Go To Hell, Chris Thompson

by Ah, Venice

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Kyle Carpenter
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Kyle Carpenter Let's face it - Hell has the best artists. If that's indeed where Chris Thompson is going (I don't believe it is), he'll be welcomed as an honest and brave performer with the rare ability to own up to his mistakes in song. A raw and musically inventive album with more hooks than a Clive Barker novel.
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wonderdog This is good, very good.
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released June 24, 2015

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Track Name: Defiance
when it comes right down to it/ and defiance is all i’ve got/ i will not be broken by you ■ i know who’s calling and i don’t want to pick up/ i keep hanging up and you keep calling back/ i don’t want to cure this heart attack/ i don’t want you back
Track Name: Two Black Eyes
i just saw somebody for the last time/ and i knew it was gonna be the last time so i didn’t say goodbye/ i got two black eyes ‘cause i got in a fight ■ i know someone who will shortly have died/ a really nice fella who i’m glad has been alive but i didn’t say goodbye/ he asked if i’m alright ‘cause i fell off my bike ■ so sorry to see you go ■ when i dream i’m always around, i never dream outside this town/ everybody’s smiling in my dreams/ everybody’s teeth are so clean, and they bite into the lakes and the streams ■ so sorry to see you go
Track Name: Forgot All My Lines
my heroes that i met in that meeting that i mentioned/ i was high the whole time/ and if i had to do it over, i wonder if i’d do it well ■ the quiet interrogation of practiced conversation/ i forgot all my lines/ and i don’t remember what you said when i told you all about it ■ be my eyes, be my memory/ let me know when i come back down & wait to see if i come home/ read my lips and then get back to me/ cast off my manipulation and call to see if it’s alright if i come home ■ i was inside, mostly keeping to myself/ i closed my eyes/ and the neighbors on the news would describe me in the aftermath as quiet ■ i opened up my eyes and looked down at my hands/ and said christ what have i done? whose blood is this? is this all mine? jesus christ/ anyway i’m sorry
Track Name: Until It Had Become Me
at night i make my way down to the water/ i’m so used to doing it wrong/ every night i swallow the river/ i’ve been thirsty for so long ■ i rushed to greet the turbid stream/ but now that isn’t what lays before me/ i soaked it up until it had become me/ i drank the dirt until it was clean
Track Name: See You At The 10-Year
some dumb town’s best showman of the century sailed away to stand out from a different crowd/ for all your stupid reasons and still the best ones i can think of/ lost a friend to go after the girl ■ all your tired anecdotes that i don’t understand or have forgotten like anything i can/ will make you think of home perhaps and all the friends still here/ i’ll see you when you come back next year ■ and if a man asks you to spare a dime somewhere upon your travels and you think of all the grace you’ve been bestowed/ and all the smiling faces, turned cheeks and friendly eyes/ well what i’m trying to say i guess is spare the dime
Track Name: New Hotel
it’s getting colder back home/ they took away my favourite park and replaced it with a hole/ i’ve forgiven all my debts in the world/ how badly do i really need the money that i’m owed? yeah ■ i laugh and laugh to shy away the dark between the light although it’s not the darkness that keeps me up at night/ i can find a new best friend or at least someone who can move in ■ i’ve grown tired of this smoking gun/ of the city that i used to love/ they’re digging up my stomping ground to make room for a hotel ■ i’m getting older back home/ but i don’t mind, i feel i’ve got some catching up to do/ i’ve forgotten how to sleep alone/ i dismissed all that i knew about how to be on my own ■ my mind wanders/ i daydream the day away so that at night i’m out of things to say/ i don’t know where to aim my day/ i write wonderful letters just to throw them away
Track Name: Kiss Me On The Mouth
this is your old place by the bridge, i only came over every now and again/ this one’s of you although i don’t have very many pictures from back then/ didn’t really know you then but we liked each other’s rhymes/ you asked about some lyrics that happened to be to my favourite song at the time ■ this is our second apartment in that later building back when i was still falling in love with you/ cutting our own hair and going to all-ages shows after a drink or two/ we’d ditch all our friends, i think they knew we were ducking out/ i wrote you a christmas song and you kissed me on the mouth ■ this is my ol place in the rough part of town back where you and me used to meet/ they found a bunch of whores and a dead guy living there but the rent was cheap/ we went off like wildfire & moved three blocks west/ i loved you then but lord i’ll never live in an apartment again ■ this is our house on the corner where we thought we had all the time in the world/ there was a hole in the roof while you still lived there but i didn’t find it ‘till afterwards/ we may well have been doomed, although it’s not like we tried/ you kept looking at my mouth like you wanted a kiss goodbye
Track Name: Be Glad
lord i hope heaven exists and christ i hope they let you in/ no stronger arms to be held in then the man i put my faith in/ i hope the pearly gates when you pass between are real well-lit so that you can see/ ‘cause i don’t want you to miss a thing in the shadows of the clouds on which you will be walking/ i hope that when you meet the man he stands right up to shake your hand/ says thanks for thinking of me down there, your son sends a prayer/ he says goddamn i miss that man, and god if he shakes your hand, if you can hear and understand/ then be glad/ god i’m gonna miss you
Track Name: Devil's In The Details
so now i give me love to you, there are some tips and tricks for you to do/ be confident when you hit the brakes, take you time on the turns you take/ so now i give me love away, she was given to me past a year less a day/ we crossed the country and came back to town, i ran my love into the ground ■ so now i give my love to you she stood by me and i saw her through/ i know what the sounds that she makes have meant, she was my love my warmth and my tent/ so now i give my love away, maybe she’ll be given back to me someday/ she runs on five ‘cause one won’t fire but give her a break, she’s old and tired ■ she’s seen better days and those days have gone/ the devil’s in the details, but so is god
Track Name: 110 percent
i can learn so quick, i’m so fast goddamn/ tie one hand behind my back, and do it all by hand/ you’ve never seen me fly, maybe seen me around/ but you’ve seen me try, my feet don’t touch the ground/ well who are you anyhow? ■ i got out when you’re at home, i’m a crack-shot for no one/ so call me up when you’re alone, i’m a dead-eye when you’re gone/ girl i’ll show you something, show you a thing or two/ boy i’ll show you something, who am i? well who are you? ■ i’ve lived downtown, i been punched i been bruised/ girl i’ll mess your love around, i’ll kick the shit out of lovin’ you/ i’m 100%, i don’t even make sense/ i can divide by zero, i gave up failure for lent
Track Name: We Go Where The Wild Geese Go
i can’t give you love, i hope it’s not what you want/ i can be civil sure, i just hope that’s not enough/ and if you want a part of me, i’m so happy to give it away/ but i’ve already given my heart, there’s just a hole where it was that remains, yeah ■ this is the accident before my accident, and this is the one i could accept/ this is back when we had all the time in the world, and this is when i needed my friends and i just wish i had more ■ this is back when you were still falling in love with me, and this is when i couldn’t breathe/ this is back when i was underwater and you were nowhere to be seen, when i probably should’ve been learning another trick just keep it up my sleeve ■ we go where the wild geese go
Track Name: Very Good Friend
aw damnit, i wanna know everything, have you ever been to thunder bay, do you lie/ aw cinnamon, i think i might’ve made a bad decision, maybe might as well to just stick with it, at least it rhymed ■ oh oh oh i’ve got a very good friend ■ we can do it, we can take the sweetest jumps, let down your sweetest hair, kick off them sweetest pumps/ i believe it’s all happening, i believe in the impossible, believe me we’ll meet downtown, and we’ll run like animals ■ concentrate like fruit punch, i’d like to buy you lunch, but we don’t even have to try that much

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