Bartenderly

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Copyright: David Edward Helmer

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released July 1, 2017

"Bartenderly"
Songs written by David Helmer

Musicians:
David Helmer: Guitar/Vocals
Samantha Drella: Vocals, Whistling, Trumpet
Daniel Peterson: Drums
Brock Muench: Bass (Tracks 2, 4, 7, 12, 14, 16)
Randall Davis: Guitar (Tracks, 5, 6, 9,10, 12, 13)
Corbin Brooks: Bass (Tracks 5, 6, 9,10,13)
David Zollo: Keyboard (Tracks 1, 7, 11)

Recording Information:
Tracks 1, 8, 15, 17: Recorded at The Rumpus Room, Iowa City, IA. Sound Engineer: Andrew Brockman
Tracks 2, 4, 7, 12, 14, 16: Recorded at Wabi Sound, Des Moines, IA. Sound Engineer: Nicholas Frampton
Tracks 3, 11: Recorded at Lucas Street, Iowa City, IA. Sound Engineer: David Helmer
Tracks 5, 6, 9, 10, 13: Recorded at Lucas Street, Iowa City, IA. Sound Engineer: Alex Body

Mastering by John Svec at EarthTone Mastering
Album Sequencing: Sean Adams-Hiett
Cover Art: Daniel Peterson; Inside Art: Brock Muench

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Web: crystalcitymusic.com
Email: crystalcitymusic@gmail.com

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Twitter: twitter.com/crystalcityband
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Crystal City Iowa City, Iowa

Heartland Rock & Roll.

Members:
Dave Helmer - Guitar, Vox
Sam Drella - Vox, Trumpet, Whistle
Randall Davis - Guitar
Andrew Brockman - Bass
Daniel Peterson - Drums
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Track Name: The Owner Class
The owner class is running the game on you
They're one step ahead cause you're behind too
Just to get a good job, you go in debt
We're slugging check to check with no safety net

The owner class treats us like a coloring book
Not the right shade, you're a filthy crook
The owner class bends and twists the odds
While Satan's on the farms and in the sod

You grind against the gears with all your might
You're loosing all your tears and most your fight
The owner class is gonna be what they are
So stay on your drugs, stay in your bars

The owner class documents all your phones
They like to sell you shit to make you feel at home
The owner class knows that you'll soon forget
Soon as Apple puts out that new gadget

The kids are all chalked up full of lead
Then there's trauma porn from that Walking Dead
The owner class loves all the fear
So they serve it up from ear to ear

You grind against the gears with all your might
You're loosing all your tears and most your fight
The owner class is gonna be what they are
So stay on your drugs, stay in your bars
Track Name: Saturday Night
Well if you want me to
I'll turn the radio up
Radio up for you
If you want me to
I'll turn the radio down
Radio down it's cool

Because it's Saturday night
Saturday night
Everything's all done
I'll do whatever you want
Whatever it takes
Let's go have some fun

Well if you want me to
I'll put the pedal to the metal
Put it down for you
If you want me to
Hit the brakes
Why don't you tell me to

Because it's Saturday night
Saturday night
Everyone's out for a thrill
I'll do whatever you want
Whatever it takes
In a brand new shirt
From Goodwill

And the drinks are coming down like a storm
I smell like alcohol
But I'm so warm
You work so hard
You slave the week

I'll get the tab
From the bar
Down the street
Because it's Saturday night
And this feeling can't be beat
Track Name: Made You Laugh
I told you a story, and then you left
It made you smile, it made you laugh
I hope that my story wasn't too intense
I could have exposed a bit of my nonsense

And I can't explain why you're in my heart and in my brain
All that I know, someone's to blame

You came in my life, just like a bullet in distress
Who would have thought, who would have guessed
The living that we do and the loving that we make
The things I say to you and the promises I take

And you can't explain why I'm in your heart and in your brain
All that you know, someone's to blame

And I was walking with you
In one step we were through
I could have loved you, I was a fool
But I found out why the sky is blue

And I can't explain why you're in my heart and in my brain
All that i know is that someone's to blame

And I can't explain why you're in my heart and in my brain
All that I know is that someone's to blame
Track Name: Liquor Store
Talking to myself again tonight
I don't know why
Well I'm going out with a pretty girl
I got nothing on my mind

Well I work all week and I slave away
And you can see it in my eye
The sun has gone on down the hill
And the moon is shining bright

And we're stopping down to
The corner liquor store
We're gonna have some fun
And maybe a little more

Hanging in a bar
With a band that we both know
We're moving to the music
And we're kissing oh so slow

Let's get out of here
Ditch these drinks
And go back to your place
I know you feel the way I do
I can see it on your face

And we're stopping down to the corner liquor store
We're gonna have some fun
And maybe a little more

Gonna have some fun
And maybe a little more

The worries of the world
Are creeping up your spine
Don't let the mood you own
Alter what is fine
You'll be on my mind
Give me a little a more
Only a little more
Give me a little more

Well the pickup truck ain't working
And I think it's out of gas
I only need five dollars baby
And I swear that I'll pay you back

And we're stopping down to the corner liquor store
We're gonna have some fun
And maybe a little more
Track Name: Stop Fishing
Ain't this situation such a crummy waste
So you paint that mutilation with your clumsy taste

And the words of my father echo in my head
As they tell you what you want and what you can't have

So don't you listen, oh lord, they're missing out

Free-thought digitation in a funny time
You got that street-bought limitation of the highest kind

And the faith of its youth counteracts the past
As they tie up the truth, as they control the facts

So stop fishing for what they're dishing out

And the words of my father echo in my head
As they tell you what you want and what you can't have
And the faith of its youth counteracts the past
As they tie up the truth, as they control the facts

So stop fishing for what they're dishing out
Track Name: Summertime's Here
You've been moving and shaking
And running all over
When will it end
You got a little bit of something
In the back of your mind
You got a little bit of something
That you can't define
And I understand but I can't relate
Let's get a 30-pack of beer
And then stay up late
We'll have some good times
With some good friends
And when the morning-time comes
I don't want it to end

Cause the Summertime's Here
I do believe that our mission is clear
Track Name: Live with or Not
You're moving down the line
You don't know where to turn to
You're told that you'll be fine
Move on down the road, dear

Your love is changing fast
You found a place to hide
Was it meant to last
Or full of selfish pride

And your loving ain't for nothing
And I know it calls
And your loving ain't just something
That I could live with or not

And your loving ain't for nothing
And I know it calls
And you're loving ain't just something
That I could live with or not

And your loving ain't for nothing
And I know it calls
And your loving ain't just something
That I could live with or not
Track Name: Can't Fix the Future
You slide to the right
And you move on back
And then you slide to the left

You can't fix the future
If you don't face the facts
So it looks like you're just chilling back

And the window has the picture
And the picture's in the frame
And the man upstairs ain't to blame

And you don't know nothing
If you don't know doubt
Everyone you know is spinning out

So I've been accused of
Not breathing with you
When the mood leaked in
With the moon
You left me here
And now I know there's something
Carving out the soul

And the goal down here
Is to make all that lightning
How's that even really fair?
When the door slams shut
On the side of the road
Everything will be so clear
Track Name: The Haps Dude
You stumble through life
Like you're at the end of your rope
You're over caffeinated
Under-appreciated
Yeah we've heard that joke

You talk real quick
You don't get sleep
You'll always know
The pillow on your face
Has no H20

So you grumble into work
After a night on the sauce
Accept the gossip station
Cause you're working for the nation
And you love your boss

You don't get sick
You don't call in
You'll always go
The paycheck in your eyes
Has what you know

Buy it up
You gotta buy it up
You gotta get it all
Before there's not enough
You gotta slip and slide
Right down through your life

Buy it up
You gotta buy it up
You gotta get it all
Before there's not enough
You gotta slip and slide
Right down through your life
Track Name: Attractive
I don't find it attractive
When there's trouble on the way
The sun's up high
And I'm down here
Crippled at the stake

And you don't know why
Your mind's made up
But don't you feel stupid

I don't know how you're feeling
And the heart ain't lucid

Well I don't know why you're smiling
Cause the world is caving in
And we're not sure how The Bible
Seems now to fit in

And sure I know
Exactly how you're feeling
But I'm coming up empty
I don't find it amazing
When you don't know what you're getting

Well I don't find you courageous
When you say what you're thinking
You're better off to yourself
Even if you're grinning

And it's alright but it doesn't matter now
Just where the wind is blowing
Nothing good can ever happen
If you don't stop winning

Oh, nothing good can ever happen
If you don't stop winning
Track Name: Bait & Switch
Everyone around here
Has got it figured out
And they fade on through

Darlin' what's the difference
If everybody here is acting cruel?

And you're conditioned in your mind
There's time, and then there's lying

You're coming down here
For the bait and switch
You drew the door wide open
And you need a stitch
Had a misfire so there's a glitch
Inside your mind

The world it keeps on spinning
The diziness is getting to your soul
I'm a television witness
Preaching to the choir of the goal

Fabricated in your heart
It's dark, and they are lying

You're coming down here
For the bait and switch
You drew the door wide open
You need a stitch
Had a misfortune and there's a glitch
Inside your mind
Inside your mind

You're coming down here
For the bait and switch
You drew the door wide open
You need a stitch
Had a misfire so there's a glitch
Inside your mind
Inside your mind
Track Name: Stuck Out in the Rain
Well everybody knows
That you're not the kind that goes
Running round with me
Running through the streets

And I'm standing here
Yeah, stuck out in the rain
Feeling kind of lonely
But I am only strange
You are locked up in the house
At least that's where it's dry
Cause I'm wet, wet
I'm wet

Oh, now you see
All the inconsistencies
Running through our lives
Running through our time

And I'm standing here
Yeah, stuck out in the rain
Feeling kind of seasick
But I am only strange
You are locked up in the house
At least that's where it's dry
Cause I'm wet, wet
I'm wet

And I'm standing here
Yeah, stuck out in the rain
Feeling kind of seasick
But I am only strange
You are locked up in the house
At least that's where it's dry
Cause I'm wet, wet
I'm wet
Track Name: Rock & Roll Coffee
I don't know how you're doing
I don't know what you're thinking
Why you're running away
So you're moving back around here
And you're choking on the gravity

Oh well I'm guessing
That you're looking around
Wondering what you're gonna see
As the world piles up
All the things that you need

Now everybody keep on moving
There's nothing wrong with hypocrisy
As everybody keeps on losing
They don't like when they're not lucky

I'm not sure if I'm smiling
I'm not sure if I'm lying
And I won't go back to the middle
Cause I ain't gonna solve nothing yet

And now I hear what you say
I heard it all by the end of the day
And if your god is godless
There's nothing waiting at the back of the line

I know there's nothing that you're choosing
All the time and humility
As everybody keeps on grooving
Right on through reality

I'm not looking for abandon
Just reckless equilibrium
As everybody's taking chances
Carve out what you're running from

Now everybody keep on moving
There's nothing wrong with hypocrisy
As everybody keeps on losing
They don't like when they're not lucky
Track Name: Outskirts of November
On the outskirts of November
We were young, don' t you remember?
And we swore a little bit
I played guitar and chain smoked cigarettes

Snow piled in the center
On the outskirts of November
So the road wrecked my suspension
I still got laid in my LeBaron

Oh-oh, we were barely legal
Oh-oh, we were staying out late
Oh-oh, won't give me a fair shake
On the outskirts of November

Oh-oh, what a waste of space
Just more bars, churches, and banks
Oh-oh, can't a guy just catch a break?
On the outskirts of November

Oh-oh, we were barely legal
Oh-oh, we were staying out late
Oh-oh, can't a guy just catch a break?
Yeah, oh, on the outskirts of November
Track Name: Vacation Eyes
You been running round in circles
Hoping they turn to squares
You been thinking they're all smiling
When all they got are stairs

You're climbing up the ladder
One rung at a time
You're looking for a lover
Hell, a friend, that'd be fine

And I'm trying to let you go
As you're trying to get back in
And we're trying to see the difference
As we lose it all again

And you're counting up the mileage
As I divide all your lies
We seem to be passing through
Through vacation eyes

They drag you in position
Day after day
They know of a decision
Even though you'll never play

You lost it when you found out
Everybody knows
Time is the not the answer
The answer's never known

And I'm trying to get back in
As you're trying to let me go
And we're trying to see the difference
As we change what we know

And you're counting up the baggage
As we claim back our lives
We seem to be passing through
Through vacation eyes

And I'm trying to let you go
As you make your way back in
And we're trying to redefine
As we glide on through the wind

And you're counting up the dollars
As we spend all we find
We seem to be passing through
Through vacation eyes
Through vacation eyes
Through vacation eyes
Track Name: The War on Vile Things
You’ve been looking out now
You’ve been wearing thin
You’ve been wondering where you’ve been
You keep moving and then you find out
That there was something that you knew that
You should have known

Now you see how you wait around
For another train to hurry down
The road that is less traveled
You wind up as you unravel
And then you roll

There’s nothing that I wouldn’t take
I hope that we heal today
And everyone is looking around
You burn it down
And then you wonder why

You can’t sleep all day and not at night
You can’t bask in the sun or the moonlight
You got the notion that there’s too much motion
As you look at your world from the ocean
And then you smile

You gotta listen up and make a change
You gotta isolate yourself from your ways
You don’t need it but you gotta have it
You can’t see it and you’ll never grab it
And then you’ll know

I cannot understand the rage
Go on, turn the page
There’s nothing that I can say
Or you could change
Baby, it’s such a cage

I cannot understand the rage
Go on, turn the page
And everyone is looking around
You burn it down
And then you wonder why
Track Name: Driving
You are driving
Past the point of recognition
I won't see you again
I go past your house
All the time
Except on Sundays
I can see your face
Echoed on into
My memory bank
Yet the memory's awaiting

The wind's blowing
Windows down
And pedal shaking
You are smiling
Vanish down the line
Headed off into the sunset
It may be on your mind
Until you remember to neglect
And my heart’s still a-pounding

Vanish down the line
Headed off into the sunset
It may be on your mind
Until you remember to neglect
I go past your house
All the time
Except on Sundays
I can see your face
Echoed on into
My memory bank
Yet the memory’s awaiting