is it like you like me like me
Or is it like you like me like a friend

A secret you keep makes you weak in the knees
Bit my lip till it bleeds, but keep it concrete.
Track Name: Leaving
We spent the summer needing less and leaving
it started in June
I withdrew to my fortress of boring boys you knew
Am I worth it?
Can you choose?

Oh August, the instance bears repeating
‘I need this’ I said
and left you waiting
my empty room, my shoes
remind you I’m coming back
I’ll be coming home to you

If you cry then I feel like I won’t cry (I don’t wanna cry)
But I’m feeling so supported
I’m leaving
I’m leaving I mean it
We rarely talked about this

You showed me in fury
In rushed cartoons and played out attitudes
You let me in, you like me around
Well I’ll be around
but I’m out on tour
not giving you more

If you cry then I feel like I won’t cry (I don’t wanna cry)
But I’m feeling so supported
I’m leaving
I’m leaving I mean it
We rarely talked about this

So we come the end of summer
Time to learn, to lose, to let go
And I know
This thing is new, but we’ll make it through
You know me
You hear me
On pages together like our love in my bedroom
I can lie through this with you

If you cry then I feel like I won’t cry (I don’t wanna cry)
But I’m feeling so supported at the airport
I’m leaving
I’m leaving I mean it
We rarely talked about this

So goodbye now...
Track Name: You Left Your Sweater...
Well she’s headed from Cheyenne to Maine
and she’s only in Chicago for a day
So I’m gonna make the most of playing host
I’ve always got tomorrow to cry.

I offer a shower and wine
She says, “I’m good like this, cold beer would be fine.
Take me as you have me, ‘cause baby you can’t keep me.
I have to be leaving by nine.”

You and I both know why you came here
A gamble we both sought to lose
You and I we both paid that dealer to
Trade in our riches on some blues

I say babe your invitation still stands
She says you’re as good at hosting as you are with your hands
Yeah well, you’re my favorite guest
Your feet your hips your legs your chest and
your lips are for kissing not goodbye.

You and I both know why you came here
A gamble we both sought to lose
You and I we both paid that dealer to
Trade in our riches on some blues

I get her early to the train
‘cause hates to drive and the smell of a plane
I give her a tape, and a letter that starts with her name
and say call me when you get there, call me when you get there,
call me when you get back to Maine.
Track Name: Slow Down
Slow down wait a minute longer
with the sun down walking in the water
Slow down. Slow Down.
Meet me down by the river
where the weeds grow taller than a porcupine
Slow down. Slow down.

Follow me. It’s alright.
Follow me. Till the end of the night.

Wish I could be there right when it started.
Be there, be a big part of it. Be there.
Are you crazy? Tryin’ act ol’ fashoined
Are you crazy? You act a bit irrational
Crazy...

Follow me. It’s alright.
Follow me. Till the end of the night.
Track Name: Of Summer
I took the train when it was light to where the river ends
I had my thinking done I had some hope and missing friends
I’d been walking just for walking when set coldness turned from talking

I never knew this cold, cold city would come bearing down
While I was trapped in sweetly tricky smiling summer ground
I had my head up in the clouds I had my head up in the clouds
Thought, ‘I’m a grownup now, wish June would show up now’

Take me, take me where I am
Take me, make this cold my friend
Be there, right where I left it
Be there, I’m frozen and ready

I left behind a city washed in white and wasting time
I never knew that little June would be a friend of mine
That’s when I met you, that’s when I met you
Wish we could feel air like we’re near there

Take me, take me where I am
Take me, make this cold my friend
Be there, right where I left it
Be there, I’m frozen and ready

And I don’t need this train to take me where I’m feeling fine
It’s February and I smile when the sunlight shines
A few more months and we’ll be back like we are starting over
It gets much hotter when the water comes and rushes over

Take me, take me where I am
Take me, make this cold my friend
Be there, right where I left it
Be there, I’m frozen and ready

Take me, it’s cold where I’m standing
Take me, I thought this was ending
Be there, DA DA DA DA DA
Be there, I just miss the summer!
Track Name: Ghost of the Road
She’s in love with a ghost, swallowed by the road
Like a ship lost at sea, he never comes home
The ghost packs his clothes, leaves shoes on the floor
Lightly kisses her cheek, and deadbolts the door

Vacation resorts all over the world
But he wears all black, never steps out the door
The pool’s always closed when he heads to bed
With an early call where they’ll work him to death.

She, she, she don’t put him out
She, she is left playing both parts
They count themselves blessed, it’s more than luck they know
True love is the shepherd of the ghost, the ghost of the road

A place left at meals, one side of the bed
In love with a memory, like paying respects
He haunts hotel bars but goes back alone
And he talks to his son, “Dad when you comin’ home?”

She, she, she don’t put him out
She, she is left playing both parts
They count themselves blessed, it’s more than luck they know
True love is the shepherd of the ghost, the ghost of the road

He watches his friends dropping like flies
Sucked up by the road losing daughters and wives
He kisses the sand and cradles his son
To an empty sky prays his travels are done
Track Name: Blue and White
She left two years ago today, 1948
World we’re livin’ in
She left banners with her name
Poetry and games, the world she’s livin’ in
Mikael Tikun Olam Vaed
May the colors bring you fame before all’s said and done

Don’t you know we’re strong. I knew it all along.

Please don’t, don’t tell my secrets. Don’t whisper in the phone.
Please don’t, don’t go on believing
You left me. You’re never gone for long.

Blue and White painted on her face, slight shuffle to her gate, her sandals tucked away
North command, 10 days in Galilee, subtle, soft and sweet
I’ll see you in two weeks!

Don’t you know we’re strong. We knew it all along.

Please don’t, don’t tell my secrets. Don’t whisper in the phone.
Please don’t, don’t go on believing, you left me
You’re never gone for long.

Blazing sun down upon her face
Aviator glasses set in place, cigarettes in hand
Steel toed boots, laced up to her thighs
Brown uniform with no disguise, the world she’s going to

Please don’t, don’t tell my secrets. Don’t whisper in the phone.
Please don’t, don’t go on believing, you left me
You’re never gone for long.

Try to stay, tried to stay. Tried to stay and I tried to say:
Tel Aviv’s 10 miles away, thank you please protect the 48
Track Name: Lazarus
I’m up to my old tricks again
Self deception not the least of them
And calling to the lord for aid
Is echos in an empty cave
Find myself lost before a frost

Please Please let me Let me be your Lazarus
Please provide some guiding light. I’ll earn the right.

I fear I am what I fear worst
Damned to be a dam that burst
And failing you I fail us both
I’ve broken what I treasure most
and I believe I am deceived

World of wafers seas of wine
but what I seek I cannot find
With a woman more than I deserve
I try to see her love is justly earned
A steadfast heart to play my part
Track Name: Tailgunner of the Flying Fortress
Filipo you gotta hold the gates
I’ve come half around the world with a promise to fulfill
It’s pouring and the hour is growing late
The sun behind the hill less than two hours to kill
So help me weave my way among these stones
I’ve got family to see I’d rather not be alone
I printed out his picture for his grave
They all said growin’ up they could see him in my face

Tailgunner of the Flying Fortress
I’ll pay my respects when I’m first in Florence
I’ll bring your banners to wave, we’ll pour wine on top of your grave
Tailgunner, it’s me that you saved

I carried here his last letters home,
sent 3 days before he flew he was younger than my son
This moment seems the slightest bit surreal
There isn’t much to say I’m not quite sure how to feel
A bugle in the distance calls out taps
and Filipo he turns asks me to fold the flag
And bidding all you brave young men adieu
Let your dreams live in me, I swear I’ll see them through

Tailgunner of the Flying Fortress
I’ll pay my respects when I’m first in Florence
I’ll bring your banners to wave, we’ll pour wine on top of your grave
Tailgunner, it’s me that you saved
Track Name: Last August
I remember last August- you were wearing that dress your mother says is too tight
I think it fits fine, so she’s probably right.
I had the moonshine and you had the rye, chasing the dawn we tried to rub smiles
If you’d known a creek or I’d known a stream
we’d have slipped into our skins and tried to come clean
In Nashville. Just outside of Nashville. Last August. Last August.

Now in Boston- I’m pretty sure you planned to surprise me.
Well it worked like a charm- yeah you were surprising.
You were wearing your makeup but biting my style, striking a pose that held nothing to hide.
It’s not batting your lashes, you swing for the fences,
you were hitting a thousand it was almost offensive
In Boston. Just outside of Boston. Last August. Last August

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Don’t you love my lies?
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Don’t apologize.

Remember the District? We made out like bandits.
Not that kind of made-out. You know what I’m talking about.
We packed that attic, they were calling your name,
they wanted an encore and pushed you back to the stage
We filled up that basement, drunken and sweaty,
it started raining things got kinda heavy.
In DC. Right there in the District. Last August. Last August.

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Don’t you love my lies?
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Don’t apologize.
Track Name: (Prelude)
We were through with this relationship when you said 'fuck this boy or be my friend'
so if you really mean it...
You chose the end to go on without a friend
Yeah you chose the end to go on without me as a friend
here I stand, here I stand:
A future former, pissed off, sad best friend
Track Name: The Argument
In my honest opinion
It’s fucked that you kept this from me
Things I needed to know
So our friendship could grow
But no…

Your words suggest the argument
Your words suggest the argument
You drew a line, you picked a side
Your words suggest the argument

Then you come at me
Heart, head, and fury
Entitled to tell me why I’m weak
The monster inside me
And why I have to leave

Your words suggest the argument
Your words suggest the argument
You drew a line, you picked a side
Your words suggest the argument

I tried, I tried to let you in
But I’m met with more aggression
Cuz only you can win
And I’m left in baited indecision
I don’t know what you want
But only you can win
Track Name: Oregon, I Know
Show me show me show me show me
How you love to love to love to love me
Then you beg me beg me beg me baby
how you tempt me tempt me make me crazy

Oregon, Oregon I know
Oregon, Oregon I know

Keep your river keep your sea
Keep your heart closed off to me
and I wear my conscience like a shield
and by the distance I am healed

Oregon, Oregon I know
Oregon, Oregon I know

Let me let me let me show you
How I’ve grown I’ve grown to love you
How I, how I came to know this one truth:
I will always defend you