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Longtime Companion

by Sonny & The Sunsets

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1.
I Was Born 03:42
Try to walk through the door but I can't go past Try to see my reflection but it’s only painted glass And you know this feelin, getting kinda queer I know I was born, but am I really here, Am I really here Now there’s a stranger walkin in my shoes Foolin everybody, foolin even you And you know this feelin getting kinda queer I know I was born, but am I really here, Am I really here I want something dumb, that I can understand Let me be a dog in the sun rolling in the sand Now there’s a stranger talking to my wife And you know the feelin cuts just like a knife I wanna know will I ever feel alright dear? I know I was born but am I really here Am I really here
2.
Dried Blood 02:59
Lost my foot on the banks of a river So I drifted just like a drifter Where I was faded from view Where I was faded from view Felt so good to let go of my past Though it happened really kinda fast Memories they don’t sting anymore Like dried blood from a cut long before Ode to the fools and the freaks and the brokenhearted Don’t look too hard into the darkness Always falling on the floor Or bangin on a locked door Looking too hard for more Fools for love, fools for love Out of the river and into the sea I’m sad as hell cause we’re not together And now I’m drunk on too much wine Oh well you know it’s too much wine drinking time I sing this song for the freaks and the tenderhearted Don’t look too hard into the darkness Help me to keep it light Help me to stay afloat Fools for love, fools for love
3.
I see them wave as I pull away It’s too hard to be in love I can’t stand the pain I want something dumb that I can understand Let me be a dog in the sun rolling in the sand My one and only love, my babe, the divorcee And I’m the one that made her that way Oh the children of the beehive they buzz around all day Pickin plums from the trees and throwing them down the lane I wanna be down there, I wanna be on that holiday But I’m stuck in the sea, the sea of love, of love and pain My one and only love, my babe the divorcee And I’m the one that made her that way
4.
We’ve been through some things together We were so close don’t you remember When I see you walkin way out there I pretend you love me, I pretend you care Saw you walkin just the other day Saw you turn your eyes away I’ve got some feelings, I can’t share I pretend you love me, I pretend you care I don’t know what I’m doin anymore I don’t know what I’m for I stand around and stare I look in the mirror, I don’t see me anywhere Now I have waded, drunk on despair And the waves they are taunting me, will I dare If you see me wanderin way out there Pretend you love me, pretend you care
5.
All winter the magpies hid in the steeple Dining on yarrow and bolweevil And there were no people except for me I came to the sea to write and to think But I was so small next to my dreams Like a mite who might try and cross the seas In the year of the cock, I began as a flea Springtime came, no words on the page So the old sperm whale went looking for prey When I found a dodo as hungry as me I dragged her back to my lair by the sea Pushing forward so awkwardly, I laid her bare on the eucalyptus leaves In the year of the cock, it was hard as can be So I sat on her mantle like an old stuffed goose The artist who says little and lets others choose When I tried to finally break loose She called me a skunk, a raccoon on the loot She’d thought I was a rooster with the right kind of plumes But I was only a chicken who had gone cuckoo I was only a chicken, who had gone cuckoo Just when I knew I was meant to be alone I fell for a colt so young and so bold Really? I said, “you could love an old goat?” Sure he said but you’re more like a toad Like raging rams we butted our horns I was a female stag kicking down the door But then like a fish let back into the brook In the year of the cock, I let him off the hook Then mother died, so I flew back to the states But sister was a shark so the lions share was weasled away And when I saw a girl I knew living on the street A hard year went from bad to bleak My skin broke out like when I was a kid It was back to the clinic for tarbaths and treatments And the doctors gave the same old speeches In the year of the cock I was covered in leeches And when at last I made it back to the steeple The magpies stared at this strange man made feeble By a year of lust and lost questions A broken mind receives no lessons If in fact I had fallen and cracked Would I rise like a phoenix from the flames? Or was I just an egg full of clay… In the year of the cock, I crowed all night and all day
6.
7.
When I look into your eyes, I see the void Though you try hard to hide, I see the void And you know it’s a funny kind of sad joy I see the void All the mothers waiting in the rain, I see the void And the strangers on the train, I see the void And you know it’s a funny kind of sad joy I see the void Oh you know it’s hard to explain, I see the void And you know I love you, I love you, I see the void And you know it’s a funny kind of sad joy, I see the void
8.
Scenes of cruelty and sometimes love It’s what the world is made of Only time will tell if we stick together I can be alone if you gotta go But it aint my first choice no no no Only time will tell if we stick together Down in the sea of darkness dear, I’ve been a driftin for 1000 years But only time will tell Only time will tell If you and I stick together Throw me a line and pull me in So the sea of darkness don’t win again Only time will tell if we stick together.
9.
I’ve been tryin to walk a straight line Avoiding all the shadows and following all the signs But my mind is messed up all the time I been workin so hard to find A way of bein still like a pine Though my mind is messed up all the time Oh please, oh please, help me Oh please, oh please, won’t you help me to get free So I can see, so I’m not blind, So my mind won’t be muddy all the time And I can move clear across that line And let this old me die But my mind is messed up all the time
10.
I’m gonna walk to the sea I’m gonna walk in the sun I’m gonna come undone I’m gonna try to make you love me I’m gonna try to make you care I’m gonna try to make you stay I’m gonna sit on the stones I’m gonna drown on my own I’m gonna walk right in I’m gonna try to make you love me I’m gonna try to make you care I’m gonna try to make you stay

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Longtime Companion is a country record. It’s a break up record. Love and Heartache. Every song was written during and is about his break up with his girlfriend of ten years.

The songs came fast and naturally so Smith let the next record be something different, he embellished his Sunsets with members of his country band The Fuckaroos. Recorded to tape in a musty beer stained basement, what transpired was a classic country record.

Smith grew up listening to old time music, his dad is a banjo player and his parents and friends played old time music. "It was around the house, but I didn't like it!" recalls Sonny. "My dad played banjo and his friends would come over and play fiddle and mandolin. But I would go watch tv or listen to AC/DC."

However, some kind of country strain sank in. Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Townes Van Zandt, a little Johnny Cash, even the countrier side of the Kinks – there are hints of all of these in the new record and yet ultimately it still remains a Sonny & the Sunsets sound through and through.

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released June 26, 2012

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Sonny & the Sunsets are a beautiful west coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, Sonny & the Sunsets’ busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop's otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman. ... more

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