HORSESHOES & HANDGRENADES

from EASY LIFE by CHRIS BUTLER

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HORSESHOES & HANDGRENADES

HORSESHOES AND HANDGRENADES
ALMOST COOKED, ALMOST SAVED
ROUND NUMBERS AND CLOSE SHAVES
A STONE'S THROW FROM A HAIR AWAY

HORSESHOES AND HANDGRENADES
SO CLOSE...NEARLY MADE IT TO HEAVEN
ALMOST...DON'T COUNT FOR NOTHIN'.

"40 days and 40 nights?
all right, all right...", Noah said,
"Lord, about that boat...think i better go build it"

two by two them creatures came, but....
i didn't want to go out in the rain
besides i'm unique...and not much of a "joiner"

oh tell me, tell me, Captain Noah...why this cruise to nowhere?
i can't find a date
and your tub's a zoo...i get seasick, too
bon voyage...catch ya later

three-card monte game, shoutin' shill
step right up with a $20 bill
tap that ace, and chief...it's chicken on sunday

angel says "pay the rent"
devil says "make a bet"
devil wins...like he does usually

back and forth that Jackson goes
a lucky streak!...then uh oh
badges flash...handcuffs pop outa nowhere

oh tell me, tell me constable
was that ace in the middle?
why, yes i do believe that's true
you're one hell...of a lucky fella

almost...kinda...shoulda.../sorta

yeah...coulda been so great
coulda had the whole world on my plate
everything working for ya

yeah...coulda been so nice
lady luck blowing on my dice
intoxication....euphoria
euphoria

Johnny was hot shot guitar man
6-string key to the promised land
he was so cool, he had a roadcase just for his ego

a genius poet, a household name
the new Messiah was proclaimed
so he rented Kansas and threw himself a little party

satellite feeds, pay per view,
simulcast, the networks, too
Johnny made 'em all pay to kiss the feet of the Master

oh tell me, tell me Gabriel...what's the key of this number?
you see, Johnny B. Goode, but now Johnny B. Dead
on the way the the gig
crashed in a helicopter

like being just a little bit pregnant
and in other news today.....
that ball is going...going...going...foul

almost…so close…don’t count for nothin’

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from EASY LIFE, released March 29, 2014
Recorded in my apartment on a Tascam 244, 4-track Port-A-Studio.

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CHRIS BUTLER Akron, Ohio

CHRIS BUTLER
Seminal New Waver from Northeastern Ohio. Member of Akron, Ohio’s Tin Huey in late ‘70’s. Songwriter/producer/guitarist for all Waitresses songs (including “I Know What Boys Like”, the “Square Pegs” TV show theme and “Christmas Wrapping”) in the early ‘80’s. Never stopped writing and recording. ... more

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