The Rough Cuts

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This is a selection of songs from three albums I've written, recorded and produced in the past ten months. All recordings have been done at home, using some pretty limited equipment. I'm selling this album to get all the albums professionally recorded.

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released July 26, 2011

Written, Recorded, and Produced by Tait Studebaker
Executive Producers: Joshua Owens & Steve Studebaker

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Accidental Vandals Hendersonville, North Carolina

Grew up in Hendersonville, NC. Went to UNCW and studied poetry, been writing music and learning every day.

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Track Name: Decent Man
Decent Man

There’s candy cars outside the bars
Back where I’m from
And every night somebody’s fightin’
Well ‘cause somebody’s drunk
Well I wouldn’t go there if I were you just to hold onto my life
But if you’re ever feelin’ lucky on a Friday night
Be sure you’re right

In the town where my daddy’s in the ground people don’t even smile
‘Cause the only decent man who ever made a stand well he’s been gone for a while

There’s a black cloud growin’ ‘round this town
It ain’t goin’ away
But today’s the day of penance baby
So I’ma play with the graves
Now tonight if I don’t get him send him to jail
Well I hope I send him to hell
I know this rain’s comin’ and it’s gonna roll through
Hopefully I’ma stay with you

In the town where my daddy’s in the ground people don’t even smile
‘Cause the only decent man who’s ever made a stand well he’s been gone for a while

I’ma callin’ to you Ol’ Tree, I’ma burn you down
Well I got my body outta the dirt and on this hallow ground
I’m gonna make you feel the fires you’ve set
By your evil deeds
And it’ll light the skies so you can’t rest
Until you’re in the ground with me
Track Name: The Answer
The Answer

Well I logged on to the Internet
Just the other day
I had a million and one emails
And one was from my baby
The rest were ads for penis enlargements
Affordable places on the housing market
Maybe find my center to some degree
Using hyper-techno yoga energy
Well we’ve found answers from all around
Diseases in places like our basements
Things I’d never heard of until
Wild-eyed people came over the hill
Well the kids got A double D on the side
And that ain’t exactly a source of pride I said
My son can play 7 video games
Without even smiling

Well if you find the answer
Maybe keep it to yourself
‘Cause this world’s got enough problems
We don’t really need your help
Well if you find the answer
Best keep it to yourself
‘Cause this world’s got enough problems
It’s probably bad for our health

Well let me give you an example
For world peace we just need a sample
Of water from the purest well
We’d just protect it by blowin’ ourselves to hell
Maybe we buy a little toy for every little girl and boy
Watch the companies take over
We’d be workin’ ourselves to the bone
making little toy soldiers

Well if you find the answer
Maybe keep it to yourself
‘Cause this world’s got enough problems
We’d probably just kill ourselves
Well if you find the answer
Best keep it to yourself
‘Cause this world’s got enough problems
It’s probably just bad for our health

Maybe the best advice I’ve heard
Is fall in love, don’t utter hurtful words
And you’ll be so preoccupied with paradise
You won’t even hear my advice so

If you find the answer
Maybe keep it to yourself
‘Cause this world’s got enough problems
We’d probably just kill ourselves
Well if you find the answer
Best keep it to yourself
‘Cause this world’s got enough problems
It’s probably just bad for our health
Track Name: Happiness
Happiness

Happiness is a lifetime
Happiness is a long ride
Happiness is a lifetime
Happiness is a hell of a time

Well I’ve just got to get this one right oh lord
I’m just gonna have to get bigger or bite

Happiness was money
But they took that away from me
Happiness was money
Before they took that away from me

Well if we don’t get the thrills tonight
We’re just gonna have to get bigger or bite

Happiness is a cul-de-sac
A place where I can turn around
Happiness is a cul-de-sac
Where what once was lost is now found

Well I don’t feel very happy right now
In fact I’m in misery

Happiness is that rollin’ pin
Looks like the doghouse for me
Happiness is that rollin’ pin
Looks like tall trouble over me

Well when you get your yellin’ done
Why not say hello to me darlin’
I’m sorry baby

Happiness is I'm sorry
Happiness is I’m sorry
Track Name: Miss Direction
Miss Direction

Cuffed Skit: Aww, man. She did what?! Where’d she go? And she took that?! Well, now I gotta reach the damned handcuff keys with my toes.

She wore steel toed heels
That matched her red bag
Wore her heartstrings
With Gucci tags

She takes strides
That take men’s lives
Like her legs got a double knee cap
She’ll break you down and she’ll never look back

She’s a fancy queen, Miss Direction
She’s the cold owner of my soul
She’s the queen of Miss Direction
She knows all the roads back home

She’s like a firecracker in the night
At first you’re dreaming then the firefight
She’ll blow all those dreams away
with a kiss so they say

She's heading out to the road
Kickin’ on the lights
Pedal to the floor

Your dreams by her side
In the early light
And there’s a kiss at your door

She’s the fancy queen of Miss Direction
She's the one night stand in your nightmares
Well she's the queen, Miss Direction
And she knows all the roads to your soul
Track Name: Walk the Stars
Walk the Stars

It was a good day for a hurricane
I got pictures of us sinking
I was circling the drain
But it got me thinking
I was choking in my sleep
And I was too tired to fight
I was a stone trying to weep
While I was dreaming of flight

So I was walking downtown Memphis
And looking up at Mars
I was writing you a letter
I’d just rather be in your arms
Walking down in Memphis
And listening to Mars
I was thinking about the tempest
The night I left your heart

Well I was walking down the street
I saw your smiling face in the gutter
You’re a vision so sweet
But only the crazies muttered
And it was too dark to see
The stars kept me together
I was burnin’ so deep
But it changed just like the weather

And so I was walking downtown Memphis
And looking up at Mars
I was writing you a letter
I’d rather just be in your arms
Walking in downtown in Memphis
And listening to Mars
I was thinking about the tempest
The night I left your heart

My baggage was the liquor
And she left me in the bottle
She said I was getting sicker
Just before she kicked the throttle
Now people say I’ve snapped
Ever since she left
That was just the breaking glass
As outta the bottle I stepped

So now I’m walking in downtown Memphis
Looking for a star
And I’ll be dreaming about you forever
And Venus ain’t that far
See I was walkin’ in Downtown Memphis
Lookin’ for a star
And I’ll be thinkin’ about the tempest
Till I repair your heart
Track Name: Where to Begin
Where to begin

Where to begin
When no one knows the end
Your life isn’t yours
But we promise it will be again
We’re gonna send you to hell
So you can talk to God
We’re gonna put down the bottle
and it’s gonna be hard

I sent you to jail with your own dollars
I will take you there in a black collar
And we’ll put you there for the rest of your days
Just so you won’t mess with my society

I can put you down I can take you over
Stop looking forward and start looking over your shoulder
We’ll send you to a license plate factory
Where you’ll be punchin’ numbers thinking live or die free

I can take you there I will show you the way
I’ll send you to hell just get you to pay
For 20 years at 20 cents a day
Just so I got my new star in my parade

One less vote one less voice
One less person with one less choice
We’ll bury you deep in the system
So get your memories so you can miss them

Where to begin when no one knows the end
Your life isn’t yours but we promise it will be again
We’re gonna send you to hell we like to call it jail
And I forgot to mention there ain’t no God around here
Track Name: Hard Times
Hard Times

Well the trouble that I left breathes new strangers
It’s all about forgiveness no false starts or containers
All I found was a place to hide my
Own selfish living behind the mind’s eye

All I needed was a home to give my only soul to
My heart in the wilderness oh oh she’s so true
Maybe I will find a place for you too
And I will be your guiding light through

Oh the hard times
Yeah them hard times

When the man pulls the trigger on the gun
He has everything he never had at once
And all of a sudden he becomes the powder
Reignin’ like he was a meteor shower

It’s them hard times
It’s them hard times

Trouble left her name on the sidewalk
‘Neath red fingerprints
She was found face down in a ditch
All we could do was have a whole lotta fun
While trouble was subdued we wouldn’t hurt anyone
Some say it was a hit and some people tried
Trouble is a thorn in everyone’s side
Well we watched sun set on a new dawn
Where everything is one

It’s them hard times
It’s them hard times
I don’t need no remindin’ I’ll just keep on tryin’ as we’re rollin’ through these hard times
Track Name: Whiskey
Whiskey

Announcer Skit: SKEEEERRR. Whoa! Lookit Granny hold that curve! #94 she is turnin’ around just to wreck #78. BRWAWWW SPluoepps! Whoa, my God, that’s some senior citizen demolition derby right there. Welcome. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen to the “Feelin’ Frisky Drinkin’ Whiskey” Senior Citizens Demolition Derby. Huh, thankyaverymuch. Oh, my God, look out!


Well I woke up at noon today
Rolled me up a jay
Got drunk and started fuckin’ around
Met the girls at 11
Left the bar at 7
Cut my headlights on got the fuck outta town

Well we always play fast
Yeah we’re playin’ risky
We’re the type o’ boys who are always tipsy
‘Cause my only lo-ove is whiskey

My keys are in a sewer drain
My car got towed again
So I sat down I got on the couch
Went to the ‘frigerator
That’s where I found my savior
And I picked her up and threw some doubles down

‘Cause we always play fast
Yeah we’re playin’ risky
We’re the type o’ boys who are always tipsy
My only lo-ove is this whiskey

Well I broke down saw my own vision
Got 360 degrees of what I was livin’
Got a new way down a lonesome road
I didn’t run across new religion
I found myself at the welfare building
And I couldn’t afford no drinkin’ anymore

Well we used to play fast
Now we’re just plain tipsy
We’re the kind of boys who were always risky
And my only, my only lo-ove is Whiskey
Track Name: The Rains in Spring
The Rains in Spring

It was a cold March day
When I last saw you
You packed away your bags
And my love for you

When the ropes were tied
You hung me out to dry
We were both thinkin’ it was goodbye

The rains in spring will never be the same
The flower petals are all stained
The rains in spring will never be the same
The flower petals are all stained

Heart torn between a cold winter and the sunbeams
I held my breath and waited for a dream
no dreams no thoughts no second guesses
I need to see

The seasons would change
But my feelings were always the same

The rains in spring will never be the same
The flower petals are all stained
The rains in spring will never be the same
The flower petals are all stained

When the sun came to me
I was clinging to my destiny
When the light shined
I climbed out of the darkness
Into her arms

Ah summer where shady trees
Where angels blossom in the leaves

The rains in spring will never be the same
The flower petals are all awake
The rains in spring will never be the same
The flower petals are all awake

The rains in spring will never be the same
The flower petals are all awake
Track Name: The Night Ol' Trees Came to Town
The Night Ol’ Trees Came To Town

The trees are rollin’
Whoa the trees are rollin’ yeah yeah
Whoa the trees are rollin’
Somebody’s gonna touch the sky tonight

I felt the hair stand up on the earth today
I felt the nighttime suddenly change into day
And when the lights turned down there was no one around to hear the sound

The trees are rollin’
Whoa the trees are rollin’ yeah yeah
Whoa the trees are rollin’
Somebody’s gonna touch the sky tonight

I felt the earth move when he stepped on the ground
It’s like the buildings jumped when he put his foot down
And then they leapt up into his hands and
All he left was a long list of lonely demands

Whoa the trees are rollin’
Whoa the trees are rollin’ yeah yeah
Whoa the trees are rollin’ yeah
Somebody’s gonna touch the sky tonight

I saw a man dead face down in the gutter
He had one leg they couldn’t find the other
Then they said when he went down
he hit the ground so hard he bounced up and down I said

Whoa the trees are rollin’
Whoa the trees are rollin’ yeah yeah
Whoa the trees are rollin’
Somebody’s gonna touch the sky tonight

Ya’ll gotta catch this man he’s a criminal
Why can’t you get him and I can
I’ma leap on over the falls
I’ll pick him off I’ll bring him back to you all

Whoa the trees are rollin’
Whoa the trees are rollin’ yeah yeah
Whoa the trees are rollin’
Somebody’s gonna touch the sky tonight

Gotta stop him he’s a felon on the run with a gun
Gotta watch him cops’ll get him
But believe when he’s done
Well there ain’t gonna be no one alive
And oh yeah they gonna touch the sky
And you can’t run you can’t hide
‘Cause the Trees’ll get you anywhere you want to go

Whoa the trees are rollin’
Whoa the trees are rollin’ yeah yeah
Whoa the trees are rollin’
Somebody’s gonna touch the sky tonight
Track Name: Easy
Easy

Shit was poppin’ in my Maserati
Gotta go check up my hotties
Workin’ down the corners
Runnin’ the avenues and the ‘hood stores
We’re open all 24 and
If you got 100 dollars or more
We can show you a good time for just a little while
Aw don’t worry Cinnamon will make you smile

It ain’t easy
It ain’t easy
Pimpin’ ain’t weak nor lovely
But I love makin’ money
It’s the only way I can forget
My love and daughter that I left

Tell these girls they can’t fall in love
Gotta get that paper
What do you think we’re runnin’ here a charity for ya
And better hold on to it tight
I don’t want to have a repeat last night

Love cost too much money
I should’ve stayed with my lovely
But I left her and her mother
If they try to find me tell ‘em shit don’t even bother

It ain’t easy
It ain’t easy
Pimpin’ ain’t weak nor lovely
But I love makin’ money
It’s the only way I can forget
My love and daughter that I left

This new girl had her mother’s eyes
And a body that did surprise
Matched a birthmark and a tattoo
I was about to sell my daughter
To an army in cheap suits

It ain’t easy
It ain’t easy
Pimpin’ ain’t weak nor lovely
But I love makin’ money
I will never be able to forget
My love and daughter that I will never see again

It ain’t easy
It ain’t easy
Shit was poppin’ in my Maserati
Track Name: Queen
She lived on the cover of a magazine
Stole me away like some ol’ drunk demon
I found myself on the other side
Surrounded by lies from a corporate tide

Our lives turned into glossed pages
Stuck between advertisements for
Your legs your shakin’ hips
and how about some triple-D fuckin’ tits

Oh my darlin’ where’d I go wrong
Probably started when you put that thong on
Oh Queen you destroy me lovingly
Oh Queen you can take away my dignity
Oh Queen how am I supposed to get by
Without your prowess standing by my side

She came along and removed me from time
Such a bitch living way past our prime
Maybe asleep I’ll dream that she will resolve
As we watch the flashes and cameras dissolve

Oh my darlin’ where’d I go wrong
Probably started when you put that thong on
Oh Queen you destroy me lovingly
Oh Queen you can possess my dignity
Oh Queen how am I supposed to get by
Without your heart beatin’ in time…
Track Name: The Dump
The Dump

Well my son came back to me he said
Why do girls gotta be so mean
And I said amen brother you ain’t lyin’
Thinkin’ about those aubade’s a-cryin’
Gotta wonder well what makes a broken heart
Gotta come up with some answer
Better than I didn’t do my part and I said

Well most my exes they are good friends
And if you’ve got the time you could talk to them
It’s a long road communicatin’
About the pains of that heart achin’
Well it’s best to listen if you’ve got the time
You better find out the reason behind the dump

Well I’ve been probably dumped every third Thursday of the month
Hell that was just a few years between 1997 and 2001
I had to learn what the hell a Chesterfield was?
Where does the seat go? Why do we have so many rugs?
I tell you what I heard Ronnie Wood say
You’ll have to learn just like me and that’s the hardest way

Well most my exes they are good friends
And if you’ve got the time you could talk to them
It’s a long road communicatin’
from the pains of that heart achin’
Well it’s best to listen if you’ve got the time
You better find out the reason behind the dump
Track Name: Yrtnuoc
Yrtnouc

Morning Arrives Skit:
Bill Radio DJ: Whoa! And it is 7:35 in the morning. This is Bill (and I’m Arty) and it is an early morning for all those campers out there.
Man: Oh man. 7:35!? Hey! Put on some Hank Williams.
Bill: What do you want?
Man: I don’t care--just remember--put it on backwards.

When I get me a new country CD
I like to listen to it in reverse
Quench that lonely mind of mine’s ol’ terrible thirst
Well On Monday I got my dog back
Come Sunday I got my trailer too
But the best part was a week later
I got right there next to you

Well the only problems I encountered
Were a couple of fights
Baby when you’re backwards
All your fights are like a Friday night
Well we start off yelling
When we end it’s hello
If I time it right I can decide
Why we explode
By the end of the show I know
We’ll be right
When the album ends
I just spin it again
I tell ya I listen to my country in reverse

When I get a great 38 I just lay her down
And when I hear suphecoB I’ma rolling on the ground
And I don’t mind
because my life is fine
since I started listenin’ to my country in reverse

Well I’ve heard no Satanic rituals
Only locations for good shine stills
A couple for sale trucks and a ‘67 Cam—er—o
I got a recipe for fried okra
pass me a jar and a joke and I’ll toke with ya
I said I like the folks who listen to their country in reverse


And if I could say something
‘Bout those lonely nights
In between the albums
Sometimes I’ve been in too many fights
Well to listen to all my pals
But when the time is right I tell ya
I could listen to Hank Williams all night
I said I listen to my country in reverse
Track Name: Dedication
Dedication

This song’s a dedication to all the fools
Who saw me through
If it wasn’t for you who knows
What kind of shoes I’d be wearin’
Where my people would be
Or for whom I’d be caring

Thanks for all that math homework
Damn that history exam was hard
I think I needed every little piece of knowledge
Every little piece and everything I got through college baby

So this song’s a dedication to all the fools
Who saw me through
If it wasn’t for you who knows
If I’d eat
Who knows if I’d be livin’ out on the street

It’s just so hard to be free
You’ve made that choice
You can help people just like me
Nab them something for a voice and sing out loud
And proud reach out to somebody in your own town
Get it out across the land
Where the good people can reach to your hands
Only a fool can dream
But every man can stand