Black Collar Vices

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released May 18, 2018

Produced by Chris Cote

Music & Lyrics by Chris Cote except for "Overkill" (Music & Lyrics by Colin Hay) and "Perfect For Company" (Music & Lyrics by Brian James).

Chris Cote - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Melodica, Drums & Percussion

Brian James - Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards

Andy Klosenski - Electric Guitar


Mastering and co-production by Brian James

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Track Name: The Dead Parade
LATE TO BED
AND RISING EVEN LATER
AND LOSING PATIENCE
FOR POUROVER COFFEE

AND THE DRIVE-THRU GIRL
SOUNDED NICER THAN SHE WAS
BUT WHO THE HELL AM I
TO HAVE EXPECTATIONS?

LATE TO SLEEP
AND SLOWER TO AWAKE
A BEAR UNTIL I GET
MY POUROVER COFFEE
THERE’S A PARTY DOWNSTAIRS
AND I SAID THAT I’D APPEAR
BUT I’LL TAKE ANY EXCUSE I CAN
TO BACK OUT OF THERE

IT’S THE SAME OLD DAY
I GET TO WATCH THE SETTING SUNLIGHT
TURN TO GREY
IT’S THE DEAD PARADE
SO MANY MILLIONS SERVED UP
SOMETHING FROM THE GRAVE

WHEN I WAS YOUNG
IT WAS SELFISH TO DESIRE
IT STAYED IN MY HEAD
ALONG WITH THE WANTING
IS IT MUCH TOO PLAIN
DO I ACT IN VAIN
IS IT BECAUSE A MEETING WITH YOUR EYES
I CANNOT SUSTAIN

IT’S THE SAME OLD DAY
I GET TO WATCH THE SETTING SUNLIGHT
TURN TO GREY
IT’S THE DEAD PARADE
HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS SERVED UP
SOMETHING FROM THE GRAVE
Track Name: Jane
SHE HAD A SECRET HISTORY
SHE COULDN’T WAIT TO SHARE WITH ME
BLUEBERRY LIPS AND MURMURINGS
UNDER HER ROSE BREATH WHISPERING
PULL ME CLOSE TO YOUR FACE
AND I’LL DISAPPEAR WITHOUT A TRACE
DRAW ME DEEP INTO YOUR EYES
AND WE’LL TEAR APART THE SKIN OF YOUR DISGUISE
OH JANE

A HEART AWOKEN YEARS BEHIND
A HIDDEN LONGING IN HER MIND
A DOZEN CANDLES SET THE SCENE
HER GRECIAN EYES GLOWED TANGERINE
PULL ME CLOSE TO YOUR FACE
AND I’LL DISAPPEAR WITHOUT A TRACE
DRAW ME DEEP INTO YOUR EYES
AND WE’LL TEAR APART THE SKIN OF YOUR DISGUISE
THROW YOUR HAIR TO THE SKY
NO I DON’T DESERVE A LONG GOODBYE
I DIDN’T COME TO CLEAN A MESS
OR UNRAVEL ALL THE DELICATE MYSTERIES
INSIDE JANE

PULL ME CLOSE TO YOUR FACE
AND I’LL DISAPPEAR WITHOUT A TRACE
DRAW ME DEEP INTO YOUR EYES
AND WE’LL TEAR APART THE SKIN OF YOUR DISGUISE
SO DEPART THIS HOTEL
NO I DON’T DESERVE A FOND FAREWELL
I DIDN’T COME TO CLEAN A MESS
OR UNRAVEL ALL THE DELICATE MYSTERIES
INSIDE JANE
Track Name: Dry Daisies
I NEARLY LOST YOU TRYING TO LOSE YOU LOVE
AND NOW I’M NEITHER OUT NOR IN
IT’S A LONELY PLACE FOR THE BOTH OF US
SO WHERE DO WE BEGIN?

I MET A FRIEND WHO SAID I LOST MY HEAD
WHILE HIS BISHOP TOOK PAWN THREE
HE CLEARLY HAD NO INTEREST
IN WASTING BREATH ON ME

WHERE’S MY CONNECTION?
THAT’S PRIORITY NUMBER ONE
OVERPROTECTION
DON’T NEED ANYONE
DRY DAISY PETALS THAT
WITHER ON THE STEM
REPOT REWATER
START OVER AGAIN

I NEARLY LOST YOU TRYING TO LOSE YOU LOVE
AND NOW IT’S SINK OR STAY AFLOAT
IT’S A COLD AND DIRTY RESERVOIR
I’M UP TO MY THROAT

NOW DO WE DIG BACK THROUGH SOME HISTORY
OR DO WE LOOK AHEAD IN TIME?
WHEN YOU’RE HERE I’M NOT BUT WHEN YOU GO
YOU’RE OFTEN ON MY MIND

I DREAMED YOU MOVED
TO SOME BLISTERING SOUTHERN STATE
I WANTED BOTH OF US TO BE BLUE
BUT YOUR ATTITUDE WAS GREAT
I WAS BOTHERED BUT YOU WERE COOL
OH IT STARTLED ME AWAKE
STARTLED ME AWAKE
Track Name: Overkill
I CAN'T GET TO SLEEP
I THINK ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS
OF DIVING IN TOO DEEP
AND POSSIBLY THE COMPLICATIONS
ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT
I WORRY OVER SITUATIONS
I KNOW WILL BE ALL RIGHT
PERHAPS IT'S JUST IMAGINATION

DAY AFTER DAY IT REAPPEARS
NIGHT AFTER NIGHT MY HEARTBEAT SHOWS THE FEAR
GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY

ALONE BETWEEN THE SHEETS
ONLY BRINGS EXASPERATION
IT'S TIME TO WALK THE STREETS
SMELL THE DESPERATION
AT LEAST THERE'S PRETTY LIGHTS
AND THOUGH THERE'S LITTLE VARIATION
IT NULLIFIES THE NIGHT
FROM OVERKILL

DAY AFTER DAY IT REAPPEARS
NIGHT AFTER NIGHT MY HEARTBEAT SHOWS THE FEAR
GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY
COME BACK ANOTHER DAY

I CAN'T GET TO SLEEP
I THINK ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS
OF DIVING IN TOO DEEP
AND POSSIBLY THE COMPLICATIONS
ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT
I WORRY OVER SITUATIONS THAT
I KNOW WILL BE ALL RIGHT
IT'S JUST OVERKILL

DAY AFTER DAY IT REAPPEARS
NIGHT AFTER NIGHT MY HEARTBEAT SHOWS THE FEAR
GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY
GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY
GHOSTS APPEAR AND FADE AWAY
Track Name: Reverie
I DON’T THINK EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS A LIE
I DON’T THINK EVERY BOY CATCHES YOUR EYE
BUT I’VE BEEN TOLD YOU’VE GOT A QUEER CONDITION
A HEART SO ON DISPLAY IT’S AN ART EXHIBITION

SHOULD’VE KNOWN, ALL THE WARNINGS WERE CLEAR
YOU’RE JUST AS YOU APPEAR
SOME NERVE THINKING I MIGHT CHANGE YOUR HEART
WHAT AN EGO, DAUNTLESS, DELUSIONAL

THAT WAS THE END OF A REVERIE

ART AND LOVE, NEITHER CAN BE DEFINED
EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN DESIGN
BUT FOR THOSE WITH A TASTE FOR THE ORDINARY
YOUR AESTHETIC IS JUST TOO EVOLUTIONARY

MEANING WELL IS JUST THE HALF OF IT DEAR
HOLD TIGHT OR DISAPPEAR
I’LL NEVER HOLD A SWINGING DOOR AGAIN
HELL OF A RECOIL, STAND BACK OR TAKE A HIT

THAT WAS THE END OF A REVERIE
Track Name: Perfect For Company
LOOKING OUT THROUGH MY WINDOW
WATCHING THE NEW SNOW FALL ON THE BROWN GROUND
AND I WAS WONDERING ABOUT YOUR WEATHER IN PENNSYLVANIA
ON THE STREETS OF YOUR NEW TOWN – DOES IT COME DOWN?

LIVING IN AN APARTMENT
SUCH AN ALLOTMENT OF DIRTY DISHES TO CLEAN
AND IF I COME BY I’LL HELP YOU GET THEM
ALL WASHED AND POLISHED
PERFECT FOR COMPANY

MISSING SOMETHING WITHOUT YOU
IS A REMINDER, A GO AND FIND HER
THERE’S NO FORGETTING THIS COULD BE LETTING
GO OF AN ANSWER, GO OF A PROMISE
NOT MADE TO KEEP

THERE IS SOMETHING OF ANSWERS
SNOWFLAKES OR RAINBOWS
EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT
ONE AND THE SAME

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