Years of a Monkey

by Quartjar

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1.
One or two fine lines come to mind Soup or stew? Gentile or Jew? If you make it, where are you at? Are you sellin'? What have you got? Chorus: What comes between you and your money? What comes down for you, honey? What comes between you and your money? What comes down for you? Who is your master? What does he pay? Do you get time off if you behave? Do you do it for money? Do you do it for love? When you bend over, what are you thinkin' of? -- Chorus repeat -- Is a skill? Or is it art? Would you say free will plays any part? Do you do it for money? Do you do it for love? What's it mean to you to give it up? -- Chorus repeat -- -- interlude -- -- Chorus repeat --
2.
The waitresses at the Bistro used to have the best tattoos They'd share 'em with you and bring you stuffed mushrooms I used to date your cousin once way back in the day She got to know me pretty well but we're still friends today The staff at the Tomato Head are a sexy bunch of folks Mahasti puts lovin' in the food gives 'em all a healthy glow Local legends great and small worked there in their time Scott's in the kitchn makin' me a pizza Mayor's gotta wait in line Up gay street on a Saturday mornin' Harold cooked up a nosh For all kinds of Jews and a Catholic or two Volunteers all in orange Endless cup of coffee and a toasted bagel there's ol' Estes Kefauver Scrambled eggs & lox hot on the grill and everything's kosher Chorus: Won't you bring me another unsweet iced tea? I'm gonna sit here a while I've got a good book to read Won't you bring me another unsweet iced tea? I'm starting to like you smile and it might be all I need The waitresses at the Bistro used to have the best tattoos They'd share 'em with you and bring you stuffed mushrooms You oughtta see them haulin' ass When there's a Bijou show The Man on the Stairs gets outta the way When they hit the rock and roll I used to date your cousin once way back in the day She got to know me pretty well but we're still friends ... anyway
3.
Yes, I'm starin' at your woman now as we sit here in this bar Wondering if I could be around when she leaves you If I could meet her in some bookstore and talk about the band that we all saw that night when she was yours Well, it's first come first serve the early bird gets him some and I'm just lookin' for some I know I should not covet my neighbor's wife But you've not lived on my street any time in your life I know you fought for what you have I know you've earned what you got But I am prepared to pick up whatever pieces that you drop I am just a lonely man I've been lookin' all around You must know that your love lost could be my love found -- interlude -- Yes, I'm starin' at your woman now I wonder how long it will it be Before she's sick of you but not yet sick of me I'm counting the hours 'Til your love life sours and your misfortune is my new relief
4.
5.
Arab Moon 04:18
There's an Arab moon in the sky tonight and the Southern stars are shinin' bright and the only thing missin' for me is the smell of you I was there, but now I'm here Familiar ring is in my ear and nothin' more has to be to make me blue It's a dusty trail as far as I can see there's a million miles between you and me and I won't be near a phone anytime soon Sirens wail and I duck my head I wish I was back home in bed Dreamin' of Saturday's ice-cream spoon Chorus: I was thinkin' / the times we've had Mardi Gras and mountain lakes My destination is downtown Baghdad and this delivery I got to make My ol' dog is barkin' loud He's happy to be free, black and proud You won't find anything Any more true Burger & fries and American thighs I'm a sucker for big brown eyes and a soft voice whispering "I pick you." I'm a lonely driver on the road tonight and I can't even read the highway signs and the only think shinin' on me is the Arab moon Chorus: I was thinkin' / the times we've had and all the love I've got to give My destination is downtown Baghdad My first job is just to live There's an Arab moon in the sky tonight and the Southern stars are shinin' bright and the only thing missin' for me is the smell of you
6.
Well, the west side is rich and the east side is poor It's hard to get home when you're drunk on the floor And someone's insulted your most sainted whore La di da di da da The north side is way out and the south side is down it's hard to drive straight with your head spinnin' around and your lover tells everyone you're just a clown La di da di da da Chorus: Crosstown is too far away from you and I only feel at home when I'm with you Please tell now what in the world should I do cuz crosstown is too far away from you Downtown is copper and the county is brass & you wonder will I ever get up off my ass & the devil on my shoulder says you're out of my class La di da di da da Main Street goes straight through, the bypass goes around and everyone questions the truth in my frown The question on my mind, "Do you wanna get down?" La di da di da da -- Chorus -- Well, the west side is rich and the east side is poor It's hard to get home when you're drunk on the floor The north side is way out and the south side it's hard to drive straight with your head spinnin' around I'm sitting here in my room on one side thinkin' about you and takin' that ride -- Chorus --
7.
Evolution works, why don't you try it sometime? Stand up on your own two feet Grab hold of something with your opposable thumbs And you'll admit it's pretty neat Took seven days and 400 billion years* To get this far down the track We're sittin' pretty on top of the food chain And we're not goin' back (I hope) Chorus: I was a skinny little monkey Now I'm a grape old ape I was a skinny little monkey, once Now I'm a ripe old ape Evolution works and it's a pretty good deal Time can heal all wounds Swinging in the trees and swaying in the breeze The mating season swoons Darwin and Jesus never had harsh words Between them that whole time We're all in the same place, planet Earth's in outer space That's the truest line -- Chorus repeat -- Evolution works, why don't you try it sometime It's a pretty good deal Evolution works, why don't you try it sometime We've all got a niche to fill -- Chorus repeat -- *Songwriter's note: More accurately, the Earth's age is thought to be 4.54-ish billion years old. Hyperbole that the 400 billion may be, it's what's on the recording. C'est la vie.
8.
I spent one Saturday evenin' in Zurich, Switzerland. There was not a whole lot to do. I walked down to the lake, man the Alps looked great! It was a breathtaking view. Amazing Swiss cuties with amazing Swiss booties, must be somethin' in the cheese I knew if one of them looked at me it would be my catastrophe I'd go wholly weak in the knees. Chorus: I was strollin' Patrollin' Downtown Zurich on a Saturday night Stone-cold chillin', man, Swiss-time killin' Downtown Zurich on a Saturday night A little band played the rock'n'roll down by the sailboat dock, you know They did Dylan and The King And as the sun set in the west the Swiss put on their party dress 10 o'clock by their Swatch, it started to swing This one nice-lookin' lady Kraut she came over to check me out I was feelin' like a winner Chatted me up for just a minute But I was foreign and her heart wasn't in it I went and had Chinese for dinner ... alone -- Chorus -- -- guitar interlude -- -- Chorus --
9.
I got drunk last night just on the thoughts of you It was just like having a stiff drink or two The hangover is rough, and hair of the dog ain't enough I'm gonna have to have another round I've been strung out all day just on the thoughts of you There were so many things I needed to do But if I could get a real fix with you in the mix I'd shoot up and never leave home I've been gamblin' for a while now just on a chance with you Hopin' the ball would fall on a number for two The odds are pretty high, but I'll bet the whole sky If you'll deal me your winning hand If you'll deal me your winning hand
10.
My dad's bigger than your dad I don't care how big your dad is My dad's bigger than your dad That's just the way he is My dad can build a house or my dad can fix a car My dad'll tell you how to get there if you really want to go that far 'Cause My dad's bigger than your dad I don't care how big your dad is My dad's bigger than your dad That's just the way he is My dad can lead a horse to water my dad can make him drink my dad'll tell you what you oughta he'll tell you what he thinks 'Cause My dad's bigger than your dad I don't care how big your dad is My dad's bigger than your dad That's just the way he is -- guitar -- My dad'll knock you on your ass and he'll tell you just why He don't care for you to know and he'll never tell a lie My father, he's another story he ain't one to fear When the going got tough, he hit the road and my dad stayed right here 'Cause My dad's bigger than your dad I don't care how big your dad is My dad's bigger than your dad That's just the way he is Yeah! My dad's bigger than your dad I don't care how big your dad is My dad's bigger than your dad That's just the way he is
11.
Truckstop 03:09
Pick me up high, drop me down hard again Just tell me why it's gotta be so hard again Tried to bounce back, tried to move along I just fall back off track again, write another damn song Now I'm starin' down the barrel of the very same gun that always shoots me dead I got a million emotions like a truckstop in my head I give my all I give my very best So often I fall (on my face) so seldom I get to rest I'm learning how to deal with my own head I know just how I feel Just forget everything I ever said Now I can't believe what I tell myself lyin' alone in bed I got a million emotions like a truckstop in my head I get so wound up I feel so let go I make things rough But I'm tryin' to gow And I laugh at myself 'caus I know I've changed, but I'm still the same instead I got a million emotions like a truckstop in my head Got a million emotions Got a million emotions Got a million emotions Got a million emotions
12.
I want to know all about it. Where were you when everything exploded? Shots rang out and we knew Things that people say, yeah, they knew all about it And there's just a few things that would surprise me anymore There's no doubt we'll get under things people say when they're younger Chorus: Have you got something good on me? Anything at all on me? I got a thing or two on you. Well, let's just let all of that be. Well, I'm tellin' you in case you did not notice The call came out and we knew things that people do yeah, they talked all about it And there's just a few things that would surprise me anymore There's no doubt we'll get over things people say when they're older -- Chorus -- I'm askin' you, the question is unanswered Just shout or a breath, things that people take to their death Have you got something good on me? Anything at all on me? I got a thing or two Stored away 'bout you Well, let's just let all of that be.
13.
I got a woman for the winter A warm girl in my bed She is living in my heart and always in my head I can see through shadows growin' long on a Sunday and the only thing that matters is when she's walkin' my way I got a woman for the springtime A cool girl in the sun Maidens blossom in the fields But she's my only one The whole world turns green again Pollen dusts the air And a woman wants to hold my hand A woman wants to care I got a woman for the summer kiss the freckles on her skin and forget about the other time before she let me in (bouzouki solo) I got a woman for the autumn brown eyes full of joy She's everything I asked for I'm one lucky boy I got a woman for the winter A warm girl in my bed She is living in my heart and always in my head
14.
I climbed that old mountain lookin' for the good thing Mano a mano, it ain't always so easy Telephone doesn't ring Until it rings too much But nothin' can hurt me in here I got my shields up Chorus: Seems like another good day To be alone, out of the way and Seems like the perfect time To steal away, plan my next crime I'm against the wall and I'm lookin' for a route to escape across the reaches of space, feelin' kinda warped Wanna crawl back under my rock roll days like this away In my fortress of solitude with the shades pulled down No one else could ever enter But you know that you could stay We'll float in animation Locked away safe inside -- Chorus -- Science fiction saved my soul Perfect diction for rock'n'roll I know I love you 'cuz I can't lie I'm thinkin' of you when lightnin' strikes It hits the same place so many times What are the odds? It hits the same place so many times What are the odds? It hits the same place so many times What are the odds of that now. It hits the same place so many times Just think of them odds.

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released July 26, 2007

The Quartjar players:
Randall Brown: vocals; guitars; bass on 9, 10 & 13; keys on 1 & 14; percussion on 4 & 13
Donnie Mahan: drums
Doug Engle: bass, except where noted
Brian Williams: bass on “Evolution Works” and “Science Diction”
Chris Cook: lap steel on “That’s So Gay Street Blues”
Laith Keilany: oud on “Love Theme from Arab Moon”
Peggy Hambright: fiddle on “Crosstown Waltz”
Jane Crowe and Trish Davis: chorus on “Crosstown Waltz”
Greg Horne: piano on “Evolution Works” and “My Dad”
Leslie LaChance: piano on “Drunk Last Night ...”
Todd Steed: bouzouki on “About a Woman”

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