The Long Straight Forever

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The Long Straight Forever's self-titled debut album.

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released July 1, 2010

Total running time: 47:44

Michael Matheny: Vocals, mandola, acoustic guitar, Irish bodhran.

Raymond Yates: Vocals, acoustic guitar.

Matthew Ogden: Electric guitar, vocals.

Produced by The Long Straight Forever.

Recorded at a cabin on the Upper Eau Claire Lake near Barnes, WI on April 24 and 25, 2010.

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Raymond Yates using Garageband and a random assortment of aged, dented, and otherwise well-loved microphones.

All arrangements and songs @ 2010 The Long Straight Forever unless otherwise noted.

Special thanks to Gabriel Hilmar.

Thank you all for listening, supporting, and spreading the word about us!

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Booking: thelongstraightforever@gmail.com

Tour schedule: www.thelongstraightforever.com

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Track Name: Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
We're goin' the road to sweet Athy, hurroo
We're goin' the road to sweet Athy, hurroo
We're goin' the road to sweet Athy
A stick in my hand a tear in my eye
A doleful damsel I heard cry,
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

With your drums and guns and guns and drums, hurroo
With your drums and guns and guns and drums, hurroo
With your drums and guns and guns and drums
The enemy nearly slew ye
Johnny dear you look so queer
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Where are your legs that used to run, hurroo
Where are your legs that used to run, hurroo
Where are your legs that used to run
When you went to carry a gun
Sure your dancing days are done
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

So happy for to see ye home, hurroo
So happy for to see ye home, hurroo
So happy for to see ye home
All from the island of Salome
So high in flesh, so low in bone
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

They're rolling out the guns again, hurroo
They're rolling out the guns again, hurroo
They're rolling out the guns again
They never will take our sons again
No they never will take our sons again
Johnny I'm swearing to ye.
Track Name: When it Rains
Long days, long nights
Sun encircling
Do you want to, don't you want to
Run through the freeze
Through the trees of uncertain fortune
Towards clemency or mass distortion
Don't mind that you're scared
You are prepared and ready for anything
You'll be shaken in the world's parts tester
You'll come out broken but much better

You're headed for a fall, its alright
When it starts to rain, you won't care anymore
If down is up, left is all right
When it starts to rain, you won't care anymore

When it rains
You're all polished up and prodded
When it rains
Leave home with or without it
When it rains
Answers will fall like water
When it rains
Honors the same as fodder
When it rains
Your worries are accepted
When it rains
You will not be rejected
When it rains
You will not be rejected

The grass it grows beneath your toes
And so it goes
Yeah now you see the cost of freedom
We need our chains and illusions
Our problems so we can find solutions
So we can feel like we have freedom
We need to feel like we have freedom
Track Name: Queen of Argyll
Gentlemen it is me duty
To inform you of one beauty
Though I'd ask of you a favor
No to see her for a while
Though I own she is a creature
Of character and feature
No words can paint the picture
Of the queen of all Argyll

And if you could have seen the fair
Boys, if you had just been there
The swan was in her movement
Morning in her smile
All the roses in the garden
Would bow and ask her pardon
Not one could match the beauty
Of the Queen of all Argyll

On the evening that I mentioned
I passed with light intention
Through a part of our dear country
Known for beauty and for style
Being a place of noble thinkers
scholars and great drinkers
But above them all for splendour
Shone the Queen of all Argyll

So me lads I needs must leave you
My intentions no' to grieve you
Nor indeed would I deceive you
For I'll see you in a while
I must find some way to gain her
To court her and attain her
I fear my heart's in danger
From the Queen of all Argyll
Track Name: Rolling Down to Old Maui
It's a damn tough life full of toil and strife
we whalermen undergo
And we won't give a damn when the day is done
how hard the winds did blow
For we're homeward bound from the Arctic ground
with a good ship taut and free
And we don't give a damn when we drink our rum
with the girls of old Maui

Rolling down to old Maui, me boys
Down to old Maui
We're homeward bound from the Arctic ground
Rolling down to old Maui

Once more we sail with the northerly gale
Through the ice and wind and rain
Them native maids, them tropical glades
We soon shall see again
Six hellish months have passed away
On the cold Kamchatka sea
But now we're bound from the Arctic ground
Rolling down to old Maui

Once more we sail with the northerly gale
towards our island home
Our mainmast sprung, our whaling done
and we ain't got far to roam
Our stuns'l's booms is carried away
what care we for that sound
A living gale is after us
thank God we're homeward bound

How soft the breeze through the island trees
now the ice is far astern
Them native maids, them tropical glades
is awaiting our return
Even now their soft brown eyes look out
hoping some fine day to see
Our baggy sails, running 'fore the gales
rolling down to old Maui
Track Name: Jaime
Jaime's gone away
Left here yesterday
Saw him take his old car
Into the silent winter, under the moon and stars

It was just a week ago
I saw him lift his chin and take another blow
And he swore he wasn't hurt
Though I loved him like a brother
I took him at his word

Jaime, I'm sorry for this
Jaime, I'm sorry
Have you moved on?
Is there nothing left to say but
Jaime, I'm sorry for this?
Jaime, I'm sorry
I'm here at the window waiting for you
To come back my way

I keep my ear to the ground
I carry your picture with me as I search from town to town
Even if I couldn't show you right
I care and I'm praying for your safety every night

Jaime, I'm sorry for this
Jaime, I'm sorry
Have you moved on?
Is there nothing left to say but
Jaime, I'm sorry for this?
Jaime, I'm sorry
I'm here at the window waiting for you
Waiting, waiting, waiting for you
Jaime, I'm sorry for this
Jaime, I'm sorry for this
I'll try to do better next time, and always

Jaime's gone away
Track Name: Storybook Moon
Underneath a storybook moon
The cars stop and go
She wonders why the hell didn't she just stay home
In a darkened shop window pane
Her pointless beauty fades
She knows in her heart she'll give him another chance

He's not who she needs
And she's not who he wants
And they're not who they want to be

This fevered masquerade
Days of gold and grey
Alone apart, together so alone
An empty picture frame
The thread begins to fade
White-knuckled hands are clutching on for life

Turn the glass and strike the bell
More tomorrows pass them by
They march in line, their souls are wearin' thin
They raise a tattered white flag
They vow to learn and grow
But the sun is hidden by the rain

Underneath a storybook moon
The cars stop and go
And she wonders why the hell didn't she just stay home
Track Name: The Long Straight Forever
This bed I have made
Of roses and thorns
I lay me down
And drink till the morn’

This bridge I have made
Between heart and mind
Still incomplete
40 years down the line

Fall with me
No guarantees
On the long straight forever
On the long straight forever

The bridges I’ve burned
The wrong turns I’ve made
Cause the roads
To all look the same

The friends that you keep
The family you make
The love that you find
And the truth that you take

So hard to find the soul
To know when to stay or to go
So hard to seize the day
The moment keeps turning around
...and slipping away
Track Name: The Auld Triangle
Oh a hungry feeling came o'er me stealing
And the mice were squealing in me prison cell
And the auld triangle went jingle jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

Oh to start the morning, the warden bawlin'
Get up ya blowsies and clean out your cells
And the auld triangle went jingle jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

Oh the screw was peepin' and the lahg was sleeping
As he lay weepin' for his girl Sal
And the auld triangle went jingle jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

On a fine spring evening, the lahg lay dreamin'
And the seagulls wheelin' high above the wall
And the auld triangle went jingle jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

Oh the wind was sighin' and the day was dyin'
As the lahg lay cryin' for his girl Sal
And the auld triangle, went jingle jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

In the female prison there's seventy-five women
And it is among them that I wish that I did dwell
And the auld triangle went jingle jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal
All along the banks of the Royal Canal
Track Name: When Will We Be Married?
When will we be married Molly
When will we be wed
When will we be bedded in the same bed
When will we be married Molly
When will we be wed
When will we be bedded in the same bed

You have your eye on Jimmy, long Jimmy Lee
You have your eye on Jimmy, and a fine man he
You have your eye on Jimmy, you’d better let him be
When you go, Molly-o, you’ll be gone with me

You have your eye on Johnny, thin Johnny Fee
You have your eye on Johnny, and a fine man he
You have your eye on Johnny, you’d better let him be
When you go, Molly-o, you’ll be gone with me

I made a black bow for your pretty head
When will we be married Molly, when will we be wed
Made a black bow for your pretty head
Track Name: You Will Find Me (Live at the Cedar)
Boiled it down was left with nothing
But the remains of something gone
It was right in all the ways that it was
In all the rest of them it was wrong
There's a place that we all must come to
Where we can hide and we can run
Or we must stay and face the viper
And in our veins the venom will run

Raise your eyes and keep your head up
Running is just borrowed time
Hiding makes you scared and tired
And easier to find
Sing a song and smile if you have to
There's no reason to be ashamed
If you need love, just call out
You will find me, you will find me

There's a smile only slightly crooked
On my sincere but selfish face
It comes from desire and the recent memory
Of reveling within your grace
But night falls in every story
And the hero goes away alone
Sometimes he never finds his happy ending
Sometimes he never ever goes home

Happiness rent with the claws of avarice
Emotion knows not the logical mind
Maybe I just tried to keep you too close
Smothered the flame I tried to find
Don't run away from this thing now
I need to find you if I need a hand
Don't want to drown slowly in your mixed emotion
I want you to be constant like the sun on the land