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Metal Alligator (2017)

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released May 24, 2017

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Aaron Shanley

Front Cover Photograph by Aaron Shanley

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Track Name: My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)
I should stop fucking around
Got too much shit to do
Sink is full of dishes
Guess it’s something I didn’t get around to
It’s only 4,39, I’m on my third glass of wine
Hope that you don’t fight with me this time
I said I’d write you something pretty but my mind ain’t pretty at the minute
I said I’d write you something pretty but my mind ain’t pretty at the minute, at the minute
I said I’d write you something pretty but my mind ain’t pretty at the minute, at the minute
I said I’d write you something pretty but my mind ain’t pretty at the minute, I admit it
I just get carried away
Lost in my own fucking head
Like I’m totally insane
Maybe I am, maybe I’m not, I dunno
I said I’d write you something pretty but my mind ain’t pretty at the minute
I said I’d write you something pretty but my mind ain’t pretty at the minute, at the minute
I said I’d write you something pretty but my mind ain’t pretty at the minute, at the minute
I said I’d write you something pretty but my mind ain’t pretty at the minute, at the minute
I admit it, I admit it, maybe you were right, maybe I’m wrong
...oh god
Track Name: Frightening
Every second was a struggle
Cause every minute was a mess
Every hour led to trouble
Cause everyday I was depressed
But every once in awhile, you went crossing my mind
This is fucking frightening, not in a bad way, honest
It’s just everything I never knew I wanted
Every week I’m feeling better
Every fortnight less alone
Cause every month we’re here together
In a year, well, I dunno
Now it’s more than once in awhile,you never really leave my mind
This is fucking frightening, not in a bad way, honest
It’s just everything I never knew I wanted
Sometimes you frighten me, not in a bad way, honest
It’s just everything I never knew I wanted
This is everything I never knew I wanted
This is everything I never knew I wanted
This is everything
This is everything
Track Name: It Always Comes Back
Just when I thought that things were changing
Turns out I still feel the same when it comes to you
It always comes back to you
When it comes to you, it always comes back
It always comes back to you
Just when I thought that I felt okay
Turns out I still feel so ashamed when it comes to you
It always comes back to you
When it comes to you, it always comes back to you
When it comes to you, it always comes back, always comes back
It always comes back to you
It always comes back to you
It always comes back to you
It always comes back, always comes back, always comes back to you
Track Name: Our Shiny Baby
I got on one knee young, we stayed where she came from
Even though there’s a storm in the people
There’s leaks in the floors and there’s creeks in the doors
And there’s dusty sheets and boards on the window
My shiny gun protects my shiny girl
When we’re walking the dogs through the meadowlands
My shiny gun, protect my shiny girl
She’s got our shiny baby in her belly
The work dried up, but I saved up some
I think we’re good for another couple of months
The tavern is empty, except for Nancy With Fleas
Yeah, she still gets a check despite her children deceased
My shiny gun protects my shiny girl
When we’re walking the dogs through the meadowlands
My shiny gun, protect my shiny girl
She’s got our shiny baby in her belly
Oh, the years how they roll
Oh, the years how they roll
On and on and on and on
My shiny gun protects my shiny girl
She’s got our shiny baby in her belly
Track Name: Beautifully Blue (Only You)
I’m beautifully blue
The best you can fool
You untwist the knots in my tongue
I’ll tell anything to to you
Oh, only you
Only you
So tragically blue
The simplest of fools
You askew the doubt in my head
I’ll trap anyone for you
Oh, only you
Only you
Dangerously red
The best I’ve ever led my sleepy eyes upon
I’ll do whatever you say
Oh, only you
Oh, only you
Only you
Track Name: Common Witches
Words don’t come when I want them to
So I think I’ll take a walk before I spilt in two
Like common witches
The light is bending from the sun
And through your trees
It’s locked inside of you and me
Like common witches
Common witches
I wish I felt this way at home
Gonna be sorry, gonna be sorry
The only way out is to walk over me
Little bit slow to catch on, huh?
Wanna take a walk before I explode
Gonna keep my head down low
Common witches
I don’t wanna see it, I don’t wanna know
I think I wanna know sometimes but I dunno
Like common witches
It’s all common witches
I wish I felt this way at home
Gonna be sorry, gonna be sorry
The only way out is to walk over me
Little bit slow to catch on, huh?
You’re running out of love, just because
Oh, baby sister with your false eyelashes
The bridge- love and learn
Try to be only, try to be only
Common witches
Common witches
Common witches
Common witches on fire in the park
Track Name: A Decent Apology
Not gonna ask how you’re doing
Pretty sure I already know
You were pretty unchanging
Always panicked, always low
When I think of it now
I really don’t know how or why you put up with all the shit you did
I still don’t love you, I’m never going to
But I owe you a decent apology
Not gonna tell you how I’m doing
Pretty sure you don’t wanna know
Pretty sure if you took a guess, my guess is yours would come pretty close
When I think of it now
I really don’t know how or why you put up with all the shit you did
I still don’t love you, I’m never going to
But I owe you a decent apology
I’ve had time to grow...well at least I think so
I owe you a decent apology
I still owe you a decent apology
I owe you a decent apology
Track Name: This Isn't Love (Reprise)
She talks of most things through her thick, grey smoke rings
At the strangest of times
She isn’t wise, but she’s wiser than I
Educates me at night
She said “if I see your baby, I’ll tell her I’m looking after you and you’re alright. If she changes her mind and decides to come back...I’ll disappear, it’s cool.
Cause this isn’t love. This is just something to do.”
This isn’t love, we’re not in love
I am just someone to use
She wears her hair up and takes off her make up
When she watches the news
While I’m scatterbrain, driving her insane
Guess it’s something I’ve grown used to
She said “if I see your baby, I’ll tell her I’m taking care of you and you’re alright. If she changes her mind and decides to come back...I’ll disappear, it’s cool.
Cause this isn’t love. This is just something to do.”
This isn’t love, we’re not in love
You are just someone to use
This isn’t love, this isn’t love
You are just someone to use
This isn’t love.
We’re not in love.
I am just someone to use.
Track Name: Asleep In Treen
I got so low
I thought I’d go become a chalk outline
At the top of the road
There’s cats in trees
Asleep in Treen
We’ll soon see if you’ll be
My devastator, my trouble
There’s cats in trees
Asleep in Treen
There’s cats in trees
Asleep in Treen
Track Name: Feel Better
Keep moving
Don’t hesitate or look back
Cause it’s only happening now
I got no vices
I haven’t got a handle on these days
And I feel better
Cause I found out how to slow it down
When I spin out of control
Spin out of control
Stay open
No restrictions or absolutes
Cause it only happens now
Hold no vices
You can’t keep a handle on these days
And you’ll feel better
Cause I found out how to slow it down
When I spin out of control
I worked it out, I think I’ve got it down
So I don’t spin out of control
Spin out of control
Spin out of control