Low Down Times

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Recorded straight to cassette, fall 2007, in San Francisco.

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released September 18, 2007

All songs written and performed by Eric Clark.
Album art, "Laundry Room, Golden Eagle Hotel" by Eric Clark.

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Alonzo Cat Farm New York, New York

Alonzo Cat Farm is the musical hiding place of Eric Clark. He is also a writer, painter, and American failure.

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Track Name: praying for rain
praying for rain

new year's day
and the phone don't ring
i want to go away with
what's left of my will to live

new year's day
i haven't seen my daughter
if i had her
i wouldn't have to look any further

praying for rain

new year's day
i don't want to make a sound
something has to come to me
or i might as well leave town

praying for rain

new year's day
last year of my life
praying for rain is the
only thing that seems right

praying for rain

rain brings the flowers
rain drowns the flowers....
Track Name: talk dirty
talk dirty

i've given up on god
he doesn't listen to me at all
something less than hope
is in my heart
i look for love in passing faces
i don't have any expectations
i'm always in love
even when i'm not

if i was to open my mouth
to beauty
all i would do is talk dirty

if i can wake up in your bed
i'll make you coffee and eggs
i'll make love to you all day
i can be sweet
i got a death rattle cough
my dick is sore from jerking off
i'd like to die in my sleep
but i'm not lucky

if i was to open my mouth
to beauty
all i would do is talk dirty

you have a lovely neck
can i paint you like modigliani did?
i got time to waste
and i like yer face
if i buy you some shoes
willl you take away my blues?
baby, i can make you
drip like honey

if i was to open my mouth
to beauty
all i'd do is talk dirty
Track Name: low down times
low down times

i brushed past richard gere
he was heavy with cologne
i had no business being there
and i took myself back home

sayin this is the last
these eyes will see of new york city
the ship sailed without me
these are the low down times

the money ran out
i pissed away a job in a cup
you tell them i died alone
and watch their faces light up

i ignored the daylight
and the possibilities of the day
i gave the whole day away
these are the low down times

they took everything you had
you didn't have much to start
they didn't want your soul
but they wanted to break your heart

these are the low down times

it's the last year of your life
and you're passing alone
through the pacific time zone
these are the low down times
Track Name: limitless
limitless

i ran out of dreams
like you run out of smoke
i ran out of vision
i ran out of hope

everything ran out
everything ran out
everything ran out
that i thought was limitless

i ran out of love
like you run out of words
i ran out of ambition
i ran out of nerve

and everyone ran out
everyone ran out
everyone ran out
that i thought was limitless

i was asleep
writing songs in my sleep
i was asleep-- listen!
i'm singing songs in my sleep
i was asleep
beautiful songs
and everything was limitless
Track Name: room 68 (the angels)
room 68 (the angels)

it's at the end of the hall
looking out on a rockslide
it's as good as any place to hide
and the angels are riding down broadway
to the sea
to the sea

there's the parsley sellin con man
and the sun shines everyday
after the fog burns away
and the angels are riding down broadway
to the sea
to the sea

i'm at the gold dust lounge
just trying to stay alive
and it ain't workin
i'm at mr. bing's
just dying to stay alive
and it ain't workin
and the angels are riding down broadway
to the sea
to the sea

it's at the end of the hall
lookin out on a rockslide
it's as good as any place to hide
and the angels are riding down broadway
to the sea
to the sea

lovely maria works the night desk
and the man across the hall
laughs at nothing at all
and the angels are riding down broadway
to the sea
to the sea
Track Name: a woman's door
a woman's door

i wish i had
a woman's door to knock on
a door to be answered
by a beautiful woman

she'd let me in
offer me a beer
i'd say how's it goin?
she'd say what are you doin here?

i'd say i'm lonesome
and she'd say well i figured
i wish i had a woman's door
to darken

i wish i had a woman's love
to call on
to be comforted
by a beautiful woman

she'd take me in
offer me breakfast in bed
i'd say i got to go and
she'd say that's why i didn't start it yet

and i'd say i'm grateful
she'd say well i reckon
i wish i had a woman's love
to fall back on
Track Name: chicka boom
chicka boom

i can't sell her on my plans to please her
i don't impress her much
she laughs at my advances
i'm not rich or good enough

i've set my sights
too high again
this can't come
to a good end

chicka boom

i can't run around the point enough for her
and i'm not good at small talk
i say baby you and me should make it
and i watch her take a walk

i've set my sights
too high again
this can't come
to a good end

chicka boom

someday i'll have my real fine looker
and we'll make love all the time
she'll appreciate my honesty
and forgive my dirty mind

i've set my sights
too high, too high
good lord above a man
has to try

chicka boom
Track Name: til my heart aches
til my heart aches

once i played a part in a miracle
then i was told to walk away
i worry til my heart aches
til my heart aches

i was unneccessary
but it's not that easy
i worry til my heart aches
til my heart aches

you know a few four letter words
but will you know wrong from right
i worry til my heart aches
til my heart aches

she didn't want me to care
she wanted me to disappear
i worry til my heart aches
til my heart aches

she pretends i don't exist
but everything's my fault
i worry til my heart aches
til my heart aches

you know when they're lying to you
but will you know when to ask for help
i worry til my heart aches
til my heart aches

you know how to get what you want
but will you know how to be grateful
i worry til my heart aches
til my heart aches

i try to do right by you
but nobody wants me to
i worry til my heart aches
til my heart aches

like the devil himself
i'm kept from you
i worry till my heart aches
til my heart aches

you know what pisses you off
but will you know what makes you happy
i worry til my heart aches
til my heart aches

once i played a part in a miracle
then i was told to walk away
Track Name: pushin' us
pushin' us

you want excuses
i got your excuses
one excuse is good for
many regrets

it's all pushin us
pushin us
pushin us
to another place

i want some answers
can you give me an answer
give me this answer
why am i such a dreamer

it's all pushin us
pushin us
pushin us
to another place

i dont' see the difference
can you see the difference
the difference between
the winners and the losers

it's all pushin us
pushin us
pushin us
to another place
Track Name: and...but
and...but

this is how they tell me to spend my money
and this is how they tell me to dress
this is how they tell me to live
this is really how they talk to me

and every man has a woman
but no woman has me

this is where they tell me to go
and this is what they tell me to say
this is how they tell me to act
and this is who they tell me to be

and every man has a woman
but no woman has me

i'll be whoever they want me to be
there's only one thing i need

this is what they say is my problem
and these are their hand me downs
and this isn't even my money
and this is what is wrong with me

every man has a woman
but no woman has me
Track Name: start early / finish late
start early/finish late

i want a skinny girl
with perfect breasts
who waits on my love
and doesn't need to be impressed

start early, finish late

give me a woman
who speaks no language
doesn't know the meaning
of the word damaged

start early, finish late

some scrawny waif
some little nothin chick
who's probably a model
workin on her doctorate

start early, finish late
Track Name: trouble
trouble

i got into this mess
watchin an ass
in a yellow sun dress
in dallas, texas

trouble is my middle name
and it was my daddy's name
there was something my ma could see
that's why she gave that name to me

george was shana's boyfriend
he worked sound at the club
he said the city would spit me out
after it ate me up

trouble is my middle name
and it was my daddy's name
boys i got to go
but i'd really love to stay

i got a visit from the stork
and a little brain work
til i'd had all i could take
of new york, new york

trouble is my middle name
and it was my daddy's name
and it's a hard name to live down
fellas, i was just leavin town

trouble is my middle name
and it was my daddy's name
there was something my ma could see
that's why she gave that name to me

yeh, texas was a beautiful place
to wake up and greet the sun!