Red Tornado

by Leigh Marble

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1.
There's a long long list of all I haven't got And lucky bastards who should all be shot Now every corner's been taken, gotta find a new room Don't say you don't cause you're scared cause it's all over too soon I've seen old shots of Charlie Watts I've seen old shots of Charlie Watts I do not wish for what i haven't got But i've seen old shots of Charlie Watts The American dream i had last night was a bad dream The American dream i had last night was a bad dream This town is a shitpit of black-flagged ships Where underaged women with oversized lips Are pulling us down with a shake of their hips We buy them big drinks but they only take sips Knowing the score means knowing what worked before And being at bat means put your back into that The rats they are gnawing me to shreds From coast to coast, in a thousand beds of American dreams that I had last night, they were bad dreams The American dream i had last night was a bad dream
2.
On Your Way 03:21
You took me for granted, stepped on my face It came as a surprise, I couldn't save it if I tried Not even to mention what became of my heart: Battered and fried but I don't even mind if you're leaving, Just get me another drink on your way You gave little gifts and then took them back I don't even imagine it was your plan of attack But your cold M.O., easy come, easy go Ce'st la vie, sailor girl, there's ports of call a callin' hey So get on your way! A guitar case of photos to the untrained eye But each one's a trophy of a different guy I don't blame you, playing the gypsy - Some freedom that eluded you in Chicago town Now you drive across praries to swim naked in the ocean Just you, your car, and another day And you're on your way. Tending bar in a Texas town, Thinking about if you're settling down Or settling for less, if the answer's yes Then fuck it all, and tuck it all into your pockets And grab your keys, stick to the plan, I don't care you cut me loose, just live up to what you say... And get on your way!
3.
Cried on my shoulder and threw up at my feet Then you knocked your poor head home down Division street Where songs left undone rattle in your head You can't sleep in peace, you gotta pass out instead The salt in the wound is that progress aside Everybody else was made a bride The world is never kind, the world is never kind So you're doing your best to leave it behind They're gonna hate you, no matter what you do Berate you before your bit is even through You're gonna hate it no matter how you sweat out Every last little detail, so you just cut it quick and you get out The salt in the wound is that progress aside Everybody else was made a bride The world is never kind, the world is never kind So you're doing your best to leave it behind The world is never kind, the world is never kind So you're doing your best to leave it behind
4.
Fast & Loose 02:17
If you've played long-distance, you've played fast & loose Seen the engine wrap around, to hit the caboose And heartstrings left untied get torn in two So we pulled the strings tight, we pulled them past taut We dared them to snap, but they would not Now we're tied to the back of the bumper and the strings are caught Was it too little or too late? When you finally awake From dreams of your design That made up your mind I dropped the ball and fell down to the bar Then I dropped a dime and slept in my car While a message on your machine asks where you are Come back baby from the deep deep south Food just turns to sand in my mouth And I can't get down a thing until you end this draught Was it too little or too late? When you finally awake From dreams of your design That made up your mind If you've played long-distance, you've played fast & loose Seen the engine wrap around, to hit the caboose And heartstrings left untied get torn in two
5.
Baby Ruth 04:09
I'm sitting watching out the window, Wondering what exactly I know When you act strange for no reason And turtlenecks are out of season... Then I see you coming from a block away Wiping the lipstick off your face Please don't kiss me when you cough You didn't quite get it all off, so Thank you for telling me the truth But it's not what I expected, baby Ruth When I pulled back from our embrace I could see it written on your face I knew then you had the upper hand And your little slip-up suddenly seemed sorta planned I said, babe it looks like you missed a spot, You said, "I thought I'd feel guilty but I just feel hot I waited years for this, it just happened one day" I said, I know better than to stand in your way, so Thank you for telling me the truth But it's not what I expected, baby Ruth I'm sitting watching out the windshield Low on gas, so I've got my eyes peeled For any sign on the horizon now Any hint of an in or an out, While you're at home doing god knows what With god knows who and all I've got Is this ring on a chain, with our initials inscribed Swingin' from the rearview, cause now the score is tied, so Thank you for telling me the truth But it's not what I expected, baby Ruth Thank you for telling me the truth But it's not what I expected, baby Ruth
6.
So Far 03:48
We swore that we'd always love each other Even from a thousand miles away And that plan was working, now the only problem Is we're three and a half thousand miles away. So everything gets stretched a little thin This town can see right through my skin They say, man you got guts But I don't know if I can hold them all in When you're as far as you've been And it's so far, so good, but so far away I came to you hungry, but came away With mouthfuls of disappointment I wanted the salve, maybe salvation Only got a fly in my ointment. Once you start talking you don't stop for breath Telling me how great is your new life And I don't mind listening, but I sure miss Seeing some rapture in your eyes And now we walk under different skies And it's so far, so good, but so far away So who are you foolin' with that kind of face? I have always been open with you And my open eyes have got a big open mouth So don't pretend that you don't see it too. Now everything gets stretched a little thin This town can see right through my skin They say, man you got guts But I don't know if I can hold them all in When you're as far as you've been And it's so far, so good, but so far away
7.
Get Yours 04:25
One night a girl showed up on your couch Just passing through for a place to sleep And you saw what you'd been denied And you thought that you would just take a piece So you reached out and grabbed, put your hand on her mouth And turned from her face while the lights went dark When it was over and done, it hadn't even begun You spent it all just to make your mark And you're gonna get yours, You're gonna get yours, You're gonna get yours, someday No cop, no jury, no judge, no prison Will ever come close to you Untouchable, you think, but every bad thing Comes back in twos And you're gonna get yours, You're gonna get yours, You're gonna get yours, someday The girl who you hurt is a girl who will heal She'll pick out your shards and she'll throw them away But you've got a ball of black tar in your heart That you'll carry 'til you lay in your grave And you're gonna get yours, You're gonna get yours, You're gonna get yours, someday
8.
The big words never make it out of my quiet little mouth And it's clear you are confused exactly what this is all about I string along my words, but the breadcrumbs are too small And you don't care to climb the stairs that end in a brick wall There's a feeling that I get like I'm going to explode But I'm lost about how to get it out cause I was never shown How to deal with a desire that could swallow all the rest No wonder I'm so quiet I can barely take a breath I think so much of you About a mouthful a day But it's better to put off 'til tomorrow The unspeakable of today Vertigo swims inside your head When you look down far below But it's not so much that you're afraid you'll slip But that you'll decide to let go Well I think if I jumped, you'd catch me But I am no cannonball clown And even though I would probably pull through fine I'd sure look like a fool on the way down I think so much of you About a mouthful a day But it's better to put off 'til tomorrow The unspeakable of today The big words never made it out of my quiet little mouth And it's clear you are confused exactly what this is all about I strung along my words, but the breadcrumbs blew away And now it's late, and you're leaving, Unless I've got something else to say
9.
Gave It All 03:56
The subtle subtext, lost in the fray Another friend now gone by the way Did you know I gave them all up for you? Did you know I gave it all up for you? The price of this is beyond measure If only so, the pleasure Did you know I gave it all up for you? Did you know I gave it all up for you? You were right about half the time But you couldn't get the truth to fall in line Your directive, a detective Sworn to uphold the facts, at all cost. Now the subtle subtext gets lost in the fray Another friend now gone by the way Did you know I gave them all up for you? Did you know I gave it all up for you?
10.
Stakes 03:49
Every year the stakes got higher as the well got drier Looking back now, each year withered before half-passed Then your face appears, knocks me flat, steers me right off track Oh to be where you are again So you can have your capital A-merica, Make hay while the sun shines, and swerve across the dotted line To meet your maker on a Mack truck, Seek and find only what's in your mind. You bless your tunnel vision like you kiss the cross of Francis And keep your version of the events Just until your boy repents And now I lay me down to sleep And pray the dreams don't repeat Don't repeat I can't even look at you, knowing the things that you'd do Like throwing away my lover, cast her into the river, you're oh-so-clever And it's only your arms now, only your arms ever So what's so big that you've got to land there And what's so big that you've got to leave Stay here instead, a four-poster bed With velvet curtains to shield the sun from us To shield the sun Stay a day, maybe a week, beat this out of our systems If there's something there, We'd better tear the room apart and find it If there's something there, We'd better tear the room apart and find it If there's something there, We'd better tear the room apart and find it Cause every year the stakes get higher as the well gets drier Every year the stakes get higher
11.
Sometimes I strip the bed to remember what leaving looks like Now ask me twice, Is this really what I want to do? Cause it's cold out there tonight. I've held back the walls the best that I could But I need to rest now I'll see you next week But you say this time it's for good My heart dropped out to a bottomless pit and the pendulum And it's too late to stop now, oh no sir Every time you curse my name, the blade drops a little bit closer And if your name is mud, then at least you know the lay of the land But I think that you contain me, it's plain to see, You could cup all of this in your hand. Last time I saw you, you were looking back at me through your legs And I think that was our problem, trying to match Round holes and square pegs And we're killing, killing love, oh my dear we're guilty as sin But even if we fucked it up every time, I'd sure like to try, try again

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"A burning, angsty folk-rock masterpiece." - Willamette Week

"Raw, rough and sensuous." - Westword

"A gut-wrenching stunner." - DOA


-- ABOUT --

With his second album, "Red Tornado", Leigh Marble set out to make an record with more dirt, sweat, and human interaction than its predecessor, "Peep". "Red Tornado" is a descriptor of the emotional state that each of these songs came out of, whether it be depression, frustration, or high anxiety.

Whether it's album opener "Lucky Bastards", a song about ambition and poisonous envy, the American dream vexed to nightmare by the vapidity of pat aphorisms, or "On Your Way", a kiss-off song to a friend full of high ideals and low standards. Or "Salt In the Wound", a song Marble describes as "a memoriam to a number of slow-suicide cases I've known in Portland." "Maybe I would have called the album 'Blood on the Tracks'," he laughs, "Except somebody, I think, used that already."

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released October 23, 2007

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-- CREDITS --

Leigh Marble: vocals, guitars, bass, slide bass, harmonica, organ bass, Mellotron, tamborine, maracas, claps

Ben Macy: organs, piano, accordion, Rhodes, backing vocals, maracas, claps

Jason Russell: drums, shaker, claps

Mike Apinyakul: slide guitars on 1, electric guitar on 4

Peter Broderick: violins on 2, 5, 9

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Produced & Engineered by: Leigh Marble
Mixed by: Jeff Stuart Saltzman
Recorded at: Fishboy & Magic Closet Studios
Additional Engineering: Ian Watts, Jeff Stuart Saltzman

Mastered by: Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering
Album Design by: Dylan McConnell

Thanks to: Elena, Hub, Brian Kruse, Lee Howard, Jesse Emerson, Mike Apinyakul, Jason Wolford, Jay Horton, Cory Whitney, Larry Crane, Alicia Rose, Kris Dyer, Peter Broderick, Quinlan

All songs ©2007 Leigh Marble

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