Barefoot and Bottomed Out

by Aaron Kelly

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1.
We are the boys in the band Sleeping in a van Shrugging off the risk Without so much as a contingency plan Can you make a little baby dance So lend your hearts, ears, money and your hands To the band I won’t forget the time we spent together Now get out of my room I don't pretend to know where I'm going Do you not know where you're going, too Seems like now might be a good time to admit That it's hard as shit He put a little bit of cocaine in his coffee And called it vitamin C He cut the body panels off of his Alfa Romeo And reached historically impressive speeds He’s not a felon, just a fun loving man Who your daddy would never understand Just like the boys in the band Sleeping in a van Shrugging off the risk Without so much as a contingency plan Frankenstein a microphone stand Lend your hearts, ears, money and your hands To the band The driving force was loud of course intelligent without remorse Special collector kind He sang a Psycho Killer better than a Talking Head And wrote a song about perspective from a skeptical mind Kept me going when the going got rough I don’t tell him that enough I think we finally found the secret to short-term success Keep expectations low We played a basement on a Saturday and moved some feet Got all dressed up and everybody came to the show We played some brand new songs And everyone there was singing along With the boys in the band Sleeping in a van Shrugging off the risk Without so much as a contingency plan Can you make a little baby dance So lend your hearts to the band We'll be back when we can But we needs parts for the van So give your money to the merchandise stand
2.
These are my last words To this cold world Showmanship is knowing when to stop Go out on top I'm done I wanna be a Burning ember Rising from a fire on your shore Another form Just more I've laid to rest these curses My mind is free and clear Please be kinder to each other We've got enough to fear I feel no guilt, friends Just inspiration Infinite am I and you the same Big sky Little brain My time is on us And between us There's nothing time can untie that it binds Look out below I’ll be sending signs I've laid to rest these curses My mind is free and clear Please be kinder to each other We've got nothing to fear I’ve been taking time just to sing your praises A little bit of your love goes a long way His feet would dance and beg mine to Until we dance again, old friend, I’ll be missing you
3.
03:44
You're so different You have changed How these pieces rearrange You were strange You're still strange But you wear it different now And the rhythm of your words Is weighing on me, it don't hurt It feels good enough To cry We were restless We were young So deliberately in love I let go, you did not You just kept on hanging on And the rhythm of the world Gets to pulling on you it can hurt And be hard for some To find I found God And a man Then a silver minivan Go to work Feed the kids Get up and do it again And the wonders of the world That I once believed this life was for Have all gone away And I don’t know why If you brought a loaded gun To a reunion You might find someone Willing to use it And we gotta go We gotta go We gotta go Home You're so different You have changed What's your hyphenated name I've been up, down, around I’m not lost but I’m not found When the rhythm of the road Gets to calling at me I’ve got to go And say all of my goodbyes
4.
I never was a frat boy In my seven years at school But I'd still puff up and say dumb stuff Like "Shakespeare was a fool" And I never got a PhD Not an STD or drinks for free But I could find my way Straight to the floor It was $6.99 for thirty beers But all you really needed was ten To steal a bike and or go and get in a fight With some dude who's going to make you regret it I don't regret a lick of it I learned a little but I lived a lot If I could change just one thing I would have sold a little pot So kids who drop out of school Be as wild as you can Learn to break all of the rules Keep an eye on the man Or you'll start keeping score I guess I'm not in college anymore Academically I was challenged But I was finally out on my own Brand new crown, so determined and bound To fail my lonely way back home C, D, F, yes, A, B, no My first year lasted two I was put on probation for procrastination Of having anything to do I'm the first one on my daddy's side To make it all the way to the end That just means I put the money down That I didn't really have to spend A nine to five can keep you alive But it feels like a dead man’s crawl I can’t believe the frequency These student loan collectors call So kids who make it through school Be as wild as you can Learn to break all of the rules Keep an eye on the man Or you'll start keeping score I guess I'm not in college anymore So kids who don't go to school Be as wild as you can Learn to break all of the rules Keep an eye on the man Or you'll start keeping score I guess I'm not in college anymore
5.
There's a new girl in the office Her hair is pink and blonde I've only seen her one time Now she's all I want At break time I'ma go up there And lean on a vending machine Hoping she gets hungry Stumbles into me Singing, hello, my love Am I in love Armando thinks I'm crazy But I believe in love Just every time it happens I make the wrong move So as I wander around the warehouse I wonder what to say It's kind of like meeting Jesus On judgement day Singing, hello, my lord Am I good enough My hand are dirty Hers are clean She wears a braided lapis ring I pack boxes like a doggone machine And she's up there In the cool air With her pink hair Waiting for me I spot her in the lunchroom And found the courage to try Give a boy a chance This Friday night She just laughed and said fiancé Singer in a band And that I should come see him She don't understand He'll sing "hello, my love We're so in love" Everyday I wonder Why am I alone I haven't found an answer So the story goes There's a new girl in the office I've seen her once or twice Enough to know for sure She's not my type
6.
I can hear commotion breathing still And can still remember how it felt I can see the motion Of the throw that broke the spirit Of the marriage with a crushing final blow I was just a boy inside my shoes But upstairs I was less and less confused I knew that it was ending And there's no sense in pretending There's anything that anyone could lose Come on too strong Find your self committed To someone you can't live with Looking out for snippets you can lean on Baby, when the thrill is gone I don't remember how they used to treat The other like a prophet or a thief It seemed like love was only A condition of the lonely But still I found it near enough to keep Now I have never thought to settle down The wanderlust inside me's just too loud I can't decide on anything A wedding ring or baby name I'm happy with a night out on the town Come on too strong Find your self committed To someone you can't live with Looking out for snippets you can lean on Baby, when the thrill is gone Now dad is gone and mom is going strong She was by his side when he passed on He said you are my angel, there’s no way that I can thank you She smiled and said our son will write a song Come on too strong Find your self committed To someone you can't live with Looking out for snippets you can lean on Baby, when the thrill is gone
7.
There's hotheads in Chicago Ganging up and throwing out Any chance to make a difference Or make their mamas proud There's bloodstains down in Roseland We’ve made the devil’s bed Four more boys in jailcells One more boy is dead Boom, boom, baby It's do or die When you're staring down a barrel at Richard Wright It's bigger than a trigger Or black and white It crosses all of them old gang lines Look you in the face Punch you in the eye A low down feeling deep inside It's a low down feeling deep inside There's a low down feeling buried deep inside of me And you There’s hotheads up for sergeant Heavy weapons and fast machines The fear of death in young men Before they learn to breathe There’s a case for reparations At least to try and understand The fundamental consequence Of such a painful past Boom, boom, baby It's do or die When you're staring down a barrel at Richard Wright It's bigger than a trigger Or black and white It crosses all of them old gang lines Look you in the face Punch you in the eye A low down feeling deep inside It's a low down feeling deep inside There's a low down feeling buried deep inside of me And you
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04:33
I can't get reception But the commercials, they come in fine You can pay to turn them off But I don’t have two dimes I saw a statue there But I don't think it saw me Barefoot and bottomed out So comfortably Where the face behind the counter Never smiles too much Service with a sorry, man This job is driving me nuts Yeah, mine too, what can we do I work a loading dock I get a forklift if I'm lucky Blisters when I'm not I watched that State of the Union address And the election coverage, too It just seems like everything they say Never translates into anything that they do Somehwere under a blue moon in Kentucky Aster plume in bourbon mist Up and down, and all around This blessed continent Who's gonna save us now That we've pledged our soul's allegiance To the fatting of the cow Who On the day JFK was shot C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley died, too Playing last word's edit Russian Roulette Up on the book depository roof Now violence is up on Sesame Street Fuzzy was not found Old Mother Goose put her neck in a noose And laid her burdens down Someone feed me some information I need a data fix Or some kind of USB IV That slits right into my wrist I'm getting off that train, though The next stop I can ride Go get myself an old guitar And see what’s inside There's music playing now On a stage inside a bar And the singer looks out at a bunch of other people, just like him Trying to figure out who we all are Somewhere, anywhere, everywhere Let freedom ring May the voices of the people Come together and bring about the change that they wish to see Who's gonna save us now That we've pledged our soul's allegiance To the fatting of the cow Who will recognize the son There is work to be done

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released January 7, 2016

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