Dressed for the Occasion

by Dressed for the Occasion

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released 17 August 2012

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Track Name: The Devil's Rodeo
The Devils Rodeo
Somewhere out in a western desert
as far out as you can go
you'll take a left as you pass forever
only ten more miles to go
when you get there you'll know

You'll see a gate with a man
holding out his hand
signaling to take it slow
and he'll say with a grin
as the sky goes dim
welcome to the devils rodeo

We've got thrills
we've got chills
we've got terrifying spills
we've got women as hot as fire
We've got any kind of action
your looking for
we've got your hearts deepest desire

Theres a gentlemans duel
about to take place
in the center of the ring
and a mans about to dive into a whiskey jar from the top of some rickety
scaffolding

well theres a bull riding match
in an hour and a half
and a knife throwing contest
comes right after that
then everyone will gather around
for the main event

so grab an old pair of clothes
no need to powder your nose
this is the place where anything goes
welcome to the devils rodeo
Track Name: Midnight Sky
Midnight Sky
Well I,
sat aside a blazing field
and watched it as it burned

The sky was firing lightning bolts
at its precious mother earth
the trees were tumbling
as if to try to run away
and in the howling of the wind
I swear I heard somebody say

My names the Midnight sky
and I’ve come to show you
what it is I do for fun
I shoot fire from my eyes
because I love the looks
on your clueless little faces as you run
I am the Midnight sky
and I’ve come to bring you
a little closer to the end
I’ll take you on a ride
show you whats outside
of that little box you’ve been living in

Because I’ve witnessed every one of y’all
tip-toeing down loud noisy halls
I see you as you creep along
and I take account of every flaw
I like to darken rooms, and alter moods
In general I like being cruel
I’ll take you out of your shell
and bring you straight to hell
all by the minute the clock strikes twelve

I’m the Midnight sky
and I’ve come to show you
what it is I do for fun
I shoot fire from my eyes
because I love the looks
on your clueless little faces as you run
I am the Midnight sky
and I’ve come to bring you
a little closer to the end
I’ll take you on a ride
show you whats outside
of that little box you’ve been living in

I’m the Midnight Sky X4

Well my name is Midnight
and dont you dare wear it out
or I’ll make sure its the last two syllables
you ever shout
I’ll be the reason that you
shake and shiver in your bed
or that nightmare that sticks
to the back of your head
all the trends that you follow
or the pills that you swallow
to make it all go smooth
will soon be meaningless

Im the Midnight Sky
Track Name: The Queen of New Orleans
The Queen of New Orleans
Well she was twenty-two
without a rhythm to her blues
when she started on the road to hell
she had pretty blonde hair,
and a shimmer in her stare
she was a pretty little southern belle
she drove a broke car,
brought the party to the bar
the boys couldn’t control themselves
and when she broke down,
every man in the town
would gather round
to offer there help

well she knew how to flaunt,
shed get anything she want
with a wave of her long blonde hair
shed have a man to her left
and another to her right
and all shed have to do was stare
other women saw her coming
and they all started running
when this beauty was on a tear

well she was the queen of new orleans
she was an alabama slammer
she was the sweetest georgia peach
louisiana in its glamor
she was a bright white shining pearl
such a beautiful image of a girl
she had a wiggle in her hips
that made men hand her their entire world

well about twenty years passed,
the girls beauty didn’t last
life ran away so goddamn fast
she had the sun in her eye,
until her long hair died
and instead of having men
she had a bottle by her side

well its too bad this girl
never learned how to live
no she never had to take
and she never had to give
now shes almost at the end
of her road to hell
there goes whats left
of that pretty little southern belle
Track Name: When I Go
When I Go
Well we saw everybody
at that old home church
wearing black clothes
and white button-up shirts
it was time to celebrate the life
of a damn good man

well they carried that pine box
down the block
without a word said the whole way
no not a smile in the whole damn crowd
no certainly not on this funeral day

Well when I go
I demand that everybody stands up
and dances on their seats
there will be music playing on the day
that life carries my old soul away

There will be no frowns
just the sounds
of you partying down
as they lower me into the ground
there will be music playing on the day
that life carries my old soul away

and we’ll say “Oh, my my
how the time does fly
when you’re living your life by the speed of light”

“oh my my,
how the time does fly
when you know your gonna die
by the end of the night”

So have a drink on me
and all I ask is that you please
enjoy my last party
Track Name: I'm Bad News
Im Bad News
I am a liar
and I am a thief
I’ll steal your shoes
out from under you
and make you feel like
I swept you off of your feet

I am two-faced
and I am a cheat
I’ll put on a nice bluff
like I’m playing fair
but I always keep
a couple of cards up my sleeve

I am sleezy
and I am dirt
I’ll pull your heart
out of your chest
with a spell
and pawn it off
for whatever its worth

whoa-oh-oh-oh
Don’t come close
whoa-oh-oh-oh
don’t come close
because I wouldn’t wish this
upon anyone
you’d be better off if you left me alone

I’ll take you on fancy dates
and present you with fancy things
then I’ll never talk to you again

I’ll construct bridges out of clay
tell everybody that there safe
and watch them plummet to there graves

I’ll make a billion promises
and I wont follow through with them
I’ll teach you of disappointment

I’ll steal your car
and leave you in the dark
I wont tip the tender of the bar
I’ll rob change from a homeless man

whoa-oh-oh-oh
Don’t come close
whoa-oh-oh-oh
don’t come close
because I wouldn’t wish this
upon anyone
you’d be better off if you left me alone

Well I’ve kept this hidden
from the public eye
oh I stay masterfully disguised
you’ll never really know
whats on my mind

and I’ll keep you hidden from the truth
inside a luxurious room
complete with a magnificent view

and I’ll rob you blind
right on the spot
take you for everything you’ve got
and all you’ll be able to do
is watch
Track Name: Six String Sue
Six String Sue
Well everybody better gather ‘round
I got a sound bound to make you bounce
about a girl I knew
before I ever met you
my baby six string sue

Well I’ve had eyes for her
since seven years old
since our first date
in the department store
I remember it
like it was yesterday

She was sitting on a box
with her cold steel locks
oh that hour-glass body
solid as a rock
I had her in my sights
from at least a block away

She was with a couple of friends
a chord and an amp
and she was all plugged in
and ready to jam
I took her in my arms
and we began to dance

Oh six string sue
you know exactly what to do
to change my mood
you pick me up you put me down
you make me move
oh six string sue I think
that I’m in love with you

I took her home on the very first night
and everything was going just fine
she was mine to keep
whether strong or weak
oh I knew she would never leave

She was pretty but she had an attitude
slightly bipolar always shifting moods
she had a knack for sometimes
acting downright rude

She would talk right back
or make you real relaxed
every now and again
she liked a little love tap
but watch out when shes stressed
because this girl snaps

Oh six string sue
you know exactly what to do
to change my mood
you pick me up you put me down
you make me move
oh six string sue I think
that I’m in love with you

well that was seventeen years ago
since we met in that department store
from the moment I laid eyes on her
I knew we’d be forever more
That was seventeen years ago

Oh six string sue I know
that im in love with you
Track Name: Annie's Last Ride
Annies Last Ride
85 in the middle of the night
she goes screaming down the free-way
85 in the middle of the night
she goes speeding her temper away

oh she’s like a freight-train off the rails
with no emergency break
she’s like a bat out of hell

She’s like a comet with a crash course
set for the floor
Ill never forget the night
that i never saw Annie anymore

95 in the middle of the night
she goes cruising past a cop car
95 in the middle of the night
she’s in a race being cheered on by the stars

she’s got vodka on the tip of her lips
with not a single intention
of pulling over for anything
a bottle pressed between her hips
ill never forget the night
that i forgot to give annie a kiss

she was far, too far gone
to be helped out by anyone
far, too far gone
she’d closed her eyes and said goodbye
to the sun

At 125 shes got her all maxed out
the sirens are whining
theres no going any faster now
at 125 shes got the pedal all the way down,
this race is almost over now

the cops have pulled off
as the pavement stops
and watch as annie careens
into the jagged rocks

she had a date on her calendar chiseled in
i guess when you’ve got an appointment with death
theres no rescheduling

she was far, too far gone
to be helped out by anyone
far, too far gone
she’d closed her eyes and said goodbye
to the sun

Just like a freight-train off the rails
with no emergency brake
shes like a bat out of hell
shes like a comet with a crash course
set for the floor
ill never forget the night
that I never saw Annie anymore
Track Name: '74 Super Sport
74 S.S.
At about morning, close to four
I saw shadows at my door
revealed by the dawn
of that cold old sun

They said boy you let me in or
I’m gonna bust your screen door down
so without a sound
I snuck out

I ran out into the back yard
found my daddies old muscle car
pushed the key in that I’d found
behind the door

and off she ran just like a missile
like a finely machined pistol
you should’ve heard that engine roar

She was my seventy-four super sport
with some big black tires and a ton of tourque
and she would scream on down the line
oh and you would know its her when she came around
you’d hear those tires squeal and that engine sound
and that paint would make you blind

Well I got a couple of miles down the road
when I heard that giant motor blow
that car had gone as far as she could go

so I grabbed my wallet and a knife
and I made a run for my own life
I ran until the sun gave me no more light

well I was guided by the stars
into a tiny side-road bar
and a man “yelled son do you have any idea
where the hell you are?”

and I said “If you could please just help me out
I’m tryin to leave this goddamn town
but my cars broke down and now
I can’t get very far”

Without my seventy-four super sport
with those big black tires and a ton of tourque
oh she would scream on down the line
oh and you would know its her when she came around
you’d hear those tires squeal and that engine sound
and that paint would make you blind

So we drove two hours and a half
we nearly ran right out of gas
we came upon my girl lying dead
there in her tracks

And the man looked like he’d seen a ghost
and he could barely move his toes
and he said “son this is the car
I used to own”
Track Name: Big Bad Ben
Big Bad Ben
Up a dirty road
and past the dirty side of town
is where she burned the body
of Bad Ben down

Well just a little past one
with a double-action gun
Bad Ben picked the townsfolk off
one by one

He had fire on his mind
and looked himself dead in the eye
and said “my my, I’d say
its prime killing time”

He’d had a handle of Jack Daniels
Burnt out both ends of his candle
Nothing but black in the back of his mind

He was the devils red right hand
shirtless in denim pants
some said that ten feet tall
was where Ben would stand
Some said that ten feet tall
was where Ben would stand

Up a dirty road
and past the dirty side of town
is where she burned the body
of Bad Ben down X2

Well Bad Ben went to bed
after everyone was dead
at least thats what he thought
when he put down his head

but then came a rebel yell
like a prisoner from a cell
coming toward with the mighty wrath
of hell
a pitchfork and torch in arm
a little girl from a nearby farm
came forth with tremendous force
to bring Ben harm

now careful not to make a sound
she tied old Bad Ben down
and burnt his sorry ass to the ground

Up a dirty road
and past the dirty side of town
is where she burned the body
of Bad Ben down
Track Name: Fly by Night
Fly by Night
I’ve got an angel to my right
and a lawyer to my left
and my god its getting hard to tell
which one will suit me best
I’ve got a gun tucked in my pocket
Her picture on my locket
and my time is getting thin
I hear them counting down from ten

I gotta fly by night, fly by night
My blood is running cold
and I’ve got nowhere left to go
I gotta fly by night, fly by night
the weight upon my shoulders
is getting far too hard to hold

We’ve got a problem here
my heart was built on fear
my foots down on the gas
but theres no wheel for me to steer
I’ve got on a perfectly good suit
but i’m wearing the wrong shoes
i’m solving all of the wrong problems
with all of the wrong clues

I feel emaciated and ostracized
I pretend to be a cat
but i’ve got a crocodiles eyes
now with my leg pressing the pedal
and my hand gripping cold metal
I’ve got a meeting I cant miss
I’ve got a dance with the devil

I gotta fly by night, fly by night
My blood is running cold
and I’ve got nowhere left to go
I gotta fly by night, fly by night
the weight upon my shoulders
is getting far too hard to hold

So darling rest your head
lay back in your bed
I promise things will be better
when the sun rises
oh darling rest your head
lay back in your bed
I swear that things will be better
when the sun rises
I’ve gotta fly by night
Track Name: Tough Enough
Tough Enough
All aboard this one way train
I got a one way ticket
embossed with your name
and written underneath
in black bold letters it reads
destination insane

Well board up your windows
and box all your things
they say a storm is coming through
with some heavy rain
so batten down the hatches
and lock all your latches
and don’t plan on coming back
things are never gonna be the same

Well the sun is about to set
and I swear I can hear the thunder rumbling
I hear the cry of the wolves
come from the wicked woods
and now the darkest clouds you can imagine
are rolling

Oh, we’re in for it now
so blow a kiss goodbye
to your quaint little town
sooner than later its all coming down
so grab a pack of your closest belongings
because we’re shipping out

I’ve seen a rough road
ahead of us
I’ve seen a crooked trail
with hurdles and jumps
but I swear that your gonna survive
If your tough enough
I’ve seen sneaky thieves
and liars and lust
you’ll be hard pressed to meet
a single body you trust
but I swear that your gonna survive
if your tough enough

All aboard, you’ll hear the engineer cry
you better cut your way
to the head of the line
because we’re on a schedule
and we’re pressed for time
you aint gonna wanna miss this ride

All aboard, one last call
hold your composure
dont stumble, dont fall
because this is the best part
the thrill of it all
seeing who can walk the walk
and who was full of talk.
oh we’ll separate the men from the boys
the women from the girls
the music from the noise
all the finely refined machinery
from the low grade,
mass-produced elementary toys

so if your not afraid
that you’ll make the grade
you’ve got what it takes
and you’ll pay your own way
then climb on board my friend
we aint got any more than a second
of time to waste

I’ve seen a rough road
ahead of us
I’ve seen a crooked trail
with hurdles and jumps
but I swear that your gonna survive
If your tough enough
I’ve seen sneaky thieves
and liars and lust
you’ll be hard pressed to meet
a single body you trust
but I swear that your gonna survive
if your tough enough