Car Crash

by Brian Andrew Marek

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about

Four years is, admittedly, a long time to piece together a 13 track, 45 minute album. But when I laid down the first of these tracks ("Back from Prison") in September of 2009, I had no grand scheme in mind - I was just casually laying down a bit of greasy rock 'n' roll that had no place in the Vertigo Swirl universe.

As the stockpile of songs grew larger, however, I started to take the idea of a sequel to Utopian Flying Machines more seriously. For some time I was taken by the idea of a double album entitled Nag Champa (the title track was an instrumental that I never got around to recording), but sanity prevailed in the end and a mountain of outtakes was tossed aside to produce a more tightly focused set.

So, dear listener, I am proud to present twelve new(ish) BaM compositions (four co-written with the talented lyricist who just happens to be my wife) and one Walt Winston cover, performed by meself and a couple of the usual suspects. Enjoy!

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released October 21, 2013

Kate Marek - harmony vocals on Such Savagery, Guerrilla War, Man of the Year & You Turn the Tables
"Manik" Myk Thompson - additional guitar on Car Crash & You Turn the Tables, backing vocals on Happy at Home
all other instrumental & vocal performances by Brian Andrew Marek
produced & engineered by Brian Andrew Marek in the Bargain Basement September 2009 - October 2013

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Brian Andrew Marek St Louis, Missouri

Brian Andrew Marek has been playing and singing his way in and out of a variety of bands (including Angus Tweed, Not Actual Size, Lemonade, Popcorn, Rocket Park, Bargain Basement and The Vertigo Swirl) for over 25 years and has, in recent years, carved out a low-key, low-fidelity niche with his Bargain Basement recording studio and Rubberstamp Records label. ... more

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Track Name: Car Crash
you sent a letter to me
to get the better of me
and it cut like broken glass
you sent a flower to me
to prove your power to me
and it smelled of burning gas

you're no fun for anyone
you're a car crash

you sent a message to me
to make a mess out of me
and it landed like a slap
you sent smoke signals to me
to lure me out of my tree
and it was a baited trap

you're no fun for anyone
you're a car crash
Track Name: Back from Prison
there's no mashed potatoes, ain't no gravy on the plate
ain't had a bite in days and still you make me wait
there's no greasy chicken, ain't no cole slaw on the side
just your cold shoulder leaving me unsatisfied

hard to believe I've been looking forward to this all day
I just got back from prison
now honey, what you got to say

there's no ice cream sundae with the cherry on the top
before I get to start you're telling me to stop
there's no milk and honey, ain't no sugar in my tea
there's just no sweetness for a man as sour as me

well, I'm hurtin' in the heart and hurtin' in the head
sleep ain't a-comin' in this all too silent bed
I don't need confetti or a hero's welcome home
I just wish that you'd make me feel less alone
Track Name: Can't Get Away
maybe I'd feel a bit less lonely
if I could see all my old cronies
but not today 'cos I tried and I can't get away
I'd feel less cold beneath the covers
if I could see all my old lovers
but not today 'cos I tried and I can't get away

can't move forward, can't look back
can't turn left or right
no desires, no designs
no relief in sight

maybe I'd find life more appealing
if I could get back that old feeling
but not today 'cos I tried and I can't get away
maybe I'd find life more exciting
if I could spend less of it fighting
but not today 'cos I tried and I can't get away

can't move forward, can't look back
can't turn left or right
no desires, no designs
no relief in sight

maybe my life's mine for the taking
I want the sleep that knows no waking
but not today 'cos I tried and I can't get away
Track Name: Such Savagery
savagery, you don't know what it means to me
you don't know what it means to be nice to me
such savagery

once again, you don't know how to be a friend
and I suspect that you intend us to end
such savagery

falling down, I'm always falling down
I'm always found on the floor
crawling 'round, I'm always crawling 'round
I'm always found wanting more

savagery, you gave away the best for free
but saved a lot of misery just for me
such savagery

savagery, you're going to be the death of me
you'll always be the maitre d' of my ennui
such savagery
Track Name: Guerrilla War
When you spoke up I was surprised
even though it was a long time in your eyes.
Your campaign promised paradise
made up of a thousand different pretty lies.

Don’t know how you snuck up on me
The ambushes are now routine
Your love is nothing but guerrilla war.

You never had to fire a shot,
Annexed my anatomy by fiendish plot.
You kept me drunk with all your talk,
My head spun before it hit the chopping block.

It’s always sneaking up on me
The ambushes are now routine
Your love is nothing but guerrilla war.

Today you echoed through my mind again
You can imagine my surprise
To find that you’re a retroactive sin
and that I wish you still were mine.

I thought that I’d been purified,
Counted days and months without you by my side.
But still you occupy my mind
and I’m caught again behind enemy lines.

You’re always sneaking up on me
The ambushes are now routine
Your love is nothing but guerrilla war.
Track Name: Happy at Home
I used to be a specialist
in inadvertent hurt
subject to the passing whims
of every passing skirt
I'd eat my home-cooked dinner
just to go out for dessert
now I'm happy at home

I used to get so restless
that I'd have to disappear
surface in some dive
for conversation and a beer
untroubled by the thought
of leaving 'til last call was near
now I'm happy at home
Track Name: Saturday Sunshine
Saturday sunshine on the fresh cut grass
Motorway madness on the overpass
Driftin’ and dreamin’, half the way to stoned
Saturday sunshine has been postponed

I’ll be on top again, I’ll push the mop again
In the sweet green meadowlands
I’ll lead the pack again, right off the track again
To the sweet green meadowlands

Indistinct figures on a far plateau
Maybe they’re human but I just don’t know
Hoping to join them but I never will
Indistinct figures on a distant hill

Bring back those moments that were mine
Bring back that Saturday sunshine

Saturday sunshine from behind the glass
Desperately waiting for the time to pass
Nervously nodding ‘cos I’m way too stoned
Saturday sunshine has been dethroned
Track Name: In My Atmosphere
there'll come a time, another time, baby
there'll come another chance
there'll be another rodeo
maybe there'll be another dance
but it feels like a long, long time
yeah, it feels like a long, long time

maybe you can't see
maybe you can't hear
maybe you can't breathe
in my atmosphere

there'll come a time, another time, baby
there'll come another prayer
there'll be another sacrament
maybe there'll be a heaven there
but it feels like a long, long time
yeah, it feels like a long, long time

maybe I can't hear
maybe I can't see
maybe I can't stand
in your gravity

but it feels like a long, long time
yeah, it feels like a long, long time

maybe I can't hear
maybe I can't see
maybe I can't stand
in your gravity
maybe you can't see
maybe you can't hear
maybe you can't breathe
in my atmosphere
Track Name: Man of the Year
You’ve got everything you need,
there's lots to go around, now.
Bought your leisure, finally free
from all that brought you down, now.

Tell me the many ways
You’ll never miss the days, you’re better off,
You’re smiling through your scars.

Every day’s a party scene,
you’re bigger than you was, now.
You can’t feel a goddamned thing,
got novocain for blood now.

Tell me the many ways
You’ll never miss the days, you’re better off,
You’ve come so very far.

All your pretty ones are gone,
they left you on the run, now.
You don’t miss them anyway,
and more will come along, now.

You’ll never miss the days,
Tell me the many ways you’re better off,
A better man by far.
Track Name: Happiness Alley
Hey, hey, hey, hey,
Happiness Alley, hey, hey, hey, ooo, ah, ah ah
Hey ho, what do you know, let’s all play a game, I know.
Hey, hey, what do you say, won’t you join me in the game?

Happiness Alley, hey hey hey oooh
Down in the Valley, hey hey hey oooh, oooh, ah, ah
Hey Ho, what do you know, just ask me I’ll tell you so
Hey, hey, what do you say, Ask me again and I’ll say the same

Happiness alley, Shades of yellow
hey hey hey ooo, oohh, ah, ah
Hey ho what do you know, ask again I’ll say it’s so
I know what you know, ask me again and I’ll say it’s not so

Im feeling mellow, oooh ooo, aahh, ah, ah
Hey hey what do you say, let’s all try to play the game
Now I’ll let you play, Do you even know my name?

Its Happiness Alley, hey hey hey, hey aahh, ah, ah
Let’s all mellow oh oh oh ooo, ah, ah
Hey hey what do you know, ask again I’ll tell you so
Will you want me to go, let me check I will say and I will then go

To Happiness Alley hey hey hey ooo, ah, ah
Happiness Alley hey hey hey
Track Name: Judgment Day
you wind her up and turn her on
she clatters into motion
she will smile and carry on
and you won't see the notion
taking root behind her eyes
while she plays at devotion

now there's nothing more to say
and it feels like judgement day
there is nothing you can do
she's already far from you

she told you everything she's seen
she said that she was broken
she dreams evil things to say
and she can't be awoken
would it matter anyway
with all she leaves unspoken

now there's nothing more to say
and it feels like judgement day
there is nothing you can do
she's already gone from you
Track Name: Suspicious Sue
I see you walkin’ down the street
Your head is too big for your feet
Your eyes are too big for your gut
So you will never make the cut

Suspicious Sue, standing in my doorway
Suspicious Sue, standing at my door
Suspicious Sue, can’tcha be on your way
I’ve got better things to do

I see you walkin’ down the road
Your back is too weak for the load
Your clothes are all so cheaply made
So you will never make the grade

I see you walkin’ down the lane
Your mouth is too loud for my brain
Your good points simply don’t exist
So you will never make the list
Track Name: You Turn the Tables
you’re quick to remember and hard to forget
you're every last letter in my alphabet
you're watching my movies
and you're reading my books
you’re giving me visions
and you’re giving me looks

and you, you turn the tables
you, you turn to leave and you are gone
you turn the tables
you, you turn to me and turn me on

you make it apparent that I’m but a child
bewildered and baffled by life in the wild
you drown out the voices
and you cast out the gloom
I’m safe in your presence
and I’m safe in your room

I love you forever, I love you right now
I love you as often as time will allow
I'm watching your movies
and I'm reading your books
you've got me on tiptoes
and you've got me on hooks