The Beach

by Long Distance Runners

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Recorded live, fall 2012.
All songs by Chris Picco (SOCAN), except 'Rodeo Girl' by Chris Picco/Charles Picco (SOCAN).
Produced by Chris Picco and Krisjan Leslie.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Krisjan Leslie at Lab Of Chaos.
Layout and Photography by Perfect Day.

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released June 4, 2013

Chris Picco; vocals, guitars, piano, organ, harmonica.
Ilia Nicoll: violin, vocals.
Darren 'Boobie' Browne: mandolin, lap steel.
Dave Rowe: bass, banjo.
Andrew McCarthy: drums, percussion.
Additional backgrounds on 'Johnny Came Home': Paula Gale and Charles Emile Picco.

Chris wishes to thank: The Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council (NLAC), The Long Distance Runners, his family and friends and all those who played and participated on this record.

For Paula and Charlie

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Track Name: Rodeo Girl
Well I feel so lucky I feel so blessed
I’ve met a girl I love the best
She loves horses and sand beneath her feet
She’s got a quiet little house on a quiet little street

Chorus
She sings country music at night and gospel music at dawn
But she’s the happiest when the rodeo comes to town

Well her mama died years ago, her daddy she hardly knew
He lives out in the desert off of highway twenty-two
And though she’s lost her faith in marriage she does believe in love
And when she wraps herself around me I thank the lord above

Chorus

When she gets the money she was thinking of heading out west
Maybe join up with the rodeo if they’d just give her half a chance

Well it’s true when she tells me
She says “Man, you’ve lost all ambition and drive”
No I’m just fine to settle down with you forever by my side
And though it hurts to know that I love her
I love her more than she could ever love me
No and it won’t be very long when I’m a distant memory

Chorus
Track Name: Let's Talk About Love
Let’s talk about you pretty baby
Forget all your blues and say to me
Whatever you choose its gravy
I’m ready for whatever’s ahead

Oh now honey at the start
You had my heart it was so wonderful
I got knocked over by your thunderbolt
Your touch set me off with a spark

Oh when I’m with you pretty baby
You put the shine in my shoes and take me
Yah where everything’s new no I ain’t crazy
I’m full grown and I can make my own bed

So let’s talk about you pretty baby
Honey please don’t refuse, you saved me
Now I’ll do it for you, I ain’t crazy
I meant every little thing that I said

Oh but with the glass half full you saw empty
You say that life is dull, I say the fields are plenty
Oh come on you fool I’ll help you take it back to the top
Oh I know that times get tough
And you’re thinking that you’ve had enough
Oh no don’t worry I’ll help you up
No nothin’s gonna tear us apart
So let’s talk about you
Track Name: The Good Within
You never waver in your loyalty
You stand tall and never bend
A heart like that is a rarity these days
And for that I must commend you
You, you are the only one
To see what I could give
I wish I’d made it easier on you
But you had the strength to forgive

I introduced you to uncertainty
He and I walked side by side
And in the twilight of surrender
You found a way I couldn’t hide
I, I am the lucky one
For you to take me in
You make it easier honey
You saw the good within

You always said there’s no guarantee
Where this life will lead us
Just as long as the epitaph
On our tombs shall read

That we, we were the lucky ones
To share this life’s suffering
You make it easier
You have the good within
I, I am the lucky one
For you to take me in
You made it easier honey
You have the good within
Track Name: Real Estate Man
When the city gets rough and you’ve gotten tired of the rush
I’ve found you a home where it’s safe to roam
I’m the real estate man, your real estate man
For the sake of the children and that darling wife of yours
I’ve found you a place got its own grocery store
Oh the deals in the can, trust the real estate man

Chorus
I’m your real estate man and I do nothing but good
I’ve found you the perfect neighborhood
Ya, I’m the real estate man, real estate man

It’s just a little off the highway, you couldn’t ask for more
It’s no time from the office, the ramp ends at your front door
I’ll give ya a hand call the real estate man
Now you say your wife’s a little worried about the prospect of gangs
My advice is go get a cat with twelve inch fangs
Now get on back to that tan and leave it to the real estate man

Chorus
I’m your real estate man and I do nothing but good
I’ll clean up your neighborhood
Ya, I’m your real estate man, real estate man

Now sometimes people ask me, “why’d you ever become a real estate man?”
Well early in my days it was strictly for the fans
“Hot damn, there goes the real estate man!”
Well I’ll be honest with ya now and tell you the truth of the story
It has something to do with an ex-wife of mine and this musician she married
She left the real estate man so I came up with this plan
I thought I’d put all those starving artists out on the street
Then she’d come back beggin’ at my feet
And I’d say “who’s the real man but your real estate man?”

Chorus
I’m your real estate man and I do nothin’ but good
I’ll clean up your neighborhood
Ya, I’m your real estate man, real estate man
I’m your real estate man and I do nothin’ but good
I found you the perfect neighborhood
Ya, I’m the real estate man, real estate man
Track Name: You're So Real
I’ve been holding out for you
I’ve been watching everything you do
I know you’re probably not like me
I like to talk to you when you’re asleep
My memories not as good as yours
But I know what I came here for

Chorus
And darlin’ you’re so real
And you make me wanna feel
Darlin’ you’re so real
You’re so real

A year has come and gone
And now you ask do I believe in God
I never open up
I just tell you to shut up
But it’s not because I’m mean
It’s someone I don’t wanna be
So let’s sit down and talk
Make you laugh then clean it up

Chorus

I spilled the wine I forgot to mention
But it just left a stain
And if I ask the wrong question
Please don’t walk away

Chorus
Track Name: Worth Believing
Hearts beating, darlin’ keep breathin’
Hold on for the best part, we’re just at the start
I won’t let go, I really want you to know

That these feelings are worth believing in
They’re coming straight from the heart and out of the dark
I was cold but now I’ve got you to hold

We will walk together

I don’t regret it, so glad I said it now
Let’s start a new life as husband and wife
Nowhere else I should be but right here with you beside me

We will walk together
And live as one forever

And when the wind blows
We both know we won’t follow
Track Name: The Beach
We spin around the sun
And like the stars
We burn bright and then we’re gone
Blue skies, summer nights
On the beach
Under northern lights

Jesus, I get confused
If you’re the light
Then point me to the truth
Bridges bend and sway
In the wind
Across the crashing waves

Chorus
But wait don’t leave so soon
Don’t want to lose you
Stay within my reach
But everything must drift away
For it to come again
Here upon the beach

Chorus

We spin around the sun
And like the stars
We burn bright and then we’re gone
Track Name: Spaghetti Ride
Instrumental
Track Name: Johnny Came Home
Johnny came home off the road today lookin’ sick and lean
Said somethin’ about seein’ half of the world and everything in between
Well his wife and kids they lost their heads, thought they’d never see him again
The last they knew he was a T.V. star, they’d seen him in T.V. land

Chorus
So Darlin’ light up those old home fires
Get the family around the telephone wire
When I shipped out thought you’d never find me another way back in
I don’t wanna go there again

Well the folks came over, kids played red rover, Maggie opened up the finest wine
A toast was made, table cleared away, everybody had a really good time
And the weeks flew by like a bird that flies until a knock came upon the door
“Good day Johnny, its been some time. We’ve found you another war”

Chorus
Well mister I hope, I hope you are kiddin’
I like livin’ and I like this breathin’
When I shipped out thought you’d never find me another way back in
I don’t wanna go there again


Well later that night when the time was right they talked about getting out
Maybe on up to Canada or maybe down further south
Well across that line in short due time they were registered as refugees
“So sorry Johnny, we gotta turn you back, Uncle Sam well he’s the man we’ve gotta please”

Chorus
Well I guess that my dreams just expired
Get the family around the telephone wire
When I shipped out thought you’d never find me another way back in
I don’t wanna go there again
Well you can burn me in those old home fires
Scatter my ashes around the telephone wire
Well I guess I’m shipping out when that boat comes in
I’m heading back there again
Track Name: In Your Light
In your smile I saw another life
When I was wrong you made it right
I got lost, I got lost in your light

Friends they come, friends will leave
You’re the only one that I believe
I was blind but now I see

It’s no surprise, it’s give and take
Don’t wanna be selfish, don’t wanna make that mistake
All that I’m asking is be here when I wake

We’re floating so high, don’t ever wanna come down
All of these troubles can stay there on the ground
Feeling so happy with this new thing that we found

Life’s a game of pick and choose
Now that I’ve found you I can’t lose
I wanna thank you Darlin’ for seeing it through

In your smile I saw another life
When I was wrong you made it right
I got lost, I got lost in your light