Best In Boots Vol. 1 (2009​-​2012)

by David Ullman

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1.
The leaves are turning brown They’ll soon be falling to the ground It’s getting cold outside You’re in your corner and I’m in mine We’re both wishing we could find A way to turn the tide You can shout and you can scream With silence louder than anything But I’m not ready to risk it all ‘Cause when it comes to you I’ve still got a long way to fall We’re having one of those nights again This is one of those times my friend Where every sentence starts a fight We’re singing two separate songs Can’t seem to get along Or find a way to harmonize Just let the wind tow the line As the moon controls the tide Think I’m ready to risk it all But when it comes to you I’ve still got a long way to fall We’re gonna have it out now and then I’m not just trying to make amends But I think this break is about bend Cause I’m ready to risk it all And when comes to you I’ve still got a long way to fall I’ve still gotta ways to fall I’ve still got you to call I’m ready to risk it all And you’re not getting rid of me I’ve still got room to grow I’m not gonna let you go I want all the world to know That you’re not getting rid of me I’ve still gotta ways to fall I’ve still got you to call I’m ready to risk it all… I’ve still got room to grow I’m not gonna let you go Want the whole damn world to know… When it comes to you and me I’m not gonna let this be I’ll keep singing ‘till you agree That you’re not getting rid of me I’ve still gotta a ways to fall I’ve still got room to grow I want all the world to know That you’re not getting rid of me I’ll keep singing ‘till you agree This I guarantee You’re not getting rid of me The leaves are turning brown They’ll soon be falling to the ground It’s getting cold outside
2.
I’ve been searching, can’t seem to find my way Seems the nights get darker each and every day This time I’ve wandered too far from home Friends all around me, but I feel alone I feel lost and broken, bent out of place Shall I stay, or do you need some space Different means all lead to the same end How can we even try to pretend I need a secondhand heart Only slightly ripped apart I need someone who will always be around Unrequited from the start Feel I was born to play the part Give me someone who will never let me down Sure I don’t miss what was missing But oh how I miss kissing you (of course I do) I miss your lips, your hips, your thighs Miss the sparkle of your eyes I know it’s gone now but I don’t know why How did this become of me How was I too blind to see That the one you loved was no longer me Was my heart in your hands just a pawn Feelings faded like the night at dawn Where was it that we went wrong How am I supposed to heal When I don’t know what it is I feel Was it really ever real I know kindness is contagious So come on be courageous Give your love away With a secondhand heart Only slightly ripped apart Gotta somehow get my feet back on the ground Unrequited from the start No one’s born to play that part Just find someone who will never let you down Don’t let me down
3.
I feel I’ve been here before Staring calmly at the open door I knew you’d be back this way You spoke softly, said you couldn’t stay You’d hoped to find me a changed man I know I haven’t; please understand It’s in the way you move me Running in circles, and I can’t break free I can feel it coming ‘round again Love begins just to end again Around and around, here we go again Love begins just to end again In every path there comes a time When past and present meet and roads divide Which way are you gonna go Left or right, high or low When did you know That this was the end And how can I go When we were just beginning To end …again I can feel it comin’ down again Love begins just to end again Against the tide it’s sink or swim again Love begins just to end again Begins …to end …(here we go) again
4.
There’s a violence inside of me And a weakness on display An anger burning quietly That will not go away Seems the more that I struggle The harder it becomes To believe in miracles In anything or anyone But I will not fall apart I will not give in… or take part I’ll set fire to the spark And burn a hole in the night To light the dark And I know that you feel it to The way the world weighs on you The frustration of the fight Still you manage to stand up For what you know is right You will not fall apart You will not give in… or take part You’ll set fire to the spark And burn a hole in the night To light the dark We’re leaving these roads outgrown For wide open skies In your heart I’ve found my home I’m better man when seen… through your eyes We will not fall apart We will not give in… or take part We’ll set fire to the spark And burn a hole in the night… to light the dark
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6.
Mulletman’s on the march again Wearing designer shoes and a spray-on tan Six-pack abs and frosted hair Wears his pants low enough to see his underwear Mulletman can pick a fight He’ll slap you about just to prove his might An all-star athlete, he’ll make the pass Knock you flat, yeah he’ll kick your ass He’s so handsome, sugar sweet Sweeps the girls right off their feet Mulletman, he’ll make you swoon Unrefined, beautiful baboon Mulletman, he’s got a plan Gonna pick you up at a quarter-to-ten He’s feelin’ frisky for romance Knows a hundred ways to get in your pants Gonna drive you to a secluded spot He’ll give you every line he’s got To get what he wants, he wants it all In the morning promises he’ll give you a call He’s so sexy, sugar sweet Treats you like a piece of meat How can other boys compete He’s got it all, he’s such a creep But this groovy gal, she’s on the prowl Meets his pouty stare with lurid scowl What he don’t know, he’ll soon find out She’s the only one who knows what he’s about She’s gonna drive him to the breakin’ point Leave him all alone just to prove her point That he’s not all that he thinks he is, He’s just an unkind, dressed up, unchecked id. He’s so sexy, sugar sweet Sweeps the girls right off their feet How can other boys compete He’s got it all, but can’t you see Mulletmen are everywhere Seems the mold is broken beyond repair Behind a plastic smile that’s two-feet wide, The monkey-man-child is trying to hide A two-faced façade, worn for all to see It might fool her, man, but it don’t fool me
7.
Want to start, but where to begin I’ve spent such long time my friend On the outside looking in Working hard, and spending all my time First on the bill but last in line Trying to make the wrong words rhyme Up here so high Way up in the clouds I've lost sight I'm upward-down I don't wanna fight Just wanna kiss the ground tonight Wanna be everywhere at once Be everything to everyone Falling short at all fronts But I'm not lost And I don't need found I'm a long way off on this upward down I don't wanna fight Just wanna clear the air tonight I've stolen time I've drawn flies I've sold the truth I've bought lies I'm off the mark but i'll get it right in time Weary now from always keeping score Never content to be ignored Giving less but expecting more Wish I were a much better friend Want to have done all I could I’ll do more when I can But I'm running in place And I can't slow down Should I take a break or take a bow It's this upward down That's got me turned around
8.
Dark clouds cut through the sky And night starts to bleed into day You’re off down a one-way road And all the signs say “Jesus Saves” Where you come from is gone You can’t go back The train is taking off, It’s tearing up the track You tried to move on But it called you back It cannot be denied It’s the blood that’s wise Running away from what you don’t believe Rantin’, raving that you are not clean With a sharp tongue and jagged teeth Shoutin’ “you reckon that you’ve been redeemed?” With a tear in his throat And the devil in his eyes He’s preaching the Church of Jesus Christ without Christ Tried to move on But the blood inside It cannot be denied It’s the blood that’s wise A martyr lying for the truth A soldier dying in a preacher’s suit His barbed-wire heart breaking before your eyes He’s paying the price For having blood that’s wise He’s haunted by a man leaping from limb to limb in the forest of his mind he can no longer pretend There’s no end in sight No bottom to his eyes He’s walking on rocks toward a pin-prick of light bleeding blood that’s wise
9.
Tiny toothpick mother of two says ‘Listen up boy, I got some morals for you’ Frumpy little feline starting cat-fights on the close line Cul-de sac house-wife, fanny pack brat Young people this, young people that ‘It’s ‘cause of your generation we’re where we’re at’ My feet are burning; I need to sit down Gotta get up out of this town But they need to give directions a little more clear Plus, I hit every damned light on my fucking way here Chorus: Cause I’m snakebit This is bullshit Doesn’t matter what I do or say The devil, he’s gonna have his way Cause I’m snakebit Friday fantasies, five-day sentence Living for the weekend with no repentance (that’s what’s great about being Catholic) If you’re happy and you know it, then clap your hands Work is what happens while you’re making other plans These days people don’t live they work Don’t mean to complain, to sound like such a jerk, but… Chorus I hate to complain (but) I know I got it good (but) Gossip aint’ my thing (but) I gotta, gotta say (what?!) Ouija board won’t-cha Gimme some more of that Pseudo-intelectual, psycho-babble bullshit It’s because of Satan and Santa Claus, Satan and Santa Claus, Satan and Santa Claus Satan is Santa; Satan is Chorus He goes after the big ones The bishops and the nuns Cause they’re the tasty ones (everyone loves to hate the Catholics) Blame it on the baptists and Hillary Clinton Hollywood values and liberal politicians Chorus
10.
Failed by the foolproof Trying to face the truth Can’t cope or relate Consumed by anger, hurt and hate Shrouded in shame In the wind I hear your name Crouching coward Crippled Christ Meet me in paradise Help me make it right Dream with the dreamers Bleed with the bleeders Dry as stone Hard as bone Shattered and split 2x4 buy six Get one free To be who i am Not who you want me to be Can’t you see I’m in and out of time In and out of mind The break must be made The one who lost his way Pity the password Pain is the key Change the lock love Just don’t forget me If you can If you can Be the woman and I’ll be the man Is it in your skirt Is it in your shirt Is in what you do for work Is it in the eyes Is it in the thighs Or is in what between there lies Is it in the hands Is it in the feet Is it in the space between your teeth Is it in the arms Is it in the stance Is it the size of what’s in your pants Is it in knowing nature Is it in knowing cars Spending hard-earned money at the bar Is it being strong Is it being tough Is it never wanting to grow up Is it in the glance Is it in the stare Is in the way you wear your hair Is in fashion Is it in style Give you an inch and you take a mile Is this about money Is this about love Is this the bottom line or above Is this about guilt Is this about sex Don’t wanna be like all of the rest So tell me if you can If you can Be a woman and I’ll be a man
11.
This is my cry in the dark In the blackest of nights As fire comes from a spark Set my soul alight In the beginning was the word So much has gotten in the way After everything I’ve learned I can’t bring myself to pray (REFRAIN) Still here I kneel My humble head bowed Broken heart in your hands Begging you aloud Show mercy please Hear me out Come down from that tree Lift my father up Send my sister love bring my brother hope make sure my mother knows that her son will be alright there’s no need to cry if you are who you say then show me today Prove you have a plan To make everyone fall in line Somehow make me understand How love can be a crime For every truth that’s been obscured Surely something has survived For the meek who have endured You’ve promised to provide REFRAIN Take the condition out of love A promise divine Has been twisted and corrupt Salvation for a price Show mercy please God Hear me out Come down from that tree Lift my father up Send my sister love bring my brother hope make sure my mother knows that her sons will be alright there’s no need to cry if you are who you say then show me today They say all roads lead back to you And someday all will see How I need this to be true Won’t you make me believe I’m determined here to stand Whether you’ll deliver me or not An awful roar in my head And a song in my heart
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A compilation of the best "bootleg" recordings from 2009-2012.

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released September 24, 2013

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1-3 recorded by Doug Moog at The Kent Stage in Kent, OH on Mar. 14th, 2009

4,10 recorded by Brad Woods at The Elbo Room in Chicago, IL on Aug. 15th, 2010

5-8 recorded by Mark Rodriguez at Arts Collinwood in Cleveland, OH on Jan. 28th, 2011

9 recorded by Mark Rodriguez at The Beachland Tavern in Cleveland, OH on Mar. 4th, 2010

Tracks 11* and 12 recorded by Mark Rodriguez at The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH on Jul. 11th, 2012

*Featuring Tara Hanish on cello

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