The Double Single

by Cobalt & the Hired Guns

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What's better than a new single? A Double Single. We couldn't decide on one so we put 'em both out. Released the year after our first EP to promote new songs.


released May 24, 2009

Produced by Jeff Piper and Cobalt & the Hired Guns
Engineered, Recorded, and Mixed by Jeff Piper
at Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL



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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: 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 payed 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 legs your hips your chest and
your lips are for kissing not goodbye.

I get her early to the train
‘cause she 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: 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’

(Chorus) 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


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!