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Casual Use

by Jimmy Montague

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1.
Casual Use 03:46
spending all my hours in the evenings all alone took you all this time to even realize i was gone couldnt shake the feeling walked the block inside my head paced around for miles between the kitchen and my bed but i dont really mind been a couple years since i reached for whiskey on the rocks culprit in my pocket coulda sworn i changed the locks the next thing i know its 4 am and i can barely see the floor wander round Manhattan tryin to find a little more but i dont really mind chalk it up to god cuz he's just tying up the score why do i take it to the deepend when i get a little bored?
2.
gloomy in the union square station nerves are glowin like the national debt well i got bills i aint paid but its so safe to say got no intention of repayin them yet one day there might be money coming in on the side you know there may not be a need to fuss i think i see a light on the horizon but it may just be the city bus one day my jackets might not be lifted one day my numbers might not be so red one day i may lay beside somebody i love in somethin bigger than a twin sized bed 70th avenue hustle tryin to keep my hands out the cold i know the rent where i stay is about eleven days late why cant you just leave me alone?
3.
you could be a sinner, you could be a saint hell for all i know you could picket the pearly gates or you could bum a smoke from Peter, might as well ask for the light whatever you have to tell yourself that will get you through the night you could be a sinner, yeah you could be a saint doesnt seem to matter where you sign your name but if you're livin for the moment, atleast do that moment right oh young boy, did you think itd roll so easy? you played your hand just like a fool now you're state lines away, though you'd swear that it feels further you've got a long long lonely life ahead of you cuz i used to play the lotto yeah i used to play roulette but when you play with peoples hearts they tend to get upset and you can only piss into the wind so many times in half a life and i know countless casanovas who go to empty beds at night i couldnt be a gambler i was never much for cards you could cash me out but id never get too far and then id find myself with Cajetan smokin loosies at the bar no I never get too far
4.
Always You 04:47
it was always you from the very start sweet conversations stranded you were tugging at my heart i couldnt stop what planned it i was losing you to a new temptation it was nothing new so if only for the night this feeling im holding on too tight but when I (turn to) wake you're gone this feelin im tryin to hold on it was always you from the very start the same conversations baby i could play the part to a new temptation i was losing you your absence left me reeling tell me what to do
5.
I held your hand through central park felt the summer stick we pulled apart because I know you need to go so maybe one more, pull me close? we walked downtown through the square missed the subway, you didn't seem to care it seems you always miss the fall another year another plane you gotta catch after all because I know you need to go so maybe one more, pull me close? now im stuck here with the leaves autumn in the city, wish you could see will you come back at all? wouldn't be the first time I was left waiting for a call
6.
take care, or have I said that before? its hard to focus with one eye on the door im having trouble making sense of what you said hey im sorry but whats your name again? "dont let these moments pass when its all you have its the time of your life now" deep breath and feel the room close in on an unfamiliar record and the smell of gin put down that bottle of wine there's no one to throw a line you're here by yourself dont get your hopes up waiting for somebody else "dont let these moments pass when its all you have its the time of your life now"
7.
but I wouldn't tell you what I meant I mull it over in my head it reads like a rehearsed statement feel an air of discontent as I pace a quiet kitchen spent in what makes an early morning thinking praying but you cant keep it all wrapped up inside your head unsettled routine fills your cup when silence sought wasn't enough it reads like an early service feel an air of discontent as I pace a quiet kitchen spent in what makes an early morning thinking praying but you cant keep it all wrapped up inside your head
8.
"theres nothin in that city that can fix what youve lost so just come back where you came from, we can cover the cost we can pump you full of liquor here its cheaper for a pack so just come home where you came from, and jimmy dont look back cuz its the same parties and its the same drugs exactly where you started when push came to shove but the cast and crew will be waiting for you if you just come home" now ive found my god in silence but he never lets me rest from how close i used to cut it playin close to the chest to the friends ive disappointed and the family i let down i guess ill just grow older still thinkin of myself "cuz its the same parties and its the same drugs just a few less in attendance from when push came to shove but whats left of the cast and crew will be waiting for you if you just come home"
9.
I take new roads to get home cuz I won't rely on you putting me down anymore won't let old haunts turn me blue cuz I won't depends on you calling all the shots, to tell you the truth cuz I dont want nothing to do with your flip of a coin hot and cold indiscernible love that you give im over you and you know what cuts to my heart but I won't confide no, I won't play the part no more kicking me down cuz I won't sit by no, won't go quietly by no im up off the ground cuz I dont want nothing to do with your flip of a coin hot and cold indiscernible love that you give but I dont want nothing to do its a flick of the light casts a shadow the size of the moon im stuck with you
10.
From time to time you ask if it was good "it was good" but the words dont mean what they should "im falling apart without you" is that what you wanted to hear?

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All Songs Written and Performed by James Palko

Horn Arrangements by Matt Knoegel and James Palko
String Arrangements by James Palko

Additional Musicians:

Connor Waage - Guitar Solo on Track 1
Jacob McCabe - Organs On Tracks 3 and 8
Michela Christianson - Viola
Matt Knoegel - Tenor and Alto Sax (Tenor Solo on Track 1, Alto Solo on Track 7)
Ben Barnett - Trombone (Solo On Track 2). Trombonium
Matt Schmidt - Baritone Sax
Mike Schmidt - Tenor Sax and Flute (Flute Solo On Track 8)
Josh Bruneau - Trumpet
Matt Walsh - Trumpet on track 10
Seth Engel - Bongos on Track 1
Gianni - He Was Also There

Recorded And Edited By James Palko at Studio 22
Additional Engineering and Producing by Jacob McCabe
Additional Vocal Tracking At Dead Man's Blade Studios by Ryan Pelegano
Mixed by Zach Weeks @ God City Studio in Salem, MA
Mastered by Jon Markson

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released April 2, 2021

Immense Thank You's to: Big Red, Jacob, Ronnie, Conny, Barnone Barnett, Wino Bigface, MC Hella, Josh, Mike, Matt, Matt Walsh, Gianni (Who Was There), Zach and Jon, yoga, silence, meditation, vegetarianism, pescetarianism, coffee, tea, bananas, and anyone who listened to me complain about hating these songs.

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