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recorded with my friends from Days N' Daze at Jesse, and Marissa's parents house.

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released July 26, 2011

Jesse, Marissa, Whitney, Fred, and me.

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Track Name: Hobo 4 Life
C G C
E7 F7 C G C
C
I’ve got a hobo shirt, and some hobo shoes.
I’ve got that hobo hurt from them hobo blues.
G
I could quit as a hobo any time that I choose,
C
but I’m a hobo ‘cause I got nothin’ to lose.
E7
I find a place to sleep every single day,
F7
I love a’livin’ life in that hobo way.
C G C
So as long as I’m a hobo then a hobo I’ll stay.

I’ve been a’hobo singin’ on that hobo song, I’ve been a’hobo drinkin’ for so hobo long.
I’ve been hittin’ on this hobo bong, if it feels so good it can’t be hobo wrong.
I find a place to sleep every single day, I love a’livin’ life in that hobo way.
So as long as I’m a hobo then a hobo I’ll stay.

I love that hobo girl, with her hobo style. She’s got them hobo curls, that drive me hobo wild.
And I would walk that hobo mile, if she would be my little hobo child.
I find a place to sleep every single day, I love a’livin’ life in that hobo way.
So as long as I’m a hobo then a hobo I’ll stay.

C G C
E7 F7 C G C
E7
Some people like to look down on me,
F7
they say there’s only one way that anyone can be.
C G
I tell them that I’m a hobo and I’ve gotta live free.
E7
Then they tell me to go out and get a job,
F7
I don’t wanna be another piece of corn on the cob.
C G C
So as long as I’m a hobo then a hobo I’ll stay.

I’ve got that hobo ridin’ on my hobo brain, I know that hobo sidin’ for that hobo train.
This hobo’s life is goin’ down the drain. If I don’t get on soon I’ll go hobo insane.
I find a place to sleep every single day, I love a’livin’ life in that hobo way.
So as long as I’m a hobo then a hobo I’ll stay.
So as long as I’m a hobo then a hobo I’ll stay.
So as long as I’m a hobo then a hobo I’ll stay.
Track Name: SBCRTMWSC
SBCRTMWSC
Solo
G G G D
G B7 C Am7
G D G

Well there’s gotta be someone out there for me
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me
There gotta be at least one under this great hot sun
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me

I’ got these clothes on my back
I’ been luggin’ ‘round this hefty pack
I’ got these $2 shoes, and a case of weary blues
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me

She’ll be comin’ down that mountain when she comes
She’ll be comin’ down that mountain when she comes
She’ll be comin’ down that mountain, spreadin’ love like a fountain
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me
Solo
Well there’s gotta be someone out there for me
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me
It’s a great wide world I only need one girl
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me

Well I’ll be drinkin’ whiskey when she comes
Yeah I’ll be drinkin’ whiskey when she comes
I’ll be drinkin’ whiskey till I’m fealin’ pretty friskey
And I won’t stop romancin’ till she cums

We’ll be eatin’ corn and taters everyday
We’ll be eatin’ corn and taters everyday
We’ll be eatin’ corn and taters only hatin’ on them haters
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me
Solo
Well there’s gotta be someone out there for me
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me
There’s gotta be at least one under this black hole sun
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me
Oh there’s gotta be someone out there for me
Track Name: House in My Chest
House in My Chest

G
Well I got up this mornin’ with the sunlight on my face,
A D
homeless and sick for that heart I could not chase.
G
Well I thought about my day, cause last night I can’t remember
D G
Well I got up a nerve and dusted off my jeans.

Chorus
C G
Well I built a house inside my chest, a place where my hopes and dreams could rest,
D G
and dropped the key in this bottle from the night before.
C G
Well I gave it to the ocean to carry away.
D G
There’s no need for hopeless hopin’ anyway.

A foundation made of stone, walls made of pine,
furnished with belongings from once upon a time.
Inside my memories the décor for to view,
Outside a locked door of green with a shade of blue.

Chorus
Solo

My heart was black as coal, so easy to burn.
I was lookin’ for a love that I didn’t have to earn.
The first gal that came along, seekin’ shelter from the cold,
Well she burned me up, and found another one I’m told.

Chorus
There’s no need for hopeless hopin’ anyway
Track Name: W/o Underwear
Without Underwear
GBCDC x4
G B C
They don’t know you, and they’re not likely to
D
Wait around for you to let them in
G B C
They travel around from town to town
D G
Playin’ lost and found w/ the child from their youth
Cm Em
And I don’t understand where you get off
A
Tellin’ us to get off your property
G Cm Em
And there’s a line you see, between you and me
A
That creating a hole where a heart should be
G Cm Em AD x2
C G C G
I don’t wanna go home, no I don’t wanna go home
CG A Em D
I don’t want to be alone
I just wanna stay, oh I just wanna stay
Oh I just wanna stay where they play all day
GBCDC x2
G B
They’ll let you in, if’n you begin
C D
To let yourself grin, through thick and thin
You don’t have to be happy cause we’re all pretty sappy
So if your fealin’ down, we’ll all still be around
G Cm Em
And I don’t know why it is you should be so lonely
A
So won’t you come with me
G Cm
We could see what’s there w/o underwear
Em A
We will f*** you up beyond repair
G Cm Em AD x2

C G C G
I will come of age, oh I will come of age
CG A Em D
I will come of age
C G C G
And I won’t be afraid no I won’t be afraid
C G A Em D
No I won’t be afraid
Track Name: Can't Help it
C F G C
C
Well it’s my personal philosophy
F
that there are two extremes, and then there’s me
G C
The good, the bad, and the in-between .
Well there’s a glass half empty and a glass half full,
if there’s whiskey involved I may take a pull.
I’m a man who likes to get his kicks.
Well I start to drink about seven or nine,
breakfast for dinner and a bag of wine.
I don’t need a glass, the pour spout’ll do just fine.
Well I sing the blues with a shade of green.
One day I’ll leave this road and live among the trees.
I might die young, I might grow old, but I guess we’ll see.
F G
And there are so many things in this world to see.
C Am
I can’t help it if I want to live free.
F G C
It’s a great big world out there, and it’s callin’ me.

Well I like my women like I like my cars,
fast and thorough, and they drive real hard.
They don’t break down as long as I treat em’ right.
But the hardest women that I’d ever seen,
was my dear ol’ mama, she’d killed the king.
With a few strong words she brought him to his knees.
She said, “You’re too damn drunk to be my man!”
So she kicked him out, and took a hold of the land.
And that’s just the way it went.
Well I learned my lessons from that guy,
I don’t drink all day, I don’t get too high.
But I still love to rock and roll!

Chorus

Well me and my friends all play in the band,
we got no choice ‘cause we shook Satan’s hand.
And now we’re bound by contract.
Oh to play until our dying day,
and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s our bread and butter, and that’s a fact!
Well we raise a most harmonious sound,
ten dirty kids and their loyal hounds.
We’ll let you take us home for the night.
Well we ride around in vans and cars,
play on your streets and in your bars.
Vagabond gypsies is what we are.

And there are so many things in this world to see.
We can’t help it if we want to live free.
It’s a great big world out there, and it’s callin’ us.
Track Name: Homebummin' it
Homebummin’ it
Chorus
C F
Well, I’ been homebummin’ it up in this boxcar,
C G
ever since my girlfriend left me.
C F
Well, that was “30 fuckin’ years ago,”
C G C
and now I wake up puking Listerine.

F C
There are things I’ve said I’d never do;
F C
like go to sleep after taking off just one shoe.
F C
Now I find myself sayin’ “Lord, just a few
G
more drinks, then I can go to sleep.”

Chorus
Solo

Well I tried to buy ticket outta town,
but they said I smelled so they turned me down.
And after all this time I’m still hangin’ round down here,
just spangin’ for beer.

Chorus

Well, the CIA is keepin’ tabs,
and the aliens are tryin’ to steal my cans.
Oh man! I think I mighta just crapped my pants!
Oh well, I’ll just ignore the smell.

Solo
C F
Well, I’ been homebummin’ it up in this boxcar,
C G
ever since my girlfriend left me.
C F
Well, that was “30 fuckin’ years ago,”
C G C
and now I wake up puking Listerine.
C G C
And now I’m Puking Listerine! Blarf!
Track Name: I Don't Care
I Don’t Care
D
Smoked that blunt w/o James
E7
It doesn’t matter anyways
G
We’re all still getting high
A A7
someday we’re gonna fly
D
and I don’t care

We told him to wait there
Then decided we don’t care
We grabbed that guitar
And walked somewhere real far
And I don’t care

chorus
G A
If you’re going down
D Bm
I could go down with you
G A
As long as you don’t mind
D
Then I don’t care

After we’re done you wanna talk
I’d much rather take a walk
You have so many problems
And I could never solve ‘em
Cause I don’t care

After all, this place is just a bed
It’s just some place to lay your head
You thought I was so cool
But I am just a fool
Cause I don’t care

Chorus
Solo
We’ve been ridin’ on them trains
Grabbin’ life by the reigns
We do this all the time
They say that it’s a crime
But I don’t care

We dumpster all our food
You may think that’s pretty crude
But they lead cows to the slaughter
To end up in garbage water
So I don’t care

G A
So if you’re goin’ down
D Bm
I been down so God damn long
G A
I’m goin anyways
D Bm
I’ll understand if you wanna stay
G A
But as long as you don’t mind
D Bm
As long as you don’t mind
G A
As long as you don’t mind
D
Then I don’t care
Track Name: Pot-O-Liquor
Pot-O-Liquor
G C G
Some search for silver, and others for gold
G D
A pot-o-liquor for my shoes I sold
G C G
I’ve been pickin’ on this mountain but this winter’s mighty bold
G D G G
I’d love to keep on playin’ but my fingers’ frozen cold

I’m headed for the ocean, I’m headed for that sun
I won’t stop a-ridin’ until the day that I am done
Left my lover on that mountain the best a heart could find
I Don’t worry ‘bout tomorrow for my baby’s not far behind

Chorus
C G
Well I put so many miles underneath these feet
D G
I been runnin’ so hard I’m perpetually beat
C G
But I can't stop now with so much at stake
D C D G G
Life in hand, with the future to create

My clothes be tattered and my hair grown long
My face bruised and battered but I will carry on
Don’t spend no money on a thing I don’t need
Fine beer made from honey but I’m drinkin’ for free

There’s beans on my plate and a smile in my mouth
These beans are great but the best food’s in the south
Drink coffee in the morn’ wake up with the sun
To the road I’ve sworn so away I run

Chorus

Anticipate death around every turn
But why waste my breath if for my sins I will burn
But yet I remain in this life unconcerned
How insane for death to yearn
Chorus
Track Name: Nose Clean
Nose Clean

G
Dear Mr. Police officer, don't put me in your car.
C G
I don't wanna spend the night behind bars.
D G
I keep my nose clean.
Well I believe in equal rights, that bitch hit me, so I popped her back twice.
I keep my nose clean.
Well I got up about 7 or 9 and I started to drink, about 7 or 9
I keep my nose clean.
Well I like to sleep with the snakes and the bugs, and yes, you may help yourself to makin' some love
I keep my nose clean.
C G
Well I get in trouble every time that I speak
C G
And I can't help it when I see you my knees get week
C G
And some times I get too drunk and take a leak
G D D D D
In the middle of bourbon st.
D G
I keep my nose clean. X4

Dear Mr. Police officer, don't put me in your car. I don't wanna spend the night behind bars.
I keep my nose clean.
Well I believe in equal rights, that bitch hit me, so I popped her back twice.
I keep my nose clean.
Well I got up about 7 or 9 and I started to drink, about 7 or 9
I keep my nose clean.
Well I like to sleep with the snakes and the bugs, and yes, you may help yourself to makin' some love
I keep my nose clean. x2 (then third one hold it for a little bit then back down to normal strumming for last line)
Well I don't eat fish ever since my first wife. That bitch had a smelly twat, shit ruined my life.
I keep my nose clean
Track Name: Peggy Sue
Peggy-sue
C F C
Peggy-Sue, I love you
C F G7
I will love you till I’m through
F C
But you think it’s so damn strange
Am F
For a man to act this way
C F C G7
But I just cannot help it Peggy-Sue
C F C
I just cannot help it miss Peggy-Sue

I knew from the moment I met you
That I could find myself your friend
But things didn’t go as planned
No one could ever be your man
And that’s why I’m still chasin’ my Peggy-Sue
I’ll just have to keep on chasin’ my Peggy-Sue

Whistle melody

I know I’ve never been perfect
I never really ever did get it down
You walked into my life
Removed all my strife
& now I can’t stop thinkin’ Peggy-Sue
I just can’t stop lovin’ miss Peggy-Sue

I’ve been restless since you left me
W/ only spirits to calm me down
I got angels in my shoes
I could really use some time to snooze
But not until I’m back w/ my Peggy-Sue
I’ll just have to get back to my Peggy-Sue

Whistle melody
Track Name: Who Who Who
Who Who Who
G D
Heeeeeeeewwwwwwwww HeHe Heww
D
I’ been singin’ ‘bout that railroad
D
I’ been Singin’ ‘bout that love flow
D G
I’ll be singin’ till the day that I die
D
I’ been singin’ for my money
D
Drinkin’ beer made with honey
D G
Waitin’ for my own piece of the pie
A
Till one day I realized
G D
That I don’t have to wait to be free
A G
And now I sing constantly
D
HeHe Hewww
Heeeeeeeewwwwwwwww HeHe Heww
They say I should be workin’
but that wasn’t really workin’
not playin’ never sat quite right to me
I got my mind to thinkin’
that old president Lincoln
had it down when he set the slaves free
‘cause one day he realized
that we don’t have to wait to be free
And now I sing constantly
HeHe Hewww
Heeeeeeeewwwwwwwww HeHe Heww
I’ve known a couple women
But I never really have been
The man to them I wanted to be
But now I’ve found a good one
and nothing under this sun
can keep her separated from me
‘cause one day we realized
That we don’t have to wait to be free
And now I think about her constantly
HeHe Hewww
Heeeeeeeewwwwwwwww HeHe Heww
A G D
I can’t wait to get beyond the threat of Armageddon
A G D
I can’t wait to settle down and have my own little weddin’
A G A Em A G D
I can’t wait, no I can’t wait, no I can’t wait to be free
Heeeeeeeewwwwwwwww HeHe Heww
Heeeeeeeewwwwwwwww HeHe Heww
Track Name: On the Streets for Money
On the Streets for Money
verse
E B E B E
Playin’ on the streets for money, and I don’t think it’s very funny
B E B E
For you to walk right on by without payin’ any mind
B E B E
Would you like to have a chat we could talk and all that
B E B E
I could tell you that you’re cool and maybe walk you home from school
B E B E B E B
Mmmmmmm Mmmmmm Mmmmmmmm

chorus
A B E
We’re only doin’ this for you, we ain’t got nothin’ better
A B E
We could go around sniffin’ glue, but whiskey tastes so much better
A B E
We love to sing and dance it’s true, we could play forever
A B A B A
So if you’d just give us a chance, we could take off all our pants
B E
And show you what we really can do.

E A B E
We play with our fingers and our mouths
E A B E
We like it better in the south
E A B E
We got life pretty figured out
E
At least the part about havin’ a good time.
E A B E
We think that you’re all pretty swell
E A B E
Because you’re buyin’ what we sell
E A B E
If you’re not here than you can go to hell
E A
You might as well be kickin’ rocks anyways
E A E A
Cause we often say hey hey hey hey
B E
You’ll should really stay.

verse
We don’t play in stadiums, we only rock for dogs and bums
That is just what we do, we don’t generally like wearing shoes
We like to drink away our pain, and go skippin’ through the rain
So if you just stick around awhile I’m sure that we can make you smile
Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Mmmmmmmm

chorus
We’re only doin’ this for you, we ain’t got nothin’ better
We could go around sniffin’ glue, but whiskey tastes so much better
We love to sing and dance it’s true, we could play forever
So if you’d just give us a chance, we could take off all our pants
And show you what we really can do.
Track Name: Catch Like Me
E A E E7
She left me all alone wishin’ that there were more fish in the sea.
A A7 E E7
She left me all alone wishin’ that there were more fish in the sea.
B7 A7 E B7
Well you know I love a’fishin’, but there ain’t no catch like me.

I met a fine lookin’ woman way down there in New Orleans.
I met a fine lookin’ woman way down there in New Orleans.
With the curves of a goddess she was fed on rice and beans.

She’s got a heart like a hammer, and it’s hangin’ right above her head.
She’s got a heart like a hammer, boy, and it’s hangin’ right above her head.
If you’re tryin’ to save her boy you gonna wind up dead.

I’ve said I’ve tried to love her, oh but love she’s just the strangest thing.
I’ve said I’ve tried to love her, oh but love she’s just the strangest thing.
She left me in California for that Ohio fling.

Chorus
Track Name: Country Mill (Houston TX Bum)
Houston TX Bum
verse
E A
I took that job in a country mill, on a chance for to play the saw.
B E
I find it quite confusing that being poor is against the law.
E A
But I’ll stick with it ‘till I can buy some wheels head out on the open road.
B E
Like a friend that keeps its promises, oh the heavier my load.

bridge
A E
I’ll believe in life and love and hope that the harder that I try,
B E
That I would bring about more happiness than if yesterday I’d died.
A E
That alone is my only goal; reminding people how to feel.
B E
We’re all in this boat called relationship and someone’s got to man the wheel.

chorus
C#m A
I find my way anyway I go, I know he’s right there by my side.
E B
The better part of my better half, I thought that long ago had died.
C#m A
But I found him right where he ought to be, in fact he’d been there all along.
E B B
Oh but I was the one who had turned away, oh how I’ve realized I was wrong.

verse
I’ve known a few women in my life that had to go and do me wrong.
I know I’ve done some stupid things though the list ain’t all that long.
But I ain’t bitter since I found her here, call it destiny or fate.
The only truth of the matter is she brought up marriage on the second date.

bridge
I can vouch for myself and maybe even some of my good friends.
That loneliness ain’t happiness, but it’s just around the bend.
Everyone’s got their own to find, no one else can lead you there.
Cause misery loves company but she doesn’t like to share.
chorus

verse
I still play on that ol’ guitar, won’t be forgetin’ where I’m from.
I fell in love with a southern bell, now I’m a Houston TX bum.
We make just enough for us to pay the rent a little extra just for fun.
Every dollar here is Heaven sent after workin’ out in the sun.

bridge
I still remember why I stayed, my ambitions will remain the same.
I’m only lookin’ for a better way to survive here out in this game.
I consider payin’ dues: strugglin’ to survive.
It only takes just one to notice you before you’re paid for playin’ live.

chorus
E A
I took that job in the country mill on a chance for to play the saw,
B E
But I still find it quite confusing that being poor is against the law.
Track Name: rock steady
Emojis