Queen City Quandaries

by Old Empire

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released April 14, 2009

Produced and Mixed by Dave Feeny and Gabe Dodson
Engineered by Dave Feeny and Erik Maluchnik
Mastered by Dave Feeny
All of the above took place at The Tempermill, Ferndale MI

Performed by:
Gabe Dodson - Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Alexis Dodson - Vocals
Bill Ciesliga - Guitar, Trap Kit, Keys, Vocals
Chela Weber - Vocals
Jamiel Dado - Bass

All songs written by Gabe Dodson ©2008
(Bleary-Eyed Songs, ASCAP)

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Track Name: Track & Field
Here you come now bringing rain,
And there's storm clouds filling with omens where your eyes should be.
And you've got me running in circles just trying to make you pleased.
And I'll jump how high you tell me
If you tell me how you know which way to go
'Cause I'm no good at track and field.

Can you tell me how you know
That there's dark days on the horizon for everyone but you?
You got me running in circles just wondering what to do.
And I'll undress the night sky for you
If you tell me how you know which way to go
'Cause I'm no good at track and field.

Can you tell me how you know which way to go?
'Cause I'm no good at track and field.

Have you ever seen a dawn
That didn't light up a score to settle with somebody new?
You're bringing everyone down now with your latest coup,
And I'll still jump how high you tell me.
You've been clocking me lately,
But I don't do time trials.
I'm no good at track and field.
Track Name: Sweaterdress
You came to me that night in a sweaterdress.
I was wrong at first but you let me take another guess
At what was being hidden underneath,
And you looked at me with bleary eyes in my room.
You just won't let me get next to you.
You just won't let me.
You just won't let me get next to you.
You just won't let me.

You're like a cougar that's lost one tooth.
You're like an omen that never comes through,
At least not most of the time,
And you always like to be outside on a new moon.
You just won't let me get next to you.
You just won't let me.
You just won't let me get next to you.
You just won't let me.

I heard you were drinking alone at the bar re-invoking all of your ghosts,
But it's not your style to take it that far
'Cause you're just not that kind of girl,
Not one to ever show her hand to the world.
You know that's just not you.

I was there last night when you bummed a cigarette.
You were talking to someone you just had met,
And wouldn't have to know for very long.
And you drowned him in your big brown eyes on your new moon.
They line up just to get next to you.
They stand in line now.
I know there's no getting next to you.
It don't take no Einstein
To see you're just not that kind of girl,
Not one to ever show her hand to the world.
No, you're just not that kind of girl.
You know that's just not you.
Track Name: Empty Promises
From work to playtime all in a day's time was your promise to me,
But I've worked for hours, hours and hours since your aura left.
And I've forgiven you more than once for all your previous engagements
Of devious arrangement.

I am tired of being the one without a single shred of human decency.
I am tired of being the one without a single shred of human decency.

All of my time spent on high crimes filled with an empty promise,
And all I know is all you left me
At all those unattended lessons that you gave me.
And I had a three scotch lunch again.

All of your empty promises, they won't be filled tonight.
All of your empty promises, they won't be filled tonight or ever.

I wear white shoes after labor day, and I've got a white belt, too.
I wear white shoes after labor day, and I've got a white belt, too,
Just like you.

All of your empty promises, they won't be filled tonight.
All of your empty promises, they won't be filled tonight or ever.
Track Name: Sea Captain
I'd rather be fishing instead of sitting here wishing.
Wishing you would say to me,
"Give it all up and be a captain at sea."

I thought I'd'a cared when I heard the DJ swearing.
Now, that don't mean shit to me.
Words are words when they're drowned out at sea.

I wanna be your sea captain.
I wanna be your sea captain.
I wanna be your sea captain.

I've spent all night staring at that dress you've been wearing,
And if it all comes down to this,
I'll give it all up if you give me a kiss.

I wanna be your sea captain.
I wanna be your sea captain.
I wanna be your sea captain.
Track Name: Queen City
I've been around enough to know that I can't go back to New Mexico.
And I've never been across the Ohio.
I'm going up to Queen City.
I wonder when it snows.

I'm going up now.
Queen City
I'm gonna make my mark.
Queen City

I would've stayed in Memphis, but I live in my mind.
I would've stayed here tonight, but that's wasting our time.
And I don't know what you mean
When you say I'm ballast free.
I'm going up to Queen City.
Please release me.

I'm going up now.
Queen City
I'm gonna make my mark.
Queen City
Track Name: Free Advice
In a tower of golden ice, there sits a maiden with the wading-pool eyes,
And the burden of a throne of flies leaves her lonesome.

Living life on the edge of a knife and any other clichés that apply
'Cause you can never get sand in your eyes in a rainstorm

The giver of free advice, she don't work on a Saturday night.
And I don't wanna have to ask you twice to get out of here.

I think I lost my innocence again.
I think I lost my innocence again.
I think I lost my innocence again.
I think I lost my innocence, but this time I mind.

The giver of free advice, she don't work on a Saturday night.
And I don't wanna have to ask you twice to get out of here.

Billionaire boys and blonde shell-bombs
Leisure suits on peeping toms
Most of my dreams seem to always get met,
But I've still got one regret and that's...
The giver of free advice, she don't work on a Saturday night.
And I don't wanna have to tell you twice to get out of here.
Track Name: Broken Line
I find life in a broken line is all I've ever know,
And all I thought my life could be.
Given time, chances are you'll find that world's all full of walls most of us aren't meant to see.

I hurt myself again
In different way than I did yesterday.
I hurt myself again.

When I'm in a bind, I spend my time in a broken line that you can't see.
If I take a dive, will you let me strive to live my life like I'm on TV?

I hurt myself again
In different way than I did yesterday.
I hurt myself again.

I just wanna live a life that's already been led.
I just wanna live a life that's not inside my head.
Track Name: Lonely Girl
These tears can cry me a river but they can't build a boat to float away on.
'Cause fighting the good fight won't keep me warm at night.
I'm just a lonely girl in love.

I'd never give up my independence,
And I know you'd never pin me down against my will.
'Cause you're the kind of guy that puts pie in the sky.
I'm just a lonely girl in love.

If you knew the shit that I've been going through,
I'm sure you'd bring these feelings to a head.
'Cause busting at the seams sums up my scene.
I'm just a lonely girl in love, oh yeah.
I'm just a lonely girl in love.
Track Name: Hazy Sunshine
I gotta get up. I gotta go out. I gotta get up and ride
To California, the hazy sunshine, c'mon and be my light.
Catch the bullet or hope the grey dog. It don't matter tonight.
Black Gold, Benson and Hedges.

Hazy Sunshine, c'mon and be mine.
My hazy sunshine, c'mon and be mine.

Now I'm out there in Nebraska where the grass grows so high.
I met a woman. I spent some time there. Now it's my time to fly.
Now I'm out there, out in Reno. Aw shit, these lights make me high.
Old Crow and Lucky Strikes.

Hazy Sunshine, c'mon and be mine.
My hazy sunshine, c'mon and be mine

I gotta get up. I gotta go out. I gotta get up and ride
To California, the hazy sunshine, c'mon and be my light.
Catch the bullet or hope the grey dog. It don't matter tonight.
Old Crow and Lucky Strikes.

Hazy Sunshine, c'mon and be mine.
My hazy sunshine, c'mon and be mine.
Track Name: Reflection
When you've lived your whole life on the line,
Do you have what it takes to leave your past behind?
Would you have the courage to take the first step if I told you
What I learned along the way?

Do not seek your reflection in the eyes of another.
Do not seek your reflection in the eyes of another.

The young man looks within to find that he has sinned.
No, he never killed or stole. He didn't love himself.
He wakes to find his dreams all came from TV and magazines.
All of his desires had been sung by someone else.

Do not seek your reflection in the eyes of another.
Do not seek your reflection in the eyes of another
The image that you see, it won't ever set you free.
The image that you see, it won't ever, it can't ever set you free.

The woman gives her man all the love she can,
But she doesn't understand why it won't return.
She sits and thinks, alone, about all that she done wrong,
But the love you give may not be the love you earned.